GOVERNACIDE: Who knew what when — Benghazi edition

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2012/09/who-knew-redux.html

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Who Knew, Redux

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It doesn’t take a foreign policy wonk to understand why the Obama Administration is so desperate to “spin” its version of how Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate (and diplomatic safe house) in Benghazi, Libya almost two weeks ago, resulting in the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  As the true details of that incident begin to emerge, one thing is clear: this is a security, intelligence and leadership debacle of the first magnitude.

Mr. Stevens and his colleagues didn’t have to have to die–it’s that simple.  There were warnings of a possible attack up to three days prior, from Libyan officials and Egyptian intelligence.  There are also indications that the Brits knew something was up and shared that information with us, but to no avail.  Ambassador Stevens, who reportedly told co-workers he “had a price on his head,” elected to travel to the unsecure Benghazi facility, with no dedicated security detail.  However, it is unclear if Stevens received the latest threat information before setting out for the consulate.

And, it now evident that senior U.S. officials knew the Benghazi compound was under attack as it unfolded (emphasis ours).  According to media reports, President Obama was told of the assault between 90 minutes and three hours into the incident.  He later went to bed, before the fate of Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues was determined. 

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Based on what we’re hearing, it seems likely that President Obama was in receipt of similar messages on the night our consulate was breached and Ambassador Stevens was murdered, along with three other Americans.  And, if NSA was monitoring terrorist phone calls in the run-up to the attack, there is a very real possibility that the commander-in-chief knew what was going on well before the “three hour” mark.  That possibility raises very real questions about what Mr. Obama knew, when he knew it, and his initial response to the crisis.

As Congress digs deeper into the incident, they should ask the NSA Director (General Keith Alexander) about CRITIC reporting from Libya on the night in question.  The amount of CRITIC reporting by NSA is very small–usually no more than a handful of messages a year.  It won’t be very hard to determine if any FLASH/CRITIC messages were sent to the White House that night; when the President received them, and exactly what he knew before his “command decision” to go back to bed.       

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“… real questions about what Mr. Obama knew, when he knew it, and his initial response to the crisis.”

This is what it always comes down to.

The cover up. 

The media and the talking heads roasted Bush43 on the events of 9/11.

Yet, with this, we hear nothing.

Having worked at NSA, I know how serious they are about the mission.

We spend a lot of money on Gooferment. Be nice to know if we got our moneys worth!

FOreign policy has taken a back seat to the economy.

By the way, when was the last time you heard of a Russian Ambassador being touched?

You have to be feared!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Who Knew, Redux

 

 

It doesn’t take a foreign policy wonk to understand why the Obama Administration is so desperate to “spin” its version of how Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate (and diplomatic safe house) in Benghazi, Libya almost two weeks ago, resulting in the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  As the true details of that incident begin to emerge, one thing is clear: this is a security, intelligence and leadership debacle of the first magnitude.

Mr. Stevens and his colleagues didn’t have to have to die–it’s that simple.  There were warnings of a possible attack up to three days prior, from Libyan officials and Egyptian intelligence.  There are also indications that the Brits knew something was up and shared that information with us, but to no avail.  Ambassador Stevens, who reportedly told co-workers he “had a price on his head,” elected to travel to the unsecure Benghazi facility, with no dedicated security detail.  However, it is unclear if Stevens received the latest threat information before setting out for the consulate.

And, it now evident that senior U.S. officials knew the Benghazi compound was under attack as it unfolded (emphasis ours).  According to media reports, President Obama was told of the assault between 90 minutes and three hours into the incident.  He later went to bed, before the fate of Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues was determined. 

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