Benghazi… as it really happened

Benghazi… as it really happened.

Perspective

I have spent hours and thousands of words on this blog now, but sometimes it takes just a few minutes to regain perspective in life.  I took some unannounced down time with this writing intentionally so I could be certain that I wanted to continue and not just writing out of habit.

The conclusion I came to is that I must.  I don’t claim any special enlightenment or anything of that sort, but I will continue to endeavor to filter current events and social issues of the time through the lens of Truth.  I am unabashed and will continue to speak that Truth regardless if one or one thousand people read it because the Truth must be spoken and I am willing to bear it.

“Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israel— not to many peoples of obscure speech and strange language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you. But the people of Israel are not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for all the Israelites are hardened and obstinate. But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are. I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.”

Ezekiel 3:4-9

I want to revisit something I have written about extensively already – Benghazi and the attack and coverup of the murder of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American citizens during an eight hour attack and siege of the consulate and nearby CIA annex.

In Scripture, David lured a married woman to bed with him and then in order to hide his indiscretion, he ordered her husband betrayed on the battlefield.  The fate of Uriah the Hittite in 2 Samuel 11 and Ambassador Stevens appears to be extremely similar and I for one firmly believe that we, as humans, are extremely prone to repeating history and the same mistakes and sins over and over throughout time.

What has been extensively written on and theorized, but not publicly avowed by the Administration, is that Ambassador Stevens was a conduit for the President, via the State Department, to provide weapons and aid, in contravention of United States Law and international treaties, to the Syrian rebels (Gamage, Information Clearing House; Kelley, Business Insider).

So the question still lingers – what purpose did denying reinforcements to Benghazi serve?  Qui bono?  What motive would the Ambassador’s death serve?

As I already explored only the National Command Authority can order the military – especially a theater commander – to stand down when a call of distress is issued.  So either Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta or President Barack Obama issued that order.  Again I ask qui bono?

For more on this issue and a full break down of the chain of command involved, as well as some more background on the odd way General Carter Ham (Commanding General, AFRICOM) was relieved of duty in the midst of the attack, I recommend more reading here.

Lust and Power

If you’ve ever watched or read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the lust for power is well imagined in the lust for the One Ring.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

The lust for the ring of power was great.  It was known to contain great power and endowed the bearer with magical abilities such as invisibility, unusually long life, and others, but at a great price.  It was a corrupting force.  Regardless of the intent of the person who possessed the ring, no matter how it was used, the ring only answered to the one who made it.

Let’s unpack the concept that Tolkien was trying to convey.  The first and most obvious layer is that power corrupts.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, 1st Baron Acton

“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.”

William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham and British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1778

The lure of the power in the ring was impossible to resist.  Men would do anything to gain possession of that power – lie, cheat, steal, kill.

Take a look around at all disconcerting tyrannies that I have written extensively about to date.  Those tyrannies are either aimed at obtaining, preserving, or strengthening power.

Yesterday, May 30th, the NSA’s Utah Data Center went live.  The center has the capability to capture, record, and analyze every form of electronic communication in the domestic United States every single day.

The Department of Homeland Security has expanded it’s mission from just protecting modes of travel to protecting and actively policing within the United States.

The warrantless wiretaps on the AP, the targeting of individual reporters such as James Rosen, the IRS’ unequal treatment of conservative, Tea Party, and Jewish groups are all methods being used to silence opposition and whistleblowers through intimidation.

More than 70 percent of federal spending goes to dependency programs.  The threat of removal of these programs ensures that dissension is unthinkable lest the life support that 128 million Americans rely on for subsistence be taken away.  These people have become serfs of the new feudal masters within the government (both elected and unelected).

Schools in Florida, under the guise of an insidious program called Common Core, scanned and retained the irises of school children for their “safety” and “security.”

These are just a few instances of huge power grabs, shows of naked force.  Each one by itself could be written off as nothing, an overreaction or overreach by overzealous bureaucrats, but together in concert they are much more.  They take on the mantle of a full blown tightening of the vise of tyranny on the citizens of the United States.

Now you might even be saying that I’m overreacting because I disagree with President Obama politically on nearly every issue, but it goes far beyond that.  I would disagree with these steps regardless of which party or President was in power at the time because I see these for the lure of power that they are and will be going forward.  That power becomes a drug for the person who wields it – they need it, and not to know that they have it, but they will need to exercise it in growing frequency in order to fulfill their craving for it.  The power will corrupt them.  Even if they began with the best of intentions, that power will destroy them.

The bureaucrats and politicians that come next will see the One Ring before them.  It will call to them, not with the clarion call of liberty, but with the sinister whisper of influence, authority, power, and strength, but those powers can only be wielded by the creator of the ring.

Who is the creator of the ring?

