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Update: Testimony Reveals More Contradictions on Benghazi Talking Points Evolution
Town Hall ^ | 4-4-2014 | Guy Benson

Posted on 04/04/2014 12:55:44 PM PDT by smoothsailing

April 4, 2014

Update: Testimony Reveals More Contradictions on Benghazi Talking Points Evolution

Guy Benson

On Wednesday, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell testified before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. He was grilled over the infamous administration "talking points," which were revised to exclude references to terrorism, Al Qaeda, and security warnings that were ignored leading up to the deadly raid. The Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes discussed what happened on Special Report, noting that Morell was forced to change and clarify previous statements he'd made on these subjects:

Among other things, Morell had previously claimed that the FBI, rather than the CIA, had been responsible for some of the edits, and had failed to acknowledge that he himself had made a number of the changes. His current story is that although CIA operatives on the ground in Libya reported that the multi-wave assault was a coordinated terrorist attack "from the get-go," that assessment was overruled by CIA analysts at Langley. Former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson provides additional insights and context:

The formulation of the talking points has been a key point of confusion and a story that has greatly evolved over time. On Fri. Nov. 16, 2012, Petraeus told members of Congress that it wasn't the CIA that revised the talking points to remove controversial references to “terrorism” and “al Qaeda.” The White House and the State Department said it wasn't them. The CIA then told reporters that the edits were made at a "senior level in the interagency process” so as not to tip off al Qaeda as to what the U.S. knew, and to protect sources and methods. Soon thereafter, another reason was given. A source from the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI) told CBS News' Margaret Brennan that ODNI made the edits as part of the interagency process because the links to al Qaeda were deemed too "tenuous" to make public. Then, in November of 2012, Morell provided yet another account. In a meeting with Republican Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Morell stated that he believed it was the FBI that removed the references "to prevent compromising an ongoing criminal investigation." But it was just a matter of hours before there was yet another revision. A C.I.A. official contacted Graham and stated that Morell "misspoke" in the earlier meeting and that it was, in fact, the C.I.A., not the F.B.I., that deleted the al Qaeda references. "They were unable to give a reason as to why," stated Graham at the time. After retiring from the C.IA. last year, Morell was hired as counsel to Beacon Global Strategies, a communications firm operated primarily by former Obama administration and Hillary Clinton officials.

That last nugget is interesting, isn't it? Though Morell's statements painted the least damaging picture Team Hillary could have hoped for, he did confirm that the State Department was "very upset" over initial language in the talking points acknowledging that warning signs had been missed or disregarded:

Those references were scrubbed because the State Department didn't want to be "thrown under the bus." But hadn't they earned that criticism? They denied repeated requests for more security in Libya, they pulled existing resources out of the country, and they recklessly kept their people both in Benghazi and under-protected, even after a series of attacks on Western targets (including our own mission) in the months leading up to the deadly terrorist blitz. They even renewed their lease on the Benghazi mission, including a waiver that allowed the acting consulate to operate below minimum security standards. In other words, they had missed signals, and they did make terrible decisions that led to four dead Americans. But they didn't want the political blowback from their failures, so the "official" story was sanitized -- replete with misleading references to "spontaneous protests" and an obscure, largely irrelevant video. Morell's testimony also refuted a New York Times story that purported to prove that Al Qaeda had no involvement in the Benghazi attacks. That misinformation has been completely debunked by other media outlets, numerous witnesses and a bipartisan Senate report. The same report concluded that the lethal raid could have been prevented, and that red flags were ignored -- precisely the verdict the administration was desperate to obfuscate shortly before a presidential election. Another question: Even if there was initial confusion and disagreement over whether Benghazi was an act of terrorism, how were those discrepancies not cleared up and accurately resolved before Susan Rice made her inaccurate statements on national television days later? More than 18 months after Amb. Chris Stevens and three fellow Americans were assassinated in an Al Qaeda-affiliated attack on the anniversary of 9/11, zero people have been held accountable for what happened -- neither in DC, nor in northern Africa.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: banghazihearing; benghazi; benghazicoverup; benghazilies; clinton; hillary; hillaryclinton; mikemorrell
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1 posted on 04/04/2014 12:55:44 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Hillary Clinton Flees Protest Led by Mother of Man Murdered in Benghazi (Watch Video)

Protesters have organized under the banner of “The Difference Matters” coalition, a group that primarily consist of local San Diego women who refuse to allow Clinton into their community because of her role in the Benghazi cover up scandal.

Pat Smith, one of the protest’s original organizers and the mother of Sean Smith, an American soldier who was killed in the Benghazi attacks, will lead the protest beginning April 11th.

2 posted on 04/04/2014 12:59:27 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: smoothsailing

Morell( I think he’s not right in the head ) was only trying to save Hilary ,because he wants to work on her campaign and maybe be head of the CIA . These people will say and do anything for politics and not think twice .


3 posted on 04/04/2014 1:00:59 PM PDT by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: smoothsailing
 

"What Difference Does it Make?"

