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Obama State Department to Media: Stop Asking Questions About the Libya Mess
Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2012 | Guy Benson

Posted on 09/15/2012 3:20:52 PM PDT by Kaslin

There's an "open investigation" underway, you must understand, so they're "not going to be in a position" to talk to reporters about the who, what, where, when, or why of the disastrous security meltdown that left four US diplomats and two servicemen killed in Benghazi:
 

The State Department told reporters Friday afternoon that it won't answer any more questions about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans until the investigation into the incident is complete.  "I'm going to frustrate all of you, infinitely, by telling you that now that we have an open FBI investigation on the death of these four Americans, we are not going to be in a position to talk at all about what the U.S. government may or may not be learning about how any of this this happened -- not who they were, not how it happened, not what happened to Ambassador Stevens, not any of it -- until the Justice Department is ready to talk about the investigation that's its got," State Department spokeswoman Victorian Nuland told reporters late Friday afternoon. "So I'm going to send to the FBI for those kinds of questions and they're probably not going to talk to you about it," she said. All aspects of the attack, including what led up to it, its causes, the identity of the perpetrators, and the circumstances surrounding the death of Amb. Chris Stevens and the other three Americans, are off limits for reporters.


No word on whether State Department officials will remain available to discuss their favorite type of chili peppers.  I suppose the press -- and the American people -- will have to rely on national security leaks to ascertain any of this information now that the flow of information has been formally shut down.  Given this White House's track record, those shouldn't be too hard to come by.  Meanwhile, I'll simply point out a few ironies:  In light of the revelation that Barack Obama has been skipping the majority of his daily intelligence briefings, the White House's go-to excuse has been essentially, "no worries, he gets all of the same information in written memos."  What was the White House's excuse when we learned that Eric Holder received briefing memos on Fast & Furious long before the date he'd testified under oath that he first learned of the deadly operation?  "Oh, come on, we don't actually read all of our memos."  So memo briefings are sufficient, except when they're not.  Finally, I've been meaning to post this clip all week.  Now seems to be a good time to do so.  The whole thing is fantastic, but considering the subject matter of this post, pay special attention to Obama's transparency preening:
 

Obama Un-narrated Documentary/Review (in his own words)

So much for that "touchstone," huh? In fairness, not all sensitive information can or should be made public. The question we need to ask is whether the Obama State Department is freezing out media inquiries into the Benghazi massacre because the answers to such questions genuinely compromise national security interests, or because they're trying to insulate the White House from the political fallout of their lethal fumble.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: barackobama; benghazi; libya; transparency

1 posted on 09/15/2012 3:21:00 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The media is asking questions about the Libya attack? Who knew? That is news to me.


2 posted on 09/15/2012 3:22:52 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

3 posted on 09/15/2012 3:24:54 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: Kaslin

5 posted on 09/15/2012 3:25:31 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Kaslin

Just out of curiosity, is this really the FBI’s job (I thought they were only domestic)? Shouldn’t this fall on the CIA?


6 posted on 09/15/2012 3:27:44 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: Kaslin
Obama State Department to Media: Stop Asking Questions About the Libya Mess

Obama flak chuckers become hostile, tire from flinging feces.

Speaking of turds..

Void the bowels of Washington in November!

7 posted on 09/15/2012 3:27:57 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: Diogenesis

8 posted on 09/15/2012 3:31:38 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: Parley Baer
Obama State Department to Media: Stop Asking Questions About the Libya Mess

HaaaaaaaHaaaaaaaaaa. And of course THEY WILL STOP
Can't make this $h!t up

9 posted on 09/15/2012 3:38:16 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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"I'm going to frustrate all of you, infinitely, by telling you that now that we have an open FBI investigation on the death of these four Americans, we are not going to be in a position to talk at all about what the U.S. government may or may not be learning about how any of this this happened -- not who they were, not how it happened, not what happened to Ambassador Stevens, not any of it -- until the Justice Department is ready to talk about the investigation that's its got," State Department spokeswoman Victorian Nuland told reporters late Friday afternoon.

Sounds like there's a connection to "Fast and Furious" to me, wonder how many U.S. weapons were used by the terrorists when they attacked our diplomatic facilities in Libya? How many did they get from the BATF?

(hey, the most 'transparent administration' doesn't want to answer questions, it just means that one must speculate as to what our government was REALLY up to, ok?)

"Q - So Mr. 0bama, did anyone on Air Force One suggest or even hint that it might not be appropriate for you to head for Vegas and a cash raising campaign event in the wake of Ambassador Stevens and other Americans being murdered by al Qaeda terrorists?"

A -
[crickets: 'chirp ... chirp ... chirp']
10 posted on 09/15/2012 3:38:27 PM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in America's panties, 0bama is the yellow stain in front!)
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To: timestax
5th columnists as it were

Oh I crack myself up. 5th columnists!!!

