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Benghazi: More U.S. Service Members Come Forward Asking Why No Military Response To Attack At Benghazi

May 12, 2016

F-16 pilots in Italy were on standby to help besieged US forces in Libya – but the order to launch never came

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US fighter jets were armed and fuelled on night of the Benghazi attack

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F-16s based in Aviano, northern Italy ‘could have provided air support’
Military claims the lack of re-fuelling aircraft prevented support mission

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Air Force source claims jets could have refuelled on the ground in Sicily
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By DARREN BOYLE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 03:43 EST, 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 04:13 EST, 12 May 2016

A US Air Force source has claimed that a squadron of attack jets was being armed and fuelled on the night of the deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.

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The jets, believed to be F-16s were on the runway ready to launch, as terrorists bombarded the US consulate, killing four Americans.

The source claims the fighters could have launched from Aviano Air Force Base in Northern Italy and re-fuelled at Naval Air Station Sigonella before providing air support over Benghazi.

Terrorists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 killing four Americans 

Terrorists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 killing four Americans

Sources claim F-16s based at Aviano Air base in Northern Italy (file photo from 1999) were being armed and fuelled ready to provide air support for the Americans desperately fighting for their lives 1,000 miles away

Sources claim F-16s based at September 11, 2012in Northern Italy (file photo from 1999) were being armed and fuelled ready to provide air support for the Americans desperately fighting for their lives 1,000 miles away

US fighter jets could have flown from their base on Aviano Air Force Base in northern Italy to the Naval Air Station Sigonella to refuel before providing air support over Benghazi according to a source 

US fighter jets could have flown from their base on Aviano Air Force Base in northern Italy to the Naval Air Station Sigonella to refuel before providing air support over Benghazi according to a source

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Benghazi is more than 1,000 miles from Aviano and beyond the combat patrol area of an F-16 without refuelling.

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The US military had previously said there was no re-fuelling aircraft available over the Mediterranean meaning they could not launch against Benghazi.

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However, a source who was in a squadron at Aviano on September 11, 2012 said he was told Fox News: ‘a real world mission was going down’.

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‘There were people everywhere. That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go. Only they were waiting for the order. It never came.’

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The source claimed he was not looking to give away any information that could damage the US military, however he said

However, a source who was in a squadron at Aviano on September 11, 2012 said he was told Fox News:  ‘a real world mission was going down’.

‘There were people everywhere. That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go. Only they were waiting for the order. It never came.’

The source claimed he was not looking to give away any information that could damage the US military, however he said

Former US Navy Seals Glen Doherty, top, and Tyrone Woods, bottom, were killed in a CIA station in Benghazi

Ahmed Abu Khattala was detained by US Navy SEALs in Libya and is standing trial in Washington accused of arranging the terror attack 

Ahmed Abu Khattala was detained by US Navy SEALs in Libya and is standing trial in Washington accused of arranging the terror attack

‘I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and gotten there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to at least stop that second mortar attack … and basically save lives that day.’

US Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Patrick Smith, a State Department information officer were killed in the first attack.

Former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed almost eight hours later when the CIA complex they were guarding came under mortar attack.

The source claims that by refuelling on the ground at Sigonella without shutting down their engines using ‘a hot pit maneuver’, they could have continued to Benghazi to provide air cover.

One former anti-terror officer who was at Delta Force headquarters during the attack told Fox News: ‘For some reason they were all shut down, and I think it leads back to a policymaker somewhere because nobody in the military is going to shut down an operation. We had hours and hours and hours to do something … and we did nothing.’

The Justice Department has announced that it will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Libyan militant suspected of being involved in the deadly attack.

Abu Khattala, captured by US special forces in Libya two years ago and brought to the States aboard a Navy ship, has been awaiting trial in federal court in Washington in connection with the September 2012 violence at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Among those killed in the terror attack was the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, pictured 

Among those killed in the terror attack was the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, pictured

Terrorists stormed the diplomatic compound and launched a mortar attack on a CIA facility in Benghazi

Terrorists stormed the diplomatic compound and launched a mortar attack on a CIA facility in Benghazi

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Prosecutors have described him as a ringleader of the attacks, which quickly emerged as a political flashpoint and became the topic of congressional hearings involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, secretary of state at the time of the rampage.

