Petraeus Says C.I.A. Saw Libya Attack as Terrorism

Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers during private hearings Friday that he believed all along that the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a terrorist strike, even though that wasn't how the Obama administration initially described it publicly. Full Story
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well

Hamilton, Canada

#2 Nov 16, 2012
Obama administration saw something else (red) because of the incoming elections.
3OHA

San Jose, CA

#3 Nov 16, 2012
Did Congress ask Patraeus the pertinent question of who ordered him to lie to Congress the first time?

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#4 Nov 16, 2012
"King also said that the testimony from Petraeus today was much different than his original testimony on Sept. 14. Today, Petraeus told the committee that he knew "almost immediately" that the attack was the work of an al-Qaeda affiliated militia called Ansar al Sharia and that the "overwhelming amount of evidence said this was a terror attack." According to numerous reports, in his original testimony, Petraeus focused almost exclusively on the YouTube video as the prime motivator for the attack.

So, at least according to Rep. King, we have Petraeus amending and/or contradicting his original testimony, and the news that somewhere in-between the CIA and Susan Rice, removed from the CIA talking points that insisted there was "no evidence" of a premeditated terrorist attack was the information about Ansar al Sharia."

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/11/16 ...

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Since: May 11

NYC

#6 Nov 16, 2012
Obama did not listen to the CIA Chief report on the al Qaida attack as he decided to change it and blame American people for the video that angered his Mozlem Brothers. The great General Petraeus spilled the bins about the Obama regime changing his reports about al Qaida terrorist attack on US Embassy and killing Ambassador Stevens and three US Seals as CIA Operators. As confirmed by congressman Peter King , Petraeus claimed that he always claimed it was terrorist attack on US Embassy and that his reports was modified by the Obama regime to blame a stupid video to a demonstration which cannot not be further from the truth. The lies and deceit of the Obama regime represent the agenda of the Mozlem Brother scholar Obama of the Indonesia Madrassa and his sympathy to the al Qaida terrorists that attacked US Embassy. Petraeus resigned because of his search of the truth while serving Obama who hated anything close to the truth as he pushed his defending of the Mozlem Brother terrorist attacks on US Embassy and killing four US heroes while denying calls for help from them. Will the American people stand up to the liar in chief who lies to the American people while proving to be the worst president in US history who supports our enemies first.
Eric Gustafson

Newport News, VA

#8 Nov 16, 2012
3OHA wrote:
Did Congress ask Patraeus the pertinent question of who ordered him to lie to Congress the first time?
The Republican breached National Security by discussing in the press classified information from the initial report.

The recently resigned spy chief explained that references to terrorist groups suspected of carrying out the violence were removed from the public explanation of what caused the attack so as not to tip off the groups that the U.S. intelligence community was on their trail.

Petraeus also said it initially was unclear whether militants infiltrated a demonstration to cover their attack.

The retired four-star general addressed the House and Senate intelligence committees in back-to-back, closed-door hearings as questions persist over what the Obama administration knew in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and why their public description did not match intelligence agencies' assessments.

Petraeus testified that the CIA draft written in response to the raid referred to militant groups Ansar al-Shariah and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb but those names were replaced with the word "extremist" in the final draft, according to a congressional staffer. The staffer said Petraeus testified that he allowed other agencies to alter the talking points as they saw fit without asking for final review, to get them out quickly.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said Petraeus explained that the CIA's draft points were sent to other intelligence agencies and to some federal agencies for review. Udall said Petraeus told them the final document was put in front of all the senior agency leaders, including Petraeus, and everyone signed off on it.

"The assessment that was publicly shared in unclassified talking points went through a process of editing," Udall said. "The extremist description was put in because in an unclassified document you want to be careful who you identify as being involved."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/1 ...
Eric Gustafson

Newport News, VA

#9 Nov 16, 2012
It's confirmed the Republicans were using the Attack on Benghazi as a political ploy and, in doing so tipped Al Qaeda off that America knew they were partially behind the Acts of Terrorism in Libya on the Consulate and later on the CIA Annex.

Trying to gain political traction for Romney's failed political campaign, the Republicans released "Classified National Security Information".

Susan Rice was given by the agencies involved unclassified talking points for the News Show interviews by the Agency Heads, who signed off on that information to be distributed.

In pandering for votes, the Republicans compromised the integrity of the CIA and State Department investigations into the attack and it didn't take them 24 hours.
Eric Gustafson

Newport News, VA

#10 Nov 16, 2012
In the classified report Petraeus named those responsible or thought to be responsible, in the unclassified report which Susan Rice distributed on the News Show to maintain an air of National Security, those names were deleted and referred to as "Extremist".

