THIS IS A LONG ONE—BUT COMBINES FOUR REPORTS ALL SAYING THE SAME THINGS.
The CIA is polygraphing its operatives on a regular basis in an “unprecedented” effort to prevent Benghazi secrets from leaking out, CNN’s “The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.” More from CNN: It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career. In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.” Another says, “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.” The CIA responded to CNN’s report in a statement, claiming it “enabled all officers involved in Benghazi the opportunity to meet with Congress,” according to Jake Tapper. It has also been revealed that as many 35 Americans were in Benghazi on the night of the deadly terror attack, CNN reports, citing anonymous inside sources. As many as seven were wounded and 21 Americans were reportedly working in the building known as the CIA annex.
R-Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) told CNN that the revelations represent “a form of a cover-up.” “We should have the people who were on the scene come in, testify under oath, do it publicly, and lay it out. Rumors about the U.S. government possibly being involved in the transfer of weapons out of Libya, through Turkey and into the hands of the Syrian rebels. According to the CNN report, the CIA and the State Department were the two U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi. The State Department has denied being involved in any transfer of weapons to other countries, though it clearly stated they “can’t speak for any other agencies.” The CIA, on the other hand, would not say if they were involved in any transfer of weapons to other nations.
There should be a select committee to investigate the mushrooming Benghazi scandal, he replied, “As of now, no. But I’m hopeful. I think we have now shown enough questions to meet the threshold.” Because of dramatic new revelations, including new reports from witnesses. President Obama may call Benghazi a phony scandal but those revelations make it look like he has the CIA desperately covering up something huge. CNN report the CIA had dozens of people in Benghazi on the night of the attack and the agency has gone to “unprecedented” lengths to make sure what they were doing there remains a secret. The report said CIA employees were afraid for themselves and their families, and subjected to “pure intimidation,” including a highly unusual number of lie-detector tests. And now Fox is confirming an explosive allegation Wolf made to WND back in June, that Benghazi survivors are being forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. Wolf believes “more of them wanted to come forward earlier. I think now this polygraphing and all this activity has people frightened.”
CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., wonders why “these heroes” are being told not to talk? He asks what is the administration afraid of — and what is it protecting? “They don’t want them to speak, it’s pretty clear. You sign a non-disclosure agreement that means you’re not supposed to disclose anything. “Now, a subpoena from Congress would supersede that. But if you’re 50, you have a couple of kids, a mortgage, you live in Fairfax County in a house, you have one kid in college and another one going soon, can you afford to lose your job? You can’t do it,” explained Wolf. He said that’s why a public hearing is needed to uncover the truth, so surviving witnesses can feel safe. “They need the protection of a public hearing and to be subpoenaed so they can come forward. That allows them to say what really happened.” A select committee would provide “a central location where people feel comfortable.” If he had any speculation on why the CIA would go to such extraordinary efforts to keep witnesses quiet. “I have thoughts about it … but that’s the whole purpose of a hearing. And not only to find out that, but why didn’t they send an American plane in to pick up the wounded? Why didn’t they send an American plane in to rescue the others that were sitting there on the tarmac?”
The attack came in two waves and lasted from 9:40 p.m. until after 6:00 a.m., when Libyan soldiers finally arrived to evacuate the surviving American personnel. CIA station chief twice told Woods to stand down when he asked permission to help Stevens’ group. Woods team finally ignored orders and joined the battle at the consulate, evacuating survivors and the body of Sean Smith, but not finding the ambassador.
Returning to the annex, the team called for military help but were reportedly denied, a charge the CIA disputes. The fighting then continued for four more hours, with no U.S. help ever arriving. Wolf believes that could have been enough time for help to arrive from air bases in Italy or Turkey.
“Why didn’t they send an F-16 to come over the consulate and join the attack? Woods was killed nearly seven hours after the initial attack, along with fellow former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty. What were dozens of CIA agents doing in Benghazi and why is the administration apparently so desperate to keep survivors tight-lipped?
Lawmakers are speculating on the possibility U.S. agencies operating in the Benghazi compound were secretly helping to transfer weapons from Libya, via Turkey, to the rebels in Syria. That possibility was first reported by WND when Egyptian security officials said Stevens played a central role in arming and recruiting rebels to fight Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
WND’s Jerome Corsi has reported there is evidence the administration is covering for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because she sent Stevens into a dangerous situation without adequate security. Corsi reported Stevens “died in a terrorist attack, because Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered him there, according to an exclusive statement given to WND by the attorney representing Gregory Hicks. Wolf notes the CIA has said agency employees are always free to speak to Congress if they want. However, Wolf observes, the reported polygraphs given to survivors clearly contradict these assertions. He asks, how can the Congress know the survivors don’t want to speak with Congress if they can’t learn who they are and ask them? He doubts Congress can just take the administration’s word for it.
There were 35 CIA operatives on the ground in Benghazi at the time of the September, 2012 raid. But the questions loom: What were they doing there? And why was the Administration so desperate to cover-up their presence that it administered polygraph tests to stop leaking and had agents use aliases?
The news — now confirmed by CNN — that the CIA had “thirty additional Americans on the ground in Benghazi at the time of the attack.” He says that they were involved in a covert and possibly illegal effort to ship arms from Libya to the Syrian rebels with the aid of al Qaeda operatives. Horn says, “The CIA was involved in the illegal acquisition of weapons from the terrorist al Qaeda affiliates in Libya and shipping them to al Qaeda Sunni terrorists in Syria via Turkey.” If Horn’s testimony is to be believed, it would mean that the cover-up of the Benghazi raid was motivated by much more than a mere desire by Obama to conceal the viability of al Qaeda despite the bin Laden killing. Obama may have been trying to stop a full blown Iran-Contra type scandal from engulfing his administration.
Lawyers advising the Administration have had serious concerns that arming the rebels could violate “customary international law” and give Syrian dictator Assad legal justification and motivation to attack Americans around the world. In addition the House and Senate Intelligence Committees had not approved aid to the Syrian rebels at the time of the Benghazi attack and did not do so until last month. To have armed the Syrian rebels would have violated the tacit understanding between the executive and the Intelligence Committees that the Administration would not proceed without the approval of the Committees.
It would be to stop revelations of this magnitude from leaking out that the agency would be polygraphing its operatives in Libya monthly, moving them around the country, and making them take assumed names. An effort by the Administration to deflect public focus on al Qaeda’s continuing power to an attempt to cover up possibly illegal arms shipments reminiscent of Reagan’s Iran Contra scandal.
Now the focus of the investigation must not only be why Obama and Hillary Clinton lied by saying that the raid was simply an overreaction to a movie, and what the CIA was doing there anyway and whether it violates American or international law.
It is reporting that four mid-level State Department employees were told to return to work today after being reinstated by Secretary of State John Kerry. After reviewing their cases and the findings by the Accountability Review Board (ARB), Kerry has determined that the disciplinary actions taken against these employees by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were unwarranted. In December, Clinton terminated one employee and placed three on administrative leave following the ARB findings concerning the State Department’s failures in protecting our Ambassador and consulate employees in Benghazi.
The State Department offered a charade that included false reports of firings and resignations and now ends in a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll. Personnel actions was more of a public relations strategy than a measured response to a failure in leadership. In the course of our investigation, the Oversight Committee learned that the State Department’s review of these four individuals did not include interviews with them or their supervisors to either substantiate or challenge allegations. Accountability Review Board’ investigation resulted in a decision by Secretary Kerry not to pursue any accountability from anyone.”
Sources—jason howerton, cnn, frank wolf, garth kant, wnd, Jerome corsi, dick morris, jake tapper, james horn, mat staver, daily beast, libery counsel action