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Michael Morell: No cover-up on Benghazi
Politico ^ | April 2, 2014 | By LUCY MCCALMONT

Posted on 04/02/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Former CIA Director Michael Morell denied there was any cover-up or political influence in messaging of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

“We did not deliberately down play the role of terrorists in the Benghazi attack in our analysis or in the talking points,” Morell said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday.

“And neither I, nor anyone else at the agency deliberately misled anyone in Congress about any aspect of the tragedy in Benghazi,” Morell added.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; hitlery; iran; libya; michaelmorell
"At this point, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?" /pantsuit
1 posted on 04/02/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

LYIN’ BASTARD!


2 posted on 04/02/2014 9:35:01 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This guy is lying. Obama and his cronies lie about EVERYTHING.


3 posted on 04/02/2014 9:35:45 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

We investigate ourselves and found that we didn’t cover up anything.

In fact we found out we did a great job, yeah- that’s the ticket


4 posted on 04/02/2014 9:36:05 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Nice headline.

Only this is the CIA, whom the WH and State Dept wanted to throw under.

This is not a State Dept headline, nor a congressional finding.


5 posted on 04/02/2014 9:36:18 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This guy is an 0bama sycophant and a liar.


6 posted on 04/02/2014 9:36:44 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Then why the hell change what the Libyan station chief reported?
7 posted on 04/02/2014 9:37:05 AM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Lie! It's SOP for this bunch.

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8 posted on 04/02/2014 9:38:46 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Lying like the dog he is. Never a thought of politics….during Obama’s re-election campaign…right after he declared terrorism defeated. The reason Susan Rice lied on five TV Sunday shows was that he chose to believe the CIA analysts, who based their talking points on the press coverage (i.e.. The NY Times), instead of on the Chief of Station on the ground in Benghazi!!! Un-freaking-believable! But the Democrats at the hearing were totally on board with that explanation and gave him fawning reviews for his “great service to the country.”

Meanwhile, Amb. Stevens and the three brave fighters who tried to save him are still dead.


9 posted on 04/02/2014 9:39:04 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Big Brother has spoken.

Suck it up, citizen.


10 posted on 04/02/2014 9:40:29 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer
Suck it up, citizen.

Embrace the suck!

11 posted on 04/02/2014 9:41:52 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

He’s a brazen liar.


12 posted on 04/02/2014 9:42:03 AM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
weasel words.

Nobody is ever held responsible in our form of government.

13 posted on 04/02/2014 9:48:03 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And the lies go on and on and on.


14 posted on 04/02/2014 9:49:07 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This guy could work for G.M.!


15 posted on 04/02/2014 9:49:50 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; thouworm

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/01/ex-cia-boss-morell-to-face-heavy-questioning-on-benghazi-at-wednesday-hearing/

Mukasey also said Morell should be asked to explain his post-CIA career decisions which closely align him with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aides. After retiring from the CIA, Morell joined Beacon Global Strategies as a counselor.Fox News was first to report on the connections between Beacon’s founding partners, Morell, Clinton and the House Intelligence Committee.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/24/revolving-door-ties-between-consultancy-govt-raise-questions-about-benghazi/

Morell, who also is a national security analyst for CBS News and has a book deal, joined the Beacon firm after retiring from the CIA last year. In doing so, he joined an organization already stacked with ex-government officials. Among them is Philippe Reines, whom the New York Times magazine recently described as Clinton’s “principal gatekeeper.” According to Beacon’s website, Reines traveled to more than 110 countries with the then-Secretary of State as part of her senior team.

Another employee, Jeremy Bash, was a former chief of staff to Leon Panetta at both the CIA and Defense Department. Andrew Shapiro was a Clinton policy adviser at the State Department whose portfolio included ridding Libya of shoulder-launched missiles called MANPADs.

