CCB Press Conference on Benghazi Proves Dereliction of Duty [Video]

By: Roger Aronoff | Accuracy in Media


The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) recently held a press conference and issued a report uncovering new details about the events leading up to and during the September 11, 2012 attacks in Libya that took the lives of four Americans. However, the press has done what it usually does when a story threatens the narrative or reputation of the administration of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—they have, for the most part, ignored or misrepresented the CCB’s findings.

The speakers at our June 29 event at the National Press Club in Washington exposed, once again, how the U.S. facilitated the provision of arms to al-Qaeda-linked rebels, and demonstrated that there were many warnings leading up to the attack on the Special Mission Compound, warnings that the administration ignored. In addition, the administration was derelict in its duty to send forces to aid those under attack in Benghazi.

I said that “There’s a media theme, or meme, out there that keeps saying—and you see this [at the] New York Times, CNN, everywhere, saying, ‘No new evidence of any wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton.’ That seems to be the conclusion of most of the media in response to yesterday’s [House Select Committee report]. And we see a field of smoking guns.”

“No matter what comes out…the role of many in the mainstream media is to protect the legacy of President Obama and protect the presidential candidacy and viability of Hillary Clinton,” I argued.

I was joined by a number of other members of the CCB, including former CIA officer Clare Lopez, General Thomas McInerney, Lt. Colonel Denny Haney, Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (all retired), our attorney John Clarke, as well as guests Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic (ret.) and Charles Woods, father of Ty Woods, the former Navy SEAL who was killed in the attack on the CIA Annex.

Here are some of our findings, in the words of each of the CCB members and the guests. In my earlier column on the press conference, we included a video of the entire event, including Q&A and crosstalk among the panelists. Here we present a video of each individual speaker. If you want to see the Q&A as well, please go to the previous column:

Clare Lopez:

“So, when we undertook to begin this second report, we think that we bring to this topic a willingness to name names, a willingness to assign responsibility and to demand accountability that too many of the others, committees and others, have not done—have neglected to do.”

“Now, from Christopher Stevens to the folks at the CIA Annex, they were in fact then relying on exactly the jihadist enemy that was eventually to turn on them and to kill four Americans and injure others so gravely.”

“Absolutely, they [Hillary and Obama] lied. There’s no question. We know, again, from Judicial Watch documents obtained through the FOIA process that the administration, including the President and Secretary of State Clinton, were actively involved that very night while the attack was still going on in concocting a false narrative to deflect the story from the truth and to defend at all costs, even the cost of American lives, the re-election campaign of the President. They were not even decided on which video they were going to blame. They only knew that they were going to blame a video.”

General Thomas McInerney (ret.):

“We should have prepositioned F-16s from Aviano down to Sigonella to be on 15-minute alert.”

“It was 9/11. Isn’t 9/11 a significant date for us? And yet we had none of this preparation. We had all of the Combatant Commanders back in Washington, DC, on a commanders’ conference.”

“So, there was no pre-planning. I call that dereliction of duty.”

Lt. Colonel Dennis Haney (ret.):

“I talked to Sean Smith’s uncle this morning, and he said he’s read our report. He got halfway through [Trey] Gowdy’s report, he got all the way through our report. He says read this [CCB] report if you want to know the truth.”

“Qaddafi was out there killing bad guys. He was killing al Qaeda, and al Qaeda we supported—they went to Syria, they became ISIS. We developed ISIS. That’s a fact.”

Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (ret.):

“And when I watched the [Select Committee on Benghazi’s] press conference yesterday, to say I was disappointed would be an understatement, because Chairman Gowdy is not a stenographer and he’s not a tape recorder. He was there to make findings and conclusions. He had the information; he copped out.”

“There’s no reason why F-16 aircraft weren’t moved from Aviano to Sigonella, or to Souda Bay, Crete—either place. We had a 130-man Marine force recon team at Sigonella. We had the Marine FAST teams at Rota. We had the Commanders’ in Extremis Force in Croatia. We had assets.”

“We know Jeremy Bash, the chief of staff at the Department of Defense, at 1910 that evening sent an email, or called the State Department, and said ‘we’re spinning up as we [speak].’ Where do we get the cross border authority?”

John Clarke:

“Now we just heard, I just found out, because I haven’t read Mr. Gowdy’s report, that the order [to deploy] was given at 7:00 pm. Well, the attack began at 3:42 pm. local time. That’s three hours later.”

Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic (ret.):

“And I found out eventually that it was Secretary Clinton working directly with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who had shut down not that truce talk [with Qaddafi] but had struck down a parallel one I didn’t even know was happening through a different business channel.”

“So it struck me that the same behavior that shut down the 72-hour truce at the onset of the war, leading to death, destruction a failed state, was the same kind of behavior that existed in that 7:30 [Deputies] meeting.”

Charles Woods:

“Many, many times Ty as a Navy SEAL in his 20 years of service was in worse situations than this. But he always knew that if there was a compromise of the mission, that he was going to be extracted. That did not happen in this case. That’s part of the DNA of being in the military. That’s part of the code of ethics, is you are always rescued.”

“We have a lot of experts in the military that say they could have been rescued. No attempt was made.”

You can read the CCB’s new report here. It is well documented, it puts Benghazi in context, it explains why we were in Libya, what we did and didn’t do, and it names the people most responsible for the failures of Benghazi.

Roger Aronoff is the Editor of Accuracy in Media, and a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi. He can be contacted at [email protected]. View the complete archives from Roger Aronoff.


Exclusive…The Most Outrageous Clinton Scandal Is About to Hit the Fan

By: S. Noble | Independent Sentinel


How Do We Get Our Country Back With This Kind of Unbridled Corruption?

The biggest Clinton scandal has always been The Clinton Foundation.

The following exclusive exposé comes out of an interview Monday evening with financial expert and writer Charles Ortel who has been investigating The Clinton Foundation and what you are about to hear will shock you. It’s outrageous and more evidence of the special rules the Clintons live by.

Mr. Ortel believes a prominent group – politicians out of DC – are about to take it on and it might be bipartisan. They will demand FBI Director Comey look into the Foundation.

Mr. Ortel is the one who made a name for himself when he uncovered the floundering of GE when no one else did. Mr. Ortel started looking into The Clinton Foundation and expected to see a solid charity. He is not political and wasn’t exploring it from a partisan viewpoint.

What he found floored him. The Clintons took a charity approved to build a presidential archival library out of Arkansas where the laws are very different and moved it into New York where the laws are strict. They completely ignored the New York laws and took on projects that had nothing to do with the library.

The charity, Mr. Ortel said, “is a complete fraud.” It has never had a real audit and under New York law, once they take in $500,000 a year, an audit is required.

The Clinton Foundation is nothing but a “slush fund”, he said.

They claim to be fighting HIV/AIDs but have never been approved for that very dangerous operation.

No one knows how much money goes in or out of it.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) teamed up with Laureate and claimed to be a university which is not allowed. Bill has claimed $16 1/2 million for part time work as chancellor and did not report it.

He gave some speeches from what I can determine.

For the most recent year, about $300 million has gone through this foundation without any accounting.

In New York State, every grant is supposed to be filed and they’ve never done that.

As Mr. Ortel said, people have donated their time and money for charity and there is no accounting. He said it’s the reverse of Robin Hood. It’s the rich stealing from the poor.

He gave some examples of the potential corruption. Norway gave $90 million but the Foundation claimed they gave $30 million. Where’s the other $60 million?

No one knows how much goes to charity. We asked Charles about that specifically.

The first question, he said, is how much of the money that goes towards the Clintons actually goes towards charity. The second question is how much goes to the only authorized tax-exempt purpose of the charity which is the Little Rock Clinton library. That isn’t more than 10%.

Consider for a moment how conservatives were treated over their 501(c)s and then compare to what the Clintons get away with.

The balance beyond the library goes to all kinds of operations that aren’t tied to charity, Mr. Ortel contends.

The Clinton Global Initiative which is their showcase is “nothing but a gigantic party”. There are no controls over how much money actually got spent. They have these conferences and brag about what they might do. They dress up and party.

The corruption starts with the Clinton Foundation but there is a lot more. There is something called the American India Foundation and it claims $100 million but the man running it said he raised a billion dollars. The charity for Haiti has supposedly raised $14 billion for Haiti but the people in Haiti are poorer than they were before the money was raised.

There are many other arms of this thing but there’s no accounting. This is “a modern version of Tammany Hall only it’s on a global scale” with tens of billions of dollars floating around, Mr. Ortel concluded.

While Barack Obama can forgive their federal crimes, Mr. Ortel believes they have broken state and international laws over which he has no control.

The entire Broadcast is below and begins with the dangers police will face in Cleveland next week and then ends about 2/3rds of the way through with Charles Ortel. The audio is better. Go to about 59:30: