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    GOP: US Consulate Received Repeated Threats, Requested More Security

    Two House Republicans say they have been informed by whistleblowers that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was attacked and threatened 13 times before the incident last month that killed four Americans.

    Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a letter on Tuesday that detailed the whistleblowers’ allegations.

    “Based on information provided to the Committee by individuals with direct knowledge of events in Libya, the attack that claimed the ambassador’s life was the latest in a long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to September 11, 2012,” Issa and Chaffetz wrote. “It was clearly never, as Administration officials once insisted, the result of a popular protest."

    The congressmen said the consulate asked for more security to deal with the growing threat but was turned down by the administration.


    “In addition, multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”

    The two lawmakers told Clinton they intend to convene a hearing of Issa’s House Oversight panel on Oct. 10 to review possible security failures in Libya, including “State Department security assessments and security related decision making.”

    The letter from the GOP congressmen for the first time reveals an April 6 attack against the consulate in which two former security guards threw homemade improvised explosives over the fence of the compound.

    The letter also says militants made no secret of their intention to target Americans in Libya.

    On May 22, a warning message was posted on Facebook that a rocket-propelled grenade attack against the Red Cross offices in Benghazi would be followed by a “message for the Americans disturbing the skies over Derna.” A separate threat was made the following month against Ambassador Christopher Stevens that mentioned his morning run with a security detail, complete with a photo of the late ambassador.
    GOP: US Consulate received repeated threats, had requested more security - The Hill

    also in april: a bomb thrown at the convoy of the head of the UN mission in benghazi

    april 11: gunfight 2.5 miles from consulate

    april 26: gunfight, benghazi medical university, us foreign service officer evacuated

    may 1: deputy commander, local guard, carjacked and beaten

    may 22: rpg launched against red cross in benghazi

    june 6: ied left at consulate gate

    june 10: rpg blows up convoy of british ambassador, benghazi, no one killed, brits close shop

    june 26: another attack against red cross, the international medics leave

    aug 6: attempted carjack of vehicle bearing us diplomatic plates

    in the weeks before 9-11: local guards warned by family and friends of impending attack

    issa's letter: was state aware, if not why, if so what did you do?

    wapo yesterday reported that the white house has for months been holding "secret meetings," so concerned about the rise of aq in eastern libya they were openly considering unilateral military action

    the aq offshoots, brennan's team worried, were heavily armed with hi tech weaponry obtained when ghadafi fell, especially rpg's

    White House secret meetings examine al-Qaeda threat in North Africa - The Washington Post

    the security folks and the state dept instead adopted a "wait and see" approach

    wapo contacted foggy bottom---no comment

    the white house knew, the white house deceived, the white house ignored its people on the ground and exposed em defenseless

    jay carney, in vegas, pressed on issa's charges, offered, characteristically, no comment

    White House Has No Comment on House GOPers’ Assertions that Libyan Mission Requested Security Prior to 9/11/12 Attack - ABC News

    "i'm not going to get into any situation under review by the state dept and the fbi"

    except the fbi can't get in, it's too dangerous

    Report: FBI still not on scene in Benghazi - The Hill

    and the state dept left poor ambassador stevens' diary on the floor

    CNN finds journal belonging to late U.S. ambassador - CNN

    hillary's "longtime aide and personal spokesman" philippe reines, accused over the diary, actually emailed buzzfeed's and rolling stone's michael hastings, f*** off, you unmitigated a******

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...-****-off.html

    on sept 23, 12 days after stevens and 3 others were martyred (including 2 retired seals whom ambassador rice tried to pass off as part of stevens' security),the nyt reported that the cia was dealt "a catastrophic intelligence loss" in libya: "we got our eyes poked out"

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/wo...pagewanted=all

    yesterday, wsj recounted how one muhammed jamal abu muhammed was released from an egyptian prison during the "arab spring," from whence he made his way to the deserts of libya where he plotted and helped carry out the consulate attack

    Militant Link to Libya Attack - WSJ

    on sept 19, 8 days after the attack, we learned that mr sufyan ben qumu, released from gitmo in 07, is the lead suspect behind the assault the killed chris stevens

