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    Three More Officials To Testify Over Benghazi Attacks

    cbs this evening

    Other so-called "whistleblowers" from federal agencies, including the CIA, have provided information to Congressional investigators, but are said to be unwilling - so far - to speak publicly because they aren't authorized by their agencies to do so. Some claim fear of retaliation.

    It's been a remarkably long period of silence from the dozens of American survivors and eyewitnesses who were in Libya the night of the attacks. It's not publicly known what testimony the witnesses will give at this week's hearing, but in a series of interviews and communications, CBS News has obtained information about some of areas of knowledge the witnesses can address.
    Three more officials to testify over Benghazi attacks - CBS News

    gregory hicks, deputy chief of mission, essentially ambassador stevens' #2, took the first call

    "we were under attack"

    hicks took the call from the unidentified caller on stevens' personal cell phone saying the ambassador was at the hospital dead

    hicks was there when americans took custody of the body under (to quote cbs) "circumstances that still remain mysterious"

    Throughout the night, sources say Americans on the ground in Libya at times felt helpless and abandoned.

    "We relied on Washington for dispassionate assessment," one eyewitness told CBS News. "Instead, they [Washington officials] were asking us what help we needed.

    We answered: 'Send reinforcements!' "

    But they were told immediate help wasn't available.

    Embassy personnel say they repeatedly asked the Defense Attache on site in Tripoli for military assistance.

    "Isn't there anything available?" one Embassy official says he asked. "But the answer was 'no.'"

    "What about Aviano?" the official pressed, referencing the NATO air base with US assets in northeastern Italy. "No," was the answer.

    Two of the four Americans killed that night died hours after the first attack began.

    Some have complained the Obama Administration has not explained why there were no military resources available to turbulent North Africa on the Sept. 11 attacks, even at the large Souda Bay U.S. Naval base less than an hour's flight from Libya. The State Department's independent Accountability Review Board said government officials did everything they could, considering the challenges.
    mark thompson is acting deputy assistant secretary for counter terrorism

    "thompson will testify that he was locked out of the process even tho he was the individual who was supposed to react to these kinds of things"

    that is, the admin did not convene its "top interagency counter terrorism resource," the csg, counter terrorism security group

    "counter terrorism sources and internal emails reviewed by cbs express frustration that key responders were ready to deploy but were never called upon to help"

    nsc spokesman tommy vietor told cbs the csg was not needed

    "'the csg is the one group that's supposed to know what resources every agency has, they know of multiple options and have the ability to coordinate counter terrorism assets across all the agencies,' a high-ranking government official told cbs"

    we were not allowed to do our job, we were not called on, we were frozen out

    in the absence of csg, the response became chaotic, recounts cbs

    "the response process was isolated at the most senior level" of (points out cbs) "the executive branch"

    my fellow counter terrorism pros and i were not allowed input, thompson will testify (according to cbs)

    hicks and thompson and "several others whose accounts are at odds with official govt statements have reported feeling marginalized, intimidated and/or subjected to threats of retaliation"

    stay tuned

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    Re: Three More Officials To Testify Over Benghazi Attacks

    I just want to point out that the "no" from the Defense Attaché (DATT) would not have been his decision. The DATT, while being the senior US military official in country, can only act as a liaison between the embassy and the DoD. He has no command authority whatsoever.

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    Re: Three More Officials To Testify Over Benghazi Attacks

    Maybe if you make about 20 threads for every update there might be a new stary? Only problem is it seems to be a small group of the same people who keeps touting this as important. Perhaps it will become more interesting or actually be watergate if you guys shout louder? I also noticed that supposedly these guys are going to testify to bring down Obama because the news calls them whistleblowers and says the Obama admin may have threatened them (The Obama admin may also be holding the easter bunny hostage) so it seems that they will be bringing down the admin with their testimony of? Oh wait we don't even know if they will contradict the story given by the Obama admin at all.

    Well, i guess it is good you shout victory now, sort of like how you declared victory in the presidential election. It will be much harder to claim victory after they testify and Obama is still around. So have fun with your victory party before the loss. I have to admit given your propensity for fail it is probably the best you can get.

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    Re: Three More Officials To Testify Over Benghazi Attacks

    bob schieffer, sharyl atkisson, mark thompson, eric nordstrom, greg hicks, steven lynch and dutch ruppersberger aren't shouting

    the only people shouting in this story are the dozens of eyewitnesses and survivors kept silent, according to cbs, "a remarkably long period," as they called to tripoli, to aviano, to souda bay, "send reinforcements!"

    none came---for 8 hours

    dozens of americans in danger were left "helpless and abandoned"

    then secretary of defense panetta testified before armed services in feb---no response was sent because "the attack ended before we could get anyone off the ground"

    Panetta: Not enough time to respond to Benghazi attack | KFOR.com

    panetta also testified before carl levin's committee that he and martin dempsey briefed the president for 15 to 20 minutes and that was it

    the president went to bed

    why did the state dept bypass the csg, foggy bottom's "top interagency counterterrorism resource," resulting in an uncoordinated and chaotic response, according to csg's deputy asst secretary?

    why was "the number 2 to ambassador chris stevens" never interviewed by arb?

    and why are so many coming forward to complain about being "marginalized, intimidated and/or subjected to threats of retaliation," according to cbs?

    stay tuned
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    Re: Three More Officials To Testify Over Benghazi Attacks

    Well, maybe if you put up enough threads the DP staff will make a new place for all the benghazi threads. At this point it has to be more pressing than the zimmerman case. Then we can all put this racket where it belongs. It will be 2020 and you will still be hung up on benghazi. Can't you move onto the new conspiracy theory that obama did the boston marathon bombings? What happened to him stealing your guns? benghazi is old and tired at this point, and we have moved on. Please join us in 2013.

