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Admiral: Benghazi Panel's Excuse 'Nonsense'

Commanders contend House committee has power to uncover truth

By Jerome R. Corsi
23 January 2015

New York – The military commanders on the Citizens’ Committee on Benghazi reacted with skepticism to the announcement Thursday afternoon that the House Select Committee on Benghazi has scheduled a hearing, contending the congressional panel led by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is not uncovering the truth behind the deadly episode that resulted in the death of an American ambassador.

The hearing will be held next Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Capitol on a topic vaguely listed as “Subject Matter: Status Review of Outstanding Requests,” with no list of witnesses.

The skepticism intensified after Sharyl Attkisson, now an independent journalist after parting ways with CBS News, reported the subject of the hearing will be complaints that some federal agencies continue to stonewall the House Select Committee’s investigation by denying access to all relevant documents and witnesses.

Retired U.S Navy Adm. James “Ace” Lyons, a founding member of the citizens’ commission – which WND reported has been conducting its own investigation for the past year and a half to ensure Congress uncovers the truth – said the “idea that government agency stonewalling continuing now for over two years is the reason Gowdy’s committee can’t make progress is pure nonsense.”

Lyons, a former four-star admiral who served as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said he was speaking for himself, not on behalf of the commission.

“Let’s say it clearly,” he told WND. “This is a continued cover-up. You have to take the wraps off and you have to go for the jugular. Is Gowdy so incapable and ineffective that he can’t boss these agency heads to comply with Congress’ mandate? Is he that ineffective?”

The 17-member Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, or CCB, includes former military commanders and Special Forces operatives, former CIA and intelligence officers, as well as well-known experts in international terrorism and in media and government affairs.

Another member, Clare Lopez, a former career operations officer with the CIA who now is vice president for research at the Washington-based Center for Security Policy, cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

“We have the general subject matter for what the select committee hearing next week is going to cover, but we really don’t know how it will play out,” Lopez said. “We also don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors in the select committee hearings. If Gowdy is proceeding as a good prosecutor should, he is lining up all his ducks before he goes public with anything.”

Lyons, meanwhile, compared the situation to a subordinate military commander coming to him during a military engagement with the enemy and complaining that an important objective could not be taken because enemy resistance was too stiff.

“I’d tell that subordinate commander to make sure the door didn’t hit him in the rear on the way out,” Lyons said. “The conclusion I’d come to is that I’d say, ‘You’re relieved,’ and I would find somebody that could break through.”

He said that if Gowdy “isn’t the man for the job because he’s being thwarted by some government bureaucrat that stonewalls Congress, then maybe we were wrong to be enthusiastic about Gowdy in the first place.”

WND reported Tuesday commission members believe the Obama administration “changed sides in the war on terror” in 2011 by facilitating the delivery of weapons to the al-Qaida-dominated rebel militias in Libya attempting to oust Moammar Gadhafi.

‘Why not subpoena Hillary?’

Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Jones, another citizens’ commission member, attributed Gowdy’s scheduling to a series of WND articles on the CCB in which various members, speaking independently, have expressed concerns that the Republican leadership in Congress may be seeking to bridle the House investigation.

“I think the WND articles prompted Gowdy to announce today that a public hearing will be held next week,” Jones said. “The WND articles, quoting CCB members, have focused on the ‘inside the beltway’ information our investigation and others have uncovered in a way the American people can grasp, realizing the cover-up is still going on.”

Jones said anybody who has been watching realizes government stonewalling has been a key reason that government investigations have failed so far. He pointed out the CCB initially urged Congress to set up a select committee investigation to provide the tools, including expanded subpoena powers, the CCB believes would be necessary to ferret out the truth about Benghazi.

Roger Aronoff, editor of Accuracy in Media and another CCB founding member, expressed similar concerns.

“Gowdy has subpoena powers,” Aronoff noted. “So, why doesn’t Gowdy subpoena Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice to testify before the select committee in person? I guess it’s a positive sign that we learn Gowdy and the select committee staff have been meeting with State Department recently, but if nothing comes of it, then it’s obviously for naught.

“Gowdy needs to be aggressive and the select committee needs to get this job done,” he said.

Aronoff said that if the Benghazi scandal had taken place under a Republican administration, establishment media would have been tireless in demanding a full and complete congressional investigation.

“With a Republican in the White House, we’d be hearing demands from the mainstream media for the president to come clean,” Aronoff said. “But here the mainstream media is largely ignoring the Gowdy investigation. The mainstream media wants to go along with the Obama administration narrative that there is no scandal here and the American people should move on.”

Aronoff said establishment media wanted to end the Benghazi investigation with the report on Benghazi issued in November by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., as chairman of the Republican-led House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The report “found no evidence” to support allegations the Obama administration blocked attempts to send rescue operations to Benghazi during the assault or sought to mislead the public afterwards.

