It is time meet the new Libyan Management Team brought to you by an illegal war and $1B+ of taxpayer dollars. Let's examine the background on who this group is and where they came from before we dive in to who the individual Leaders are.
Most of the prominent Leaders of the Transitional Council got their training from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). So who is that group?
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) also known as Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية المقاتلة بليبيا) is the most powerful radical faction[waging Jihad in Libya against Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's regime. LIFG was founded in 1995 by Libyans who had fought against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. It aims to establish an Islamic state in Libya and views the current regime (Gaddafi) as oppressive, corrupt and anti-Muslim, according to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Shortly after the 9-11 attacks, LIFG was banned worldwide (as an affiliate of al-Qaeda) by the UN 1267 Committee. If the UN banned them then they must be WAY out there. The UN doesn't ban these types of groups. They tend to fund them.
It is also important to note that in October 2005, the United Kingdom's Home Office banned LIFG under their version of the Terrorism Act of 2000 and froze all their assets in U.K. banks. See http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/js4016.aspx for additional information.
So who are the alumni of LIFG on the Transitional Council? Remember these names for future reference and headlines.
1. Othman Suleiman El-Megyrahi (Batnan Area)
2. Mr. Ashour Hamed Bourashed (Darna City)
3.Dr. Abdelallah Moussa El-myehoub (Qouba Area)
4. Mr. Zubiar Ahmed El-Sharif (Representative of the political prisoners)
5. Mr. Ahmed Abduraba Al-Abaar (Benghazi City)
6. Mr.Dr. Fathi Mohamed Baja (Benghazi City)
7 .Mr.Abdelhafed Abdelkader Ghoga (Benghazi City)
8. Mr Fathi Tirbil and Dr.Salwa Fawzi El-Deghali(Representative of youth and women)
So what do you do organizationally when you get banned by the U.N., have your assets frozen and generally are in the top ten of the Islamic Terrorist organizational list. You change your name (Libyan Islamic Movement (al-Harakat al-Islamiya al-Libiya), rebrand your product, management team and market the organization as the newest, best, alternative around to a ruthless dictator.
This group has managed to do that brilliantly and now find themselves in the driver's seat in Libya. The U.N. has authorized the U.S. to release $1.5B in frozen assets to the NTC and President Obama has promised U.S. Aid to the National Transitional Council as well. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/08/25/bloombe...
So without further facts to muddy the water.. Introducing the New Management Team!
Head of government
Has been abroad during most of the rebellion trying to persuade foreign leaders to recognize the rebel council. Was head of the National Economic Development Board under Qaddafi before defecting at the beginning of the rebellion.
Mustafa Abdel-Jalil (LIFG Alumni)
Chairman of the National Transitional Council
Has been the leader of the rebel council since it was formed in February. Was Minister of Justice under Qaddafi until he resigned after violence was used against protesters. Mr Abdul Jalil was born in the city of Bayda, east Libya, in 1952. He graduated from the department of Shari’a and Law in the Arabic Language and Islamic Studies faculty of The University of Libya in 1975. Mr. Abdul Jalil was appointed Assistant to the Secretary of the Public Prosecutor in the city of Al-Bayda, and was appointed a judge in 1978. In 2002, he was appointed President of the Court of Appeals and then President of the Court in Al Bayda, before being made Minister of Justice in 2007. Note: (Shariah law expert who will implement a Marxist version of Shariah)
Mr. Abdul Hafiz Ghoga (Vice-Chairman) (LIFG Alumni)
Mr. Ghoga is former Head of the Benghazi Lawyers Syndicate. Mr. Ghoga is Vice Chairman of the NTC and its official spokesman. He also represents the city of Benghazi.
Mr. Fatih Turbel (Youth) (LIFG Alumni)
Mr. Turbel has a BA in law from the Gar Yunis University in Benghazi and represented the families of the 1996 Abu Salim massacre. Mr. Turbel is a human rights activist and was arrested on 15th February 2011 during the first street protests in Libya. As a member of the NTC, he is responsible for representing Youth.
