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Congress was warned about Libya last month
fp ^ | 09/13/2012 | kevin baron

Posted on 09/13/2012 7:10:53 PM PDT by barryobi

While Washington vacationed in August, the non-partisan Congressional Research Service issued a now prescient-sounding report warning that Libya's security concerns were an "immediate priority" that might require far more attention and resources than the United States had given it.

That self-restraint broke down severely this week as, according to U.S. officials, an apparently coordinated attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi emerged from a crowded protest, leading to the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and others. It was the apex of a string of concerning violent incidents dating back months.

The author of the report, Christopher Blanchard, specialist in Middle Eastern affairs, on Thursday told the E-Ring, "Security has deteriorated since the election [in July] and the government has not appeared able to stop attacks on religious buildings or an ongoing string of assassination attacks on former regime security officials. The attacks on the U.S. offices in Benghazi were the latest and most severe in a series of attacks on foreign diplomatic facilities and international organizations in Libya."

"This incident underscores what the State Department itself said in its late August travel warning: militia groups outside of state control are active in Libya and pose a direct threat to Libyans and foreigners."

(Excerpt) Read more at e-ring.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abdication; failure; misprisionoffelony; obama; stevens; treason
Wonder if this warning was included in Obama's intelligence briefing??
1 posted on 09/13/2012 7:10:57 PM PDT by barryobi
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To: barryobi

good question.


2 posted on 09/13/2012 7:11:55 PM PDT by scbison
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To: barryobi

Pathetic. The Administration, not Congress, oversees the State Department. As usual, the gutless media will not hold 0’s feet to the fire for his incompetence


3 posted on 09/13/2012 7:13:36 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: barryobi

Obama has set a leadership and experience example that the entire Congress now follows.....


4 posted on 09/13/2012 7:14:11 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: barryobi

Any attempts to hold this administration accountable for lapses in judgment resulting in the death of our servants in Libya will be promptly labeled as a political witch hunt, just like Fast and Furious.


5 posted on 09/13/2012 7:15:29 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (oboy)
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To: barryobi

And he probably is still not interested in the daily intelligent briefing. Might interfere with his fund raising and golf game.


6 posted on 09/13/2012 7:18:03 PM PDT by doc1019 (Turn Medina into a glass parking lot and all this crap will stop.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks barryobi.


7 posted on 09/13/2012 7:23:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: barryobi

This is such a cluster-blank it has to be Bush’s fault.


8 posted on 09/13/2012 7:24:36 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: barryobi

9 posted on 09/13/2012 7:25:09 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: barryobi
I read the article and not one word about a ‘movie’ causing any of the disorganized, organized unrest.
10 posted on 09/13/2012 7:28:28 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: barryobi

“...and the government has not appeared able to stop attacks on religious buildings”

Ding, ding...whose “religious buildings” - emptychair code word for CHURCHES? One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist or have a team of specialists to know that the radicals are around when Christian Churches are being burned or blown up.


11 posted on 09/13/2012 7:37:19 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: Just mythoughts

Has nothing to do with the film.


12 posted on 09/13/2012 7:38:57 PM PDT by tsowellfan ("Real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls")
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To: barryobi

Heck we all saw this coming 3 1/2 year ago.


13 posted on 09/13/2012 7:45:49 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Republican pizza man who only votes for democrats - what's his Freeper name?)
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To: tsowellfan
Has nothing to do with the film.

Now that all depends on who is talking. Our perfumed prince and his secretary are doing their best to make this murderous rampage all about a movie.

14 posted on 09/13/2012 7:48:40 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: barryobi

The House needs to hold hearings on this NOW.


15 posted on 09/13/2012 7:48:54 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: barryobi

Going back to June 06, 2012: US Embassy in Libya comes under attack
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/us-embassy-in-libya-comes-under-attack/story-fn3dxity-1226386750563

“The group was reportedly trying to gain information about its missing leader.”

