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Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan
The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Craig Whitlock

Posted on 11/12/2012 10:28:02 PM PST by kristinn

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — The FBI probe into the sex scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday.

According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of “potentially inappropriate” emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close friendship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011.

The FBI first notified the Pentagon of its investigation into Allen’s communications with Kelley on Sunday evening, according to the senior defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the ongoing case.

In response, Pentagon chief Leon E. Panetta referred the investigation to the Defense Department’s Inspector General for further review, according to a statement released by Panetta early Tuesday as he was traveling to Australia.

The latest development in the unfolding scandal has shaken President Obama’s national-security staff and upended his carefully chosen plans for his military and intelligence team in his second term.

It also further calls into question the personal behavior of two of the U.S. military’s highest-ranking and most respected figures, who apparently ignored concerns about the highly sensitive nature of their jobs as they embraced personal relationships with younger women who were not their wives.

SNIP

In his statement, Panetta said Allen would remain as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan for now, “while the matter is under investigation and before the facts are determined.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: allen; benghazi; davidpetraeus; distraction; duplicate; itsallaboutsex; johnallen; navyseals; notbreakingnews; petreaus; scandals; threatmatrix; threatmatrixbenghazi
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To: DesertRhino
Now, why does a Tampa housewife, even one thats a “social liason” need to send the General over all NATO forces in Afghanistan 40 pages of email -every single day-, 7 days a week?

The article doesn't actually identify the direction of the email.

101 posted on 11/13/2012 2:34:12 AM PST by wideminded
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To: Deagle

This is exactly how MSM handles fair and balanced...not that they care anymore. Before the election hide anything that is damaging to the dimo/liberal agenda. After election, take a breather and throw out a few stories to look like you’re balanced because there’s no danger of hurting the liberal cause.


102 posted on 11/13/2012 2:59:05 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: DesertRhino

Yeah, TAMPA BAY TIMES:

This past September, Jill Kelley said she had been named “honorary consulate general to South Korea” and also attended a breakfast at the White House.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/article1261129.ece


103 posted on 11/13/2012 3:00:28 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: petitfour

Reminds me of a few females during Vietnam War that wore flight jackets with a number of patches. They wrote books using a liberal interpretation of ‘embedded’.


104 posted on 11/13/2012 3:02:40 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: Jeff Head; Irenic

Yes. When is the last time something like this has happened?

In THIS country at least.

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To: fatasshick

I knew that Lebanese **** was bad news. I have a feeling she’s spying against the United States. ******************************** That’s my thinking at the moment,too but who knows what happens next.

14 posted on Tue Nov 13 2012 00:45:53 GMT-0600 (CST) by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer’s glue is put away— we’ve lost the red wheel barrow) [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies | Report Abuse]


105 posted on 11/13/2012 3:11:48 AM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: Jeff Head

Honey trap with a strange cyber component.

Notice both officers have been accused of ‘potentially inappropriate e-mail correspondence’ on the order of 10,000 to 20,000. That’s a very broad spread, but also an unlikely quantity.

Any one who’s run a small business knows right off the bat a work year has 2000 hrs with two week vacation thrown. So these four star theater commanders were sending off 5 to 10 emails off every hour of every day while surrounded by staff and managing war efforts? Not plausible on the face of it except to unemployed folk who live on social networks.

This is starting to smell like a cyber attack done by a rather inept group removed from the realities of every day and military life. Trying to recall that news item about the Obama campaigns very large IT group. The twin sisters need deep scrutiny, there’s a modern day Craig Livingston around somewhere.

See you at Yorktown


106 posted on 11/13/2012 3:53:06 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: kristinn

What is this, “As The Pentagon Turns?”

}:-)4


107 posted on 11/13/2012 3:58:01 AM PST by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: kristinn
Good morning.

Methinks our entire national security apparatus has been compromised...on purpose.

5.56mm

108 posted on 11/13/2012 4:07:17 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: kristinn

The Clinton years festering. We tried to tell them this kind of stuff would happen if the CIC was allowed to act out without consequences.


