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New Information CONFIRMS The Right Wing LIED About The Benghazi Attack

ProudProgressive 2012/11/02 14:30:15

The Right Wing's ongoing attempt to create a scandal over the attack at Benghazi in order to attack President Obama has already been one of the most disgusting displays of disloyal psychotic lies that America has ever seen, and as more information comes to light, the disgraceful conduct of these America hating loons becomes all the more reprehensible. As anyone paying attention to reality already knows, there was NO ORDER TO STAND DOWN given and NO DENIAL OF ASSISTANCE during the attack.

How soon do you think the Right Wing will begin apologizing to President Obama?

Article excerpt follows:

New Details Discredit Fox News Reports On Benghazi Attacks
By Hayes Brown
Nov 2, 2012

A slew of new reporting this morning debunks Fox News reports claiming that the Obama administration withheld assistance during the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. With these revelations, the combined conservative narrative as led by Fox News — that the Obama administration failed to respond adequately during the attack and that mainstream media has not covered Benghazi enough — is in further disarray.

The Los Angeles Times’ version of the CIA’s role focuses the most heavily on pushing back on Fox’s spin:

“At every level in the chain of command, from the senior officers in Libya to the most senior officials in Washington, everyone was fully engaged in trying to provide whatever help they could,” a senior intelligence official said in a statement. “There were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support.”

Fox reporter Jennifer Griffin claimed in an “exclusive” report last week that the CIA denied Tyrone Woods, one of the four Americans killed in the attack, permission to help repel the assault. Griffin’s reporting spun off into a bevy of conspiracy theories on the far right. The Pentagon, White House, and CIA had all previously denied refusing requests for support. The New York Times reports on the Pentagon’s involvement:

[A] senior official also sought to rebut reports that C.I.A. requests for support from the Pentagon that night had gone unheeded.

In fact, the official said, the military diverted a Predator drone from a reconnaissance mission in Darnah, 90 miles away, in time to oversee the mission’s evacuation. The two commandos, based at the embassy in Tripoli, joined the reinforcements. And a military transport plane flew the wounded Americans and Mr. Stevens’s body out of Libya.

The new reports also contain previously unreported details about the CIA’s role in Benghazi. President Obama and Secretary of Defense Panetta did order U.S. forces into the region, but the CIA was the first to respond to the attack, arriving on the scene in under half an hour.

The lack of security at the outpost in Benghazi, far removed from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, has been the subject of inquiry by both Fox News and Congressional Republicans. The Wall Street Journal sheds new light onto why that was the case. The CIA and State Department had entered into a series of secret deals in which the Agency would provide emergency security to the diplomats operating within Libya.

While the State Department primarily relied upon local Libyan militias for day-to-day protection, as well as contracted British private security, the arrangement between it and the CIA explains why the outpost seemed under-protected. The revelation also will prompt a renewed look at the State Department’s decisions to remove Department of Defense-provided security from the Embassy in Tripoli, which were highly scrutinized during Rep. Darrel Issa’s hearings.

The primary role of the CIA was intelligence gathering and covert operations within Benghazi. Agents there operated out of an annex originally reported to be an offshoot of the diplomatic mission, revealed officially — and accidentally — during Issa’s highly politicized hearing into the Benghazi attacks. The Agency’s large presence may also help explain why the diplomatic compound was open to journalists and looters for weeks after the attack, as more vital intelligence documents were collected.

Washington Post’s David Ignatius has gone as far as to produce a detailed minute-by-minute timeline, of the events that night. These reports together give the clearest picture yet of the events in Benghazi. Rather than the Obama Presidency unraveling as the news organization has claimed, it appears to be Fox News’ narrative that is coming undone instead.


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  • Dave0626 2012/11/02 14:54:10 (edited)
    Dave0626
    +31
    You mean to say ALL the news reporting decrying Obama's total inaction...are ALL liars??! All these reports of denial of assistance. And even the filming and photographing of the compound by Libyan Security personnel, who betrayed the defense of the Embassy...are all just mass media fabrications?

