REAL Benghazi Scandal Blown Wide Open. Security sources reconfirm gunrunning to jihadists

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By Aaron Klein

KleinOnline has reconfirmed with multiple knowledgeable Middle Eastern security sources that the U.S. special mission in Benghazi was utilized to coordinate Arab arms shipments and other aid to the so-called rebels fighting in Libya and later in Syria.

KleinOnline first broke the story on the Benghazi gun running issue just 13 days after the Sept. 11 2012 attacks.

The scandal has been garnering more news media attention after Sen. Rand Paul asked outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the claims during hearings over the Benghazi affair two weeks ago.

Clinton claimed she did not know whether the U.S. special mission was involved in gun-running.

Paul asked Clinton: “Is the U. S. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?

“To Turkey?” Clinton asked. “I will have to take that question for the record. Nobody has ever raised that with me.”

Continued Paul: “It’s been in news reports that ships have been leaving from Libya and that may have weapons, and what I’d like to know is the annex that was close by, were they involved with procuring, buying, selling, obtaining weapons, and were any of these weapons being transferred to other countries, any countries, Turkey included?”

Clinton replied, “Well, senator, you’ll have to direct that question to the agency that ran the annex. I will see what information is available.”

“You’re saying you don’t know?” asked Paul.

“I do not know,” Clinton said. “I don’t have any information on that.”

That section of the exchange with Paul was almost entirely ignored by media, which instead focused on the Republican senator’s earlier statement that if he were president he would have relieved Clinton of her post.

Reconfirmed

Now knowledgeable security sources have reconfirmed KleinOnline’s original reporting on the use of the Benghazi mission in aiding the rebels who are known to be saturated by al-Qaida and other Islamic terrorist groups.

In September, KleinOnline broke the story that the slain U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens, played a central role in recruiting jihadists to fight Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, according to Egyptian security officials.

In November, Middle Eastern security sources further described both the U.S. mission and nearby CIA annex in Benghazi as the main intelligence and planning center for U.S. aid to the rebels that was being coordinated with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Among the tasks performed inside the building was collaborating with countries, most notably Turkey, on the recruitment of fighters – including jihadists – to target Assad’s regime, the security officials said.

While the White House has been largely mum on the alleged use of the Benghazi mission to aid the rebels, Obama administration officials did claim the White House rejected a plan to supply arms to the Syrian rebels.

If, indeed, President Obama rejected the arms plan, as reported last weekend by the New York Times, it would mean the White House went against the recommendations of outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus.

The plan was said to have been generated by Petraeus and Clinton.

During Senate hearings on Benghazi last week, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked Panetta and Dempsey whether they had supported a plan “that we provide weapons to the resistance in Syria.”

“We do,” Panetta replied.

“You did support that?” McCain asked again.

“We did,” added Dempsey, who was sitting next to Panetta.

Neither Dempsey nor Panetta elaborated on their positions.

The New York Times reported the White House rebuffed the Clinton-Petraeus plan developed last summer to arm and train Syrian rebels.

The Times, citing unnamed Obama administration officials, reported the White House rejected the Clinton-Petraeus proposal over concerns it could draw the U.S. into the Syrian conflict and the arms could fall into the wrong hands.

The plan reportedly called for vetting rebels and arming a group of fighters with the assistance of Arab countries.

KleinOnline reported Stevens himself was leading the vetting efforts, working with the Saudis to send names of potential jihadi recruits to U.S. security organizations for review. Names found to be directly involved in previous attacks against the U.S., including in Iraq and Afghanistan, were ultimately not recruited by the Saudis to fight in Syria.

This scheme seems to mirror the Petraeus-Clinton plan as described by the New York Times.

Secret activities

According to the 39-page report released last month by independent investigators probing the attacks at the diplomatic facility, the U.S. mission in Benghazi was set up without the knowledge of the new Libyan government, as KleinOnline reported.

 

“Another key driver behind the weak security platform in Benghazi was the decision to treat Benghazi as a temporary, residential facility, not officially notified to the host government, even though it was also a full-time office facility,” the report states. “This resulted in the Special Mission compound being excepted from office facility standards and accountability under the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 (SECCA) and the Overseas Security Policy Board (OSPB).”

The report, based on a probe led by former U.S. diplomat Thomas Pickering, calls the facility a “Special U.S. Mission.”

During the Libyan revolution against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, the U.S. admitted to directly arming the rebel groups.

Stevens himself first arrived in Libya on a cargo ship to serve as the official U.S. liaison to Libyan opposition, reportedly working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the al-Qaida-tied Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.

At the time of the U.S. aid to the Libyan fighters, rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi acknowledged in an interview that a significant number of the Libyan rebels were al-Qaida fighters, many of whom had fought U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but he added that the “members of al-Qaida are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.”

Consulate?

From the beginning, U.S. media reports on the events in Benghazi have been misleading.

The vast majority of media coverage worldwide refers to the U.S. facility that was attacked as a “consulate,” even though the government itself has been careful to call it a “mission.”

A consulate typically refers to the building that houses a consul, who is the official representative of the government of one state in the territory of another. The U.S. consul in Libya, Jenny Cordell, works out of the embassy in Tripoli.

Consulates at times function as junior embassies, providing services related to visas, passports and citizen information.

On Aug. 26, about two weeks before his was killed, Ambassador Stevens attended a ceremony marking the opening of consular services at the Tripoli embassy.

The main role of a consulate is to foster trade with the host and care for its own citizens who are traveling or living in the host nation.

Diplomatic missions, on the other hand, maintain a more generalized role. A diplomatic mission is simply a group of people from one state or an international inter-governmental organization present in another state to represent matters of the sending state or organization in the receiving state.

