‘YOU CAN’T GIVE A STRAIGHT ANSWER’ State Dept Benghazi Witness Gets Grilled About His Criticism Of Conservatives

ALEX PAPPAS
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Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC’s Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul’s Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.
A State Department witness was confronted during a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday about his past comments questioning the motives of conservatives for investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks against Americans in Benghazi.

During a hearing of the Benghazi Select Committee, Illinois GOP Rep. Peter Roskam repeatedly questioned Joel M. Rubin, the deputy assistant secretary for House affairs, about past op-eds he authored suggesting that Republicans were only investigating the attacks for partisan reasons.

“You don’t think that this a frivolous, partisan investigation, do you?” Roskam asked Rubin Tuesday.

Last year, lawmakers in the House passed a bill to establish the new committee to investigate the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, including Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

Roskam was referring to op-eds written by Rubin in 2012 where he argued Republicans were using the attacks for “political advantage.” (Rubin was in the private sector at the time, and wasn’t appointed to his current State Department position until last year).

“Rather than supporting a serious, nonpartisan investigation into what took place and what went wrong, waiting to get all the facts out, conservatives are trying to affix blame for their deaths for political advantage,” Rubin wrote in one 2012 op-ed for the Huffington Post.

Rubin also wrote in another Huffington Post op-ed that “there are those who are attempting to use Chris’ death to promote their own political agendas. Chris wouldn’t have supported that. Chris understood that he was living in a volatile place. He knew the risks. And he would never engage in finger pointing about tragic events such as the one that caused him to leave us.”

During Tuesday’s hearing, Rubin appeared visibly annoyed by the questioning from Roskam.

“Chris Stevens was a friend of mine,” he said. “I worked on Capitol Hill alongside Chris.”

When Roskam pressed him again on the question, Rubin replied: “Sir, I’m not commenting on the question of if it’s a partisan frivolous investigation because you’re reciting what I wrote in 2012 when I was not in the government.”

Again, Roskam repeated his inquiry, calling it a “simple question.”

“Sir, again, in 2012, after Chris Stevens was killed – and I remember because I was a friend — I remember when his name was announced on the radio and my heart sank to my feet,” Rubin said. “Because I knew Chris. And he represented the best of the State Department, the best of America. And I’m sorry sir, his name at that time was not being used in the manner I thought respected his memory.”

Pressed again, Rubin replied that the State Department had been cooperative with the committee. But Roskam wasn’t pleased with the answer.

“I find it shocking that you can’t give a straight answer to that simple question,” the congressman told him, “and you’re not going to give it to me, so let’s move on.”

The question is significant because the committee is asking Rubin’s department for documents about the attacks as they conduct their own probe.

The committee, chaired by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, convened a hearing Tuesday on the “status of outstanding requests” for information from the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department.

“Our responsibility, as set forth by the House Resolution, is to produce the definitive report on what happened before, during and after the attacks in Benghazi so we can help keep our fellow Americans safe, Gowdy said ahead of the hearing. “We cannot do our job without obtaining a complete record of the events. This hearing speaks to the broader issue of ensuring executive branch transparency, accountability and timely cooperation with congressional oversight.”

Libyan Militants Just Seized A Central Bank Branch With As Much As $100 Billion Inside

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    Members of the Libyan pro-government forces, backed by locals, on a tank outside the Central Bank, near Benghazi port, on Wednesday.

ARMIN ROSEN

JAN. 22, 2015, 12:24 PM
Correction: this post originally states that the Benghazi Central Bank branch had $100 billion in cash and gold inside. In fact, the number in the New York Times report referred to the Libyan Central Bank’s total reserves, and not to the amount stored in Benghazi. The post has been updated to reflect this fact, and we regret the error.

Fighters loyal to a renegade general in Libya just seized a Central Bank facility in the coastal city of Benghazi according to The New York Times.

Libya’s ongoing civil war has split the country between an Islamist-supported central government based in Tripoli and a rival nationalist administration held together by the renegade general Khalifa Hifter and based in the eastern city of Tobruk.

