Skip to comments.Benghazi Whistleblower Lawyer Says Joint Chief’s Chairman Lied to Congress
Posted on 06/18/2013 3:15:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
June 18, 2013
What was fascinating is that he explained his lie to them, Joe DiGenova, an attorney representing one of the whistleblowers, told CNSNews.com.
He actually said they were sent to Tripoli. They were needed in Benghazi, said DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney, now with the Washington firm of DiGenova & Toensing. They were told not to go to Benghazi, because their mission was Tripoli. I call that a stand down. He doesnt. He can live with whatever he wants to think, but people died. In my opinion, what he did was lie.
During testimony to the Senate Budget Committee last Wednesday, Dempsey said, They werent told to stand down. A stand down order means dont do anything. They were told that the mission they were asked to perform was not in Benghazi, but was at Tripoli airport.
This is contrary to what Gregory Hicks, former number two State Department diplomat in Libya, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the terrorist attack on the Benghazi compound that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Hicks told Congress that after the first attack, a security team left Tripoli for Benghazi with two military personnel and that four members of a special forces team in Tripoli wanted to go in a second wave but were told to stand down.
Hicks and Mark Thompson, acting deputy assistant Secretary of State for Counterterrorism, both testified to Congress in May about the State Departments response to the Benghazi attack.
DiGenova represents Thompson. DiGenovas wife and law partner Victoria Toensing represents Hicks.
The Joint Chiefs chairman stands by his testimony on the matter, said Col. Dave Lapan, spokesman for Dempsey.
I would just say that Gen. Dempsey stands by his testimony, and he believes that no stand down order was given, Lapan told CNSNews.com. As he testified before the Senate, the special operations team was directed to remain in Tripoli and to provide assistance to the wounded who were coming back from Benghazi, and they were not told to stand down.
DiGenova said the administration has not been straightforward on Benghazi and other matters.
The issue is trust and the continuing lying of this administration in every conceivable context in every branch of the government. Its unbelievable, DiGenova said. It is remarkable. It is absolutely remarkable that they can lie with impunity and the media thinks nothing of it.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) asked Dempsey during the Senate Budget hearing on June 12, Mr. Hicks testified that he believed the stand-down order came from AFRICOM or Special Operations Command in Africa. Gen. Dempsey, can you help me understand who issued the stand- down order and what happened there, why the special forces that wanted to go with, I understand it -- under Colonel Gibson in Tripoli -- were told not to go and who gave them that order from there? They wanted to go and help in Benghazi on that night.
Dempsey said he was prepared for the question.
There were two different groups of it was six people, not all working for the same command, Dempsey said. Two of them were working with Joint Special Operations
Command. They were co-located with another agency of government in Tripoli, and four were working under the direct line of authority of Special Operations Command Europe or AFRICOM AFSOC, and it was the four you're speaking about. The other two went.
The other four -- by the time they had contacted the command center in Stuttgart, they were told that the individuals in Benghazi were on their way back and that they would be better used at the Tripoli airport -- because one of them was a medic -- that they would be better used to receive the casualties coming back from Benghazi, and that if they had gone they would have simply passed each other in the air, and that's the answer I received, Dempsey continued. So they weren't told to stand down. Stand down means don't do anything. They were told to -- that the mission they were asked to perform was not in Benghazi but was at Tripoli Airport.
During a May 8 House oversight hearing, several House members asked Hicks about the stand down order.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) asked, How did the personnel react to being told to stand down?
Hicks responded, They were furious. I can only say -- well, I will quote Lieutenant Colonel Gibson. He said, This is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than somebody in the military.
Chaffetz followed, So the military is told to stand down, not engage with the fight. These are the kind of people willing to engage. What did -- where'd that message come down? Where'd the stand-down order come from?
Hicks replied, I believe it came from either AFRICOM or SOC [Special Operations Command] Africa.
During that same hearing, Rep. Ronald Desantis (R-Fla.) asked, And Mr. Hicks, Id -- just to go back and get this. Even though you believed help was needed, there was a SOF [special operations forces] unit, special operations units ordered to stand down, correct?
Hicks answered, Yes.
Desantis followed, And even though you thought air support was needed, there was no air support sent?
Hicks answered, No air support was sent.
Huma’s family is tied with al Qaeda in more ways
than the reader has fingers.
The State Dept was/is infiltrated with al Qaeda giving
MANPADs to al Qaeda. Is there ANYONE in DC who
remembers the 911 Atrocities? Anyone?
So, how many more have be murdered or live in fear
during this Constitutional crisis-coverup?
IS THERE NOT ONE HONEST PERSON IN THE ENTIRE CONGRESS?
Dempsey is a just another Perfumed Prince of the Pentagon.
This may get even more interesting!
Fire them all.
Benghazi is treason - pure and simple.
The marxist media is doing their best to focus on all the other scandals to avoid covering the treason.
I Googled it, and the answer seems to be no.
Not easy keeping track of all the lies coming from our government ..
