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Gaddafi Son Faces Trial

Nearly two years after Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in Libya, his son Saif al-Islam is yet to stand trial for alleged war crimes committed during the 2011 uprising. He’s set for a hearing in Libya in August, but International Criminal Court judges fear he won’t receive a fair trial there. Libya is meanwhile defying an ICC ruling by refusing to hand him over to the Hague, insisting on trial at home.

Saudis Behind Benghazi Coverup

It wasn’t the election, but rather secret CIA-sponsored arms sales and Saudi money that motivated the Benghazi coverup, a recent political analyst reports. Pundit Dick Morris explores the disturbing implications, and asks how pervasively the Saudis are influencing US politics through bribes and secret campaign contributions.

Why Benghazi Still Matters

Reason.TV cites three reasons why Benghazi still matters.

1. We still don’t know what really happened.
2. U.S. officials keep attacking free speech as the cause of the attack.
3. We still don’t have a foreign policy in the Middle East – or anywhere else.

Benghazi Scandal

Andrew Klavan and Stephen Crowder have a spontaneous breakfast discussion about Benghazi, the scandal that the Obama administration and its compliant media supporters conspired to bury in the sands of the Sahara.

Benghazi Stonewalling

Pat Smith, mother of slain State Department officer Sean Smith, who died in the September 11, 2012, attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, tore into the federal government and their efforts to investigate that deadly attack on Tuesday. In an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper, Smith said that she blames former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for failing to ensure her staff was secure and for not taking blame for that failure after they were killed in the line of duty.

Al-Qaeda Linked to Benghazi

Several Yemeni men belonging to al-Qaeda took part in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last September, according to several sources who have spoken with CNN. One senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that “three or four members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” or AQAP, took part in the attack.

High on a Mountaintop

Chris Cassone delivers a tribute to the slain heroes of the Benghazi attack on our embassy — Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Ambassador Chris Stevens. Cassone’s new song also is a rebuke of the treason that let them die. All proceeds (except the Bandcamp 15%) will go to the SEAL NSW Family Foundation. H/T The Other McCain

The Clapper Strikes Again

CBS News has reported that the Director of National Intelligence’s office — headed by Obama appointee James Clapper — made the decision to scrub any references to “Al Qaeda” or “terrorism” from the Administration’s talking points regarding the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Apparently, the CIA had confirmed the attack was an act of terrorism but also subsequently acquiesced to the DNI’s watered-down account meant for mass consumption. As the Ace of Spades blog observed,  “The White House wanted the terrorism angle all but written out of the report, and Clapper was the man who did the editing, and then the CIA, to its great dishonor, signed off on this lie.”

Yes, every Administration needs a Clapper. Plug it in, clap twice, and behold how quickly you can turn out the lights, and hide any semblance of truth from the public.

 

The Iranian Coverup

President Obama covered up an attack by Iranian jets on a US drone missile on November 1 and didn’t tell us until after election day. Added to the Benghazi coverup and the cooking of the books to make unemployment  numbers appear less onerous, the Administration engaged in shady deceit to win a razor-thin victory. Pundit Dick Morris calls for Congressional probes.

CIA Director Drops Bombshell

The resignation of David Petraeus as director of the Central Intelligence Agency raises questions. Not so much about the extramarital affair that led to him stepping down, but rather about the timing of the resignation and whether he was forced to leave.

It’s most curious the announcement came just after the election and just ahead of Petraeus’ scheduled testimony before Congress on the Benghazi mess. It’s doubly curious because the affair apparently happened while the former four-star general served as commander in Afghanistan, more than a year ago. Why did news of the affair surface at this particular juncture, and what compelled the FBI to launch an investigation of Paula Broadwell, author of the biography All In: The Education of General David Petraeus?

Widespread news reports have identified Broadwell as Petraeus’ mistress, although neither she nor the general have acknowledged that assertion as fact. Without spelling out any further particulars, Petraeus’ resignation letter declared,  “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

Broadwell herself is married, but was embedded (adding new meaning to the term) with Petraeus while he was serving in Afghanistan and she was researching her book. Here is an interview Broadwell gave this past March with CBS News upon the book’s release.

We’ll be watching this story closely as it unfolds.

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