A federal jury acquitted Ahmed Abu Khattala of the bulk of charges he faced in connection with the 2012 deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, but found him guilty of four criminal counts.
In a verdict announced Tuesday, Abu Khattala was found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists and of providing material support to terrorists. He was also found guilty of maliciously destroying and injuring dwellings, a charge that stems from the attack on the mission, and of carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.
Federal prosecutors had charged him with 18 criminal counts.
So much is still unknown about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi and every time we learn a little more, the official state department, protect Hillary and protect Obama story crumbles a little bit more. The latest revelation is that not only did the state department know that U.S. Benghazi security was in shambles and they hired a different security company to take over security too late to provide security for the attack, but the state dept. warned that new company they better keep silent about what they knew and what the state department knew.
Security officers at the U.S. Benghazi compound claimed Tuesday that an employee who reported to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressured them to be quiet about the lack of adequate security just before the 2012 terror attack in Libya.
Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions employees Brad Owens and Jerry Torres told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday evening that they were told not to talk about the government scrambled to improve security at the compound just weeks before the attack.
The search for State Department emails regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks received a boost this week when a federal judge ordered the agency to search the government email accounts of several Hillary Clinton aides.
Washington D.C. District Court Judge Amit Mehta, an Obama appointee, ordered State to search the accounts of Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s top aides at the State Department, in response to a lawsuit filed by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Mehta said that the State Department did not do enough to search for all emails it has on its computer systems regarding the Benghazi attacks, which left four Americans dead.
The mother a Benghazi victim who blames Hillary Clinton for her son’s death will attend the third presidential debate on Wednesday– as a VIP guest of Donald Trump.
Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, a State Department IT consultant killed during the terrorist attack in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, said she would accept the mogul’s invitation at the final showdown between the candidates in Las Vegas.
“I want to look in Hillary’s eyes, and have her lie to me again,” Smith told Yahoo News.
President Harry Truman kept a little sign on his desk in the Oval Office that said, “The buck stops here.”
If Hillary Clinton gets to sit behind that same desk next year, maybe her sign could say “Look over there!” instead.
Like so many liberals, Hillary is an expert at changing the subject when the topic at hand threatens to upend their narrative, and with that, their power over others. She just did it again after the House Benghazi Committee released its final report.
Since the report’s conclusions were unflattering to say the least, Clinton’s team flew into damage control mode in the most craven way imaginable.
Former CIA officer D. W. Wilber noted in The Hill Monday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s actions leading up to the Benghazi attack, and the Obama administration’s foreign policy in Libya as a whole were “lunacy on a grand scale”: “Additional security was denied even though intelligence reports clearly indicated the presence in Libya of Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups hostile to the United States.” Hillary’s “trust in the various militia factions to set aside their longstanding differences and establish a governing body in the war torn country illustrates another amateur mistake.” But it wasn’t. It was a professional mistake.
“…The committee found that then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, who led the charge to exculpate the White House in the wake of that attack, contradicted and humiliated the State Department. Her appearance on the Sunday morning news programs following that attack betrayed what the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs said was the fact that the White House was “very worried about the politics” of Benghazi. While the White House remains selective about what it divulges regarding the president’s activities and whereabouts on the night of the attack, the committee learned that Obama declined his daily intelligence briefing the day after. Finally, the investigations uncovered that administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were convinced of the terroristic nature of the attack even while they were relating something very different about its character to the American people.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aide ignored growing dangers at the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, as intelligence existed indicating an attack on the facility was possible, according to a leaked portion of a report by the House Benghazi Select Committee, which will release its 800-page analysis Tuesday.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Many of you that have only been casually following this story might be wondering just why the whole thing has completely consumed her candidacy. I mean it was just an email server and we all have email, right?
Well, it goes well beyond that and seems to be just the tip of the malfeasance iceberg in the latest scandal (read: illegal wrongdoing that in this case points to other legal wrongdoings) to plague the Clintons, who for some reason seem to ALWAYS be embroiled in scandal, dating back to the 1980’s.
She willfully and knowingly mishandled highly classified U.S. State Department and CIA information.
She has never fully come clean on why she even had a separate email server to begin with. Most, including myself, speculate that it was to preemptively cover up illegal activities involved with “pay to play” scheme where foreign governments and entities were contributing millions of dollars to The Clinton Foundation where that money was essentially laundered and then used to finance the Clinton’s lavish lifestyle and in return they received favorable treatment with U.S. foreign policy.
In her zeal to hide from law and regulation, and her flouting of U.S. laws, she created one of the greatest security leaks of the last 25-years when her server was penetrated by at least one hostile foreign entity, and this goes back to Benghazi. Al Qaeda seems to have had SOME access to the information pointing out just how weak the annex’s security was.
The scandal is now spreading and now implicates President Obama as it is known that he had prior knowledge of the existence of the ‘shadow server’ prior to his claiming that he only knew of it’s existence when the story hit the papers.
Hillary’s email server compromise lead to other compromises that allowed an even greater penetration of the main secured State Department’s computer system.
Here is some light reading, that in a few moments, will bring you up to speed on just why this whole thing is so damn filthy.
Hillary Clinton’s email excuses fell apart under public scrutiny many months ago, but that hasn’t stopped her from repeating the same failed excuses over and over again on the campaign trail. When asked to explain her ever-changing email story during an editorial board interview with the Quad-City Times in Iowa yesterday, she floundered badly.
The evidence is overwhelming that the United States had several rescue teams ready to go during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, but someone — possibly the president himself — prevented them from acting. So said Emmy Award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson to talk show host Steve Malzberg in an interview on Wednesday.
The brazenness of what she did ought to be revolting. In free societies, when political leaders demand the citizens ignore a lie, they make them complicit in it… More.
Steyn is, of course, assuming that any significant number of Americans would change their vote if they believe that Hill Clinton brazenly lied.
Increasingly, Western populations don’t even think that way. No one is morally responsible, everyone is a self-declared victim, and the government is there to comfort and dispense largesse to such victims.
In the new scheme, self-declared non-victims are necessarily treated with suspicion and hostility. They must be the people who made victims of the others. It all works, within the time frame that progressive governments and their voters consider important.
During afternoon testimony, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) asked Clinton about an email dated Dec. 15, 2011 in which Stevens asked an official about security at the Benghazi compound, and whether the State Department had decided to close it.
Clinton responded: “Well, Congresswoman, one of the great attributes that Chris Stevens had was a really good sense of humor and I just see him smiling as he’s typing this because it’s clearly in response to the e-mail down below talking about picking up a few ‘fire sale items from the Brits.’”
One of the men who was in charge of security for U.S. diplomats in Libya says he feared for their safety long before the attack last month on the consulate in Benghazi. Four Americans were killed in the attacks on the Libyan consulate, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
The concerned military security officer and Army green beret, Lt. Colonel Andrew Wood, will tell his story to Congress on Wednesday. …
Wood met daily with Stevens to discuss security. He says the ambassador was concerned about security.
“He was constantly concerned about the threats to not just himself but the entire staff there,” Wood said.
Wood said that there was a visible security drawdown while he was in Libya. Pressure came from the higher headquarters at the State Department.
“It began shortly after I arrived,” he said. “There was pressure to reduce the number of security people there.”