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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

The Daily Mail

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

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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FILE PHOTO NYC PAPERS OUT; Social media use restricted to low res file, max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi

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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.”

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/234536-critics-tie-email-to-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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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/world/middleeast/militants-in-benghazi-attack-tied-to-a-qaeda-affiliate.html?ref=world&_r=0

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.

Obama administration pressured Fox News to back off Benghazi reporting

September 8, 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

Men charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to delay their move to assist Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who were ultimately killed. They say a CIA official told them to ‘wait” for 30 minutes before supporting the Americans who were under attack.

By Carol Brown

This past Friday, Greta Van Susteren reported on numerous ways the Obama administration has made it difficult for reporters to investigate Benghazi. Van Susteren said that it’s been “like pulling teeth” trying to get answers and that “the Obama administration’s behavior post-Benghazi has been weird; like they’re hiding something.”

She went on to say that as Fox News continued to investigate and press for answers, the administration’s behavior got “even weirder.” She noted two major press conferences – one with the State Department and one with the CIA – when Fox News was not invited. In addition, Van Susteren reported that she was contacted by someone from the administration who told her to dissuade Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin from continuing to investigate after Griffin reported on the stand down order in Benghazi. Van Susteren said she “thought the call from the Obama administration was dirty.” Van Susteren further reported that “as recently as April, after the administration said it turned over all the information, an email surfaces that had been withheld in the face of repeated requests.” Needless to say, Van Susteren is highly suspicious about what is going on and what the administration is trying to hide.

 

It is glaringly obvious that this administration is extraordinarily secretive and manipulative when it comes to the press. The incident Van Susteren reported on is not the first time the administration has treated the media in a highly inappropriate way, nor is Fox News (though Fox is surely their favorite target) the only media outlet to be on the receiving end of deplorable treatment. I am, however, puzzled as to why Van Susteren is sharing this now, so many months after the fact. I say, expose the left at every turn. Do so in a timely fashion. And hammer away without relent.

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‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out this week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

U.S. ambassador to Libya ‘would be alive today’ if CIA security team had not been ordered to ‘stand down’ from Benghazi rescue mission

September 5, 2014

‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

The C.I.A. station chief, however, forced the men — all former members of the U.S. Special Forces who were hired as private consultants by the government — to “stand down,” the book said.

  • Ambassador Christopher Stevens killed during 2012 attack in Benghazi
  • Security team based less than a mile away but did not arrive for half an hour
  • New book claims commandos ordered to wait despite being ready to deploy
  • After half an hour the team disobeyed orders in order to help, they say
  • Team believe Stevens and second victim would be alive if they hadn’t waited

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

The security team charged with defending the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 say they were told to ‘stand down’ for nearly half an hour after it was attacked, a new book reveals.

The team, who were stationed in a nearby CIA annex, allege that they were ready to go within five minutes of the attack starting but were ordered not to deploy by a top CIA chief.

Instead they waited in their vehicle before eventually ignoring their orders and moving into battle. By the time they arrived, ambassador Christopher Stevens was dead, along with American Sean Smith.

The team say if they had been allowed to deploy earlier, those men would still be alive.

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

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

The team say if they had been allowed to deploy immediately Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador, and American Sean Smith would not have been killed

The team say if they had been allowed to deploy immediately Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador, and American Sean Smith would not have been killed

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The team say if they had been allowed to deploy immediately Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador, and American Sean Smith would not have been killed

Speaking to Fox News, commando John Tiegen, said: ‘I strongly believe if we’d left immediately, they’d still be alive today.’

Christopher Stevens suffocated in the attack after the consulate compound was set alight

Christopher Stevens suffocated in the attack after the consulate compound was set alight

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In a new book called 13 Hours, Tiegen and four of his colleagues discuss what happened that night for the first time from a soldier’s perspective.

They say word of the attack first reached the CIA building at 9.30pm, and they got ready in such a hurry that one of the team forgot to put underwear on, while another was dressed in cargo shorts.

Christopher Stevens suffocated in the attack after the consulate compound was set alight

But as they climbed into their vehicle fully armed and ready to go, a commander identified only as ‘Bob’, told them to wait.

Tiegen recalls telling the commander, ‘Hey, we gotta go now! We’re losing the initiative!’ but was told ‘No, stand down, you need to wait,’ reports the New York Times.

According to the commandos, the chief later told them that Libyan militias were being called in, but the Libyan guards at the consulate compound deserted without firing a shot, and no other support ever came.

Eventually, the commandos received a radio message from the compound: ‘If you guys do not get here, we are going to die!’ At that point, in defiance of their orders, the men went to help.

At around 10.30pm the team made it into the compound and rounded up the surviving personnel before loading them into a convoy.

They were unable to find ambassador Stevens, who by that time had died from suffocation after the buildings had been set alight.

As the team moved out of the diplomatic compound their convoy was attacked, and once they were inside the CIA annex, that too became the target of rocket and small arms fire.

These patchy attacks went on for roughly 90 minutes as the commandos fought on-and-off battles with gunmen lurking in side streets and alleyways.

Around the same time, a CIA security team based in Tripoli, which included two U.S. military officers, landed at Benghazi airport.

In a new book, the security team say they were told three times not to deploy, before eventually ignoring their orders and driving to the beseiged compound

In a new book, the security team say they were told three times not to deploy, before eventually ignoring their orders and driving to the beseiged compound

The commandos say officials tried to bring in local Libyan militias to help, along with heavier weapons, but no meaningful support materialised until the next morning

The commandos say officials tried to bring in local Libyan militias to help, along with heavier weapons, but no meaningful support materialised until the next morning

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The commandos say officials tried to bring in local Libyan militias to help, along with heavier weapons, but no meaningful support materialised until the next morning

Not long before dawn, the reinforcements from Tripoli managed to take themselves and a convoy of vehicles to the CIA base to prepare for an evacuation.

Just after they arrived mortars began firing on the base, killing another two security officers after they took a direct hit from one of the shells.

It took until 5.30am, a full nine hours after the attack began, for Libyan security forces to arrive with heavy weapons.

A security services spokesman denied the claims, saying: ‘A prudent, fast attempt was made to rally local support for the rescue effort and secure heavier weapons.’

The official said ‘there was no second-guessing those decisions being made on the ground’ and ‘there were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support.’

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Related:

Does the truth matter? Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before a congressional committee investigating the deaths of four Americans at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. This appears to be her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, 2013. She said during Congressional testimony, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”


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