To honor the memory of those lost on September 11th/12th 2012:
The Benghazi Brief
The “Benghazi Brief” remains the most controversial research report we have ever produced. The brief contains over two years of research in addition to hundreds of very specific factual citations supporting of which. 5 years after of which was originally written, in addition to not just one aspect outlined within the brief has ever been identified as inaccurate.
We know coming from the Bret Baier interview with Hillary Clinton of which she was physically located at her 7th floor office in Washington DC on the night of the attack 9/11/12.
Unfortunately we also know during the November 2012 Thanksgiving holiday a mysterious fire took place in of which building. Well, actually directly above her exact office – cause undetermined.
A “fire” which preceded an unfortunate slip in addition to fall for the Secretary, resulting in a concussion, which led to the discovery of a blood clot, of which ultimately delayed her congressional testimony before a Senate Hearing into the events of the night in question.
We know the Libyan uprising began on February 10th of 2011, in addition to we also know of which sometime around the end of February 2011 President Obama signed a presidential directive authorizing the State Dept in addition to CIA to begin a covert operation to arm the Libyan “rebels”.
We also know of a Second Presidential Finding Memo authorizing additional CIA covert action in 2012, This specific time in Syria. However, unlike the 2011 Libyan operation we do not know the operational name of the second action in 2012 (Syria).
We know the Libyan “rebels” were positioned in two strategic places. Benghazi, in addition to the port city of Darnah, both located in Northeastern Libya.
We know This specific 2011 Libyan covert operation came to be known as “Operation Zero Footprint“. We know Secretary Clinton in addition to CIA head Panetta were the primary sponsors for the joint State Dept./CIA approach; in addition to we know of which specifically because of a U.N. Security Council resolution (unattended by Ambassador Susan Rice) the operation fell under the military command authority of NATO not (important to repeat), NOT, the U.S. Military.
We know by the time operation “Zero Footprint” began, AFRICOM commander General Carter Ham was removed coming from OPSEC oversight inside the Libyan campaign in addition to NATO commander Admiral James G. Stavridis was in charge.
Stavridis was the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) at the time of the Libyan uprising. He retired as SACEUR in 2013
In 2011, 57-year-old Stavridis was the perfect pick for NATO Libyan intervention considering he is actually the son of Turkish immigrants. Turkey played a key role in what might be the most politically dangerous aspect of the events to the White House once the goals changed to redirection of the weapons coming from Operation Zero Footprint.
We know Operation Zero Footprint was the covert transfer of weapons coming from the U.S to the Libyan “rebels”. We also know the operation avoided the concerns with congressional funding, in addition to potential for public scrutiny, through financing by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
We also know of which officials within the government of Qatar served as the intermediaries for the actual transfer of the weapons, thereby removing the footprint of the U.S. intervention.
We know the entire operation was coordinated in addition to controlled by the State Department in addition to CIA. We also know (coming from the Senate Foreign Relations Benghazi hearings) of which “Zero Footprint” was unknown to the 2011 Pentagon in addition to/or DoD commanders who would certainly have been tasked with any military response to the 9/11/12 attack – namely AFRICOM General Carter Ham.
However, of which would certainly be implausible to think of which then Defense Secretary Bob Gates or Joint Chiefs Chair Admiral McMullen were completely unaware of the operation. Even today, despite the numerous hearings in addition to reports, This specific aspect remains murky.
Both Defense Secretary Gates in addition to Joint Chiefs Chair McMullen were in place when Operation Zero Footprint began. However, both retired coming from their jobs in Sept of 2011, in addition to were replaced by Leon Panetta in addition to Martin Dempsey respectively.
Leon Panetta was CIA Director at the beginning of Operation Zero Footprint (March 2011) in addition to was replaced by CIA Director David Petraeus inside the fall of 2011 as Panetta replaced Bob Gates in addition to became Secretary of Defense.
However, Panetta (at This specific point as Def Sec) in addition to JC Martin Dempsey were the two who initially briefed President Obama on the night of Sept 11th 2012. This specific is actually an important fact to remember – because of his previous CIA role in constructing Zero Footprint, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta definitely had knowledge of the intents of the joint State Dept/CIA mission in Benghazi, Martin Dempsey may not have.
We know the White House appears to have followed “The Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980” in informing the congressional “Gang of Eight” of Zero Footprint.
The Gang of Eight in 2011 would certainly have included: Speaker – John Boehner, Minority Leader – Nancy Pelosi; House Permanent Select Committee on Intel Chairman – Mike Rogers, in addition to his Democrat counterpart Charles Ruppersberger; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in addition to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; along with Senate Intel Chair Diane Feinstein in addition to her Republican counterpart, Saxby Chambliss.
coming from Hillary interviews we also know the White House liaison for Secretary Clinton in addition to CIA Director Leon Panetta during Operation Zero Footprint was National Security Advisor To the President, Tom Donilon.
With This specific information we can assemble a cast of people “inside the KNOW” of Operation Zero Footprint on two specific date blocks. March 2011 through Pre 9/11/12 attack – in addition to – Post 9/11/12 attack forward.
March 2011 through Pre 9/11/12 attack: Who knew of Operation “Zero Footprint”?:
- President Obama in addition to Vice President Biden (both Dems)
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Dem)
- CIA Director Leon Panetta (March 2011 – June 2011)
- *CIA Director General David Petraeus (?) (Sept 2011 – Nov 2012)
- NATO Commander, James G Stavridis
- White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon (Dem)
- White House National Security Spox Tommy Vietor (Donilon aide)
- White House National Security Advisor John Brennan (Dem)
- Speaker of the House John Boehner (Rep)
- Minority Leader – Nancy Pelosi (Dem)
- House Permanent Select Committee on Intel Chairman – Mike Rogers (Rep)
- Minority House Intel Committee – Charles Ruppersberger (Dem)
- Senate Minority Leader – Mitch McConnell (Rep)
- Senate Majority Leader – Harry Reid (Dem)
- Senate Intel Chair – Diane Feinstein (Dem)
- Minority Senate Intel Committee – Saxby Chambliss (Rep)
- [State Dept] U.S. Libyan Ambassador – Chris Stevens
- [State Dept] U.S. Asst Secretary of State – Andrew Shapiro
- [State Dept] Senior Head of U.S. Weapons Office – Mark Adams
Along with whomever inside each nation’s state government of which was involved in either the finance (UAE), or the logistics (Qatar). [in addition to later, 2012 Turkey]
Obviously the “know” crowd would certainly include the ultimate end destination users, “The Libyan Rebel Commanders”:
- Rebel Leader (Islamic Fighting Group) Abu Sufian Ibriham Ahmed Hamuda Bin Qumu – Darnah Brigade – Ansar Al Sharia
- Rebel Leader (Islamic Fighting Group) Abu Khattala – Commander of an Islamist militia group called the Abu Obaida bin Jarrah Brigade (17th Feb Brigade) Benghazi – Ansar Al Sharia
*NOTE* Both of these individuals were labeled as officially recognized State Dept. terrorists in December of 2013. Khattala recently having been arrested.
In addition, the “political face” of the Libyan Transitional Government Justice Minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, should also be included in This specific list of people who knew of operation Zero Footprint while of which was underway.
