Blowback: “We got our eyes poked out” (in Benghazi)



The US mission in Libya that came under attack by militants on September 11 was mainly a secret CIA operation, and the New York Times reported that at least 12 of the 30 Americans in Benghazi were CIA operatives.

“It’s a catastrophic intelligence loss,” said one American official who has served in Libya and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the F.B.I. is still investigating the attack. “We got our eyes poked out.”

The Times report describes the mission of the CIA station in Benghazi as one of “conducting surveillance and collecting information on an array of armed militant groups in and around the city.” It further states that the CIA “began building a meaningful but covert presence in Benghazi” within months of the February 2011 revolt in Benghazi that seized the city from forces loyal to the government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Stevens himself was sent into the city in April of that year as the American envoy to the so-called “rebels” organized in the Benghazi-based National Transitional Council (NTC).

What the Times omits from its account of CIA activities in Benghazi, however, is that the agency was not merely conducting covert surveillance on the Islamists based in eastern Libya, but providing them with direct aid and coordinating their operations with those of the NATO air war launched to bring down the Gaddafi regime. In this sense, the September 11 attack that killed Stevens and the three other  was very much a case of the chickens coming home to roost.

There is every reason to believe that the robust CIA presence in Benghazi after Gaddafi’s fall also involved more than just surveillance. Libyan Islamists make up the largest single component of the “foreign fighters” who are playing an ever more dominant role in the US-backed sectarian civil war being waged in Syria with the aim of toppling the government of President Bashar al-Assad. According to some estimates, they comprise anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 of approximately 3,500 fighters who have been infiltrated into Syria from as far away as Chechnya and Pakistan.

The CIA has also set up a center on the border between Turkey and Syria to oversee the funneling of arms, materiel, money and fighters into the Syrian civil war. Given the relationship established between the US agency and the Libyan Islamist militias during the US-NATO war to topple Gaddafi, it seems highly probable that the departure of such elements from eastern Libya and their infiltration into Syria would be coordinated by CIA personnel on both ends.

Last week, Glenn Beck put out his theory that the U.S. is running weapons to al Qaeda or terror groups that are affiliated al Qaeda in Syrian.  In a recent WorldNet Daily exclusive story, significant materials have come to light which further substantiate allegations put forth by the host of TheBlazeTV who called it a scandal that was “Fast and Furious times 1,000.”

Please read the entire article at its original page at WorldNet Daily’s website. Below I have placed some teaser passages, those which make reference to :

Military doctrine used to bomb Libya

President Obama’s national security adviser, Samantha Power, helped to found Responsibility to Protect, which was also devised by several controversial characters, including Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi, a staunch denier of the Holocaust who long served as the deputy of late Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat.

Billionaire activist George Soros’ group the Open Society Institute is also one of only three non-governmental funders of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the group that devised the new military doctrine.

Responsibility to Protect, or Responsibility to Act, as cited by Obama, is a set of principles, now backed by the United Nations, based on the idea that sovereignty is not a privilege but a responsibility that can be revoked if a country is accused of “war crimes,” “genocide,” “crimes against humanity” or “ethnic cleansing.”

The term “war crimes” has at times been indiscriminately used by various U.N.-backed international bodies, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), which applied it to Israeli anti-terror operations in the Gaza Strip. There has been fear the ICC could be used to prosecute U.S. troops.

Right to ‘penetrate nation-states’ borders’

Soros himself outlined the fundamentals of Responsibility to Protect in a 2004 Foreign Policy magazine article titled “The People’s Sovereignty: How a New Twist on an Old Idea Can Protect the World’s Most Vulnerable Populations.”

In the article, Soros said “true sovereignty belongs to the people, who in turn delegate it to their governments.”

“If governments abuse the authority entrusted to them and citizens have no opportunity to correct such abuses, outside interference is justified,” Soros wrote. “By specifying that sovereignty is based on the people, the international community can penetrate nation-states’ borders to protect the rights of citizens.

“In particular, the principle of the people’s sovereignty can help solve two modern challenges: the obstacles to delivering aid effectively to sovereign states, and the obstacles to global collective action dealing with states experiencing internal conflict.”

Founded by Samatha Power, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, had a seat on the advisory board of the 2001 commission that original founded Responsibility to Protect. The commission is called the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. It invented the term “responsibility to protect” while defining its guidelines. This set the stage for what would become the Obama administration policy in Libya and Syria.

Looking back at that the Obama policy in Libya what we see is a classic case of what the CIA calls the “blowback” of unintended consequence. After triumphantly declaring, “We came, we saw, we killed him” (paraphrasing Julius Caesar’s boast) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now dejectedly asking, “How can this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?”  One wonders how she could even ask such a question, much less how the national news media has done nothing to correct this type of flawed thinking on the part of the general population. It is also worth remembering that in 2005 President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair had praised Col. Gaddafi as a partner in the “war on terror” because he had arrested or “rendered” on US behalf many al-Qaeda operatives.

The Benghazi Story The Media Isn’t Telling You About

Ben Swann takes a look at 3 generals and 1 admiral who have been either caught up in scandal, forced to retire, or demoted since the Benghazi attack.

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