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Attack in Libya

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
September 12, 2012 1:45:37 PM PDT
Was it the second wave of Sept. 11 attacks against the U.S.? That's what American officials are now investigating.

This time the buildings weren't in Lower Manhattan - they were in Libya and Egypt.

Demonstrators were at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, apparently as a protest against an anti-Islamic documentary made by an ultra conservative U.S. real estate developer.

But now many intelligence officials believe that the deadly attack on the Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was not a spontaneous attack in response to that right-wing documentary. Instead, it was a well-planned, well-timed attack.

And it killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.

Now, the U.S. has put its embassies around the world on alert, for possible attacks by Al Qaeda. A day before the consulate attack in Libya, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for revenge for the death of Al Qaeda deputy, and Libyan, Abu Yahya al-Libi. He was killed in June by an American drone attack. Now, everyone is holding their collective breath. Are we in for a new wave of attacks? Including here in New York?

The U.S. - from Pres. Obama to Sec. of State Clinton - is talking justice. But what does that mean? How do you retaliate in Libya? About 50 Marines are now headed there. We'll see.

And what about the fundamentalists from the U.S. - what responsibility do they take in all this for inflaming an Arab world that doesn't need any more inflaming? The U.S. "businessman" who funded the documentary, reportedly with $5 million in donations from 100 American Jews? And how about the "Reverend" Terry Jones - the fundamentalist preacher who has endorsed this documentary? Today, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs asked Jones to withdraw his endorsement. "Non-committal" as the response, according to Gen. Martin Dempsey's staff. You might remember Terry Jones as the one who pitched the notion of burning Korans.

We're on the story, tonight at 11.

We are also looking into one local school where a 5-year-old went without lunch because his parents were apparently behind in paying the fee for school meals. Really.

And we'll have the latest-newest-bestest-gotta-have-it product from Apple: The iPhone5. It's thinner and faster (who doesn't want to be that, right?), and, oh by the way, has a new set of connectors. That means your old connectors - you know, the ones that can be used with any Apple product - are n/g, no good. Oh, you can buy an "adapter" to connect them. Does this company work every money angle, or what?

One more thought about the iPhone: The iPhone3GS, which just three years ago was billed as the "fastest, most powerful iPhone yet," today was killed by Apple. Time marches on. Very fast. Which begs the question: How long before this new "fastest, most powerful iPhone yet" - the iPhone5 - is obsolete? December? I'm just sayin'.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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