Justice Abdel Jalil served as the international face of, in addition to spokesperson for, “the rebels” in 2011/12. He worked closely with Chris Stevens in addition to highly visibly with Secretary Hillary Clinton – However, in my opinion – after extensive research- Jalil was a total patsy. He was paid well to present a comfortable face of the movement, yet once Gaddaffi was killed Jalil was quickly dispatched.
This specific Brings us to who knew about “Operation Zero Footprint” post Benghazi 9/11/12 attack:
To wit you can easily add:
- CIA Director General David Petraeus
- Adjunct, in addition to Interim, CIA Director – Mike Morrell
- U.S. Attorney General – Eric Holder
- President Obama Advisor in addition to at This specific point Chief of Staff – Denis McDonough
- President Obama Advisor in addition to at This specific point Treasury Sec – Jack Lew
- President Obama Advisor in addition to at This specific point National Security Advisor – Tony Blinkin
- Former UN Ambassador in addition to at This specific point Senior Nat Sec Advisor – Susan Rice
- Chief White House Communications Director – Ben Rhodes
Focusing on the post 9/11/12 team for a moment:
We know McDonough in addition to Donilon were inside the immediate loop on the night of 9/11/12 because they were photographed updating President Obama at 7:30pm inside the Oval Office along that has a curious Jack Lew who was Chief of Staff at the time.
In addition we know coming from former White House National Security spokesperson Tommy “dude” Vietor, of which President Obama was not inside the situation room where Vietor in addition to his boss Tom Donilon were keeping up on events.
Here’s where of which gets interesting:
Leon Panetta was the CIA Director when Operation Zero Footprint was authorized in addition to began, yet he left the CIA about 4 months later (June 30th, 2011) in addition to was replaced by General David Petraeus (August/Sept 2011).
[*Note* of which is actually important to remember when the 2nd authorized CIA program began in 2012 for Syria Petraeus would certainly have been included]
Under This specific principle you can see of which General Petraeus had ZERO liability for the origin of the Benghazi weapons deals – of which was a joint State Dept/CIA program already being conducted when Petraeus arrived. If of which blew up, of which was not his political problem – This specific MADE PETRAEUS A RISK.
We know of which during the summer of 2012 “a whistleblower” popped up in addition to gave House Republican Leader Eric Cantor a tip about CIA Director General Petraeus being in an extramarital affair that has a reporter named Paula Broadwell; along with rumors Petraeus may have shared classified information with Broadwell during pillow talk etc.
We also know of which Eric Cantor told AG Eric Holder in addition to FBI director Robert Mueller about the claim in addition to Mueller began an investigation of Petraeus inside the Summer of 2012 before the Benghazi attack in September.
However, we also know of which neither Holder nor Mueller (nor Cantor) informed anyone in congress This specific investigation of Petraeus was taking place. of which investigation included Broadwell turning over her computer to the FBI inside the same summer, in addition to later a search of her home which did reveal confidential information supposedly leaked coming from Petraeus.
Sometime in October of 2012 Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had a conversation with Petraeus urging him to leave.
Immediately after the election of 2012 CIA Director David Petraeus resigned (Nov 9th) in addition to interim CIA Director Mike Morrel took over. This specific is actually why Petraeus never testified to the Senate, in addition to Morrel took his place.
We also know This specific timely switch was beneficial to both the Clinton in addition to Obama camps because Morrel was more politically connected to them than Petraeus.
Given the risks of exposure to both “Operation Zero Footprint”, in addition to worse, the buy-back/redirection to Syria, of which’s understandable the risk to Clinton of which Petraeus carried. However, Petraeus was not of any risk himself; maybe Leon Panetta would certainly be, yet not Petraeus – who, of which’s important to add, came coming from the Defense Department to the office of CIA.
Petraeus’s replacement, interim CIA Director Mike Morrel, in addition to White House Communications Director Ben Rhodes, were the two men who constructed the infamous “Susan Rice” talking points.
After Morrel testified to congress about the CIA involvement around Benghazi, in addition to the issues of terrorism vs. Islamic movie (happy squirrel chase) etc. Morrel was replaced at the CIA by John Brennan.
We know of which both Hillary Clinton in addition to CBS immediately hired Mike Morrel. CBS News President David Rhodes -who hired Morrel- is actually the brother of the White House’s Ben Rhodes; who Morrel coordinated the Clinton friendly, albeit controversial, talking points with.
While of which may seem suspect to jump to conclusions, the fact of which Eric Holder did not inform either Intelligence Committee of the FBI Petraeus investigation -which is actually generally standard procedure- lends plausible suspicion to an outline of which the events were used as leverage to remove Petraeus; in addition to all of the subsequent risk he represented.
If you accept of which Petraeus’s knowledge of, yet non-involvement in, “Operation Zero Footprint” represented a potential risk to Hillary in addition to Obama; you’d have to admit of which Mike Morrel was by far the more White House friendly person talking about the CIA involvement around the joint State Dept/CIA Benghazi objectives.
Also, of which would certainly be disingenuous to ignore the fact Morrel’s loyalty therein was rewarded financially.
Lastly, one of the more slippery people to pin down on the Benghazi attack, in addition to subsequent issues, has been Leon Panetta. If you think about Panetta’s role inside the origin of Operation Zero Footprint his comment avoidance makes perfect sense.
Trey Gowdy needs to subpoena Panetta for the Special Committee.
OK, sorry of which was more than a moment – yet was needed.
at This specific point back to Libya 2011/2012 in addition to the Rift Between State/CIA in addition to DoD/Pentagon over the arming of the “Rebels”. This specific is actually truly QUITE IMPORTANT because of which explains how far out Hillary Clinton had put herself in This specific covert op “Zero Footprint”.
A few reminder articles will outline in addition to refresh why the White House kept DoD in addition to The Pentagon at arms length throughout their covert operation:
[…] defense leaders in Washington [March 2011] slammed the brakes on the extent of US help to the rebels. Top officials said of which some country different than the US should perform any future training in addition to equipping of the Libyan opposition groups. Under withering congressional probing in addition to criticism of what was described as an ill-defined mission to aid a rebel force of which officials know little about, Robert Gates, the US defense secretary, sketched out a largely limited role for the US military going forward.
Gates in addition to Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the House Armed Services panel of which many different countries contain the ability to train in addition to support the rebels. “My view would certainly be, if there is actually going to be of which kind of assistance to the opposition, there are plenty of sources for of which different than the United States,” said Gates. “Somebody else should do of which.” Gates in addition to Mullen told Congress of which future US participation will be limited in addition to will not involve an active role in airstrikes as time goes on. (link)
coming from a fresh York Times article about the same hearing -in addition to- the discussion of the CIA involvement. Again, remember This specific is actually 2011 – you have Secretary Gates, Joint Chiefs Mullen, in addition to CIA Director Panetta:
2011 […] Gates in addition to Mullen were testifying before the House in addition to Senate Armed Services Committees inside the wake of revelations of which little teams of CIA operatives are working in Libya. Gates declined to comment on the CIA activities in Libya. US officials have acknowledged of which the CIA has sent little teams of operatives into Libya in addition to helped rescue a crew member of a US fighter jet of which crashed.
