Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Blast Democrat Congressman: “Don’t Call Us Liars” (Video)

Last week, Kris Paronto, Mark Geist, two members of the Benghazi security team who defied stand-down orders and rushed to the sound of guns as the American diplomatic compound was attacked, challenged Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-D) to a debate after he said accused them of being “highly irresponsible” and essentially called them liars telling tall tales to sell a book.

In a press conference, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Rep. Schiff had attempted to shoot down  the claims of the three Benghazi security operators who had appeared on  Fox News earlier this month. They disputed the annex security team’s version of events, specifically their claim about defying a “stand down” order from a CIA officer. Paronto and Geist said “say that to our face” and challenged Schiff to a debate on “Hannity.”

Schiff, who usually jumps at any chance to get in front of the cameras,  declined to appear on the show. So Thursday night, the two faced off with Rep. Smith – and things did get a bit heated.

Paronto said it’s ridiculous to argue about “semantics,” saying the order was given and the men had to wait a half hour before making the decision on their own to rush to the consulate.

“I don’t know how else to explain it. I want to say to Mr. Smith: was he there that night with us? Where was he? Because that’s what happened. We’re telling you what happened on the ground,” said Paronto.

Smith attempted to weasel out of it by claiming that he was referring to U.S. personnel in Tripoli having not receiving a “stand down” order, at the presser – not the men at the annex in Benghazi.

What he had said at the press conference with Schiff, was, “myths continue to be brought up. One of the big ones is the whole issue of a “stand down order” which was never given.”  But what other “myths” (aka narratives that don’t benefit Democrats) had been brought up in the past month other than the allegations of the three men from the Annex security team?

The two special operators weren’t buying it and called BS.. Smith was standing right next to Schiff when he had defamed them.

Paronto told Smith he should have stood up and disputed Schiff if he disagreed with what his colleague was saying.

“The book is correct. Everything in the book is right. Don’t call us liars and if you’re going to, come to the studio with us, apologize for it,” said Paronto.

Smith’s mission Thursday night was to protect the White House and the State Department by denying that any stand down orders came from Washington DC. “That was investigated and clearly proven not to be the case,” he said.

Buh-Bye: Most Corrupt Attorney General In American History Stepping Down

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I was just getting used to referring him as “Eric (Why Is This Man Still Our Attorney General) Holder” and now this happens. But it’s no surprise. He ‘s been talking about resigning for awhile.
The race is now on for Obama to nominate a replacement and have him or her (probably her) confirmed before the Republican Senate convenes in January.
That of course is the reason for the timing of this announcement. The Regime is admitting that the Republicans are going to win the majority in the Senate in the midterm elections. And The Firewall must be upheld.
Obama must nominate someone as nauseatingly corrupt as Holder is to take his place – someone who will keep the heat off of the criminal activities of the Regime.
I think it will be the corrupt CA Attorney General Kamala Harris – which is very bad news that I will write about when I have more time.
I wrote about Holder’s corrupt, scandal-ridden tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement official at the Conversation:

Holder, who should have resigned in disgrace after the Fast and Furious scandal erupted in the Spring of 2011, soldiered on even after he was held in contempt by congress in the summer of 2012.

His tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement officer will be remembered as one marked by scandal, corruption, hyper-politicization, opposition to 2nd Amendment rights, hostility toward conservatives, and an abysmal batting average in the courts.

Under Holder, the DOJ began treating terrorists as criminal defendants rather than enemy combatants, and purged references to “radical Islam” in FBI training materials.

His first scandal erupted when the DOJ dropped the New Black Panther voter intimidation case in May of 2009, (described by Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice, as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation I’ve ever seen.”)

Under Holder, the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ became hyper-politicized sewer that engaged in politicized hiring practices in the career civil service ranks.

In June 2008, Holder admitted to the American Constitution Society (an organization started as a liberal counterweight to the Federalist Society) that the Justice Department was “going to be looking for people who share our values.”

There’s more at the link.

AG Eric Holder To Step Down After 6 Years Heading Justice Department Outnumbered:

Goldberg: President Obama losing his ‘hatchet man':

I’ll let Curly Bill sum up my feelings about Holder’s departure:

UPDATE:

Truth Revolt: Al Sharpton ‘Engaged’ With White House In Finding Holder Replacement:

Krauthammer’s Take: Left Will Regret Holder’s Politicization of AG’s Office

“He was a political Attorney General and that’s not the way it’s supposed to be.”

