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  • Senate Report -- CIA: 'Libya: Al-Qaida Establishing Sanctuary'

    01/22/2014 10:43:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a brief self-congratulatory trip to Tripoli, Libya, in October 2011 -- with U.S. military assets lurking offshore in case they needed to rescue her -- she joked, in the presence of then-Ambassador Gene Cretz and Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, that they had not-so-long-ago been worried that the ambassador might end up the target of a murderous Libyan assault. "As Gene and Assistant Secretary Feltman and I were walking through here, they were talking about how the last time Jeff was here was when we were very worried that Gadhafi and [Libyan...
  • Gregory Hicks: Benghazi and the Smearing of Chris Stevens

    01/24/2014 8:03:41 AM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 22, 2014 7:18 p.m. ET | Gregory Hicks
    Last week the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued its report on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The report concluded that the attack, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, was "preventable." Some have been suggesting that the blame for this tragedy lies at least partly with Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack. This is untrue: The blame lies entirely with Washington. The report states that retired Gen. Carter Ham, then-commander of the U.S. Africa Command (Africom) headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, twice offered to "sustain" the special forces security team in Tripoli...
  • Bombshell: Pentagon 'Didn't Know' Benghazi Annex Existed

    01/21/2014 6:12:58 PM PST · by opentalk · 87 replies
    WND ^ | January 20, 2014 | Aaron Klein
    Raises major questions about what U.S. was doing in secretive facility. The extensive Senate report on the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack dropped a major, unreported bombshell: The commander of U.S. forces in Africa was not aware of the existence of the besieged CIA annex. The staggering detail raises the question of what was transpiring at the fated annex and nearby U.S. special mission and why key members of the Defense Department, including those responsible for responding to emergency situations, were not aware of it. Questions now must be also raised as to why, on the night of attack, command...
  • The Benghazi Transcripts: US military woefully unprepared for attack, documents show

    01/13/2014 6:04:30 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 1/13/2014 | Jennifer Grifin
    Hundreds of pages of declassified transcripts from the U.S. military's top commanders present a picture of a woefully ill-postured military force whose assets were not in a position to quickly respond to the Benghazi terror attack -- or other hot spots across Africa and the Middle East. The 450 pages of newly declassified transcripts detail testimony from secret, closed hearings last year before Congress. They provide fresh insight into the military's decision-making that night from the very commanders who staged the rescue efforts, including the top commander in Africa at the time Gen. Carter Ham. Among other details, they reveal...
  • The Benghazi Transcripts: Top Defense officials briefed Obama on ‘attack,’ not video or protest

    01/13/2014 3:32:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 13, 2014 | James Rosen
    Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation's top civilian and uniformed defense officials -- headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama -- were informed that the event was a "terrorist attack," declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president's Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward. Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of...
  • Dems Leave Room As Benghazi Mom Says Obama, Hillary Lied

    09/20/2013 5:16:38 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 20, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Benghazi-gate: Democrats couldn't share the grief of a mom who was lied to in front of her son's casket or a grieving father who wonders why the general who could have mounted a rescue was relieved of his post. It was a shameful spectacle all around, starting with bizarre testimony by the authors of the State Department's Accountability Review Board (ARB) report and including real tears in a scandal branded as "phony" by the Obama administration and the repetition of lies agreed upon. The scene was Thursday's hearing on the Benghazi terrorist attack before Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee....
  • Rep. Frank Wolf blasts Gen. Ham for speaking openly about Benghazi at paid dinner but not to

    07/30/2013 5:43:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    the right scoop ^ | 7/30/13 | staff
    Rep. Frank Wolf wants to know why Gen. Ham is willing to talk about Benghazi to people paying to hear him speak but only speaks to Congress behind closed doors. Also he raises other questions based on what Ham said about his response to Benghazi.
  • Let's Have Justice For Ambassador Christopher Stevens

    07/25/2013 3:45:44 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 25, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Oversight: Not many "phony scandals," as the president labels Benghazi, leave four Americans dead. As the administration tries to cover up, the reality is we knew it was a terrorist attack and could have attempted a rescue. The Obama administration hasn't just been ignoring Benghazi, hoping it'll pass from public consciousness. It's been actively trying to bury evidence, including the fact that rescue teams were ordered to stand down. It's also concealing the identity of who gave that order. Gregory Hicks, U.S. deputy chief of mission in Libya on that fateful night, near tears at times testified before Congress how...
  • Carter Ham: "Fragile" Libyan Gov't is Why Benghazi Attackers are Free

