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  • Senate report: Attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi could have been prevented (WashPost)

    01/15/2014 1:14:46 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 15, 2014 | By Adam Goldman and Anne Gearan
    A long-delayed Senate Intelligence Committee report released Wednesday faulted both the State Department and the intelligence community for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, about 16 months ago. The bipartisan report laid out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on a diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the city. It said the State Department failed to increase security at its mission despite warnings, and blamed intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S. military. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------snip----------------------------------------------------- The report also...
  • Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented

    01/15/2014 7:35:19 AM PST · by John W · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Adam Goldman and Anne Gearan
    A long-delayed Senate intelligence committee report released on Wednesday spreads blame among the State Department and intelligence agencies for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The bipartisan report lays out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on Sept. 11 and 12, 2012 on the diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the Libyan city of Benghazi. It says the State Department failed to increase security at the sites despite warnings, and faults intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with...
  • U.S. Benghazi compound lease renewed without security

    01/08/2014 6:08:25 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1-8-2014 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    By Sharyl Attkisson CBS NewsJanuary 8, 2014, 5: 45 PM U.S. Benghazi compound lease renewed without security Updated 7:25 p.m. ETThe State Department renewed the lease for the U.S. compound in Benghazi two months before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks without requiring the facility to meet normal security standards. That news comes from an interview Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., conducted with a survivor of the attacks.   The survivor, a State Department diplomatic security agent whose name isn't being disclosed, spoke behind closed doors in late November to Senators Graham, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. The previously-undisclosed existence...
  • Why no guard towers at Benghazi mission?

    09/24/2013 10:50:20 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 9/24/13 | AARON KLEIN
    The admission by Patrick Kennedy, under secretary of state for management, raises immediate questions about what was transpiring at the U.S. mission and why the State Department would fear drawing attention to a compound wrongly described by much of the news media as a “consulate.” The mission was reportedly established without the knowledge or permission of the interim Libyan government. Kennedy was responding to a question from Rep. Alan Grayson, R-Fla., at last week’s House Foreign Affairs Committee. Grayson had asked: “Was there any money that was appropriated for the purpose of improving that post that was unspent at that...
  • Anti-terror activist: Security of the Benghazi embassy was ‘farmed out to an al-Qaida front group’

    07/10/2013 8:19:41 PM PDT · by knak · 11 replies
    daily caller ^ | 7/8/2013 | eva cover
    In an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller, anti-terror activist and founder of Act! for America Brigitte Gabriel calls out the Obama administration for its “shameful” actions in Benghazi and inability to take responsibility. “Those who lay their life on the line and sign up to serve our country overseas, it doesn’t matter what country they are serving in, they are depending on the United States government to provide them security,” Gabriel says. “So for Ambassador Stevens to be killed, tortured, kidnapped, sodomized, which most people do not want to talk about, and dragged through the streets the way he...
  • Vanity: Benghazi Security Purposefully Decreased?

    05/11/2013 5:33:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 34 replies
    Huckabee just mentioned on his show that security in the months leading up to Benghazi was reduced from 30 plus down to just a few people. This question REALLY needs to be asked. Who ordered the decreased security? WHY was security decreased in the months leading up to the attack? Days after the attack there were reports of the "attackers" clashing with the "security" which we now know was Al-Queda. There were reports the "attackers" said to the "security" "Don't shoot Morsi sent us" We need to find that report and search it out. I think it's more than running...
  • Militia Hired by State to Position Members Inside Benghazi Compound Were ‘Complicit’ in Attack

    05/10/2013 9:14:31 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/9/2013 | Terrence P Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) -- Elements of the February 17 Martyrs Brigade, the Libyan militia hired by the U.S. State Department to station members as residents inside the U.S. compound in Benghazi and to protect the U.S. diplomats there, were “complicit” in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack that killed Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans, according to the testimony of Greg Hicks, who was the department's second-ranking diplomat in Libya at the time of the attack. “Certainly, elements of that militia were complicit in the attacks,” Greg Hicks, the State Department’s former deputy chief of mission in Libya told the House...
  • US Hired al-Qaida-Linked Group to Defend Benghazi Mission