    WOW! That is just amazing! - NOT!!



    OBAMA IS A TRAITOR TO AMERICA TO COVER HIS OWN AZZ!!!

    http://lastresistance.com/399...

    http://www.canadafreepress.co...

    embassy mass media fabrications wow obama traitor america cover azz

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  • Kerry Mullins 2013/05/05 14:25:15
    Kerry Mullins
    The sources from Fox are named... Where's the names for these reports? Non existent.

    Think progress is a left wing propaganda machine. The Washington Post is an obama media lap dog. Consider the sources. This administration is the most ANTI American administration in my lifetime. It's time to stop protecting this marxist in the WH... The Emperor has no clothes. Main stream media should be ashamed at the hoax they have played on the American people. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the theft of tax payer money to fund obama's political contributors (solyndra and other failed business ventures who received billions of dollars from taxpayers.)

    It's time to wake up and smell the coffee, we've been lied to since the start of this administration. There have been numerous impeachable offenses perpetrated by obama and everyone's scared of his color to do anything about it.
  • Kaleokualoha 2012/12/21 00:42:43
    Kaleokualoha
    +1
    It appears that Fox News falsehoods about Benghazi have been definitively debunked:

    [QUOTE]
    WASHINGTON -- An investigation into the State Department's preparations for and management of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has concluded that "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies" within the department played a major role in the devastation that took place there last September.

    Four Americans were killed in the overnight raid on the compound, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The ensuing controversy over the incident, and the administration's handling of it, threatened to derail President Barack Obama's reelection campaign through the fall.

    The new report, by an independent Accountability Review Board established by the State Department, concluded that two bureaus at the department -- Near East Affairs and Diplomacy Security -- failed to properly recognize the rising dangers of Eastern Libya despite the lack of any specific threats, and neglected the growing concerns of security analysts on the ground about the capabilities of the local Libyan guard force.

    The result, the report said, was a "security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place."

    But while the unclassified v...













































    It appears that Fox News falsehoods about Benghazi have been definitively debunked:

    [QUOTE]
    WASHINGTON -- An investigation into the State Department's preparations for and management of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has concluded that "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies" within the department played a major role in the devastation that took place there last September.

    Four Americans were killed in the overnight raid on the compound, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The ensuing controversy over the incident, and the administration's handling of it, threatened to derail President Barack Obama's reelection campaign through the fall.

    The new report, by an independent Accountability Review Board established by the State Department, concluded that two bureaus at the department -- Near East Affairs and Diplomacy Security -- failed to properly recognize the rising dangers of Eastern Libya despite the lack of any specific threats, and neglected the growing concerns of security analysts on the ground about the capabilities of the local Libyan guard force.

    The result, the report said, was a "security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place."

    But while the unclassified version of the report, which was released Tuesday night, is undeniably harsh in its analysis of the State Department's management ahead of the attack, it also appears to undermine a number of the more outlandish charges made during the heat of the uproar this fall.

    For instance, while many figures -- led, in large part, by the news analysts at Fox News -- suggested that the administration had opted to watch the crisis unfold rather than send military reinforcements, the report found "no evidence of undue delays in decision making or denial of support from Washington."

    Many critics of the administration had raised question about why a team of specially trained military operators had been dispatched to an airfield in Italy but not, apparently, sent to help fend off the attack.


    Instead, the report concluded that the response by all agencies involved was "timely and appropriate," and despite speculation to the contrary, "there simply was not enough time given the speed of the attacks for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference."

    Another accusation rebutted by the report was the notion that senior-level officials had in some way refused to permit CIA operatives working out of a nearby annex to travel to the main compound to assist in repelling the attack.

    That detail, first reported by Fox News, was not correct, the report said.

    Instead, a "team leader" at the annex had "decided on his own" to delay leaving the facility briefly to see if local security elements would arrive with reinforcements. After "a brief delay," and determining that they would not, the team leader made the decision to move some units toward the compound, the report said.

    It is also not clear from the report if the attackers of the compound were aware that Ambassador Stevens was there on the night of the attack, or if he was their target.