Interesting that documents went missing with the 9/11/12 attack.
“Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/revealed-inside-story-of-us-envoys-assassination-8135797.html

It is also interesting to read through Canadian travel reports and warnings.
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/index-eng.asp

Especially considering that the Canadians kicked out all Iranian diplomats and closed the Canadian embassy in Iran. The report of this came out Sept 6th and Canada gave the Iranians 5 days to leave.


16 posted on 09/13/2012 7:54:11 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: barryobi
Congress was warned about Libya last month..

yes and Congressman Devin Nunes interviewed on the John Batchelor Show (radio) earlier this evening (13 Aug 2012) said that the Department of State refused to meet with The Select Committee on Intelligence about warnings and will not meet to discuss the current crises.

Congressman Devin Nunes is a member of The Select Committee on Intelligence

The House intelligence committee used to be "one of the meanest snake pits in Congress" but lately the members have cooperated at least -- at the same time the Obama Administration (apparently) has been telling the Committee to pound salt.

I cannot source this. There is nothing on the Internet yet so I have only my memory. I did not check the Congressman's web site -- he may have commented on the problem before tonight.

17 posted on 09/13/2012 8:09:32 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: MNJohnnie

Concern Grows Over Jihadist Numbers in Eastern Libya (May 2012, all we needed to know)
Assyrian International News Agency ^ | May 15, 2012 | AINA
Posted on Wed Sep 12 2012 20:40:03 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by barryobi

http://www.aina.org/news/20120515160214.htm

Diplomats and other observers in Libya say that with elections one month away, the National Transitional Council is struggling to exert control over various militia prominent in the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi.

One source briefed by Western intelligence officials said that of particular concern is the city of Derna on the Mediterranean coast some 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of the Egyptian border.

The source told CNN that hundreds of Islamist militants are in and around the town, and there are camps where weapons and physical training are provided to militants. He said one official had described the area as “a disaster zone.”

Tensions have grown between local people and the militants. Last month, a number of Derna residents went to a camp on the outskirts of the city, according to the source, and forced militants to leave.

There have also been a number of car bomb explosions in Derna in recent months, apparently as rival Islamist factions compete for supremacy in the area. One is said to have targeted Abdel Hakim al Hasadi, a former member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group who spent time in Afghanistan in the 1990s.

He told reporters last year he had been handed over to the Americans and sent back to Libya, where he was jailed for six years. The LIFG formally repudiated al Qaeda in 2009 and disbanded shortly afterward.

The source said that groups sympathetic to al Qaeda as well as former members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group had converged on Derna, and the presence of one man was especially worrying: senior al Qaeda operative Abdul Basit Azuz. He had been sent to the area last spring by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and had some 300 men under his command, the source said.


18 posted on 09/13/2012 8:23:59 PM PDT by barryobi
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To: MNJohnnie

The State Dept was given a copy of the report as well. As this report was given to Congress, no way the Admin can hide this.


19 posted on 09/13/2012 8:24:06 PM PDT by barryobi
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To: barryobi

Blood on their hands.


20 posted on 09/13/2012 9:04:59 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: barryobi

How would we know? He was too busy playing golf.


21 posted on 09/13/2012 9:33:14 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: barryobi

Actually I heard today that the FBI still hasn’t secured the compound, because it is considered too dangerous.

Not sure why there wasn’t a platoon of marines on the ground surrounding our sovereign soil within an hour of the attack.


22 posted on 09/27/2012 8:16:48 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
One Specter Gun Ship (AC130 with its 7.62 Gatling guns, Bofors Cannon and 105 howitzer can rain down precision placed death on a bad guy. The incident would have been a “target rich environment” for Specter. This is what Specter Crews live for.

There was no Specter, there were no Marines, there were no extra special cautions taken despite the clear warnings of a possible attack on 9/11 this year.

It defies all logic that the ambassador would confide to his diary of the probability of danger and in specific danger to himself without cabling the State Department of the possible dangers. In addition the State Department had warnings from the government of Libya of possible unrest and danger of attacks.

My question is, “why did we not have a platoon of Marines at the consulate and Specter flying off the coast of Libya?” It makes a lasting impression on the leaders of the bad guys when all their minions die with cold, ruthless efficiency.

23 posted on 09/27/2012 10:44:13 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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