By Walid Shoebat, Ben Barrack
“…there appears to be an industry out there trying insistently to connect the Egyptian MB and Morsi to the Benghazi attack on our mission – it is being led by a clutch of [redacted] who are pushing a narrative that is lacking in corroboration or verifiable sourcing. [Redacted], [redacted], Walid Shoebat, and [redacted] have all written on this topic but in my view fail to meet the minimum standard for credibility.
Nothing any of them writes on this topic should be taken seriously. In my assessment, it’s amateur-hour info ops and very transparently so.” – Email written by Clare Lopez
The excerpt above from an email sent by Center for Security Policy’s Clare Lopez was intended to discredit our “Ironclad” Report about Egypt’s role in the Benghazi attack. Since that time, our case has been bolstered many times over. Neither Democrats, Republicans, nor conservative voices / media appear interested in the Egyptian connection to Benghazi; there is a reason for that.
Not long after that email was sent, a chemical weapons attack in Syria stole the headlines. Just a few short days after the attack, our research concluded that the rebels were responsible. Lopez attempted to discredit our work on that at the time as well.
On the evening of August 26, 2013, Shoebat.com’s Keith Davies sent Lopez an email with a link to our findings which demonstrated that the chemical weapons attack that occurred in Syria came from the rebels, not from Bashar al-Assad. One day later, Keith received a rather condescending email from Ms. Lopez in which she asked several irrelevant questions, no doubt, intended to impress the names of those whom she copied (Allen West, Gen. Thomas McInerney, Gen. Paul Vallely, and Adm. James Lyons).
You can view the email by clicking the link below:
In the days, weeks, and months that followed (check the updates at the bottom of our original post), we were clearly vindicated as big names like the Associated Press, Yossef Bodansky, Seymour Hersh, McClatcy News Service, former UN Weapons Inspector Richard Lloyd, and several others corroborated our claims.
Yet, it’s Lopez who is given voice as part of coalition that is supposed to help get to the truth about what happened in Benghazi on 9/11/12.
Benghazi Accountability Coalition
The Benghazi Accountability Coalition (BAC) is a group made up of prominent conservative figures who have positioned themselves collectively as a resource for the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Unfortunately, there is mounting evidence that this coalition is not interested in exploring some extremely important truths about the Benghazi attacks as well as the Committee itself.
Those truths include but are not limited to:
1.) Egyptian connection to Benghazi attacks.
2.) Egyptian government’s concerns about Malik Obama’s ties to terrorism.
3.) Role of Obama administration in production and promotion of “Innocence of Muslims” video.
4.) Select Committee being compromised with the appointment of Philip Kiko as Executive Director.
5.) The inclusion of a stealth Muslim Brotherhood agent on the distribution list of the ‘smoking gun’ email revealed by Judicial Watch earlier this year.
6.) Malik Obama’s connection to the IRS scandal.
BAC Chairman Andrew McCarthy referred to his group as an ‘asset‘ to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which suggests that it has access to Chairman Trey Gowdy, Director Kiko, and the other Committee members. Five of the more prominent leaders of the Coalition include:
1.) General Jerry Boykin: Member of World Net Daily’s Board of Directors and Family Research Council Vice President.
2.) Frank Gaffney: President of Center for Security Policy.
3.) Tom Fitton: President of Judicial Watch.
4.) Clare Lopez: 20-year CIA career and Vice President of Center for Security Policy.
5.) Lt. Col. Allen West: 22-years in U.S. Army and former U.S. Congressman.
6.) Paul Vallely: Major General in U.S. Army (Ret.) who expressed support for Free Syrian Army.
7.) Ginni Thomas: Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Perhaps serving as an earlier incarnation of the BAC is a group known as Groundswell, led by Boykin. On May 8, 2013 Groundswell held a meeting. It was moderated by founder of True the Vote, Catherine Engelbrecht, who has also been one of the individuals who has been wrongfully targeted by the IRS. Her attorney is Cleta Mitchell, who has a history of being on the wrong side when it comes to acknowledging Muslim Brotherhood infiltration (Gaffney has rightfully called her out on this, as Shoebat.com has reported):
Note: It has been confirmed by Shoebat.com that Engelbrecht, Mitchell, and Lopez are all aware of the issues outlined above involving Malik Obama, and have been for at least several months. In Mitchell’s case, this past February, we provided her assistant with all information related to the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status granted to Malik’s Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF) and explained why contrasting that case with Engelbrecht’s would be extremely effective. Inexplicably, they have chosen to ignore doing so.