    The night before the attack, the report notes, local media turned up at an event that the embassy had believed to be an undisclosed meeting with the Benghazi City Council, meaning that at least some people in town were aware of Stevens' visit.

    But amid the frenzy of the attack on Sept. 11, the report found that Stevens did not appear to have been captured by the militants at any point, despite early photographs that appeared to show his body being dragged through the streets.

    Instead, the report said that "to the best knowledge of the Board" he was delivered, unresponsive, to a local hospital by six "good Samaritans" who were among the hordes of attackers. Local doctors spent approximately 45 minutes attempting to resucitate Stevens before concluding he was dead.

    The report also upholds much of the basic outline of the course of events on the ground in Benghazi as described by the State Department in a briefing for reporters that took place almost a month after the attack, and adds some striking details of bravery.

    Two of the security guards accompanying Ambassador Stevens were badly wounded during the attack, the report says, noting that one suffered "a severe laceration" to his forearm while repeatedly entering a smoke-filled room in search of the ambassador, and the other was found vomiting and losing consciousness from smoke inhalation.

    There were other smaller moments of bravery recognized by the report, including a nurse at the embassy in Tripoli who provided essential medical assistance to the evacuees from Benghazi, and a consular officer who donated blood that night to help save the life a of a colleague.

    On the whole, however, these people on the ground were failed by their bosses in Washington, the report said, and a clunky bureaucracy that failed to recognize and adapt to a changing security situation in Eastern Libya, allowing the ambassador to travel to a place where the local security measures had repeatedly proven insufficient.

    The report also acknowledged that with a vastly increased need for security at embassies and consulates in war zones, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security has been "stretched to the limit as never before."

    A consistently limited budget imposed by Congress, the report added, "had the effect of conditioning a few State Department managers to favor restricting the use of resources as a general orientation," which helps explain why the local security officials' calls for more staff was not immediately heeded.

    And while the report does not focus on the more heated controversy about how the Obama administration opted to share information with the public about the raid, it does make clear that the initial claim that the attack was simply an outgrowth of a larger protest is not correct. There was no protest outside the compound, the report states.

    In a letter accompanying the release of the report, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her department was accepting all 24 of the report's recommendations.
    [END QUOTE http://www.huffingtonpost.com... ]

    It will be interesting to see how Fox tries to spin this report, especially the parts debunking Griffin's falsehoods!

    [END QUOTE http://www.huffingtonpost.com... ]

    The report itself is posted at http://www.foxnews.com/politi...

    "The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth." - Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
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  • ComeOnNow 2012/12/12 04:46:24
    ComeOnNow
    +2
    Look, it is clear that Obama was lying and morons like you pushing the lie even in the face of all evidence makes you look like a tool. I like when you tools bring up Benghazi, your idiot president knew that his blind sheeple would believe his blatant lies even after it has become clear that he was treating you as useful tools and you prove him right. Obama threw Susan rice under the bus sending her around looking like a clueless moron after Hilary told Obama no freaking way and then pathetic people like you act like she did not look like a moron that does not have a clue what she was talking about or the obvious as the sole world knew she was lying and she kept blindly pushing it. Even after the whole situation made you all look so ignorant, Obama knew that he would have clueless dunces that are willing to look stupid in the face if all logic and evidence and continue to push what he feeds his incompetent minions. Way to once again prove yourself to be an incompetent minion. You again show why you have no credibility beyond a clueless democrat hack.
  • star 2012/11/11 05:16:18
    star
    +1
    Bull and more bull. You guys will do and say anything to protect Obama. Wake up and smell the coffee.
  • stevmackey 2012/11/06 04:37:20
    stevmackey
    Whose information?
  • Kaleoku... stevmackey 2012/11/06 19:46:10
    Kaleokualoha
    +1
    The myth that the CIA denied backup has been debunked:

    [QUOTE]
    CIA Denies Calling Off Backup in Benghazi

    Reuters
    Oct 26, 2012

    In response to a Fox News story claiming CIA operatives in Benghazi were prevented from aiding U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens during his time of need, the CIA says it never instructed any of its personnel from helping the four Americans who died on Sept. 11. In an e-mailed statement, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood says "no one at any level in the CIA" told operatives at a local CIA annex in Benghazi not to help Amb. Stevens:

    "We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night—and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades."

