The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa.
Gregory Hicks told congressional investigators that if the U.S. had quickly sent a military aircraft over Benghazi, it might have saved American lives. The U.S. Souda Bay Naval Base is an hour's flight from Libya.
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3 Americans with Islam-critical movie protests
"I believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them," Hicks testified. Two Americans died in the morning mortar attack. I think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning.”
Gregory Hicks is one of the witnesses called to testify this week before the House Oversight Committee about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
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Shortly after the attack, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice characterized the assault as a spontaneous attack. The Obama administration later said it was an act of terror.
“Clearly, there was a political decision to say something different than what was reasonable to say,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on “Face The Nation.”
Obama waved-off rescue forces
It has been alleged that the Benghazi attack sprung out of complications with the White House and State Dept shipping arms from Khadaffi's arsenal to Islamist revolutionaries to conquer Syria. Pres. Barack Obama, campaigning for re-election at this time, attributed the attacks and concomitant Muslim protests in Egypt (which spread) to Muslim offense to the July 2012 published, "The Real Life of Muhammed" (aka "Innocence of Muslims") video, produced by Coptic Christian, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
The film criticized Egyptian authorities' unwillingness to protect Christians against Muslim intolerance,antagonism, and violence- and various Muslim shibboleths.
The Obama administration blamed the death of 4 Americans, including Chris Stevens, on the film's blaspheming Islam- and attempted to taboo criticizing Islamism, political Islam.
Christian filmaker, Sam Bacile, scapegoated by Obama
A national witch-hunt began to scapegoat the "Innocence" filmmaker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula for the thought-crime of Islamphobia, which triggered the international Arab violent "protests." Federal prosecutors found grounds to charge Nakoula with lying regarding his role in the film and his use of the alias "Sam Bacile" and sentenced him to one year in prison and 4-years of supervised release.
Update May 8, 2013: Deputy Chief of US Mission to Libya Gregory Hicks testified to the congressional hearing on the Benghazi attack that the Administration's scapegoated "YouTube video" was, in actuality, "a non-event in Libya."
Following the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack, Democracy Broadcasting reported about the media's subjectivity in failing to investigate Benghazi as political terrorism - which would challenge the campaigning Obama's tout that he had successfully eliminated Islamism as a threat to US interests by Obama's overseeing the military's killing of Usama bin-Laden.
On September 21st, former Democratic pollster and analyst Pat Caddell said, “I think we’re at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy.”
Caddell noted that while First Amendment protections were originally provided to the press so they would protect the liberty and freedom of the public from “organized governmental power,” they had clearly relinquished the role of impartial news providers. Nowhere was this more evident than during the tragic death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya that was covered up for nine days because the press and the administration did not want to admit it was a terrorist attack.
“We’ve had nine days of lies over what happened because they can’t dare say it’s a terrorist attack, and the press won’t push this,” said Caddell. “Yesterday there was not a single piece in The New York Times over the question of Libya. Twenty American embassies, yesterday, are under attack. None of that is on the national news. None of it is being pressed in the papers.” Read more.
The press' avoiding to challenge any of the several dubious aspects of this story- the gun-running, the terrorism, or the attempt to make taboo Islamophobia, criticism of Islam or Islamism, and advocate for new, national and international blasphemy laws- self-suppressed responsible challenges to Obama's re-election and contributed to our social climate of intolerance towards criticizing anything Islamic or Islamically motivated, such as the Boston Marathon bombings by Muslim-Americans.