Exclusive: Curtis Ellis examines eye-popping scandal revealing Clinton corruptionUNITED NATIONS – The Department of Justice dropped its case against an American charged with attempting to ship arms to Islamic terrorists. This one story contains pretty much everything that’s wrong with the Clinton-Obama regime: law breaking, deception, aid to Islamist terrorists, the mixing of public and private business and the politicization of all government agencies, including Justice.
It’s not like we haven’t seen it before with this crowd, but it’s rare we get to see it all in one place. Now we have.
As WND previously reported, on Feb. 11, 2014, the Department of Justice indicted arms dealer Marc Turi for allegedly making false statements in filing to obtain a license to supply weapons to Libya. The indictment essentially said Turi knew that weapons he was ostensibly selling to the Gulf state of Qatar would end up arming Islamist militias in Libya fighting to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi.
Turi’s defense attorney said if the case came to trial it would expose a covert gun-running operation conceived by the Clinton State Department to arm al-Qaida-affiliated militias in Libya. The operation would be a violation of a U.N. arms embargo and U.S. laws against providing material support for terrorist organizations. Under 18 U.S. Code 2339A & 2339B, penalties for providing or attempting to provide material support to terrorism include imprisonment from 15 years to life.
The Obama administration apparently knew Turi wasn’t bluffing. Rather than expose Hillary Clinton to campaign-killing headlines – and expose the public to the truth – Justice dropped the case.
If the case had gone forward, the American people would have learned the details about Hillary’s decision to turn her back on a key U.S. ally in the war on terror, arm known radical Islamist terrorists, reward a donor to the Clinton Foundation and launch a (second) foreign war on false pretenses.
A new report from the British House of Commons details the litany of lies and deceptions Hillary used to peddle her war in Libya.
Hillary said the rebellion in Libya was a spontaneous pro-democracy “Arab Spring” uprising. But it was well known long before 2011 that the groups involved in the uprising were radical Islamic terrorists.
The leaders of the “civilian uprising” were the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG. They had pledged allegiance to al-Qaida, and as the British tell us, they refused to take orders from non-Islamist commanders and assassinated the then-leader of the rebel army, Abdel Fattah Younes.
LIFG members had been jailed by Gadhafi until they pledged they’d never use violence against the regime. But nearly as soon as they were released, they took up arms against the Gadhafi regime.
As for Hillary’s claim that a civilian massacre was imminent, there was ample evidence that wasn’t in the cards. Libyan doctors told United Nations investigators that more than 200 corpses were Tripoli’s morgues following fighting in late February 2011, but only two were female – indicating Gadhafi’s forces targeted male combatants, not civilians. Nor did his forces attack civilians after retaking towns from the rebels in early February 2011.
But Hillary had made up her mind to back the radical Islamic terrorists against the advice of military and intelligence advisers, and she would tell any lie to make it happen.
The Wall Street Journal reports the Libyan jihadis received at least 18 shipments of arms from Qatar. One of the shipments from Qatar was intercepted by Gadhafi, as WND reported.*
These arms shipments are significant for several reasons. Not least important, the rebels were designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization and it’s against the law to provide material support for terrorist organizations.
The Qatar connection is revealing. Qatar has donated millions to the Clinton Foundation. The Qatari royal family had back channel meetings with Secretary Clinton at the State Department. Maybe that’s what Hillary was referring to when, drumming up support for the Libya war, she told Arab leaders,
“It’s important to me personally.
To recap: Lying to the American people – check. Putting personal interests before the national interest – check.
Knowingly supporting radical Islamic terrorists – check. Breaking the law – check.
Corruption of law enforcement – check. Cover-up – check. Appallingly bad judgment – check.
It was bad enough when Hillary Clinton dithered while radical Islamic terrorists attacked our diplomatic compound in Benghazi. Now we learn she helped give them the weapons they used to kill four Americans.
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The images support the conclusion reached by the Citizen’s Commission on Benghazi that the Obama White House and the State Department under the management of Hillary Clinton “changed sides in the War on Terror” in 2011 by implementing a policy of facilitating the delivery of weapons to the al Qaida-dominated rebel militias attempting to overthrow Gadhafi.
Find out what really happened, in Aaron Klein’s “The REAL Benghazi Story.”
Last week, Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano claimed in his syndicated column that Clinton, as secretary of state, lied to Congress about providing arms to jihadists.
Napolitano explained that Mark Turi, a licensed American arms dealer, sold hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. arms to the government of Qatar, which then – at the request of the American government – was sold, bartered or given to rebel groups in Libya and Syria, including to groups that were on the U.S. terror list at the time.
Also, the New York Times reported March 25, 2013, American intelligence officers helped Arab governments “shop for weapons” for Syrian rebels and vetted rebel commanders and groups to determine who should receive the weapons. In March 2011, Reuters reported Obama had signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for the rebel forces in Libya seeking to oust Gaddafi, quoting U.S. government officials. Also that month, the London Independent reported the U.S. asked Saudi Arabia if it could supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi.
One video provided to WND shows Moussa Ibrahim, Gadhafi’s information minister and official spokesman, displaying to reporters in 2011 a cache of weapons and ammunition seized from a ship from Qatar intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard off Libya’s coast.
The video matches a report of Qatari military equipment seized in mid-April 2011. Anthony Bell and David Witter of the Institute for the Study of War, in their October 2011 publication “The Libyan Revolution: Stalemate & Siege, Part 3,” said the shipments “consisting of bulletproof vests, helmets, and ammunition were bound for the rebels besieged in Misrata.”
