Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Intelligence committees see film of Benghazi attack- Drone Overhead before it started

- Intelligence officials on Thursday showed lawmakers a real-time film of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and discussed a timeline of events in sometimes heated exchanges at a closed-door hearing, lawmakers said.

The House and Senate intelligence committees heard from intelligence, FBI and State Department officials on the events surrounding the September 11 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

Questions about the adequacy of security, the U.S. response to the attack, and the administration's initial public comments have led to a growing rift between Republicans and President Barack Obama over where the fault lies.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned last week over an extramarital affair, will testify about Benghazi before the same two committees on Friday morning.

Lawmakers said they would focus questions on events in Benghazi, where a CIA annex also came under attack as well as the U.S. diplomatic mission. But some of them also want to know whether Petraeus stepped down to avoid testifying before Congress about the attack.

"Director Petraeus went to Tripoli, he interviewed many of the people as I understand it, that were involved. So the opportunity to get his views, I think is very important," said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein.

After Petraeus resigned, Feinstein, a Democrat, had been the most vocal lawmaker insisting the former CIA chief should still testify to Congress about the Benghazi attack.

She said the film on the attack included video from a Predator drone. "The film is a composite from a number of sources. It is real-time, it does begin from when the incident, before the incident started, and it goes through the incident and the exodus," Feinstein told reporters.

Republicans have accused the Obama administration of providing misinformation in the early days following the attack. Administration officials counter that their initial comments suggesting the attack grew spontaneously out of protests over an anti-Muslim film rather than a premeditated strike were based on the best available information at that time.


The State Department has come under scrutiny from critics who say it did not respond to requests from diplomats on the ground in Libya who sought greater security before the attack.

"We know mistakes were made and we've got to learn from that. Our membership asked some very hard and very tough questions of our witnesses today and we're going to continue to do that in our subsequent hearings," Senator Saxby Chambliss, the senior Republican on the Intelligence Committee, said.

Senior Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have threatened to block any nomination of Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, for her comments on Sunday talk shows five days after the attack that suggested it was a spontaneous event.

Obama came to Rice's defense on Wednesday and said if she was the right person for a spot in his Cabinet, he would nominate her. If Republicans had a problem with the handling of Benghazi, he said, "they should go after me."

Rice is considered a potential candidate to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has said she plans to leave, or for another top job in the administration.

Clinton is expected to testify before Congress about the Benghazi attack after a State Department initiated review is completed, possibly in December.

"In the end, the assessment was still the same - that in Benghazi, you had a group of extremists who took advantage of a situation and unfortunately we lost four American lives," Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger said after Thursday's intelligence hearing in the House.
"The film is a composite from a number of sources. It is real-time, it does begin from when the incident, before the incident started, and it goes through the incident and the exodus," Feinstein told reporters.

Which means even more time to deploy military forces in theatre were available.. Drones were obviously. A drone had been overhead before, during, after the WHOLE TIME
Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem.
Joseph Stalin 