In Tolkien’s tale, Sauron, the Dark Lord, is the creator of the ring, but even he can be destroyed by it because he is ultimately dependent on it as well.  So did Sauron create the authority, power, and strength that were endowed into the ring or did he simply channel them there?  Let’s back this up to theology now… did Satan create the power that he yields?

The short answer is no.

God created Satan as Lucifer the angel.  Satan is dependent on God for his very existence.

One day the angelscame to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them.

Job 1:6

The authority, power, and strength that Satan holds were benefits of his created nature and were gifts of his position in the hierarchy of heaven.  It is Satan’s intent to disobey and rebel against God that corrupts those gifts.  Just as Satan rebels and corrupts those great and mighty gifts that God bestowed on him at his creation, the government – the politicians and bureaucrats, the authorities, the individual branches and big players have intents and purposes that run counter to the Constitutionally-directed role of the government and it’s relationship with the people altogether.  The small tyrannies summed together will corrupt even the best intended of those men and women because they will beg to be used… the temptation is too great.

THAT is why we rail against these overreaches.  THAT is why we sound the watchman’s call as the abuses and usurpations mount.

The enemy is not just at the gates.

The enemy is now within the city walls.

If we do not stand and fight and defeat these self-obtained powers, then we will lose whatever scrap of liberty that we have left on this Earth except for the hope that we have in Christ.

If power corrupts, we must rid ourselves of it.  If we do not want a corrupt government controlling every step we take in our lives, we must disrupt and dismantle it’s power to do so or we will find ourselves prisoners in our own country.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

Something Wicked This Way Comes

And the President claims that he knew nothing…

I call bull.  The President was involved DIRECTLY in the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, conservative PACs, and Jewish PACs.

The President claims that he went to bed.  While that may in fact be true, it is a complete dereliction of duty regarding the Americans left to die in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  In this case, I call bull also.  The truth is far more damaging – either the President willfully elected to deny support to sovereign US territory and US citizens under an active military attack, or was incapable of making a decision in the face of a live crisis.  The question that will be answered eventually is why.  Was the US State Department running guns via Benghazi and Turkey to the Syrian Islamist rebels against international law, a handful of treaties, and without the consent of Congress?

And now the Attorney General, Eric Holder, has committed perjury.  He either lied to Congress about his involvement with the search warrants he signed regarding James Rosen of Fox News or he lied to a judge (or rather three).  The search warrants listed Rosen as a co-conspirator or co-participant in the leak of classified information, but Holder testified to Congress that there was never the intent to prosecute.  Then why argue for a search warrant?  Why waste your time if you don’t intend to prosecute?  I call bull.  This Rosen issue follows the warrantless wiretapping of hundreds of members of the media.

Which narratives are left?

Benghazi – gun-running coverup?  Presidential incompetence and dereliction of duty?  Both are impeachable.

IRS – “punishing enemies” of the President? Top-to-bottom corruption of the tax-collection arm of the Federal government?  If Obama is indeed complicit, and having the IRS commissioner visiting the White House more often than three of the most common visitors who hold Cabinet-level positions combined looks terribly suspicious, then that is 100% Nixonian and impeachable.

Wiretapping – Fourth Amendment violation folks?  Justice Department corruption?  Holder has already proven a liar (as I outlined above), so we can not trust him to properly investigate himself.

Rosen – Political targeting again?  Anti-Fox News vendetta in the Administration?

The problem with each scandal is that it requires more than a modicum of civics knowledge to understand the underlying issues, motives, and precedents that will be set if such scandals are not pursued.

If we do not start seeing the connections between each scandal and drawing out the political motivations of EACH and EVERY scandal, then we will never fully expose the absolute threat to liberty and freedom that this administration has been and will be going forward if they are not stopped here and now.

 

Hat Trick

Scandalous Hat Trick

Mr. President, when it rains it pours, but most Americans hold their own umbrellas. Today in the Rose Garden you dismissed the idea of a Special Counsel to investigate the IRS scandal. With that, your galling political hubris shined bright in the midst of today’s dark clouds.

Mr. President, how can we trust your Justice Department to conduct an independent investigation when there is a systemic violation of the Hatch Act throughout your administration?

Surely you are aware that the Hatch Act prevents certain federal employees from engaging in political activity. Specifically, it’s illegal for these federal employees to engage in action in support of or in opposition to a political party, a candidate for partisan political office, or a partisan political group.

Yet that is exactly what’s happened within the IRS, the Justice Department, and in the Benghazi cover-up. This scandalous hat trick is on your watch. It is not believable that you knew nothing about Obama administration actions in dealing with these scandals. And in regards to Benghazi, when you should have taken appropriate action to save American lives – for instance by calling in the Marines – you were AWOL. Just weeks before the election your team scrubbed the Benghazi talking points in 12 different versions, lied to the American people about some YouTube video being to blame for the deaths of brave Americans who put our country first, and you prove Michael Barone right when he writes, “What actually happened in Benghazi was out of sync with the Obama campaign line.” That’s why you all did what you did. Pure raw politics were at play during a horrific time of loss.

 For more evidence of Hatch Act violations right under your nose, simply consider DOJ’s “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into the free press. Do you think they picked up some political talk when tapping the phones in the House press gallery?

Your team is out of control. Those who cannot remember the past and learn from it are doomed to repeat it, and that is exactly what is happening. Look back exactly 40 years ago this week and apply that disheartening chapter of American history to the team you’ve chosen and lead today.

Some of us warned America; we cautioned voters in 2008 that a community organizer with no executive experience and no sense of accountability would be a very poor choice for the nation’s top management position.

Mr. President, you said today that you have “complete confidence” in the Attorney General. America doesn’t. Eric Holder needs to appoint an unbiased Special Counsel to investigate the illegal political action of this administration. And then Eric Holder needs to resign.

Most Americans see ominous dark clouds looming beyond the White House Rose Garden, Mr. President. They’ll roll away only when light is shined on the Obama administration’s antics, and America will only recover when you cease avoiding responsibility in this mission of yours to fundamentally transform America. For that to happen, the press had better learn from their experiences of being duped and provide a deserving public fairer, more intelligent coverage.

Speaking of coverage, glad you finally called in the Marines… shame it was just to hold your umbrella.

– Sarah Palin

Whence comes the straw?

Fast and Furious.

Benghazi.

The IRS targeting conservative and Jewish groups requesting tax-exempt status.

The DoJ tapping the phones of hundreds of reporters and editors in the media.

The DoJ tapping the House of Representatives cloak room to catch the same leak that they claimed they were hunting for when tapping the reporters’ and editors’ phones above.

That’s now five significant scandals directly tied to Cabinet-level departments.

The President has claimed ignorance of any of these scandals.

With Fast and Furious, the program involved proactively encouraging and enabling weapons smuggling across a foreign border without notifying Mexico of the program so that tracking could be established on the “other side.”

With Benghazi, the President claims that he went to bed and left it to then-Secretaries Panetta and Clinton to handle the ongoing attack and subsequent assassination of an US Ambassador and the deaths of three other American citizens on sovereign US territory.

With the IRS, those responsible keep coming in as higher and higher up – first a few “rogue” employees in Cincinnati, then supervisors in DC, etc with everyone pointing up to the person above them in the chain of operations.  The President claims he was not aware despite an inspector general’s investigation underway for years at this point.

The Department of Justice wiretap of media members and Congressmen brings serious questions up regarding freedom of the press, government intimidation of the press, violations of privacy, not to mention serious executive branch overreach by directly monitoring Congress.

The President is claiming ignorance of federal gun-running, the minutiae of the assassination of his ambassador to Libya, the specific politically-based targeting conducted by the IRS, the sledgehammer-to-catch-a-fly approach condoned by the Department of Justice with the media wiretaps, and the invasion of privacy and flat-out violation of the co-equal branches of government principle spelled out in the Constitution.

Mr. President, as a former attorney, you should be aware of the principle of law that ignorance of the law is not a valid defense for violation of it.  That aside, I am not the first to assert this, but I think it is extremely evident that the President is lying, because the only other excuse he has is that he truly is unaware of what is going on within his own Cabinet.

Dereliction of duty is a specific offense under United States Code Title 10,892. Article 92 and applies to all branches of the US military (UP TO AND INCLUDING THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF). A service member who is derelict has willfully refused to perform his duties (or follow a given order) or has incapacitated himself in such a way that he cannot perform his duties. Such incapacitation includes the person falling asleep while on duty requiring wakefulness, his getting drunk or otherwise intoxicated and consequently being unable to perform his duties, or his vacating his post contrary to regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

IRS Gone Rogue

In the limelight of late, the IRS is really hitting for the fences.

A lawsuit was filed against the tax collection and enforcement agency for the seizure of millions of private health insurance records from an undisclosed corporation.

Benghazi.

The IRS (now twice!)

The DoJ – Fast and Furious, refusing to prosecute voter intimidation cases where the perpetrators are Black Panthers, warrantless wiretapping and storage of every phone call, email, instant message, and tweet sent every day in America, AND warrantless wiretapping of Associated Press reporters, editors in order to find a “possible” leak.

This is out of control, and every agency involved (Defense, State, Treasury, Justice) all are part of the President’s Cabinet.  This is beginning to smell a lot like a banana republic.  This is government intimidation on EVERY front.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Congress MUST act to end this mob-style tyranny now.  If not, then the people must and will act or the Republic we have will exist no more.

 

 

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