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Another Version of the Benghazi Talking Points Story
Weekly Standard ^ | 2:31 PM, Nov 20, 2012 | Thomas Joscelyn

Posted on 11/20/2012 2:20:20 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

This past weekend, Congressman Mike Rogers, who is chairman of the House intelligence committee, said that the talking points used to explain what happened in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012 were changed by political appointees in the Obama administration. Rogers pointed specifically to the deputies’ committee at the National Security Council.

Now we have another version of how the talking points evolved:

CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack - with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes.

… However, an intelligence source tells CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan the links to al Qaeda were deemed too "tenuous" to make public, because there was not strong confidence in the person providing the intelligence. CIA Director David Petraeus, however, told Congress he agreed to release the information -- the reference to al Qaeda -- in an early draft of the talking points, which were also distributed to select lawmakers.

"The intelligence community assessed from the very beginning that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack." DNI spokesman Shawn Turner tells CBS News. That information was shared at a classified level -- which Rice, as a member of President Obama's cabinet, would have been privy to.


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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigate

1 posted on 11/20/2012 2:20:27 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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Further:

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What CBS News’s version of the story doesn’t say is how the administration (and presumably its talking points) came to pin the violence on a non-existent protest in Benghazi.

2 posted on 11/20/2012 2:34:40 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
… However, an intelligence source tells CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan the links to al Qaeda were deemed too "tenuous" to make public,

But an entirely bogus story about an 'anti-Muhammed video' with no basis in reality whatsoever was chosen as a good replacement for info provided by the CIA. Who put it in there?

3 posted on 11/20/2012 2:36:09 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
On FoxNews Sunday [link to transcript], Chris Wallace came up with another 'theory' of the evolving narrative:

Didn't want to tip off terrorists? That is new. Makes for a good cover story. Was Wallace providing a new cover for the WH or was that something Petraeus actually said?

4 posted on 11/20/2012 2:40:49 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
From the story: the links to al Qaeda were deemed too "tenuous"

Fine if the links were to tenuous don't mention a specific group, but you can still call it terrorism. Of course this would have put to bed the lie that Al Queda was on the run.

5 posted on 11/20/2012 2:42:16 PM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The questions that won't be asked:
Where are the Treason and murder charges?
Whose decision was it to abandon 30 Americans resulting in the death of 4?
6 posted on 11/20/2012 2:44:15 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: TigersEye
IIRC, HClinton was the first in a statement to make reference to "inflammatory material posted on the Internet."

I figure SoS Clinton made that up. It sounded good at the time.

Then, when the head honchos met to decide what to do next, ' someone' instructed some low-level staffers to Google and find "inflamatory material posted on the Internet" they could use as corroborating evidence.

Someone found the trailer to the video/move; thus was born the movie-as-culprit excuse.

Note that several high levels, including Obama, were using the movie-as-culprit for the next few weeks.


7 posted on 11/20/2012 2:46:12 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What are the REAL reasons they lied? Arms smuggling to Syria?


8 posted on 11/20/2012 2:50:34 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Why is the government more concerned about protecting a microbe on Mars than an unborn baby here?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; TomGuy; BerryDingle; verga; TigersEye
You are trrying to race to the final chapter of this yarn....Media is not gonna move that fast....but now they are moving....

Related thread:

Mainstream Media Caught In Snarl Of Tangled Benghazi Yarns

9 posted on 11/20/2012 3:11:03 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: TomGuy
Yes, the Cairo embassy was first when they began tweeting apologies for the video early in the day on Sept. 11th. Hillary used the Cairo embassy Twitter account to tweet the last apology of the day (subsequently deleted) that night at about the same time the Benghazi 'annex' was in the middle of their night long firefight. She is Sec. State so I hang all of those tweets on her. Her participation nails it.


10 posted on 11/20/2012 3:16:15 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: TomGuy
I guess the CIA and Obama regime didn't see the terrorist post on Twitter taking responsibility for the attack.
11 posted on 11/20/2012 3:35:33 PM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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