Bombshells Continue To Explode Highlighting “Dereliction Of Duty” *Open Thread*


This week brings, at long last, the beginning of the House Committee Hearings on Benghazi. But we don’t need to wait that long for a bombshell coming from the State Department (h/t KenoshaMarge).

And this is most definitely a bombshell since it comes from someone who would know, Raymond Maxwell. Here are Maxwell’s bona fides from The Daily Signal:

[…] Maxwell worked in foreign service for 21 years as the well-respected deputy assistant secretary for Maghreb Affairs in the Near East Bureau and former chief of staff to the ambassador in Baghdad. Fluent in Portuguese, Maxwell is also an ex-Navy “mustanger,” which means he successfully made the leap from enlisted ranks to commissioned officer. […]

And what Maxwell alleges is damning indeed. He claims that his office was directed to separate out the damning evidence from documents that were to go to the ARB:

[…] Maxwell says the weekend document session was held in the basement of the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters in a room underneath the “jogger’s entrance.” He describes it as a large space, outfitted with computers and big screen monitors, intended for emergency planning, and with small offices on the periphery.

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisors.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

A few minutes after he arrived, Maxwell says in walked two high-ranking State Department officials.

Maxwell says the two officials, close confidants of Clinton, appeared to check in on the operation and soon left. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I can answer one question for Deputy Assistant Secretary Maxwell: yes, it IS UNETHICAL to hide information from the ARB. No doubt about it. I might add, Maxwell claimed he left shortly after the “high-ranking State Department officials” did.

That is telling indeed, and the article goes on at some length describing what happened to Maxwell (the short of it is, he was scapegoated), his take on the ARB’s less than stellar investigation, and more. I urge you to read it in its entirety at The Daily Signal.

And the damning allegations above bring me to another damning allegation from former Chief Assistant US Attorney in NY, Andrew McCarthy, regarding President Obama and his handling of Benghazi via WND:

[…] He put the case against the administration’s handling of Benghazi in terms that are clear and simple but also comprehensive, and in a way the jury in the court of public opinion may find compelling.

He told WND, “To me, the most offensive of the president’s derelictions involves Benghazi,” which, he said, goes back to the war on Libya when, “the president really initiated, unprovoked, a war on a regime that was then being represented by our government as a key American counter-terrorism ally.”

That error was compounded, McCarthy stated, because the administration “switched sides” in a way that inevitably empowered the jihadis in Eastern Libya, about whom Gadhafi was actually giving the U.S. intelligence.

“They follow up that with a really shocking failure to provide security for Americans who, for some reason, still not explained, are assigned to Benghazi, which is one of the most dangerous places on the planet for Americans,” he observed.

Following that, McCarthy noted, as the jihadis continued to hit Western targets and other countries removed their diplomatic personnel, “we not only leave our people in, but we reduce security. That, inevitably, leads to the September 11, 2012, attack, which is an act of war in which our ambassador is killed. ”

“The enemy, who we are at war with already, attacks an American installation and the administration responds to that with this ridiculous story about how it was generated by an anti-Muslim video under circumstances where it’s clear that they knew it was a terrorist attack.”

That sums up what happened in Benghazi neatly, does it not? And it raises more questions, such as why we had people there in the FIRST place, not to mention why Obama switched sides (that seems to be his MO. Just ask former Egyptian president, Mubarrak).

But what does it mean for Obam to be “derelict” in his duty? What is a possible outcome of such a dereliction? WND asked about one possibility:

[…] WND asked McCarthy if a dereliction of duty that caused the loss of life would be considered an impeachable offense.

“Yes, dereliction of duty is one of the more profound impeachable offenses,” he succinctly replied.


“There’s a common misconception that ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ means criminal offenses like we find in the penal code, like I used to have to try to enforce when I was a federal prosecutor,” he said.

“But, what the framers meant by high crimes and misdemeanors, which was a British term of art, was gross maladministration of the government. And it entails not only things which would be indictable offenses, but a broad range of things.

