September 06, 2014

FNC's Bret Baiers Special: 13 Hours With Eye Witness Accounts Of Benghazi

I watched the special and in awe of these patriots.

Mind numbing.

The Right Scoop has the video's so watch it while you can.

God Bless those brave men

You can also watch it here at FNC

By Stable Hand at 12:20 AM | Comments |

July 04, 2014

DOJ Documents Show Benghazi Was Planned Terrorist Attack, Not Spontaneous And Not About Video

But don't worry. The left won't allow facts to get in the way of their false narrative.

The motion says that in the days preceding the attack, the defendant "voiced concern and opposition to the presence of an American facility in Benghazi." According to the motion, a group of 20 or more "armed men," including militia members, assembled outside the U.S. compound at 9:45 p.m. the night of Sept. 11, 2012, and "aggressively breached" the gate.

They carried rifles, handguns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

After breaching the gate, they stole a U.S. vehicle, "forcibly entered" buildings and stole U.S. property.

"During this initial attack, buildings within the Mission were set on fire," the court document says, noting that the fires "ultimately led to the deaths" of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and Information Management Officer Sean Smith.

U.S. personnel who were able to escape fled to the nearby annex, according to the document, and shortly afterward Khatallah entered the compound "and supervised the exploitation of material from the scene." After they were through, he and other Ansar al-Sharia members allegedly returned to a local camp and prepared for the next assault on the annex -- where two other Americans, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, would later die. (Source)

By DMartyr at 02:07 PM | Comments |

May 07, 2014

Democrats Mock Benghazi Hearings

"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage."

~Saul Alinsky, Rules For Radicals

The preventable deaths of four Americans and the ensuing coverup by this administration is nothing but comedic fodder for Democrats on twitter.

Related news:

Democratic Congresswoman hopeful, Trish Causey, tweets masturbation jokes about the four American deaths...

Liberal commentator and political consultant Donna Brazile calls for satire television show titles to cover the Benghazi hearings. Too bad for her, it backfired.

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman thinks Benghazi is a punchline to some political joke. I might agree if the political joke is Obama and his administration. The media thinks Newman's 'joke' would be hilarious.

Dana Loesch and James Woods (and other good Americans) come out swinging.

And when ridicule and mockery fails, resort to threats.

By DMartyr at 01:51 PM | Comments |

August 13, 2013

400 Missiles Stolen from Benghazi by al Qaeda? [UPDATE: Missiles Being COLLECTED by CIA]

Is this true? I hope not. If it is? It could either be very bad, or ... not as much. If the missiles were carted off to Syria, then I can't think of a more deserving target than Assad.

But it seems to me that if 400 US made surface-to-air missiles had made their way to Syria, that we would have seen a lot more downing of aircraft. Something I don't think has happened, at least not to a great extent.

So, I'm having a bit of a tough time believing this:

A former U.S. attorney representing Benghazi whistleblowers is claiming that 400 surface-to-air missiles were “stolen” and “taken from Libya” and are now “in the hands of some very ugly people.” He also said the Obama administration is “deeply concerned” that the weapons may be used to shoot down airliners....

Even more potentially shocking, DiGenova claimed the missiles are now in the hands of Al Qaeda operatives, according to his sources. His sources include “former intelligence officials who stay in constant contact with people in the Special Ops and intelligence community.”

“And it’s pretty clear that the biggest concern right now are 400 missiles which have been diverted in Libya and have gotten in the hands of some very ugly people,” he added.

If al Qaeda had these missiles, don't you think they'd have tried to use them by now? It's been almost a year since they attacked our consular offices in Benghazi.

UPDATE: This just makes a lot more sense:

Michael Ledeen speculated in an e-mail to Powerline that Syria had nothing to do with it; what probably happened, he thinks, is that the CIA was trying to collect some of the heavier weapons Libyan rebels had acquired during the war with Qaddafi....

If Ledeen’s theory is right, that the CIA was actually trying to recoup weapons rather than hand them out, then the scandal is — as it really always has been — about the light security in place at the annex and consulate to defend an arsenal as dangerous as 400 SAMs.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:04 AM | Comments |

August 08, 2013

Benghazi: Why is a Texas Republican Blocking a Select Committee Investigation?

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One would think the House Republicans would be pulling out all the stops to find out how and why the Obama Administration allowed the murder of four Americans at Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Curiously, the House GOP "leadership" isn't particularly interested--and has even taken steps to prevent a Select Committee from being established:

Seven hundred military special operations professionals have signed an open letter calling for the establishment of a House Select Committee to fully investigate the murders at Benghazi. Over three-quarters of the House Republican caucus (163) have joined the public call for a House Select Committee. Sadly, Speaker John Boehner’s ally – Rep. Pete Sessions – has been using his position as Rules Chairman to prevent the resolution from even receiving a vote! The resolution has been stuck in Pete Sessions’ Rules Committee since January! Source: See Conservatives move to force Boehner’s hand for Benghazi investigation, The Hill, July 22, 2013

Texans aware of this situation are understandably unhappy:

Outrage Alert: Texas Republican Congressman Holds Up Benghazi Probe

Why can’t we get any REAL answers regarding Benghazi?

Why is Rep. Pete Sessions Blocking a Select Benghazi Probe?

TX GOP Congressman Stalls Benghazi Probe!

Anyone who cares about the loss of four Americans at Benghazi and believes we deserve a more thorough investigation of the Obama Administration's actions should know that House Rules Chair Pete Sessions is the current bottleneck preventing that from happening. Changing his mind on the importance of Benghazi could be critical.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 08:45 AM | Comments |

August 05, 2013

CNN Reporters Worried They'll Lose WH Access if They Report on Phony Benghazi Scandal

Wonder why CNN hasn't followed up on its revelations last week that 30 CIA agents were on the ground in Benghazi? Why none of them have been contacted about the incident? And why none of the prime suspects have been interviewed by the FBI either?

Okay, strike that last part. As I said before, the FBI just aint going to be interviewing known al Qaeda sympathizers in a country with little or no central government.

But what about the rest? Why no follow up? Wonder no more:

Some CNN reporters are reportedly fearful now that their access to the White House will be hampered following their probing into a story that members of the Obama administration would prefer remain uninvestigated.
I think it's more than this. It's not just that reporters don't want to lose access to powerful people when they say bad things about them, it's that they have a vested partisan interest when those powerful people are Democrats.

And it's only gotten worse under Obama since they have a vested interest in the success of the first black president.

Today I was listening to NPR while driving and they were interviewing David Epstein, an editor at Sports Illustrated, about his new book The Sports Gene. Most sports fans will know the controversy surrounding the book in that Epstein argues that there are small genetic differences which at the top end -- such as in professional sports -- lead to one genetic subtype doing better in a sport than others. Think Kenyans from a particular tribe (I forget which one) and long distance running (although, he also says it's not just genetics but also some other stuff -- like being poor and having nothing better to do).

If I understand his argument it isn't so much that black people are better at sports as much as it is that some people from certain tribal or ethnic subpopulations in Africa are better at certain sports because of very slight variation among populations such as the thigh to body ratio.

And the reason I bring this up is that during the interview, but not mention in NPR's write up on it, is that Epstein made a pretty amazing claim. He said that even scientists are so hyper sensitive about issues of race that some of them have admitted to sitting on data which shows genetic differences for fear of being called a 'racist'. He said that this was true even when the genetic differences had nothing to do with intelligence or other factors which could possibly be construed as racist.

If scientists are willing to sit on data for fear of being called a racist by their peers, I imagine that a similar fear of social stigma is something that most reporters -- who are part of a social circle far more overtly leftist and burdened by upper class white guilt than are scientists -- would be afraid to say bad things about President You-Know-Who.

