What Really Happened in Benghazi: Before, During, and After

Yesterday Hillary Clinton testified before a Congressional Committee regarding the deadly September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. To better help Americans determine to what extent Mrs. Clinton’s testimony is truthful, DiscoverTheNetworks.org has compiled a comprehensive report and timeline that lays out all the most significant events that occurred before, during, and after September 11.

In this report, you learn that in March 2011, American diplomat Christopher Stevens was stationed in Benghazi as the American liaison to Libya’s “opposition” rebels — among whom were many al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists — who were fighting to topple the longstanding regime of President Muammar Qaddafi. In short, the Obama administration elected to support individuals and groups that were allied ideologically and tactically with al Qaeda.

Following Qaddafi’s fall from power in the summer of 2011, Ambassador Stevens was tasked with finding and securing the vast caches of powerful armaments which the Libyan dictator had amassed during his long reign. In turn, Stevens helped facilitate the transfer of these arms to the “opposition” rebels in Syria who were trying to topple yet another Arab dictator—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As in Libya, the rebels in Syria were likewise known to include al Qaeda and other Shariah-supremacist groups. In addition to facilitating arms transfers, Stevens’ duties also included the recruitment of Islamic jihadists from Libya and elsewhere in North Africa who were willing to personally go into combat against the Assad regime in Syria. The U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi served as a headquarters from which all the aforementioned activities could be coordinated with officials and diplomats from such countries as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

As 2012 progressed, violent jihadist activity became increasingly commonplace in Benghazi. At or near the U.S. mission, for instance, there were many acts of terrorism featuring the use of guns, improvised explosive devices, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades, and car-bombs, to say nothing of the explicit threats against Americans issued by known terrorists like al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. As a result of such developments, Ambassador Stevens and others at the U.S. mission repeatedly asked the Obama administration for increased security provisions during 2012, but these requests were invariably denied or ignored.

Then, on the night of September 11, 2012, the U.S. mission in Benghazi was attacked by a large group of heavily armed terrorists who, over the course of seven hours, murdered four Americans and laid waste to the U.S. mission.

In the wake of the violence, the Obama administration immediately and persistently characterized what had occurred in Benghazi not as an act of terrorism, but as a spontaneous, unplanned uprising that just happened, coincidentally, to take place on the anniversary of 9/11. Moreover, the administration portrayed the attack as an event that had evolved from what began as a low-level protest against an obscure YouTube video that disparaged Muslims and their faith. In reality, however, by this time U.S. intelligence agencies had already gained more than enough evidence to conclude unequivocally that the attack on the mission in Benghazi was a planned terrorist incident, not a spontaneous act carried out in reaction to a video. Indeed, the video had nothing whatsoever to do with the attack.

To gain a thorough understanding of what really happened in Benghazi, and of the Obama administration’s activities throughout, visit DiscoverTheNetworks.org.

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  • Richard

    This is the greatest US foreign policy disaster since Vietnam. American and European support for Islamists in Egypt, Libya and Syria means the whole of North Africa and the Sahara is in on the path to become part of an Islamic Caliphate. Jordan and Iraq could fall to the Islamists next followed by Islamic insurgencies on the streets of European cities.
    Obama has taken part in a deliberate cover up of the Benghazi and a deception of the American people that is far worse than the Watergate conspiracy.

  • Sound&Fury

    So on Hillary's watch, not only were repeated requests for additional security denied, but the Ambassor's existing security team was drawn down. Then, when the embassy & consulate were under attack, military leaders were told to stand down & not intercede on their behalf. Then after the attack, Hillary, Obama, Ambassador Rice & the administration spun a story that the whole affair was caused by some obscure Egyptian filmmaker, who now sits in jail, thanks to their cover-up. Yeh right, Hillary… what's the big deal?

    • joe

      Benghazi was not an embassy. It was officially called "State Department's Special Mission Compound ".

      When the attack started the CIA Annex down the road was notified by cell phone as was the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli then notified State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • Jeff

    This is the most extensive and detailed account I have read and should go to every Senator, Congressman and news organization. Well done!

  • ApolloSpeaks

    Let's cut through the bull. If budgetary constraints, as Clinton said, was the reason State turned down Stevens' request to boost security at his mission then where is State's reply apologizing to Stevens for the lack of funds? If there was such a reply Hillary would have produced it at her testimony. BTW according to Darral Issa State had $2.2 billion in reserves when Stevens made his request in mid-August. That wasn't mentioned at yesterday's hearing.!

