July 31, 2021

House Select Committee on Benghazi Investigation Will Extend into 2015

House Select Committee on Benghazi could cost up to $3.3 million

Representative Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is the Chairman of the House of Representatives the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.

The House of Representatives Select Committee probing the 2012 terrorist attacks on the Special Mission Compound (SMC) and CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya could cost taxpayers as much as $3.3 million this year, according to a committee document released by the House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ‘s office on July 9, 2014.

According to the document, the seven Republicans on the 12-member Select Committee would receive just under $2.2 million, while the five Democrats would get over $1.1 million. In addition to the members, 30 congressional staffers are expected to work on the committee.

Amanda Duvall, a spokeswoman for Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, Republican, South Carolina, said that the $3.3 million amount was “the high end estimate, and we expect there will be less spent as the staffing process is still ongoing, and since not all the staff came on board immediately in May.” The Select Committee has been moving slowly in hiring staff with security clearance and the investigation is expected to extend into 2015.

The House of Representatives voted to create a Select Committee to probe Benghazi attack

On May 8, 2014, the House of Representatives voted a resolution creating a Select Committee to investigate the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the United States the Special Mission Compound (SMC) and CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya. The vote was 232-186, with seven Democrats joining 225 Republicans in support of the resolution. This panel should have been set up 20 months ago. But it’s never too late to seek justice and accountability.

A Select Committee comprised of seven Republicans and five Democrats will investigate what happened before, during, and after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. House Speaker John Boehner appointed Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican from South Carolina, a former prosecutor, to chair the Select Committee. Congressman Gowdy stated that he plans to aggressively pursue interviews with any official who he believes has information about the attack, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The House of Representatives the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi will conduct a full and complete investigation and study and issue a final report of its findings to the House regarding:

• all policies, decisions, and activities that contributed to the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, as well as those that affected the ability of the United States to prepare for them;
• all policies, decisions, and activities to respond to and repel such attacks, including efforts to rescue U.S. personnel;
• internal and public executive branch communications about these attacks;
• accountability for policies and decisions related to the security of facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and the response to the attacks, including individuals and entities responsible for those policies and decisions;
• executive branch authorities’ efforts to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of such attacks;
• executive branch activities and efforts to comply with congressional inquiries into them;
• recommendations for improving executive branch cooperation and compliance with congressional oversight and investigations;
• information related to lessons learned from the attacks and executive branch activities and efforts to protect U.S. facilities and personnel abroad; and
• any other relevant issues relating to such attacks, the response to them, or the investigation by the House into the attacks.

The Select Committee will have the authority to subpoena witnesses and view classified materials, tools that will help the committee to determine why the United States was not able to prevent the terrorist attack, send military assistance to save the lives of the Americans at Benghazi, and whether Obama administration officials tried to mislead the public on why it happened.

House Speaker John Boehner, Republican from Ohio, explained why he called a vote to create the Select Committee, after having resisted demands to do so in the past. Boehner decided to create the Select Committee after a lawsuit by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch forced the release of an email that had been sent from President Obama’s national security advisor Ben Rhodes to United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice in the days following the attack. In that email Rhodes advised Rice to stick to blaming the attack on the anti-Muslim video in the upcoming appearances on five Sunday television talk shows.

President Obama and Ben Rhodes, as well as the rest of the officials in his administration in the White House, Central Intelligence Agency, FBI, State Department, and Defense Department, were fully aware that the premeditated terrorist attacks at Benghazi had nothing to do a video. The White House decided to mislead the nation once again. After Obama five years in office, the American people are fully aware that they have a pathological liar sitting in the White House. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Republican from Virginia, stated “this obfuscation and refusal to come clean to Congress has left us as well as the people of this country wondering why else is the White House hiding?”

