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July 2, 2014 - 8:28 am

Late Tuesday, the Obama administration released the indictment of Ahmed Abu Khattalah. He is the only suspect arrested for the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, and only the second person arrested at all in connection with that attack. The first, Nakoula Nakoula, was arrested and jailed for a year on parole violations for producing the “Innocence of Muslims” video that the president and top officials in his administration blamed for the attack.

Rowan Scarborough reports that the indictment of Khattalah does some damage to the movie narrative.

The unsealed June 26 indictment, coinciding with Khatallah’s U.S. District Court appearance in Washington, states that the grand jury does not know when the conspiracy began. It says Khatallah “did knowingly and intentionally conspire and agree with other conspirators, known and unknown to provide material support and resources to terrorists, that is personnel including himself and others.”

The indictment says Khatallah intended the material support and resources “to be used in preparation for and in carrying out” the attacks that killed the ambassador, his aide and two ex-Navy SEALs protecting a CIA base that came under precision mortar attack.

Khatallah is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a full detention hearing.

If it was a conspiracy, as the Obama government now alleges, then it wasn’t a spontaneous reaction to a movie that was supposedly offensive.

The Obama administration began pushing that narrative on the night of the attack, in a State Department statement condemning the movie and distancing the United States from it. The president and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton produced a public service announcement that aired in Pakistan in the days after the assault. In that PSA, Clinton “absolutely rejects” the movie and insists that the US government had nothing to do with producing it.

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Intelligence from the scene of the attack, during the attack, stated that there was no demonstration, no riot that got out of control, that the attack was a premeditated and planned assault using coordinated forces. The indictment of Khattalah backs that up.

The Benghazi assault came just weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and days after President Obama and the Democrats used their party convention to declare that “GM is alive and al Qaeda is on the run” and variations on that theme.

GM has since recalled more vehicles than it has sold due to safety issues, and al Qaeda offshoot ISIS is swiftly taking over large portions of Iraq.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Oh what a tangled web they weave.
24 weeks ago
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SAVING COMMANDER OBAMA
This President is all politics all the time. He doesn't know a thing about governing, but he certainly knows how to lie, spin and cover up:1) Bergdahl was bought to give favorable press following the VA scandal. The BS line: We don't leave anyone behind (therefore we care about vets). That didn't work; 2) Khattalah was captured to move away from Bergdahl. Again, the strategy is always to change the headlines. But Khattalah might backfire, as well. It's almost certain, there were arms trading going on in Benghazi -- from Libya to Syria via Turkey. But who were the arms going to? If al Qaeda, then POTUS was giving aid and comfort to the enemy - a treasonable/impeachable event. What to do? Khattalah has to be flipped to support part of Obama's new lie. But why take the risk? Politics. Remember, November is right around the corner. Risk was hedged by treating Khattalah as a criminal instead of the enemy combatant that he is.The criminal aspect prevents certain facts from coming out by citing of 'national security'. Of course, by national security, I mean saving Obama's ass.
24 weeks ago
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The VA scandal is the one scandal that's not going away -- too many whistle blowers, too much press. Obama owns the VA mess and the VA deaths. The VA scandal also happens to be a major threat to Obamacare. That is, it shows 'big government' is incapable of doing health care. And if the VA can't do it -- with an enormous budget, how can a cost-cutting measure like Obamacare? The other event that can topple Obamacare is the November elections. Put them together and what have you got -- Bippity Bobbity Doo Doo on Obama's signature legislation. That's why Obama is so eager to divert using a risky tactic like Khattalah.
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Dude, that was like 2 years ago! Of course everyone knows it's a conspiracy (now)!

It's the last stage of scandal: acceptance. Now that the lie has worked (he won in 2012), now it's time to say "we knew it all along, why are you making a big deal about this?". It's a way to come clean and still make your opponents out to be obsessed and it will work. Reality is only applies to The Now. The Now's reality is that it was a planned attack, the past's Now was a spontaneous demonstration.
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