One authoritative source for the theory that the Benghazi attack was a protest demonstration gone violent was none other than CIA Director General David Petraeus, a figure who feels no special loyalty to Obama. Petraeus unites Pentagon and CIA networks. According to a Fox News story dated September 27, “a congressional source told Fox News that CIA Director David Petraeus, during a briefing with members of the House Intelligence Committee three days after the attack, also espoused the view that Benghazi was an out-of-control demonstration prompted by the YouTube video. According to the source, this was ‘shocking’ to some members who were present and saw the same intelligence pointing towards a terrorist attack.” Petraeus is notoriously the darling of neocon networks who are now actively supporting Romney. Is Petraeus using his current position to help Romney against Obama? Is Petraeus now actively allied with the Mormon Mafia inside his own agency?
Disturbing questions about the role of the CIA in Benghazi were raised during an October 10 hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by partisan Republican Congressman Darrell Issa. Issa, reputedly the richest man on Capitol Hill, sought to use the hearing to blame the Benghazi deaths on the Obama White House. Issa was assisted by Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, a spokesman for the Romney presidential campaign, and like Romney a leading member of the tightly-knit and sectarian Mormon Church of Latter-day Saints. Issa introduced Chaffetz as the congressman who had started the entire investigation of Benghazi; Chaffetz had just returned from a short fact finding visit in Benghazi along with other Republicans, but no Democrats.
Issa’s leadoff witness was Special Forces Lt. Col. Andrew Wood of the Utah National Guard, who had actively sought to be heard as a witness. Wood had been the top security official for the Benghazi consulate for several months before the assassinations. Coming as he does from Utah, a state largely dominated by the Latter-day Saints, we may safely assume that Lt. Col. Wood is either a member or ally of the Mormon Church. Lt. Col. Wood testified that he had asked the State Department in Washington for additional security personnel, but never received the requested reinforcements. But other witnesses pointed out that Wood’s application had been incomplete, since he never substantiated his request with descriptions of a specific threat, thus making it difficult to grant.
A revealing incident occurred during the testimony of Charlene Lamb, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Programs in the Diplomatic Security Bureau of the State Department. Secretary Lamb, basically a policewoman, sought to describe the Benghazi events with the help of a satellite photo showing the US facilities in Benghazi. But Congressman Chaffetz immediately became agitated, calling out “Point of order! Point of order!” Chaffetz wanted the photo hidden away, and fast. “We’re getting into classified issues that deal with sources and methods that would be totally inappropriate in an open forum such as this,” Chaffetz explained. Secretary Lamb reply at the photo was “entirely unclassified,” and in fact came from a commercial satellite.
But the Romney backer Chaffetz was implacable. “I totally object to the use of that photo. I was told specifically while I was in Libya I could not and should not ever talk about what you’re showing here today,” Chaffetz asserted. Chairman Issa said that the photo could remain on display, and Secretary Lamb completed her prepared testimony. But while she spoke, various aides busily whispered in Issa’s ear. By the time Secretary Lamb had finished, Issa ordered that the photo be taken down. “In this hearing room, we’re not going to point out details of what may still in fact be a facility of the United States Government or more facilities,” Issa argued.