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« Reply #400 on: October 26, 2015, 10:41:08 AM »

"While she compared the attack in Benghazi to the attack in Beirut under Reagan, there was a crucial difference.  President Reagan took responsibility for the security that allowed a breach, right from the start, and our nation moved on.  These slimy people blamed a youtube trailer with 300 views while maintaining telling us that they al Qaida "on the run".  

She took responsibility for Benghazi.   She said she did!   angry

I  agree with you Doug.  The Clintons again frustrate all of us.   They are criminals and they continue to get away with it by corrupt means.  Very sad for this country and the world.

There is no comparison between her and Reagan.  None.

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« Reply #401 on: October 27, 2015, 08:51:48 AM »

This sums it all up.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/10/25/megyn_kelly_no_hillary_did_not_emerge_unscathed_she_admitted_benghazi_attack_was_not_about_video.html
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« Reply #402 on: November 04, 2015, 02:41:51 PM »

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/03/emails-released-state-dept-contradict-hillary-clintons-benghazi-testimony/

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« Reply #403 on: November 30, 2015, 03:16:19 PM »

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/30/benghazi-commission-obama-admin-gun-running-scheme-armed-islamic-state/

PS:  Can someone please find that youtube clip of Hillary chortling about killing Kadaffy?
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« Reply #404 on: December 01, 2015, 08:34:50 AM »

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/30/benghazi-commission-obama-admin-gun-running-scheme-armed-islamic-state/

PS:  Can someone please find that youtube clip of Hillary chortling about killing Kadaffy?


https://youtu.be/Fgcd1ghag5Y
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« Reply #405 on: December 01, 2015, 06:56:52 PM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #406 on: December 08, 2015, 07:32:28 PM »

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-new-benghazi-email-shows-dod-offered-state-department-forces-that-could-move-to-benghazi-immediately-specifics-blacked-out-in-new-document/
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« Reply #407 on: December 09, 2015, 10:12:51 AM »

http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/12/08/fox-falsely-claims-defense-dept-email-contradic/207353

What do we make of this response?
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« Reply #408 on: December 11, 2015, 10:36:15 AM »

http://leestranahan.com/keeping-them-honest-watch-cnn-anderson-coopers-benghazi-coverup/
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« Reply #409 on: December 11, 2015, 10:39:11 AM »


Media matters?  rolleyes
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« Reply #410 on: December 11, 2015, 10:41:35 AM »

I know, I know, but in this case does its' response have merit or not?
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« Reply #411 on: December 11, 2015, 10:55:55 AM »

I know, I know, but in this case does its' response have merit or not?


No. Unless you believe that no Obama administration official would lie or engage in a cover up.
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« Reply #412 on: December 11, 2015, 08:03:14 PM »

U.S. Military was Prepared to Immediately Protect U.S. Diplomats in Benghazi, Email Records Show
 
Contrary to what the Obama administration has told the American people, the U.S. military was poised and ready to respond immediately and forcefully against terrorists in Benghazi, Libya.
That's what we have learned from an email exchange from then-Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash to State Department leadership immediately offering "forces that could move to Benghazi" during the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. In an email sent to top Department of State officials, at 7:19 p.m. ET, only hours after the attack had begun, Bash says, "we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak." The Obama administration redacted the details of the military forces available, oddly citing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption that allows the withholding of "deliberative process" information.

Bash's email seems to directly contradict testimony given by then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2013. Defending the Obama administration's lack of military response to the nearly six-hour-long attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Panetta claimed that "time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response."

This latest bombshell your Judicial Watch has released to the public has attracted considerable media attention. Here is how the Washington Examiner reported on these revelations:

While parts of the email were redacted, the message indicates the Pentagon was waiting for approval from the State Department to send the forces in. That help never arrived for the Americans under siege at the Benghazi compound. A spokesman for the House Select Committee on Benghazi said investigators had received the unredacted version of the email, which was obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act and made public Tuesday, last year but had declined to make it public.

Now would be a good time to go back and review the Obama administration's many prevarications on the Benghazi terrorist attacks. (A significant collection of our history-making work on the Benghazi scandal is available here.)

