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A Tie of Two Scandals: Benghazi and the AP Phone Records

Denials of terror threat preceded the AP's bomb plot story; said one congressman in May 2012, "This is the funny season, this time of year."

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May 16, 2013 - 7:39 pm
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Taken together, the multiple scandals simultaneously weighing on the White House show at the very least an administration with little control over its departments as it claims ignorance of each wrongdoing, mismanagement and blunder.

But the AP phone records scandal, while having its own power boost as it infuriates free press advocates on both sides of the aisle, has an irrefutable tie to what many believe is the underlying reason for a Benghazi cover-up.

On April 30, 2012, President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser John Brennan gave a touted address titled “The Ethics and Efficacy of the President’s Counterterrorism Strategy” at the Woodrow Wilson Center in D.C.

The lengthy address, with remarks released early to the press by the White House, hailed the commander in chief as a fearless leader of a crushing effort resulting in the steady decimation of al-Qaeda.

“Al-Qaeda leaders continue to struggle to communicate with subordinates and affiliates. Under intense pressure in the tribal regions of Pakistan, they have fewer places to train and groom the next generation of operatives. They’re struggling to attract new recruits. Morale is low, with intelligence indicating that some members are giving up and returning home, no doubt aware that this is a fight they will never win,” Brennan said.

“In short, al-Qaeda is losing, badly. And bin Laden knew it. In documents we seized, he confessed to ‘disaster after disaster.’ He even urged his leaders to flee the tribal regions, and go to places ‘away from aircraft photography and bombardment.’”

Brennan admitted that affiliates including al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and Boko Haram still had some legs. But he concentrated on the destruction of the core in his remarks.

“So damaged is al-Qaeda’s image that bin Laden even considered changing its name. And one of the reasons? As bin Laden said himself, U.S. officials ‘have largely stopped using the phrase “the war on terror” in the context of not wanting to provoke Muslims.’ Simply calling them al-Qaeda, bin Laden said, ‘reduces the feeling of Muslims that we belong to them,’” Brennan said. ”To which I would add, that is because al-Qaeda does not belong to Muslims. Al-Qaeda is the antithesis of the peace, tolerance and humanity that is at the heart of Islam.”

“…If the decade before 9/11 was the time of al-Qaeda’s rise, and the decade after 9/11 was the time of its decline, then I believe this decade will be the one that sees its demise,” he added, crediting in large part “the comprehensive counterterrorism strategy being directed by President Obama.”

Brennan is now head of the CIA, where wanna-be whistleblowers with information on Benghazi reportedly have been prevented from providing information to Congress.

His speech on the impending demise of al-Qaeda served as a blueprint for the “al-Qaeda is on the run” narrative of Obama’s re-election campaign.

On May 7, 2012, the Associated Press cited unnamed officials in its story on the CIA’s thwarting of an AQAP plot to use a second-generation underwear bomb to destroy a U.S.-bomb airliner around the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.

Just days before, the Department of Homeland Security and the White House were reassuring the American public that there were no known plots to mark bin Laden’s death, even though the CIA operation was unfolding at the time.

The AP pointed out the White House’s previous denials in that story.

“We have no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, are plotting attacks in the U.S. to coincide with the anniversary of bin Laden’s death,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said on April 26.

On May 1, the Department of Homeland Security said, “We have no indication of any specific, credible threats or plots against the U.S. tied to the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death.”

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As outrageous as Obama's tapping of the AP 'phones is, I've not heard questions about what other media 'phones were tapped.
Does anyone really believe that folks as sleazy as Obama, his Chicago staffers and Holder only tapped 'phones ONCE?
AP was on Obama's side; they should be grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate their obedience. But, what about those who were not Obama's servants? FOX or one or more of it's people were not tapped? NONSENSE!! Holder didn't want to know who was calling Rush or where Rush got that tidbit? NONSENSE!!
And never stop trying to imagine the reaction of the media scum if any of this had happened under President Bush!
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As outrageous as Obama's tapping of the AP 'phones is, I've not heard questions about what other media 'phones were tapped.
Does anyone really believe that folks as sleazy as Obama, his Chicago staffers and Holder only tapped 'phones ONCE?
AP was on Obama's side; they should be grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate their obedience. But, what about those who were not Obama's servants? FOX or one or more of it's people were not tapped? NONSENSE!! Holder didn't want to know who was calling Rush or where Rush got that tidbit? NONSENSE!!
And never stop trying to imagine the reaction of the media scum if any of this had happened under President Bush!
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I believe that the biggest tie between the two scandals was intimidation. The AP scandal was not only to intimidate the press, but to intimidate any whistle-blowers about any of the scandals, but especially Benghazi whistle-blowers. Since the alleged leak to the AP occurred more than a year ago, the timing of this document seizure had to be related to something else. That something else seems pretty obviously the Benghazi hearings.
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You wrote
>>> The Justice Department secretly obtained phone records for April and May 2012 for more than 20 lines used by reporters and editors of the newswire. <<<

Since nobody at DoJ admitted approving such subpoena(s), the public is supposed to believe they obtained phone records ONLY in the specified two months period and ONLY to the 20 or so AP reporters????

