Who within the Obama administration deleted mention of "terrorism" and "al-Qaeda" from the CIA´s talking points on the deadly Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi? It isn´t the only unanswered question in the wake of the tragedy, but it´s proven to be one of the most confounding. The question was first raised 12 days ago when former CIA Director General David Petraeus told members of Congress that his original talking points cleared for public dissemination included the likely involvement by terrorists and an al-Qaeda affiliate.
Comments: With all the backpedaling and lying going on you have to assume it was someone from the White House. 0bama of course is the first pick, then Jarrett, Axelrod or Plouffe.
What everyone seems to be missing is that during a crisis, key players gather with the president in the white house. (think of that group photo of key players supposedly watching the Bin Laden raid on a tv screen.) Intelligence analysis requires the disputative process, examining conflicting intelligence, and reaching a decision. That seems not to have been done in the Benghazi attack. Various players - CIA, State, FBI, DNI - each generated something, and nothing was resolved at the presidential level. It demonstrated that we have a president who is oddly disengaged from the governance and decision making process.
The official combined all previous explanations for the edits stating: "The information about individuals linked to al Qaeda was derived from classified sources, and could not be corroborated at the unclassified level; the links were tenuous and therefore it made sense to be cautious before naming perpetrators; finally, no one wanted to prejudice a criminal investigation in its earliest stages."
An act of war does not result in a "Criminal Investigation".
While serious, all this focus on who decided to lie to the American people is not as important as why. And even that is not nearly as important as the question we should be demanding and answer for which is:
Did Zippy issue any orders to assist the victims at any time during the 7 hours the attack was in progress or not? If not, why did he leave them (and the 35 others who were saved by the seals) to die? Even if he really did get faulty intelligence blaming the attack on a video, that does not excuse the failure to act to protect Americans in mortal danger.
The media focus on who manipulated the talking points is a deliberate attempt at misdirection to prevent anybody asking those more damaging questions, and its working.
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In an exclusive to Breitbart News, Monday morning, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that unless NBC and CNN dump their planned Hillary projects, the RNC will refuse to allow either network to host any 2016 primary debates (which are ratings winners and news makers). This afternoon, via Twitter, NBC News released a statement where they claimed that the NBC News division has no involvement with a project being produced by the NBC Entertainment division. The "project" is a flashy miniseries that has already cast Academy Award-nominee Diane Lane as Hillary Clinton.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday endorsed President Obama’s move to close nearly two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa for the day, calling the terrorism threat behind the decision “scary.” Graham, R-S.C., said the administration’s awareness of the threats prove that the controversial surveillance by the National Security Agency is needed. Graham told CNN’s State of the Union he was recently briefed about the terrorist threat along with Vice President Joe Biden and believes the administration is making a move that takes into account the deaths of four Americans,
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
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Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
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I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.