The Benghazi hearings yesterday blew the doors open into another investigation into charges of re-writing Intel reports and job demotions from whistle blowers.
One really big thing has changed, this time the Inspector General is involved looking into the charges that State department employees were demoted if they spoke out on Benghazi and the stand down orders that were given when the Embassy was under attack. What is at issue is how much the loss of political capital influenced the White House and State department to mislead the public about the attack on our consulate being because of an internet video. That internet video, according to the Benghazi whistle blowers had nothing whatsoever to do with the attack and Gregg Hicks stated that “We knew it was an act of terrorism from the get go.” The maker of the internet video who is being blamed by the State Department, Hillary Clinton and the White House is still behind bars although it is claimed it’s because of other charges. President Obama himself blamed the Benghazi attack on the internet video in question and Ambassador Susan Rice backed him up by making the talk show circuit closely thereafter parroting the same story. The video in question is called “The Innocence of Muslim‘s” and according to the father of Tyrone Woods, Joe Woods, it was Hillary Clinton herself that told him she would see to it that the video producer was arrested and prosecuted.
And what about the video producer Makoula Basseley Nakoula? Well he’s still cooling his heels in the slammer for unrelated crimes according to his attorney and the incident brought out some harsh criticism on Twitter where one commenter posted: “It’s crystal clear the terrorists who killed four Americans in Benghazi, weren’t spurred on by some anti Islamic video, despite what the Administration Officials wanted the public to believe. Yet nearly eight months after the attacks, the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ producer is still in prison.”
The claim that it was a video that started a riot that resulted in Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith their lives as they were killed and Ambassador Stevens was reportedly dragged through the streets of Benghazi and tortured to death, was completely debunked by the President of Libya’s National Assembly who said that the video had nothing to do with the attack and it was an act of terrorism he was trying to warn us of. Ever since the attack on our Benghazi consulate, evidence has been mounting the attack was the responsibility of a group affiliated with Al Queda. Gregg Hicks, former deputy mission chief in Libya who was at yesterday’s House Hearing panel said his jaw dropped to the floor when he heard Ambassador Susan Rice blame the video. Hicks repeated the video was a “non-event” in Libya.
The New York times reported “Militants interviewed at the scene said they were unaware of the video, the Innocence of Muslims, until a protest in Cairo called it to their attention.” In another serious turn of events, it was purportedly the CIA under General David Patraeus, who was using the Benghazi consulate to coordinate with Syrian opposition groups and give aid and weapons to the rebel lead insurgencies in the Middle East. The goal was to Collabarate with rebel fighters, including Jihadists, to target Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and his regime in Syria. Paula Broadwell, the mistress and co-author of a biography of General David Petraeus gave away a secret CIA detention center at a keynote speech she gave at a University of Denver Alumni symposium. Paula Broadwell stated at the time “Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner. They think the attack was an effort to try and get these prisoners back, but we’re still vetting that.”
Now Gregg Hicks, a former Deputy Chief of mission serving under slain ambassador Chris Stevens says he’s been effectively demoted from his position to foreign affairs officer. What is at issue in this case is the extent to which electoral politics could have motivated White House Officials into stripping ant mention of terrorism and Al Queda from talking points Ambassador Susan Rice used while she went on a talk show tour just five days after the September 11th attack. An exchange made during the hearing Wednesday by the House Government and Oversight Committee, turned rather heated when South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy claimed he was reading an email from Beth Jones, assistant Secretary of Sate for Near Eastern Affairs meant for Senior White House and State Department Officials, stating it was her belief that the group responsible for carrying out the attack on the Libyan embassy was Ansar Al Sharia which she said was affiliated with Islamic extremists. Months ago U.S Officials in Libya had claimed Ansar Al Sharia took responsibility for the attack.
Democrats have been speculating the Republican led investigation by house Republicans was meant to damage the prospect of Hillary Clinton running for the presidency in 2016. If that is the case, then it is the Democrats giving this theory traction since they have been circling the wagons around Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in readily apparent attempts to protect her at all costs, even from herself. The whole precedent of re-electing Barack Obama is that Osama Bin Laden was dead, Al Queda was dealt a deadly blow and there were no terrorist attacks anywhere. A terrorist attack at an American Embassy would certainly dampen that.
Momentum is building amongst Republicans to create a select committee to dig deeper into Benghazi and the Obama Administrations handling of it after the terrorist attack. According to Congressional Aides, 143 House Republicans, but not one Democrat, has signed on to a bill introduced by Virginia Republican Frank R Wolf, as cosponsors, which would result in the creation of such a committee. The result being this story isn’t going away any time soon. There is too much evidence of impropriety in the handling of Benghazi in the aftermath of the attack of the American Embassy in Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans who were waiting for help. Help that never arrived because the aid they were expecting was told to stand down. It’s clear that with the new testimony of the Benghazi whistle blowers, the temperature is going up and the question remains, how long can the White house and Hillary Clinton hold out and how long most of the main stream media will continue to ignore it until it’s no longer possible. An Executive Privilege sequestering of the facts will not go down easily like it did with the Fast and Furious scandal that resulted in the deaths of Border Patrol Agents Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata and several hundred Mexicans including some 50 to 60 children.