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  • McKeon Panelís 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, todayís witnesses did...
  • 'Spinning up as we speak': Email shows Pentagon was ready to roll as Benghazi attack occurred

    12/08/2015 12:55:38 PM PST · by servo1969 · 49 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12-8-2015 | FoxNews.com
    As the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was unfolding, a high-ranking Pentagon official urgently messaged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‚Äôs top deputies to offer military help, according to an email obtained by Judicial Watch. The revelation appears to contradict testimony Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave lawmakers in 2013, when he said there was no time to get forces to the scene in Libya, where four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. ‚ÄúI just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton],‚ÄĚ reads...
  • Exclusive: New Emails on Secret Benghazi Weapons

    09/13/2015 12:06:35 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2015 September 11 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    On the third anniversary of the Benghazi terrorist attack, emails reviewed by Fox News raise significant questions about US government support for the secret shipment of weapons to the Libyan opposition.During the Spring of 2011, as the Obama administration ramped up efforts to topple the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a licensed American arms dealer, Marc Turi, his business partner formerly with the CIA, senior US military officials in Europe and Africa as well as a former staffer for republican Senator John McCain considered logistics for arming the rebels, according to the emails exclusively obtained by Fox Business and Fox News....
  • Gregory Hicks: Benghazi and the Smearing of Chris Stevens

    01/23/2014 12:52:39 PM PST · by mojito · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/22/2014 | 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...
  • 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...
  • Benghazi Scandal - "It Was Clear Pretty Quickly" - General: Benghazi Was No Demonstration! (video)

    07/22/2013 9:55:27 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 19 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | You Tube
    Formal Head Of Africa Command Contradict Obama Administration! Benghazi Scandal - "It Was Clear Pretty Quickly" - General: Benghazi Was No Demonstration
  • 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 Ė 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...
  • Question: Should Lt. Col Gibson have ignored the order to stand-down from the flight to Benghazi?

    05/09/2013 12:45:17 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 33 replies
    one man's opinion.....
    Let me be 100% clear from the outset. The question I pose is in no way meant to imply or suggest any criticism of Lt.Col. Gibson. I suspect that at some time in the future we will know what he was thinking on that day. Because there are a great many Freepers who are active-duty or retired military, I ask the question because it is both fascinating, and needs to be asked.
  • Diplomat: U.S. Special Forces told "you can't go" to Benghazi during attacks

    05/06/2013 9:43:29 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 112 replies
    CBS News ^ | Monday May 6, 2013
    The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa. The account from Gregory Hicks is in stark contrast to assertions from the Obama administration, which insisted that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized. Hicks gave private testimony to congressional investigators last month in advance of his upcoming appearance at a congressional hearing Wednesday. According to excerpts released Monday,...
  • 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...
  • Former Special Forces Commander: DOD Could Have Flown Rescue Team From Tripoli to Benghazi;...

    02/07/2013 1:44:43 PM PST · by Perseverando · 35 replies
    CnsNews.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin--formerly commander of U.S. Special Forces Command and deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligenceótold CNSNews.com that, if it had been asked, the Defense Department could have sent a plane to Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, to transport a rescue team of U.S. security personnel that instead ended up taking a chartered private plane from Tripoli to Benghazi that night. ďThere is no question that we could have moved an airplane in there and we could have also put boots on the ground at the embassy,Ē Gen. Boykin told CNSNews.com. ďState should have...
  • 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."
  • ďRogueĒU.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 Leader General Carter Ham Was Never Ordered to Save US Men in Benghazi

    10/29/2012 5:22:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 57 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 28, 2013
    Rep. Chaffetz: ..."in my meeting with Gen. Ham, I asked very specifically, "did we have resources in the area?" the asnswer is "Yes", "Did we have proximity?", the answer is "Yes". And asked why we didn't send in some of those assets, the General said he was not requested to do so." -excerpt- "Was he directed by the President or the Sec'ty of Defence, he said "No""
  • 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...
  • Did Obama Fire General Ham Of Africom For Attempting To Buck His Order And Rescue Stevens?

    10/28/2012 10:53:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 122 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 10/28/12 | Pat Dollard
    The latest hot rumor flying around the internet is that General Ham of Africon, whose departure was announced last week, was actually fired for attempting to buck Obamaís order not to rescue Ambassador Stevens. Heís not exactly leaving early for his type of command, plus, heís still in command, I have to assume, since his replacement still has to be confirmed by the Senate. Even if itís an urban legend, itís such a cool one that itís kind of a duty to pass it on. Hereís the text most-often seen in emails, message boards and blog posts: I heard a...
  • Obama Administration Replaces Top Generals Following Benghazi Disaster

    10/27/2012 10:10:10 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 103 replies
    the gateway pundit ^ | October 27, 2012 | jim hoft
    The latest rumor making the rounds is that Barack Obama replaced General Carter Ham at Africom after the general made a move to help the US security officials at the Benghazi consulate and annex. Ham was replaced by Gen. David Rodriquez on October 18. Tiger Droppings reported: The information I heard today was that General [Carter] Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready. General Ham then...
  • Obama Administration Replaces Top Generals Following Benghazi Disaster

    10/27/2012 4:39:50 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 89 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 27, 2012 | Jim Holt
    The latest rumor making the rounds is that Barack Obama replaced General Carter Ham at Africom after the general made a move to help the US security officials at the Benghazi consulate and annex. Ham was replaced by Gen. David Rodriquez on October 18. Tiger Droppings reported: The information I heard today was that General [Carter] Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready. General Ham then...
  • Obama Nominates Rodriguez as Next Africa Command Chief (4-Star Carter Ham relieved of command_

    10/27/2012 8:02:24 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 38 replies
    American Forces Press Service AFRICOM.mil ^ | Oct 19, 2012 | By Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct 19, 2012 ó President Obama has nominated Army General David M. Rodriguez to succeed Army General Carter F. Ham as the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, October 18, 2012. U.S. Africa Command is the newest combatant command, and its headquarters is in Stuttgart, Germany. The command encompasses all of Africa and its adjacent waters except for Egypt. The Senate must confirm Rodriguez, who currently is commander of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. "He has served in a variety of key leadership roles on the battlefield," Panetta said in...
  • 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, ďAnd apparently even the State Department had a live stream and was aware of their calls for help. This was my son, he wasnít even there. He was at a safe house about a mile away. He got the distress call. He heard them crying for help. Thatís why he and Glenn risked their lives to go that extra mile just to take care of the situation. And Iím sure that she wasnít the only one that received that distress call: ďCome save our lives.Ē 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 ó 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 ďvariety of key leadership roles on the battlefield,Ē Panetta said. Heís ďa proven leaderĒ who oversaw coalition and Afghan forces during the surge in Afghanistan, and ďwas the key architect of the...