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  • State Department Whistleblower..Seeks Congressional Protection After State Threatens Her Kids

    06/12/2013 7:58:29 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 153 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-12-2013 | Bryan Preston
    June 12, 2013 State Department Whistleblower, a Career Foreign Service Officer, Seeks Congressional Protection After State Threatens Her Kids Bryan Preston The State Department whistleblower is Aurelia Fedenisn. She worked in the department’s inspector general’s office until her retirement in December 2012. According to USA Today, she has sought protection as an official whistleblower after the State Department directly threatened her, once at her home. It threatened her with criminal charges when she turned over documents to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) showing evidence that the department had watered down her report, in which she alleged that the department at the...
  • McKeon Panel’s Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Benghazi

    06/26/2013 6:17:37 PM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    SCVNews ^ | Jun 26, 2013 | Press Release
    [HASC] - The Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations received testimony in a classified briefing from three key figures involved in the response to the attack on Americans in Benghazi. General Carter Ham (ret), former Commander, AFRICOM; Lieutenant Colonel S.E. Gibson, former commander of the site security team at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli; and Rear Admiral Brian Losey, former commander, Special Operations Command Africa, all offered accounts of U.S. force posture and planning ahead of the attack, and actions taken during and after the attack. While the subcommittee will continue to carry out appropriate oversight, today’s witnesses did...
  • Hillary Clinton Admits She Broke U.S. Law in Benghazi

    10/22/2015 6:18:32 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-22-2015 | Brietbart
    Hillary Clinton admitted to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Thursday evening that she broke the law in handling security for the U.S. consulate there. Under patient but persistent questioning from Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN, Clinton admitted that she had not signed a waiver for security arrangements on the site, as required by the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 (SECCA), 22 USC, 4865 2(B)(ii). Clinton admitted failing to comply with the law in the following exchange:
  • 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...
  • Did senior State Department security officials commit perjury?

    06/18/2013 4:44:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2013 | James Rosen
    Two top officials at the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service (DS) -- the federal law enforcement agency that protects American diplomats and investigates allegations of criminal misconduct by State Department employees -- gave sworn testimony earlier this year that appears to be evasive at best, and untrue at worst, according to evidence obtained by Fox News. The officials are Scott Bultrowicz, who until Feb. 1 served as director of DS, and Tracy H. Mahaffey, who remains the executive director of DS. In videotaped depositions conducted this past February, Bultrowicz claimed not to know about any claims by a federal agency...
  • Our Preparedness and Security Posture on the 11th Anniversary of September 11th (shortened)

    05/07/2013 10:58:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The White House ^ | September 10, 2012 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Earlier today the President heard from key national security principals on our preparedness and security posture on the eve of the eleventh anniversary of September 11th. Over the past month, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan has convened numerous meetings to review security measures in place. During the briefing today, the President and the Principals discussed specific measures we are taking in the Homeland to prevent 9/11 related attacks as well as the steps taken to protect U.S. persons and facilities abroad, as well as force protection. The President reiterated that Departments and agencies must...
  • The Benghazi Talking Points

    05/03/2013 10:10:00 AM PDT · by billorites · 47 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 3, 2013 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom. As intelligence officials pieced together the puzzle of events...
  • Benghazi Smoking Gun Exposed--Obama lied, people died.

    05/06/2013 5:24:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    New evidence reveals the Obama administration’s version of the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was based on a tissue of lies. The Weekly Standard’s Steven Hayes has obtained a timeline and a series of emails revealing the self-serving efforts made by administration officials, who heavily edited CIA talking points about the attack that cost four Americans, including ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, their lives. Also revealed is who made the changes and why they made them. The revelations are part of a report published by the five Republican Committee chairmen that has been largely dismissed...
  • Whistle-blower: Special forces could have saved Americans in Benghazi

    05/06/2013 6:41:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/6/2013 | Julian Pecquet
    U.S. special operations forces in Libya could have saved Americans killed in the attack last Sept. 11 on the consulate in Benghazi but were told to stand down, a State Department whistle-blower has told congressional investigators. The testimony by Gregory Hicks, who will appear before a House panel on Wednesday, contradicts previous testimony by administration officials who have said all U.S. forces in Libya were deployed the night of the attack. Hicks was in Tripoli during the attack and became the top U.S. diplomat in Libya when Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. He said the special operations team was ready...
  • Kerry Had More Security on Trip to Arlington, Va., Than State Dept. Posted in Benghazi

    02/11/2013 6:43:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/11/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    A larger detail of security agents escorted Secretary of State John Kerry on a trip to Arlington, Va., last week, when he went to visit—of all places—the headquarters of the department’s security bureau, than the State Department posted to its compound in Benghazi, Libya, in the days leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks. Kerry, as recorded by an official State Department publicity photograph, was "surrounded" in Arlington on Monday, Feb. 4, by at least four of the department’s Diplomatic Security (DS) agents. In the days leading up to the Benghazi attacks, the State Department
  • Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept. ('systemic failures')