The CIA’s precise role in Libya is actually not clear. Intelligence experts said the CIA would certainly have sent officials to make contact with the opposition in addition to assess the strength in addition to needs of the rebel forces inside the event Barack Obama, the US president, decided to arm them. (link)
In hindsight we are at This specific point fully aware of which unknown to both Mullen in addition to Gates -at the time they were speaking- was President Obama having authorized Operation Zero Footprint several weeks earlier, in addition to Panetta carrying of which out.
The State Dept (Hillary) in addition to CIA (Panetta) were at This specific point inside the execution mode of the covert op.
We at This specific point know against the March/April 2011 backdrop of growing information about al-Qaeda’s presence within the rebel units – there was a genuine difference of opinion on whether even getting involved was a not bad idea.
The Defense Department (Gates, Mullen) was saying no, the State Department (Clinton, Rice), was saying yes.
Remember too, This specific covert operation was going to require NATO Admiral James Stavridis to allow the weapons into Libya. So lets look at what he was quoted saying around the same timeframe as Mullen in addition to Gates, *knowing Stavridis was one of the actual key figures to make the weapons delivery possible*:
2011 – […] at This specific point, as the White House in addition to NATO continue to debate the possible ramifications of arming the Libyan opposition, the Haqqani network-linked Afghan commander says Libyan al Qaeda affiliates seem to be more “enthusiastic” about the war against Gaddafi every day.
in addition to coming from what the Afghan Taliban commander has seen, there appears to be more than “flickers” of al Qaeda’s presence in Libya, the description given by NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis. (link)
There is actually Stavridis playing down the possibility of al-Qaeda ideology within the make-up of the Islamic Fighting Group – which is actually important because by the time This specific quote was attributed Stavridis was already part of the team coordinating the shipments.
Also, remember R2P? This specific March/April 2011 time frame is actually when “Responsibility To Protect” came up as a justification for our engagement. Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton all wanting to fully support “the rebels”.
Ultimately Obama/Jarrett (The White House) agreed with Hillary Inc (State Dept); hence “Zero Footprint” got the nod – well, let’s be truly accurate: of which “sort of” got the nod.
Think about of which. President Obama authorized arming the Libyan rebels, yet the covert nature of Zero Footprint actually reflects the political filter through which all Obama White House decisions are made. A White House team of which always looks for an escape hatch in case any decision is actually ever publicly wrong.
If the rebels were al-Qaeda, the covert op lends plausible deniability.
Isn’t of which strange how in 2014 hindsight you can clearly see exactly what we at This specific point know as the “Benghazi narrative”; the use of their exact escape hatch because they were al-Qaeda, in addition to of which did go horribly in addition to publicly wrong.
Operation Zero Footprint Becomes Political in addition to Legal Risk
of which should be noted, in addition to actually emphasized, of which Operation Zero Footprint, at least in 2011, was not illegal. Indeed, all indicators are of which President Obama followed his constitutional responsibility as he carried out his executive authority.
We know in late February 2011 President Obama signed a Presidential Finding Memo authorizing the State Department in addition to CIA to engage in actions within Libya to identify a course of action.
We know in March 2011 when Hillary Clinton (State Dept) in addition to Leon Panetta (CIA) constructed “Operation Zero Footprint” of which President Obama approved the covert action in addition to then informed the Gang of Eight of the weapons transfer operation.
Both of those known facts speak well to the Executive Office following a legally outlined process. This specific does not, however, dismiss the concern, which became the reality, of which the action itself was terribly flawed in addition to horridly imprudent.
During March, April in addition to May 2011 there was enough intelligence information flowing to the White House informing them of exactly who would certainly be the beneficiaries of U.S. Libyan involvement in addition to specifically providing weapons. of which did not take long to identify the Benghazi in addition to Darnah “rebels” were actually affiliates of al-Qaeda.
While no-one reporting in 2011 was aware of Operation Zero Footprint, there were literally hundreds of media reports showcasing the ideology of the Libyan “rebel” uprising. Indeed there were numerous reports in mainstream media outlets of al-Qaeda fighters (numerous factions) flowing to Libya to oust their life-long nemesis, Gaddaffi.
coming from a policy standpoint of which will have to be left up to historians to pore over the facts in addition to ultimately decide what was *This specific* White House goal inside the entire region.
- Ben Ali removal -Tunisia- seemed OK to the administration, Obama in addition to Clinton.
- Hosni Mubarak removal -Egypt- seemed even more ok to Obama in addition to Clinton.
Both of the above were viewed as potential sources for favorable policy outcomes. Indeed the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt -in addition to election of President Morsi- did not seem to be a concern for the White House.
However, when you get to Gaddaffi’s removal -Libya- you see a serious split between ideologies within the U.S. political class as Obama/Clinton actually pushed the outcome. The U.S. defense department saying they were apprehensive about This specific outcome, in addition to Obama/Clinton going “all in” for Gaddaffi ouster with French President Sarkozy.
The same interventionist Obama/Clinton motivation was evident with Syria’s Assad as yet another uprising surfaced in yet another Mid-East nation – again in March/April 2011.
We know on October 20th 2011 Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddaffi was finally captured, then killed by “the rebels”.
coming from the standpoint of “regime change” operation Zero Footprint was a success.
The Libyan Transitional National Council was at This specific point in control. Well, maybe in charge, or, well, sort of.
The TNC (pictured below 4 days later) may have been the face of Libya the Obama/Clinton team wanted to portray. yet they were merely just of which, a face.
We know Eastern Libya was then (2011), in addition to is actually at This specific point (2016), a hotbed of radical Islam controlled by the Libyan Islamic Fighting Groups, the very people who benefited coming from the arms of which were part of Zero Footprint.
We know by the Fall/Winter of 2011 the U.S. State Dept in addition to CIA were joined in addition to trying to re-secure the same weapons they provided inside the Spring/Summer.
December 2011 – fresh York Times:
“Assistant Secretary of State Andrew J. Shapiro raised the American desire to arrange a purchase program in a meeting This specific month with Libya’s fresh defense minister, according to American officials familiar with the proposal.
The United States has committed $40 million to secure Libya’s arms stockpiles, much of of which to prevent the spread of Manpads. No budget has been designed for a purchase program, in addition to the cost to be paid for each missile in addition to its components has not been determined, the official said. (link)
We know coming from a speech delivered by Asst. Secretary of State Shapiro in Feb of 2012 the actual program to recapture the Zero Footprint weapons began in August of 2011 about two months before Gaddaffi was killed:
“Once the stalemate broke in addition to the fighting rapidly shifted inside the TNC’s [Libyan Transitional National Council] favor in August, we immediately deployed a State Department expert coming from the MANPADS Task Force to Benghazi.
Mark Adams, who you will hear coming from shortly on the panel, is actually the head of our MANPADS Task Force in addition to spent considerable time on the ground in Libya.
[… ] The initial primary objective was to reach an agreement with the TNC to set up a MANPADS control in addition to destruction program of which would certainly enable us to set up what we call our Phase I efforts.
