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The 800-plus-page report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi was released earlier this week. It slams former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her willful indifference to her obligation to repel military-style attacks on American interests and personnel at the U.S. Consulate and a nearby CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. She particularly failed to save the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his colleagues, all under her care and control while she was secretary of state.

The report also slams Clinton for her repeated lies about the cause of the attacks. After she told her daughter in an email that the Benghazi consulate had been attacked by an organized terrorist group using heavy military hardware, she told her colleagues at the State Department that the attacks were a spontaneous overreaction by locals to an American-made internet video about the Prophet Muhammad.

After telling that lie, she sent another email, this one to the Egyptian foreign minister, repeating what she had truthfully told her daughter.

The Obama administration then spread the “internet video-inspired” myth by dispatching Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., to repeat it to five Sunday morning American television talk shows. This was met with profound disbelief in the diplomatic and intelligence communities. Yet, still unwilling to acknowledge the truth publicly, Clinton then retold the myth to the families of the four dead Americans in the presence of their loved ones’ bodies as the bodies were being reverently removed from a U.S. transfer plane at Joint Base Andrews.

What does all this say of the character of Clinton? How cold and heartless is she? How can she expect voters to reward her with the presidency when she failed to lift a finger to save Americans and then she repeatedly lied in public about her failures — while being truthful about them in private?

Yet the committee’s report is incomplete and has aroused dissent from some Republican members of the committee. The essence of their dissent is that the unstated and unacknowledged but true mission of the committee was not to reveal facts but to conceal them. There is ample evidence to support their argument that Benghazi was the unintended consequence of Clinton’s private war against Libyan strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

Yet the report does not delve into that.

The war against Gadhafi was, of course, never declared by Congress. It was conceived by Clinton, approved by President Barack Obama and agreed to by leadership in both houses of Congress and from both major political parties. It was supposed to be the crown jewel of Clinton’s foreign policy stewardship — ousting the dictator, replacing him with a democracy, putting no American boots on the ground and avoiding American bloodshed.

As is often the case in war, particularly illegal ones and especially secret ones, there were unintended consequences. Here the consequences have been the destruction of the government of an American ally, the imposition of mob-ruled chaos in Libya, the empowerment of terror groups in the Middle East, the deaths of innocent American civilians, the rejection of the rule of law and the obfuscation of the truth.

One of those who signed off on this secret war was the person who appointed the committee and its senior staff with personal loyalists — former House Speaker John Boehner. Another is a former congressman whose wife personally prospered from all this by serving as the go-between in the delivery of military hardware from Western sources to terror groups on the ground.

The method of those who authorized the secret war was for Clinton to issue waivers — as the secretary of state may do — to the U.S., NATO and U.N. embargo of arms sales to Libya. What did this do? Instead of issuing waivers so as to permit arms to be sold to a friendly government, Clinton and her colleagues conspired to get arms into the hands of terrorist organizations masquerading as local militias. The CIA warned her about this, but she was indifferent to the warnings.

Those who signed off on this war and its methodology were arguably conspirators in an effort to provide material support to terrorist organizations by supplying them with military equipment, allegedly to be used to topple the Gadhafi government. That is a felony — and the beneficial or strategic use of the weapons is not a defense to the charge of providing them to terror groups.

How dangerous and reckless was Clinton? She ignored the CIA’s advice and let the weapons spread among deranged madmen and committed killers. Who in the intelligence community would work for her in light of this behavior? Ambassador Stevens and the others were killed by heavy military hardware that Clinton and her colleagues permitted to make its way into the hands of terror groups.

Though Clinton was the creator of the conspiracy and remained at its heart and hoped to ride it triumphantly into the White House — and though she bears more blame than any other conspirator — the committee’s work fails as a seeker of the whole truth.

The truth is that some of the committee’s congressional allies set in motion the awful events that led to the tragedy in Benghazi. The truth is that these people will probably escape accountability for their lawless behavior. The truth is that Congress knows that the president wages secret wars and it does nothing to stop them. The truth is that Hillary Clinton put her own political ambitions above fidelity to the rule of law and properly doing her job.

The truth is that the House Select Committee on Benghazi concealed more truth than it revealed. Yet the government is supposed to work for us. Aren’t we entitled to know what the government has done in our names?

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  1. My dollars to your doughnuts, my dear Judge, that Enemedia-Governmedia-Pravda will not run with your analysis and will eclipse it totally with a nonstop megawatt blitz of halo-on-Hillary worship.

    Just more of Speak Power To Truth.

