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Hillary Clinton Scrubbed Benghazi Emails

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 Hillary Clinton scrubbed her Benghazi emails. That is the logical conclusion drawn by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson who, while at CBS, fought to break stories exposing the Obama administration’s lies on “phony” scandals from Fast and Furious to Benghazi and for her efforts had her computer hacked and monitored, likely by administration operatives concerned by her revelations and curious about her sources.

Attkisson said on NewsmaxTV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show” recently that she thought it was a common sense conclusion that Hillary Clinton erased the contents of her personal email server, created and used in violation of the National Records Act and State Department rules, because she would rather “take the heat” from destroying information under subpoena and sought by congressional investigators than suffer the political and possibly criminal consequences of the truth about her Benghazi activities.

Attkisson said, “To me this all points to Benghazi and things she did not want to turn over and did not turn over, communications regarding the story that the administration most wants to go away, most wants to controversialize, and most wants to say its a non story. I think that is what it says”

From emails that have been uncovered, and which were addressed to her personal email server, it is clear that she lied to Congress and the American people when she said that she was unaware of the perilous security around our Benghazi diplomatic mission and that while all State Department emails and cables were addressed to her, not all made it to her desk:

Clinton has long denied being in the loop about mounting dangers in Benghazi and her agency’s rejection of security requests from U.S. personnel, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the attacks. Though Clinton was sent multiple cables about security prior to the assaults, she explained that she got far too many to read.

“They are all addressed to me,” Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee in January 2013. “They do not all come to me. They are reported through the bureaucracy.”

The newly reported emails differ from the cables in that they were sent directly to Clinton’s personal email server and, in some cases, were from one of her top aides.

As Shannen W. Coffin points out in National Review, the Federal Records Act and the State Department’s own rules prohibits her keeping of official government emails on her personal server and destruction of records under subpoena also constitutes obstruction of justice. And if she signed form OF-109, which she should have done or been asked to do, she committed perjury:

As Shannen W. Coffin, a contributing editor at National Review and senior lawyer at both the White House and Justice Department under President George W. Bush, points out, a provision titled “Removal Procedures” requires departing federal employees to relinquish any classified materials at the time of departure and to clear the removal through records-management officials….

She doesn’t get to return 55,000 pages of documents nearly impossible to search years later. That she returned these materials in paper form, not an electronically searchable form, is a deliberate attempt to slow down and obstruct any investigation.

If an employee violates the terms of the Form OF-109 she or he has signed, that act is punishable by Section 18 U.S.C. § 1001 of the criminal code, which makes it a crime to knowingly and willfully falsify or conceal facts made in statements to federal agencies concerning matters under their jurisdiction.

The recent Chinese hacking of government personnel records raises the possibility that foreign hackers were well aware of every jot and tittle of Hillary’s activities as Secretary of State, which means she was putting her personal political ambitions above national security. After all, this information was being kept on a personal and unsecured server.

If you’re running for President and had culpability in the deaths of four Americans, including the first U.S. Ambassador killed on duty in three decades, you have a powerful motive to hide and or destroy records that could prove politically and criminally embarrassing. As Attkisson has noted, Hillary’s “plumbers” worked feverishly to keep documents hidden from the Accountability Review Board (ARB) during her tenure as Secretary of State:

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, one of four placed on administrative leave and then reinstated, told former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, now at the Daily Signal, of a weekend operation in a State Department basement office to filter out and hide any damaging documents from ARB that might put the State Department and its top diplomat, Hillary Clinton, in a bad light.

Attkisson reports that Maxwell was working at State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and his duties included gathering documents and emails relevant to the Benghazi probe when a State Department office director reportedly told Maxwell of the basement group’s marching orders.

“She told me,” Maxwell told Attkisson, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks (of documents) and pull out anything that might put anybody in the (Near Eastern Affairs) front office on the seventh floor in a bad light.'”

Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire. Hillary Clinton even lied about the terrorist attack in Benghazi being caused by a video to the parents of the dead in front of their son’s caskets at their bodies were returned home. If Richard Nixon lost his presidency due to an 18 ½ minute gap on a tape, Hillary’s willful destruction of incriminating evoidence should qualify her only for an orange jumpsuit.

Daniel John Sobieski is a free lance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.

Explosive Judicial Watch docs reveals Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi

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After a two year fight (that isn’t over), Judicial Watch released documents it obtained through an FOIA request that shows the intelligence community knew the nature of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi as well as the perpetrators, within 24 hours of the death of Ambassador Stevens.

The anti-Mohammed video was never mentioned.

