Thursday, February 22, 2018

Panetta: Terrorists behind attack on U.S. in Libya

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday there can be no doubt that terrorists planned the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, two weeks ago that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Republicans have accused the Obama administration of downplaying the possibility of a terrorism link to the Sept. 11 attack, which it initially said was tied to protests over an anti-Islam, Internet video that enraged Muslims worldwide.

"It was a terrorist attack," Panetta said when asked at a Pentagon news conference whether al-Qaida was involved. He said it remains to be determined by investigators which terrorist group was involved.

Asked how long after the attack it took him to come to the conclusion that it was perpetrated by terrorists, Panetta said, "It took a while," but he was not more specific.

Addressing the same topic, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that before the attack there was some intelligence about security threats in Libya.

"But there wasn't anything specific and certainly not a specific threat to the consulate that I'm aware of," Dempsey said.

Meanwhile, the State Department is further drawing down staff at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli for security reasons. A senior State Department official said that the reduction in personnel is expected to be temporary, the Associated Press reported.

The embassy warned Americans of possible protests in the capital and Benghazi today.

Filmmaker ordered to jail: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker behind the controversial movie Innocence of Muslims that sparked rioting across the Muslim world, was ordered detained Thursday for allegedly violating terms of his probation.

Federal Judge Suzanne Segal cited a "lengthy pattern of deception."

Nakoula was arrested earlier in the day. Federal prosecutors argued in a court hearing that he posed a flight risk and should remain in custody.

Nakoula was convicted on bank fraud charges in 2010 and was warned against misbehaving on the Internet.

Information from Los Angeles Times was used in this report.

Comments

Boys basketball: Jesuit ekes out win

TAMPA — The Jesuit boys basketball team could be forgiven for looking past Lake Wales. The Highlanders entered the Class 6A region quarterfinal with a 13-12 record, while the Tigers had their sights on another squad — Sarasota B...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

In 2015, Conchy the flamingo showed up at Florida’s Naval Air Station Key West, and he wouldn’t leave. Normally, managers on the grounds lethally remove feathered troublemakers — it can be very dangerous with birds flying around million-dollar fighte...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Winter Olympics: Russian curler loses medal over doping

Winter Olympics: Russian curler loses medal over doping

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been stripped of his bronze medal after admitting to a doping violation at the Olympics. Krushelnitsky tested positive for meldonium, which is believed to help blood circulation, aft...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

Boys basketball: Alonso stymied in region opener

TAMPA — Alonso made history this year. Orlando Dr. Phillips had history on its side, too.The Ravens, who won their first district championship, had their dream season end Thursday in a 68-45 defeat to the Panthers in a Class 9A region quarterfi...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Winter Olympics: U.S. men on verge of first curling gold

Winter Olympics: U.S. men on verge of first curling gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — After he had a disastrous showing at the 2014 Olympics, John Shuster received an email that informed him that he had been dropped from the USA Curling’s high-performance program. In fairness, his play had been poor at the Gam...
Updated: 20 minutes ago

Boys basketball: With options aplenty, Hillsborough rolls

TAMPA — Inside. Outside.Inside. Outside.Time and time again, the Hillsborough boys basketball team repeated the shot pattern on offense in the first half.Land O'Lakes' zone defense withstood the dual threat for the game's first few minutes...
Updated: 23 minutes ago

Boys basketball: Springstead settles down in second half

SPRING HILL — It was a slow start for Springstead, but with a home playoff game for the first time since the school's state runnerup run in 2009, the Eagles turned momentum and kept it.Springstead downed King 71-44 on Thursday night in the Clas...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Journals say European art scene began with Neanderthals

Journals say European art scene began with Neanderthals

NEW YORK — From the murky depths of Spanish caves comes a surprising insight: Neanderthals created art. That’s been proposed before, but experts say two new studies finally give convincing evidence that our evolutionary cousins had the brainpower to ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago

FL Lottery

FL Lottery
Updated: 1 hour ago