The White House's politically calculated lie - in the weeks after the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks and several weeks prior to the 2012 Presidential election - that the attacks in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead, resulted from a spontaneous demonstration against a video “doesn’t jibe with me,” said Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a recent interview with The Hill.
Sen. Feinstein wasn't actually addressing the White House's statements on the matter, but rather she was responding to various disingenuous individuals who are still trying to perpetuate the lie.
White House officials were later forced to admit that their previous statements on the matter were incorrect, but they refused to admit that the statements were deliberate and politically calculated lies.
Yesterday, Fox News added Former U.S. AFRICOM Commander Gen. Carter Ham to the long list of US officials and Benghazi survivors who say the fatal attacks were clearly premeditated acts of terror.
According to newly disclosed and partially declassified transcripts of Gen Ham's testimony during a congressional hearing last year, Gen. Ham said that:
"I am not aware of one [that there was any kind of demonstration at the US consulate when the attacks occurred], sir. It became pretty apparent to me, and I think to most at Africa Command pretty shortly after this attack began, that this was an attack... I personally, and I think the command, very quickly got to the point that this was not a demonstration, this was a terrorist attack."
This is not the first time, however, that Sen. Feinstein has rejected the Benghazi lie.
Sen. Feinstein made a similar assessment in November of 2012, and wondered how it was even possible to make the claim that the attacks in Benghazi were the result of a spontaneous demonstration. But of course, with Obama, the possibilities are endless; But surely Sen. Feinstein must be acutely aware of this phenomenon!
Here's a video of Sen. feinstein, in November of 2012, discussing the Obama/Benghazi lie. The senator appears about 2 minutes and 4 seconds into the video:
Incidentally, in the Spring of 2012, when President Obama issued a proclamation asserting that the Taliban's momentum had been broken, Sen. Feinstein, who, at the time, had just returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan, said just the opposite. "What we've found is that the Taliban is stronger" than it was prior to the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan, the Senator said. But of course, as I noted earlier, with Obama, the possibilities, and the the lies, are endless. Heh......
Here's some recent statements on the Benghazi attacks from various officials and individuals, including some recent statements pertaining to previous security requests for Benghazi and the lease on the US compound in Benghazi - compliments of Fox News and CBS News:
"The FBI confirmed to me that when they interviewed the survivors on the 15th the 16th and the 17th [of September], not one person ever mentioned anything other than a terrorist attack. No one mentioned a protest outside the consulate. So, how could the Obama administration come up with a protest story if everybody on the ground during the attack said it was a terrorist attack and there was no protest?"
Sen. Lindsey Graham, in an interview with Fox News
"We found no evidence in our thorough review of all of those classified documents again, some 4,000 of them. We found no evidence that there was any involvement in the video leading up or during the day of the attack. The only discussion of the video came [from the President and his White House cronies] subsequent to the attack. That's at least in the realm of my investigation through the intelligence committee. We again, found no evidence that that video had anything to do with the attack."
The head of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, in an interview with Fox News
"Individuals on the ground said, 'Hey, this is a terrorist led event' in our interviews. Leading up to the event it was very clear by the classified information that was being provided that the intelligence gathered said that there was a terrorist activity event likely to happen and it was getting worse or more probable as it got close to the 9/11 date."
Rep. Mike Rogers
“It doesn’t jibe with me.”
The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in an interview with The Hill disputing the White House's politically calculated lie that the Benghazi attacks resulted from a spontaneous demonstration against a video
"It was a coordinated military style attack, heavily armed insurgents coming through the gate [according to a survivor of the Benghazi attack who spoke with several US Senators]... So how could the Obama administration come up with a protest story if everybody on the ground during the attack said it was a terrorist attack and there was no protest?"
Sen. Lindsey Graham
"I am not aware of one [that there was any kind of demonstration at the US consulate when the attacks occurred], sir. It became pretty apparent to me, and I think to most at Africa Command pretty shortly after this attack began, that this was an attack... I personally, and I think the command, very quickly got to the point that this was not a demonstration, this was a terrorist attack"
Former U.S. AFRICOM Commander Gen. Carter Ham testifying at a congressional hearing last year
"I have been briefed about the document [in which a request was made for additional security in Benghazi prior to the fatal terrorist attacks]. I will only say this [because the document still remains classified], there's an additional security request to upgrade security at the compound based on increased threats from Al Qaeda groups in Benghazi. That request was denied, this security request was submitted about a month, or six weeks after the lease [on the U.S. compound] was renewed. How could they miss all of this?"
Sen. Lindsey Graham
"The State Department renewed the lease for the U.S. compound in Benghazi two months before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks without requiring the facility to meet normal security standards. That news comes from an interview Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., conducted with a survivor of the attacks. The survivor, a State Department diplomatic security agent whose name isn't being disclosed, spoke behind closed doors in late November to Senators Graham, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. The previously-undisclosed existence of the year-long lease calls into question the State Department's designation of the compound as "temporary" and therefore exempt from normal security requirements."