Skip to comments.Petraeus Says U.S. Tried to Avoid Tipping Off Terrorists After Libya Attack
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 Qaedas 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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The security fault isn't hard to find. If you just open your eyes and look at it.
Quick! Hide America!
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.
Wait, Candy, didn’t 0bama say he called it terrorism the day after? How is that keeping it on the down low?
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.
Like any number of our current flag officers, Petraeus is a SOS with an open fly!
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 !
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.
Can't argue with that, the killer is in jail.
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.
(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.......
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!
Makes you wonder how many in this country actually do have an IQ under 70 these days.
Indeed, Ansar al-Sharia publicly claimed credit for the attack, even as it was ongoing.
They wanted us to know.
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.
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.
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.
>”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.