    07/23/2013 4:09:11 AM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | July 20, 2013 | John Reed
    Aspen, CO. - Turmoil in the nascent Libyan government is likely frustrating the FBI's attempts to capture the five men suspected of playing a key role in the attacks on the U.S. consulate and CIA facility in Libya that left four Americans dead last September, according to former U.S. Africa Command chief, Gen. (ret) Carter Ham. "It's more the dealing between the government of the United States and this emerging yet fragile government of Libya that has impeded any significant progress on bringing to justice those who killed our friends," said Ham during a talk at the Aspen Security Forum...
  • Lawmaker: Benghazi details provided at pricey conference, but not given to Congress

    07/23/2013 2:48:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/23/13 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on Tuesday criticized the decision of former Gen. Carter Ham to offer details about last year's Benghazi attack at a public conference, after offering testimony to Congress on Benghazi behind closed doors that has still left Congress with questions. Wolf, who has pushed for a special committee to investigate the attack in Libya that left four Americans dead, said Congress still has unanswered questions due to the "secretive nature" of the investigation so far. He said that makes Ham's remarks last week — at an event people had to pay $1,200 to attend — even more...
  • Libyan Intelligence: Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Involved in Benghazi

    06/27/2013 4:57:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 27, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Libyan Intelligence: Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Involved in BenghaziPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On June 27, 2013 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments According to a Libyan intelligence document, the Muslim Brotherhood, including Egyptian President Morsi, were involved in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, where several Americans, including U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, were killed.On Wednesday, June 26, several Arabic websites, including Veto Gate, quoted the intelligence report, which apparently was first leaked to the Kuwaiti paper, Al Ra’i.  Prepared by Mahmoud Ibrahim Sharif, Director...
  • General Carter Ham Finally To Testify About Benghazi

    06/18/2013 5:14:33 AM PDT · by joygrace · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 17, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    General Carter Ham is scheduled to testify to the House Armed Services Committee on June 26 at a classified briefing about his knowledge of events that took place when the attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya happened last September, reports Fox News' Greta Van Susteren: Below is from my FNC colleague Justin Fishel: Subject: Fox First: General Carter Ham to testify on Benghazi for first time next week Fox News has learned that the House Armed Services Committee will hold a classified briefing next Weds June 26 at 9:00 on Benghazi. Briefers will include: Gen....
  • General Carter Ham to testify for the first time about Benghazi

    06/17/2013 2:33:11 PM PDT · by don-o · 34 replies
    Gretawire ^ | June 17, 2013 | Greta Van Susteren
    Below is from my FNC colleague Justin Fishel: Subject: Fox First: General Carter Ham to testify on Benghazi for first time next week Fox News has learned that the House Armed Services Committee will hold a classified briefing next Weds June 26 at 9:00 on Benghazi. Briefers will include: Gen. Carter Ham (ret.) He was head of AFRICOM during Benghazi attack. LTC Gibson RADM Brian Losey – Special Operations Command Africa This is being coordinated by the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee of the HASC. It will be closed door but will be the first time Ham has been questioned by...
  • DOD Had ‘Assets Pre-Positioned’ Off Libya—In Case It Needed to Rescue Hillary Clinton

    05/03/2013 10:00:00 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies
    DOD Had ‘Assets Pre-Positioned’ Off Libya—In Case It Needed to Rescue Hillary Clinton May 3, 2013 By Terence P. Jeffrey Subscribe to Terence P. Jeffrey RSS (CNSNews.com) - When then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unannounced part-of-the-day visit to Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 18, 2011, the U.S. Defense Department pre-positioned assets off the Libyan coast in case it needed to rescue the secretary of state. The fact that the assets were pre-positioned for Clinton’s visit was included in the annual report of the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (BDS). CNSNews.com asked the Pentagon if it would specify which...
  • Obama's Omerta! Benghazi Whistle Blowers Being Threatened By Administration

