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#BENGHAZI: Kennedy’s Sign Off On Sub-Par Security

Benghazi is still here, sorry Hillary fans. Looks like it does make a difference. That last month has had a number of revelations that have pulled back the some of the curtain that the Obama administration keeps trying to drop over this scandal. The most recent being that it indeed does make a difference that the Accountability Review Board (ARB) didn’t interview Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy.

Hot Air reports:

Remember when the ironically-named Accountability Review Board assigned blame for the Benghazi debacle on low-level employees at the State Department? When challenged by Congress as to why the ARB never interviewed Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, ARB co-chair Thomas Pickering replied that they had already concluded that blame for the unprotected diplomatic facility rested below his level. Whistleblower Eric Nordstrom told Congress, however, that the decisions that left the consulate defenseless against the terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11 came from Kennedy’s level — at least.

A new report from Fox vindicates Nordstrom, although it might not be quite that new:

The decision to keep U.S. personnel in Benghazi with substandard security was made at the highest levels of the State Department by officials who have so far escaped blame over the Sept. 11 attack, according to a review of recent congressional testimony and internal State Department memos by Fox News.

Nine months before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, State Department Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy signed off on an internal memo that green-lighted the Benghazi operation.

Hot Air then reports the State Department yawned, said it was an old memo and old news. Really? More from Hot Air:

The question is whether Kennedy signed off on this himself, or did so under the direction of his superiors. The State Department told Fox that this memo was essentially old news:

Asked whether Kennedy signed off on State Department policy unilaterally, or whether he consulted senior leadership, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki downplayed the importance of the memo, stating Fox News’ policy question was dealt with during a hearing before the House oversight committee last fall.

“Let me just say on this particular memo, it’s been available to the House of Representatives since October. It was discussed in October in a hearing on the House side and in many, many, many briefings. It was even posted — this sensitive document was posted on the website as well,” Psaki said.

Asked whether Kennedy had the authorization to sign off on a continued presence, Psaki said Kennedy had spoken at length to the Accountability Review Board, adding “I don’t know that we have a new update today.”

Well, if that was the case, then why didn’t Pickering and his ARB start asking those questions of Kennedy? The core question for the ARB was determining the responsibility for the failures that allowed the outpost in Benghazi to be successfully sacked by terrorists, resulting in the deaths of four Americans. The action memo wasn’t just something passed around State and initialed by Kennedy as a pro forma act — it’s addressed directly to him requesting authorization to keep the facility open “through the end of calendar year 2012.”

Also, isn’t Psaki contradicting Pickering here? Didn’t Pickering say Kennedy wasn’t interviewed by ARB? Looks like Psaki can’t keep her lies straight. Either way, the fact remains that multiple levels at the State Department knew the security was substandard and yet no one did anything about it.

Other Benghazi Updates: Continue reading

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#BENGHAZI – “The Shipment Likely Originated in Libya”

Was what happened in Benghazi some kind of turf war for weaponry in a Middle East version of Fast and Furious after all? If so, that would explain a lot of the lying if the Obama administration were supplying weapons to one group over another under the radar; busting some of their own narratives.

PJ Tatler, emphasis mine:

Libya Blowback: US Missiles intercepted in Egypt bound for Hamas-controlled Gaza

A stunning story out of Egypt on Friday (HT: Jonathan Schanzer at FDD) after a raid in northern Sinai uncovered a cache of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles bound for Hamas-controlled Gaza. The discovery was made in Be’r al-Hefn near Arish in an area known as a transit point for materials headed for the smuggling tunnels running from Sinai into Gaza.

The most remarkable part of the story is that the missiles were American-made, arriving from Libya according to multiple reports.

The report does not say who or what group is associated with transporting the weaponry from Libya through Egypt to the point where they were discovered; one would guess from the destination it would have to be HAMAS. So, how and from whom is HAMAS getting weapons from Libya?

This is not the first time in recent memory arms originating in Libya have been intercepted in Egypt before reaching Gaza. Flashback to November 2012 when 3 Palestinians were arrested: Gaza bound weapons intercepted in Egypt. That was a very pricey shipment. The Times Of Israel noted it was worth $3.3 Million:

According to the report, the shipment included 185 crates full of arms and ammunition, including bullets, anti-tank and anti-aircraft munitions, rocket-propelled grenades, landmines and explosives. The estimated value of the shipment was 20 million Egyptian pounds ($3.3 million).

$3.3 million is not chump change. Neither is $192 million and $400 million. Anyone thinking the bulk of this money was really going to help the Palestinian people is kidding themselves.