109 posted on 11/13/2012 4:09:04 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: a fool in paradise

How does he have time to run a war when he’s living on his email account? Assuming any of this is true, there’s a huge difference between 20,000 and 30,000. Sounds like numbers being thrown around. Since when did adultery become such a big deal in the govt? So much of this doesn’t compute


110 posted on 11/13/2012 4:09:50 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: InvisibleChurch

If your formal lines of communication had been corrupted, how would you communicate to others?


111 posted on 11/13/2012 4:12:14 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cyman

yep. There is something wrong with her. The poses give it away. She makes Broadwell look respectable. Broadwell, BTW, told Jon Stewart while back that Petraeus’ nickname was “Peaches.”


112 posted on 11/13/2012 4:20:24 AM PST by PghBaldy (Pete Hoekstra RE: Petraeus "There's more here than meets the eye.")
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To: Cvengr

Wouldn’t surprise me, sadly, if many of the military brass were screwing around. My question is whether senior brass are being targeted. Is there a Mata Hari loose in Washington?


113 posted on 11/13/2012 4:24:07 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: Cvengr

Do you mean he’s relegated to sending emails because other means aren’t secure? If so, that sure seems backwards, but I dont know a lot about technology


114 posted on 11/13/2012 4:25:47 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: Rabin

PING

Seems like more than a “night” of the long knives.


115 posted on 11/13/2012 4:33:20 AM PST by Roccus
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To: tennmountainman
Am I reading this correctly?

The same Arab woman involved with outing Betrayus Is involved with another commander who lost his job.

What are the odds of that?

It's uncanny. I can't wrap my head around it either.

116 posted on 11/13/2012 4:49:14 AM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: xrmusn

CIC in nomamas case means Corrupt Incompetent Coward!!!!


117 posted on 11/13/2012 5:10:13 AM PST by ldish (Give me Freedom and Liberty or let's kick some a**!)
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To: SUN68RAY
Maybe these emails should be in a separate post.

Broadwell does sound unstable to me. I can see why Kelly might have shown them to her FBI friend and he decided to investigate.

Not saying that Kelly is innocent since it looks like she might have been having her own affair or at least an email affair, but to me Broadwell sounds unstable. The fact that Broadwell revealed information no one else had, shows a huge security problem that the FBI chose to ignore.

Petraeus needs to be investigated.

118 posted on 11/13/2012 5:10:13 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: a fool in paradise

Lots of useful information at this link about Jill Khawam Kelley. Not sure if she’s muslim. Most of the Lebanese families who emigrated during the 1970s were Christian, but not all. They are quite the litigious family.

http://www.businessinsider.com/jill-kelley-sex-scandal-petraeus-cia-allen-emails-2012-11


119 posted on 11/13/2012 5:14:41 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: SUN68RAY

If these are the real emails, another interesting thing is the date. Nov 7,2011 and Nov. 8, 2011

Over a year ago. When did they actually start investigating the General.


120 posted on 11/13/2012 5:15:21 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: kristinn

“What I saw at the coup”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2929658/posts

Some of the hate radio hosts began to fan the flames with crazy rumors that really weren’t so crazy, not to us. When they were taken off the air through a variety of means (but mainly for violating the “fomenting domestic terrorism” laws), the right wing nut jobs went absolutely mad with fury. The accusations about a secret purge continued. The plan was being laid out for all to see, even while it was being officially denied at every level, and was never reported on at all by our cooperating media networks and other friendly outlets.

And then the shooting started.

At a month and a half or so, it sometimes seemed that the plan was in danger of falling apart. I asked Dennis about it in private, but he appeared unworried.

“It’s all part of the action-reaction calculus. It was all taken into account. We needed them to react. We’re in the second phase. We smoked them out into the open with phase one, and now we can go get them. Why do you think we bought billions of bullets for the DHS? Why do you think we paid for SWAT teams and armored cars in every Podunk town in America? We’ve been getting ready for this moment for years.”

“You knew this would happen? A civil war?”