    05/03/2013 9:17:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 05/03/2013 | John Rosenthal
    The Libyan militia group that the State Department hired to defend its embattled diplomatic mission in Benghazi had clear al-Qaida sympathies, and had prominently displayed the al-Qaida flag on a Facebook page for some months before the deadly attack. That organization, the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, was paid by the U.S. government to provide security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. But there is no indication the Martyrs Brigade fulfilled its commitment to defend the mission on Sept. 11, when it came under attack. The assault claimed the lives of four Americans: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, information officer...
  • In cable the day he died, U.S. ambassador warned Clinton about Benghazi security

    01/22/2013 7:05:42 AM PST · by yoe · 24 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | January 2 2, 2013 | John Solomon
    Cable from Chris Stevens was chock full of reports on regional violence, concerns about local security capabilitiesJust hours before he died in a terrorist attack at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Ambassador Chris Stevens sent a cable to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton painting a chaotic, violent portrait of the eastern Libya city and warning that local militias were threatening to pull the security they afforded U.S. officials.... [snip] Militia leaders told U.S. officials just two days before the attack that they were angered by U.S. support of a particular candidate for Libyan prime minister and warned “they would not...
  • Benghazi Betrayal May be a Cover-Up of American Weapons in Hands of Terrorists

    11/17/2012 11:58:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | Rachel Alexander
    In a scandal looking more and more like Fast and Furious, information is coming out revealing what may be the real reason why the Obama administration refused to provide military support to save Americans in Benghazi. Obama was terrified the public would find out that American weapons had been given to Libyan terrorists, who then used them against Americans in the attack. Glenn Beck reported that Glen Doherty, the former Navy Seal who was killed alongside Ambassador Christopher Stevens, told ABC News that he was looking for weapons in Libya. Middle East expert Barry Rubin has said U.S. intelligence confirms...
  • David Petraeus: Benghazi attack 'was terror strike' [lax security]

    11/16/2012 2:53:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | November 16, 2012
    ...Congressional officials familiar with the briefings told the Associated Press that Gen Petraeus testified that security at the consulate was so lax that the attackers walked in and set fire to the facility. Security at the CIA annex was much better, the AP reported, but the attackers had arms and broke in. Republicans were also critical of the Obama administration's handling of security situation. Florida Senator Marco Rubio said Gen Petraeus testimony showed that "clearly the security measures were inadequate despite an overwhelming and growing amount of information that showed the area in Benghazi was dangerous, particularly on the night...
  • POWERFUL!… Navy SEALs Release Ad BLASTING Barack Obama (Video)

    11/03/2012 2:50:33 PM PDT · by forbushalltheway · 36 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Saturday, November 3, 2012, | Jim Hoft
    A community of Navy SEALS released an ad today blasting Barack Obama. “There’s a pervasive feeling across our community that he’s going to use whatever to get elected and he doesn’t really care about the men on the front lines.” Well, he certainly didn’t care about Benghazi SEALs. That’s clear. The SEALs say 95% of their peers will not vote for Barack Obama. Via Veterans for a Strong America: In this shocking video, United States Navy SEALs reveal that the SEAL community is not voting for President Obama because of his conduct as Commander in Chief.
  • What President Obama Really Said In That '60 Minutes' Interview About Benghazi

    11/05/2012 7:52:23 AM PST · by Son House · 17 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 05, 2012 | Bret Baier
    Two days before the election, CBS posted additional portions of a Sept. 12 "60 Minutes" interview where President Obama seems to contradict himself on the Benghazi attack. As the Benghazi investigation gets more attention and focus, CBS is once again adding to the Benghazi timeline. ..These are two crucial answers in the big picture. Right after getting out of the Rose Garden, where, according to the second debate and other accounts he definitively called the attack terrorism, Obama is asked point blank about not calling it terrorism. He blinks and does not push back. Understand that this interview is just...
  • GAFFNEY: The real reason behind Benghazigate

    10/24/2012 6:38:42 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 32 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 10/24/2012 | Moneyrunner
    Was Benghazi the base from which Team Obama was funneling arms to Jihads seeking to overthrow Syria and establish another radical Islamist State? Suddenly Ambassador Stevens presence there and his meeting with a Turkish diplomat begins to make sense. GAFFNEY: Was Obama gun-walking arms to jihadists? Thanks to intrepid investigative reporting — notably by Bret Baier and Catherine Herridge at Fox News, Aaron Klein at WND.com and Clare Lopez at RadicalIslam.org — and information developed by congressional investigators, the mystery is beginning to unravel with regard to what happened that night and the reason for the subsequent, clumsy official cover-up...
  • Libyan cop was caught photographing inside of US consulate in Benghazi on morning of September 11

    11/01/2012 10:56:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 43 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 1, 2012 | Times of Israel staff
    A Libyan policeman was caught photographing the inside of the US Consulate in Benghazi on the morning of September 11, hours before US Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in a terror attack there, and worried US consular staff complained to the Libyan Foreign Ministry over the security breach, an Arabic TV station reported on Thursday, quoting from letters found at the consulate after it was attacked. Alaan TV, a channel based in the United Arab Emirates, said the letters also showed that the Americans had been urging the Libyan authorities to provide special security arrangements for Stevens’ visit — including...
  • State Dept, GSA Stonewall Investigation of Benghazi Security Contract

    10/15/2012 2:58:24 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/21 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Two employees at the General Services Administration have stonewalled Breitbart News, and another has mysteriously "disappeared" as the investigation into the State Department "no bullets" contract with Blue Mountain Group, the British firm that provided security at the American mission in Benghazi heats up.
  • Herridge On Cable Month Before Benghazi Attack: "Smoking Gun Warning Here"

    10/31/2012 10:18:30 PM PDT · by Roberts · 41 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/31/12 | Catherine Herridge
    "I really believe, having read it, that it is the smoking gun warning here. You've got this emergency meeting in Benghazi, less than a month before the attack. At that briefing, the people are told that there are ten, ten, Islamic militias and al-Qaeda groups in Benghazi. The consulate can not sustain a coordinated attack and they need extra help. This information goes directly to the office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. So, again, you have the culpability of the State Department. This is a very specific warning that they're in trouble, they need help and they see...
  • Exclusive: Classified cable warned consulate couldn't withstand 'coordinated attack'

    10/31/2012 4:48:08 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 17 replies
    The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News. Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected...
  • WaPo opinion: What was Obama told at the September 10, 2012, NSC meeting on ‘9/11 threats’?

    10/31/2012 10:11:33 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 31, 2012 | Marc A. Thiessen
    On the White House Web site, the president’s calendar for September 10, 2012 — the day before the Benghazi, Libya, attack — is blank and and the daily press guidance says “The President has no public events scheduled.” But the president did have an important meeting that day. In an e-mail exchange over President Obama’s record of skipping his daily intelligence meetings, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor wrote me the following: I’d also note that this focus on just the PDB and not the countless other NSC meetings the President has each week really misses the point. For example,...
  • Armed Services Chair Demands of Obama: Whom Did You Order to Do What on 9/11/12?

    10/29/2012 4:19:56 PM PDT · by Snuph · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 29, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    - In light of President Obama's statement in an Oct. 26 interview that the "minute" he found out about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 he issued a directive to subordinates "to make sure we are securing our personnel," House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) has sent a letter to Obama demanding that he reveal exactly whom he ordered to do what on that day. “Although this response did not specifically answer the reporter’s question, your first directive would appear to involve potential actions by the U.S. military,” McKeon said in a...
  • How US Ambassador Chris Stevens May Have Been Linked To Jihadist Rebels In Syria

    10/19/2012 6:37:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 153 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct 19, 2012 | Michael Kelly
    How US Ambassador Chris Stevens May Have Been Linked To Jihadist Rebels In Syria Michael Kelley | 46 minutes ago US Weapons Are Going To Hard-Line Jihadists Fighting To Topple The Syrian Regime The details of the September 11 attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi are still murky and there's certainly more to be known. Former CIA officer Clare Lopez argues that the key issue is "the relationship of the U.S. government, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya with Al Qaeda." That relationship, Lopez argues, could be connected to the rise...
  • Christopher Stevens Feeds the Crocodile