    04/30/2013 4:31:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 22 replies
    The Lid ^ | April 29, 2013
    Omerta is the Italian word for "humility." It was also the code of silence in the Mafia the breaking of which was punished severely. Apparently the Obama Administration has a similar code of silence. According to Fox news at least four career employees of the State Department and the CIA have been threatened not to talk by their superiors. Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistle-blowers, have been...
  • State Dept Restricting Employees From Speaking To Congress Over Benghazi

    04/30/2013 3:35:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 4/30/2013
    Acting Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell defended the State Department restricting access to Congress from lower-level staffers directly involved with the Benghazi investigation. Ventrell said that it was "appropriate" for the FBI and the Accountability Review Board to interview the Department employees but that Congress should only have access to their superiors. "Just as you wouldn’t have necessarily a soldier or troops called as witnesses, you have their superior officers, that’s the same practice for the State Department," Ventrell argued. Ventrell went on to say, "I think that these folks want to be able to continue their professional duties and activities,"...
  • Army general fired over charges of alcohol and sexual misconduct as..."

    04/05/2013 5:47:59 PM PDT · by LucyT · 23 replies
    DailyMail UK ^ | April 5, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Full Title: Army general fired over charges of alcohol and sexual misconduct as military cleans out corruption in its African Command An Army major general with the U.S. Africa Command has been relieved of his post in connection with alcohol and sexual misconduct charges, defense officials said. Officials said Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, was fired from his command last Thursday, and he was fined a portion of his pay by Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, after an administrative hearing and review. The officials said Thursday that Ham lost...
  • Baker relieved of duties as Task Force-Horn of Africa commander

    04/04/2013 10:16:45 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 4 2013 | By Megan McCloskey
    The commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa has been fired for misconduct. Army Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker was relieved of his duties on March 28, according to U.S. Africa Command spokesman Benjamin Benson. Gen. Carter Ham, AFRICOM commander, lost confidence in Baker's ability to lead, but the command isn't releasing any further details at this time because the alleged misconduct is being appealed, Benson said. "The allegations remain under adjudication, so it would be inappropriate to comment at this time," he said. Baker assumed command less than a year ago last May. This incident follows on the...
  • White House: Libya Fight Is Not War, It's 'Kinetic Military Action'

    03/23/2011 8:39:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 74 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Byron York
    In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war? From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself, the answer is no. But that leaves the question: What is it? In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer. "I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone," Rhodes...
  • U.S. Military Builds Up Its Presence In Africa

    12/29/2012 12:07:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Georgia Public Broadcasting ^ | December 26, 2012 | Tom Bowman
    Gen. Carter Ham is head of the U.S. African command. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., will begin helping train African militaries beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., some 4,000, soldiers, will begin helping to train African militaries. The idea is to help African troops beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. The American troops will head over in small teams over the course of the next year. The Dagger Brigade returned to Kansas last year from a deployment to Iraq, where it trained and advised that...
  • US military: Intervention in Mali now would fail

    12/03/2012 10:26:12 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 3 , 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The top US military commander in Africa warned Monday against any premature military action in Mali, even as he said that al-Qaida linked extremists have strengthened their hold on the northern part of the country. Army Gen. Carter Ham said that any military intervention done now would likely fail and would set the precarious situation there back "even farther than they are today."
  • Petraeus Just Another Mystery Victim in the Benghazi Triangle

    11/12/2012 4:10:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2012 | John Ransom
    Watch out! There is a cosmic force at work. One by one, people caught up in the Benghazi Triangle are disappearing. First it was AFRICOM commander General Carter F. Ham who was given early retirement. Ham’s sphere of military authority extended to Benghazi. Then Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette, who commanded the aircraft carrier attack task group in the Mediterranean near Benghazi, was recalled to Bremerton pending a Navy Inspector General investigation. And now another coincidental “resignation” in the chain of command working the Benghazi overwatch is either pointing to a cosmic force at work, or gasp! a cover up....
  • Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now

    10/30/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/30/12 | Ed Morrisey
    Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now POSTED AT 9:31 AM ON OCTOBER 30, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY Retired Admiral James A. Lyons likely pulled few punches as commander in chief of the US Pacific Fleet during his career … and he hasn’t started pulling punches now, either. In a blistering column at The Washington Times, the former commander blasts the lack of action from the US when the administration learned our consulate in Benghazi had come under attack, writing that “courage was lacking” that might have saved at least some of the four American...
  • “Rogue”U.S. General Arrested for Activating Special Forces Teams; Ignoring Libya Stand-Down Order

