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  • Petraeus testifies CIA's Libya talking points were changed, lawmaker says

    11/16/2012 7:13:57 AM PST · by The G Man · 219 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2012 | Rep. Peter King
    Rep. Peter King appeared on Fox News this morning and stated that David Petraeus testified that the original CIA talking points about Benghazzi indicated it was a terrorist act and cited al Qaeda involvement. Somewhere after leaving CIA, the talking points were changed. He did not know who changed them.
  • Petraeus sex scandalKrauthammer: Petraeus Sex Scandal Will Drive Media Interest In Benghazi

    11/09/2012 5:52:17 PM PST · by classified · 88 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8:28 PM 11/09/2012 | Jeff Poor
    On Friday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus was a regrettable situation that might ultimately help shed light on the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya. “We will unravel all the threads of this in time,” Krauthammer said. “We’re just in the first few hours, but I think it’s worth noting what we do know. This is the end of a career of a truly great American. He did something that hadn’t been done by a general since the Inchon landing in...
  • Media discover Benghazi, notice Obama stonewalling

    11/03/2012 4:53:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/02/12 | Jennifer Rubin
    Media discover Benghazi, notice Obama stonewalling By Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 11/02/2012 Nov 02, 2012 01:30 PM EDT Well, it finally happened. The mainstream media have figured out that Benghazi is a big story and potentially a serious national security scandal. After weeks of silence, a plethora of mainstream media news stories have popped. As he has from the get-go, Eli Lake makes news, writing: “On the night of the 9/11 anniversary assault at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, the Americans defending the compound and a nearby CIA annex were severely outmanned. Nonetheless,...
  • Libyan democracy hijacked

    10/29/2012 12:42:37 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Le Monde Diplomatique ^ | October 2012 | Patrick Haimzadeh
    Nothing is going to plan in Libya. It took the death of the US ambassador in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi on 11 September to turn western media interest to the security situation, even though it has been deteriorating since the fall of Gaddafi’s regime. Back in July, the media did notice when the “liberal” National Forces Alliance led by Mahmoud Jibril beat the Muslim Brotherhood in the general election, winning 39 of the 80 seats reserved for political parties; the Brothers took 17 (1). Many commentators pronounced Jibril the man of the moment. Confident of their skill...
  • Second Drone Came from SIGONELLA, Sicily!

    10/30/2012 4:30:51 PM PDT · by gaijin · 47 replies
    October 30, 2012 | gaijin
    Just heard from Fox news 15 minutes ago that second drone above Bengazi came OUTSIDE Libya --it came from SIGONELLA, Sicily...! It was UNARMED and replaced the first drone that egressed owing to low fuel. For unmanned drone observation of an ongoing battle against an American target is it a requirement that cross-border ingress authorization come from **POTUS**..? Because THIS might have required that. Does anyone know? I'm asking because if that is so, then what is possible is that gayMuzzie permitted drone observation but required that it be UNARMED...! If you have one spun up and fueled then putting...
  • Lingering Questions About Benghazi (Obama's Washington Post firewall breached)

    10/30/2012 5:02:52 PM PDT · by kristinn · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | David Ignatius
    The attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi has become a political football in the presidential campaign, with all the grandstanding and misinformation that entails. But Fox News has raised some questions about the attack that deserve a clearer answer from the Obama administration. Fox’s Jennifer Griffin reported Friday that CIA officers in Benghazi had been told to “stand down” when they wanted to deploy from their base at the annex to repel the attack on the consulate, about a mile away. Fox also reported that the CIA officers requested military support when the annex came under fire later that...
  • Obama Met With Panetta, Biden on 9/11/12 55 Minutes After State Notified WH of Benghazi Attack

    10/30/2012 4:08:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 30, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Sept. 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM—just 55 minutes after a State Department email notified the White House and the Pentagon that the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi was under attack. The meeting between Obama, Panetta and Biden had been scheduled before the attack took place, and the Department Defense is not commenting now on whether the three men were aware when they met that day of the ongoing Benghazi attack or whether Obama used that meeting to discuss with...
  • Obama Met With Panetta, Biden on 9/11/12 55 Minutes After State Notified WH Benghazi Was Under..