Things that might make him look bad. Like, say, the first death of a US ambassador since Jimmy Carter's presidency.

Thanks to Space of AIDS for the h/t.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:17 PM | Comments |

July 31, 2013

CNN Lands Coveted Interview w/ Benghazi Terrorists

AllahP has this link up to a CNN segment where John King is teasing an interview that they were able to pull off with one of the suspects in the Benghazi terror attack. Mind you, it's not the actual interview itself, they're just trying to get some buzz going for when they actually do air the interview some time down the road.

I don't think the weird thing here is that CNN landed the interview while the FBI hasn't interviewed the "suspect". Didn't Vice do that like six months ago?

No, the weird thing here is that CNN expects the FBI to interview a "suspect" in Libya.

Does the American Left actually now embrace the notion of the US as a worldwide police force? Because, the last time I checked, the FBI was a police agency. Sure, it's a federal police agency, but a police agency nonetheless.

When a crime happens in Libya you don't send American police to arrest the criminal.

Which is the subtext of the notion that the FBI should be interviewing suspects in Libya. That a crime happened and now we should send in the police to do their thing.

Are people really that stupid to think that even if such a thing should be done that they believe that it could be done? That somehow the FBI can go to a lawless and governmentless country and just take care of business as if they were investigating a string of bank robberies in Iowa?

And it's no longer just the left, because many on the Right have jumped on the let's-treat-acts-of-war-and-terror-as-if-they-are-ordinary-crimes bandwagon. Before you say, no, it's not us! what about those of you who think that it's "illegal" for the President of the US to "extra-judicially murder" a US citizen with a drone strike?

The alternative to "extra-judicial" is judicially approved, meaning you believe courts need to be involved. Which means a lawsuit, a trial, and a verdict must be passed.

In other words, you want to treat acts of terror as crimes and those committing those terrorist acts as .... criminals.

I'm actually not opposed to this. I do think terrorists are criminals, and I would like to see them prosecuted (then swiftly executed).

So, okay, we're on the same page. Except .... how is that supposed to happen when the "criminal" is in a country which is either harboring him for political reasons (eg, Iran, Pakistan) or is a place on a map that no government really controls (eg, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya)?

Sure, it would be nice if the FBI could track down those responsible for Benghazi, arrest them, and bring them back to the US for justice. But that can't happen because it's just not feasible.

Just as it isn't feasible to indict al Qaeda suspects in Yemen and then wait around for 10 years while they wage war against us and our interests around the globe hoping and praying that Yemeni courts will get us an extradition hearing because, goshdarnit, that's just what a nation of laws does.

Oh, the incredible amount of angst and hand wringing that must be part of the daily lives of the armchair Constitutional lawyers who worry about the civil rights of al Qaeda members being violated in countries like Yemen. It must suck to be you.

But what about Benghazi? Are those of you who are so worried about drone kills really in such a pre-9/11 mindset that you would actually object should President Obama actually take these guys out, hellfire missile style? Or does that only happen when it turns out the al Qaeda member in question just happens to be a citizen? A citizen who fled his own country to join al Qaeda to wage war on the country from some sh*thole in the Middle East, but a citizen nonetheless.

I'll tell you what: you lose sleep if and when we kill the Benghazi terrorists without "due process". Me? I'll pass out and then sleep a solid 8 after I've spend the previous 24 hours celebrating the demise of those who made war on my fellow Americans and the fact that Obama finally got off his ass and did something about this "phony scandal" worth celebrating.

And I'll dream of rainbows and ponies.

Anyway, here's the video.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:32 PM | Comments |

May 21, 2013

Anonymous U.S. Officials: FBI ID's Benghazi Suspects But No Arrests & Stuff

This is not the flag you are looking for: A video is what you seek

Thanks Bronco!

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say they have identified five men they believe might be behind the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year. The officials say they have enough evidence to justify seizing them by military force as suspected terroristsbut not enough proof to try them in a U.S. civilian court as the Obama administration prefers.

So the officials say the men remain at large while the FBI gathers more evidence

AP better be careful as this appears to be another 'intel leak'. The underlined bold above isn't gonna go over too well with the Bronco administration.

We can't seize them as 'suspected terrorists'? Huh?

Nothing to see here people, move along. All of this is irrelevant.

"What difference at this point does it make"?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

"The future doesn't belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"~Barack Ohama

"Benghazi happened a long time ago"~Jay Carney

I'm wondering what happened today at the classified briefing the Pentagon gave to the House Armed Services Committee.

By Stable Hand at 01:57 PM | Comments |

House Armed Services Committee To Receive Classified Pentagon Briefing On Benghazi Today

Byron York has noted that lawmakers are digging into life & death issues of Benghazi in way of the Pentagon's purse strings.

.....On Tuesday members of the House Armed Services Committee will question Pentagon officials in a classified session. The committee chairman, Republican Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., last week told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that he remains "deeply concerned" about unanswered Benghazi questions. In a letter to Hagel, McKeon said he wants to know more about:

1. The account of events from the commander of the U.S. Site Security Team in Benghazi, including "the orders he received from higher authority;"

2. The presence of aircraft in the region, whether they were armed, how far they were from Benghazi, whether they would have needed in-flight refueling, and who in the military chain of command considered, or rejected, sending them to help;

3. The presence of unmanned aircraft in the region;

4. The status of a U.S. emergency team in Europe;

5. The presence of a Marine Corps Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team in the region;

6. What military preparations had been made to protect Americans in the area on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.[ed note: State Dept. Confirms: Marines on 9/11/12 Were Protecting U.S. Embassy--in Barbados]

Just to make sure he got a quick response, McKeon noted that he wants answers before he finishes work on next year's National Defense Authorization Act, which maps out funding for the Pentagon.

[ READ IT ALL]

This is a very interesting development...

By Stable Hand at 10:02 AM | Comments |

May 20, 2013

Hillary's Benghazi Scapegoat Speaks Out

Josh Rogin's exclusive at the Daily Beast exclusive

Following the attack in Benghazi, senior State Department officials close to Hillary Clinton ordered the removal of a mid-level official who had no role in security decisions and has never been told the charges against him. He is now accusing Clinton’s team of scapegoating him for the failures that led to the death of four Americans last year.

Raymond Maxwell was placed on forced “administrative leave” after the State Department’s own internal investigation, conducted by an Administrative Review Board (ARB) led by former State Department official Tom Pickering. Five months after he was told to clean out his desk and leave the building, Maxwell remains in professional and legal limbo, having been associated publicly with the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American for reasons that remain unclear.

Maxwell, who served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs from August 2011 until his removal last December, following tours in Iraq and Syria, spoke publicly for the first time in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast.

“The overall goal is to restore my honor,” said Maxwell, who has now filed grievances regarding his treatment with the State Department’s human resources bureau and the American Foreign Service Association, which represents the interests of foreign-service officers. The other three officials placed on leave were in the diplomatic security bureau, leaving Maxwell as the only official in the bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which had responsibility for Libya, to lose his job[...]

Maxwell just wants his day in court. He wrote a poem on his personal blog in April which referred to the State Department’s treatment of the four officials removed from their jobs after Benghazi as a “lynching.”

Last week, he posted another poem about the growing Benghazi scandal.

“The web of lies they weave gets tighter and tighter in its deceit until it bottoms out -at a very low frequency – and implodes,” he wrote. “Yet all the while, the more they talk, the more they lie, and the deeper down the hole they go.”

[READ IT ALL]

I previously posted about Mr Maxwell's first poem, mentioned above, here: The Queen's Henchmen: Poem From Under The Benghazi Bus Person Titled 'The Invitation'..


What difference at this point does it make"?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

By Stable Hand at 03:30 PM | Comments |

PC Kills: Jihad Experts Decry White House Terror Training Guidelines

Why I'm shocked, just shocked I tell you!

