A Benghazi Reveal?
Late Thursday, news surfaced regarding the retirement of Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, R-MI (8) of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. While his 2014 re-election committee was in full swing, he decided to call it quits beginning next January, 2015.
With a campaign war chest of $1.8 million — healthy assets for a 14-year congressional member — the blockbuster news story with the trappings of an espionage novel, got cursory attention and then the nation was back to the missing Malaysian airliner.
The nation, the press and the State of Michigan were satisfied to learn that Rep. Rogers was going to pursue a radio broadcasting career beginning in January.
Rep. Rogers is a well liked member of Congress; a good pal to Rep. Boehner — he plays by the rules and was awarded a coveted chairmanship in Congress for his loyalty. He is also liked my his constituents who feel a bit betrayed by his recent decision.
It is odd to say the least, and very suspicious to most who are thinking deeply about this decision.
Here is why:
Kristi Clemens Rogers, wife of the Congressman, is the CEO of the American corporate arm of AEGIS DEFENSE SYSTEMS — a security contracting firm with divisions and contracts all over the globe. Clemens married the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, but not before landing a 5-year, $10 billion contract under the Department of State’s Worldwide Protective Services program for Aegis. By the way, according to an article entitled, “Family Connections Pay Off Big in Washington, D.C., by M. Caulfield, February 24, 2014, Mike Rogers happened to be part of the committee that had congressional oversight of the contract.
FAST FORWARD TO BENGHAZI
A source close to the Benghazi investigation believes that the London arm of Aegis, LLC was likely instructed by Kristi Clemens Rogers ( not verifiable publicly) to hire the BLUE MOUNTAIN GROUP to guard the ill-fated U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
FOLLOWING SO FAR?
It is believed that Blue Mountain, the guard service, was hired by Aegis, LLC London and was working with their local partner in Libya, Eclipse where they went ahead and hired local agents — as we have learned, al Qaeda MILITIA – to guard the Benghazi compound and the Tripoli consulate.
Under their noses, the CIA and MI 6 — the British Secret Service — were running guns via Libya al Qaeda operatives to Syria.
FOREIGN POLICY GONE WILD IN BENGHAZI:
Security practices at the Benghazi compound, where Blue Mountain guards patrolled with flashlights and batons, instead of guns, have come under US government scrutiny in the wake of the September 11, 2012 attack.
As reported by “Reuters,” Blue Mountain hired about 20 Libyan men – including some who say they had minimal training — to screen visitors and help patrol the mission in Benghazi.
The State Department has declined to comment on the company other than confirming it was the contractor in Benghazi.
The BBC reported that on the advice of a US diplomatic regional security officer, the mission in Benghazi was not given the full contract despite lobbying by the private security contractors.
Instead, the US consulate in Libya, and outpost in Benghazi, were guarded externally by a force of local militia, many of whom reportedly put down their weapons and fled once the mission came under concerted attack.
The blame falls squarely on the State Department and Hillary Clinton, but the role that was played by Kristi Clemens Rogers is this for sure:
- Kristi Clemens Rogers provided on June 21, 2010, The Commission on Wartime Contracting, a statement on Aegis private security overview. The web of holding company and sub holding companies doing business with the US Government as “security detail” spans the map of the most treacherous and hostile places on the planet. These efforts are left to the private companies being paid per assignment — millions are being made by private companies of security detail.
- Millions of dollars are made by the private companies to protect US interests overseas. It’s a private-public partnership with the United States Government that was clearly under-managed by the US State Department.
- Kristi Rogers played an important role in the acquisition of the Aegis, LLC security firm, may have had knowledge of what was happening on the ground in Benghazi, and testified to Congress on the overall aspects of the company to an oversight committee. She knew more than the average CEO regarding intelligence issues in Benghazi.
As sources close to the uncovering of the Benghazi attack tell me, “so many people had knowledge of the CIA operations in Benghazi including the White House, The State Department, Congressional Members, John Boehner, Republican leadership, Democratic leadership, Senators and security firms, that if we handed out official indictments, the entire United Government would be at risk of crumbling.”
….therefore, getting a special prosecutor and to have an internal audit of the processes have gone awry. Don’t depend on your elected officials to dig deep into these issues as they too may have known and implications of who, what, when and why are widespread.
WHAT ROLE DID KRISTI ROGERS PLAY EXACTLY?
Simply put: In Washington, D.C., family connections pay off big time and in this case the American people have yet to understand how much was paid to the Rogers’ and how and who Kristi had influence over with regard to the lack of security in Benghazi.
In the words of Patricia Smith, the mother of slain Sean Smith, Benghazi victim:
“I cry every night. I don’t sleep; I need answers.”
To Patricia Smith, I say, “The concerned citizens of this nation won’t rest until justice is served with regard to Benghazi; we want answers as well.”
So long Mike Rogers. You can be sure we will be calling into your radio show asking you the hard questions regarding Benghazi and you too will feel the heat of needing to give answers.
Lisa E. Benson
Founder, Lisa Benson Radio Show For National Security Matters
Founder, National Security Strike Team of America
President, Lisa Benson Consulting, LLC