You may recall that the first assault occurred at the main compound at about 9:40 p.m. local time (3:40 p.m. ET in Washington, DC). The second attack on a CIA annex 1.2 miles away began three hours later, at about 12 a.m. local time the following morning (6 p.m. ET), and ended at approximately 5:15 a.m. local time (11:15 a.m. ET) with a mortar attack that killed security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

The newly released email reads:

From: Bash, Jeremy CIV SD [REDACTED]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:19 PM
To: Sullivan, Jacob J; Sherman, Wendy R; Nides, Thomas R
Cc: Miller, James HON OSD POLICY; Wienefeld, James A ADM JSC VCJCS; Kelly, John LtGen SD; martin, dempsey [REDACTED]

Subject: Libya

State colleagues:

I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton].

After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a [REDACTED].

Assuming Principals agree to deploy these elements, we will ask State to procure the approval from host nation. Please advise how you wish to convey that approval to us [REDACTED].

Jeremy

Jacob Sullivan was Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the time of the terrorist attack at Benghazi. Wendy Sherman was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the fourth-ranking official in the U.S. Department of State. Thomas Nides was the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.

The timing of the Bash email is particularly significant based upon testimony given to members of Congress by Gregory Hicks, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attack. According to Hicks' 2013 testimony, a show of force by the U.S. military during the siege could have prevented much of the carnage. Said Hicks, "If we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them."

Ultimately, Special Operations forces on their own initiative traveled from Tripoli to Benghazi to provide support during the attack. Other military assets were only used to recover the dead and wounded, and to evacuate U.S. personnel from Libya. In fact, other documents released in October by Judicial Watch show that only one U.S. plane was available to evacuate Americans from Benghazi to Tripoli and that raises questions about whether a delay of military support led to additional deaths in Benghazi.

As per usual, we only obtained this document after going to federal court. The new email came as a result of a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on September 4, 2014 seeking:

• Records related to notes, updates, or reports created in response to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This request includes, but is not limited to, notes taken by then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or employees of the Office of the Secretary of State during the attack and its immediate aftermath.

The Obama administration and Clinton officials hid this compelling Benghazi email for years. The email makes readily apparent that the military was prepared to launch immediate assistance that could have made a difference, at least at the CIA Annex. The fact that the Obama Administration withheld this email for so long only worsens the scandal of Benghazi.

The Washington Examiner puts it very well:

The newly disclosed email chain casts doubt on previous testimony from high-level officials, several of whom suggested there was never any kind of military unit that could have been in a position to mount a rescue mission during the hours-long attack on Benghazi.

It came out later that day that the House Select Committee on Benghazi had been withholding from the public an unredacted version of the email released by Judicial Watch. Almost immediately upon Judicial Watch's release of the devastating email, a spokesman for the House Select Committee on Benghazi made a snide, sour-grapes announcement to The Daily Caller attempting to defend the Committee's decision to keep the email secret for a year by implicitly criticizing Judicial Watch's supposed "rush to release or comment on every document it uncovers." Bad enough fighting the lawless secrecy of the Obama administration - so it is disappointing to have the unnecessary spitballs from presumed allies for transparency.

The Democrats on the Select Committee thought they helped their cause of defending the indefensible by releasing a complete version of the email. Hardly. The new details show that the military forces that weren't deployed, specifically "a SOF [Special Operations Forces] element that was in Croatia (which can fly to Suda Bay, Crete), and a Marine FAST [Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team] team out of Rota, Spain." The FAST Team arrived well after the attack and the Special Operations Forces never left Croatia. In addition to providing confirming details that forces were ready to go, the Democrats expose the Obama administration's dishonesty in withholding the information in the first place.

All this goes to underscore the value of Judicial Watch's independent watchdog activities and our leadership in forcing truth and accountability over the Benghazi scandal.
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« Reply #413 on: January 04, 2016, 09:48:16 AM »

I read this story this morning thinking it was from the latest email dump, but it was from Dec 8, carried on Fox and right wing news sites, but no mention otherwise on msm.  What is the followup to this story?  Were these assets deployed but didn't reach Benghazi on time?  Left wing Media Matters has a response calling the story bunk, they were sent but didn't arrive in time. (?)

EMAIL shows Pentagon ASKED Hillary to LET THEM send help to Benghazi
http://therightscoop.com/new-email-shows-pentagon-asked-hillary-to-let-them-send-help-to-benghazi-proving-leon-panetta-lied/#ixzz3wI2WMjEh

“I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton],” reads the email, from Panetta’s chief of staff Jeremy Bash. “After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.”

http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/12/08/fox-falsely-claims-defense-dept-email-contradic/207353

Oddly, we still don't to my knowledge have an after the fact accounting from the Pres and Sec of their time during the crisis, where were they, who were they meeting with, communicating with, what advice were they receiving, what choices were available, what decisions did they make?

