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SMOKING GUN: September 12, 2012 Obama Document Admitted Benghazi Had Nothing to Do With Protests

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Imagine if this had been released before the 2012 Presidential election. President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliberately and boldfaced lied to the American people about the Benghazi attacks and the mass murder of American personnel. Instead of sending military reinforcements and aid to the brave and fearless men who fought and died for us — Obama and Hillary’s only concern was saving their political lives. They lied to the American people, they lied to the families of the dead, and they gave aid and comfort to the enemy.

Charges should be filed. They are long overdue.

Top State Obama Department Official Admitted Benghazi Had Nothing to Do With Protests

Judicial Watch, February 14, 2017:

Transcript from September 12, 2012, Congressional Staff Call: Question from Congressional Staffer: ‘Was this attack under the cover of a protest?’

Answer from Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy: ‘No, this was a direct breaching attack.’

(Washington DC)—Judicial Watch today released 54 pages of new State Department documents, including a transcript of a September 12 2012, telephone conference call with congressional staffers in which then-Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy admitted that the deadly terrorist assault on the Benghazi Consulate was not “under cover of protest,” but was, in fact, “a direct breaching attack.”

The documents were produced in response to a January 29, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the State Department failed to respond to an August 27, 2015, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:16-cv-00153)). The recently settled lawsuit sought:

  • All records of security waivers issued for the Special Mission compound in Benghazi, Libya under the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act (SECCA);
  • All records related to the Special Mission compound in Benghazi, Libya being “excepted from office facility standards and accountability” under SECCA as

The transcript was contained in an email from Julie K. Bulgrin, the State Department Bureau of Legislative Affairs director for Global and Functional Affairs:

From: Bulgrin, Julie K.

Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:55 PM

To: H_Egypt; Canedo, Denese; Lang, Alan; ‘Rodriguez Miguel’; ‘Arguelles, Adam’; ‘Lundebergy, Greta’; ‘Ortiz, Michael’; ‘Lee Collin’; Pitkin, Douglas A; Maier, Christina A

Subject: Write up of U/S Kennedy Call with Hill re Libya

The call ended up starting around 6:30. Here are the raw notes.

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  • Rob Carter – was this an attack under the cover of a protest?
  • No, this was a direct breaching attack.
  • Do we have any ideas of who launched? Leads?
  • Some claims from someone who has never made threat before, but everyone is looking at this closely.
  • Do we believe coordinated w/Cairo?
  • Attack in Cairo was a demonstration. There were no weapons shown or used. A few cans of spray paint.

The call notes also detail that Amb. Stevens got of the compound, but “collapsed” and was taken to the hospital.  Kennedy also said that it was his personal opinion that the attack “was semi-complex.”

When asked why no Americans troops were inserted, Kennedy responded that “the entire thing lasted approximately 4.5 hours. No US forces within time to get there.”  (This was false, troops were available and could have arrived in time to provide support during the second attack on the CIA annex, which according to Kennedy, was assaulted by 100 attackers.)

The documents also include a September 13, 2012, email in which an unidentified sender reveals that as early as December 2011, the State Department confirmed the necessity for making a wide variety of “physical security upgrades.” Those upgrades included:

  • Concrete, jersey-type barriers installed curbside and on the villa ground to block unused vehicle gates.
  • Four steel, manual drop-arms (vehicle barriers) for access control and anti-ram protection.
  • Compound lighting increased for LGP observation.
  • Barbed wire installed on top of the existing perimeter wall to raise height.
  • Installation of barbed wire on top of the interior chain link fence to create a secondary barrier.
  • Installation of several LGP platforms for property and street surveillance.
  • Construction of four guard booths.
  • Installation of steel grill work on all windows not already treated with this protection.
  • Erecting sandbag emplacements for internal defense purposes.
  • Hardening villas with safe rooms with a steel door.

Though some of these “physical security upgrades” were apparently made, according to the State Department Accountability Review Board report issued on December 20, 2012, sufficient security remained an issue at the time of the attack:

Board members found a pervasive realization among personnel who served in Benghazi that the Special Mission was not a high priority for Washington when it came to security-related requests, especially those relating to staffing.

The insufficient Special Mission security platform was at variance with the appropriate Overseas Security Policy Board (OSPB) standards with respect to perimeter and interior security. Benghazi was also severely under-resourced with regard to certain needed security equipment, although DS funded and installed in 2012 a number of physical security upgrades.

Despite Kennedy’s admission on September 12 that the deadly terrorist assault on the Benghazi Consulate was not “under cover of protest,” but was, in fact, “a direct breaching attack,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice appeared on five major interview shows the Sunday, September 16, to claim the attack was due to a “spontaneous protest” and was not premeditated.

Based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy—sparked by this hateful video … We do not—we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.

Based upon the work of Judicial Watch , the House Select Committee was appointed as the direct result of emails uncovered by Judicial Watch showing White House orchestration of the knowingly false narrative that the Benghazi attack was due to an Internet video and spontaneous protests.  The documents were obtained through federal court order obtained by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

On June 30, 2016, Kennedy was deposed by Judicial Watch regarding Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s use of the clintonemail.com system to conduct official government business.  Kennedy testified that the significance did not “register” with him that Clinton was using a non-state.gov email account even though he communicated with her by email. Though he was undersecretary for management of three of the four offices charged with ensuring State Department policies practices and procedures are followed, he told Judicial Watch attorneys he had no opinion as to whether policies were violated except to say that State Department records-management policy encourages employees to use state.gov addresses for official business.

