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CIA documents supported Susan Rice’s description of Benghazi attacks

The intelligence community obviously feels burned by having its tentative assessments become a political football in this campaign and, in truth, one obvious lesson is that the United States could use much better real-time intelligence from places such as Libya.
The Benghazi attack produced a swirl of intelligence reporting, some of it contradictory. The Associated Press reported Friday that
within 24 hours of the assault, the CIA station chief in Libya cabled headquarters that
eyewitnesses said the attack had been carried out by militants. But the analysts evidently
didn’t feel that they had any single report that allowed them to make a definitive determination
about the nature of the attack.

A memo prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center on Sept. 14 illustrates the fragmentary
nature of the evidence: “As time progresses, we are learning more, but we still don’t have a complete picture of what happened,” noted the analysts. “At this point, we are not aware of any
actionable intelligence that this attack was planned or imminent.... We are very cautious about drawing any firm conclusions at this point with regard to identification and motivation of the attackers.”
The analysts seem confident that al-Qaeda’s new leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, played n direct role in the Benghazi events, even though he called on Sept. 10 for revenge attacks against the United States. “He’s not a manager, he’s not a planner, he’s not an operator. He’s a theologian, and that doesn’t have much resonance now. He’s almost irrelevant, he’s so concerned about his
security, so hunkered down,” said the senior official.
Ironically, the Sept. 15 talking points that were the basis for Rice’s televised comments were requested by the House intelligence committee. Ideally, the congressional oversight committees would provide bipartisan support for intelligence officials who are probing the attack. But in the heat of the final pre-election weeks, the murky details of what happened in Libya have instead become political assault weapons.

By David Ignatius


Added: Oct-20-2012 Occurred On: Oct-19-2012
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  • all evidence, sparse and conflicting as it was, supported at least that the administration should make no statement, certainly not to propose the fantasy that a virtually unknown video was the cause - and when that was offered, suddenly it became an issue. It was horribly irresponsible for some in our government to dredge up this ridiculous video and inflame the situation

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    • @buoymarker Foxnews,fft. Owned by an 'Israel First, America Second' Jew and a Saudi Sunni Billionaire Prince.

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    • @chronecro They had to blame it on something not related to a planned attack. They *just* started ramping up their campaign for the troop withdrawals and victory in the region when it all went down. Why not a random youtube trailer for a laughably bad movie with only 300 views? That resonates with the party base and makes christians seem like the real terrorists causing problems.

      I still don't understand why nobody is asking this specifically: What made our "intelligence" think it was More..

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    • @RugOutFromUnderYou Yeah, and now that nut job is in a position to get compensated MILLIONS of tax dollars as a result. He will easily be able to make the case that his life is forever in danger after being outed to the world as the cause of all this. So he went to jail but he also struck the lottery.

      The whole situation is pretty f-ed up.

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  • Bullshit.

    FYI, I know simpleminded liberals will have trouble understanding this, but it was a terrorist attack either way.

    Really, this is tough for you to grasp, I know... A bunch of cave-nazis surrounded an embassy, and coordinated mortar strikes and RPG attacks with a bunch of machine gun armed Islamic killers. etc. They murdered several people. And the fact that somebody said something mean about Islam on the internet, doesn't matter. I know, it doesn't compute for you. It's like trying t More..

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  • I love how liberals are filling the void with as many different "stories" or attacks as they can come up with. I still have no idea what it is Obama and Biden is actually planning on doing if they get another term. Does anybody? All I've heard is a campaign thats all over the place as far as whatever is supposedly important to them. The irony is the cartoon you posted since as an independent observer, Democrats are the ones doing that right now.

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    - bain capital that romne More..

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  • according to released cables from the benghazi consulate to the state dept amb stevens begged for security up to sept 11 when he made his final plea for protection in a cable before he was murdered later on that day,Obama went to sleep while the amb was in the process of being murdered then went to party in vegas, the Obama admin killed him with their muslim groveling "aren't we all friends" creed, worse, they covered up the cause of his death and blamed the free speech of an american More..

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  • The cartoon is an utter projection of the Obama administration's actual behavior; not Romney's.

    Fuck You Democrats... You are all a bunch of lying fucking cunts desperately in need of having your ugly, lying faces kicked in. Jesus fucking Christ... Everyone with a functioning brain knows the Libya attack was not caused by a fucking video; so shut your motherfucking pie holes about it already, you insufferable, perpetually dishonest fucking cocksuckers.

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  • This goes all the way back to March or earlier of this year. It all has to do with the administration trying to force their "normalized relations" policy regarding Libya, even though condition were far from normalized.

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  • Good luck with this one. Too many facts.

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  • http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/16/libyan-president-megaryef-al-qaeda-behind-deadly-attack-on-us-consulate/

    5 days after the attack.

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  • Yeah, but she said it was a "fact", not "we are very cautious about drawing any firm conclusions at this point with regard to identification and motivation of the attackers.”

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  • The last desperate throes of an administration trying in vain to spin a disaster into something it isn't. They've gotten away with this same tact for years, so they are ignorantly trying to do it again. They all sit around a conference table saying "just throw a bunch of contradictory statements out there, we'll confuse everyone, and hope it kind of fades away over time." This time, the GOP isn't letting it fade out of the media's eye and I can guarantee you Romney is going to smash More..

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  • Rice blamed the video with no evidence. That was a lie.

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