By James Rosen
Published January 13, 2014
Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation's top civilian and uniformed defense officials -- headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama -- were informed that the event was a "terrorist attack," declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president's Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward.Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of AFRICOM, the Defense Department combatant command with jurisdiction over Libya, told the House in classified testimony last year that it was him who broke the news about the unfolding situation in Benghazi to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The tense briefing -- in which it was already known that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens had been targeted and had gone missing -- occurred just before the two senior officials departed the Pentagon for their session with the commander in chief.
BENGHAZI TRANSCRIPTS; U.S. WOEFULLY UNPREPARED FOR ATTACK
Hundreds of pages of declassified transcripts from the U.S. military's top commanders present a picture of a woefully ill-postured military force whose assets were not in a position to quickly respond to the Benghazi terror attack -- or other hot spots across Africa and the Middle East.
The 450 pages of newly declassified transcripts detail testimony from secret, closed hearings last year before Congress. They provide fresh insight into the military's decision-making that night from the very commanders who staged the rescue efforts, including the top commander in Africa at the time Gen. Carter Ham.
Among other details, they reveal gaps in the military's positioning of assets around the world.
NEW DECLASSIFIED DOCS EXPOSE OBAMA BENGHAZI LIES
REACTION TO NEW BOMBSHELLS ON BENGHAZI ATTACK
BENGHAZI BLOOD IS ON HANDS OF BUSH AND OBAMA
By Ben Barrack
Closing the Gitmo detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has always been a top priority for Barack Obama. Within hours of his first inauguration, he signed an Executive Order in an attempt to close it within one year. Barely more than one year prior to signing that order, Abu Sufian bin Qumu was “transferred” from Gitmo and returned to Derna (Darnah), Libya.
Nearly 500 days after the attack on Benghazi on 9/11/12 that ended with the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, the U.S. State Departmentformally acknowledged that bin Qumu was a player in the attack and that he was the leader of Ansar Al-Sharia in Derna.
It’s failure to do so until now has been intentionally obstructionist; there is no other explanation. Consider a Fox News report published just days after the Benghazi attack – and five days before Obama again pointed to the anti-Muhammad video as being responsible, during a speech at the United Nations. The report identified bin Qumu as a suspect then: