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Petraeus Says U.S. Tried to Avoid Tipping Off Terrorists After Libya Attack
New York Times ^ | Nov 16 2012 | Eric Schmitt

Posted on 11/17/2012 10:14:50 PM PST by WilliamIII

WASHINGTON — David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers on Friday that classified intelligence reports revealed that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic mission in Libya was a terrorist attack, but that the administration refrained from saying it suspected that the perpetrators of the attack were Al Qaeda affiliates and sympathizers to avoid tipping off the groups. Mr. Petraeus, who resigned last week after admitting to an extramarital affair, said the names of groups suspected in the attack — including Al Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and a local Libyan group, Ansar al-Shariah — were removed from the public explanation of the attack immediately after the assault to avoiding alerting the militants that American intelligence and law enforcement agencies were tracking them, lawmakers said.

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1 posted on 11/17/2012 10:14:52 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII
What did we do? Buy Bambi some extra strength blow?

The security fault isn't hard to find. If you just open your eyes and look at it.

2 posted on 11/17/2012 10:20:17 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: WilliamIII

Quick! Hide America!


3 posted on 11/17/2012 10:24:36 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: WilliamIII

What a crock! This is pure BS and CYA. This regime did not wait a minute to declare the underwear bomber was sent by terrorists group linked with Al Qaeda.

Barack Hussein was bragging “Osama is dead GM is alive” non-stop before election. It would look real bad if Al Qaeda was alive and murdered US ambassador and 3 others in Benghazi.


4 posted on 11/17/2012 10:25:53 PM PST by entropy12 (3 new SCOTUS appointments by Obama will ensure killing of unborn for next 30 years)
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To: WilliamIII

Wait, Candy, didn’t 0bama say he called it terrorism the day after? How is that keeping it on the down low?


5 posted on 11/17/2012 10:27:47 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: WilliamIII

BullCrap!


6 posted on 11/17/2012 10:29:31 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: rawcatslyentist

This was just a cover story until they could enlist OJ Simpson’s help in hunting the killers. Simpson has an impressive track record of bringing killers to justice. One of his proven techniques was working colf courses for leads on cold blooded murderers - something that President Obama had admired and now embraces.


7 posted on 11/17/2012 10:31:42 PM PST by CreviceTool ( Obama is standing above the country above - above the world, he is sort of a God = Evan Thomas)
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To: WilliamIII

Like any number of our current flag officers, Petraeus is a SOS with an open fly!


8 posted on 11/17/2012 10:32:49 PM PST by vette6387
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To: WilliamIII

LOL

What utter F****ng bullshit from the Ivestia of N.America !

Don`t tip off the terrorist that they were the terrorists who were responsible !

LOL


9 posted on 11/17/2012 10:34:06 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: WilliamIII

Even while the Libyan government was saying they were Al Queda terrorists who did it? And didn’t the terrorist group take credit for it themselves on Facebook?

If this is true, it’s sad how naive the U.S. government is, thinking they can outsmart the terrorists by “playing dumb,” even while the terrorists themselves are publically admitting what they did.


10 posted on 11/17/2012 10:35:41 PM PST by JediJones (Newt Gingrich warned us that the "King of Bain" was unelectable. Did you listen?)
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To: CreviceTool
Simpson has an impressive track record of bringing killers to justice.

Can't argue with that, the killer is in jail.

11 posted on 11/17/2012 10:36:50 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: WilliamIII

Go figure, the ny slimes puts out this report. If betrayus did say that, then he is a slime ball traitor, who thinks we are all stupid.

First off, the jihadis bragged and admitted to the terrorist attack(an email showing them taking credit was shown on many websites), in addition they know that US intel would know. So to use such a lame excuse as, well we didn’t want the terrorist to know that we are on to them is pure, unadulterated BS!

The jihadis only concern about being identified is before any attack, once its done, they could care less, even take credit for it.