SEE ALSO:

The Hayride: Eric Holder Is Leaving Now, Because Obama Thinks The Senate Is Lost

Eric Erickson, Red State: Clearest Sign Yet the GOP Will Take the Senate: Eric Holder to Resign

Twitchy: Darrell Issa blasts Eric Holder’s tenure as ‘most divisive US Attorney General in modern history’

Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Challenge Democrat Adam Schiff To A Debate (Video)

I’ve been meaning to get to this. It’s important.
Two members of the Benghazi Annex Security team who disobeyed stand down orders to rush to the sound of guns on 9/11/2012, joined Sean Hannity on Fox, Wednesday night, to talk about their new book,  “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”
Mark Geist and Kris Paronto were asked by Hannity to respond to Democrat members of Congress who have essentially accused them of lying, asserting that the stand-down order was never given. This issue may be key to what exactly was going on that night and why they were there in the first place.. There is something very fishy about the Democrats’ refusal to admit the truth.
Congressmen Smith and  Schiff have both heard  closed door testimony in which the security team members made the same assertions about the stand down order, and yet in front of the cameras, they call it a Fox News conspiracy theory. Geist and Paronto would like for them to say that to their faces.
From the Hannity show rush transcript:
 GEIST: They’re trying to play on words — no official stand-down…
KRIS “TANTO” PARONTO, BENGHAZI ANNEX SECURITY TEAM: No improper…
GEIST: … no improper stand-down…
PARONTO: It happened.
GEIST: I mean…
PARONTO: We were delayed. The stand-down — the words “stand down” were given and we were delayed (INAUDIBLE)
HANNITY: The words — the actual words “stand down” were given.
PARONTO: Yes. And John Tiegen Tigg (ph) has said that on multiple occasions…
HANNITY: The person that gave them.
PARONTO: Yes…
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PARONTO: He was the one that received it. I received the two waits…
HANNITY: You wouldn’t — you wouldn’t possibly know where the — where it started from.
PARONTO: No. We know from our immediate chain of command, which was — which we say in the book is Bob.
HANNITY: Would he make that decision on his own, when he knows — you guys were listening to the communications at the consulate, right?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We were — yes. The distress calls, definitely.  Oh, yes.
HANNITY: And what finally pushed you over the top to disobey orders – – you disobeyed orders.
PARONTO: Yes, we did.
HANNITY: What finally pushed you to that point was you heard over the communications, If you don’t get here, we’re going to die. True?
(CROSSTALK)
PARONTO: … say that multiple — multiple times, yes, we did.
GEIST: Yes.
HANNITY: And you believe that people did die in the — in the 30 minutes, the interim…
(CROSSTALK)
PARONTO: And keep in mind, 30 minutes that we stood down, and it took us another 30 minutes to go on foot just to get there because their defenses were — they basically were able to reinforce their defenses. So it cost us 30 minutes just for the stand-down, but we don’t know how much longer it really cost us because we couldn’t drive all the way. We actually had to disembark and go the rest of the way on foot.
HANNITY: You know, there’s a lot of things — my kids, if they get in trouble, like every kid, you know, I’m fine with it. I can live with mistakes. All kids are going to make them. But when they lie to me, they’re in big trouble.
Now, my question is, they are — you’re telling us that these politicians that weren’t there, and you were there…
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
HANNITY: … and you left your safe annex at the time and you went into the firefight at the time and you brought back 25 people, which makes, in my mind, you guys are heroes that night. And they’re calling you liars.  So I want to know, you know, what would you like — what do you want to do about that? I would be pretty pissed.
GEIST: I’d like to invite Mr. Schiff to a debate.
PARONTO: We could talk — and we can talk to him about it.
GEIST: We can talk about it.
PARONTO: We can discuss it.
GEIST: He wants to see and say that to my face, we can talk about it and talk about everything.
PARONTO: It’s difficult for me because you’re calling a Ranger, a SEAL and three Marine liars.
HANNITY: Two of the SEALs died.
PARONTO: Well, then you’ve got all — yes, and two of the SEALs did, and you also still have the one Jack (ph), the living SEAL. He’s still alive. We all — we all went, we all testified at one point, some point during the hipsy(ph), said the same thing we’re telling you now.
HANNITY: I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I am willing to invite all of these Democrats…
PARONTO: Fine.