“It’s actually much more like military justice concept where dereliction of duty, failure to follow an oath, and the like, are pretty straight-forward impeachable offenses. I think it’s unfortunate that people think a president has to be indictable before he is removable.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I seriously doubt Obama will be impeached for this dereliction, but I sure hope he, and former Sec. Clinton, will be held to account for their actions, including those to cover up this scandal at the State Department and by this Administration. One can hope.

In the meantime, I plan on being glued to the hearings by Rep. Gowdy’s Committee. Cannot wait. How about you?

This is an Open Thread.


49 Responses to “Bombshells Continue To Explode Highlighting “Dereliction Of Duty” *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    All the things that are finally coming about about Benghazi make me wonder if people have suddenly, and belately decided to tell the truth because they fear Trey Gowdy and his committe. I know if I was guilty of something the last person I would want questioning me would be Trey Gowdy.

    And its a damn indictment on CBS, IMHO, that they lost one of the few “real” reporters they had. Brava Sharyl Attkinsson! Boo- hiss CBS!

    And what kind of a fool needs to ask if “pulling out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light” is unethical? What is he a 12 year old?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, Marge – I just LOVE your responses! I am literally LOL here.

      Yes, it speaks VOLUMES abt CBS that they essentially pushed Attkisson out. She uncovered SO many scandals with this Administration that in the PAST, a news agency would have been proud to highlight. Not any more, sadly. She rocks, though. WOW.

      NO KIDDING abt Rep. Gowdy! Yep, he’s the last one I’d want questioning me, either. I bet people dis not last very long under his scrutiny when he was a Fed. Prosecutor. They were probably begging the bailiff to take them away pleading guilty all the way to their cells lest they have to be subjected to his intense, pointed, and on target questioning.

      And yeah – while I am glad Maxwell is speaking out, it does not take someone who majored in Ethics (as I did) to know that intentionally removing damning evidence was unethical, not to mention immoral and flat out wrong. Good point! And thanks again for the heads up on that outstanding article!

  2. Katherine B Says:

    I don’t think Maxwell was posing the question, “Isn’t that unethical?” for his own clarification, but rather to point out to the people pulling documents that they were doing something wrong. Of course, that’s a charitable interpretation of his actions.

    One wonders why these folks don’t speak out at the time. Protecting their retirement, perhaps? I guess I can’t really blame them for being cautious. Does anybody really think they have a chance of exposing corruption when the media is so compliant? I mean, is this being reported on CBS, NBC or CNN?

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Your charitible interpretation could very well be correct. He may have been pointing out to the others that what they were doing was wrong.

      As for staying silent until now, he may have feared for his job and for his future employment prospects. Whistle blowers are supposed to be protected by law but we all know that isn’t true.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Oh and Katherine, just FYI, I have just finished ” The Kill Artist” by Daniel Silva and am starting ” The English Assassin” now. Thanks for reccomending Silva and “Gabriel Allon”, love them both!

      • Katherine B Says:

        I’m glad you like Daniel Silva. You never know when you recommend an author if it will be to someone’s taste. I, too, am just starting “The English Assassin.” I haven’t read his books in order and I don’t think it matters all that much.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I like Silva very much. I am anal about reading series in order. So I ordered 1-5 and as soon as I finished #3 I will order several more. I really like finding a new author that I like who has a bunch of books in a series already completed. I hate when I love a series and have to wait for the next one.

          We are all different in our ways but as far as I’m concerned if we read we are alike. Some of my friends love their Kindle whereas I love the feel of a book in my hands and the turning of the pages is important to me. That may change as the arthritis in my hands seems to grow worse by the day. Still reading though and have no intention of stopping.

          My fear is I’ll drop dead midway through a book and never find out the ending being too busy explaining myself to a “higher” authority.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I like reading them in order, too. And I like to hold a book in my hand. I appreciate some folks want to use their Kindle, but there is just something abt the feel of a book, isn’t there?

            Oh, my abt your fear! 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Katherine, I can appreciate your charitable response toward Maxwell, and he may well have been asking it rhetorically, but then he PROCEEDED to go along with it, at least for a while. Hence my less-than-charitable attitude toward him.

      I agree that he was probably scared to come forward, but for heavens sake, these people scapegoated him, and put him on Admin Leave for a YEAR without charges. That, to me, if I was inclined to be opposed to law-breaking duplicity as Maxwell appears to be, I would have blown the damn whistle when all these hearings were going on already. I would have come before Congress when they were talking to the ARB abt their lack of interviewing people WHO COUNT, and highlighting what a “shoddy” job they did.

      And not for nothing, but he retired right after they reinstated him, and that was almost a YEAR ago, so yeah – he could have come forward in public, though it seems he did in private to Gowdy and Chaffetz, at least.

      That said, I have no doubt he feared for his safety in one way or another. A friend at Facebook mentioned some of the things she could see the Admin. doing to him, which came after I had said something to my partner abt the possibility of something happening to this man. But hey – Greg Hicks spoke out, and while they demoted him, he had the integrity to speak out at the time, bless him.

      Anyway – let’s hope this helps with the committee. I know Chaffetz has been on today talking abt Maxwell, and it paints a very negative picture of Clinton and the State Dept (while she is running around Iowa, “I’m BACK!”). But only if the MSM is willing to cover it, as you so rightly noted, Katherine.

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Btw, here is another bombshell dealing with emails (really – do these people not understand abt emails??). This one has to do with breaking the Hatch Act:

  4. Katherine B Says:

    I have a slightly OT question to pose. When was the last time you used the word “primeval” or even heard it being used? Yesterday, I heard Juan Williams use it in trying to deflect the notion that the Islamic religion is behind all these barbaric acts by Moslems. That would have been unique if I hadn’t heard the very same word used by some other Democratic talking head a couple of days before. What an amazing coincidence that is – the use of the word “primeval” – wouldn’t you say. They couldn’t possibly be coordinating their talking points.

    Do they really think we are that stupid?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I’m thinking, I’m thinking, nope – haven’t heard that used in this context before, so yeah – if Juan, et al. are using that word in relation to ISIS and Islamic religion, no doubt, that is a coordinated effort.

      And they think we are plenty stupid.

      Speaking of Islamic religion, there was a great commentary in our paper today outlining the numerous times Muslims have waged war over the centuries, and there are LOTS of times. So this new meme they are trying to push abt religions not doing that, especially Islam, is just foolish, ignorant, and ahistorical:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      It isn’t difficult to think others are stupid when those who support you are too dumb to think beyond “talking points”, if that far.

      As for Juan Williams, I pay little attention to anything he says because I can’t stand him. The faces he makes when someone else is talking are repugnant to me. He can grimace all he wants and it still won’t make him credible.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Good point, Marge – sadly, too many of these people are just too gullible and willing to believe anything that comes out of these Dems’ mouths.

        I am so not a fan of Juan’s. What amazes me is that he can make such disparaging remarks abt Reps when his own SON is one…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I also wonder how he can talk about Republicans the way he does when his son is one. What kind of a man does that?

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Exactly. Heck, his son even works for the RNC, so it isn’t like they are just having political differences and his son does something else. No, he works in the “lion’s den.” WOW.

  5. Katherine B Says:

    I lifted this from Hillaryis44.

    “George W. Bush inadvisedly but successfully mustered a “coalition of the willing” at home and abroad to destroy Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Barack Obama’s uncertain kazoo call is scaring a “coalition of the kicking and screaming” abroad. In the United States the corrupt left that elected and reelected Barack Obama is also disintegrating into a “coalition of the kicking and screaming”.

    “Uncertain kazoo call” is hilarious.

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    More pesky emails coming to light, this time for the EPA showing its political bias:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      You have to wonder how long the MSM can continue to ignore all the evidence of a Benghazi coverup? Do they still think that no one will pay attention? That might have been true when Obama was riding high, wide and handsome in the polls but those days are gone. The boot-licking media just looks foolish these days.

      As for Hillary, she has a lot of self-inflicted wounds from her book tour. Whatever else she may be she sure as hell isn’t a good candidate. She has her foot in her mouth nearly as often as Biden.