In Benghazi testimony, Petraeus says al Qaeda role known early


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress on Friday that he and the spy agency had sought to make clear from the outset that September's deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, involved an al Qaeda affiliate, lawmakers said.
Petraeus told lawmakers "there were extremists in the group" that launched the attack on the diplomatic mission, describing them as affiliates of al Qaeda and other groups, said Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives intelligence committee.
"The fact is that he clarified it," Ruppersberger said.
Petraeus appeared behind closed doors before the House and Senate intelligence panels the week after quitting his CIA post because of an extramarital affair. He made no public remarks.
Another lawmaker, Republican Representative Peter King, said Petraeus' account in the closed-door session differed from the assessment the CIA chief gave to Congress two months ago, just days after the September 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
"He also stated that he thought all along he made it clear that there were significant terrorist involvement, and that is not my recollection of what he told us on September 14," King said.
Petraeus last week admitted to an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Lawmakers said a somber Petraeus told them his resignation had nothing to do with issues related to Benghazi or any reluctance to testify before Congress.
"The general did not address any specifics of the affair, of that issue," Democratic Representative Jim Langevin said. "What he did say in his opening statement was that he regrets the circumstances that led to his resignation."
The assault on the U.S. mission and nearby CIA annex in Benghazi has turned into a flash point between President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Republicans.
Republicans accuse the White House and in particular the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, of misleading the public just after the attack by suggesting the assault was a spontaneous act instead of a planned terrorist operation. The Obama administration denies misleading anyone and says it discussed information about the Benghazi tragedy as it came in.
Some Republicans have suggested the administration initially wanted to avoid the idea that it had failed to prevent a terrorist attack, which might have dampened the president's re-election chances on November 6. Obama has denied that implication.
Petraeus, a retired Army four-star general, slipped in and out of the closed sessions unseen by a swarm of media. Capitol police cleared journalists and others from hallways where the former CIA director might have been spotted.
"You can blame it on us," Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democratic chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, told reporters who complained about not even seeing Petraeus. "The general was both eager and willing to give us his views on this, and his experience on it, and that's very much appreciated. ... We didn't want to make it any more difficult for him."
Although he has left the CIA, Petraeus was asked to testify about Benghazi in part because he had gone to Libya before his resignation to interview people about what happened in Benghazi on September 11.
Lawmakers appeared to treat the question of Petraeus' personal life with kid gloves. They said the questioning was sometimes awkward against the backdrop of the Broadwell scandal and because some of them have known Petraeus for years and think highly of his military service in which he ran the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"I consider him a friend, which made the questioning tough, to be honest with you," King told reporters.
"I've known him for nine years now. I actually asked him to run for president a few years ago," he said.
Petraeus' affair has raised questions about whether any classified information was divulged to Broadwell that would affect national security. So far, FBI investigators have not discovered anything to suggest that was the case, law enforcement sources said.
Democratic lawmakers emerging from the sessions with Petraeus said it was clear Rice had been speaking from talking points that were approved by the U.S. intelligence community when she discussed the Benghazi attack.
In five Sunday talk show appearances on September 16, Rice said the assault was prompted by an anti-Muslim video and then morphed into a more violent act. But she also told CBS's "Face the Nation" that day that it was "clear that there were extremist elements that joined in and escalated the violence."
"I don't think she should be pilloried for this," said Feinstein, who was carrying a copy of the talking points that were probably given to Rice and read them aloud to journalists.
"She did what I would have done, or anyone else would have done, that is going on a weekend show. You would have said, 'What talking points can I use?'" Feinstein said. "It's almost as if the intent is to assassinate the character."
Senator Saxby Chambliss, the intelligence committee's top Republican, told reporters the problem with Rice's talk show appearances was that she did not stick with the talking points she was given on the Benghazi attack.
"She knew at that point in time that al Qaeda was very likely responsible in part or in whole for the death of Ambassador Stevens," he said.
Some senior Republicans have vowed to block Rice's potential nomination for secretary of state or another top Cabinet post because of her Benghazi comments. Rice is believed to be on Obama's short list to replace Hillary Clinton, who has said she intends to leave her State Department job.
(Additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder; Editing by Will Dunham)

Originally Posted by Dat1111 View Post
"The film is a composite from a number of sources. It is real-time, it does begin from when the incident, before the incident started, and it goes through the incident and the exodus," Feinstein told reporters.

Which means even more time to deploy military forces in theatre were available.. Drones were obviously. A drone had been overhead before, during, after the WHOLE TIME
So until the hearing findings what's your explanation? Let me guess, Obama personally hung the embassy out to dry. Probably laughed in the middle of his Islamic chants.... __________________
If its based in Islam it is islamic since they are muslims - Dat1111

If that was the case please EXPLAIN HUMAN HISTORY prior to collective societies

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