Page 3 According to WH press Secretary James Carney, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to President Obama at 10:00 PM EDT (4:00 AM local time) that night; what was discussed during that call is unknown though just a few minutes after the call ended, the State Department issued a statement making reference to the inflammatory Internet video (Innocence of Muslims) which was ultimately blamed for the "spontaneous protest" in Benghazi. After the call with Clinton, President Obama is reported to have retired for the night without giving any specific rescue mission orders or discussing the events on the ground in Benghazi with any other senior official until the approximately 4:00 AM EDT (10:00 AM local time) when he is told of Stevens' death. At some point after 11:30 PM EDT (4:30 AM local time), the security team from Tripoli finds transportation from the airport under the escort of the Libya n Shield, another local militia, and heads to the annex arriving at 12:04 PM EDT (5:04 AM local time). Just after their arrival, the annex takes mortar fire, sustaining three direct hits. The precision of the attacks indicates a level of sophistication and coordination. Former U.S. Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty are killed in the mortar assault, which lasts just 11 minutes before dissipating at 12:26 PM EDT (5:26 AM local time); a DS agent and annex security member are severely wounded. After the mortar attack, about 30 Americans evacuate the annex and head to the airport, with the assistance of the Libyan security convoy.
So it seems that from all outward appearances, the 10 PM EDT call between Clinton and Obama set in motion the follow-on White House/State Department disinformation campaign (including the talking points) that appeared to try to cover-up the fact that a pre-planned attack by Islamic extremists had occurred. With the November elections looming, this sort of terrorism didn't f
it with the "al Qaeda’s on the run” campaign narrative. S
o who was responsible for this disinformation? Did it come from the State Department or the White House? Is there recorded video available from the live feeds from that night? Was the video available in the Situation Room? Who was watching it? Where was President Obama?
What the Obama administration actually believed about the attack (as it occurred and in the days afterward), is an issue that could be debated at length. It is interesting that even as the actual facts were becoming increasingly clear and increasingly public, certain members of the administration were clinging
fiercely to the “spontaneous attack caused by the video” meme which was a better fit for campaign
purposes. In fact, according to Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Congressional representative, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton actually screamed
at one of his congressional colleagues during a closed-door session to discuss the attacks in Benghazi just days after when it was suggested that this was a terrorist attack. Surely if Clinton really thought it was spontaneous mob attack in the hours that followed, that conclusion must have been shaken in the days following.
Such rigid adherence to this portrayal of the facts, when it is known that White House and cabinet level officials were well-aware the attack was rooted in terrorism, certainly leads one to believe that there is something there beyond
On top of that, during the follow-on investigation, when congressmen came to investigate the Benghazi incident, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Gregory Hicks, testified that his State Department bosses ordered him specifically not to speak to Rep. Jason Chaffetz and that an unnamed State Department lawyer tried to keep him from meeting with the
representatives. When that didn’t work, the lawyer tried —
and failed because of inadequate security