It’s entirely plausible that these weapons being bought are being redirected from arms meant for Syria. The Oversight committee should be asking Hillary Clinton about the various arms being shipped in and out of the region – specifically Libya. They should also be asking about the intended recipients of said weapons and how involved Ambassador Stevens was in brokering deals with the intended the recipients of these arms in the region. How much of Ambassador Stevens’ role in returning to the region was to try and recover weapons the US sold the Gaddafi regime? Or another idea, maybe he was trying to buy back items already in country for transfer to various rebel groups in Libya and in Syria.

The reality — We probably will never know the answers to these questions.

Related Reading:

Obama Quietly Removes HAMAS Terrorist Muhammad Salah From Terrorist List; May Get $1.4 Million in HAMAS/Qaeda Funds

President Obama Authorizes Covert Help for Libyan Rebels

REPORT: The US Is Openly Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels

Obama asks Saudis to send weapons to Libyan rebels

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The Morning Links (10/29/12)

Daily Fuel Gauge Report: What are Obama’s Policies Costing You Today?
Site of the Day: Zilla of the Resistance and Riehl World News

Hit their tip jars. We have Conservatives warriors hurting and in need!

LL 1885′s Picks:

8,803,335: Another New Record for Disability—Up 975 Per Day Under Obama
Obamanomics: Iconic NY Steakhouse “Gallagher’s”, Which Survived The Great Depression, Is Closing
Behind Barry’s big win: Treasury officials held 2009 backroom bailout meeting on Delphi pension plans
Green Fail: Colorado officials continue Abound Solar fraud investigation
The Chicago Way: Leaked DOE emails expose White House cronyism
Obama on MTV: Gay Marriage Is States’ Decision
Whoa: British ExxonMobil oil chief ‘assassinated’ in Brussels street
GITMO: JW Covers 9/11 Hearings at Guantanamo
Executive Order: Establishing the White House Homeland Security Partnership Council | The White House
Negotiating with terrorists: Maariv Reports Obama Offered Iran Full Diplomatic Relations Including Opening Embassies
Hmm: Navy Replaces Admiral Leading Mideast Strike Group Because of Ongoing Investigation
Transparency: White House Kills the Briefing Room Lights
Say What?: Planet Biden Edition

Must Reads Of The Day:

This section is devoted to Benghazi, since the media will not cover it. Pick up the phone. Call your State reps, Congressmen, TV stations and newspapers. Demand they cover it.

Capitol Switchboard: 1-866-220-0044

EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say
Video: Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer’s Sources Say Obama was in the Situation Room Watching Benghazi Attack – He Could Have Ordered an Intervention
Ten Questions for the White House
The White House’s Lame Denial of Benghazi Cover-Up
BOOM! Senator Portman: We Need to Find Out if a Presidential Order Was Issued
#STANDDOWN: U.S. Had Two Drones, AC-130 Gunship, and Targets Painted in #Benghazi.
AP Report: 150 Gunmen Involved In Benghazi Attack, Arrived In Trucks That Bore The Logo Of Ansar Al-Sharia
Denver News Anchor Kyle Clark Has Some Questions For President Obama
Aide: Obama did not deny requests for help in Benghazi
Obama on Benghazi: ‘Ultimately … I am responsible’ Congress to White House: Declassify the Libya Video
Instapundit: #BENGHAZI: “The stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.” Just think how much could have been accomplished if they’d had the support of their Commander-in-Chief.
The Friday Focus: The Biggest Scandal No One Will Cover Edition (updates)
The Fourth Estate’s Shame (ABC News Version)
Obama needs to come clean on Benghazi

Election 2012:

Des Moine Register endorses Romney; Mitt Romney offers a fresh economic vision. This is the first Republican endorsement by the Register in 40 years.
Twitter / iowahawkblog: The DMRegister ed board is considerably to the left of average Iowan. Endorsing Obama would be a yawn; this is a quake warning.
Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Goes On Attack Against Des Moines Register
Obama Voted Early – Presented Photo ID
Funny Business At The Polls In Ohio
Obama and Romney Raise $1 Billion Each
Texas Letter To UN Poll Observers (PDF)
State Department warns Texas AG not to arrest UN-affiliated election observers
Lena Dunham – Your First Time? Here’s Your First Meme.
Pro-Obama Ad Features Children Singing About America Where ‘Sick People Just Die’
Question for Obama supporters: What do you think of Mitt Romney’s “kill list?”
WI: Assaulted openly gay GOP campaign volunteer talking to FBI, sources say
Now What? A Group in CO is Paying People $20 Per Obama Vote?
Vandal Keys ‘Obama’ Into 2 Cars In Alta Loma
Teen councilman Kyle Bower ‘got drunk, stole Mitt Romney signs then destroyed a soybean field’ Photo of the Day