    10/30/2012 5:26:06 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies
    Obama Met With Panetta, Biden on 9/11/12 55 Minutes After State Notified WH Benghazi Was Under Attack By Terence P. Jeffrey October 30, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Sept. 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM—just 55 minutes after a State Department email notified the White House and the Pentagon that the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi was under attack. The meeting between Obama, Panetta and Biden had been scheduled before the attack took place, and the Department of Defense is not commenting now on...
  • Lack of Strike Force Impeded Benghazi Response

    10/29/2012 12:50:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    As U.S. Africa Command waited for any order to rescue Americans on Sept. 11 at the besieged consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, it was missing a key unit that the Pentagon gives every regional four-star commander — an emergency strike force. The new command’s lack of such a unit is another piece in the unfolding Benghazi timeline that shows an overriding theme: As radical Islamic extremism swelled in the chaotic coastal city, U.S. security assets in Libya diminished. From the State Department’s denial of diplomats’ requests for more security in Libya to Obama administration officials repeatedly saying the...
  • BOMBSHELL: US Forces Would Not Have Been Painting Targets on Ground Unless Air Support Overhead

    10/28/2012 4:10:13 PM PDT · by Truthhunter1 · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/26/12
    ...Then there’s this bombshell at BlackFive from a former Delta operator: Having spent a good bit of time nursing a GLD (ground Laser Designator) in several garden spots around the world, something from the report jumped out at me. One of the former SEALs was actively painting the target. That means that Specter WAS ON STATION! Probably an AC130U. A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser. You do not “paint” a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station. Only two places could have called off the attack at that...
  • AC-13OU Gunship Was On-Scene in Benghazi, Ogama Admin Refused to Let It Fire (updated)

    10/27/2012 5:59:20 AM PDT · by Aria · 62 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/26/2012 | Bob Owens
    If you don’t get torches-and-pitchforks irate about this, you are not an American: The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces...
  • Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer: My sources tell me Obama was in the room watching Benghazi attack

    10/27/2012 7:18:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 311 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Oct. 27, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said tonight that his sources tell him that Obama was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack go down and both he and Col. David Hunt agree it would have taken an order by the president to intervene. Further, Col. Hunt said that we were only 20 min away by jet and a couple of hours away by AC-130 gunships and special forces, and the decision not to intervene had to be political.
  • John McCain says the Obama Administration has Classified Benghazi Surveillance Tapes Top Secret!

    10/27/2012 5:45:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 109 replies
    Vanity | 27 October, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    At the townhall in Yuma, Arizona today, Senator John McCain said that the Obama administration has classified the surveillance tapes from the Benghazi scandal as "Top Secret". This makes the tapes unavailable to the public and most legislators. Senator McCain seemed skeptical about the necessity of classifying the tapes.
  • CIA operatives in Benghazi twice asked for permission to help Amb Chris Stevens and his staff

    10/26/2012 1:01:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 26, 2012 | James Nye
    # Revelations shed new light on the effectiveness of the CIA at Benghazi and the level of support they were given # When the CIA annex come under attack they were denied a request for military help despite a counter terrorism team being two hours away in Italy # There was full communication between operatives on the ground and headquarters - with the ability to laser guide drones, planes or special forces to enemy targets It has been claimed that CIA operatives on the ground during the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi twice asked for permission to...
  • Connecting the Dots in Libya

