Benghazi Consulate Massacre: lawmakers briefed on al Qaeda role two days after the attack

Posted by: Phineas on October 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

US Consulate, Benghazi

And yet the White House and its spokespeople maintained for weeks afterward that the attack on September 11th was the result of a mob demonstrating against a video, a spontaneous “happening,” like a 60s love-in. They went so far as to have our UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, proclaim this on all five Sunday shows the week after the attack. Secretary Clinton swore to get the maker of the video. And Obama himself repeatedly blamed the video in his speech before the UN General Assembly on September 25th.

So why, then, were the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) telling lawmakers it was likely an al Qaeda operation on September 13th, just two days after the massacre?

Two days after the deadly Libya terror attack, representatives of the FBI and National Counterterrorism Center gave Capitol Hill briefings in which they said the evidence supported an Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda-affiliated attack, Fox News has learned.

The description of the attack by those in the Sept. 13 briefings stands in stark contrast to the now controversial briefing on Capitol Hill by CIA Director David Petraeus the following day — and raises even more questions about why Petraeus described the attack as tied to a demonstration.

The Sept. 13 assessment was based on intercepts that included individuals, believed to have participated in the attack, who were celebratory — as well as a claim of responsibility.

FBI and NCTC also briefed that there were a series of Al Qaeda training camps just outside of Benghazi, where the attack occurred and resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The area was described as a hotbed for the militant Ansar al-Sharia as well as Al Qaeda in North Africa.

Fox News is told there was no mention of a demonstration or any significant emphasis on the anti-Islam video that for days was cited by administration officials as a motivating factor.

The FBI and NCTC did not immediately respond to a request from Fox News for comment.

(Emphasis added)

This raises several troubling issues, including the recurrent question of why the administration stuck to its ludicrous story about an obscure video being at fault for weeks after the event, even when their own counter-terrorism people were saying otherwise. Remember, the only target of this… “fable spinning” was us, the American people. Everyone else, including al Qaeda, knew the truth.

My own guess is that the Obama administration, facing a tight election and having promoted itself as the slayers of bin Laden and the team that beat al Qaeda, now found themselves facing proof that not only were they wrong, but fatally so. In a panic they latched onto some reports about this video, which had been mentioned in jihadist forums in the weeks preceding the attack, and decided that would be their scapegoat, so they could avoid blame for their incompetence. And once the lie was told, they couldn’t abandon it without looking even more foolish, until they were finally forced to, and then lied about having lied.

The main issue raised by this report, though, is the role of CIA Director Petraeus, who apparently insisted to Congress that fault had to lie with the video and its maker, and that the deaths of our people were the result of demonstrations that got out of hand. We have to ask ourselves, and Congress must ask Director Petraeus, why he…

…characterized the attack as more consistent with a flash mob, where the militants showed up spontaneously with RPGs. Petraeus downplayed to lawmakers the skill needed to fire mortars, which also were used in the attack and to some were seen as evidence of significant pre-planning. As Fox News previously reported, four mortars were fired — two missed the annex, but the mortar team re-calibrated and the next two mortars were direct hits.

Fox News is told that Petraeus seemed wedded to the narrative that the attack was linked to a demonstration and was spontaneous as opposed to pre-meditated.

Fox News is told that Petraeus was “absolute” in his description with few, if any, caveats. 

Petraeus, of course, is the architect of our victory in Iraq in 2007-08, literally saving was was becoming a losing effort, and so he has a lot of credit banked with Congress. One can understand their anger at being given such a faulty, even nonsensical, report by someone they trusted, presented as fact when it flew in the face of information being reported by other intelligence agencies.  It calls into doubt his judgment, and perhaps his integrity.

There are many, many questions unanswered about the massacre in Benghazi, from the decisions leading up to it, to the events and decisions made that night and the evident coverup that’s taken place since.

To that list of questions we now have to add the role of the CIA Director.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Neo says:

    What has come to light recently is that they have blocked hashtags relating ot the Benghazi Coverup. It was discovered that the viral #BenghaziGate tag was being blocked from Trend determination as was #Benghazi. Conservatives early this morning shifted to the #7HoursInHell tag to help spread the word that the MSM is hiding… soon enough that hashtag was blocked as well.

    To beat them at their own game, conservatives are taking the conversation to the #Forward2012 tag normally used by the Obama campaign. They cannot block that one AND they cannot prevent the ObamaZombies from seeing the discussion either.

  2. Carlos says:

    The administration stuck to the blatant lie about a peaceful demonstration run amok because it doesn’t fit with the B.H., Superstar tag Duh-1 himself believes he deserves and is.

    Why, what would the average idiot out in the streets think if news got out, contrary to the official line, that al Qaida actually was not only not defeated and on the run, but resurgent? There’d be no end to the humiliation suffered by those that cover Teh Won’s butt!

  3. Obhammud set the tone for how this gutless administration would handle this fiasco from the outset and aggravated the situation Sept. 25th in his UN speech blaming the video, displaying detestable cowardice on a world stage by blowing a perfect opportunity to face down some of the guilty parties involved who were in the audience. Petraeus and Gen. Martin Dempsey are “politically correct generals” which is as much a military cancer as a “democratic foxhole.”

  4. las says:

    Good horse sense, think back when the libs called him Gen, ‘Betray-Us’, while Gen. Petraeus worked for Bush in Iraq.

    Prediction Who will take the fall for Libya – Glenn Beck
    LINK

  5. Carlos says:

    @las: there are so many that could be used as the fall guy to be thrown under the bus.

    It starts with the #2 person in the administration – Slo Joe Gaffetastic. I’m sure he’d be willing to fall on his sword for his master, provided cameras were there to capture it.

    Hillarious has already tried to. Duh-1 may still take her up on it, too.

    Then, of course, there’s every other breathing creature that happens to be in this administration, officially or unofficially. They’re all available, too.

    And, of course, there’s always those military-types, starting with Petraeus, but also Dempsey and Ham, and, of course, Panetta, but I suspect both Petraeus and Panetta have taken the wise step of getting the goods on their master and will threaten exposure if they are targeted (kinda like J. Edgar did with Jack K.) Nothing says “I love you” to a thug like blackmail.

    Personally, I don’t think this will go anywhere before the election, and after Obhammud gets his sorry pig’s butt tossed out Nov. 6, there won’t be a Repub on the Hill with the gonads to pursue it any further than an occasional frothing in front of some cameras. Seems they’re as good at that as the jackasses, and have about the same amount of substantive backbone as them, too.

    Bottom line, IMHO: whoever and everyone responsible for this is gonna skate. I’m even surprised Mr. My People hasn’t inserted himself into this, unless he’s too busy preparing the paperwork for Obhammud’s national “emergency” that will allow him to suspend the elections.