It appears Susan Rice was only exposed to the unclassified version of events and that's what she reported on those shows. Petraeus said we didn't want to expose to Al Qaeda we knew they were partially behind the attack. But thanks to the Republicans those details were released into the News and every where else claiming that the White House was covering up the terrorist attack to fool the American public.

Idiots!

But the Republicans trying to gain political traction, exposed the classified information of the attack and, in doing so compromised the investigation of the Benghazi Attack by alerting Al Qaeda to the fact America was on their trail and seeking to hold them accountable for the deaths in Benghazi.
Lesson Learned wrote:
"King also said that the testimony from Petraeus today was much different than his original testimony on Sept. 14. Today, Petraeus told the committee that he knew "almost immediately" that the attack was the work of an al-Qaeda affiliated militia called Ansar al Sharia and that the "overwhelming amount of evidence said this was a terror attack." According to numerous reports, in his original testimony, Petraeus focused almost exclusively on the YouTube video as the prime motivator for the attack.
So, at least according to Rep. King, we have Petraeus amending and/or contradicting his original testimony, and the news that somewhere in-between the CIA and Susan Rice, removed from the CIA talking points that insisted there was "no evidence" of a premeditated terrorist attack was the information about Ansar al Sharia."
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/11/16 ...
3OHA

San Jose, CA

#11 Nov 16, 2012
Eric Gustafson wrote:
<quoted text>
The Republican breached National Security by discussing in the press classified information from the initial report.
The recently resigned spy chief explained that references to terrorist groups suspected of carrying out the violence were removed from the public explanation of what caused the attack so as not to tip off the groups that the U.S. intelligence community was on their trail.
Petraeus also said it initially was unclear whether militants infiltrated a demonstration to cover their attack.
The retired four-star general addressed the House and Senate intelligence committees in back-to-back, closed-door hearings as questions persist over what the Obama administration knew in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and why their public description did not match intelligence agencies' assessments.
Petraeus testified that the CIA draft written in response to the raid referred to militant groups Ansar al-Shariah and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb but those names were replaced with the word "extremist" in the final draft, according to a congressional staffer. The staffer said Petraeus testified that he allowed other agencies to alter the talking points as they saw fit without asking for final review, to get them out quickly.
Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said Petraeus explained that the CIA's draft points were sent to other intelligence agencies and to some federal agencies for review. Udall said Petraeus told them the final document was put in front of all the senior agency leaders, including Petraeus, and everyone signed off on it.
"The assessment that was publicly shared in unclassified talking points went through a process of editing," Udall said. "The extremist description was put in because in an unclassified document you want to be careful who you identify as being involved."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/1 ...
Leftists rewriting history. Obama lied to the world for two weeks and more, causing militants in twenty countries to murder and riot. It was a specifically focused assault on common sense and truth. Tell us how redirecting blame to imply America is at fault (as has been done in many other instances) furthers tracking the real culprits. Tell us how delaying any response to even investigate the site furthers tracking the real culprits.
3OHA

San Jose, CA

#12 Nov 16, 2012
Eric Gustafson wrote:
In the classified report Petraeus named those responsible or thought to be responsible, in the unclassified report which Susan Rice distributed on the News Show to maintain an air of National Security, those names were deleted and referred to as "Extremist".
It appears Susan Rice was only exposed to the unclassified version of events and that's what she reported on those shows. Petraeus said we didn't want to expose to Al Qaeda we knew they were partially behind the attack. But thanks to the Republicans those details were released into the News and every where else claiming that the White House was covering up the terrorist attack to fool the American public.
Idiots!
But the Republicans trying to gain political traction, exposed the classified information of the attack and, in doing so compromised the investigation of the Benghazi Attack by alerting Al Qaeda to the fact America was on their trail and seeking to hold them accountable for the deaths in Benghazi.
<quoted text>
No investigation was occurring, just as no investigation is occurring investigating Obama's choice to support terror elements in Egypt, Libya and Iraq to a point they are now openly embracing Hamas, as it lobs missiles at innocents in Israel, then turn around and claim Israel has performed aggression. Leftists are now rewriting history in real time. You can NEVER trust a Commie.

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#13 Nov 16, 2012
Just so Susan Rice does not get appointed to Sec of State, she has proven to be unreliable and undependable. Obama can find some other sista, there are plenty to go around.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#14 Nov 16, 2012
3OHA wrote:
<quoted text>
No investigation was occurring, just as no investigation is occurring investigating Obama's choice to support terror elements in Egypt, Libya and Iraq to a point they are now openly embracing Hamas, as it lobs missiles at innocents in Israel, then turn around and claim Israel has performed aggression. Leftists are now rewriting history in real time. You can NEVER trust a Commie.


