#BENGHAZI: FOIA’s Denied, Ops Team Pulled From Search

It’s just under three weeks ago I updated on the Benghazi case.  In that update, we had learned that Nakoula had granted an interview to the Daily Caller, witnesses and survivors were being hidden from Congress and that 400 surface to air missiles that were diverted to Libya were stolen by some ‘very ugly people’.

In the following update, I’ll cover the mainstream media finally denouncing the blame assigned to the YouTube video, the denial of one FOIA and information obtained from another, the pulling out of the investigative team in Benghazi and new meaning assigned to Hillary’s now famous outburst – What difference, at this point, does it make? Possibly a big one if the trail being abandoned leads back to Egypt.

Nakoula Finally Recognized

Over 11 months after the attack on Benghazi and the perpetration of a massive lie by this administration in which a YouTube video was blamed for the attack, the media has finally recognized Nakoula as a scapegoat.  Sort of.

On August 13th, Jake Tapper of CNN filed the story Filmmaker of movie initially blamed for Benghazi attacks: Obama administration was irresponsible.

Asked how he felt when the administration tied his film to the attack by armed militants that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, Nakoula said he was shocked.

“Because, you know, I never thought, my movie can cause anyone trouble or anyone can get killed from my movie,” he said.

Asked if he thought the administration put him in danger, Nakoula declined to comment. But he said the government is “hiding” him.

He said he personally likes President Barack Obama but says his administration was irresponsible over the Benghazi matter, highlighted in television appearances by then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. She said it appeared that the Benghazi attack was linked to protests over the movie, which were later proved untrue.

“I don’t blame him. He has a lot of responsibility,” Nakoula said of Obama, but adding a message for his administration.

“Guys, before you do anything, please give yourself time to think about it, because you are responsible people. You are in a place – you have to be responsible in it,” he said.

Yes, ‘think about it and be responsible’. Newsflash: This administration has not taken responsibility for any of its actions. I doubt it ever will.

It was confirmed that the YouTube video was a ‘non-event‘ in Libya. The question still remains how this video, which had next to no views on it when the attack on Benghazi happened, became the centerpiece of the State Department and White House talking points.  The DOJ had prosecuted Nakoula before and were well aware of his activities and likely his ‘movie’. Convenient. Was Nakoula asked about this video prior to the talking points coming out or the attack? We don’t know — no one has asked him that question.

FOIA’s Denied

FOIA’s filed by CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson related to Benghazi were denied.  PJ media covered her string of tweets detailing that the FBI told her she cannot have any information – not even a single page. Attkisson also requested photos from the White House of the situation room that night, like the ones taken for the Bin Laden raid. To date, the White House has not responded to that request.  You’d think a big event like that would have been photographed and put in the Situation Room Album.

A different FOIA request brought to light confirmation that there were two separate resources available the night of the attack but neither were activated to save our personnel nor were they used to secure the crime scene.

According to a Libya-Egypt-Yemen Smart Pack dated September 13, 2012, obtained via FOIA, that was assembled after the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack to answer “RFIs” [Request for Information] from Congress:

“A [Marine Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team] FAST platoon deployed to Libya yesterday (12 Sep 12) to provide security for the US Embassy in Tripoli …  FAST companies maintain forward-deployed platoons at various naval commands around the globe and possess US-based alert forces capable of rapidly responding to unforeseen contingencies worldwide … FAST platoons are primarily designed to conduct defensive combat operations, military security operations, and rear area security operations in response to approved requests (emphasis mine).”

So the obvious question is why was a FAST platoon deployed to Tripoli, Libya the day after the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi and not sent to Benghazi when the call for help came in or to secure the crime scene and allow the FBI to do their jobs instead of keeping them out for nearly a month compromising and contaminating the evidence? – Via GatewayPundit

More on this revelation and a copy of the related FOIA document can be found at MarinkaPeschmann.com

Remember, CNN managed to get there and pick through the rubble of an “unsecured crime scene” right after the attack. It was weeks before an FBI team was even sent to investigate – the administration conveniently never mentioned that they had other resources to secure the scene. CNN found Steven’s diary as the basis for stories the network ran before turning it over and that the diary detailed that the Ambassador knew he was on an Al Qaeda hit list. Hillary Clinton denied knowledge of the Al Qaeda claim, but it has become clear the Ansar Al Sharia, an Al Qaeda linked group, was responsible for the attack. Also, just this week we’ve learned that the Al Qaeda linked Jihadists who carried out the attack in Benghazi are training the Syrian rebels.

