Witness Deaths Plague Probe Into Attack in Benghazi
• Were 15 witnesses to attack on U.S. consulate murdered?
By Victor Thorn
Congressional investigators continue to dig into what was behind the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on a United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed. But despite unearthing some explosive findings, the researchers have missed one of the most shocking aspects of the incident, which was revealed in previous issues of AMERICAN FREE PRESS. The U.S. facility in Benghazi was central to an American program to collect weapons that had been used by rebels in the war against former Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffi. These arms were then being shipped to terrorists and fighters in Syria, who are battling the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad.
One especially interesting item that a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee discovered was revealed during a hearing on January 15: Since the September 11 terrorist attack, 15 Libyan witnesses who have been cooperating with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigators have been murdered. The report lacked details on who was behind these killings and noted that it was unclear whether the killings were related to the probe.
The House Armed Services Committee also released its own report days earlier. Both panels arrived at definitive conclusions and issued searing condemnations of the White House.
General Carter Ham, then-head of the U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, testified in June 2013 that almost immediately he informed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey that a terrorist attack was in full swing in Benghazi.
In addition to footage obtained from onsite CCTV cameras, Panetta and Dempsey then met with Barack Obama at the White House. All of these individuals knew that the carnage didn’t result from an anti-Muslim video. Still, by September 25, 2012—a full two weeks later—Obama continued his deceptive fantasy narrative during an appearance on “The View,” claiming that he wasn’t sure what happened.
These dual reports contained some explosive conclusions. The attacks were preventable. Four terrorist groups, including a former Guantanamo Bay prison camp detainee, orchestrated the onslaught. Hillary Clinton’s State Department received seven reports prior to September 11, 2012, warning of imminent dangers. The White House still refuses to provide witnesses and documents to investigators about the attacks. To this day not one person within the Obama administration has been held accountable.
As expected, neither report referenced the biggest bombshell of all—namely, that proof exists that seized Libyan weapons were being channeled from Benghazi to anti-Assad rebels in Syria.
To present a broader perspective on the matter of 15 potential witnesses being eliminated, this reporter interviewed three leading researchers. First, on January 16 this writer contacted Dean Garrison, editor of the online news site “D.C. Clothesline.”
“The reports are that these witnesses were killed, which tells me they were murdered,” Garrison stated. “You don’t have to look far to find a long list of convenient deaths related to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. My gut feeling is that some or all of these people were silenced so that they wouldn’t cooperate with the FBI.”
On January 17, Tim Brown, founder of the conservative-based website “Freedom Outpost,” shared a similar view. “We have to face a reality,” said Brown. “When we talk about corruption in D.C., people like Hillary Clinton are willing to [kill] people. Witnesses in Benghazi are dying. Those in charge of this cover-up are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. Is this the kind of people we want leading us?”
The Washington Times columnist and radio talk show host Sara Marie Brenner offered this perspective: “In terms of the 15 dead witnesses, it appears that the Obama administration is getting rid of anyone who knew the full story in the weeks leading up to this attack in Benghazi.”
Brenner added: “With the president and his regime, if you speak out against them, you’re placed on a list. They can’t take a chance that the whole Benghazi affair will blow up in their faces. So now we have 15 dead Libyans. If you’re not in the Barack Obama camp, they’ll do whatever it takes to intimidate you.”
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 50 books.