A damaging new report from the Air Force pilot who transported embassy officials from Libya discloses that the terrorists who attacked the Benghazi compound and murdered four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, two Navy SEALs, and one information officer, stole State Department cell phones to call their higher-ups and declare their operation a success.
Because they were using State Department phones, U.S. spy agencies overheard their conversations in real time, he says, and knew they were talking to terrorist leaders about a planned mission.
This new information, reports Fox News, will damage the State Department and White House claim that initial intelligence suggested that the attack was over an anti-Islam video, instead of a coordinated attack. Administration officials including National Security Adviser Susan Rice maintained this "anti-Islam video" claim for weeks after the attacks.
Fox News host Bret Baier interviewed retired Air Force Major Eric Stahl, who commanded and piloted the C-17 which transported the bodies of the four victims of the Benghazi attack, as well as survivors.
In the interview, Stahl says that members of the CIA were confused by the Administration's claims, because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.” And this claim was backed up by another official.
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.
Furthermore, Stahl wonders why his quick-ready team wasn't called up sooner, if the State Department knew of the terrorist attack as it was happening.
Hillary Clinton may wonder what difference it makes whether it was a planned terrorist attack or a spontaneous riot which caused the murder of four Americans.
But it does matter that the Administration knew the cause and lied to the public. It matters that they knew what was happening as it was happening and didn't take every step possible to rescue four Americans. And it matters because the woman in charge at the State Department didn't answer the 3 a.m. phone call.
If verified, the White House is busted, and there are no two ways about it. Al qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups used the protests around the Muslim world as a smokescreen and an opportunity to stage an attack on the diplomatic compound at Benghazi.
Similarly, the White House also used the Muslim protests at our embassies as a smokescreen - except for their own failure and incompetence, and blamed an atrocious YouTube video for the terrorist attack. This effectively propagated what terrorists would consider to be desirable disinformation to the American people.
The White House covered up the Benghazi terrorist attack by lying to the American people. Repeatedly. For years. And the Obama administration is still stonewalling and trying to run out the clock.