The night of Sept. 11, 2012 proved just how dangerous a place Benghazi, Libya can be to Americans, but the long-term danger posed by thousands of shoulder-fired missiles is worth considering as well. CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson, one of few mainstream reporters to stick with the Benghazi investigation, has published a new report detailing the search for thousands of “man-portable air-defense systems,” or MANPADS, left over from the Qaddafi regime.

Attkisson writes:

Before his overthrow and death in the fall of 2011, Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was believed to have purchased 15,000-20,000 Soviet MANPADS. Concern over the whereabouts of the missiles – and the possibility that terrorists could buy them on the black market and even use them to shoot down American passenger jets – drove a U.S. effort to recover as many as possible. But only about 2,000 were accounted for prior to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Benghazi, Libya, according to the source.

Who would have expected something like this to bloom from the much-praised “Arab Spring”?

Keep in mind that much of this is speculation, and Attkisson quotes CBS News national security consultant Juan Zarate as saying, “I don’t think we should be alarmist without more specific data, but this has always been a concern for civil aviation.” There’s no question, though, that Attkisson is one journalist well worth following.

  • arttie

    Ahh, another beautiful Arab Spring is in the wings. I wonder what the nimrods at State have planned?

  • arttie

    Ahh, another beautiful Arab Spring is in the wings. I wonder what the nimrods at State have planned?

  • SpinMeNot

    They aren’t MIA … I can tell you exactly where they are, Syria. In the hands of Islamic extremists and the occasional freedom fighter. The former will eliminate the latter as soon as Assad is out of the way.

    • Clayton Grant

      I believe that Amb Stevens and the Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin were meeting about that very subject. The weapons are everywhere in the region now.

  • SpinMeNot

    They aren’t MIA … I can tell you exactly where they are, Syria. In the hands of Islamic extremists and the occasional freedom fighter. The former will eliminate the latter as soon as Assad is out of the way.

  • d1comment

    Are we sure what the CIA did with the MANPADS as they got their hands on them..?

  • d1comment

    Are we sure what the CIA did with the MANPADS as they got their hands on them..?

  • Scott Carroll

    I think we should all give a healthy round of cyber-applause to Sharyl Attkisson. She has doggedly continued to pursue this story when everyone else in the media (even some Republicans) have forgotten about it.

    Bravo Ms.Attkisson, if everyone else in the leftstream media approached journalism like you do the term “independent press” wouldn’t be a misnomer.

    • freeinaz

      Standing O for this real journalist.

  • Scott Carroll

    I think we should all give a healthy round of cyber-applause to Sharyl Attkisson. She has doggedly continued to pursue this story when everyone else in the media (even some Republicans) have forgotten about it.

    Bravo Ms.Attkisson, if everyone else in the leftstream media approached journalism like you do the term “independent press” wouldn’t be a misnomer.

  • Frustrated Teacher

    I wonder how many of THOSE may come across the southern border that none of our Legislators can figure out what to do with? Thank you Sheryl! You make Tampa proud!!

  • Frustrated Teacher

    I wonder how many of THOSE may come across the southern border that none of our Legislators can figure out what to do with? Thank you Sheryl! You make Tampa proud!!

  • Stone Bryson

    Between Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and the potential vaccine / autism connections, Ms. Attkinson is one of the few true journalists left in America. Bravo!

  • Stone Bryson

    Between Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and the potential vaccine / autism connections, Ms. Attkinson is one of the few true journalists left in America. Bravo!

  • http://navalwarfare.blogspot.com/ Libertyship46

    Unfortunately, I don’t think anybody else in the mainstream media is going to pay any attention to this until a civilian airliner is brought down by one of these missiles. The Obama administration is falling all over itself to get the public to forget about Benghazi, and John Kerry certainly does not want to bring it up, either. So unless something tragic happens, the White House is going to make sure that this story dies and goes away.

    • Garth Haycock

      And Obama will then blame the sequester for an airliner being shot down.

    • mdtljt

      …which is exactly why Ms. Attkisson needs our support & encouragement….keep putting their feet to the fire, Ms. Attkisson!!!

  • TJ

    How much does a shoulder-fired missile goes for on the arms black market.

    Cheep when sold to Al Qaeda, as they are always a return customer and buy in bulk.

  • TocksNedlog

    Likes like the US Border Patrol needs to train against possible MANPAD attacks.

  • nc

    Question: How can the other “journalists” – particularly those at Attkisson’s CBS – stand by and do nothing while she does the only true investigative reporting?

    • Orlando Cee

      I’ve often wondered that myself. I know I’m dating myself here, but…back in my day, journalists were always after a story. Always.

      Anytime something didn’t smell right, you could bet there was someone digging to find out what was really going on. And once a story broke, all the papers and media were on it. Anyone old enough to remember Watergate knew what a feeding frenzy that was like with the media. You really couldn’t get away from the story, even if you wanted to.

      Today? Benghazi ::yawn:: Obama’s background ::crickets chirping::

      It’s as if this current hive-think of the media has wiped their minds clear of any curiosity and any original thought. They don’t cover the news anymore. They just cover it up.

      • nc

        It’s what “60 Minutes” used to be all about, remember?

  • KansasGirl

    Hope she’s not leading to a deadend.

  • Maxx

    I’m jealous. If I want to blow a hole through my front door, my VP suggests a shotgun. Apparently Libyans get to use “man-portable air-defense systems.” A Mossberg 500 or shoulder-launched missle?

    “Who’s yer daddy now?”

  • Garth Haycock

    We need more Sharyl Attkissons and less Maddows in the world of journalism.

  • James A. Lonon

    The reason we were there? To get missiles? We lost 4 lives and an embassy burnt to the ground! We got no missiles but, we supplied them with air support and weapons to kill with for many years to come..Uh! Remind me again…WTF was our purpose of involving ourselves in Libya?.Good will? Oil? Thanks? Prestige? Deposing Kadaffi with whom we and Europe were in the process of normalizing relations with after a couple decades of peace and increasing cooperation? Making buddy buddy with terrorist radicals? WTF…I am really curious and think my gov. owes us an explanation!

  • Guest

    Obama knew the MANPADS were in unguarded arsenals and at risk of being taken,
    during the chaos in the final weeks of Gaddafi’s regime.
    That is exactly what happened, as Obama AGAIN did nothing in a crisis situation…
    Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) walked with an estimated 20,000 MANPADS.

  • $23629333

    While Sharyl worries about such weapons shooting down American passenger jets – and, possibly, on American soil to boot* – I worry that some no-good-nick might tippy-toe close enough to one of Israel’s airports to shoot down planes. I’m willing to wager that one of those weapons is already in Israel, and in the hands of the folks the Israelis are supposed to embrace.

    (* how difficult would it be to walk a few of those across that well protected border with Mexico?)

  • Stan

    Now this a Great reporter. My hat is off to Ms. Attkisson for her in depth reporting of a situation others should be scrambling over. When an “Important” person is brought down with a missile, we know why.

  • EOD

    Giving Aid and Comfort to a Declared Enemy of the United States of America is Treason.
    Obama unilaterally launching a War in Libya in order to turn over Libya over to the forces currently at war against the United States of America should be looked at as an Impeachable Offence, and then charged as a Treasonous act.

  • Pat Arnold

    Wow a real journalist. Thought they had all sold their souls to Obama by now