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  • An Incriminating Timeline: Obama Administration and Libya (VIDEO)

    The latest incriminating information on the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya indicates that the State Department turned down a request for additional security from concerned U.S. embassy staff.

    New evidence shows there were security threats in Libya in the months prior to the deadly September 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Despite these threats, the State Department left its personnel there to fend for themselves.

    And when the terrorist attack did take place, the Obama Administration peddled the ridiculous story that an offensive, amateurish, anti-Islam YouTube video was to blame in order to avoid characterizing the murders of four Americans as terrorism.

    On October 2, a letter was sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R–CA) and Jason Chaffetz (R–UT), Chairman of the National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations Subcommittee. The letter detailed 13 known security threats against U.S. facilities in Libya in the six months prior to September 11.

    On October 10, the committee will hold a hearing on events in Libya and seek answers from the State Department. Also on October 10, The Heritage Foundation will host a public panel discussion on the events in Libya titled, “Intelligence and Security Failure: Attacks in Benghazi and Across the Middle East Reveal Ongoing Threat of Terrorism.”

    To help our readers follow the path to tragedy on September 11 and its aftermath, below is a chronology of key events:

    April 6: IED thrown over the fence of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

    April 11: Gun battle erupts between armed groups two-and-a-half miles from the U.S. Consulate, including rocket-propelled grenades.

    April 27: Two South African contractors are kidnapped by armed men, released unharmed.

    May 1: Deputy Commander of U.S. Embassy Tripoli’s Local Guard Force is carjacked, beaten, and detained by armed youth.

    May 1: British Embassy in Tripoli is attacked by a violent mob and set on fire. Other NATO embassies attacked as well.

    May 3: The State Department declines a request from personnel concerned about security at the U.S. Embassy in Libya for a DC-3 plane to take them around the country.

    May 22: Two rocket-propelled grenades are fired at the Benghazi office of the International Committee of the Red Cross, less than 1 mile from the U.S. Consulate.

    June 6: A large IED destroys part of the security perimeter of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Creates hole “big enough for 40 men to go through.”

    June 10: A car carrying the British ambassador is attacked in Tripoli. Two bodyguards injured.

    Late June: The building of the International Red Cross attacked again and closed down, leaving the U.S. flag as the only international one still flying in Benghazi, an obvious target.

    August 6: Armed assailants carjack a vehicle with diplomatic plates operated by U.S. personnel.

    September 8: A local security officer in Benghazi warns American officials about deteriorating security.

    September 11: Protesters attack the U.S. Cairo embassy. U.S. Embassy releases statement and tweets sympathizing with Muslim protesters/attackers.

    September 11: U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya is attacked, Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans are killed.

    September 12: Secretary Clinton and President Obama issue statements condemning both the video and the attacks.

    September 12: U.S. intelligence agencies have enough evidence to conclude a terrorist attack was involved.

    September 13: Press Secretary Jay Carney condemns video and violence at a news conference.

    September 14: Carney denies Administration had “actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”

    September 14: The bodies of slain Americans return to Andrews Air Force Base. President Obama again blames the YouTube video.

    September 16: U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice appears on Sunday talk shows and says the attacks were provoked by the video, exclusively.

    September 16: Libyan President Mohamed Magarief says, “no doubt that this [attack] was preplanned, predetermined.”

    September 17: State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland refuses to call attacks an act of terror.

    September 19: CNN reports having found Ambassador Stevens’s diary, which indicates concern about security threats in Benghazi.

    September 19: Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olsen tells Congress the attack in Libya was “terrorism.”

    September 20: Carney tries to back up Olsen, says it was “self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.”

    September 20: Obama refuses to call attack terrorism, citing insufficient information.

    September 21: Secretary of State Clinton, at meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister, says, “What happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.”

    September 25: On ABC’s “The View,” Obama says, “we don’t have all of the information yet so we are still gathering.”

    September 25: To the U.N. assembly, Obama blames “A crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.”

    September 26: Libya’s Magarief on the “Today” show says, “It was a preplanned act of terrorism directed against American citizens.”

    September 26: Published reports show U.S. Intel agencies and the Obama Administration knew within 24 hours that al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist were involved.

    September 27: Innocence of Muslims filmmaker Mark Basseley Youseff (aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula) is arrested and denied bail on the charges of “probation violation.”