    The blanket statement is in response to a range of allegations brought up by Fox News's national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin. Among the allegations, Griffin said "sources who were on the ground in Benghazi" said CIA operatives about a mile away from A...









    The myth that the CIA denied backup has been debunked:

    [QUOTE]
    CIA Denies Calling Off Backup in Benghazi

    Reuters
    Oct 26, 2012

    In response to a Fox News story claiming CIA operatives in Benghazi were prevented from aiding U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens during his time of need, the CIA says it never instructed any of its personnel from helping the four Americans who died on Sept. 11. In an e-mailed statement, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood says "no one at any level in the CIA" told operatives at a local CIA annex in Benghazi not to help Amb. Stevens:

    "We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night—and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades."

    The blanket statement is in response to a range of allegations brought up by Fox News's national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin. Among the allegations, Griffin said "sources who were on the ground in Benghazi" said CIA operatives about a mile away from Amb. Stevens' compound were told twice to "stand down" after hearing gunshots during the night of the assault. (The gunshots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m.) Additionally, Griffin's report says that former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods disobeyed orders to "stand down" and rushed to the U.S. compound housing Amb. Stevens alongside at least two other personnel. After receiving fire from militants near the compound, the team reportedly evacuated everyone they could find and returned to the CIA annex to call for more backup. "At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied," reported Griffin. There are a number of details in Griffin's story that will likely raise more questions, such as an extended account of a security officer manning a "heavy machine gun" on the roof of the CIA annex who couldn't receive assistance from higher ups. For now, the CIA isn't saying no one was ever prevented from assisting the U.S. compound but it is vowing that the agency itself never played a role in denying those requests.
    [END QUOTE http://www.theatlanticwire.co... ]

    The myth that the White House denied backup has also been debunked

    [QUOTE]
    The White House on Saturday flatly denied that President Barack Obama withheld requests for help from the besieged American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as it came under on attack by suspected terrorists on September 11th.
    "Neither the president nor anyone in the White House denied any requests for assistance in Benghazi," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email.
    [END QUOTE http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/t... ]

    CIA Denies Calling Off Backup in Benghazi
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  • Dave In Cali 2012/11/06 01:46:15
    Dave In Cali
    I don't know how much more spin there can be. Republicans are just as dishonest as the Democrats, I'm afraid. One thing is certain, though: The political history (especially within the last 60 years or so) has shown an increasing number of borderline to outright slanderous and/or libelous attacks on Presidential candidates from all sides.

    What that really means to me is:
    1) Ignore the stumping of candidates and their multi-million dollar ad campaigns, because all of them are full of doodie.
    2) Vote based on the candidate's visible past, with an open mind. Since none of us are perfect, it is plumb dumb to get riled up about the smaller transgressions in a candidate's past.
    3) During an election year - especially as we draw very close to the big day - the lies become more heated and more obvious. It's like watching school kids fight and lie to try and steal each others' fair-weather friends.

    Our political environment is an embarrassment to our nation. We need to get rid of the big ads and the muckraking and stick to just plain facts.
  • BBLEE 2012/11/04 22:53:49
    BBLEE
    +2
    The Lies Continue, How often Do Liars admit they have been Caught? This story is just for those who keep their head in the sand, to keep from seeing what's going on around them. The Truth will be Revealed, and Heads should Roll. Obama and Hillary Should face Treason Trials. Sandy,Didn't move enough water, to wash the Blood from their hands.
  • Kaleoku... BBLEE 2012/11/06 19:46:52
    Kaleokualoha
    +1
    There is no evidence that ANY requests for assistance were denied (either through the CIA or any other channel), that anyone in the Obama administration watched live video feeds from the drones, that the Ambassador was raped (he was dressed and died of smoke inhalation and had no physical trauma, according to the examining physician at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/0... ), that the annex defenders illuminated mortar positions with lasers (see http://www.washingtonpost.com... ). or that AFRICOM Commander General Ham was replaced (see http://www.africom.mil/GenCar... ).

