Last week Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Seymour Hersh, who earned his accolade uncovering the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, broke explosive new details on the 9-11 terrorist attacks in Benghazi that claimed the life of the US Ambassador and three other Americans.
In his story: “The red line and the rat line,” Hersh says the Obama administration reached a special agreement with the Turkish government that allowed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to skirt a presidential finding to move illicit weapons from Benghazi. He said by classifying the “special” partnership as a “liaison operation” the Obama regime essentially bought and sent weapons to al-Qaeda in Syria.
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According to the terms of the secret agreement, Turkey, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar funded the action while the CIA liaised with Britain’s MI-6 Intelligence Service. Hersh contends the “liaison operation” allowed the U.S. intelligence agency to avoid a 1970 law requiring a Presidential “finding” that would require approval from senior Congressional leaders and their respective intelligence committees. A former intelligence official familiar with the report explained the “liaison exception” permits the CIA to operate without notifying Congress. Former Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Anthony Shaffer, author of Operation Dark Heart and DIA agent confirms that intelligence agencies use this loophole all the time.
The classified Benghazi annex report also said the CIA was responsible for collecting illicit weapons from Gaddafi’s arsenals and transporting them into Syria. The report further stated that front companies, employing retired U.S. soldiers procured and shipped the heavy weapons to Syria via Turkey.
However, the CIA has long disputed this charge and this week they again dismissed any claims of weapon trafficking in Benghazi:
“No US officials in Benghazi were involved in transferring Libyan arms to the rebels in Syria—or to any other conflict zone—before or after the Benghazi attacks,” a senior US intelligence official told this reporter for San Diego 6 News. The paradox with this assertion is DCI John Brennan's letter to the House Intelligence Committee where he acknowledges CIA "staff and contractors" participated in activities related to the Benghazi attack. (Brennan's letter to the Committee).
The denial is big news. Good thing the CIA wasn’t operating a couple of annexes in Benghazi. Oops, Army General and Commander of AFRICOM Carter Ham spilt the beans in the Senate’s Benghazi report that he didn’t know about the CIA annexes. However, he did know US Ambassador Chris Stevens wanted more security and offered Stevens a DoD security detail--twice. The ambassador turned the general down hoping Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would provide (DSS) security—she refused several times. Even after the Brits and Red Cross fled the terrorist plagued region of eastern Libya, Stevens traveled to Benghazi on 9-11 to meet with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin.
Also a closer look at the statement from senior CIA officials reveals a semantics quandary. It was well known fact that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA Director David Petraeus, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey were all on record for supporting Syrian rebels with heavy weaponry. However, to his credit, President Obama repeatedly stated the US would only provide humanitarian assistance and not heavy weapons to Syria’s rebels, and according to the CIA the president issued no presidential finding to authorize such actions. This suggests that the Benghazi weapon trafficking was either a rouge operation for which heads should roll or a cleverly planned plausible deniability scenario requiring congressional oversight.
Hersh added, “A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities and retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping.”
The confidential annex didn’t tell the whole story of what happened in Benghazi before the attack, nor did it explain why the American consulate was attacked. “The consulate’s only mission was to provide cover for the moving of arms,” a former intelligence official said who has read the annex report. He went on to explain it had no real political role. If that’s true why did the US stay when Brits, other nations and the Red Cross left Benghazi after multiple threats and actual attacks?
Hersh also implies that the operation was being run by former Army General and disgraced CIA director David Petraeus. However, a spokesperson for Petraeus also denied the operation ever took place. Shortly after the Benghazi fiasco, he resigned when news broke that he was having an affair with his biographer.
Other reports support Hersh’s claim
According to a June 2012 New York Times story, “A small number of C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the officials said. “C.I.A. officers are there and they are trying to make new sources and recruit people,” said one Arab intelligence official that was briefed regularly by American counterparts.