He was certainly very deceptive, but they weren’t stood down, they were relocated to Tripoli airport, so technically he did not lie. However, sending them to Tripoli airport when they were needed in Benghazi was a cowardly and disgraceful act and he should be removed from his position and posted to Tripoli airport himself.
He should be relieved of his command!!
If Obama doesn't do it, HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED!!!!!
Of course they are. When the illegitimate "Obama" pResidency was allowed to happen, with the full knowledge of all the players who matter, "Obama" and his thug fellow travelers, enablers and handlers were handed carte blanche to do any d@mn thing they please, with complete impunity, because THEY ARE ALL GUILTY and are practicing the "hang together, or hang separately methodology.
This isn't going to end well.
Same goes for Eric Holder for numerous reasons.
You mailed it.
soon it may be “wag the dog”
God, help US, we pray.
Dempsey is a sorry excuse for a chairman of JCS on many issues but especially this one where good men were left to die.
“A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.”
The Cadet Code of Honor at The United States Military Academy at West Point.
Dempsey.....you are called before your peers. Before you plead, I remind you to look at the code you swore to. Were you truthful? Were you attempting to mislead? Did you violate your honor? Did you violate The Academy’s honor? What say you? How do you plead?
He sure is. He deserves to be drummed out of the service.
Keep digging on Benghazi - cockroaches hate the light.
Obama needs to be impeached.
The list, Ping
Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list
Did he order the Code Red?
If their mouths are moving.....
I would say Trey Gowdy and Ted Cruz, but after them, the list gets short, like in zero. But the sheep are happy andserene on their way to the slaughter.
Worked for BJ Clinton, Dempsey giving it a shot now.
This is so easy. Find Lieutenant Colonel Gibson. Ask him who gave him the stand down order. He should know.
“Dempsey is a just another Perfumed Prince of the Pentagon.”
Is that a round about way of saying that he’s a worthless POS?
“Or tolerate those who do”
Is honor just a word? Is it no different than “happy” or “rich”? Is it a quaint notion found only in the halls of The Academy? Or is it a guide? A principle to live your life by? Without honor, there can be no trust, and trust is the foundation of all relationships.....personal and professional. Do we sacrifice all of our relationships to protect a political party? Do we give away honor for a tainted legacy? Where does The Long Grey Line stand?
No. 0bama did.
This is about establishing and supporting the Caliphate.
Frankly, I think Benghazi isn’t just about guns and MANPADS. It’s about WMDs. 0bama gave who knows what to Libyan ‘rebels,’ with camps there that train jihadis from all over.
0bama wants himself and the cabal WWIII. They’ll profit by it and destroy the US. Collateral damage elsewhere? Meh.
LTC Gibson is testifying tomorrow before a closed door session of Buck Mckeon’s HASC.
The deeper they dig, the larger the grave to bury themselves in.
Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.
Why a closed session? Or, do I already know? Will he confirm CJCOS lied to congress?
God bless you Blue, these words mean something but only to true men of honor, so few left
“I would say Trey Gowdy and Ted Cruz, but after them, the list gets short, like in zero. But the sheep are happy andserene on their way to the slaughter.”
Perhaps the ‘sheeple’ do understand. An amazing number of them bought an astonishing number of guns and stripped the stores of ammo.
One may assume the armed sheep will challenge the vote of the Fabian wolves in Obama’s Regime.
I want all WP graduates to read that!!!!
Who is Buck Kckeon and what is his HASC?
I said it was tomorrow, I was wrong. It’s June 26.
Gen. Carter Ham (ret.) He was head of AFRICOM during Benghazi attack.
RADM Brian Losey Special Operations Command Africa
Buck is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
Next week’s hearings are going to be blockbuster...
Obama to nominate Army Gen. Rodriguez to lead AFRICOM (shakeup; flashback)
Stars & Stripes ^
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012
Flashback articles on Gen Ham...
Dempsey - ‘It was not a stand-down order, the latrines in Tripoli badly needed cleaning and they were ordered to do so immediately!’ (paraphrased)
That really sums it up.
Dempsey is a disgrace to the uniform he wears.
Not wanting to nitpick but the military does not have authority over embassies and consulates, the State Dept. does. Any re-deployment other than a pre-approved Quick Reaction Force would likely require State Dept. approval. Without that any forces re-depolying to a diplomatic compound would be doing so without proper authorization and would conceivably not be authorized or approved by the command without State Dept. approval. Although not appealing I believe the General was in the right to re-iterate the assigned mission of the Tripoli forces ...in a France, Spring of 1940 sort-of-way.
This is what happens sometimes when diplomatic procedures trump military priorities.
Fog of war and red tape AFAIK.
Here’s the hottest question: If it was NOT a stand down order WHY were General Carter Ham and Rear Admiral Gaoette removed by their next commanding officers and sent to the “silent” corners???
So then Dempsey did indeed confirm a stand-down from Benghazi order.
Sad the compelling testimony given by the three whistleblowers got washed by other “scandals”. The testimony was in a way heartrending.
Precisely. DiGenova nailed him.