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60 Minutes: Benghazi (CBS Transcript)
CBS News ^ | Sunday, October 27, 2013 | Lara Logan

Posted on 10/27/2013 5:45:31 PM PDT by kristinn

The following script is from "Benghazi" which aired on Oct. 27, 2013. The correspondent is Lara Logan. Max McClellan, producer.

When Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of September 11th last year, it was only the sixth time that the United States had lost an ambassador to its enemies. The events of that night have been overshadowed by misinformation, confusion and intense partisanship. But for those who lived through it, there's nothing confusing about what happened, and they share a sense of profound frustration because they say they saw it coming.

Tonight, you will hear for the first time from a security officer who witnessed the attack. He calls himself, Morgan Jones, a pseudonym he's using for his own safety. A former British soldier, he's been helping to keep U.S. diplomats and military leaders safe for the last decade. On a night he describes as sheer hell, Morgan Jones snuck into a Benghazi hospital that was under the control of al Qaeda terrorists, desperate to find out if one of his close friends from the U.S. Special Mission was the American he'd been told was there.

Morgan Jones: I was dreading seeing who it was, you know? It didn't take long to get to the room. And I could see in through the glass. And I didn't even have to go into the room to see who it was. I knew who it was immediately.

Lara Logan: Who was it?

Morgan Jones: It was the ambassador, dead. Yeah, shocking.

Morgan Jones said he'd never felt so angry in his life. Only hours earlier, Amb. Chris Stevens had sought him out, concerned about the security at the U.S. Special Mission Compound where Morgan was in charge of the Libyan guard force.

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1 posted on 10/27/2013 5:45:31 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: hoosiermama

FYI.


2 posted on 10/27/2013 5:49:25 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn
Hillary and the State Department weren't mentioned.
3 posted on 10/27/2013 5:50:00 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: kristinn

Thanks for posting


4 posted on 10/27/2013 5:50:13 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: kristinn

I wish Morgan Jones had stated the time he saw the Ambassador dead. It is important.


5 posted on 10/27/2013 5:51:20 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: kristinn

Sheryl Atkinsson, Lara Logan, Jennifer Griffen, Catherine Herridge. Why are women the only reporters with cojones?


6 posted on 10/27/2013 5:52:14 PM PDT by xkaydet65 (.You have never tasted freedom, else you would know it is purchased not with gold but with steel)
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To: kristinn
Is this why 60mins did it.. the election is three years in the future. The same 60min will dismiss this as "Old News" three years from now.

I recall the "old news" (Alinsky?) tactic.. this from an Internet search

Gennifer Flowers was given her five minutes of fame, Clinton admitted to [it]... and thereafter any mention of Clinton's pathological sex life was "old news" and "partisan" . . . .

Don't forget 60MINS helped the Clintons with that one.

7 posted on 10/27/2013 5:58:45 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: kristinn

Some of Lara Logan’s questions are really dumb & annoying


8 posted on 10/27/2013 5:59:25 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: kristinn; LucyT; ScaniaBoy; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; ...
You can read the report until you are blue in the face and you will NOT find 10% of the information that is right here on Free Republic since the minute it began.

This is the Benghazi Index
Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise me or Republicanprofessor.

This is a Threat Matrix list documenting threats within and without. Anyone wanting on or off please advise.


9 posted on 10/27/2013 6:03:28 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Towanda! Charge!!! A Fuwappiduh is called for in 5, 4, 3 ,2.....Dang, that was awesome, Dudes......)
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To: nuconvert

Hillary Clinton “what does it matter”


10 posted on 10/27/2013 6:05:08 PM PDT by coop223
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To: MestaMachine
Good. More questions than answers. I hope a republican - just one would suffice, just one! - grows enough of a spine to ask them, and get the answers.

ahhhhh who am I kidding. *sigh*

11 posted on 10/27/2013 6:06:25 PM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: kristinn

Ty


12 posted on 10/27/2013 6:07:14 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

One of the things I was thinking as I watched it was, is this a step of preparation in throwing Hillary under the bus...even though her name was not mentioned...because I find it impossible to believe CBS had any pure motive in producing this.

Much left out, to re-write history?


13 posted on 10/27/2013 6:10:00 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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14 posted on 10/27/2013 6:11:00 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: kristinn

(I just posted this on the CBS story in their comments.)

I was writing about this within days of the attack. This is the start of my piece published in PJ Media. The Benghazi debacle boils down to a single key factor; the granting or withholding of “cross-border authority.” This opinion is informed by my experience as a Navy SEAL officer who took a NavSpecWar Detachment to Beirut.

