Shocking photographs and videos have been released supporting the conclusion that State Department policy under Secretary Hillary Clinton facilitated the sale of weapons to rebel militias in their overthrow of the Gadhafi regime in Libya.

The Citizen’s Commission on Benghazi reached the same conclusion in 2011, finding that both the State Department and the Obama administration “changed sides in the War on Terror” making it possible for the rebels, dominated by al Qaeda, to obtain arms.

The United Nation, as well as United States, law prohibit such arms deals unless strict guidelines and oversight are implemented.

A video shows a top official in the Gadhafi government displaying a crate of weapons and ammunition the Libyan Coast Guard had seized from a ship from Qatar. Shipments of other war materiel, including bulletproof vests, helmets and ammunitions were also made to the rebels.

Although Clinton denied providing arms to known jihadists in testimony before Congress, subsequent testimony by a licensed arms dealer revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. arms were sold to Qatar as a third-party. Qatar then conveyed the arms to Libyan and Syrian rebels, including those identified as terror groups, at the expressed request of the United States.

Emails released by the State Department reveal that Secretary Clinton felt that the option of arming the rebels had merit, based on private intelligence gathered by a political ally.

In an April 8, 2011 email, Secretary Clinton wrote:

“FYI. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered.”

At a public hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the attack on the consulate in Benghazi and the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, asked Clinton whether she knew of any U.S. role in shipping arms through Benghazi.

Secretary Clinton responded that she did not, adding, “No one has ever asked me that question. We will have to look into it.”

 

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