Saturday, December 10, 2016

Benghazi

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Benghazi Report

It took two years and a mind-boggling $7 million for House Republicans to finally complete an exhausting 800-page report on Benghazi that largely reiterates a lot of the information Judicial Watch has already released since the 2012 terrorist attacks on the Special Mission Compound in Libya. That amounts to a staggering $8,750 a page for material piled into an insufferable document that doesn’t even contain a smoking gun.

Nevertheless, members of the Benghazi Select Committee released the findings of their tiresome investigation this week with great fanfare, as if they had uncovered earth-shattering information during their lengthy probe. The reality is that most of the material had already been divulged to the public, much of it by Judicial Watch which has litigated in federal court to uncover the truth about Benghazi and published two special reports (read them here and here) on the attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The millions it cost to conduct this particular congressional probe could have been better spent. Not surprisingly, the mainstream media is having a field day pointing out that the two-year investigation produced no bombshells. One national newspaper editorial says that it’s hard to imagine a bigger waste of government resources.

Here’s the spark notes version of the report highlights for those who don’t have the stomach—or time—to go through hundreds of pages; the military was never deployed to help save the victims, the Special Mission Compound didn’t have adequate security and the Obama administration knowingly lied to the American people by claiming the attack was a spontaneous protest ignited by an obscure anti-Muslim internet video.

All of this is old news that was unearthed and disseminated long ago. Before the first anniversary of the Benghazi attacks Judicial Watch had obtained records and reported that a group of approximately 150 heavily armed Islamist militia members attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission. Subsequent to that Judicial Watch got ahold of droves of government files showing that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Obama administration officials knew in real time that the Benghazi attackers were “armed extremists.”

Back in 2014 Judicial Watch reported that the U.S. military had a multitude of forces in the region surrounding Libya when terrorists attacked the Special Mission in Benghazi, but the order from the administration was to stand back as the violent ambush unfolded. A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Randall R. Schmidt, provided Judicial Watch with a detailed Navy map pointing the specific locations of all the forces—including dozens of destroyers and amphibious assault ships—that could have responded to the attack. Schmidt got the information after filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Navy while he investigated how the military responded to the Benghazi massacre.

Last year Judicial Watch uncovered Department of Defense (DOD) documents that show the U.S. military was poised and ready to respond immediately and forcefully against terrorists in Benghazi. In an email to State Department leadership, then DOD Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash immediately offers “forces that could move to Benghazi” during the attack and reveals that “we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.” Years earlier then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta explained the administration’s lack of military response to the nearly six-hour-long attack like this: “Time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response.”

In 2013 Judicial Watch obtained documents showing that the State Department hired an inexperienced and virtually unknown foreign company to protect American interests in the dangerous North African country long known to be infested with terrorists. The State Department paid the obscure and untested British firm, Blue Mountain Group, $794,264 for nearly 50,000 guard hours to secure the U.S. compound. British government sources said that even they were unfamiliar with Blue Mountain and in fact the Brits used a different—certainly more competent—security company to protect their mission in Libya.

It’s not like the State Department wasn’t aware of the eminent dangers in Benghazi. In fact, the agency knew for years that weak security at American embassies and consulates worldwide could result in a tragedy like Benghazi yet senior officials failed to act. Benghazi was simply one of a long string of security failures that date back more than a decade, according to a probe conducted by an independent panel of security and intelligence experts.

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Scandals

The Clintons don’t just have a few skeletons in the closet, they have skeletons packed in every corner of the house.

Hillary’s already tricked a lot of the American public and has turned her email scandal into her own punch line –even blaming her own daughter. Don’t be fooled, the Clintons are a powerful machine whose history of back alley dealings is longer than the lifetime of most of Hillary’s voters.

The scapegoats the Clintons have employed, the hush money that has been paid, and the suspect deaths surrounding the Clintons for decades just scratch the surface. This list doesn’t even go into Whitewater, Benghazi, Humagate, or the virtual money laundering machine that is the Clinton Foundation.

Here are just a few that the Clintons probably hope you’d forget.

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Benghazi

What happened in Benghazi, Libya five years ago this September was tragic, and a new report says it could have been avoided.

But that isn’t the worst part.

The House Benghazi Committee released their 800-page report on what happened on September 11, 2011 when Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died.

The report also goes on to discuss what is the worse part: the cover up. In this case, the old saying is true, the cover up is worse than the crime.

Although the report doesn’t specifically fault Hillary or Obama, it does outline their poor decisions during the crisis and their complicity in the cover up.

After the attack that killed four Americans, the Obama Administration pushed a false story to pass the blame. The entire raid on the compound and killing of Ambassador Stevens was blamed on a YouTube video.

I’ve seen a video on YouTube that claims Bernie Sanders is the Zodiac Killer, but I hope Bernie doesn’t blame the guy that made the video for not winning California in the primary.

The cover up was specifically designed to push off the blame for a couple of months. By the time the cover story was accepted and admitted as false, Obama already won his second term by beating Mitt Romney in the fall of 2011.

The timing of the cover up and the idea to create a false story was designed to help fool the people and make sure that Obama could win re-election. It is fraud in reality.

The decision was made to politicize the death of the Ambassador and three other brave Americans in order to win an election. The entire Obama Administration, including Hillary Clinton, lied to us in order to defer any outrage over Benghazi until after the election.

As much as Hillary shrugs off any Benghazi questions, the House report proves that she and the Obama Administration lied to America, and that is the worst part about the entire thing.

Who do you blame for Benghazi? Let us know in the comments below.

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Clinton Scandals

America knows Hillary Clinton is no saint–but, over the last three decades in the public spotlight, she’s weathered more scandals than any other politician in memory.

Now that she’s running for President, it’s only a matter of time before the skeletons in Hillary’s closet pop back out. Here’s the 21 most scandalous scandals that Hillary’s desperately hoping the American people forget by the time they vote in 2016…

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Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi released the full transcript of the panel’s interview with Hillary Clinton’s onetime consigliare, Cheryl Mills.

Mills, who served as Hillary’s chief-of-staff in the State Department, was interviewed behind closed doors by the Benghazi Committee, one day before Hillary is set to testify herself.

Democrats claim that they leaked Mills’ entire interview because they didn’t want Republicans to be able to quote it out of context.

“Multiple Republican admissions over the past month have made clear to the American people what we have been witnessing firsthand inside the Select Committee for the past year — Republicans are spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a partisan campaign to damage Secretary Clinton’s bid for president,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), one of the panel’s members.

He’s referring to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican Majority Leader, who went on the news to brag about how the Benghazi Committee has sunk Hillary’s poll numbers.

The uncomfortable claim sunk McCarthy’s bid for Speaker of the House and has sent Republicans scrambling to shore up the legitimacy of the committee. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who is the chair of the committee, has denied that the investigation is politically motivated.

The full transcript of Mills’ interview runs over 300 pages–but, while Republican investigators spent time grilling Mills over what Clinton knew the night of the attacks, her email server, and other alleged wrongdoings.

Mills apparently wanted the transcript to be released–which makes sense, because nothing in her testimony was especially incriminating, to either herself or Clinton.

Hillary is set to testify on Benghazi on Today.

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hillary-treason

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is spiraling downward amid more key revelations Wednesday. Judge Andrew Napolitano, appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, disclosed that contents of Clinton’s e-mails from her private server included sensitive classified information.

Napolitano’s allegations are nuclear-grade political material with the serious possibility of ending Clinton’s campaign, and might even result in jail time. “I saw emails that have been revealed under the Freedom of Information Act,” said Napolitano. “And in them, she is discussing the location of French fighter jets during the NATO bombardment of Libya, how big the no fly zone is, where the no fly zones are, and are you ready for this? – the location of Ambassador Stevens, who of course was murdered, in Libya.”

