Monday, November 19, 2012


URGENT: Former CIA Director General David Petraeus revealed Friday that the Intelligence communities and the White House knew the Benghazi massacre was a terrorist attack right away.
Petraeus couldn't say who changed the intelligence memo for public relations release after it left the CIA or how exactly the bureaucratic bungling on September 11th and 12th resulted in the MURDER of FOUR Americans.
The White House is counting on the tangled trail to make it impossible to find out WHO is responsible, but we will not be distracted from our pursuit of accountability and justice!
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. told Fox News that top lawmakers believe that references to "Al Qaeda involvement" were stripped from the agency's original talking points, and that now it's a matter of finding out who made the edits. King's best guess is that it was somebody in the administration.
The Obama administration has flat-out denied making any changes to the intelligence memo, except to clarify that the Benghazi facility lacked the diplomatic rank of "consulate." But the Obama administration's focus is on ensuring that responsibility for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's terrorist-less talking point to NO ONE. We are to believe this "change" was the result of unattributable "joint interagency" efforts to be "careful" and "accurate" in reporting "the facts." We are NOT to understand it as something so simple as not wanting to publicly call a terrorist attack for what it was because THAT was a political disaster for President Obama!

The formal links between Ansar Al-Sharia, the heavily-armed Salafist terrorist group responsible, and Al Qaeda were well known. Ansar Al-Sharia was conspicuous present in real-time intelligence, was dragging US ambassador Christopher Stevens' dead body through the streets of Benghazi, kicking and punching the corpse and shouting 'Allahu Akbar,' or Allah is Great.
Meanwhile the Left side of Capitol Hill is blaming the watering down of the talking points on "the process of having passed through different levels of classification" – but we aren't buyingthis excuse, either. As our ambassador to the United Nations, Rice had access to the highest levels of intelligence… She was either willfully lying, for which she should be prosecuted – or she was so incompetent and deleterious in her duty to speak under cover of authority to the American people she should resign from public service!
Barack Obama is counting on Americans abandoning this quest for truth and justice, now that Petraeus' testimony seems to establish that "the process" changed the talking points AFTER the intelligence memo left the CIA for the White House.
Don't drink the Kool-Aid – These are shallow, baseless excuses tossed out in hopes of appeasing and quieting justice-seeking Americans, like tossing treats to a dog. This crooked, conniving administration is hoping we'll settle for the biscuits rather than the steak.
While the testimonies of DNI Chief James Clapper and former CIA Director David Petraeus were at least a start to uncovering WHAT happened and WHO is responsible for ruthlessly abandoning four Americans to Islamist terrorists and needless death, it is not enough.
Congress and the American people need more. The families of the slain need more. And the righteous cause of truth and justice needs more. A lot more. And we're going to make sure ALL OF THE USA gets it – because America deserves the whole truth about what happened, and so do the families and the historical legacies of these four courageous patriots whose lives were needlessly sacrificed!
We will not be distracted from our pursuit of the truth and of justice!
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a key member of the House Intelligence Committee, is going after the Obama administration, saying that Congress has "yet to hear from the principal decision makers who responded to what occurred September 11 and 12 when American lives were placed in peril." In particular, Bachmann wants to hear from National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, and their subordinates in their respective chains of command.
Bachmann indicated three key areas where questions MUST be answered:
Why was there a lack of security at the Benghazi consulate prior to the attack, despite repeated (denied) requests for additional security that ultimately put the safety of Ambassador Stevens into the hands of local Libyan militia infiltrated with terrorists;
Why was CNN able to simply pick up Ambassador Steven's personal diary from the charred and gutted remains of the consulate?
What did the terrorists find in the three week window before the FBI showed up to secure the sovereign compound, and why did it take so long for the FBI to get there?
Key decision makers knew almost immediately – between cables, emails and phone calls from Ambassador Stevens himself and other Americans at the consulate – that the facility was under heavily armed attack – Why did it take 20 hours for the U.S. military to land in Italy and those already stationed two hours away never receive orders to go in and protect these U.S. Citizens who would die nearly seven hours after the attack first began?
Why was U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice sent on a public relations junket, appearing on Sunday television shows after the attack?
Why did she claim the Benghazi massacre was the unfortunate result of a spontaneous protest to an anti-Islam YouTube video and that there was a 'substantial security presence' at the consulate?
Why did Barack Obama state six times before the United Nations on September 25 – two weeks after the attack that our government clearly knew was a terrorist attack unrelated to the video – that the anti-Islam YouTube video was the motivating factor behind the attack?
Bachmann says the Obama administration is trying to "change their narrative and have it both ways" regarding the Benghazi massacre, and she is absolutely right.
