Who Invited Code Pink's Medea Benjamin to Obama's Speech?
"The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to."-President Obama paying homage to terrorist supporter Medea Benjamin.
President Barack Obama was heckled Thursday by leftist terrorist ally Susan ‘Medea’ Benjamin while giving a speech on national security issues at the National Defense University at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C. Curiously, Obama’s staff let Benjamin interrupt and engage Obama several times on issues like Guantanamo and drones over several minutes before she was forcibly removed from the press rows in the back of the auditorium where the speech was being given.
Benjamin initially told The Huffington Post she was invited to attend Obama’s speech by someone she declines to name.
"I had an invitation, somebody gave me an invitation who I'm not at liberty to disclose," Benjamin said, calling her protest "epic" when compared to her other demonstrations.
In a second interview with The Huffington Post, Benjamin teased about who invited her, “Well, getting in that’s a state secret I’m not at liberty to divulge. But I should say that we have friends in many places that some people might not acknowledge including within the military…”
The National Defense University Public Affairs office issued a statement that Benjamin came in through the media.
NDU STATEMENT ON DISTURBANCE DURING PRESIDENT’S SPEECH
The individual who continued to attempt to interrupt the President’s speech at the National Defense University was given access via the list of media attendees expected. When it was apparent this individual would not be deterred by the President’s effort to address her concerns, officials from the National Defense University staff and Base Police asked her to leave and escorted her from the venue. She has been questioned by Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall police.
This speech was not open to the general public. Attendance for non-media was limited to invited guests from the National Defense University faculty, staff, and student body, along with those invited by the White House.
Please address any additional questions to the White House Press Office.
If standard security procedures for a presidential event were employed, Medea Benjamin would not have been allowed in the same room with a president of the United States.
In the past decade Benjamin and the group she co-founded, Code Pink, have worked with state sponsors of terrorism, terrorist groups and domestic terrorists to undermine the U.S. and her allies in the war on terrorism. However, Benjamin and Code Pink have also worked with President Obama at the same time to accomplish some of the same goals--beginning in early 2007 when Obama tapped Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans as a fundraising host and then as a fundraising bundler for his nascent presidential campaign. Code Pink has even acted, at times, as a messenger between terrorists and Obama.
Like Code Pink, Obama has worked to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without U.S. victories. Like Code Pink, Obama has worked to close the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Like Code Pink, Obama worked with the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow the Egyptian government of staunch U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak. Like Code Pink, Obama worked to overthrow Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, even after he gave up his nuclear weapons program and allied with the U.S. against al Qaeda. Like Code Pink, Obama ignored Iran’s Green Revolution and threw in with the mullahs and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And, like Code Pink, Obama ‘palled around’ with Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn (Code Pink palled around with Cathie Wilkerson as well.)
Given her background, Benjamin’s submission to be cleared by the Secret Service for the event, even as press, would have lit up the protective agency’s computer screens like a Christmas tree. Her ties to Hamas, Hezbollah, the Iraqi ‘resistance’, Iran and Cuba, etc., would raise red flags that would likely have to be overridden by someone in the Obama administration’s press or public engagement office.
The questions arise as to who invited Benjamin in the first place and who cleared her? Was it someone in the Obama administration, or was it someone on the faculty at NDU? Either way, it raises troubling scenarios. Did the Obama administration plant a heckler like they planted a questioner to break the IRS scandal? Or did someone at the National Defense University commit an act of gross insubordination to embarrass their commander-in-chief on national television?
Democrats have a history of giving Benjamin and Code Pink special passes to score political points. For example the group was given seats up close so they could harass President George W. Bush at his second inaugural in 2005 and again in 2009 when Bush turned over the presidency to Barack Obama.
Code Pink was granted access to Walter Reed Army Medical Center by on-base sympathizers to undermine the morale of the wounded soldiers and their families.
In the past, Benjamin, Jodie Evans and Code Pink have used stolen or phony press passes and IDs to gain access to secure events.
Benjamin also uses Code Pink’s parent group, Global Exchange, for phony press passes. A Daily Kos diarist wrote about how Benjamin asked him to create Global Exchange press passes that were used to infiltrate an event President Bush spoke at in 2008. This was another security failure that led to the spectacle of a Code Pink protester charging toward Bush while he spoke.
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Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 01:49:01 PM PDT
Sorry for the short diary...
Early this morning I found an unusual email from Medea Benjamin waiting for me in my inbox. It seems that last week when she was arrested in Florida, they confiscated her Global Exchange press pass, and could I make her another one?
Ever since I figured out how to duplicate Medea's press pass for other members of CodePink, I have been doing so with her blessing. Since Medea is the founding director and CEO of Global Exchange as well as one of the founders of CodePink, how I implemented it may be a bit of a hack; but it is quite legitimate insofar that yes, these are valid press passes for a news organization, created with the full knowledge and permission of the company director.
Now, ironically, I was going to have to whip out a copy of the document that served as the original.
As they work with our terrorist enemies overseas and high-ranking Democrats, Benjamin and Code Pink also harass our military and their families on the home front. At Walter Reed, Benjamin and Code Pink called the wounded warriors there “terrorists” and “war criminals.” At an Obama White House Halloween party for children of service members, Benjamin and Code Pink terrorized the kids waiting to get in by acting as ghosts of dead soldiers and bloodthirsty witches.
Barack Obama says terrorist supporter Medea Benjamin is a voice worth paying attention to. When will someone in the mainstream media challenge Obama on his ties to Code Pink?