How the “Smoking Document” Story Falls Short of Anything Close to the Whole Truth About Benghazi

by Scott Creighton

The newly released Benghazi emails (as they are being called) tell a story. It’s not a new story.

“Political considerations influenced the talking points that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used five days after the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Benghazi, Libya, with State Department and other senior administration officials asking that references to terror groups and prior warnings be deleted, according to department emails.” Huffington Post May 11th 2013

But what exactly is that story and why is this coming out today at a time when the new Sec. of State is facing his own demise? Kerry recently got in trouble when he said “Israel could become an apartheid state” (which it already is. “It’s not exactly like the South African apartheid. In some respects it’s not as bad, but in some respects it’s worse.” Chomsky) and called destabilization campaigns (like the ones we run everyday under the heading of “unconventional warfare”) “thuggism” and “rogue state-ism”

Army Special Operations Forces handbook on Unconventional Warfare – 2008

“The United States has conducted UW in support of resistance movements, insurgencies, and ongoing or pending conventional military operations. It has operated by, with, or through irregular forces against a variety of state and nonstate opponents… The current definition of UW is as follows: Operations conducted by, with, or through irregular forces in support of a resistance movement, an insurgency, or conventional military operations… Irregulars, or irregular forces, are individuals or groups of individuals who are not members of a regular armed force, police, or other internal security force. They are usually nonstate-sponsored and unconstrained by sovereign nation legalities and boundaries. These forces may include, but are not limited to, specific paramilitary forces, contractors, individuals, businesses , foreign political organizations, resistance or insurgent organizations, expatriates, transnational terrorism adversaries, disillusioned transnational terrorism members, black marketers, and other social or political “undesirables.”… 4-16. Significant moral and legal considerations often exist in a UW effort. Legitimacy is the most crucial factor in developing and maintaining international and internal support. Without this support, the United States cannot sustain assistance to an irregular force. Without recognized legitimacy and credibility, military operations do not receive the support of the indigenous population, the U.S. population, or the international community.”

Secretly using disgruntled terrorists, political adversaries and other “non-state actors” to destabilize targeted nations via sabotage, violence and terrorism. It’s the American way and according to the handbook, unconventional warfare “is more relevant than ever in the 21st century international environment.”

But unfortunately for “foot in the mouth” Kerry, at least when the Russians do it, “It’s the worst order of behavior.”

So the timing of this distracting topic, a blast from the past mainly featuring Obama administration officials who are no longer with them, is dubious to say the least while certainly being grossly incomplete.

But. let’s look at it anyway and see what, if anything, it reveals.

Yesterday, Judicial Watch release a series of heavily redacted emails (redaction to be in place for 25 years) regarding the attack on the consulate in Benghazi which they received from the State Department on April 14th of this year, as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit filed back in June of 2013.

It should be noted back in 2006 when the Truth movement was at it’s highest point, Judicial Watch provided the world with those two videos which purported to show Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon on Sept. 11th, 2001 with hopes to “…put to rest the conspiracy theories involving American Airlines Flight 77…”, The two videos showed nothing of the sort and had clearly been edited removing at least one key frame from the sequence.

I mention this because the history of their “watchdog” roll is spurious at best.

According to the Judicial Watch press release, the big story here is that the Obama administration coordinated a series of lies about the attack, calling them the result of a video that was posted on Youtube the same day of the attack, rather than what many have been led to believe it was: another al Qaeda terrorist plot.

Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”  Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an “attack” and a possible kidnap attempt. Judicial Watch press release April 29

Their story rightly points out that there was a concerted effort from the White House and the State Department very early on to control the narrative of the Benghazi attack. One key email they point out actually states that objective.

Goal: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”

Smoking Gun? WH Email Instructs Officials to Blame Benghazi on Video Screen%20Shot%202014 04 29%20at%202 01 41%20PM

This email was sent out prior to Susan Rice doing the Sunday talking head circuit which she used to promote the narrative that the attack was a spontaneous reaction to the “Innocence of the Muslims” video which had been posted on Youtube around the same time as the attack.

From Politico to Fox News to the Washington Post, these emails are THE big story. The “smoking document” as neo-con Krauthammer put it.

The big story is that the White House, concerned about the upcoming election, fabricated the video narrative in order to cover-up the fact that al Qaeda was still out there terrorizing us.

According to Krauthammer, the administration would have lost the election if the public didn’t think he had al Qaeda “on the run”

“Before an election, Obama saying ‘Al Qaeda is dead, GM is alive, Al Qaeda is dead.’ He’s running, essentially, the foreign policy issue on which the whole campaign is based, is one that says he killed bin Laden, Al Qaeda is on the run. So, this undermines the whole narrative, therefore, they have to invent the video.” Krauthammer

Actually, the republicans lost the election because they ran a Mormon vulture capitalist who said he didn’t give a crap about half the population, against ObamaGod in the middle of the next great depression and the Occupy Movement. How they didn’t see that coming is beyond me.

Essentially, this is the controlled opposition narrative on the Benghazi psyop. It’s not even half the story.

But, if you look closely enough, you can find some interesting tidbits in the redacted emails.

Take for instance this one quote which no one seems to notice. Look at that email above under the “Top Lines” heading. The third one reads in part:

Third: We’ve made our views on this video crystal clear. The United States government had nothing to do with it.

That is an outright lie.

The video in question was called “The Innocence of the Muslims” and it was a rather offensive piece of horribly made propaganda shot in part in a studio in California.

It was made by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a.k.a. “Sam Bacile”, a Coptic from Egypt who at first tried to tell the press he was a Jew and the Jewish community created the video. That story broke down rather quickly and the federal government stepped in to arrest Nakoula in order to prevent him from talking to the press anymore.