The 18-count indictment arises from a burst of violence that began the night of September 11, 2012, at a State Department diplomatic compound, an attack prosecutors say was aimed at murdering American personnel and plundering maps, documents and other property from the post.

Abu Khattala has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder of an internationally protected person, providing material support to terrorists and destroying U.S. property while causing death.

Terrorists looted the diplomatic compound after murdering the ambassador and assistant Sean Smith  

Terrorists looted the diplomatic compound after murdering the ambassador and assistant Sean Smith

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Benghazi: U.S. Air Force Was Ready To Respond, Aircraft Armed — No U.S. Forces Sent to Benghazi During Nine Hour Siege That Killed Four Americans

May 12, 2016

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May 12, 2016

His squadron got the alert: a “real world mission was going down.”

The team – at Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy – raced to the field and was briefed, as planes were armed and prepared to launch. Hundreds of miles away, fellow Americans were under attack in Benghazi.

“There were people everywhere. That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go” to Benghazi, he said.

Only they were waiting for the order. It never came.

“The whole night we were told that we are waiting on a call,” he told Fox News.

This account is from a squadron member at Aviano the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi. The source, the first in his squadron to speak out publicly since that attack, is going public to explain – in his view – that more could have been done to save Americans under attack that night.

He asked that his identity be protected for fear of retribution. He says others in his squadron also have wanted to talk about Benghazi from the beginning, but no others have been interviewed and all are afraid of the potential backlash from speaking out.

“I’m not trying to give away any type of [information] that could ever harm the military,” the source told Fox News. “That is never my plan. I feel that some things need to come to light.”

Namely, he said, that a team was ready to go that night to help protect Americans under fire in Benghazi – an account that runs counter to multiple official reports, including from a House committee, a timeline provided by the military and the controversial State Department Accountability Review Board investigation, which concluded the interagency response to Benghazi was “timely and appropriate.”

The source said: “I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and gotten there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to at least stop that second mortar attack … and basically save lives that day.”

Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in that second wave. Ambassador Chris Stevens and information officer Sean Smith were killed in the initial attack on the main compound.

Americans killed at Benghazi, September 11, 2012: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty

“We could have been there. That’s the worst part,” the source said.

The source who spoke with Fox News challenged the military claim that a re-fueling tanker wasn’t available. He said American jets routinely refuel by using what’s called a “hot pit maneuver,” which allows the jets to land and then get fuel without shutting off the engines.

Multiple sources say there were multiple locations available the night of the attack.

He said they were waiting on the call, though, through the night. The men say they didn’t truly learn about the mission they had missed until they returned home the next day from the airfield and saw the reports about the Benghazi attack on the news.

Many still don’t talk about the subject and some insist it has hurt morale within the squadron because “people know we were stationed there and didn’t respond.”

The same frustrations have compelled Mike, a former team sergeant for a military anti-terror quick reaction force, once known as the CIF, to talk.

“For some reason they were all shut down, and I think it leads back to a policymaker somewhere because nobody in the military is going to shut down an operation,” he said. On the night of the attack, Mike was at Delta Force headquarters in the U.S. monitoring the events as they happened.

“We had hours and hours and hours to do something … and we did nothing,” he said.

Despite the claim by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Department that nothing more could have been done, a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit recently revealed that Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash immediately offered assistance to the State Department on the night of Sept. 11, saying forces could move to Benghazi and “they are spinning up as we speak.”

Mike echoed that: “I know everything was spun up and nothing was done.”

He added: “At our level, we were doing everything we were supposed to be doing. At everybody else’s level above us, it was political.”

In June 2014, Delta Forces captured Abu Khattala, a man now charged in the attack.

Mike, though, said Khattala is a low-level operative and not one of the terror cell leaders. He said the U.S. could have collected intelligence leading to “bigger fish” had the U.S. acted sooner following the attack.

Meanwhile, while Democrats have called the House investigation into the Benghazi attacks a waste of time and money, committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., says his committee has uncovered new facts – but does admit they still are having issues finding witnesses.

“It’s been very frustrating,” Gowdy told Fox News.

In response to Fox News’ reporting, he also issued a statement saying it is “deeply troubling there are individuals who would like to share their stories, but have not because they are afraid of retaliation from their superiors.”

