Intercepts showed AQ terrorists celebrating success hours after Benghazi attack

posted at 8:41 am on September 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, Fox News reported that the Obama administration designated the sacking of the American consulate in Benghazi as an act of terrorism within 24 hours — and several days before they finally gave up arguing that it wasn’t.  The decision to do so didn’t just come from a need to free up additional funds to respond to the attack, which killed four Americans including the first US Ambassador to be murdered in the line of duty since 1979.  According to Eli Lake at The Daily Beast, US intel intercepted a number of communications within the local branch of al-Qaeda congratulating each other for the successful mission in Benghazi:

In the hours following the 9/11 anniversary attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. intelligence agencies monitored communications from jihadists affiliated with the group that led the attack and members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb(AQIM), the group’s North African affiliate.

In the communications, members of Ansar al-Sharia (AAS) bragged about their successful attack against the American consulate and the U.S. ambassador, according to three U.S. intelligence officials who spoke to The Daily Beast anonymously because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

At this stage there is no consensus inside the U.S. intelligence community that AQIM planned the attack, but the communications are more evidence that the attack was no spontaneous reaction to an Internet video, as the Obama administration had said for the first nine days after the attack.

The intercepts are important for another reason, Lake reports.  The communications show that AAS acts in a subordinate fashion to AQIM, taking orders and reporting upward.  AAS has been a known terrorist group for some time, but like a number of these networks, have risen to prominence after NATO’s removal of Moammar Qaddafi.  At some point, the US and other Western powers might have seen AAS as a counterweight to AQIM, but Lake’s reporting suggests that any PR to that effect would be a fantasy.

Lake extends his reporting on the pre-attack intel, which makes this subterfuge pretty clear:

 Elements of the U.S. intelligence community were well aware of the threat Al Qaeda posed in eastern Libya before the 9/11 anniversary. In August, the Library of Congress at the direction of a U.S. government research organization that focuses on counterterrorism concluded that Al Qaeda was well on its way to resurgence inside post-Muammar Gaddafi Libya. The unclassified report commissioned by the Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office’s Irregular Warfare Support Program said Al Qaeda’s senior leadership “in Pakistan dispatched trusted senior operatives as emissaries and leaders who could supervise building a network. Al-Qaeda has established a core network in Libya, but it remains clandestine and refrains from using the al-Qaeda name.”

The report also describes Ansar al-Sharia as being led by a former detainee from the Guantánamo Bay prison, Sufian Ben Qhumu. It says the group has “increasingly embodied al-Qaeda’s presence in Libya, as indicated by its active social-media propaganda, extremist discourse, and hatred of the West, especially the United States.”

The pieces keep materializing in a steady drip-drip-drip after the nine days of denial from the White House.  They got caught flat-footed on the anniversary of 9/11 in the one part of the world where an American diplomatic mission would be most vulnerable — and they’ve been trying to deny it ever since.


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IMPEACH

The Count on September 28, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I’m going to lose my mind if Romney doesn’t get his butt out there today, in front of a sea of microphones and rip the administration for all this.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

BUSTED !

Jabberwock on September 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I saw this video on MSNBC last night…HAHAHHAHA!!! I crack myself up…

right2bright on September 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Intercepts showed AQ terrorists celebrating success hours after Benghazi attack

MAN those protesters got so out of control they became AQ terrorists…

Crazy.

Gatsu on September 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

….Hillary…Carney…Rice…and JugEars were sleeping together and missed that!

KOOLAID2 on September 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Every once in awhile it is refreshing to be reminded what journalism used to look like…

hillsoftx on September 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I’m going to lose my mind if Romney doesn’t get his butt out there today, in front of a sea of microphones and rip the administration for all this.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

He may be waiting for the debate. It’s gonna be hard even for the drive-bys to accuse him of politicization when he’s at a freaking Presidential debate.

Doughboy on September 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Quick more mitt bashing!
-lsm

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Quick more mitt bashing!
-lsm

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Clearly his fault for jumping the gun.

None of this would have happened if he didn’t do what he did!
-MSM

Gatsu on September 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

JUGULAR…. now!

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

….Hillary…Carney…Rice…and JugEars were sleeping together

I just threw up in my mouth……….

BacaDog on September 28, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I’m going to lose my mind if Romney doesn’t get his butt out there today, in front of a sea of microphones and rip the administration for all this.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Well plan on having a search to locate your lost mind because Mitt won’t say anything. The guy has blown the easiest win anyone could ever have to become president. I really don’t thing he wants the job.

bgibbs1000 on September 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Im upset with the gop talking heads not taking this to dear leader….real squishes last night

Place the blame where it belongs for cripe sakes

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

They got caught flat-footed on the anniversary of 9/11 in the one part of the world where an American diplomatic mission would be most vulnerable — and they’ve been trying to deny it ever since.

