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Benghazi Attackers Used State Department’s Phones

From Fox News:

US spy agencies heard Benghazi attackers using State Dept. cell phones to call terrorist leaders

By Bret Baier, James Rosen | June 11, 2014

The terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 used cell phones, seized from State Department personnel during the attacks, and U.S. spy agencies overheard them contacting more senior terrorist leaders to report on the success of the operation, multiple sources confirmed to Fox News.

The disclosure is important because it adds to the body of evidence establishing that senior U.S. officials in the Obama administration knew early on that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video that had gone awry, as the administration claimed for several weeks after the attacks.

In fact, this explains how the CIA and other intel agencies knew in ‘real time’ it was a terrorist attack.

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…

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.

Major Stahl was never interviewed by the Accountability Review Board, the investigative panel convened, pursuant to statute, by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as the official body reviewing all the circumstances surrounding the attacks and their aftermath. Many lawmakers and independent experts have criticized the thoroughness of the ARB, which also never interviewed Clinton…

That so-called ‘Accountability Review Board’ should go down in history as one of the biggest attempts at a whitewash in US history. Everyone involved should be punished for their willful dereliction of duty.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, June 12th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Benghazi Attackers Used State Department’s Phones”

  1. Does the State Department have Plans By-The-Minute (or) the All-You-Eat plans?

  2. canary

    Susan Rice wrote of cell phone calls and content she recieved in her e-mails that were released.
    I only skimmed them on Judicial Watch site, they were an eyesore.

    I think the media really milks these things. They will take their time in releasing tidbits.


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