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Activist Post: Why Are Dozens Of High Ranking Officers Being Purged From The U.S. Military?
Activist Post: Why Are Dozens Of High Ranking Officers Being Purged From The U.S. Military?.
Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented. Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the “purge” of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place.
As you will see below, dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening?
When I was growing up, my father was an officer in the U.S. Navy. And what is going on right now is absolutely crazy – especially during a time of peace. Is there a deliberate attempt to “reshape” the military and remove those that don’t adhere to the proper “viewpoints”? Does someone out there feel a need to get officers that won’t “cooperate” out of the way?
Throughout world history, whatever comes next after a “military purge” is never good. If this continues, what is the U.S. military going to look like in a few years?
Perhaps you are reading this and you think that “purge” is too strong a word for what is taking place. Well, just consider the following quotes from some very highly decorated retired officers…
–Retired Army Major General Paul Vallely: “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”
–Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady: “There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.”
–Retired Army Lt. General William G. “Jerry” Boykin: “Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause.”
–Retired Navy Captain Joseph John: “I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views.”
According to the Blaze, one anonymous Pentagon official has said that even young officers have been told “not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House”…
A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even “young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job — just keep your mouth shut.”
Now this trend appears to be accelerating. We have seen a whole bunch of news stories about military officers being dismissed lately.
Almost always, a “legitimate reason” is given for the dismissal. And without a doubt, if a military officer is actually behaving unethically, that officer should be held accountable.
However, the reality is that everyone has “skeletons in the closet”, and if you really want to get rid of someone it is usually not too hard to find a way to justify your decision.
The following are excerpts from three news stories about military officers in trouble that have come out so far in 2014…
#1 The Air Force Times: A group of former Air Force majors, forced out this summer by a noncontinuation board, plans to file a lawsuit claiming the service had no right to separate them simply to meet end-strength numbers set by Congress.
More than 10 of the 157 dismissed majors are banding together to challenge the move in court, seeking either reinstatement or early retirement pay. All 157 had been twice passed over for promotion and were within six years of retirement.
#2 Defense News: Acting US Navy Undersecretary Robert Martinage, the department’s No. 2, has resigned under pressure, sources confirmed for Defense News.
The resignation, which Martinage announced to his staff Tuesday morning, came after allegations were made of inappropriate conduct with a subordinate woman, the sources confirmed.
#3 Huffington Post: The Air Force says 34 nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and have been stripped of their certification in what is believed to be the largest such breach of integrity in the nuclear force.
Some of the officers apparently texted to each other the answers to a monthly test on their knowledge of how to operate the missiles. Others may have known about it but did not report it.
The cheating was discovered during a drug investigation that involves 11 Air Force officers across six bases in the U.S. and England.
Taken alone, it would be easy to dismiss those stories as “coincidences”. But when you put them together with the stories of dozens of other high ranking military officers that have been purged from the U.S. military in recent years, a very disturbing pattern emerges.
The following is a list of high ranking military officers that have been dismissed over the past few years that has been circulating all over the Internet. I think that you will agree that this list is quite stunning…
Commanding Generals fired:
- General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012)
- Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013)
- Major General Michael Carey (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013)
- Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
- Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
- Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
- General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)
- Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon (3 Star), Jr.-U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (2013)
- Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan-U.S. Army 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013)
- General James Mattis-U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013)
- Colonel Daren Margolin-U.S. Marine in charge of Quantico’s Security Battalion (Oct 2013)
- General Stanley McChrystal-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010)
- General David D. McKiernan-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009)
- General David Petraeus-Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012)
- Brigadier General Bryan Roberts-U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013)
- Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant-U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013)
- Colonel Eric Tilley-U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013)
- Brigadier General Bryan Wampler-U.S. Army Commanding General of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command [TSC] (suspended Oct 2013)
Commanding Admirals fired:
- Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette-U.S. Navy Commander John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012)
- Vice Admiral Tim Giardina(3 Star, demoted to 2 Star)-U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011)
- Captain David Geisler-U.S. Navy Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011)
- Commander Laredo Bell-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, NY (Aug 2011)
- Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
- Commander Nathan Borchers-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011)
- Commander Robert Brown-U.S. Navy Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story, VA (Aug 2011)
- Commander Andrew Crowe-Executive Officer Navy Region Center Singapore (Apr 2011)
- Captain Robert Gamberg-Executive Officer carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011)
- Captain Rex Guinn-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011)
- Commander Kevin Harms- U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 137 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011)