But the country had a couple of remaining bright spots, including Africa’s largest proven oil reserves, an oil industry positioned just across the Mediterranean Sea from western Europe, and a reported $113 billion in foreign currency in mid-2014, according to Al Hayat.

This was down from the $321 billion in reserves from before the country’s 2011 uprising but was still enough to ensure that salaries would be paid and that the country’s oil infrastructure would continue to function. According to the Times report, the Central Bank now has around $100 billion in reserves.

Earlier this month, an oil facility in Es Sider burned for several days after being struck by an errant rocket, wiping out oil stocks equivalent to more than 36 hours’ worth of nationwide production. And Thursday, Hifter’s fighters seized the Libyan central bank’s Benghazi branch, with billions potentially inside.

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    The fire in Es Sider in January. This hasn’t been a great month for Libya.

As David Kirkpatrick of The Times reported, the central bank was one of Libya’s last functioning public institutions. Its governor, Sadik el-Kabir, had traveled abroad to reassure foreign leaders of the integrity of the Libyan state during the ongoing crisis while the bank has succeeded in paying out salaries and keeping the country’s oil infrastructure functional. It has also kept its headquarters in Tripoli, despite the Benghazi branch’s presence in the part of the country controlled by Hifter’s self-declared government.

Even so, Kirkpatrick says, the Benghazi office had been considered to be outside of politics, and the various combatants in the city — which include a constellation of Islamist militias — had largely left the facility alone.

But Thursday, Hifter’s militia seized the building from the Tripoli-government-allied Islamists guarding it. According to the Times report, Hifter’s men have “posted video images online that appeared intended to show that they had not broken into the vaults, at least not yet.”

Hifter wants to let the government in Tripoli know that he could control most of the country’s remaining cash and gold reserves if he wanted to.

But in the process, he has shown that there is a highly vulnerable payoff sitting in the middle of Benghazi’s stateless vacuum.

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ISLAMIC STATE PREPARES TO SLAUGHTER CHRISTIANS IN LIBYA

Another chapter of the clash of civilizations agenda

by KURT NIMMO | INFOWARS.COM | JANUARY 12, 2015

    The overriding agenda of ISIS or the Islamic State is not to proselytize or establish a sharia state.

It is designed to enflame the West and push the neocon version of the clash of civilizations.

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The end game is a war between Christians and Muslims that will allow the global elite to reorder the Middle East and resource-rich Africa. It will also usher in decades of war profitable to core industries, including the so-called security sector now building a police state surveillance grid in the West and the military industrial complex.

The ISIS and radical jihadi meme continually introduces new horrors and outrages to be consumed.

For instance, on the heels of the brazen attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, a story about the kidnapping and and the eventual execution of over 20 Copt Christians has surfaced.

From The Telegraph today:

    On January 3rd, Christian activists in Egypt had reported thirteen of their countrymen kidnapped in the Libyan town of Sirte, and that seven others had been kidnapped a week earlier.

    In late December, an Egyptian Coptic couple and their daughter were found dead in the town, well-known before the 2011 civil war which led to the current fragmentation of the country as the birthplace and stronghold of Muammar Gaddafi, the long-time dictator.

    It is now in the hands of Islamist militias including Ansar al-Sharia, which the UN added to its terror list last month over links to al-Qaida and for running Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant training camps.

Recall the US and NATO celebrating the overthrow of Gaddafi and speculating on the wonderful democracy that would blossom in Libya after the brutal murder of the Libyan leader.

In fact, the global elite knew from the beginning Libya would degenerate into a balkanized wasteland where competing jihadist factions would slug it out for dominance over the oil-rich north African country.

“The head of Libya’s UN-recognized government has pleaded for more help from the international community, warning that the country could become a dangerous haven for jihadists on Europe’s doorstep,” The Telegraph reports.

This prospect and the likelihood ISIS-affiliated terrorists will make a big theatrical production out of slaughtering and beheading its Christian victims will add more fuel to anti-Islam sentiment growing in Europe, not only among “right-wing” anti-immigration groups, but much of the population as a whole.

In the coming weeks there will be a crescendo of urgent public sentiment, more than likely following yet another sensational Charlie Hebdo-like event or something far more horrendous.

This will lead to a consensus for war or, at minimum, a more serious intervention in the Middle East, particularly in Yemen which straddles the world’s oil transit chokepoint.

MCCAIN & OTHER TOP OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF ILLEGALLY VISITING SYRIA

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McCain reportedly did not have proper visa

Several senior US and French officials, including US Senator John McCain, entered Syria illegally – without proper visas – on separate occasions, thus violating the country’s sovereignty, Syria said in a complaint submitted to the United Nations.

The list of officials also included former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former US diplomat Peter Galbraith, according to a letter dated December 30 cited by Reuters and AFP.

In the letter, Syria’s UN ambassador Bashar Ja’afari urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council to put additional pressure on governments to implement “the necessary measures against their nationals who enter Syrian territory illegally.”

“Such actions are a blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty and of the resolutions of the Security Council concerning Syria,” Ja’afari said.

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The letter included complaints from “certain journalists and prominent figures” entering Syria illegally, pointing out McCain’s visit to the country in June 2013, as well as Kouchner’s visit in November 2014 and Galbraith’s in December 2014, along with other US political and military leaders.

Former Kuwaiti politician Walid Tabtabai is also mentioned as making an illegal visit in September 2013.

At the time, McCain’s spokesperson only confirmed that the former Republican presidential candidate visited Syria in May 2013 to meet with Syrian rebels.

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Several senior US and French officials, including US Senator John McCain, entered Syria illegally – without proper visas – on separate occasions, thus violating the country’s sovereignty, Syria said in a complaint submitted to the United Nations.

The list of officials also included former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former US diplomat Peter Galbraith, according to a letter dated December 30 cited by Reuters and AFP.

In the letter, Syria’s UN ambassador Bashar Ja’afari urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council to put additional pressure on governments to implement “the necessary measures against their nationals who enter Syrian territory illegally.”

“Such actions are a blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty and of the resolutions of the Security Council concerning Syria,” Ja’afari said.

The letter included complaints from “certain journalists and prominent figures” entering Syria illegally, pointing out McCain’s visit to the country in June 2013, as well as Kouchner’s visit in November 2014 and Galbraith’s in December 2014, along with other US political and military leaders.

Former Kuwaiti politician Walid Tabtabai is also mentioned as making an illegal visit in September 2013.
At the time, McCain’s spokesperson only confirmed that the former Republican presidential candidate visited Syria in May 2013 to meet with Syrian rebels.

McCain responded to the complaint by downplaying the accusations, and in turn accusing Syrian President Bashar Assad of the “massacre” of his own people.

“It is a sad but unsurprising truth that the Assad regime is less concerned with its massacre of more than 200,000 men, women and children than it is my visit with those brave Syrians fighting for their freedom and dignity,” McCain’s statement said. “The fact that the international community has done virtually nothing to bring down this terrible regime despite its atrocities is a stain on our collective moral conscience.”

According to earlier media reports, McCain crossed into Syria in May 2013 from Turkey with General Salem Idris, who was in charge of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, and stayed there for several hours before returning.

During the visit, the senator met with leaders of Free Syrian Army units in Turkey and Syria.

McCain’s visit created a media storm, especially after a picture surfaced of him posing with allegedly IslamicState-linked jihadists (formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The original claim came from Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, who accused McCain of unknowingly meeting with Islamic State fighters.

Among the Senator’s other controversial visits was a trip to Ukraine in December 2013 amid mass anti-government protests. During the visit, McCain met with Ukrainian opposition leaders in the country’s capital of Kiev, voicing his support for the protests, adding that he saw Ukraine’s future with Europe.

Also, back in 2011, McCain visited Benghazi to meet the Libyan rebels, calling them “my heroes.” McCain boldly stated that the fall of the ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi would inspire people all over world – including in Russia – which raised eyebrows globally.