This bombshell ties Clinton directly to the deaths in Benghazi and, as the Judge noted, Hillary can no longer deny that she had no classified information on her private server. In fact, investigators had already determined that 10% of the e-mails they’d examined as a random sample contained information that was classified at the time the e-mails were sent.

This new information comes on the heels of a New York Post report that the FBI’s probe of Mrs. Clinton’s e-mails is in fact a criminal investigation. Previous reports stated that the FBI investigation was merely a fact-finding mission.

“The DOJ [Department of Justice] and FBI can conduct civil investigations in very limited circumstances,” said the Post’s anonymous source. “In this case, a security violation would lead to criminal charges. Maybe DOJ is trying to protect her campaign.”

As we have previously reported, the Clintons as a couple have been extraordinarily lax in security during their time in the national spotlight. Bill Clinton had many of his salacious phone calls with Monica Lewinsky recorded by international intelligence agencies, and the Secret Service detail assigned to the couple routinely bends the rules for Bill’s paramours.

For her part, Hillary proved incapable of juggling her private e-mails and classified e-mails from legally mandated separate servers. Instead of using the secure White House servers, Mrs. Clinton maintained her own server in the Clintons’ Chappaqua home. Her personal server went down shortly after the Benghazi attacks, leaving her State Department aids in the dark as to her orders.

With experts of all stripes, including former CIA director Michael Morrell, pointing out the obvious vulnerability of a private server in a private house, Clinton appears to be facing a long uphill legal battle. As Napolitano pointed out: “What Mrs. Clinton did, by transferring and moving classified information through a non-classified venue, that’s a felony for each piece of information she passed through.”

While Bill earned a reputation as a Teflon president, Hillary seems increasingly to be a thoroughly sticky surface.

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Hillary-Emails

Experts contend that Hillary Clinton broke the law as Secretary of State, by using only personal email addresses during her entire tenure.

Brianna Keiler, CNN’s senior political correspondent at their Washington, D.C., bureau, and a former White House correspondent, spelled out the possible consequences:

“. . .A lot of experts say that she [may have broken the law] by using only a personal account while she was Secretary of State. …That means she and her aides have tremendous discretion when it comes to the preservation or handing over of documents for certain things, say Benghazi or other issues where documents may be needed.”

“This is a very big deal,” she added.

In fact, Clinton has already been criticized for using personal email addresses to derail investigations, like the one occuring over her actions during the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi on September 11, 2012–which left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

Just two months ago, Clinton’s advisors–to comply with record-keeping practices from the State Department–sorted through tens of thousands of her emails. But, because of the personal nature of these accounts, they were able to choose which ones to send to the State Department, meaning that possibly incriminating emails could be being hidden intentionally.

The latest information on Clinton’s controversial tenure at the Department of State comes as one of her 2008 senior advisor’s email account was hacked by a hacker calling himself “Guccifer.”

The hacking revealed that Clinton sent confidential documents from a personal email at “clintonemail.com,” a domain name registered shortly after her confirmation as Secretary of State.

Hillary Clinton had no official government email address at any point during her four years in the State Department–which could cause major problems with safety and security, and, as Brianna Keiler noted, play a critical role in covering up possible scandals, like Benghazi.

Whether or not Clinton broke the rules or the law by not using a government email address, a developing scandal will hurt her carefully-orchestrated messaging in the short-term–and could even have lasting repercussions on her all-but-certain presidential campaign.

As Clinton becomes mired in possible scandal and her lock on the nomination becomes less certain, it becomes increasingly likely that another Democrat will challenge her in the presidential primaries in 2016.

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Hillary Benghazi Scandal

From Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton:

Contrary to what the Obama administration had initially claimed in its public comments, top U.S. diplomatic officials knew the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, was under terrorist attack on September 11, 2012. This is big. In testimony before the U.S. House Oversight Committee on October 10, 2012, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charles Lamb let the cat out of the bag. Apparently, the agents within the Diplomatic Security Commander Center in Washington, D.C., knew that U.S. embassy personnel were under a terrorist attack from the moment it began.