That's why no one trusted Mitt:

Everyone knows that Tea Party revolutionaries fear and hate socialism about as much as the Antichrist. Which is funny, because the Tea Party movement’s dirty little secret is that it owes its existence to the grandaddy of all Antichrists: the godless empire of the USSR.

What few realize is that the secretive oil billionaires of the Koch family, the main supporters of the right-wing groups that orchestrated the Tea Party movement, would not have the means to bankroll their favorite causes had it not been for the pile of money the family made working for the Bolsheviks in the late 1920s and early 1930s, building refineries, training Communist engineers and laying down the foundation of Soviet oil infrastructure.

I first learned about the Kochs in February 2009, when Mark Ames and I were looking into the strange origins of the then-nascent Tea Party movement. Our investigation led us again and again to a handful of right-wing organizations and think tanks directly tied to the Kochs. We were the first to connect the dots and debunk the Tea Party movement’s “grassroots” front, exposing it as billionaire-backed astroturf campaign run by free-market advocacy groups FreedomWorks and Americans For Prosperity, both of which are closely linked to the Koch brothers.

Since: Aug 08

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#15 Nov 16, 2012
Jeff Brightone wrote:
Obama did not listen to the CIA Chief report on the al Qaida attack as he decided to change it and blame American people for the video that angered his Mozlem Brothers. The great General Petraeus spilled the bins about the Obama regime changing his reports about al Qaida terrorist attack on US Embassy and killing Ambassador Stevens and three US Seals as CIA Operators. As confirmed by congressman Peter King , Petraeus claimed that he always claimed it was terrorist attack on US Embassy and that his reports was modified by the Obama regime to blame a stupid video to a demonstration which cannot not be further from the truth. The lies and deceit of the Obama regime represent the agenda of the Mozlem Brother scholar Obama of the Indonesia Madrassa and his sympathy to the al Qaida terrorists that attacked US Embassy. Petraeus resigned because of his search of the truth while serving Obama who hated anything close to the truth as he pushed his defending of the Mozlem Brother terrorist attacks on US Embassy and killing four US heroes while denying calls for help from them. Will the American people stand up to the liar in chief who lies to the American people while proving to be the worst president in US history who supports our enemies first.
That is not true. Rep. Peter King, Republican from New York, said that Petreaus changed his testimony today from what he had said on 9/14/12 when he blamed Benghazi on the video. Maybe you should do some research and not just post your rightwing opinions.
Eric Gustafson

Newport News, VA

#16 Nov 16, 2012
3OHA wrote:
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Leftists rewriting history. Obama lied to the world for two weeks and more, causing militants in twenty countries to murder and riot. It was a specifically focused assault on common sense and truth. Tell us how redirecting blame to imply America is at fault (as has been done in many other instances) furthers tracking the real culprits. Tell us how delaying any response to even investigate the site furthers tracking the real culprits.
The riots in Egypt on the Embassy and other Arab Nations had already taken place and reported in the News before the Benghazi Attack. Still today there is no discussion about the Embassy employee killed in Yemen.

Bottom line, Security of the Embassies are the responsibility of the host Country, Post Revolution Libya isn't up to the ability to provide security in the eastern region of Libya at this time although they had a Brigade and additional unarmed security pn the consulate compound, who abandoned the Consulate when the attack initiated. The CIA Annex had their own security and were better equipped with private mercenaries to ward off the attack on their facility.

Chances are pretty good had the Republicans not cut funding to the State Department there would have been additional Regional Security Officers hired by the State Department, trained and armed to ward off the Consulate Attack. Since the Republicans in the House reduced funding there was no means to hire additional personnel.

When it comes down to it, the Republicans are responsible for the murder of the Ambassador in Benghazi, and then using his death as a political tool which compromised the investigation of the attack. The details are becoming crystal clear in sworn testimony before the Senate and House intelligence committees.
Eric Gustafson

Newport News, VA

#17 Nov 16, 2012
Lesson Learned wrote:
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That is not true. Rep. Peter King, Republican from New York, said that Petreaus changed his testimony today from what he had said on 9/14/12 when he blamed Benghazi on the video. Maybe you should do some research and not just post your rightwing opinions.
We don't know if King is lying until the transcripts are declassified and released on Pentreaus's first testimony. King can say anything he wants, I heard him and his statement was by his own admission full of assumptions.

Just as the reports on the attack on Stooge Tube was full of speculation and unfounded theories.

