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  • STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL WHO WANTED SECURITY AT BENGHAZI 'ARTIFICIALLY LOW' TO TESTIFY TODAY

    10/10/2012 11:01:22 AM PDT · by Snuph · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Oct 2012 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Lamb reports to Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell, who reports to Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, who in turn reports directly to Secretary of State Clinton. A primary responsibility of Boswell and Lamb in Libya was enforcing the "No Marines, No Bullets" State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya document signed by Secretary Clinton some time within the past year and a half after the fall of Khadafi's dictatorship in Libya.
  • Benghazi consulate had only one U.S. security agent, Congress told

    10/10/2012 11:12:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10/10/12 | Larry Margasak and Bradley Klapper - Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya said Wednesday the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, never had the forces it needed to protect itself. Lt. Col. Andrew Wood told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that U.S. security was so weak that in April, only one U.S. diplomatic security agent was stationed in Benghazi. The committee hearing followed assertions Tuesday night by the State Department that it never concluded that the Sept. 11 attack stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam. Ambassador Chris...
  • Why The Obama Administration Lied About Benghazi

    10/10/2012 11:16:24 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 49 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 10/10/12 | CaroleL
    Today the House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing on diplomatic security; specifically the lack of security that facilitated the September 11 murders of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Most often these investigations center on the question 'What did a government official know and when did they know it?' but in this case we already have those answers. Hours before the congressional hearing began, the State Department briefed reporters on the facts of the case saying it never determined that the deadly attack on the US consulate stemmed from protests over an anti-Islam YouTube...
  • Obama rep: All of these Republicans politicizing the Benghazi attack are just so outrageous

    10/10/2012 11:22:31 AM PDT · by Snuph · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2012 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    Please spare us all the sanctimoniousness about getting “political,” because whether or not the president of the United States and his administration are equipped with the capabilities to deal with serious threats to our national security sure seems like kind of a big deal that voters deserve to know about.
  • Dems Blame House GOP for Lack of Security at U.S. Consulate in Benghazi [Cummings, Holmes-Norton]

    10/10/2012 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 49 replies
    CNS ^ | October 10, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee used their opening statements today to blame Republicans for the lack of security in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on the security breaches surrounding the attack on the U.S. consulate last month, which killed four Americans, including the ambassador, and occurred on the anniversary of 9/11. “The chairman has said that our committee will examine not only the Libya attack but security at outposts across the Middle East,” said Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who called the hearing today on Capitol Hill. “Mr. Chairman I fully...
  • Obama Rep calls House hearings "Outrageous" (satire alert needed for the inane)

    10/10/2012 12:19:13 PM PDT · by GeronL · 34 replies
    Associated Posers ^ | 10-10-2012 | geronl
    (Associated Posers) - WASHINGTON DC – With testimony taking place in front of a US House Committee about the lack of security at the US Consulate in Benghazi where 4 Americans were killed in what the government now admits was a terrorist act, the Presidents' representative Jen Psaki appeared on CNN to call the hearing “outrageous”. “This is a political stunt to change the topic away from Mitt Romney's failed economic and social policies” she said “There is no reason for anyone to worry about why our embassies are unguarded”. Documents released from the administration show that the staff of...
  • Mother of slain Navy SEAL: Romney shouldn’t politicize her son’s death (OUTRAGEOUS!)

    10/10/2012 12:28:30 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 151 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/10/12
    After Romney's remarks, Barbara Doherty told Boston's WHDH 7News that the GOP nominee shouldn't invoke her son that way again. "I don't trust Romney," she said. "He shouldn't make my son's death part of his political agenda. It's wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama." Romney has amplified his criticisms of Obama's foreign policy and defense record with a speech on Monday that fact-checkers and the Obama campaign said was rife with errors and policy reversals
  • How Libya Attack Misrepresentation is Like GM Bankruptcy Process (Excellent piece on GM Bankruptcy)

    10/10/2012 12:32:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 10, 2012 | Mark Modica
    The 2012 election campaigns have seen accusations thrown about that both President Obama and Governor Romney have been less than honest at times. After Obama was soundly trounced in the first debate, the defense for the President's poor performance (other than Al Gore's theory that it was the high altitude) was that Mitt Romney lied. While that unsubstantiated charge might make Governor Romney an accused liar, the facts surrounding the General Motors bankruptcy process reveal that those in the Obama Administration are proven liars. Although many in the media might choose to ignore the ethical shortcomings of the GM bankruptcy...
  • TAPPER HAMMERS CARNEY ON ANTI-MUSLIM VIDEO:'Didn't the President Shoot First & Ask Questions Later?'

