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Clinton, Rice Presented Awards For Public Service On Same Day As Benghazi Hearing

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Key players in failures, cover-up rewarded while whistleblower was demoted for questioning their bogus claims

Steve Watson
May 9, 2013

As State Department employees divulged information regarding woeful failures and dereliction of duty on behalf of both Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice over the Benghazi terror attack, both the former Secretary of State and the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. were receiving awards for being great public servants.

Fresh off the back of being presented with a ‘Distinguished Leadership Award’ by Bilderberg war criminal Henry Kissinger last week, Clinton pick up her latest gong from the Pacific Council on International Policy, this time it was the think tank’s Public Service Award.

Anyone would think she was a pop star parading around endless and meaningless awards shows.

The award Clinton received was created in honor of Warren Christopher, the former secretary of state who helped negotiate the release of 52 American hostages held in Iran in 1981.

Of course, under Clinton’s watch as Secretary of State, Americans in Libya were not so fortunate. As Clinton failed to even read cables sent from diplomats in a desperate plea for help, four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens were murdered in cold blood by the same extremist terrorists that the Obama administration had aided in overthrowing Muamar Gaddafi.

On the streets outside the elitist Beverly Hills gala, scores of sheeple from a group calling itself “Ready for Hillary 2016?” waved flags and placards begging Clinton to run for president in 2016.

Many feel that Clinton’s career should end after the Benghazi revelations. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul slammed Clinton in a recent speech, saying she should never be allowed to hold another public office ever again.

Meanwhile, the other key Obama official involved in the Benghazi scandal, Susan Rice, was also receiving a lavish reception at a different awards ceremony on the eve of the congressional hearings.

Rice was honored Tuesday night with the 2013 Louis E. Martin ‘Great American Award’, presented by The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

A press release regarding the award noted that Rice was being honored for ”her work in advancing U.S. interests, strengthening the world’s common security and prosperity, and promoting respect for human rights,”.

In the aftermath of the attack on the US Consulate last year, Rice appeared on several talk shows and stated every time that the incident that led to the deaths of four Americans was not a pre-planned terror attack. Instead she repeated a likely CIA talking point that the incident was a spontaneous protest that turned violent, sparked by an anti-Islamic video; a claim that has proven completely false.

On NBC’s Meet the Press, Rice stated “What happened in Benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video,”

When asked by Rep. Trey Gowdy how he felt about Rice’s actions and comments at the hearing yesterday, Greg Hicks, the State Dept. whistleblower, said he felt “embarrassed”:

Gowdy: Fast forward, Mr. Hicks, to the Sunday talk shows with Ambassador Susan Rice. She blamed this attack on a video. In fact, she did it five different times. What is your reaction to that?
Hicks: I was stunned. My jaw dropped. And I was embarrassed.
Gowdy: Did she talk to you before she went on the five Sunday talk shows?
Hicks: No, sir.
Gowdy: You were the highest ranking official in Libya at the time, correct?
Hicks: Yes.
Gowdy: And she did not bother to have a conversation with you before she went on national television?
Hicks: No, sir.

Hicks also noted that a State Department official began criticizing his job performance, and he was ultimately demoted, after he questioned Rice’s claims about the anti-Islamic Youtube video.

“In hindsight, I think it began after I asked the question about Ambassador Rice’s statement on the TV shows,” Hicks said.

Hicks said that he felt Rice’s aides were adamant he should not continue questioning her claims.

Hicks added that Rice’s aides eventually “delivered a blistering critique of my management style…[and] even exclaimed ‘I don’t know why Larry Pope [the top U.S. diplomat in Libya] would want you to come back.'”

Hicks then told the committee, “I’ve effectively been demoted from deputy chief of mission to desk officer.”


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

This article was posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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