Obama White House Knew Al-Qaeda Ally Hit Benghazi

Two hours after last month’s deadly assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama White House knew the operation had been orchestrated by Muslim terrorists with ties to al-Qaeda, new evidence demonstrates.

But that grim information failed to deter President Obama, who has consistently been more interested in golfing than in attending security briefings, from hopping onto Air Force One on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 and jetting off to Las Vegas for a campaign fundraiser.

U.S. officials reportedly monitored an audio feed of the Benghazi attack in real time, CBS News reports. FBI and State Department officials have also reviewed security camera footage recovered from the site. During the attack, U.S. forces were in place in nearby Sicily but the order to fly to Benghazi in an attempt to rescue the besieged staff at the consulate never came.

For a fortnight the Obama administration strenuously maintained the fiction that the incident in Benghazi, a terrorist stronghold, was a spontaneous popular uprising somehow inspired by an Ed Wood-quality anti-Islam video on YouTube that hardly anyone watched. Eventually the administration was forced to admit that what happened in that Libyan city was carried out by Islamic terrorists.

Leaked State Department emails dated Sept. 11, 2012, that were published yesterday show that U.S. officials knew soon after the attack that Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda, had claimed responsibility for killing four American officials including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

The emails were sent to various national security platforms representing as many as 400 U.S. national security, military, and diplomatic officials almost as the attack was underway and concluding. Fox News reports that those platforms included the White House Situation Room, the Pentagon, the FBI, and the Director of National Intelligence.

The electronic missives were time-stamped in Eastern time and often bore the subheading SBU, which stands for “Sensitive But Unclassified.”

The initial email stamped 4:05 p.m. contains the subject line: “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack (SBU).”

“The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack,” read the email. “Embassy Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support … The operations Center will provide updates as available.”

A second email stamped 4:54 p.m. contains “Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi (SBU)” as a subject line.

“Embassy Tripoli reports the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi has stopped and the compound has been cleared. A response team is on site attempting to locate COM personnel.”

A third email stamped 6:07 p.m. features a subject line reading “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack (SBU).”

“Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli,” it indicates.

The three emails appear to complement early reports by the British newspaper, the Independent. That media outlet reported soon after the attack that the Obama administration had “credible” evidence that Islamist assaults were planned on U.S. missions in Libya and Egypt a full two days before they happened. The paper also reported that the administration made no effort to protect U.S. government personnel.

Authorities in Tunisia announced yesterday that they had arrested a 28-year-old Tunisian jihadist, Ali Ani al-Harzi, in connection with the Benghazi attack. Another suspect, a militant known only by his first name, Hazem, blew himself up in Cairo during a firefight with police. The man had reportedly returned from a recent trip to Libya and had a cache of weapons.

Meanwhile, with every passing day more evidence surfaces that the Obama administration isn’t serious about combating Islamism. The fact that the administration itself is a hotbed of Islamist activity could have something to do with it.

Breitbart.com’s Big Peace website reported yesterday that operatives from the Muslim Brotherhood have penetrated the Central Intelligence Agency. In July the CIA hosted a two-day training program called “Countering Violent Extremism Workshop for the National Capitol Region.”

Sessions at the seminar held at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, were conducted by officials from the CIA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Homeland Security, alongside suspected Muslim Brotherhood operatives.

As Frontpage Magazine was nearly alone in reporting, FBI agents are no longer allowed to treat individuals associated with terrorist groups as potential threats to the nation. A recent report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism found that “scores” of known radical Islamists met with senior Obama administration officials during hundreds of visits to the White House.

And the profoundly unethical Los Angeles Times continues to withhold potentially vital information about Obama’s relationship with former Palestine Liberation Organization spokesman Rashid Khalidi, who now spends his days poisoning the minds of Columbia University students. The newspaper has a videotape under lock and key of Obama’s remarks at a 2003 banquet honoring the ex-terrorist, presumably because the contents of the recording would harm the president’s chances of reelection.

As Frontpage Magazine was first to report yesterday, the recently named chairman of the Department of State’s investigation of the Benghazi atrocities is an apologist for Islamic terrorism who has a cozy relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

The chairman, former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, participated in a panel discussion Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia.” American Association for Muslim Advancement executive director Daisy Khan, and her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, were also on the panel. Khan and Rauf have been prime movers behind the proposal to build a mosque near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.

Pickering has ties to the pro-Iran Islamist front group known as the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). NIAC lost an important defamation case in federal court last month in which it unsuccessfully argued the group was not a tool of the Iranian government.