Turns out Mr. Nakoula was an FBI informant going back many years to 2009 when he was arrested for bank fraud.

With an Arabic interpreter standing by, Nakoula told Snyder about his decision to inform.  He explained, “I decided to cooperate with the government to retrieve some of these mistakes or damage happened. I want to cooperate with the government that they can catch with this other criminals who is their involvement.”

In return for Nakoula’s cooperation, prosecutors provided Snyder with a letter noting that his substantial assistance to authorities warranted a sentence reduction. The Smoking Gun

The film at the center of this controversy,  “The Innocence of the Muslims”, was first produced by Nakoula and a raving racist named Steve Klein under the title “The Innocence of bin Laden

The idea, according to Klein, was to use the title and the film as a sort of “honey pot” to draw in radical Muslims in the L.A. area to the film and then they would be either angered or ‘converted” by it’s powerful message. It was a ridiculously obvious set-up which apparently no-one showed up to view. The film played one showing in a theater in the Muslim area and without selling one ticket, it folded. Nakoula supposedly sat across the street (with his FBI handlers?) to view the rampage afterward but nothing happened and Nakoula was depressed. Klein stated that Nakoula had come to him with the idea to make the honey pot trap film in the first place and said he didn’t know where he had gotten the money to make it.

The Smoking Gun uncovers the fact that Nakoula had worked out some sort of deal with Federal authorities to get a lighter sentence but the details of which have been sealed by the courts. They also show that Nakoula was released from prison in late 2010 to live at a halfway house, but he violated the terms of his parole and ended up going back inside til June or July of 2011. When he came out, he immediately began working on his honeypot trap Scott Creighton

For more detail on this read: Was Nakoula Basseley Nakoula an FBI Informant and the “Innocence” Film a Honeypot Trap?

The film reappeared a few months later with a different title, just in time to be used as the pretext for the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

Kinda gives one a different understanding of Krauthammer’s statement “So, this undermines the whole narrative, therefore, they have to invent the video.  ” doesn’t it?

Speaking of the attack, the narrative that it was spontaneous was trashed from the very beginning. Not only do a few of the newly released emails suggest not everyone was on board the “spontaneous” story, but the history of the news as it developed makes it clear… someone had planned the attack quite carefully in the days leading up to Sept. 11, 2012 and the State Department seems to have been made aware of it from a variety of sources.

“The way these perpetrators acted and moved — I think we, and they’re choosing the specific date for this so-called demonstration, I think we have no, this leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined,”

It was planned, definitely, it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago, and they were planning this criminal act since their arrival,” Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf

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It began around nightfall on Sept. 11 with around 150 bearded gunmen, some wearing the Afghan-style tunics favored by Islamic militants, sealing off the streets leading to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. They set up roadblocks with pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, according to witnesses.

The trucks bore the logo of Ansar al-Shariah, a powerful local group of Islamist militants who worked with the municipal government to manage security in Benghazi, the main city in eastern Libya and birthplace of the uprising last year that ousted Moammar Gadhafi after a 42-year dictatorship.

There was no sign of a spontaneous protest against an American-made movie denigrating Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. But a lawyer passing by the scene said he saw the militants gathering around 20 youths from nearby to chant against the film. Within an hour or so, the assault began, guns blazing as the militants blasted into the compound.” Washington Post

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“According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.” Independent

For more information read: What Really Happened in Benghazi and Why  and The “Why?” of Benghazi: “a pretext to kill more Muslims, to steal more resources” for 45 Different Corporations

The story got so screwed up early on that Victoria Nuland had to tell reporters they weren’t allowed to ask questions about the particulars of the event (how and WHY it happened) on Sept. 14th, 2012. That was around the same time those White House emails were circulating which demanded everyone stayed on message about the attacks. The plan was to circle the wagons and weather the storm as best they could.

“All aspects of the attack, including what led up to it, its causes, the identity of the perpetrators, and the circumstances surrounding the death of Amb. Chris Stevens and the other three Americans,are off limits for reporters.” Victoria Nuland

I’m a little surprised that all of these outlets are making a big deal about these emails being released. This isn’t the first time this story has broken and frankly, it’s not offering up much more detail this time around (at least, not the part the conservative media is focusing on)

“Political considerations influenced the talking points that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used five days after the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Benghazi, Libya, with State Department and other senior administration officials asking that references to terror groups and prior warnings be deleted, according to department emails.” Huffington Post May 11th 2013

Yes, that is the exact same story floated out there a year ago. There it is on the pro-Obama propaganda outlet Huffington Post.

Today’s “smoking document” story fails to mention any of the things I just brought up.

Fails to mention the fact that Stevens was in Libya in order to transfer illegal weapons from our unconventional warfare “irregulars” in Libya to the unconventional warfare “irregulars” in Syria when this took place.

Fails to mention the fact that Stevens himself was reported as ‘alive and well” in various phone calls from the hospital after the event according to several of the released emails. Fails to mention a lot of things.

And in fact, the story is old news, at least the way Fox and Friends is telling it.

Kinda makes you wonder though… why are they suddenly bringing up al Qaeda all over again? A distraction? A reminder? A pretext? All’s fair in love and unconventional warfare, don’t you know.

Army Special Operations Forces handbook on Unconventional Warfare – 2008

Role of the Media 2-8. It is important for the official agencies of government, including the armed forces, to recognize the fundamental role of the media as a conduit of information….

4-16. Significant moral and legal considerations often exist in a UW effort. Legitimacy is the most crucial factor in developing and maintaining international and internal support. Without this support, the United States cannot sustain assistance to an irregular force. Without recognized legitimacy and credibility, military operations do not receive the support of the indigenous population, the U.S. population, or the international community.”

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3 Responses

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