How did we NOT have resources available to cover a diplomatic mission in a war zone where we are the enemy?
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« Reply #414 on: January 05, 2016, 04:15:55 PM »

The interview itself begins at 05:00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8V5p4sL2K0

Watch this one people.
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« Reply #415 on: January 05, 2016, 05:22:27 PM »

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/51346
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« Reply #416 on: January 05, 2016, 07:35:00 PM »

The interview itself begins at 05:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8V5p4sL2K0

"Watch this one people."

Yes, everyone who cares abouit  what happened there needs to watch this interview - and then see the movie.

Among other things, Who do you believe now about the stand down order?

Who do believe about what military assets would have been helpful?

Could you have saved a life if you could have assisted sooner?  Yes.
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« Reply #417 on: January 05, 2016, 07:41:03 PM »

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I believe parts of it and less so on other parts.  It certainly comes closer to explaining
what was happening there than the official story we have been told, or mostly not told.



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« Reply #418 on: January 05, 2016, 10:56:10 PM »

Given how close it came on the heels of the events, some of it looks rather prescient.
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« Reply #419 on: January 06, 2016, 09:20:18 AM »

Given how close it came on the heels of the events, some of it looks rather prescient.

Agreed.  Perhaps they didn't want a heavy security presence visible before the attack to draw attention to the operation.  Once it was under attack and on fire... I guess that same reason could still apply for deniability of the operation which no doubt still applies. 

The author says it was a CIA location.  And it was a villa not a consulate.  I understand the point he is making.  But at the time of the attack it was housing the US Ambassador's mission in that country.  The definition of a consulate a place or building in which a consul's duties are carried out. 

One question keeps coming back to security.  This administration wanted th light footprint approach.  See how much we can get away with keeping the operation hidden.  I guess we found out the hard way.

The other question is mission.  It seems like a responsible and necessary mission to round up US arms and get them shipped out, except for a) this war from a US point of view was an undeclared war by congress, so maybe there were more US arms involved than we know, and b) the author's view is that the destinations of the US arms going out were perhaps also US law, stated policy or our best interests.

What is most remarkable is that we still don't know any more answers to all these question.  Like with the interview relating to "13 hours", these are real people who were there telling their story.  The author of this story appears to have a real source as well, a government insider intimately familiar with the events that took place in Benghazi.  I would just question that he or anyone knew the whole scope of both ends of the operation. 
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« Reply #420 on: January 10, 2016, 01:06:40 PM »

http://www.weeklystandard.com/stranger-than-fiction-hollywood-gets-benghazi-right/article/2000445#.Vo8nLal2Upc.facebook
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« Reply #421 on: January 13, 2016, 02:10:55 AM »



https://www.funker530.com/email-bombshell-benghazi-response-teams-deliberately-stopped-by-whitehouse/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7iraOwGPCQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJF4xmArkRI


Email Bombshell: Benghazi Response Teams Deliberately Stopped By Whitehouse

first published on January 12, 2016 by Will
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For years, the Obama Administration has stood behind two excuses (given under oath) for not sending a quick reaction force to assist in rescuing American citizens during the Sept. 11, 2012 al Qaeda-linked attacks on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The first excuse being: There were no forces available that could have responded quickly. The second reason was: Even if they had scrambled more people, they couldn’t have gotten there in time to make a difference.

Now, an email, hidden for three years, has come to light and refutes the Obama Administration’s narrative as to why our boys at Benghazi weren’t given the reinforcements that may have saved their lives.

 

Former Defense Department Chief of Staff, Jeremy Bash, sent an email to the State Department early into the attacks that clearly states that we had multiple quick reaction forces ready to action on the objective, which adds further significant proof that the rescue forces were deliberately stopped by the White House.

Bash’s email, sent to top State Department officials just three hours into the eight hour ordeal said, “…we have identified the forces we could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a SOF (Special Operations Forces) element that was in Croatia, and a Marine FAST unit out of Roda, Spain.” Meaning, there were at least two elite units that were at REDCON-1 (all personnel geared up, seated on the aircraft, weapons ready, with the engines started). They just needed clearance from the Commander in Chief to enter Libya. That clearance never came.