He said, “It’s not a civil war—it’s a police action against criminals and domestic terrorists. But don’t worry: we’re ready. Now that they’re shooting at us, we can take the gloves off. The first two thousand arrests were just priming the pump. This phase will let us finish the job once and for all. Think about it: even now, nobody knows what happened to the first two thousand, or even that there were two thousand. In a month, nobody will remember if they were arrested before the shooting started, or after.”


121 posted on 11/13/2012 5:17:05 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Jeff Head
Treason is in the air.

Tyranny is in the water.

122 posted on 11/13/2012 5:18:26 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: kristinn

Honey trap?


123 posted on 11/13/2012 5:19:05 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Jeff Head
I think the Russians call it a putsch

it smells to me like the Obama "folks" found out about a " 7 Days in May" type deal.

124 posted on 11/13/2012 5:20:31 AM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: a fool in paradise

I think you’ve got them mixed up with Petraeus and Broadwell. This is Allen and Kelley, the woman in Tampa who likes to hang out with general officers. And gets shirtless photos e-mailed to her by the FBI agent who started the investigation of Petraeus.


125 posted on 11/13/2012 5:24:17 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: 1010RD

Another interesting tidbit from the NY Daily News. They quote Paula Broadwell’s father as stating that there is a much bigger story at play:

“But Broadwell’s father said Sunday his daughter is the victim of character assassination and implied the bombshell story is just a smoke screen for something bigger.

“This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out,” Broadwell’s dad, Paul Krantz, told the Daily News outside his home in Bismarck, N.D.

“There is a lot more that is going to come out,” said Krantz, claiming he was not allowed to elaborate. “You wait and see. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ap-source-target-emails-petraeus-paramour-state-department-military-liaison-article-1.1200299


126 posted on 11/13/2012 5:24:44 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: kristinn

My gut tells me there is a purge underway, and it has little to do with steamy emails.


127 posted on 11/13/2012 5:31:10 AM PST by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: kristinn

I like a good insult of Obama as much as anyone, but calling him names and simply making claims will do none of us much good. Can we get some smart Freeper investigators to focus on the facts thus far and try to put the pieces together? There’s definitely something here if we dig hard enough ...


128 posted on 11/13/2012 5:31:56 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: dinoparty; kristinn

Can someone please provide the names of the people in charge of ORCA, find the name of the software company that wrote and or sold it to Romney. I would love to do some digging to see if I can find any links to the players.


129 posted on 11/13/2012 5:39:17 AM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: kristinn

Secret Service officers, FBI agents, Army generals, Marine generals....Is there anyone left who really deserves the respect of the people? Apparently politicians aren’t the only corrupt ones in our government.


130 posted on 11/13/2012 5:56:17 AM PST by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: Jeff Head
Sounds like a Chicago style stong/blackmail operation to me.

Sounds like they got to John Boner too.
131 posted on 11/13/2012 6:00:17 AM PST by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Weren’t they working on a book together?”

Maybe I’m off base here, but what the hell is the acting Commander of troops in Afghanistan doing working with a civilian on a book while we have troops in harms way?


132 posted on 11/13/2012 6:02:59 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: kristinn

Statute sets the total number of four-star generals allowed in each service. This is set at 7 four-star Army generals, 9 four-star Air Force generals and 2 four-star Marine generals. (source: wikipedia)

Here we have one middle eastern “socialite” taking down 11% of our Generals????

It is definitely a “Knight of the Long Knives” purge/setup.


133 posted on 11/13/2012 6:03:45 AM PST by johnsmom (I must be dreaming 'cause this can't be real)
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To: tennmountainman
When r they going to raid Hillary’s house.

The she-devil's house is spotless, she's never there, besides she's an expert on eliminating her fingerprints on things.
134 posted on 11/13/2012 6:06:48 AM PST by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: tennmountainman

So true.


135 posted on 11/13/2012 6:10:06 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: kristinn

The blaze is reporting that the original FBI agent that was contacted by Jill Kelly was removed from the investigation. They thought he was obsessed with the story and worried it would be brushed under the rug.

