Who is he and why should you care? He is the prime suspect in the Benghazi attack that killed 4 Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens. You should care because we had him locked up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba until 2007 when he was released into the custody of Libya. He was considered a probable member of Al-Qaeda who represented a “medium to high risk, as he is likely to pose a threat to the U.S., its interests and allies.”
He was captured in Pakistan after 9/11 and with the help of intel from Gaddafi in Libya. Gaddafi released him in 2010 and he subsequently fought to oust Gaddafi as a member of the Darnah Brigade. Incidentally, Darnah is the world’s top recruiting area for suicide bombers.
Ironically, Qumu was considered an asset by the Obama administration. This was part of their narrative supporting the Arab Spring. Infiltration from the outside by Al-Qaeda was labeled the true threat as local Islamist fighters were considered to have a “local agenda” and thus not a threat to the West. Presumably the “local agenda” referred to the ousting of Gaddafi.
Here are some excerpts from his Guantanamo file. If you’re interested, you can see the entire file here – http://wikileaks.org/gitmo/pdf/ly/us9ly-000557dp.pdf
Prior History: Detainee served as a tank driver in the Libyan armed forces as a private.
The Libyan Govemment states he was addicted to illegal drugs/narcotics and had been
accused of a number of crimes including: murder, physical assault, armed assault, and
distributingn arcotics. He was sentencedto l0 yearsi n prison. In 1993,h e escapedfr om
prison and fled to Egypt. He traveled to Afghanistan (AF) and trained at Usama Bin Laden’s
(UBL) Torkham Camp. After participating in the Soviet jihad, he moved to Sudan (SU).
Detaineew orked as a truck driver for Wadi Al-‘Aqiq, one of UBL’s companiesin Suba,S U.
The Libyan Govemment funher stated detainee joined LIFG and was assigned to the military
committee. Under pressuref rom the Libyan and Sudaneseg ovemments,h e left Sudan
sometime in 1997, using a false Mauritanian passport. He traveled to Pakistan (PK), where
he resided in the area near the Al-Atariyah University/mosque (variants Al Yassir Al
Khayria, Athariya and Atharia) in Peshawar.
A rundown of his training.
Training and Activities: In 1998, he withdrew from the LIFG and joined the Taliban
movement (this is likely a reference to Al-Qaida support to the Taliban). He moved to
Peshawawr here he lived with Abu Zayd Al-Tunisi (assessetdo be US9LY-000721). In
2000,h e lived in the tribal region of PeshawarP, K (This is anareau ndert ribal control,n ot
government control. UBL was known to have spent time in this area). He communicated
with likely extremist elements in Afghanistan via radio during this period, indicating a
position of leadership. Around August to November 2001, detainee worked for Al-Wafa in
Kabul, AF. Detainee fought with the Taliban against the Northem Alliance and was
wounded in the leg. He left Kabul around mid-November 2001. Khalid Mahmound Abdul
Al Wahad, US9JO-000589, stated detainee fled to Peshawar, where he likely assisted the
Qadhafi Foundation in relocating extremists and their families.
It would appear that Qumu had a significant intelligence value and that he may have been released in an effort to track Al-Qaeda activities as well as to help overthrow Gaddafi. Instead, it was Qumu who lived to see Gaddafi dead as well as extracting revenge against America in the form of Benghazi. The focus on the congressional hearings this week will be on the cover-up of Benghazi during and after the attack. We need to be examining why an enemy combatant of high intelligence value considered to be a high risk to American interests was ever released. The Obama Administration has plenty of questions to answer about how it handled the attack and covered it up. More importantly, we need to get to the bottom of why Qumu was released and what was the CIA involvement in supplying weapons to Syria via Turkey. Was Qumu employed as a double agent by the CIA to overthrow Gaddafi? David Petraeus would know.
That appears to be the likely scenario for the whole cover-up affair. Not only did we have an Ambassador conducting a covert operation to supply Libyan arms and fighters to Syria with CIA support, he himself was killed by an Al-Qaeda double agent working for the CIA at one point. Very messy business. Also one that would have had involvement from top brass in the Pentagon, the State Dept., the CIA as well as the White House. The Petraeus exit may just be the tip of the iceberg in the lengths that the Obama Administration will go to keep the lid on this.
UPDATE*** – Since posting this, I forgot about this video from Glenn Beck in which he tries to lay out the Obama-Libya-Turkey-Syria connection. But in the end he leaves you with the question of what the U.S. gain is.
Let me answer that question that Glenn Beck couldn’t. I touched on it in this recent post – https://spellchek.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/the-benghazi-cover-story-is-coming-after-the-election/
We’ve already seen how Egypt has backfired with the Muslim Brotherhood in charge. Libya will follow suit. The Arab Spring seemed like a good thing for America with the removal of several long-time tyrants throughout the region. Replacing them with Al-Qaeda hardly seems beneficial. Syria and Lebanon will follow. Interesting isn’t it that the list of countries seems to be generally following the model Gen. Wesley Clark laid out back in a 2007 interview.
Ask yourself what common goal would the U.S. have to replace regimes throughout the Middle East that bridges different administrations? It certainly isn’t replacing dictators and tyrants for Al-Qaeda. The answer is strategic. Energy.
Bashad in Syria has a plan to become the distribution capital of the Middle East, not the supplier, but the crossroads of pipelines to deliver energy products. It’s called the Four Seas policy. Of course, they will be paid royalties in doing so. Bashad is trying to shut out Turkey in its endeavors. Turkey is our ally. So who wins? It won’t be Bashad.
The reason the United States is involved in all of these destabilizing efforts throughout the region is merely a strategic one. Eliminating our competitors from establishing monopolies and ensuring that energy products are all on the global market. That’s considered the best way to reduce our exposure to directly influencing the U.S. economy with supply and cost manipulation.
Perhaps Obama has some additional incentive to dictate events in the interest of his Muslim roots as well. But that’s for another post.