Experts on Islam and terrorism are decrying the Department of Homeland Security’s recently revealed anti-terrorism training guidelines, which pressure cops to ignore Islamic beliefs when investigating terror crimes.

The Boston bombings demonstrated the impact of such training, Andrew McCarthy, a former New York prosecutor, told The Daily Caller.

“The Boston Marathon was bombed by a jihadist who had been investigated by the FBI … [and was confirmed in 2011 to be] an Islamist, which would have been hard not to do since he does not appear to have made any secret of it,” said McCarthy, who persuaded a New York jury in 1995 to convict “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman for his use of Islamic teaching to spur jihad attacks, including the 1993 attack against the Twin Towers

[Continue reading]

Of course this is happening and has been for a long time. Think 'work place violence' instead of domestic terrorism at Ft Hood and Bronco's declaration of dhimmitude at the UN in regards to the Benghazi terror attack:

"The future doesn't belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"~Barack Ohama

Related:

PC Kills: Pentagon Brass Crush Career Of Decorated Army Officer Who Taught About Radical Islam

By Stable Hand at 01:38 PM | Comments |

May 19, 2013

Dan Pfeiffer: Irrelevant Fact Where Obama Was During Benghazi Attacks
Legality of IRS Targeting Of Conservative Groups Irrelevant..
Irrelevant Who Edited Benghazi Talking Points

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The Bronco Obama administration has sent out yet another underling to spin, spin, spin the Benghazi, IRS, and AP clusterfrucks. He is hitting all Sunday talk shows today. I wonder how many times his talking points have been edited:

Chris Wallace: "Was he (Obama) in the situation room?

Pfeiffer: "I don't remember what room the president was in, that's a irrelevant fact"

"What difference at this point does it make"?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

"The future doesn't belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"~Barack Ohama

"Benghazi happened a long time ago"~Jay Carney


Spin, spin, spin.

Update: Apparently the keyword today for the Bronco Bama administration is irrelevant:

@ThisWeekABC: . @pfeiffer44: Legality of #IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups ‘Irrelevant’

The "law is irrelevant" except when it comes to ObamaCare, right Mr Spinner?

Exhibit A:

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Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely...

Update II: "Baghdad Dan spews Irrelevant", again:

Update III: Apologize for what?????

Related: Caroline Glick's must read: Obama and the 'Official Truth'

Also note how ABC changed their headline from this http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/05/dan-pfeiffer-legality-of-irs-targeting-of-conservative-groups-irrelevant/ to: "Dan Pfeiffer: IRS Behavior 'Inexcusable' Whether Or Not Illegal.

By Stable Hand at 02:52 PM | Comments |

May 17, 2013

Rep Issa To Thomas Pickering: You've Been Served

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa formally demanded the co-'investigator' of the Benghazi clusterfruckman, who is also the man who called Americans rabidly racist and Islamophobes, to appear before the Committee.

This should prove to be very interesting[PDF]

The lawmaker leading the charge to investigate the Benghazi, Libya, terror attack on Friday subpoenaed the co-author of a report that slammed the State Department but didn't interview Hillary Clinton.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) formally demanded that retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering submit to being deposed by the committee next Thursday.

[Continue reading]

"What difference at this point does it make"?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

"The future doesn't belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"~Barack Ohama

"Benghazi happened a long time ago"~Jay Carney

Update: More here

The ARB [Benghazi Accountability Review Board ..ed] worked behind closed doors," Issa wrote. "It did not record its interviews. No transcripts of ARB interviews exist. Even now, months after the ARB report was released, the ARB's investigative process has remained opaque."[...]

Separately, CBS News published a report in which unnamed officials expressed regret about a decision on Sept. 11 not to send a counterterror unit known as the Foreign Emergency Support Team.

Fox News has previously reported that the administration decided not to send the unit to Benghazi. It would not have been deployed to repel the fighting, but could have been used to secure the scene in the aftermath. Ultimately, they were not sent, the scene was compromised and it took the FBI weeks to get there. [More...]

By Stable Hand at 10:01 PM | Comments |

May 12, 2013

C-SPAN: Sharyl Attkison On Benghazi Terror Attack

Sharyl Attkison, CBS investigative reporter has been on this story since the terror attack in Benghazi happened. She knows all about the stonewalling this administration has done over this. She frequently tweets about this.

It's lengthy but well worth the watch:

Sharyl Attkisson talked about the investigation into lthe September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Ms. Attkisson, who had followed the story since the attack occurred, discussed the previous week House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the attack, State Department official Gregory Hicks' testimony at the hearing, State Department accounts of the event, and the politics surrounding the investigation. She also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Related:

Pickering: Wasn't "necessary" to question Clinton in Benghazi report
Obama Administration's Lead #Benghazi Investigator (Pickering) Slams Americans As Racist Islamophobes
Must-read: Sharyl Attkisson previews Benghazi whistleblowers’ bombshells; ‘Felt helpless, abandoned
CBS: Full time-line of the Benghazi terror attack

By Stable Hand at 09:14 PM | Comments |

May 10, 2013

The Queen's Henchmen: Poem From Under The Benghazi Bus Person Titled 'The Invitation'..

First stanza of the poem:

The Queen’s Henchmen
request the pleasure of your company
at a Lynching – to be held
at 23rd and C Streets NW[State Dept address..ed]
on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
just past sunset.

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Above link is via the Weekly Standard:
Last December, Hillary Clinton's State Department famously threw four career officials under the bus for Benghazi (while of course exculpating all senior and political appointees). One of them was Raymond Maxwell, the deputy assistant secretary for Maghreb Affairs in the Near East Bureau. But Hillary didn't reckon on the fact that Maxwell was also an aspiring poet[More...]
"What difference, at this point, does it make"?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

By Stable Hand at 10:53 AM | Comments |

Obama Lied Through His Teeth at Debate

He does protest too much methinks, attack the attacker they always say.

We all recall the “Crowley Incident” where Obama huffed and puffed and lied his face off with the help of CNN’s Candy Crowley.

Anyone with more than half a brain cell who was paying attention knew that the Obama administration was playing politics over Benghazi. And yet, Obama used the national stage of a Presidential Debate to lie about how and why the talking points were changed to blame a stupid YouTube video for the attack.

I recommend you go read both links above and then view the video again to understand just how disgusting that moment was.

I'm so ashamed.

By Howie at 09:30 AM | Comments |

ABC News: Benghazi Talking Points Were Revised 12 Times, Scrubbed Of Terror Reference

This is not the flag you are looking for: A video is what you seek

Surprisingly, Jonathan Karl at ABC News has gone against the Bronco Bama Administration's narrative on the Benghazi terror attack

When it became clear last fall that the CIA’s now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.

ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack.

Related: Read the Full Benghazi Talking Point Revisions[PDF..**Note: Original 'talking points' contradict testimony this week before the House Oversight Committee that diplomats saw no sign of "demonstrations" or even "spontaneous" attacks...ed]

White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.

[Read the rest]

Speaking of going against Bama/Hillary narrative, NBC's Lisa Myers said this morning on TV that Democrats have been calling her to attempt to undermine the testimony of Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks:

The Bronco Bama Administration"s campaign of deceit:

"What difference, at this point, does it make"?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

"The future doesn't belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"~Barack Ohama

"Benghazi happened a long time ago"~Jay Carney

Related: From Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard: The Benghazi Scandal Grows

By Stable Hand at 09:17 AM | Comments |

May 08, 2013

Live On C-SPAN3: Benghazi Hearing
Talking Points About 'Demonstration & Video' Hindered FBI's Investigation
"We threw the Libyan President under the bus" with those talking points"~Rep Farenthold

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The hearing has just started, you can watch online here Also can be viewed at the Oversight Committee website here

"What difference, at this point, does it make"?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

"The future doesn't belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"~Barack Ohama

"Benghazi happened a long time ago"~Jay Carney

Update: Now, a word from Bronco Bama's MFM on twitter:

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Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glenn Doherty and Tyrone Woods are unavailable for comment.