The two men who spoke with Fox News have not spoken with the committee.

Adam Housley joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 2001 and currently serves as a Los Angeles-based senior correspondent.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/12/could-have-been-there-squadron-member-speaks-out-on-stalled-benghazi-response.html

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Clinton And The State Department Appointed The Accountability Review Board (ARB) Members

ARB Co-Chair Admiral Mike Mullen Acknowledged That Clinton Appointed Four Out Of The Five Members Of The Accountability Review Board (ARB). REP. JOHN MICA (R-MI): “You didn’t interview the Secretary of State. She appointed four out of the five members, is that correct, of the Board?” ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN. “She did.” (Admiral Mike Mullen, Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, U.S. House Of Representatives, Testimony, 9/19/13)

https://www.gop.com/clintons-accountability-review-board-was-hardly-independent/

At the Andrews Air Force Base arrival ceremony for the Americans killed at Benghazi, photo taken September 14, 2012, Credit Reuters
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National Security Advisor Susan Rice
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Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. Photo by The White House

The truth in government seems to always come out. But sometimes it is delayed  for years…

The legacy of the Obama Administration, we believe, will be treated harshly by historians….

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Hillary Clinton’s Emails to Chelsea The Night of the Benghazi Attacks: ‘Al-Qaeda-like group’ carried out the assault, no video excuse mentioned

January 18, 2016

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Above: Hillary Clinton had no trouble telling her daughter Chelsea that the Benghazi attack was carried out by an Al-Qaeda like terrorist group — with no mention of the “video disrespectful toward Muslims later used. Instead of using her secure government email, Mrs. Clinton used her own home system that was not cleared for classified information — but she did have an alias for Chelsea which as “Diane Reynolds.” Pretty cloak and dagger for a person handling the U.S. government’s secret information. And no admonishment of any kind from her government boss, Barack Obama? Even terrorists have been using encryted email. But not the top leaders of the U.S. government? Holy smokes.

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Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed at Benghazi, September 11, 2012. Reuters

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Hillary Clinton sent an email to her daughter Chelsea the night of the Benghazi attacks in which she claimed an ‘Al-Qaeda-like group’ carried out the assault, it has been revealed.

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In the emails, she told Chelsea, under the alias Diane Reynolds, that two officers had been killed, and attributed the attack to an Al-Qaeda group rather than a spontaneous protest at the Obama Administration later described it.

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Sept. 11, 2012: A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames. (Reuters)

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‘Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Qaeda-like group: The Ambassador, whom I handpicked and a young communications officer on temporary duty w a wife and two young children. Very hard day and I fear more of the same tomorrow,’ she wrote in the email.

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Emails from the night of the Benghazi attacks were addressed to Diane Reynolds, an alias that Chelsea Clinton used
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Emails from the night of the Benghazi attacks were addressed to Diane Reynolds, an alias that Chelsea Clinton used

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Clinton told her daughter that that two officers had been killed, and attributed the attack to an Al-Qaeda group, rather than a spontaneous protest at the Obama Administration later described it.
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Clinton told her daughter that that two officers had been killed, and attributed the attack to an Al-Qaeda group, rather than a spontaneous protest at the Obama Administration later described it.

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The emails also revealed Chelsea’s response to her mother’s message, according to NBC News.

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‘I am so sorry about the State Department officer killed in Libya and the ongoing precariousness in Egypt and Libya,’ Chelsea wrote to her mother.

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She added: ‘Such anathema to us as Americans – and a painful reminder or how long it took modernism to take root in the US, after the Enlightenment, the 14th, 15th, 16th 19th amendments, removal of censorship norms and laws, etc.

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton said that the FBI has not contacted her regarding its probe of whether she held classified information on her private email server.

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Asked on CNN’s State of the Union whether she had been interviewed by the FBI yet, the former secretary of state replied, ‘No’, and did not elaborate.

 

Federal investigators are looking into the security of Clinton’s email setup amid concerns from the intelligence community’s inspector general that classified information may have passed through the system. Clinton provided the server to the FBI in August.

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Clinton has said she didn’t send or receive information that was classified at the time via her personal email account.