12 posted on 11/17/2012 10:36:59 PM PST by roughman ( but people chose darkness instead of light : JOHN 3:19)
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To: WilliamIII

(David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers on Friday that classified intelligence reports revealed that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic mission in Libya was a terrorist attack, but that the administration refrained from saying it suspected that the perpetrators of the attack were Al Qaeda affiliates and sympathizers to avoid tipping off the groups)

HUH????? The terrorist groups did not know that they were the ones attacking us?? We wanted to keep it secret from them???
No. Obama wanted to keep it secret from American Citizens.......


13 posted on 11/17/2012 10:39:02 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: entropy12

Amazing.. totally amazing... they expect people with an IQ over 70 to believe such utter BS? Obama was on the tube after the OBL farce... trumpeting how he killed Osama..both he & Biden outed an elite Navy Specop unit... Some of us will still never confirm nor deny such units outside of those in the know.. Utter BS..Sorry Mr. Former CIA director...I as a former “in the know” person... call BS.. if it looks, smells & tastes like an apple, you do not call it a turnip!


14 posted on 11/17/2012 10:42:33 PM PST by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: Fully Awake DAV
Amazing.. totally amazing... they expect people with an IQ over 70 to believe such utter BS?

Makes you wonder how many in this country actually do have an IQ under 70 these days.

15 posted on 11/17/2012 10:43:39 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SECURE AMERICA
HUH????? The terrorist groups did not know that they were the ones attacking us?? We wanted to keep it secret from them???

Indeed, Ansar al-Sharia publicly claimed credit for the attack, even as it was ongoing.

They wanted us to know.

16 posted on 11/17/2012 10:44:03 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: WilliamIII

Petraeus is just another Old White Guy trying to make Pharaoh Obama look bad. Poor Obama, born with a silver Doobie in his mouth.

Obama, the Flubber President. Things don’t just slide off him, they bounce off and accelerate in the opposite direction.


17 posted on 11/17/2012 10:44:37 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Win or lose, Impeach Obama Ben Ghazi...)
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To: WilliamIII

If Petraeus actually said that, he should never have been promoted above private in the Army and after retirement, nothing better than running a push broom in government offices at night.


18 posted on 11/17/2012 10:45:20 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: All
There were sources in DC saying it was terrorists so it wasn't being kept a secret. Not to mention the president of Libya directly saying it was Answar al Sharia and naming them as a franchise of al Qaeda.

I saw some Dem saying that Petraeus told the committee that the CIA talking points was about the 'video.' The exact opposite of what everyone else was saying about Petraeus' testimony. This NYTs article is probably sourced from some Dem liar.


19 posted on 11/17/2012 10:45:27 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: dfwgator

>”Makes you wonder how many in this country actually do have an IQ under 70 these days”<

Off the top of my head, I can think of about 60,000,000.


20 posted on 11/17/2012 10:47:03 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Win or lose, Impeach Obama Ben Ghazi...)
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To: okie01

Bet if Assad is knocked off, we’ll see Egypt and Syria unite again.


21 posted on 11/17/2012 10:48:05 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: okie01
Indeed, Ansar al-Sharia publicly claimed credit for the attack, even as it was ongoing. They wanted us to know.

And if we wanted them to think we didn't know after that then we must want them to think we're stupid. And if they don't think we're stupid after all this then they're stupid.

22 posted on 11/17/2012 10:48:44 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: roughman

Hence why they are called “TERRORISTS”! Still think this group of “TERRORISTS” were contracted MERCS.. by certain Gooberment officials inside the executive branch.. The “TERRORISTS” by design of the contract agreement were not to encounter any resistance..yet they did... otherwise everyone would have perished.


23 posted on 11/17/2012 10:56:36 PM PST by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: WilliamIII

You can get better excuses from any first grader.


24 posted on 11/17/2012 11:01:30 PM PST by Iron Munro (Robbing From The Hood and Boy Blunder - Our New Queen and King)
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To: The Cajun

If Petraeus said that... he was instructed by the same Admin who set up his exit from government service... more than likely he was given a list of “HOW” he was going to exit... He chose affair! The entire affair grew immediate “legs”...
he followed with the appropriate talking points and actions.. just a guess... since affairs or sexual indiscretions) seem to be a top choice of high ranking military & gub officials these days. He was also “instructed” to attend the hearings & spew certain talking points... or hmm.