But, apparently he sent shirtless pics to J Kelly. What’s up with this chick?


136 posted on 11/13/2012 6:10:30 AM PST by HollyB
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To: tennmountainman

Read my post at 136...there’s more!


137 posted on 11/13/2012 6:11:30 AM PST by HollyB
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To: The Cajun
Lets see, you got twins, you got a mistress, you got a couple of Generals, you got the CIA, you got the FBI, you got a usurper president, you got a certifiably insane vice president, you got a Secretary of State who hotfooted it out the country and heck it's just 7 days after the election.
Buckle up boys and girls!


And Jon F'ing Cary ready to report for duty as Sec. of Defeat.


138 posted on 11/13/2012 6:12:10 AM PST by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: kristinn

20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails?

What do they do all day? Do they eat, do they sleep, do they do their jobs? Apparently not. They sit at their computers all day and send emails back and forth to each other.

This is BS.


139 posted on 11/13/2012 6:14:06 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Cut the cable today!)
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To: kristinn
The FBI probe into the sex scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday.

Odd. These two top military leaders commit sexicide right in the middle of a terrorist attack scandal?

Golly, the president sure is making it hard to find out about those American weapons being in the wrong hands, isn't he?
This scandal is reminiscent of Fast n Furious. We don't know all the players involved in that deadly scandal yet, either.

For some reason, the Oboma administration keeps shipping weapons to people who want to (and do) kill Americans. What an odd thing for him to do. You'd think he didn't love our Republic. You'd think he was fundamentally trying to change this country - to his personal liking - by force or something.

140 posted on 11/13/2012 6:15:29 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: swamprebel

“My gut tells me there is a purge underway, and it has little to do with steamy emails.”

I’m getting that feeling also.


141 posted on 11/13/2012 6:15:56 AM PST by everlast
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To: SUN68RAY

Someone had to inform Judge Royce C. Lamberth. Who was it? Could it have been Cantor or ws it Holder. No way they snoped into the CIA e-mails without him knowing it. Once we know who, we will know where this is going.


142 posted on 11/13/2012 6:17:31 AM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: TigersEye

4) And two men had to disobey orders so that they could save 30 lives. Correct me if I’m wrong on that.


143 posted on 11/13/2012 6:18:07 AM PST by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: tinamina
Did I read somewhere that Jill is a party planner?

She certainly has a 'party line'................

144 posted on 11/13/2012 6:19:52 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: petitfour

Uh oh. This woman gets around apparently.


Is she Sandra Fluke in disguise?


145 posted on 11/13/2012 6:20:47 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: a fool in paradise

Different duo.

What a mess.

Soon we’re going to need a list of characters.


146 posted on 11/13/2012 6:26:51 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: tennmountainman

No, you are NOT reading it correctly.

Different woman, different general, although everyone involved apparently knows the other characters in the drama.


147 posted on 11/13/2012 6:30:28 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: WildHighlander57
I knew that Lebanese **** was bad news.

This is exactly the sort of idiocy and ignorance that gives conservatives a really bad name. Did you know that there are a lot of Lebanese christians living in the US, and that before the ME blew up so many decades ago it was a beautiful country. Her mother is a cook. Do you know how good Lebanese food is. One thing that I will thank waves of immigration for is decent food and not the slop brought here by our English, Irish and German forbearers (good beer and whisky excepted and even that had to come from the host countries).

148 posted on 11/13/2012 6:38:04 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: everlast

Note that there is sex scandal at DHS, yet we have heard nothing of it anymore... The GOP lost Congress in 2006 due to sex scandals, yet we have more here in the Regime then we did then in the GOP.


149 posted on 11/13/2012 6:41:59 AM PST by PghBaldy (Pete Hoekstra RE: Petraeus "There's more here than meets the eye.")
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To: Jedidah

I was reading it correctly. See Drudge Headline.


150 posted on 11/13/2012 6:43:55 AM PST by tennmountainman
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