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Last week, Bill Clinton brought up his wife’s 11-hour Benghazi hearing for the first time, using the testimony as an example of how well she can keep her ‘cool.’

Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearing, Thursday, October 22, 2015. Photo by Jonathan Ernst, Reuters

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‘I doubt that there is another figure in American public life who could have stood there for 11 hours, answered every question, never lost her cool and kept on going,’ he said.

Hillary disgusted Photograph by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images (This doesn’t look “cool” to us at Peace and Freedom….)

When Clinton was forwarded some insider analysis from John Godfrey — one of ‘our most knowledgeable officers in Libya,’ according to an aide — the Secretary of State expressed surprise that Godfrey was using a personal email address rather than a State Department-issued one.

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Benghazi U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton past the flag-draped transfer coffins of the four men killed in their service to America at Benghazi. Many family members of the fallen said the President and Secretary of State lied to them about the circumstances of the deaths of their loved ones.

Emails from the night of the Benghazi attacks were addressed to Diane Reynolds, an alias that Chelsea Clinton used

Emails from the night of the Benghazi attacks were addressed to Diane Reynolds, an alias that Chelsea Clinton used

Clinton told her daughter that that two officers had been killed, and attributed the attack to an Al-Qaeda group, rather than a spontaneous protest at the Obama Administration later described it.

Clinton told her daughter that that two officers had been killed, and attributed the attack to an Al-Qaeda group, rather than a spontaneous protest at the Obama Administration later described it.

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Hillary Clinton “Misspoke” When She Blamed Republicans For Exaggerating Documented Failures in U.S. Veterans Health Care — John McCain Says She Owes All Veterans an Apology

October 28, 2015

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question as she testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

(CNN) Sen. John McCain lambasted Hillary Clinton on Wednesday for her controversial comments about the Veterans Health Administration, calling on her to apologize for what he described as “disgraceful” remarks.

He’s part of growing chorus of Republicans who are seizing on the Democratic front-runner’s comments and trying to paint her as out of touch on one of the biggest government scandals in recent years.

Clinton told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday that issues within the VA have “not been as widespread as it has been made out to be.”

McCain, who spent 5 1/2 years as a POW during the Vietnam War, said the facts say differently.

“I don’t know what Hillary Clinton’s view of what ‘widespread’ is but facts are stubborn things,” the 2008 Republican presidential nominee said on a conference call with reporters.

McCain also took issue with Clinton’s claim that Republicans have made the VA partisan and want to use it to privatize the VA. In doing so, McCain noted that he worked with her Democratic rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, to pass a VA reform bill.

“Now Hillary Clinton, in her blind ambition, has injected partisanship into the VA issue and that is disgraceful,” he said. “She owes an apology.”

Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, was also on the call. “Hillary Clinton really proved she has no idea what she is talking about on veterans issues,” he said.

Clinton’s campaign on Tuesday backed away from the candidate’s claim that issues at the VA were not “widespread.”

Brian Fallon, Clinton’s press secretary, acknowledged to CNN wait times and other mismanagement of care by the Department of Veterans Affairs were indeed “systemic” and that Clinton will roll out her plan to reform the VA in November.

“Even now, too many of our veterans are still waiting an unacceptably long time to see a doctor, or to process disability claims and appeals,” Fallon said in a statement to CNN.

Fallon said that when Clinton is president she “will work to further reform the VA to make sure it truly works for our veterans, and will demand accountability and performance from VA leadership.”

Veterans groups fired back at Clinton earlier this week.

Fallon said Clinton’s comment on MSNBC is being “misinterpreted” and that he hopes to clarify her position.

“(Hillary Clinton) will work to further reform the VA to make sure it truly works for our veterans, and will demand accountability and performance from VA leadership,” he said.

But Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, or IAVA,called her comments a “head-scratcher.”

“That is not a winning argument — or factually correct,” he tweeted.

Republican presidential candidates have also weighed in. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in an interview that aired Wednesday that Clinton’s comments were “a direct affront” to veterans.

“This should be the first priority of our government to take care of the men and women in uniform that have served us so heroically, (who) come back home and then get mistreated by their own government,” he said on Fox News. “It is outrageous. She’s wrong.”

