Skip to comments.Update: Testimony Reveals More Contradictions on Benghazi Talking Points Evolution
Posted on 04/04/2014 12:55:44 PM PDT by smoothsailing
April 4, 2014
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.
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 protests 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.
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 .
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.
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.
” maybe be head of the CIA”
Right, and guess who may be vying for FBI Director?
Sharyl Attkisson dissects evolving history of Benghazi talking points after House hearing
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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.
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.
Benghazi ... the scandle that wont go away ... but wont go anywhere either.
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.
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.)
That graphic might be more effective if you used a pic of Ambassador Stevens. The guy in that pic is not.
NOT Stevens. This ‘Stevens’ pic was debunked long ago, many times.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave...
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.
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?)
God bless those ladies.
Lois Lerner ?