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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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To: WilliamIII
...to avoid tipping off the groups.

Nobody had to worry about tipping off anyone after the attack. During it they knew they were being watched. I bet you can find a shot of one of them flipping off the camera in the sky.

51 posted on 11/18/2012 2:35:41 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: JediJones
If this is true, it’s sad how naive the U.S. government is, thinking they can outsmart the terrorists by “playing dumb,”

I think you have that wrong. What you should say is that it is sad how naive the U.S. government and the New York Times thinks we are to belive such nonsense.

52 posted on 11/18/2012 2:39:03 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Fully Awake DAV

Stevens went for the ostensible purpose of dedicating a “cultural center,”something that would have been planned with at least some advance notice. However, he was also scheduled to have a meeting with a Turkish ship owner who was thought to be involved in or knowledgeable about weapons smuggling and shipping. He met with him, and it was right after the meeting, when he got back to the consulate,that the attack began.


53 posted on 11/18/2012 2:47:02 AM PST by livius
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To: WilliamIII

since AQ was publicly taking credit, I doubt the administration was trying tohide our knowledge of who did it from AQ. More rational explanation isthey didn’t want public to know that Bambi’ allies had attacked us


54 posted on 11/18/2012 3:15:13 AM PST by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: WilliamIII

So not providing security must have been a ruse, too....just to fool them....right??


55 posted on 11/18/2012 3:30:51 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: WilliamIII

This is what the Whitehouse is providing to the media??


56 posted on 11/18/2012 3:32:51 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: WilliamIII

since AQ was publicly taking credit, I doubt the administration was trying tohide our knowledge of who did it from AQ. More rational explanation isthey didn’t want public to know that Bambi’ allies had attacked us


57 posted on 11/18/2012 3:50:10 AM PST by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: WilliamIII

Every terrorist KNOWS it is open season on Americans,
thanks to the CRIMINALS in the MSM, and Congress.


58 posted on 11/18/2012 4:19:24 AM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: JediJones

Hate to risk tipping off the terrorists, but the U.S. was not just “playing” dumb.


59 posted on 11/18/2012 4:24:42 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Diogenesis

I still want to know who was in the White House Situation Room watching all this go down and where the P0TUS was?


60 posted on 11/18/2012 4:26:43 AM PST by greenhornet68
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To: WilliamIII

Hey Betrayus, you are lying again for your master.


61 posted on 11/18/2012 4:34:54 AM PST by gotribe
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To: SECURE AMERICA

He didn’t want to take any offensive OR defensive action so close to election after his “Obama is dead, GM is alive” and declaration that alqueda has disappeared.


62 posted on 11/18/2012 4:46:52 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: WilliamIII

I recall the perps posting / bragging on Facebook after the attack?


63 posted on 11/18/2012 4:50:28 AM PST by GotMojo
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To: JediJones

“If this is true,”

It’s not true, although you are right about the government thinking they can outsmart someone, it’s us they think they can outsmart. I am praying a lot of people are waking up and realizing what’s happening.


64 posted on 11/18/2012 5:21:49 AM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: WilliamIII

65 posted on 11/18/2012 5:28:31 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: radu
Right on. Ansar al-Shariah claims credit for the attack and now the Regime claims they didn't want the terrorists to know they were tracking them. This disclosure has been consigned down the memory hole and the Regime and the MSM are banking that most sheep don't remember the disclosure.
66 posted on 11/18/2012 5:30:10 AM PST by Truth29
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To: WilliamIII

OUTSTANDING thread! President Plunder and General Disaster. Twin towers of TREASON.


67 posted on 11/18/2012 5:30:41 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Truth29

Most of the sheep [those who voted for obama and Democrats] not only don’t remember the disclosure, they don’t give a damn about the disclosure.The only thing they care about is what the Democrats will steal from the rightful owners and give to them.


68 posted on 11/18/2012 5:35:00 AM PST by sport
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To: WilliamIII

"I wanted Al Qaeda to think that I was dumb."

69 posted on 11/18/2012 5:35:04 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: gotribe

Yep!


70 posted on 11/18/2012 5:35:58 AM PST by sport
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To: WilliamIII

On Dec. 8, 1941, the U.S. government announced that there was a spontaneous demonstration in the territory of Hawaii that damaged federal property and, unfortunately, cost several Americans their lives. The demonstration was linked to outrage over the latest Bing Crosby movie.

The director of that film, known to be a shady character, has since been arrested and jailed on unrelated charges.

President Roosevelt assures Americans that he has ordered a full investigation of the matter. He went on to say that the United States government had nothing to do with creating such a disgusting film and fully condemned all “On the Road” movies and fully understood the outrage these movies have caused, especially among the Japanese.

When asked if this were a premeditated, surprise attack, the President said he has ordered a full investigation into the matter but there was no reason to believe that the destruction of much of the United States Navy’s 7th Fleet could be linked to military imperialism in the Pacific.


71 posted on 11/18/2012 5:36:02 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: WilliamIII

Sure - the terrorists claim responsibility early on and we wanted to pretend we had no clue it was terrorism. I’m wondering if Zero purposely over-classified the truth of the matter to use it as a hammer if anyone dared speak the truth...