    September 28: Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr., issues a statement backing the Obama Administration’s changing story about the Libyan attack. Says facts are evolving.

    October 2: Carney declines to comment on reported requests from diplomats in Libya for additional security, citing the State Department’s internal investigation.

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    61 Responses to An Incriminating Timeline: Obama Administration and Libya (VIDEO)

    1. JOHN says:

      It's disturbing that there is so much evidence, that the Obama administration is trying to keep the facts
      away from the citizen's in America. How can the president be trusted with another term when he shows
      so little concern for facts, and the safety of patriotic Americans .

      • David says:

        Disturbing?? Is that all it is? Disturbing?? It is more "Criminal" than disturbing. We have had impeachment proceedings against a President for less "disturbing" situations than this.

        Plain and simple, this is not a President of the people. This is a person that has his own agenda and is in place to initiate, at will, and law or rule he wishes. Check out the 700-800 executive orders he has issued.

        It is all out there for the reading, "Disturbing" as it may be.

      • jack says:

        Missing in this timeline is september 12 when the prime minister of Libya said it was a terror attack to ABC news

      • bthis says:

        The Obama administration isn't just keeping the facts hidden: they are actively, blatantly, and aggressively lying to the American people in order to hold on to their power.

      • Beth says:

        You are so right John we need MORE Americans standing up and saying what they KNOW is FACT. We are ONE NATION UNDER GOD. Until we return to that, many will suffer. Obama is the worst. Godless president we have ever had to endure. Join the 100's of THOUSANDS praying to God to give our nation another chance, and bring us back to him.

      • Vicki says:

        Whereas Romney's rush to get us involved in wars n Syria and Iran will be so much safer: maybe only 4,000 Amerians will die this time, as opposed to the nearly 5,000 Americans that died after Bush landed us in iraq for no good reason at all — and no good outcome,either.

        Tens of thousands of Libyans mourn the lost of Ambassador Stevens. Since his death, BECAUSE of his death, proAmerican Libyans are getting the pro al qaeda militias out of Libya.

        Ambassador Stevens wasn't just a community organizer — through his organizing of the Libyan communtiy, and his willingness to face danger in that CIA safe house, instead of some safe embassy, he became a true American Hero.

        You just try to keep telling yourselves that that doesn't matter at all.

    2. Pete Green says:

      "The latest incriminating information on the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya indicates that the State Department turned down a request for additional security from concerned U.S. embassy staff." Playing politics with peoples lives should not be tolerated and those responsible for poor decisions should be held accountable.

      • Nick Shaw says:

        Hold your horses there! Look Romney's attacking Big Bird!!!

        • Joyce says:

          Who cares about the comments concerning Big Bird!!! The government and United States Citizens should not be paying to keep this show on television!! Obama has lied over and over again to America. Health care is terrible!! We need someone in office who is at least going to make an attempt to HELP AMERICA out of this CRISIS!! Wake up for Gods Sake and smell the coffee!!!

        • Jim says:

          Are you sure you want that to be your defense?

      • David says:

        Should be held accountable??? Again this is a criminal act against our own sovergien soil. How many Americans need to die before someone is "held accountable"????????

    3. fjohnson says:

      Great video showing definitively the Obama cover-up

    4. Kathy karney says:

      Hillary Clinton should be fired.

      • mth says:


        Not only should Hilary Rodham Clinton be fired, Barack Obama should be voted out of office. Other commanders have been replaced for far less, and President Obama is Commander-in-Chief!

      • kat kan says:

        How can you fire someone that knows where all the bones are buried….there is NO way she would ever be "fired".

      • She should go to jail as responsible for 4 murders, as it being the same as driving the getaway car in a bank robbery!!!!!

    5. roger Gallagher says:

      Dead Americans on sovereign soil. When in God's name and all that is just will the politicians get a spine and dive to the bottom of this? If this passes without a penalty, we are sliding down the slope of this country failing to remain a free place to live.

      • freda says:

        This is not a free place to live any more. Obama signed executive order, behind closed doors, 13603. He took control of every thing you own, even the food that goes in your mouth. Total control. The American dream is now gone folks.

    6. Bobbie says:

      Why is America putting up with dangerously disingenuous leadership? Putting up with this administration when they have no clue what "providing for the common welfare" means? Nor a willingness to commence? Showing direct dereliction in America and abroad! Lives killed by torture and maim with insignificant regard? Who are they impressing??

      It's extreme and undeserving to see America drop from principle to 3rd world "foreign" leadership. This leading in America is foreign to Americans and something America's previous leaders protected America from. Previous leadership knew the difference between their duty to the "common welfare" with respect to ones' own "personal welfare" this administration fails to acknowledge!! Procrastinators feeding their agenda! How dare this happen to America's finest due to intentional neglect, ignorance and dereliction! They're dangerous which means unworthy in their positions!

      • FAITH7 says:

        Why do Americans put up with this?… Many will vote Ofraud out…Sadly many just want free stuff…. and many just care about voting based on skin color….then you have your average voter…I just hope and pray people are finally paying attention…ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!!

    7. Ed In Leesburg says:

      Thanks for the information. I am outraged. So what? We will continue to get inane fabrications and diversions designed to cover up, that will only prove to the thinking American how inept and deceitful our "leadership" is, that will lead to nothing, nothing, nothing.

    8. Glen says:

      A Video? No one believes that, but they continue the spin.(Lie) The rest of the world sees this and anticipating the fall of America. We have poor foreign policy and it shows big time.

    9. Bill Lee says:

      It sounds inconceivable that more security was not placed in this region, especially on 9/11. But we can give the leaders of Libya billions of dollars? If we can't defend our people in this area we should pull them out. For sure we should stop giving money to the leaders.

    10. Lala says:

      What do we expect from a president who does not consider himself an American, but a "citizen of the world". In addition, our country got what they asked for – this man has no experience in governing or even experience in the work force. Didn't people realize what a "Community Organizer" does?A "Community Organizer" only has to have a glib tongue because they work at getting the people out to VOTE.
      There is a saying "You get what your pay for – You buy cheap – you get cheap." Well, it's the same in politics.

    11. Justin says:

      You have done a great job making this video – I took special note of the usage of MULTIPLE media sources so that detractors can't just say that you used the " Right-wing" media to state your case. It's not about the event, it's about the cover-up and the attempt to blame-USA first for "causing" the attack to occur. Let's hope this gets some legs so that the MSM and American people will hold a DEMOCRATIC president accountable during his administration. President Obama was so quick to blame a local policeman vs Professor Gates yet so slow to identify terrorists for Ft. Hood and now this. Shameful leadership and priorities.

    12. Steve says:

      Well it appears that the president and his administration is either lying to us or is in-competent……Either way not good for US.

    13. JBB says:

      I suppose I shouldn't be shocked, but I am. How is this not spreading like wild fire by the media?? Are they going to blame this on Bush too? I'm grateful to Heritage for spelling out the timeline of these events so clearly.

    14. Lloyd Scallan says:

      One of the most important developments that occured yesterday when it was descovered that not only did the Obama state department NOT provide addition securty as requested, but they actually decreased the then existing securty forces in Benghazi just before 9/11. And where are the Republicans. Writing letters that they know will not be answered, just as all the other letters and hearing so thet can make a show that they are worth the money the American tax payers are forced to pay them.

    15. Stephen P says:

      I read on Stratfor .com about the sighting of American and French warplanes being deployed to the greater Libyan area and talk of Special Forces to Iraq.Could it be that Obama is up to some October Surprise ? Of course for non political reasons……Shades of Jimmy Carter?

    16. Denny Wagy says:

      To blame American film for this and when the truth comes out it really gets UGLY. HOW STUPID DOES HE THINK WE ARE.

    17. Frank Pinter says:

      Those aren't bumps in the road, bonehead. They're bodies.

    18. P. L. Fuchs says:

      Thank God we still have an opportunity to move our country back to the America we all grew up with. This is not about republican vs democrat, it is about survival of the US ideals. Be sure to vote.

    19. Helle Dale helledale says:

      Thank you all for your great comments. There are so many issues involved in the Libya disaster — but most profound is the failure of security for political purposes. It is just unconscionable. The failure of U.S. leadersship is another, as well as the failure to be honest with the American people. Hope Congress will make some headway in its hearings today! Please also check out the Heritage event today, on YouTube, "Intelligence ad Security Failure," great panel of experts.

    20. Virg Cihla says:

      I am grateful for the Heritage Foundation's work.

      Someone in the Obama Administration must be held accountable for this failure.

    21. Barry says:

      You people are soooo silly. Our dear President knows everything !! His teleprompter says so !! It has been rumored that he actually was there in Bengazi having a beer with the Ambassador and watching the video. As a qualified "community organizer" he obviously was trying to bring those peaceful Bengazians (who speak fluent Bengazi), to the negotiating table so they all could have tea and cookies. I truly believe he was trying to get them to invent more peaceful bombs and only conduct half deadly suicide missions. Now isn't that good enough to elect him for at least two more terms?

    22. drrik says:

      Is it more horrendous that Americans were sacrificed for a potental unwasted Alinski crisis, or that we were attacked by al-Qaida who were using weapons supplied by this administration in clear violation of federal law and that Congress ignores the impeachable activity.

    23. Maybelline says:

      The lies, cover up, and attempt to diminish our 1st amendment right is frightening. Huffington Post had this story headlining last night. It quickly moved down the page. Thousands of comments – most scathing toward the cover up – were scrubbed. Today, the story is nowhere to be found. This is important stuff. Forget the fact that Obama and Co. lied to the UN and the press, they lied to the USA! Creepy, scary stuff.

      PS – Thanks for the "check spelling" option.

    24. Willys says:

      November06… the final bump in the road.

      • We are surrounded by incompetence and political correctness in the White House. And we did get a Community Organizer and that has been obvious. What I don't understand is why others don't get this. I agree that it is nothing but a political coverup By the Obama team because the s–t hit the fan at an inopportune time.Everyone involved should be fired. It makes me wonder what else has been covered up for the sake of re-election. Im' sorry people had to die because of politics. I know it will haunt the families whose loved ones died representing their country.Makes you wonder if maybe a mandatory one term might be a good idea.

    25. Ric Dolbier says:

      Can you spell the word…IMPEACH !!!? What more does this criminal need to do to be impeached?

    26. Dave Burchfield says:

      This video is very informative and put together very well. But even before the video, it was so clear what the Obama administration and mainstream media were doing – creating a false narrative and a diversion from the truth which has become their routine MO. Anyone paying attention would have to intentionally not want to know the truth to not see this as perhaps the largest coverup of our lifetime. I now wish the question asked would be what was Ambassador Stevens doing in Benghazi in the first place. This may be the real story.

    27. D.T. Radmilovich says:

      What is going on in the Middle East – and the world for that matter – is exactly what Obama and other America haters want to happen. No REAL American president would continue on with a fund raising event as four fellow Americans were being murdered. My friends will tell you I've been sounding my clarion since 2008. He is a wolf in sheep's clothing and in order to be polite, I'll leave it at that.

    28. Jill says:

      We have yet to ever hear the truth from the obama regime. This doesn't surprise me. In fact if I unfortuneately hear the president speak I am immediately programmed to believe he means the exact oppsoite of what he is saying. America is in huge trouble. I pray for God's mercy and that the election restores this great country.

    29. Lew says:

      I am almost glad that I am 75 and near the end of my life span as I never would have beleived that we would elect as President such a lying and deceitful no-nothing do nothing moron as Obama has been proved to be.
      May God have mercy on America..

    30. When I was in the Army, one of my reponsibilities was “Sergeant-of-the Guard”.
      If a soldier on guard duty saw a situation brewing that he could not handle, he would call for the Sergreant-of-the-Guard.
      It was my responsibility to assist and support that soldier.
      If I did not do it and he died at his post, I would have been charged with:
      1. Dereliction of Duty.
      2. Criminal Neglect
      3. Either Negligent Homicide- Depraved Indifference or
      3rd Degree Manslaughter- Criminal Negligence.

      Why is Hillary not charged with these same crimes?

    31. Phog says:

      Odumba must go! If you live in Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Iowa, etc, Please Please do the right thing and vote this pathetic man out of office!!! It is really sickening to listen to him and his antics. He has no business being President.

