Uncloaking the layers of the Benghazi tragedy

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LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2014 — While Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to try to dismiss the Benghazi investigation as a Republican “diversion”, another layer has been uncovered from the tragic September 11, 2012 Embassy attack that killed four Americans, including Security Officer Sean Smith, former Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Two emails have emerged in the past 48 hours that give strong credence to the fact that the Obama administration knew immediately that Ansar al-Shariah, a radical Islamic faction was responsible for the attack on the Benghazi embassy. But President Barack Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and other officials pushed the story that the attack was spontaneous, and directly the result of an anti-Islamic YouTube video.

This tome strained credulity two years ago, yet the media, elected officials, and much of the American public swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.

During the past two years, the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed documents and called witnesses, including Secy. Clinton, who did what she has done all of her political career: obfuscate and feign outrage — not necessarily in that order. Despite damning testimony from Diplomatic Security Officer Eric Nordstrom, and Foreign Service Officer Gregory Hicks, the Oversight Committee did nothing more than play political Yahtzee, while failing to make any inroads into who was accountable for four American deaths, and who was responsible for no one coming to their aid.


Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, and Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith have cried out for truth and answers from the beginning. Instead, they had Democrat representatives walk out on their testimony before the Oversight Committee on September 19, 2013. Those directly intertwined in the cover up: State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, Susan Rice, and others got promoted. We all know that former Secy. of State Clinton is on a speaking tour to promote her upcoming memoir, while flirting with running for President in 2016.

The State Department and the Obama administration managed to successfully conceal both documents from the public; until now. Finally truth has its pants on.

Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department on June 21, 2013. Through this lawsuit, the organization was able to obtain 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents; among these documents was one smoking gun email reflecting that White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other administration PR officials attempted to orchestrate a campaign to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy,” along with crafted Q&A coaching for then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to run with on her September 16, 2012 Sunday-shows tour a week after the attack.

According to Judicial Watch, “The Rhodes email was sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 8:09 p.m. with the subject line: ‘RE: PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET.’ The documents show that the ‘prep’ was for Amb. Rice’s Sunday news show appearances to discuss the Benghazi attack.

The document lists as a ‘Goal’: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”

The email also shows the top administration officials who received the Rhodes memo, among them: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest, then-White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, then-White House Deputy Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, then-National Security Council Director of Communications Erin Pelton, Special Assistant to the Press Secretary Howli Ledbetter, and then-White House Senior Advisor and political strategist David Plouffe.

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men knew about the web of deception. No plausible deniability here.

Oversight Committee member and Utah Rep. Jason Chafetz released the second email on Thursday. Sharyl Attkisson, former CBS investigative reporter who has been one of the few who has questioned the administration’s narrative and has rallied for a true investigation into the attack wrote:

“The private, internal communication directly contradicts the message that President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and White House press secretary Jay Carney repeated publicly over the course of the next several weeks.

“They often maintained that an anti-Islamic YouTube video inspired a spontaneous demonstration that escalated into violence.
“The email is entitled ‘Libya update from Beth Jones.’ Jones was then-Assistant Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton. According to the email, Jones spoke to Libya’s Ambassador at 9:45am on Sept. 12, 2012 following the attacks.

“’When [the Libyan Ambassador] said his government suspected that former Qaddafi regime elements carried out the attacks, I told him the group that conducted the attacks—Ansar Al Sharia—is affiliated with Islamic extremists,’ Jones reports in the email.”

When asked about these new emails, Pelosi faux-whined to the reporter, “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi… Why aren’t we talking about something else?”

After two years of outright lies, stonewalling, and attempts to ignore the calls for a special investigation, we move to a new attempt at cover up: Let’s talk about something else, anything else, but the failure of an administration that based its re-election strategy and denigrated its opponents with the supposed stellar foreign policy gains of President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

All throughout the 2012 campaign President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all but crowed that Al Qaeda was on the run. The Libyan embassy going up in flames on Sept. 11, 2012 laid waste to this, but with the willing assistance of the news media, the administration lied and deflected attention to a video that had barely been seen prior to the attack. The video’s maker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula spent a year in jail on a supposed parole violation—very few have said a word about the violation of Nakoula’s free speech rights.

What most anyone with a moderate level of intelligence and observation knew, is now clearly evident from the emails: the Obama administration knew the attack was terror, but still coached U.N. Ambassador (now U.N. National Security Adviser—what a crock) Susan Rice to lie and push an anti-Islamic video narrative in order to maintain the illusion that Obama had vanquished terrorism in the Middle East. So delusional.

The Washington Examiner reports that House Speaker John Boehner is “furious” about the Obama administration withholding this information, and is calling a vote to mount a select committee to investigate Benghazi. Gee, Mr. Speaker, only took you two years to find your outrage! What exactly did Speaker Boehner expect? One would think he would know by now that he is dealing with a smoke-and-mirrors presidency that thrives on subterfuge and deceit, and will always attempt to place themselves in the best political light at the exclusion of all else—even Americans dying.

However, here’s the proof that Boehner is actually serious: South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy has reportedly been named to chair the select committee. Rep. Gowdy is the real deal. An effective and successful prosecutor in his life before the House, he has been a vocal and consistent critic of the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi’s aftermath, and its subsequent investigation. His tenacity, and his innate skill at plowing through the weeds to get to the wheat is what is needed to finally uncover the full truth about Benghazi.

Jeff Goldstein at the Protein Wisdom blog hammers the nail:

“It took two years for the leadership to empanel a single committee of seasoned investigators to look into what we’ve all known from the outset was a lie and a fraud being perpetuated on the American public. We knew a cover-up was being launched before our eyes, and we stood by in amazement as a man was imprisoned and both the President and the next would-be Democrat nominee spoke over the flag-draped caskets of the fallen about a video they knew had nothing to do with the attacks.

“All as part of a re-election strategy.”

Not only is it a tragedy that four Americans died needlessly, it is an even greater tragedy that it happened because of purely political motivations. Layer on top of that the tragedy that the families of the fallen, along with attentive Americans, have been crying for justice, but the administration and both Houses have dithered and dismissed it, while a complacent and sycophant media worked to ignore it and cover it up.

Let this be the end of these tragedies, and the beginning of truth. It is long overdue.

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  • thinkingabovemypaygrade

    the date 9/11/11 was the 10 year anniversary…to people who know their history.

    So if you remove all the warnings of trouble they got (13 I heard???) why wasn’t security higher on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 anyway???

    • thinkingabovemypaygrade

      Oh wait. They thought they had demolished Al Quaeda…!

      • jr

        Sad but probably true. This should be investigated also. Im sure this thread will unravel all the way back to Hillary. I dont think we had the right resources to save these guys and that argument dilutes the real underlying story. We knew there was turmoil in the region and should have had more security but spending money on it would have been an admission that the party theme was wrong.

  • mark222275

    Bengahzi ,IRS, NSA, F& F , arrest Obama immediately, the Black Pastors & community are ‘over’ this self proclaim compulsive Liar & Narcissist, Obama is not for any black person or any jobs ,Obama is about Obama ,period , he’s for the rich and those who donate to him , no common people , he must go !

  • Lana

    I sincerely appreciate your dedication to this story, however, please correct your articles to reflect the correct dates. The attack occurred on 9/11/11.

    • Jennifer O O’Connell

      Thank you for reading Lana. The attack occurred right before the 2012 election, so the date is correct: 9/11/2012. This is why it is so pivotal that the truth come out regarding this. If the President’s “men” engineered a cover up of an attack merely to get the President re-elected, we have a serious problem with our leaders and our country.

      • Luke

        We’ve had a problem with many of our leaders for a long time. This one just takes the cake.

        • Jennifer O O’Connell

          No argument with you on that one, Luke–he’s definitely one for the record books.

    • Christy Pincket

      You are a year off. It happened 2 mos before election!

  • Deb Will Viane

    After this then, I want to know more about Seal Team 6…

  • Tim Irving

    Thank you Jennifer, No surprises of course but maybe a beginning to holding those accountable who should have come forward on their own… The true character of the participants in the White House is in the open for the Democrats to ignore once again..and for the rest of us to point at and say, told you so..

    • Jennifer O O’Connell

      You’re welcome, Tim. Thanks for reading. We shall see what happens…

  • RGZ_50

    1. I think this is a smoking gun, but not the
    smoking gun. As ‘smoking guns’ go, it’s pretty good – but it is of course
    of non-interest to the corporate media, so a large swath of voters will
    not have access to it. The smoking gun is
    precisely who was behind the decision to sit by and watch while fellow
    Americans in harm’s way were under assault and ultimately murdered.

    2. The email from Payton Knopf, the former deputy spokesman at the U.S.
    Mission to the United Nations on Sept. 12th, is illuminating in that it
    suggests that Obama was made aware in real time by the Defense
    Department and those who directly report to him from
    State and the NSC, that the attack was coordinated and planned by
    AlQueda elements. We, in fact know this from other sources.

    3. Hanging out there – and this is the REAL Smoking Gun, is confirmation
    that the White House was directing the CIA to use the facilities and
    operational cover of the Diplomatic compound in Benghazi to furnish Al
    Queda’s Al Nusra Front in Syria with weapons
    and then, more likely than not, using those same elements to cover their
    tracks by killing the Ambassador.

    Since the White House has a gag order on the employees at the CIA annex,
    it will be more difficult to open up this can of worms, but it will all
    come out in the wash of history.

  • Wilecoyote

    Seal Team 6 was a payback to AQ and the Taliban…. not to forget that the Regime has imam (if you can even called them cleric) damned the souls of the team to hell… tell me if this is even American and this Regime in DC, with the colluding media has turned this country upside down.

  • Trythis Last

    Regardless of gun running or killary incompetence, the White House botched a cover-up to avoid criticism and win an election.
    I want names of who did what; when; why.
    We cannot send some foggy thing called the WH Administration to jail.
    Was 0bama the chief engineer? Did he issue a command and, in typical fashion, walk away to insure no fingerprints? Is his main accomplice killary who that night was already pumping the video angle?
    Who crafted rice’s talking points? and Who approved them?

    Let’s keep pumping till we get to the bottom of this cesspool !