…they’re still screening some Youtube video or something and arresting the film maker before the FBI can get to the crime scene!

KOOLAID2 on September 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

We impeach a president for a BJ but this treasonous bastidge is allowed to get away with figurative MURDER! I weep for this Country and my children.

screwauger on September 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

What , they went to Vegas?..

the_nile on September 28, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Gatsu… tru dat….folks on msdnc were blaming mitt for getting in the way

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I guess AQ didn’t get the memo. BO said, and we was perfectly clear, that, because of his laser like focus, the war on terrorism is over. Humm, maybe what he meant is that they could do whatever they want to and he won’t do anything.

BobK on September 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Well plan on having a search to locate your lost mind because Mitt won’t say anything. The guy has blown the easiest win anyone could ever have to become president. I really don’t thing think he wants the job.

bgibbs1000 on September 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Fixed it for myself.

bgibbs1000 on September 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I have linked this video of Niall Ferguson shocking the entire morning Joe panel on MSNBC in early February of 2011 many times before. The prescience on display right here is chilling.

Almost everything he predicts has already come true and I think things are rapidly deteriorating. The parallels with 1979 are astounding to me. Niall predicted that Egypt will become as significant as the Iranian revolution and it’s not a “low probability scenario”.

Mord on September 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Ask Osama bin Laden if he’s better off than he was four years ago…

And I wonder what the TSA threat level will be when I head out on a flight in two weeks.

SoFlaCon on September 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Well, Glorious Leader cannot fall on his sword, we don’t do that anymore…but he should resign, as would any decent leader who has either totally lost control or has been found to be such a large and wide prevaricator.

Lesser officials have met with far more consequences for far less over the years.

Thought “the buck stops here” was originally a Democrat idea.

Spiking the ball, Barry, was not a wise thing to do…

…putz.

coldwarrior on September 28, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Beware of attack on (insert name here) to remind people how tough our Preezy is.

NotEasilyFooled on September 28, 2012 at 8:57 AM

IMPEACH

The Count on September 28, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Convict and disqualify from future office.

Oh that’s right, we’re talking about DhimmiRATs.

Steve Eggleston on September 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

1,000,000th message to MITT CAMPAIGN.

Stop pussy-footing around and go Reagan on this jug-eared, America destroying incompetent Marxist in Democrat clothing.

If he comes out in that debate and is pushover like McCain was I’m just going to vomit.

JUGULAR NOW, JUGULAR NOW, The country is at stake, JUGULAR NOW.

PappyD61 on September 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I’m going to lose my mind if Romney doesn’t get his butt out there today, in front of a sea of microphones and rip the administration for all this.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Yup , they need to drop bunker busters on the shell media encase obama in.

the_nile on September 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Voters in Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia won’t hear about this today.

PappyD61 on September 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

….Hillary…Carney…Rice…and JugEars were sleeping together and missed that!

KOOLAID2 on September 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

bigmacdaddy on September 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I recall, on the first 9/11, Moslems in my former home town were dancing in the streets.

Good thing for them I’m not a pilot for something big, like a B-52.

I will never forgive them for that. Odds are, I went to high school with some of them.

Ever since, I have come to totally mistrust Moslems. And so goes the same with Bammie.

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Convict and disqualify from future office.

Steve Eggleston on September 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

if clinton can be potus of france, maybe obama could qualify after impeachment here in kenya. so theres hope.

t8stlikchkn on September 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

So,it was a Retalitory strike for the OBL Snuffation!

Maybes AQ was watching the Democrat Convention Spike Balling,
like Krauthammer has suggested!!

canopfor on September 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

JUGULAR…. now!

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

My post that agreed with you after I hit Submit comment must have gotten hung up in the DOJ server and got held. So here goes again…..

THIS, X 1,000,000,000,000,000

PappyD61 on September 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

but the communications are more evidence that the attack was no spontaneous reaction to an Internet video, as the Obama administration had said for the first nine days after the attack.

……awww come on…we all know this is youtube’s fault.
Obama gave that glorious speech in Egypt….Osama is dead….the terrorist threat is over….mission accomplished…..
…come on…the “smartest people in the room” said so.

Baxter Greene on September 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I’m still shocked that the Daily Beast is digging into this story. A random act of journalism or the beginning of a new trend?

Fallon on September 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

The drip drip drip of information is the MO of propagandists throughout history: the mark of authoritarian regimes.

A tiresome and predictable ploy of our present Great Leader whom I loathe.

Sherman1864 on September 28, 2012 at 9:04 AM

bgibbs1000 on September 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Why is it every chance u get u belittle President Romney?

u r a twerp.

Obama and his minions are twisting nicely in the wind now over Benghazi…and the debates re: foreign policy will be no debate at all. The Benghazi issue is a squirrel compared to the collapse of our economy thanx to Obama. Stay focused.

gracie on September 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

And just wait until Assad finally falls.

SoFlaCon on September 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

So I just heard that Romney is going to have an ACTUAL face to face meeting with Netanyahu today. This would be a perfect opportunity to tie it all together if the press asks questions afterwards.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Romney, Boehner, and the rest of the GOP need to be hammering on this debacle. This is huge.And, there is more.

kingsjester on September 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Im upset with the gop talking heads not taking this to dear leader….real squishes last night

Place the blame where it belongs for cripe sakes

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

It’s strange , people have been killed and they cant find a spine to take this to obama, and it’s one of them that was killed not just a serf.
The price for an ambassadorship in the Obama administration should plummet.

the_nile on September 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

When I first heard of the attack my mind instantly flashed that it had to be because of some video.Don’t tell me that thought didn’t come to you.

docflash on September 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I’m still shocked that the Daily Beast is digging into this story. A random act of journalism or the beginning of a new trend?

Fallon on September 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I would call it stuck with nowhere to go. But give it time, and they’ll be back into their usual thing. I figure about an hour.

To liberals, truth is just another bump in the road.

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

As Obama is pounded for getting caught lying and covering up his own incompetence…..might be a good time to demand he stop covering up for his Fast ‘n’ Furious program and drop his executive privilege…..
….what else is he hiding….what else is he lying about…..hundreds dead….American law enforcement dead.

What are you hiding President Nixon Obama.

Baxter Greene on September 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Voters in Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia won’t hear about this today.

PappyD61 on September 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

U r not PappyD61…u r son of PappyD61 with a short stick.

Check the Rasmussen polls by state from yesterday. Romney’s within 1 in Ohio and on and on. He’s gonna win this election in spite of gnats like u.

gracie on September 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I’m still shocked that the Daily Beast is digging into this story. A random act of journalism or the beginning of a new trend?

Fallon on September 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

This failure by team Barry has a lot of people “concerned” about terrorism. We all know that U.S, soil isn’t off limits. They probably just want to “nudge” him into taking it a little more seriously.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

So I just heard that Romney is going to have an ACTUAL face to face meeting with Netanyahu today. This would be a perfect opportunity to tie it all together if the press asks questions afterwards.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Oh? Do tell!

I love it. Obama is supposed to phone Netanyahu today. I hope the Moslem phone while the PM is with Romney, and Obama’s call goes to voice mail.

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

We are all frustrated that Romney, doesn’t hit Barky harder, but I believe that nobody saw the absolutely evil man this guy is. I suggest we start a list of Barkys blatant lies, his top 100, shall we say. I’ll start Add yours and we will make an easily understood list of Obamas lies.

Barky: ” GITMO will be closed, in my first year as president.”

stormridercx4 on September 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Ahem,Um……………………

VIA:Brits Protected the Consolute?????????????????

Overseas Civilian Contractors
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The State Department signed a six-figure deal
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with a British firm to protect the U.S. consulate in Benghazi,
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Libya just four months before
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a sustained attack on the compound
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killed four U.S. nationals inside.
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Contrary to Friday’s claim by State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland
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that “at no time did we contract with a private security firm in Libya,” the department
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inked a contract for “security guards and patrol services” on May 3 for $387,413.68.
******************

An extension option brought the tab for protecting the consulate to $783,000.
*************

The contract lists only “foreign security awardees” as its recipient.

The State Department confirmed to Danger Room on Monday that the firm was Blue Mountain, a British company that provides “close protection; maritime security; surveillance and investigative services; and high risk static guarding and asset protection,” according to its website. Blue Mountain says it has “recently operated in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, the Caribbean and across Europe” and has worked in Libya for several months since last year’s war.

A representative for Blue Mountain, reached at its U.K. offices Monday, said no one was available to comment.

