Saturday Night Live blasted President Obama’s failures for the third episode in a row, this time highlighting the many scandals that have plagued his Presidency. Now that they’ve taken the gloves off, SNL is actually starting to be funny again…
Here’s the video:
They just couldn’t resist adding a little jab at the Tea Party at the end, could they? It’s ironic too because the Tea Party folks have been the only consistent voices about all of these scandals since the very beginning.
Last year, Congressman Bill Young met Walter Reed Medical Center with special diplomatic security agent David Ubbin at who was severely injured during the attack on the US facility in Benghazi, but their conversation has remained secret until his week. After Rep. Young’s recent death, his widow gave permission for the details of his conversation with David Ubbin to be published.
Ubbin’s revelations present even more disturbing evidence that not only is the Obama administration still not telling the whole story, they’re intentionally obscuring the facts of the attack to hide the truth.
"He (Ubben) emphasized the fact that it was a very, very military type of operation they had knowledge of almost everything in the compound," Young explained. "They knew where the gasoline was, they knew where the generators were, they knew where the safe room was, they knew more than they should have about that compound."
Ubben was severely injured defending the CIA Annex when mortar fire rained down on the rooftop, killing former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty and severely injuring a third CIA contractor who was interviewed by the House Intelligence committee Thursday. After multiple surgeries, a source close to the contractor confirmed he has not regained the full use of his arm.
Asked if Ubben believed the terrorists had inside information, or had done reconnaissance, Young told Fox, “Yes he (Ubben) did…It was pretty well figured out, where everything was, where the doors were located, where the safe room was - the whole thing.”
The Obama administration continues to stonewall any investigation of the Benghazi attack and the events leading up to that fateful day. Secretary of State stood before Congress and cried, “What difference does it make?” whether it was a protest or a terrorist attack. Actually, it makes a huge amount of difference, especially considering that these attackers had secret intelligence before the operation even began.
When pressed about the lack of security at the Benghazi compound, former Secretary of State Clinton exclaimed, “What difference at this point does it make?”
Actually, it makes a lot of difference. We know know that not only was there a terror attack on the US facility Benghazi (something the Obama administration denied for weeks) but also the warning signs before the attack were clear and abundant.
from IBD (emphasis mine):
Months before the murder of a U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, American intelligence analysts documented a massive al-Qaida rally a few miles from the ambassador’s residence.
At that rally, terror leaders called for the murder of American diplomats.
Three U.S. intelligence reports, unearthed by the American Media Institute and detailed here for the first time, offer vivid descriptions of the al-Qaida meeting.
Flying the black flag of al-Qaida, some 300 armed men gathered in Benghazi’s Al-Tahrir Square on June 7 and 8, 2012. They brandished machine guns, rocket launchers and a truck mounted with an anti-aircraft cannon.
The two-day meeting, which included outdoor prayers and a parade of armed vehicles, was attended by a baker’s dozen of North African al-Qaida affiliates.
"It was like a team pep rally before the game, only for jihad," said a U.S. intelligence analyst who monitors North Africa. "Organized and deadly. You saw what followed. People died."
In the face of these three reports, the State Department continued to deny requests for additional security for the U.S. ambassador in Libya.
At the same time, the State Department issued a travel advisory warning Americans against going to Libya in August 2012.
Obama administration officials have long denied any warning before the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks.
On the campaign trail, the president insisted that al-Qaida was “decimated” and “on the run,” while intelligence reports prepared for the president’s advisers told a different story — that al-Qaida’s menace was growing in Libya and elsewhere.
So, at the same time that Obama was jetting around on the campaign trail claiming “al Qaeda is decimated,” the terrorist group was literally rallying in the streets outside our facility in Benghazi.
The Obama administration had plenty of warning that a terror attack was coming; even a cursory look at the facts makes this clear. What we still do not know is why they chose to do nothing about about it. Their negligence resulted in the murders of four Americans, and today they continue to stonewall any attempts to investigate the events leading up to and following that fateful day.
President Obama’s promise that he was seeking justice for the murder of Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who lost their lives in Benghazi over a year ago are just empty words. This month, Special Operations personnel had one of the prime al Qaeda suspects located in Benghazi but were forced to abandon their mission when no orders to engage were given.
When U.S. commandos grabbed a former al Qaeda operative in Tripoli this month, American forces were just hours away from potentially launching a more dangerous covert raid to capture a militia figure facing charges in the deadly Benghazi terror attack, U.S. officials tell CNN.
U.S. special operations forces were ready, if ordered, to enter Benghazi and capture Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a leading figure in the Ansar Al-Sharia militia. But the mission never materialized.
The United States believes Ansar Al-Sharia was behind the September 2012 armed assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
President Barack Obama has openly said it is a “priority” to bring the Benghazi suspects “to justice.” The FBI continues to investigate the attack and Khattalah is under federal indictment, CNN’s Evan Perez has reported.
The FBI has also published photographs of people seen at the compound on the night of the raid that it wants to talk to.
U.S. intelligence agencies and military special operations forces have moved in and out of Libya for several months with the permission of the Libyan government. They are looking for opportunities to capture alleged suspects in the Benghazi attack, developing a list of nearly a dozen individuals.