The White House declined to comment on the recently surfaced email that opposes their long-standing narrative that no assets were available or ready, and that they had done everything possible for the Americans on the ground, under attack, in Benghazi.

 

According to the report, the Obama Administration never even sought approval from Libya to send in the reinforcements. That approval, according to the CIA and military experts interviewed, would have been given by the host nation without delay.

The SOF element wasn’t the only available rescue unit interrupted from deploying. Foreign Emergency Response Team Leader Mark Thompson testified that his squad was told to stand down. A separate military team operating in nearby Tripoli, Libya, was ordered not to board a plane for Benghazi as well. Additionally, the CIA annex’s Global Response Staff (GRS), who were roughly a mile from the besieged consulate were heavily delayed for no apparent reason by their leadership. They only got the green light from higher after it was apparent that they were going to go anyway, with or without approval.

The brave and selfless actions of these CIA contractors saved many lives, and their story is now being brought to the big screen in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi. Two of the contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty, both ex Navy SEALs, were killed in the fighting.

To add to the perplexing circumstances surrounding the event, the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt had been overrun by Islamist sympathizers just five hours prior to the initial attack in Benghazi. There should have been multiple teams of U.S. quick reaction forces standing by across Europe and Africa… teams whose sole mission is to respond to these types of events.

We need to stop treating the Benghazi event as a political, polarizing issue. This has nothing to do with democrats versus republicans, but has everything to do with taking care of our own. Whether it was deliberate, or through incompetent negligence, American heroes were thrown to the wolves and written off, and then repeatedly lied about under oath by this administration, and those responsible need to be held accountable.
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« Reply #422 on: January 18, 2016, 07:30:40 PM »

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2013/09/19/adm-mullen-denies-stand-down-order-given-admits-special-ops-told-to-hold-in-place/
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« Reply #423 on: January 18, 2016, 07:35:37 PM »

https://www.facebook.com/IStillDontLikeObama/videos/970784472982863/
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« Reply #424 on: January 18, 2016, 10:30:13 PM »

http://counterjihadreport.com/2016/01/17/report-u-s-rescue-team-was-on-its-way-to-benghazi-but-was-turned-back/

I saw 13 Hours today btw.  A MUST SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #425 on: January 19, 2016, 11:56:36 PM »

https://www.facebook.com/theblaze/videos/1046692102034796/
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« Reply #426 on: January 20, 2016, 10:25:08 PM »

Just saw it. A must see movie. I will probably go back at least one more time.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MBjAN7jqsQ

I can imagine this is causing some unhappiness in Team Hill.
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« Reply #427 on: January 23, 2016, 01:30:59 AM »


http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/01/reliving-3-hours.php
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« Reply #428 on: January 23, 2016, 01:05:14 PM »


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« Reply #429 on: May 06, 2016, 07:13:33 PM »

http://benghazi.house.gov/news/press-releases/chairman-gowdy-responds-to-partisan-attack-by-pentagon-political-appointee
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« Reply #430 on: May 12, 2016, 12:21:48 PM »

https://www.conservativeoutfitters.com/blogs/news/102111937-air-force-whistleblower-we-could-have-saved-benghazi-victims
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« Reply #431 on: May 12, 2016, 12:41:30 PM »


The Clinton crime family and their media lackeys will now work to destroy him.
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« Reply #432 on: May 17, 2016, 05:59:46 PM »

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/01/13/sharyl-attkisson/
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« Reply #433 on: May 17, 2016, 09:11:29 PM »

the only force that could have stopped those forces from going would have been the commander in chief.  No surprise here.

We know he will not be forthcoming.  He never is.  Dead end.
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« Reply #434 on: May 26, 2016, 01:58:22 PM »

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/benghazi-republicans-turn-to-unlikely-source-in-defense-of-gowdy/article/2591902?utm_campaign=Washington%20Examiner:%20Watchdog&utm_source=Washington%20Examiner:%20Watchdog%20-%2005/26/16&utm_medium=email

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« Reply #435 on: June 04, 2016, 03:33:10 PM »

Obama State Department admits briefing footage ACKNOWLEDGING DECEPTION on Iran deal INTENTIONALLY DELETED

Posted By Pamela Geller On June 4, 2016

The Obama administration can do whatever it wants. It can lie openly and brazenly to the American people — in service of Iran’s jihad — and there is never any accountability. And this comes after Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and a myriad of other scandals at which the lapdog media did everything it could to cover for this corrupt and feckless regime. Treason on a massive scale.



