Glen Doherty, Former Navy SEAL Killed in Libya, Was on Intel Mission to Track Weapons – ABC News

One of the Americans killed alongside Ambassador Christopher Stevens in an attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya Tuesday told ABC News before his death that he was working with the State Department on an intelligence mission to round up dangerous weapons in the war-torn nation.

In an interview with ABC News last month, Glen Doherty, a 42-year-old former Navy SEAL who worked as a contractor with the State Department, said he personally went into the field to track down so-called MANPADS, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, and destroy them. After the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the State Department launched a mission to round up thousands of MANPADS that may have been looted from military installations across the country. U.S. officials previously told ABC News they were concerned the MANPADS could fall into the hands of terrorists, creating a threat to commercial airliners.

Glen Doherty, Former Navy SEAL Killed in Libya, Was on Intel Mission to Track Weapons - ABC News

via Glen Doherty, Former Navy SEAL Killed in Libya, Was on Intel Mission to Track Weapons – ABC News.

Warning Syrian Rebels Have US Stinger Missiles – Russian General | Defense | RIA Novosti

Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime are now armed with man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) including US-made Stingers, Russia’s top military commander said on Wednesday.

Syrian Rebels Have US Stinger Missiles - Russian General | Defense | RIA Novosti

Russia has “reliable evidence” that the rebels have the weapons, “including US-made Stingers,” but “who delivered them, we need to look into,” Army Headquarters General Nikolai Makarov said.

NBC news reported in August the rebels had been supplied with unspecified MANPADS, possibly initiated by Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Qatar which have repeatedly called for lending military support to the Syrian opposition.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said she could not confirm whether the rebels had been supplied with such missiles, and maintained the United States was against the uncontrolled spread of MANPADS.

via Syrian Rebels Have US Stinger Missiles – Russian General | Defense | RIA Novosti.

Harry Reid Called Filibuster Reform He Now Supports ‘Illegal’ and ‘Un-American’ | The Weekly Standard

Harry Reid was against the filibuster rule change before coming out for it. In 2005, when Republicans threatened to change the rules to weaken Senate Democrats, Reid was a vocal opponent.

“For people to suggest that you can break the rules to change the rules is un-American,” said Reid in 2005, in response to Republicans wanting to change the rules. “The only way you can change the rule in this body is through a rule that now says, to change a rule in the Senate rules to break a filibuster still requires 67 votes. You can’t do it with 60. You certainly cannot do it with 51. But now we are told the majority is going to do the so-called nuclear option. We will come in here, having the Vice President seated where my friend and colleague from Nevada is seated. The Parliamentarian would acknowledge it is illegal, it is wrong, you can’t do it, and they would overrule it. It would simply be: We are going to do it because we have more votes than you. You would be breaking the rules to change the rules. That is very un-American.”

“The majority can’t get what they want so they break the rules to change the rules. We believe the traditions of the Senate should be maintained. We believe if you are going to change the rules in the Senate, change them legally, not illegally,” Reid added.

“They are talking about doing something illegal. They are talking about breaking the rules to change the rules, and that is not appropriate. That is not fair, and it is not right.”

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, the leading Republican in the body, excoriated Reid for his proposed changes earlier today.

via Harry Reid Called Filibuster Reform He Now Supports ‘Illegal’ and ‘Un-American’ | The Weekly Standard.

Clinton not warned of Egyptian president’s power grab – CNN Security Clearance – CNN.com Blogs

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy’s bid for more power blindsided Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who, as her spokeswoman told reporters Monday, had no forewarning about his upcoming political maneuverings.

Clinton met with Morsy in Cairo last Wednesday in an effort to broker a cease-fire in Gaza but there was no discussion about Morsy’s plans for his own government.

“She heard about it when everybody else heard about it,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday.

Morsy’s announcement that he was assuming new powers shielding his decisions from judicial scrutiny raised red flags in Washington but officials also were more immediately concerned by the potential for violence after thousands took to the streets to protest the president’s move.

Since Morsy’s announcement, which comes as an assembly is writing a new Egyptian constitution, the Obama administration has been seeking clarification. So far, the conclusion is the move appears to be temporary.

“When he says it’s temporary,” Nuland explained, “our understanding is it’s temporary until there is a constitution that can be approved, but the concern was that there were various, you know, issues that were not well represented in the way he went forward with this.”

On Monday, Secretary Clinton spoke by phone with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and, according to Nuland, stressed again the United States’ view that the constitution should not “overly concentrate power in one set of hands.”

via Clinton not warned of Egyptian president’s power grab – CNN Security Clearance – CNN.com Blogs.

Jerusalem Post with Clare M. Lopez (former CIA) – We The People USA

http://blogs.jpost.com/content/benghazi-october-surprise

Given what can only be called a “cover-up” by the Obama Administration I sat down with one person I know and trust when it comes to matters of the CIA, Clare Lopez, Vice President of the Intelligence Summit.