The State Department frequently hires security companies to protect diplomats in conflict zones. It usually is done through what’s known as the Worldwide Protective Services contract, in which a handful of approved firms compete to safeguard specific diplomatic installations. In 2010, State selected eight firms for the most recent contract. Blue Mountain wasn’t among them, and the State Department did not explain why the Benghazi consulate contract did not go to one of those eight firms.(More….)

http://civiliancontractors.wordpress.com/category/libya/
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Please read the entire article at The Danger Room

Feds Hired British Security Firm to Protect Benghazi Consulate
September 17, 2012- 2:38 pm
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http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/09/contractors-benghazi/

canopfor on September 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Great minds. Pappy :)

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

if clinton can be potus of france, maybe obama could qualify after impeachment here in kenya. so theres hope.

t8stlikchkn on September 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Bo(eh)ner doesn’t have the balls, and even if he did, McConnell’s an even bigger caver than Cave-A-Lott.

Steve Eggleston on September 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Indeed. Nile

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM

We are all frustrated that Romney, doesn’t hit Barky harder, but I believe that nobody saw the absolutely evil man this guy is. I suggest we start a list of Barkys blatant lies, his top 100, shall we say. I’ll start Add yours and we will make an easily understood list of Obamas lies.

Barky: ” GITMO will be closed, in my first year as president.”

stormridercx4 on September 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Then Romney is naive.

the_nile on September 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Oh? Do tell!

I love it. Obama is supposed to phone Netanyahu today. I hope the Moslem phone while the PM is with Romney, and Obama’s call goes to voice mail.

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

They just said it on FOX that the meeting was later today, and yes it would be hilarious to have an aide tell Netanyahu that he had a call from the President, and Bibi could say, “I’m already talking to him”.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

canopfor on September 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Curiouser and curiouser…

Contrary to Friday’s claim by State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland that “at no time did we contract with a private security firm in Libya,” the department inked a contract for “security guards and patrol services” on May 3 for $387,413.68. An extension option brought the tab for protecting the consulate to $783,000. The contract lists only “foreign security awardees” as its recipient.

Huh. More lies.

Fallon on September 28, 2012 at 9:19 AM

They just said it on FOX that the meeting was later today, and yes it would be hilarious to have an aide tell Netanyahu that he had a call from the President, and Bibi could say, “I’m already talking to him”.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Oh, your snark is outstanding.

+100!

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Victoria Nuland
Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
September 14, 2012
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TRANSCRIPT:

Today’s briefing was held off-camera, so no video is available.
4:48 p.m. EDT
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QUESTION: Two other quick things and very specific items: First, at any time over the course of this calendar year, has the State Department received and rejected an offer for enhanced security from another government – U.S. Government agency in Libya?

MS. NULAND: To my knowledge, no, and it doesn’t work that way anyway. So let me just take a minute and remind all of you how security works as a general matter at our – at embassies and missions around the world, as provided under the Vienna Convention, which all diplomatic missions – not just American – but all around the world work under.

Under the Vienna Convention, the primary responsibility for the protection of U.S. diplomatic personnel and facilities abroad rests with the government of those countries. So anywhere you are in the world, the external security outside of the hard line of any embassy, any consulate, any mission, is the responsibility of the host government. We work with the host governments to assess what they are providing. We are the ones that generally go and ask for more when we assess that we need it. We train them. We work with them.

And then on top of that, of course, it is the responsibility of the U.S. Government to ensure that we have physical features that protect our missions. We’re talking about setback and buffer zones, fences, walls, access control, screening, doors, windows, all those kinds of things, cameras, lighting. And then inside that hard line that we have erected, so external – think about rings – external security host government, then the physical barriers, and then inside we protect our missions a variety of ways. We have regional security officers of the State Department. We have occasionally this – these kind of contracted security. We have the Marine guard force. The Marine guard force, I would note, is primarily responsible for the protection of classified information.

So that is the way this works. So –

QUESTION: Okay. But just to get to the first of these two final specific items I wanted to cover with you, what I was asking you was whether or not another U.S. agency offered the State Department to provide – to beef up the security in Libya at our facilities and personnel for them, and the State Department rejected –

MS. NULAND: I thought you were asking me whether the Libyan Government or Libyans –

QUESTION: I understand, yeah.

MS. NULAND: — had offered more security.

QUESTION: No, I’m asking whether the State Department rejected an offer from another U.S. agency to provide greater security for installations and people in Libya anytime over this calendar year.

MS. NULAND: Well, you will not be surprised if I am not going to speak about the internal deliberations that the U.S. Government has or that the State Department has with its brother and sister agencies about how the U.S. responsibilities for security are carried out.

QUESTION: Last question: Very specifically, again, at any time in the last six months did the State Department make arrangements with one of these private security contractors to evaluate our security situation in Libya? And did, in fact, such a contractor undertake an assessment of the security situation in Libya for our installations there?