The Obama administration didn't hesitate to release specific details, "including some classified information," almost as soon as Osama bin Laden was dead yet two months after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, America still has cover up, confusion and obfuscation – but doesn't have answers!
This is just the beginning of a very long struggle for answers and for justice.
Barack Obama is hoping that the American people are appeased with Petraeus' testimony and that the Obama administration can wash their hands of the blood of four Americans handed over to the terrorists.
WND has reported that there is a sub-plot to the entire issue – that the CIA, under Petraeus, was using the Benghazi 'consulate' to coordinate U.S. aid to Syrian opposition groups as well as other rebel-led insurgencies in the Middle East. Petraeus' mistress Paula Broadwell gave a keynote speech on Oct. 26 at a University of Denver alumni symposium, where she stated: "Now I don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libya militia members prisoner. And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that's still being vetted."
If the Obama administration, as a Fox News report put it, covered up what really happened in order to give pre-election America the impression that al-Qaeda was on the run? Or was it something more?
WE DON'T KNOW BECAUSE NO ONE IS TALKING! The Obama administration is hiding behind lame excuses, chalking up the U.N. Ambassador's talking points inadvertently being changed to downplay terrorism as the result of a "joint interagency" effort or the message somehow getting lost in translation from one department to the next.
But we are not buying it, just as we're not buying the fishy timing on Petraeus' resignation that just so happened to be AFTER the election and just days before his scheduled appearance before Congress.
Tampa socialite and military booster Jill Kelley and her sister Natalie Khawam were recently disclosed to have dined at the White House THREE times since the Benghazi attacks, once just days before Petraeus' (likely forced) resignation two weeks ago. Kelley is the other woman involved in the Petraeus sex scandal who requested the FBI investigation exposed the Broadwell-Petraeus extra-marital affair. The official story is that Mrs. Kelley and her sister were wined and dined as the guests of a mid-level White House official, but the timing is suspect to say the least.
Petraeus paramour Paula Broadwell has likewise been a guest at the White House campus!
Right now, some conservatives in Washington are speculating that CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus was BLACKMAILED into resigning as part of a conspiracy by this administration to cover up rank dereliction of duty in the Benghazi debacle.
Others are alleging that Gen. Petraeus was forced out of his position due to his refusal to become "the fall guy" for MURDER and that the Petraeus sexual affair has proved an exploitable opportunity to manipulate Petraeus' conduct, and an adequate public reason for his resignation to feed to the American people.
The timing is made even more suspicious by new details indicating that the Obama administration AND the FBI AND U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ALL learned of Gen. Petraeus' extra-marital affair over the summer during the course of another investigation. Yet, with serious security breach considerations involved, this information was sat on throughout the administration. Further, the administration FEIGNED SURPRISE when Petraeus handed in his letter of resignation at 5 p.m. the day AFTER Barack Obama clinched a second term!
What a web of deceit, betrayal and subterfuge!
Though it was largely ignored by the mainstream media, undisclosed administration officials publicly floated a rumor last month suggesting that it was Petraeus who gave the order to stand down in Benghazi, stopping help just minutes away from saving the lives of three U.S. officials and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Petraeus responded to these vague accusations with vehement denial –leading many conservatives to believe that Petraeus' career has become that latest victim of an administration determined to protect itself AT ALL COSTS.
There is one thing crystal clear in the murky fog of innuendo and speculation: in the days leading up to his November 7th re-election, Barack Obama kept key facts from the American people – the fact that one of our drones was attacked by Iranian airplanes, the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder has plans swiftly to resign before Fast and Furious can be brought home to his account, and the fact that Gen. Petraeus was compromised and facing resignation or removal. For weeks, Barack Obama LIED to the American people that the Benghazi attacks were no more than "a bump in the road" – the unfortunate consequence of a random protest against a silly anti-Muslim YouTube video.
There is no doubt that the Obama administration not only knew that a terrorist attack was underway at the Benghazi Compound (there IS NO Benghazi Consulate listed among U.S. assets), but they explicitly and repeatedly told security forces at the nearby CIA, and other military support, to 'stand down' when Ambassador Chris Stevens' team begged for help…
Likewise, there is no doubt that Gen. Petraeus, a 37-year veteran of the U.S. Army with a hitherto exemplary record of service and sacrifice for his country, has become the latest victim of Obama's Chicago-style, thuggish politics whether by blackmail or failed decision-making in the Oval Office.
We CANNOT allow this administration to continue its evasion of accountability and justice, not when it comes to determining why four Americans were abandoned and their irreplaceable lives callously handed over to terrorists. Barack Obama and every other person in the Chain of Command MUST be held accountable for their FAILURE to protect American personnel.
aThe Washington Examiner reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton DECLINED to testify on Benghazi due to a scheduling conflict! That's right – 'a scheduling conflict' is preventing the Secretary of State of the United States of America from giving testimony before Congress concerning the abject FAILURE of this administration, including the dereliction of her own duty, to save the lives of those four Americans needlessly sacrificed to Islamist terrorists.