    Al Qaeda, ex-Gitmo detainee involved in consulate attack, intelligence sources say | Fox News

    the nyt in april, 2011, reported that because he was actively taking up arms vs ghadafi, ie, leading from the front, mr qumu became to obama "an ally of sorts, a remarkable turnabout resulting from shifting american policies rather than any obvious change in mr qumu"

    so obama on the 21st, ten days after the entire middle east erupted, announced he's gonna release 1/3 from the cuban jail 50 democrat senators wouldn't let him close

    http://images.politico.com/global/20...itmolist55.pdf

    he wants them to like him

    on the 28th, 17 days into this tawdry tale, dozens of aq's were violently busted out of a prison in saddam's home town in iraq

    Al Qaeda suspects among dozens of escapees in deadly Iraq prison break - CBS News

    this is what 3 and a half years of denial, apology and retreat breed

    newsweek affiliate the daily beast is on it

    U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Bombed Twice in Run-Up to 9/11 Anniversary - The Daily Beast

    so are ap, usa today and ajc

    cnn's erin burnett today: the white house "chose to leave out key intelligence," namely that benghazi was preplanned, terrorist and al qaeda

    CNN: W.H. Leaves Out Key Information On Libya Attack | RealClearPolitics

    "none of these three points were in the talking points distributed to congress and other govt officials"

    "the key information left out of the talking points can only mean the administration is covering something up"

    "the white house knew of aq links within 24 hours"

    "it does not add up"

    "the buck stops at the white house"

    "none of our sources" can confirm what the white house is saying

    apology, denial and retreat abroad become in three twisted weeks a domestic cover up

    seeya at the debates, denizens
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    Re: GOP: US Consulate Received Repeated Threats, Requested More Security

    Only had to read "Rep Darrell Issa" to know this was bull****. It is like a liar calling someone a liar...
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    Re: GOP: US Consulate Received Repeated Threats, Requested More Security

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Only had to read "Rep Darrell Issa" to know this was bull****. It is like a liar calling someone a liar...
    Hrmmmm,Seems I posted links about all of this BEFORE the GOP started hearings in the House and Liberals refused to believe any of it....
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    Re: GOP: US Consulate Received Repeated Threats, Requested More Security

    Quote Originally Posted by Strucky View Post
    Hrmmmm,Seems I posted links about all of this BEFORE the GOP started hearings in the House and Liberals refused to believe any of it....
    Again.. anything Darrell Issa touches is bull****. He has zero credibility and is a freaking hypocrite grade A, not to mention possibly very corrupt.
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    Re: GOP: US Consulate Received Repeated Threats, Requested More Security

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Again.. anything Darrell Issa touches is bull****. He has zero credibility and is a freaking hypocrite grade A, not to mention possibly very corrupt.
    Are there other Congresspeople who react the same way?

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    Re: GOP: US Consulate Received Repeated Threats, Requested More Security

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Again.. anything Darrell Issa touches is bull****. He has zero credibility and is a freaking hypocrite grade A, not to mention possibly very corrupt.
    Then perhaps you feel the same way about CNN,The Guardian,The Washington Post,the US ambassadors diary.....
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    Re: GOP: US Consulate Received Repeated Threats, Requested More Security

    Quote Originally Posted by Strucky View Post
    Then perhaps you feel the same way about CNN,The Guardian,The Washington Post,the US ambassadors diary.....
    I believe in facts and reality, not spin. The attack on the Benghazi consulate was a tragedy and it was known very quickly over here in the media that it was most likely an Al Q attack and planned at that. It was also know very quickly why there was an attack.

    It was reported very quickly over here, that a few days before the attack, that Al Q in North Africa had called for revenge against the US for the killing of one of its commanders.

    It was reported very quickly over here, that the attack on the consulate was very organised.. too organised to be a random group of protesters. This was later confirmed by the local Libyan government with the details of the events of the night.

    It was also reported, that the US gets threats against its interests almost hourly world wide. For every drone attack in Afghanistan and Yemen, 10 threats come in within hours. Should the US react in panic each time such threats come in and up the protection at every single US interest world wide? Did they do so under Bush? Of course not.