 

Clare M. Lopez’s bio is by itself a who’s who of counter-intelligence. She is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, homeland security, national defense, and counterterrorism issues. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), serving domestically and abroad for 20 years in a variety of assignments, acquiring extensive expertise in counterintelligence, counternarcotics, and counterproliferation issues with a career regional focus on the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She has served in or visited over two dozen nations worldwide, speaks several languages, including Spanish, Bulgarian, French, German, and Russian, and currently is studying Farsi.

 

Now a private consultant, Lopez is a Professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre- www.cicentre.com ). Formerly, she was Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee, a Washington, DC think tank, from 2005-2006. She has served as a Senior Scientific Researcher at the Battelle Memorial Institute; a Senior Intelligence Analyst, Subject Matter Expert, and Program Manager at HawkEye Systems, LLC.; and previously produced Technical Threat Assessments for U.S. Embassies at the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, where she worked as a Senior Intelligence Analyst for Chugach Systems Integration.

 

via Jerusalem Post with Clare M. Lopez (former CIA) – We The People USA.

Benghazi – October Surprise | Jerusalem Post – Blogs

First, the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was blamed on the YouTube video “Innocence of Muslims”. According to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, it caused a demonstration out in front of the U.S. Consulate that “began spontaneously” and “then spun out of control”,

 

“The information, the best information and the best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. That what happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo as a consequence of the video. People gathered outside the embassy and then it grew very violent and those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are quite common in post-revolutionary Libya and that then spun out of control.”

 

“But we don’t see at this point signs this was a coordinated plan, premeditated attack. Obviously, we will wait for the results of the investigation and we don’t want to jump to conclusions before then. But I do think it’s important for the American people to know our best current assessment.”

 

We all know how it went, everyone from the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to the Press Secretary Jay Carney, to the Director of National Security James Clapper and President Obama himself all were on the YouTube video bandwagon until the wheels fell off.

 

But as time has gone on, new bits and pieces have emerged. The information on the attack makes the deaths of the four Americans that much more senseless. Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs working under the State Department, were killed alongside information management officer Sean Smith and U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

 

Emails from Benghazi have surfaced showing that Obama, the FBI, CIA, the State Department, the military, as well as other intelligence offices within the government knew within two hours, that the attack on the Benghazi consulate had been carried out by terrorists.

via Benghazi – October Surprise | Jerusalem Post – Blogs.

Zero Dark Thirty Early Reviews In For Cia Bin Laden Thriller | E! Online

A big-screen treatment of one of the greatest manhunts in American history is getting a big thumbs-up.

E! News rounds up the early reviews for Kathryn Bigelow’s highly anticipated action thriller, Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the heroism of a female CIA agent named Maya (Jessica Chastain), who spent over a decade tracking Osama bin Laden after 9/11, and the Navy SEALs team that brought the terrorist mastermind to justice.

Of course, while we all know the ending, it’s all about the journey. So what do the critics think? Read on!

via Zero Dark Thirty Early Reviews In For Cia Bin Laden Thriller | E! Online.

Help Navy SEALs Fund Support SAS Sgt. Danny Nightingale | SOFREP

You’ve probably heard by now about how a Special Air Service (SAS) sniper has been sentenced by a British judge to 15 months in military prison for possession of a handgun. If you haven’t, you can get the full story here. It’s an outrageous miscarriage of justice – one that I wanted to bring to the attention of the SOFREP community and to my friends at the Navy SEALs Fund. I’ve been in touch with Sgt. Nightingale’s attorney, Simon McKay, who has filled me in on his client’s current situation:

via Help Navy SEALs Fund Support SAS Sgt. Danny Nightingale | SOFREP.

Another laughable Benghazi lie – m.NYPOST.com

Another laughable Benghazi lie

By MICHAEL A. WALSH

Last Updated: 11:32 PM, November 25, 2012

More than two months after an Islamist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, we still don’t know what really happened that night — and, thanks to a secretive White House and an incurious Washington press corps, we probably never will. Not officially, that is.

But there’s no real mystery about it. From the evidence that’s emerged in dribs and drabs since the Sept. 11 calamity, it’s clear that Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan al Qaeda-affiliated group coordinating with its allies elsewhere in the Muslim world, used the cover of riots in Cairo to launch a preplanned assault on our lightly guarded Benghazi consulate and a CIA safe house that may have been doubling as a secret prison.

That much was clear to our intelligence community almost immediately — and, in any case, should have been the working hypothesis from the jump.

The Arab Spring, falsely painted by a soft-headed US media as a purely pro-democracy movement, has in fact prompted seizure of power by Islamists. Benghazi, an armed hotbed of radicalism, was a fine target of opportunity for a strike at the Great Satan

via Another laughable Benghazi lie – m.NYPOST.com.