Benghazi-gate Hearings

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1. There Was a Stand Down Order

Though some the details are still fuzzy, someone issued a stand down order that prevented Special Forces from traveling to Benghazi to intervene after the attack.

Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya and the highest ranking official in the country at the time of the Benghazi attacks, testified that either AFRICOMM or SOCAFRICA issued the stand down order, though he didn’t have a name or where the command originated.

Hicks said Lt. Col. Gibson, a Special Operations Command (SOC) Africa commander, was “furious” after receiving the stand down order. “Lt. Col. Gibson was furious. I had told him to go bring our people home. That’s what he wanted to do,” he said.

However, the burning question remains: Who, with the appropriate authority, actually gave the stand down order? And why?

2. Whistleblower ‘Effectively Demoted’ After Questioning Benghazi Talking Points

 Gregory Hicks told members of Congress that he has been “effectively demoted” from his position as deputy chief of mission shortly after he questioned United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice’s explanation that the Benghazi attack was the result of a spontaneous protest sparked by a YouTube video.

Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission under murdered U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, now holds the title of foreign affairs officer in the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs.

“In hindsight I think it began after I asked a question about Ambassador Rice’s statement on the TV shows,” Hicks said, after being asked what the “seminal” moment had been in all of his new professional criticism.

3. Benghazi Witness Told Not to Speak With Congressional Investigator Alone

 Hicks on Wednesday also revealed that he was told by Obama administration officials not to talk with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) unsupervised.

A State Department lawyer accompanied the delegation and tried to be in every single meeting he was involved in, Hicks claimed.

Chaffetz, who traveled to Benghazi after the attack to investigate, also claimed back in October that the administration assigned a State Department attorney to follow him in his every “footstep” during his investigative trip.

4. Who Is Lt. Col. Gibson?

 Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks repeatedly brought up a man by the name of Lt. Col. Gibson. Other than the fact that he was a Special Operations Command (SOC) Africa commander, we don’t know much else about him.

But more importantly, we don’t know what else he knows about the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2012. On the night of the Benghazi attack, Gibson was “furious” when a stand down order was given, preventing Special Forces from intervening in Libya, Hicks testified.

Hicks said Gibson wanted to bring the Americans trapped in Benghazi home, but was unable to act. Does Gibson know who personally issued the stand down order? Does he know how far up the chain of command the order originated?

These are questions to keep in mind as the investigation proceeds.

5. State Department Official Fingered Terror Group Day After Attack

 One of the biggest points of contention in the Benghazi investigation has been: Why did the Obama administration initially blame the terrorist attack on a YouTube video when there was no apparent evidence to support that theory? During the House Oversight Committee hearing on the Benghazi attack, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) read from an email sent by Beth Jones, the acting assistant secretary for Middle Eastern affairs at the State Department, to Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks and other top administration officials. In it, she fingered Ansar al-Sharia, a radical Islamic terror group, as the perpetrator behind the attack after the Libyan government speculated that they might be ex-Gadhafi forces.

The email was sent the day after the attack on Sept. 12, 2012 — well before the Obama administration started pushing the YouTube video narrative.

“I spoke to the Libyan ambassador and emphasized the importance of Libyan leaders continuing to make strong statements,” the email read. “When he said his government expected that former Ghadafi regime elements carried out the attacks, I told him that the group that conducted the attacks, Ansar al-Sharia, is affiliated with Islamic terrorists.”

Gowdy said the email was previously unreleased, but not classified.

Source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/08/here-are-the-5-key-things-to-take-away-from-wednesdays-benghazi-hearing/

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22 responses to “Benghazi-gate Hearings

  1. The Truth Shall Set US Free……..

  2. Clinton will fall on her sword once again, and play the role of a martyr. The MSM will spin that story right up to the 2016 elections.

  3. If this administration slides out from under this one, we will be the laughing stock of the world.
    This Country should be setting the standard for the rest of the world.
    If this congress can be intimidated by a thug Chicago style administration, they do not have the right to sit in those chambers.

    • This administration has been lying all along. Washington establishment politics, and the MSM are complicit. We’re already the laughing stock of the world.

      • I agree Joseph.
        The congress has to call them on it.
        If they don’t, the 2014 election is going to be a bloodbath at the polls and it’s time to let the representatives know that.
        No brag,…just fact.

        • The ‘Fical Cliff’ vote this past January was the end of the two patry system as we’ve known it. Followed by the 2012 Budget Control Act that had sequestration in the law. House minority are the Tea Party elect. outnumbered by Rinos, and dems. The Senate has only a dopzen that will stand up against Reid. The battle for control of the House by Dems next year, and the Clinton/Murray ticket for 2016 based on their work together in the Senate, and its geographic strategy.

    • You guys are both right. Do you remember the media frenzy over Watergate? I do, it was non stop coverage.

      • Yes it was. That’s what those who are younger don’t realize. Thet don’t see it. Progressives have the narrative on cable, press, and on the MSM. Only truth is on talk radio with Linbuugh, Beck, Savage, Levin, and Hannity. The White House says the House hearings are politicizing. Just like Fast & Furious it will be buried. This is no longer the country it was.

        • This issue will not be buried, not when there are high end military officers involved.
          There is a Lt.Colonel that was told to stand down.
          There is also an Admiral and a General that were demoted from the positions they held during the ongoing conflict.
          Both the Admiral and the General told the administration, or the State Department that they had forces ready to defend the victims in Benghazi.
          The order was given to stand down.
          I want to know who issued that order, and why.

  4. I am one of the few that actually seen the film, “Innocence of Muslims”. Believe me it was laughable, and no plot, but did make the character Mohammad look like an idiot. It was a 13 minute short that was full on nonscence. For Obama, and Clinton to use it as an the reason for the attack on the Benghazi embassy was a desparate move to cover up what really happened on the anniversary of 9/11. Sequestration shows the contempt Washington has for the military. Department of Defense had 10-12% cuts to its budget, while all other departments had 4% cuts. You know who gave the “stand down” order. The Commander in Chief. President Obama.

  5. Immaculate Obama. Nothing ever sticks to him. 16.7 trillion dollar national debt, Fast & Furious, Benghazi, Obamacare, Amnesty, Gun Control, and that’s why I’ve thrown in the towel. It’s too late to reverse any of this. This country is finished. Talk radio, twitter, and Linbaugh, Beck, Savage, and Hannity just keep repeating the same stuff over, and over again, and it’s not doing anything to change the direction this country has been going since january 2009. There’s no jobs, no manufacturing, and college grads have a bleak outlook with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, and little prospects for p[aying it off. Thanks for aloowing me to contribute to this forum. I wish all a Happy Mother’s Day, and the best to your families.

    • Thank you Joseph and I wish you would consider making this a regular stop in your travels. I know everyone here enjoys your comments and I would love it if you would post some of the news stories I see you posting on twitter. God Bless all of your efforts for our Country.

  6. Problem solved :D

    • The Commander In Chief is ultimately responsible for a “stand down” order. President Obama left others in charge. So where was he during the time after his speech at the Pentagon on September 11, 2012 and his appearance in the White House rose garden with Secretary of State Clinton the morning of September 12, 2012? Rush Lindbaugh calls it a missing seven hours, I see it as twelve or more hours, and a dereliction of duty that he’s sworn to do. Grounds for impeachment.