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  2. Junior [AKA "Jr."] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    The truth is that these people will probably escape accountability for their lawless behavior.

    Great article, your Honor! Thank you!

    PHOENIX – Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of email and hours before the public release of the Benghazi report, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton.

    The private meeting took place on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport on board a parked private plane.

    Former President Clinton was visiting the Phoenix area and arrived to Sky Harbor Monday evening to depart.

    Sources tell ABC15 Clinton was notified Lynch would be arriving at the airport soon and waited for her arrival.

    Lynch was arriving in Phoenix for a planned visit as part of her national tour to promote community policing.

    ABC15 asked Lynch about the meeting during her news conference at the Phoenix Police Department.

    “I did see President Clinton at the Phoenix airport as he was leaving and spoke to myself and my husband on the plane,” said Lynch.

    The private meeting comes as Lynch’s office is in charge of the ongoing investigation and potential charges involving Clinton’s email server.

    The private meeting also occurred hours before the Benghazi report was released publicly involving Hillary Clinton and President Obama’s administration.

    Lynch said the private meeting on the tarmac did not involve these topics.

    “Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,” said Lynch Tuesday afternoon while speaking at the Phoenix Police Department.

    Sources say the private meeting at the airport lasted around 30 minutes.

    “There was no discussion on any matter pending before the Department or any matter pending with any other body, there was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of State Department emails, by way of example I would say it was current news of the day, the Brexit decision and what it would mean,” she said.

    http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/loretta-lynch-bill-clinton-meet-privately-in-phoenix

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    Sure. "Blow Job Bill" Clinton and U.S. Shyster General Lynch didn't discuss anything pertaining to The Pantsuited One's criminal violations. No, they only talked about grandchildren, travel, and Clinton's golf game.

    Bullshit.
  3. “Aren’t we entitled to know what the government has done in our names”

    There might be a law that states that, but who will interpret the law to mean what it intended to mean, and who will enforce the law? The fragile balance of power envisioned by the US Constitution is DEAD. Humpty Dumpty cannot be put back together again.

    So we have people in power acting in their own best interests and, if it suits them, to the detriment of everyone else. The people in power do have a weakness. They are too few, and physically incapable of defending theselves. They must financially, or by other means, co-opt some of the people they oppress to defend them.

    Now a balance is struck. As long as the oppression is not bad enough to cause the oppressed to resist en-mas and/or the means to resist the oppression are inadequate those in power will stay there. But as the oppression/imbalances worsen, the cost to those in power for co-opting enough of the oppressed to adequately defend those in power becomes unsustainable.

    The “tipping point” is hastened when the oppressed’ means to defend themselves improves through improved means and methods, or by revolutionary fervor, or both (for example ISIS).

    Once the balance of power in government is gone, there is inexorable movement to the “tipping point.” Human nature and the laws of nature dictate that power will become more and more concentrated at the top, and eventually will become unsustainable through the processes outlined above.

    Occassionally, there will be those in power who are exceptional to the degree that they act in the best interest of the oppressed, and they do not further concentrate power in their own interest. But, alas, this is not typical human nature, and these people are the exception, not the rule. They may temporarily slow progression to the “tipping point”, but they do not stop it.

    Perhaps the laws of nature and of human nature dictate that no government seperation of powers can be permanent. The US Founders did their best in this regard, but after 240 years, their efforts have finally failed. In the USA, the progression toward the “tipping point” is inexorable. Our future is the overthrow of the government in its current form, perhaps non-violently, more likely, as history has shown us and as human nature dictates, through violence and civil war.

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  4. The war against Gadhafi was, of course, never declared by Congress. It was conceived by Clinton, approved by President Barack Obama and agreed to by leadership in both houses of Congress and from both major political parties.

    Clinton and her colleagues conspired to get arms into the hands of terrorist organizations masquerading as local militias.

    The House Select Committee on Benghazi (Monica Benghazi Committee) is of course a partisan fishing expedition. And fishy it is indeed considering Republicans are complicit in conspiring to provide arms to “terrorist” organizations. Elected crooks pointing fingers at other elected crooks. There is no honor among thieves. This is our federal government y’all. Liars. Murderers. Traitors.

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  5. “…the destruction of the government of an American ally…”

    Libya was “an American ally”?

    Objection, Your Honor!

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    Libya helped the US against terror,a common enemy.
    I bet you think the Zionists are an ally.sheesh.
    , @hbm
    The lesson of Gaddafi for any dictator paying attention was that stopping your nuclear program and trying to clean-up your act and receiving praise and friendly handshakes from the West means nothing.

