Pulitzer-Prize Winning Reporter Sy Hersh: Benghazi Is a HUGE Scandal … But Not For the Reason You Think

Beyond Partisan Politics: What Benghazi Is Really About

Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh – who broke the stories of the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Iraq prison torture scandals, which rightfully disgraced the Nixon and Bush administrations’ war-fighting tactics – reported last week:

In January, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the assault by a local militia in September 2012 on the American consulate and a nearby undercover CIA facility in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three others. The report’s criticism of the State Department for not providing adequate security at the consulate, and of the intelligence community for not alerting the US military to the presence of a CIA outpost in the area, received front-page coverage and revived animosities in Washington, with Republicans accusing Obama and Hillary Clinton of a cover-up.

That’s the part you’ve heard about: failure to protect the personnel at the embassy.

But then Hersh breaks the deeper story wide open:

A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdoğan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director who would soon resign when it became known he was having an affair with his biographer. (A spokesperson for Petraeus denied the operation ever took place.)

The operation had not been disclosed at the time it was set up to the congressional intelligence committees and the congressional leadership, as required by law since the 1970s. The involvement of MI6 enabled the CIA to evade the law by classifying the mission as a liaison operation. The former intelligence official explained that for years there has been a recognised exception in the law that permits the CIA not to report liaison activity to Congress, which would otherwise be owed a finding. (All proposed CIA covert operations must be described in a written document, known as a ‘finding’, submitted to the senior leadership of Congress for approval.) Distribution of the annex was limited to the staff aides who wrote the report and to the eight ranking members of Congress – the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate, and the Democratic and Republicans leaders on the House and Senate intelligence committees. This hardly constituted a genuine attempt at oversight: the eight leaders are not known to gather together to raise questions or discuss the secret information they receive.

The annex didn’t tell the whole story of what happened in Benghazi before the attack, nor did it explain why the American consulate was attacked. ‘The consulate’s only mission was to provide cover for the moving of arms,’ the former intelligence official, who has read the annex, said. ‘It had no real political role.’

Hersh isn’t the first to report on this major scandal.

We’ve extensively documented that the bigger story behind the murder of ambassador Chris Stevens at the Benghazi embassy in Libya is that the embassy was the center of U.S. efforts to arm jihadis in Syria who are trying to topple the Syrian government.

We’ve also noted that this is not a partisan issue … both parties greenlighted regime change in Syria years ago, and both parties have tried to cover up what was really going on in Benghazi.

Last August, CNN touched on the weapons smuggling aspect of Benghazi.

The Wall Street Journal, Telegraph and other sources confirm that the US consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used for a secret CIA operation.

They say that the State Department presence in Benghazi “provided diplomatic cover” for the previously hidden CIA mission. WND alleges that it was not a real consulate.  And former CIA officer Philip Giraldi confirms:

Benghazi has been described as a U.S. consulate, but it was not. It was an information office that had no diplomatic status. There was a small staff of actual State Department information officers plus local translators. The much larger CIA base was located in a separate building a mile away. It was protected by a not completely reliable local militia. Base management would have no say in the movement of the ambassador and would not be party to his plans, nor would it clear its own operations with the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. In Benghazi, the CIA’s operating directive would have been focused on two objectives: monitoring the local al-Qaeda affiliate group, Ansar al-Sharia, and tracking down weapons liberated from Colonel Gaddafi’s arsenal. Staff consisted of CIA paramilitaries who were working in cooperation with the local militia. The ambassador would not be privy to operational details and would only know in general what the agency was up to. When the ambassador’s party was attacked, the paramilitaries at the CIA base came to the rescue before being driven back into their own compound, where two officers were subsequently killed in a mortar attack.

Reuters notes that the CIA mission involved finding and repurchasing heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals.

Retired Lt. General William Boykin said in January that Stevens was in Benghazi as part of an effort to arm the Syrian opposition:

More supposition was that he was now funneling guns to the rebel forces in Syria, using essentially the Turks to facilitate that. Was that occurring, (a), and if so, was it a legal covert action?

Boykin said Stevens was “given a directive to support the Syrian rebels” and the State Department’s Special Mission Compound in Benghazi “would be the hub of that activity.”