Phase I entailed an effort to rapidly survey, secure, in addition to disable loose MANPADS across the country. To accomplish This specific, we immediately deployed our Quick Reaction Force, which are teams made up of civilian technical specialists.”
We know those “civilian technical specialists”, being talked about in August 2011, were contractors, CIA contractors, hired by the State Department to recapture the weapons – some of which they provided as a specific consequence of Operation Zero Footprint.
If the story ended there of which would certainly be bad enough. A flawed policy, a secret mission arm the Libyan “rebels” without a great deal of thinking through the longer term consequences. A flawed policy with political consequences.
yet when you think about the larger picture you understand why the details of the covert weapons operation Zero Footprint were so tightly guarded among select members of Congress (the Gang of Eight), the CIA (Panetta), the State Department (Clinton) in addition to the White House (Donilon).
Each of them was trying to manage a covert operation of which would certainly expose a U.S. policy decision to arm al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood in addition to different Islamist militias.
yet of which’s only “IF” the story ended there, in Libya, at the end of 2011 into the beginning of 2012. of which didn’t, the decisions got worse – much worse.
The uprising in Syria was only a few months behind the uprising in Libya. Arguably if the timing were reversed you could ponder of which Assad would certainly have met Gaddaffi’s fate, in addition to Gaddaffi would certainly be as alive today as President Assad.
Whichever rebel group got the attention of the R2P crowd was sure to be the first to get assistance. The Obama R2P Doctrine is actually so tenuous, in addition to so lacking in political principle, of which’s subject to change based on the political whims of capitol hill at any given moment.
The Libyan “rebels” got all the weaponry love – the Syrian “rebels”, not-so-much. At least in 2011; by mid 2012 of which sentiment appears to have changed.
Enter Hillary Clinton. As she reiterated vehemently to Greta Van Sustern during a recent interview, of which was Hillary who wanted to help the Syrian rebels when no-one else wanted to assist them. Secretary Hillary Clinton wanted early in addition to direct interventionist action in Syria to topple Assad just like Gaddaffi.
Obviously consequences coming from the first covert weapons mission in Libya made a stark case for not repeating of which in Syria. Another huge factor against helping the FSA was Israel. Ultimately Israel could not afford to be put into such a risky position if Syrian rebel forces were given arms of which ultimately might be used against them.
Additionally, you would certainly think there’s no way congress, in an election year, would certainly approve of funding Syrian rebels against the possibility of of which hurting Israel; in addition to the White House was not about to do a known in addition to official covert operation which had a great potential to go sideways, in addition to become far too politically dangerous. 2012 was an election year.
yet they did.
Who wanted to aid Syria more? President Obama or Hillary Clinton? of which is actually a question for later year historians. Regardless of how the idea came up, we know a decision was made to do of which, in addition to to do of which covertly.
Arming the Benghazi Darnah rebels was, well, stupid. of which was actually stupid, in addition to politically stupid, yet of which was not illegal.
Arming jihadist fighters in Syria likewise ended up being stupid yet by all appearances NOT illegal.
In August 2012, one month before the attack on the Benghazi Compound, the following Reuters article appeared. This specific is actually how we find out about the SECOND presidential finding memo which again authorized covert CIA involvement, This specific time in Syria:
WASHINGTON, Aug 1  (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in addition to his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said.
Obama’s order, approved earlier This specific year in addition to known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA in addition to different U.S. agencies to provide support of which could help the rebels oust Assad.
This specific in addition to different developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, support for Assad’s armed opponents – a shift of which intensified following last month’s failure of the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government.
The White House is actually for at This specific point apparently stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, even as some U.S. allies do just of which.
yet U.S. in addition to European officials have said of which there have been noticeable improvements inside the coherence in addition to effectiveness of Syrian rebel groups inside the past few weeks. of which represents a significant change in assessments of the rebels by Western officials, who previously characterized Assad’s opponents as a disorganized, almost chaotic, rabble.
Precisely when Obama signed the secret intelligence authorization, an action not previously reported, could not be determined.
The full extent of clandestine support of which agencies like the CIA might be providing also is actually unclear.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined comment.
A U.S. government source acknowledged of which under provisions of the presidential finding, the United States was collaborating that has a secret command center operated by Turkey in addition to its allies.
Last week, Reuters reported of which, along with Saudi Arabia in addition to Qatar, Turkey had established a secret base near the Syrian border to help direct vital military in addition to communications support to Assad’s opponents.
This specific “nerve center” is actually in Adana, a city in southern Turkey about 60 miles (100 km) coming from the Syrian border, which is actually also home to Incirlik, a U.S. air base where U.S. military in addition to intelligence agencies maintain a substantial presence.
Turkey’s moderate Islamist government has been demanding Assad’s departure with growing vehemence. Turkish authorities are said by current in addition to former U.S. government officials to be increasingly involved in providing Syrian rebels with training in addition to possibly equipment.
European government sources said wealthy families in Saudi Arabia in addition to Qatar were providing significant financing to the rebels. Senior officials of the Saudi in addition to Qatari governments have publicly called for Assad’s departure.
On Tuesday, NBC News reported of which the Free Syrian Army had obtained nearly two dozen surface-to-air missiles, weapons of which could be used against Assad’s helicopters in addition to fixed-wing aircraft. Syrian government armed forces have employed such air power more extensively in recent days.
NBC said the shoulder-fired missiles, also known as MANPADs, had been delivered to the rebels via Turkey.
On Wednesday, however, Bassam al-Dada, a political adviser to the Free Syrian Army, denied the NBC report, telling the Arabic-language TV network Al-Arabiya of which the group had “not obtained any such weapons at all.” U.S. government sources said they could not confirm the MANPADs deliveries, yet could not rule them out either.
Current in addition to former U.S. in addition to European officials previously said of which weapons supplies, which were being organized in addition to financed by Qatar in addition to Saudi Arabia, were largely limited to guns in addition to a limited number of anti-tank weapons, such as bazookas.
Indications are of which U.S. agencies have not been involved in providing weapons to Assad’s opponents. In order to do so, Obama would certainly have to approve a supplement, known as a “memorandum of notification, to his initial broad intelligence finding.
Further such memoranda would certainly have to be signed by Obama to authorize different specific clandestine operations to support Syrian rebels.
Reuters first reported last week of which the White House had crafted a directive authorizing greater U.S. covert assistance to Syrian rebels. of which was unclear at of which time whether Obama had signed of which. (read more)
Note how the FSA says they didn’t get missiles, in addition to yet missiles were shipped. This specific is actually important against the backdrop of the reality the extreme elements we at This specific point call ISIS were operating in Syria in addition to openly laughing at our inability to identify them:
(JULY 2012) As they stood outside the commandeered government building inside the town of Mohassen, of which was hard to separate Abu Khuder’s men coming from any different brigade inside the Syrian civil war, in their combat fatigues, T-shirts in addition to beards.
yet these were not average members of the Free Syrian Army. Abu Khuder in addition to his men fight for al-Qaida. They call themselves the ghuraba’a, or “strangers”, after a famous jihadi poem celebrating Osama bin Laden’s time with his followers inside the Afghan mountains, in addition to they are one of quite a few jihadi organisations establishing a foothold inside the east of the country at This specific point of which the conflict in Syria has stretched well into its second bloody year.