 

Hillary Clinton and What Difference It Makes

Remember, Hillary Clinton denied knowledge of the Ambassador’s Al Qaeda hit list claim just weeks after the attack. Later on in her testimony, she denied knowledge of pretty much everything having to do with Benghazi. Her now famous outburst, could be looked at very differently now in light of new information that we now know Clinton had before testifying and comments made by Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.  National Review’s Jim Geraghty reported:

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.) is getting attention on conservative blogs for his recent comment discussing the Benghazi attack and investigation before an audience, asking, “Why, two days after this attack, were we in a briefing with Hillary Clinton, and she’s screaming at a member of Congress for daring to suggest this was a terrorist attack?”

 

Kinzinger’s office confirmed that Kinzinger is describing a classified briefing for all members of Congress held two days after the attacks.

 

Kinzinger actually addressed this point with Secretary Clinton when she testified about Benghazi before the House, back on January 23:

 

KINZINGER: When you briefed us, you said unequivocally this was a result of a video. I remember in fact, you got pretty upset when somebody suggested this was a terror attack. This was our briefing that we had. But we find out now it wasn’t a video, it was this terrorist attack.

 

Unfortunately, Clinton addressed that point very briefly in her response; Kinzinger asked about several matters, and she ran through several issues in her response:

 

CLINTON: With respect to the, um, the video, I– I did not say that it was video, that it was about the video for Libya. It certainly was for many of the other places where we were watching these disturbances. With respect to the Predator feed or video of the attack . . .

 

Geraghty’s article has the video clip of the exchange as well.  There is more at Daily Mail.  Remember, Clinton also told mourning family members that she would get the person responsible for that YouTube video. Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, reported that Clinton kept pushing the video as the reason. The Daily Caller reported:

According to Smith, immediately following the deaths of her son and three other Americabs, including then-U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, Clinton blamed an infamous anti-Islam YouTube video, which was said to be a non-factor in last week’s House Oversight Committee hearings on the attack.

“She blamed the video just like all the rest of them did and she also told me she was going to get back to me,” Smith said. “She was going to keep on checking on it and she would get back to me with answers. She has not. Neither has anybody else.”

Smith said “a clerk of some kind” had followed up on her son’s death and had read to her from the timeline she already had.

Ops Team Pulled Out Of Benghazi

We’re just a few weeks from the one year anniversary of the attack and the Obama administration is pulling the plug on the investigation with the withdrawl of the team in Libya.

Question: “Are you going to let these men get away with murder?”

Answer: “Crickets.

 

FOX News reported; emphasis added:

Two weeks after the Obama administration announced charges against suspects in the Benghazi attack, a large portion of the U.S. team that hunted the suspects and trained Libyans to help capture or kill them is leaving Libya permanently.

Special operators in the region tell Fox News that while Benghazi targets have been identified for months, officials in Washington could “never pull the trigger.” In fact, one source insists that much of the information on Benghazi suspects had been passed along to the White House after being vetted by the Department of Defense and the State Department — and at least one recommendation for direct action on a Benghazi suspect was given to President Obama as recently as Aug. 7.

Meanwhile, months after video, photo and voice documentation on the Benghazi suspects was first presented to high-level military leaders, the State Department and ultimately the White House, prison breaks in the country have eroded security. U.S. special forces have now been relegated to a “villa,” a stopover for the operators before they’re shipped out of the country entirely.

About that prison break… anywhere from 1,100 to 1,200 were reported to have escaped from Benghazi’s Kuafiya prison. Officials said the break was two sided, with riots on the outside and inside of the prison.  Clearly, this was organized and timed.