Florida Sen.  blasted the former secretary of state on Saturday while campaigning in Greenville, South Carolina. He said the VA is one of the most frequent issues that constituents ask his office for help with and accused Clinton of being “out of touch.”

PFC Josh Stein, 22, a double amputee rehab patient, lost his legs to an explosion in Iraq in 2006. Getty

“People talk about this,” he said at an event hosted by Concerned Vets for America, which is backed by the Koch Brothers. “I don’t know where she’s getting her information, but she’s out of touch … not designed to deal with 21st century issues that face vets.”

A VA inspector general concluded inappropriate scheduling practices at VA medical centers were “systemic” in 2014, after a CNN investigation revealed veterans were dying while waiting for care on “secret” lists at the Phoenix VA. The scandal led to the resignation of then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

A more recent CNN investigation found the problem is actually getting worse — veterans continue to wait months for care at some VA facilities, and a September federally funded report concluded the agency remains “plagued” by problems including growing bureaucracy, staffing challenges and unsustainable costs.

Fallon said on Tuesday that despite the issues “the VA provides unique and critical services and innovative care to our veteran community.”

Clinton “does not believe that privatization will solve the problems that the VA is facing. Rather, it must deliver high-quality care while acting as an integrated payer-purchaser and facilitating a full range of services for all veterans, regardless of where they live,” he said.

Clinton’s position on privatization is similar to Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, her top rival for the Democratic nomination. Sanders joined with McCain in 2014 to pass a VA reform bill, one of the biggest legislative achievements of his career.

But it wasn’t just GOP opponents knocking Clinton for her comments. A Tuesday editorial in the Arizona Republic declared, “The last thing vets need? Presidential aspirants playing partisan politics with their predicament.”

“Ideological preferences may frame what reformers recommend to fix the VA’s troubles. The conservative Concerned Veterans for America, for example, advocates rolling back the vast bureaucracy’s mission. Many Democrats, meanwhile, advocate substantial increases in spending,” the editorial said. “But no one has injected the kind of accusatory, issue-dismissing language into the debate that Clinton has.”

Opinion: Hillary Clinton, the VA scandal was real

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/27/politics/hillary-clinton-veterans-affairs-gop/

Theose killed at Benghazi while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went home to sleep — Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty

In Keeping with Full Disclosure Rules, We wrote commentaries on Hillary Clinton’s grossly misguided and out of touch comments on veterans here on Peace and Freedom. Most of the veterans we know said they would forgive Hillary Clinton for her inability to understand the issues involved in the treatment of American veterans — but they still want an explanation of why and how Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty were killed during her watch at State.

Boehner calls for Hillary Clinton to ‘actually cooperate’ with Benghazi probe

April 22, 2015

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By Scott Wong

The House Select Committee on Benghazi could wrap up its work before 2016 if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Obama administration officials “actually cooperate,” Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.

The Ohio Republican was reacting to reports that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the select committee, signaled that his panel likely would not complete its work and publish a report on its findings about the deadly 2012 attack in Libya until 2016 — in the throes of the presidential election.

They could clean this up a whole lot quicker if the administration and former Secretary Clinton were in a position to actually cooperate with the committee and turn over the type of information that we’ve been seeking for some time,” Boehner told reporters at a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters.

“But the administration has made it virtually impossible to get to the facts surrounding Benghazi,” he added. “When we have the facts, we’ll have the report.”

Gowdy, whom Boehner appointed last year to lead the panel, had previously indicated he wanted to finish by the end of this year. But it now appears unlikely the committee could analyze the information and publish its findings and conclusions in a report before the end of 2015, a Gowdy spokesman told Bloomberg News.

“Factors beyond the committee’s control, including witness availability, compliance with documents requests, the granting of security clearances and accreditations — all of which are controlled by the  Executive branch — could continue to impact the timing of the inquiry’s conclusion,” spokesman Jamal Ware told The Hill in an email.

There already have been multiple House and Senate probes into the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The assault happened under Clinton’s watch as secretary of State, but Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to use the issue to bludgeon Clinton amid her run for the White House.

‘#WhyI’mnotvotingforHillary’ hashtag tops Twitter

April 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign announcement was not met with the positive response her team would have been hoping for

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The Telegraph

A social media backlash began against Hillary Clinton on Sunday night after the former secretary of state announced her run for the White House.

