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Administration rejects new claim about Libya attack

By Kimberly Dozier

AP Intelligence Writer

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LAST UPDATED: 09:06 p.m. HST, Oct 26, 2012



WASHINGTON » Obama administration officials defended their response to the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, amid new claims that the White House failed to send help quickly enough as militants overran the mission. The U.S. ambassador and three other Americans died in the hourslong battle.

Fox News reported that security officers working for the CIA in Benghazi heard the attack on the consulate but were twice told to wait before rushing to the compound. Fox also reported that U.S. officials refused when the security team asked for U.S. warplanes to bomb their attackers, which would have meant violating Libyan airspace.

In response to the report, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood said the CIA "reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi."

She added: "Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate."

President Barack Obama said repeatedly Friday that his administration would "find out what happened" and punish those responsible, but he twice ducked questions about whether U.S. officials denied requests for help.

"We're going to gather all the facts, find out exactly what happened, and make sure that it doesn't happen again, but we're also going to make sure we bring to justice those who carried out these attacks," Obama said in an interview with Denver television station KUSA.

In the run-up to the presidential election, Republicans have accused the Obama administration of distorting the account of the attack on Sept. 11 that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Officials first blamed the attack on a mob set into motion by an anti-Islamic film, saying the mob had been infiltrated and overtaken by extremists. Officials later revised their account, describing the attack as a military-style operation that took place without a demonstration beforehand.

The new claims come as Republican senators demanded that the Obama administration make public the surveillance video taken during and just after the attacks.

Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire wrote to the defense secretary, CIA director and attorney general demanding that the video from Sept. 11 and 12 be declassified. Pentagon and CIA officials declined to comment on the senators' request. Justice Department officials did not respond to requests for comment.

U.S. intelligence officials this week turned over intelligence reports to Congress showing what officials at the CIA and other agencies knew and when. U.S. officials who have reviewed the material say it shows confusion during and in the days following the attack. Members of Congress have complained that the White House and the intelligence community stuck to the analysis that an angry mob started the attack long after it had become more clear that it was an organized militant operation.






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Ronin006 wrote:
The lies and cover up by Obama and his admistration are glaring. If there ever was a case for impeachment, this is it. Those of you old enough to remember know that President Nixon was impeached for his involvement in the cover up of a break in of the Democrat Party headquarters in the Watergate complex in 1972 by operatives connected to his reelection campaign. He did not authorize the break in and had no knowledge about it until after it had occurred. His downfall and impeachment was for his involvement in the subsequent cover up. It looks like Obama has not learned from history.
on October 27,2012 | 04:50AM
palani wrote:
Unfortunately, Nixon won reelection by a landslide in 1972, despite Watergate. Obama's inaction actually cost American lives, and his administration's obvious and clumsy coverup is much more serious than any third rate burglary.

Bin Laden is dead (and so is our Ambassador).


