Newly declassified Benghazi testimony: Pentagon told Obama it was terrorism

General Carter Ham, Commander, AFRICOM

by Janeen Capizola

Fox News was given a first-look at over 450-pages of newly declassified Congressional testimony given by the country’s top military officers on what was known in the earliest moments of the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, and by all indications, the Pentagon had no doubt a terrorist attack was unfolding and briefed President Obama to that effect shortly afterwards.

According to the transcripts, Gen. Carter Ham, then the top commander in the region, testified that he learned the U.S. Consulate was under attack within 15 minutes from when it began and knew at that time that Ambassador Chris Stevens “had been targeted and had gone missing.”

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Image by Associated Press

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Image by Associated Press

He immediately briefed  “then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff” who were on their way to a “previously scheduled” meeting with President Obama, Fox News’ James Rosen reported.

The documents answer many questions as to what President Obama knew and when he knew it, but still he and members of his administration pushed the false narrative that the attack was a spontaneous demonstration over a YouTube video.

According to Rosen:

Ham’s declassified testimony further underscores that Obama’s earliest briefing on Benghazi was solely to the effect that the incident was a terrorist attack, and raises once again the question of how the narrative about the offensive video, and a demonstration that never occurred, took root within the White House as the explanation for Benghazi.

Watch Rosen’s fascinating report on what “The Benghazi Transcripts” have revealed:

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Janeen CapizolaAbout Janeen Capizola
“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Twitter: @JaneenBPR