Last year, a left-wing website published a recording (posted below) of the May 8th meeting chaired by Engelbrecht. That date carries significance because it was the same day that State Department whistleblower Gregory Hicks testified about Benghazi in front of the House Oversight Committee. Two days later, the IRS scandal was off and running.
The agenda of the meeting included the worthwhile goal of getting House Speaker John Boehner to form a Benghazi Select Committee. Near the beginning of the recording, Boykin reveals that he and Gaffney met with Boehner and Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa the previous evening. During the meeting, Boehner said he would entertain the idea but wasn’t ready to pull the trigger.
In the meeting, Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon spoke of “message discipline” to avoid the perception that their efforts were overly partisan. His recommendation was to not talk about impeachment or Hillary Clinton when discussing Benghazi.
If Bannon – or any other conservative for that matter – were interested in not politicizing Benghazi, the best way to do it would be to highlight the role of Republicans who knew what was going on there prior to the attack.
For example, as Shoebat.com has written about extensively, there are serious questions about what House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) knew. Today, with the Select Committee already formed, securing the testimony of Rogers, Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), former CIA Director David Petraeus and several other Republicans in a deposition would certainly go a long way in taking the partisanship out of the process.
Interestingly, it was Judicial Watch – represented in the Groundswell meeting by President Tom Fitton – that has demonstrated the most non-partisanship [here and here]. His group’s findings, if used, would greatly benefit the Select Committee Gowdy chairs.
Judicial Watch is also the entity responsible for releasing the ‘smoking gun’ email that is credited with pushing Boehner over the top in deciding to form the Select Committee. While everyone was focused on the content of the email (Ben Rhodes instructing recipients to have Susan Rice blame the “Innocence of Muslims” video for Benghazi), Shoebat.com zeroed in on one of the recipients on Rhodes’ distribution list – Mehdi K. Alhassani. Alhassani’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood are significant.
Select Committee’s Executive Director
When it was learned that Philip Kiko was named Executive Director of the Benghazi Select Committee, it should have raised major red flags with conservatives as well as the BAC. We have gone into great detail [here and here] about why Kiko is absolutely the wrong choice and why his appointment indicates that the committee has been compromised.
Kiko’s resume includes time as Chief of Staff for Huma Abedin apologist Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). In that capacity, Kiko helped to write the disastrous law known as the Patriot Act. Kiko has also been a lobbyist with Smith-Free Group, which counts among its clients the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR). LCCR is a consortium of far left-wing groups and one Muslim Brotherhood front group known as Muslim Advocates. There is reason to believe that the paths of Kiko and MA President Farhana Khera may have crossed in Wisconsin during the writing of the Patriot Act. Khera was a top adviser to then Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and touts her interest in the Patriot Act at the time.
During his time at Smith-Free, Kiko was licensed to represent LCCR and did represent one of the groups on the list – the ACLU.
As an aside, from 2007-2010 Kiko also worked as of Counsel for Foley and Lardner, which also happens to be the firm of Cleta Mitchell, Engelbrecht’s attorney mentioned above.
Innocence of Muslims Video
Recently, Shoebat.com has made the extremely compelling case that the video blamed for the Benghazi attacks by the Obama administration was actually produced not by a Coptic Christian but by a Muslim who became an informant for the Justice Department as part of his plea bargain in 2010.
We also know that the stated reason for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula becoming an informant – to help the Feds nab his partner in crime Eiad Salameh – is not the real reason he became an informant. Eiad was nabbed by the Canadian Peel Police in 2011 and the Feds didn’t want him.
There is more than sufficient probable cause to suggest that it was the Obama administration itself that was behind the production and promotion of the video.
Audio from Groundswell meeting on May 8, 2013
Here is the audio from the meeting chaired by Engelbrecht last year. It was posted by a far left-wing website: