ARE WE GETTING CLOSER TO THE TRUTH?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 21, 2013) — CNN has reported that Gen. Carter Ham, who was formerly Commander of AFRICOM, addressed a recent gathering in Colorado during which he stated that he knew that the September 11 Benghazi attack was the result of terrorism “pretty quickly” after it occurred.
The Obama regime initially had attempted to portray the attack, which killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, as a “spontaneous demonstration” against an obscure internet video created by a man with reported multiple aliases and a criminal record.
On Thursday, Rep. Frank Wolf stated on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives that survivors of the attack, who have not been made available to congressional investigators or members of the press, were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements about what they witnessed that night.
Other witnesses such as U.S. charge d’affaires Gregory Hicks and Lt. Col. Steve Gibson have provided conflicting statements on whether or not a “stand-down” order was issued through the U.S. military’s chain of command, which begins with the White House, to stop contingency plans from being carried out in the aftermath of the attack.
In recent weeks, reports by Middle Eastern expert Walid Shoebat have stated that former President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi was involved in the attack on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi. Morsi was deposed on July 3, 2013, after popular uprisings against his increasingly dictatorial rule sparked unrest mirroring those of the “Arab Spring” which had deposed his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.
Barack Obama had supported Mubarak’s ouster but not Morsi’s.
Retired members of the U.S. military have told The Post & Email that Gen. Ham was issued a “stand-down” order on the evening of September 11 after knowledge of the attack was disseminated via a military instant-messaging system, but that Ham refused to obey the order and was subsequently relieved of his command by his second-in-command, Gen. David Rodriguez.
On October 18, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that Obama had nominated Gen. David Rodriguez to succeed Ham as commander of AFRICOM, which officially occurred as of April 5. The replacement of Ham as AFRICOM commander was not explained other than Panetta saying, “General Ham has really brought AFRICOM into a very pivotal role in that challenging region. I and the nation are deeply grateful for his outstanding service.”
Whether or not Ham is retired, as some outlets have reported, remains an open question.
TIME Magazine reported in March that Ham had testified to a Senate panel that “If I could turn the clock back, I would make different decisions based on what I know now, as opposed to what I knew then.”
CNN reported that in his address to the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Ham revealed that he “knew Ambassador Chris Stevens was missing and believed he could have possibly been kidnapped.”
Other retired military officers have also suggested that a failed kidnapping plot was at the core of the Benghazi attack. Capt. Larry Bailey of Special Operations Speaks told The Post & Email last week that he suspected that Stevens was to be kidnapped and held in exchange for the Blind Sheikh, who Morsi had publicly stated he wanted released from a U.S. prison, where he has been since 1998 after his conviction in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Adm. Ace Lyons, former commander of the Pacific Fleet with 36 years of Naval service, also believes that a kidnapping was planned against Stevens.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.