MS. NULAND: I can’t speak to that specifically. I can tell you that at no time did we contract with a private security firm in Libya – at no time. We did have some individual contracts with individual security guards, as you saw and as the Secretary spoke to.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) the claim was made yesterday that a company that is a spinoff of Blackwater, in fact, proposed or contracted the United States Government for this particular kind of eventuality, and it was caught up in some sort of bureaucratic –

MS. NULAND: Completely untrue with regard to Libya. I checked that this morning. At no time did we plan to hire a private security company for Libya.

QUESTION: Toria, I just want to make sure I understood that, because I didn’t understand your first question. You said – your first answer. You said that at no time did you have contracts with private security companies in Libya?

MS. NULAND: Correct.

QUESTION: So that means that you never contracted with a private security contractor outside Libya to provide security inside Libya?

MS. NULAND: We have – all of the security in Libya has been done by Libyans, by American Government personnel, and then to a very limited extent these individual contracts with individual security personnel, but there was never a contract with a company, and there was never a plan to have a contract with a company.

QUESTION: Okay. And then how many people – how many individual contractors did you have employed?

MS. NULAND: Well, you know I’m not going to answer that question because we don’t speak about numbers when we talk about security. We don’t speak about numbers when we talk about personnel at all.

QUESTION: Does that mean that these guys, the two who were killed but also however many others, they’re just – they’re not affiliated with any company at all?

MS. NULAND: Correct. They’re hired individually on personal contracts to the State Department.

QUESTION: And how do you find them?

MS. NULAND: We obviously recruit the way others recruit. I’m not prepared to speak about the recruiting process here.

QUESTION: But – okay, but the –

MS. NULAND: But you saw that they were both Navy SEALs, right?

QUESTION: Well, yeah.

QUESTION: Former Navy SEALs. They weren’t active Navy SEALs.

MS. NULAND: Former – well, of course. If they were active Navy SEALs, then they would be a different kind of deployment.

QUESTION: No, no. But I just – so – but they’re not State Department employees; they’re considered to be contractors?

MS. NULAND: Correct.

QUESTION: Okay. I’d be curious to know how you did – because it was, to my – from what I understood before, they were –

MS. NULAND: They are State – they are part of our –

QUESTION: — contracts with companies, and then those companies then send specific people to certain places.

MS. NULAND: They’re –

QUESTION: But you’re saying you actively went out and recruited these people individually for their –

MS. NULAND: To work in the RSO office with us, yes.

QUESTION: Right. Well, I’d be curious to know how exactly you go about recruiting them, just as a general –

MS. NULAND: Okay, well, we can get you a separate briefing on that.

QUESTION: A couple other things?

MS. NULAND: Yeah.

QUESTION: One, do you now know how it was that Ambassador Stevens was taken from the consulate grounds to the hospital?

MS. NULAND: Thank you for that opening, Arshad. I am going to frustrate all of you infinitely by telling you that now that we have an open FBI investigation on the death of these four Americans, we are not going to be in a position to talk at all about what the U.S. Government may or may not be learning about how any of this happened – not who they were, not how they happened, not what happened to Ambassador Stevens, not any of it – until the Justice Department is ready to talk about the investigation that it’s got. So I’m going to send you to the FBI on any of those kinds of questions, and they’re probably not going to talk to you about them while the investigation is open.

(More….)
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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2012/09/197784.htm

canopfor on September 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Susan Rice = shameless liar

WisCon on September 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

He may be waiting for the debate. It’s gonna be hard even for the drive-bys to accuse him of politicization when he’s at a freaking Presidential debate.

Doughboy on September 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Yeah BettyRuth, I’d love to see him stomp this home. Said yesterday it really is a go for the throat issue. But it cannot be ignored by the media and it cannot be dismissed as partisan opportunism if it’s brought up during the debate. I’d say a little patience here.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

and they’ve been trying to deny it ever since.

Kirsten Powers: The media may be complicit in another terrorist attack on America

Flora Duh on September 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Good linky Mord

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

To somehow find this humorous or politically advantageous is disgusting. Four of my countrymen are dead and several more wounded. One of the murdered is an American Ambassador.

Killing our diplomatic staff and attacking what is considered sovereign American soil, our embassies, was almost always a line that was never crossed in conflict. In doing so, our enemies have signaled they do not fear what was at one time grievous, existential repercussions. Worse, this administration is aiding and abetting that process by agreeing with the false pretext for these attacks and promoting it at the highest levels of our government. By most reasonable measures that makes our executive branch collaborators in these dastardly acts.

