An Excellent Spirit has followed the terrible events of September 11th 2012, the scandal and cover up of the actions (and inactions) of our President and his White House advisors), the promises of investigations by Congress and the sometimes wild and crazy theories about what happened in Benghazi. Here The only thing we can be sure of is that we do not know what happened and it is beginning to look like we may never find out. Recall the Warren Commission? It was supposed to be the most authoritative, complete investigating body ever assembled. It’s assignment was to investigate and report to the American people what actually took place in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22nd 1963. It is now almost 50 years later and no one in his or her right mind can say we know what happened. After several dozen Congressional Committees and investigations, hundreds of books and more have brought one theory, fact and speculation after another before the American people, all the intervening 50 years have produced is greater confusion and a growing certainty that we were never supposed to know in the first place.
Benghazi has almost 50 years to go before it catches up to JFK’s assassination, but it has made a good start. This Washington Examiner story is an example. A retired Four Star US Navy Admiral, James Lyons is suggesting that Benghazi was a bungled abduction by Islamic forces in connection with a plan to barter for the release of the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdul Rahman, the convicted leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that left six dead and more that a thousand injured. Admiral Lyons is no mere right wing conspiratorist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lyons_(admiral) His 36 year career in the Navy was capped with command of the US Pacific Fleet and he is a well-regarded expert on military and security affairs. According to Lyons, the bungled kidnapping of Ambassador Stevens was only the first act of a macabre drama that would have led to the release of the Blind Sheik in a trade. “(T)his kidnapping was planned to be the first stage of an international prisoner exchange. This transfer of prisoners would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the “Blind Sheik” convicted of orchestrating the World Trade Center Bombing in 1993.”
An Excellent Spirit has reported on the Blind Sheik. Here. We have also had much to say about Benghazi and what really happened that resulted in four American deaths, the almost complete inaction by the President of the United States, the US Secretary of State and the President’s national security staff at the White House. Here Whether a Congressional Investigation is ever begun; whether anyone is ever made to account for their actions or inactions as United States officials of whatever rank, Benghazi stinks. There is an old Italian proverb that, like many Italian proverbs, deals with the stench of evil: “Il pesce puzza dalla testa” – “the fish stinks from the head down”. It should be noted that the origin was probably Turkish, Arabic or perhaps Jewish. Nevertheless, Benghazi stinketh and only the Truth can make the stench go away. Lyons suggested that “the Obama administration intentionally lessened the levels of security at the consulate compound in Benghazi in the weeks leading up to the attack. This plan should have worked to reduce the possibility of resistance as the Ansar al-Sharia terrorist organization captured Chris Stevens, the American Ambassador to Libya.” This would account for the silence of Secretary of State Clinton, even in the wake of the report that her State Department bungled the security leading to the massacre. Lyon’s theory is that the attack was encouraged by the White House as part of a convoluted plan to set up the ultimate release of the Blind Sheik. The lessened security encouraged the attack; the attack would not be defensible and the Ambassador taken hostage. The rest would be history.
The 7-8 hour battle over the consulate (or whatever it truly was in Benghazi) threw all that into a tizzy. Despite being told by their “superiors” to stand down and let events take their course, “Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both former U.S. Navy Seals, ignored orders to “stand down” and fought vigorously for hours in their attempt to defend the compound from the impending attack. Ultimately, these armed assaults on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex claimed the life of four Americans–Ambassador Chris Stevens, former U.S. Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and State Department information manager Sean Smith.”
That is starting to sound a little more like what really happened. Two heroic Americans who just happened to be US Navy Seals with a code that cannot be broken by duplicity and cowardice, gummed up the works and paid for it with their lives and the lives of Ambassador Stevens and his former USAF State Department “manager”. That is what happened. Everything else is later, part of the largest cover up and obfuscation exercise since 1963. Resignations of US Secretary of State Clinton, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, relief of two four star flag commanders in the field (Gen. Carter Ham and Adm. Gaouette as we reported here and here), lost drone tapes and much more are all the result of a mad, “wag the dog” operation gone sour.