  7. HELENK3 Says:

    here is the story on FOX. apparently Maxwell has been talking to the committee for at least a year

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for this. I knew from the original article that Maxwell had already been talking to them. Chaffetz confirmed that both in the article and on the news today.

      But why are we JUST now finding out abt this? This seems like a smoking gun to me in a BIG way, and pretty damning, too. It not just puts to a lie just abt everything Clinton said, but just abt everything the ARB said since they did NOT see everything, and refused to interview the very people who were in charge.

      That said, maybe I am being too hard on Maxwell. Maybe he wanted to make SURE people knew abt this before the next election, and before 2016 since it is looking likelier that Clinton is going to run (which would emphasize again what a liar she is – remember when she said she was done with politics and was ready to retire when she left State? Yeah. Right.).

      So, yeah – maybe Raymond Maxwell just wanted all of this to get out, but it would have been, um, GOOD, had he actually appeared before Congress at one of the many hearings they have had on this issue.

    • Katherine B Says:

      Maybe you all knew this and I am just catching on, but Raymond Maxwell is – wait for it – African-American. Going to be hard to label him an anti-Obama racist, although I’m sure they’ll try.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I knew because I saw a photo of him, though I don’t think they highlighted that specifically in the article I read. But yeah – it does kind of take away that one ratchet attack they use, doesn’t it?

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I think they save the “Uncle Tom” designation for any AA that doesn’t kowtow to the big O.

        • Katherine B Says:

          That’s right. I forgot.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            You said it, Marge – that’s exactly what they’ll start calling him. And then they will send hundreds of reporters to dig out every little dirty secret he might have (though innuendo will work just fine), but only if the MSM ever decides to cover this Major League Scandal.

  8. HELENK3 Says:

    judicial watch uncovers HHS documents detailing high risk security problems in obamacare webside.

    how much taxpayer money has gone to make documents disappear in the last 6 years?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      There was an article in our paper today abt the renewal process and how they are STILL working on the “Back end” part of the computer process. WTH??? That this program wasn’t working from the get-go is HUGELY problematic, but the SECURITY issues are off the charts bad…

      Hundreds of millions of our taxpaying dollars have gone to pay for this fiasco.

  9. HELENK3 Says:


    woman sentenced to death for her Christian faith interview

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    President Obama announced his plans for addressing the threat posed by ISIS extremists in Iraq. It’s an incredibly difficult situation. I think at this point he should just tell Liam Neeson that they have his daughter. ~ Seth Meyers

  11. HELENK3 Says:

    this is a LADY to be admired. Her unbelievable faith and strength is just amazing

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Sharyl Attkisson had a link for her article on Raymond Maxwell that continued a video, as well. Here is the link to the video:

    • Katherine B Says:

      I saw Doug Shoen (sp?) on FOX this morning calling Maxwell a disgruntled employee. And so it begins.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Uh, yeah – I reckon I would be disgruntled, too, if I was put on Admin. Leave for a YEAR without any charges being filed against me. I think his “crime” was showing up that Sunday when he had not been asked to be there, unlike the woman who worked for him. So, yeah – it is starting. What a surprise with this bunch – not.

  13. HELENK3 Says:

    very interesting read

  14. HELENK3 Says:

    speaks at yale after muslim’s protested

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good for Yale for sticking to their guns and not being bullied by this very small group of people. What Ali has to say is valuable indeed, and these kids need to hear a different perspective, especially from someone who grew up with Shariah Law, and has felt the full force of Islamists from their death threats on down…

  15. HELENK3 Says:

    more on the Benghazi coverup

  16. HELENK3 Says:

    I have believed this ever since he was installed in office.
    Egyptian speech was a go ahead for muslim extremists
    flexibility comment was a go ahead for Putin

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, without a doubt – he telegraphed that when he insisted Muslim Brotherhood members, an outlawed group, be allowed in to his big Cairo speech. It has just gotten worse since then, and he is putting our nation at (greater) risk.

  17. HELENK3 Says:



  18. HELENK3 Says:

    just because

  19. HELENK3 Says:

    this could be a good thing that all people could liike

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