Hillary Clinton’s People Covered Up Al Qaeda Role in Benghazi to Avoid Blame

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Accountability is not a word that the Clinton clan believes in; as the Weekly Standard documents how the CIA talking points were reduced to mush and blame was redirected away from Hillary Clinton and toward a guy who uploaded a YouTube trailer.

After a briefing on Capitol Hill by CIA director David Petraeus, Democrat Dutch Ruppersburger, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, asked the intelligence community for unclassified guidance on what members of Congress could say in their public comments on the attacks. The CIA’s Office of Terrorism Analysis prepared the first draft of a response to the congressman…

This initial CIA draft included the assertion that the U.S. government “know[s] that Islamic extremists with ties to al Qaeda participated in the attack.” That draft also noted that press reports “linked the attack to Ansar al Sharia. The group has since released a statement that its leadership did not order the attacks, but did not deny that some of its members were involved.” Ansar al Sharia, the CIA draft continued, aims to spread sharia law in Libya and “emphasizes the need for jihad.” The agency draft also raised the prospect that the facilities had been the subject of jihadist surveillance and offered a reminder that in the previous six months there had been “at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack against the British Ambassador’s convoy.”

The talking points were full of facts. Troubling facts.

The obvious question here was who was to blame for not foreseeing attacks this inevitable. Not to mention the whole Jihad and Sharia thing was bound to upset Muslims.

So the snipping began…

Less than an hour later, at 7:39 p.m., an individual identified in the House report only as a “senior State Department official” responded to raise “serious concerns” about the draft. That official, whom The Weekly Standard has confirmed was State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland, worried that members of Congress would use the talking points to criticize the State Department for “not paying attention to Agency warnings.”

Shouldn’t the State Department be critiqued for not paying attention to those warnings? Maybe, but the CIA was headed up by a guy purged for an affair while State was headed up by the future Democratic presidential nominee who would be instrumental to Obama 2012.

So the cover up had to begin.

In an attempt to address those concerns, CIA officials cut all references to Ansar al Sharia and made minor tweaks. But in a follow-up email at 9:24 p.m., Nuland wrote that the problem remained and that her superiors—she did not say which ones—were unhappy. The changes, she wrote, did not “resolve all my issues or those of my building leadership.”

Moments later, according to the House report, “White House officials responded by stating that the State Department’s concerns would have to be taken into account.” One official—Ben Rhodes, The Weekly Standard is told, a top adviser to President Obama on national security and foreign policy—further advised the group that the issues would be resolved in a meeting of top administration officials the following morning at the White House.

And the cover up moved all the way up to the White House, which also worried about the buck stopping too close to the Oval Office.

If the story of what happened in Benghazi was dramatically stripped down from the first draft of the CIA’s talking points to the version that emerged after the Deputies Committee meeting, the narrative would soon be built up again. In ensuing days, administration officials emphasized a “demonstration” in front of the U.S. facility in Benghazi and claimed that the demonstrators were provoked by a YouTube video. The CIA had softened “attack” to “demonstration.” But as soon became clear, there had been no demonstration in Benghazi.

More troubling was the YouTube video. Rice would spend much time on the Sunday talk shows pointing to this video as the trigger of the chaos in Benghazi. “What sparked the violence was a very hateful video on the Internet. It was a reaction to a video that had nothing to do with the United States.” There is no mention of any “video” in any of the many drafts of the talking points.

Still, top Obama officials would point to the video to explain Benghazi. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even denounced the video in a sort of diplomatic public service announcement in Pakistan. In a speech at the United Nations on September 25, the president mentioned the video several times in connection with Benghazi.

A man was locked up to provide a cover story for Hillary Clinton. An Islamic terrorist attack was used to go after “Islamophobes”.

Four Americans died. A political prisoner was added to the rolls. The truth about a terrorist attack was covered up. All in support of Obama’s 2012 campaign and  Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

  • Frank

    It's about time the American people who have been kept in the dark are enlightened on the corruption behind this administration! Now, jsut how I the media going to ignore this one?

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Leftists are so indoctrinated that they don't, won't and almost can't care without shattering their entire view of the world. They assume this is how our government always works and when stories like this are published that it's some vast right-wing conspiracy making a mountain out of a mole hill to attack their benign revolutionaries. They don't actually understand our constitution and the serious problems these controversies reveal.