 

4 posted on 04/04/2014 1:03:18 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

That’s great, thanks for posting. I hope more towns and cities let her know she’s unwelcome. She has earned constant shunning from all of us.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 1:09:43 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

That sorry excuse for SOS, Hillary Clinton was so unqualified for the position it borders on criminal that 0bummer nominated her.

Now she wants to be CinC where she can kill many more American patriots due to her ineptness. God help us.


6 posted on 04/04/2014 1:11:56 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: molson209

” maybe be head of the CIA”

Right, and guess who may be vying for FBI Director?


7 posted on 04/04/2014 1:12:53 PM PDT by maggief
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To: All

Sharyl Attkisson dissects ‘evolving history’ of Benghazi talking points after House hearing

http://twitchy.com/2014/04/03/sharyl-attkisson-dissects-evolving-history-of-benghazi-talking-points-after-house-hearing/


8 posted on 04/04/2014 1:13:05 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: smoothsailing

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9 posted on 04/04/2014 1:13:21 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; a man who respects it has earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: molson209

10 posted on 04/04/2014 1:25:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: molson209
I agree.

Just wondering if Google (maybe others also) try to minimize sites critical of Hillary? Perhaps there is some plausible explanation, but II found a minor blog that listed Hillary has having a meltdown. Yet when I search the site's name + Hillary, it failed to appear. Yet Google pulled up a previous and a later pages of the same blog.

11 posted on 04/04/2014 1:26:16 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: smoothsailing

The rugnibbling old witch gets uglier and uglier. She gonna have to get some serious plastic surgery before 2016.

She is worse than 0. They are both committed marxists who hate this country. 0 is a wuss and backs down. The wicked winch will not back down.


12 posted on 04/04/2014 1:33:37 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: smoothsailing

Benghazi ... the scandle that wont go away ... but wont go anywhere either.


13 posted on 04/04/2014 1:40:11 PM PDT by dartuser
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To: smoothsailing


14 posted on 04/04/2014 1:42:15 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: smoothsailing

The screenwriter William Goldman wrote a book entitled “Which Lie Did I Tell?” It has applied in Hollyweird for decades, but it applies moreso in the cesspool of Washington D.C. these days.


15 posted on 04/04/2014 1:42:21 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: smoothsailing
How could Morell have been the first to come up with the "Youtube video" story when Hillary tweeted an apology for it at 10:38 PM that night? When the Cairo embassy was Tweeing apologies to Muslims almost 24 hours earlier, long before the attack in Benghazi?

Benghazi - The Hillary Timeline

8:00 PM - Hillary Clinton calls Gregory Hicks. (Hicks testified that he told her exactly what was happening.)

10:00 PM - WH: Obama Called Hillary at 10PM on Night of Benghazi Attack. February 20, 2013

10:38 PM - Hillary Tweets apology for "anti-Mohammed video" from Cairo Twitter account. (That was about 20 - 22 hours after the first apology was tweeted from the Cairo embassy.)

16 posted on 04/04/2014 1:43:57 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Iron Munro

That graphic might be more effective if you used a pic of Ambassador Stevens. The guy in that pic is not.


17 posted on 04/04/2014 1:50:22 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Iron Munro

NOT Stevens. This ‘Stevens’ pic was debunked long ago, many times.


18 posted on 04/04/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a great life!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

"What difference does it...oops!"


19 posted on 04/04/2014 3:21:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Oh, what a tangled web we weave...


20 posted on 04/04/2014 3:26:05 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: smoothsailing

Morrell threw his analysts under the bus, saying it was them that wrote the report based on the evidence they had.

Then he tried to rehabillitate them by saying they didn’t have the reports from multiple CIA assets on the ground in Bengazi, including the Station Chief.

Well, the qustion becomes, “Why didn’t they have that information, Mr. Morrell? Because you were in direct contact with the folks on the ground and they told you there was no demonstration.

Why did you withhold that information from the analysts at Langley? Analysis is only as good as the information it is based on. They would certainly have weighted their analysis in favor of CIA employees and diplomatic personnel in Tripoli and Benghazi instead of on ‘reports from African newspapers.”

You knew there was no demonstration, why didn’t you tell the analysts under your command?.

I’m sorry that no Congressman asked that question.


21 posted on 04/04/2014 4:23:36 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: smoothsailing

I still do not understand why Hillary Clinton was allowed to skip swearing in when she testified before Congress.

(Of course, what does swearing to tell the truth mean to a Clinton?)


22 posted on 04/04/2014 5:17:15 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

God bless those ladies.


23 posted on 04/04/2014 5:19:00 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: smoothsailing

"I'll get you my pretty...and your little dog too"


24 posted on 04/04/2014 6:06:18 PM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: Amagi

LOL


25 posted on 04/04/2014 6:12:44 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: maggief
Right, and guess who may be vying for FBI Director?

Lois Lerner ?

26 posted on 04/04/2014 6:34:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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