72 posted on 11/18/2012 5:36:08 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: ac-rep
Let's not forget that two weeks after the Benghazi fiasco and disaster, Obama used the murder of Americans to promote his own narrative.

It's not just about terrorism, it's about protecting Islam and sliming America and free speech.


73 posted on 11/18/2012 5:36:30 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: WilliamIII

More malarkey!


74 posted on 11/18/2012 5:37:40 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: WilliamIII

Throughout our history we have lost our finest men on battlefields in foreign countries...for this?


75 posted on 11/18/2012 5:40:06 AM PST by PGalt
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To: WilliamIII

“—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”


76 posted on 11/18/2012 5:41:49 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Travis McGee
Let's not forget that two weeks after the Benghazi fiasco and disaster, Obama used the murder of Americans to promote his own narrative.

It's not just about terrorism, it's about protecting Islam and sliming America and free speech.

Sharia markers and totalitarian treason coming at us. Fast and Furious.

77 posted on 11/18/2012 5:47:12 AM PST by PGalt
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To: entropy12

Total crock, indeed. We’re supposed to swallow “We need to convince the terrorists we’re not onto them. I know, let’s call it a ‘spontaneous protest’ in reaction to a YouTube video that’s had five hits over the past six months. We’ll get everybody in the administration to pitch this klunker; the American people and the terrorists are so stupid they’ll both swallow it.”


78 posted on 11/18/2012 5:57:02 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Travis McGee

Wow, keeping this a secret must be the same reason we have not seen any retribution, retaliation, or visible action by the US against those who murdered four American citizens.

This is like giving the enemy a license to kill Americans.

This needs to be the end of the Obama Administration.


79 posted on 11/18/2012 5:57:15 AM PST by Balata
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To: NormsRevenge

Now we’re to believe our enemies are as dumb as our media?


80 posted on 11/18/2012 6:08:53 AM PST by billhilly
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To: sport
"Most of the sheep [those who voted for obama and Democrats] not only don’t remember the disclosure, they don’t give a damn about the disclosure.The only thing they care about is what the Democrats will steal from the rightful owners and give to them."

Sadly true, and these sheep do not deserve the country they feed off of. Soon the parasites will bring down the host and then they will blame everyone but themselves.

81 posted on 11/18/2012 6:18:34 AM PST by Truth29
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To: WilliamIII

This entire subject is a feint.

The real issue concerns the who and why of the fact that the U. S. refused to send military help to the victims of the attack.

The who part is so obviously Obama that it isn’t even a stretch. The why needs to be discovered.


82 posted on 11/18/2012 6:32:43 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: savedbygrace

I think that I figured out both the who and the why. Like you said, the who has to be Obama. The why is because they were watching the attack in real time from the surveillance cameras inside the compound. They knew that the ambassador was dead and issued a Stand Down, never giving a thought to the rest of the people at the CIA facility a mile away and by the time the second wave of the attack had begun, Obama had gone to bed to make sure that he got his beauty sleep for the campaign trip the next day. Obama slept through the second wave of the attack and his senior advisors, down in the situation room made the decision not to do nothing to rescue the rest of the people in Benghazi, who were still waiting for help to arrive.

My guess is that Clapper was in that situation room and that he is the one who concocted the story about the video, denying that it was an Al Qaeda terror attack because it had been their advice to Obama that persuaded him to prematurely issue the Stand Down. Those advisors were already in CYA mode the night of 9/11.

While Obama didn’t know about the second wave of the attack until the next morning, he most certainly knew that there was no peaceful protest.

You have to remember that to post modernist progressives, truth is a relative term and that everything depends on what the definition of “is” is. One man’s terrorist, is another man’s freedom fighter, …or protester. To the Obama administration, the video is simply symbolic of everything that the West has done to offend the Islamists. To the Obama people, a lie is not a lie, unless it is told by a capitalist conservative.


83 posted on 11/18/2012 6:50:35 AM PST by Eva
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I agree, the excuse that they deleted the information to keep it classified because they were tracking the Al Qaeda groups is BS. I heard that they were indeed tracking the Al Qaeda group, they were tracking them because they had information that some of the weapons that the US had supplied to Libyan rebels were in the hands of the Al Qaeda group.

There was no need to keep it a secret because the Libyan officials had been saying it since before the attack began. Even if the Obama people did want to keep the Al Qaeda connection a secret, that doesn’t excuse the lie about the video and the peaceful protest. It just doesn’t follow.


84 posted on 11/18/2012 6:59:07 AM PST by Eva
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To: WilliamIII

They think us stupid at their peril.


85 posted on 11/18/2012 7:14:13 AM PST by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: WilliamIII
Didn't Ansar al-Shariah already claim responsibility four hours after the attack? Wow, we sure tricked them!
86 posted on 11/18/2012 8:17:13 AM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: WilliamIII

this may be nothing more than NYSlimes parsing Patreaus testimony

“the names” of the specific terrorist groups may have been left out; the fact, and the mention that terrorists were behind the attack was not


87 posted on 11/18/2012 8:45:03 AM PST by Wuli
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To: billhilly

I guess , like they’ve never heard of Facebook and My’Air’Space and Tweeter


88 posted on 11/18/2012 10:59:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: All

Comments BUMP!


89 posted on 11/18/2012 6:16:59 PM PST by PGalt
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