Still this looks like the Republicans were using the attack as a narrative to gain political traction for a failed Presidential Campaign, and without a doubt were releasing classified information that neither of the involved agencies wanted released because the details would compromise the investigation of the attack.

Basically, the Republicans were selling out National Security pandering for votes.
Eric Gustafson

Newport News, VA

#18 Nov 16, 2012
3OHA wrote:
<quoted text>
No investigation was occurring, just as no investigation is occurring investigating Obama's choice to support terror elements in Egypt, Libya and Iraq to a point they are now openly embracing Hamas, as it lobs missiles at innocents in Israel, then turn around and claim Israel has performed aggression. Leftists are now rewriting history in real time. You can NEVER trust a Commie.
The only American President who ever Funded, Trained and Supported Terrorist was Ronald Reagan. Reagan furnished weapons to Hamas. You have your facts twisted, or you're not in the know as you think you are.

You would do well to google Weapons for Hostages, and the Iran Contra Scandal to come up to speed, if this is a subject you want to exchange upon.

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#19 Nov 16, 2012
Jeff Brightone wrote:
Obama did not listen to the CIA Chief report on the al Qaida attack as he decided to change it and blame American people for the video that angered his Mozlem Brothers. The great General Petraeus spilled the bins about the Obama regime changing his reports about al Qaida terrorist attack on US Embassy and killing Ambassador Stevens and three US Seals as CIA Operators. As confirmed by congressman Peter King , Petraeus claimed that he always claimed it was terrorist attack on US Embassy and that his reports was modified by the Obama regime to blame a stupid video to a demonstration which cannot not be further from the truth. The lies and deceit of the Obama regime represent the agenda of the Mozlem Brother scholar Obama of the Indonesia Madrassa and his sympathy to the al Qaida terrorists that attacked US Embassy. Petraeus resigned because of his search of the truth while serving Obama who hated anything close to the truth as he pushed his defending of the Mozlem Brother terrorist attacks on US Embassy and killing four US heroes while denying calls for help from them. Will the American people stand up to the liar in chief who lies to the American people while proving to be the worst president in US history who supports our enemies first.
More pulp fiction from Jeff Tombstone. Who is your brainwasher?

“Happiness comes through giving”

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Location hidden

#20 Nov 16, 2012
inbred Genius wrote:
Just so Susan Rice does not get appointed to Sec of State, she has proven to be unreliable and undependable. Obama can find some other sista, there are plenty to go around.
Prepare for the worst. Sista Rice will be nominated and appointed.
Eric Gustafson

Newport News, VA

#21 Nov 16, 2012
You're not even aware of the numerous attacks American Embassies throughout the Region that night before Benghazi. That's a result of repeating the nonsense you hear on Stooge Tube.

The accounts before the Committees verify that the Republicans were doing what the American public and the Parents of Ambassador Stevens thought, playing these deaths and the attack for political traction for the failed campaign of Muhammad Mitt for President.

The Concern of the Republicans on this matter was a farce, given there's not been a mention in Republican circle of the Embassy employee in Yemen who was killed, and he was an 11 year employee of the State Department.

Fraud, all of you. Shameless pandering and in the end it didn't work. You still loss in a landslide.
3OHA wrote:
<quoted text>
Leftists rewriting history. Obama lied to the world for two weeks and more, causing militants in twenty countries to murder and riot. It was a specifically focused assault on common sense and truth. Tell us how redirecting blame to imply America is at fault (as has been done in many other instances) furthers tracking the real culprits. Tell us how delaying any response to even investigate the site furthers tracking the real culprits.
Eric Gustafson

Newport News, VA

#22 Nov 16, 2012
inbred Genius wrote:
Just so Susan Rice does not get appointed to Sec of State, she has proven to be unreliable and undependable. Obama can find some other sista, there are plenty to go around.
Condaliza Rice lied about the nuclear weapons in Iraq and she was elevated to the position of secretary of state. Condaliza lied outright causing the death of Thousands of American personnel, at the cost of a fortune in a conflict that lasted 10 years.

If there ever was a more unreliable individual in a position she was the person.

Who would ever forget her warning against the potential mushroom cloud? Saying Iraq has nuclear weapons ready to deploy?

After 10 year in Iraq we didn't find a fire cracker, not to mention our NATO allies refused to assist in the invasion of Iraq being their intelligence was correct in that there was no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Since: Nov 12

Location hidden

#23 Nov 16, 2012
Susan Rice could only be appointed to the SecState slot by executive order or a recess appointment. Let him do it - he'll just look spiteful and weak. IOW's he'll just be himself. I hope the bastard gets hemorrhoids.

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