    10/29/2012 6:00:47 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 80 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | October 28th, 2012 | The Daily Sheeple
    The official story surrounding the events of September 11, 2012 in Bengzahi, Libya which left four Americans dead, has now officially fallen apart. After numerous flips and flops by the Obama administration, which originally attempted to paint the incident as a Muslim outcry over an anti-Islamic video, whistle blowers throughout the U.S. government, including within the White House, the State Department, national intelligence agencies and the U.S.military have made available stunning details that suggest not only did operational commanders have live visual and audio communications from drones overhead and intelligence assets on the ground, but that some commanders within the...
  • "Rogue"U.S. General Arrested for Activating Special Forces Teams; Ignoring Libya Stand-Down Order

    10/29/2012 12:12:26 PM PDT · by tselatysr · 63 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-10-29 11:25:35 | PinkTeaPatriot
    The official story surrounding the events of September 11, 2012 in Bengzahi, Libya which left four Americans dead, has now officially fallen apart.After numerous flips and flops by the Obama administration, which originally attempted to paint the incident as a Muslim outcry over an anti-Islamic video, whistle blowers throughout the U.S. government, including within the White House, the State Department, national intelligence agencies and the U.S.military have made available stunning details that suggest not only did operational commanders have live visual and audio communications from drones overhead and intelligence assets on the ground, but that some commanders within the military...
  • Top AFRICOM Commander General Carter Ham Was Never Ordered to Save US Men in Benghazi (Video)

    10/28/2012 11:24:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 28, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    1:43 interview of Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Fox News by Shannon Breem Sunday Oct 28, 2012. AFRICOM leader General Carter Ham was never given the order to secure the consulate in Benghazi. This is what the general told Rep. Jason Chaffetz after the 9-11 Benghazi terror attack. That means only Barack Obama or Defense Secretary Panetta, the two men above the AFRICOM commander, never ordered an operation to secure the consulate. This was despite the many pleas for assistance coming from the consulate and annex. The Obama Administration replaced General Carter Ham with General David Rodriguez at AFRICOM on...
  • Benghazigate: We Know Now Who Gave the Order Not to Protect the Consulate

    10/26/2012 11:03:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 137 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | October 26, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, said in an interview, “And apparently even the State Department had a live stream and was aware of their calls for help. This was my son, he wasn’t even there. He was at a safe house about a mile away. He got the distress call. He heard them crying for help. That’s why he and Glenn risked their lives to go that extra mile just to take care of the situation. And I’m sure that she wasn’t the only one that received that distress call: “Come save our lives.” When I heard that...
  • Obama to nominate Army Gen. Rodriguez to lead AFRICOM (shakeup; flashback)

    10/26/2012 7:58:25 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 46 replies
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will nominate Army Gen. David Rodriguez to succeed Gen. Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command and Marine Lt. Gen. John Paxton to succeed Gen. Joseph Dunford as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Thursday. Both appointments must be confirmed by the Senate. Rodriguez is the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command and has served in a “variety of key leadership roles on the battlefield,” Panetta said. He’s “a proven leader” who oversaw coalition and Afghan forces during the surge in Afghanistan, and “was the key architect of the...
  • General: U.S. may consider troops in Libya ("operation largely stalemated ")

    04/07/2011 12:55:58 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 51 replies
    cBS ^ | 7 April 2011
    Army Gen. Carter Ham says ground forces wouldn't be ideal, but may be a possible way to aid rebels; Says current operation largely stalemated (CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over. Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the international coalition and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya. Ham said the...
  • NYP: BEHIND THE CASUALTIES - Coalition is on the offensive

    08/08/2005 5:52:30 AM PDT · by OESY · 39 replies · 1,367+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 8, 2005 | MACKUBIN T. OWENS
    The recent spike in U.S. casualties in Iraq, although tragic, needs to be placed in strategic context. As usual, the press has not done so, focusing on the loss of life without any apparent effort to understand what the fighting that led to these casualties means. But the answer is there for anyone who wishes to probe beneath the surface. In fact, the intense fighting indicates that Coalition forces have stepped up their campaign in Al Anbar province to destroy the insurgency by depriving it of its base in the Sunni Triangle and its "rat lines" — the infiltration routes...