The Lead, a news show hosted by Jake Tapper that airs Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. on CNN, reported on Thursday that “dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground” during the September 11, 2012 attack and went on to state that “the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.” The exclusive report details what CNN calls the “pure intimidation” of the operatives that were on the ground during the attack to insure they do not talk to the media or Congress. Sources say the CIA is involved in “an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out,” according to CNN.
The bombshell report has added to growing speculation that the Obama administration was secretly involved in procuring and shipping weapons to the Syrian opposition before the attack on the diplomatic facility that resulted in the murders of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith and Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty.
Questions about what Stevens was doing on the night more than 100 Islamist militants launched a preplanned, extended assault on the so-called U.S. Consulate (the administration calls it a mission) have increased in the months following the deadly attack. As more information has slowly come out, early speculation that the U.S. was involved in some type of weapons transfer has gained support from members of both sides of the aisle.
Mounting evidence suggests that Stevens was in Benghazi to negotiate a weapons transfer that involved transferring SA-7 missiles from Libyan-based extremists to Syria via Turkey. The weapons are believed to have been recovered from the stockpile of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. As in Libya, the Syrian insurgents are known to include al Qaeda and other jihadists like Abdelhakim Belhadj, leader of the al Qaeda affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.
It is believed that two large warehouse-type buildings that were part of the “consulate” housed the weapons cache, but their contents were taken during the attack so it may never be known what type of weapons or how many were being stored. While it is not clear if there was any connection between the arms transfer and the attack, it would explain why Stevens was in the region on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in that her perspective it was less important “why these militants decided” to carry out the attack “than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime” when pressed about the events before, during, and after the Bengahzi attack while appearing before the Congressional Committee investigating the event.
If the truth is that the attack on the facility was a raid to capture arms that were being housed on the grounds, and that Stevens was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, the administration would have to answer some difficult questions concerning a policy that involved both negotiating with and arming hard-line Islamic jihadists that are America’s enemies.
It would explain why the administration attempted to quickly place the blame on an anti-Islamic video. It is much easier to place the blame there than to have to explain that the attack was a result of a policy decision that involved the storage of weapons in a highly volatile region while our government negotiated the transfer of said weapons from one group of radical jihadists to another.
The continued effort to mislead the nation about Bengahzi while insisting that there is nothing else to discover seems a desperate attempt to keep secret, at all costs, that this administration has been negotiating with, and likely arming, radical jihadists.
It would seem there is something larger being concealed here than simply a lack of adequate security and preparedness in a high-risk location on the anniversary of 9/11, and whatever it is becoming public causes enough concern on the part of the administration that they will do whatever is necessary to keep those that were there quiet.
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