Business Insider reports that Stevens may have been linked with Syrian terrorists:

There’s growing evidence that U.S. agents—particularly murdered ambassador Chris Stevens—were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to jihadist Syrian rebels.

In March 2011 Stevens became the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan opposition, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group—a group that has now disbanded, with some fighters reportedly participating in the attack that took Stevens’ life.

In November 2011 The Telegraph reported that Belhadj, acting as head of the Tripoli Military Council, “met with Free Syrian Army [FSA] leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey” in an effort by the new Libyan government to provide money and weapons to the growing insurgency in Syria.

Last month The Times of London reported that a Libyan ship “carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria … has docked in Turkey.” The shipment reportedly weighed 400 tons and included SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.

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Reuters reports that Syrian rebels have been using those heavy weapons to shoot down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets.

The ship’s captain was “a Libyan from Benghazi and the head of an organization called the Libyan National Council for Relief and Support,” which was presumably established by the new government.

That means that Ambassador Stevens had only one person—Belhadj—between himself and the Benghazi man who brought heavy weapons to Syria.

Furthermore, we know that jihadists are the best fighters in the Syrian opposition, but where did they come from?

Last week The Telegraph reported that a FSA commander called them “Libyans” when he explained that the FSA doesn’t “want these extremist people here.”

And if the new Libyan government was sending seasoned Islamic fighters and 400 tons of heavy weapons to Syria through a port in southern Turkey—a deal brokered by Stevens’ primary Libyan contact during the Libyan revolution—then the governments of Turkey and the U.S. surely knew about it.

Furthermore there was a CIA post in Benghazi, located 1.2 miles from the U.S. consulate, used as “a base for, among other things, collecting information on the proliferation of weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, including surface-to-air missiles” … and that its security features “were more advanced than those at rented villa where Stevens died.”

And we know that the CIA has been funneling weapons to the rebels in southern Turkey. The question is whether the CIA has been involved in handing out the heavy weapons from Libya.

In other words, ambassador Stevens may have been a key player in deploying Libyan terrorists and arms to fight the Syrian government.

Other sources also discuss that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi as mainly being used as a CIA operation to ship fighters and arms to Syria.

Many have speculated that – if normal security measures weren’t taken to protect the Benghazi consulate or to rescue ambassador Stevens – it was because the CIA was trying to keep an extremely low profile to protect its cover of being a normal State Department operation.

That is what I think really happened at Benghazi.

Was CIA Chief David Petraeus’ Firing Due to Benghazi?

CIA boss David Petraeus suddenly resigned, admitting to an affair. But Petraeus was scheduled to testify under oath the next week before power House and Senate committees regarding the Benghazi consulate. Many speculate that it wasn’t an affair – but the desire to avoid testifying on Benghazi – which was the real reason for Petraeus’ sudden resignation.  And see this.

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  • colinjames71

    Ya think? And to think about the faux scandal that occupied MSM and left & right blogs for months. One big f*cking joke. The lionization of Chris Stevenson too. Practically sainted the guy. If people only knew.. Oh wait some do. Corbett did a great interview recently with Jim and JoAnn Moriarty, two americans who know all about it, were working in Libya and have become involved with the true trying to get their country back from the terrorists we inflicted on em.

    http://www.corbettreport.com/interview-849-james-and-joanne-moriarty-reveal-the-truth-about-the-libyan-war/

  • Arnold Lockshin

    Where in the world does the CIA not muck around?

    Their operation in Ukraine ain’t goin’ so well either.

    Arnold Lockshin, political exile from the US living in Moscow

    • MacFly1

      Neither side is good guys.

  • http://bigdanblogger.blogspot.com/ Big Dan

    FOX “news” has been reporting the Benghazi scandal non-stop since it happened. So will they report this?

  • dusel1

    The people of the US are not evil; government is evil. The USA has no legal business outside the borders of this country. Reset the US government. CIA, otherwise known as Covert Institute of Assassinations.

    • bert

      and who puts and keeps the gov’t in power if it isn’t the fools that vote for these people? and that includes repubs!