    If certain forces want you sodomized with a butcher knife, certain people in Washington will get that done for them and pronounce it a moral victory for humanity.

  6. The truth is that these people will probably escape accountability for their lawless behavior.

    Probably?

    Probably hell. It’s probable that they’ll give each other awards of various forms instead, which is an old set of tricks, kinda like Obomba’s Piss Prize.

    Historical precedent: Jeanette Rankin, in a 1972 interview commented that the [Nobel] Peace Prize was given to those who are for war.

    http://content.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/kt758005dx/

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  7. @Eustace Tilley (not)
    "...the destruction of the government of an American ally..."

    Libya was "an American ally"?

    Objection, Your Honor!

    Libya helped the US against terror,a common enemy.
    I bet you think the Zionists are an ally.sheesh.

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  8. How can she expect voters to reward her with the presidency when she failed to lift a finger to save Americans and then she repeatedly lied in public about her failures — while being truthful about them in private?

    I do respect and appreciate the Judge’s writings, but the tide is against us.

    The question is only meaningful if we assume that Ms. Clinton operates under the principles like those that the founders had and that enough people care about same as much as they care about their political goals. Since both assumptions are probably incorrect she will probably succeed in her campaign.

    “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
    - John Adams .

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  9. “The report also slams Clinton for her repeated lies about the cause of the attacks. After she told her daughter in an email that the Benghazi consulate had been attacked by an organized terrorist group using heavy military hardware, she told her colleagues at the State Department that the attacks were a spontaneous overreaction by locals to an American-made internet video about the Prophet Muhammad.”

    But, but, but, Judge Napolitano, I read a headline the other day on the front page of the New York Times proclaiming “Benghazi Panel Finds No Misdeeds by Clinton.” And we all know that the New York Times is “the paper of record.” Furthermore, neither the Times’s article on the front page (which continues on p. A16) nor the other article on p. A16 mentions the flip-flopping statements of Ms. Hillary re the controversial video, so I have to question your account above. After all, to paraphrase Bret Maverick from back in the 50′s, “if you can’t trust the NY Times, who can you trust?” (Hilariously, the original line involved “bankers.”)

    BTW I started reading the Times back in college in the 60′s, and I don’t recall the paper then being the full-time propaganda organ for the Democratic Party that it is today.

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  10. Hat’s off to the Judge –and Judicial Watch and Catherine Herridge– for all the work over the years that they have done on Benghazi.

    The Left lies, and the Right is too busy protecting itself and its Congressional leaders’ complicity in what Stevens and the others were up to. Of course they haven’t missed its use as an opportunity to push more intevention and the stripping of Americans’ rights. Gowdy and the gang were just as eager to get guns into the hands of to jihadists to overthrow Assad as Obama and the rest of the criminal bunch of Democrats were.

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  11. @Eustace Tilley (not)
    "...the destruction of the government of an American ally..."

    Libya was "an American ally"?

    Objection, Your Honor!

    The lesson of Gaddafi for any dictator paying attention was that stopping your nuclear program and trying to clean-up your act and receiving praise and friendly handshakes from the West means nothing.

    If certain forces want you sodomized with a butcher knife, certain people in Washington will get that done for them and pronounce it a moral victory for humanity.

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  12. @Junior

    The truth is that these people will probably escape accountability for their lawless behavior.
     
    Great article, your Honor! Thank you!

    PHOENIX - Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email and hours before the public release of the Benghazi report, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton.

    The private meeting took place on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport on board a parked private plane.

    Former President Clinton was visiting the Phoenix area and arrived to Sky Harbor Monday evening to depart.

    Sources tell ABC15 Clinton was notified Lynch would be arriving at the airport soon and waited for her arrival.

    Lynch was arriving in Phoenix for a planned visit as part of her national tour to promote community policing.

    ABC15 asked Lynch about the meeting during her news conference at the Phoenix Police Department.

    "I did see President Clinton at the Phoenix airport as he was leaving and spoke to myself and my husband on the plane," said Lynch.

    The private meeting comes as Lynch's office is in charge of the ongoing investigation and potential charges involving Clinton's email server.

    The private meeting also occurred hours before the Benghazi report was released publicly involving Hillary Clinton and President Obama's administration.

    Lynch said the private meeting on the tarmac did not involve these topics.

    "Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix," said Lynch Tuesday afternoon while speaking at the Phoenix Police Department.

    Sources say the private meeting at the airport lasted around 30 minutes.