“Though his shipment was unannounced, Qatari Prime Minister al-Thani alluded to arming the rebels just days before the crates appeared,” they wrote.
In the first meeting of the Libya Contact Group – an international collective formed to support the overthrow of Gadhafi and a transition government – al-Thani stated that assistance to the rebels could include “all other needs, including defense equipment.”
“It is time to help the Libyan people defend themselves and to defend the Libyan people,'” the Qatari leader said April 13, 2011.
Bell and Witter wrote that “NATO and rebel officials, as well as Sheikh al-Thani himself also claimed Qatar had shipped heavier weapons, including shoulder-fired Milan anti-tank weapons, to the rebels.”
On April 13, 2011, Ashish Kumar Sen, writing in the Washington Times, reported that the Libyan Contact Group meeting for the first time demanded that Gadhafi stand down.
Sen noted that while U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 imposed a no-fly zone and an arms embargo on Libya, it also permitted member states to take all means necessary to protect civilians.
The Washington Times story noted that Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates “have indicated that the resolution leaves open the possibility of arming the rebels.”
One video obtained by WND shows Gadhafi’s spokesman complaining that weapons intercepted from Qatar were “outside the mandate of the Security Council.”
“When it comes to supplying weapons to the rebels, everyone is keen,” Ibrahim said, explaining that the two boats captured with the weapons were on a mission with the Qatari Army in conjunction with NATO forces.
The second video and the various still photographic evidence obtained by WND show a wide assortment of captured weapons that were being transported in crates clearly marked “State of Qatar, Qatar Armed Forces, Doha, Qatar.”
See the video of weapons and ammunition:
The Citizen’s Commission on Benghazi’s interim report in April 2014 alleges “the U.S. was fully aware of and facilitating the delivery of weapons to the Al Qaeda-dominated rebel militias throughout the 2011 rebellion.”
Several members of the Citizens Commission, speaking for themselves, gave WND background to the interim report’s conclusion.
Clare Lopez, a former career operations officer with the CIA and current vice president for research at the Washington-based Center for Security Policy, noted that in early 2011, before Gadhafi was deposed, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens came to Benghazi in a cargo ship with the title of “envoy to the Libyan rebels.”
Lopez observed that basically meant Stevens, who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, was “America’s very first envoy to al-Qaida.”
“At that time, Stevens was facilitating the delivery of weapons to the al-Qaida-related militia in Libya,” Lopez said.
She said the weapons, financed by the United Arab Emirates, were produced at factories in Eastern Europe and sent to a logistics hub in Qatar.
Most were sent by ship and some possibly by airplane to Benghazi.
The weapons were small arms, including Kalashnikovs, rocket-propelled grenades, or RPGs, accompanied by “lots of ammunition,” she said.
Lopez further explained that when Stevens was facilitating the delivery of weapons to the al-Qaida-affiliated militia in Libya, he was living in the facility in Benghazi that was later designated the Special Mission Compound.
“This was about weapons going into Libya, and Stevens is coordinating with Abdelhakim Belhadj, the leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, other al-Qaida-affiliated militia leaders and leaders of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood that directed the rebellion against Gadhafi as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood,” she said.
Lopez pointed out that individual members of the al-Qaida-related militias, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and the groups that would later become Ansar Al-Sharia, originally were Muslim Brotherhood members.
Napolitano explained that the “same State and Treasury Departments that licensed the sales also prohibited them.”
“Many of the rebels Mrs. Clinton armed, using the weapons lawfully sold to Qatar by Mr. Turi and others, were terrorist groups who are our sworn enemies,” he wrote.
Napolitano recalled that at a public hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 23, 2013, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, asked Clinton whether she knew of any U.S. role in shipping arms through Benghazi.
While he concedes it is unclear whether Clinton was under oath at the time, he contends it is legally irrelevant.
“The obligation to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to Congress pertains to all witnesses who testify before congressional committees, whether an oath has been administered or not,” he wrote.
Clinton’s relevant testimony is as follows:
Sen. Paul: My question is: Is the U.S. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons buying, selling anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?Napolitano noted that while Clinton “denied knowledge of the arms shipments, she and her State Department designee, Andrew Shapiro, had authorized thousands of shipments of billions of dollars’ worth of arms to U.S. enemies to fight her secret war.”
Mrs. Clinton: To Turkey? … I will have to take that question for the record. Nobody’s ever raised that with me. I, I …
Mr. Paul: It’s been in news reports that ships have been leaving from Libya and that they may have weapons, and what I’d like to know is the [Benghazi] annex that was close by. Were they involved with procuring, buying, selling, obtaining weapons, and were any of these weapons transferred to other countries any countries, Turkey included?
Mrs. Clinton: Senator, you will have to direct that question to the agency that ran the annex. And I will see what information is available and …
Sen. Paul. Are you saying you don’t know?
Mrs. Clinton: I do not know. I don’t have any information on that.
“Among the casualties of her war were U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three colleagues, who were assassinated at the American consulate in Benghazi, by rebels Mrs. Clinton armed with American military hardware in violation of American Law.”
Napolitano concluded: “Hillary Clinton lied to Congress, gave arms to terrorists and destroyed her emails.”
He asked: “How much longer can she hide the truth? How much longer can her lawlessness go unchallenged and unprosecuted? Does she really think the American voters will overlook her criminal behavior and put her in the White House where she can pardon herself?”