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    Re: Three More Officials To Testify Over Benghazi Attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    Well, maybe if you put up enough threads the DP staff will make a new place for all the benghazi threads. At this point it has to be more pressing than the zimmerman case. Then we can all put this racket where it belongs. It will be 2020 and you will still be hung up on benghazi. Can't you move onto the new conspiracy theory that obama did the boston marathon bombings? What happened to him stealing your guns? benghazi is old and tired at this point, and we have moved on. Please join us 2013.
    why are you so fervently opposed to investigating the incident and the actions of the administration?

    ahhh, that's right, It's Obama and you're a Democrat.

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    Re: Three More Officials To Testify Over Benghazi Attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    why are you so fervently opposed to investigating the incident and the actions of the administration?

    ahhh, that's right, It's Obama and you're a Democrat.
    I could add several choice words to describe her...

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    Re: Three More Officials To Testify Over Benghazi Attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    why are you so fervently opposed to investigating the incident and the actions of the administration?
    Well, what I am opposed to is to keep investigating over and over despite having a clear answer in hopes that the answer will change to the imaginary scenario you have in your mind. If it does not lead to the execution of Obama, his family, and every person who voted for him you will not be satisfied. There is no resolution that will ever satisfy a tinfoil hat conspiracy nut. Even if their wildest dreams of aliens mating with bigfoot to give birth to Obama in kenya is realized there would be a deeper conspiracy of crazy that they would want to investigate. These investigations are best left to TLC or the history channel and not as a distraction from congress doing their jobs. We do not need to give congress yet another excuse why they should fail to produce a budget, but thanks for helping in that area.

    You have no evidence there was anything more than a screw up, and that means you do not even know what you are trying to uncover. Not to mention we have heard the doom to obama claims before. You and your comrades have been claiming the next watergate every other week for the past 4 years and you have not even come close. We heard it every day for over a year before the last election. Every time obama sneezed or some republican said something Obama lost the election. It was the end of his presidency, you promised. Look, this is the chicken little/little boy who cried wolf thing on a countrywide level. It is not the end of the world for Obama, and you have not won. You have not even heard any new evidence or testimony. You have no idea what these guys will say. They could come forth and say obama is a great guy and everything was as he said. Not that it would stop you from crying benghazi every two minutes, but you don;'t even know, and you cannot even speculate on what they might say because you cannot even figure out an alternative that means what you wish it does.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    ahhh, that's right, It's Obama and you're a Democrat.
    I tell you what. If you want me to end up more in the middle with my comments quit feeding so much insanity into the discussion. I have never said the democrats were good by any stretch like the republicons want us to believe the republicons are honest and good people who have our backs. But that doesn't mean they are near equal in levels of stupidity with the republicans presently. You just paint big giant targets on yourselves with all this tinfoil hat BS. You just invite the calls of insanity and stupidity when you endorse these ignorant and dimwitted fools. You have people claiming women's bodies shut down when they are raped, and you make them the head of your science committee. You are the party of family values and morals and you support people like Sanford and gingrich. You claim fiscal responsibility while the last president from your party tanked a stable and growing economy and put us into a recession and billions in debt with 2 wars and he couldn't touch the boogeyman. You claim to be on the side of the american worker while destroying unions and running a corporate dumbass who had destroyed more american jobs than the japanese in the 80s.

    So before you go thinking this is a republican democrat thing, your side is screwed up massively. It is FUBAR. Pretending you are a libertarian while clearly being a republican is not going to help you. It just makes the joke that much more funny because you think calling yourself a lib excuses your blind spot for the reps. Obama sucks, you are correct in that aspect, but he doesn't suck anywhere near as much as the alternatives, and the parts that have really failed have been ideas that came from his republican side like continuing the BS wars, keeping Gitmo open, Going with mandatory private insurance instead of universal health care, and bailing out too big to fail businesses. Just because obama did them doesn't mean those were democrat policies. The dems have their own crap, but it is currently nothing like the stupid coming from your republican heroes. So don't blame me for commenting on the much larger pile of BS you seem to think is a big old pile of gold.

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    Re: Three More Officials To Testify Over Benghazi Attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    I could add several choice words to describe her...
    you are missing the D in your name.

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    Re: Three More Officials To Testify Over Benghazi Attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    Well, maybe if you put up enough threads the DP staff will make a new place for all the benghazi threads. At this point it has to be more pressing than the zimmerman case. Then we can all put this racket where it belongs. It will be 2020 and you will still be hung up on benghazi. Can't you move onto the new conspiracy theory that obama did the boston marathon bombings? What happened to him stealing your guns? benghazi is old and tired at this point, and we have moved on. Please join us in 2013.
    It's a huge scandal for a plethora of reasons. Including but not limited to...

    Obama said that he wouldn't put any boots on the ground in Libya. A lot of us knew that was lie as soon as he said it. And the consulate attack proved beyond any doubt that he was flagrantly lying.

    They also showed a disregard for the safety of the ambassador and the e-mails that were released prove that.

    The Obama administration turned Benghazi into an Al Qaeda safe haven by providing AQ with air power during their war to oust the Qadaffi government. Not only did Obama illegally go to war in Libya without consent from congress, he picked the wrong side in that civil war. Congress gave their consent to attack AQ not the Qadafi regime. Qadaffi was sending his armed forces to Benghazi to wipe out AQ and we provided the air power that stopped him.

    The Obama administration obviously lied about the attack for purely political reasons during the run-up to the election. A coordinated AQ attack on our consulate directly contradicted the TV ads the Obama campaign was running. So they sent Obama's longtime friend Susan Rice on every major network to lie about it and say it was all about a silly video.

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