- Lieutenant Commander Martin Holguin-U.S. Navy Commander mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011)
- Captain Owen Honors-U.S. Navy Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011)
- Captain Donald Hornbeck-U.S. Navy Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 San Diego (Apr 2011)
- Rear Admiral Ron Horton-U.S. Navy Commander Logistics Group, Western Pacific (Mar 2011)
- Commander Etta Jones-U.S. Navy Commander amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
- Commander Ralph Jones-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011)
- Commander Jonathan Jackson-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 134, deployed aboard carrier Carl Vinson (Dec 2011)
- Captain Eric Merrill-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2011)
- Captain William Mosk-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Station Rota, U.S. Navy Commander Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011)
- Commander Timothy Murphy-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA (Apr 2011)
- Commander Joseph Nosse-U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011)
- Commander Mark Olson-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011)
- Commander John Pethel-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011)
- Commander Karl Pugh-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Whidbey Island, WA (Jul 2011)
- Commander Jason Strength-U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Recruiting District Nashville, TN (Jul 2011)
- Captain Greg Thomas-U.S. Navy Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011)
- Commander Mike Varney-U.S. Navy Commander attack submarine Connecticut (Jun 2011)
- Commander Jay Wylie-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012):
- Commander Alan C. Aber-Executive Officer Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012)
- Commander Derick Armstrong- U.S. Navy Commander missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012)
- Commander Martin Arriola- U.S. Navy Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012)
- Captain Antonio Cardoso- U.S. Navy Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012)
- Captain James CoBell- U.S. Navy Commander Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012)
- Captain Joseph E. Darlak- U.S. Navy Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
- Captain Daniel Dusek-U.S. Navy Commander USS Bonhomme
- Commander David Faught-Executive Officer destroyer Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012)
- Commander Franklin Fernandez- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Aug 2012)
- Commander Ray Hartman- U.S. Navy Commander Amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry (Nov 2012)
- Commander Shelly Hakspiel-Executive Officer Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012)
- Commander Jon Haydel- U.S. Navy Commander USS San Diego (Mar 2012)
- Commander Diego Hernandez- U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (Feb 2012)
- Commander Lee Hoey- U.S. Navy Commander Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012)
- Commander Ivan Jimenez-Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
- Commander Dennis Klein- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012)
- Captain Chuck Litchfield- U.S. Navy Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012)
- Captain Marcia Kim Lyons- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic New England (Apr 2012)
- Captain Robert Marin- U.S. Navy Commander cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012)
- Captain Sean McDonell- U.S. Navy Commander Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012)
- Commander Corrine Parker- U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (Apr 2012)
- Captain Liza Raimondo- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD (Jun 2012)
- Captain Jeffrey Riedel- Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012)
- Commander Sara Santoski- U.S. Navy Commander Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (Sep 2012)
- Commander Kyle G. Strudthoff-Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012)
- Commander Sheryl Tannahill- U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Nashville, TN (Sep 2012)
- Commander Michael Ward- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (Aug 2012)
- Captain Michael Wiegand- U.S. Navy Commander Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012)
- Captain Ted Williams- U.S. Navy Commander amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012)
- Commander Jeffrey Wissel- U.S. Navy Commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013):
- Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen-Executive Officer submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
- Reserve Captain Jay Bowman-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Fort Dix, NJ (Mar 2013)
- Captain William Cogar-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Mercy’s medical treatment facility (Sept 2013)
- Commander Steve Fuller-Executive Officer frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013)
- Captain Shawn Hendricks-Program Manager for naval enterprise IT networks (June 2013)
- Captain David Hunter-U.S. Navy Commander of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12 & Coastal Riverine Group 2 (Feb 2013)
- Captain Eric Johnson-U.S. Navy Chief of Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL (2013)
- Captain Devon Jones-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA (July 2013)
- Captain Kevin Knoop-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility (Aug 2013)
- Lieutenant Commander Jack O’Neill-U.S. Navy Commander Operational Support Center Rock Island, IL (Mar 2013)
- Commander Allen Maestas-Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013)
- Commander Luis Molina-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013)
- Commander James Pickens-Executive Officer frigate Gary (Feb 2013)
- Lieutenant Commander Mark Rice-U.S. Navy Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
- Commander Michael Runkle-U.S. Navy Commander of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013)
- Commander Jason Stapleton-Executive Office Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013)
- Commander Nathan Sukols-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
- Lieutenant Daniel Tyler-Executive Officer Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
- Commander Edward White-U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013)
- Captain Jeffrey Winter-U.S. Navy Commander of Carrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013)
- Commander Thomas Winter-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013)
- Commander Corey Wofford- U.S. Navy Commander frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)
So what do you think about all of this?
Do you believe that a “purge” of high ranking military officers is taking place?
Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…
This article first appeared here at the American Dream. Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.