Supporting the Hersh account on Benghazi is Gen. Mohammed Farid el-Tohamy, the director of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service. Earlier this year former Defense Intelligence Agency agent LTC Shaffer (U.S. Army) travelled to Egypt and met with el-Tohamy who said there had been no change with his relationship with his US counterparts at the CIA. In fact, he told The Washington Post, “Cooperation between friendly services is in a completely different channel than the political channel,” el-Tohamy said. “I’m in constant contact with [Director] John Brennan at the CIA and the local station chief, more than with any other service worldwide.” Shaffer also said the Egyptians knew all about the weapon trafficking program in Benghazi. “It was an open secret.”
Department of Defense in the dark
The Senate Report on Benghazi released earlier this year revealed a bombshell of its own. The commander of AFICOM, Army General Carter Ham had no idea the State Department along with the CIA was operating an annex in the besieged region of Libya. Many military veterans say this may be the reason for the lack of a military response to 9-11-12 terrorist attacks.
The report concludes on page 28 that: “With respect to the role of DoD and AFRICOM in emergency evacuations and rescue operations in Benghazi, the Committee received conflicting information on the extent of the awareness within DoD of the Benghazi Annex. According to U.S. AFRICOM, neither the command nor its Commander were aware of an annex in Benghazi, Libya. However, it is the Committee’s understanding that other DoD personnel were aware of the Benghazi Annex.”
At page 77 General Ham, confirmed he, “was not even aware there was a CIA annex in Benghazi at the time of the attacks.”
That statement drew the curiosity of the Senators. “We are puzzled as to how the military leadership expected to effectively respond and rescue Americans in the event of an emergency when it did not even know of the existence of one of the U.S. facilities.”
General Carter Ham also was cited in the Senate report that on two separate occasions Ambassador Chris Stevens rejected DoD security.
Beacon Global Strategies LLC
In an attempt to keep the Benghazi fiasco "in-house," Washington’s spin-masters set to work by moving from government to think-tank through the revolving door that transcends party lines by creating Beacon Global Strategies.
The bipartisan lineup at Beacon Global Strategies includes; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s advisor, spokesman and long time protector Philippe Reines; Andrew Shapiro former assistant secretary of state under Ms. Clinton and director of the Benghazi weapons buyback program; Jeremy Bash former chief of staff for CIA director and Department of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; Republican Michael Allen staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers. And the latest addition is former CIA acting director, Mike Morell, who testified that he changed the much talked about White House talking points on the cause of the Benghazi attacks. Morell caught a lot of flak when he tried to blame the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the FBI leadership went ballistic.
The who’s who of insider knowledge of the Benghazi terrorist attacks have also made no bones about moving past the Benghazi debacle that cost four American lives and captured negative headlines for the Obama administration.
According to multiple news reports, all the Beacon Global men say they plan to return to government service once a new administration is elected in 2016.
Another Benghazi wrinkle sheds some light on the GOP and the motives of two major players. First is Chairman of the powerful House Intel Committee Mike Rogers. A few weeks ago he abruptly announced he was not running for reelection because he wanted to be a radio talking head. Mixed reports suggest Rogers decided to relinquish his powerful position inside the Beltway to protect his wife who has come under scrutiny for her questionable dealings in consulate security.
Former Clinton advisor turned hardcore Republican Dick Morris says, “Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is charged with investigating the adequacy of security at the Benghazi compound prior to the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack. His wife, Kristi Clemens Rogers was the president and the CEO of the company that was contracted by the State Department to provide that security. (Nothing incestuous here - remember the allegations against Sen. Feinstein’s husband and his real estate firm's cozy relations with the US Postal Service to the tune of tens of millions.)
Mrs. Rogers, until recently, served as president and CEO of Aegis LLC, the contractor to the United States Department of State for intelligence-based and physical security services. Aegis, a British private military company with overseas offices in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal and the U.S., won a $10 billion, 5-year contract with the State Department to provide security for U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.”
Many Benghazi hawks call foul and claim this is a giant conflict of interest. However, this could explain why House Speaker John Boehner continues to resist a special prosecutor to investigate the Benghazi melee outside Congressional confines where subpoena powers could actually be applied to learn the truth. Don’t think other GOPers want the answers? A letter has been sent to House Speaker Boehner with 190 signatures demanding the establishment of a “house select committee.”