Speaker Boehner stated “a line was crossed” when new information was discovered that pointed out the White House involvement in misguiding the American people in the talking points used by former United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice on five Sunday television shows. The Obama administration officials, as well as the president, blamed the terrorist attacks in Benghazi on a video for several weeks since Barack Obama was campaigning for reelection stating that he had defeated Al Qaeda. The attack at Benghazi contradicted his speeches over his victory over Al Qaeda. The president was well aware that Al Qaeda, rather than being defeated, was getting stronger in Africa and the Middle East.

hILLARY-WHAT-DOES-IT-MATTER-2Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the “fog of war” and together with Obama, both deliberately lied to the family members of the four brave Americans who were assassinated by terrorists in Benghazi. Administration officials knowingly lied by stating that the CIA intelligence indicated that the attack in Libya was due to a video. Lying is a felony. President Obama and Secretary Clinton should be held accountable for their actions.

Doug Hagmann of the Canadian Free Press, James Robbins of the Washington Times, and Aaron Klein of WND explained that the Obama administration was engaged in a massive gun-running operation to Al Qaeda, which included transporting heavy weapons from Libya to Syria. In addition to these three reporters, two brave Americans, Roger Aronoff and Tom Fitton, may have changed the history of our nation. These two patriots may have saved this country from the abyss created by the traitor who lives in the White House. Both of them have exposed the many crimes and cover-ups committed by President Barack Obama in Libya and Syria.

Roger Aronoff, Editor of Accuracy in Media, has worked as a journalist, television producer, director, writer and distributor. He has written, produced and directed the award-winning documentaries. Aronoff set up a powerful panel of distinguished high-ranking retired members of the Armed Forces, former CIA officers, and experts on defense and national security issues to investigate the United States involvement in the war in Libya, the gun-running operation from Libya to Turkey to Syria, the terrorist attack on Benghazi, and the subsequent cover-ups. After several months of arduous work the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi produced an alarming report entitled “How America Switched Sides in the War on Terror” which was published on April 22, 2014.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, heads an organization that promotes transparency, integrity and accountability in government, politics and the law. He prepared a Special Investigative Report entitled “The Benghazi Attack of September 11, 2012 Analysis and Further Questions from a Diplomatic Security Service Regional Security Officer and Special Agent” which was published on January 22, 2013. This report included the analysis of Raymond Fournier, a recently retired diplomatic security service special agent with more than 30 years of experience.

Judicial Watch, similar to Aronoff’s Citizens Committee on Benghazi, opened its own investigation on the Benghazi terrorist attack. Judicial Watch employed its staff of investigators and researchers which included former intelligence officers, analysts, military officers, attorneys, and journalists. Judicial Watch initiated more than 10 Freedom of Information Act requests with various executive departments and agencies seeking all records related to the attack. The organization filed separate lawsuits in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the Obama administration to comply with the Freedom of Information Act law and release the records requested.

Judicial Watch announced on April 18, 2014, it had obtained 41 new Benghazi- related State Department documents. The documents included an email showing then White House Deputy Strategic Communication Adviser Ben Rhodes and other of Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.” Other documents showed that State Department officials initially described the incident as an “attack” and a possible kidnap attempt.

The Obama administration fought to keep the Benghazi-related emails from seeing the light of day. However, the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed on June 21, 2013, by Judicial Watch was successful and Congress and the American people found out that the White House engaged in an illegal cover-up.

Ben Rhodes sent an email on September 14, 2012, to United States United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to prepare her to lie to the American public on five Sunday television appearances. The goal of email sent by Ben Rhodes was “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video”. Ben Rhodes stated the following: “We’ve made our views on this video crystal clear. The United States government has nothing to do with it. We reject its message and its contents. We find it disgusting and reprehensible. But it is absolutely no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence…”

The Ben Rhodes communications strategy email also included instructions to portray Obama as “steady and statesmanlike” throughout the crisis. President Obama behaved like a coward and committed criminal negligence for not helping our people at Benghazi. The day after the assassinations in Benghazi, he went to campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to Ambassador Susan Rice, the email was sent to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest and other high ranking members of the Obama White House.

Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on Sunday, September 16, 2012, on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News and CNN claiming the assaults occurred “spontaneously” in response to the “hateful video.” For willful and deliberately lying to the American people, Ambassador Susan Rice did not receive Senate confirmation when President Obama wanted to name her secretary of state following the resignation of Hillary Clinton.

Susan Rice was then named national security advisor at the White House. She should be indicted for lying to Congress which is a felony. Unfortunately, many high ranking officials of the Obama administration routinely lie to Congress and the American people. After all there is a president at the White House who is a pathological liar.
Tom Fitton stated on April 29, 2014 in a report the following: “Now we know the Obama White House’s chief concern about the Benghazi attack was making sure that President Obama looked good. And these documents undermine the Obama administration’s narrative that it thought the Benghazi attack had something to do with protest or an Internet video. Given the explosive material in these documents, it is no surprise that we had to go to federal court to pry them loose from the Obama State Department.”

Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi interim report entitled “How America Switched Sides in the War on Terror.”

A Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi was set up in September 2013 to investigate the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. The members of the commission included former CIA officers, retired military from the different branches of the Armed Forces, journalists, and defense consultants.

Among the members are Roger Aronoff, editor of Accuracy in Media, Brigadier General Charles Jones (Ret.), Admiral James Lyons (Ret.), General Thomas McInerney (Ret.), former CIA officer Clare Lopez, former CIA officer Wayne Simmons, former CIA officer Kevin Shipp, General Paul Vallely (Ret.), former Congressman and Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Allen West, Captain Larry Bailey (SEAL Ret.), and John A. Shaw, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for International Technology Security.

After many months of investigation and research which involved interviews with several knowledgeable sources, the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi issued on April 22, 2014 an interim report entitled “How America Switched Sides in the War on Terror.”

This is a summary of the alarming findings:

“1) The war in Libya was unnecessary, served no articulable U.S. national security objective, and led to preventable chaos region-wide. In the period since 2011 revolution in Libya, the country has remained fragmented, poorly governed, and overrun with violent militias, the majority of which are jihadist al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) affiliates. Yet, at the time of his overthrow, Muammar Qaddafi was an ally of the United States in the Global War on Terror.

On March 17, 2011 the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 1973 for a “No Fly Zone,” and record ostensibly to protect Libyan civilians caught up in the hostilities between the Libyan government forces and the rebel forces, which were dominated by the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda. The following day in London, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced U.S. government support for the Muslim Brotherhood-led Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) in its revolt against Qaddafi.”

The commission found out that the civil war in Libya could have been avoided and would have saved thousands of lives and the enormous turmoil that followed the fall of the dictator Muammar Qaddafi. After a few days of the Obama administration declaration that the United States would support the Libyan rebels, Qaddafi wanted to enter negotiations to discuss his possible abdication and exile.

On March 20, 2011 General Abdulqader Yusef Dibri, head of personal security of Qaddafi, contacted Rear Admiral (Ret.) Chuck Kubic. Upon receiving this information, Rear Admiral Kubic telephoned Lieutenant Colonel Brian Linvill in Stuttgart, Germany, the U.S. AFRICOM officer point of contact for all military matters involving Libya.
Lieutenant Colonel Linvill immediately notified the head of AFRICOM, General Carter Ham, stating that the Libyan dictator was ready to establish communication with the Africa military command. General Ham was quite interested. However, the Obama administration did not give permission to General Ham to proceed with the negotiations.

The opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Libya did not interest President Obama. The war continued and tens of thousands of lives were lost. It was absolutely appalling that the White House and the State Department did not even consider entering into negotiations with Qaddafi to avoid bloodshed since President Obama and Secretary Clinton wanted to pursue the unconstitutional and unnecessary war in Libya supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and the al Qaeda-linked rebels. Both Obama and Clinton need to explain to the American people and to Congress why both of them wanted to empower jihadists and the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya which went against the national security interest of our nation.