“#Why Im not voting for Hillary” quickly became the most talked about subject on Twitter in the US in the hours after Mrs Clinton released a video asking for the public’s backing for her 2016 bid to become the America’s first-ever female president.

While many declared their support for the wife of former US president Bill Clinton, a wave of users began using the hashtag giving their reasons for why they would not be voting for the Democratic candidate.

Many criticised her response to the deadly 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead, including the ambassador, Christopher Stevens.

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Hillary Clinton during a hearing on the September attacks on US diplomatic sites in Benghazi (Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters)

Sara Teague wrote: #WhyImNotVotingForHillary #Benghazi proved her incompetence and disregard for American lives. Email scandal shows she’s “above the law”

Others cited her apparent lack of transparency, particularly over her use of a private email server during her time in office. It emerged last month Mrs Clinton deleted 30,000 of the emails, which she described as private correspondence.

No true American should need anymore reasons than this one.

Four solid reasons

The hashtag was started by 19-year-old Markeece Young from North Carolina, who describes himself on his Twitter account as a former Democrat-turned-Conservative.

“Well when I heard Hillary was announcing her campaign on Twitter I came up with the Idea to create ‪#‎WhyImNotVotingForHillary‬ it’s simple but very powerful,” he wrote. “It was the #1 trending hashtag in America for about 3 hours.”

Anti-Hillary graffiti also popped up in the New York borough of Brooklyn, where Mrs Clinton’s campaign headquarters will be based.


A poster placed in front of Hillary Clinton’s HQ in Brooklyn, New York (AP)

The street art features portraits of the presidential hopeful alongside phrases including “Don’t Say Secretive”,”Don’t Say Entitled”.

Mrs Clinton made waves before she had even taken up residence.

A group of Haitian protesters – who have accused the Clinton Foundation of stealing money intended for rebuilding their country after the 2010 earthquake – last week gathered outside her building, chanting: “Do we want Clinton for president? Hell no.”

Because of her global profile and the lack of other prominent Democrats in the field, Mrs Clinton enters the race in a position that is perhaps unmatched in modern US presidential politics.

Her tweet announcing her candidacy notched almost 90,000 retweets by the end of the day on Sunday, her campaign video more than 1 million views on YouTube, and her Facebook campaign page almost 500,000 likes.

Impressive, marketing strategists say, although she did create one or two chinks for Republicans to chisel at.

Her 138-second campaign video featured everyday Americans discussing milestones such as starting a business or having a baby, with Mrs Clinton first appearing a full 90 seconds in. It broke a million views on Facebook by Sunday evening.

“It’s less ‘me’ and more ‘us’, which I think is very smart,” said Marissa Gluck, a director at marketing firm Huge.

That’s a really “big difference in tone, ego and professionalism compared to rollout videos from Rand Paul and (Ted) Cruz,” said Josh Cook, a former Obama digital director and vice president of digital engagement for the political consulting firm, BerlinRosen, referring to Republican presidential hopefuls.

But Republicans pushed back hard and fast.

Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz of Texas responded to the “ready for Hillary” message in a crudely cut video asking if Americans wanted “a third Obama term.”

A Google search for “Hillary Clinton for President” resulted in an ad for Hillary’s campaign page, but just below it was an ad for “Pledge to Stop Hillary,” a Republican-created petition.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/hillary-clinton/11531729/Why-Im-not-voting-for-Hillary-hashtag-tops-Twitter.html

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Pictured: Hillary Clinton, then U.S. Secretary of State, discusses with then China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at a news conference in Beijing Sept. 5, 2012. Hillary Clinton never made any strong statements of U.S. concern over China’s moves in the South China Sea. Today, China controls several islands in the South China Sea that were uninhabited before the Obama Administration. Today some of the best U.S. allies in Asia like the Philippines and Japan are greatly concerned by China’s rapid rise during the Clinton-Obama years. Photo: AP/Feng Li, Pool

Hillary Clinton and Vladimir Putin. After this photo was taken, Mr. Putin annexed Crimea and “invaded” eastern Ukraine.