The reactions of the two Seals led to the attacking mob being augmented and going out of control. This led to their deaths, the capture and killing of Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith and the loss of untold numbers of weapons being stored at the “consulate” for distribution to those chosen by the Administration for this largesse. It also led to the utter failure of the Obama/Morsi attempt to set up the release of Rahman and that is where we are now. In the midst of the biggest damage control exercise in American History.
The American people have almost no information. First, CIA Director, retired General David Patreaus resigned in the midst of a scandal involving his conduct with a woman while he was director. His testimony before a closed Congressional Committee was delayed, but it is just about the only testimony we have of the major players. Hillary Clinton has never testified. Neither have General Ham or Admiral Gaouette. Leon Panetta has resigned after making all sorts of conflicting statements. No member of the President’s National Security team has come forward with information. The President, himself, has made several comments that do not inspire confidence, and perhaps indicate he should be asked questions under oath.
An Excellent Spirit has watched and read Michelle Malkin. She is a right wing commentator who at times fails to inspire confidence in her viewpoints. Malkin’s recent Townhall column on the Blind Sheik gives us more information about Omar Abdul Rahman. “Lest you need reminding, the wily blind sheik has used his visitation privileges to wreak more terror from behind bars. His radical left-wing lawyer Lynne Stewart was convicted in 2005 of helping her client smuggle coded messages of Islamic violence from the imprisoned sheik to outside followers in violation of an explicit pledge to abide by her client’s court-ordered isolation. This “old man” is a virulent anti-American propagandist who condemned Americans as “descendants of apes and pigs who have been feeding from the dining tables of the Zionists, Communists and colonialists,” called on Muslims to “destroy” the West, “burn their companies, eliminate their interests, sink their ships, shoot down their planes, kill them on the sea, air or land,” and issued bloody fatwas against U.S. “infidels” that inspired the 1993 WTC bombing, the 1997 massacre of Western tourists in Luxor, Egypt, and the 9/11 attacks.” Clearly the kindly, sickly old man that we should release for “humanitarian” reasons. Malkin’s column is here. Townhall’s Bob Beauprez weighs in with yet more information. Here “The Associated Press is reporting that Ali Harzi, a 26 year old Tunisian linked to the assassination attack in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, has been released “due to lack of evidence.” After the attacks Obama said, “My biggest priority is bringing those folks (the terrorists) to justice and I think the American people have seen that’s a commitment I’ll always keep.” In 2005, Ali Harzi and a brother were sentenced to 30 months in prison. Another brother fought against U.S. led coalition forces in Iraq. Their father acknowledged in an interview that he had encouraged his sons to take up “jihad in the cause of God.” Despite video showing faces of the attackers, “most suspects remained free” and witnesses have yet to be questioned, according to the AP. In a separate report, Reuters noted the same lack of progress in the investigation, citing “no real desire to dig too deep (by Libyan officials) for fear of setting off reprisals” from the Islamic militias. Even the commander overseeing the security reaction on the night of the attacks had yet to even be questioned as of late last month. FBI agents sent to Benghazi in October to investigate retreated to Tripoli “because of security concerns” according to Reuters, and simply “put out a poster asking for information.” Ahmed Abu Khattala, about whom “witnesses have said they saw him directing other fighters” during the Benghazi attack reportedly is walking the streets with impunity. Abu Khattala is said to be the leader of a wing of Ansar al-Sharia, the al-Qaeda linked group said to be responsible for the 9/11/2012 assault. But, if he’s one of the most wanted men in the world right now, Abu Khattala doesn’t seem all that concerned. He sat down with the New York Times and “spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments.” Abu Khattala told the NYT that, “no authority has even questioned him about the attack…and he has no plans to go into hiding.”
Back to The Washington Examiner. They reported on the US State Department’s recent Accountability Review Board Report. That internal State Department review has been hardly and haphazardly covered by the lamestream media. The Examiner said, in part “the Accountability Review Board convened by Clinton has issued a report. And this is what it found. “Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department (the “Department”) resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place … “Board members found a pervasive realization among personnel who served in Benghazi that the Special Mission was not a high priority for Washington when it came to security-related requests, especially those relating to staffing … “The Board found that certain senior State Department officials within two bureaus demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their responses to security concerns posed by Special Mission Benghazi, given the deteriorating threat environment and the lack of reliable host government protection. However, the Board did not find reasonable cause to determine that any individual U.S. government employee breached his or her duty.” No specific “senior” officials were named by the Accountability Review Board, but the same day its report was issued, three State Department employees, including two who oversaw security decisions at the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, resigned. Finally, it seemed as though somebody was going to be held accountable for the security failures in Benghazi. Except no one was. It turns out that none of the State Department officials who supposedly resigned after the Accountability Review Board report has actually left the agency. All of them are either still working for the State Department today, or are on administrative leave and expected back soon. So much for accountability.” You can read the whole thing here.
It is looking more and more like a cover up. There is one more fact to report at this time. Back in September 2012, less than two weeks after the Benghazi attack, Michael Mukasey, former United States Attorney General (under George W. Bush) and former U.S. District Court Judge penned an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal.
Judge Mukasey was the U.S, Federal Court trial judge at Omar Abdul Rahman’s trial upon the charges of which he is convicted and incarcerated. As such, Mukasey probably has more information on Rahman, what he did and what he thinks and would do if released than anyone but the Blind Sheik himself. Most interesting in the article is this tidbit of information. “(I)n June, when Hani Nour Eldin, a member of the terrorist group that carried out the Luxor slaughter and who had himself spent 11 years in Egyptian jail on terrorism charges, was granted a visa to come to the United States, where he visited the White House and urged that Abdel Rahman be transferred to Egypt. Members of Congress immediately raised questions about how such allowances were made for a member of a designated terrorist organization. The assistant secretary of homeland security for legislative affairs, Nelson Peacock, responded in a July letter. It suggested that no warning flags had been raised during the processing of the Eldin visa, but the letter acknowledged that, as a member of a designated terrorist organization, Hani Nour Eldin would have needed a waiver from someone in authority to get a visa.” An Excellent Spirit has reported on the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in the US State Department. Here With Huma Abedin in the inside of every issue at State, it is no wonder that a terrorist with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood got a visa to enter the US and meet to negotiate the release of the Blind Sheik. It is easier yet to understand how the Benghazi consulate attack fit right in with the preposterous scenario that resulted in four deaths on September 11th of last year. Still no one investigates.
There are so many questions that cry out for answers. Answers under oath. Answers that are subject to the penalties of perjury. Why were General Ham and Admiral Gaouette relieved of their commands summarily in the hours after Benghazi? What was the United States really doing in Benghazi? Were we engaged in some kind of gunrunning of Ghadafi’s weapons? Why were Woods and Doherty told to “stand down” in the face of rioters with weapons attacking them? How did Hani Nour Eldin get a visa to enter the United States and who arranged it and signed off on it? Why did General Patreaus resign and delay his testimony? Was there any connection to Benghazi? What was the President and his National Security team doing during the 7-8 hours that led to the death of the four Americans in Benghazi? As Matt Bracken reported, was Cross Border Authority ever given by the President? If not, why not? What did the President know and when did he know it? Where is the tickler of the President’s time that night and the next day? Did the President ever order that those under fire in Benghazi on September 11th 2012 be rescued or assisted in any specific way?
Let all Americans pray that we get answers to these and many other questions about Benghazi. John F. Kennedy was killed almost 50 years ago and we do not know who did it or why it was done. Four Americans died in Benghazi five months ago and we can get little or no information in this age of information. It is time that we stopped sticking our collective heads in the sand and stood up and demand answers. If we do not, no one will. If we do not, we will not remain free for much longer. Stay tuned. We will be back when we have more. God bless America.