The Regime’s Lies Unravel at the #Benghazi Hearing (Videos)

Via Joel Pollak at The Conversation, here are five main points from the hearing, thus far:

1. Two “stand-down” orders were given while the Benghazi attacks were in progress.

2. The “protest” about a YouTube video was a complete fabrication by the Obama administration.

3. Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s lawyer at the State Department, told witnesses not to speak to House investigators.

4. The diplomatic personnel on the ground acted with incredible, unheralded heroism.

5. Democrats came to rebut the eyewitnesses with talking points.

I would add, Hicks: I Spoke With Clinton at 2 A.M and Dem. Congressman: We Have To Protect ‘Your Fellow Employees’

Hot Air: Hicks: Higher-ups at State told me not to talk to GOP congressman about Benghazi; Update: “Effectively demoted”

Via the Daily Caller, the five most essential, damning minutes from today’s hearing. And Jordan does an expert job framing them. The money line, when Hicks is asked whether he’d ever been told before not to meet with a congressional delegation: “Never.”

I won’t slow you down with further comment. None is needed — except this: Cheryl Mills is no run-of-the-mill State Department apparatchik, even among the top tier. She’s been one of the Clintons’ right-hand men for decades. She worked in Bill’s White House legal office, then as counsel to Hillary’s presidential campaign, then became chief of staff at State when Hillary was appointed secretary. If she’s the right-hand man, what other conclusion is there than that Hillary’s the one who wanted Hicks to keep his mouth shut when meeting with Chaffetz?

One last point, per today’s theme of ghettoized media. As I say, these five minutes are obviously the biggest news to come out of today’s hearings (so far). Note that, then note tomorrow how many news outlets spend any time on them vis-a-vis other ancillary issues from the testimony. For instance, Politico’s lead story as of 2:45 ET is … “Benghazi hearing gets emotional.”

Update: As of 3:30 ET, Hicks just told the panel that he was “effectively demoted” after challenging State’s leadership about its handling of Benghazi. Of course he was. How else could they discredit him later?

Bryan Preston has been doing some great live blogging at PJ Media..
RCP has Dem Congressman At Benghazi Hearing: “Death Is A Part Of Life”:

My reaction on Twitter:

Some videos that have been made available: by Oversight and Reform, thus far:

ISSA: Our Goal in this Benghazi Investigation is to Get Answers

Gregory Hicks’ 30 Minute Recount of Benghazi Attack

Rep. Chaffetz Q&A – Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage

Rep. Lankford Q&A – Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage

Rep. Duncan Q&A – Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage

Rep Trey Gowdy Masterfully Asks Questions of Benghazi Witness Greg Hicks w/Beth Jones Damning Letter

Rep. Meehan Q&A – Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage
Rep. Gosar Q&A – Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage
Gregory Hicks: State Dept told me not to talk to Congressman Chaffetz about Benghazi:
At today’s Benghazi hearing, Hicks revealed he was told by State that he should not talk to Congressman Chaffetz. Lawyers from State prior to Chaffetz’ visit in Benghazi told Hicks not to speak with Chaffetz.
Jason Chaffetz Emotional Plea To Not Let Benghazi Be Whitewashed By History
You’ll notice that I haven’t included  a single video featuring Democrat questioners. That’s because their purpose at the hearing today, was not to help find the truth, it was to protect the regime, and that’s what they did albeit very clumsily at times.
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Michelle Malkin: Operation Smear Benghazi Whistleblowers

It’s on. As the White House grapples with a growing backlash over its Libya lies and lapses, President Obama’s apologists are gearing up for battle. Put on your hip-waders. Grab those tar buckets. Get ready for Operation Smear Benghazi Whistleblowers.

Whistle-blower Thompson told it was ‘not the right time’ for special FEST team to deploy in #Benghazi crisis

Video: Rear Admiral William Lee Speaks Out Against the Military’s Assault on Religious Liberty at Natl Day of Prayer Event

Last Thursday at a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill, Rear Admiral William Lee spoke out against the growing hostility toward Christians in the military under the Obama administration. He had a long, carefully worded speech prepared, he said – but opted at the last minute to speak from the heart.

