CNN bombshell: Dozens of CIA operatives were on the ground during the Benghazi attack, agency in panic over revelations

posted at 6:31 pm on August 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

What kind of panic are we talking about here? Actual quote from agency “insider” communications obtained by CNN: “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.”

The word of the day is “unprecedented.” Phony scandal no more:

Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings…

It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career…

Another [insider] says, “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.”

Among the many secrets still yet to be told about the Benghazi mission, is just how many Americans were there the night of the attack.

A source now tells CNN that number was 35, with as many as seven wounded, some seriously.

While it is still not known how many of them were CIA, a source tells CNN that 21 Americans were working in the building known as the annex, believed to be run by the agency.

Thirty-five Americans on the ground, 21 at the CIA annex. Maybe the skeletal security crew at the consulate wasn’t as skeletal as thought. Is that what happened here — not so much a security vacuum as a security presence so secret that it couldn’t be revealed publicly, despite the White House being pounded over its failures for months afterwards? None of which is to say that they shouldn’t have had more security; the consulate and annex were overrun regardless, no matter how many people were there. But maybe that helps explain why the formal security presence wasn’t bigger: There was a lot of CIA in the area and maybe the White House didn’t want to attract attention to what they were doing there by inserting a squad of Marines to patrol the grounds. We already had an inkling of that, in fact, per this interesting but vague WSJ story from last November, which argued that the CIA’s role in the city appeared to be more important than thought. (“The consulate provided diplomatic cover for the classified CIA operations.”) CNN itself followed up in May by reporting that “the larger mission in Benghazi was covert” and alleging that there were more Americans there tied to the CIA — 20 of 30 in all — than to State’s diplomatic presence.

But what were they doing there to justify such agency paranoia now about people blabbing? Former CIA analyst Robert Baer tells CNN that agents are typically polygraphed ever few years, not every month. What could be so tippy top secret that it needs to be kept under wraps even if it means threatening agents’ families to buy their silence? On Twitter, Lachlan Markay points to this Business Insider piece, also from May, speculating that weapons were involved. Which isn’t surprising — everyone knows the feds are trying to round up loose arms from Qaddafi’s stockpiles before jihadis get hold of them. What’s surprising is where the weapons might, might have been headed. To a depot back in the U.S.? Maybe not:

Also in October we reported the connection between Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who died in the attack, and a reported September shipment of SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles (i.e. MANPADS) and rocket-propelled grenades from Benghazi to Syria through southern Turkey.

That 400-ton shipment — “the largest consignment of weapons” yet for Syrian rebels — was organized by Abdelhakim Belhadj, who was the newly-appointed head of the Tripoli Military Council.

In March 2011 Stevens, the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan rebels, worked directly with Belhadj while he headed the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.

Stevens’ last meeting on Sept. 11 was with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin, and a source told Fox News that Stevens was in Benghazi “to negotiate a weapons transfer in an effort to get SA-7 missiles out of the hands of Libya-based extremists.”

Syrian rebels subsequently began shooting down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets with SA-7s akin to those in Qaddafi’s looted stock.

This theory seems sound enough to CNN that they actually mention it in today’s bombshell, albeit as something that’s being kicked around on the Hill. Is that what happened here? The White House decided to secretly start arming the rebels a year ago with the sort of SAMs that everyone fears might eventually be used to shoot down western airliners? Did Congress, or at least the intel committees, know about it? Do note: Even now, after the U.S. announced that it would arm the rebels openly last month, we’re supposedly withholding SAMs from them because they’re too dangerous. If the “secret weapons shipments” theory is true, then in fact we’ve been giving them the dangerous stuff for at least a year. Beyond that, anyone recognize the name Abdelhakim Belhadj? I’ve written about him before. Belhadj is no “moderate” of the sort we’re allegedly working with within the rebel ranks. He’s a hardcore jihadi who fought with Bin Laden in Afghanistan. If he was the point man on helping to transfer dangerous weapons to the Syrian rebels, there’s even less reason to think that they ended up in “moderate” hands rather than in the hands of the mujahedeen.

One other point. As far as I know, it’s a lingering mystery as to how the jihadis who attacked the consulate in Benghazi knew where the CIA annex was. The consulate’s a public presence so it’s a sitting duck. The annex kept a lower profile, even though it was close by, and yet the attackers zeroed in on it later in the evening of 9/11/12. Why? Could be it was as simple as knowing that there was another building in the neighborhood that had lots of Americans working at it and therefore that building was worth hitting too. Or maybe they just noticed suspicious traffic to the annex on the evening of the attack and decided to take a closer look. But if the “secret weapons shipments” theory is true, it could also be that bad actors in the city had actually dealt with the CIA there about getting arms to Syria and therefore knew full well where the annex was and who was inside. If that’s what happened, it’s like Afghanistan in microcosm in terms of jihadis ultimately biting the American hand that fed them.

