Skip to comments.White House says 'no intelligence’ could have been acted on to prevent attacks (blame the video)
Posted on 09/15/2012 2:15:25 PM PDT by Libloather
White House says 'no intelligence could have been acted on to prevent attacks
By Jonathan Easley - 09/14/12 12:40 PM ET
The White House on Friday said a report stating the president failed to act on knowledge of a potential attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was absolutely wrong.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said there was no actionable intelligence ahead of the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
There was no intelligence that could in any way have been acted on to prevent these attacks, he said. The report was false.
Embassies in Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia have been attacked by mobs protesting an anti-Islamic video circulating on the Internet.
Republican lawmakers have said the attack on the Libyan consulate, which took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, looked more like a coordinated effort by militants.
But Carney on Friday said there was no evidence it was a planned terrorist assassination. He said it appeared that, like the embassy storming in Cairo, Egypt, the attack was sparked by a trailer circulating on the Internet for a supposed anti-Islam film.
We have no information to suggest it was a pre-planned attack, Carney said. The unrest weve seen across the region was in response to a video ... not in response to a 9/11 anniversary, that we know of.
A report in the UK newspaper The Independent on Thursday said the U.S. State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and lockdown, under which movement is severely restricted.
The report cited anonymous senior diplomatic sources, and received wide attention in the United States after a link to the Drudge Report.
Carney put the full blame of the Middle East unrest on the video, saying the reason the embassies seemed unprepared to deal with the attacks was because of the unpredictable Muslim reaction to the obscure film.
What we have seen is unrest around the region in response to a video that Muslims find offensive, he said. We have seen incidents like this in the past in reaction to other actions, cartoons, other actions taken that have led to protests and violence in the region and we have managed those situations and we are working to ensure that our diplomatic personnel ... are secure as we deal with response to this video.
The administration has also been criticized by some who say Stevens, the ambassador to Libya, was not adequately protected. There are conflicting and still emerging reports about whether his security detail was sufficiently armed to deal with an attack.
It was unfortunately not enough to resist the attacks that we saw, Carney said. And it resulted in a tragic loss of life, but there was security. It's also the case that in reaction to this, the president has ordered that we review all of our security arrangements for embassy facilities and other diplomatic facilities around the world.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make remarks at a return of remains ceremony for the Americans killed in Libya at the Joint Base Andrews this afternoon.
I heard reports about plans the day of the attack.
Of course not.
It was an inevitable WORKPLACE ACCIDENT.
There was no intelligence because Obama withdrew the CIA from the “Arab Spring” countries a few months ago, according to complaints from the CIA (who have been blamed for not reporting). This was probably about the same time at which Hillary ordered Marine protection withdrawn from the embassies in these countries and replaced the with local “security” and a handful of contract American security, probably from Blackwater or something similar.
Follow this up and it all leads to Obama and Hillary.
Not if you’re prostrated in bowing position.
One! Two! Three! Four!
Hil-la-ry goes out the door!
Five! Six! Seven! Eight!
Hil-la-ry goes out the gate!
It has to be true - when it comes to “No Intelligence” the Obama Administration is the true expert.
What price silence, CBS?.......What price silence?
but you could have sent Marines there with bullets
What price silence, ABC?......What price silence?
Just another “man-caused disaster”, one supposes ...
What price silence, NBC?.......What price silence?
What price silence, CNN?.......What price silence?
“White House press secretary Jay Carney said there was no actionable intelligence ahead of the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.”
Then why did our Egyptian Embassy put out that ridiculous statement right before the attacks begin? By the way Mitt was right in criticizing that statement.
If we didn’t have intelligence Panatta should be fired.
I believe this is all part of the plan. obama has told Iran and the rest of the muslim world that he is their man in the white house.
We’re paying for mosgues to be built in the Middle East and we’re probably paying for them to be built here. And there’s no telling what attack plans are being made inside of them.
Wasn’t that appology from the American Embassy in Cairo that started this whole ball. They would have attacked but know they got a excuse to use. Hmmm all from this administration ...interesting isn’t it????
How many days till the election, yeah real interesting.
Just a side note and off topic....Assad in Syria is a real happy guy these days, his country’s war is not on the front page anymore anywhere is it?
smell the smell of fear coming from the WH