It has been over two weeks since the attacks. Besides obfuscation, misdirection and political shenanigans, the President has taken no steps to reassert our sovereignty over the embassy, investigate the murders or find the perpetrators. How maddening and upsetting is it that a CNN reporter has walked through the embassy, unarmed and found personal affects while this administration sits at home and does nothing but lying about the perpetrators of this attack?

Certainly this administration fears exposure of the weak foreign policy and defense posture they have created. A president’s primary job is to protect our nation and her people. This president has not only failed to do so, but he has in the process made this world a more dangerous place.

I recall that leading up to September 11th, AQ was perpetrating attacks against our embassies. So these are not new tactics. As such, they should have been at the top of any thinking person’s list when establishing defensive measures on that anniversary. Especially in a country where know AQ elements are present. But the president chose cutting diplomatic budgets, defensive capabilities and politicking over protecting our countrymen. That is not only despicable, but displays a complete lack of wisdom, priorities and the capability to keep our nation safe. If for nothing else, this disgraceful episode alone should cause our nation to find a new leader in November. I believe our survival depends on it.

Marcus Traianus on September 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Susan Rice = shameless liar

WisCon on September 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Barack Obama blew off Netanyahu this week. He refused to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister while he’s visiting the US. He said he was too busy but took the afternoon off on Thursday according to his schedule. He’s going to call Netanyahu between campaign stops today.

Meanwhile… Obama’s ambassador to the UN Susan Rice also blew off Netanyahu’s speech.

She went to lunch with Hillary and some other officials instead. Source

Flora Duh on September 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

hawkdriver on September 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Yeah. Since it’s still unfolding as to how massive a debacle this is. However, I also feel that the Terrorists somehow are getting information as to the inner planning and workings of our State Department/Administration.

It’s leaking like a sieve.

kingsjester on September 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

The pieces keep materializing in a steady drip-drip-drip after the nine days of denial from the White House. They got caught flat-footed on the anniversary of 9/11 in the one part of the world where an American diplomatic mission would be most vulnerable — and they’ve been trying to deny it ever since.

It’s been over two weeks and we find out yesterday that the FBI hasn’t even been to Benghazi “because it is too dangerous” and yet we apparently had an ambassador there on the anniversary of 9/11/01 with little or no security. Somebody dropped the ball but the real issue here is the days of denying and lying.

Congress needs to haul Hillary Clinton up to Capitol Hill, put her lying ass under oath and demand to know if all this deception was merely gross incompetence or a politically-motivated cover-up.

And BTW, heard the term Benghazigate for the first time this morning. If the administration thought they could get from under this by simply lying for days they thought wrong.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

If the empty chair had gone to the PDBs instead of jetting off to another fund raiser, he might have been told about the situation in Libya, removed our people and prevented the killings. He would have known about the never heard from before new AQ groupies so gleeful about the carnage they couldn’t contain themselves. He wouldn’t have had to lie or get others to lie to cover his sorry azz. What a tangled web he’s woven. 39 Days!

Kissmygrits on September 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Bit of a stretch to say that they were caught flat-footed. It’s obvious that the three dead Americans were CIA personnel hand-delivered to their killers. Eerily similar to the 25 members of a certain black ops unit that all died in the same helo crash just after the OBL raid was spiked in the end zone made public.

garnkikaloid on September 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I also feel that the Terrorists somehow are getting information as to the inner planning and workings of our State Department/Administration.

It’s leaking like a sieve.

kingsjester on September 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I also think that we know as much as we do because intelligence and State Department officials are absolutely appalled at the extent of the lies and are willing to leak the real story.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

And BTW, heard the term Benghazigate for the first time this morning. If the administration thought they could get from under this by simply lying for days they thought wrong.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Obama is under the loving protection of a fawning MSM.

By Monday, this story will be ignored while ‘questions remain’ about Romney’s taxes.

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

unlike the original 9/11, this last 9/11 is largely an INSIDE JOB!

ted c on September 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Ding ding ding Liam don’t forget 47% meme

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Committee Reports
112th Congress (2011-2012)
Senate Report 112-172

DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR PROGRAMS
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND
RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2013
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http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-112srpt172/pdf/CRPT-112srpt172.pdf

canopfor on September 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

If the empty chair had gone to the PDBs instead of jetting off to another fund raiser, he might have been told about the situation in Libya, removed our people and prevented the killings.

Kissmygrits on September 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Obama knew the ambassador was missing and he just went off to bed and only found out that he had been killed the next morning. He made a bland and “factually incorrect” speech and went to Vegas for a fundraiser. Do you really think that if he had been told about the situtation in Libya he would have done anything differently?