    Now the only real questions is why the ambassador was there in the first place.... that is the one question that I am interested in. I am not even sure that the State Department knows the answer to this one.

    Not my fault or the fault of the Obama administration that the US media and the GOP totally missed the facts and reality of the situation because of the utter cluster**** of a reaction by Romney.

    Like it or not, had Obama come out and said it was Al Q without having proof, then he would be attacked by the GOP. Had he come out and said nothing because he lacked evidence, like he did, then he would be attacked by the GOP. And when he strikes at the groups that did the attack, then I have no doubt that he will be attacked by the GOP!

    And in the end, my point has been.. Issa is a moron and anything he is involved with is corrupted by his touch. For one, his claim and that of the GOP , that there was a request for more security at the consulate... considering what I have read and heard about the ambassador and his relationship with the people of Libya... I find it very hard to believe, that a man who had refused protection often, walked among the people, been there during the revolution with similar or less protection.. all of a sudden would go into panic mode and request half the US army to protect him..
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    Re: GOP: US Consulate Received Repeated Threats, Requested More Security

    He has zero credibility
    LOL!

    tell it to erin burnett

    tell it to michael horowitz

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    Re: GOP: US Consulate Received Repeated Threats, Requested More Security

    wapo today:

    Sensitive documents left behind at American mission in Libya - The Washington Post

    More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the remains of the U.S. mission here on Wednesday, offering visitors easy access to delicate details about American operations in Libya.

    Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and a translator visited Wednesday.

    Although the gates to the compound were locked several days after the attacks, looters and curiosity-seekers were free to roam in the initial chaotic aftermath, and many documents may already have disappeared.

    No government-provided security forces are guarding the compound, and Libyan investigators have visited just once, according to a member of the family who owns the compound and who allowed the journalists to enter Wednesday.

    Two private security guards paid for by the compound’s Libyan owner are the only people watching over the sprawling site, which is composed of two adjoining villa complexes and protected in some places by a wall only eight feet high.

    None of the documents were marked classified, but this is not the first time that sensitive documents have been found by journalists in the charred wreckage of the compound. CNN discovered a copy of the ambassador’s journal last month and broadcast details from it, drawing an angry response from the State Department. Unlike the journal, all of the documents seen by The Post were official.

    At least one document found amid the clutter indicates that Americans at the mission were discussing the possibility of an attack in early September, just two days before the assault took place. The document is a memorandum dated Sept. 9 from the U.S. mission’s security office to the 17th February Martyrs Brigade, the Libyan-government-sanctioned militia that was guarding the compound, making plans for a “quick reaction force,” or QRF, that would provide security.

    “In the event of an attack on the U.S. Mission,” the document states, “QRF will request additional support from the 17th February Martyrs Brigade.”

    Other documents detail — with names, photographs, phone numbers and other personal information — the Libyans contracted to provide security for the mission from a British-based private firm, Blue Mountain. Some of those Libyans say they now fear for their lives, and the State Department has said it shares concerns about their safety.
    the fbi repeats the newest white house talking point---no comment

    security, says wapo, was "bare bones," as few as 3 libyan guards on patrol when the ambassador was present

    in stevens' absence, only one guard, paid $28 per day

    many copies of stevens' itinerary were strewn thru the compound which had obviously been ransacked, they show meetings scheduled between the martyred ambassador and an unknown number of local players, people who might well be considered collaborators

    stevens himself had only been in benghazi a very few days if not hours, the state dept had just returned him from a visit, for unstated reasons, to austria and the netherlands

    the white house knew, the white house denied, the white house ignored warnings and left our people undefended

    the white house is still denying

    ask cnn, ask abc, ask wapo

    why is the white house telling us it can't answer questions the mainstream media have already answered, the administration citing an ongoing investigation by the fbi which can't even get in?

    credibility, anyone?

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    Re: GOP: US Consulate Received Repeated Threats, Requested More Security

    I continue to be amazed at the teflon nature of this administration. what kind of failure would these people have to commit in order to actually be blamed for their own shortcomings?

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