Exit question: What was the CIA doing in Benghazi?


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CW on August 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM

On “its” headstone, “Dammit, I should have spit instead of swallowed”.

waterytart on August 1, 2013 at 7:39 PM

So tired of all the “I’m smarter than you” bullsh!t. Verbotten? 2 t’s?

waterytart on August 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Heh. The act wears thin.

CW on August 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

@DLoesch: People can blame the CIA, but the buck stops with HRC. Remember that as the effort to move this scandal away from her continues.

idesign on August 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Awaiting moderation my ass.

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

It knows that. Its just deflecting and being an apologist.

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 7:39 PM

If it’s getting paid to do so, the government should ask for its money back.

sharrukin on August 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

So what has Creepy Crawley got to say about this story now ?
Does she have a transcript ?

burrata on August 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

This is no Bombshell. Plenty of non-leftie outlets have been reporting on this for the past year.

So now the definition of “Bombshell” is only what LSM reports?

BS.

wyntre9 on August 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

so Cold War tactics are now verbotten or something.

libfreeordie on August 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

BTW, it is verboten to spell verboten with two t’s.

Resist We Much on August 1, 2013 at 7:32 PM

And the idiot misused “verboten”, anyway. Evidently, the moron has no idea what “verboten” means. No surprise, there. LOL.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Not sure why the wing nuts are getting so worked up.

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

I have an idea. How you you go play at CNN’s site about your misgivings? They’re the ones who broke the story, not HotAir. Your beef should be with the liberal CNN Network.

I was referring to the HA take on the story as a ‘scandal’. Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

There may well be a very good reason for not disclosing details of this operation to enemies of the United States Hitlary Clinton.

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

FIFY

Stu Gotts on August 1, 2013 at 7:44 PM

For the life of me I will never understand why these leftist apologists come here./

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM

libfreeBlackAndGayordie is not just a troll. It is a race obsessed Marxist attention seeking masochist, narcissist, and Dunning–Kruger effect poster boy.

farsighted on August 1, 2013 at 7:46 PM

@DLoesch: People can blame the CIA, but the buck stops with HRC. Remember that as the effort to move this scandal away from her continues.

idesign on August 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

The effort will probably work. The CIA exists as a stand-alone entity in the social imagination (and particularly among LIVs). I can see how this might even help Clinton and Obama. Just blame a rogue CIA.

rrpjr on August 1, 2013 at 7:46 PM

The Contras were fighting against a totalitarian regime. The jihadis in Syria are fighting to establish one.

kcewa on August 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

bayam on August 1, 2013

You’re such the boot licker. Embarrassing.

CW on August 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Progressives, and yes, I do.
All agencies have a tendency to drift towards having progressives in charge. This is because they are the ones that care about the agency, and not the mission and the work required to do the mission. Those focused on the mission and that care about the mission are passed up for promotions and those that care about the agency are promoted.

So, unless there is something that prevents this, it is the fate of all agencies. Just look at the Democrat and Republican parties for evidence of this. Those who only care about party have the positions of power. Those who want to do the work of the people are sidelined and left sidelined.

astonerii on August 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

So when is Paul going to have the CIA director in front of a senate hearing?
unseen on August 1, 2013 at 6:49 PM

I don’t think that is within Paul’s purview.

Classic Clintonianism. The weapons were never going to Turkey. They were being routed through Turkey.
Resist We Much on August 1, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Exactly. And she totally ignored the word “Libya”.

Buy Danish on August 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Ummm…yes. Who do you think issues them orders?

kcewa on August 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

farsighted on August 1, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Lol! Nice reference. ; )

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Genuine on August 1, 2013 at 7:20 PM

That was my reaction at first, CIA business as usual, but here’s the thing that continues to raise red flags:

If it was CIA business-as-usual, why are they going to such unusual lengths to keep their own agents quiet? If the task was so sensitive that it warrants this kind of alarm, then presumably they had some of their best people on it, right? The kind of people who wouldn’t blab to the media about covert activities unless something really, really messed up went down.

Either the CIA was transferring something more lethal than anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels and they absolutely can’t risk that information leaking out, or someone very high up in the Obama Administration made a terrible decision that they don’t want the CIA to reveal. Or both.

Lawdawg86 on August 1, 2013 at 7:49 PM

If CNN is now reporting on a year old story it’s because the POS gave them the green light.