  • R Caswell

    Honesty is good for our country, cover up is good for the party.

  • Neil

    I am not a Hillary lover but I bet she takes her marching orders from bernie obuttma.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      She learned at the knee of slick willy, that was before Obama was out of the organized neighborhoods.

    • Cathy

      …. or could it be Huma Abedin

      SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON AND A KEY AIDE

      Clinton sought end-run around counter-terrorism bureau on night of Benghazi attack, witness will say
      Published May 05, 2013

      On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON AND A KEY AIDE EFFECTIVELY TRIED TO CUT THE DEPARTMENT’S OWN COUNTERTERRORISM BUREAU OUT OF THE CHAIN OF REPORTING AND DECISION-MAKING, according to a “whistle-blower” witness from that bureau who will soon testify to the charge before Congress, Fox News has learned.
      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/05/clinto

      • Cathy

        REMINDER

        1/2

        Michele Bachmann refuses to back down on claims about Huma Abedin
        July 19, 2012

        (CBS News) WASHINGTON – Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and four other conservative members of Congress are charging that people with ties to Muslim extremists have infiltrated the federal government.

        Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been singled out

        Bachmann, from Minnesota, and the four other representatives sent letters to top intelligence and security officials last week warning that the Muslim Brotherhood, a global religious Islamic movement whose members have been linked to terrorist groups in the past, may have infiltrated the top levels of U.S. government.

        • Cathy

          2/2

          They pointed the finger first at Abedin, who is deputy chief of staff to Secretary Clinton and has been one of her closest aides for nearly two decades. Abedin, who was born in the U.S. and is of Pakistani descent, has been described by both Hillary and former President Bill Clinton as a daughter.

          But Bachmann and the others wrote, “Huma Abedin has three family members — her late father, her mother and her brother — connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.” …

          In a statement, Bachmann did not back down, saying she would “not be silent as this administration appeases our enemies” and saying she wants a full investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood.
          http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505267_162-57475483/m

  • rubiconcrest

    Obama to Ohio State Graduates … "Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems." When government lies with the sole purpose of protecting those in power, then yes, it is sinister. Mr. President the problem is your failed moral leadership.

  • gary

    Read Greg Hicks account of what happened, as he reported it unfolding, and what came back from Washington. “Rice contradicted Libyan President Mohammed Magariaf, who said the same day that “this was an attack by Islamic extremists, possibly with terrorist links,” Hicks said. “He describes what happens. He tells the truth of what happened. And so, you know, Ambassador Rice says what she says, contradicting what the president of Libya says from Benghazi.”

    “This violated “a cardinal rule of diplomacy that we learn in our orientation class, and that rule is, never inadvertently insult your interlocutor. The net impact of what has transpired is, the spokesperson of the most powerful country in the world has basically said that the president of Libya is either a liar or doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The impact of that is immeasurable. Magariaf has just lost face in front of not only his own people but the world. And, you know, my jaw hit the floor as I watched this. I’ve never been ‑‑ I have been a professional diplomat for 22 years. I have never been as embarrassed in my life, in my career, as on that day.”

    • SuoerRoadrunner

      Now what would you expect from idiot dilettantes?

  • soundnfury

    They also put Coptic Christians at risk of reprisals in Egypt by pinning this on a silly video that no one had ever heard of.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Obama puts the Copts at risk a lot, it seems to be a favorite past time of his.

  • soundnfury

    This coverup also shows the lengths to which this administration is willing to go to avoid the spotlight. If they are willing to arrest & jail a Coptic filmmaker who had nothing to do with this, what else would they be willing to do?

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The spin stops and starts with alternative media, and Hill & Huma (with Obama in the forefront) were desperate to extricate the nexus between Al Qaeda (a Muslim Brotherhood Mafia offshoot) and events in Benghazi. Moreover, the weapons running was designed to shore up Syria's Muslim Brotherhood Mafia. Therefore, the fingerprints from Obama Inc, with State in the forefront, had to be eradicated – until now! http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/08/benghazigates

    1 plus 1 does still equal 2!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

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  • Anamah

    It’s good to have you here Daniel!