Obama administration officials to be grilled on Benghazi

The Administration’s duplicity on this is abundantly clear already. Will these hearings establish it definitively? Only if the Republicans present have any spine, which is by no means certain. And will they raise the free speech implications of the Administration’s rush to blame the Muhammad video? Almost certainly not. “Obama administration officials to brief intelligence committees on Benghazi,” by Pam Benson for CNN, November 8 (thanks to Benedict):

Senior intelligence, State Department and FBI officials can expect to be grilled next week as congressional hearings resume on the terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans.

Lawmakers want answers to many outstanding questions surrounding the September 11 armed assault on the diplomatic facility and a CIA annex in Benghazi.

Specifically, they want to know who was responsible, whether it was planned, the intelligence reporting on the threat to Libya prior the attack, and whether security was adequate.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will conduct a closed-door hearing on November 15. Scheduled witnesses include Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director David Petraeus, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matt Olsen.

Clapper, Petraeus and Olsen will also testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee on the same day.

Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of that panel, has been outspoken in his criticism of how the Obama administration depicted the attack in the days following the incident.

Rogers maintains the United States knew early on that the attack was not a spontaneous demonstration prompted by an anti-Muslim video as the intelligence community and administration officials said at first.

Petraeus in particular has been criticized by a number of lawmakers for telling members of Congress in a secret briefing three days after the attack that the incident was a spontaneous result of the protests. That was repeated by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on subsequent Sunday TV talk shows.

CNN’s Barbara Starr reported that within a day or so of the attack, the intelligence community began to gather information suggesting it was the work of extremists either affiliated with al Qaeda groups or inspired by al Qaeda.

E-mails obtained by CNN last month indicated that within 30 minutes of the start of the attack, the State Department informed diplomatic officials, the White House, the Director of National Intelligence, the Pentagon and the FBI that it was underway and that Stevens was in the compound.

And just two hours later, one of the e-mails said the Libyan extremist group Ansar al Sharia was claiming responsibility on social media websites.

“Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli,” the e-mail stated.

Rogers told CNN those e-mails, along with other information, demonstrate it was not spontaneous….

Also, I was vastly amused by this in the comments on the CNN article:

House Intel Chair Mike Rogers attended a “counter-jihad” meeting with Robert Spencer, Karl Rove and others Apr30-May1 2012. Spencer is involved in anti-muslim activism with ALL of the people who financed, made, circulated, advertised and promoted the anti-muslim video.
Rogers is coming to the meeting armed with the email that FALSELY claims Ansar Al Sharia claimed responsibility on facebook and twitter? No wonder he didn’t invite the FBI!
Don’t be fooled! This GOP investigation isn’t to “get facts.” They want to find out how much the Administration knows. They already know who is behind the whole thing. They are trying to figure out what kind of evidence there is so they can start trying to discredit it.

Of course, none of that is remotely true: not the meeting, not the attendees, and not my involvement in the video — it’s all false. But then again, I would say that, wouldn’t I? Bwahahahahahahaha!

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  1. says

    It doesn’t matter how much spine the GOP has. The result from Fast and Furious is that an AG from the Democratic Party can simply ignore the House and nothing bad happens to him or his administration. Why in the world would the Obama Administration not do exactly the same thing in this case? Just stone wall, the House can do nothing about it and Old Media will just make fun of the GOP for even trying. I don’t like to be Mr. Gloom but I also want to be realistic.

  2. says

    I don’t have a comment on the above story, but, I would like to ask a question and I don’t know where else to do it. So, if anyone would care to enlighten me on this point, please do so.

    A blog I follow recently posted the following remarks about a supposed American “campaign of terror” in the Middle East, which, I must say, came as something of a surprise to me. I will quote:

    “The Unites States Campaign of Terror continues to spread across Islamic regions of the World; now in Pakistan, where high-tech killer flying drones, carrying a lethal array of Hellfire missiles are creating havoc amidst the civilian population.

    Upwards of 350 Terminator style missions have resulted in over 3,378 Pakistani deaths (of which 176 are known to be children) with more than 1,500 injuries and, according to the recent joint Stanford and New York University study, an horrific 98% of those slaughtered in the Attacks being innocent Civilians.

    Figures for Yemen reveal an estimated 285 U.S. operations leaving 1,055 dead, including 34 children. Somalia, 32 strikes with 170 adults and 3 children.

    Yet in the face of these outrageous figures America’s Imperialist leadership unflinchingly continue on their bloody mission to dominate and control Islamic nations, no matter the price in human carnage and misery, and with complete and utter contempt for every U.N. Charter, Human Rights Declaration, Military Convention, International Criminal Court Statute, and even the United States Constitution itself.”

    This sounds like either exaggeration or sheer fantasy to me, but, you never know. The world is full of things we ordinary mortals never hear about. Is any of this true?

    Please don’t think me a provocateur here. I’m genuinely interested in this and don’t know who else to ask. Any comments are welcome.

    By the way, am I allowed to post contact information here?

  3. says

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear what VP Biden knows about his boss and the decisions made in the oval office. If he assists congress in the inquiry about what the president did or did not do in Benghazigate, what would be the outcome? Obama impeached and Biden as the new President is a given if his boss fiddled while Bengjazi burned.

    If Biden was politicaly astute, he should recognize that this is likely to be his one and only opportunity to sit in the big chair. After all, his antics during the VP Debate will be viral in 2016. Although I don’t believe either should be in the White House, Biden dwarfs Obama.

    So this is the golden ticket for the VP.

  4. says

    One has to wonder if Biden’s gaffes are sometimes a veiled warning…I don’t know much about him before Obama.

    But I signed in to comment on Robert. With CNN implicating him, will he be next in jail?

  5. says

    Iran Press TV !!! How dare you malign the world’s premier news source, the integrity of which is personally confirmed by Mr Ammy the Jinn’s dad. Press Tv is almost as great a source of the truth as the Quran.

  6. says

    I guess what my reaction boils down to is this: it’s wise to take *any* claims emanating from the Muslim world, with a huge heaping tablespoonful of salt.

    And let’s note that only Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia are specifically mentioned.

    That’s hardly all ‘Islamic regions of the world’.

    Let’s also note that in all three, assorted factions of Mohammedans are busy killing each other off with unrestrained savagery; I would be curious to know whether the author of the item you have cited, has *also* attempted to tot up how many people – especially women and kids – have been disposed of by Sunni vs Shiite killings, or by ‘I’m more Islamic than you are’ sharia assassins, in the three countries mentioned.

    My own suspicion is that the Muslim-on-Muslim toll would be a good deal higher than the Infidel vs Muslim toll.

    Finally: any ‘report’ that includes this sort of hysterical language –

    “America’s Imperialist leadership unflinchingly continue on their bloody mission to dominate and control Islamic nations”

    merely, in light of the sorts of Muslim ‘we will dominate the world’ rants that one can find by the dozen on MEMRI, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s and other Islamic entities’ oil-bankrolled worldwide campaigns of da’wa/ propaganda/ , mosque (fortress/ military base) building and infiltration/ subversion of media, government and academia, plus all the proliferating mass-murderous jihad plots, and the endless murderous attacks in places like Northern Nigeria, the Philippines and southern Thailand (4000 + people, mostly Buddhist civilians, dead at the hands of Mohammedthugs since 2004) look to me like projection.