JW Gets Docs: State Dept. Ordered Benghazi Security Co. to Dodge Media | Judicial Watch
JW Gets Docs: State Dept. Ordered Benghazi Security Co. to Dodge Media | Judicial Watch.
Days after terrorists attacked the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a State Department official ordered an executive at the security company charged with protecting the special compound not to respond to media inquiries, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch.
The order was delivered via electronic mail and it’s part of a new batch of State Department documents obtained by JW in an ongoing investigation of the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack and subsequent cover-up by the Obama administration. Islamic jihadists raided the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya and murdered Ambassador Christopher Stevens—the first diplomat to be killed overseas in decades—and three other Americans.
The Obama administration has worked hard to keep details of the attack—and the negligence that led to it—from the American public, but JW has gone to court and filed a number of public records requests to expose the truth. JW has also published two in-depth special reports on Benghazi, the last one on the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. Read the special reports here and here.
The latest batch of documents obtained by JW include a scandalous email from a State Department contracting officer named Jan Visintainer to an unidentified executive at Blue Mountain Group (BMG), the inexperienced foreign company hired to protect the U.S. mission in Benghazi. In the email, dated September 26, 2012, Visintainer writes: “Thank you so much for informing us about the media inquiries. We notified our public affairs personnel that they too may receive some questions. We concur with you that at the moment the best way to deal with the inquiries is to either be silent or provide no comments.”
Some of the records were redacted or simply not included. For instance Visintainer received a cryptic email from a redacted source with an attachment that was not provided to JW by the State Department. The exchange, just two days before the attack, received a lot of attention from both the State Department and BMG, which could indicate that perhaps it contained a more specific concern or warning about the U.S. mission’s vulnerability.
Last month JW released the Benghazi security contract that paid BMG, a virtually unknown and untested British company, $794,264 for nearly 50,000 guard hours. The Benghazi security deal had not been available to the public because it was not listed as part of the large master State Department contract that covers protection for overseas embassies. JW had to take legal action to get it.
The deal is for one year and includes very specific requirements for things like foot patrols, package inspection, contingency and mobilization planning. The total guard force was 45,880 with an additional 1,376 guards for “emergency services,” the contract shows. It also includes one vehicle and 12 radio networks. The guards were responsible for protecting the U.S. government personnel, facilities and equipment from damage or loss, the contract states. “The local guard force shall prevent unauthorized access; protect life; maintain order; deter criminal attacks against employees; dependents and property terrorist acts against all U.S. assets and prevent damage to government property.” Clearly the firm failed miserably to fulfill its contractual obligation.
Supreme Propaganda on the Road to Global Tyranny | The Daily Sheeple
Supreme Propaganda on the Road to Global Tyranny | The Daily Sheeple. (source)
It happens every once in a while. When you come across stories and news articles that are so unique you wonder to yourself, this has got to be a first. Or perhaps you hear an odd story or even a plot in a movie or real-life scenario when you say to yourself, ‘that’s incredible, this is no doubt a first’, or ‘I’ve never seen such a thing’. It’s that feeling of being blind sided with a fresh new item you are pretty sure you’ve never seen or heard about before. That feeling occurred to me with a recent article I came across.
Knowing the global government agenda and knowing the impetus of their long-term plans for control and knowing how dependent they are on the controlled media, didn’t prevent me from gasping at the level of propaganda in this article. Despite knowing that no level of propaganda is unobtainable to those pushing for a new world order of human slavery, still I was taken aback in admiration of this possibly new or perhaps recycled form of propaganda.
My admitted state of ignorance about this level of propaganda notwithstanding, there it was, an article about the “perceived American inaction” in Syria. Wow, I thought at first, I didn’t know the U.S. was “inactive” in Syria, since the world has known for months about the U.S. support and supplying of weapons including chemical weapons to the terrorists (or “rebels”). As if there has been no illegal funding of the opposition and support of terrorists leading to the breakdown of order and leading to the arrest, detention, torture and murder of civilians including Christians. As if none of this has happened, the article implies all of the support given to the terrorists (rebels) qualifies as non-intervention and shameful lack of action on the part of the United States. Despite the known CIA ongoing operations in Benghazi and throughout Syria, the article completely ignores the existence of the CIA and all of the US illegal activities in Syria.
The narrative is accomplished with a few clever techniques. Perhaps the question was asked – How can a news article be used to help advance the global government agenda that is consistent with the Project for a New American Century? This article answers that question. By simply reporting the story framed so that the reader sympathizes with one of the players (villains) in the game. Focus the message of the article to the agenda of something you want them to consider, which you then hook the audience to, and hope they ride on with the idea. This IS the essence of propaganda. A mental tool (by distraction and appealing to irrational emotions) to persuade the masses to believe an idea that will push a particular political agenda. The idea is to present an alternative argument that is unrelated to the ethical or legal issue. For example, imagine a criminal considering why should I storm into a bank, shoot everyone and take the money? Then rationalizing the action in order to keep the (crime) boss happy who then will take care of me. This is a similar type of logic being offered here.
Amazingly, “Reuters Reporter” provides this example of undeniable supreme propaganda with this article. (Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties With U.S. Over Response to Conflict in Syria). Why am I singling out this article? It doubles up the propaganda nicely. The article first wipes away all the U.S. war crimes in Syria, the known CIA operation in Benghazi, the U.S. funded and supported slaughter of countless civilians and much more. Since none of this ever happened, then by presenting a random country’s perspective, one can build an entire article based on say the U.S. obligation to maintain a good relationship with say, Saudi Arabia. In this paradigm the U.S. would be foolish to do anything that would anger this important ally like, say, not attack Syria or Iran…
This is a blitzkrieg of propaganda for your mind. These attacks only occur every once in a while. These occasional intense attacks of blatant mind-bending propaganda cannot go by without proper acknowledgment, and we owe the storm a little attention to recognize that it is there. Yes this is a little deeper level of propaganda worth reviewing. To round up our breakdown, note that the article skips from one talking point to another. Since the U.S. should be concerned with keeping Saudi Arabia happy, maybe it should then do the right thing (that is attack Syria… MORE than it is attacking it now and, yes, kill even more people) which will preserve the relationship with Saudi Arabia.
This relationship with Saudi Arabia is presented as the most important goal. No mention in the article about human rights, war powers act, Nuremberg Charter, the history of war and human suffering, ethics and the legal ramifications of waging illegal war. Instead, the reader is told all the reasons why it may not be a good idea to upset Saudi Arabia. The article and talking points are then used to rationalize and justify John Kerry’s aggressive position.
U.S. illegal intervention in Syria is already on record with many calling for the immediate impeachment of Obama. No amount of propaganda can change that. Not even making the audience view the crime from the perspective of another country or political partner will change the view of the people who are awakened. We are happy to call out their propaganda and use it as a teaching tool for others to become better at recognizing their lies.
This is an aggressive attempt to get readers to formulate an opinion on the matter based on their irrational unconscious drive. This propaganda attempts to steer the audience toward connecting emotionally with the idea of keeping a potential friend (Saudi Arabia) happy.
These are the moments that pave the road to global tyranny one step at a time. This is how they perpetuate war. They do it with propaganda, and seeing their lies and tricks is all one needs to be completely free of their mental prison. Can you see the hand being played by the globalists? Do you see the propaganda for what it is? Can it be any clearer?
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- The Saudi/Israeli/US Relationship (turcopolier.typepad.com)
- The REAL Reason for Saudi Arabia’s Shift Away from U.S. | Washington’s Blog (olduvaiblog.wordpress.com)
- Why Is Saudi Arabia Muted About Iran And Syria? – OpEd (eurasiareview.com)
Assassination pushes Libya towards civil war two years after Gaddafi death | World news | The Observer
Assassination pushes Libya towards civil war two years after Gaddafi death | World news | The Observer. (source)
Libya marks the second anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi with the country on the brink of a new civil war and fighting raging in the eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of its Arab spring revolution.
Violence between radical militias and regular forces broke out on Friday night and continued yesterday, while the capital Tripoli is braced for fallout from the kidnapping earlier this month of prime minister Ali Zaidan. Federalists in Cyrenaica, home to most of Libya’s oil, open their own independent parliament in Benghazi this week, in a step that may herald the breakup of the country.
For months, radical militias and regular forces in Benghazi have fought a tit-for-tat war. Last week two soldiers had their throats slit as they slept in an army base. But Friday’s killing of Libya’s military police commander, Ahmed al-Barghathi, shot as he left a mosque, has became the trigger for wider violence. Hours after an assassination branded a “heinous act” by US ambassador Deborah Jones, armed units stormed the Benghazi home of a prominent militia commander, Wissam Ben Hamid, with guns and rockets.
Fighting continued into the night, with army units heading for the home of a second militia commander, Ahmed Abu Khattala, indicted by the US for the killing of US ambassador Chris Stevens last year. There, they were turned back by powerful militia units.
“There’s fighting everywhere, checkpoints everywhere, I’ve moved my wife and children to somewhere safe,” said one Benghazi businessman, Mohammed, who declined to give his second name.
Ben Hamid went on live television to insist he had no role in the killing of al-Barghathi, and vowed reprisals against those who destroyed his home.