“2) Changing sides in the War on Terror: Even more disturbingly, the United States was fully aware of and facilitating the delivery of weapons to the al Qaeda-dominated rebel militias throughout the 2011 rebellion. The jihadist agenda of AQIM, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and other Islamic terror groups represented among the rebel forces was well known to U.S. officials responsible for Libya policy.

alqaedaThe rebels made no secret of their al Qaeda affiliation, openly flying and speaking in front of the black flag of Islamic Jihad, according to author John Rosenthal and multiple media reports. And yet, the White House and senior Congressional members deliberately and knowingly pursued a policy that provided material support to terrorist organizations in order to topple a ruler who had been working closely with the West actively to suppress al Qaeda. The result in Libya, across much of North Africa, and beyond has been utter chaos, disruption of Libya’s oil industry, the spread of dangerous weapons (including surface-to-air missiles), and the empowerment of jihadist organizations like al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

“3) The weapons flow: An American citizen source trusted by the Citizens Commission on Benghazi who has long experience in the Middle East described the flow of weapons from Qatar to the Libyan rebels and the diversion of some of those arms. After Qaddafi’s regime had been ousted, a delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) traveled to Libya to collect payment for the weapons that the UAE had financed and Qatar had delivered to the Transitional National Council (TNC) during the war.
During their visit to Tripoli, the UAE officials discovered that half of the $1 billion worth of weapons it had financed for the rebels had, in fact, been diverted by Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the Muslim Brotherhood head of the Libyan TNC, and sold to Qaddafi. Furthermore, according to information learned during the UAE visit to Tripoli, when Jalil learned that Major General Abdel Fatah Younis, Qaddafi’s former Minister of the Interior before his late February 2011 defection to the rebel forces, had found out about the weapons diversion, he ordered Abu Salim Abu Khattala… to kill him. Abu Khattala, later identified as the Ansar al-Shariah commander who led the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, accepted the order and directed the killing of General Abdel Fatah Younis in July 2011.

The key significance of this episode is a demonstration of a military chain-of-command relationship between the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood leadership of the TNC and the al Qaeda-affiliated militia (Ansar al-Shariah) that has been named responsible for the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Ahmed Abu Khattala is under a Department of Justice sealed indictment. His brigade merged into Ansar al-Shariah in 2012, and he was positively identified to the FBI in a cell-phone photo from the scene of the attack.”

On June 15, 2014, Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured south of Benghazi by a U.S. Special Forces. His capture marks the first time the United States has caught one of the suspects in the 2012 assault on Benghazi. Khattala’s capture came 642 days after he led the attack that killed the four Americans.

Ahmed Abu Khattala was brought from a Navy warship to courthouse of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia at the end of June 2014, where he entered a plea of not guilty to a single conspiracy charge. It was his first appearance in public since he was captured in Libya on June 15, 2014. Khattala said through an interpreter that he understood the proceedings and would tell the truth.

His public defender, Michelle Peterson, told a federal magistrate judge that Khattala was not guilty of the charge of “conspiracy to provide material support” on which a federal grand jury in the District had indicted him. Khattala was sent to an Alexandria, Virginia detention center that has held other terrorism suspects.

The Obama administration had faced an enormous amount of criticism from members in Congress and the family of the four murdered Americans over the fact that no one had been brought to justice since that day in 2012. Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas said the terrorist should be sent to Guantanamo. It will be very interesting to see if 42-year-old savage criminal Ahmed Abu Khattala will speak on his long- term relationship with ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya before and after the defeat of Qaddafi and explain why he killed him.

The future ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was sent to Benghazi as a Special Envoy from the Department of State to coordinate the assistance provided by the Obama administration to the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaida-linked terrorist organizations. Once he became the U.S. Ambassador, Stevens continued working with the jihadist terrorists. Somehow a dispute must have arisen and he was assassinated by Ansar al-Shariah, the terrorist group that he had been assisting during the civil war and later working with Ansar al-Shariah jihadists to send weapons to Syria. Some have speculated that the terrorists wanted to kidnap ambassador Stevens to trade him for the blind Sheik who is imprisoned in the United States.

