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Old 11-16-2012, 11:22 PM
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David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers on Friday that classified intelligence reports revealed that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic mission in Libya was a terrorist attack, but that the administration refrained from saying it suspected that the perpetrators of the attack were Al Qaeda affiliates and sympathizers to avoid tipping off the groups.
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The issue took on added resonance after Republicans criticized the ambassador to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice, for suggesting on Sunday talk shows five days after the assault that the siege in Benghazi was a spontaneous protest rather than an opportunistic terrorist attack.

Democrats leapt to Ms. Rice’s defense on Friday, saying she was simply following the unclassified talking points provided to her. “I really think Ambassador Rice is being treated unfairly,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who leads the Intelligence Committee.
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Some intelligence analysts worried, for instance, that identifying the groups could reveal that American spy services were eavesdropping on the militants — a fact most insurgents are already aware of. Justice Department lawyers expressed concern about jeopardizing the F.B.I.’s criminal inquiry in the attacks. Other officials voiced concern that making the names public, at least right away, would create a circular reporting loop and hamper efforts to trail the militants.

Democrats said Mr. Petraeus made it clear the change had not been done for political reasons to aid Mr. Obama. “The general was adamant there was no politicization of the process, no White House interference or political agenda,” said Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California.
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Sounds simple enough...
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Oh for crying out loud.

The video scenario made more sense.

They killed our ambassador and reportedly sodomized his dead body, on video.

Did they think we wouldn't notice or figure it out?
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I assumed there was a reason related to intelligence operations. Why I never came down hard on Bush's prisoner policies and would like to see tighter lips in the rank and file of the military again instead of random book writing opportunists...
but yes the team has done an excellent job and I wish the demagogues would give it a rest for the good of the country and safety of others still engaged in our behalf.
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Oh for crying out loud.
The video scenario made more sense.
They killed out ambassador and reportedly sodomized his dead body, on video.
Did they think we wouldn't notice or figure it out?
Wow.
So you and moveon are in the same boat, calling Patraeus a liar...


But you go with what you gotta believe in order to justify your politics...
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Terror groups were claiming on social media they did the attack within hours of the event. But no, we wouldn't want to let them know we think it was a terror attack. Does this make any sense at all? No, it doesn't. The only people the OA was trying to horsesh*t was the American public.
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Terror groups were claiming on social media they did the attack within hours of the event. But no, we wouldn't want to let them know we think it was a terror attack. Does this make any sense at all? No, it doesn't. The only people the OA was trying to horsesh*t was the American public.
which event?
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Oh for crying out loud.

The video scenario made more sense.

They killed our ambassador and reportedly sodomized his dead body, on video.

Did they think we wouldn't notice or figure it out?
So you are saying Patraeus is a liar?
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Default Re: Petraeus Says U.S. Tried to Avoid Tipping Off Terrorists After Libya Attack

Why is it that some people feel entitled to know everything there is to know about classified info as soon as it known by our intelligence community?

There are some things that would put people and plans in jeopardy if they become public. That's not so hard to understand...........is it?
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Wow.
So you and moveon are in the same boat, calling Patraeus a liar...


But you go with what you gotta believe in order to justify your politics...
There is sound reason to question Petraeus' veracity as shown by recent revelations. The excuse that the OA's campaign of deceit was out of fear it would compromise the FBI investigation shouldn't even be acceptable to a 4-year-old. The OA was perfectly content to allow FBI investigators to sit in Tripoli for 3 weeks before they could visit the crime scene.

The OA played stall ball with the investigation until after the election. If the denials and diversions don't work look for IWon to bury it using executive privilege.
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There is sound reason to question Petraeus' veracity as shown by recent revelations.
What extreme b.s.
The "sound reason" is POLITICAL MOTIVATION.
It's not convenient for you, so you don't want to listen to it.
In fact, you REFUSE to listen to the ACTUAL EXPLANATION and go on to MISREPRESENT what was going on...


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The excuse that the OA's campaign of deceit was out of fear it would compromise the FBI investigation shouldn't even be acceptable to a 4-year-old. The OA was perfectly content to allow FBI investigators to sit in Tripoli for 3 weeks before they could visit the crime scene.
The OA played stall ball with the investigation until after the election. If the denials and diversions don't work look for IWon to bury it using executive privilege.
You're misrepresenting what was said.
Some intelligence analysts worried, for instance, that identifying the groups could reveal that American spy services were eavesdropping on the militants...
This was about preventing the militants from recognizing what eyes and ears we had into their processes.


The fact that you guys refuse to understand the concept of trying to prevent terrorists from recognizing that their communication lines are compromised is mind-boggling.
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