Another outside group with former insiders demand answers
In its new Interim Report, Citizen’s Commission on Benghazi (CCB) released a report that took months to compile. The interviews were conducted with knowledgeable sources that knew what was happening in Libya. The CCB uncovers illicit weapons were in fact going to al-Qaeda. “The U.S. facilitated the delivery of weapons and military support to al Qaeda-linked rebels in Libya,” one of the key findings in the report states. The report also includes a summary of the 85 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted by Accuracy in Media (AIM) and the CCB.
Some of the highlights include former CIA agent Clare Lopez who blames “the Obama administration for failing to stop half of a $1 billion United Arab Emirates arms shipment from reaching al-Qaeda-linked militants. Remember, these weapons that came into Benghazi were permitted to enter by our armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea.” The weapons in question were intended to aid the Qaddafi opposition, many of whom had direct ties to al-Qaeda and al-Nursa.
Lopez continued to elaborate and said “The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress – if they were briefed on this – also knew about this.”
That explains how the terrorists got some of the illicit arsenal, but more chilling is a statement made by a 27-year CIA veteran Wayne Simmons. The evening of September 11, 2012 Ambassador Chris Stevens and State Department information officer Sean Smith retired for the evening after a meeting with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin. Shortly after they came under attack and agents and contractors from the nearby CIA annex tried heroically to save them, but the terrorists prevailed and chased the rescuers away. The fight then moved to the CIA annex where the two SEALs, Glen Dougherty and Ty Woods were hit with mortar fire on the roof of the annex.
“They believed they were going to be saved, that they were going to be rescued, but they weren't. I know who made the decision, in my heart of hearts, to leave our war fighters there and be blown up. And then to have one of the most powerful politicians in our country sit there and say, ‘What difference does it make?’ – should be an alarm bell for all Americans,” Simmons said. “It haunts me. I play that line over, and over, and over, and over in my mind.”
It’s been reported that on the night of the terror attack, General Ham was in charge of the C-110, a 40-man Special Ops force maintained for rapid response to emergencies. Unfortunately it was never deployed and for those stuck in Benghazi the troops would not arrive in time.
Thanks America --Is Libya better off with Qaddafi gone?
Three years after President Obama declared war against Libya, the northern African nation is mired in chaos and death with no clear path to democracy on the horizon.
“Libya’s former PM left the country last week after Parliament voted him out of office. A North Korean-flagged oil tanker, the Morning Glory, illegally took a cargo of crude from rebels in the east of the country and safely left the port, ignoring a government minister’s threat that the vessel would be ‘turned into a pile of metal’ if the cargo ship sailed away,” was a sampling of headlines last month. “Militias based in Misrata in northwestern Libya, known for their violence and independence, have launched an offensive against the eastern rebels which could be regarded as the beginning of a civil war between western and eastern Libya. Without a central government with any real power, Libya is breaking into pieces.”
So much for American democracy… Read more about “Obama’s Regime Change Train” here.
Libya’s ambassador to Bahrain, Fawzi Abdel Aal, also described the dire state of affairs Libya. “After Jordan’s ambassador to Libya Fawaz al-Aytan and another Tunisian diplomat were kidnapped in Tripoli, nobody can deny that al-Qaeda has penetrated Libya. Al-Qaeda is responsible for the current crisis in the country.”
Salma al-Houni, 41, a doctor, told Magharebia, “I pray to God to strengthen the police and army and protect them from bombings and assassinations; they have had enough of terrorism."
Here’s How Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) summed up the Benghazi terrorist attacks on a Feb. 6, 2014 1170 KFAQ radio interview. “President Obama lied about the terrorist attack in Benghazi during an interview that aired before the Super Bowl with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly… I will say this till my dying day, I know people don’t realize it now, that’s (this) is going to go down in history as the greatest cover-up. And I’m talking about the Pentagon Papers, Iran-Contra, Watergate and the rest of them.”
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