But earlier this month may have been one of the closest times they have come to being able to conduct a mission, officials say.
Khattalah had openly operated in Benghazi for months and even has been interviewed by CNN’s Arwa Damon.
But it was this month that U.S. intelligence finally had enough information about his specific whereabouts that a raid seemed feasible to military planners, several U.S. officials tell CNN.
From day 1, The Obama administration has not been serious about bringing anybody to justice for the murders in Benghazi. All the American people have heard has been lies and misdirection, and all the while, the terrorists and the government officials who knowingly put our men in harm’s way walk free.
We’ve now heard the same excuse over and over again: “The President was unaware…” Whether it’s the Benghazi terror attack or the NSA’s spying on the leaders of our nation’s allies, the White House says Obama is completely in the dark.
Today, a reporter in the White House Press Corps finally asked Press Secretary Jay Carney about Obama’s apparent ignorance of so many major issues.
Here’s the video:
Again, the White House uses the same “solution” to avoid the question: we’ll appoint some people to look into it…”
At what point does plausible deniability cease to be plausible at all? If Obama is unaware of basically every major issue, are the people around him just lying to him? Is he just not interested in doing his job? How can the White House continue to make this excuse over and over again?
Tonight, 60 Minutes interviewed a security officer who was present the night of the Benghazi attack. The details of what really happened that fateful night are chilling and incredibly important for every American to hear.
The report is about 15 minutes long, but I highly encourage you to watch in its entirety.
Here’s the video:
During tonight’s airing, 60 Minutes live-tweeted their own report with highlights of some of the most important points.
The White House has repeatedly downplayed Benghazi as a “phony scandal,” but tonight’s report further underlines the necessity for a special prosecutor to investigate the White House and the State Department’s repeated dismissal of the warning sings and refusal to send help the night of the attack. America must know why.
One day after the anniversary of the attack in Benghazi, Al Qaeda terrorists attacked the US consulate in western Afghanistan, killing three and wounding at least 17.
Militants attacked the U.S. consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, using a car bomb and guns to battle security forces just outside the compound in the city of Herat. It was not entirely clear whether any attackers managed to breach the facility, but at least two Afghans died, while the U.S. said all its personnel were safe.
The attack, which also injured several people and left five alleged militants dead, underscored the perilous security situation in Afghanistan, where U.S.-led troops are reducing their presence ahead of a full withdrawal next year. The insurgent strikes are no longer concentrated in the country’s south and east, but occur with troubling frequency in the north and west, which have been the more peaceful areas in years past.
Friday’s assault — which was claimed by the Taliban — also followed a day and a half of exceptional joy in Afghanistan, as people of all backgrounds celebrated their nation’s first international soccer championship.
Afghan and U.S. officials offered slightly different accounts of what happened.
According to Herat province officials, the attack began around 6 a.m. with a powerful explosion caused by a suicide car bomber some 66 yards from the front gate of the consulate compound. Fellow militants then engaged in a firefight with security forces in the area.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the assault began around 5:30 a.m., when “a truck carrying attackers drove to the front gate, and attackers — possibly firing rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles — commenced attacking Afghan Protective forces on the exterior of the gates and contracted security guards. Shortly after, the entire truck exploded, extensively damaging the front gate.”
From top to bottom: Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Ty Woods, and Sean Smith. They lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the US facility in Benghazi one year ago.
Sadly, no justice has been served. The Obama administration continues to stonewall the investigation into what really happened. Let’s not forget that behind all the politics are four brave men who died serving their country.
According to a new report by Sharyl Attkisson, John Kerry has denied Darrell Issa’s request to interview Benghazi survivors. Because, you know, there’s nothing to hear, right?
From the Blaze:
Secretary of State John Kerry has informed Congress he “will not honor the request to make Benghazi survivors available for questioning,” CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson reports.
Republicans in the House Oversight Committee reportedly plan to issue subpoenas if Kerry does not reverse his decision and provide congressional investigators access to Benghazi survivors.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday sent Kerry a formal letter demanding access to the survivors of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
“I must receive confirmation that the [State] Department will makes these witnesses available to Committee investigators by September 24, 2013,” the letter reads.
“Otherwise, I will have no alternative but to consider the use of compulsory process,” the letter adds.
The congressman points out that this is not the first time that the Committee has demanded access to the Benghazi survivors. In fact, he notes, the State Department has dutifully ignored or denied earlier requests for access.
Why would Kerry refuse this request if there were no details that he was trying to hide? That’s the question that everyone, both left and right, should be asking. What could possibly be the reason for denying this request? Americans deserve to know what happened but their government is determined to cover it up. What are they trying to hide, exactly?
An attorney for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers who testified before Congress is breaking some major news. Many have suspected that the coverup in Benghazi was related to the illegal transfer of weapons, but until today very few credible sources were willing to say so on record.
Here’s the audio (the bit about surface to air missiles comes around the 3:20 mark but the entire interview is excellent):
Joe DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney who now represents Mark Thompson, one of the so-called “Benghazi whistleblowers” who testified before Congress last spring, says he’s been told that some “very ugly people” had stolen the missiles, and that the Benghazi annex played a key role in the theft.