At the same time, attacks on political offices in the city and a protests centered around the killing of a Muslim Brotherhood activist. These protests provided ample cover for the escaping prisoners and are likely linked. Officials blamed the protests on citizens in the area who didn’t like the prison. That implies it was merely coincidence that the jailbreak and the protests happened at the same time. Sure, whatever.  Al Jazeera Africa:

Protesters had massed across the country angry over the killing of an activist critical of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood group.

“There was a riot inside Al-Kuifiya prison, as well as an attack from outside. More then 1,000 prisoners escaped,” the official said on Saturday, asking not to be named.

“Special forces called in as reinforcements were given orders not to fire at the prisoners.”

Suleiman El-Dressi, a journalist in Benghazi, told Al Jazeera that according to security sources, “the prisoners exploited the turmoil that was happening in the city and tried to escape”.

“Three were shot dead, and the others managed to get away.”

The official said most of the escapees were common law detainees, including nationals of other African states.

“But some of them were detainees in cases linked to the former regime of Muammar Gaddafi,” he said.

Several were recaptured shortly after the breakout.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan confirmed the incident, without giving the number of fugitives.

“Residents of the area carried out the attack because they don’t want the prison near their homes,” he said, adding that border posts had been alerted and given a list of names to apprehend the escapees.

Zeidan earlier announced that border posts with Egypt had been closed to prevent the escape of the killers of a prominent activist in the eastern Libyan city on Friday.

In the last two months, it has become clear that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood played a role in the attack on Benghazi. Documents obtained have detailed that money, men and planning came out of Morsi’s administration in Egypt. Town Hall reported, emphasis added:

On Wednesday June 26, 2013 reports began to pop up across the Arabic world citing an internal Libyan government memo that has not yet been acknowledged in the American press.

The memo is pictured here:

*Photo Courtesy of Raymond Ibrahim

Multiple sources have confirmed this document details several confessions of the six Egyptians in Libyan custody for the 9.11.12 bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

The document details the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as being involved with and in the funding, support, planning, and execution of the attack.

What is unique about this document is that its content wasn’t leaked to the press in some sort of salacious move. This is simply an interdepartmental memo from the Libyan National Security offices in Tripoli to the Ministry of the Interior. Written solely as a perfunctory after-action report as the results of the Libyan investigation in the events of that night.

It was prepared by Mahmoud Ibrahim Sharif, the Director of National Security of Libya.

In his report Sharif conveys that the Libyan investigation unearthed an Egyptian (terror) cell that had been involved in the planning and execution of the attack. Six confessions from those arrested at the scene–all of them Egyptian–and all connected to the U.S. terror watch listed group Ansar al-Sharia.

So confirmation comes that Obama’s Arab Spring Partners, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were major players in the attack on our Mission in Benghazi that ended in the murder of four of our citizens.

This administration has been funding and arming the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to the teeth. In early 2012, Obama bypassed Congress to give them $1.5 billion. Then eleven months ago, just weeks after the attack, this administration tried to give Morsi $450 million; which Congress moved to block.

Image Via The Blaze – Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi meets with United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in New York on September 24, 2012. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Now we need to ask, was this $450 payment in further support of Democracy, was this hush money or was it payment for a job completed? Perhaps the investigation leads back to Egypt and that is why the ops team is really being pulled out?  Hillary Clinton’s shouted question, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” is louder than ever, because if it does track back to Egypt it might spell impeachment for Obama and an end to a 2016 run for her.

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  • jim_m

    The $450M was to help establish the muslim brotherhood as the sole political power in Egypt under the mistaken assumption that non muslim nations can become friends with islamofacists by buying them off.

    • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

      Didn’t work did it! LOL
      No way – I have no plans ever to live next door to a Muslim. I refuse to be friends to hateful Godless corrupted gene pool Islamist. Now BO Hussein can, since he thinks, “the most beautiful sound on earth at sunset is the Muslim call to prayer,” excuse me. . .

  • GarandFan

    “Most honest, most open, most transparent administration, evah!”

  • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

    Now is clearly the right time for Jane Fonda to be named an Ambassador…

    • jim_m

      It’s difficult to see how she could do any worse.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        And we’d hear from her no more, forever.

  • Commander_Chico

    How many kooky things can you pack into one article?

    I hope you will turn your attention to why 4486 Americans died in Iraq.

    Or even how and why five Americans died from anthrax attacks in 2001, an event which was used to boost the “weapons of mass destruction” case for the Iraq war.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1e/Anthraxnote2.jpg/461px-Anthraxnote2.jpg

    • jim_m

      Please explain why obama’s incapacity to conduct foreign policy today is dependent upon military casualties in the Iraq war. Or just STFU already.

      You had no response to the fact that you lied about the rationale for the war. You won’t talk about that. So why not pony up an admission that you are full of crap and then we will consider a discussion about a war that has been over since ~2005 and how it is effecting your lord and savior and preventing him from revealing to all of humanity his unequaled genius.

      We will consider it and then decide that it is irrelevant to the current discussion. Or is the fact that you bring it up an attempt to argue that obama has the right to send thousands of people to their deaths because someone else made a decision that you disagree with?

      • Commander_Chico

        The most publicly stated rationale for the war was WMD. Powell’s UNSC testimony, Rice’s “smoking gun becoming a mushroom cloud.” When, of course, that was all lies.

        I am still waiting for Rodney’s list of “more than a dozen stated reasons” for the war.

        Your ignorance is highlighted by your statement “a war that has been over since ~2005″ when in fact more Americans died in Iraq after 2005 than before 2005..

        • jim_m

          The new government was elected in 2005. WE are not at war with the current government in Iraq.

          • Commander_Chico

            O-tay. So those 2305 Americans who died after 2005 don’t count. It wasn’t the Iraq war. Got it.

          • jim_m

            I didn’t say that, but I did say that they are not relevant to this discussion.

            [edit]Perhaps someday you would take some time to engage the rest of us in a discussion of how crappy this current admin is rather than trying to bring up issues from an admin that has been gone for half a decade already.

          • Oysteria

            As far as I’m concerned, there is much, much more than meets the eye in regard to Benghazi, even now. And I’m willing to entertain any ideas at this point.

            Look, I know this administration is inept, but it’s almost as if since day one, Sept. 12, 2012, they have purposefully bungled everything and hidden as much as possible once they discovered that the general public wasn’t buying into their initial story and people started digging. They were so cock-sure of themselves they didn’t even have a contingency plan in case people didn’t buy into the initial story.

            (Well, sure, they knew the press would buy it, but I don’t think they had any idea that the press doesn’t drive the narrative anymore. The old “they’re just right-wing, racist kooks” is still all they have as a defense.)

            Jim, surely you realize that Chico has no interest in discussing the actual topic other than to dismiss it in as few words as possible- in this case it took 10 words. I mean, after all, “Bush!” I honestly don’t know why he hangs around. He holds most of us in such contempt and he’s obviously so much wiser than the rest of us.

          • Commander_Chico

            Benghazi was mostly a CIA station. CIA is embedded in diplomatic missions, they usually are co-located with some embassy, consulate or other office.

            The station probably had a number of missions – part of them had to do with Libya and working with “friends,” recruiting people, etc. Getting weapons like MANPADS seems to have been a big part of it. Maybe some of those weapons were being shipped to Syria, not exactly a surprise there, given that Obama has already signed a presidential finding authorizing aid to the “rebels.”

          • Retired military

            Chico’s Option C answer
            Obama is bad
            Bush was worse.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            I toy with the notion of creating a soi disant cognoscenti response generator…

          • Brucehenry

            Thought there already WAS one, in operation.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Like so much of what you think, it just ain’t so…

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          The most often repeated by the press rational for the war was WMD, oh soi disant cognoscenti.

          • Commander_Chico

            The press – the willing servant of the government.

            The press – driven by government “leaks” and government press releases and conferences.

