By Victor Thorn
Timeline of Deception
On the 11th anniversary of 9-11, when four Americans were slain in Benghazi, a Predator drone equipped with cameras hovered over a safe house that was under attack and beamed images—via satellite in real-time—to the United States State Department, the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Also, during an October 11 radio interview with Howie Carr of Boston’s WRKO, Colonel David Hunt stated that over 100 people watched this feed in the White House Situation Room.
All of these entities witnessed firsthand that the onslaught did not result from protests over an anti-Mohammed video. The “fog of war” didn’t blur what they saw, as Hillary Clinton asserted, nor were the details sketchy, as administration officials claimed. Moreover, the State Department’s Charlene Lamb admitted during Congressional hearings that they watched the attacks in real-time.
To reinforce that this assault did not arise from a “spontaneous uprising,” at 4:05 pm EST on September 11, Clinton’s State Department Operations Center issued an urgent e-mail alert. “Approximately 20 armed people fired shots. Explosions have been heard as well.” At no time did they mention protests or a video. Two hours later, at 6:07 pm EST, the State Department transmitted another e-mail. “Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for Benghazi attack.”
The blame placed on Ansar al-Sharia—a group the U.S. government says is affiliated with al-Qaeda—did not emanate from the Mossad, Dick Cheney or The Weekly Standard. Rather, it came directly from the Obama administration’s State Department. In this light, every party involved knew with certainty from day one that the attacks did not arise from some type of protest.
Yet, for the next two weeks, Barack Obama and his cronies outwardly lied about the circumstances surrounding this attack against American personnel. Beginning with a September 12 Rose Garden statement, Obama generically referred to “acts of terror,” but never called the murders themselves terrorism. However, on September 12, Libya’s deputy ambassador to London stated that Ansar al-Sharia was behind the attacks, while on September 13, Libya’s ambassador to the U.S. specifically referred to the ambush as terrorism.
Below is a damning timeline of deception emanating from the Obama administration:
September 14: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “We don’t have and did not have concrete evidence to suggest that this was not in reaction to the film.”
September 16: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice appeared on five Sunday talk shows to say, “In fact, it was a spontaneous—not a premeditated—response to what transpired in Cairo.” [i.e reaction to the video]
Sept. 18: Jay Carney reiterated, “Our initial information, and that includes all information, we saw no evidence to backup claims by others that this was a preplanned or premeditated attack. We saw evidence that it was sparked by a reaction to this video.”
September 18: Obama to David Letterman. “Terrorists used this [the film protests] as an excuse to attack.”
September 19: Jay Carney, as questions surfaced about the attackers carrying shoulder-launched rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). “We have no evidence of a preplanned or premeditated attack.”
September 20: Obama during an interview with Spanish-language television network Univision that took place in Miami. “What we do know is that the natural protests arose because outrage over the video was used as an excuse by extremists.”
September 24: When asked while appearing on The View if the Benghazi attacks were terrorism, Obama referred to them as a “mob action.”
September 25: During his United Nations speech, Obama was still beating a dead horse, citing the anti-Mohammed video six separate times.
The Attack: What Really Happened?
In a September 24 analysis of the Benghazi attacks, former CIA clandestine operations officer Claire Lopez wrote, “They let our ambassador and others die, in real time, watching it happen, and they didn’t do anything about it.” Elaborating further, Lopez stated that after Navy SEALs were told to stand down three separate times, such an order not to assist fellow Americans had to reach, at a minimum, Hillary Clinton at the State Department, or higher.
At a time when every American embassy should have been on high alert—especially since former U.S. Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens had repeatedly requested additional security for months—how could a CIA safe house be attacked for hours on end without a response from the most powerful military on Earth? Incredibly, two of the four murdered Americans were killed seven hours after the attacks began. It should be noted that Israel’s assault on the USS Liberty lasted for two hours. Such amateurish incompetence on the part of this administration is difficult to fathom.
As evidence undeniably shows, the attacks were premeditated and well planned. Spontaneous mobs supposedly angered by a YouTube video don’t carry RPGs, mortars, machine guns and AK-47 rifles. After attackers doused the mission with diesel fuel and set it on fire, Stevens ultimately died of smoke inhalation in a safe-room. His bodyguard Sean Smith burst through a window, only to be killed moments later by a volley of grenades.