    10/10/2012 12:43:36 PM PDT · by Snuph · 41 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | October 10, 2012
    ABC News' Jake Tapper grilled White House press secretary Jay Carney today on the administrations response to attacks on US Embassy in Benghazi, "Didn't President Obama shoot first, and aim later?" Video at link.
  • US Embassy in Libya Sought $13M/Year Bodyguards With ‘Limited’ English; But (title shortened)

    10/10/2012 1:21:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 10, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - In the months leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the U.S. Embassy in Libya was seeking to hire two bodyguards with “limited” English language skills at salaries of about $13,000 per year.Job descriptions for these openings that the U.S. Embassy in Libya posted online said the State Department would give preference in filling them to qualified U.S. citizens who were family members of U.S. government employees.The job descriptions explicitly stated that this included the “same-sex domestic partners” of U.S. government employees.In addition to the two bodyguards, the U.S. Embassy in...
  • The Benghazi Attack Reveals How Fragile Obama Really Is

    10/10/2012 1:41:08 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-10-12 | The Looking Spoon
    See the story at Hot Air here.H/t to Milton Wolf whose tweet on the subject had a hand in inspiring this post. 
  • Security Failures of Benghazi: Today’s Hearing ("For me, the Taliban is inside of the building")

    10/10/2012 1:45:52 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 30 replies
    Diplopundit ^ | 10/0 | Diplopundit
    RSO Nordstrom is a strong and articulate witness. DAS Lamb not so much. U/S Kennedy so-so. Nordstrom: “For me, the Taliban is inside of the building.” ”=
  • State Dept. Official Refuses to Call Attackers in Libya Terrorists

    10/10/2012 1:51:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    cns news ^ | 10/10/12 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb refused to use the word “terrorist” during her testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday, saying she is not in the position to make “any judgments on my own.” Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) pressed Lamb, who appeared as a witness on Capitol Hill on the security breaches surrounding the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi last month, following her testimony: “Today as I listen to people, and you, Ms. Lamb, have said you’ve described these attackers in a number of ways, but you don’t mention terrorist...
  • Benghazi attack may cloud Clinton’s legacy

    10/09/2012 10:57:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 9, 2012 | Anne Gearan
    The fatal attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya last month has become a test of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s leadership and a threat to her much-admired legacy as America’s top diplomat just a few months before she plans to step down. Clinton was among the first Obama administration officials to publicly condemn the attack and mourn the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But as the State Department has weathered Republican-led criticism that it misread warning signs before the Sept. 11 attack, Clinton has been far less visible. Clinton will not appear...
  • U.S. Said to Be Preparing Potential Targets Tied to Libya Attack

    10/02/2012 10:59:20 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 2 | Eric Schmitt
    WASHINGTON — The American military’s top-secret Joint Special Operations Command is preparing detailed information that could be used to kill or capture some of the militants suspected in the attack last month in Libya that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, senior military and counterterrorism officials said on Tuesday. Preparing the “target packages” is the first step in a process that the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency are taking in preparation for, and in advance of, any orders from President Obama and his top civilian and military advisers to carry out action...
  • Video: Obama now ducking questions on security failures at Benghazi consulate

    09/20/2012 9:57:34 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 4:01 pm on September 20, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Via BuzzFeed, simple question from the Univision moderators: Why wasn’t your administration better prepared to secure America’s embassies on September 11th? The response, true to form, is nearly six minutes of meandering about how it’s important to stay engaged in the Middle East, how the Mohammed movie is “offensive” but shouldn’t be a pretext for violence, how he’s decimated Al Qaeda’s leadership, etc etc etc — everything except an answer to the question that was asked. The closest he gets is insisting that they redoubled their security efforts afterward, which is super but not much of a consolation to Chris...
  • Evolution of administration statements on Libya attack

    09/20/2012 12:34:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 20, 2012 | unattributed
    The Obama administration's account of what may have happened in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last week has evolved by the day. At first, officials were reluctant to say whether the strike that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador to Libya was premeditated. Top-ranking officials ranging from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice subsequently gave briefings and went on television to claim they had no evidence the strike was pre-planned. Carney and others then began to open the door to other possibilities, as accounts emerged that there...
  • In Libya, deadly fury took U.S. envoys by surprise

    09/20/2012 10:14:48 AM PDT · by barryobi · 17 replies
    al reuters ^ | 9/12/2012 | Hadeel Al Shalchi
    Though Libya's deputy interior minister described the locating of the safe house as a "critical security breach," the attack may not have been planned for long in advance. The assailants would have had some hours to follow the fleeing Americans and set up an ambush after the consulate attack. "It began to rain down on us," Obeidi said just as the rescue force was preparing to leave. "About six mortars fell directly on the path to the villa," he said. One American fell wounded by him. A mortar struck the building itself, throwing from the roof another American posted there...
  • Libyan President: Attack Premeditated, Al-Qaeda Involved, US Warned Beforehand

    09/18/2012 7:54:47 PM PDT · by Justaham · 52 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/18/12 | AWR Hawkins
    Libya's highest politician says the United States government was warned about a pending attack on its diplomatic staff three days before it took place. Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif says his government received word of the pending attack and passed that information to US diplomatic officials no later than 48 hours before the attack.
  • Report: Never an Anti-American Protest in Benghazi, Only a Planned Attack (CBS Video Report)

    09/20/2012 8:43:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 71 replies
    Weekly Standard. ^ | 8:48 AM, Sep 20, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    CBS reports this morning that witnesses are saying "that there was never an anti-American protest outside of the consulate [in Benghazi, Libya]. Instead, they say, it came under planned attack. That is in direct contradiction to the administration's account of the incident."
  • Obama official: Benghazi was a terrorist attack

    09/19/2012 11:03:25 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    thecable ^ | Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 1:30 | Josh Rogin
    The Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was in fact "a terrorist attack" and the U.S. government has indications that members of al Qaeda were directly involved, a top Obama administration official said Wednesday morning. "I would say yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy," Matt Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said Wednesday at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, in response to questioning from Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) about the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. As for who was...