    These appear to be complete fabrications, similar to the "mobile weapons lab" fabrication from "Curveball" that led to the Iraq Invasion. Such propaganda is par for the course in the Conservative Disinformation Network!

    In addition to reinforcements sent from Tripoli to Benghazi, and reinforcements sent from the CIA annex to the consulate itself, a Quick Reaction Force was deployed from Europe to Sicily, but arrived too late to help:

    [QUOTE]
    On the night of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, a team of American military commandos was sent from Europe to an airfield at Sigonella, in Sicily, Italy, putting them at least an hour's flight away from Benghazi, CBS News has learned.
    The team, known as the Com...



    There is no evidence that ANY requests for assistance were denied (either through the CIA or any other channel), that anyone in the Obama administration watched live video feeds from the drones, that the Ambassador was raped (he was dressed and died of smoke inhalation and had no physical trauma, according to the examining physician at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/0... ), that the annex defenders illuminated mortar positions with lasers (see http://www.washingtonpost.com... ). or that AFRICOM Commander General Ham was replaced (see http://www.africom.mil/GenCar... ).

    These appear to be complete fabrications, similar to the "mobile weapons lab" fabrication from "Curveball" that led to the Iraq Invasion. Such propaganda is par for the course in the Conservative Disinformation Network!

    In addition to reinforcements sent from Tripoli to Benghazi, and reinforcements sent from the CIA annex to the consulate itself, a Quick Reaction Force was deployed from Europe to Sicily, but arrived too late to help:

    [QUOTE]
    On the night of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, a team of American military commandos was sent from Europe to an airfield at Sigonella, in Sicily, Italy, putting them at least an hour's flight away from Benghazi, CBS News has learned.
    The team, known as the Commander's In-extremis Force, was designed specifically for quick reaction to unforeseen emergencies. But U.S. officials say it did not arrive in Sicily until after the attack was over.
    Even if the team had been ready in time, confusion about what was happening on the ground in Benghazi -- and State Department concerns about violating Libyan sovereignty -- made a military rescue mission impractical, the officials say.
    [END QUOTE http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-1... ]

    In fact, according to this ARMYTIMES.COM article, there were "NO American forces poised and ready to move immediately into Benghazi when the attack began": http://www.armytimes.com/news...
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  • BBLEE Kaleoku... 2013/06/18 17:32:02
  • Kaleoku... BBLEE 2013/06/19 06:58:38
    Kaleokualoha
    +1
    Obviously being a member of a military family gives you little insight in military intelligence and operations. FYI: I am a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer.

    "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." - Proverbs 1:7
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/11/04 21:43:16
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +3
    I can't even call this a "nice try" because America is AWAKE now. Obama is so over.
  • Informed Voter 2012/11/04 20:06:57
    Informed Voter
    +4
    Where did you get your propaganda? Oh, that's right...

    Think progress? A George Soros vehicle?

    You lose! Obama's finished this Tuesday!!

    http://www.nationalreview.com...
  • Kara ~~... Informe... 2012/11/05 05:59:41
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    +2
    Good artificial Informed Voter. I believe that most Liberal/Progressives choose not to read for fear of the truth.
  • Informe... Kara ~~... 2012/11/05 09:39:00
    Informed Voter
    +1
    I really think this is a referendum not just on the Democrats and their Socialist - Communist platorm, but a referendum on the alleged media for their blatant partisan propaganda in favor of the Utopian Statists.