“State Department admits briefing footage on Iran deal intentionally deleted,” Fox News [1], June 1, 2016:

The State Department, in a stunning admission, acknowledged Wednesday that an official intentionally deleted several minutes of video footage from a 2013 press briefing, where a top spokeswoman seemed to acknowledge misleading the press over the Iran nuclear deal.

“There was a deliberate request [to delete the footage] – this wasn’t a technical glitch,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday, in admitting that an unidentified official had a video editor “excise” the segment.

The State Department had faced questions earlier this year over the block of missing tape from a December 2013 briefing. At that briefing, then-spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked by Fox News’ James Rosen about an earlier claim that no direct, secret talks were underway between the U.S. and Iran – when, in fact, they were.

Psaki at the time seemed to admit the discrepancy, saying: “There are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. This is a good example of that.”

However, Fox News later discovered the Psaki exchange was missing from the department’s official website and its YouTube channel. Eight minutes from the briefing, including the comments on the Iran deal, were edited out and replaced with a white-flash effect.

Officials initially suggested a “glitch” occurred.

But on Wednesday, current State Department spokesman Kirby said someone had censored the video intentionally. He said he couldn’t find out who was responsible, but described such action as unacceptable.

While saying there were “no rules [or] regulations in place that prohibited” this at the time, Kirby said: “Deliberately removing a portion of the video was not and is not in keeping with the State Department’s commitment to transparency and public accountability.”

Kirby said he learned that on the same day of the 2013 briefing, a video editor received a call from a State Department public affairs official who made “a specific request … to excise that portion of the briefing.”

Kirby says he has since ordered the original video restored on all platforms and asked the State Department’s legal adviser to examine the matter. He said no further investigation will be made, primarily because no rules were in place against such actions….
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« Reply #436 on: June 04, 2016, 08:34:58 PM »

Wrong thread for this.
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« Reply #437 on: June 04, 2016, 08:40:46 PM »

Crafty - where do you want it posted?
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« Reply #438 on: June 04, 2016, 09:16:10 PM »

I will rename the Media thread so it fits there.
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« Reply #439 on: June 26, 2016, 04:28:14 PM »

http://conservativetribune.com/hillary-email-chris-stevens/
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« Reply #440 on: June 27, 2016, 10:00:32 AM »

When they started dripping out the emails in reverse order of importance, you knew the security pleas and location giveaways of murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens were coming.  I am still guessing there is far worse to come.

This is part of of it, but I would like to know the best, short, definitive answer to what the casual liberal leftist Hillary supporter says, innocently, about the Hillary email mess, "So what?"

This is 2011.  Ambassador Stevens was murdered in 2012.  But his secret movements and mission were being broadcast to the hackers of the world by Hillary's top staff over Hillary's unsecured server.  Like a lot of people close to Hillary, he ended up dead.  

They (the terrorists) knew where he was on Sept 11, 2012.
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« Reply #441 on: June 27, 2016, 01:22:36 PM »

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/white-house-benghazi-obama-224813?cmpid=sf

I can't say that the Separation of Powers argument is without merit-- even if it aides that , , , anus.

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« Reply #442 on: June 30, 2016, 12:13:04 AM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/06/28/benghazi-obama-administration-clinton-state-department-politics-justice-report-committee-ambassador-susan-rice-white-house-column/86469702/

Our five Benghazi conclusions: Pompeo and Jordan
Mike Pompeo and Jim Jordan7:47 p.m. EDT June 29, 2016
The administration’s promise that “justice will be done” has gone unfulfilled for four years.
 
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On Sept. 11, 2012, as fire engulfed the State Department’s temporary mission facility in Benghazi, Libya, the survivors and a CIA security team who had come to their rescue made a desperate dash for a CIA annex located nearby. From there they would fend off a continued and determined jihadist attack. Despite heroic efforts that night, four Americans lost their lives. For the first time in more than 30 years, a U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, was assassinated. Another State Department employee, Sean Smith, was also killed. Two former Navy Seals who worked for the CIA, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, died defending their fellow Americans at the annex.

For nearly two years, questions persisted about the policies and decisions surrounding this tragic event. To ensure that the American people had answers to these questions, in May 2014 the House of Representatives authorized the creation of theSelect Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya. On Tuesday, the committee released the chairman’s mark of our report on the attack.