Many of these weapons fell into the hands of al Qaida-link terrorist groups trying to overthrow the Syrian dictator. Perhaps Obama let him die to avoid a future Congressional investigation or that the gun-running operation could have come to light just before the 2012 presidential election.
The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi also investigated the White House cover-up on Benghazi

The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi also investigated the White House cover-up on Benghazi. It stated the following: “The White House campaign appears to have been well-coordinated with U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations as well as Islamic nations members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, who all joined in condemnation of the video, and, even more troubling, issued calls for restriction on Americans’ free-speech rights. The Obama administration officials knew that the YouTube video had nothing to do with the terrorist attack in Benghazi, yet for two weeks President Obama and members of his administration deliberately falsely claim that a protest had preceded the attack on our Benghazi mission.”

There is no question in my mind that President Obama committed treason, dereliction of duty, and criminal negligence in Libya during the civil war against Qaddafi, for his refusal to save our diplomats and Navy SEALs in Benghazi, and his repeated lies and cover-up with the assistance of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and the Organization of Islamic States (OIS). Hillary Clinton is also guilty of treason and criminal negligence since she supported assisting the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadists to overthrow Qaddafi and later her State Department denied repeated requests from Ambassador Chris Stevens for protection and for her lies and participation in the cover-up.

Former’s State Department Secretary Hillary Clinton has continued to lie to the nation regarding her role in Benghazi. On June 15, 2014, she was interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning. When questioned about the four deaths of Americans at Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, Clinton said that no additional explanation that she could offered would satisfy her critics.

Hillary Clinton stated the following during the interview: “There’s a difference between unanswered questions and unlistened to answers. There were a lot of confusing pieces of information flooding into us from the very first moment we heard about it. We did our best to sort it out. I did my best to fully cooperate with the Congress. I respect the Congress’ oversight responsibility.”

Again Hillary Clinton used the terrible excuse of the “the fog of war” for not knowing what was happening in Benghazi. There was no “fog of war.” All of her statements were lies since the president, the Pentagon, the CIA, the State Department, the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, and the president of Libya knew from the very beginning that the attack at Benghazi was a carefully planned terrorist attack by jihadists connected to al Qaeda.

On June 17, 2014, Hillary Clinton spoke to Brett Baier and Greta Van Susteron of Fox News and once again blamed the “fog of war” and the constant stream of information for blaming the video on the attack at Benghazi. If she runs for president, Hillary Clinton will be asked again and again about her role in Benghazi.

Hillary Clinton needs to be indicted and brought to trial for assisting the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and al Qaeda-linked organizations in the war in Libya, her criminal negligence in not sending additional soldiers to protect our ambassador and other personnel, and for her continued lies to Congress and the American people and her participation in the cover-up. She is as guilty as the president for her actions in Libya. And she certainly unfit to run for president in 2016.

The Middle East gun-running operation from Libya to Turkey to Syria, the terrorist attack at Benghazi and President Obama’s executive orders allowing him fund terrorist organizations should be grounds for impeachment

As stated earlier, Doug Hagmann of the Canadian Free Press, James Robbins of the Washington Times, Aaron Klein of WND, Roger Aronoff’s Citizens’ Committee on Benghazi, and Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch have fully explained that the Obama administration was engaged in a massive gun-running operation to al Qaeda, which included transporting heavy weapons from Libya to Syria. Ambassador Stevens was in charge of this operation, which also involved recruiting jihadists to fight against the dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

At 9:40 p.m. on September 11, 2012, a group of approximately 150 heavily armed jihadist militia members attacked the Special Mission Compound (SMC) and the nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya. The terrorists used small arms, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and mortars against Americans at the two separate facilities, the Special Mission Compound (also referred as the Benghazi consulate) and the CIA Annex. Immediately Ambassador Stevens contacted Greg Hicks in Tripoli and told him, “Greg, we are under attack!” and requested assistance. Hicks immediately notified all agencies so that they could initiate an emergency response plan.
There were soldiers at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, as well as soldiers in all the Western embassies and consulates of countries, such as Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, that upon request by President Obama would have sent their military personnel immediately to Benghazi to provide assistance to our diplomat and other personnel. Yet nothing was done!