Just like they gave Lerner the go ahead to announce IRS irregularities at an obscure meeting.

Reporting on this OLD story now has been done for strategic purposes at the direction of the POS. We live in Pravda times. The only truth is on the blogs.

wyntre9 on August 1, 2013 at 7:49 PM

It was NEVER a phones scandal. The problem starts with John Boehner. He needs to appoint a special prosecutor. He is more interested in having a smoke and many drinks.

alanstern on August 1, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Absolutely. During GWB terms they leaked bad stuff on him the whole time…

sandee on August 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

I am all for bringing the truth out. But the fact of the matter is that it will end up releasing our nation’s secrets. Just like Snowden did. I am glad I know that my government is wiping its a$$ with the constitution and then serving said sh!t to me. There should be almost nothing secret in this nation, the more secrets, the more corruption, and the less freedom we have.

astonerii on August 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM

You don’t know that.

Cleombrotus on August 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

This sounds like the secondary scandal to Benghazi that’s been mostly ignored so far. Illegal gun running to Syria. Looks like they have been arming Al-Qaida to take over Syria. To try to stifle Iran?

TfromV on August 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Leaking. Sinking remains to be seen. ; )

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

libfreeordie on August 1, 2013 at 7:07 PM

So your down with CIA gun running operations to Syria Jihadist who hate women’s rights, in fact kill little girls who want to go to school.

This is the REAL War on Women…

Obama is the President! Either he is not doing his job thus he is incompetent or he knows what was going on and was down with it and now is lying and covering it up.

Take your pick….

William Eaton on August 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I’m not surprised there were 35 Americans on the ground that night. Doherty and Woods did not give their lives defending empty buildings.

lilacs on August 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Ummm…yes. Who do you think issues them orders?

kcewa on August 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Troll goes… Duh? Huh? What?

Now ask it who it thinks is currently setting the policies the CIA is ordered to implement.

Then stand back. You might get some spittle, or worse, splattered on your face.

farsighted on August 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

You don’t know that.

Cleombrotus on August 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Sarcasm. And yes, it will release secrets to investigate it.

astonerii on August 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

For the longest time, I have had said CIA actually stands for Can’t Investigate Anything. It’s been run by a-holes since Democrats destroyed it in the 70s. I also think liberals are a-holes.

So it all amounts to the same thing in the end.

Liam on August 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Either the CIA was transferring something more lethal than anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels and they absolutely can’t risk that information leaking out, or someone very high up in the Obama Administration made a terrible decision that they don’t want the CIA to reveal. Or both.

Lawdawg86 on August 1, 2013 at 7:49 PM

The CIA wouldn’t have been transferring those weapons on its own volition. You can make book that this goes deep, deep, deep into the White House.

Resist We Much on August 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I was referring to the HA take on the story as a ‘scandal’. Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

The executive branch is run by a Progressive President…

You know the ENRON executives used the same excuse and look what good it did them. Are you saying what Skilling did is worse than what the “CEO of America Corp” has done in this mess?

William Eaton on August 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Who cares? The CIA is not supposed to be political at all!

Well, neither is the IRS…….

itsspideyman on August 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

The CIA doesn’t need “non-disclosure agreements” for classified information, and it is not appropriate for them to use such instruments anyway if the object is to prevent Congress from learning the facts.

Adjoran on August 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

So now the definition of “Bombshell” is only what LSM reports?

BS.

wyntre9 on August 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Uh, yes, that would be correct. It’s a bombshell that the LSM is reporting it which means it will actually get out there to the low-information voter who only watches the LSM.

HiJack on August 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Yes.

Darth Executor on August 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

For the longest time, I have had said CIA actually stands for Can’t Investigate Anything. It’s been run by a-holes since Democrats destroyed it in the 70s. I also think liberals are a-holes.

So it all amounts to the same thing in the end.

Liam on August 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

“in the end”…slick.

HiJack on August 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Sarcasm. And yes, it will release secrets to investigate it.

astonerii on August 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

What would you suggest?

Cleombrotus on August 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

This is going to end up just like the Tom Clancy’s book “Clear and Present Danger”.

Obama is trying to do the Potomac Two-Step…

William Eaton on August 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

dozens, huh…

interesting. Keep up the pressure.

ted c on August 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Asking questions about Benghazi is racist, doesn’t CNN know that?

CIA agent is a dogwhistle for n-word.

WisCon on August 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Oh and by the way

Does anybody here really believe anything from CNN? All the railing against the LameStreamMedia and now this story and lo and behold no skepticism whatsoever.