FU WaPo

Update III: Mr Hicks stated talking points, video/demonstration, delayed FBI's investigation. Benghazi prez was insulted when he knew terrorist attacked the compounds. The crime scene was unsecured for 18 days thanks to the Bronco Bama Adminstration's 'talking points".

"We threw the Libyan President under the bus" with those talking points"~Rep Farenthold

Also

2:45 p.m. EDT: Rep. Chaffetz asks Hicks whether there had been any request from the U.S. to the Libyan government for permission to fly anything other than a surveillance drone over Libyan airspace. Hicks says there were not, and that he would have known. Chaffetz also cites an email from Dan Benjamin supporting Thompson's contention that the counter-terrorism bureau would be kept out of the loop, in which Benjamin indicates that he would not lobby to keep the bureau involved.
10 minute break.

10 minute break over.

Update IV:

Previous:

Benghazi: Names Of 'Whistleblower' Witnesses Released
People Died! Obama Lied!
Benghazi Terror Attack: I Didn't Know The Mohammed Film Maker Was In Yemen?
State Department Benghazi Review Panel Under Investigation
Obama To Ed Henry: I Am Unaware Of Anyone Blocked From Testifying On #Benghazi
UPDATE: Rep Issa Responds

Obama Administration Officials Threatened Whistle-Blowers On #Benghazi, Lawyer Says

By Stable Hand at 10:37 AM | Comments |

May 07, 2013

State Dept. Seeking Muslim Foreign Service Officers, Connections To Extremists/Hamas No Problem?

"What difference, at this point, does it make?

Wait, that's another story, Benghazi on me brain but..

A legal watchdog group says the State Department is stonewalling its efforts to obtain records relating to State Department official Mark Ward’s participation in a December 2012[3 months after Benghazi terror attack..ed] conference organized by the controversial Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

Judicial Watch filed suit against the State Department April 26 in an effort to compel the release of materials related to the potential recruitment of U.S. diplomats through two Muslim-American groups purported to have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups.

The suit, which was announced Thursday, alleges that State has failed to comply with its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for detailed documents related to Ward’s speech, in which he discussed “foreign service opportunities for Muslim youth.”

Both MAS and ICNA have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the global Islamist movement that controls the Egyptian government and whose military wing, the terror group Hamas, runs the Gaza Strip. The conference at which Ward spoke featured speeches by at least two Muslim activists who have advocated in favor of terrorism and were involved in a 2009 lawsuit regarding fundraising for Hamas.

[Read It All]

Nothing to see here, move along.

"The future doesn't belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"~ Barack Obama

By Stable Hand at 08:48 AM | Comments |

May 05, 2013

Rep Issa On Face The Nation Discussing Benghazi 'Talking Points'..

This is not the flag you are looking for: A video is what you seek

As a reminder, and to those who haven't read this before, former Ambassador Pickering, who was on the State Departments initial 'accountability' review board, previously has called Americans racist and Islamophobes

America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration’s lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities.

So said former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in more polished, diplomatic language during an Oct. 23 panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C[...]

Pickering’s pontifications came two and a half weeks after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named him to head a State Department “Accountability Review Board”.

Just thought I would throw that out there.

"What difference does it make"?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

"The future doesn't belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"~Barack Ohama

"Benghazi happened a long time ago"~Jay Carney

By Stable Hand at 12:47 PM | Comments |

May 04, 2013

Benghazi: Names Of 'Whistleblower' Witnesses Released

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Rep Issa: GOP Oversight May 8th Benghazi hearing will be streamed live at http://Oversight.House.Gov at 11:30

May The Force Be With Them

Their identities have been a well-guarded secret, known only to their high-powered lawyers and a handful of House lawmakers and staff. But now Fox News has learned the names of the self-described Benghazi “whistleblowers” who are set to testify before a widely anticipated congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will be three career State Department officials: Gregory N. Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attacks; Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the agency’s Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya, the top security officer in the country in the months leading up to the attacks[...]

DiGenova told Fox News on Thursday, by way of describing his and Toensing’s respective clients: “There were people who were material witnesses, who wanted to talk to [the ARB], and they were not allowed to talk to them.

“The people that we are representing are career civil servants...people who have served the country overseas…in dangerous positions all over the world, have risked their lives and only want to tell the truth.”

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God Bless them for their service and courage to come forward.

Most likely leftist and Bronco Bama's MFM are working hard to destroy the credibility of these patriots before the hearing even starts.

"What difference does it make"?~Hillary Rodham Clinton

"The future doesn't belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"~Barack Ohama

"Benghazi happened a long time ago"~Jay Carney

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Obama Administration Officials Threatened Whistle-Blowers On #Benghazi, Lawyer Says

By Stable Hand at 03:25 PM | Comments |

May 02, 2013

Benghazi Terror Attack: I Didn't Know The Mohammed Film Maker Was In Yemen?

This is not the flag you are looking for: A video is what you seek


Report: 3 Operatives From Yemen’s Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula Took Part In Banghazi Attack

Gee, Benghazi whistle-blowers/ are making the Bronco Bama administration a tad nervous, no? FBI releases photos, what like yesterday, of three perpetrators. Sharyl Atkisson from CBS is not helping matters at all, either is Faux News.

In my opinion, Benghazi whistle-blowers have caused a frantic CYA in the Bronco Bama Administration.

I may be wrong but...

Update: State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation

By Stable Hand at 04:58 PM | Comments |

April 30, 2013

Obama To Ed Henry: I Am Unaware Of Anyone Blocked From Testifying On #Benghazi
UPDATE: Rep Issa Responds

This is not the flag you are looking for: A video is what you seek!!

Damn Faux news, they just won't leave this alone! Halp BamaMedia!!

UPDATE: Rep Issa responds to Bronco Bamas comment:[rest of original post below this]

WASHINGTON- House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) made the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s assertion that he’s “not familiar” with Benghazi whistleblowers being blocked from telling their stories:

“A lawyer for Benghazi whistleblowers has publicly stated that the State Department is blocking her client’s ability to talk freely with counsel. Over the past two weeks, I have sent four letters requesting that this Administration make information available about how lawyers – who already have security clearances and are representing Benghazi whistleblowers – can be cleared to fully hear their clients’ stories. I have yet to receive any response from the Obama Administration.

“Even if the President really doesn’t know anything about someone wanting to come forward, his position should be that whistleblowers deserve protection and that anyone who has different information about Benghazi is free to come forward to Congress. The President’s unwillingness to commit himself to protecting whistleblowers only aids those in his Administration who are intimidating them.”

Issa’s four letters requesting that the Administration make information available for lawyers representing Benghazi whistleblowers:

Continued below fold:

4/16/13 letter to Department of State

4/16/13 letter to Central Intelligence Agency

4/16/13 letter to Department of Defense

4/26/13 letterr to State Department

Click here to read l read about a counsel for a State Department whistleblower being blocked from helping her counsel.

Rest of original post below:

Bronco Bama really had a bad time at presser[h/t David]: 'Maybe I Should Just Pack Up and Go Home. Golly.'

Related:

4/30/13 - The first two questions of the press conference marking President Obama's first 100 days of his second term Tuesday concerned the administration's "red line" on Syria and the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings. But somehow, both questions also hinged on Benghazi. After responding to Fox News' Ed Henry's inquiry about victims of the Benghazi attack who say they are being blocked from testifying about what they went through, the president answered CNN's Jessica Yellin on claims from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that "Benghazi and Boston are both examples of the U.S. going backwards on national security."