Why should the public trust such information now?
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All this amounts to squat, unfortunately. They honed their faux sympathetic ears to the Bill-Jeff affair, and when that was done, they unleashed their wrath on the Bush's and the American people.

Journalists. It's not that they "know so much that isn't so; It's that they truly are stupid." This becomes an issue when they try to impress upon others about how stupid the others are.

They lack the gene that lets them be objective; That allows them to see without bias. Sure, all humans see with bias but the strong-of-character acknowledge that and work to be balanced.

But, as far as I see it, the nation I once loved so much is lost. I will continue to fight for her and hope she comes back but the idiots and the selfish have figured out how to make it work to their advantage. And it is SOLELY their advantage since I don't pay any attention to national socialists in any part of my daily life.

At a store the other day, I was in the midst of purchasing something and the counter person got involved in a chat with a co-worker and praising Obama. I said, "I'm sorry, I've changed my mind, I no longer want this." The girl was reluctant to hand me back my card before she rain it through the machine. I said, "Give me my card back, please.", and she stared at me. I grabbed it from her hand and left.

Let her make of it what she wants. Call me a racist, call me whatever you will. I know the truth and I have to endeavor to seek it out and ignore those who cannot think. National socialists are a minority, but they are running things right now and it's going to suck.

I lived in Germany for awhile and the older people, generally, never supported the Nazis when they were kids, nor did their parents but they were forced to go along just to stay alive. I pray that day never comes in THIS nation.
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Question :- 'What do the USURPER, the Racist DOJ and Shrillary all have in common in the scandals thay are all involved in?'

Answer :- All of them know NOTHING about ANYTHING.

That makes them either INCOMPETENT or LIARS.

My money is on LIARS.

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Brennan said. ”To which I would add, that is because al-Qaeda does not belong to Muslims. Al-Qaeda is the antithesis of the peace, tolerance and humanity that is at the heart of Islam.”
Brennan = Clueless and dangerous.
Al Qaeda is only a name given to many different groups of Muslims that are dedicated to exactly the same belief system - Islam. The Muslim Brotherhood and its massive presence in America, is also Al Qaeda under a different name. "War is deception" remember - well the Quran and Hadith are full of it. So is this administration; the only difference being that they credit Sun Tsu (spelling) instead of the Quran. Obama is either totally clueless regarding the massive threat of terrorism within from Muslims or he's deliberately joined forces to establish his own Caliphate of power along side them. Someone NEEDS to ask Obama before Brennan goes off on a tangent and invites disaster upon us.
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"...before Brennan goes off on a tangent and invites disaster upon us. "

Too late.
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When the dumb American electorate voted in to office, not once but twice, a candidate who was as unvetted , univestigated, Lying, Terrorist, criminal and Communist consorting, Black Muslim , Document Hiding , extreme Left wing , Unqualified USURPER they got what they DESERVED.

If the dumb American Electorate had devoted even a fraction of the time they devote online to mindless Celebrity gossip and instead looked for information on the USURPER maybe the USA would be a different place today.

50% of American dont know what Religion the USURPER is . What does that tell you? Well it tells you that 50% of American are stupid.

For Example
"Can a 20 YEAR member of a RACIST, anti White, Anti Semitic, Anti American "Black Liberation Theology" Church, which is closer to Islam than it is to Christianity, be truly considered Christian? "

I think NOT.

and -

"Why, if he indeed is no longer Muslim as it has most definitely and conclusively been proven that he was was, have Muslims not issued a FATWA against him calling for his death as an APOSTATE."
The simple answer is of course that Muslims believe he is simply practicing TAQQIYA (Islamic sanctioned LYING to Kaffirs to protect or promote Islam) and is still most definitely a MUSLIM.
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Finally, during the week of 14-18th of January 2010, just on the eve of my winter tour to the US, Rachel picked up a Nile TV broadcast in which Egyptian Foreign Minister Abul Gheit said on the “Round Table Show” that he had had a one on one meeting with Obama who swore to him that he was a Moslem, the son of a Moslem father and step-son of Moslem step-father, that his half-brothers in Kenya were Moslems, and that he was loyal to the Moslem agenda. He asked that the Moslem world show patience. Obama promised that once he overcame some domestic American problems (Healthcare), that he would show the Moslem world what he would do with Israel.”
This is according to Israel Today here. Here is the passage from the May 2010 issue of “Israel Today.” It is on page 3 in an article titled “Obama, a ‘Strategic Catastrophe,’” by Aviel Schneider:
“The feeling among the Israeli public is that Obama is appeasing the Muslim world at the expense of Israel. “The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Nile TV.”
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New bumper sticker:

Obama knew
Get a clue
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