RushBaby on August 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Yes.

rrpjr on August 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

well you’d think Anderson Cooper would be all over this but nope…first thing to talk about is that idiot castro and his plea deal…

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

What would you suggest?

Cleombrotus on August 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Investigate the hell out of it and do what should be done in a free nation, give the voters enough information to make informed decisions about their leaders that they supposedly LOAN power to.

astonerii on August 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Schadenfreude, you are the man!

I chalked this up to incompetence and reelection coverup. It was certainly that, but you were right about the main feature all along–arms to jihadis.

And yes, it is a stolen election.

mwbri on August 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

huffpo writes ONE piece against the president and erin burnett is mocking conservatives that rail against the lsm

idiot

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Anderson Cooper 360 all over…..the Ariel Castro sentencing.

aquaviva on August 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

RushBaby on August 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

You’re forgetting that there’s an awful lot of background information already available making the story credible. It’s not as if no one had ever heard of Benghazi befor today.

Cleombrotus on August 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

you won’t hear this on the big 3, cnn nighttime or msdnc…

sweep this under the rug stat

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

I think this little revelation may explain why BO and Jay Carney have been exercising the ‘phony scandal’ routine this week. They were trying to minimize the reaction before the SHTF.

Nothing to see here… just more phony scandal nonsense… move along.

jffree1 on August 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

astonerii on August 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

I’m sorry. Maybe my reading comprehension skills aren’t what I thought they were but I thought you were advocating NOT investigating it.

My mistake.

Cleombrotus on August 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

That was my reaction at first, CIA business as usual, but here’s the thing that continues to raise red flags:
If it was CIA business-as-usual, why are they going to such unusual lengths to keep their own agents quiet? If the task was so sensitive that it warrants this kind of alarm, then presumably they had some of their best people on it, right? The kind of people who wouldn’t blab to the media about covert activities unless something really, really messed up went down.
Either the CIA was transferring something more lethal than anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels and they absolutely can’t risk that information leaking out, or someone very high up in the Obama Administration made a terrible decision that they don’t want the CIA to reveal. Or both.
Lawdawg86 on August 1, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Or it’s been made a big story, raising the incentives for them to speak considerably, and it’s something that could be potentially politically damaging to international relations either/or covert or overt. The administration has had problems with unintentional leaks.

The truth is, we don’t have ANY idea what actually happened, what was going on there, or why they were there in the first place, neither were we, the public, privy to the actual conversations of consequence that occurred surrounding the event.

So, maybe you’re right. But we both only speculating. But there are a hundred reasons, both for normal order of business or for ill motives, that could explain the things you brought up, that don’t revolve around The Adminstration Screwed Up lines of opportunity.

And these non-superficial considerations that Allah has gotten around to discussing finally should have been considered a long time ago rather than just react to the bait dangled in front of us to help prop up the republican party so they can sell everyone out too, just a little longer.

Genuine on August 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

.Congress DOES have the clearances to KNOW what we’re not supposed to know, but even THEY do not know. THAT is the problem!

journeymike on August 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

What the hell has happened over at CNN..?

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

I’m sorry. Maybe my reading comprehension skills aren’t what I thought they were but I thought you were advocating NOT investigating it.

My mistake.

Cleombrotus on August 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

It was meant as a snub to the Snowden is a traitor crowd.
Snowden leaks that the government is spying on citizens and he is a traitor.
Everyone here demanding that we investigate this to death, they are patriots, but the end result is the same, leaked secrets.

I am more in favor of sunlight. It disinfects corruption.

astonerii on August 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

don’t tell me…
obama is just finding this out now, am i right?

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

i wouldn’t praise all of cnn….tapper for sure but none of the others…

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM

What the hell has happened over at CNN..?

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Jake Tapper?

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM

don’t tell me…
obama is just finding this out now, am i right?

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

He saw it on the news, just like us…..

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM

tapper is the man…

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM

heh

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

bayam, who is the new Director?

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Just think how big this story could be if our theory is correct..!
I hope no one over at CNN gets fired over this…

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM

HiJack on August 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Disagree. No real “Bombshells” ever get through to LIV. Haven’t you noticed?

wyntre9 on August 1, 2013 at 8:17 PM

What the hell has happened over at CNN..?

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

I have heard local they have fired many and would like to rebuild a bit and swing center. I of course will only believe that when I see it. We are a long way off from there yet.

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

we’re supposedly withholding SAMs from them because they’re too dangerous.

You’ll shoot your eye out, Muhammad.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

It will be very interesting to see who is sent to the Sunday Shows this week to cover for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

wren on August 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Still in moderation. No responses. Lol!

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

FloatingRock on August 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Oh man, too funny.