  • Asher

    Woods and Doherty were told to stand down and they ignored the orders and went to fight a battle! True American Heroes in every sense of the word..They deserved backup from the government ,and the State Department, and we will never understand why Air Power was not dispatched…The firefight was 7 hours…planes are fast, Drones were in the air…and help could have got there to relieve the Seals. This is total and complete neglegence to keep quiet the fact that AlQaida was not on the run…their flags were flying everywhere!

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      It's worse than negligence…its outright treason. Hilary was more than negligent…complicit with treason..

    • Maxie

      Obama was in a re-election battle that was hanging by a thread. That was reason for the whole panicky, clumsy cover-up which cannot now be admitted lest it reveal what a pack of self-serving far-Left liars are running the country.

  • Asher

    Clinton said she had no live feed, but what about the situation room…I don't believe this! They knew exactly what was going on!

    • ffighter13

      Charlene Lamb stated unequivocally in the Congressional Oversight Commitee that they were watching the entire episode live.The vile, despicable, unapolagetic leftist clinton lied through her teeth.Benghazi appears to be from what I have read a main CIA black site in N.Africa.Frank Gaffneys' piece is one source dated Oct.25th.The American people continue to be misled and deceived by the so called media.

  • Chanameel

    Wouldn't it be funny if these "radical jihadists"

    were actually an arm of the State Department funded by

    our Saudi and Iranian Oil interests?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      It's a bit more complicated than that, and a lot worse too.

      Some are funded by Sunnis, including the Saudis, and other are funded by Shia Iran. The Sunnis without doubt have state department sanction to operate, and the Shia terrorists get a wink from them and from 0'Bama. Shia and Sunni factions fight one another as heretics when they aren't fixated on Jews and other non-Muslims.

    • fanlad

      you are getting warmer.

  • Ella15

    Stevens must have known something.

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  • JacksonPearson

    You gotta remember folks, old pros like the Klintoons wrote the book and definition of what the word IS, IS!

  • hrwolfe

    What led to Black Hawk Down was an escallation of the mission . When the commander in the field stated that he would need more heilos and heavy weapons the Clinton Administration told him to get it done with what he had, it would not look good bringing all that to bare. Fast forward to Benghazi and well you get the same thing so I would bet Hillary's hand were involved in both incidents, they are consistent.

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      Benghazi is worse than the Battle of Mogadishu, because at least Clinton wasn't plotting with Adid, against our soldiers. On Benghazi, the evidence points to Obama's plotting with Al-Qaeda, to kidnap Stevens and exchange him for the Blind Sheikh.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Benghazi is worse than the Battle of Mogadishu"

        For a great many reasons. Somalia was just incompetent leadership. Libya was treason.

      • Anamah

        YES!!! This is my theory… they were acting accordingly to Morsi Muslim Brotherhood wishes to fake Stevens kidnapping in exchange to freed the blind sheik stil in jail… I suspected this one was part of the argument behind all this stinky disaster. Corruption is present in this administration in unimaginable doses.

  • fiddler

    They are LAWYERS and lawyers know about the law and how to go around it. Anyone believe in earthly justice anymore?

  • LLM

    Once again a Clinton has out-maneuvered those seeking truth and justice. Clearly, Hillary was well coached and her advisors had several months to prepare her for yesterday’s interrogation. I commend the Congressional Committee for its attempts to learn the truth about Benghazi and make those responsible for the deaths of four Americans accountable for their ineptness and dereliction of duty. Once again, the wiliness of the Clintons and the Obama administration has been sorrowfully underestimated. Hopefully, the truth seekers will obtain some professional coaching prior to any future dealings with Obama and his team of deceivers.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    The State Department has always been America's & ISRAEL's entrenched ENEMY!

  • κατεργάζομαι

    "Today It's the Gun and the Qur'an (Koran)…
    Tomorrow It Will Be Nukes and the Qur'an.

    Until a nation has embraced Islam, it is legally considered a battlefield (Dar-ul-Harb). – Once it has converted to Islam (or all its citizens have been slaughtered or driven out), it then becomes a Land of "Peace" (Dar-us-Salaam).

    For those who think that the threat of Islam is only a phenomenon of the Middle East, think again! Although the Jewish State of Israel has been fighting a brave and fierce battle against Islam for over 50 years, there are many other "hot spots" in the world.

    Muslims in Obama's childHOOD country of Indonesia, they are forcing Christians of all denominations to convert to Islam or get their throats slit. In Obama's father's Kenya, the Islamic Party has declared Holy War on the government.

    Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of Islam's murderous philosophy or they find it too monstrous to believe.

    ~ The State Department has always been America's & ISRAEL's entrenched ENEMY!

    • nina

      But what is America doing, collecting guns for the terrorists in Syria? Certainly Assad is no angel, but haven't we learned enough from toppling Mubarak and Qaddafi?

      • Parenthetical Phrase

        No, we haven't learned enough. The United States has re-elected a man whose goal it is to not only "fundamentally transform America" but to fundamentally transform the world. This man and his staff and enablers believe it to be not only their right but their "raison d'etre" to change the world as they see fit. What happens as a result, the people who die or who must live in fear and poverty are nothing more to them than unfortunate but expendable collateral. Obama, the Clintons, all the rest, march on to new conquests never looking back at the disasters they have caused or the mind numbing human misery trailing behind. Obama grew up hating the arrogance of colonial powers, yet he has wreaked more havoc on the third world than all the European colonials combined.

  • JacksonPearson

    Because of the MSM complicity of giving B.H. Obama II, and Hilda Beast a pass, Benghazi's dead Americans will be buried just like Obama's forged birth records, his use of a stolen SSN, and his forged Selective Service Registration. The covering up for the usurper-in-chief, by congress, the federal courts, and MSM is absolutely staggering.

    • Parenthetical Phrase

      Hey, Jackson, I like that — "Hilda Beast"! Yes, she is a beast and she destroys human beings as if she were munching berries. Her husband played the most important role in making sure the UN did not classify the genocide in Rwanda as genocide. This meant that UN aid workers and/or troops could not remain and shelter those unarmed people who were to be slaughtered. Billy personally urged Kofi Anan to not classify the war as genocide even though it would not have committed even one US soldier.

      In the former Yugoslavia, Billy Boy initiated the NATO bombing under the pretext that there WAS a genocide going on when there wasn't and hundreds of civilians (if not thousands) died. Now Europe has a Muslim jihadist state in their midst which they, with the help of the US, created. And why? According to journalists who were there and knew the inside scoop: Bill and Hillary wanted to distract attention from the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

      • JacksonPearson

        Both Clintons are ruthless and heartless politicians. They know how to play the game, and when called upon, have plenty of bit players to help fill in the blanks for them. Life and death means nothing to them.

        You're right on in the former Yugoslavia. Bosnia and Kosovo are a very long way from Mecca and Islam. The Turks may have been stopped at the Gates of Vienna, however most people are unaware that the Ottoman wars from 1350AD are still being fought in the Balkan's region of the world.

        Yeppers again. The U.S. with the aid of the UN, and NATO's guns have turned once Christian Bosnia and Kosovo into Muslim states. The United Nations have no right to diminish, or reshape a sovereign nation like Serbia. If they can do it in Serbia, than they'll eventually try in Dearbornistan, Michigan U.S.A.. Without any doubt, these are palm on head scratchers and eye rollers.

  • Ghostwriter

    We have yet to see the full scope of Benghazi,you'll see.

    • JacksonPearson

      I don't believe we'll ever hear or see the truth. The way the Senate and House threw Hillary marshmallows and hearts today, you can stick a fork in Benghazi.

  • Anamah

    Sadly, I feel the Congressional Committee as a circus and I can use my free ticket as everyone else on the planet… to watch the show. Are we indeed lost?

  • fanlad

    And the false narrative written by this administrations script writiers continues to be forced on the world and the American public to this day. It seems we are more in love with a false reality and narrative than the truth.

  • Dread

    Who wrote this tripe? When attempting to write facts.. you should only write what you know to be true. Do not speculate or make stuff up! This is an instance when and where folks believe the written word. Be very careful what you put out there without proof.
    – I do not support all the decisions of the Administration, nor the Clintons but lies, half-truths, speculation and innuendo are dangerous when throw together in a story after people have lost their lives.. The decisions and facts are known only at the highest levels (Strategic level of command) and the writer here is not privy to them.

  • sierra7

    For those of you who believe this is a “first” for the USA in instigating and/or participating in destabilizing other governments (we like to call them, “regimes”) think again.
    Two good source books that chronicle our beastly actions for many decades:
    “Killing Hope” William Blum
    (US Military and CIA Interventions Since WW2)
    “Legacy of Ashes” Tim Weiner
    (The History of the CIA) This is a significant additional “history of the CIA” because of two reasons, the author and the fact it was published in the last 5 years…..many documents are released in periods of 5, 10, 15, 20 years or more depending on the document sources and the lives of the participants.
    So, no this is nothing new….for an American ambassador being deeply involved with covert/black operations in collusion with the CIA (and other intelligence units of the Pentagon)…..it’s only news when they get caught with their pants down, and one of them (or many) gets killed.
    Then it’s, “finger pointing time”…and everybody looses.