KUHNER: Blowing a whistle on Benghazi
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“Benghazi may turn out to be President Obama’s Watergate. The scandal is a growing cancer on the administration, threatening its very existence. The more information comes out, the more damning it is. This is why Democrats — and their media allies — are desperately trying to sweep the truth under the rug. Mr. Obama’s political survival is at stake.”
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The Barrack Hussein Obama Administration had a military covert operation under way to hide the status and whereabouts of Col George Bristol and all survivors of Benghazi. The Pentagon had told reporters that Col. George Bristol had retired and that they had no information regarding his whereabouts. “Col. Bristol was not invited by Congress to testify before he retired,” stated Air Force Maj. Robert Firman, a DOD SECDEF spokesperson. “
However, a reporter discovered the Col. in Africa and still on active duty, even though the Stars and Stripes military newspaper also reported that he had retired. ” COL George Bristol who was the former Commander Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara during the attack on the Benghazi Mission has not retired after all.”
Thanks to you and a number of Senators and Representatives, enough pressure was brought to bear to get the Administration and the Pentagon to relent and to allow the Col. to testify before Congress.
Meanwhile it needs to be noted that all remaining Benghazi survivors have been scattered and ILLEGALLY FORCED to sign Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA) so as to thwart any attempts by House and Senate Benghazi Investigators to talk to them!!!
“The conduct on the part of the Obama Administration cannot be interpreted as other than a blatant attempt to conceal, misdirect, and otherwise avoid Congressional oversight. ”
One has to wonder what kind of threats and or secret debriefings the Col. has been forced to endure. Will he be forthcoming in the
Pentagon does about-face on key Benghazi witness, makes Marine colonel available to talk to Congress
- Col. George Bristol was in charge of Special Operations Forces in Northern Africa on the night of the Benghazi, Libya terror attack
- The Dept. of Defense had refused to tell Congress where to find him, claiming that he was retired and entitled to protection under privacy laws
- After pressure from Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Pentagon has changed its mind – now acknowledging that Bristol is not yet retired
- Questions remain about why commandos were not sent to Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, even though a team was standing by to board a plane
PUBLISHED: 14:57 EST, 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 21:45 EST, 19 July 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to make available to Congress a Marine Corps colonel who was in command of U.S. Special Forces in Northern Africa on the night armed terrorists staged a military-style assault on an American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
A series of requests for Marine Col. George Bristol’s testimony from Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, had fallen on deaf ears until Friday. The Pentagon had claimed that since Bristol had retired, it ‘cannot compel’ him to tell congressional panels what he knows about the Benghazi attack.
Chaffetz said on July 9 that the Defense Department was ‘not willing to pass along any sort of information’ related to Bristol’s whereabouts.
Now Air Force Maj. Robert Firman has confirmed to MailOnline that due to an ‘administrative error,’ Bristol was mistakenly classified as a retired officer despite his current active-duty status.
‘The Department of Defense has fully cooperated with congressional requests to understand the attacks on the Benghazi compound,’ Firman said. ‘Col. George Bristol, USMC, will be available to meet with House and Senate members and their staffs.’
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MailOnline has located Bristol’s home in Northern Virginia in recent weeks. On Thursday evening a woman answered the door and confirmed that he lived there, but the colonel himself has not responded to four separate requests for an interview.
Sources have said Bristol was out of the country on non-military business until July 14.
Chaffetz’s and Graham’s offices did not immediately offer reactions to the Pentagon’s change of heart.
Firman told MailOnline that the about-face came after Sen. Graham sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday, asking for reconsideration.
On Tuesday Firman had told the newspaper, in error, that ‘Col. Bristol was not invited by Congress to testify before he retired.’
Bristol’s testimony could provide a crucial missing link in lawmakers’ understanding of what happened in Benghazi.
In his letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday, Sen. Graham cited Bristol’s ‘in-depth knowledge of the region, coupled with his close interaction with U.S. Special Operations Forces operating on the African continent.’
‘[H]e would be the ideal person to speak with,’ Graham wrote, ‘about what happened on the ground in Benghazi.’
Pentagon spokesman Maj. Robert Firman (L) confirmed that Bristol would be made available to Congress. That followed a letter from Sen. Graham to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (R)
In particular, Republicans in both the House and Senate have been frustrated by their inability to learn why Special Operations Forces were prevented from boarding a military plane in Tripoli during the Sept. 11, 2012 attack – a plane that was already preparing to take off for Benghazi.
U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, and three other U.S. personnel, died in the attack.
On that day, Bristol was commander of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, placing him directly in the chain of command where decisions were made about evaluating and deploying assault teams when American personnel in Northern Africa are in harm’s way.
Other military officials have testified before Congress, including Gen. Carter Ham, who appeared on June 26 before a closed session of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
Bristol’s LinkedIn profile indicates that he led a task force with authority over military special operations in 12 countries, including forces tasked with countering violent extremist organizations.
During a change of command ceremony in March 2013 that saw him rotated out of command, he said ‘an evil’ had taken hold in Africa, and ‘it is on us to stomp it out.’
‘Africa is not the next ridgeline,’ Bristol told Stars and Stripes. ‘It is where the enemy is going now. And we are going to do something about it.’
A Pentagon official told MailOnline that incorrect information about Bristol’s retirement date reflected ‘confusion within different offices in the Pentagon,’ and was not a concerted effort to keep the colonel from testifying.
But ‘we just don’t keep a database of where people are’ after they retire from active duty, the official added.
At that point, ‘the VA is responsible for supporting them. They would have a better link to a retiree than the DOD would.’
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