These men undoubtedly knew their lives were in danger, as Stevens’ frantically issued e-mails to the Pentagon warning of increased violence. Months earlier he pleaded with the State Department about being on a hit list. “What we have seen are not random crimes of opportunity, but rather targeted discriminate attacks.” Indeed, their Benghazi compound had been bombed twice prior to September 11. Likewise, shortly before his death, former Information Management Officer with the U.S. Foreign Service Sean Smith posted a message on a gaming site, “I hope we get out alive.”
Tragically, as the White House, CIA and Pentagon watched the attacks as they unfolded, Barack Obama met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at 5:00 pm EST. No rescue troops were sent to directly assist these Americans, and later—as the carnage continued—Obama went to bed. The next day he callously flew to Las Vegas to attend a fundraiser.
Barack Obama: The Coward
On October 11, Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith who was slain in Benghazi on September 11, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the reaction she received at his September 19 funeral. “I look at TV and see bloody handprints on walls thinking, my God, is that my son’s? They [the Obama administration] haven’t told me anything. They’re still studying it, and the things they are telling me are outright lies. Susan Rice talked to me personally and said, ‘This is the way it is, it was because of this film that came out.’”
On top of Rice’s unmitigated duplicity, Mrs. Smith described our commander-in-chief as unsympathetic beyond words. “I cried on Obama’s shoulder, and then he looked off into the distance, so that was worthless to me.”
Racked with grief, she relayed more of her encounter. “I said [to Obama]: You screwed up. You didn’t do a good job. I lost my son, and he said: We’ll get back to you; trust me. Well, I don’t trust you anymore.”
On October 24, Charles Woods, father of slaughtered Navy SEAL Tyrone S. Woods, spoke with conservative radio talk show host Lars Larson about his encounter with Obama at the funeral. “When he came over to our little area, he kind of mumbled, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, but his eyes were looking over my shoulder like he couldn’t look me in the eye. It wasn’t a sincere, ‘I’m really sorry that your son died,’ but it was more of an insincere, whining ‘I’m sorry,’ and it was like shaking hands with a dead fish. It just didn’t feel right. Now it’s coming out that, apparently, the White House Situation Room was watching our people die in real time.”
Likewise, he explained the Secretary of State’s cold-heartedness. “[Hillary] came over separately and talked. I gave her a hug, and she did not appear to be one bit sincere at all.”
Lastly, during an October 26 televised interview, Woods said of the president. “Was [Obama] one of those cowards in the White House watching my son being murdered on TV and refusing to do anything? That’s a question he probably won’t have the courage to answer publicly.”
Obama Gunrunning: From Fast & Furious to Libya & Syria
Continuing in the tradition of U.S. arms trafficking to Afghani Mujahideen, the Contras in Central America, and the agitators that overthrew Muammar Qaddafi, it appears as if Ambassador Stevens’ primary role in Benghazi was as a liaison to dispatch weapons from Libya through Turkey into Syria. There, rebels used this firepower in a continuing campaign to topple President Bashar Hafez al-Assad.
During an October 24 interview, Scott Creighton, a blogger touting himself as an “American Everyman,” told AMERICAN FREE PRESS, “Stevens was a gunrunner and paymaster whose job was to destabilize Libya so that the U.S. could control the aftermath.” In a September 24 article, Creighton wrote, “It was the CIA and Stevens working together in Libya since early 2011 who created and ran the fake revolution in the first place.”
Former CIA asset Claire Lopez expanded on this operation in the September 24 analysis: “Earlier in 2012 President Obama signed an intelligence finding to permit the CIA and other U.S. government agencies to provide support to Syrian rebels.” She continued, “Reports that those rebels now have surface-to-air missiles call to mind the thousands of such weapons looted from Qaddafi’s stockpiles during and after the revolt that ousted him in Oct. 2011.”
Not only did Stevens use Benghazi as a stronghold for his gun-walking mission and to recruit mercenaries that fought against Assad, on September 6 a Libyan ship hauling 400 tons of cargo docked in Iskenderun, Turkey. Among the freight later smuggled across the border were RPGs and heat-seeking missiles that were subsequently used to down Syrian jet-fighters.
On October 24, Russian General Nikolai Makarov weighed in on this tense situation. “We have reliable information that Syrian militants have foreign portable anti-aircraft missile systems, including those made in the USA.”
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 30 books.