Here’s John Hinderaker’s thorough report:

Despite the redactions, some of the documents are bombshells. This one was sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the White House’s National Security Council on September 12, 2012, the day after the Benghazi attack. It says, among other things:

The attack was planned ten or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012. The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killing of Aboyahiye ((ALALIBY)) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 atacks on the World Trade Center buildings.

This report also describes the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the Benghazi attack:

The attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was planned and executed by the Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BOAR). [Ed.: Rahman is the Blind Sheikh.] BCOAR is also responsible for past attacks on the Red Cross in Benghazi and the attack on the British ambassador, they have approximately 120 members.

So much for Hillary’s infamous “Was it because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk one night who decide to kill some Americans…?” So much, too, for the scapegoat video.

Here’s a link to the document.

While this is certainly a bombshell, it is not a smoking gun. Recall the narrative put out by the administration; that intelligence was confusing in the days following the Benghazi attack. This memo is clearly marked “Information report, not finally evaluated intelligence.” The administration will claim that this was just one of several reports they received, many of them contradictory, about what happened in Benghazi.

But it’s also clear that the administration cherry picked reports to buttress their claims of confusion, and latched on to at least one report that blamed the “spontaneous attack” on the video. They chose to believe the video was at fault.

Also, there has been speculation for years about the reason Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. This document apparently confirms that Stevens was there to track weapons flowing from chaotic Libya to rebels in Syria:

Other just-revealed documents are also significant. A DOD document confirms that in October 2012, the U.S. knew that weapons were being shipped from Benghazi to Syria for use in the civil war there. It has long been rumored that Ambassador Chris Stevens was in Benghazi for reasons having to do with the flow of weapons out of that city:

Weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the Port of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria. The weapons shipped during late-August 2012 were Sniper rifles, RPG’s, and 125 mm and 155mm howitzers missiles.

During the immediate aftermath of, and following the uncertainty caused by, the downfall of the (Qaddafi) regime in October 2011 and up until early September of 2012, weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles located in Benghazi, Libya were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the ports of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria. The Syrian ports were chosen due to the small amount of cargo traffic transiting these two ports. The ships used to transport the weapons were medium-sized and able to hold 10 or less shipping containers of cargo.

There is also another document that eerily describes how Islamic State would rise.

Why did the administration refuse to accept this report, and others like it, that blamed the attack on Islamist terrorists who deliberately planned the attack days in advance? To this day, they insist the video had something to do with the attack and that it was carried out by local militias with no ties to international terror groups. Obviously, politics is playing a big role in the continuation of this false narrative. But ideology is also at work to undermine the truth. These people actually believe their own propaganda about how great they’re doing against terrorism. So when reports like this are presented, they are ignored in favor of other intelligence that comports with their worldview.

Report: Egypt Preparing Large Assault Against ISIS in Libya Despite Opposition From Obama

Egypt is getting ready to launch a large air and ground attack against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in eastern Libya DebkaFile reports, quoting military and intelligence sources.

The Obama administration is reportedly opposed to the operation.

“Egypt is massing large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert along the Libyan border, in preparation for a military campaign to capture eastern Libya — Cyrenaica — from the Islamist State of Syria and Iraq — ISIS — occupation,” reports DebkaFile.

“The substantial naval and marine forces assembling at Egypt’s Mediterranean ports indicate the possible launching of the offensive by dropping Egyptian marines on the Libyan coast around Derna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital,” it added. “They may be accompanied by simultaneous landings of paratroops from the air.”

Some officials have warned that ISIS may use Libya to launch attacks against Europe.

The DebkaFile report notes that the Obama administration is against a direct invasion of Libya by Egypt, but would support Cairo taking action through local Libyan militias.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi was not convinced by CIA Director John Brennan who related Obama’s position on April 19.

“President El-Sisi was not surprised to hear from the CIA director that the Obama administration objects to a direct Egyptian invasion of Libya, but would not oppose Cairo acting through local Libyan militias,” said DebkaFile.

“Brennan leaned hard on the Egyptian president to follow Washington’s line, but El-Sisi refused,” it added later.

President El-Sisi did tell the CIA director that he does not plan to keep the Egyptian army in Libya. He is planning to pull his troops out after the jihadists are defeated. Ultimately, El-Sisi said he would hand power back to the elected Libyan government.

ISIS’ presence in eastern Libya and Sinai poses an unacceptable threat to El-Sisi’s country, noted the report.

“He has been warned in a number of intelligence reports that the Islamic State’s terrorists have already penetrated some Egyptian towns and even infiltrated certain army units,” it said.

