Allen West Joins AIM Citizens Commission on Benghazi: “If we get out alive tonight, we’ll be lucky”

Accuracy in Media (AIM) and former Congressman and Retired Colonel Allen West are joining a ‘citizens’ commission’ to investigate the assaults on our Benghazi Special Mission and CIA annex. The announcement came at a press conference on July 30th. Don’t miss the Commission’s stated declaration below.


The Commission speakers announced a conference that will take place in Washington, D.C. on September 16th at the Heritage Foundation, and issued the Declaration of the Citizens’ Commission.

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country, to help explain, ‘What difference does it make’ how and why these people died in Libya,” states the Declaration. “Did our elected and appointed leaders do enough to protect our ambassador and other Americans involved, and if not, why not?”

“But it is our firm belief that people sitting at home, watching this on TV or over the Internet … will feel compelled to step out of the shadows, and bring new insights and information to this investigation that will lead to additional conferences or meetings by the Commission.” Source: AskMarion

Members of the Commission:

      • Larry Bailey, Capt. (SEAL), USN (Ret.)
      • Charles Jones, B/Gen., USAF (Ret.)
      • Clare Lopez, former CIA operations officer
      • Admiral James Lyons (Ret.)
      • General Thomas McInerney (Ret.)
      • Wayne Morris Col USMC (Ret)
      • Wayne Simmons, former CIA officer
      • General Paul Vallely (Ret.)
      • Former Congressman and Retired Army Colonel Allen West

AIM believes the Citizens’ Commission will grow and gives this background into AIM’s mission:

Reed Irvine founded AIM in 1969 because of media coverage of the Vietnam War, and the related Cold War. …

Irvine, who had himself been a Marine Intelligence officer in World War II, was passionate about his patriotism, and the role of the military in preserving our freedoms. AIM was in the forefront of the highly contentious issue of Prisoners of War, Missing in Action (POW/MIA). There were those in Congress and the media who didn’t want to accuse the Soviet Union, or the North Vietnamese, of lying about how many of our POWs they were holding, and how many had died in their captivity.

Today, we continue to honor Reed Irvine’s memory, and the organization he founded, by standing up for our military, and the values they represent. That is why AIM has established the Citizens’ Committee on Benghazi.

The Benghazi Four - Never Forget

The Benghazi Four – Never Forget

Quotes from the press conference:

Retired Admiral James “Ace” Lyons:

I gotta tell you, what went on in Benghazi was unAmerican. I have never seen in my 6 decades…of watching Washington politics view a cover-up as intense as the Benghazi cover-up…here we have…the embassy, the Ambassador, his predecessor, requesting additional security measures, security guards. Stevens wanted two nine-man mobile security teams. Not only were they turned down, but security that was there was drawn down…I sure as hell wouldn’t want to be in that position.

The day of the event, we knew the Blue Mountain Security Manager who controlled the 17th February Martyr’s Brigade – that afternoon, he put out an alert, said something was wrong. He put it out on his radios and his cell phone…That morning we knew uniformed policemen were taking photos of the inside of the compound…we know from a note inside the compound that Ambassador Steven found this troubling…

Up to this point we had all kinds of strategic and tactical warning that something wasn’t right…The day of the event we had Sean Smith put out a Tweet “if we get of tonight alive, we’ll be lucky” or words to that affect.

I believe the reference to Sean Smith’s “Tweet” was actually a message Smith left on a gaming site: “I hope we get out alive.”

Former CIA Officer Wayne Simmons:

The four warriors that died in Benghazi – I am that guy – I’ve been that guy. I spent 27 years in what is termed Outside Paramilitary Special Pps. I ran deep government intelligence operations my entire career – nobody knew who I was, nobody was allowed to know who I was.

…having been that guy that had spent virtually my entire career alone and in those situations very similar to Benghazi and absolutely knowing on a handful of those occasions, I was not coming out of this…and but for the people that I relied on, that came through, I would not be here today.

So you only imagine…how I must have been feeling and guys like me were feeling when we continue to relive what we know in our heart of hearts, what the final moments were like for these guys to go through. If they were together, close enough at some point, those warriors looked into each others eyes, and they knew it was over.

That tears my heart out, angers me, disgusts me, knowing that  were decision makers in the United States at the very highest levels, including the White House that had an opportunity, we believe, to change that course.

Visit the new AIM/Benghazi website for the complete video. See a list of links leading to relevant statements by each Commission member here. For more detail on the Benghazi story visit my database here.

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  • Great news. I am proud of all Americans who speak out about the atrocities of the Obama Administration. We cannot allow a complicit media to bury their misdeeds.

    • Opus, we sure need someone to take the lead. The House is trying but seems nothing ever comes of these hearings. I think these guys won’t much care who across the aisle gets their undies in a bunch. The key will be getting the documents they need.