    32. jack says:

      Obama lied to Combat Romney condemning the Embassy's apology statement in Cairo. he continue to lie about a film until for 17 days. He has yet to explain his lies. Prior to the attck in Libya the ambassador asked for Better Security in Benghazi, he knew of the attcks on theirs and other agencies prior to 9/11. Just remember that video only had 300 hits prior to 9/11. Obama inflamed the riots with his rhetoric that the film caused the problem and nobody other than them knew about it. THEY LIED. Our Men Died. Someone's head should fall. This COVER-UP should be BROUGHT UP FRONT starting with CLINTON-RICE-CARNy=OBAMA. They were spiking the FOOTBALL and realized it was al-Qaeda. The same group they said they put on the run.

    33. Liberty Lady 2 says:

      It is now clear that the Obama Administration knew ahead of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that there was not enough security and an attack was imminent. Then they tried to cover-up the situation with LIES. This cover up is worse than Watergate! No one died in the Watergate fiasco. The buck stops in the Oval Office. .When will Congress have the courage and the integrity to bring charges on this cover up and the cover up in Fast & Furious?

    34. T Beaux says:

      This just in…..

      Barry O announced that he will be voting for Mitt. Now that is the first time he made a good decision…

    35. Jhart says:

      President Bush would have been impeached for lying to the people. Obama didn't lie to protect or safeguard information…he lied to get reelected and for that he should have to face this before a reelection.

    36. Obama should go on trial for treason. He knew the facts. He didn't protect our ambassador and our three Marines, they were killed. He Blames it on a stupid video and he knows it is a lie. Treason!

    37. chinnubie says:

      I think the question you have to ask, above all other things is: WHY??? Why are they trying to cover this up other than trying to save their liberal behinds. There has to be a reason why the attempted cover-up? Didn't we give the Libyans weapons to help over-throw Khadafy? Were they trying to get those weapons back and it went sour? There are a lot of unanswered questions about this whole debacle and I really hope the media continues to do their job whether they like the outcome or not.

    38. Lynn in Concord CA says:

      Let’s not forget that Obama Killed Osama Bin Laden, and takes credit for it everday. But he doesn’t talk about the security leaks to the International press on who the Navy Seals were who actually did the work. Only 90 days later these seals are hunted down and killed thanks to that information released, which was suppose to be kept top secret. Thanks Obama and VP Biden for your outstanding work taking credit, then putting all the people who made you look great in harms way. Listen to the family members of these fallen soldiers reported on Fox just last night. It makes you cry.

    39. Sherri says:

      I guess I wonder if infact they are indeed doing something and this is not as much a cover up as it is a protection of information. If we are told something the entire world also knows thanks to technology. There are no secrets if things are made public to us. The government has to make hard decisions every day. Decisions that I could not begin to make nor would I want to. If I don't agree I have every right to speak up, do something about it, or leave the country. But I also need to trust that the whole government is not evil nor trying to pull one over on me and that they, like me are just trying to do their job the best they can.

    40. Dan Riegle says:

      Biden is asked about Lybia and he says they did not know???? It’s your job to know binden.
      There are 4 dead Americans here. you look at the American people and lie to our faces. just a bump in the road right??
      Good thing we have video of the whole chain of events….
      take a look.

    41. Shell says:

      Ummmm I would think that if the US State Department thought they should issued a travel warning, to Libya two weeks before (aug 27th), there might be reason that Americans are not safe, why the hell didn't they protect our ambassador and government people. Heck, hey should not have had to request for extra security!!!!!

    42. Michelle says:

      Ummmm I would think that if the US State Department thought they should issued a travel warning

    43. Zeet says:

      Why is no one asking who Chris Stevens was meeting with in Benghazi on 911, and why? It's obvious the administration is trying to cover. A former US miliIaryman testifying at the Senate hearing that Secstate refused security (why?) & dropped the phrase.."Taliban within" refering to the Obama administration. This will make sense once people come to understand, as it has been suggested elsewhere, that Obama is already well aware of the reasons as he was the cause & poor Stevens (& 3 others who died in service) was the lamb led to the slaughter, While Clinton & Obama played hot potato with the media covering & the FBI were delayed 3 weeks so Obama could clean up the fast and furious evidence at the site.

    44. Artie says:

      Transparent = Deceitful lies ???

    45. Rose Mulbery says:

      My question to the president is this: If you can't protect 4 people at our Bengazi consulute, how can be trust you will be able to protect our nation from terrorist attacks?

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