Those were fun times, weren’t they?  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov press a red button symbolizing the intention to “reset” U.S.-Russian relations during their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, March 6, 2009. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left her post as U.S. Secretary of State with a Russia in military resurgence. The butten meant “reset to the Cold war” wor Putin’s Moscow government. (AP Photo)

‘Huge gaps’ in Clinton emails: Chairman of House Benghazi Committee

No Benghazi Investigation Has Seen Hillary Clinton’s Email

March 4, 2015

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Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya were killed in the terrorist attack.

By Alexander Bolton and Martin Matishak

The revelation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email account for government business breathed new life Tuesday into a congressional investigation of Benghazi.

Republicans seized on the news to defend their probe of Clinton’s actions in the lead-up to and aftermath of the deadly 2012 attacks against the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said the development will likely require Clinton to make several appearances before the panel, possibly stretching the investigation into 2016.

“This revelation, which we have known about … may well lay the groundwork for additional conversations with the secretary in some setting or another,” Gowdy told reporters at a press conference.

GOP strategists say the new revelation ensures scrutiny of Clinton’s handling of Benghazi well into the presidential year.

“The bad news for Mrs. Clinton is it just raises all sorts of questions. What’s in those emails? Is this why they wanted to halt the Benghazi investigation?” said Vin Weber, a Republican strategist who advised Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

“It’s hard to see how this comes to a quick, clean end,” Weber added. “I think it just drags on.”

Hillary Clinton at Benghazi hearing in Congress January 23, 2013

Clinton’s camp signaled it viewed the issue seriously by releasing two statements arguing that she had complied with the letter and spirit of the law.

“Like secretaries of State before her, she used her own email account when engaging with any department officials,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said. “For government business, she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained.”

Clinton’s staff recently shared 55,000 pages of emails with the State Department in response to its request for records, but congressional investigators believe they withheld some documents, raising the possibility that material relevant to their investigation is being kept secret.

Republicans on both sides of the Capitol called for Clinton and her aides to turn over to Congress all private emails she sent and received through a private account during her tenure in the Obama administration, which lasted from 2009 to 2013.

“Our interest is in gaining access [to] all the documents,” Gowdy said. “We want her emails and her documents that are relevant to Benghazi.”

Gowdy said discovery of the private emails gives his panel new impetus to fulfill its task of reviewing all policies, activities and decisions that took place before, during and after the attacks.

“You cannot do that if you do not have all of the documents that would be in the care, custody or control of the Secretary of State at the time,” he said, noting that not even the State Department has access to these documents.

Gowdy declined to speculate on whether Clinton or her aides would face prosecution for not preserving emails on government servers as mandated by the Federal Records Act.

Democrats in recent months have called on Gowdy to wrap up his probe, arguing that all relevant questions about the attacks have been thoroughly reviewed.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat on the select committee, pushed back against Gowdy’s description of the private email account as a game-changer.

“It has been public for several years that Secretary Clinton used her personal email account, apparently following the pattern of previous secretaries of state,” he said in a statement. “Although Secretary Clinton has produced her emails to the State Department, it is unclear from press reports whether previous Secretaries have done the same.”

But Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s first press secretary, said on NBC’s “Today” that he did not understand why Clinton used her personal account exclusively while at State.

“I think it’s something they’re going to have to explain in good measure today and probably figure out how to get a lot of those emails, or as many as they can back into the archive,” he said.

He called the revelation “highly unusual” because the White House told employees they needed to preserve all of their emails on official accounts.

Gowdy said his committee would approach Clinton, her attorneys and her email providers to obtain the records. His panel plans to send out preservation letters this week instructing Clinton and her camp to preserve any emails that might be relevant to its examination.

The news prompted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to suggest he might join the effort to obtain Clinton’s correspondence.

“It’s certainly a violation of the code of conduct of people that are serving in government,” he said. “Obviously, we’re going to have to demand access to those quote ‘private’ emails. There’s no other way to approach it.  You need all full information about Benghazi.”