HANNITY: … that accused you two of lying on this program, and see – – I would be surprised if they’ll say it to your face. Let’s see if they have the guts to come on the program, gentlemen. You’ve accused American heroes of lying. Congressman Smith, Congressman Schiff, they’re invited on the program. We’re going to make calls first thing tomorrow and see if we get statements from their offices.
Have you been called — I’m watching the hearings today, and I’m thinking — all right, I read your book. Your account is so different.  You talk about stand-down orders they deny. You said there was no YouTube video connection. You said that there was no spontaneous demonstration, that this was a planned terror attack, right?
GEIST: That’s what it looked like, yes.
HANNITY: OK. And — but that’s — we heard a totally different story! Were the American people lied to, in your opinion?
PARONTO: If their — if it differs from what we said in the book and that same time, same account, I would say, yes, they have been.
HANNITY: Well, you heard almost from the beginning YouTube video, spontaneous demonstration. I don’t know many spontaneous demonstrations where you have RPGs in your pocket, do you?
GEIST: I would agree…
(CROSSTALK)
PARONTO: I haven’t seen any. I haven’t been in any, and I’ve been through a lot of demonstrations and a lot of…
GEIST: You don’t see them bring those things.
PARONTO: … a lot of protests. No, doesn’t happen.
GEIST: You know, I it to the readers and there listeners out there and the television viewers, just read the book. And you know, you’ll make your decision based on the information you have and what we say in the book because we were there, like you said.
PARONTO: And keep in mind, we quit our jobs. We resigned from working government work and contracts to do this. So it wasn’t that we wanted to sell books or we wanted — it got to us so badly that we actually got together as a team and said, Hey, you know what? This story’s getting spun way out of control. It’s either us standing up and telling the truth, or it’s just going to continue down that (INAUDIBLE)
HANNITY: So when you heard about the YouTube video, when you heard there was no stand-down order, when you heard a spontaneous demonstration and you were both there and you say this didn’t happen and you hear from the president, you hear from Susan Rice, you hear from Hillary Clinton, you hear from, I think Leon Panetta — they all said it. And you — so are you guys watching this on TV? And what are you thinking?
GEIST: I was laying in a bed, a hospital bed…
(CROSSTALK)
GEIST: … surgery in Germany. And there was a consul general from State Department and his wife right there. They could have asked, or — and any question they would have wanted about what happened there and gotten the truth from on the ground.
HANNITY: Why have you never been called to testify?
PARONTO: No, we have. We have gone in front of the House Intel subcommittee.
HANNITY: OK.
PARONTO: And we did tell them…
HANNITY: Behind closed doors?
PARONTO: Behind closed doors. Why our testimony wasn’t part of their findings, or maybe it was and they just decided not to listen to it, I don’t know. But we said the same thing to them as we’re telling you now on TV, as we wrote in the book. It has not changed.
HANNITY: All right, so what we’re going to do — I’m going to follow up with these congressmen, and we’re going to — hopefully, we’ll put you all in the same room…
PARONTO: OK.
HANNITY: … and we’ll hash this out because if they lied about men that were heroes that night, the country needs to know that. And if they want to call you a liar, I think they ought to do it to your face. They ought to have the character to do it to your face.
PARONTO: I would say so.
GEIST: I would — I agree with that 100 percent. Looking forward to it.
PARONTO: We’re OK with that, too. I’m OK with that.
HANNITY: All right. And what you did that night was amazing. You were there when Ty Woods died, too.
PARONTO: Yes.
GEIST: Yes, he was right beside me.
HANNITY: Right beside you. He died right in front of you.
GEIST: Yes.
PARONTO: Yes.
At some point the Select Committee on Benghazi is going to address this  little discrepancy. Democrats are still determined to shoot down Fox News’ two year old “Stand Down Order” scoop as a “conspiracy theory.” Dems in Congress know that if they just keep denying it happened even though the guys who were there on the ground on 9/11 say it did happen, the MSM will carry their water. There are probably conversations about this on left-wing “journo-lists” as we speak. Just keep denying. Call it a “conspiracy theory” propagated by ideologues trying to sell a book.
What are they trying to hide?
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Eric (Why is this man still Atty. General?) Holder Still Refusing To Hand Over Fast And Furious Docs

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For some inexplicable reason, Eric (Why is this man still Atty General?) Holder doesn’t want to hand over a detailed list of the thousands of documents being withheld from Congress under Obama’s Executive Privilege claim.

