A self-appointed group of former government employees ranging from top military to CIA makes up what is now known as a citizen’s commission on Benghazi. The think tank delivered a report on Tuesday in Washington, after completing their 7 month review of the September 2012 Benghazi attack. In the report the group alleges this attack was fully preventable, and lays blame on the U.S. assistance to arm Al Qaeda militias in Libya during the year prior to the event.
‘The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,’ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.
Lopez went on to blame the Obama administration’s failure to stop hundreds of millions in equipment from making its way into militant hands linked to Al Qaeda.
‘Remember, these weapons that came into Benghazi were permitted to enter by our armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea,’ Lopez claimed. ‘They were permitted to come in. … [They] knew these weapons were coming in, and that was allowed..
‘The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress – if they were briefed on this – also knew about this.’
Weapons intended for Gaddafi, she alleges, were allowed by the Obama administration to flow through to his Islamist opposition.
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