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May 2, 2014

Rigging Elections, Altering History

Joe Charlebois

In the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election, serious breaches in transparency and trust occurred. Besides the Internal Revenue Service abuses against conservative 501(c) groups and the limits of free speech that is still unfolding, there is the continued inexplicable cover-up of an international tragedy.


These actions that have and will continue to reveal themselves may have very well altered the United States indefinitely.


In the height of the campaign on September 11, 2012, an al Qaeda affiliated terrorist – led by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM) senior commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar – attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans. Due to a mismanagement of resources, lack of communication and refusal to provide an adequate military presence to one of the hottest of hot spots throughout the world, it proved to be political nightmare for President Obama’s reelection bid.


Throughout the campaign, he consistently promoted his foreign policy prowess by claiming that “Al Qaeda is decimated” and “Al Qaeda is on the run.” Any derivation from that narrative could just have given Republican nominee Mitt Romney some much needed momentum in public opinion.


What happened next can only be described as obfuscation of the highest order. The White House immediately whitewashed the narrative. The fact that the mission in Benghazi was the victim of a terrorist attack could not stand. The story could not show that four Americans lay dead at the hands of a terrorist cell associated with al Qaeda. The events that followed the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith and former U.S. Navy SEAL team members Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – that have been revealed so far – are outright despicable.


According to the efforts of Judicial Watch through its use of Freedom of Information Act requests, we have learned that even though the Obama Administration knew that this was a well-coordinated and planned attack on September 12th, 2012, then White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes made certain that the strategy going forward would – foremost – protect the president’s image as a strong leader and misdirect the American people and place blame on the incident as one “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”


Some may question the impact that would have been made on the 2012 election and “what difference at this point does it make,” but it is possible that it could have been significant. In fact, according to Fred Lucas of CNS, from the date of the attack on the 11th to November 1st, President Obama spoke proudly of al Qaeda being decimated, or on the run, an astounding 32 times. This included his leaving the White House to attend a Las Vegas fundraiser not even 24 hours after the attack. During his speech he continued the charade. Well knowing that al Qaeda was alive and well he still stated to his donors that “…al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and bin Laden is dead.”


This also allowed the opportunity for President Obama, who lost the first Presidential Debate handily, to escape another debate defeat when CNN’s Candy Crowley injected herself into the debate by playing fact-checker on the subject of the Benghazi terrorist attack and the president’s credibility and put Governor Romney on the defensive.


The impact of the 2012 election allowed for many of the president’s first term initiatives to be solidified. The federal government’s regulation of the healthcare system through the signing of the Affordable Care Act continues to become entrenched into the fabric of every individual limiting private property rights.


The country is in a much weaker position to negotiate with any of our adversaries. Our economy – although not officially in a recession – continues to muddle along with extremely weak growth numbers. Our effective employment/underemployment rate continues to be much higher than it should be.


If the self-proclaimed “transparent administration” was actually transparent, the American people would never have bought into or have been subjected to the progressive changes that have come through implementation of unwanted laws and executive orders. The president may not have even been elected to a second term.


Now that we are well into that second term, the American people will need to count on groups such as Judicial Watch, which will continue to call out abuses of power.


If congressional leaders carry out real oversight hearings, then by November the unraveling of this administration’s secrets may lead to a record number of seats turned over in Congress.


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