Family and friends of the late Ambassador Chris Stevens have come together on a Tumblr to share memories and photos of the former diplomat. Stevens, who was 52, was killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. The Tumblr site asks visitors to share stories of how Stevens impacted their lives, and reads as a touching, personal, tribute to the Ambassador’s life.
Things to think about.
The filmmaker behind “Innocence of Muslims,” a film that some blame for the Middle East riots, was taken into custody. Is this the end of the First Amendment as we know it? Find out on this Trifecta.
This seethes every bit of rage I feel over this.
Some interesting commentary from the right on Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Obama for your afternoon. For reference, here’s our cheat from when Nakoula was taken in for questioning:
A California man widely believed to be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was taken in by police shortly after midnight Saturday to be interviewed about his involvement in an anti-Muslim film, Innocence of Muslims, that has sparked widespread violence throughout the Middle East. He was not arrested or detained, but taken in voluntarily to speak with police. Nakoula, who claims to have been the film’s logistics manager but not its director, has in the past been convicted on bank fraud charges and may have violated his probation in uploading the controversial movie to YouTube.
Americans killed in US consulate attack honored
NBC News: Four Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, earlier in the week were returned to the United States and honored in a somber ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
“We owe it to those four men to continue the long, hard work of diplomacy,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
Photo: Photo: President Obama speaks at the transfer ceremony for the four men killed in Libya. (NBC News)
Update: The man behind the incendiary film, Innocence of Muslims, has a criminal record that includes a narcotics conviction. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested on March 27, 1997 and charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Nov. 3, 1997 to one year in county jail and three years probation. The D.A.’s office said he violated probation on April 8, 2002, and was re-sentenced to another year in county jail.
An interior view of the damage at the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen yesterday, in Benghazi September 12, 2012.
Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three embassy staff were killed as they rushed away from the consulate building, stormed by al Qaeda-linked gunmen blaming America for a film that they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.
Stevens was trying to leave the consulate building for a safer location as part of an evacuation when gunmen launched an intense attack, apparently forcing security personnel to withdraw. [REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori]
Mitt Romney may have pulled the trigger too quickly. By slamming the Obama administration as the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Libya, the Republican nominee has given the appearance of exploiting an international tragedy. Whether his criticism is warranted or not, the timing seems insensitive—as if Romney is more interested in scoring political points than mourning the deaths of U.S. diplomats.
Since our founding the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts. Already many Libyans have joined us in doing so and this attack will not break the bonds between the United Sates and Libya. Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans. The Libyan’s helped some of our diplomats find safety and they carried Ambassador Stevens’ body to the hospital where we tragically learned he had died.
The Libyans didn’t pass any information. This report is absolutely baseless and untrue,” says the senior official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject. “This was a plan by the security to arrest people they suspect. It’s a precaution to mobilize in the streets in anticipation of the American withdrawal.
Muammar Gaddafi dead: Former Libyan dictator found hiding in a sewer waving a golden gun
Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was found hiding in a drainage culvert waving a golden gun as he tried to flee National Transitional Council fighters who had overran his hometown and final bastion on Thursday.
According to various sources, the former Libyan dictator may have tried to break out of his final redoubt at dawn in a convoy of vehicles after weeks of dogged resistance.
However, he was stopped by a NATO airstrike and captured, possibly three or four hours later, after gunbattles with NTC fighters who found him hiding in a drainage culvert.
Moments later, his bloodied body was stripped and displayed around the world from cellphone video. (Photo: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters)
Video of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first getting word, via Blackberry, of Gaddafi’s
deathedit: captured (sorry). “Wow.”
“Unconfirmed. We’ve had a bunch of these.”
Fascinating raw video. Thanks ABC for releasing this.
Is this from what must be the coolest email listserv there is?
In which Andrew Sullivan admits he was wrong about the U.S. intervention in Libya.
And there’s Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen with Qadhafi’s hand on his shoulder, and really yucking it up behind them, Amr Moussa, then the head of the Arab League, now an aspiring contender to become the first democratically elected president of Egypt.
Taken less than a year before, the photo captured the ear-to-ear smiles of the leaders of several autocratic regimes. At the center of the photo stood Gaddafi, smiling and resplendent in his golden-brown robes and trademark sunglasses.
To his far left stood then-Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, laughing, and looking for all the world like he was invincible. To his right stood then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, with Gaddafi’s elbow jauntily on his soldier.