    09/16/2012 6:26:19 AM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 16 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 16, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Winston Churchill once said, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.” On September 11, Christopher Stevens, a career diplomat, became one of the first Americans in Libya to feed the crocodile of Ansar Al-Sharia and learned too late that while appeasers may hope to be eaten last, they are often eaten first. Christopher Stevens was a Middle Eastern diplomat who typified the new breed going from the University of Berkeley and the Peace Corps to desks in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Syria. He taught English to Moroccan children in the Peace Corps and...
  • US Relied on Muslim Brotherhood for Benghazi Consulate Security

    09/21/2012 3:15:31 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 23 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 9/21/2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The more we learn about what happened in Benghazi, the clearer things become. Two U.S. intelligence officials told The Daily Beast that the intelligence community is currently analyzing an intercept between a Libyan politician whose sympathies are with al Qaeda and the Libyan militia known as the February 17 Brigade—which had been charged with providing local security to the consulate. In the intercept, the Libyan politician apparently asks an officer in the brigade to have his men stand down for a pending attack—another piece of evidence implying the violence was planned in advance.
  • Libyan witnesses recount organized Benghazi attack

    10/27/2012 3:29:59 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 26 replies
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — It began around nightfall on Sept. 11 with around 150 bearded gunmen, some wearing the Afghan-style tunics favored by Islamic militants, sealing off the streets leading to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. They set up roadblocks with pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, according to witnesses. The trucks bore the logo of Ansar al-Shariah, a powerful local group of Islamist militants who worked with the municipal government to manage security in Benghazi, the main city in eastern Libya and birthplace of the uprising last year that ousted Moammar Gadhafi after a 42-year dictatorship. Read more:...
  • Did the White House order a cover-up over the murder of Libya's US Ambassador?

    10/02/2012 11:52:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 2, 2012 | Con Coughlin
    Immediately after the murder of Chris Stevens, America's Ambassador to Libya,I suggested that the assault on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11 could have profound consequences for President Barack Obama,particulary if he failed to take appropriate action against the murderers–the most likely candidates being members of al-Qaeda's new terror franchise in Mali. But with the US presidential contest entering its critical final phase, the Obama administration deftly avoided getting into any controversy over the murder of Mr Stevens and three other members of the consulate staff by leading everyone to believe the murders were not part of an...
  • Navy replaces admiral leading Mideast strike group

    10/27/2012 1:04:20 PM PDT · by RebelTex · 56 replies
    Bradenton Herald ^ | October 27, 2012 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON — The Navy said Saturday it is replacing the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment. Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette is being sent back to the USS John C. Stennis' home port at Bremerton, Wash., in what the Navy called a temporary reassignment. Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/10/27/4255242/navy-replaces-admiral-leading.html#storylink=cpy
  • Video: Gohmert Talks to Fox News on Libya Cover-Up (rips 0bozo admin a new one!)

    10/27/2012 11:11:44 AM PDT · by TXnMA · 47 replies
    E-mail from Cong. Gohmert ^ | 27OCT12 | Cong. Louie Gohmert/Staff
    I just received an e-mail from my Congressman (Louie Gohmert [R] from Texas) with this URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFiX1JV5SSY&feature=share linking to a YouTube video of his interview with Fox News wherein he rips into the Řbozo regime about their failure to send military assistance to our folks in Benghazi. He ends with a personal plea to Panetta to stop covering for Řbozo... The vidclip begins with an emotional statement by the father of murdered SEAL, Tyrone Woods -- which obviously hits Gohmert hard... IMHO, this is a "Must watch" video: Link to the video
  • Report: CIA Refused Request for Back-up in Benghazi Terror Attack

