Within at least two and a half hours of the attack that killed our Ambassador and three other Americans at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House was told that Ansar al-Shariat, an Al Qaeda linked group of militants were taking credit for the attack.
No more than 2 and half hours after the attack, an email identifying the group claiming responsibility for the terrorist attack was sent to several locations, including The White House Situation Room, where President Obama was being made aware of the details as the tragedy unfolded.
According to Reuters news agency, the emails specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had taken responsibility for the attacks. In addition to these emails being dispatched by the State Department’s Operations Center the White House Situation Room, they also went to offices in the Pentagon, within the intelligence community, and the FBI,. All on the afternoon of September 11.
Below you will find copies of the actual missives. The names of the individual recipients of the emails are redacted.
The first email, contains the subject line of “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack,”. It was sent at 4:05 PM, approximately 25 minutes after the attack began. It describes an assault on the compound by 20 armed people.
The second email was sent at 4:54 PM and it states that the shooting has stopped and the compound was cleared. It further states that a response team was “onsite attempting to locate COM personnel.”
The third email, was sent at 6:07 p.m. Washington time and had the subject line: “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.”
These documents were released from government sources who are reportedly not connected to any U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity. So as is the case with most everything we have been learning about the events leading up to and following the attacks in Benghazi, the facts contained in these documents were not released by the White House. Nevertheless, these facts do contradict just about everything the White House has been saying about what they knew and when they knew it. And it especially points to attempts by the White House to cover-up the fact that this was terrorist attack, a description which both the Obama White House and Obama reelection team refused to admit to out of fear that it would be get in the way of the President’s reelection chances.
These emails now cast more doubt on the Administration then ever before. They reveal that the White House knew that a terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack even though they spent more than two weeks claiming that the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over a YouTube video that was placed online back in July. This now makes it hard for anyone not to be suspicious of what else the White House and the President knew. So far, both the President and Vice President claimed to have not known of two months worth of warnings from Ambassador Chris Stevens about al Qaeda gaining strength in Eastern Libya and of his requests for additional security. If true there is scandal in just the fact that this information never made its way to the Commander-in-Chief. If it is not true, and he did know of those developments, than our Commander-In-Chief is absolutely incompetent and directly responsibly for allowing the events that killed Ambassador Stevens and three others to have gotten as far as they did. But no matter how you look at it, right now there is either one scandal or two. Are we left with a scandal dealing with an intolerable level of incompetence that killed our Americans in Benghazi, or are we left with one scandal regarding incompetence and another scandal regarding an attempt to cover-up the first scandal?
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