The Benghazi Attack was a pre-planned terrorist attack in 2012 on the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya on the eleventh anniversary of the 2001 September 11 attacks. in which the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other members of his diplomatic mission were murdered: Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and private security employees and former U.S. Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods. The attack also injured two other Americans.
With 2012 Presidential election less than two months away, the Obama administration downplayed the seriousness and enormity of the attack, initially claiming it was provoked by a comedy video, but the facts disproved that.
Amb. Christopher Stevens and aid to the Islamic State
- See also: Obama war crimes
under provisions of the presidential finding, the United States was collaborating with a secret command center operated by Turkey and its allies.
Last week, Reuters reported that, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Turkey had established a secret base near the Syrian border to help direct vital military and communications support to Assad’s opponents.
This “nerve center” is in Adana, a city in southern Turkey about 60 miles (100 km) from the Syrian border, which is also home to Incirlik, a U.S. air base where U.S. military and intelligence agencies maintain a substantial presence.
Turkey’s moderate Islamist government has been demanding Assad’s departure with growing vehemence. Turkish authorities are said by current and former U.S. government officials to be increasingly involved in providing Syrian rebels with training and possibly equipment.European government sources said wealthy families in Saudi Arabia and Qatar were providing significant financing to the rebels. Senior officials of the Saudi and Qatari governments have publicly called for Assad’s departure.
Amb. Christopher Stevens was put in charge of the covert operation. The aim was to arm jihadist groups which then transformed themselves into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria with the goal of overthrowing Bashar al Assad.
With several U.S.embassies besieged on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declared authorities had no reason to believe the attack on the sovereign territory of the United States consulate in Benghazi less than two months before the 2012 Presidential election, resulting in the deaths of several Americans, was a terrorist attack.
|“||The unrest that we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that Muslims, many Muslims, find offensive,||”|
became the official White House line. Between jokes with comedian Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, Obama said the death of Americans was "not optimal". When pressed by reporters, who pointed out evidence that the violence in Benghazi was a terrorist attack, Press Secretary Carney argued “the unrest around the region has been in response to this video.”
White House lies with impending election
On September 16, 2012 Ambassador Susan Rice showed up on all five major Sunday morning talk shows to push the administration's spin linking the Benghazi murders and a satirical video. Rice told longtime Democratic partisan George Stephanopoulos of ABC's This Week, the attack was “a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo” – referring to a demonstration in which a mob breached the embassy compound wall and tore down an American flag. Rice repeated the false claims throughout her morning talk-show appearances on all networks.
Obama supported jihadis responsible for attack
Around a week after the attack Obama finally ordered an investigation. The leading suspected jihadis in the murders and terrorist attack were the local Benghazi branch of Ansar al-Shariah, known to have ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). A commander of the terrorist group boasted jovially over drinks with reporters for the New York Times in Benghazi as President Obama's investigators failed to interview him.
The attack is said to have been investigated by the State Department, but a more thorough enquiry was done by the Congress. A House committee hearing on September 10 revealed that Ambassador Stevens and others wished additional security for the consulate, but were turned down.
"WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MAKE?"
In testimony before Congress on January the 23th, 2013 when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked why the Obama administration deliberately put out false information about the attack just prior to the Presidential Election of 2012, Clinton screamed at Senators, "WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MAKE?".
Ahmed Abu Khatallah
In June 2014 U.S. captured suspected Ringleader of Benghazi Attack, Ahmed Abu Khatallah.
- Travel Warning - Libya. U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya (September 12, 2012). Retrieved on October 12, 2012.
- President Obama on the Attack in Benghazi. International Information Programs, U.S. Embassy (September 12, 2012). Retrieved on October 12, 2012.
- The Guardian reported,
these were not average members of the Free Syrian Army. Abu Khuder and his men fight for al-Qaida. They call themselves the ghuraba’a, or “strangers”, after a famous jihadi poem celebrating Osama bin Laden’s time with his followers in the Afghan mountains, and they are one of a number of jihadi organisations establishing a foothold in the east of the country now that the conflict in Syria has stretched well into its second bloody year.
They try to hide their presence. “Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags” ...
...[they] are working closely with the military council that commands the Free Syrian Army brigades in the region. “We meet almost every day,” he said. “We have clear instructions from our [al-Qaida] leadership that if the FSA need our help we should give it. We help them with IEDs and car bombs. Our main talent is in the bombing operations” ...
“The FSA lacks the ability to plan and lacks military experience. That is what [al-Qaida] can bring. ...
“In the beginning there were very few. Now, mashallah, there are immigrants joining us and bringing their experience,” he told the gathered people. “Men from Yemen, Saudi, Iraq and Jordan...“[Al-Qaida’s] goal is establishing an Islamic state and not a Syrian state,” he replied. “Those who fear the organisation fear the implementation of Allah’s jurisdiction... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jul/30/al-qaida-rebels-battle-syria
- Interview with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show.