Benghazi on the Record: Asked and Answered
It's been in news reports that ships have been leaving from Libya and that they may have weapons. And what I would like to know is the annex that was close by, were they involved with procuring, buying, selling, obtaining weapons, and were any of these weapons being transferred to other countries? Any countries, Turkey included?
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Republicans and Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence determined that the United States did not use the mission in Benghazi to facilitate illegal arms transfers to Syria. The Committee’s bipartisan report "found no evidence that the CIA conducted unauthorized activities in Benghazi and no evidence that the IC shipped arms to Syria.”
Sources that have answered this question:
- House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Bipartisan Report
- Department of State Official Response
- House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Republican January 2014 Update
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All CIA activities in Benghazi were legal and authorized. On-the-record testimony establishes that CIA was not sending weapons (including MANPADS) from Libya to Syria, or facilitating other organizations or states that were transferring weapons from Libya to Syria."- House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Republican January 2014 Update
Multiple Sources Already Answered This Question
According to the report: "Multiple media outlets have reported allegations about CIA collecting weapons in Benghazi and facilitating weapons from Libya to Syria. The eyewitness testimony and thousands of pages of CIA cables and emails that the Committee reviewed provide no support for this allegation."
The report also describes the CIA’s mission in Benghazi for the first time in an unclassified setting: "From the Annex in Benghazi, the CIA was collecting intelligence about foreign entities that were themselves collecting weapons in Libya and facilitating their passage to Syria. The Benghazi Annex was not itself collecting weapons. The Committee has not seen any credible information to dispute these facts."
Source: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Report, Nov. 21, 2014
Source: State Department Official Statement for the Record, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing, Jan. 23, 2013
Source: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Republican January 2014 Update, Jan. 1, 2014
Who Has Been Asking This Question or Raising This Issue?
Rep. Frank Wolf Sept. 9, 2013
Is it possible that the President’s intelligence finding included an authorization for the weapons collected in Libya to be transferred to Syrian rebels? Was the CIA annex in Benghazi being used to facilitate these transfers? I believe there is now enough evidence suggesting this that it demands a clear explanation."Source: Congressional Website
Rep. Frank Wolf Dec. 12, 2013
Have these or other weapons – transferred with alleged covert U.S. support – been used to kill innocent civilians, including Christians? Don’t the American people have a right to know if their tax dollars are being spent to supply Islamic extremists with weapons used to kill Christians and others in Syria? ... [T]he American people still aren’t being told the truth about the U.S. role in arming the Syrians and the role of the CIA base in Benghazi."Source: Congressional Website
Sen. Rand Paul April 21, 2013
With regard to Benghazi, I think it’s important because it may have something to do with why the compound was attacked if we were involved with shipping guns to Turkey. There was a report that a ship left from Libya towards Turkey and that there were arms on it in the week preceding this. There were reports that our Ambassador was meeting with the Turkish Attaché. So, I think with regards to figuring out what happened at Benghazi, it’s very important to know whether or not the CIA annex had anything to do with facilitating guns being sent to Turkey and ultimately to Syria."Source: Aaron Klein Radio
Sen. Rand Paul July 14, 2014
I'm concerned about the veracity of how she responded. For example, the New York Times about two weeks ago reported that the CIA has been involved with facilitating weapons to Syria for over a year. And it's also been reported I think in the New York Times as well that Hillary Clinton was the big cheerleader for arming Syria when there was two factions within the Obama Administration arguing this. Hillary Clinton was the one, you know, cheering them on to get weapons. She was the hard-liner that wanted to get involved in the war in Syria. And yet, in the hearing she says oh, she's never heard of this? I find that hard to believe. And after Clapper's coming to Congress and lying because he said it was classified, my question to Hillary Clinton is, did you lie to Congress simply because it was a classified program, or were you telling the truth? And I really kind of doubt the Secretary of State has no knowledge that the CIA is facilitating weapons to Syria."Source: Aaron Klein Radio
Rep. Jeff Duncan Sept. 4, 2013
He [Secretary of State John Kerry] didn't want to answer, and I tried to make the connection between Benghazi and Syria by asking whether weapons were being funneled from the rebels that we supplied them to in Libya to the rebels in Syria. ... He didn't answer that question."Source: Newsmax