While the president has focused on other things, Islamism has been on the march. Fundamentalist Muslim regimes are popping up all over North Africa and the Middle East. Once a stalwart U.S. and Israeli ally, Egypt is now in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood and appears poised to transform itself into another Iran after Obama abandoned the now-deposed president Hosni Mubarak.

Communism too is on the march on Obama’s watch: Venezuela and other Latin American countries have been tilting to port while the president apologizes for past U.S. foreign policy and bows and scrapes before kings and tinpot dictators alike.

Obama looks more and more like President Jimmy Carter every day. During the malaise of the Carter years, Iran went from being a reliable U.S. ally to a totalitarian theocracy after Carter betrayed the Shah. Nicaragua fell to Communists and the Soviets rolled their tanks into Afghanistan and installed their own puppet president there.

And at about this point in 1980, Carter was also struggling in his reelection bid.

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  • truebearing

    When it comes to the Left, and especially Obama, I always operate on the TOI assumption –the tip of the iceberg. We know far less than what is hidden, but given what we do know about Benghazi, it is extremely safe to say that what we don't know is so bad that Obama is willing to take a sustained beating rather than reveal what undoubtedly would result an immense eruption of outrage, and a sure loss.

    I am thoroughly convinced that Obama intentionally hung Stevens, and the others, out to dry because they knew things he wanted kept quiet. Maybe he feared they would reveal something before the election, who knows, but the combination of removing security, denying an escape plane, and refusing to send readily available help says that the outcome was what Obama wanted. He is easily that ruthless and rapacious for power. He is easily that evil.

  • oblique

    Something about this entire thing stinks to high Heaven, and you really have to ask WHY. Why were they so quick to blame the video for the deaths of the Ambassador and three other Embassy workers (likely CIA operatives)? For me, I don't think this is an oversight, or the lie about it being inconsistent with the narrative of Al Qaeda on the run since Bin Laden's death.

    I think there are much more sinister motives at play here. How this will play out, I have no idea, but the Administration at this time is "covering" for Obama. He is playing a double game, a game that I hate to say, does not have America or her freedom as the goal. If you think about the last four years, practically every move that Obama has made concerning the Middle East has been to destabilize the US and promote islamists. The Apology Tour, courting jihadists at the White House, ignoring Israel, that dreadful speech he gave to the UN recently about blaming the "disgusting video", BFF the Turkish Prime Minister and too many more. How the rest of the Administration (Hilary, Pentagon, NSA, CIA et al) continues to be complicit in Obama's clearly treasonous acts is absolutely baffling, unless it simply boils down to the power at all costs meme. If this thing plays out as I think it will, I have no doubt that some of the big players will find themselves behind bars.

    Didn't they realise the lie about the video would eventually be found out? If the emails are anything to go by, there were dozens of recipients. Someone will spill the beans, eventually. Why were they released, and to Reuters of all outlets? And no one is going directly to the video itself. That's been sidelined along with rumors of Noukala's murky links with islamic extremists. Something is definitely fishy about that video and the "convenience" of the time it surfaced. Was this entire thing a set up from the start? Is there some October surprise that will benefit Obama (e.g. apprehending/targeting the Benghazi terrorists)? Whichever way you look at it, the US Ambassador to Libya and the three other Americans were collateral damage in Obama's "grander" plan.

    • buckeye

      where do you think all of those $2million(in Sept) untraceable donations are primarily coming from…. you're right, this does stink to high heaven. it's those same people who funneled untraceable donations to get him elected in 2008…

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "U.S. officials reportedly monitored an audio feed of the Benghazi attack in real time, CBS News reports. FBI and State Department officials have also reviewed security camera footage recovered from the site. During the attack, U.S. forces were in place in nearby Sicily but the order to fly to Benghazi in an attempt to rescue the besieged staff at the consulate never came."

    Zero surprises.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Other intelligence agencies monitored the video and audio feed real time as well.
    The whole affair is one that far surpasses the realm of incompetence. Or even clumsy cover up stunts. Something is very rotten up there in Washington and I dread to envision another term for Mr. Obama, outside a term in Federal custody.

  • kafir4life

    President Stinky (BO) is a murderer, straight up. That creep would sacrifice an American city if he thought he'd net one vote out of it. That's all that Stinks is about is Stinks.
    And YEP, I called the President of the United States Stinky. It fits. It's accurate. He's Stinky. It's becaue of the BO.