on October 27,2012 | 05:32AM
palani wrote:
BTW, Nixon resigned before any impeachment vote by the House of Representatives. Only two Presidents have been impeached - Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
on October 27,2012 | 05:37AM
Ronin006 wrote:
You are correct. Nixon was not impeached but the process was well under way in the House. The House Judiciary Committee held hearings and approved the Articles of Impeachment on July 30, 1974. Nixon resigned the presidency on August 9, 1974 to avoid the likely prospect of losing the impeachment vote in the full House and a subsequent trial in the Senate.
on October 27,2012 | 08:57AM
Ronin006 wrote:
I n response to the report, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood said the CIA "reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. She added: "Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate." Read that carefully. She said no one at any level in the CIA denied requests for help, but does not say no such requests were received. One can conclude from her statement that requests were made and that the denial was made by another government agency or by someone higher up in the CIA chain, like in the White House.
on October 27,2012 | 05:45AM
Ronin006 wrote:
The following comment was just sent for approval, perhaps by someone in the White House. I n response to the report, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood said the CIA "reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. She added: "Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate." Read that carefully. She said no one at any level in the CIA denied requests for help, but does not say no such requests were received. One can conclude from her statement that requests were made and that the denial was made by another government agency or by someone higher up in the CIA chain, like in the White House.
on October 27,2012 | 05:47AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
I read somewhere that the Obama administration was involved in this. The plan was that the Ambassador was to be kidnapped alive. ( That's the reason for no armed guards ). Then the kidnapped Ambassador was to be exchanged for a high level Muslim in USA confinement. Zawahiri was mentioned. After the "prisoner" exchange Obama would be seen as a hero and be reelected by a huge margin. Things went terribly wrong for Obama and these four men when the third rate kidnappers raped and murdered these men who were supposed to be kept alive. Hence no prisoner exchange. This explains why no effort was made to thwart this "raid", despite many resources being in the area including drones and SEAL teams less than a mile away. Hillary Clinton , Obama and his underlings refused to intervene and come to their aid. Now there is a coverup and main stream media complicity. What are you going to do? Remain silent.
on October 27,2012 | 07:37AM
honopic wrote:
You "read somewhere" about this ridiculous conspiracy theory? Where? A handwritten note found under a rock in the desert? If it had been any credible source, we all would have "read somewhere" about it. Facts, not fantasy are needed in the aftermath of this critical event.
on October 27,2012 | 08:42AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Fact is the real enemy is the State run corrupted Media for not reporting accurately and playing along with the cover-up of distorting the real events that took place. I would like to see this current White House Administration get along without the help of the corrupted Media.
on October 27,2012 | 10:17AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Great theory and also a great theme for a movie.
on October 27,2012 | 09:00AM
false wrote:
I read something along those lines at theulstermanreport site
on October 27,2012 | 09:25AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Please voters, please...please....please....when voting for your respective elected leaders be it President, Congressional representatives or senators or local state offices, PLEASE VOTE WITH YOUR HEAD AND NOT WITH YOUR HEART....
on October 27,2012 | 07:50AM
aomohoa wrote:
Very good statement Hossana. It should be taken seriously with after research on each of the candidates. Don't just watch the tv ads and then vote without being responsible.
on October 27,2012 | 11:35AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
I am voting for the American candidate for POTUS.
on October 27,2012 | 12:08PM
mrluke wrote:
People tend to forget that the Watergate Hearings weren't held until after the election, and that the actual break-in didn't even cause a ripple in the voting.
on October 27,2012 | 08:07AM
tiki886 wrote:
Besides another Obama scandal involving gun running and missile running to rebels in Syria, the Obama regime has been engaged in a fake kidnapping - exchange for hostage conspiracy.

Last month in Sept, the sympathetic Obama regime floated a trial balloon to release Omar Abdel Rahman aka "The Blind Sheik" to the demands of the new government in Egypt. The Blind Shiek is considered the "Pope of Jihad", the "Emir of Jihad" to his followers.

The plan was for a knowing and willing Ambassador Christopher Stevens to be "taken" non-violently during a fake protest as a kidnapping victim so he could be used in an exchange for the Bilnd Sheik. It would enhance Obama's credibility with the Jihadist terrorists as a peacemaker and translate into election day 'gold' as a positive "October Surprize" that makes Obama look like a world peacemaker that he is, thus, justifying the fake Nobel Prize he didn't earn.

This explains why security forces guarding the Consulate were denied help and support 3 times from military assets standing by! The Obama regime didn't want interference to complicate the fake kidnapping with violence. And when Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and others who were at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate, found out about the attack, they ignored orders by their superiors to stand down and not go to the consulate to help. This is what the Obama regime did not anticipate. Loyal, brave patriots who will disobey orders to come to the aid of other Americans in harm's way. Doherty and Woods were so effective in preventing the fake kidnapping that the Jihadist had to return almost 6 to 7 hours later to kill them with mortar rounds so the fake kidnapping could be completed. But how can you complete a fake kidnapping when the Ambassador is now dead? Ooops!

With the original Plan in shambles (the botched fake kidnapping) and the dead Ambassador no longer an object of exchange, the Obama regime needed another cover story. Enter: the video that incited protests in Egypt. Yes, that's the ticket. It was the video that incited the attack on the Libyan consulate just like it incited protests in Egypt.

I know the Obama regime wants to wait until after the elections before they give out any information but hopefully those who know the truth will leak the evidence to impeach this traitorous excuse for a President!


on October 27,2012 | 10:52AM
DAGR81 wrote:
obama should be "replaced for INAPPROPRIATE JUDGEMENT".
on October 27,2012 | 01:44PM
oldmom wrote:
This is known in basketball as 'running out the clock', a sport and a tactic the current President is quite familair with. Conspiracy theories aside, if we ever find our why our country did not come to the aid of the ambassador, it will not be until after the election.
on October 27,2012 | 02:14PM
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