(LPAC, 16 September) Lyndon LaRouche today demanded that Congress remain in session to immediately convene impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives against President Barack Obama for his criminal complicity in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other U.S. officials were killed.
“President Obama was complicit before the fact in the events that lead to the killing of four valuable American diplomats. There is sufficient evidence to warrant immediate impeachment proceedings,” LaRouche declared this afternoon. “U.S. officials were repeatedly warned, in the weeks proceeding the 911 Benghazi attacks, that there was a breakdown of security in the city. The State Department issued a travel alert to all Americans, urging them to stay out of Libya. All of the evidence was there to impose strict security measures. Yet, nothing was done. That failure is on the President’s plate.”
LaRouche spelled out three levels of Obama complicity in the killing of Ambassador Stevens and the other officials.
First, from the first months of his presidency, Obama has joined in the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney coverup of the direct role of the Saudi Monarchy in the original Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Obama met with the 911 families in the White House in February 2009 and was explicitly asked to declassify the 28-page chapter from the Joint Congressional 911 inquiry that detailed the role of then-Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, in the financing of the 911 hijackers. Obama not only refused to release the document. He ordered the Solicitor General of the United States to intervene into a Federal law suit on the Saudi Monarchy’s complicity in 911 to secure sovereign immunity for the Kingdom, thus deepening the coverup.
The classified chapter from the Joint Congressional report, if released to the public, would not only show the Bandar complicity in the financing of the 911 attacks. It would expose the larger issue of the British-Saudi hand behind the global Jihadi terror apparatus, via the Al Yamamah offshore slush-fund, established in 1985 by Bandar and then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Al Yamamah oil-for-weapons barter deal created a massive offshore secret fund, used to promote terrorist insurgencies, coups and assassinations over the past three decades. During the period that he was providing cash to the 911 hijackers via two Saudi intelligence officers, Prince Bandar received at least $2 billion from the Al Yamamah funds, that went into the Saudi embassy accounts at Riggs National Bank and HSBC.
President Obama is guilty of covering up the crimes of the original 911 attack, thus facilitating the 2012 911 attack, which resulted in the four deaths in Benghazi this past week.
Second, President Obama’s unconstitutional war in Libya during 2011, ending with the assassination of Muammar Qaddafi, unleashed a wave of Anglo-Saudi sponsored neo-Salafi terrorism that has spread from Libya to other parts of Africa and into Syria.
President Obama’s refusal to go to Congress for authorization to go to war in Libya was an impeachable crime in itself. Under Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, only the Congress has the authority to bring the country to war–unless the U.S. has been attacked or is facing imminent attack. President Obama’s actions in Libya constituted “high crimes and misdemeanors” under Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.
Third, President Obama showed reckless disregard for the lives of American personnel in Libya by failing to take action to properly secure U.S. personnel and facilities, in the face of repeated warnings of grave security threats, specifically in the Benghazi region.
There is already compelling evidence that the attack on the U.S. consulate on Sept. 11, 2012, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and the three others, was carried out by an offshoot of Al Qaeda, Ansar al-Sharia. The leader of the group, Sufyan bin-Qumu, was actually arrested by Pakistani police soon after the original Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and the Pentagon because of his affiliations with Al Qaeda. Bin-Qumu was detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from 2002 until Sept. 2007, when he was returned to Libya and eventually released from prison. Libyan officials have been warning U.S. counterparts for months that the Benghazi area was a hotbed of Jihadi violence, to the point that local security agencies were heavily penetrated and public safety was disintegrating. According to one senior U.S. intelligence source, Ansar al-Sharia had directly penetrated the Benghazi regional public safety committee, and had full access to information on U.S. personnel and facilities, including a U.S. safehouse which was also attacked on Sept. 11, 2012.
Despite all of these warnings, there were no U.S. Marines dispatched to secure the Benghazi consulate until after the attacks and killings.
Lyndon LaRouche concluded: “Just because the U.S. media has decided to give President Obama a free hand to continue with his unconstitutional and murderous activities does not mean that the U.S. Congress can also let him off the hook. Between his extra-judicial drone assassination program throughout the Muslim world, his coverup of the Anglo-Saudi hand behind both the 2001 and 2012 911 attacks, and his callous disregard for the lives of American diplomats, every American citizen is in danger every day that President Obama remains in office.
“The events of Sept. 11, 2012 cannot be swept under the rug. Crimes have been committed, American diplomats have been killed, and the President must be held fully accountable for his miserable failure to execute his Constitutional responsibilities. The only proper venue is an immediate impeachment proceeding in the U.S. House of Representatives.”