Benghazigate: The Lies of Libyan Liberation

November 5, 2012 in News

Danny Benavides
November 05, 2012
Traces of Reality

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While most Americans occupied their time in recent days casting ballots, following news coverage of the devastation left in Sandy’s wake, or rioting over sports, a scandal rivaling the magnitude of Operation Fast and Furious has come and gone. Reports have trickled out like so many drops of blood upon the hands of senior government officials as another diabolical operation pursued under the Obama administration is exposed. Yet, it is as if a towering tree has fallen in a forest of scandal and made no sound. LibyaGate, BenghaziGate, or whatever this is to be called clearly illustrates a pattern of duplicitous criminal conspiracies involving U.S. government officials/agents engaging in illicit trafficking of weapons, drugs, and cash to a host of unsavory mobs in the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America (at least) whose “foe” or “friend” status vacillates and blurs.

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Remember that during March of 2011, United States forces operating as part of a NATO coalition including French, British, Canadian, and others initiated Operation Odyssey Dawn, a “humanitarian intervention” by way of a “time-limited, scope-limited” “kinetic military action” to overthrow the regime of Muammar Gadaffi. This transpired a month after President Obama signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Libya, as chickenhawk interventionist presidents are prone to do. Obama had authorized the offense on Libya while Congress enjoyed their Spring Break vacation, bypassing any debate or Declaration of War from the elected representatives of the citizenry. The president did, however, have time to solicit the approval of America’s dictatorial allies of the House of Saud so long as the West would turn a blind eye to its brutal repression of pro-democracy movements.

Once that clearance had been granted, Libya was a pushover faced with bombs dropped from the sky and covert operators on the ground, thus securing another lily-pad on the swamp of global empire. These days, the American ruling elite prefer to limit or silence American deaths, so low-risk overthrows such as Libya and Iraq represent a mad “neocolonial scramble” for strategic control of the Middle East and Africa as America and China vie for influence and global economic turmoil ups the ante.

Immediately after Gaddafi was executed and his regime deposed, the al’Qaeda-affiliated Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) handed the reins over to the Western-backed National Transitional Council which nationalized the oil sector and created a central bank, in the image and likeness of its Western puppeteers. Within days, Libya was successfully transformed into a satellite of the unaccountable CIA-managed Secret Government.

This episode in Libya follows in the footsteps of prior CIA-sponsored “revolution” movements in volatile territories and was even put to paper in 1956 as author Michael Rozeff recalls Operation Straggle:

“CIA cooperated with the British SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) in this (as they are doing in Libya now). The U.S. ambassador suggested an anti-communist coup engineered by the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP). Plans for a coup were subsequently discussed in the White House. The Secretary of State communicated about these prospects with his British counterparts. Within two months, they had developed covert plans (in the words of the British Foreign Secretary) ‘to establish in Syria a Government more friendly to the West.’”

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Today, we have a powder keg in the Middle East and North Africa. Questions loom pertaining to the death of U.S. Ambassador John Christopher Stevens, who was in reality a liaison between CIA and Suleiman Fortia, a direct connection not only to the arming of Libyan terrorist rebels via the National Transitional Council, but also directly to the Syrian opposition terrorists through a known bin Laden associate named Abdel-Hakim Belhadj, aka Abu Abdullah al-Sadiq. While Ambassador/Agent Stevens was in Libya ostensibly to locate and retrieve several thousand pieces of weaponry that had gone missing after Gaddafi’s overthrow, mounting evidence reveals this to be a weak cover story.

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Photograph by AP

Among the top-priority missions on the CIA’s agenda in Libya include tying up loose ends for local rendition sites where torture was conducted, provoking violent conflict against unapproved regimes in countries such as Syria and Iran, and pocketing the spoils of international gun- and drug-running.

Further confounding the situation is the revelation that the target of this violent attack in Benghazi was not a consulate office in which Ambassador Stevens was performing some kind of diplomatic mission, but in fact a way-station for the CIA. Up to three requests for help fell on deaf ears, despite the secretive, sensitive nature of the location.

As the CIA outpost in Benghazi became engulfed in flames, senior officials within the administration of Barack Obama languished into futility. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quickly claimed responsibility for the lapse in security at the so-called consulate compound, even though official admissions placed President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at a White House meeting less than an hour after the Benghazi attack had begun. Furthermore, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer has cited close, confidential sources placing President Obama and high-ranking members of his administration in the Situation Room watching the Benghazi assault proceed in real-time as a pair of UAV drones flew over Benghazi broadcasting the carnage from above. Leaked emails bolster the notion that top government officials were either grossly negligent in their sworn duties or outright criminally culpable in the deaths of at least four Americans that day.

More disturbingly, inconsistencies relating to the timeline of events, critical lapses in security, and the identities of those responsible for the attack continue to mount. The firm tasked with security for the embassy/consulate/safehouse was one Blue Mountain Security Solutions, based out of the U.K. The firm provided comically inadequate protection at the compound in Benghazi, and more interestingly, had recently severed business relations with its local partner in Libya, Eclipse Group, effectively becoming competitors for oil field security contracts.

For an excellent expose expounding upon the evidence of an inside job perpetrated in Benghazi, including a curious cameo from pardoned war-criminal, Iran-Contra retread, and Eclipse Group director Duane Clarridge, please read Justin Raimondo’s column on Antiwar.com. Time and again, it seems that any and all shadowy operations around the world must consist of at least one actor from “The Enterprise” or its affiliated networks.

Libyan civil war continues unimpeded, in spite of U.S./NATO “humanitarian aid,” and new puppets will be appointed regardless. The roulette wheel will keep spinning as long as the House wins.

After the stream of headlines began pouring connecting Western agencies to terrorist insurgencies, it appears the Obama administration is trying to re-brand the policy just in time for the elections, and curiously, AFRICOM issued an official response to deny claims that its most senior commander General Carter Ham had been forced out of his position due to the ongoing Benghazi scandal. His departure was right on schedule, they assure. Plus, additional waves of aerial drones have been unleashed over Libya and the CIA is just getting started.

While pundits and talking heads on the Right of the phony political paradigm seem to be the only voices raising concerns over the events of Benghazigate, remember that media in opposition to the existing party occupying the throne in Washington, D.C. can be beneficial. In such instances, a limited hangout is to be expected (so skepticism must be exercised at all times and information is best vetted). Without a doubt, MSNBC, CNN, and the Soros sphere of influence will continue to gloss over or ignore the abominable Obama administration, just s Fox News and neo-con rags sugar-coated the usurpations of the Bush regime.

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But make no mistake, a Romney administration would be equally prone to corruption, malfeasance, and criminal conspiracies. Ultimately, where foreign policy is concerned, Obama and Romney are in agreement, as former Director of CIA and NSA General Michael Hayden remarked, “The U.N. Security Council resolution on Libya was bait and switch… It was never just humanitarian assistance, it was to overthrow the regime.” Both candidates are surrounded by hawkish advisers entangled within the Military Industrial Complex, and both have enthusiastically forfeited national sovereignty to international groups such as the United Nations. Any marginal deviations from the “American Exceptionalism” brand of foreign policy would be shades of style, not degrees of substance.

Sadly, as with previous catastrophic, catalyzing events, what occurred at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi will remain obscured by the fog, smoke and mirrors of the War On Terror. As retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern made clear during his October 25, 2012 interview on Russia Today, the best course of action to assure Americans (at home and abroad) are not harmed, maimed, or killed is to “end these very dumb wars which alienate the people that populate these countries” while recognizing that their “only outlet…is to strike against our diplomats or whoever else they see that’s American in those countries.” Surely, popular outrage will be fueled not only by the presence of interventionist forces, or the perpetuity of said presence, but also by the schizophrenic disposition of the entire grand game.

As information concerning the CIA arming of Libyan terrorists began to bubble up, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst and contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano offered wisdom cutting into the root of the matter, intoning, “The Arab Spring has become the Western Winter, brought about by two American presidents who thought they could kill without moral justification or painful consequence. We should come home from these barbaric places and leave them alone.”