The U.S. State Dept. has elected to designate former Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu a Specially Designated Global Terrorists under E.O. 13224. The organization bin Qumu fronted in Libya, Ansar al-Shari’a, was also designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.
The State Dept. at long last has also added the Benghazi suspects to its Rewards for Justice Program with a $10 million dollar reward. The omission was noted last October in news reports. Rewards typically run up to $25 million so the $10 million dollar amount would seem to be artificially low particularly in light of the State Dept. policy in such matters.
The Secretary is authorized to pay a reward greater than $25 million if he/she determines that a greater amount is necessary to combat terrorism or to defend the United States against terrorist acts. Read more – http://www.rewardsforjustice.net/index.cfm?page=Rewards_program&language=english
Sec. of State John Kerry has the authorization to raise the amount and since his dept. has stated that bin Qumu WAS responsible for the attacks on Benghazi, he would seem to qualify for a larger amount.
Created separately after the fall of the Qadhafi regime, Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi and Ansar al-Shari’a in Darnah have been involved in terrorist attacks against civilian targets, frequent assassinations, and attempted assassinations of security officials and political actors in eastern Libya, and the September 11, 2012 attacks against the U.S. Special Mission and Annex in Benghazi, Libya.
The statement “have been involved” is not the same as suspected or accused, it is stated as a matter of fact. Regardless, this reward and designation have long been overdue.
In keeping in line with the recent N.Y. Times expose, the State Dept. was careful not to include any specific references to al-Qaeda.
Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu is extremely important to the Benghazi investigation not just for his connection to the attacks, perhaps just as important is why he was even able to coordinate them. Bin Qumu was a CIA detainee at Guantanamo Bay from May 5, 2002 until he was released into the custody of the Libyan government in 2007. This despite his assessment as an enemy combatant while at Guantanamo as recently as 2004.
We were alerted to the status of bin Qumu by none other than Wikileaks with the release of a secret DOD document which you can read here.
Spellchek reported on this story back in November of 2012 – https://spellchek.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/who-is-abu-sufian-ibrahim-ahmed-hamuda-bin-qumu-is-he-the-reason-for-the-benghazi-cover-up/.
After reviewing the case history against bin Qumu, one can only wonder why the Bush Administration saw fit to release an enemy combatant who was considered an active threat against the U.S. and its interests. Here at Spellchek, we surmise the reason to be utilizing bin Qumu as a CIA double agent in order to gather further intelligence against al-Qaeda. In fact, the DOD hasn’t followed the lead of the Obama Administration in overtly omitting any ties of bin Qumu to al-Qaeda. The DOD listed bin Qumu as a “probable member of Al Qaida” in the secret report obtained by Wikileaks.