Think about it. The narrative this administration wants us to believe is that by treating Israel like something the dog dragged in he is earning political capital with Muslim nations.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I’d love to see Mitt hammer Obama on this as much as anyone, but I am wondering if there is something in the security briefings he has been getting that is making him hold back a little bit.

Mitsouko on September 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I have linked this video of Niall Ferguson shocking the entire morning Joe panel on MSNBC in early February of 2011 many times before. The prescience on display right here is chilling.

Almost everything he predicts has already come true and I think things are rapidly deteriorating. The parallels with 1979 are astounding to me. Niall predicted that Egypt will become as significant as the Iranian revolution and it’s not a “low probability scenario”.

Mord on September 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Good linky Mord

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Thanks for redirecting back to Mord’s post. It is an amazing video. Ferguson is spot on.

Fallon on September 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I hate to say it, but if things like this are going to go unreported by the big media, we just be screwed. All the reports on this, that the media ignores, id damaging enough to bury Obama. And they know it, hence their silence.

I knew the media was biased and crooked, but I didnt imagine their allegiance to this man would go this far. Its actually frightening. This shows that we really cant trust to hear any truth from the media. They are willing to cover up an terror attack that led to the first Ambassador being murdered since the Carter Admin. The level of disgrace is beyond words.

I almost want Romney/Ryan to step in and starting calling the media/Obama out on this, but I think it would back fire. The media is so good at covering for Obama, that they would find some way to make it Romney look like the bad guy in speaking out. But at the same time, I feel he must do it. Not many others are.

bucsox79 on September 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Obama is under the loving protection of a fawning MSM.

By Monday, this story will be ignored while ‘questions remain’ about Romney’s taxes.

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I’m not so sure this will go away that quickly with the slow drip of information, each new fact showing that the administration has repeatedly and deliberately lied. The real question is if any of this story makes it to the Sunday talk shows now that the only thing that seems from the administration that seems to be true is that a bunch of Muslim savages killed Americans in Benghazi. And even with that we have yet to be told exactly how they died.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Yeah BettyRuth, I’d love to see him stomp this home. Said yesterday it really is a go for the throat issue. But it cannot be ignored by the media and it cannot be dismissed as partisan opportunism if it’s brought up during the debate. I’d say a little patience here.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Could be- who knows. It just seems that whatever route Romney takes, he gets beat up by the media. If he saves it for the debate, I could see the press chastising him for not showing proper respect for their beloved POTUS. Also- I have a feeling the administration will come up with some kind of convoluted “explanation” for the video story. Like it was all part of some brilliant, covert operation.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

…don’t forget 47% meme

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

That, too!

My view is that if the MSM are going to give Bammie a pass on all his lies, then they should be ‘objective’ and consider Mitt’s telling of the truth just another bump in the road.

More than I want to see Bammie and as many Democrats as possible get voted out, I want the liberal MSM to be punished for their willing slavery to Obama.

I want to see MSM pundits fired from their jobs and disgraced so badly that the only jobs they can find are at local stations in Bumfrack, Egypt.

I would love to see Chris Matthews so disgraced and ostracized in American society that he can’t even buy a job at McDonald’s.

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Don’t disagree. Just seems to me the debates would be a better venue to hit it home like Doughboy said.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I almost want Romney/Ryan to step in and starting calling the media/Obama out on this, but I think it would back fire. The media is so good at covering for Obama, that they would find some way to make it Romney look like the bad guy in speaking out. But at the same time, I feel he must do it. Not many others are.

bucsox79 on September 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

This is Congress’s issue to provide oversight. R/R weighing in or complaining about the media coverage would be portrayed as meddling. And truthfully, as awful as the attack and as corrupt the administration the only thing we really need to know from Romney is how his administration would deal with Libya (and all these other hot spots Obama created). Because, God willing, in 39 days we can hand the rat-eared liar his pink slip.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Kirsten Powers: The media may be complicit in another terrorist attack on America

Flora Duh on September 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Wow.

the_nile on September 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

With ya there Liam

cmsinaz on September 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I truly hope you’re right, that this doesn’t get buried under the usual MSM collective orgasm over their precious Obama.

Maybe I’m too jaded and cynical. I simply can’t stop believing that, while junior administrators might go down in flames over this, the MSM will still try rescuing Hillary (the smartest woman in history!) and their precious Obama (hallowed be his name forever and ever, amen!).

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Meanwhile… Obama’s ambassador to the UN Susan Rice also blew off Netanyahu’s speech.