Mr. Zubeir Ahmed El-Sharif (Political Prisoners) (LIFG Alumni)
One of Libya’s longest serving political prisoners, Mr. El-Sharif was arrested in 1973 for conspiracy and sentenced to 31 years in prison. He graduated from the Military Academy of Iraq in 1958 and as a member of the NTC is currently responsible for representing political prisoners.
Mr. Omar Al-Hariri (Military Affairs) (Muslim Brotherhood Alumni)
As a member of the NTC, Mr. Al-Hariri is responsible for representing Military Affairs. (Member of Muslim Brotherhood)
Dr. Fatih Mohammed Baja (Political Affairs) (LIFG Alumni)
Dr. Baja has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Morocco and previously worked as a member of the teaching staff at Gar Yunis University. As a member of the NTC, Dr. Baja is responsible for Political Affairs and heads the Political Affairs Advisory Committee. He also represents the city of Benghazi.
Dr. Salwa Fawzi El-Deghali (Legal Affairs and Women) (LIFG Alumni)
Dr. El-Deghali has a PhD In constitutional law and previously taught at the Academy of Graduate Studies in Benghazi. As a member of the NTC, Dr. El-Deghali is responsible for Legal Affairs and heads the Legal Advisory Committee. She also represents women.
Dr. Abdullah Moussa Al-Mayhoub:
Dr. Al-Mayhoub has Phd from France and previously worked as Dean of the Law Faculty at Gar Yunis University in Benghazi. Dr. Al-Mayhoub represents the city of Qubba.
Mr. Ahmed Al-Abbar (Economics)
As a member of the NTC, Mr. Al- Abaar manages the economics portfolio and also represents the city of Benghazi.
Mr. Ashour Bourashed (City of Derna)
As a member of the NTC, Mr. Bourashed represents the city of Derna
Mr. Uthman Megrahi (City of Batnan)
As a member of the NTC, Mr.Megrahi represents the city of Batnan
Dr Suleiman Al-Fortiya (Misrata)
As a member of the NTC, Dr. Al-Fortiya represents the city of Batnan
Who have we unleashed in the Region? I think that is clear. The United States and NATO allies have expended multi billions of dollars to put Islamic Jihadists in power. We have empowered extremists and Islamic terrorists that even the UN banned.
As in most revolutions the fighters have unlocked the cell doors in the prisons and freed the inmates. ""As Benotman said many of the militants released are pro-al Qaeda. "Nobody knows what these released prisoners are going to do next," he said. "Will they take part in the fighting and if they do will they join pre-existing rebel brigades or form a separate fighting force?"Benotman, now a senior analyst at the Quilliam Foundation in London, said the freed prisoners are Salafists, embracing a puritanical interpretation of Islam that has gained ground in Libya in recent years."
All of this only cost us a $1B. What a bargain. I wonder how much more money we are going to spend to prop these guys up? How do you measure that ROI (return on investment)? President Obama has promised more aid. You should keep an eye on the cash register. Ask your Congressmen and Senators to monitor this closely. We have to hold our elected officials accountable especially when we as a Nation and our NATO allies just facilitated unleashing Jihad on the rest of the planet.
Jim.. this was a message I posted almost two years ago.... no one did know then. Sorry... I thought I said that in the posting.
Yes we do know now.... but please tell me why they are continuing to be allowed here. These people are our enemies and we are letting them train to kill us on our own soil... insanity.
Here is another link that has details on the Military Leadership and their links with Al Qaeda. With short quote below
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/147322#.Tlwf5aiP-_I This was widely reported by several news sources today.
"A senior rebel in Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) is none other than Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who once fought with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Also known as Abu Abdullah al-Sadeq, optimists are hoping he has reformed from being a jihad terrorist. Reuters quoted Noman Benotman, a former commander of an anti-Qaddafi group that included Belhadj, as saying, "He has more of a political mindset than a religious mindset. He always managed to keep a distance between bin Laden and our struggle."
Contrary to Bentoman’s views, Pepe Escobar wrote for Asian Times Online , "He’s already made sure in Libya that himself and his militia will only settle for sharia law.”
So.. once again we stumble blindly through the sands in the desert and enable terrorism and are directly funding it. That is just GREAT!
Brett Bair's report on the Benghazi attack and aftermath. The report does not mention the rape, dragging and murder of Stevens.