    10/21/2012 7:49:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 20, 2012 | By MARGARET SULLIVAN, the Public Editor
    WHEN I wrote on my blog recently about The Times’s decision not to give front-page coverage to a Congressional hearing on the consulate attack in Libya, hundreds of e-mails and comments poured in. The amount and vehemence of the reader response struck me as important. I drew a couple of conclusions. First, it is utterly wrong to say that The Times has ignored or buried the Libya story. Second, to be more critical, the Libya coverage has not consistently and effectively helped readers make sense of what is happening. The Times has not effectively connected the dots in a murky,...
  • Obama's handling of deadly Libya attack a 'case study in failure,' says Sen. Graham

    10/21/2012 7:40:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 21, 2012
    Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham said on Sunday the Obama administration’s handling of security for the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed is a “case study in failure” in American foreign policy. “This is Exhibit A of a failing national security policy,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is failed presidential leadership at its worst.”
  • Officials: CIA memo calling Libya incident 'spontaneous' poor word choice

    10/20/2012 6:28:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | October 19, 2012 | by Jessica Yellin
    Several senior administration officials tell CNN UN Ambassador Susan Rice's use of the word "spontaneous" on Sunday talk shows five days after the Libya incident came directly from an assessment provided to the House intelligence community by the CIA, which was not edited by the White House. The officials maintain the criticism is a result of a poor word choice rather than a true difference in representing what was known about the attack at the time. Several officials say instead of calling it "spontaneous" - it might have been better phrased as: the attack had not been long planned; or...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Could U.S. military have helped during Libya attack?

    10/20/2012 4:55:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 20, 2012 | Sharyl Attkisson
    (CBS News) The closer we get to the election, the harder Republicans in Congress are pushing for answers to a big question: What really happened in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last month that killed the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans? Some lawmakers are asking why U.S. military help from outside Libya didn't arrive as terrorists battered more than 30 Americans over the course of more than seven hours. The assault was launched by an armed mob of dozens that torched buildings and used rocket propelled grenades, mortars and AK-47 rifles. CBS News...
  • Too little too late in Libya

    10/20/2012 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 20, 2012 | By Max Boot
    Obama repeated Bush's mistake, and the power vacuum has been filled by jihadists. ...There has been a crippling and dangerous lack of security in Libya since Moammar Kadafi was overthrown last year with the help of NATO airstrikes. The Obama administration has waited to get serious about security in Libya. Good idea, but it's too little too late. Why wasn't such an initiative undertaken a year ago when Kadafi was overthrown?
  • No evidence found of Al Qaeda role in Libya attack

    10/19/2012 5:15:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 19, 2012
    The assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last month appears to have been an opportunistic attack rather than a long-planned operation, and intelligence agencies have found no evidence that it was ordered by Al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials and witnesses interviewed in Libya. The attack was "carried out following a minimum amount of planning," said a U.S. intelligence official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter still under investigation. "The attackers exhibited a high degree of disorganization. Some joined the attack in progress, some did not have weapons and others just seemed...
  • Before death, Amb. Stevens warned of "violent" Libya landscape

    10/19/2012 5:02:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 19, 2012 | by Sharyl Attkisson
    (CBS News) In the weeks before his death, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens sent the State Department several requests for increased security for diplomats in Libya. Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack this past Sept. 11 at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and a separate attack that same night on a safe house where consulate staff had been evacuated. Steven's memos to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is investigating attacks, show he personally pressed for strengthened security. On July 9, 2012, Stevens sent a "request for extension of tour of duty (TDY) personnel."...
  • US Department of State, Daily Press Briefing, September 13, 2012

    10/19/2012 3:11:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    US Department of State ^ | September 13, 2012 | Victoria Nuland, Spokesperson
    QUESTION: On this movie that seems to be the kind of genesis, at least in some of these other areas of protest in the country, did you know about this movie before these protests erupted? Did anybody notify you that this movie was coming out and to be on the lookout for potential protests? MS. NULAND: Well, I don’t want to get too much into this particular video, because it just gives it more credit than any of us want to. I think you heard the Secretary speak to this issue this morning and to make it clear that we...
  • 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...
  • Weekly Address: Carrying on the Work of Our Fallen Heroes ("Angry Mob")