We are both members of the Benghazi committee and of committees that have previously investigated the events surrounding the attack. With the benefit of our past experience, and with the benefit of the facts brought to light by the committee, we felt it necessary to write separately to offer our own views to the American people.

Our contribution to the committee’s report draws five conclusions: First, the Obama administration misled the American public about the events in Benghazi. Second, security in Benghazi was inadequate given the risk to the facility, and Secretary Clinton had missed the last clear chance to protect her people. Third, when things went badly, America did not move heaven and earth to rescue our people. Fourth, the administration broke its promise to the American people to bring the terrorists responsible for the attack to justice. Finally, we make note of the disappointing fact that the administration did not cooperate with our committee’s investigation from the very beginning. In fact, they obstructed our work from day one.

 
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It is our belief that many of these failures were the result of the administration’s obsession with preserving a political narrative.

It is clear the administration was deeply committed to its Libya strategy. National security was a major component of the president’s re-election campaign, Secretary Clinton’s legacy, and potentially for her own presidential campaign.

The fact that Benghazi was a dangerous city and that security at the State Department’s facility there was inadequate was an open secret. A diplomatic security agent formerly stationed there referred to it as a “suicide mission” and another said that “everybody back here in D.C. knows that people are going to die in Benghazi, and nobody cares and nobody is going to care until somebody does die.”

When the first wave of the assault in Benghazi started at 9:42 p.m. on Sept. 11,State Department officials in Washington and Tripoli knew almost immediately that it was a sophisticated and coordinated terrorist attack. Eyewitness accountsconfirmed that fact for decision makers at the White House and the Pentagon.

Despite this knowledge, no military assets reached Benghazi during the fight. They did not arrive in Benghazi for nearly 24 hours; no military man or machine (except twounarmed drones) were even launched before the fighting was over.

What did launch before the fighting ended, however, was the political spin.


 
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At 10:08 p.m. in Libya, while Tyrone Woods was still fighting from the roof of the CIA annex, the State Department released a statement attempting to define Benghazi as a video-inspired protest gone bad. Shortly after that statement was released, Secretary Clinton told her daughter the truth in a private email. The next day she said in a private phone call with the Egyptian prime minister “we know” it was a planned attack, and not a video-inspired protest as her own public statement suggested.

The false video narrative was further disseminated over the next few days by the White House and others — even after the truth was well known.

As a sad epitaph to this story, the administration’s promise that “justice will be done” has gone unfulfilled for four years, despite there being no doubt that our nation can make good on that commitment. The only terrorist known to have been captured will not face the full measure of justice, since the administration has declined to pursue the death penalty.

It is our hope that the efforts of the committee in uncovering the facts laid out in its report, and our effort to provide our own conclusions based on those facts, will help to bring some measure of finality to this tragic chapter of American history. The families of those killed, and the American people, deserve nothing less.

Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, are members of the Benghazi Select Committee.
 
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« Reply #443 on: July 11, 2016, 11:33:46 AM »

This clip comes recommended to me by an American hero of formidable background:

http://unconstrainedanalytics.org/review-of-movie-13-hours-secret-soldiers-of-benghazi/
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« Reply #444 on: August 03, 2016, 01:34:00 PM »

IIRC I called this within weeks of it happening on the Libya thread or here.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438605/hillary-clinton-wikileaks-benghazi-scandal-arm-syrian-rebels-al-qaeda-isis-libya-turkey
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« Reply #445 on: August 03, 2016, 04:49:27 PM »


Selling arms to al Qaida, ISIS?  Or whom?

Is that what they mean by experience to be President?  Aiding and abetting our enemies?

Did Congress ever approve a war against Libya?

President Obama's biggest regret: not planning for the aftermath in Libya.  Who talked him into that one?

She lied to the American people.  She lied to the families of the murdered.

I will not vote for her.
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« Reply #446 on: August 03, 2016, 05:24:33 PM »

"I will not vote for her"

But half the Bush people seem to be ok with that.   angry

Trump SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO TWEET INSTANTANEOUSLY"  .   Some smart tech guy needs to put a delay on whatever he tweets to stop it and construct  window period to fix it before it goes to the MSM who are obviously bating him and he keeps falling for it........   angry

Like the delay on live performances they used to have to censor the curse words.  These days curse words are allowed for ratings....  Another subject matter.
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