James E. Horn, is a Vietnam Era veteran of the US Navy and retired Foreign Service officer with extensive experience in counter-terrorism and hostage negotiations, He is the author of Experiencing Islam: Becoming Islam Aware , a chronicle of his security posts with US embassies in the Muslim world during his 25 years with the US State Department as a commissioned officer. Mr. Horn is interviewed by Jerry Gordon, a Senior editor of the New English Review on his views regarding the circumstances behind the Benghazi consulate attack by al Qaida affiliate Ansar al Sharia resulting in the deaths of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and information management officer Sean Smith and the attack on the CIA annex that resulted in the deaths of security contractors and former Navy Seals, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Horn addresses the feasibility of US special operations air assault and commando rapid response teams from the US Naval Air Station at Sigonella in Sicily to assist in securing the beleaguered Benghazi facilities and the controversial stand down orders from both the State Department and Pentagon. Horn also addresses suspicions that Amb. Stevens and the CIA station may have been engaged in filtering arms from the former Gaddafi armories via Turkey to Syrian opposition militias with the backing of Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He also addresses questions concerning the Obama Administration extra-legal treatment of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula American Coptic Christian producer of the alleged controversial 14 minute You Tube video the Innocence of Muslims shown on Egyptian television on September 11, 2012 triggering al Qaida leader Ayman al Zawihiri’s calls and Muslim Brotherhood attacks on the US Embassy in Cairo. In this wide ranging interview he also comments on the Obama Administration outreach to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and infiltration into US national and homeland security echelons. He also comments on the contemporaneous faltering Morsi Presidency in Egypt besieged by rebellion from Egyptian opposition and demands by the Egyptian Military for former Muslim Brotherhood leader’s ouster, new parliamentary elections and rejection of an Islamist Sharia compliant constitution.
Horn joined the US Foreign Service (State Department) in 1966 and served abroad for more than a quarter of a century, mostly in third-world countries, ten of those years in the Middle East where he came to know and understand Islamic doctrine, the Muslim Brotherhood agenda and Saudi Wahhabi influence in the region and in Washington, DC. He was commissioned as a Foreign Service Officer in 1975.
Among his diplomatic (State Department) assignments, he served as a ; Embassy Security Officer and Special counter terrorism project manager where he led teams to truck-bomb proof embassies and developed systems that protect the White House, the Supreme Court, the National Capitol and other places; and in other capacities. He was specially selected and trained, and was available world-wide to act as a hostage negotiator. Horn held the highest levels of Top Secret security clearances with Code Word access to Sensitive Compartmentalized Intelligence (SCI), and Cryptographic clearances. Horn received a number of awards, including one of the nation's highest civilian awards for valor in Cambodia, for rescuing wounded civilians from a bombed and burning building while under hostile fire in 1975. In his retirement in California Horn has been active in educating Americans about the true nature of Islam, working in private sector security, counter-terrorism, and has consulted with law enforcement.