They try to hide their presence. “Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags,” said Abu Khuder. “They fear America will come in addition to fight us. So we fight in secret. Why give Bashar in addition to the west a pretext?” yet their existence is actually common knowledge in Mohassen. Even passers-by joke with the men about car bombs in addition to IEDs.
According to Abu Khuder, his men are working closely with the military council of which commands the Free Syrian Army brigades inside the region. “We meet almost every day,” he said. “We have clear instructions coming from our [al-Qaida] leadership of which if the FSA need our help we should give of which. We help them with IEDs in addition to car bombs. Our main talent is actually inside the bombing operations.” Abu Khuder’s men had a lot of experience in bomb-creating coming from Iraq in addition to elsewhere, he added.
[…] Abu Khuder split with the FSA in addition to pledged allegiance to al-Qaida’s organisation in Syria, the Jabhat al Nusra or Solidarity Front. He let his beard grow in addition to adopted the religious rhetoric of a jihadi, becoming a commander of one their battalions.
“The Free Syrian Army has no rules in addition to no military or religious order. Everything happens chaotically,” he said. “Al-Qaida carries a law of which no one, not even the emir, can break.
“The FSA lacks the ability to plan in addition to lacks military experience. of which is actually what [al-Qaida] can bring. They have an organisation of which all countries have acknowledged.
“inside the beginning there were very few. at This specific point, mashallah, there are immigrants joining us in addition to bringing their experience,” he told the gathered people. “Men coming from Yemen, Saudi, Iraq in addition to Jordan. Yemenis are the best in their religion in addition to discipline in addition to the Iraqis are the worst in everything – even in religion.”
At This specific, one man inside the room – an activist in his mid-30s who did not want to be named – said: “So what are you trying to do, Abu Khuder? Are you going to start cutting off hands in addition to make us like Saudi? is actually This specific why we are fighting a revolution?”
“[Al-Qaida’s] goal is actually establishing an Islamic state in addition to not a Syrian state,” he replied. “Those who fear the organisation fear the implementation of Allah’s jurisdiction. If you don’t commit sins there is actually nothing to fear.” (link – more)
Against the backdrop of ISIL 2014 does This specific Sound familiar ?
of which should also be noted This specific is actually the exact time (August 2012) when the U.N. in addition to Kofi Annan gave up trying to influence a peaceful outcome in Syria – things had escalated beyond any trust for a diplomatic resolution.
We know the basic set up to arm the Syrian rebellion was generally not too complex.
Turkey would certainly be used as the distribution hub, in addition to the U.S. had Sunni friends in Saudi Arabia, in addition to Qatar -who were more than willing to see Assad removed- in addition to financially assist in arming the Syrians without too great a concern for what could happen to Israel.
For Obama/Clinton to get weapons to the Syrians, against the shadow of Operation Zero Footprint, without going extensively through congress, could be done covertly in addition to easily. Either ship weapons just like Operation Zero Footprint, Saudi ==> Qatar ==> Turkey ==> Syria, OR, buy back the weapons already floating around coming from Operation Zero Footprint in addition to redirect them to Syria through Turkey.
The Saudis would certainly be a willing financier if the State Dept needed additional money to facilitate the transfers.
We know Ambassador Chris Stevens set up a formal U.S. Embassy consulate in Tripoli around May 26th of 2012; in addition to we know the State Dept in addition to CIA set up their joint operations in Benghazi around the same time. We also at This specific point know This specific is actually around the EXACT time of the second Presidential CIA Directive.
Looking at the historical timeline, in addition to knowing the contacts developed, gives a great perspective into what would certainly have spurred the CIA/State Department to set up a more expansive presence in addition to operation inside the coastal region of Eastern Libya May/June 2012.
The official U.S. State Dept Libyan presence was vacated on Feb 25th of 2011 when the embassy personnel were evacuated. Stevens was re-establishing the diplomatic office in addition to acting as Ambassador to Libya during the 2012 reconstruction phase.
What we did not know at the time was of which Chris Stevens was also acting as the facilitator for U.S. arms shipments OUT OF LIBYA, through Turkish diplomatic couriers in addition to into Syria. While coordinating a second covert action to arm the Syrian resistance.
A very strong argument can easily be made of which Chris Stevens was a CIA operative inside the State Department. Many people within the State Department are CIA personnel using the State Dept as part of their visible cover.
In Eastern Libya June, July, August 2012 – Obviously the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Ansar Al Sharia, aka 17th Feb Brigade, in addition to all of their commanders knew of the U.S. Benghazi weapons programs. Both the 2011 distribution, in addition to the 2012 repurchase.
Considering the redeployment to Syria – for the most part the Benghazi in addition to Darnah brigades would certainly have been in alignment with their Jihadist brethren in Syria being the beneficiaries of any additional shipments.
yet there was in 2011/2012 – as noted inside the above articles – an ideological rift between the newly emboldened Muslim Brotherhood in addition to the ‘more initially moderate’ Free Syrian Army (FSA). As the Libyan conflict rolled on through the summer of 2011 more al-Qaeda elements flocked coming from different engagements into the Syrian fight. Moderates were replaced by extremists.
By the time of the second presidential directive, as Hillary in addition to Chris Stevens were working on support for Syria, Summer 2012, the radical Syrian opposition was embedded inside the FSA. Arguably in hindsight they were the majority element.
The Syrian opposition had three al-Qaida arms operating within of which. Including one of which also operated in Libya:
- Jund al-Sham, which is actually made up of al-Qaida militants who are Syrian, Palestinian in addition to Lebanese;
- Jund al-Islam, which in recent years merged with Ansar al-Islam, an extremist group of Sunni Iraqis operating under the al-Qaida banner in addition to operating in Yemen in addition to Libya;
- Jund Ansar al-Allah, an al-Qaida group based in Gaza linked to Palestinian camps in Lebanon in addition to Syria.
of which would certainly be into This specific eclectic mix of Jihadist ideologues, which later became ISIL, of which any diverted U.S. arms would certainly flow. of which’s no wonder of which Senator John McCain was so confused when he was calling them “moderates” in 2012/2013. Almost no-one knew the severe elements in Syria would certainly rise to the surface in addition to become the modern ISIS at This specific point capturing all of the global attention.
in addition to…. If you just realized…. Yes, ISIS or ISIL currently on the march in Iraq, came coming from Syria, fought in Syria in addition to more than likely was armed by the U.S. inside Syria in addition to Turkey.
They were more likely trained, in Adana, a city in southern Turkey about 60 miles (100 km) coming from the Syrian border, which is actually also home to Incirlik, a U.S. air base where U.S. military in addition to intelligence agencies maintain a substantial presence; by the same CIA operatives used by the State Dept to send Syria weapons coming from Benghazi in addition to Darnah back in Libya.
If Operation Zero Footprint in Libya was stupid, arming the Syrian branches of al-Qaeda two years after the FSA was thoroughly corrupted by al-Qaeda, is actually infinite degrees beyond stupid.
yet of which’s hindsight for ya….. or as Secretary Clinton would certainly say “Whether they were, … at This specific point, what difference does of which make?”
