Did ideological soft spot for Sharia keep U.S government from protecting Benghazi consulate?
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Subject:U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack (SBU).
The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Embassy Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.
The operations Center will provide updates as available.
And Number Two:
Subject: Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi (SBU)
(SBU) Embassy Tripoli reports the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi has stopped and the compound has been cleared. A response team is on site attempting to locate COM personnel.
And next and last:
Subject: Update 2: Ansar Al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack (SBU)
(SBU) Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.
The e-mails are time and date stamped respectively at “4:05 PM” “4:54 PM” and “6:07 PM” on September 11, 2012, all Washington time.
For fourteen days after this the Obama Administration insisted this attack was all about an Internet video.
Fox producer Pergram correctly notes that on September 18 — seven days later — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was saying :
“Based on information that we — our initial information … we saw no evidence to back up claims by others that this was a preplanned or premeditated attack; that we saw evidence that it was sparked by the reaction to this video.” Carney went on to say “that is what we know” based on “concrete evidence, not supposition.”
In short, these e-mails make Carney and UN Ambassador Susan Rice, whom Carney was vociferously defending, into bald-face (or is that red-faced?) liars.
Even more troubling, they make Vice President Joe Biden’s claim in his debate with Congressman Paul Ryan that “we said exactly what the intelligence community told us” to be another outright untruth. The e-mails from that very intelligence community show specifically that the White House was told almost immediately of Ansar Al-Sharia that “the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.”
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