One of many examples of Hillary Clinton’s monumental incompetence and laissez faire towards killing thousands of people in the Third World remains her involvement in arming Libyan “resistance” fighters during the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime. Not only does it now seem very, very likely that Hillary Clinton was involved in a gunrunning scheme that violated a UN Security Council Resolution but resulted in arming al-Qaeda fighters who ultimately killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi but that the Department of Justice is acting with alacrity to silence anyone knowledgeable about the case.
Few businesses are more closely regulated than arms dealers who broker sales between suppliers (either manufacturers or foreign governments trying to get rid of surplus weaponry) and Third World military and police forces. In order to function, these dealers have to have the approval of their national government to carry out the sale and most operate as virtual extensions of the diplomatic or intelligence establishments. A prime example of this is Interarmco under the legendary Sam Cummings.
When civil war erupted in Libya in 2011, a guy named Marc Turi, who runs Turi Defense Group, was approached by the State Department of Hillary Clinton with a proposal that he supply arms to the Libyan rebels. This, everyone knew, was both against stated US policy and violated UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973. As State knew it could directly arm the Libyan “rebels” it came up with a scheme whereby Turi would present a thoroughly bent End User Certificate indicating the arms were destined to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The weapons, however, were to be diverted to Libya. Clinton’s emails show that she was supportive of either this scheme or another like it:
In the event, the transaction never took place. But as the “revolution” in Libya spiraled out of control, Clinton was faced with someone stalking the landscape who could testify to her role in the fiasco. What happened next was familiar to anyone who ever made an internet video poking fun of Mohammed. Federal agents raided Turi’s home. They ruined his business. They hounded his business partners and foreign contact. In due course, Turi was indicted on a series of conspiracy charges that, now we’ve heard FBI Director James Comey say that absence of any obvious intent to break the law means you can’t be charged with a crime, seem laughably political.
Unlike the average maker of an internet video, Turi had the resources of hire a good lawyer. In discovery, Turi’s lawyer demanded:
“Any documents or other evidence relating to instances in which the United States assisted or considered assisting in any way, overtly or covertly, in the transportation, provision, acquisition, transfer, or transport of Defense articles to or from any person, entity, group of people, quasi-governmental entity, or government within the territory of Libya, Syria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey or Jordan (these countries collectively here the ‘Covered Countries’) within the timeframe of 2010 to the date of the request.”
Not only did Turi’s lawyer demand those documents he informed the prosecutor that he had evidence that proved even though Turi’s deal fell through, the US government did hire another arms supplier to do the deal.
On Monday, the federal government asked a court to dismiss the indictment:
The Obama administration is moving to dismiss charges against an arms dealer it had accused of selling weapons that were destined for Libyan rebels.
Lawyers for the Justice Department on Monday filed a motion in federal court in Phoenix to drop the case against the arms dealer, an American named Marc Turi, whose lawyers also signed the motion.
The deal averts a trial that threatened to cast additional scrutiny on Hillary Clinton’s private emails as Secretary of State, and to expose reported Central Intelligence Agency attempts to arm rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi.
Government lawyers were facing a Wednesday deadline to produce documents to Turi’s legal team, and the trial was officially set to begin on Election Day, although it likely would have been delayed by protracted disputes about classified information in the case.
But, as a part of the deal, the Department of Justice has effectively muzzled Turi though the first term of the Clinton administration they are trying to create:
In the dismissal motion, prosecutors say “discovery rulings” from U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell contributed to the decision to drop the case. The joint motion asks the judge to accept a confidential agreement to resolve the case through a civil settlement between the State Department and the arms broker.
“Our position from the outset has been that this case never should have been brought and we’re glad it’s over,” said Jean-Jacques Cabou, a Perkins Coie partner serving as court-appointed defense counsel in the case. “Mr Turi didn’t break the law….We’re very glad the charges are being dismissed.”
Under the deal, Turi admits no guilt in the transactions he participated in, but he agreed to refrain from U.S.-regulated arms dealing for four years. A $200,000 civil penalty will be waived if Turi abides by the agreement.
This is classic Clinton behavior: using the full power of the federal government to silence opposition. It is ugly but we’d better get used to the idea because it will be how we live after November 8.