The Admiral confessed that he had violated military rules many times – rules that ban him from simply giving a Bible to a soldier who had attempted suicide.”Every sixty-five minutes a veteran pulls the trigger or takes their own life, the admiral explained.

“The problem that men and women like me face in uniform who are in senior leadership positions, is that higher you are, the more vulnerable you are to being taken down. You come in the crosshairs of those people who lay in wait outside the gate – waiting to take us down to task for expressing our faith for so as much as whispering to a young man who is on his last hope, that there is hope that I can just simply whisper (raising the bible) in here is the answer – take it home.”

He continued, “the lawyers tell me that if I do that, I’m crossing the line,” Lee said. “I’m so glad I’ve crossed that line so many times.” He pledged not to back down from “my right under the Constitution to tell a young man that there is hope.”

 

Standing O.
General Jerry Boykin, Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President lauded Lee with the following comments:

The speech follows a week of controversy after a recent Washington Post report stating that anti-Christian activists had met with senior Pentagon officials to press for the court martial of Christians in the military who “promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.” According to the Post, the activists were given assurances that an instruction booklet on proselytizing would be forthcoming within the next few weeks. Since then, the Pentagon has issued several statements but none of them have explained what assurances were offered in the meeting and if none were offered, why the Pentagon has not made clear that anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein has misrepresented his relationship with the Air Force. Since Monday evening, more than 130,000 people have signed an FRC petition calling on the Pentagon to protect religious liberty.

 

 

Gowdy: Benghazi Testimony Will Implicate “The One Who Is Not The Current President, But Her Husband Was”

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As we count down the minutes before the Oversight and Reform hearing at 11:30 am, Eastern, here’s something to whet our appetites.

Rep Trey Gowdy was a guest on the Hugh Hewitt Show, yesterday, and he had several very interesting things to say, primarily regarding Gregory Hicks, Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission/Chargé d’Affairs in Libya at the US Department of State.

H: And I really do put a lot of hope in you guys. One of the things I want to hear from Mr. Hicks, and you tell me whether you think this is a valid inquiry, is whether or not he feels that the President, the Vice President, or the former Secretary of State, former Secretary of Defense, have lied to the American people in statements that they’ve made. He can’t obviously prove that, but his subjective impression would go a long way towards generating interest, because he’s the guy who knows most closely, doesn’t he, what happened?

TG: He did. He was the highest ranking person in Libya once the ambassador was killed. And of course, he remained there, I can tell you, that he will come closer to being able to speak to the Secretary of State, because that’s in his line of command. I can tell you that there are going to be exchanges that he had with the Secretary of State’s chief of staff, which are troubling at best.

HH: Wow.

TG: And I can tell you beyond any reasonable doubt that he was devastated by what Susan Rice said. And you know, if Hillary Clinton’s defense needs to be, ‘I was so out of it and not doing my job that I never talked to a Greg Hicks or anyone else, or Susan Rice, didn’t prepare her before she went on the five Sunday talk shows’, then that’ll just have to be her defense. Don’t blame me because I was absent at the switch. I don’t think that’s going to bode well for her future ambitions. But I know he can say, and will, that Susan Rice’s Sunday morning talk show directly contradicted the evidence the president of Libya, Christopher Stevens’ dying declaration, and negatively impacted our ability to find out what happened. Now if that’s not enough to infuriate our fellow citizens, I don’t know how much better we can do.

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HH: Well, I can guarantee you a few things. One of them is he isn’t going to listen to me. But on Page 11 of that joint special report, Trey Gowdy, that the five committees put together, if you read it enough times, things stand out. These lines appear. “Ambassador Stevens traveled to Benghazi on September 10, 2012, to fill staffing gaps between principal officers in Benghazi, and to allow him to reconnect with local contacts. He also planned to attend the establishment of a new American corner at a local Benghazi school.” Now it’s September 11th in a war-torn, insecure compound that has been the subject of numerous attacks by violent, local jihadists. He does not take adequate security with him. Mr. Hicks can speak to what he was doing there. Will that come up tomorrow?

TG: Yes, sir, and Hugh, let me tell you this. Suffice it to say there’s more to it than what you just read. And yes, it will be dealt with. It’s important to know the chronology you just set out. It’s important to know whether that chronology was altered, and if so, why. And it’s important, I think, to have the background on what he really was doing in Benghazi. And that may implicate one of the three folks you have previously asked me about in the administration.

HH: Now the next thing I wanted, that is pregnant, and I heard it, and one of the things I was just going to say, you’ve got to listen to when the answer is pregnant. Which of the three do you think it may implicate?

TG: Yeah, it would be the one that is not the current president, but her husband was.

HH: Okay, got it.

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HH: All right, then Jake Tapper, this one you will. Jake Tapper began the show today, and he made an appeal. He said look, if you’re a whistleblower, or if you know something about this, come to me, come to Bret Baier, come to the media, because the media will add credibility to the investigation that Republicans can’t bring to the table. What do you make of that?

TG: That’s true. Unfortunately, that’s probably true that the media is more widely regarded than House Republicans. I would also give anyone listening to your show that is contemplating that, I would simply tell them this. The family members are going to be there tomorrow. And if you can look at a widow, or a sister who’s lost her brother, or parents who have lost children, if you can look them in the eyes and you have information that can give them peace, and more importantly, hold your government accountable, and you say silent when you know that Darrell Issa and others are going to protect you and give you counsel, and make sure you’re not retributed against? I don’t see how anyone can sit there with knowledge and be quiet when what they have to say can not only bring truth to government, but also bring peace to people who are suffering. So whether they go to the media or whether they come to Darrell, or whether they go to Elijah Cummings, I don’t care where they go. If you have first-hand knowledge, you should come forward. It is the moral thing to do.

HH: Now last question, Trey Gowdy, on July 13th, 1973, Alexander Butterfield told Senate investigators that there was a taping system in the White House. He didn’t go public with that until his Senate testimony three days later on July 16th. And of course, it shook the United States of America. On the Richter Scale, you’ve read the depositions, so you know what is already gone to staff, and what may come out tomorrow. On the Richter of Senate and House hearings, where is tomorrow’s?

TG: Well, I’ll answer that question this way. My fear over the weekend was that a lot of the information that I thought would be most interesting tomorrow has already been released. So I went to staff, and I went to others, and said with any jury trial, you have to save something back. You have to be interesting on the day of the trial. And I have been assured, in fact, I know, because I’ve seen it myself, there’s going to be new, provocative, instructive, dare not use the word explosive, but there’s going to be information that comes out tomorrow that whether people have been so desensitized to government lying to them that they don’t care anymore, I cannot speak to that. But if you’re interested in Benghazi, there is going to be enough new material tomorrow to make you absolutely livid that it’s taken eight months for us to get to this point.

Lt Gen. Thomas McInerney: ‘There Is Only One Person Who Can Say, Stand Down – And That’s The President’ (Video)

“There is only one person who can say, stand down,” Gen. McInerney began in answer to Lou Dobbs question about the team of forces who were prepared to fly out of Tripoli. “And that is the President of the United States.”

“For us to deny forces to go to the aid or our people – we never leave people behind, Lou”, he continued. “And that’s where the dereliction of duty comes in and it permeates the whole command and control system. To say we couldn’t get the airplanes down there, we couldn’t get approval for air space….that doesn’t matter, Lou…you take action and you move out. I’m actually ashamed of the way our military responded –  not the men and women, but our senior leaders – and it’s disgraceful, McInerney concluded.

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Newsbusters: Dennis Miller: Journalist That Brings Down Obama Over Benghazi ‘Will Be Out of the Game’

Hugh Hewitt: Rep. Trey Gowdy On Benghazi Hearing Tomorrow: Revelations That Will Be New, Provocative, Instructive

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