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Pentagon's hands tied on hunting down Benghazi attackers, transcripts show
The Hill ^ | January 16, 2014 | By Kristina Wong

Posted on 01/16/2014 4:14:30 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as long as the terrorists are not officially deemed members or affiliates of al Qaeda, newly declassified transcripts from congressional hearings show.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey in testimony on Oct. 10 said the Pentagon’s hands are tied because the groups involved are not covered by the Authorization for Use of Military Force. The AUMF law allows U.S. attacks anywhere in the world only on al Qaeda and “associated forces.”

“The individuals related in the Benghazi attack, those that we believe were either participants or leadership of it, are not ‘authorized use of military force,’ ” Gen. Dempsey told the House Armed Services Committee in his classified testimony during a closed hearing.

The transcript was released on Monday.

In other words, they don’t fall under the AUMF authorized by the Congress of the United States. So we would not have the capacity to simply find them and kill them either with a remotely-piloted aircraft or with an assault on the ground,” Dempsey said.

The U.S. could seek to capture the Benghazi attackers under the existing AUMF, but it would need to rely on forces in Libya or any other countries where the attackers are hiding to do so. . .

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; fourdied; islamocommunist; navyseals; obama; obamalied; spreadingislam; terrorism; threatmatrix; wot

1 posted on 01/16/2014 4:14:30 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Ok, ponder this for a while, folks--the U.S. cannot hunt down and kill the murderers of a U.S. ambassador because the U.S. has rules that it cannot do so.
2 posted on 01/16/2014 4:17:32 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This is a lot of cr**. talk about rewriting history


3 posted on 01/16/2014 4:18:06 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Sad. Very sad.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 4:18:16 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Brad from Tennessee

It was al Qaeda, stupid.
The same al Qaeda that bombed the Pentagon and WTC.

But who cares?
The Pentagon only wants to ARM al Qaeda against the
American People. Why?
Was not giving al Qaeda MANPADs in Benghazi enough?
Was not keeping the borders open enough?
Was not arming narcoterrorists in Fast&Furious enough?
Was not giving al Qaeda sarin in Syria enough?

Apparently not.


5 posted on 01/16/2014 4:19:52 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Brad from Tennessee

And here I thought government could do anything as long as it wasn’t prohibited by law


6 posted on 01/16/2014 4:20:20 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I wonder how things would be different if it were U.S. citizens who perpetrated such a crime. And I’m not talking about Amish either.


7 posted on 01/16/2014 4:21:08 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Remember when the WH claimed they didn’t send air support because they couldn’t get Libyan legal authorization for US aircraft to enter Libyan airspace...?

This is ridiculous.

They can’t kill the guys who whacked our Ambassador, but please recall that Holder was asked FOUR times in front of Congress and cameras, “Do you think US law would allow you to use a drone to take out a terrorist sitting in a cafe inside of the USA...?”

He was asked that FOUR times and Holder was refusing to answer, indicating he preferred to believe US law DID permit him that.

Summary:

1. Can’t whack the assasins of an Ambassador

2. OK to blow up Frap drinker in Santa Monica Starbucks


9 posted on 01/16/2014 4:28:36 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Brad from Tennessee
"The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as long as the terrorists are not officially deemed members or affiliates of al Qaeda, newly declassified transcripts from congressional hearings show. "

The transverse is also true. If you are deemed to be AQ, you can be killed by assassins from the US Government. Whether you really are AQ doesn't matter.

10 posted on 01/16/2014 4:32:01 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: gaijin

Sen. Cruz asks Holder if a coffee sipper in a cafe on US soil can legally be blown up by a drone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMk0AgncXUI&list=PLWv11YH3qcA6zVPI-kwENbnQfR8_TK4zM

He asks the question many times, and Holder bobs and weaves.


11 posted on 01/16/2014 4:32:45 PM PST by gaijin
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To: 1rudeboy

It’s nonsense. Maybe we need to go back to some old-fashioned solutions. If the government won’t go after them, they can’t stop concerned private citizens from raising a bounty on them.

Get enough cash on someone’s head, and they are going to run out of hiding places.


12 posted on 01/16/2014 4:48:07 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The fact that we’ve got rules that prohibit us from attacking the Benghazi killers should make it pretty apparent that they are protected from higher up.

They did say that “Morsi sent us”. And you’ll remember that State and the White House went ape when Morsi was arrested. McCain and Graham flew to Egypt at the White House request to try to spring him. That was just weird.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 4:57:19 PM PST by marron
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Does that include the Taliban?


14 posted on 01/16/2014 5:21:28 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Pentagon to begin issuing name tags to al quaeda members so the Pentagon can tell who they are and issuing them maps of where the gun-free zones are.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 5:28:44 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Absolute, undiluted, 100%, complete, unmitigated,
Bull Excrement.


16 posted on 01/16/2014 5:29:13 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: marron

I know.

To this day I cannot understand why they were so concerned about a 2nd rate British pop star ....


17 posted on 01/16/2014 5:31:56 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Boogieman

My understanding is that the locals knew exactly who did it. Within 10 days a bunch of pro American libyans marched over to the militia headquarters of Ansar Al Sharia and took over the building and set their vehicles on fire.


18 posted on 01/16/2014 5:33:37 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: huldah1776

[Does that include the Taliban?]

It depends on your definition of “the.”


19 posted on 01/16/2014 5:34:59 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

But it’s okay and perfectly legal for BroncoBama to drona the kid of a terrorist claiming “he should have picked better parents”.

Sick, twisted $%&#*!


20 posted on 01/16/2014 6:55:53 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...

Active Duty Ping.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 7:57:01 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Brad from Tennessee

At this point, what difference does it make?


22 posted on 01/16/2014 8:15:16 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This Gen. Dempsey is a POS! All intelligence has shown the Benghazi attackers were affiliated with Al Qaeda.

The Obama regime has gotten rid of most senior military officers that had balls and also understood what the US Constitution means.

The ludicrous Rules of Engagement imposed on our military has caused thousands of deaths. Our military has competent special forces and snipers who could easily take out the attackers. ....The Mossad would have done such quickly.


23 posted on 01/16/2014 8:49:46 PM PST by octex
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To: Brad from Tennessee

You gotta be Sh!ttin Me!

How have we become so wussified that our forces cannot go after those that have killed us????


24 posted on 01/16/2014 8:56:15 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I M P E A C H THE C I C


25 posted on 01/16/2014 9:06:21 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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