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May 2, 2014 - 9:51 am

Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson highlights a newly released email that shows that even within the State Department, the initial belief was that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, not a spontaneous demonstration against a video.

The email is entitled “Libya update from Beth Jones. ” Jones was then-Assistant Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton. According to the email, Jones spoke to Libya’s Ambassador at 9:45am on Sept. 12, 2012 following the attacks.

“When [the Libyan Ambassador] said his government suspected that former Qaddafi regime elements carried out the attacks, I told him the group that conducted the attacks—Ansar Al Sharia—is affiliated with Islamic extremists,” Jones reports in the email.

The State Department released the unclassified email to Congress in August of 2013. But at that time, State requested that Congress not publicly release it. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sought and obtained permission to release it Thursday, after the Ben Rhodes “goals” email came to light.

Jones leaves no room for doubt in her email, which was copied to a number of officials including Victoria Nuland and Cheryl Mills. At that time, Mills was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff. Mills has spent much of her career working closely with Clinton, and is often described as a loyalist to her.

Jones’ assessment runs counter to the State Department’s statement on Benghazi, which was issued at 10:08 pm on September 11. That statement floated “inflammatory material posted on the Internet” as the cause of the attack. It was issued just a few minutes after President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Clinton spoke together by phone.

Two days after Jones’ email, it was Nuland who raised concerns about the CIA’s initial Benghazi talking points. Nuland, who was a State Department spokesman, worried that the CIA’s inclusion of its warnings of instability in Libya “could be abused by members of Congress to beat the State Department for not paying attention to [C.I.A.] warnings so why would we want to seed the Hill.”

Since leaving the State Department following Clinton’s own departure, Cheryl Mills has joined the board of global investment firm BlackRock Inc. Nuland remains in the US State Department, where she is currently the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. Nuland has played a dubious role in the unrest in Ukraine.

Nuland’s concern over the talking points was met when then Deputy Director of the CIA Mike Morell removed the warnings. Morell has since left government to work for Beacon Global Strageties, a PR firm run by numerous former officials from the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Attkisson recently left CBS News, which she says was not willing to fight for answers in the Benghazi scandal.

CBS News named David Rhodes as its president in February 2011. David Rhodes’ brother is Ben Rhodes, whose “goals” email is now at the center of the Benghazi scandal.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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par•ti•san1 (ˈpɑr tə zən, -sən; Brit. ˌpɑr təˈzæn)

n.
1. an adherent or supporter of a person, party, or cause, esp. one who shows a biased, unthinking allegiance.
2. a member of a guerrilla band engaged in fighting an occupying army.

I'd say that these definitions sum up the political atmosphere quite nicely. The degree to which the Democrats and their supporters have invested themselves in lies and defective philosophies is truly an amazing achievement - getting so many people to be so willfully blind at once is no easy feat. But give them credit where its due. The bastards know how to lie. It's a science and an art for them.
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Who knew? According to G. Duff over at VT, PJ Media is part of the cabal:

"Little did the “half blind” Obama administration know that the Benghazi attack had been planned and underwritten in Washington, the Potomac Institute, PJ Media (a Mossad front group), the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and “carry-over” operational units “formerly” under command of “former” Vice President Cheney."

If the threads when combined don't form a coherent tapestry, what do you have? (the quote was from an article on the UN-Presidency of Obama. maybe the UN was code for U.N. who knows.
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The thing that really Really REALLY upsets me here is that there was another unclassified email released in 2013 that State requested not be released to the public AND OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES went along with hiding it from us when they KNEW it contradicted the story. Why is that not news? Seems to me both parties are at fault in this. Why were the Republicans hiding this information?
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Does the headline that the "State Department Initially Believed..." imply that they subsequently believed the transparent lie about the video? If the intent was to establish that they knew the video was not to blame then word the headline differently otherwise PJ is engaging in their own disinformation. The State Department knew it was a planned terrorist attack from the very beginning. Throwing concepts of belief about give those in charge an undeserved presumption of credibility- covering their deliberate, criminal negligence.
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Heh. When the 'Russia is eeeeviiil!' narrative failed with its readership,

PJMedia "pivoted' to Benghazi.
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These are OUR elected and appointed officials, folks. No wonder the world holds us in poor regard.
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I disagree that this is an art for them. Machiavelli was the Michael Angelo of lying. He raised it to an art form. In fact, devious could have been his middle name. These people in the Executive Office and all of its secretariats and agencies are NOT very good liars. The are just persistent in the face of all evidence and really makes them look like fools.
The problem with these persistent liars is that you havel to hit them over the head with the hammer of evidence and call them on their lies. This is something the repubes will not do. Look at ALL of the evidence that has been produced by the Benghazi hearings and they are only now calling for a special committee?
By this time a special PROSECUTOR should have called for. And EVERY issue that has come up in the last three years has been treated this way. With kid gloves. ObamaCare, the IRS, the EPA, the ATF, Solyndra, Immigration, there have been so many that I can't remember them all.
And yet, the White House continues to spew these lies because, well hell, if
no one is going to call them on it, why not?
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Did you notice that, when the coffins were unloaded onto the tarmac, Hillary and Barack both referred to the US Ambassador to Libya as "Chris"?

The people running the US government are trash.
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Hillary lied after Americans died!
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par•ti•san1 (ˈpɑr tə zən, -sən; Brit. ˌpɑr təˈzæn)

n.
1. an adherent or supporter of a person, party, or cause, esp. one who shows a biased, unthinking allegiance.
2. a member of a guerrilla band engaged in fighting an occupying army.

I'd say that these definitions sum up the political atmosphere quite nicely. The degree to which the Democrats and their supporters have invested themselves in lies and defective philosophies is truly an amazing achievement - getting so many people to be so willfully blind at once is no easy feat. But give them credit where its due. The bastards know how to lie. It's a science and an art for them.
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