ISIS is reportedly beefing up its presence in eastern Libya with reinforcements from Syria and Iraq to counter Egypt’s planned assault.

“From Syria, they are traveling by air or sea through the Mediterranean; from Iraq, through the Sinai Peninsula, whence oil and drug rings smuggle them across the Suez Canal and Egypt,” said DebkaFile.

Libya has been engulfed in unrest since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and executed in 2011 with the support of the Obama administration. Various tribes, militias, and political groups are competing for power in Libya.

The country has been split by two warring factions. One is led by the elected government operating out of Tobruk and the other by militias in Tripoli.

The Obama administration and other Western nations have been reluctant to intervene.

Egypt, without the support of the U.S., launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya after the jihadist group beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians.

Egypt calls on anti-IS coalition to intervene in Libya

The US-led alliance has previously launched military action against the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq, but not in Libya
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An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct strike missions against ISIL targets, in the Arabian Gulf in this U.S. Navy handout photograph provided September 23, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
 
An aide to Egypt’s foreign minister has called on the US-led international coalition against Islamic State (IS) to intervene against the militant group in Libya, as it has previously done in Syria and Iraq.

Ambassador Abdel-Rahman Salah said that “terrorism should be dealt with comprehensively wherever it exists”, according to a foreign ministry statement issued on Thursday.

Salah, who took part in a meeting with the anti-IS alliance in Jordan on Wednesday, said that any military action against the militant group should aim to crush it, not merely force it to move its base of operations.

Since last summer, the anti-IS alliance have launched airstrikes against IS in Syria and Iraq, but not in Libya.

Over the last months, IS has emerged as a participant in the Libyan conflict, as two rival governments – one internationally recognised in Al-Bayda, the other Islamist in Tripoli – and their allied militias continue to fight for control of the country.

In mid-February, Egypt launched air strikes on IS group targets in Libya’s Derna in cooperation with the Libyan army, in response to IS publishing a video of the beheading of 20 Coptic Egyptians, allegedly near Tripoli.

Egypt has also pushed for a Security Council resolution to lift a four-year arms embargo on the internationally-backed Libyan government, so that it can fight IS militants.

Israel Jet Strike Weapons Depots in Libya

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Arab news sources reported at week’s end that an unidentified jet believed to be Israeli destroyed warehouses in southern Libya that held weapons bought by Iran for Hamas.

According to the reports in Al Watan and other news outlets, the warehouses were completely destroyed. The weapons that were inside them had allegedly been purchased by Iran, by means of weapons dealers in Sudan and Chad, and were supposed to be smuggled to Hamas through Egypt, by means of the smuggling tunnels between Sinai ands Gaza.

The destruction of the weapons stores in southern Libya was carried out in coordination with the Egyptian security and intelligence apparatuses, the reports claimed.

Al Watan added that Egypt allowed the Israeli jet to pass through its airspace en route to southern Libya.

ISIS Kidnaps 20 Doctors and Nurses in Libya

In the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, ISIS kidnapped 20 foreign doctors and nurses on Monday afternoon as they were waiting for a bus to take them to Tripoli. According to reports from various Arab media, the hostages are mostly Filipinos, but among them there are also Indians, Serbs and Ukrainians.

The medical personnel were trying to escape the violence between radical jihadists and troops belonging to Operation Shuruq, which is expected to escalate in the coming days. Operation Shuruq is tied to the General National Congress in Tripoli, which is not recognized by the international community.

The hostages, who worked at the hospital Ibn Sina, were seized by a band of some thirty militants from the Tafkiri group, affiliated to the Islamic Caliphate. According to reports, the guerrillas captured them to take care of their wounded, also with a view to upcoming battles.

The medical staff were part of a larger exodus of people trying to get out of Sirte before violence intensifies. According to the local website “al Wasat,” dozens of families fled from Sirte on Monday after two days of clashes between Islamic State militants and fighters loyal to the self-declared Tripoli government.

Families packed into cars and headed west toward the city of Misrata, stronghold of the Libya Dawn armed group that backs the Tripoli government. In Sirte, gasoline is scarce and many shops are now closed.

Last week, gunmen allegedly associated with ISIS captured nine foreigners and beheaded eight Libyan guards when they raided an oil field in central Libya.

According to reports, the forces of the General National Congress of Tripoli are ready to attack Sirte to take control of the stations now in the hands of the Islamic state. The forces of the Brigade 166 militia along with those of Operation Shuruq are grouping in the Qardabiya airbase east of Sirte.

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