On Thursday, January 26, Patrick Kennedy left his position at the State Department.

“This document removes any further doubt that the State Department and the Obama administration knew immediately after the assault on Benghazi that it was a well-orchestrated terrorist attack and not a ‘spontaneous demonstration’ over a ‘hateful video,’ as the Obama administration repeatedly claimed,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “These documents show that the Benghazi scandal is not over … not by a long shot.”

 

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  • Nicholas

    The liar Barack Obama has been exposed once again! However, this is peanuts compared to the number of innocent people killed around the world under his direction. Peace Prize President!

    • tatka150

      Same Nobel Price person as Arafat. He also received the Peace Prize from Nobel Committee. It’s a joke

      • First US Muslim President

        His only prize was for being the first black Muslim US President!

    • Pastor C

      ‘Treason’ is far too kind a word for the irreversible damage this congenital lying Muslim and his wicked and corrupt sidekick, Clinton, have deliberately inflicted our Republic and her culture.

  • AR154U☑ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ DEPLORABLE 2020

    Sorry, but it’s only a smoking gun if the weakling GOP is willing to prosecute Obama !!!
    NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN !!!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57b3368f70d5ea7ec8085517d604134ffc735dbf3214c594c8ad8c4a5562b542.jpg

    • tatka150

      Awesome! It’s much better to see once, then to hear 1000000 times.

  • DAVID EARL-GRAEF

    Benghazi was a botched kidnapping. The Muslim Brotherhood, Obama installed leadership of Egypt, Morsi, was about to crumble because of riots demanding release of the blind Sheik. A Blind Sheik exchange for Stevens does 2 things. Makes Obama look like a hero before the election for getting our Ambassador back from terrorists and stabilizes Morsi. This is why the stand down order was given. It was supposed to be a kidnapping then it went all wrong and they lied to cover it up. This is the only thing that makes sense.

    • tatka150

      Lock them up, Trump!

    • hargis

      Or Obama, and Hillary knew that Stevens had knowledge of them selling weapons to ISIS, and had to be eliminated.

  • Peter Rayner

    And what a wonderful coincidence that the information only came out after the election!

  • JacksonPearson
    • tatka150

      Yes. He will. Don’t you worry uncle Joe. You should be proud of him

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Another in the litany of questions as to why criminal and treason charges have not been pressed.

  • felix1999

    Bet ya NOTHING will happen.

    • Lynn D

      I’m thinking Trey Gowdy might have something to say about that.. He’s been very tenacious about Benghazi so far

  • SouthernLadyNC

    Anyone who took the time to do the research already knew that Obama and Clinton were guilty of treason. If the Republicans do not prosecute these people, they are not defenders of our Republic and need to resign.

    • tatka150

      Absolutely right. Otherwise they are a bunch of BS. Enough is enough.

  • Drew the Infidel

    The warnings were everywhere. This attack happened on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. In April after the initial attacks that were on the British consulate and the International Red Cross, they pulled out but the US mission was kept in place. To this very day, the only person prosecuted for has been the obscure film maker on whom this all was falsely blamed.

  • Barry Wendell Jackson, Esq.

    The purpose of the Benghazi conference was to arrange transfer of Libyan weapons to the “moderate” Islamist opponents of President Assad, in Syria. Just a part of how the U.S. created Daesh.
    The most important U.S. action to create Daesh was the decision by Bremmer to dismiss the Iraq Army. An Iraq intelligence officer was so upset that he formulated a very detailed war plan to punish the U.S., and provided it to Islamists, as they were most likely to effectively use it. They have.
    Also, many secular Iraq Army officers (and NCOs ?, also) formed an Army for Daesh! Deash was accepting, and did not require Islamic adherence.
    That officer was killed, inadvertently, in a confrontation between two Islamist factions.
    I downloaded a copy of the very long detailed plan, with graphics, English version, from der Spiegal. It may still be available. It is impressive, but I have not had the time to read all of it.

  • James Stamulis

    Why is this not on every MSM news outlet? Everything that came out of Obama’s mouth has been a lie and covered up by the media and government and Hollywood.

  • Infidel Knight

    At what point do we arrest, try, convict and then quickly hang Obama, HRC, Rice and several others..??

  • D.Moore

    I’d like nothing more than for Obama, Clinton, Rice and the rest that perpetrated the lies to share the same prison facility

  • Rick Smith

    Another question is why these documents were not released without a lawsuit? Charges of obstruction should be laid on those government workers who refused to comply to congressional requests.

  • Dorrie

    The entire Obama administration was an attempt to overthrow U.S. and destroy the Constitution!

  • Badger

    so what next?

  • Benghazi & Obama’s Lies

    Unfortunately even if this document had been released before the 2012 Presidential elections it would have made no difference and Obama would still have been elected.
    For those of us intelligent we already knew about the Benghazi screw-up and so did the rest of the world prior to the 2012 elections. But the left-wing nutbars were insistent that Obama be re-elected.
    The world has finally caught on to what a fraud Obama was and that is why Trump was elected.

  • Christopher J Barry

    Both Obama and Hillary must be indicted and face justice! Disgusting.

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