    12/19/2012 2:44:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept.By Julian Pecquet - 12/19/12 05:30 AM ET The Benghazi report released Tuesday night bemoans “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in Hillary Clinton's State Department that could come back to haunt her should she run for president in 2016. Clinton remains one of the nation's most popular politicians and has worked tirelessly to improve America's image abroad following President George W. Bush's tenure. The independent review of the Sept. 11 attack, however, tarnishes that legacy by faulting the department for failing to put in place a coordinated approach for handling...
  • Three Top State Department Officials Resign Over Benghazi

    12/19/2012 3:41:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 86 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Three top officials in the State Department resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing report which slammed "systemic failures" and "management deficiencies" in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell, head of the bureau of diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs, have stepped down, CNN and CBS television said, citing unnamed department officials. Lamb, who was Boswell’s deputy in charge of international programs, denied requests from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli for an extension of temporary security...
  • Benghazi Report: Al Qaida is Alive and Well

    12/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nightwatch
    Republic of Korea: For the record. Pak Ku'n-hye (Park Geun-hye) of the New Frontier Party won South Korea's presidential election on 19 December, media reported. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee and the first woman elected to be president of the Republic of Korea. That should confound the North! North Korea-Iran: According to a Japanese news service, an Iranian lawmaker told the service that North Korea informed Iran in October of its plan to launch a satellite. The head of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to North Korea, Hamid Reza Taraghi, revealed talks took place mid-October with the North's delegates...
  • For Susan Rice Benghazi Was Kenya 1998 Deja Vu - Embassies Bombed, Americans Died

    12/01/2012 11:13:54 AM PST · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    Parallels: A mission was attacked after warnings, Americans were killed after security requests were denied, and a diplomat went on TV to explain it all — our current U.N. ambassador, after embassy bombings in 1998. 'What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on both embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday after two hours with our U.N. ambassador. "In both cases, the ambassador begged for additional security." In both cases, Susan Rice was involved more than she...
  • For Susan Rice, Benghazi Was Kenya 1998 Deja Vu

    11/30/2012 4:18:07 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 30, 2012
    Parallels: A mission was attacked after warnings, Americans were killed after security requests were denied, and a diplomat went on TV to explain it all — our current U.N. ambassador, after embassy bombings in 1998. 'What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on both embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday after two hours with our U.N. ambassador. "In both cases, the ambassador begged for additional security." In both cases, Susan Rice was involved more than she...
  • Col David Hunt transcript: Real-Time Proof of Benghazi Negligence and Cover-up

    10/18/2012 3:22:56 PM PDT · by thouworm · 137 replies
    Howie Carr interview with Col David Hunt ^ | October 12, 2012 | Col David Hunt
    Fox military analyst Col. David Hunt checked in with us again after the revelation that there were multiple listening posts which heard the cries for help from the US Embassy in Libya, and none of them did anything.
  • Benghazi Investigator Slams America and ‘Islamophobes’

    11/02/2012 6:08:08 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 19 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 02NOV12 | Matthew Vadum
    America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration’s lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities. So said former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in more polished, diplomatic language during an Oct. 23 panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The talk was on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia,” a make-believe mental illness that Islamists would love to have listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Radical Islam’s stateside defenders frequently accuse anti-terrorism hawks of “McCarthyism,” hurling...
  • For Benghazi diplomatic security, U.S. relied on small British firm

    10/17/2012 8:13:13 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 17, 2012 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - The State Department's decision to hire Blue Mountain Group to guard the ill-fated U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, entrusted security tasks to a little-known British company instead of the large firms it usually uses in overseas danger zones. The contract was largely based on expediency, U.S. officials have said, since no one knew how long the temporary mission would remain in the Libyan city. The cradle of last year's uprising that ended Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule, Benghazi has been plagued by rising violence in recent months. Security practices at the diplomatic compound, where Blue Mountain...
  • British firm secured Benghazi consulate contract with little experience

    10/14/2012 8:04:41 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 23 replies
    The telegraph ^ | 10/2014 | Damien McElroy, Richard Spencer and Raf Sanchez
    Sources have told the Daily Telegraph that just five unarmed locally hired Libyans were placed on duty at the compound on eight-hour shifts under a deal that fell outside the State Department's global security contracting system. Blue Mountain, the Camarthen firm that won a $387,000 (Ł241,000) one year contract from the US State Department to protect the compound in May, sent just one British employee, recruited from the celebrity bodyguard circuit, to oversee the work. The compound was overrun by a mob of Islamic extremists on the morning of September 12 in an apparent planned attack that resulted in the...
  • Issa: State Dept. sitting on $2 billion-plus for embassy security

    10/14/2012 7:21:27 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 40 replies
    politico ^ | 10/14 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says the State Department is sitting on $2.2 billion that should be spent on upgrading security at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, but the Obama administration will not spend the funds.