When then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise trip to Libya in October 2011, the vetting for her security was such that a man who was known to be suspected of having links to Islamic terrorism was in charge of her security
What the Daily Mail called “a shocking security blunder” was first revealed in a new book, Jihadi John: The Making of a Terrorist, by Robert Verkaik.
During her Libyan visit, Verkaik writes, Clinton was in the company of a man once known as “Detainee M,” who was known to Britain as a member of the banned Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and considered a threat to British and American national security.
“One terror suspect under a control order for many years, who is known as ‘Detainee M,’ even went on to head up the government security unit in charge of guarding Hillary Clinton when as U.S. Secretary of State she made an unannounced visit to Libya in 2011,” Verkaik wrote. “One woman’s terror suspect is another’s trusted bodyguard.”
The “extraordinary vetting oversight at the heart of the Clinton camp” is “bound to be seized upon by Mrs. Clinton’s critics as evidence of the State Department’s inadequate concern with security in Libya – a paucity that culminated in the horror of Benghazi,” The Daily Mail wrote.
Clinton’s October 2011 trip was designed to show her support and that of the United States for the Libyan people and to create new, positive ties with the nation. Less than one year later — Sept. 11, 2012 — the U.S. diplomatic outpost at Behghazi, Libya, came under attack, leading to the deaths of four Americans. Since then, questions have swirled about whether the Clinton-led State Department provided adequate security for American diplomats based in Libya.
h/t: The Daily Mail