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June 26, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Congress heard from a long-awaited witness in the Benghazi investigation today that no one in U.S. Africa Command was brought in on the White House preparations to gird against a 9/11 anniversary attack.

Gen. Carter Ham was in charge of AFRICOM on the night of the terrorist attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi. A month after the attack, President Obama nominated a replacement for Ham and the four-star general retired.

The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations met for a classified briefing this morning to hear testimony from three Benghazi figures: Ham; Lieutenant Colonel S.E. Gibson, former commander of the site security team at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli; and Rear Admiral Brian Losey, former commander, Special Operations Command Africa.

A statement from the committee said the witnesses “did clarify several matters with respect to the events of September 11 and 12, 2012″ as they described U.S. posture and response.

The White House issued a readout on Sept. 10, 2012, saying that then-counterterrorism adviser John Brennan had led a briefing that was the culmination of “numerous meetings to review security measures in place” and included “steps taken to protect U.S. persons and facilities abroad, as well as force protection.” Brennan has since been appointed CIA director.

Ham “stated that neither he or anyone working for him was consulted as part of the Brennan 9/11 planning process,” the committee said.

Gibson told the panel that contrary to news reports he was not told to “stand down” as he sought to take three Special Forces soldiers to aid to the fight in Benghazi but was “ordered to remain in Tripoli to defend Americans there in anticipation of possible additional attacks, and to assist the survivors as they returned from Benghazi.”

“Gibson acknowledged that had he deployed to Benghazi he would have left Americans in Tripoli undefended,” according to the committee. “He also stated that in hindsight, he would not have been able to get to Benghazi in time to make a difference, and as it turned out his medic was needed to provide urgent assistance to survivors once they arrived in Tripoli.”

The committee did not give any indication what Losey told the panel. In April, he was pulled off Special Operations Command Africa and was assigned as commander of Naval Special Warfare Command in San Diego.

Earlier this week, after a lack of cooperation from Secretary of State John Kerry, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued four deposition subpoenas to State Department officials connected to lax security before the Benghazi attack.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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They don't have hospitals in Tripoli? Medics are for front-line care, not rear area doctor work.

Furthermore, forces were not provided to where the battle definitely was, in order to protect where the battle kinda, sorta, maybe, might be, later? Wasn't it already kinda late on 9/11? If the enemy were going to attack on 9/11, wouldn't he likely have done so, already?

We weren't told to stand down. No, we were told to guard the effing rear, while the front line died on the vine. Was this incompetence, or cowardice? Either is a court-martial offense.
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“He also stated that in hindsight, he would not have been able to get to Benghazi in time to make a difference, and as it turned out his medic was needed to provide urgent assistance to survivors once they arrived in Tripoli.”

According to that logic, it's a shorter distance from Benghazi to Tripoli, than it is from Tripoli to Benghazi.
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Is it possible that the high-ranking military involved with Benghazi have been threatened, and therefore are trying to save their own and perhaps their families' necks? Perhaps, like most of the Seals who have lost their lives, the pattern becomes
frightening.
God Help the U S A !!!
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I am so disgusted... I cannot find the words which could be printed here...I have been the staunchest supporter of keeping this investigation going because, at least to me, Benghazi represents breaking a trust that goes to the core of what it means to be an American - that we NEVER leave anyone behind when placed in harm's way. Of course these "classified" briefings BEHIND CLOSED DOORS keep the truth from the American people and we have to TRUST the very people who are the most untrustworthy to tell us the truth.

If LTC Gibson is rolling over along with Gen Ham, then we are truly lost. There must be some extraordinarily dangerous people threatening them to achieve this result. I am a multiple-combat veteran, decorated, and now, I just feel empty inside that something of this magnitude could be covered up and the people responsible for the deaths of at least four brave Americans can not only go unpunished or accountable, but also that they will probably be promoted and prosper. God, please judge all of us as You deem worthy and punish accordingly. Thy will be done...

Remember BENGHAZI!
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I actually doubt if Obama even knows where the Oval office is located. He doesn't do anything but show up on the golf course, talk shows, and fundraising events. Of course he didn't get involved in this terrible event. He just passed it on to one of his minions and went back to bed.
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Britain's notorious Muslim cleric, Anchem Chaudary has been singing the praises and endorsing the newly formed IED (Islamic Emergency Defense) task force and is urging recruits to sign up and also form "task forces" around the country; Britain that is.
I bring this up because of its remarkable similarity to "community organizing" and its social justice forces that specifically redresses manufactured grievances based upon perceived wrongdoing; and when possible uses government to beat people into submission. Sound familiar???????????????
This is a Muslim Brotherhood tactic ... and it's becoming more and more obvious each and every day. Hopefully we'll wake up before the Islam Emergency Defense (IED) cells begin to operate in the U.S.A. out of the thousands of MB cells already in place. Note that I.E.D. is a familiar term and used specifically to intimidate anyone that opposes Islam - another dissident list available courtesy of Obama.
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Which brings us right back to the question of where Obama was, and what was he doing on the night of the attack. Not one question answered regarding that subject ... something smells and Hillary is now well on her way to being a candidate for POTUS. However ... this summer will be soooooo revealing regarding many things.
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Obama was busy being a candidate and doing what David Axelrod told him to do. If he was planning to be President that evening, he would have had Valarie Jarrett present to tell him what to do.
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Cool stories by the brass, did anyone ask them where Obama was that night?

At this point, I hardly care who issued the orders to the military.
I want to know why the president abandoned his post.
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One doesn't have to be an Obama basher, nor a conspiracy theorist, to understand that there was no interest in protecting the embassy. One may rightfully ask, how can this be? Well, when ones game plan is to arm the Syrian Brotherhood and other Brotherhood elements, then it is prudent to keep as many out of the loop as possible, even though Stevens surely knew what was going down.
To be sure, it wasn't helpful that the POTUS was in NO condition to order protective cover, when cries for help ensued. And we also know that the Commander-in-Chief is the only one who can issue said directives when the crap hits the fan. The question becomes: Why was he AWOL? http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/24/whatwho-was-occupying-obamas-missing-time-as-americans-died-in-benghazi-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/
Therein lies the crux. MSM - do your due diligence! Cease protecting him.
Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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John Brennan looks, walks, quacks and smells like a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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The MB are in effect dictating ME policy ... everything about it fits their agenda both at home and abroad. Everything - which means the administration is now joined with the MB, and that's the MOST disturbing and far-reaching problem that we have facing us as Obama grows government and attempts to shrink the economy in line with the MB stated goals of jihad against "America".
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They don't have hospitals in Tripoli? Medics are for front-line care, not rear area doctor work.

Furthermore, forces were not provided to where the battle definitely was, in order to protect where the battle kinda, sorta, maybe, might be, later? Wasn't it already kinda late on 9/11? If the enemy were going to attack on 9/11, wouldn't he likely have done so, already?

We weren't told to stand down. No, we were told to guard the effing rear, while the front line died on the vine. Was this incompetence, or cowardice? Either is a court-martial offense.
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One of the first things I learned about warfare in my readings during school was "march to the sound of the guns". It's as valid now as it was in the 18th century.
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“He also stated that in hindsight, he would not have been able to get to Benghazi in time to make a difference, and as it turned out his medic was needed to provide urgent assistance to survivors once they arrived in Tripoli.”

According to that logic, it's a shorter distance from Benghazi to Tripoli, than it is from Tripoli to Benghazi.
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