Skip to comments.The Cover-Up of a Cover-UP?
Posted on 05/05/2014 8:27:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
Just what deserves coverage in the mainline media today? The hateful words of Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the courageous stand by NBA players and the NBA commissioner Adam Silver are top of mind on every channel. Let's add coverage of the deadly tornadoes and developments in Ukraine. But what of the new evidence of the Obama administration's involvement in a Benghazi cover-up? What cover-up you ask?
Only Fox News and a few dedicated journalists have been on top of the newly disclosed email by Ben Rhodes, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. The critical line in the declassified email was previously redacted in copies sent to the Congressional committees looking into the Benghazi attack.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham calls the Rhodes memo a smoking gun backing charges that the Obama administration covered up its security and policy failures by knowingly and falsely blaming the "spontaneous" attack on demonstrations over an offensive, low-budget YouTube video.
Thanks to the legal actions initiated by Judicial Watch using the Freedom of Information Act, the newly released declassified emails clearly suggest that top-ranking Obama administration officials coordinated the inaccurate talking points. The email dated September 14, 2012 with subject line stating RE: PREP Call with Susan...." instructed Susan Rice on what to stress on the critical Sunday morning political talk shows--underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.
The Rhodes email was also sent to Jay Carney and is in obvious contradiction of the narrative the press secretary has consistently shared that the talking points came from the intelligence agencies and were not shaped by the Obama administration. His new claims that this email was not about Benghazi are laughable.
We know that the FBI and CIA immediately denied contributing to the talking points. The Congressional testimony of CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell confirmed that the CIA never brought up the video as a possible factor in the Benghazi attacks. In his public testimony, Morell revealed how he and others at CIA confirmed on Sept. 14th that there appeared to be no protest on the ground. A day later, the CIA's station chief sent an email reinforcing that the attack was not preceded by a protest.
If intelligence was not involved, the talking points in this email were inserted either by the state department or the White House staff. Due to the gravity of the situation and the loss of life, there is no way Ben Rhodes came up with this statement on his own without oversight from those higher up in the administration.
It's clear and understandable that this president didn't want you to know the truth about Benghazi just weeks before the election. He wanted no questions as to why vulnerable outposts were not being protected, why no reinforcements were sent, or why terrorists who were supposed to be under control orchestrated a planned attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans. Such questions would have been uncomfortable for a president who was supposed to have terrorism under control.
This administration clearly put politics ahead of sharing credible information and national security. Is it no wonder that President Obama's trust numbers continue to fall? From Obamacare to Benghazi, his words cannot be trusted.
Will there be a cover-up of a cover-up or will the mainline media do their job? Will today's Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein surface to unravel this ongoing Benghazi saga? Who gave the stand down order from sending reinforcements? Why was this critical line redacted in the emails sent to the Congressional committees? Who authorized Ben Rhodes to distribute these inaccurate talking points?
This administration's defenders will call this a "GOP witch hunt" and a "phony scandal," but It's time for "we the people" to demand the truth and accountability on the basis of this unsettling new information
The “smoking gun” memo is proof of collusion between the Obama administration and the press to bury negative news items (especially those that would impair his re-election chances in 2012).
There is no objective media in the alphabet networks. They are all guilty of it. The old Journolist site exposed that.
Muslim Brotherhood member on WH staff. Link in this article implicates Egyptian President Morrsi ordered the attack on the Benghazi consulate.
Same thing as telling more lies to cover up lies.
Heck, she'd just lie through her teeth.
I suppose there could be entertainment value when she put her hand on the Bible to take an oath, we could watch her burst into flames...
I'll bring the hot-dogs and marshmallows.
Maybe she ought to be under oath with her hand on the koran.
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The email is entitled Libya update from Beth Jones. Jones was then-Assistant Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton. According to the email, Jones spoke to Libyas Ambassador at 9:45am on Sept. 12, 2012 following the attacks.