Cleombrotus on August 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

just imagine the 24/7 coverage if this was under W…

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

My CNN comment is still “in moderation”

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

RushBaby on August 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Bingo. There’s a reason this year-old “Bombshell” is suddenly a CNN feature.

I’ll say it again. BS. It’s a shell game. Tapper’s just following orders, just like Lerner.

Interesting that Werple went off the reservation today when he admitted he didn’t want OCare. Valjar’s going to be busy tonight. She’s repairing her whips.

wyntre9 on August 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

wren on August 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

this won’t even be brought up on ANY of the talk shows….

crickets my friend…gotta worry about immigration and have mccain sing hillary’s praises instead

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Still in moderation. No responses. Lol!

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

I said nothing moderation worthy. May as well have said “test”

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

jffree1 on August 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Yup. Just like Lerner came out with her lame excuse about IRS “mistakes” just prior to the hearings.

wyntre9 on August 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Is there a comment section at that CNN link? It says “leave a comment” but doesn’t show any comments…

Dongemaharu on August 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Still in moderation. No responses. Lol!

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

I said nothing moderation worthy. May as well have said “test”

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

NSA..? or HA..?

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Patriotic Duty of the Day:

Go to the CNN.Com website and click on the link to the Benghazi story and video.

Make the CNN web Visitor Count so high that it becomes obvious, even to CNN, that the Benghazi story can’t be covered up any longer.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

wren on August 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

If this doesn’t lead to some charges, convictions and prison, then the Congress is truly the nutless wonders we all think they are.

Mr. Grump on August 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

This story is bigger than Tapper…someone somewhere over at CNN is interested in this. Maybe a respected contact is talking…

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:26 PM

I said nothing moderation worthy. May as well have said “test”

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

They’re probably working the numbers out, to get the silliest ones saying, “I told you so,” to be outdone 10-1 that say it’s a phony scandal.

Liam on August 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

You’ll shoot your eye out, Muhammad.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

LOL.

You get a double-secret fatwa on you for that, since you referenced a Christmas movie to make fun of a muzzie.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Politico basically saying Hillary was kinda right when she went after Zero in the primaries, and setting her up for her run. She’s great.

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

this won’t even be brought up on ANY of the talk shows….

crickets my friend…gotta worry about immigration and have mccain sing hillary’s praises instead

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:21 PM

If Benghazi is not the top story on ALL of the Sunday Shows this week, we all need to complain LOUDLY to every station and their advertising Sponsors.

wren on August 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

It will be very interesting to see who is sent to the Sunday Shows this week to cover for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

wren on August 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Bill Clinton ?
:O

burrata on August 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM

If Tapper wandered off the reservation all by his lonesome he better start polishing his resume.

Tennessee newspaper fires editorial editor for anti-Obama headline

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama visited Chattanooga, Tenn. as part of his PR blitz on the economy.

But he was greeted with a headline of an editorial in the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press, “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.”

The author of the HL was promptly fired. Can you say Stasi?

wyntre9 on August 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

A compliant State Run Media remains the largest threat to Americans…..

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

this won’t even be brought up on ANY of the talk shows….

crickets my friend…gotta worry about immigration and have mccain sing hillary’s praises instead

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Actually, an article I read the other day, I think on Breitbart, suggested that Republicans were going to focus on the IRS and other scandals after the August recess to distract voters while they impose amnesty for illegal aliens and fund Obamacare. Perhaps this is part of that effort, in which case they probably will talk about the scandals until after amnesty and Obamacare funding has been imposed.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Comment on CNN Benghazi post. It’s been up for hours, but no posted comments. I put a throwaway comment up, but it’s still in moderation. Bmore posted before me, but I don’t know what his said. He is still in moderation too.

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Unfortunately, I am not that optimistic. This is just another snow job. Get the story out the day Congress goes on vacay and the POS heads off to the Vineyard.

wyntre9 on August 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

FloatingRock on August 1, 2013

That I would believe.

Fothermuckers.

wyntre9 on August 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM

This is one of those days when I would love to have an outspoken person with national security experience like Liz Cheney in the U.S. Senate!

wren on August 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Exit question: What was the CIA doing in Benghazi?

0bama’s bidding?

freedomfirst on August 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Comment on CNN Benghazi post. It’s been up for hours, but no posted comments. I put a throwaway comment up, but it’s still in moderation. Bmore posted before me, but I don’t know what his said. He is still in moderation too.

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

NBC used to do the same thing. Hold all comments for a period of time(until intern returns from dinner). Then post only the ones they like.

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I believe their leadership is overrun by you guys.

freedomfirst on August 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

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