  • Sunbeam

    Obama is totally a shame and a disappointment to the American people. Americans should learn from this lesson. He seems to have charm and charisma….. when he speaks, he speaks convincingly, no one would ever thought he's capable of lies and deceits….twist and turn whenever advantage. We're not convince if he has still many secret planned to be carried out not to the advantage of this great nation but changing the whole sphere of the United States of America. And this itself is dangerous to the point that when this happen it will be to the doom of this country; culturally, economically, educationally, progressively and last but not least liberally. He's torn between the root where he came from and the complete loyalty and trust as an American President leading this nation we deserved. We can see this thru the lens of our eyes, that's obvious. Another second term would have his work completed and that would be an utter ruined for the American people and its patriots. Truth must be told, danger pointed….united hand in hand with one heart, one voice, the Americans can beat the odds. Lets hope for the best.

  • Schlomotion

    "Leaked State Department emails dated Sept. 11, 2012, that were published yesterday" is a timestamp that indicates that Mr. Vadum is a month and four days behind current events. In contrast, the President gets all this information close to immediately and decides whether and how to telegraph that information to the general public.

    As demonstrated in his previous article, Mr. Vadum's political science awareness is summed up by his linking George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Boeing Corporation to Iranian influences. In this article, Mr. Vadum is saying that the President should have loudly telegraphed that Ansar al-Sharia was responsible for the attack and that everyone involved should immediately go hide while Mitt Romney's speechwriter says we can't kill our way out of this.

    The photographs speak for themselves. Mr. Vadum spends most of his time drinking and playing dress-up, and not seriously analyzing politics or current events. That is why the articles he writes are of this caliber. This is how we get ideas like Thomas Pickering is an Iranian spy, and only Frontpage knows that there has been a backlash against the FBI for spying on American citizens.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Can't quite see the facts as facts, can you?

    • reader

      "This is how we get ideas like Thomas Pickering is an Iranian spy, and only Frontpage knows that there has been a backlash against the FBI for spying on American citizens."

      I suppose, Obama hides the fact that Thomas Pickering is an Iranian spy not to spook him out, right schlo? Good one again – now go back to your ward and take a pill. It is over. Your muslim bro in the White House is toast.

      • Schlomotion

        Again, I voted for John McCain. In the Primary, I voted for Mike Huckabee.

        • reader

          Yeah, yeah. You had me at schlo, tro.

  • BS77

    More than the lying and corrupt cashocrat politicians, I fear the quasi illiterate robotic liberal voters. This nation is facing a financial disaster and the morons keep hooting and hollering for an Administration that is destroying our nation. This may be the last chance we have to avert financial ruin.

    • Questions

      Not "liberal" voters, BS77, black voters. The problem is blacks and the people they keep electing. The Congressional Black Caucus, in fact, is well to the left even of white Democrats, never mind white Republicans.

      • Ghostwriter

        What is with you and black people,Questions? You're just as bad as Schlomotion is with Jewish people. You deserve the label bigot. That's what you are.

        • BS77

          I never said anything about black, white, green or purple voters….I said, gullible, dumb automaton voters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SenatorMark4 Mark Robbins

    No need to fear anything. (?) When we start working to force our politiciians to follow the Constitutional suggestions (?) like yearly budgets then I'll believe. Until then, it's all normal flow downhill and no need to fear. Just buckle up because reality bites.

  • weroinnm

    ‘TREASON’ AND POSSIBLE ‘PRISON’: BECK BREAKS DOWN OBAMA’S ‘LYING’ ON LIBYA IN FIERY SEGMENT! http://wethepeopleusa.ning.com/profiles/blogs/tre
    “Food For Thought”
    Semper Fi!

  • RAS

    I am a senior citizen and, as such, have been witness to the steady decline of America at the hands of the so-called Liberals (aka Socialists) since the early sixties. Never have I seen the application of their charge, “The end justifies the means,” so frequently and cruelly applied. The lies and distortions of the Obama Administration would seem to have exceeded all prior covert and corrupt actions by the Left. From health care to Libya the stream of lies has flowed without real challenge while the followers, media, and true believers giggle and splash in the stream. By any other reasonable measure Obama and his cohorts should be out on their butts. But what do I know? I am just an old guy that remembers the happy days when the truth, service, and devotion to God and Country meant something special.

  • fightwarnotwars

    Remember 9/11… who did that happen under? who was warned of an impending al qaida attack and decided to ignore it?

    • BRG

      Clinton was warned that terrorists could hijack a plane and use it as a weapon. It was written in the documents that Sandy Burglar stole from the National Archives.

  • Keith Breedlove

    Who's the happiest ex-President about now? Jiminy Carter. I can just see him dancing in a peanut patch and saying "I'm not the worst. I'm not the worst"

  • pagegl

    Actually, it was the Clinton administration who very conveniently decided not to pass on info they had to the incoming Bush administration.