    When one Nobel laureate (Paul Krugman) touts another Nobel laureate (Obama) and NEITHER deserved the accolade, what does it say about the Nobel Prize, itself?
  • Kara ~~... Informe... 2012/11/05 10:55:32
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    +2
    I do not understand why the prime-time media continues to patronize Obama. Furthermore, BO getting the Noble Prize was really bizarre. They should all face criminal charges for their evil doings.
  • Darnel 2012/11/04 19:51:25
    Darnel
    (reading the denial of the right on this,.. Depressing.) The CIA stepped forward on this one and weighed in,.. and some STILL need to howl about Obama.

    tsk.
  • Beccy 2012/11/04 18:29:10
    Beccy
    +1
    The truth probably lie somewhere in the middle
  • Marie 2012/11/04 18:24:25
    Marie
    +3
    give me a break!! Obama spin
  • ProudPr... Marie 2012/11/04 18:27:03
    ProudProgressive
    Reality sucks when you're a conservative America hater, doesn't it.
  • Marie ProudPr... 2012/11/04 19:10:02
    Marie
    +3
    Reality is dead Americans!!!!!! While our president ignores the truth! We shall not forget the death of special Americans!
  • ProudPr... Marie 2012/11/04 19:48:21
    ProudProgressive
    Yeah, no Americans have ever died under any other President, have they?
  • Aqua Su... ProudPr... 2012/11/04 21:46:32
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +2
    None have been murdered by any other President until now, have they?
  • Kaleoku... Marie 2012/11/06 19:49:11
    Kaleokualoha
    There is no evidence that ANY requests for assistance were denied (either through the CIA or any other channel), that anyone in the Obama administration watched live video feeds from the drones, that the Ambassador was raped (he was dressed and died of smoke inhalation and had no physical trauma, according to the examining physician at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/0... ), that the annex defenders illuminated mortar positions with lasers (see http://www.washingtonpost.com... ). or that AFRICOM Commander General Ham was replaced (see http://www.africom.mil/GenCar... ).

    These appear to be complete fabrications, similar to the "mobile weapons lab" fabrication from "Curveball" that led to the Iraq Invasion. Such propaganda is par for the course in the Conservative Disinformation Network!

    In addition to reinforcements sent from Tripoli to Benghazi, and reinforcements sent from the CIA annex to the consulate itself, a Quick Reaction Force was deployed from Europe to Sicily, but arrived too late to help:

    [QUOTE]
    On the night of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, a team of American military commandos was sent from Europe to an airfield at Sigonella, in Sicily, Italy, putting them at least an hour's flight away from Benghazi, CBS News has learned.
    The team, known as the Com...
















































    There is no evidence that ANY requests for assistance were denied (either through the CIA or any other channel), that anyone in the Obama administration watched live video feeds from the drones, that the Ambassador was raped (he was dressed and died of smoke inhalation and had no physical trauma, according to the examining physician at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/0... ), that the annex defenders illuminated mortar positions with lasers (see http://www.washingtonpost.com... ). or that AFRICOM Commander General Ham was replaced (see http://www.africom.mil/GenCar... ).

    These appear to be complete fabrications, similar to the "mobile weapons lab" fabrication from "Curveball" that led to the Iraq Invasion. Such propaganda is par for the course in the Conservative Disinformation Network!

    In addition to reinforcements sent from Tripoli to Benghazi, and reinforcements sent from the CIA annex to the consulate itself, a Quick Reaction Force was deployed from Europe to Sicily, but arrived too late to help:

    [QUOTE]
    On the night of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, a team of American military commandos was sent from Europe to an airfield at Sigonella, in Sicily, Italy, putting them at least an hour's flight away from Benghazi, CBS News has learned.
    The team, known as the Commander's In-extremis Force, was designed specifically for quick reaction to unforeseen emergencies. But U.S. officials say it did not arrive in Sicily until after the attack was over.
    Even if the team had been ready in time, confusion about what was happening on the ground in Benghazi -- and State Department concerns about violating Libyan sovereignty -- made a military rescue mission impractical, the officials say.
    [END QUOTE http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-1... ]

    In fact, according to this ARMYTIMES.COM article, there were "NO American forces poised and ready to move immediately into Benghazi when the attack began": http://www.armytimes.com/news...