    10/26/2012 9:36:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 26, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Another LINK to Fox New's breaking Benghazi CIA story. Report: CIA Refused Request for Back-up in Benghazi Terror AttackLISTEN to the very end; ALL 5:37 of Jennifer Griffin's report.
  • GLOBAL JIHAD: The consequences of Obama's love of Islam (why no security in Benghazi)

    10/23/2012 7:44:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND.com ^ | October 22, 2012 | Nonie Darwish
    I have never entertained the idea that Obama was a Muslim and always believed he was a socialist. But Obama’s behavior over the last four years regarding Islam have convinced me that Obama has a Socialist/Islamic-centered worldview – a combination that is not uncommon in many parts of the Muslim world. Having been a journalist in Egypt for six years in the’70s, I have witnessed socialism with an Islamic twist to be a popular political ideology, especially amongst Arab journalists and intellectuals. Socialism and even communism have managed to survive in the ruthless Islamic political system as an alternative to...
  • Senate intelligence panel to hold Libya attack hearings (AFTER ELECTION)

    10/25/2012 1:38:43 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Mark Hosenball
    In a statement, the committee said it first will hold a closed oversight hearing on November 15 on the Benghazi attacks, when lawmakers return after the November 6 presidential and congressional elections. The Democratic-controlled panel said additional hearings would follow. Some Senate Republicans have said the committee should hold public hearings on the response to the attacks, in which U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other American officials were killed. The committee, chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein, said it had received briefings and documents related to the attacks It said aspects under investigation include how U.S. intelligence and...
  • Ed Klein: Bill Clinton Urging Hillary to Release Benghazi Documents

    10/24/2012 8:43:36 PM PDT · by bd476 · 178 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 24, 2012 at 10:48pm | Jason Howerton
    Ed Klein: Bill Clinton ‘Urging’ Hillary to Release Benghazi Documents That Would ‘Exonerate’ Her, Destroy Obama’s Re-Election Hopes Posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:48pm by Jason Howerton Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered additional security for the U.S. mission in Benghazi ahead of the terrorist attack but the orders were never carried out, according to “legal counsel” to Clinton who spoke to best-selling author Ed Klein. Those same sources also say former President Bill Clinton has been “urging” his wife to release official State Department documents that prove she called for additional security at the compound in Libya,...
  • Bombshell: Clinton Ordered More Security, Obama Denied Request

    10/25/2012 9:58:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 129 replies
    News Ninja ^ | 10/25/12 | staff
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered additional security for the U.S. mission in Benghaziahead of the terrorist attack but the orders were never carried out, according to “legal counsel” to Clinton who spoke to best-selling author Ed Klein. Those same sources also say former President Bill Clinton has been “urging” his wife to release official State Department documents that prove she called for additional security at the compound in Libya, which would almost certainly result in President Obama losing the election.
  • Father of security agent killed in Libya speaks out (VideoReport--Talks to Radio host Lars Larson)

    10/25/2012 12:23:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 55 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Oct 25, 2012 | Megyn Kelley(sp?)
    Radio host Lars Larson weighs in
  • Special Report Panel(Foxnews) on Libya and 2012 (Video Clip)

    10/25/2012 8:34:36 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8:41 AM, Oct 25, 2012 | By DANIEL HALPER
    Steve Hayes, with Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
  • E-mails: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack

    10/24/2012 11:49:47 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/24/12 | Elise Labott, CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter
    Washington (CNN) -- Two hours after first being notified of an attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, a government e-mail to the White House, the State Department and the FBI said an Islamist group had claimed credit, according to a copy obtained by CNN. An initial e-mail was sent while the attack was still underway, and another that arrived two hours later -- sent from a State Department address to various government agencies including the executive office of the president -- identified Ansar al-Sharia as claiming responsibility for the attack on its Facebook page and on Twitter.
  • State Department emails from day of Libya attack show Al Qaeda-tied group on radar