"I do not know whether [the missiles] were at the annex, but it is clear the annex was somehow involved in the process of the distribution of those missiles," said DiGenova in an interview Monday with WMAL’s Mornings On The Mall.
How did DiGenova get this information? He told WMAL that ever since he and his wife and law partner, Victoria Toensing, began representing the Benghazi whistleblowers last spring, they have been contacted by several people eager to share information about what really happened the night of September 11, 2012, when four Americans were killed in the Consulate attack, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
"This information comes from a former intelligence official who stayed in constant contact with people in the special ops and intelligence community," said DiGenova, "and it is pretty clear that the biggest concern right now is that 400 missiles, which have been diverted in Libya and have gotten into the hands of some very ugly people. And they are worried, specifically according to these sources, about an attempt to shoot down an airliner," he added.
Hey remember those phony scandals? Well, how’s this for phony? CNN just dropped the bomb that there were 35 Americans on the ground in Bengahzi during the attack. At least 21 of those were CIA operatives who are now being threatened and polygraphed regularly by the CIA in an attempt to keep them quiet.
Here’s the video:
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.
Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.
Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.
CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.
…”You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.”
"Agency employees typically are polygraphed every three to four years. Never more than that," said former CIA operative and CNN analyst Robert Baer.
In other words, the rate of the kind of polygraphs alleged by sources is rare.
The latest line from the Obama camp is that Republicans are pushing “phony scandals” in order to distract the American people from what’s important. President Obama himself even used the line.
But here’s the problem: in both the Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals, people died. Now, the mother of a fallen-American at Benghazi is speaking against the Obama team calling her son’s death “phony.”
from the Daily Caller:
The mother of a Benghazi victim is furious about the new White House strategy of calling the terrorist attack and many other scandals plaguing the Obama administration “fake” or “phony.”
Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who was slain in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack, lashed out on “Your World” on the Fox News Channel about that terminology.
President Obama has never revealed what, if anything, he was doing while workers at the Benghazi embassy were urgently requesting support, nor has the administration explained why no forces were sent to protect the embassy. The administration also denied the attack was a terrorist incident, claiming it was a spontaneous protest against an obscure YouTube trailer for a film that may or may not exist.
“I don’t believe him anymore,” Smith said. “He’s wrong. My son is dead. How could that be phony?”
Patricia Smith isn’t the only family member outraged by Obama’s “phony scandals” remark. The family of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is also speaking out.
In response to the comments, the family of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is reminding President Obama that the hundreds of deaths linked to Operation Fast and Furious are far from phony. Guns trafficked during the operation were found at Terry’s murder scene in December 2010.
“These deaths are real. My son’s death was real. I am outraged that President Obama is talking about phony scandals when he knows all too well that my son was a victim of Operation Fast and Furious that was authorized by members of his Justice Department and a U.S. Attorney that he appointed. Operation Fast and Furious was all too real for me and my family, and it directly contributed to my son’s murder,” Josephine Terry, the mother of Brian Terry said in a statement. “Mr. President, come to Michigan and I will show you my son’s grave…then let’s have a conversation about your definition of phony scandals.”
The Terry family has been begging for answers and accountability from the Department of Justice for years. They have received deception and lies in return.
It’s incredible to me that the terrorist attack in Benghazi is rapidly approaching its one-year anniversary, and the American people still don’t have answers. The Obama administration has stonewalled any investigation into the matter, and now Rep. Frank Wolf has revealed that the eye witnesses to the attack were forced to signed non-disclosure agreements.
Here’s the video:
"On Tuesday I raised the question of why none of the Benghazi survivors, whether State Department, CIA, or private security contract employees have testified publicly before Congress," said Wolf.
"According to trusted sources that have contacted my office, many if not all of the survivors of the Benghazi attacks along with others at the Department of Defense, the CIA have been asked or directed to sign additional non-disclosure agreements about their involvement in the Benghazi attacks. Some of these new NDAs, as they call them, I have been told were signed as recently as this summer."
Wolf continued: “It is worth nothing that the Marine Corps Times yesterday reported that the Marine colonel whose task force was responsible for special operations in northern and western Africa at the time of the attack is still on active duty despite claims that he retired. And therefore could not be forced to testify before Congress.
"If these reports are accurate, this would be a stunning revelation to any member of Congress, any member of Congress that finds this out and also more importantly to the American people. It also raises serious concerns about the priority of the administration’s efforts to silence those with knowledge of the Benghazi attack in response.
The truth about the terror attack in Benghazi and the events that led up to it have been shrouded in lies, coverup, and obstruction; but little by little, witnesses are coming forward and telling their stories.
Fox News is apparently talking to more survivors of that night, and expects to tell their stories soon.
Stay tuned, and we’ll bring you any new details as they come.
The Obama White House is riddled with scandals, but Benghazi is easily one of the most crucial. Four Americans lost their lives that night after the White House and the State Department abandoned them. It is vital that we not be satisfied until we know the whole truth about Benghazi.