Skip to comments.About That 2 a.m. (i.e. 8 p.m.) Hillary-Hicks Call . . .Before the 10 p.m. Hillary-Obama Call
Posted on 05/13/2013 12:44:37 PM PDT by thouworm
Andrew rightly points out that, among the very interesting news that came out of the Benghazi hearing was the revelation that the State Departments Gregory Hicks, then the No. 2 American official in Libya, spoke with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at 2 a.m. on the night of the attack. Just to flesh that out a bit, Hicks said he briefed Clinton and her senior staff on what was happening on the ground at the time. As Andrew notes, no one mentioned the Internet video which Hicks testified was a non-event in Libya.
More significant, Hicks and the other American officials in Tripoli knew that the government facility in Benghazi was under terrorist attack. Minutes after the siege started, Hicks spoke with Ambassador Stevens himself, who told him, We are under attack. From then on, Hicks and other State officials in Tripoli were furiously working their contacts in Benghazi to learn what was happening on the ground there, and Hicks was reporting these details, in real time, to the State Department in Washington.
Even more important, at the time that Hicks spoke directly with Clinton, the most urgent problem was that Ambassador Stevens was missing and, worse, Hicks was hearing that Stevens had fallen into the hands of Ansar al-Sharia the local al-Qaeda affiliate which orchestrated the attack (and which Hicks referred to in his testimony as the enemy). When Hicks was directly briefing Clinton, the specific concern was the Stevens might be at a hospital in Benghazi that was under the terrorists control.
In fact, at the time, Hicks was thinking that the reinforcements that were trying to get to Benghazi from Tripoli might have to function as a hostage-rescue team i.e., go to the jihadists hospital and try to rescue the ambassador. It was not until an hour later, at 3 a.m., that Hicks learned Stevens had been killed (in a call from the Libyan prime minister).
To sum up: States main guy on the ground in Libya tells Clinton in Washington that States people in Benghazi are under attack by the local al-Qaeda franchise, Ansar al-Sharia, which might have captured the U.S. ambassador. Yet, over the next few days, with what we now know to be monumental input from the State Department, the Obama administration purges references to Ansar al-Sharia from the talking points that it uses to explain the attack to the American people. Instead, it concocts a story claiming the anti-Islamic Internet video was the culprit.
Our friend Hugh Hewitt and the Daily Beasts superb reporter Eli Lake have opined that it is likely a recording of the 2 a.m. phone call exists in the archives of the NSA or the State Department.
Assuming this is so, if Secretary of State John Kerry, Clintons successor, does not think there was any real news in what we learned at Wednesdays hearing, then surely he should have no objection to disclosing any recording to Darrell Issas committee and to the public, right? And if there is not a recording, it should be no problem to disclose any notes taken by Clinton or her senior staffers, right?
By the way, what is being called the 2 a.m. phone call with Hicks was 2 a.m. Tripoli time. In Washington, where Clinton and her staffers were, it was only 8 p.m. We dont know much about what President Obama was doing that night, but it has been reported that he called Clinton at 10 p.m., two hours after she was briefed by Hicks, in order to get an update on the situation.
Shortly after she spoke with Obama, press outlets began reporting that Clinton had put out a press statement on the Benghazi attack, which included the following:
Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation . . .
No news here, move along . . .
That 2:00 am call we all feared finally came in and as expected, the Obama Admin dropped the phone. Then yanked the line out of the wall and went back to bed.
Freeper McGruff has posted Hillary’s publicized schedule for 9-11-12
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
9:20 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
10:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Gene Cretz, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, at the White House.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)
2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends the Flag Ceremony for Cameron Munter, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
God willing, Benghazi-gate should help to derail some of Hussein’s Marxist agenda for the US.
He never went to bed, he was sitting there watching the murder happen like a deer in the headlights. All he cared about was his election and a dead Ambassador was the price.
Pray for America to Wake Up
We STILL do not have an official cause of death for Chris Stevens.
The same people who produced Obama's certificate of decanting are working on the death certificate. They need more time.
I believe that is being politicized as well, protecting some inconvenient truths.
Indeed. One wonders if Reggie Love's whereabouts can be documented for 9/11.
LOL! If you ever decide to "retire," you should write.
I think even worse, but I can't prove it yet.
I don't think Obama went to bed until after the survivors and the fallen were in the air (between 6am-6:30am Benghazi time; 11 pm Washington time) and a talking-point game-plan had been decided upon.
Routinely, Obama goes to bed late and starts his day late in the morning.
.... next day, Rose Garden speech and off to Vegas
That 10 pm call with Hillary ---- they already knew Stevens was dead. In fact, it is quite possible that Hillary knew Stevens was dead when she talked to Hicks. Stevens was pronounced dead around 1am Benghazi time (7pm Washington time).
At any rate, Woods and Doherty were being mowed down as Obama and Hillary chatted --- 4 am Benghazi time.
...if timelines are accurate.
A precise timeline of all Benghazi participants is a death-knell to this administration. Already, DoD says they don't have one and can't produce one.
I really think all time lines should be related to Washington D.C. time.
Takes away from the confusion, keeps everybody on the right page.
Sure wasn't 2AM Washington time in the dead of night.
Adds to the question of "Where the hell was Barry and what the hell was he doing".
read somewhere it smoke inhalation. Was this report wrong?
President Barack Obama called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at approximately 10 p.m. on the night of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNSNews.com.
Like every president before him, he has a national security adviser and deputy national security adviser, Carney told CNSNews.com on Tuesday. He was in regular communication with his national security team directly, through them, and spoke with the secretary of state at approximately 10 p.m. He called her to get an update on the situation. Carney was responding to questions from CNSNews.com about who Obama communicated with on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the Senate Armed Services Committee they first notified the president of the attack during a Sept. 11, 2012 meeting that began at 5 p.m. and ran for about 30 minutes. They also told the committee they did not talk to Obama or anyone else at the White House after that meeting.
No reporter has asked at what time or by whom Obama FIRST learned of the Benghazi attack. At 3:40pm (9:40pm Benghazi time), Obama was visiting at Walter Reed.
Hillary leapt into action...to cover her butt.
Panetta leapt over the fence and...went AWOL.
Obama leapt into bed...and hid under the covers.
None of them lifted a finger to save American lives or defend sovereign American soil. And none of them has taken responsibility for their failures.
The rot of treason is surrounded by the stench of cowardice!
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