Once the alarm is sent—in this case, from the consulate in Benghazi; dozens of HQs are notified and are in the planning loop in real time, including AFRICOM and EUCOM, both located in Germany. Without waiting for specific orders from Washington, they begin planning and executing rescue operations, including moving personnel, ships, and aircraft forward toward the location of the crisis. However, there is one thing they can’t do without explicit orders from the president: cross an international border on a hostile mission. That is the clear “red line” in this type of a crisis situation.

No administration wants to stumble into a war because a jet jockey in hot pursuit (or a mixed-up SEAL squad in a rubber boat) strays into hostile territory. Because of this, only the president can give the order for our military to cross a nation’s border without that nation’s permission. For the Osama bin Laden mission, President Obama granted CBA for our forces to enter Pakistani airspace.

On the other side of the CBA coin: in order to prevent a military rescue in Benghazi, all the POTUS has to do is not grant cross-border authority. If he does not, the entire rescue mission (already in progress) must stop in its tracks.

Ships can loiter on station, but airplanes fall out of the sky, so they must be redirected to an air base (Sigonella, in Sicily) to await the POTUS decision on granting CBA. If the decision to grant CBA never comes, the besieged diplomatic outpost in Benghazi can rely only on assets already “in country” in Libya; such as the Tripoli quick reaction force and the Predator drones. These assets can be put into action on the independent authority of the acting ambassador or CIA station chief in Tripoli. They are already “in country,” so CBA rules do not apply to them.

How might this process have played out in the White House?

If, at the 5:00 p.m. Oval Office meeting with Defense Secretary Panetta and Vice President Biden, President Obama said about Benghazi: “I think we should not go the military action route,” meaning that no CBA will be granted, then that is it. Case closed. Another possibility is that the president might have said: “We should do what we can to help them ... but no military intervention from outside of Libya.” Those words then constitute “standing orders” all the way down the chain of command, via Panetta and General Dempsey to General Ham and the subordinate commanders who are already gearing up to rescue the besieged outpost.

When that meeting took place, it may have seemed as if the consulate attack was over, so President Obama might have thought the situation would stabilize on its own from that point forward. If he then goes upstairs to the family quarters, or otherwise makes himself “unavailable,” then his last standing orders will continue to stand until he changes them, even if he goes to sleep until the morning of September 12.

Nobody in the chain of command below President Obama can countermand his “standing orders” not to send outside military forces into Libyan air space. Nobody. Not Leon Panetta, not Hillary Clinton, not General Dempsey, and not General Ham in Stuttgart, Germany, who is in charge of the forces staging in Sigonella.

Perhaps the president left “no outside military intervention, no cross-border authority” standing orders, and then made himself scarce to those below him seeking further guidance, clarification, or modified orders. Or perhaps he was in the Situation Room watching the Predator videos in live time for all seven hours. We don’t yet know where the president was hour by hour.

But this is 100 percent sure: Panetta and Dempsey would have executed a rescue mission order if the president had given those orders.

And like the former SEALs in Benghazi, General Ham and all of the troops under him would have been straining forward in their harnesses, ready to go into battle to save American lives.

The execute orders would be given verbally to General Ham at AFRICOM in Stuttgart, but they would immediately be backed up in official message traffic for the official record. That is why cross-border authority is the King Arthur’s Sword for understanding Benghazi. The POTUS and only the POTUS can pull out that sword.


15 posted on 10/27/2013 6:13:12 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: kristinn

Thanks for posting as I was away from the house during the show...BFLR


16 posted on 10/27/2013 6:16:50 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: MestaMachine
B T T T ! ! ! ©

17 posted on 10/27/2013 6:23:54 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: kristinn

Hillary is the guilty party here. What has she managed successfully?


18 posted on 10/27/2013 6:27:33 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

I remember the Administration Really wanted America to know they wanted us to think it was that video. Even arrested the producer— Maybe 60 Minutes should be afraid -maybe very afraid?


19 posted on 10/27/2013 6:28:37 PM PDT by Robert Burkholder
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To: kristinn
About 30 minutes into the attack, a quick reaction force from the CIA Annex ignored orders to wait and raced to the compound, at times running and shooting their way through the streets just to get there. Inside the compound, they repelled a force of as many as 60 armed terrorists and managed to save five American lives and recover the body of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. They were forced to fight their way out before they could find the ambassador.

I am fully tired of our heroes being wasted because some progressive bureaucrat didn't act or allowed bad things to happen. We need a change and now.

20 posted on 10/27/2013 6:30:05 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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