      • sandy

        In case you don’t understand how our elections work, we have not had real elections in a 100 years. Those who are put up as candidates are not who we would pick but are controlled opposition whether democrat or republican, does not matter, both sides are owned by the ruling bankers of the world. We have voting districts reporting more votes than there are residents, districts with 100% votes for one person as machines are rigged, dead people voting, etc. We’re only given a choice of fools to vote for.

        • MacFly1

          That’s exactly right, Sandy.

        • Bob Coffey

          The first part of your discourse is certainly correct.
          The part about voting irregularities is flawed. Those are stories intended to get votes that would, in effect, eliminate the right of minorities and other groups that are difficult, if not impossible, to control from screwing up things by not buying the BS being thrown at them on television and radio.

      • MacFly1

        Yep!

      • JACK

        Gee, Bertie, so you still ‘believe’ in ‘SELECTIONS’???? Gulible much??

    • MacFly1

      American sheeple aren’t evil, just stupid. They still think it matters who you vote for. Look at the dummies who voted for the Obomber to get us out of the Bush wars. Didn’t work, did it? They set up these goal posts of left vs. right, and then move the goalposts until democrats support Obomber bombing Libya, just like Bush bombed Iraq.

      The wars are over the petrodollar. Not that most Americans would even know what that is. If you don’t, google it and you’ll understand what this all about. The Federal Reserve will fight to the last American in order to preserve their petrodollar world. But its about to go away with petrogold, the petroyuan, and the petroruble. Even the Saudi’s have said the petrodollar is finished.

      • Man on the street

        You are about 90% correct. As far as the Feds is the big player in this war mongering business.

        My twist on this goes like this: the Feds has a business model similar to any bank. YOU MUST MAKE LOANS TO MAKE MONEY? So, how are the Feds going to force America to take more loans? As you and everyone knows we are up to our eye balls in debts. So the Feds hire sales people like the American enterprise Institute, John McCain, and other war mongers to sell the concept LETS GO KICK ASS TO THE SHEEPLE. Of course there are other major players who benefit from wars like the military industrial complex?

        So, the name of the game is Feds loans, which provides instant taxation to pay for the interest. The sheeple who are happy to kick ass are unable to realize that they are paying with their hard work the trillion of filthy rich for the Feds as well as the debasing of our society as a whole.

    • Man on the street

      When the US foreign policy makers were dominated by desert cultured tribe, our behaviors as a nation changed. As beheading of priests, and cannibal crimes were recorded by Islamist barbarians, Putin repeatedly showed his displeasure with heart eating terrorists. On the other hand Obama, and the American presstitude never even mentioned the organ eating cannibals. Hence, covering up for evil of such unimaginable dimension is EVIL.

  • Hunkydory

    Watch the main stream media completely ignore this story so nothing changes.

  • Charlie Primero

    Philip Giraldi’s disinformation on Benghazi proves that he is still working for the CIA.

    • Hmmmm

      Maybe you would like to tell us why?

      • Charlie Primero

        Read Giraldi’s article. The CIA did not “come to the rescue” as Giraldi as been instructed to assert. They are the ones who organized and executed the hit on Stevens.

        • Hmmmm

          Very likely correct.

  • Lou Hodges

    Nancy Pelosi’s husband was the money manager for the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey, when they were married in 1963. It’s in their wedding announcement in the NY Times. Pelosi’s husband has been orchestrating from behind the scenes.

    http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=f30f1ffa3f541a7b93c3a9178dd85f478685f9

    Miss D’Alesandro Is Future Bride Of Paul F. Pelosi; Daughter of Ex-Mayor of Baltimore Engaged to Bank Aide Here Zal-Malmud

    June 01, 1963, Section , Page 14, Column , words

    BALTIMORE, May 31–A Sept. 7 wedding is planned by Miss Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., have announced her engagement to Paul Frank Pelosi. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Pelosi of San Francisco.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zal-Mahmud-Pasha-Mosque/123675627676689?rf=116283818419906 TURKEY OTTOMAN EMPIRE

  • FaqUrNwoBS

    We knew this back in 2012…

  • http://www.saltusa.com/ Annie Ashe Fields

    GLENN BECK HAD IT ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2012.

    MORONS.

    • JACK

      No, sociopaths is much more accurate.