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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. consulate's burned buildings after a deadly attack on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi. Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks suggests that the perpetrators of a second, dawn attack on a CIA complex probably were different from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the evening before and set it ablaze, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and another American. The second attack, which killed two security contractors, showed clear military training, retired Gen. Carter Ham told Congress in closed-door testimony. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. consulate’s burned buildings after a deadly attack on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi. Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks suggests that the perpetrators of a second, dawn attack on a CIA complex probably were different from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the evening before and set it ablaze, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and another American. The second attack, which killed two security contractors, showed clear military training, retired Gen. Carter Ham told Congress in closed-door testimony. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File) The Associated Press

Islamist militia enjoy the former U.S. Embassy pool in Libya, August 2014

Islamist Group That Killed Americans at Benghazi Blacklisted by U.N., Accused of Terrorism

November 21, 2014

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The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to 'stand down' for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday blacklisted two branches of the Islamist extremist group Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, which Washington says was behind the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Ansar Al Sharia Benghazi and Ansar Al Sharia Derna, both associated with al Qaeda, were added to the al Qaeda sanctions list and will face an arms embargo and a global travel ban and asset freeze, U.N. diplomats said.

“Both groups are responsible for acts of terror in Libya, including bomb attacks, kidnappings, and murder,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement. Britain, France and the United States initiated the action.

Ansar Al-Sharia is one of a slew of violent political factions and tribal groups fighting for power since the government lost control of the capital, Tripoli.

The U.N. Security Council has had an arms embargo and other sanctions on Libya since 2011, when former leader Muammar Gaddafi cracked down on pro-democracy activists. Gaddafi was ousted from power and killed later that year.

Separate from the U.N. sanctions, the United States is also considering imposing sanctions on Libya’s militants to try to force leaders to negotiate and prevent the country from descending further into chaos.

(Reporting by Mirjam Donath; Edited by David Storey and Ken Wills)

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Militants in Benghazi Attack Tied to a Qaeda Affiliate

The New York Times

CAIRO — The Libyan militant group accused of leading the attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi two years ago had previously helped train a dozen fighters who went on to participate in a deadly attack on an Algerian gas plant, according to a United Nations Security Council document justifying new sanctions on the group, Ansar al-Shariah.

Later, in the year after the Benghazi attack, Ansar al-Shariah of Benghazi “also provided training and logistical support” to Al Qaeda’s North African affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the document states, and the Qaeda group in turn helped Ansar al-Shariah orchestrate suicide bombings at the end of 2013 and the following summer.

Witnesses in Benghazi as well as United States officials say that Ansar al-Shariah fighters played a major role in the assault on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

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Benghazi documents scrubbed to protect Hillary: former official

September 16, 2014

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The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to 'stand down' for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

By Marisa Schultz

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s minions launched a weekend operation in the basement of the State Department to scrub damning documents related to the Benghazi attacks that killed a US Ambassador, a top former official has charged.

Then-Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell said he walked in uninvited to the Sunday afternoon scene a month after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist strike to find several boxes of papers — and immediately asked an office director what was happening.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” Maxwell told The Daily Signal, the news outlet for the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The seventh floor is where Clinton — then Secretary of State — and her top advisers had offices.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

The documents were due to be turned over to a review board investigating Benghazi.

Maxwell alleges two of Clinton’s closest confidants were on hand to check on the operation: Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan.

The State Department Monday denied Maxwell’s account and reiterated the review board had access to all documents.

“Any accounts to the contrary … are completely without merit, completely ill-informed,” said state department spokeswoman Marie Harf, noting the review board could collect documents directly from anyone in the department.

Maxwell was interviewed May 30, 2013, by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according a Democratic source on the committee.

“Maxwell did not raise this allegation with the congressional investigators despite multiple opportunities to do so,” the source said.

Maxwell, 58, was one of four officials forced out of the State Department immediately after the damning Accountability Review Board report revealed security lapses in the attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and fellow Americans Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Maxwell was later reinstated and accused Clinton’s team of scapegoating him. He has since retired.

Attempts to reach Maxwell were not successful. But at least one congressman is vouching for his credibility.

“I have no reason not to believe his story,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) who met Maxwell and listened to his claims for more than an hour “a number of months ago.”

He believes Congress should hear from Maxwell as well as Mills and Sullivan.

Chaffetz didn’t make Maxwell’s claims public because “every time we learn something we don’t go out and have a press conference,” he said.

On Wednesday, the newly formed House Select Committee on Benghazi will hold its first public hearing. A committee spokeswoman says the panel intends to look into Maxwell’s claims.

Clinton’s spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.


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