While Judge Andrew Napolitano did not name the “member of Congress and his wife” who gained financially from the Benghazi Mission, much of the Conservative Internet has assumed it was then-Congressman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), and his wife, Kristi Clemens Rogers. In March 2014, Rogers announced he was leaving Congress, and his powerful chairmanship of the House Homeland Security Committee charged with oversight of our Benghazi mission. His plan was to host a conservative radio show. I can’t begin to guess how many times his call screener has hung-up on callers asking about Benghazi. Maybe some wanted to hear about the couple’s pillow-talk, during the period she was gaining costly contracts that failed to serve and protect. Security with only flash lights and batons –– no guns (more below)! Judge Napolitano said with “a moral certainty,” we were running weapons out of Benghazi, under the protection of an illegally-approved U.S. arms dealer. The shorter story is that people died at the wrong end of American supplied weapons, due to an Obama-Hillary “conspiracy. The plan was to use countries, like Qatar, specifically, to get the weapons out of Libya, and deliver the weaponry to an approved arms dealer, who would get them to the end user (hopefully, a “user” who wouldn’t be tempted to use them against the U.S.). The plan referred to as “Zero Footprint.” Judge Napolitano indicated that he does have proof of the Congressman and his wife, but since I do not, let’s look at why many are ‘assuming,’ and pointing a finger at the Rogers.’
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 [that’s a ‘b’] 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…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. Read more at The CounterJihad Report
The State Department’s decision to hire Blue Mountain Group to guard the ill-fated U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, entrusted security tasks to a little-known British company instead of the large firms it usually uses in overseas danger zones. . .
Security practices at the diplomatic compound, where Blue Mountain guards patrolled with flashlights and batons instead of guns, have come under U.S. government scrutiny in the wake of the September 11 attack in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. . .Blue Mountain hired about 20 Libyan men – including some who say they had minimal training – to screen visitors and help patrol the mission at Benghazi, according to Reuters interviews. . . They also described being hired by Blue Mountain after a casual recruiting and screening process.
Kristi Clemens and Mike Rogers married some time in 2010:
Up until 2012, she was also the CEO of the American branch of Aegis, a defense and security contracting firm, where. according to her new employer, the law firm, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, Kristi Rogers successfully developed and led a two-year pursuit and capture strategy to win a five-year, $10 billion contract under the Department of State’s Worldwide Protective Services program.”
And, yes, it’s an area her husband’s committee has Congressional oversight, making sure diplomats and their staffs are properly protected.
You would think Congressman Mike Rogers would at least disclose that family connection, or that in appearing before Congress, Kristi Rogers would disclose her marital ties. [Rogers’ committee had oversight over the company his worked for, supplying guards for the Benghazi Mission]
But on his Web site, Congressman Rogers only states he’s in fact married, no name, and Kristi Rogers in an appearance before a presidential commission back in 2010 didn’t mention the name of the man she just married, even though she missed her first appearance due to her honeymoon. Read more at Bunkerville
Ms. Rogers’ rise at Aegis was swift. A former press aide to Ambassador Paul Bremer in Iraq and an assistant commissioner for public affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, she was named executive vice president when the U.S. branch opened in 2006. She was promoted to president in 2008 and added the position of CEO in 2009. In 2011, Ms. Rogers was named vice chairman of the company’s board of directors. In December 2012, she left Aegis and joined the law firm Manatt as a managing director for federal government affairs. . . .
Ms. Rogers was a strong advocate for Aegis. In 2010 testimony before the congressionally chartered Commission on Wartime Contracting, she noted that “contractors are a necessary reality of the United States’ missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and perhaps similar, future missions.” Aegis, she said, was a “threat driven and intelligence led” company with “seasoned professionals” and “exceptional performance.” She added that the firm “regularly meets with Members of Congress, their staff and other key decision makers.” . . .
In 2011, it was awarded a $497 million State Department contract for embassy security in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to the Project on Government Oversight. Theories linking Aegis to the failed Blue Mountain Group guarding the State Department’s Benghazi mission have circulated on the Internet. Aegis issued a statement denying it. No “member of the Aegis Group has ever entered into a contract with any department of the U.S. government to perform work in Libya,” the company noted.
A definitive statement about Aegis in Libya, apparently, but not without wiggle room. The activities of the U.S. government, its allies, and private contractors in Libya remain cloaked in secrecy. Methods to sidestep Congressional oversight include handing off sensitive missions to friendly foreign governments or operating through shell companies. There’s no evidence that Aegis was involved in such misconduct, but Ms. Rogers did seem to have been focused on boosting Aegis’s capability for confidential operations. According to a biographical profile posted on the Manatt website and since removed, Ms. Rogers “obtained top-secret facility security clearance for Aegis, created the company’s board of directors and positioned it for future growth and expansion.”
It has seemed quite strange to see how strongly Rogers has been fighting for CISPA, refusing to even acknowledge the seriousness of the privacy concerns. At other times, he can’t even keep his own story straight about whether or not CISPA is about giving information to the NSA (hint: it is). And then there was the recent ridiculousness with him insisting that the only opposition to CISPA came from 14-year-old kids in their basement. Wrong and insulting
Through testimony and the Accountability Review Board (ARB), Admiral Mike Mullen absolved Hillary Clinton of all blame for Benghazi, saying it was solely the fault of the terrorists, nevermind that he also said: [Do you remember Hillary saying she didn’t sign on the security, other departments did that for her? I remember it, but can’t find it.]
State Department bureaus that were supporting Benghazi had not taken on security as a shared responsibility, so the support the post needed was often lacking and left to the working level to resolve. The buildings at Special Mission Benghazi did not meet Department standards for office buildings in high-threat areas, and in a sense, fell through the cracks bureaucratically by being categorized as temporary residential facilities. While a number of physical security upgrades were done in 2012, at the time of the attacks the compound did not have all the security features and equipment it needed. . . Source
In addition to the security outside the compound, we relied on a wall and a robust security presence inside the compound. Source: USA Today
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