Monday, May 06, 2013


The Diplomad asks key questions about Benghazi and adds:

Some of my colleagues, finally, are coming out to declare. The battle that I long ago predicted between Foggy Bottom and Chicago is joined.

the story has moved beyond Fox into CBS, so maybe someone will notice and ask why the coverup?
CBS News has learned that during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Obama Administration did not convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG).
"The CSG is the one group that's supposed to know what resources every agency has. They know of multiple options and have the ability to coordinate counterterrorism assets across all the agencies," a high-ranking government official told CBS News. "They were not allowed to do their job. They were not called upon."...
In the days after the assault, counterterrorism officials expressed dismay over what they interpreted as the Obama Administration's unwillingness to acknowledge that the attack was terrorism; and their opinion that resources which could have helped were excluded. 
the latest Fox story is that the State Dept "report" didn't bother to ask the actual witnesses what happened.

Since the ARB report was issued in December – finding that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels” well below Clinton were to blame for the “inadequate” security at Benghazi – Clinton and other top officials have routinely referred questioners to the conclusions of the ARB report. Now the methodology and final product of the ARB are themselves coming under the scrutiny of the department’s own top auditor.
But not all the press ignored the questions: Stuart Ackerman and other reporters at Wired has been on the story....including this story that gamer Sean Smith told his fellow gamers that an attack was imminent. That story was ignored by the press, of coursem because it went against the meme that it was a spontaneous mob, not a planned attack by the bad guys. Also covered up: why so many spooks were in the area.

9.12: it was a battle, not a spontaneous mob.

12.2 militants attacked over and over again. 

10.21 why Benghazi is a bigger problem for Obama than you think.

Obama began to make that argument last week by reminding voters that he ordered the raid that killed bin Laden: “We are going to hunt them down, because one of the things that I’ve said throughout my presidency is when folks mess with Americans, we go after them.” But that’s not an answer, unless Obama is prepared to accept avenging disasters, not preventing them. And militants in Benghazi suspected of involvement in the consulate attack are unimpressed by the bin Laden raid.

but of course, CNN's Candy Crowley stopped that discussion in it's tracks, so Romney was unable to use it in the debates. USAToday, before the election, sort of notices that Romney was correct and that the president did deny it was terrorism...

so why the coverup, and why didn't they allow a rescue? (lots of rumors of folks being told to "stand down" on milblogs). And why hasn't the press talked to the survivors?

It's all comes down to silencing the campaign question of the 3 am phone call...

and ironically, Romney immediately called the attack as a terrorist attack (correctly), and was taken to task for it immediately by the president's minions in the press, like in this editorial by James Fallows.

Ironically, the same date, Wired broke the story that not only was it a terrorist attack, but that the gaming community knew it was coming three hours before it happened... 

Now it is coming out that Sean Smith didn't just tell his fellow gamers that an attack was imminent, but he also warned those at the State Department about it (meaning they could have moved protection into place before the attack happened, instead of waiting until the mob hit)...

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