  • boys3rsk

    This WHY Boehner WILL NOT name an independent council on Bengjazi!! Both parties have the FOUR BRAVE AMEICAN’S BLOOD on their hands. This IS complete TREASON by our government, and BOTH parties. Obama, Hillary, Jarrett, and Panetta WATCHED these four brave men get SLAUGHTERED from a live feed from a DRONE in the situation room. Hillary cut back the security in this CI.I.A. headquarters, BEFORE the attack. As the article states, they were ILLEGALLY running arms and missles, of which they LOST 400 missles to Syria, through Turrkey. Rand Paul asked Hillary if she KNEW anything about this? She does what she does best and LIED to Rand Paul. SHE was running the OPERATION with Stevens as a front person. We are in deep trouble in this country, with these COMMUNISTS/MUSLIMS running our country. Semper Fi

    • JACK

      NO boys3rsk, it is just the same-oh……………..ZIONAZI’S We have endured more than 100yrs. of Jew on Jew violence. NOT COMMUNISTS NOR MUSLIMS. sEMPER fI ————-CATCH UP WITH THE REAL WORLD.

      • boys3rsk

        This had NOTHING to do with the Jews. You are Jew hating, which is very evident. It was a GUN AND MISSLE running SKEME by our goverment. Both parties signed off on it. To say this is about Jews is STUPIDITY. Semper Fi

  • Arizona

    WHEN you see your politicians commiting TREASON,and they don’t care,YOU BETTER LOOK OUT,they got something they are more afraid of then the people,in this case our senator in colorado SAID IT ALL,he’s got a ticket to the underground,HE SAID go home WE DON’T CARE WHAT YOU WANT,your wasting your time,go home,So whats up with that?..I’ll tell you, FOREIGN TROOPS,coming to america to kill everyone,and they been given everything you have including your children…..NOW YOU KNOW,what you going to do about it,WAR IS COMING TO AMERICA,like it or not,its coming anyway,GET READY,…RED DAWN………….Food,Water,and ALL the AMMO you can get,you got a war to fight….OR have the CHINESE kill you in DHS fema death camps,WE went to one in TEXAS,ovens and guillotines to chop off your head with………and they bragged they could KILL 24,000 per day………….

  • MacFly1

    The U.S. ambassador to Libya was CIA and the “consulate” he was located at in Benghazi was a CIA safe house that was being used to store heavy weapons which were given to fighters who agreed to take them (with cash) to Syria to help in the Obomber’s war there. The attack came from a group of people who were backed by Iranian intelligence people. The Iranian intelligence network is professional and they knew what was going on there so they took action. Pretty simple, since those weapons and fighters would be used against their people in Syria.

  • Ranger_Ric

    I may not know the details in this story but the basics of it were obvious to me within days of the attack. I think most people assumed the Muslim 0bama was smuggling arms to his radical muslim buddies from the beginning.

    Hillary was part of it.

    • JACK

      How pray tell is this creamioso JEW a muslim??????? Most ppl. know if it moves it’s mouth parts it is lying. Killery was definately, most assuredly at the heart of it, and her immunity is going to shatter soon, so, no p’RESIDENCY FOR HER. Thank God!!!!

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  • Nicko Thime

    Yet another reason to disband the CIA.

  • Rdzkz

    Affair or firing –no reasons why David Petraeus is not to testify!

  • http://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/ polfilmblog

    If there was justice in America the people who support terrorists — and now Nazis in Ukraine — would be arrested and prosecuted. This is not the case. As the UK Telegraph just reported: the US is an Oligarchy, not a republic, not a democracy. An Oligarchy. Now if only the people of the US would get a clue about it and get off their oversized GMO corn fed asses to change it… Not holding my breath.

  • Carlos El Condor

    We have a “free” press that, rather than exposing scandals, connives with the government to ration the truth in small enough morsels so that no one can really put it all together.
    In other words, the America we grew up in is DEAD – or never was.
    Impeachment of Pres. Obama is merely the first step. Employees at Pentagon, State and CIA MUST be charged with treason.
    America – YOUR President armed Al Qaeda – our sworn enemy and the entire justification for the police state that expands every day.

    Revolutions have begun for MUCH LESS than this.

    • ihatediscus2

      our forefathers would have already been shooting

  • melanie faulkner

    Will we ever untangle the deceitful and criminal web our government builds.

 

 

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