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Did the U.S. help arm the Benghazi attackers?

"Did the U.S. help arm the Benghazi attackers?" Continued...

“You have to be brain dead to think our military commanders, our combat commanders, were totally unaware of the deteriorating situation in eastern Libya,” said Lyons, the former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. “They had to be aware, and they would have pre-positioned forces.”

Lyons also claimed to have confirmation of a long-circulated rumor about the Benghazi attack: He said a confidential FBI informant told him the original plan had been to kidnap Ambassador Christopher Stevens to exchange him for the so-called “blind sheik,” Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is currently serving a life prison sentence for planning the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other terrorist acts. 

The commission, sponsored by Accuracy in Media, vowed to continue its work and called on the media and members of the public with information to help answer remaining questions. The commission has filed 85 Freedom of Information Act requests with the FBI, CIA, State Department, and Defense Department.

J.C. Derrick
J.C. Derrick

J.C. is a reporter in WORLD's Washington Bureau. He spent 10 years covering sports, higher education, and politics for the Longview News-Journal and other newspapers in Texas before joining WORLD in 2012. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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