    • fightwarnotwars

      That's complete BS pagegl:
      FACT: "The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible."

      The warning came in a secret briefing that Mr. Bush received at his ranch in Crawford, Tex., on Aug. 6, 2001. A report by a joint Congressional committee in 2004 alluded to a ''closely held intelligence report'' that month about the threat of an attack by Al Qaeda, and the official confirmed an account by The Associated Press saying that the report was in fact part of the president's briefing in Crawford.

      • nina

        This is so ridiculous, that it scarcely merits an answer were it not that other people read this bilge, and think than Bush should have done something. It is not enough to say that someone is planning a terrorist attack. What can a president do with such information? What can anyone do with nothing? The CIA knew something, and the FBI knew something, and as both of them withheld information from one another, they could not make a coherent presentation of what could happen, and when it's supposed to happen. Of course, the president could have tilted at windmills, to the satisfaction of people like Mr. Fight.

  • Ghostwriter

    It's looking pretty grim for the Obama campaign,especially when the full story comes out.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama could go to a party because it woud be about him, what happens to others is of no
    concern to this megalomaniac. Las Vegas is fun, responsibility, well that's for someone else,
    Americans die and Obama lies, reality must fit into his crazy mind and it has to be nice
    and flattering, Christopher et. al., were just in the way………..let the fall out of this outrage
    be the door out of government and into a well deserved obscurity for Obama, I just wonder
    how much deeper he was in this tragedy and what the real truth is about his involvemet.

    • Questions

      There's a thing called being too cynical. Nevada is key swing state. Romney and Obama must pay at least one visit to win. Clark County, which contains Las Vegas, has three-fourths of the state's population.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Obama and Hillary not only tried to mislead the American people with respect to the circumstances in Benghazi, but they also tried to use the event to condition the American people into accepting the supremacy of Sharia, Allah, and Islam over our constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech. Whose side are they on?

    • mlcblog

      yer back!!

  • mlcblog

    Caught red-handed (that means blood on them), they continue to use the communist tactic of calling Romney a liar to his face and behind it, denying all culpability, and generally smoke-screening as best they can. Repetition plays a large part in their campaign. Unfortunately, these simple propaganda tactics work on lots of people.

  • fanlad

    Something is Rotten and it stinks! And, it is not in Denmark!
    Arming Islamic and Jihadists that surround Israel is O's way of redistributing power and control in the Middle East. That is, Giving power and control through clandestine weapons deals to the have nots, who will eventually use them against the haves, Israel. O knew that he would never get the approval from the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Courts, and the American people to carry out such sinister under takings.
    Despicable at best, impeachable if the evidence can be found and preserved. These lies and cover ups were perpetrated against the American people, with four Americans dying in the process. Heaven help us.

  • crackerjacj

    I fail to see the case here. what big difference does it make if the embassy was hit by an islamic mob or a Al Quaida islamic mob?

    Is anyone really accusing an US administration of willingly abandoning US diplomats to terrorists?

    This whole "story" is so wayward and stupid that candidate Romney wisely decided not to bring it up during the Foreign Policy debate.

    Get a life folks. LOL.

  • Anamah

    Clearly these men were ambushed by Washington, they needed them dead. So we have at least treason at the head of government… This was the result of a lethal conspiracy. I want to see heads falling, and Justice working.

  • Western Spirit

    Obama in his campaign is saying that he is trustworthy and Romney is not. Benghazi is proof Obama will let Americans die and lie about it to further his self interest. So yeah let's trust him.

    I think Romney's behavior in the debates really screwed Obama's campaign up but they went ahead with denigrating Romney anyway because it's all they've got.

  • bkopicz

    The father of one of the fallen Navy Seals told Glen Beck about his meeting of Hilary during the return of his son’s remains to the USA “Her countenance was not good and she made this statement to me … she said we will make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted,”

    Woods said he “could tell that she was not telling me the truth.”

    This says it ALL

    • BS77

      Yes, but according to the hacks and shills in the Libstream media, there is no story here. The big story is Hurricane Sandy…yeah that's the top of the news folks. Four Americans are dead due to criminal malfeasance….compounded by LIES LIES and more LIES…..but the story, bigger than Watergate, is being buried by the lib media as fast as possible. Look at the headlines…there is NOTHING about what happened in Libya…nothing. It is incredible.

  • watsa46

    The US gvt and SD behooved callously. Shame on them.

  • texasron

    It's a good thing that Obama wasn't our President when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
    He would have told the sailors being attacked to stand down and he would have apologized to Japan for not having our aircraft carriers there for them to sink.

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