          • jim_m

            Willing servant of THIS government. The press has been in lockstep supporting a left wing/dem agenda since Carter (actually since at least Johnson when you get down to it). The press ill allow a lefty President to lock them in closets and to declare that journalism is espionage and not raise a single complaint. They would never stand for that in even a moderate GOP Presidency (after all both Bush’s were moderates really).

          • Commander_Chico

            Google +”Judith Miller” +Iraq

          • Retired military

            Ah yes. Option A.
            THe Oligaphy.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Only when the dhimmocrats are running the Government.

          • Retired military

            Chico Option A answer
            The Oligaphy

        • Retired military

          and Chico resorts to Option C
          Obama is bad but Bush is worse.
          So predictable.

    • LiberalNightmare

      I hope you will turn your attention to why 4486 Americans died in Iraq.

      You just hope we’ll turn our attention.

  • jim_m

    I’m impressed obama made it through his whole speech and didn’t call it “My military”.

    Nice of him also to declare in as condescending a way as possible, that he will seek Congressional authorization. As though he were doing us all a favor by deigning to consent. “I believe I have the authority to take this action without Congressional authorization,” That’s right Barry, because you do not recognize any legal limits on your power.

    I am sure that Chico will supply us with a reasoned dissent to obama’s claim that the US must do something about the use of chemical weapons or the international treaty will become meaningless.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Does this mean they were able to repair TOTUS?

  • Sg23

    OMG I can’t believe that hilary is in on this too. Is every american liberal part of the brotherhood?

    • Retired military

      you mean Hilarity?
      The next dem candidate for President even if she is in an iron lung

  • Sg23

    OMG I can’t believe that hilary is in on this too. Is every american liberal part of the brotherhood?

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  • http://www.misterchambers.com/ Randall_S

    Syria today presents a neat microcosm of global affairs; the stark
    parallels of organized crime and geopolitics are as striking as they are
    rare. In a country barely larger than North Dakota, a secular dictator
    backed by the Russian bloc and North Korea battle an ascendant Islamist
    caliphate, funded by the global narcotics trade, comfortable with
    terrorism, and supported diplomatically, financially, and militarily by
    European powers and the Obama administration.

    http://nyyrc.com/blog/2013/08/blood-money-connection-the-dots-in-the-middle-east/

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      You neglect to mention the most pertinent point: Syria is Iran’s proxy and the lifeline conduit from Iran to Lebanon.

      • http://www.misterchambers.com/ Randall_S

        Heh? That’s in the story. I don’t think Israel is at any risk. PM Netanyahu said the probability of an attack from Iran is “low.” My guess? Israel has defected. We’ve reached that point of bad.

        http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-low-probability-israel-will-enter-syria-fighting/

        What’s at risk here is America’s credibility, and I think it’s already gone… ouch.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          American foreign policy credibility set sail from Da Nang in 1972 and promptly sank.

  • gussy258

    Would someone PLEASE ask the filmmaker who funded the film? It takes a lot of money to make even as poor a film as that one was. Production money had to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. He probably did not have that kind of money himself so it had to come from somewhere. Follow the money.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Go for it. Report back to us what you find.

      • gussy258

        I would be happy to but I have no idea how to get to the guy. Someone with better connections than I do has to do it.

        • Commander_Chico

          Yes, that’s a good question. Who gave the money?

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Go for it. Report back to us what you find.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    “because if it does track back to Egypt it might spell impeachment for Obama and an end to a 2016 run for her.” Praise God and pass the ammunition, no doubt this is true, just earnestly praying for the truth to come out. God’s Word says: “Be sure your sins will find you out.” God’s Word does not return void. . . .
    Good post, thanks for the info, God Bless in Christ.

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  • SirWilhelm

    Even I, find it hard to believe the depth of the deception, and the amount of the treason, involved in this administration, because that is what we have here, out right treason, on a massive scale, unless you think amounts like $1.5 billion, and $450 million, are chicken feed, and the involvement of the President of the US and it’s Sec of State, “don’t matter”. Hillary shouldn’t just be nervous about her possible Presidential run in 2016, she should be worriedd about hanging, for treason, along side the subversive, Obama. But, there are too many, in our government, and in our country, that do wonder, what difference does it make?

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