May 26, 2015
Thanks to the patriots at Judicial Watch, a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report confirmed two significant details attributed to sources reported here two and a half years ago by this reporter (Story link) about details of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the US special mission compound (SMC) in Benghazi, Libya.
First, Ambassador Christopher Stevens was the target of the terrorist attack in Benghazi and second, the United States was trafficking deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s weapons to the anti-Assad rebels in Syria.
Despite former Secretary of State and aspiring presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s now infamous statement “what difference does it make” – as the DIA report documents highlight, it made a lot of difference.
Four Americans, Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed and dozens more injured before the United States personnel were able to flee from the Libyan city. Also as the DIA report illustrates, Stevens was the target of the terrorist attack as retaliation for the CIA drone strike in Pakistan that killed the number two al-Qaeda leader. That fateful drone strike in June 2012 would change everything inside Libya and put the Ambassador in an unwelcome spotlight.
“Local (Pakistani) tribesmen and American officials said that a C.I.A.-controlled drone fired on a compound early Monday morning (June 4, 2012). Word spread quickly among local tribesmen that Mr. (Abu Yahya al) Libi had been killed or wounded, and American intelligence officials using powerful satellite and other surveillance equipment listened and watched carefully for a sign of his fate,” the New York Times reported. This event would set the stage for the Libyan al-Qaeda retribution against the American CIA.
Equally significant is the confirmation that the United States was liaising (trafficking) weapons from Benghazi to the “Free-Syrian” rebels who happened to be affiliated with al-Qaeda. The weapons trafficking operation was conducted on the sly and in complete contravention of a United States sponsored United Nations resolution to prohibit nations from providing weapons to the rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.
President Obama deliberately told a national television audience during his presidential debate with Mitt Romney (Story link) that he concurred with Mr. Romney’s statement that the United States should not provide weapons or troops on the ground in Syria. Obama also asserted America should only provide humanitarian aid to those suffering in the civil war.
Obama also said to the debate audience and national television viewers his administration was listening to the American people on Syrian (Story link) policy and he publicly “distanced” himself from Secretary of State Department’s Hillary Clinton, Secretary of the Defense Department’s Leon Panetta, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, General Dempsey, and CIA Director, General David Patraeus, who all publicly called for military intervention in Syria. During the heat of the autumn 2012 presidential cycle the American people made it abundantly clear that more than 60 percent opposed intervention in Syria.
Seemingly looking to solidify his position in a new “Clinton” administration, former Deputy Director of the CIA, Mike Morell, claimed last week (while promoting his new book about his career in the agency) that the CIA was not involved in weapons trafficking in Benghazi. However, the release of the DIA report outlined the CIA was aware of the weapons movement caused Mr. Morell to back-peddle on his claim of ignorance.
Other red flags suggested the Benghazi gun trafficking was a CIA operation. For example, the US had a special mission compound that did not meet Department of State security requirements. Plus the State Department refused to provide additional security for the secret facility or the Americans assigned there – suggesting State felt it was a CIA issue. It’s also been confirmed that Ambassador Stevens requested State provide additional Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) personnel to Benghazi in numerous State Department cables, but State refused each plea. General Carter Ham, US Africa Commander personally offered Stevens an Army security detail, but the ambassador turned the general down.
Flash forward to 2014 and the Benghazi Select Committee. Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has his hands full trying to fill the disinformation gaps as to what was so important that Stevens would risk his life and the lives of others to keep the SMC mission secret. While the high-level of political deceit makes for good news reporting, regular Joes hope Gowdy will focus on the systemic failures of persons with full knowledge of the operation that said or did nothing to prevent violations of American law, postulate lies and weave a Benghazi cover-up are held accountable.
Has Gowdy inquired whether the White House issued a “finding” that approved the covert Benghazi operation? Sources say it is almost inconceivable that CIA would conduct a covert operation without presidential cover. The list of questions is long, beginning with the White House, Langley, Capitol Hill as well as the Pentagon.
Former Navy SEALs and CIA contractors, Woods and Doherty, whose selfless and heroic actions saved the lives of more than two-dozen CIA personnel, have not been publicly recognized for their heroism. The newly employed former SEALs raced from the safety of Tripoli to the Benghazi battlefield to aid Americans in trouble and lost their lives by deliberately placing themselves in harms way to save others. If they had been on active duty they would have been nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor, yet their sacrifice goes unrecognized because Benghazi remains politically embarrassing for the government that got caught in a web of lies.
Military sources demand explanations for the deaths of Woods and Doherty who exposed themselves to direct fire from the attackers so they could aim their laser target designators at the enemy from the roof of the CIA Annex. They did it because they knew that doctrinally, the cavalry was coming to their rescue based on the State Department’s 911 call for help – unfortunately the cavalry never came. So, where is the Defense Department Board of Inquiry scrutinizing either the failure of contingency planning or responsibility for issuing a stand-down order to block the rescue of Americans in danger? Was the secrecy of the illegal Benghazi gun trafficking more important than American lives?
Further highlighting the failure of leadership at DoD was another DIA report that acknowledged on 9/1/12, ten days before the attack, that intelligence sources confirmed an attack in Benghazi was imminent, yet the DoD moved most Sixth Fleet assets to the Persian Gulf, leaving the Marine quick response team (FAST) in Spain with no air transport – its planes had been lent to some training op in the Balkans. These decisions left US personnel in Libya vulnerable without even an extract plan despite intel suggesting an imminent terror attack. A Navy destroyer, the USS Laboon, was within an hour strike time of Benghazi and could have launched missiles as a demonstration to scatter the attackers, but no shots were ever fired.
The day after the terrorist attack, the Pentagon announced it was mobilizing the Delta Force from the Carolinas and was expecting them to arrive within two days. Military leaders this reporter interviewed said there were options, but sadly none were employed and two SEALs died.
Woods and Doherty, reflected the highest traditions of the Naval Services and the SEAL credo by racing to the sound of guns, at grave personal risk, to aid fellow countrymen. Yet another Memorial Day has come and gone and their courage and sacrifice remains buried under political baggage.
Beacon Global Strategies, a DC “think tank” and home to the who’s who of Benghazi players including, Philippe Reines (Hillary Clinton’s gatekeeper), Andrew Shapiro (DoS Deputy Assistant Secretary in charge of MANPADs buyback), Mike Allen (Rep. Mike Rogers, Intelligence Committee Majority Staff Director), Leon Panetta (Secretary of the Department of Defense & CIA Director), Michael Morell (CIA Deputy Director), and Adm. James Stavridis, ret. 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe & US Europe Command 2009-2013) offered a “no comment” on the new DIA report that contradicted their timeline of the Benghazi terrorist attack, but suggested the State Department was the best way to gain information regarding the DIA Benghazi report.
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