Libya’s militias are in the spotlight as never before, in a country racked by violence and economic stagnation. Zaidan has blamed the Revolutionaries Control Room, headquarters for the biggest militia – Libya Shield – for his kidnapping 10 days ago, promising harsh measures once the Eid religious holiday week ends.
Shield forces deployed in the capital denied staging the abduction, but their units were this weekend fortifying their positions in fear of attack.
The trigger for this spiralling violence was the arrest two weeks ago by Delta Force commandos of al-Qaida suspect, Anas al Liby, from his Tripoli home. That arrest has polarised opinion between supporters and opponents of Zeidan, and Nato, which bombed the rebels to victory in the 2011 Arab spring, has found itself in the hot seat over plans to train a new government army. Britain is to join the US and Italy in training Libyan army cadres at a base in Cambridgeshire.
- Obama’s Libya Working Out About as Well as We Expected (theuniversalspectator.wordpress.com)
- Assassination pushes Libya towards civil war two years after Gaddafi death (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- Libya On The Brink Of Civil War (warnewsupdates.blogspot.com)
- Gunman assassinate Libya commander (bbc.co.uk)
- News From Occupied Libya 16-20/10/2013 (libyaagainstsuperpowermedia.com)
Is Obama Starting A War With Syria Just To Distract Us From All The Scandals?
Is Obama Starting A War With Syria Just To Distract Us From All The Scandals?.
- Is War With Syria To Distract Us From All The Scandals? (southweb.org)
- Syria War Imminent! Obama NSA Distraction Announced (dprogram.net)
- Is Barack Obama Starting A War With Syria Just To Distract Us From All The Scandals? (marketdailynews.com)
Bomb explodes outside Benghazi hospital – Africa – Al Jazeera English
Bomb explodes outside Benghazi hospital – Africa – Al Jazeera English.
- Car bomb explodes in Libya’s Benghazi (worldbulletin.net)
- Police station bombed in Libya’s Benghazi in east (dailystar.com.lb)
- Bomb near hospital kills 9 people in eastern Libya (thenewstribune.com)
- Bomb explodes outside police station in Liby’s Benghazi (panarmenian.net)
US and UK withdraw Libya diplomatic staff – Africa – Al Jazeera English
US and UK withdraw Libya diplomatic staff – Africa – Al Jazeera English.
- Ostrow: Al Jazeera English is often ahead of the curve in its coverage of Libya (nextlevelofnews.com)
- The Lingering Repercussions of NATO’s Stupid War in Libya (antiwar.com)
- US, Britain withdraw staff from Libya (bigpondnews.com)
- UK embassy withdraws staff from Libya (rinf.com)
- Britian temporarily withdraws some staff from Libya (worldbulletin.net)
- Libya Uncertainty Leads British Embassy To Withdraw Some Staff (eurasiareview.com)
- US, Britain withdraw some staff from Libya amid unrest (nst.com.my)
Libya crisis deepens as rebels expand demands – Africa – Al Jazeera English
Libya crisis deepens as rebels expand demands – Africa – Al Jazeera English.
- Libya defence minister cancels resignation – Africa – Al Jazeera English (ramyabdeljabbar.wordpress.com)
- Libya bans ex-Gaddafi officials from office – Africa – Al Jazeera English (ramyabdeljabbar.wordpress.com)
- Ostrow: Al Jazeera English is often ahead of the curve in its coverage of Libya (nextlevelofnews.com)
- The Lingering Repercussions of NATO’s Stupid War in Libya (antiwar.com)
- Libya rebels form alliance, demand PM’s resignation (worldnews.nbcnews.com)
Benghazi buzz: Obama predicted to leave office
Benghazi buzz: Obama predicted to leave office.
- Huckabee: Benghazi will drive Obama from office (conservativebyte.com)
- Huckabee: Benghazi Will Eventually Force Obama To Resign (jpupdates.com)
- Benghazi: ‘The dam is about to break’ (examiner.com)
- Dennis Miller: Journalist That Brings Down Obama Over Benghazi ‘Will Be Out of the Game’ (newsbusters.org)
- Here we go: Backlash against Benghazi whistleblowers is underway (twitchy.com)
- Is This Man The Mastermind Behind The Benghazi Cover Up? (rubinoworld.com)
Benghazi: New Evidence Emerges | Zero Hedge
Benghazi: New Evidence Emerges | Zero Hedge.
- Benghazi: ‘The dam is about to break’ (examiner.com)
- Vindicated: Charges Of A Benghazi Cover-Up No Longer ‘Fox-Induced Hysteria’ (mediaite.com)