U.S. officials gave instructions for Benghazi Medical Center to use a “John Doe” pseudonym on the death certificate of Ambassador Christopher Stevens after he died of asphyxiation in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. That’s according to a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity because the official isn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
According to the official, U.S. officials aren’t certain to this day whether Stevens was still alive when local Libyans made cell phone video recordings of his body being carried or dragged from the U.S. mission, possibly by looters.
On Friday, Sept. 14, the victims’ bodies arrived in the U.S. at Andrews Air Force base for a ceremony. Stevens’ body was then taken to an FBI facility in Dover, Del., for an autopsy which revealed he died of asphyxia, presumably from smoke inhalation. Officials found no internal damage, no indication of assault and no mistreatment of his body. Stevens was then transported to a funeral home on Saturday, Sept. 15 and cremated, at his family’s request.
O.K. That’s what we have been waiting for! It’s almost nine months late but that’s good enough for “government” work.
First, I still tend to trust the FBI on most things (strange for my readers to hear and strange to say), especially when it’s coming from the professionals at their job far from the politicos appointed by this WH. If two or three weeks after the Benghazi attack the administration had released this report, I and a lot of others would have been satisfied, would have accepted it. Hell, two months would have better, that’s within the range of normal governmental Snafu. But nine months after the attack, that’s eight months pass the “sell-by” date for most skeptics of this administration. So the timing is off, that is one problem.
Second, it isn’t really released? Is it? An anonymous U.S. Official who is not speaking officially. (?) Not really releasing the report is it? This should have been released in a public press conference on the steps of the FBI building in the full light of day by the chief forensic pathologist with the Director of the FBI standing beside him (or behind, take your pick). This “anonymous U.S. Official who is not speaking officially”
crap situation rather smells. Trail balloon maybe? This smacks more of a back alley whore flashing the john a glimpse of her boobies.
One thing though, “possibly by looters“, may be the end of the meme of the pro-American mob trying to “rescue” their little,
well-liked ambassador buddy.
So in conclusion, when is some news organization going to file a “Freedom of Information” demand for the Stevens Autopsy? If the FBI performed the autopsy it’s a public record. It cannot by itself contain any sensitive information, so release it. Officially. You know, just like we were still a free country.