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January 15, 2014 - 8:34 am
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The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a bipartisan report on the Benghazi attack that finds that the assault could have and should have been prevented. The Obama administration should have stepped up security at the facility, but failed to do so. The committee concluded that the threat environment in Benghazi leading up to the attack should have caused the State Department to make up for the known security shortfalls at the U.S. facility in the city before the attack. The report does not explore or explain why the State Department consistently denied field requests to beef up security.

In a statement on the report, Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) says: “I hope this report will put to rest many of the conspiracy theories and political accusations about what happened in Benghazi. I strongly believe we should focus on what really matters: honoring the four Americans who were killed, bringing the attackers to justice, ensuring accurate and actionable warnings of future terrorist attacks and making sure that all U.S. facilities personnel overseas have adequate security and protection.”

Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) adds that the report “provides many needed and deserved answers.” But, “in spite of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and ample strategic warnings, the United States Government simply did not do enough to prevent these attacks and ensure the safety of those serving in Benghazi.”

Four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens died in the multi-hour assault, which President Obama and other senior administration officials blamed on a YouTube movie for weeks following the attack and leading up to the 2012 election.

News broke Tuesday that despite the Obama administration’s claim to have had a security meeting including top military personnel leading up to September 11, 2012, there was no meeting. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified in classified session before the House that there was only a conference call, followed by no force repositioning, despite knowledge within the administration that the al Qaeda threat had been building in Benghazi for months.

The Intelligence Committee’s key findings include:

  • Significant Strategic Warning Provided by the Intelligence Community—In the months before the attacks on September 11, 2012, the IC provided strategic warning through numerous intelligence reports that the security situation in eastern Libya was deteriorating and that U.S. facilities and personnel were at risk in Benghazi.
  • State Department Failed to Increase Security Enough to Address the Threat—The State Department should have increased its security posture more significantly in Benghazi based on the deteriorating security situation on the ground and IC threat reporting on the prior attacks against Westerners in Benghazi—including two previous incidents at the Temporary Mission Facility on April 6, and June 6, 2012.

But curiously, the committee found confusion where the military says there was none, regarding the origins and nature of the attack.

  • The Intelligence Picture After the Attacks Contributed to the Controversial CIA Talking Points—In intelligence reports after September 11, 2012, intelligence analysts inaccurately referred to the presence of a protest at the U.S. mission facility before the attack based on open source information and limited intelligence, but without sufficient intelligence or eyewitness statements to corroborate that assertion. The IC took too long to correct these erroneous reports, which caused confusion and influenced the public statements of policymakers.

The Intelligence Committee evidently failed to take warnings regarding U.S. facilities in the region prior to 9-11-2012 into account.

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"The committee concluded that the threat environment in Benghazi leading up to the attack should have caused the State Department to make up for the known security shortfalls at the U.S. facility in the city before the attack."

Hilliary was in charge of the State Department. It was her responsibility to act. She failed to do so, four Americans died as a result of her negligence.

"The report does not explore or explain why the State Department consistently denied field requests to beef up security."

Only Hilliary can explain why she failed to act. Before she can accept any Presidential nomination, she needs to explain her failure of judgement, and why we should now trust her with the security of the nation.
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Good grief. It's obvious that neither Hillary nor her supporters care one bit. She actually told the truth for once with her "what difference does it make" comment. She doesn't give a rat's a$$ about ANYTHING but herself and mass insanity may very well make her the next president.
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Feinstein wants us to now "move along, nothing to see here".

This "report" has an odd...half a loaf feel to it.

It says that "not enough" was done, but it intentionally gives a phony narrative just enough wiggle room, by making a fraudulent claim...plausible. Thereby giving plausible deniability to a pack of lies.

They ought to be ashamed.

It also completely and utterly fails to explain what and why Stevens was forced to go there on THAT date, with known dangers lurking and unattended.

Or why Obama and Hillalinsky disappeared from the scene. Or why Rice went on the Parade of Lies.

Utterly shameful.
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I have a new name for Hillary.

We should start calling her, "The Mistress of Benghazi".

It has a sort of campaign ring to it, doesn't it?

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34 weeks ago
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this administrations holds us all in contempt

they will not respond

they do not need to respond

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34 weeks ago
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Get ready Hilary...
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35 weeks ago
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What Feinstein is actually hoping for is to clear the battlefield for Hillary, so that this will be "old news" when 2016 roles around. There isn't a Democrat in Congress that thinks anything should be done about Benghazi except to bury it.
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"intelligence analysts inaccurately referred to the presence of a protest at the U.S. mission facility before the attack"

There is no question in my mind how this happened. When generic terms like "intelligence analysts" are used, it obscures the fact that the State Department has it's INR (Bureau of Intelligence and Research), and those analysts count just as much as CIA or DIA or NSA in crafting a National Intelligence Estimate. I'd bet a paycheck it was DoS INR analysts who referred to these non-existent protests.
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Wasn't it Hillary in the Democratic Primary that came up with the slogan, "who do you want answering the phone at 3 am?"

Well Benghazi proves she is not up to the task. Many of us already knew Barack Opology wasn't up to the task.

Result = 4 dead American's and to families friends and those of us that give a $hit... IT DOES MATTER.
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