    10/19/2012 1:23:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The White House ^ | September 15, 2012 | President Barack Obama
    For Immediate Release This week in Libya, we lost four of our fellow Americans. Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens were all killed in an outrageous attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi. These four Americans represented the very best of our country. Glen and Tyrone had each served America as Navy SEALs for many years, before continuing their service providing security for our diplomats in Libya. They died as they lived their lives – defending their fellow Americans, and advancing the values that all of us hold dear. Sean also started his service in uniform, in...
  • Letter from the President regarding the War Powers Resolution Report for Libya

    10/19/2012 1:10:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    The White House ^ | September 14, 2012 | Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) On September 12, 2012, in response to an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four U.S. citizens, including U.S. Ambassador John Christopher Stevens, a security force from the U.S. Africa Command deployed to Libya to support the security of U.S. personnel in Libya. Further, on September 13, an additional security force arrived in Yemen in response to security threats there. Although these security forces are equipped for combat, these movements have been undertaken solely for the purpose of protecting American citizens and property. These security forces will...
  • Readout of the President’s Call with Libyan President Magariaf (September 13, 2012)

    10/19/2012 1:02:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The White House ^ | September 13, 2012 | Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release President Obama called President Mohamed Magariaf of Libya this evening, their first conversation since President Magariaf’s election last month. President Obama thanked President Magariaf for extending his condolences for the tragic deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, and two other State Department officers in Benghazi yesterday. He also expressed appreciation for the cooperation we have received from the Libyan government and people in responding to this outrageous attack, and said that the Libyan government must continue to work with us to assure the security of our personnel going forward. The President made it clear that we...
  • Statement by the President on the Attack in Benghazi (September 12, 2012)

    10/19/2012 12:52:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The White House ^ | September 12, 2012 | Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America's commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives. I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the...
  • 'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker denies probation violation

    10/10/2012 4:11:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 10, 2012
    The filmmaker behind "Innocence of Muslims," the video that caused unrest across the Muslim world, denied allegations Wednesday that he violated the terms of his supervised release. Outside court, Seiden [his lawyer] told reporters his client had been unfairly blamed for sparking violence across the globe. "My client was not the cause of the violence in the Middle East," he said. "Clearly it was pre-planned."
  • Obama’s Libya statements become ludicrous

    10/10/2012 2:06:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2012 | By Jennifer Rubin
    Bring on the racks of “pants on fire” fact checks. Unload an army of Pinocchios to debunk the most egregious of the many untruths we’ve heard since the 9-11-2012 attack in Libya. In what is surely the most jaw-dropping of the many fudges, misrepresentations and outright lies by the Obama administration in handling the Libya attack that killed four Americans, we now hear from the State Department that it never linked the attack and death of four Americans in Libya to the anti-Muslim movie. I bet this comes as a bit of a surprise since you saw U.S. officials say...
  • House Panel Delves Into Libya Attack That Killed Envoy

    10/10/2012 10:26:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 10, 2012 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON
    WASHINGTON — The State Department official responsible for security for American diplomats in Libya testified before a Congressional committee on Wednesday that the attack last month on the mission in Benghazi would have overpowered even a reinforced security detail. “The ferocity and intensity of the attack was nothing that we had seen in Libya, or that I had seen in my time in the Diplomatic Security Service,” said the official, Eric A. Nordstrom. Another witness, a National Guard officer who was temporarily deployed in the Tripoli embassy as the site’s security officer, said that he became increasingly concerned about what...
  • Politics loom as new facts emerge in Libya probe

    10/10/2012 10:03:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 10, 2012
    The State Department now says it never believed the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a film protest gone awry, giving congressional Republicans new fodder for criticizing the Obama administration's initial accounts of the assault. The State Department's extraordinary break with other administration offices came in a department briefing Tuesday, where officials said "others" in the executive branch concluded initially that the protest was based, like others in the Middle East, on a film that ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad. That was never the department's conclusion, a senior official told reporters.