“We believe very strongly that the people of Libya today are inspiring the people in Tehran, in Damascus, and even in Beijing and Moscow,” said McCain.

McCain’s travel tendencies landed him on Russia’s black list in March, part of Russia’s retaliation against US-led sanctions. The list bans the Senator along with other individuals from traveling to Russia as well as freezes any of his assets there.

Reporter says White House is Hiding Pictures from Night of Benghazi Attack

By Tim Brown / 26 December 2014

In an interview on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Tuesday morning, former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson revealed that photos taken by the White House photographer taken the night of the Benghazi attacks have never been turned over.

When asked about questions she wanted to see answered by the Benghazi special committee, she said that she had a new list of questions which she intends on publishing. However, she says that the conflict regarding what Obama did that night still remains and the photos might just give the story… that is unless, as usual, the Obama White House is photoshopping them.

“One of the things my producer and I did early on to try to get clues, because you know they told us so little initially, we requested White House photos taken that night,” she explained. “Because if you know how the White House works, a photographer is omnipresent. He would have been there taking photographs in the Situation Room. He would have been taking photographs of the president that night. So we asked for the photos, which in my view, are public information. They are paid for with tax dollars, and they release them when they want them released and they are positive.”

Attkisson said that she had requested the photos. However, though she was told by the White House photo office that she would receive the photos by the end of the day, she was then referred to Josh Earnest, who was deputy press secretary at the time, who refused to respond to both her and her producers’ phone calls and emails.

“The Photo Office indicated initially– this was probably in October or November of 2012– that we could have the photos at the end of the day, and that never materialized,” Attkisson recalled. “They suddenly started referring us a White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, who is now press secretary. And they said that Josh would have to approve it, and Josh would never return a call or e-mail.”

Benghazi4″We tried to maintain communication with him or try to make communication with him over a long period of time, and he wouldn’t even answer,” she said. “We would go back to the White House press, photographer’s office and say, ‘You have given us an impossible task. You have told us to talk to someone who will not talk to us. You need to give us another route to follow to try and get these photos.’ And they would say no, you have to talk to Josh Earnest.”

“So that just went down a dead-end road. I think that is entirely unacceptable, Attkisson added. “The press officers work for the public. They are publicly paid to be responsive to the press and the public. Those White House photos belong to the public, in my view, to the extent that they wouldn’t reveal any national secrets. To this day, they remain secret.”

“I would just be interested in seeing whatever they show,” she concluded.

Attkisson, whose computer had been compromised during her reporting of the Obama scandals and who was targeted by the Obama administration, left CBS claiming that she received pressure because her reporting was overly critical of the Obama administration.

One thing is for sure, the White House has been lying about what took place the night of the Benghazi attacks. Here are just a couple of examples:

The White House didn’t fully respond to the emails they were sent from people on the ground in Benghazi claiming they were under attack, but rather pushed the story that the attacks were a spontaneous protest over an anti-Muslim video. Transcripts later revealed that defense officials told Obama it was an attack and the CIA confirmed that there was no protest. We later discovered was produced by a Muslim, not a Coptic Christian, who worked for the Obama DOJ. Additionally, the company that created the Obamacare website was also involved in the creation of the video.
The White House sent a letter to Congress on a Thursday claiming that Barack Obama didn’t make a single phone call on the night of the Benghazi attacks. Yet, the following Tuesday, the White House changed its story to claim that Obama made one phone call to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Obama and his administration have been lying to the American people ever since they took office and we’ve documented that. However, just like my Dad used to tell me, “When you tell a lie, you have to always cover it up with another lie… and then another and another and another, until eventually you don’t’ even know what the truth is.”

I think Barack Hussein Obama has been engaged in so many lies, that he is has become a mentally ill, sociopathic liar and wouldn’t know the truth if it walked up and punched him in the face. Perhaps it’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment to deal with this guy since Congress can’t seem to find the intestinal fortitude to impeach him.

As for the photos, I’m guessing they won’t be forthcoming, but even if they are, they will more than likely be as fake as the birth certificate on the White House website.

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