Election 2012 Videos

RNC TV Ad: “Obamacare”
Still Thinking About Voting for Obama?
“I Pledge to Serve Barack Obama” (Urgent 2012 Election Update)
On CNN, Obama Senior Adviser Pressed On Lack Of Obama Positive Vision For Future
MITT ROMNEY: “THIS IS A TIME OF BIG CHOICES, OF BIG CONSEQUENCE”

Foreign Affairs/The Religion of Peace:

Indonesia Arrests 11 Islamic Militants Over Plot To Bomb U.S. Embassy
Video: Obama’s Syrian Allies
Iranian Missiles And Clone Of Downed U.S. Drone On Display In Iran
Iranian Cash Found in the Pockets of Assad’s Dead Soldiers
UK: Jihadists plotted to fit blades on front of truck and use it for mass murder, building ‘Ultimate Mowing Machine’ to kill and maim
Another Hamas-linked State Dept Advisor Exposed
Clinton Pledges $58M More to Somalia, $1.3B Since 2011
Spain jobless rate hits new high in third quarter
British ‘terror gang planned to buy five AK47 guns’
Reports: UK police arrest Gary Glitter

Wait, what?:

3.6 million Social Security numbers hacked in S.C.
Pat Moran Relied on Civil Rights Lawyers for Voter Fraud
Navy SEAL Group Will Air Anti-Obama Ads During Harvey Weinstein’s ‘SEAL Team Six’ Film
Chicaogo warzone update: 1 dead, 6 wounded in overnight shootings
UNC student from Charlotte found dead
County’s Democrat Of The Year Convicted Of Felony Theft
Police: Shooting on Mich. freeway linked to spree
Woman Says TSA Agent Stole Jewels At Logan Airport
Tsunami hits Hawaii following earthquake in Canada
NYPD officer plotted to kidnap, cook and eat women, authorities say

The New Tone & New Media:

Field Guide to Bloggers Zilla of the Resistance
Follow-Up: Jenny Grades Obama & Romney on Auto Industry Bailout, the Debates, and Candidates’ Values
Gore’s Current TV Up For Sale
Madonna booed after touting Obama in La. Concert
Immaterial Girl: Madonna tells concert-goers in La., Texas ‘vote for Obama’; Fans report boos, walk-outs
Occupy Oakland anniversary protest mostly peaceful …2 arrests

Laugh or Cry – The Videos of the Day:

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The Morning Links (10/25/12)

Daily Fuel Gauge Report: What are Obama’s Policies Costing You Today?
Site of the Day: Nice Deb and James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas

LL 1885′s Picks:

Obamacare Army gets subpoena threat: Issa threatens subpoenas over IRS rules regarding healthcare exchanges
Doing just fine: BuyAmerican’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Letter to Obama (.pdf)
OUR PRO-TORTURE PRESIDENT: Barack Obama’s Department of Justice Railroads CIA Torture Whistleblower Into Reduced Guilty Plea.
What media bias?: Register editor: Obama off-the-record comments deserve to be shared with voters (but they aren’t sharing them)
LL1885: Remembering Pan Am 103

Must Reads Of The Day:

Benghazi blows up.

CBS Confirms Obama Lied.
Benghazi-Gate: Debate Lies
White House Responds to CBS Email Dump
White House e-mails blow up its Libya cover story
HILLARY SMIRKS AT REPORTERS – Still Not Sure What to Call the Benghazi Terrorist Attack

James O’Keefe does it again. This one is pretty big…

@ProjectVeritas_ : Jim Moran’s (D-Va.) Field Director Conspires to Commit Voter Fraud, Forge Docs – Full video
James O’Keefe Bombshell: VA Rep Jim Moran’s Son Caught on Tape Facilitating Voter Fraud!

Election 2012:

Romney Addresses Crowd of Over 10,000 in Colorado
ROMNEY RYAN RALLY AT RED ROCKS: Two pictures.
Democrat Jewish NY Assemblyman Heads to FL to Stump for Romney
A shot across Miss October Surprise’s bow
TMZ: Boston Globe, Gloria Allred Trying to Unseal Court Records In Someone Else’s Divorce; Got Tip Record Contains “Juicy Information” About Romney
The Stemberg Settlement Saga Celebrates Its Silver Anniversary, By The Usual Custom of Dragging Mitt Romney Into It
EXCLUSIVE: Romney Lawyer Comments on Gloria Allred Court Hearing Obama: Romney has “stage three Romnesia”
Hail Mary: Obama Hits MTV to Win Back Youth Vote From the Mouths of Voters
TEA PARTIERS LEAVE PLACES CLEANER THAN WHEN THEY ARRIVED. Obama Supporters Leave Huge Mess Behind..
NC Voters Claim Voter Machine Registered Obama After Voting For Romney
Raleigh Mayor Endorses Obama
Man photographed spray-painting over Allen West campaign sign

Election 2012 Videos

Momentum
Big Bird, Binders & Bayonets
Morning Joe Mocks Obama’s Attacks On Romney

Foreign Affairs/The Religion of Peace:

The Terrifying Rise Of Greece’s Nazi Party
Russian S-400s relocated near Turkey. Hizballah shifts units, rockets into Syria
Texas brothers with Hizbollah links found guilty of money laundering

Wait, what?:

Michelle Obama Lobbied For Partial Birth Abortion in 2004
Update: Police say La. woman who claimed KKK hate crime attack set herself on fire
California gas prices fall but are still a record for Oct. 22
Climate scientist Michael Mann sues over comparison to child molester
Kaboom! Trump drops Obama bombshell (This reminded me of Geraldo & opening Al Capone’s vault)

The New Tone & New Media:

Superman quits The Daily Planet – over the state of journalism

Laugh or Cry – The Videos of the Day:

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The Morning Links (10/24/12)

Daily Fuel Gauge Report: What are Obama’s Policies Costing You Today?
Site of the Day: National Review Online
LL 1885′s Picks:

This admin has more holes than Swiss cheese: Ex-CIA agent to plead guilty to leaking classified secrets to reporter
Michelle Malkin Reminds us: Who is White House visitor Hisham al Talib?; plus: 2 must-watch Benghazi videos
Benghazi-gate: Benghazi Suspect Held in Tunisia
Not letting go of it, thank God: Family of SEAL slain in Libya wants answers from WH
Crony Capitalism 101 – Nepotism reimagined: IT’S MAGIC! Joe Biden’s Brother Wins $100 Million Federal Contract to Build Homes In Iraq More: The Ties that Biden
And the tax payers lose: Solyndra wins approval to exit bankruptcy protection
Four years later we get a booklet?: Obama Lays Out Second-Term Agenda With 20-Page Booklet Hey, you know who else gave out booklets?
Recovery?: Stocks hammered by weak earnings reports
The EPA Is out of control: Now The EPA Is Going After Cities
Hope and Change in CO: Four mass layoffs in Colorado in September Related: Size of Colorado bank accounts shrink last year, study says

Must Reads Of The Day:

Presidential Debate #3 Linkfest
Glenn Reynolds: Will cocooned liberals be surprised by Romney?

Election 2012:

Son of State Senator Neal Kedzie Attacked
MSNBC audience boos child [VIDEO]
TRR: Romney Has Best Gallup Tracking Poll Numbers Since 1968
Log Cabin endorses Mitt Romney
Trumped-Up Charges? Republicans Rejected Man’s Claims That Obama Sold Cocaine In College
About Those Horses And Ships
Romney Wins CBS Focus Group In Ohio

Election 2012 Videos

Healed?
Apology Tour
Highest Responsibility
The Clear Path

Foreign Affairs/The Religion of Peace:

New York Federal Reserve jihad plotter was VP of Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim Students Association
Al-Qaida’s No. 2 in Yemen says in audio he’s alive
Iraq: 9 killed in separate attacks in Baghdad
Rebels battle Assad’s forces for gateway to north Syria
New fighting erupts Saturday morning in Nuevo Laredo: 10 die
NYC Muslim Day Parade 2012 – Hate On Parade

Wait, what?:

Funeral for Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, killed in theater shooting
4 shot in South Austin neighborhood in Chicago
Another Fake Hate Crime?… Louisiana Woman Says Hooded KKK Members Torched Her
UNC Drops Term “Freshmen” From University Documents Because It’s Not “Gender Inclusive”

The New Tone & New Media:

Stacey Dash casts vote for Romney; Vicious Left says ‘Die bitch,’ ‘hope you get shot Uncle Tom’
C’mon Chuck
He’s not really one of us

Occupy Whatever:

Note: will likely be dropping this section soon and incorporating news (if any) into ‘Wait, What?’

Pictures document Occupy movement

Laugh or Cry – The Videos of the Day:

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