    [QUOTE]
    SecDef: Lack of info hampered Benghazi response By Donna Cassata and Lolita C. Baldor - The Associated Press Posted : Thursday Oct 25, 2012 17:18:46 EDT

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. military did not quickly intervene during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya last month because military leaders did not have adequate intelligence information and felt they should not put American forces at risk, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. In his most extensive comments to date on the unfolding controversy surrounding the attack in Benghazi, Panetta said U.S. forces were on heightened alert because of the anniversary of 9/11 and prepared to respond. But, he said, the attack happened over a few hours and was over before the U.S. had the chance to know what was really occurring.

    "(The) basic principle is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on; without having some real-time information about what's taking place," Panetta told Pentagon reporters. "And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation." Panetta was referring to Gen. Carter Ham, the head of U.S. Africa Command, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    In a letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner questioned whether the White House considered military options during or immediately after the attack, and he questioned what the president knew about the security threats in the country. He said that the national debate over the incident shows that Americans are concerned and frustrated about the administration's response to the attack.
    "Can you explain what options were presented to you or your staff, and why it appears assets were not allowed to be pre-positioned, let alone utilized? If these reports are accurate, the artificial constraint on the range of options at your disposal would be deeply troubling," Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote.

    U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack, which has become a heated campaign issue less than two weeks before the election. Republicans have criticized the Obama administration's failure to more quickly acknowledge that intelligence suggested very early on that it was a planned terrorist attack, rather than spontaneous violence erupting out of protests over an anti-Muslim film.

    House and Senate Republicans as well as GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney have criticized President Barack Obama and administration officials over the response to the attack and whether officials failed to provide enough security at the consulate. And there have been ongoing questions about whether there should have been additional military forces sent to the consulate immediately after it became clear that the Americans were under attack.

    As the events were unfolding, the Pentagon began to move special operations forces from Europe to Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily. U.S. aircraft routinely fly in and out of Sigonella and there are also fighter jets based in Aviano, Italy. But while the U.S. military was at a heightened state of alert because of 9/11, there were no American forces poised and ready to move immediately into Benghazi when the attack began. Also, the Pentagon would not send forces or aircraft into Libya — a sovereign country — without a request from the State Department and the knowledge or consent of the host nation.

    During his news conference, Panetta lamented the "Monday morning quarterbacking" that has been going on about how the U.S. handled the attack. And Dempsey, sitting alongside Panetta, bristled at questions about what the military did or did not do in the aftermath. Noting that there are reviews already going on, Dempsey added, "It's not helpful, in my view, to provide partial answers. I can tell you, however, sitting here today, that I feel confident that our forces were alert and responsive to what was a very fluid situation."

    Military officials have noted that there had been no specific intelligence pointing to a possible attack in Libya, and that there were protests and other unrest in various locations around the Middle East and Africa. Asked whether the military was on alert in that area because of 9/11, Dempsey added, "Yeah, and let me point out, it was — it was 9/11 everywhere in the world." The Senate Intelligence Committee has announced it will hold a closed hearing Nov. 15 into the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attack, including the intelligence and security situation there, and additional hearings will follow.
    [END QUOTE http://www.armytimes.com/news... ]

    To reiterate: "But while the U.S. military was at a heightened state of alert because of 9/11, there were no American forces poised and ready to move immediately into Benghazi when the attack began."

    The myth that the CIA denied backup has been debunked:

    [QUOTE]
    CIA Denies Calling Off Backup in Benghazi
    Reuters
    Oct 26, 2012

    In response to a Fox News story claiming CIA operatives in Benghazi were prevented from aiding U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens during his time of need, the CIA says it never instructed any of its personnel from helping the four Americans who died on Sept. 11. In an e-mailed statement, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood says "no one at any level in the CIA" told operatives at a local CIA annex in Benghazi not to help Amb. Stevens:

    "We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night—and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades."