11 posted on 09/15/2012 3:47:07 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: mkjessup
"Q - ... did anyone on Air Force One suggest or even hint that it might not be appropriate for you to head for Vegas and a cash raising campaign event ...?"

Of course not. Bambi is like all the other fancy people that surround themselves with lackies whose major talent is to agree with him, do what he says, and never say No.

12 posted on 09/15/2012 3:48:56 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: Kaslin

Stonewalling. Cover-up.


13 posted on 09/15/2012 3:51:47 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: Kaslin

Oh yes, oh Great One...
Your wish is our command...
We bow, we scrape, we are at your bidding....
Say no more!


14 posted on 09/15/2012 4:02:03 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Kaslin
This is the biggest crock of crap I've seen in a long while. Trump up an investigation so as to shut down legitimate inquiry. Abuse of power, blatant.

Any FBI investigation would be domestic and involve the filmmaker --which is a farce in and of itself--and has nothing to do with the questions we want answered about the embassy's siege.

Pound hell out of him on this Mitt. Day and night, damn it !

15 posted on 09/15/2012 4:04:00 PM PDT by chiller (First check the poll's Dem/Rep/Ind sampling numbers, then re-think.)
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To: Kaslin
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16 posted on 09/15/2012 4:10:49 PM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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To: Kaslin

Too bad Nixon didn’t try stomping on the first amendment like these communist scum do!


17 posted on 09/15/2012 4:12:36 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a Barack 0b0tt0my!)
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To: timestax

FuB0!


18 posted on 09/15/2012 4:37:18 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Kaslin


19 posted on 09/15/2012 4:57:58 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Kaslin

The media will obey.


20 posted on 09/15/2012 5:20:55 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: the anti-liberal
The FBI investigates international terrorism, domestic and foreign.

fbi.gov

21 posted on 09/15/2012 5:58:40 PM PDT by Daaave ("You Nexus, huh? I design your eyes.")
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To: Daaave

Thanks, I really wasn’t sure.


22 posted on 09/15/2012 7:04:56 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: Kaslin
What was that screed about not remaining silent in objection to Bush and somehow related to being, or not being, patriotic?

23 posted on 09/15/2012 7:09:41 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Gene Eric

It’s only patriotic to question the president if he’s a republican. Man, I despise these people. And those who vote for them.


24 posted on 09/15/2012 8:11:41 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Kaslin; PJBankard; scottjewell; ebb tide; Sirius Lee; lilycicero; MaryLou1; glock rocks; JPG; ...

Please join me in saying “Thank you” to kaslin for another great post!


25 posted on 09/15/2012 8:14:46 PM PDT by narses
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To: Kaslin
This is the same crap Janet Reno used to pull. When they didn't want something exposed, they buried things under a cloak of "FBI investigation". Then they refused to talk about it and nothing ever came out. Years later, the story is dead and then they drop the investigation. Mission accomplished.

Two words: COVER UP...

26 posted on 09/15/2012 10:00:43 PM PDT by Gritty (The Obama agenda has failed not because it was stopped, but because it was passed! - Paul Ryan)
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To: Kaslin

Where the heck is cry baby at? The House Wheeper should be bashing the incompetence and reigning down an oversight committee upon the various Executive agencies. This should not be a hush-hush investigation either by the whimpering Congresscritters either.


27 posted on 09/15/2012 10:24:00 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Kaslin

FBI investigation? Does embassy status relegate it to the purview of the FBI vs. CIA?


28 posted on 09/16/2012 3:18:43 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: narses

My pleasure


29 posted on 09/16/2012 3:39:47 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: trebb

See Post# 21


30 posted on 09/16/2012 3:41:47 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: rollo tomasi

Blah, blah, blah. Get over your hate of the Speaker of the House. Perhaps you would be happy if princess Pelosi were at the helm.


31 posted on 09/16/2012 3:45:57 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
See Post# 21

Thanks

32 posted on 09/16/2012 7:08:11 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Kaslin
Well, where is the Wheeper at? Lol, I guess whoring for R's trump action in your book, whatever.

Also, when Repubs are in the minority they often speak more loudly. Why is that Party whore? The game is afoot and you are still stuck at "trust", lol.

33 posted on 09/16/2012 8:45:01 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Kaslin
Sorry, that should be Weeper of the House, Tip O'Neil in terms of fire breathing opposition he is not. With a Pres like Obama, you need to exert any under handed method available instead of letting the media and fear of losing power control you.
34 posted on 09/16/2012 8:53:42 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Kaslin

They will wait to let out some sort of fuzzy statement after other news events and enough time has caused people to largely not relate too much to the 9/11/12 attack.


35 posted on 09/16/2012 9:15:44 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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