according to gregory hicks, #2 in libya to chris stevens, the reason the ambassador was in benghazi on 9-11 in the first place is because hrc, certainly cued by obama, was pushing all out to upgrade the consulate to permanent mission status
in order to get her upgrade, the secretary needed "a report on the political and security environment in benghazi," necessary for the preparation of an "action memo" to get things moving
"we had funds available that we could, that could be transferred from an account set aside for iraq and could be dedicated to this purpose,” hicks testified, “they had to be obligated by september 30th,” end of the fiscal year
hillary wanted and needed her december trip to benghazi for a big rollout, swears the acting mission chief who was subsequently demoted
barack needed arab spring to be a blossom
ambassador hicks reported to arb's pickering and mullen this effort of hrc's to upgrade the consulate
but this critical explanation for stevens' return to libya was EXCLUDED in the final arb product
directions came from beth jones' office, near eastern affairs
"ambassador stevens was in benghazi on september 11, 2012, to work toward making it a permanent state department post," swore the man who worked with and took over for the ambassador when he died
"he felt that he had a political imperative to go to benghazi and represent the united states there in order to move the project forward to make the benghazi consulate a permanent constituent post”
“chris told me that in his exit interview with the secretary after he was sworn in, the secretary said, ‘we need to make benghazi a permanent post,’ and chris said, ‘i'll make it happen’”
there are going to be a lot more hearings lasting more than a year, there's gonna be a special committee chaired probably by evil issa
and this question of exactly what was stevens doing there in an undefended and previously attacked consulate in september occupied a great deal of the focus of reps massie, collins, lankford...
hillary really wanted that permanent mission
finally, hicks revealed that the consulate did not meet the standard department's overseas security policy board, ospb, standards for security
indeed, the consulate, standing there with a hole in the wall, didn't even live up to weak secca mandates
trey gowdy (you're really gonna learn to hate him, from SC), pounced here
he dug out that only the secretary of state has the authority to allow any ambassador to visit a department asset so vulnerable
"she can--is the only one that can authorize waivers for secca," swore hicks
no one in cummings' caucus countered
indeed, when hrc visited in october, 2011, dod positioned a flotilla offshore
Testimony: Stevens Went to Benghazi Mission on 9/11/12 So Clinton Could Announce on Upcoming Libyan Visit It Had Become Permanent U.S. Post | CNS NewsAmb. Chris Stevens--murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks—was at thepoorly secured State Department facility in that city that dayat least in part because Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wanted to convert the department compound there into a permanent outpostand department officials wanted her to be able to announce this was the case when she made a planned visit to Libya in December 2012.
This fact—stated by Stevens’ top deputy in Libya in sworn congressional testimony on Wednesday--was omitted from the State Department’s Accountability Review Board (ARB) Report published in December.
This was despite the fact that Stevens' deputy--Greg Hicks--specifically told the ARB that Clinton wanted the Benghazi mission converted into a permanent post.
Amb. Thomas Pickering and Admiral Mike Mullen, the co-chairs of the State Department’s Accountability Review Board that investigated the Benghazi attack--and which omitted this key fact from its report—have refused requests from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to testify in the committee or even speak informally with it.
Hicks, who was the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli on Sept. 11, 2012 (and thus was second in command to Amb. Chris Stevens), told multiple members at the Wednesday hearing that Clinton’s desire to make Benghazi a permanent State Department facility was a major motivation for Amb. Stevens' trip there last September.
Hicks also testified that he told the State Department’s Accountability Review Board about Secretary Clinton's desire to make the Benghazi mission a permanent post.
“Did you tell the Accountability Review Board about Secretary Clinton's interest in establishing a permanent presence in Benghazi?” Rep. Thomas Massie (R.-Ky.) asked Hicks. “Because, ostensibly, wasn't that the reason that the ambassador was going to Benghazi?”
“Yes, I did tell the Accountability Review Board that Secretary Clinton wanted the post made permanent,” said Hicks. “Ambassador Pickering looked surprised. He looked both ways on the--to the members of the board, saying, ‘Does the 7th floor know about this?’ (The secretary of state and other top State Department officials have their offices on the seventh floor of the department's headquarters.)
“And another factor,” Hicks continued in his sworn testimony, “was our understanding that Secretary Clinton intended to visit Tripoli in December.”
“So Pickering was surprised that this was his [Amb. Stevens’] mission was to establish a permanent facility there?” asked Rep. Massie.
“Yes,” testified Hicks.
Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa followed up on this exchange to clarify the point.
“I just want you to say it unambiguously--if that's the correct way to say it--without a flaw, one more time,” said Issa. “The reason the ambassador was in Benghazi, at least one of the reasons was x?”
“At least one of the reasons he was in Benghazi was to further the secretary's wish that, that post become a permanent constituent post, and also there, because we understood that the secretary intended to visit Tripoli later in the year,” said Hicks. “We hoped that she would be able to announce to the Libyan people our establishment of a permanent constituent post in Benghazi at that time.”
“According to [Amb.] Chris [Stevens], Secretary Clinton wanted Benghazi converted into a permanent constituent post,” said Hicks. “Timing for this decision was important. Chris needed to report before September 30th, the end of the fiscal year, on the physical---the political and security environment in Benghazi to support an action memo to convert Benghazi from a temporary facility to a permanent facility."
who ordered the stand down?
who ignored so many requests for security in the weeks and months preceding, when the streets were echoing to the vibrations of at least 5 major attacks like the assassination attempt vs the brit?
why was security in benghazi reduced from 16 to 4 after a carjacking mere weeks before the TERRORIST attack?
why can't obama pronounce TERRORIST?
why can't he call out specifically by name muslim or islamic extremism?
how can we move forward with a cic so dumb (as in speechless)?
why did the white house lie about a video when it full well knew better?
why are so many threatened, intimidated, demoted, why are they told not to talk to members of the opposition party, why must a state dept lawyer be present?
why so much hiding, why so much covering up?
where are the survivors, who are the survivors, what did they see, how many are injured and how bad, how many spoke with arb and how many didn't?
just who all did talk to arb, who didn't?
why didn't hrc?
why did pickering and mullen refuse to testify yesterday?
why so much hiding, why so much coverup?
no one really cares what you have to say now, today
what matters is what people are gonna think months, and more, from now
cuz we're just getting started
where was hillary clinton all day and and all nite, 9-11-12, and exactly what was she doing?
why did the president go to bed, how could the president go to bed?
why did he go to vegas the next morning for a fundraiser?
that's enough for now, but believe me, i could go on for a lot longer than i already have
and you just know i will