"[Clinton] was asked to appear at House Foreign Affairs next week, and we have written back to the Chairman to say that she'll be on travel next week," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters over the weekend. "She has a commitment with the Secretary of Defense to the AUSMIN Ministerial." Per AFP"AUSMIN is the highest level forum for Australia and US consultation on foreign policy, defense and strategic issues."
The highest levels of the Obama administration are more concerned about an Australian budget meeting than about finding justice for our DEAD Americans!
The LYING, the timeline, everything about Benghazi indicates a cover-up that makes Watergate look like a little white lie.
This administration is hoping to hide behind the FBI and State Department investigations of Benghazi, and we're guessing it's for good reason. The Obama administration, as usual, is far more concerned about protecting itself than seeing justice served.
Clinton will testify before Congress unless we take action right now to make sure it happens.
We want Clinton – and every other official in the Situation Room who watched Americans die in real time – held accountable and to answer to the American people for handing over our Ambassador and three other Americans to the terrorists when life-saving help was one swift command away!
We want those responsible for NOT sending readily available, life-saving aid to answer to the families of our men! Those who were abandoned by cowards in this administration to die kept faith with us – we MUST KEEP FAITH WITH THEM!
We MUST step up our demands to Congress.
"Somebody the other day said to me, 'This is as bad as Watergate.' Well, nobody died in Watergate," said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday during an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation."
"This is either a massive cover-up or incompetence that is not acceptable … to the American people," said McCain.
Sen. McCain is absolutely right.
The fact that thirty Americans were attacked for seven hours (and four of them DIED) with no help from a well-informed Oval Office is NOT ACCEPTABLE. The failure to take responsibility is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
No one wants to admit to failure and then commit to making sure Washington never again doles out a death sentence with orders for Americans to "stand down" against terrorists!
Washington elites have been condemning us for seeking the truth as guilty of "Monday morning quarterbacking" and clearly wanted to wait until after the Election for a Congressional investigation…
But nothing Obama or his underlings in Washington do will stop us from seeking the truth and justice these four dead Americans deserve.
Never again will the highest levels of our government watch Americans die in real time while concocting a bogus story to hide the truth from the American people.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.) has sent a letter to Obama demanding to know exactly whom he ordered to do what on Sept. 11, 2012, when the attack happened after Obama's most recent statement in an Oct. 26 interview that he took action and issued "directives" the "minute" he found out about the attack.
"There appears to be a discrepancy between your directive and the actions taken by the Department of Defense," Rep. McKeon wrote in his letter to Obama. "As we are painfully aware, despite the fact that the military had resources in the area, the military did not deploy any assets to secure U.S. personnel in Benghazi during the hours the Consulate and the annex were under attack. I find it implausible that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Commander of U.S. Africa Command, and the Commander of U.S. European Command would have ignored a direct order from the Commander in Chief."
McKeon listed four questions that he is demanding Obama answer:
1) "To whom did you issue this first directive and how was this directive communicated to the military and other agencies – verbally or in writing?"
2) "At any time on September 11, 2012, did you specifically direct the military to move available assets into Libya to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel in Benghazi? If so, which assets did you order to Libya?"
3) "At any time on September 11, 2012, other than ISR assets, did you provide the authority for the military to take any and all necessary measures to secure U.S. personnel, including specifically the authority to enter Libyan airspace?"
4) "Did you have any communication with the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or any Commanders of regional Combatant Commands regarding military support to U.S. personnel in Benghazi on September 11th? If so could you please describe any recommendations provided to you regarding available military support and any orders you gave them?"
But McKeon is only going to get the answers from this administration if he has the rest of Congress behind him. He needs our help, just like our men in Benghazi needed Barack Obama's.
Evidence is mounting against this administration but much of the mainstream media is still blindly backing Barack Obama, glomming onto coverage of Hurricane Sandy and hoping the American people forget all about the four Americans this administration knowingly sacrificed to the terrorists abroad.
Barack Obama still thinks he can spin his way out of this. He has no intention of being held accountable, not if he can help it.
We cannot allow Barack Obama and his media minions to distract Americans from seeking the truth that the families of these men – Amb. Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods – deserve.
We must LOUDLY demand that the mainstream media – NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN – continue covering this story and do it without spinning murder into an unavoidable mishap.
With your generous support, we will continue working to hold Barack Obama and his administration accountable for the murder of these four Americans in Benghazi.

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