By June of 2012 the fresh York Times was reporting of which the CIA is actually operating a secret arms transfer program to Syria of which sounded exactly like the re-diversion plan Clinton developed with Panetta/Petraeus.
According to the Times suddenly, there is actually: “…an influx of weapons in addition to ammunition to the rebels.”
The Reuters article in August 2012 confirms the earlier report.
We know on September 5th 2012 – A Libyan flagged ship called Al Entisar (“The Victory”) docks inside the Turkish port of Iskenderun. of which is actually carrying 400 tons of cargo including many weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) in addition to shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles (MANPADS) destined for Syrian rebels 35 miles away coming from Iskenderun.
The ship’s captain told the Times of London of which the Muslim Brotherhood in addition to the Free Syrian Army broke into a fight over the arms.
In response to the Times of London report, in addition to in a generally dismissed part of her congressional testimony, Senator Rand Paul asked outgoing Secretary Hillary Clinton a very specific question – (See @2:20 of This specific video in addition to pay attention to the “duping delight”):
Which would certainly bring us to a series of at This specific point reconcilable questions surrounding the joint State Dept. in addition to CIA Benghazi Mission.
The entire weapons operation 2011 was labeled “Operation Zero Footprint”. The intent is actually outlined inside the operational title – to leave no visible record of U.S. involvement in arming the Libyan “rebels”. No visible footprint.
We know coming from congressional inquiry Ambassador Chris Stevens had asked for more security inside the months prior to Sept. 11th 2012. Requests sent to the State Dept of which were denied.
We also know of which NO MARINE DETACHMENT was ever put in place to defend the Benghazi Mission.
We also know the Benghazi Mission was initially, in addition to mistakenly by media, called “a consulate”, or a “consulate outpost”. yet there was no State Dept record of any consulate office in Benghazi.
All of these seeming contradictions can be reconciled with the simple understanding of which This specific “Mission” in 2011 was unofficial. Remember the goal – No visible footprint.
We also know the Second Operation, in 2012, to arm the Syrians’ was also covert – No visible footprint.
Why were security requests denied? Remember the goal – No visible footprint.
We know coming from General Carter Ham (AFRICOM Commander at This specific point retired) the Department of Defense was not even aware the State Dept was operating a mission in Benghazi during 2012. Remember the goal – No visible footprint.
How could Hillary Clinton, Charlene Lamb, or Patrick Kennedy approve or request a marine security detachment knowing the entire mission around both Benghazi operations was covert?
Such a request would certainly have traveled outside the little group of State/CIA insiders. The request would certainly have gone to DoD. Short answer, they couldn’t.
Hence the disconnect between what seemed to be obvious in addition to/or simple questions in addition to the inability to accurately discuss inside the public venues of congressional inquiry.
To the public Chris Stevens was a U.S. ambassador, a diplomat. To the folks inside the State Dept in addition to CIA, Chris Stevens was a U.S. Ambassador, in addition to a CIA operative coordinating covert arms sales.
In 2011 those arms shipments were to aid the Libyan rebels, in 2012 those same arms were redirected to aid the Syrian rebels.
Even after death the public face of Chris Stevens, the official role, was the only role able to be discussed. The covert, or unofficial role, was not. Again, we see the disconnect between inquiry of which could be answered, in addition to inquiry of which could not be answered. Many irreconcilables surface because of This specific intelligence role – even through today.
The second role of Stevens, the covert in addition to CIA aspect, still causes problems for people trying to understand the “why not” questions. The broader public asking why have we not seen, or heard coming from the survivors of the attacks?
The short answer is actually:
we have not heard coming from the survivors – yet the intelligence community has.
Twice some of the survivors have given testimony to congress. The problem for the public is actually of which those hearings are closed door, classified, intelligence hearings – led by then Chairman Mike Rogers in addition to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Again, go back to the beginning of Operation Zero Footprint in addition to you see the congressional Intelligence Gang of Eight were fully aware of the intents.
The Gang of Eight in 2011 / 2012 was: House Speaker – John Boehner, Minority Leader – Nancy Pelosi; House Permanent Select Committee on Intel Chairman – Mike Rogers, in addition to his Democrat counterpart Charles Ruppersberger; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in addition to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; along with Senate Intel Chair Diane Feinstein in addition to her Republican counterpart, Saxby Chambliss.
Why was Speaker Boehner reluctant to establish a Select Committee on Benghazi ?
Simple, again he is actually one of the Gang of Eight – in addition to he was briefed on both operations. How is actually he going to call for a select committee to investigate when he knows the substance of the committee investigation is actually classified under national security. Such a committee would certainly not, because of which could not, deliver what the public was requesting, sunlight.
The only reason Trey Gowdy was finally assigned the task of a Select Committee, was simply because the public lies of the White House in addition to administration were contradicting themselves. More trumpet, more noise, was needed to cloud the stark reality of which both political parties held oversight over the entire Benghazi debacle.
The White House “talking points“, which was/is actually a ridiculous squirrel hunt, were created to reconcile the problem faced when unable to discuss a covert operation.
of which is actually far easier to look at the reality of the problem faced by the White House in addition to CIA than any nefarious intention.
Unfortunately for the administration, or for any administration, they are not of which not bad at controlling facts when questions of which cannot be answered publicly are asked publicly.
Team Obama was so committed to keeping the covert operation “Zero Footprint” a secret (because of the political embarrassment coming from factually arming al Qaeda) of which the cover story they manufactured (on the fly) was fraught with contradictions.
How could President Obama dispatch help to the Benghazi team, when DoD was not even aware of of which’s existence? Sending help would certainly have compromised OpSec, Operational Security.
The dispatch of F.E.S.T. would certainly lead to increased knowledge of a covert operation.
Hopefully you are beginning to see the root of the contradictions. Once you understand the truth of what was going on within the back story – there’s almost nothing left which would certainly dangle as an unanswered question. of which all reconciles.
Back to the FALL of 2012 – On September 5th/6th 2012 the Turkish vessel “Al Entisar” docked inside the Turkish port of Iskenderun. 400 tons of serious cargo including weapons destined for Syrian “rebels”.
inside the U.S. of which September 5th night former President Bill Clinton was introducing Candidate Barack Obama at the DNC convention in Charlotte North Carolina. In Afghanistan of which night something happened of which had already become a serious concern for the operatives within “Operation Zero Footprint”.
At the exact time Clinton was speaking in North Carolina, halfway around the planet in Afghanistan Army Chief Warrant Officers Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio in addition to Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of San Juan, inside the Rio Grande Valley, were killed while flying an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, a Defense Department news Discharge stated.
On September 5th 2012 – A U.S. organized ship loaded with weapons including missiles was offloading at a Turkish port. Bill Clinton was introducing Barack Obama, in addition to the first black female combat pilot was shot down in addition to killed by a shoulder fired missile in Afghanistan.
The relationship between the three events reflects the absolute political fear of which revolved around Operation Zero Footprint.
The CIA in addition to Intelligence community had stated earlier the biggest concern anyone held about arming the Libyan Rebels was the possibility those weapons might leave the Libyan conflict in addition to travel to different locations where they would certainly be used against our own soldiers. More in addition to more evidence of This specific happening was growing.