A federal Judge ordered the DOJ to produce the “Vaughn list” back in July in response to a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit.  A month later, a federal judge ordered the DOJ to turn over “a privilege log of withheld documents to the House Oversight Committee.” Both requests are supposed to be completed by October 1, but get this – Eric (why is this man still Atty Gen?) Holder is stonewalling da court.

You would almost think he has something to hide.

Via POLITICO

Attorney General Eric Holder is again asking a federal court to delay the transfer of disputed documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious to a House committee.

In a new court filing Monday night, Justice Department lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson not to require Holder to turn over any of the roughly 64,000 pages of documents to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee until after her rulings can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

“The Department respectfully submits that it would be preferable for the parties, this Court, and the D.C. Circuit — if an appeal were taken — to have any injunctive order await the conclusion of the district court litigation to allow for orderly and complete appellate proceedings,” DOJ lawyers wrote.

Jackson has previously denied DOJ permission to file an immediate appeal, although lawyers for Holder indicated in the new filing (posted here) that they may do so anyway. Any appeal is likely to take months and perhaps more than a year to resolve. If that process does not begin until Jackson rules definitively on the the executive privilege claim President Barack Obama has made for many of the documents, the timeline for the case being resolved could begin to approach the end of the Obama administration.

Townhall’s Katie Pavlich says, “how convenient that the appeals process will bump right up against the end of Obama’s, and therefore Holder’s, time in office.

This tactic and strategy has been used by Holder since the beginning to run out the clock until a new administration comes into office and dumps the case.

Regardless, Holder is still required to produce a list of documents by October 1, which will give us significant insight into the kind of documents the Department of Justice is trying so desperately to hide.

It would be nice if that now archaic concept – “rule of law” were still in force in this country. But as you may have guessed – as far as the ruling class is concerned, that is quite a thing of the past. Every technique the Obama  regime has used to get away with scandal after scandal will be used by every administration to succeed him – and when the fundamental transformation is complete -  we’re most of the way there –  those administrations will be Social Democrat  because they will have achieved their long sought after permanent majority. I guess congratulations are in order before they take us over the cliff.

 SEE ALSO:

The Daily Caller: Department Of Justice, Media Matters Coordinate To Attack Reporter:

Select Committee on Benghazi Hearing Live Feed

The House Select Committee on Benghazi is holding its first hearing, titled “Implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.” The hearing began at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Providing testimony are Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr, whose position was created after the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and two security experts who served on a State Department independent panel.

Live feed via Rollcall:

Here is Chairman Trey Gowdy’s opening statement:

Gowdy’s final comments:

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: Early Observations from Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi hearing

Hot Air: Benghazi Hearings About To Force The Press To Pay Attention.

NRO: Clinton ‘Correct the Record’ Site Lies About the Record on Benghazi

Sharyl Attkisson: Obama Regime Stonewalling Congress On Refuge Children’s Whereabouts (Video)

On Wednesday’s  “Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson said the Obama Regime is refusing to tell Congress where they sent the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexican Border this summer after they were processed though holding centers along the border.

Via Breitbart TV:

Attkisson said the Obama administration seems to be intentionally stonewalling by not answering letters from members of Congress or reporters questions.
She added the only recourse is a FOIA lawsuit that will take years to go though the system.

Attkisson was also on WMAL, Wednesday to talk about the issue.

Why do you suppose the Regime is being so tight lipped about this? What’s the big secret?

I’ll let the Conservative Tree House fill you in. (Hint: “tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors” may be a slightly inflated number.)

We began documenting two months ago the “border crisis” of unaccompanied alien children, UAC’s, was a pure ruse, a figment. Constructed simply to create the optics of crisis and support the demand for comprehensive immigration reform prior to the congressional recess.

Evidence continued to mount week after week as we followed the money flowing out of the DHS and HHS agencies to various left-wing social constructs who were profiting from the scheme. Panic and alarm sounded as $3.7 billion was demanded by Obama to cope with the non existent “border crisis” - couched more favorably as a “humanitarian crisis”.

Three weeks ago we shared the fact that well over 40,000 reported UAC’s were missing from this years record keeping.  The facts catching up with the ruse.

Well, the truth was/is they’re not technically missing because they never existed in the first place. DHS, which compiles the reports coming from the Border Patrol, and then gives the statistical summaries of the reports, had artifically inflated the apprehension numbers to support the White House narrative.

Read the full report.

The Conservative Tree House reports that their research indicates that “the entire construct of a humanitarian crisis for children is a ruse.”

