PolitiFact checked eleven popular quotes regarding the oft-investigated Benghazi tragedy. Two were rated Pants-on-fire; three were False; five were mostly false, one was half-true; and none were true or partly true. Millions of dollars are spent to support unfounded claims for political gain.
PolitiFact found Garamendi slightly understated
the number of deadly attacks and total fatalities, even using a strict definition, particularly when including attacks on ambassadors and embassy personnel who were traveling to or from embassy property.
PolitiFact researchers found Garamendi slightly understated
the number of deadly attacks and total fatalities when you consider attacks on ambassadors and embassy personnel who were traveling to or from embassy property.
This disturbing picture was widely distributed in May, before Fazi's release from Guantanamo Bay, and is really an image of an
Iraq-born former Dutch resident "Islamic extremist" or "Islamic
jihadist" named Khalid Abudurahman.
Data does not show and upward trend in apprehensions of individuals from those areas. Even if
it did, many apprehensions of people from these areas happen at airports
rather than land borders. Perry's is trying to justify his expensive surge at the border, but needs to use facts and truth
These were Ukrainian men. Perry had location of the ranch and the date wrong. And the Ukraine isn’t considered a country with terrorist ties. These men are not being considered as terrorists. Perry is trying to generate support for his expensive border surge, but needs to have his facts right.
has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the
2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
This is a conspiracy theory about secret CIA mind-control programs and other baseless claims that were promoted by a Canadian, CRG and alternative news in Canada that promotes many other conspiracy theories. Snowden has no connection to this hoax.
The current head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was held by U.S. forces for 10 months in 2004
at a detention facility in Iraq called
Camp Bucca. This was long before Obama
became president. The false rumor was tracked back to an interview on the Daily Beast
. ABC News later questioned the facts.
While data is not precise in both cases, there have been barely over 1,000
civilian deaths due to precise drone strikes, compared to at least 4,000 civilian deaths due to
American bombs in Cambodia where Nixon ordered half a million tons of bombs over four years.
All 21 members of Saudi's governing council said that "terrorism is a heinous crime" under Sharia law. They quoted extensively from the Koran
and sayings of the Prophet Mohammad, which prohibit
militant financing or encouraging young people towards militant acts.
The claim has nonexistent sourcing, has been published by sites with
questionable track records for accuracy, and has been knocked down by
He was referring to the arrest of Michael Todd Wolfe, an ISIS want-a-be arrested in Houston before leaving the USA. The FBI Central Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force conducted the investigation. There is no evidence Abbott was involved.
Scores of young women were kidnapped from a mountain village October 18, 2014 in new abductions by Islamist militants. There were similarities to the abductions last April of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls. This sheds doubt on a deal that promised the return of the first girls.
Robertson's anti-gay tirade October 22, came after gay Houston Mayor Annise Parker issued subpoenas to five prominent pastors who had opposed a new anti-discrimination law. He said “No Christian ... would ever try to enforce somebody against their belief or else suffer jail." (Jail was never threatened.) While the subpoenas were inappropriate and were recalled, the anti discrimination laws are written to protect from people like Robertson. Jesus never discriminated against gays.
The truth is unlawful combatants are
still accorded a minimum degree of protection, including a ban on
"violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds,
mutilation, cruel treatment and torture," and "outrages upon personal
dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment," both of
which have been validated by the Supreme Court
Chaney's claim on NBC’s Meet the Press
, Dec. 14, 2014, is refuted by high-level government reports based on a trove of
secret Iraqi government documents that fell into American hands after
King minimized what the report said. Someone did die, an eye was lost, detainees were made to stand on broken limbs and deprived of sleep for 180 hours. One detainee suffered chronic hemorrhoids and anal fissure due to rectal feeding. All likely suffer with PTSD.
The "water cure" in the Philippines is not significantly
different from the waterboarding done in reaction to the Sept.11
attacks in 2001. The Senate report from 1903 makes it clear that military
prosecutors regarded the "water cure" as a form of torture.
"Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to
Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn't do it for right
reasons," Weber said in a tweet
, referring to Germany's occupation of Paris in 1940. White house says that presidential aides were caught off guard by the march’s massive size and attention, and there was no time to schedule security.
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occasions Obama called the Paris attack an act of
anti-Semitism. In one interview while responding to a question Obama said the attackers were "randomly" shooting
people in the store. Perry twisted words and implied meaning that was clearly not there.
In the 18th century the US waged war against Muslim pirates who were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. This was done to protect US the merchant fleet. It was not a war on Muslims.
In reality besides some activity in pockets across the country, ISIS holds sway in Derna, but not so much in Benghazi.
US military involvement did not cause missiles to go missing, looting began before the US intervened, and while many of Libya’s 20,000 surface-to-air missiles did go missing
during the conflict, thousands more were destroyed, recovered, rendered
inoperable or believed to be in the hands of militias that aren’t
radical Islamic terrorists.
The letter from Republican senators and the speech by Israeli Prime Minister contributed to the Ayatollah's belief that the US cannot be trusted.
Beck made a few clear mistakes here. First, it appears he mistook Hamas
for Hezbollah. Second, Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah remain on the official,
and legally binding, State Department terror lists, as they have for
U.S., Mexico and Texas officials told Politifact they had no information to validate or corroborate this bombshell.
As far as Politifact can tell, Obama has never said himself that he would stop
signature drone strikes, which killed two western civilian hostages. An
unnamed administration official implied that signature strikes would
eventually be phased out.
A group called ISIS didn’t exist while Bush was president, but
the roots of the organization were indeed present and operating under a
As far as claiming al-Qaida was "wiped out," most experts consider
that a stretch. The group’s power certainly diminished under Bush but it
wasn’t wiped out.
He pointed out that, "inside of Iran, the people most opposed to the deal are the
Revolutionary Guard, the Quds force, hard-liners who are implacably
opposed to any cooperation with the international community,"
The text of the treaty and subsequent international conferences say
otherwise. If a non-nuclear nation wants to enrich uranium for
peaceful purposes, the treaty doesn’t stand in the way.
The claim is a misinterpretation of a provision that the U.S. and other partners are prepared, "as
appropriate," to cooperate with training to strengthen Iran’s ability to
protect against terrorists, saboteurs , and respond to nuclear security threats, and
Religious leaders from hundreds of Islamic mosques, education
institutions and civic groups across India have ratified the edict, or
fatwa. "Islam does not allow the killing of even an animal."
Don't forget to pray for the misguided members of ISIS who think that God likes the murder of innocents. They do not represent Muslim teachings. Mohamed was a man of peace. May they understand the true meaning of their faith.
PolitiFact couldn’t find any evidence of a "direct" relationship between climate
change and terrorism, though many reports have noted an indirect link.
There are, of course, many other factors that contribute to terrorism,
including religious and ethnic tensions and political repression.
That wasn't the case the first time Clinton claimed this. But now two
different terror groups have used Trump's words in propaganda videos. In one case jihadist propaganda, as reported by the Wall Street Journal
. urges American Muslims to leave the United States and join ISIS.
After spending more than two years and $7 million, the House Select Committee on Benghazi released a report Tuesday that found — like eight investigations before it — no evidence of wrongdoing by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or other members of the Obama administration.