The Benghazi scandal involved criminal negligence and dereliction of duty as the Obama administration allowed Ambassador Chris Stevens, two former Navy Seals, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith, a U.S. Foreign Service computer specialist to die for political reasons when the United States had forces nearby that could have saved them.

As stated, the Special Mission Compound (SMC), also known as the Benghazi Consulate, and CIA Annex were attacked at approximately 9:40 p.m. For eight hours, a small group of brave Americans fought approximately 150 terrorists while notifying our government and repeatedly requesting help. There were two squadrons of F-16s at Aviano Air Base in Italy. The F-16 aircraft is armed with 500 20 MM rounds and other weapons and they are able to fly at 0.92 mach speed. A Marine detachment was at U.S. Navy Base in Rota, Spain. U.S. forces were also stationed in Greece. The ensuing cover up was disgraceful and is completely unacceptable. It violated our armed forces Code of Conduct which states that we do not leave someone behind.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order on July 26, 2013 which allowed him to send $500 million to fund Muslim terrorists in the West Bank. In the executive order the president wrote the following: “I hereby certify that it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of section 7040 (a) of part II of the foreign assistance act, as amended, to the Palestinian Authority.” A 2012 executive order in which Obama waved a congressional ban on funding the Palestinian Authority and sent the Hamas terrorist organization $147 million.

The president signed a third of executive order on September 16, 2013 waiving a ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to the Syrian rebels, many of which are supporters of al Qaeda. In essence, with these three executive orders, President Obama has exempted himself from any laws, such as the Patriot Act, that prohibits anyone from giving weapons to a terrorist organization. These executive orders should be grounds for impeachment.

In reality, Obama has been secretly shipping weapons from Libya to Turkey for a couple of years. The weapons were being given to the rebels fighting the Syrian regime, which included al Qaeda-linked rebels groups. One of the largest al Qaeda group is the Nusra Front. Abu Mohammed al Golani is the leader of this al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group and he has an army of 10,000 soldiers under his command in Syria. Additionally, some of those weapons ended up in the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) which now calls itself the Caliphate Islamic State. This terrorist army devastated Iraq and conquered much of its territory.

Tom Fitton’s Judicial Watch Special Investigative Report raised the question why Ambassador Chris Stevens went to Benghazi so close to the anniversary of 9/11 in a place that had experienced 20 terrorist attacks including one at the U.S. Special Mission Compound. It is now known that the Ambassador met with the Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin on the evening of the attack.

The purpose of that meeting has not been disclosed. Some experts believe that the Ambassador’s work in Benghazi may have been related to the Obama administration’s efforts to transfer arms to Syrian opposition groups. Frank Gaffney, former deputy assistant secretary of state, stated the following: “One of the places in Libya most awash with weapons in the most dangerous of hands is Benghazi. It now appears that Stevens was there-on a particularly risky day, with no security to speak of and despite now copiously documented concerns about his own safety and that of his subordinates-for another priority mission: sending arms recovered from the former regime’s stocks to the opposition in Syria.”

Judicial Watch wrote that the newspaper Times of London published an article on September 14, 2012, entitled “Syrian Rebels Squabble Over Weapons as Biggest Shipload Arrives from Libya.” The Times of London pointed out that the Libyan ship, The Intisaar or The Victory, arrived at the Turkish port of Iskenderun after leaving from Benghazi. It explained that “more than 400 tons of cargo arrived in Syria carrying SAM-7 surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), which Syrian sources said could be a game changer for the rebels.”

The Select Committee must act with force

Now, of course, we have a Select Committee with the power to subpoena administration officials, including President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. General Carter Ham, Commander of the United States African Command and Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette, who was in charge of Carrier Strike Group Three, which included the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John C.Stennis, were both fired for trying to send a rapid response team to Benghazi to save our people in violation of the order that they were given to stand down, meaning do nothing should be interviewed. Former CIA director, David Petraeus, should also be sent a subpoena.