There simply are not mass influxes of Unaccompanied Alien Children. For almost two months we have been repeating that it’s all a fraud – the influx is families, or more specifically women with children.

SEE ALSO:

The Conservative Treehouse: Unaccompanied Alien Children Registering For School Have Grey Hair and Wrinkles – School Officials Forbidden From Asking For Proof Of Age….

Last week we shared how the Federal Government had given up on “housing for UAC’s”, because there were no UAC’s to house.  We’ve previously proven the statistical manipulation by comparing DHS data to Immigration Court data.

Now here’s a report of what happens when these fully adult “UAC’s” register for school.  The children with grey hair and wrinkles who admit to being 35-years-old and OLDER.

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The Conservative Treehouse: Exposing The Manufactured Cloward Piven Immigration Fraud – The Rising Sunlight Begins To Cross The Treetops…

In a report published at Accuracy in Media earlier this month, I described how the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program of the Department of Health and Human Services has exploded, spending almost $700 million so far this year, more than double that of 2013. Much of the information described in that report was initially dug up by the Treehouse.

Shock: DOJ Attorney Defending IRS Formerly Worked at the IRS and Was Involved in Targeting Scheme (Video)

The Obama administration routinely engages in the left-wing equivalent of Taqiyya - which is defined as lying to non-Muslims to advance the cause of Islam and defeat unbelievers. You can see a perfect example of this in the interview Sean Hannity did Wednesday night with London Imam Anjem Choudary.

Likewise, it is permissible for an Alinsky-trained radical to lie to non-Marxists (and lofo default libs) to advance the cause of Socialism and defeat the non-believers.  As Obama in particular has demonstrated time and time again – they have no compunction about deceiving fellow Americans if it will help them push forward their toxic agenda. The light of truth on their actual agenda is like garlic to a vampire, to be avoided at all costs.

The Regime is now embroiled in too many scandals to keep up with – and they like it that way. They’re overwhelming the enemy (you and me)  with shock and awe. The latest full frontal assaults: threatening to bypass Congress on immigration and impose unilateral amnesty, threatening to bypass Congress by signing a UN climate change treaty.

And the IRS scandal is bubbling to the surface again as new revelations come to light, but the Regime knows that if they stall and stonewall long enough – the MSM will allow them to run out the clock as they have again and again.

Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, Jay Sekulow says that the one thing we can count on as we learn more about the IRS  scandal is “the Obama administration’s dedication to misleading the American people and Congress.”

Via Fox News:

After being told repeatedly by a number of administration officials — including the IRS Commissioner — that former top IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer problems resulted in the destruction of thousands of her key emails, we have now been told that those emails actually exist – backed up by an emergency system in the event of a catastrophe.

Justice Department officials have now told a federal court that the problem was not that the Lerner emails couldn’t be found, but that the back-up system was “too onerous to search.”

“Too onerous to search”? Unbelievable. The truth is that the Obama administration is doing everything it can — including presenting false and misleading information — to stall what can only be described as a faux investigation.

At the same time, we are now learning from the filing in federal court that Lerner’s Blackberry was wiped clean — destroyed — after her computer hard drives “crashed” and after Congress began its probe into the targeting scheme.

Sekulow notes that this has become “standard operating procedure for the Obama administration. Delay. Derail. Deceive.”

Meanwhile, the Oversight and Reform Committee has discovered another example of an outrageous conflict of interest.

New documents obtained by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reveal a current Justice Department attorney defending the IRS actually worked at the IRS and was involved in the IRS’s illegal scheme to target conservatives.

And, as it turns out, he also worked in the White House Counsel’s office.

This disturbing finding, posted here, is outlined below:

The Committee has learned that Andrew Strelka, currently an attorney at the Justice Department’s Tax Division, worked from 2008 to 2010 at the IRS in the Exempt Organizations (EO) Division, formerly headed by Lois Lerner. Emails show that Strelka was directly involved in the IRS targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants. In March 2010, Strelka received an e-mail from IRS manager Ronald Shoemaker directing him to “[b]e on the lookout for a tea party case.” Shoemaker directed Strelka: “If you have received or do receive a case in the future involving an exemption for an organization having to do with tea party let me know.”

Strelka also received an email in June 2011 about the crash of Lois Lerner’s hard drive.  Until recently, Strelka represented the IRS in civil litigation relating to the IRS targeting.

Sekulow appeared on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs to discuss the latest revelations. Sekulow said we’re talking about “a classic case of obstruction of justice.”

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