As WND reported, several CCB members were critical of the Rogers report, noting Rogers’ wife had ties to Aegis Defense Services, a British-based security contractor many CCB members believe was tied to the subcontract with the February 17 Martyrs Brigade, which didn’t protect the U.S. compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

‘Premature’ to judge

Center for Security Policy’s Lopez stressed that she assumed Gowdy and the select committee were issuing subpoenas and taking testimony under oath behind closed doors in complete secrecy from key Obama administration officials.

“I’m not willing to condemn Gowdy simply because he’s doing what a good prosecutor should do,” she said.

Lopez commented that she will be watching the hearing next week with great interest.

“I’m going to be watching to see what transpires, but I’m not going to be making any condemnations ahead of time when I don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors,” she said.

“I hope building a case with depositions taken under oath in complete secrecy is what Gowdy and the select committee are doing. I think it’s premature to jump to a condemnation of the process or the committee leadership when the truth is that we don’t know.”



Special Operations Speaks (SOS)
, the Special Operations leader in the effort to uncover the truth about Benghazi, applauds Speaker of the House Boehner for establishing the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

It has taken nearly two years to arrive at this point. The right man for the job of leading the Select Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), has been given the go-ahead. SOS will support Rep. Gowdy’s search for the truth about Benghazi in any way that we can.

Much is owed the men who sacrificed their all at Benghazi. This is especially the case concerning uncovering the truth in getting to the answers to the critical questions of the families of "THE BENGHAZI FOUR".


"SOS is not in a position to evaluate the reliability of the preceding report. We offer it as a possible explanation for the events associated with the information or theories contained in the article below. We continually evaluate the veracity of any information that we forward, and encourage anyone who has factual data that will confirm, support or refute what is contained herein to contact us at once (Special Operations Speaks POC is It is our absolute intent to leave no stone unturned as we seek to uncover the TRUTH concerning the cover-ups and lies surrounding the national tragedy of Benghazi that occurred on Sept 11, 2012, or any other pertinent matter that affects U.S. national security and the well-being of our great nation."




  1. Replies
    1. We are ever amazed at a system so utterly corrupt that Clinton escapes Justice at the end of a rope.

  2. John, have you ever had a chance to watch some of the select commitie hearings on this what a joke, they have buried this thing under 100's of thousands of documents and so much bureaucracy that it will be like the JFK assassination the truth will never be known.

  3. Scott
    These Special Ops issues come direct to me. Why? That says what? So, Yes, I know and help. Plus, I am not Joe Public.

  4. John,

    I had no idea this situation was on your agenda of real world issues, along with trying to change the worlds financial structure and exposing the despicable pedophile ring of the top elite and politicos.

  5. Scott
    In my career? Nothing more can be said, but, Band of Brothers? Global links? Leave it at that. No debate. No fool!

  6. Another Benghazi Cover-Up
    JANUARY 23, 2015

    Contrary to what the Obama administration had initially claimed in its public comments, top U.S. diplomatic officials knew the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, was under terrorist attack on September 11, 2012. This is big. In testimony before the U.S. House Oversight Committee on October 10, 2012, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb let the cat out of the bag. Apparently, the agents within the Diplomatic Security Command Center in Washington, D.C., knew that U.S. embassy personnel were under a terrorist attack from the moment it began.

    Ms. Lamb told the congressional committee the Command Center knew in “real time” that a coordinated terrorist attack was underway against U.S. facilities in Benghazi. Moreover, it was clear to top officials within the Command Center that the attack had no relationship to a controversial video. But this is not what U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press program on September 16, 2011. The Benghazi attack was “almost a copycat” of spontaneous demonstrations that erupted against U.S. facilities in Cairo, Egypt, in response to the video,” Rice said on the program. But her scenario is in conflict with Lamb’s testimony.

    “When the attack began,” Lamb testified, “a diplomatic security agent working in the Tactical Operations Center immediately activated the Imminent Danger Notification System and made an emergency announcement over the PA. Based on our security protocols he also alerted the annex U.S. quick reaction security team stationed nearby, Libyan 17th February Brigade, Embassy Tripoli, and the Diplomatic Security Command Center in Washington. From that point on, I could follow what was happening in almost real-time.”

    There is good reason to have faith in Lamb’s testimony. That’s because there was an October 9, 2012, press conference call in which a senior State Department official told reporters “The ambassador walked guests out at 8:30 or so; there was nobody on the street. Then at 9:40 they saw on the security cameras that there were armed men invading the compound.” What this means is that we have now entered the fourth year of a cover-up that demonstrates the Command Center knew a full-fledged terrorist attack was underway almost from the instant it began. Documents from the Command Center could help to further unravel information the administration has sought to conceal.

    All this is why Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. State Department last October. Thanks to a court order in this lawsuit, the State Department finally started disgorging documents – the first batch of which arrived earlier this week (on January 20).