And it includes Republican J. Michael Allen, who was a former majority staff director for the House Intelligence Committee, headed by Republican Rep. Mike Rogers.

http://beaconglobalstrategies.com/team/michael-j-morell/

MICHAEL J. MORELL
Counselor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beacon_Global_Strategies_LLC

Beacon Global Strategies LLC (BGS) is a Washington, DC-based strategic advisory firm founded by partners Michael Allen, Jeremy Bash, Philippe Reines, and Andrew Shapiro in 2013.[1][2] According to the firm’s website, Beacon Global Strategies specializes in matters of international policy, foreign affairs, national defense, cyber, intelligence, and homeland security.[3]

About BGS[edit]

A September 2013 article in Defense News, describes Beacon Global Strategies as unique for a Washington consulting firm because of its partners’ intent to eventually return to government. The article noted that “Part of the confidence in future public service may stem from a combination of significant titles and relative youth, paired with the fact that most of the founders of the firm have ties to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who may be a presidential favorite heading into the 2016 election if she decides to run.”[1]

A September 2013 Washington Post profile of Beacon Global Strategies highlighted the firm’s bipartisan make up: “‘We want to build bipartisan support for solutions to complex national security problems,’ Bash said, noting that cooperation between Democrats and Republicans on these issues ‘has been lacking in recent years.’”[4]
BGS Leadership[edit]

Before founding Beacon Global Strategies, the four partners served in a variety of government positions:

Michael Allen served as Majority Staff Director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), under Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) from 2011-2013.[5] He previously served in the George W. Bush White House.[6] Allen is the author of “Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence after 9/11” (Potomac Books Inc. September 2013).[7]

Jeremy Bash was the only Obama Administration official to have served as Chief of Staff in two national security departments or agencies: first as Chief of Staff to the Director of the CIA (2009-2011) and most recently as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense (2011-2013).[8][9] Philippe Reines is a long-time Senior Advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
From 2009-2013, Reines served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Communications and Senior Communications Advisor.[10] Reines served from 2002-2009 as Senior Advisor & Press Secretary for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.[11]

Andrew Shapiro is the former and longest serving Senate confirmed United States Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (2009-2013).[12] During the presidential transition of Barack Obama, Shapiro was a member of the Obama-Biden Department of Defense Agency Review Team, and during the 2008 presidential election, a member of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, advising on foreign affairs.

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130903/DEFREG02/309030006

WASHINGTON — Consulting groups are routinely a place where former public servants are put out to pasture, a last stop to conclude careers built on senior government positions. But a group of former senior officials is building a new firm, Beacon Global Strategies, while retaining an additional goal.

They all want to go back into government.

Part of the confidence in future public service may stem from a combination of significant titles and relative youth, paired with the fact that most of the founders of the firm have ties to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who may be a presidential favorite heading into the 2016 election if she decides to run.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/09/03/former-hillary-clinton-aides-form-bipartisan-consulting-firm/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/18/benghazi-critics-hit-lobbying-firm/

Benghazi critics hit lobbying firm
‘Revolving door’ from public to private sector

Government watchdogs and a veteran congressman are sharply criticizing a bipartisan consulting firm formed by a trio of former Obama administration insiders and the former staff director of the House Intelligence Committee, whose Republican chairman opposes a select committee in the deadly September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.

J. Michael Allen resigned from the committee in August to join Beacon Global Strategies with Phillipe Reines, spokesman for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; former Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro; and Jeremy Bash, chief of staff to former CIA director and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.

The firm will specialize in foreign affairs, national defense and homeland security. Mr. Panetta, a Clinton ally, is its first client.

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HT: thouworm

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/24/Report-Top-GOP-Benghazi-Investigator-In-Business-With-Clintonistas

More here from the link (but watch video also). It didn’t get enough coverage:

The Fox News report by Catherine Herridge notes that ***one month*** after Allen interviewed Morell about the Benghazi attack in May 2013, Beacon approached him to hire him. Allen was then one of the most senior GOP officials on the issue and Morell the deputy director at the CIA.....

J. Michael Allen is the founder and managing director of Beacon Global Strategies. He previously served as the staff director for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by GOP Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan and perhaps the most important panel investigating Benghazi.

Allen’s new business partners at Beacon include:

Philippe Reines, a dyed-in-the-wool Clinton hatchet man who worked for Clinton from 2002 until founding Beacon

Andrew Shapiro, a former top State Department official (under Clinton) and senior policy adviser to Clinton

Josh Kirshner, a former top State Department official under Clinton who also worked for her as a Senate aide in 2006

Ashley Woolheater, who previously led a team “responsible for crafting and executing the strategic media goals of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton” at the State Department

Jeremy Bash, a former chief of staff to Leon Panetta at the Defense Department and CIA under President Obama

Julianne Smith, a former top aide to Vice President Joe Biden

Sarah Davey, a former aide to Michelle Obama who helped craft the “Let’s Move!” initiative

Meredith Steen, a low-level Democratic aide who interned for Democrat James Moran

PS: Greetings Ad-guy. Hope you are well. Missing you and the other ever-witty freepers on the Levin thread.


16 posted on 04/02/2014 9:50:28 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“We did not deliberately down play the role of terrorists in the Benghazi attack in our analysis or in the talking points,” Morell said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday.

“And neither I, nor anyone else at the agency deliberately misled anyone in Congress about any aspect of the tragedy in Benghazi,” Morell added.

He also added that Ooga Booga is not gay and Hitlary isn’t a carpet muncher.


17 posted on 04/02/2014 9:51:09 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: txrefugee

What pisses me off is he said that the analysts based some of their decisions on the news reports. But, then he said he discredited the Chief of Station’s report that it was NOT a demonstration, because he had quoted “news reports” as one of the sources.

So apparently, the analysts reading the NY Times have better, more knowledgeable news reporters than the local reporters in Libya! At least, that is what he is trying to sell!

This man has been lying since he got started!! PERIOD!


18 posted on 04/02/2014 9:53:06 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: Mr. K

No cover-up?

Then why isn’t the Current Occupant up on impeachment charges and the former Secretary of State, Herself, the Cold & Joyless, under indictment for high crimes and treason?

Because the Attorney General, Eric Holder, can be depended upon to carry out the tasks as he has been directed, over at the Department of Just-Us. Only what he is doing is not the legal duty he has to uphold the existing law and the Constitution.


19 posted on 04/02/2014 10:00:43 AM PDT by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Well, gee.

If Michael Morell says there was no cover-up, there MUST be no cover-up...

...

...

/s (of course)

20 posted on 04/02/2014 10:01:10 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
neither I, nor anyone else at the agency deliberately misled anyone in Congress

Follow up question should be "Did you or anyone else at the agency unintentionally mislead anyone in Congress?"

21 posted on 04/02/2014 10:01:53 AM PDT by McGruff (prop.a.gan.da - information of a biased or misleading nature)
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To: McGruff

Will not be asked because the EXEMPT special class
does not care. THE EXEMPT WANTED al Qaeda armed,
and THE EXEMPT WANTED the borders open for their penetration.


22 posted on 04/02/2014 10:07:39 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...

Benghazi ping.

Let Republicanprofessor know if you want on or off this ping list.


23 posted on 04/02/2014 10:09:58 AM PDT by Republicanprofessor
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To: Diogenesis

That’s it exactly. They are exempt.

So far.


24 posted on 04/02/2014 10:13:19 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“So I believed what my analysts said, that there was a protest. I also believed it to be a terrorist attack. You see, we never, we never saw those two things as mutually exclusive and so, I believed both of those at the same time,” Morell said....So his neighbor called and said his wife had a flat tire but the State Police called and said she was killed in an accident? Who to believe? I’ll just go to Las Vegas tomorrow and let someone hang.


25 posted on 04/02/2014 10:13:53 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Case closed.


26 posted on 04/02/2014 10:14:03 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: maggief

Good post!


27 posted on 04/02/2014 10:20:47 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

28 posted on 04/02/2014 10:27:02 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Benghazi was all about a swap, Stevens for the Blind Sheikh, that was the plan from the beginning..but when the other three brave men appeared Obama basically just said F them and let them all die..they had ruined his plan of looking like a hero


29 posted on 04/02/2014 10:40:29 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: b4its2late

Wasn’t this even staged using a static aircraft and empty caskets?


30 posted on 04/02/2014 10:42:35 AM PDT by mcshot (..."And this too shall end.")
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To: gaijin

Wouldn’t be surprise to see Rogers follow his lead.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3131490/posts

Joe diGenova tells WMAL GOP Congressman Mike Rogers (MI-8) is trying to kill Benghazi Investigation

Speaking with Larry O’Connor and guest host Christine O’Donnell, Joe diGenova tells WMAL that GOP Congressman Mike Rogers (MI-8) is trying to kill the Benghazi Investigation.

It is so bad, that even John Boehner has taken Mike Rogers to task for his lack of action. Audio of the interview will be provided later.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEHFuiXnVJU

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/fbi-group-mike-rogers-for-director-90975.html

FBI group: Mike Rogers for director

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/20/15309589-gop-intel-chairman-talks-about-potential-cia-director-job?lite

GOP Intel chairman talks about potential CIA director job

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/06/14/mike-rogers-wont-run-for-the-senate-in-michigan/

Rogers has been mulling a run for months, but signs emerged in recent weeks that he would not enter the race. His brother said in a recent interview that he didn’t expect the congressman to run. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has not met with him recently. And Rogers would be giving up a plum perch as chair of the House Intelligence Committee if he ran for the Senate — a position that affords him increased prominence considering the recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance efforts


31 posted on 04/02/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT by maggief
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To: mcshot

You’re probably correct....


32 posted on 04/02/2014 11:23:19 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

From the beginning I, and probably 90% of the people who really cared knew that this was not the result of a protest. If this man truly did not know that, he is too stupid to be functional in the CIA. If he did know that, he is a liar and still does not belong in the CIA.
Let’s be honest. How many people did not know from the beginning that this was a planned attack? Think this clown didn’t know?


33 posted on 04/02/2014 11:34:15 AM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And what did anyone expect - the truth??

Nay, he is in cahoots with the WH, and they no not what the truth is..


34 posted on 04/02/2014 11:36:01 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: elpadre

correction: change “no” to “know.”


35 posted on 04/02/2014 11:36:57 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

36 posted on 04/02/2014 11:43:30 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

MICHAEL J. MORELL LIAR
There is an active libtard core of people who have self promoted and advanced without ever producing anything. Diligent hard working people are shunted aside while libtard ass kissers get promoted, without ever producing ANYTHING USEFUL, and drag their like-thinking libtard lackeys up the ladder with them.

The STATION CHIEF’s word is GOSPEL in the CIA.

Morell says he used the input of analysts to reverse the input of the station chief.. WHY??????? Other than obvious political motivation,.... seek out the self serving opinion of a desk jockey over the facts reported by eyes at the scene...the station chief.

MICHAEL J. MORELL is a desk jockey analyst.. he never worked an op or spent a day in the field for 30 years... However being at Langley gives one the time to produce NOTHING, but plenty of time to politic. And his tenure was pure POLITICS.

He is another sorry sack of shit who ass kissed and ass sniffed his was to the top. Part of the rotten core in DC.


37 posted on 04/02/2014 11:52:09 AM PDT by zzwhale
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To: Chgogal

Oh, I forgot! CNN has better info than CIA on the ground. Looks like Obama/Clinton are going to get away with the negligent murder of an Ambassador. This is very depressing.


38 posted on 04/02/2014 11:57:06 AM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
And neither I, nor anyone else at the agency deliberately misled anyone....

deliberately misled ? can I accidentally mis-lead somebody ?
39 posted on 04/02/2014 12:10:14 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: combat_boots
Smells like bullshit photo: Smells Like Bullshit SmellsLikeBullshit.gif
40 posted on 04/02/2014 12:11:23 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Will the adults ever be in charge again?


41 posted on 04/02/2014 3:53:33 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: US Navy Vet; Oldeconomybuyer; LucyT

So WHY did they have to put the dog/FBI on “Betraus”???


42 posted on 04/03/2014 6:52:54 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: WayneS; Oldeconomybuyer; LucyT

Where IS the plane Flight 370, if no cover-up. You think CIA ALWAY tell you the truth, you also believe in the Tooth Fairy!!!


43 posted on 04/03/2014 6:57:26 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: danamco

No, but I believe in sarcasm.

And I KNOW Benghazi has NOTHING to do with Malaysian Air flight 370.

Are you a dumbass?


44 posted on 04/03/2014 6:27:18 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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