New Docs: Obama Admin Was Tracking Weapons From Libya to Syria in 2012, Knew Benghazi Attack Was Planned in Advance
New documents obtained by Judicial Watch confirm that U.S. intelligence agencies knew early on what happened in Benghazi on 9/11/2012 and why. Hint: It wasn't about a stupid video.
The docs show that in 2012, U.S. intelligence agencies knew that weapons were moving from Libya to Syria before the attack and were already predicting the rise of ISIS and their quest to establish a caliphate. This was 17 months before the president called ISIS “jay-vee.”
Via Fox News:
Catherine Herridge reported this morning on “America’s Newsroom” that a Defense Intelligence Agency memo from Sept. 16, 2012, concluded that the Benghazi terror attack was planned at least 10 days in advance to coincide with 9/11 and was in retaliation for a drone strike that killed an al Qaeda strategist. The memo was copied to the National Security Council, the State Department and the CIA.
“The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for the [U.S.] killing of Aboyahiye (Alaliby) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings,” the memo said.
Two and a half years after the attack, Judicial Watch was finally able to obtain the memos by suing in federal court.
“The Obama administration says it was a coincidence that [the Benghazi attack] occurred on 9/11. In fact, their intelligence said it wasn’t a coincidence, and in fact, specifically the attack occurred because it was 9/11,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
The Obama administration knew all of this on September 16, 2012 -- yet White House Press Secretary Jay Carney got in front of reporters day after day, spinning tales about a spontaneous demonstration, "bad actors" with heavy weapons and a "disgusting and reprehensible" YouTube video. Instead of answering simple questions he knew (or should have known) the answers to, Carney told reporters the matter was under investigation.
Flash back to a September 19, 2012, press briefing where Carney has trouble convincing skeptical reporters of the White House spin. Note that this was three days after the DIA memos which prove that administration already knew the truth:
Q If the government still maintains that there was no evidence of a preplanned attack, how come --
MR. CARNEY: Bill, let me just repeat now, again, that based on the information --
Q But how is it that the attackers had RPGs, automatic weapons, mortars?
MR. CARNEY: Bill, I know you’ve done a little bit of reading about Libya since the unrest that began under Qaddafi. The place is -- has an abundance of weapons, and there are --
Q No question about it. But do you expect a street mob to come armed that way?
MR. CARNEY: There are, unfortunately, many bad actors in that country as there are throughout the region.
Q But that’s not the point, Jay.
MR. CARNEY: And they have -- they’re very armed. The point is you can make suppositions about what happened. We prefer to have an investigation that looks very closely into what happened, and assembles the facts and presents them. Based on -- all I’m saying --
Q But our people on the ground have seen the fragments of the -- the remains of the mortars and the heavy weapons that were used.
MR. CARNEY: We’ve been clear that there were armed assailants who used heavy weapons. We obviously haven’t disputed that. And --
Q So this is just a random crowd that got together with their heavy weapons, insulted by the film, and decided to go --
MR. CARNEY: As I think I just said, there has certainly been precedent in the past where bad actors, extremists who are heavily armed in different countries, in different regions of the world, have taken advantage of and exploited situations that have developed in order to either attack Westerners or Western assets or American assets. That is not --
Q They might plan to do it, don’t you think?
MR. CARNEY: They might or they might not. All I can tell you is, based on the information we had at the time -- we have now, we do not yet have indication that it was preplanned or premeditated. There’s an active investigation. If that active investigation produces facts that lead to a different conclusion, we will make clear that that’s where the investigation has led. It’s not -- our interest is in finding out the facts of what happened, not taking what we’ve read in the newspaper and making bold assertions that we know what happened. We’d rather investigate it.
Q So in the investigations about all the skirmishes and the initial skirmish that happened in Libya, has it been concluded that this was linked to trying to show America something on 9/11, to show anti-American sentiment on 9/11? Is that --
MR. CARNEY: April, I’ve had a lot of questions about what we know about what precipitated the attacks in Benghazi. And I said earlier and have said on previous days that, based on the information we have now, we don’t have evidence that it was premeditated or preplanned.
It is certainly the case that there are a number of bad actors and armed groups of extremists in Libya who might take advantage of a situation that was brought about initially as a response to the video in question. But this is under active investigation and we await the results of that investigation by the FBI before we can reach any firm conclusions about what precipitated the attacks.
Q Right now we should say it’s a coincidence that it all happened on 9/11?
MR. CARNEY: Right now I’m saying we don’t have evidence at this point that this was premeditated or preplanned to coincide on a -- to happen on a specific date or coincide with that anniversary. If that changes, we will certainly make you aware of it.
Jay Carney is a shameless liar. But then, so is his successor, their boss, and pretty much everyone else associated with this abhorrent administration.
Judicial Watch now has their report on the new documents, here.