25 posted on 11/17/2012 11:04:14 PM PST by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: WilliamIII

He is falling on that sword hard.


26 posted on 11/17/2012 11:05:09 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: WilliamIII; All

Oh puh-leeeeeeze!!! What a load of Bovine Scatology!!! The darn terrorists themselves claimed responsibility for the attacks online. The third email sent out to the WH and other agencies on the evening of Sept. 11th even said so......

“Subject: update 2: Ansar al-Shariah Claims Responsibility for Benghazi ATTACK (SBU)

Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.”

And we’re supposed to believe the terrorists were worried about being tracked??!!
I guess the gubmint jerks think everyone is stupid.


27 posted on 11/17/2012 11:06:38 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: TigersEye

And bonama bin cheatin’ is president again...so who is really more stupid?


28 posted on 11/17/2012 11:06:53 PM PST by MestaMachine (TREASON!!!!)
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To: WilliamIII
Great ploy General

Don't tip off America OR the Terrorists that we GOT our ASS KICKED and 4 Americans were murdered.

Oh wait, the terrorists KNEW because they carried out the attack

Broadwell must have SUCKED part of the General's brain out of his head, as well as some of his other body parts.

29 posted on 11/17/2012 11:08:40 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: MestaMachine

They be a whole lotta stupid goin’ on heah abouts.


30 posted on 11/17/2012 11:12:06 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: WilliamIII; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; ...
Drek from the new jerk times...

In case you missed it Ping.

31 posted on 11/17/2012 11:12:34 PM PST by MestaMachine (TREASON!!!!)
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To: TigersEye

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSlNte9e2KGTb9qZZnBTqC1GTY1lMAMew4g3BRAS_odNvG_ZC5pZg


32 posted on 11/17/2012 11:16:35 PM PST by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: VideoDoctor; All

We should keep in mind that this is the NYTs quoting an anonymous source, allegedly, from a closed hearing.


33 posted on 11/17/2012 11:23:00 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: MestaMachine

He’s worse than I thought he was. Probably going to prove much worse as time goes on.

Did you see this thread which is unfortunatly locked? I can’t remember if you were on it or not, lot of fantastic info about the Lebanese Kardashian twins.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2959110/posts?q=1&;page=179#179


34 posted on 11/17/2012 11:24:22 PM PST 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: batterycommander
Exactly!


35 posted on 11/17/2012 11:24:37 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Fully Awake DAV

I would not doubt it, the only stickler then would be once they got the ambassador, why follow on and attack the safe house for hours? I have no doubt the ambassador was lured to benghazzi that day. By whom and for what reason. All security protocol would have nixed that adventure, esp. on a date such as 9/11. Keep him bunkered down in Tripoli. I have my suspicions, how he was lured there, we know the why.


36 posted on 11/17/2012 11:26:52 PM PST by roughman ( but people chose darkness instead of light : JOHN 3:19)
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To: WilliamIII

pinochio is in charge....


37 posted on 11/17/2012 11:32:05 PM PST by rolling_stone
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To: roughman

You asked the $64K question... Ordered...lured... or trying to finalize arms transfers to mercs in Syria through contacts in the Turkish embassy. Or.. could be he was completing his data collection on O’... possibly getting ready to out his past activities.. Ok, during my travels throughout the ME, as a security escort, all diplomats had their own personal security detail.. fact.. where was his? Oh what, he did not have a personal security detail.. BS. He was a pawn.. maybe he knew he was to be kidnapped... maybe not.. plan fell apart when cia security operatives took action...bet O’ was pissed when could not bargain for Stevens with blind sheik!


38 posted on 11/17/2012 11:36:32 PM PST by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: WilliamIII

I call BS on that one. Sorry Petreaus, lost major respect for you on that choice.


39 posted on 11/17/2012 11:37:40 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Exactly!

Tip them off that they killed our ambassador?

This is about as believable as a “wardrobe malfunction”.


40 posted on 11/17/2012 11:49:09 PM PST by Zarro (Recall EVERYONE in Congress voting for the NDAA 2012)
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To: Fully Awake DAV

Another possibility, he was an open homosexual. Was a lover used to lure him there? Would not be the first time. Why would a US ambassador and a Turkish ambassador agree to meet at a poorly guarded consulate, in a known hotbed of jihadist’s
activity..... on 9/11 anniversary? With a small security team to boot. I do not see diplomatic security team approving of the adventure, he may have gone against their wishes. Just a thought.


41 posted on 11/17/2012 11:51:43 PM PST by roughman ( but people chose darkness instead of light : JOHN 3:19)
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To: WilliamIII
I get it. Obama was willing to use the United Nations, and all the world's Ambassadors as his personal stooges in an attempt to deceive Al Qaeda, not pre-election Americans.

-PJ

42 posted on 11/18/2012 12:01:28 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: dfwgator

UAR II


43 posted on 11/18/2012 12:31:47 AM PST by Roccus
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To: WilliamIII

Tipping them off? What, the terrorist Islamic jihadists had no idea those were AMERICANS they were attacking?

We sure kept them from having the least clue about how or what to engage.

Not as if we were painting a target on their mortars or anything. And surely not as if we were in a fix where personnel had to be extracted for their own safety.

This is not merely lame. Both legs are cut off at the knees, there is a large gaping abdominal wound, and blood is streaming over both eyes, as the head explodes.


44 posted on 11/18/2012 1:21:39 AM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: WilliamIII

The NYT continues to willingly cover for our inept administration. They could have withheld specific names/information and still called the attack a terrorist action. Obama has sold out to the Muslim Brotherhood and was smuggling arms to them by way of Benghazi. Obama did not want to upset those activities and wanted to sweep the attack under the rug as a one time demonstration. It has been now over two months with no administration actions or resolution provided to the American general public. If it were not for the Petraeus sex scandal, Benghazi would be old news....just what the NYT is trying to do now. The death of the NYT can’t come soon enough for me.. Until then, it is just another political news outlet fo Obama.


45 posted on 11/18/2012 1:24:17 AM PST by 2010Freeper
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To: WilliamIII

The NYT continues to willingly cover for our inept administration. They could have withheld specific names/information and still called the attack a terrorist action. Obama has sold out to the Muslim Brotherhood and was smuggling arms to them by way of Benghazi. Obama did not want to upset those activities and wanted to sweep the attack under the rug as a one time demonstration. It has been now over two months with no administration actions or resolution provided to the American general public. If it were not for the Petraeus sex scandal, Benghazi would be old news....just what the NYT is trying to do now. The death of the NYT can’t come soon enough for me.. Until then, it is just another political news outlet fo Obama.


46 posted on 11/18/2012 1:24:17 AM PST by 2010Freeper
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To: WilliamIII

The NYT continues to willingly cover for our inept administration. They could have withheld specific names/information and still called the attack a terrorist action. Obama has sold out to the Muslim Brotherhood and was smuggling arms to them by way of Benghazi. Obama did not want to upset those activities and wanted to sweep the attack under the rug as a one time demonstration. It has been now over two months with no administration actions or resolution provided to the American general public. If it were not for the Petraeus sex scandal, Benghazi would be old news....just what the NYT is trying to do now. The death of the NYT can’t come soon enough for me.. Until then, it is just another political news outlet fo Obama.


47 posted on 11/18/2012 1:24:17 AM PST by 2010Freeper
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To: 2010Freeper

Never tell a terrorist they just committed a terrorist attack.

Johnny Washington sucks ass!


48 posted on 11/18/2012 1:27:00 AM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: WilliamIII

The president of Libya said immediately that it was a terrorist attack - Al Q claimed it right away - what’s to keep secret?

Yet another layer of lies


49 posted on 11/18/2012 1:47:11 AM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does.)
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To: WilliamIII

Even if that were true, to falsely blame a video put up by an American citizen and put his life in danger is treasonous and an impeachable offense


50 posted on 11/18/2012 2:33:38 AM PST by ac-rep
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