We already have reasons to believe that the attack on the CIA station in Benghazi was a planned terrorist attack, not a spontaneous riot over a youtube video. Democrats have desperately tried to escape blame. The Obama Administration seems to have wanted to hide the truth in part because they thought it would hurt his re-election chances.
But now Fox News reports that, apart from all the other evidence, the White House and State Department knew “in real time” that the attackers were part of a terrorist plot.
Eric Stahl, who recently retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force, served as commander and pilot of the C-17 aircraft that was used to transport the corpses of the four casualties from the Benghazi attacks – then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – as well as the assault’s survivors from Tripoli to the safety of an American military base in Ramstein, Germany.
In an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “Special Report,” Stahl said members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff who raced to the scene of the attacks were “confused” by the administration’s repeated implication of the video as a trigger for the attacks, because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.” Asked how, Stahl told anchor Bret Baier: “Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the [CIA] safehouse, they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers’ higher ups.”
A separate U.S. official, one with intimate details of the bloody events of that night, confirmed the major’s assertion. The second source, who requested anonymity to discuss classified data, told Fox News he had personally read the intelligence reports at the time that contained references to calls by terrorists – using State Department cell phones captured at the consulate during the battle – to their terrorist leaders. The second source also confirmed that the security teams on the ground received this intelligence in real time.
It also seems that the hearings may have been designed to cover up the truth. The Accountability Review Board never interviewed Stahl. So Susan Rice’s “blame the video” tour was even more of a lie than you thought. Barack Obama spoke to the U.N. and lied through his teeth about an anti-Muslim video being responsible.
They knew, as it was happening, that the attack was an organized, terrorist assault.