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Sources: DNI cut "al Qaeda" reference from Benghazi talking points, and CIA, FBI signed off
CBS News ^ | November 20, 2012

Posted on 11/20/2012 8:21:35 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike

(CBS News) WASHINGTON - 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.

There has been considerable discussion about who made the changes to the talking points that Rice stuck to in her television appearances on Sept. 16 (video), five days after the attack that killed American Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, and three other U.S. nationals.

Republicans have accused her of making misleading statements by referring to the assault as a "spontaneous" demonstration by extremists. Some have suggested she used the terminology she did for political reasons.

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


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To: uncommonsense

“What the heck is the DNI?”

That’s a great question and I looked it up trying to figure out who Petraeus reported to as Director of the CIA.


Petraeus reported to James Clapper...he handed him his resignation.


41 posted on 11/20/2012 9:22:07 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("God only knows it's not what we would choose to do." - Lyric from Us and Them - Pink Floyd)
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To: JediJones
LOL! It does sound like the crew for the villain in a Bond film, but since politics and entertainment are blending together these days, it works. Unfortunately this would be real life, so unlike the Bond women, we'd see women like Napolitano in tight black leather. Yeah, I had to mention that before lunch.
42 posted on 11/20/2012 9:24:28 AM PST by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike; Condor51; PhilCollins

A simple change of names and descriptions of departments and this thing reads ^exactly like^ (let me repeat: EXACTLY LIKE] Chicago’s contract truck scandal.

Daley deflects accountability by saying, “I don’t know who hired [Torres]. I don’t control hiring in Streets and San.”.”


43 posted on 11/20/2012 9:27:08 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Bread and Circuses; Everyone to the Coliseum!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
From Wikipedia:

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is the United States government official – subject to the authority, direction, and control of the President – required by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to:

Serve as principal advisor to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council about intelligence matters related to national security; Serve as head of the sixteen-member Intelligence Community; and Direct and oversee the National Intelligence Program."

So this office is directly under the President and is under the control of the President. So guess where the buck should stop.

That being said, I think that conservatives are being diverted from the real issue: Why was a rescue attempt not made during the course of 7 hours?

This article is an example of "talking points" about "talking points"!! :) You know it's getting deep when they float excuses about excuses.

44 posted on 11/20/2012 9:28:22 AM PST by the_Watchman
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To: Hotlanta Mike

The article actually says very little.
The most interesting part is at the end,””We want a wiring diagram,” Miller said. “We want an organized picture: ‘It was al Qaeda who ordered it, it was Ansar al Sharia who carried it out, it was this group that assisted. The problem is, the lines have blurred between those groups and their members. Ansar al Sharias are popping up in places like Benghazi, but also in Yemen, also in Tunisia, in all these countries — and they’re not al Qaeda, but they are reading from the al Qaeda narrative and they are being influenced by people who are formerly influential extremists in al Qaeda.”

“The actual truth is, the picture isn’t that clear, but we can piece it together, and that’s not satisfying to people who are used to saying, ‘You can attach this attack to that group,’” said Miller.”
They don’t want to say terrorists did it without specifying their actual affiliation? In other words they’ll bend over backwards to not say terrorists in some generic fashion because people will associate that word with Muslims.Better to specify and essentially carve the terrorist out from the general Muslim population.


45 posted on 11/20/2012 10:06:11 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: wiggen

Workplace violence...


46 posted on 11/20/2012 10:07:35 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("God only knows it's not what we would choose to do." - Lyric from Us and Them - Pink Floyd)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Amazing. I do believe i interpreted his words correctly. He may not want them read that way but it is whats being said.


47 posted on 11/20/2012 10:09:56 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
It's not clear that Petraeus reported to Clapper even though he gave his resignation to him. There's nothing in any reference where the CIA reports to the president specifically or another agency director (Federal Executive Branch ). It's "independent", but the DNI consolidates inputs from the CIA, so there's a dotted line to Clapper.

At the DNI site, they don't list the CIA: Members of the Intelligence Community

From: Who oversees the CIA? Does it act on its own initiative?

External to the CIA, both the Congress and the executive branch oversee the CIA’s activities.In the Executive Branch, the National Security Council—including the president, the vice president, the secretary of state, and the secretary of defense—provides guidance and direction for national foreign intelligence and counterintelligence activities. In Congress, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as other committees, closely monitor the Agency’s reporting and programs. The CIA is not a policy-making organization; it advises the Director of National Intelligence on matters of foreign intelligence, and it conducts covert actions at the direction of the President.

48 posted on 11/20/2012 10:30:02 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: uncommonsense; Hotlanta Mike
Actually, the DNI does list the CIA as input into the DNI, but not as an agency that it runs...
49 posted on 11/20/2012 10:32:58 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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