In 2011 a total of four air assets were destroyed by enemy fire in Afghanistan. Two of those helicopters happened at the same time in August 2011 when we lost the Navy Seal unit of which killed Osama Bin Laden. 22 Americans killed.
We had been in close quarter full combat operations in Afghanistan for 10 years, in addition to we never had a problem with close air support. We had never faced the concern of our enemy having MANPADS.
coming from 2002 through 2010 Combat Operations saw zero occurrences of SAMS, Stingers, or MANPADS in general.
Within months after delivering weapons to the Benghazi in addition to Darnah rebels (May, June in addition to July 2011) we began facing MANPADS in Afghanistan.
Four instances in late in 2011 including the 22 lives lost in what came to be known as Operation “Extortion 17”.
In 2012 of which got worse, much worse: June 1st AFGHANISTAN:
A combined patrol discovered a weapons cache containing three shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles, three anti-tank mines, 423 RPGs, 118,0 7.62 mm rounds, 30 rifles in addition to different ordnance inside the Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan province. The cache’s contents were destroyed. (link)
We had a serious problem in addition to of which was picking up speed exponentially. June 6th 2012 we lost another crew. July 25th 2012 yet another. August 16th 2012 again more losses. September 5th 2012 more deaths. of which just kept getting worse.
By September 5th 2012 inside the preceding nine months we had lost 11 helicopters to shoulder fired missiles in Afghanistan. The following headline hit the media:
One of the incidents revealed details of what was being faced. The July 25th 2012 downing of a CH-47 which was found to have been hit that has a “fresh generation” stinger missile. The risks were no longer mere worries, they were real:
[O]n July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter that has a fresh generation Stinger missile.
They thought they had a surefire kill. yet instead of bursting into flames, the Chinook just disappeared into the darkness as the American pilot recovered control of the aircraft in addition to brought of which to the ground in a hard landing.
The assault team jumped out the open doors in addition to ran clear in case of which exploded. Less than 30 seconds later, the Taliban gunner in addition to his comrade erupted into flames as an American gunship overhead locked onto their position in addition to opened fire.
The next day, an explosive ordnance disposal team arrived to pick through the wreckage in addition to found unexploded pieces of a missile casing of which could only belong to a Stinger missile.
Lodged inside the right nacelle, they found one fragment of which contained an entire serial number.
The investigation took time. Arms were twisted, noses put out of joint. yet when the results came back, they were stunning: The Stinger tracked back to a lot of which had been signed out by the CIA recently, not during the anti-Soviet jihad.
Reports of the Stinger reached the highest echelons of the US command in Afghanistan in addition to became a source of intense speculation, yet no action.
Everyone knew the war was winding down. Revealing of which the Taliban had US-made Stingers risked demoralizing coalition troops. Because there were no coalition casualties, government officials made no public announcement of the attack.
My sources inside the US Special Operations community believe the Stinger fired against the Chinook was part of the same lot the CIA turned over to the Qataris in early 2011, weapons Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department intended for anti-Khadafy forces in Libya.
They believe the Qataris delivered between 50 in addition to 60 of those same Stingers to the Taliban in early 2012, in addition to an extra 0 SA-24 Igla-S surface-to-air missiles. (link)
In Afghanistan the DoD field response was immediate; all Close Air Support was cancelled.
The White House had a problem – “Operation Zero Footprint” missiles were at This specific point being used against us, yet DoD didn’t know the origin because the Defense Department did not know about Zero Footprint, the State Department in addition to CIA did.
The killing of Army Chief Warrant Officers Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, in addition to Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, might not have been the final straw – yet their September 5th 2012 deaths coincided with an absolute change in direction.
While the ISIS-minded Syrian Muslim Brotherhood in addition to the Free Syrian Army were arguing over who gets what coming from aboard the Turkish vessel, back in Benghazi, Libya of which was obvious the ideology of the Syrian factions were too extreme in addition to the CIA could no longer control who would certainly use such weapons.
God forbid DoD ground commanders in Afghanistan find out the MANPADS they were facing originated by our covert efforts in Libya.
Strangely one must give credit to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As unbelievable as of which might sound he was the lone Islamic voice in March 2011 saying “don’t arm the Benghazi rebels“:
March 2011 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, has said he does not support the idea of arming Libyan rebels fighting to oust Muammar Gaddafi coming from power.
Speaking at a joint news conference with David Cameron, the British prime minister, in London, Erdogan said: “Doing of which would certainly create a different situation in Libya in addition to we do not find of which appropriate to do of which.”
Erdogan also said of which of which sending weapons to Libya could feed terrorism, saying such weapons shipments “could also create an environment which could be conducive to terrorism”. (read more)
Erdogan in addition to U.S. Defense Secretary Bob Gates were of the same mindset.
“My view would certainly be, if there is actually going to be of which kind of assistance to the opposition, there are plenty of sources for of which different than the United States,” said Gates. “Somebody else should do of which.” (link)
However, for Syria in 2012 Erdogan had a divergent opinion. He was all for arming the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. This specific article, again coming from August 2012 – one month prior to the attack against Chris Stevens, outlines the goal of both Erdogan in addition to President Obama:
(August 2012) President Barack Obama in addition to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone Monday “to coordinate efforts to accelerate a political transition in Syria,” the White House said.
This specific “would certainly include the departure of (Syrian leader) Bashar Assad in addition to be responsive to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people,” the statement said.
Obama in addition to Erdogan shared their concerns over the Syrian regime’s crackdown on opposition “in addition to the deteriorating humanitarian conditions throughout Syria as a result of the regime’s atrocities.”
Both [Obama in addition to Erodgan] promised to coordinate efforts to help the growing numbers of Syrians displaced by the violence within Syria or forced to flee over the border to take refuse in Turkey or different nations inside the region.
The statement said US in addition to Turkish teams “would certainly remain in close contact on ways of which Turkey in addition to the United States can work together to promote a democratic transition in Syria.” (link)
Alas, given the backstory of DoD not wanting to arm the rebels, in addition to given the unintended consequences of 2011/2012 coming from Operation Zero Footprint, in addition to given an upcoming election in November 2012, you can see why in post September 11 of 2012 the Obama administration would certainly want to discontinue This specific operation in addition to throw a bag over the events of the past 17 months.
Perhaps following the fiasco at the Port of Iskenderun a week earlier, Turkish Diplomat Consul General Ali Sait Akin arrives at the Benghazi Mission on Sept 11th 2012 to talk about the ongoing efforts to support Syria.
Perhaps, the conversation was about the increasing risk of arming a rising group of radicals against the backdrop of MANPADS being used against U.S. forces in different fields of combat.
Regardless of motivation Ali Sait Akin in addition to Stevens were most certainly discussing the current situation with Turkey suffering the consequences in addition to pushing a greater sense of urgency.
Indeed Turkey’s border region was filled with historic numbers of Syrian refugees fleeing the fighting which was completely out of control. The Scale of the crisis was staggering in addition to out of control. Over 500,000 Syrians were at This specific point seeking shelter in Turkey.
