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The CIA asked Congress & WH not to refer to the Benghazi attacks as Terrorism

Posted by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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Benghazi, Not Petraeus Affair, Is Focus at Closed Hearings

WASHINGTON — In closed sessions before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Friday, David H. Petraeus apologized to lawmakers about his affair with Paula Broadwell, which led to his resignation last week as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, but lawmakers said later that they did not ask about the matter.

Timeline: Petraeus Affair


David H. Petraeus, right, entered his home in Arlington, Va., followed by security agents, after testifying on Capitol Hill on Friday.


Instead, the focus of both hearings was the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, two months ago that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Mr. Petraeus said that classified intelligence showed that the deadly raid on the diplomatic mission was a terrorist attack, but that the administration withheld the suspected role of specific affiliates of Al Qaeda to avoid tipping off the terrorist groups.

The C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies prepared unclassified talking points on the attack for members of Congress, and in them the references to Qaeda affiliates were changed to the less specific “extremists” to avoid revealing to insurgents that American intelligence agencies were eavesdropping on their electronic communications.

Republicans have criticized the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice, for suggesting that the siege in Benghazi was a spontaneous protest rather than an opportunistic terrorist attack. Ms. Rice used the less specific, unclassified talking points when she appeared on five Sunday talk shows five days after the attack.

“The fact is, the reference to Al Qaeda was taken out somewhere along the line by someone outside the intelligence community,” Representative Peter T. King, a New York Republican, told reporters after the House hearing. “We need to find out who did it and why.”

Democrats leapt to Ms. Rice’s defense after the Senate hearing, saying she was simply following the unclassified talking points provided to her. Ms. Rice did not stray from those talking points, lawmakers said Mr. Petraeus told them.

“I really think Ambassador Rice is being treated unfairly,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who leads the Intelligence Committee.

Ms. Feinstein declined to offer any assessments on flawed intelligence or security lapses related to the attack, saying that the panel intended to hold two additional closed hearings, then produce a set of unclassified findings that would be presented in a public hearing.

But the panel’s senior Republican, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, said the matter with Ms. Rice had not been fully resolved. Mr. Chambliss said federal investigators were getting a clearer picture of what groups or individuals were responsible for the attack. President Obama has repeatedly said the assailants will be brought to justice.

“How did this group penetrate the facility that we had in Benghazi, and who were these folks?” Mr. Chambliss said, speaking to reporters afterward. “We’re getting closer to determining that. We know they were Al Qaeda affiliates or Al Qaeda itself.”

American intelligence officials and Libyans at the scene have said that a local militant group, Ansar al-Shariah, was largely responsible for the attack, and that some of its members probably have ties to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the organization’s North African arm.

These officials have disputed the notion that Al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan or its affiliate in North Africa organized or directed the assault on the diplomatic mission and a C.I.A. base about a mile away.


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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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Quote:

The CIA asked Congress & the White House not to refer to the Benghazi attacks as terrorism "to avoid revealing to insurgents that American intelligence agencies were eavesdropping on their electronic communications." Republicans in congress knew this, even as they attacked Obama for it.

Wow..... Just wow. That's horrible.
jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM
Anything for a cheap political shot. I'm disgusted.


Quoting brookiecookie87:



Quote:

The CIA asked Congress & the White House not to refer to the Benghazi attacks as terrorism "to avoid revealing to insurgents that American intelligence agencies were eavesdropping on their electronic communications." Republicans in congress knew this, even as they attacked Obama for it.


Wow..... Just wow. That's horrible.

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happy2bmom25
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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During the debates didn't Obama himself say that he referred to this attack as terrorism?
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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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Quoting happy2bmom25:

During the debates didn't Obama himself say that he referred to this attack as terrorism?

No. He referred to it as an Act  of Terror.  Mitt Romney said that wasn't true (it was).

If the original story was true-It would still be an Act of Terror.

But Terrorism implies that it was from insurgents and preplanned. Since the CIA didn't want the Terrorist knowing we were listening to them they asked Congress not to call it terrorism yet.

So Republicans/GOP KNEW that President Obama was not calling it Terrorism for that very reason and STILL attacked him for it.

That's horrible.

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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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Republicans hate Obama and they aren't too particuliar about America these days either

The ones talking crap in public when they knew this and demanding more costly seperate committees (ahem McCain) should be fired and brought up on charges


Quoting brookiecookie87:



Quote:

The CIA asked Congress & the White House not to refer to the Benghazi attacks as terrorism "to avoid revealing to insurgents that American intelligence agencies were eavesdropping on their electronic communications." Republicans in congress knew this, even as they attacked Obama for it.


Wow..... Just wow. That's horrible.
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gsprofval
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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...but obama made changes to the original talking points so the truth doesn't come out to the American public. Ha! It's still coming out piece by piece.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM



Quote:

The CIA asked Congress & the White House not to refer to the Benghazi attacks as terrorism "to avoid revealing to insurgents that American intelligence agencies were eavesdropping on their electronic communications." Republicans in congress knew this, even as they attacked Obama for it.
How do you justify that?

How do you justify the Republicans/Gop members who KNEW why President Obama was not using the word terrorism and decided to still attack him over it?

So Republican/Gop members KNEW why President Obama wasn't doing what they were asking but they still attacked him over it. The funny part is all President Obama had to do to debunk all these claims was say why. But he had the integrity to not play the Politics game and not let the real reason slip out and tip off Terrorist.

Instead he endured their criticism

The truth is coming out. And it's making the Republican/GOP look bad. Not President Obama.
Quoting gsprofval:

...but obama made changes to the original talking points so the truth doesn't come out to the American public. Ha! It's still coming out piece by piece.


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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

lga1965
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Yes it is horrible, dishonest and par for the course.
And people here fell for the GOP's dishonesty too ....jumped all over it, and enjoyed attacking both Susan Rice and the President.
Typical.


Quoting brookiecookie87:



Quoting happy2bmom25:

During the debates didn't Obama himself say that he referred to this attack as terrorism?

No. He referred to it as an Act  of Terror.  Mitt Romney said that wasn't true (it was).

If the original story was true-It would still be an Act of Terror.

But Terrorism implies that it was from insurgents and preplanned. Since the CIA didn't want the Terrorist knowing we were listening to them they asked Congress not to call it terrorism yet.

So Republicans/GOP KNEW that President Obama was not calling it Terrorism for that very reason and STILL attacked him for it.

That's horrible.

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emeraldangel2.0
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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disgusting

but anything to discredit our president

what a bunch of sore losers

cammibear
by Gold Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:49 PM
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Oh please. Everybody knew it was a terrorist attack on 9/11. No excuse they can give now justifies them doing nothing to help save those 4 American lives.


Quoting brookiecookie87:



Quote:

The CIA asked Congress & the White House not to refer to the Benghazi attacks as terrorism "to avoid revealing to insurgents that American intelligence agencies were eavesdropping on their electronic communications." Republicans in congress knew this, even as they attacked Obama for it.


Wow..... Just wow. That's horrible.

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