Other high-ranking generals, as well as White House officials from the National Security Council who were aware of what happened at Benghazi, should be sent subpoenas and forced to testify under oath. Only then, will the truth be found out, and it could very well be career ending for Barack Obama.

In an interview with Lou Dobbs, Admiral Lyons, when asked what did he think that went on in Benghazi, he responded: “If I had to speculate, I believe this was a bungled attack-kidnapping, the object being to kidnap Ambassador Stevens, and hold him in exchange for the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, who sits in jail in the United States for his role in planning the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.”

Lyons explained that in June 2012 both the British Consulate and the International Red Cross had to close their offices due to the assassination attempt on the British Consul General and other assassinations. The bombing outside our Special Mission Compound in Benghazi took place on June 6.

Ambassador Chris Stevens had requested additional security assistance on multiple locations. Secretary Clinton sent home Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wood and the 16-man security force which was at our embassy in Tripoli. The repeated pleas from Ambassador Stevens for additional security were ignored and denied by the State Department. Lyons stated: “Perhaps this was supposed to be part of a kidnapping, hostage situation, holding him in exchange for the Blind Sheikh. Because killing Ambassador Stevens made no sense to me since he was the great facilitator in funneling the arms to the rebels, to other militias, many of which were al Qaeda-affiliated, who have been fighting our troops in Iraq. So why would you kill the golden goose? It made the no sense to me.”

Admiral Lyons was highly critical of the Obama administration for its lack of response to the terrorist attack against our men in our Special Mission Compound and CIA Annex in Benghazi. He explained that we had 130 Marines at our Base at Sigonela, Sicily and another Marine detachment at our naval base in Rota, Spain. We also had F-16 aircraft that could have been there in an hour.

Lyons also criticized the fact that the Obama administration did not ask for help from the other Western Consulates that had security forces and could have assisted our men. Later, Consul Generals stated that if they had been requested assistance, they would have provided it. Lastly, Lyons stated that what happened at Benghazi would make the Iran-Contra scandal look like child’s play.

Conclusion

How could President Obama and former Secretary Clinton get away with supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda-linked terrorists organizations in Libya and in Syria violating the Patriot Act and other laws in our nation? How could the United States trained terrorists from the bloody al Qaeda Islamic State in Syria and Iraq at a secret base in Jordan? How could they get away for engaging in a Middle Eastern gun-running operation and sending tons of weapons from Libya to Turkey to Syria and many of those weapons falling into the hands of al Qaida-linked terror organizations? How about the cover-up and lies to Congress and the American people?

The Select Committee needs to investigate not only the terrorist attacks in Benghazi but also the Obama administration assistance to the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and jihadists during the civil war. The Select Committee needs to investigate the White House cover-up with Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the United States and Muslim nations in the world. Lastly, the Select Committee needs to investigate the Obama administration training terrorists from al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq at a secret base in Jordan and whether they also received weapons sent from Libya to Turkey to Syria that assisted them to expand their caliphate.

President Obama entered into a war in Libya violating the Constitution since Congress did not authorize it. Later Obama had been engaged in a Middle Eastern gun-running operation without Congressional authority and in violation of United States laws.

The president violated his oath of office and multiple laws by sending weapons to and working with terrorist groups during the civil war in Libya. He continued to violate laws by later sending weapons from Libya to Turkey knowing that those weapons would eventually fall into the hands of al Qaeda-link terrorist groups fighting in Libya. Moreover, Obama worked with the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States and Muslim nations to engaged in a cover-up. This is astounding and alarming. President Obama is a traitor who should be impeached by the House of Representatives and prosecuted by the Senate.

President Obama committed treason, dereliction of duty, and criminal negligence in Libya during the civil war against Qaddafi and for his refusal to save our diplomats and Navy SEALs in Benghazi. President Barack Obama is unfit to be our commander-in-chief and must be impeached by the House of Representatives and the Senate must hold a trial.

 

 

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