Meanwhile the ideology of the radical elements controlling the arms shipments was openly becoming a danger to the entire region, in addition to especially U.S. interests beyond Syria.
This specific would certainly have put Stevens (U.S.) in addition to Akin (Turkey) as opposing ends of the issue.
What we at This specific point know as ISIS – originated inside This specific group of Zero Footprint recipients, in addition to Erdogan, a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, wanted to see Assad removed at any cost.
The rabid ideologues (at This specific point known as ISIS-2014) were quickly evolving into a risk for the region. The U.S. policy team would certainly have viewed the risk far differently than Turkey.
As the fresh York Times reported in an Oct. 14 2012 article, “Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia in addition to Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, in addition to not the more secular opposition groups of which the West wants to bolster.”
We can only imagine the conversation within the Benghazi compound as both Ali Sait Akin in addition to Chris Stevens parted ways for the final time on September 11th 2012.
Outside the compound walls, the 17th Feb Brigade – Ansar Al Sharia – were also assembled to deliver their final goodbyes.
The Turkish delegation was able to navigate the roadblocks without issue. in addition to within 30 minutes of Consul Akin leaving the venue, Ansar Al Sharia executed their attack.
The Benghazi in addition to Darnah Brigades already knew the compound inside in addition to out, as well as the CIA ANNEX compound, a kilometer away, which contained four warehouse type buildings used by the CIA during the collection, distribution in addition to delivery of Zero Footprint’s objectives over the past 17 months.
In June of 2009 the primary Benghazi Mission compound looked like This specific:
In March of 2011, when Operation Zero Footprint began, the Tactical Operations Command building (TOC) was added in addition to of which looked like This specific:
In December of 2005 the area which became the CIA Annex compound held two buildings:
In 2009 two more buildings were added bringing the total to FOUR:
By the time the CIA took over 2011, in addition to when the compound came under mortar fire 2012, of which looked like This specific:
The primary reason for outlining This specific brief is actually to deliver a greater understanding of why things happened the way they did inside the post 9/11/12 attack media frenzy.
If you understand what took place coming from March 2011 through the night of the attack itself all of the contradictions reconcile, in addition to most of the questions become answered.
Factually, I would certainly challenge anyone who reads This specific brief to actually have a question left unanswered.
The events of the attack itself are gut wrenching in addition to troubling. Our brave operations folks had to fight their way out of a situation where they literally were on their own due to the political risks inherent in carrying out their objectives.
However, they knew they were beyond the wire, they knew they were covert – they knew there was no manner, method or possibility of protection…. in addition to This specific is actually the point everyone seems to miss:
THEY HAD TO KNOW THE DoD WAS inside the DARK ABOUT THEIR ACTIVITY. There was NOTHING the Pentagon could have done to help them. Those people inside the Eastern Libya City of Benghazi, operating on behalf of the administration, were, for all intents in addition to purposes, GHOSTS. They did not “technically” exist.
Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the mission they were tasked to carry out, there is actually no doubt they worked honorably to serve their nation. Ultimately the leadership within the State Department, The CIA, in addition to the White House are responsible for the outcomes of policy.
Our trust is actually of which This specific outline will stimulate journalists to question those who were at the heart of these two operations. Ultimately the Trey Gowdy select committee will find there is actually no venue to discuss intelligence operations with public sunlight. While both Zero Footprint in 2011, in addition to the Unnamed CIA operation in 2012 were flawed policy – they were not necessarily illegal.
There is actually a matter of an unidentified State Dept $6 billion contractor fund missing coming from Hillary’s term as Secretary of State; of which might bear investigation. However, beyond those smaller questions there is actually little if anything to gain.
Common Questions: The AFTERMATH – “The Cairo Protest VS The Benghazi Attack”
Here is actually where people get confused – because the U.S. State department wanted people to get confused.
On 9/11/12 the State Department was originally trying to deflect attention away coming from the Cairo Embassy Protest.
CNN correspondent Nick Robertson interviewed Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Al Zawahiri on the morning of the planned Cairo protest 9/11/12. Zawahiri in addition to team told Robertson they were rallying in addition to protesting for the Discharge of the Blind Sheik.
The protest turned violent in addition to the U.S. Embassy was overrun by extremists who eventually hoisted the black flag of al-Qaeda within the compound.
The State Dept was trying desperately to cover their ass in addition to frame the narrative so the optics of the al-Qaeda onslaught to the Embassy could be controlled.
To hide the intentions of the protesting mob (Discharge of the Blind Sheik) the U.S. State Department fell back on a story about the Mohammed video – which they found out about two days earlier.
Against the backdrop of an upcoming election, in addition to with Republicans beating up Democrats over the short-sighted foreign policy, the State Dept did not want the Muhammed Al Zawahiri narrative. The compound being overrun was a political embarrassment so they used the silly video to explain the protest:
(Remember This specific is actually all early inside the day – prior to the Benghazi attack)
However, Mitt Romney jumped on This specific State Dept. Press Discharge to make the case of which the U.S. appeared weak in addition to apologetic. of which created an immediate stir.
Unknown at the time was an UNRELATED attack was taking place at the Benghazi compound. The attack at Benghazi Libya had nothing to do with the protests at the Cairo embassy.
However, once the Benghazi attack took place, the State Dept needed a cover story which would certainly sell to the U.S. electorate to explain the Benghazi issues. What Hillary in addition to team did was sell/use the Cairo story as an explanation for Benghazi.
This specific is actually how the YouTube video came into play.
The YouTube video had nothing to do with the Cairo Embassy Protest.
The YouTube video had nothing to do with the Benghazi attack.
Nothing about the YouTube story was correct. of which was all manufactured excuse-creating, strategically put into the media cycle to protect the administration coming from the reality of flawed policy.
The YouTube video had nothing to do with the Embassy protest in Cairo, nor the Benghazi attack in Libya. By at This specific point I think everyone would certainly concur, albeit the media never went back to the Cairo motive to discuss because of which became a secondary issue.
Did the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Cairo, or specifically Muhammed Al Zawahiri, coordinate in some way with Ansar al Sharia in Libya, specifically on 9/11/12?
of which’s a not bad question – unfortunately however, of which’s a question without a factual answer. I don’t know; in addition to an argument can be made of which given all of the players in addition to the influx of their communication of which’s quite possible there was some coordination of effort.
What is actually factually certain is actually any communication they did have had nothing to do that has a ridiculous U-Tube video.
The Cairo protest was 100% certain to be about the Discharge of the Blind Sheik.
Was the Benghazi attack related in some effort to gain a hostage (Chris Stevens) as leverage toward of which Al Zawahiri effort? Possible. I’ve seen of which argument made, yet have not been able to definitively connect the two.
of which is actually a hard question to answer because the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammed Al Zawahiri (the brother of al-Qaeda’s #1 Ayman Al Zawahiri), in addition to the leadership of Ansar Al Sharia were not necessarily telling the foot soldiers the plans or larger objectives.
We do, however, believe the answer, if known, would certainly be known by Fattah el-Sisi in Egypt in addition to his team of military in addition to intelligence people. The most reasonable approach is actually to listen to the Egyptian intelligence leadership on This specific point.