    The blanket statement is in response to a range of allegations brought up by Fox News's national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin. Among the allegations, Griffin said "sources who were on the ground in Benghazi" said CIA operatives about a mile away from Amb. Stevens' compound were told twice to "stand down" after hearing gunshots during the night of the assault. (The gunshots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m.) Additionally, Griffin's report says that former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods disobeyed orders to "stand down" and rushed to the U.S. compound housing Amb. Stevens alongside at least two other personnel. After receiving fire from militants near the compound, the team reportedly evacuated everyone they could find and returned to the CIA annex to call for more backup. "At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied," reported Griffin. There are a number of details in Griffin's story that will likely raise more questions, such as an extended account of a security officer manning a "heavy machine gun" on the roof of the CIA annex who couldn't receive assistance from higher ups. For now, the CIA isn't saying no one was ever prevented from assisting the U.S. compound but it is vowing that the agency itself never played a role in denying those requests.
    [END QUOTE http://www.theatlanticwire.co... ]

    The myth that the White House denied backup has also been debunked

    [QUOTE]
    The White House on Saturday flatly denied that President Barack Obama withheld requests for help from the besieged American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as it came under on attack by suspected terrorists on September 11th.
    "Neither the president nor anyone in the White House denied any requests for assistance in Benghazi," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email.
    [END QUOTE http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/t... ]
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  • peggy 2012/11/04 18:21:57
    peggy
    +6
    Liars ....American blood has been spilled. I will not engae in your petty rant. It boils down to a president who walked away. WALKED AWAY!!!!!,.....DERELICTION OF DUTY!
  • ProudPr... peggy 2012/11/04 19:50:12
    ProudProgressive
    The President didn't walk away. I mean, it's not as if he KNEW that Osama bin Laden was planning a major attack on U.S. soil and decided to take a month long vacation instead of PREVENTING THE ATTACK, now is it.
  • peggy ProudPr... 2012/11/04 20:39:27
    peggy
    +4
    He's been on vacation for 4 years time for a CHANGE.
  • Kara ~~~ American Patriot 2012/11/04 17:51:12 (edited)
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    +5
    In your dreams
    THIS BENGHAZI SITUATION IS FAR FROM OVER!
  • ProudPr... Kara ~~... 2012/11/04 18:04:43
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    Oh, I have no doubt that the Right Wing will spend President Obama's entire second term trying to keep this nonsense alive, but it will be just as delusional four years from now as it is today. You know the Right Wing mantra - when you're caught in a lie, just repeat the lie LOUDER.
  • Marie ProudPr... 2012/11/04 19:13:40
    Marie
    +2
     Ambasador death Nonsense???????
  • ProudPr... Marie 2012/11/04 19:52:46
    ProudProgressive
    No one disputes that Ambassador Stevens died. Don't you think it's time for you folks to stop disgracing his memory by exploiting the photo of Libyan civilians trying to get his body to a hospital already? Why don't you just stick to burning the American flag?
  • Aqua Su... ProudPr... 2012/11/04 21:50:03
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    Don't you think it's time for your Dicktator to stand trial for treason and murder? Every night, as your head hits the pillow, think about THE PHOTO of this poor victim. I hope you have nightmares, heartless 'bot.
  • Kara ~~... ProudPr... 2012/11/05 03:49:47
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    Obama friends are the ones burning American flags.
    Islams burn American flags
  • Marie ProudPr... 2012/11/07 14:57:06
    Marie
    So many must see to believe!
  • Marie ProudPr... 2013/05/05 17:28:18
    Marie
    Getting him to a hospital???? Dream on!
  • Kara ~~... ProudPr... 2012/11/05 03:47:47
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    If Obama gets in, it will cost us taxpayers mega bucks to keep the truth hidden.
  • Marie Kara ~~... 2012/11/04 19:12:08
  • Kara ~~... Marie 2012/11/05 03:50:23
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    +1
    Good one...
  • FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX 2012/11/04 15:04:12 (edited)
    FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX
    +3
    Even Fox called Fox a load of crap over Fox's distortion of the issue.

  • Kara ~~... FAWKES'... 2012/11/04 17:54:41
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    +5
    This is not over. Obama is trying to keep it quiet until after the Election.
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