Mr. Lamb told the congressional committee the Command Center knew in “real time” that a coordinated terrorist attack was underway against U.S. facilities in Benghazi. Moreover, it was clear to top officials within the Commander Center that the attack had no relationship to a controversial video. But this is not what U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press program on September 16, 2011. The Benghazi attack was “almost a copycat” of spontaneous demonstrations that erupted against U.S. facilities in Cairo, Egypt, in response to the video,” Rice said on the program. But her scenario is in conflict with Lamb’s testimony.

“When the attack began,” Lamb testified, “a diplomatic security agent working in the Tactical Operations Center immediately activated the Imminent Danger Notification System and made an emergency announcement over the PA. Based on our security protocols he also alerted the annex U.S. quick reaction security team stationed nearby, Libyan 17th February Brigade, Embassy Tripoli, and the Diplomatic Security Command Center in Washington. From that point on, I could follow what was happening in almost real-time.”

There is good reason to have faith in Lamb’s testimony. That’s because there was an October 9, 2012, press conference call in which a senior State Department official told reporters “The ambassador walked guests out at 8:30 or so; there was nobody on the street. Then at 9:40 they saw on the security cameras that there were armed men invading the compound.” What this means is that we have now entered the fourth year of a cover-up that demonstrates the Command Center knew a full-fledged terrorist attack was underway almost from the instant it began. Documents from the Command Center could help to further unravel information the administration has sought to conceal.

All this is why Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. State Department last October.  Thanks to a court order in this lawsuit, the State Department finally started disgorging documents – the first batch of which arrived earlier this week (on January 20).

Despite knowing it was an attack, the State Department, including its Security Command Center, continued to falsely tie “demonstrations” to the Benghazi terrorist assault.  The State Department’s January 20 document production contains a press release issued by the Diplomatic Security Command Center, on September 12, 2012, that falsely states that “violent demonstrations took place at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and at the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya, resulting in damages in both locations and casualties in Benghazi.”

By the way, I’m not aware of the State Department telling Congress or anyone else about another “security” cover-up we uncovered, which is that there was no licensed security force at the Benghazi special mission compound on the day of the attack.  We found those documents in another FOIA lawsuit.

We have now filed 40 FOIA requests, a Mandatory Declassification Review and eight lawsuits against the Obama administration relating to the Benghazi terrorist attack. We are the only non-governmental organization currently litigating in federal court to uncover information withheld by the administration about the events that transpired before, during and after the assault on our fellow citizens in Benghazi.

The House created a Select Committee on Benghazi as the direct result of Judicial Watch’s uncovering emails showing White House orchestration of the knowingly false narrative that the Benghazi attack was due to an Internet video and spontaneous protests. The documents were obtained through a federal court order obtained by Judicial Watch in a separate FOIA lawsuit. Exclusive disclosures by Judicial Watch include photos of the Benghazi compound attack aftermath; various records about security contracts and gaps; documents related to administration’s efforts to lie to Congress and the American people about the attack; and emails with specific reports the State Department was receiving as the attack was taking place (including a State Department email detailing intelligence that Ambassador Stevens may have been alive at a Benghazi hospital).

Judicial Watch also produced an exclusive investigative news story questioning the handling of the Benghazi investigation by outgoing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rodgers (R-MI).

In the meantime, I understand that the Select Committee on Benghazi held its third hearing (after nine months of operation) on, among other things, why the State Department is ignoring its document requests.  “Ugh,” you might say.  Just so you know, that hearing was secret.  “Double ugh,” you may also say.  Don’t worry; we will continue our lawsuits and investigations.  Your Judicial Watch will continue to be the best available means to hold the Obama administration (and corrupt alumnae such as Hillary Clinton) accountable for the Benghazi outrage.

 

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