    10/23/2012 7:45:40 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-23-2012 | Chad Pergram
    A series of internal State Department emails obtained by Fox News shows some some of the initial assessments of last month's deadly consulate attack in Libya, including one email within hours of the attack that noted that the group Ansar al Sharia had claimed responsibility. Ansar al Sharia has been declared by the State Department to be a an Al Qaeda-affiliated group. A member of the group suspected of participating in the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi has been arrested and is being held in Tunisia. The emails obtained by Fox News were sent by the State Department to a...
  • Issa presses Obama about his role in lax Benghazi security

    10/19/2012 9:54:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 19, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s National Security Council may have shaped the policy decision that led to decreased security at the U.S. consulate Benghazi, where the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was murdered last month, according to House investigators. State Department officials rejected requests for extra security because they were trying to “effectuate a policy of ‘normalization’ in Libya,” investigators learned. In a new letter from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to President Obama, lawmakers suggests that the buck really did stop with him in terms of formulating that policy. “These critical foreign policy decisions are not made by low or mid-level...
  • BENGHAZI: Documents show Stevens worried about security threats, al-Qaeda

    10/21/2012 6:12:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    The Daily Bret Blog ^ | Oct 19 , 2012 | JAMES ROSEN
    Across 166 pages of internal State Department documents – released today by a pair of Republican congressmen pressing the Obama administration for more answers on the Benghazi terrorist attack – slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and the security officers assigned to protect him repeatedly sounded alarms to their superiors in Washington about the intensifying lawlessness and violence in Eastern Libya, where Stevens ultimately died.   On September 11 – the day Stevens and three other Americans were killed – the ambassador signed a three-page cable, labeled “sensitive,” in which he noted “growing problems with security” in Benghazi and...
  • OBAMA ADMIN SENT UNARMED BRITISH FIRM TO PROTECT U.S. MISSION IN BENGHAZI "No Bullets" ROE

    09/18/2012 10:05:42 PM PDT · by Fred · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 091812 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    EDITORS' NOTE: According to a source close to Breitbart News and high up in the intelligence community, the Obama administration's policy following Muammar Gaddafi's death has been to keep a "low profile" during a chaotic time. For this reason, according to the source, American Marines were not stationed at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli or the American mission in Benghazi, as would typically have been the case. In the spirit of a "low profile," the administration didn't even want an American company in charge of private security. Blue Mountain, the British firm the State Department hired, was willing to abide...
  • Stevens warned State Dep’t on day he died about deterioriating security in Benghazi

    10/19/2012 2:50:46 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:21 pm on October 19, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Not just on the day he died, mind you. Multiple times before, too. I’m near the point now where I want to abandon the whole “pre-planned attack versus spontaneous protest” line of inquiry just because it’s steering us away from the more important topic of State’s negligence on his security. Besides, we already know, more or less, why Carney and Rice pushed the “spontaneous protest” theory. Ask Saxby Chambliss: “Talking points distributed by the administration [in the immediate aftermath] are nearly identical to intelligence assessments within hours of the attack, except in one important way: the intelligence judgment that the...
  • Documents show Stevens worried about Libya security threats, Al Qaeda before consulate attack

    10/19/2012 11:56:57 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-19-2012 | James Rosen
    Across 166 pages of internal State Department documents -- released Friday by a pair of Republican congressmen pressing the Obama administration for more answers on the Benghazi terrorist attack -- slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and the security officers assigned to protect him repeatedly sounded alarms to their superiors in Washington about the intensifying lawlessness and violence in Eastern Libya, where Stevens ultimately died. On Sept. 11 -- the day Stevens and three other Americans were killed -- the ambassador signed a three-page cable, labeled "sensitive," in which he noted "growing problems with security" in Benghazi and "growing...
  • Feinstein: Intelligence Mistake, Inadequate Security To Blame For Libyan Terror Attack

    10/17/2012 8:19:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | Oct. 17, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — The head of the U.S. Senate’s Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that it appeared an intelligence mistake along with inadequate security were to blame for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, a Bay Area native, and three others. “I can tell you this, I think we do know what happened now. There’s no question but that it was a terrorist attack, there is no question but that the security was inadequate and I think that there is no question that we need...
  • Hillary’s non mea culpa (Benghazi cables will exonerate Hillary)