However, according to the State Department investigation, the building was a “U.S. Special Mission” set up without the knowledge of the Libyan government.

  • J Taylor

    I AGREE WITH YOU ALL

  • Jason Emm

    How much more do we the people have to put up with BEFORE someone grabs their balls and hangs this guy in the white house out to dry??? SERIOUSLY..What the Fu#k

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  • joshuasweet

    Are they also tied to the Muslim Brotherhood as well? Like all the others Obama has used US funds to support? At least this time none of our troops and equipment were
    used, like they were in the other expansions of the “Arab Spring”

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  • Martinconte

    Sorry, but as interesting as this information is the fact remains that Americans were murdered and nothing has bees done to date. I am all for holding Clinton and Obama responsible for those deaths but I am also for punishing those involved in the murders. Perhaps a massive air strike on that pertiicular town would make a forceful statement that when you F..K with Americans you get F….D! Harsh yes, but sometimes it is better to be feared than respected.

  • BenY

    It’s very simple, as all their actions and policies have demonstrated. The regime is doing everything it can to help install a radical caliphate which will take over the Middle East, and once he collapses the U.S. the fuehrer will finish the job here. We had better get some into Congress who will do their Constitutional duty, If this were a white man, or a Republican, he would be in prison by now.

  • Hickory Stonewall

    arm enemies and drug dealers (narco-terrorists.) disarm law abiding citizens. remove dissenters for re-education and murder opposition. sounds like a plan drawn up by the students for a democratic society (SDS,Weather Underground) which is part of the most transparent administration to OCCUPY 1600

  • michael@unitya,ericaradio.com

    the only way anyone had knowledge before the attacks to stage the attack on the annex would be a leak in the whitehouse! Ambassodor Stevemns is made out to be a crook to benefit the obama administration. PATHETIC! however this only shows me that the whit house knew what was going on and aided the enemy because they did not want to keep the operation going fearing the muslim brotherhood! I TELL YOU ITS TREASON!

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  • Shirley Ann Smith-Rhodes

    Ambassador Stevens knew too much! It is alleged that he funneled the money to
    Al Qaeda, et al for the revolution support in Libya and other hotbeds. The best way to silence any possible embarrassing statements was his death. By Obama throwing him under the bus, the dogs were able to make another bold statement against the U. S. and be momentarily appeased! Obama is a muslim! He will use any system to destroy America…make us a third world country… usurp all power and transfer our country to the muslim radicals who (thanks to No Immigration enforcement and No southern borders) are already in place by the millions throughout our country to take over – establish their muslim caliphate complete with Sharia law! Obama has been sponsored and groomed many years from Saudi Arabia for this purpose! He is a treasonous imposter with a conspiracy in place to complete what the twin towers attack began! allah akbar is his slogan! That is his goal and he has used any method necessary to achieve it! We must WAKE UP! Obama will NOT leave office without a fight! He will create a State of Emergency for some phony reason and declare Martial law! When he does, in accordance with his own Executive Order, Congress can do nothing for six months. It will then be too late! The clock is ticking! Congress must move! Some members of Congress may be participating in this Conspiracy because it seems insane that no one has taken action until now! Everytime the House attempts anything, the Senate doesn’t act! SHAME ON YOU CONGRESS!

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  • Anonymous

    “Mission” is a word when used in context of diplomacy that describes a place and a purpose. Bengazi was a mission with a mission: to recruit and arm anti-Assad forces in Syria. Glad to see here at Klein Online see through the Kultursmog that American Spectator is generating defending the obama regime as being merely incompetent in its handling of Bengazi. “Kultursmog” is a word Am Spec’s editor in Chief R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. coined to describe liberal evasions and diversions designed to mask the truth. Now, Am Spec is engaging in one of its own! It is excusing obama as merely being AWOL during the assault on the Bengazi diplomatic mission. He was anything BUT! He was directly complicit with Eric Holder in the in the most egregious act of diplomatic skulduggery and when it fell apart under attack from terrorists, a coverup which would make Watergate look like a Sunday picnic at the park!

    That usually reliable organ of Conservative thought has sold out on the notion that Bengazi is nothing but “dereliction of duty” on the part of the obama regime. Over the past two days, Am Spec has published two articles asserting Bengazi is a simple failure to act.

    It is refreshing to read the truth about Bengazi’s mission. Would that our feckless congressmens’ ‘mission’ were to expose this debacle, rather than let Rand Paul blow in the wind as the ONLY congressman with the cohones to even broach the subject.

  • Anonymous

    uTube video……..lol….Poor Bastard!

    If you remember correctly, initially they referred ALL question to the Justice Dept…aka Eric Holder….aka Fast & Furious…..NO explanation further needed!

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  • Martha Washington

    The Pric*S in the WHITEHOUSE were busted for RUNNING WEAPONS 2 violent DRUG CARTELS,just last year in operation #Fast&Furious.
    NO 1 in administration received consequences from that BOTCHED SCHEME….
    no 1 except the hundreds of PEOPLE MURDERED by GUNS our FEDS gave them,&the families who LOST LOVED ONES.-
    The Feds continued their plotting&scheming 4 the fall of ASSAD by ARMING a LARGER GROUP of BAD GUYS,with 20tons of reported weapons&4 AMERICANS DIED——-4 AMERICANs died in the BENGHAZI ATTACK,then two in operation Fastt&Furious—-
    –IMPEACHMENT is the ONLY OPTION——–
    ‘this is a big ******* Deal CONGRESS——-
    IMPAECH OBAMA before he sacrifices more AMERICAN CITIZENS