  7. Judicial Watch Obtains State Department DSCC Records on Terrorist Attack on Benghazi

    JANUARY 26, 2015
    Top State Department Official Admitted to Congress that Command Center “could follow what was happening in almost real-time”
    Updated 1/27/15

    Tunis, Tunisia, embassy emergency message:

    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained court-ordered documents in accordance with its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. State Department seeking “any and all logs, reports, or other records” the Washington-based Diplomatic Security Command Center produced between September 10, 2012, and September 13, 2012, relating to the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

    The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on October 16, 2014, (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01733)).

    According to testimony given by Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State Charlene Lamb before the House Oversight Committee on October 10, 2012, the Command Center knew the Benghazi compound was under hostile fire from the moment the attack began. Lamb’s testimony was in direct conflict with initial false claims by the Obama administration that the attack arose from a spontaneous demonstration in response to an Internet video.

    “When the attack began,” Lamb testified, “a Diplomatic Security agent working in the Tactical Operations Center immediately activated the Imminent Danger Notification System and made an emergency announcement over the PA. Based on our security protocols, he also alerted the annex U.S. quick reaction security team stationed nearby, the Libyan 17th February Brigade, Embassy Tripoli, and the Diplomatic Security Command Center in Washington. From that point on, I could follow what was happening in almost real-time.”

    Despite knowing it was an attack, the State Department, including its security Command Center, continued to falsely tie “demonstrations” to the Benghazi terrorist assault.

    The Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit, filed after the State Department failed to respond to a June 12, 2014, FOIA request, seeks the following:

    Any and all activity logs, reports, or other records produced by the Diplomatic Security Command Center between September 10 2012, and September 13, 2012, regarding, concerning, or related to the attack at the U.S. Special Mission Compound and Classified Annex in Benghazi, Libya.

    Lamb’s 2012 testimony that the Diplomatic Security Command Center knew in “real time” that a terrorist attack was underway ran contrary to claims by top Obama officials, including U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who on September 16, 2011, told NBC’s Meet the Press, “[W]hat happened in Benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, prompted by the video.” According to Foreign Policy magazine, Lamb’s testimony was also buttressed by an October 9, 2012, press conference call in which a senior State Department official told reporters, “The ambassador walked guests out at 8:30 or so; there was nobody on the street. Then at 9:40 they saw on the security cameras that there were armed men invading the compound.”

    “The State Department’s Diplomatic Security Command Center clearly knew in real time that a full-fledged terrorist attack was taking place on September 11 at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, and the American people deserve to be told the truth,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “We are now into the fourth year of a massive Obama administration cover-up. And the Command Center communiques may further help unravel the Obama administration’s growing web of deceit. I’ve always believed that the Benghazi cover-up was about two presidential campaigns – the Obama reelection effort and Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign. I have little doubt that the State Department is protecting Hillary Clinton with this latest cover-up.” (more)

  8. Official Benghazi Report Finds Obama Secretly Backed Al-Qaeda, Here’s How He Did It

    It should come as no surprise to patriots that Barack Hussein Obama is a deceiver. A duplicitous and organized mastermind, Obama has done nothing short of light the fuses of many bombs that have exploded since he took office in ’08.

    A recent report showed that under both Obama and Hillary Clinton, the U.S. government switched sides and went from opposing Al-Qaeda to supporting them. The “reason” is because they wanted Al-Qaeda to help them depose of then Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi.

    The report came from the Citizens Commission on Benghazi, which was headed up by “former military commanders and Special Forces operatives; former CIA and intelligence officers; well-known experts in international terrorism; and experts in media and government affairs,” as reported by their website.

    What the CCB found was Obama and his minions worked to put weapons into rebel hands. It was a designed strategy meant to depose a secular leader and help Muslims regain control of their country. The report alleges “the U.S. was fully aware of and facilitated the delivery of weapons to the Al Qaeda-dominated rebel militias throughout the 2011 rebellion.”

    World Net Daily interviewed several of the members of the commission and they claimed that the entire point of Christopher Stevens being in Benghazi was to help arrange the transport of weapons into rebel hands. This was done without the approval of congress and mirrored the Fast and Furious campaign that took place here in the U.S. underneath Obama and Eric Holder.

    They claimed the administration’s main goal was to supply the rebels with guns, and that their affiliations were in no way a hinderance to their actions.

    “The rebels made no secret of their Al Qaeda affiliation, openly flying and speaking in front of the black flag of Islamic jihad, according to author John Rosenthal and multiple media reports,” the interim report said. “And yet, the White House and senior Congressional members deliberately and knowingly pursued a policy that provided material support to terrorist organizations in order to topple a ruler who had been working closely with the West actively to suppress Al Qaeda.”

    The report concludes that because of the interference under Obama not only did Christopher Stevens and others lose their lives, but their meddling has ultimately stoked a fire that has caused the middle east to burn even hotter.
    (Read more)


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