She went to lunch with Hillary and some other officials instead. Source

Flora Duh on September 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Flora Duh:

Yup,the whole Lefty Hopey Administration is saturated with
We Hate Isreal Crowd,and they are playing a dangerous game
of WW3,over party politics!:)

canopfor on September 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM

October surprise, volume 1:
“It has been confirmed that drone strikes have killed (insert terrorist name here), the individual who masterminded the Benghazi consulate attack. President Obama will give a news conference at 6 PM tonight.”
More spiking the football.

mel23059 on September 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Maybe I’m too jaded and cynical. I simply can’t stop believing that, while junior administrators might go down in flames over this, the MSM will still try rescuing Hillary (the smartest woman in history!) and their precious Obama (hallowed be his name forever and ever, amen!).

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Yeah, you’d think they would start to worry that Obama cares only for Obama at any cost. They too are expendable.

the_nile on September 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I am speechless. How does Obama still go up another point in an overnight Rasmussen poll? My husband says people are just too busy to pay attention. Uh, I work, I have a family, I go to church, I watch Honey Boo Boo, and I still know what’s going on.

We are so far past a silly, “war on women, contraceptive debate”, kind of election at this point. Why would anyone want this idiot in charge of our Nat’l safety?

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM

October surprise, volume 1:
“It has been confirmed that drone strikes have killed (insert terrorist name here), the individual who masterminded the Benghazi consulate attack. President Obama will give a news conference at 6 PM tonight.”
More spiking the football.

mel23059 on September 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

This is my thought as well. We’re probably all going to be asked to write a personal letter of apology to Barry for doubting him.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I knew the media was biased and crooked, but I didnt imagine their allegiance to this man would go this far. Its actually frightening.

bucsox79 on September 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Yup. They’re complicit. And, it’s frightening indeed. The news blackout of the Tea Party rally in DC, the glowing coverage of OWS. Their love affair with Obama. It’s a mixed up world.

Fallon on September 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I also feel that the Terrorists somehow are getting information as to the inner planning and workings of our State Department/Administration.

It’s leaking like a sieve.

kingsjester on September 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

kingsjester:Remember the wiki-leaks snafu:)
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Out of the frying pan… Hillary Clinton will be the first U.S politician to meet insulted world leaders after WikiLeaks’ diplomatic crisis
UPDATED: 11:54 GMT, 30 November 2010
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the first American politician to face the possible wrath of world leaders humiliated in secret documents released by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Mrs Clinton has set off on a potentially embarrassing tour of central Asia – where she will doubtlessly share awkward moments and perhaps be called upon to explain disclosures in the published documents.(More…)
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1334312/WikiLeaks-Hillary-Clinton-U-S-politician-meet-insulted-world-leaders.html

canopfor on September 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Yeah, you’d think they would start to worry that Obama cares only for Obama at any cost. They too are expendable.

the_nile on September 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Yes, they are expendable to their Chicago Jesus. Far as I see in this entire matter, Obama knifed them in the back by finally telling the truth when, for a week, the MSM were kissing his arse with the lie that the terrorist attack was ‘spontaneous’ and nothing more than a handful of Libyans being in a bad mood.

And the MSM still get offended when even a buttnut like McCain tells them whatfor.

I simply do not grasp the slave mentality of the MSM. Obama will throw them away in a New York minute if he feels like it, yet the liberal pundits grovel back to lick the hand that beats them.

I just don’t get it.

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Debate plan according to Politico.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

So basically Obama might as well show up with duct tape over his mouth. I wish Team Romney hadn’t tipped their hand though.

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

BTW,

if it was a DANGER for civilians,than,how bad was it going to get for the US Ambassdor!
======================

Explosive Situation:
Qaddafi’s Abandoned Weapons and the Threat to Libya’s Civilians
Aug 2012
********

http://harvardhumanrights.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/libyareport.pdf

canopfor on September 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

We are so far past a silly, “war on women, contraceptive debate”, kind of election at this point. Why would anyone want this idiot in charge of our Nat’l safety?

BettyRuth on September 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I think it’s called ‘robotics’.

Liam on September 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

More State Department Embarrassment(s)!

‘Bored’ Hillary caught doodling on speech at UN Security Council meet
Published: Thursday, Sep 27, 2012, 14:45 IST
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http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_bored-hillary-caught-doodling-on-speech-at-un-security-council-meet_1745942

canopfor on September 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM

where are the hard hitting carpet bombing as from Mittens? Hello…anyone there HELLO????????

GhoulAid on September 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Debate plan according to Politico.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

hawkdriver:

Well,after the debate,on the “Truth Squad” meme,the
MSM will,as expected,*Crucify* Mitt!:)

canopfor on September 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM

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