The CIA is heavily involved in the distribution of weapons to known extremist groups in Libya and Syria. Beginning with the conflict in Libya during Muammar Gaddafi’s rule, and more recently in the Syrian conflict, the United States and Qatar have been involved in moving weapons from rebel forces in Libya to rebel forces in Syria through the port of Benghazi as well as other ports in that area. Multiple sources confirm that President Obama is fully aware of the situation. He has given his permission to the CIA to “…arm and fund the rebels” and has employed other covert tactics that are in direct violation of international law and the U.S. Constitution.
The CIA is not only involved in this illegal arms trade but is also going to great lengths to ensure that its involvement remains a secret. Operatives in the Benghazi area are subjected to regular intimidation including, but not limited to, regular polygraph testing to “…find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.”
Phil Greaves, “CIA Gun-running, Qatar-Libya-Syria.” Global Research, August 9, 2013, http://www.globalresearch.ca/cia-gun-running-qatar-libya-syria/5345464.
Student Researcher: Dustin Arbuckle (Sonoma State University)
Faculty Evaluator: Peter Phillips (Sonoma State University)