    "There was no discussion on any matter pending before the Department or any matter pending with any other body, there was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of State Department emails, by way of example I would say it was current news of the day, the Brexit decision and what it would mean," she said.
     

    http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/loretta-lynch-bill-clinton-meet-privately-in-phoenix

    Sure. “Blow Job Bill” Clinton and U.S. Shyster General Lynch didn’t discuss anything pertaining to The Pantsuited One’s criminal violations. No, they only talked about grandchildren, travel, and Clinton’s golf game.

    Bullshit.

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    I have never seen such blatant corruption in my life. The fact that these people aren't even bothering to try to hide it anymore with no fear of the "media" is one of the most shockingly saddest commentaries of what we have become as a nation that I have ever witnessed. They have officially turned this country into a Banana Republic. We are in serious trouble.
  13. If you hire a hitman to murder someone you are guilty of murder. If you plan an attack, organize, and provide weapons to terrorists, you are the head terrorist, and a terrorist organization, which is what killary is. Not only as guilty as, but more so than the pawns. Drone murders = terrorism. False flags = terrorism. Coups = terrorism. Invasion/occupation = terrorism. These nut jobs are destroying country after country in our name. kill has the nerve to proclaim she should be pres due to her experience. Her “experience” is what is destroying our country. Anyone would be an improvement over her.

    We need to call a spade a spade or they will continue their terrorism. The pawns, the only ones being called terrorists, are getting paid and it can only be coming from the invisible government and cooking the books. kill and bill must go, along with the rest of the traitors. 800 bases around the world gotta go. Terrorizing countries for becoming independent (Russia/China) through nato (north american terror og) must stop. Military should be defense only. We have no business interfering in other countries, secretly or not. It is, and always has been, about hoovering their resources and global dominance.

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  14. 1.
    400 US surface-to-air missiles were ‘STOLEN’ from Libya during the Benghazi attack and are ‘now in the hands of Al Qaeda’, claims whistleblower

    former U.S. Attorney who represents whistleblowers claimed on Monday.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2390642/400-surface-air-missiles-STOLEN-Libya-Benghazi-attack-says-whistle-blowers-attorney.html#ixzz4DHuL9XYt
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    By David Martosko in Washington

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2390642/400-surface-air-missiles-STOLEN-Libya-Benghazi-attack-says-whistle-blowers-attorney.html#ixzz4DHuAbIRl
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    2 The Cheney-Bush 2007 incident was a secret, off-the-books decision most likely made by Cheney to move six armed warheads from a base in North Dakota to Louisiana during another neocon call for “bombs over Iran.” One warhead along the way was never accounted for. And these are the ones that were leaked to the public. “Mysterious” deaths began surfacing of military personnel directly involved in the 2007 incident. How many other secret exchanges have there been that are still tightly under wraps?

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/07/joachim-hagopian/us-military-weapons-always-end-enemy-hands/

    3 Barksdale Missile Number Six: The Stolen Nuclear Weapon

    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread302187/pg1

    4 An incident in 2013 without any paperwork involved a transfer from a Texas military base by truck to Charleston, South Carolina. The fact that this was discovered at the height of Obama’s Syrian chemical weapons false flag crisis in early September

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/07/joachim-hagopian/us-military-weapons-always-end-enemy-hands/

    Pushing the envelope slowly and routinely by our leaders for short term gain is just waiting to unravel one of these days.

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  15. Junior [AKA "Jr."] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Orville H. Larson
    Sure. "Blow Job Bill" Clinton and U.S. Shyster General Lynch didn't discuss anything pertaining to The Pantsuited One's criminal violations. No, they only talked about grandchildren, travel, and Clinton's golf game.

    Bullshit.

    I have never seen such blatant corruption in my life. The fact that these people aren’t even bothering to try to hide it anymore with no fear of the “media” is one of the most shockingly saddest commentaries of what we have become as a nation that I have ever witnessed. They have officially turned this country into a Banana Republic. We are in serious trouble.

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    Yeah, and I'm afraid the only remedy would be an ICBM on Washington, District of Corruption. . . .
  16. @Junior
    I have never seen such blatant corruption in my life. The fact that these people aren't even bothering to try to hide it anymore with no fear of the "media" is one of the most shockingly saddest commentaries of what we have become as a nation that I have ever witnessed. They have officially turned this country into a Banana Republic. We are in serious trouble.

    Yeah, and I’m afraid the only remedy would be an ICBM on Washington, District of Corruption. . . .

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  17. In light of the “FBI’s” recommendation that Hillary Clinton not be indicted, are you ready Judge, to take the Red Pill and admit that laws no longer matter in the wreckage of a Republic?

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