    10/18/2012 11:00:56 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10-18-2012 | Edward Klein
    At the second presidential debate this week, Barack Obama finally appeared to man-up and acknowledge that, as president and commander in chief, he was responsible for the deaths of four Americans during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. After all, said the president, the secretary of state “works for me,” and as the top person in the administration’s chain of command, the buck stopped at him. (snip) After the Clinton legal team had a chance to review the State Department cable traffic between Benghazi and Washington, the experts came to the conclusion that the cables proved that Hillary...
  • Let's Accept Obama Called It An "Act of Terror" - So He Knew It But Denounced Video Anyway!

    10/17/2012 11:27:09 AM PDT · by zencycler · 20 replies
    Obama's Benghazi Lies (Blog) ^ | 10/17/2012 | self
    We shouldn't be challenging what Obama claims he said on Sept 12th - We should be accepting that he called it an "act of terror" on Sept 12th, and then challenging him to defend the two weeks that followed - challenge the fact that he and his administration, knowing that this was in fact a terrorist attack, chose to spend two weeks denouncing the video instead of denouncing the terrorism: See the link for an effective example of this: Obama's Benghazi Lies
  • Fox News confirms Obama admin designated Benghazi sacking a terror attack within first 24 hours

    09/27/2012 9:00:18 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 40 replies
    Fox News follows up on Eli Lake’s excellent reporting on the intel after the assassination of Ambassador Chris Stevens, confirming from their own sources that the US knew within the first twenty-four hours that the sacking of the Benghazi consulate was no “spontaneous demonstration” that spun out of control. In fact, they already suspected al-Qaeda of masterminding the planned terrorist attack on the compound days before even admitting that it had been a terror attack at all — and had designated the incident as terrorism in order to pursue one suspect: U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the...
  • Obama Administration Still Not Ready to Call Benghazi a Terror Attack

    09/13/2012 7:03:22 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 25 replies
    Asked directly on Wednesday evening if Tuesday's deadly violence in Libya was "linked to a terror attack" – possibly al-Qaeda – a State Department official demurred: "Frankly, we are not in a position to speak any further to the perpetrators of this attack. It was clearly a complex attack...
  • Crowley On September 30th: Administration Took Weeks To Admit Benghazi Might Be A Terrorist Attack

    10/17/2012 10:09:51 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 46 replies
    ace of spades ^ | 10.17 | drew m
    @lochnar with a great catch from Candy Crowley's interview with David Axelrod on September 30th. Here's the full exchange for context (video here). I'll highlight what I think are the important parts. CROWLEY: I am joined by Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod. I want to pick up on what John McCain and I were talking about. There's a back and forth now about why didn't this administration -- why did it take them until Friday after a September 11th attack in Libya to come to the conclusion that it was premeditated and that there was terrorists involved. John McCain...
  • Biased Moderator, Candy Crowley, Sides Incorrectly with Obama

    10/17/2012 1:01:27 PM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqU-bF5K8D4
  • Presidential debate: Libya questioner says Obama didn’t answer

    10/17/2012 9:25:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    WaPos ^ | 10-17-2012 | Erik Wemple
    Kerry Ladka stood before President Obama at last night’s town hall-style debate and asked the question that would touch off an onstage verbal brawl and, later, an intense national discussion. Here’s how it went: Q: It’s Kerry, Kerry Ladka. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Great to see you here. Q: This question actually comes from a brain trust of my friends at Global Telecom Supply in Mineola yesterday. We were sitting around talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed...
  • Presidential debate: Libya questioner says Obama didn’t answer

    10/17/2012 9:26:52 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 8 replies
    WAPO ^ | 10/17 | erik wemple
    Kerry Ladka stood before President Obama at last night’s town hall-style debate and asked the question that would touch off an onstage verbal brawl and, later, an intense national discussion. Here’s how it went: Q: It’s Kerry, Kerry Ladka. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Great to see you here. Q: This question actually comes from a brain trust of my friends at Global Telecom Supply in Mineola yesterday. We were sitting around talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed...