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Mom Urges Congress to Bestow Gold Medal on Fallen Benghazi Heroes.


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Kate Quigley, right, sister of Glen Doherty, and Dorothy Woods, left, wife of Tyrone Woods, stand with Sea Cadet Andrew Culp after plaques were unveiled in Doherty’s and Woods’ honor during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Mount Soledad Veteran’s Memorial in La Jolla, Calif. on May 27.

By David A. Patten

 

A campaign is gaining momentum in Congress to honor Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, the two Navy Seals who died defending the compound in Benghazi, by granting them the Congressional Gold Medal — the highest civilian award bestowed by the U.S. Congress.

Pro-military veteran activist Debbie Lee spent the one-year anniversary of the deadly attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi meeting with members of Congress to seek their support for the awards. Lee is founder of America’s Mighty Warriors, an activist group she founded in honor of her son, Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy Seal to be killed in Iraq. The group actively supports veterans and their families.

Lee tells Newsmax that she’s urging Congress to honor Doherty and Woods because of her unique empathy for the profound sacrifice that the two men and their families made on behalf of their country.

“I think the least we can do to honor them is award them the Congressional Gold Medal,” Lee says. “The statement that this makes to their families is that we will never forget the sacrifice that they made.

Tyrone Snowden Woods was a Navy Seal who had served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq before he joined the State Department Diplomatic Security unit. Glen Doherty, a friend of Woods, also was a former Navy Seal. He had seen extensive action in the Middle East before retiring to become a private contractor for the State Department.

On Sept. 11, 2012, the two men took to the rooftop of the Benghazi compound to fight off the jihadi rebels swarming into the facility. The battle in Benghazi spanned over 7-and-a-half hours, and has become the focus of congressional hearings.

Woods and Doherty sustained fatal mortar and gunfire wounds. Two others also died in the attack: U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and information-management officer Sean Smith. Stevens became the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in a hostile military action since 1979.

The online petition to honor Woods and Doherty states: “Without regard for their personal safety, Woods and Doherty knowingly placed themselves in grave danger in order to bring aid to those under attack.”

Lee has posted a link to the petition on AmericasMightyWarriors.org, urging members of Congress to grant them the medal. Newsmax caught up with her right after she met with Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.

Hunter has introduced HR 1186, a bill to posthumously grant the medals to the two warriors in recognition of their extraordinary courage in the face of enemy fire. So far, over 40 members of both parties have announced their bipartisan support for bestowing the medals.

Ordinarily, the Congressional Gold Medal is granted many years after an extraordinary achievement. But Lee says Woods and Doherty should be recognized as soon as possible for their sacrifice.

Woods actually served as one of her son’s Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) instructors, a fact she only recently learned.

“There’s a very personal connection,” she says. “I didn’t know that before Ty died, but he spoke of Marc quite often, of the sacrifice that he made and the warrior that he was.

“So I feel like this is an honor to be able to do this for these two guys, and to let them know we don’t lightly take what they did that day, that we recognize the amazing sacrifice they made, and that we want to remember them and honor them with this Congressional Gold Medal.”

A parallel bill to grant the medals to the two Seals is expected to soon be introduced in the U.S. Senate. But Lee knows she could face an uphill battle, but says her campaign “stands a good chance” thanks to its bipartisan support.

Previous recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal include: Gen. George Washington, Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Howard Hughes, Irving Berlin, Jesse Owens, Sir Winston Churchill, the crew of Apollo 11, Rev. Billy Graham, Ronald Reagan, Mother Teresa, and Dr. Martin Luther King.

By committee rules, legislation to bestow the medals won’t even be considered until at least two-thirds of the members of both the House and the Senate agree to co-sponsor the bill.

“I’m hoping that this will be successful,” says Lee. “I’m not giving up until it is.”
Lee tells Newsmax it is now her life’s work to speak up on behalf of those who no longer can.

“It is an honor to be able to be that voice,” Lee says. “Glenn and Ty don’t have that voice any longer. They gave that up with their final, last breath.”

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Facebook Censors Navy SEALs To Protect Obama On Benghazi-Gate.


RELATED STORY: Obama Admin 3 Times Refused Request To Send Military Backup In Benghazi Massacre

Over the weekend, Facebook took down a message by the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) which highlighted the fact that Obama denied backup to the forces being overrun in Benghazi.

Facebook banned the page that originally posted this meme, a page run by Navy SEALs, to protect and shield Obama from being exposed.

The message was contained in a meme which demonstrated how Obama had relied on the SEALS when he was ready to let them get Osama bin Laden, and how he had turned around and denied them when they called for backup on Sept 11.

I spoke with Larry Ward, president of Political Media, Inc — the media company that handles SOS postings and media production. Ward was the one who personally put the Navy SEAL meme up, and the one who received the warning from Facebook and an eventual 24 hour suspension from Facebook  because Ward put the meme back up after Facebook told him to take it down.

Here’s what Ward told me: 

We created and posted this meme on Saturday after news broke that Obama had known and denied SEALS the backup they requested.

Once the meme was up it garnered 30,000 shares, approx. 24,000 likes, and was read by hundreds of thousands of people — all within 24 hrs. On Sunday, I went into the SOS Facebook page to post something else and found a warning from Facebook that we had violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities with our meme. So I copied the warning, put it on the meme as as caption, and re-posted the meme to the Facebook page.

Along with the re-posted meme, Ward put a link to the Facebook “feedback comment” inbox so visitors to the SOS page could send a message to Facebook if they were as outraged over the meme being jerked down as he was.

Ward said Facebook pulled the re-posted meme down within 7 or 8 hours and suspended the SOS account for 24 hours.

In other words, Facebook put the Navy SEALS in timeout in order to shield Obama.

How low can you go? source – Breitbart

by NTEB News Desk

Pentagon says insider book on bin Laden raid contains classified information.


WASHINGTON – A Pentagon official says a former Navy SEAL’s insider account of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information.

Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters Tuesday that an official review of the book, “No Easy Day,” determined that it reveals what he called “sensitive and classified” information. He was not more specific but said the book should have been submitted to the Pentagon before publication for a formal review of potential disclosures.

A lawyer for the author, Matt Bissonnette, has disputed that he was legally obliged to have the book screened before publication.

Little would not say what damage may result from the book’s revelations.

Little said the Pentagon has not taken steps to stop the book from being sold on U.S. military installations.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By Robert Burns, The Associated Press | Associated Press

Ex-Navy SEAL behind bin Laden book faces threats, investigation.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former U.S. Navy SEAL who authored a soon-to-be-published book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is now facing threats against his life in addition to possible criminal prosecution.

An official al Qaeda website on Friday posted a photograph and the name of the former Navy commando responsible for the book, calling him “the dog who murdered the martyr Sheikh Osama bin Laden.”

The head of U.S. Special Operations Command told current and former troops that the military would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause harm to fellow forces.

“We will pursue every option available to hold members accountable, including criminal prosecution where appropriate,” Admiral Bill McRaven wrote in an open, unclassified letter emailed to the active-duty special operations community, and obtained by Reuters on Friday.

“As current or former members of our special operations community, authors have a moral obligation, and a legal duty, to submit their works for pre-publication security review,” the admiral wrote.

Fox News made public on Thursday what it said was the real name of the former SEAL who, with a journalist co-author, wrote “No Easy Day,” using the pseudonym Mark Owen. The book is due to be released next month on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

By early on Friday, the man’s name, photograph and age had been posted on the “the Al-Fidaa Islamic Network” online forum, one of two websites officially endorsed by al Qaeda, according to Evan Kohlmann, founder of the New York-based security firm Flashpoint Global Partners.

It was followed by comments that called for the man’s death, including one response that said, “O’ Allah, kill every one of them,” and another that said, “O’ Allah, make an example of him for the whole world and give him dark days ahead.”

The Navy SEAL was also identified by other U.S. media. Reuters has confirmed his name but is not publishing it, given concerns about his safety.

U.S. military officials have said the former Navy SEAL could face investigation because he failed to clear the book with the Defense Department before publication, even if it does not disclose specific classified details.

‘DISTINCT LINE’

McRaven’s letter said books and films about special operations teams could be useful educational tools, and the military would work with potential authors, but current and former service members would be held accountable if they endangered the safety of U.S. forces.

He said there was “a distinct line between recounting a story for the purposes of education or entertainment and telling a story that exposes sensitive activities just to garner greater readership and personal profit.”

Kohlmann said the former Navy SEAL could now be in physical danger from al Qaeda sympathizers seeking revenge for bin Laden’s death, or hoping to gain prestige for themselves.

“They have a photo of the individual, they have his name, his age,” Kohlmann said. “I wish that all this was bluster, but there are a lot of would-be jihadists out there, including some in North America. This is the ideal opportunity for those kind of people.”

The book’s publisher, Dutton, said the author was “one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout and was present at his death.”

It is not known whether “No Easy Day” contains details of commando operations that the U.S. government considers secret, but U.S. government officials said the account had not been submitted for a required pre-publication review.

“Even if there is nothing classified disclosed, it should have been reviewed, and it was not,” said one official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

On Wednesday, the publisher said the book had been vetted “for tactical, technical, and procedural information as well as information that could be considered classified by compilation” by a former “special operations attorney.”

Jeffrey Carr, a cyber security expert, said al Qaeda officials were adept at using the Internet for recruitment, training and other searches, and he fully expected them to target the former Navy SEAL now that his identity had been disclosed.

“He’s going to become the poster child for recruitment and assassination,” Carr said, noting that the case underscored the need for anyone in a high-risk profession to take great precautions with any information available on the Internet.

Carr said the man’s relatives and former Navy SEAL colleagues could also be in danger if they could be traced through the Internet.

(Additional reporting by Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By Andrea Shalal-Esa and Phil Stewart | Reuters

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