Yellin was referring to comments Sen. Graham made recently to CNN in which he affixed blame on the Obama administration for failing to prevent the attacks in Boston. During the press conference today, Yellin asked, "Is he right and did our intelligence miss something?"[More]

"Radicalized individuals". Bronco Bama will not say Islamic terrorists/Muslims/Islamists, just 'individuals'.

PC kills

By Stable Hand at 12:29 PM | Comments |

April 29, 2013

Obama Administration Officials Threatened Whistle-Blowers On #Benghazi, Lawyer Says

This is not the flag you are looking for: A video did it!!

Color me NOT surprised:

At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned.

Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistle-blowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.

I'm not talking generally, I'm talking specifically about Benghazi – that people have been threatened,” Toensing said in an interview Monday. “And not just the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA.”[...]

However, Toensing disclosed that her client has pertinent information on all three time periods investigators consider relevant to the attacks: the months that led up to the attack, when pleas by the ambassador and his staff for enhanced security in Benghazi were mostly rejected by senior officers at the State Department; the eight-hour time frame in which the attacks unfolded, and the eight-day period that followed the attacks, when Obama administration officials incorrectly described them as the result of a spontaneous protest over a video.[Video maker still in jail..ed]

“It's frightening, and they're doing some very despicable threats to people,” she said. “Not ‘we're going to kill you,’ or not ‘we're going to prosecute you tomorrow,’ but they're taking career people and making them well aware that their careers will be over [if they cooperate with congressional investigators].”

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You can view James Rosen's full report here.

Related:
The Benghazi Open Wound

By Stable Hand at 07:28 PM | Comments |

April 23, 2013

Libya: French Embassy In Tripoli Hit By VBIED
Update: Video Of Aftermath

One resident stated: "It was a big mistake to site the French embassy in our neighbourhood"

A car bomb has exploded outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, wounding two French guards and several residents.

The blast in Tripoli destroyed the embassy's ground-floor reception area and perimeter wall, as well as damaging neighbouring homes and shops.

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French President Francois Hollande called on Libya to act swiftly over this "unacceptable" attack.

It is the first major attack on a foreign embassy in the Libyan capital.

Tuesday's explosion happened shortly after 07:00 (05:00 GMT) in a smart residential area of Tripoli.

One of the embassy's guards was severely injured while the other suffered lighter injuries. Several residents were also slightly hurt.

One young girl suffered a spinal cord injury and was being transferred to neighbouring Tunisia for treatment, her father told the BBC[...]

Many neighbours who gathered in the street to survey the damage were shaken and upset by what had happened, our correspondent says.

They told her that there was a lack of proper policing for such a potentially high-profile target

"It was a big mistake to site the French embassy in our neighbourhood," a local resident said.

I'm sure the jihadi will be caught like those responsible for the Benghazi terror attack were, oh wait...

Update: Here is another image taken shortly after

Update II:

By Stable Hand at 10:37 AM | Comments |

February 11, 2013

Book: Benghazi Was Part of Larger War Against AQIM

I haven't yet read the new book by Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, but I plan to. I'm reading reviews of the book by the New York Post and The Daily Mail both of which suggest that Ambassador Chris Stevens wasn't in the loop about a low level JSOC war against Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's (AQIM's) Libyan affiliate. The gist being that his murder was in retaliation for the assassination of several AQIM leaders:

The central premise of 'Benghazi: The Definitive Report' is that the attacks were precipitated by secret raids JSOC had performed in Libya. An attack on the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia days before September 11 may have been the final straw.

Heavily-armed militants with Ansar al-Sharia attacked the consulate on September 11 as retaliation, the book claims. Ambassador Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith died of smoke inhalation when insurgents set fire to the consulate.

After the raid, the militants launched a second attack against a CIA annex across town. It was there that CIA security contractors Ty Woods and Glen Doherty - both former U.S. Navy SEALs - were killed when their position took a direct hit from an enemy mortar....

Webb and Murphy claim that the 'inside' story of the attack - as told by their connections in the CIA and special operations units of the military - show that Brennan never warned the CIA or Stevens about ongoing U.S. military operations in the country.

Had the State Department and the intelligence community known about what was happening, they would have stepped up security in Benghazi and could have prevented the tragedy.

Has anyone read the book? If so, are the reviews cited above an accurate portrayal of the book's central thesis? Also, how believable is the evidence they author's present?

Thanks to Laura

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:54 PM | Comments |

November 08, 2012

House Panel to Hold Hearing on #Benghazi Terror Attack With Top Obama Intel Advisers

Now that the election is over, will we really learn anything new?

A House committee is planning to hold a closed hearing next week on the Libya consulate attack, following up on an issue that Republicans had emphasized before the presidential election in questioning President Obama's foreign policy record[...]

The House Intelligence Committee will hold its closed hearing on the attack on Nov. 15, Fox News has learned. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director David Petraeus and Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, are expected to testify.

The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to meet the same day to discuss the Libya attack -- that hearing will also be closed to the public.

Olsen was the first member of the Obama administration to publicly describe the Libya assault explicitly as a "terrorist attack," at a hearing more than a week after the attack

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To.be.continued.

Previous:

#Benghazi Terror Attack Suspect List Expands To Include Egyptians, Al Qaeda in Iraq
The Innocence of Muslims Film Maker Will Spend 1 yr In Jail
Officials: Cable Warning of #Benghazi Vulnerability Would Have Gone To White House
Vote Tuesday, Because They Can't
What Laser Capability Did #Benghazi Team Have?
Axelrod on #Benghazi: I Know Nothing, Honest
Obama Administration's LEAD #Benghazi Investigator Slams America and Islamophobes
CPMA Study: Media Framed #Benghazi In Obama's Terms
Sources, emails point to communication breakdown in Obama administration during Libya attack[CIA timeline released by the agency on Thursday]
Senator McCain: Veterans Angy About Benghazi
Sources: Key Task Force Not Convened During Benghazi Attack
Oversight Queries Clinton on New Documents Indicating Involvement of Libyan Government Personnel in Benghazi Attacks
FP Exclusive: What We Found in Benghazi: The Troubling Documents The FBI Missed
Arab TV Exposes Lax Security At Benghazi Prior to Ambassador Stevens Arrival
Pat Caddell On FNC Discussing Benghazi & MSM Coverage
FNC Exclusive: A Month Prior to Attack a Classified Cable WARNED Benghazi Consulate Couldn't Withstand a Coordinated Attack
Terror in Benghazi: Emerging Facts
Fallen Former SEAL Ty Woods Family On Fox
Video: Benghazi Story and MSM
Rep McKeon Wants Answers on Benghazi
US Army Motto: See No (Islamist) Evil?
Obama Can't Bring Himself To Call Benghazi Attackers "Terrorists"
#Benghazi: Fallen SEAL's Father: Hillary Told Me 'We're Going to Arrest & Prosecute ... The Man That Made The Mo Video' At Funeral
Benghazi Terror Attack: Emails To WH Show There Were NO Mohammed Video Reference
'Within Hours' St Dept Emails Show Obama Administration Knew Benghazi Attack Was Claimed By Al Qaeda Terror Group
Report: Top Suspect In Benghazi Attack STILL Has Not Been Questioned
St Dept Confirms Marines on 9/11/2012 Were Protecting Embassy in Barbados
6/6/2012 Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi by the Brigades of the Imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman (Blind Sheikh)
Rep Kelly: Benghazi Security Cut While Vienna Embassy Gained Chevy Volts
Rep Trey Kelly: Carney, Rice Gave 'Demonstrably False Statements' on Benghazi Attack
Today's Hearings on the Security Failures at Benghazi Compound
Email Shows Obama's St Dept Rejecting Security Teams Request to Retain DC-3 at US Embassy in Libya
White House 9/14/2012 Photo of the Day
UK Media: America Was Warned of Embassy Attack And Did Nothing
[Bumped]CIA DIA Denied Help For Consulate - Fallen SEALs Denied Requests For Security Backup
Rid The World 'Of Those Savages'
Third American Murdered in Benghazi Attack Identified As Former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty
Was SOFREP Contributor, Co-Wrote 21st Century Sniper w Brandon Webb
4th American Murdered Identified As
Former Navy SEAL Tyrone S. Woods

US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Murdered in Benghazi Libya
Confirmed: FSO Sean Smith Also Killed
Report: Libyan Ansar al-Sharia Has Claimed Responsibility For Attack
US: Attack Was Planned
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By Stable Hand at 12:35 PM | Comments |

#Benghazi Terror Attack Suspect List Expands To Include Egyptians, Al Qaeda in Iraq

[Al Qaeda gif image via Zionist Bandwidth bitch]

Catherine Herridge via Fox

The list of suspects in the Libya terror attack now extends to a handful of suspected militants aligned with an Egyptian group known as the Jamal Network, Fox News has learned.

A U.S. official said the Jamal Network is committed to violence to attain its political ambitions, adding they are "hard-core, violent extremists in Egypt who are trying to develop a relationship with Al Qaeda."

Fox News is told that there are between two- and three-dozen suspects actively being investigated at any one time in connection with the Benghazi attack. The suspect list is fluid, drawn from intelligence ranging from intercepts to witness accounts, with new names being added and dropped on a regular basis[...]

The Jamal Network takes its name from Mohammed Jamal Abu Ahmed, who was released from an Egyptian jail during the Arab Spring and is now trying to establish himself as a leader in Jihadi circles. U.S. officials believe he established training camps in Libya, and it was in these camps that some of the fighters linked to the attack were trained.[...]

The additional suspects are being investigated after one Tunisian suspect, Ali Ani al-Harzi, was first arrested in Turkey -- after being identified through telephone intercepts where he bragged to friends about his involvement -- and transferred to Tunisian custody. There is also at least one suspect with ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq.

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"Al Qaeda in Iraq" brings to mind Zawahiri's bro Muhammed(mentioned in the report) who was released from prison thanks to Egypt's "Arab Spring":

To.be.continued.

The Innocence of Muslims Film Maker Will Spend 1 yr In Jail
Officials: Cable Warning of #Benghazi Vulnerability Would Have Gone To White House
Vote Tuesday, Because They Can't
What Laser Capability Did #Benghazi Team Have?
Axelrod on #Benghazi: I Know Nothing, Honest
Obama Administration's LEAD #Benghazi Investigator Slams America and Islamophobes
CPMA Study: Media Framed #Benghazi In Obama's Terms
Sources, emails point to communication breakdown in Obama administration during Libya attack[CIA timeline released by the agency on Thursday]
Senator McCain: Veterans Angy About Benghazi
Sources: Key Task Force Not Convened During Benghazi Attack
Oversight Queries Clinton on New Documents Indicating Involvement of Libyan Government Personnel in Benghazi Attacks
FP Exclusive: What We Found in Benghazi: The Troubling Documents The FBI Missed
Arab TV Exposes Lax Security At Benghazi Prior to Ambassador Stevens Arrival
Pat Caddell On FNC Discussing Benghazi & MSM Coverage
FNC Exclusive: A Month Prior to Attack a Classified Cable WARNED Benghazi Consulate Couldn't Withstand a Coordinated Attack
Terror in Benghazi: Emerging Facts
Fallen Former SEAL Ty Woods Family On Fox
Video: Benghazi Story and MSM
Rep McKeon Wants Answers on Benghazi
US Army Motto: See No (Islamist) Evil?
Obama Can't Bring Himself To Call Benghazi Attackers "Terrorists"
#Benghazi: Fallen SEAL's Father: Hillary Told Me 'We're Going to Arrest & Prosecute ... The Man That Made The Mo Video' At Funeral
Benghazi Terror Attack: Emails To WH Show There Were NO Mohammed Video Reference
'Within Hours' St Dept Emails Show Obama Administration Knew Benghazi Attack Was Claimed By Al Qaeda Terror Group
Report: Top Suspect In Benghazi Attack STILL Has Not Been Questioned
St Dept Confirms Marines on 9/11/2012 Were Protecting Embassy in Barbados
6/6/2012 Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi by the Brigades of the Imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman (Blind Sheikh)
Rep Kelly: Benghazi Security Cut While Vienna Embassy Gained Chevy Volts
Rep Trey Kelly: Carney, Rice Gave 'Demonstrably False Statements' on Benghazi Attack
Today's Hearings on the Security Failures at Benghazi Compound
Email Shows Obama's St Dept Rejecting Security Teams Request to Retain DC-3 at US Embassy in Libya
White House 9/14/2012 Photo of the Day
UK Media: America Was Warned of Embassy Attack And Did Nothing
[Bumped]CIA DIA Denied Help For Consulate - Fallen SEALs Denied Requests For Security Backup
Rid The World 'Of Those Savages'
Third American Murdered in Benghazi Attack Identified As Former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty
Was SOFREP Contributor, Co-Wrote 21st Century Sniper w Brandon Webb
4th American Murdered Identified As
Former Navy SEAL Tyrone S. Woods

US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Murdered in Benghazi Libya
Confirmed: FSO Sean Smith Also Killed
Report: Libyan Ansar al-Sharia Has Claimed Responsibility For Attack
US: Attack Was Planned
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By Stable Hand at 11:06 AM | Comments |

November 02, 2012

Obama Administration's Lead #Benghazi Investigator Slams America and Islamophobes

Thanks Bronco Bamma! And Hillary, you must make Bill[wink wink remember 1998 Kenya/Tunisia?] and your mentor, Madeline Albright[1998 Albright also ignored pleas for more securityfrom US Ambassador to Kenya Ms Bushnell (h/t Anna)], proud with your determination to get to the bottom of this f'n screwup

America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration’s lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities.

So said former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in more polished, diplomatic language during an Oct. 23 panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The talk was on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia,” a make-believe mental illness that Islamists would love to have listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Radical Islam’s stateside defenders frequently accuse anti-terrorism hawks of “McCarthyism,” hurling the epithet “Islamophobe” the same way American leftists use the word “racist” to shut down debate.

Pickering’s pontifications came two and a half weeks after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named him to head a State Department “Accountability Review Board” tasked with examining the circumstances surrounding the deaths on Sept. 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of 9/11, of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith, and security personnel Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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*Insert long expletive here*

Update: Here's some more nuggets from Diana West: Pickerings Red Flags

Pickering is one of those Washington insiders whose public record is less a matter of what he’s done than what he’s been: U.S. ambassador to Russia, Israel, El Salvador, Jordan, India, Nigeria and the United Nations. What such postings may obscure, however, is that the man is a foreign policy establishment leftist. It’s not just that Pickering serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group, a George Soros group that, for example, advocated engagement with the Shariah-supremacist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Pickering has personally explored opening relations with Hamas; pushed peace talks with the Taliban; argued for getting rid of, or removing to the U.S., all tactical nuclear weapons in Europe (and moving Russia’s to east of the Urals); and promoted bilateral talks with Iran without preconditions. And speaking of Iran, Pickering sits on the boards of two pro-Tehran groups, the American Iranian Council and the National Iranian American Council. The Iranian connections are additionally disturbing since one Benghazi scenario to be explored is whether Iran was involved, possibly in retribution for U.S. support of anti-Assad forces (including jihadists) in Syria.[More...]
(A shit load of) previous:

Sources, emails point to communication breakdown in Obama administration during Libya attack[CIA timeline released by the agency on Thursday]
Sources: Key Task Force Not Convened During Benghazi Attack
Oversight Queries Clinton on New Documents Indicating Involvement of Libyan Government Personnel in Benghazi Attacks
FP Exclusive: What We Found in Benghazi: The Troubling Documents The FBI Missed
Arab TV Exposes Lax Security At Benghazi Prior to Ambassador Stevens Arrival
Pat Caddell On FNC Discussing Benghazi & MSM Coverage
FNC Exclusive: A Month Prior to Attack a Classified Cable WARNED Benghazi Consulate Couldn't Withstand a Coordinated Attack
Terror in Benghazi: Emerging Facts
Fallen Former SEAL Ty Woods Family On Fox
Video: Benghazi Story and MSM
Rep McKeon Wants Answers on Benghazi
US Army Motto: See No (Islamist) Evil?
Obama Can't Bring Himself To Call Benghazi Attackers "Terrorists"
#Benghazi: Fallen SEAL's Father: Hillary Told Me 'We're Going to Arrest & Prosecute ... The Man That Made The Mo Video' At Funeral
Benghazi Terror Attack: Emails To WH Show There Were NO Mohammed Video Reference
'Within Hours' St Dept Emails Show Obama Administration Knew Benghazi Attack Was Claimed By Al Qaeda Terror Group
Report: Top Suspect In Benghazi Attack STILL Has Not Been Questioned
St Dept Confirms Marines on 9/11/2012 Were Protecting Embassy in Barbados
6/6/2012 Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi by the Brigades of the Imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman (Blind Sheikh)
Rep Kelly: Benghazi Security Cut While Vienna Embassy Gained Chevy Volts
Rep Trey Kelly: Carney, Rice Gave 'Demonstrably False Statements' on Benghazi Attack
Today's Hearings on the Security Failures at Benghazi Compound
Email Shows Obama's St Dept Rejecting Security Teams Request to Retain DC-3 at US Embassy in Libya
White House 9/14/2012 Photo of the Day
UK Media: America Was Warned of Embassy Attack And Did Nothing
[Bumped]CIA DIA Denied Help For Consulate - Fallen SEALs Denied Requests For Security Backup
Rid The World 'Of Those Savages'
Third American Murdered in Benghazi Attack Identified As Former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty
Was SOFREP Contributor, Co-Wrote 21st Century Sniper w Brandon Webb
4th American Murdered Identified As
Former Navy SEAL Tyrone S. Woods

US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Murdered in Benghazi Libya
Confirmed: FSO Sean Smith Also Killed
Report: Libyan Ansar al-Sharia Has Claimed Responsibility For Attack
US: Attack Was Planned
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By Stable Hand at 08:56 AM | Comments |

November 01, 2012

CBS: Sources: Key Task Force Not Convened During Benghazi Attack

Excellent reporting by Sharyl Attkisson at CBS

CBS News has learned that during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Obama Administration did not convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG).

"The CSG is the one group that's supposed to know what resources every agency has. They know of multiple options and have the ability to coordinate counterterrorism assets across all the agencies," a high-ranking government official told CBS News. "They were not allowed to do their job. They were not called upon."

Information shared with CBS News from top counterterrorism sources in the government and military reveal keen frustration over the U.S. response on Sept. 11, the night ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans were killed in a coordinated attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.[...]

Another senior counter terrorism official says a hostage rescue team was alternately asked to get ready and then stand down throughout the night, as officials seemed unable to make up their minds[...]

In the days after the assault, counterterrorism officials expressed dismay over what they interpreted as the Obama Administration's unwillingness to acknowledge that the attack was terrorism; and their opinion that resources which could have helped were excluded.

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To.be.continued.

h/t @gretawire

By Stable Hand at 06:21 PM | Comments |

FP Exclusive: 'What We Found In Benghazi: The Troubling Documents The FBI Missed

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Click image for report

The report is a must read, too long to do it justice here

BENGHAZI, Libya — More than six weeks after the shocking assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi -- and nearly a month after an FBI team arrived to collect evidence about the attack - the battle-scarred, fire-damaged compound where Ambassador Chris Stevens and another Foreign Service officer lost their lives on Sept. 11 still holds sensitive documents and other relics of that traumatic final day,[A few meters to the right is the safe haven's bathroom. Everything here is blackened by smoke. One of the two white toilets is covered with bloodstains. On the mirror in the bathroom, an unknown person has written a macabre text in a thin layer of ash. "I am Chris from the dead," it reads....excerpt..ed] including drafts of two letters worrying that the compound was under "troubling" surveillance and complaining that the Libyan government failed to fulfill requests for additional security.
Previous and related:
MEMRI: Arab TV Report Exposes Lax Security At U.S. Consulate In #Benghazi Prior To Ambassador Stevens' Arrival

By Stable Hand at 03:23 PM | Comments |

Arab TV Report Exposes Lax Security At U.S. Consulate In #Benghazi Prior To Ambassador Stevens' Arrival

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[Scroll down for update: These sensitive documents were found a month AFTER the FBI team investigated]

But, but the one 's administration "trusted" Libya to protect the Benghazi compound, right?

On November 1, 2012, Alaan TV, a UAE channel, stated in a report on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that letters found inside the consulate, written by the U.S. Consular staff and addressed to the Libyan Foreign Ministry and the Benghazi police chief, revealed security breaches at the consulate. According to the letters, not only had a Libyan policeman photographed the compound 15 hours prior to the attack, but the Libyan government had not provided the security at the consulate requested by the consular staff prior to Ambassador Chris Stevens' arrival in Benghazi. According to the report, the letter stated, "We are saddened to report that we have only received an occasional police presence at our main gate. Many hours pass when we have no police support at all."[...]

"The Letters Revealed That Since September 9, The Americans Had Been Requesting Special Security Arrangements In Preparation For Arrival Of Ambassador Chris Stevens" – But That These "Were Not Granted"

Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV.

I posted this last night:

FNC Exclusive: 8/16/2012 Classified Cable WARNED Benghazi Consulate Couldn't Withstand 'Coordinated Attack'..

Excerpt

RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,” the cable said.
The cable went straight to Hillary Clinton's office.

Catherine Herridge and Rep Chaffetz on Greta last night:

Remember, "no actual intelligence" was claimed by the Obama administration.

Update: Two at Foreign Policy were the ones who prepared this report for the Arab TV station. They found the letters and other things after the FBI team were there.

BENGHAZI, Libya — More than six weeks after the shocking assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi -- and nearly a month after an FBI team arrived to collect evidence about the attack - the battle-scarred, fire-damaged compound where Ambassador Chris Stevens and another Foreign Service officer lost their lives on Sept. 11 still holds sensitive documents and other relics of that traumatic final day, including drafts of two letters worrying that the compound was under "troubling" surveillance and complaining that the Libyan government failed to fulfill requests for additional security.

By Stable Hand at 12:09 PM | Comments |

October 31, 2012

FNC Exclusive: 8/16/2012 Classified Cable WARNED Benghazi Consulate Couldn't Withstand 'Coordinated Attack'..

No Mr President, this isn't going away anytime soon thanks to 'whistle blowers'.

Catherine Herridge at FOX

The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News.

Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.

RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,” the cable said.

According to a review of the cable addressed to the Office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Emergency Action Committee was also briefed "on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi … these groups ran the spectrum from Islamist militias, such as the QRF Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia, to ‘Takfirist thugs.’” Each U.S. mission has a so-called Emergency Action Committee that is responsible for security measures and emergency planning

The details in the cable seemed to foreshadow the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. compound, which was a coordinated, commando-style assault using direct and indirect fire. Al Qaeda in North Africa and Ansar al-Sharia, both mentioned in the cable, have since been implicated in the consulate attack.

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Update: Catherine Herridge and Rep Chaffetz on Greta:

By Stable Hand at 07:00 PM | Comments |

October 26, 2012

[Bumped]CIA DIA Denied Help for Consulate
Fallen SEALs Denied Requests For Military Back Up

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Developing... Update: FOX

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that three urgent requests from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack nearly seven hours later were denied by officials in the CIA chain of command -- who also told the CIA operators to "stand down" rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were part of a small team who were at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When they heard the shots fired, they radioed to inform their higher-ups to tell them what they were hearing. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to "stand down."

[Update within-an-update by Rusty] Did they stand down? No, they disobeyed orders. But by doing so they became heroes:
Woods, Doherty and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the Consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The quick reaction force from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the Consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing[see update on laser below fold..ed] and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours -- enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators

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OMG, WTF?

Update II: Video added [Prof Jacobson: "No, the CIA is not going to take the fall for Obama on Libya-gate"]

Update III: Ty Woods father was on the phone with Megyn Kelly: "I only wish those in the White House who made the call not to help my son would have had the same moral courage as my son displayed" [Update: video below of the interview]

“I Do Not Appreciate Cowardice, And I Do Not Appreciate Lies”: Father of Former Navy SEAL Killed in Libya Attack Reacts to Learning His Son Disobeyed Orders to Save Fellow Americans"

Note: Meghn Kelly just noted a correction from the interview. Former SEAL Doherty flew in from Tripoli with the rapid response team and was delayed at the Benghazi airport because of arguments among the Libya military of some sort as to who would escort them.

God Bless this man, how heartbreaking this news must be for him let alone others that are just know learning this. Obamamedia will likely not be interested in this.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the heroes families.

Related:
#Benghazi: Fallen SEAL's Father: Hillary Told Me 'We're Going to Arrest & Prosecute ... The Man That Made The Mo Video' At Funeral

At Blackflag a retired Delta operator had this to say to about the 'laser on target'

One of the former SEALs was actively painting the target. That means that Specter WAS ON STATION! Probably an AC130U. A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser. You do not "paint" a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station.

Only two places could have called off the attack at that point; the WH situation command (based on POTUS direction) or AFRICOM commander based on information directly from the target area.
Also, this via The Right Scoop:

By Stable Hand at 04:02 PM | Comments |

October 11, 2012

Rep Kelly: Libya Security Cut While Vienna Embassy Gained Chevy Volts

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Green Embassies Gala

I wonder if any of those cars have caught on fire yet

[Washington Times]In a May 3, 2012, email, the State Department denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya to continue their use of a DC- 3 airplane for security operations throughout the country.

The subject line of the email, on which slain Ambassador Chris Stevens was copied, read: “Termination of Tripoli DC-3 Support.”

Four days later, on May 7, the State Department authorized the U.S. embassy in Vienna to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station for the embassy motor pool’s new Chevrolet Volts. The purchase was a part of the State Department’s “Energy Efficiency Sweep of Europe” initiative, which included hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on green program expenditures at various U.S. Embassies.

In fact, at a May 10 gala held at the U.S. embassy in Vienna, the ambassador showcased his new Volts and other green investments as part of the U.S. government’s commitment to “climate change solutions.”

The event posting on the embassy website read: “Celebrating the Greening of the Embassy.”

While the embassy in Vienna was going green, the consulate in Benghazi was getting bombed, and little was done to stop it.

Before the terrorist attack that took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, there were more than 230 security incidents in Libya between June 2011 and July 2012.

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Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, are unavailable for comment

However, Sean Smith's mother does comment on this:

Note she says she watched yesterday a report saying my son died of "smoke inhalation". That came out in the Benghazi hearing yesterday.

A mothers plea for answers going unanswered because Obama has a re-election to win.

My heart goes out to her.

By Stable Hand at 09:47 AM | Comments |

October 05, 2012

Email Shows Obama's State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team To Retain DC-3 at US Embassy in Libya

Obama's America

Fly the friendly skies of Libya Airlines, sh*t.

Via Jake Tapper @ABCNews

ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties.

Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic personnel in that country were provided with adequate security support.

No one has yet to argue that the DC-3 would have definitively made a difference for the four Americans killed that night. The security team in question, after all, left Libya in August

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It was bad enough those in Benghazi had no quick transport out, but the Obama Administration rejected military intervention during the attack
The hour is 5 p.m., Sept. 11, Washington time, and the scene is an Oval Office meeting among President Obama, the secretary of defense, the national security adviser and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi has been under assault for roughly 90 minutes. Some 30 U.S. citizens are at mortal risk. The whereabouts of Ambassador Stevens are unknown.

What is uppermost on the minds of the president and his advisers? The safety of Americans, no doubt. So what are they prepared to do about it? Here is The Wall Street Journal's account of the meeting:

"There was no serious consideration at that hour of intervention with military force, officials said. Doing so without Libya's permission could represent a violation of sovereignty and inflame the situation, they said. Instead, the State Department reached out to the Libyan government to get reinforcements to the scene."

So it did. Yet the attack was far from over. After leaving the principal U.S. compound, the Americans retreated to a second, supposedly secret facility, which soon came under deadly mortar fire. Time to call in the troops?

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Some officials said the U.S. could also have sent aircraft to the scene as a 'show of force' to scare off the attackers," the Journal reported, noting that there's a U.S. air base just 450 miles away in Sicily. "State Department officials dismissed the suggestions as unrealistic. 'They would not have gotten there in two hours, four hours or six hours.'"

The U.S. security detail only left Benghazi at 8 a.m. on Sept. 12, more than 10 hours after the attacks began. A commercial jet liner can fly from D.C. to Benghazi in about the same time.

Obama did build this.

Related:
Obama’s State Department CUT Security at Benghazi????

By Stable Hand at 05:20 PM | Comments |

October 02, 2012

U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Bombed Twice in Run-Up to 9/11 Anniversary
Jihadis Posted Threats On Facebook

Yes, whistleblowers!!

Jihadists twice set off explosives at the consulate prior to the incident that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, and announced threats on Facebook about escalating attacks on Western targets in the run-up to the 9/11 anniversary, according to whistleblowers reaching out to House Republicans.

n the five months leading up to this year’s 9/11 anniversary, there were two bombings on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and increasing threats to and attacks on the Libyan nationals hired to provide security at the U.S. missions in Tripoli and Benghazi.

Details on these alleged incidents stem in part from the testimony of a handful of whistleblowers who approached the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the days and weeks following the attack on the Benghazi consulate. The incidents are disclosed in a letter to be sent Tuesday to Hillary Clinton from Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the oversight committee’s subcommittee that deals with national security.

The new information disclosed in the letter obtained by The Daily Beast strongly suggests the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the late Ambassador Chris Stevens were known by U.S. security personnel to be targets for terrorists. Indeed, the terrorists made their threats openly on Facebook.

For example, following a May 22 early-morning attack on a facility that housed the International Committee on the Red Cross, a Facebook page claimed responsibility, and said the attack was a warning and a “message for the Americans disturbing the skies over Derna.” That reference was likely to American surveillance drones over a city that provided fighters to al Qaeda in Iraq in the last decade.

The State Department did not offer comment on the record last night.

In June a Facebook page associated with militants linked to the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi posted a threat to Stevens based on the route he took for his morning jog[...]

Rep. Chaffetz told The Daily Beast Monday that the allegations detailed in the letter were based on whistleblowers he described as “people who have firsthand knowledge of the incidents themselves.” Chaffetz declined to provide more details about the whistleblowers other than to say they were U.S. government employees and there were fewer than 10 of them.

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You can bet your boots Obama wants to know who these "whistleblowers" are. He has a re-election to win and to hell with the fallen at the Benghazi consulate.

By Stable Hand at 08:32 AM | Comments |