May 9th, 2013

Gregory Hicks: “I Swore an Oath to Uphold and Defend the Constitution”


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Gregory Hicks: “I Swore an Oath to Uphold and Defend the Constitution …

I am Here to Honor That Oath.”

by Stewart Rhodes * May 09, 2013

One of the most moving statements made by star Benghazi witness Gregory Hicks during yesterday’s hearing was about his oath.  During his opening statement, Hicks said, “On February 19th, 1991, I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.  I am Here to Honor That oath.”

And honor it he did, with frank, honest, and heartfelt testimony that laid bare the horrendous fact that two inexplicable stand-down orders were given that left Hicks and Special Forces personnel in stunned disbelief and outrage, and left their brothers in Benghazi to fend for themselves.

Stand-down order #1 was when Hicks requested deployment of the special incident Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST), which is specifically designed to handle such attacks.  Hicks testified that the FEST team had dedicated aircraft capable of responding within four hours – which is exactly why that team was created after the attack on the USS Cole.  When asked why the FEST team was not deployed, Hick’s answered, “I don’t know.”

Stand-down order #2 was when the Special Forces team in Tripoli was all set to jump on a C-130 and fly to Benghazi and rescue their brothers, when their commander, Lt. Col. Gibson, was ordered to stand-down and stay in Tripoli.

As Hicks said, “I told him to go get our people and that is what he wanted to do.” When asked how Colonel Gibson reacted to being told to stand-down, Hicks said he “was furious.”

The SF Colonel also told Hicks, “this is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than a member of the military.”

As to why the team had been ordered to stand-down and NOT try to rescue their brothers, Hicks said “I don’t know.”

Clearly, Colonel Gibson needs to be called to testify, and that testimony could be explosive, especially if that career Special Forces officer is still furious about he and his men not being allowed to do what they are trained to do, and what they LIVE to do.

Taking the fight to the enemy to save comrades in arms or hostages is something that every special operations warrior would be chomping at the bit to go and do, and being told to inexplicably stand-down and let your brothers hang in the wind, when you are their only known chance of rescue, goes against every instinct and creed of such men.

Frankly, under such circumstances, I’m surprised they didn’t have a sudden, inexplicable failure of commo when talking to the ball-deficient general – “sorry sir, you are breaking up, I can’t hear you” and just carry on with what was right, and needed to be done to back-up fellow Americans already engaged in combat.

The media has been focusing on the obvious cover-up and spin afterwards, with the disclosure that the Administration knew, the very next day, that it had been a well organized attack, not a spontaneous riot, but nonetheless insisted on repeating that false “riot” talking point in numerous interviews and press conferences.

Certainly, that is important, but nowhere near as important as finding out why the FEST team was not deployed and why the Special Forces personnel who were on their way to conduct a rescue were ordered to stand-down.

This is only the beginning, and who knows what else may come to light, but that intentional withholding of life-saving military support is a smoking gun all on its own.

Stewart Rhodes
Founder of Oath Keepers

PS – I am at the Boston Bombing Hearing in DC, which is beginning now.




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49 Responses to “Gregory Hicks: “I Swore an Oath to Uphold and Defend the Constitution””

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    bobm001 Says:

    A government official that actually “HONORS THE OATH”. What a refreshing event. Maybe there is HOPE after all.

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    Curt Brennan Says:

    I hope this EXPLODES all the way to the TOP!! I am so sick and tired of the “politically correct and corrupt” administration we have. WHEN will our military step up and THROW THOSE CRIMINALS OUT????

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    Joseph Coyne Says:

    I’m so proud to be an oath keeper. The government is incompetent and so politically correct it makes me disgusted, angry and more determined than ever to protect and defend our Constitution. God bless America

  4. 4
    John D Hosch Says:

    Talk is useless.

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    Rich Buckley Says:

    Will someone here take radio announcer Kokesh aside and talk some sense into him. His actions calling for a group of armed protesters with loaded rifles to march from Arlington to The White House on July 4th is grossly in naive.

    This young radio announcer violates every lesson we have learned about cooperative civil disobedience where a peaceful assembly cooperates in their own arrest for the higher cause. Mr Kokesh is very apt to have his march usurped by “violent anarchist” (as opposed to non-violent) in the same way, a few violent infiltrators sneak in and attempt to take over Occupy Wall Street movements. Kokesh’s march of the naive, is a profound act of stupidity.

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    Stan Needham Says:

    Sadly, everyone knows how this will turn out. The President, SecDef and SOS will all be shown to be guilty of gross incompetence and dereliction of duty, and they will say, “so what — what difference, at this point does it make.” And by November, 2014, it will be a distant memory in the minds of 90% of the voters. One of the oldest military acronyms describes perfectlythe condition of our Republic: FUBAR!

    Stan Needham
    LCDR, USNR-Retired

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    cappyjoe08527 Says:

    God Bless Mr. Hicks and the other People there to do the right thing. May the four brave Americans who were murdered because of these stand down orders issued by our Government rest in peace.

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    DENNIS SCOTT Says:

    I COMMEND GREGORY HICKS FOR HIS COURAGE, HONESTY AND OATH KEEPING STATUS!! OO-RAH!! I AM 70 HAVING LIVED THROUGH PRESIDENTS FDR THROUGH G.W.BUSH AND NOW THE IMPOSTER IN CHIEF! I HAVE WITNESSED MORE CORRUPTION AND CONSTITUTIONAL PERVERSION IN THE LAST 5+ YEARS THAN ALL THE REST! I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT ENOUGH COURAGEOUS PEOPLE LIKE MR. HICKS WILL MAKE THIS OBAMA’S BENGAZYGATE! I TOOK MY OATH A WHILE AGO AND I WILL LOCK AND LOAD IF NEED BE!

    MY SOLEMN OATH AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN MARCH 18, 2011

    I, Dennis L. Scott, due solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office of legal citizen and voter of these United States, so help me God!
    Dennis L. Scott (Unapologetic American Citizen)
    OUR CREATOR GAVE US OUR RIGHTS OUR CONSTITUTION PROTECTS THEM!
    READ AND GET EDUCATED AT MY WEB SITE: coinmanplus.net

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    David McElroy Says:

    Gregory Hicks deserves a snappy salute for his efforts regarding Benghazi and upholding his oath. The Benghazi travesty of our people being denied rescue while their consulate was under attack only compounds the treasonous legacy highlighted by the U.S.S. Liberty tragedy, the U.S.S. Pueblo, etc. Uncle Sam is a member of the American family not to be trusted. In upholding the principles of the organic Constitution, we uphold one another with truth, justice, and liberty! Uncle Sam has no loyalties. My nephew just exited the US Army in disgust at what he saw, and I am glad he did!

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    K Dunipace Says:

    Isn’t this “stand-down” exactly the kind of “unlawful order” that our oath requires us to disobey?

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