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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Maybe folks have watched a little too much Rambo?

    I couldn't believe my ears on Sunday. When asked about the bridge controversy, that total abuse of power in NJ, all republicans wanted to talk about was Benghazi. Complete diversion. Total unadulterated BS.
    Now that's funny...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Maybe folks have watched a little too much Rambo?

    I couldn't believe my ears on Sunday. When asked about the bridge controversy, that total abuse of power in NJ, all republicans wanted to talk about was Benghazi. Complete diversion. Total unadulterated BS.
    Dead americans versus a traffic jam. What to talk about. REALLY

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    I saw this little tidbit on Judge Jeanine Pirro's show the other night

    No special prosecutor was appointed after the IRS scandal

    No special prosecutor was appointed after the NSA scandal

    NO prosecutor was appointed after the Benghazi tragedy

    but by God within 24 hours, Attorney General Holder promised a Special Prosecutor for the "Bridgegate" fiasco in New Jersey

    kinda makes you wonder when/if you stop to think about it
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    The Senate Intellgience commitee released its findings today.
    All good for Hillary!

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    Just heard that to. Traffic jam is now on the front burner typical

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    Attorney General Holder is nothing more than a "Pimp" for Obama.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by road kill View Post
    The Senate Intellgience commitee released its findings today.
    All good for Hillary!
    Most distubing was the reporting of Patrick Kennedy's role and the 2 previous bombings that happened with him in a security role. Stevens is not spared a harsh look, making poor choices or choosing to ignore the intel and it seems no one was talking to the Military, they appeared to be unaware of the CIA compound, which by accounts was beefed up based on the intel.

    Hillary is singled out as having to bear ultmiate responibility for the lax security, as she should.


    Benghazi attack avoidable, Senate investigators say

    State Department faulted for ignoring growing threat




    By Mark Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt and David D. Kirkpatrick


    New York Times


    WASHINGTON — A stinging report by the Senate Intelligence Committee released Wednesday concluded that the attack 16 months ago that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented.

    The report singled out the State Department for criticism for its failure to bolster security in response to intelligence warnings about a growing security crisis around the city.

    It is broadly consistent with the findings of previous inquiries into the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, but it is the first public examination of a breakdown in communications between the State Department and the CIA during the weeks leading up to the deadly episode at the diplomatic compound where Chris Stevens, the American ambassador, died.

    The report is also the first to implicitly criti­
    cize Stevens, raising questions about his judgment and actions in the weeks before his death.

    Like previous inquiries, the Senate investigation does not cite any specific intelligence warnings about an impending attack.

    The events in Benghazi and their aftermath became the subject of a fiercely partisan debate, with Republicans accusing Obama administration officials of making misleading statements about connections between the attackers and al-Qaida.

    In an addendum to the bipartisan report, Republican committee members singled out former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, as bearing ultimate responsibility for lax security at the diplomatic compound.

    The report does not break significant new ground on the issue of administration statements about the episode, or about the infamous “talking points” drawn up after the attack for a television appearance by Susan Rice, now the national security adviser.

    But it is unsparing in its criticism of the State Department for failing to provide adequate security to the mission even as violence spiked in Benghazi in June 2012.

    In contrast, the report said, the CIA quickly bolstered security at its annex about a mile away.

    “The committee found the attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya — to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets — and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission,” the Senate committee said in a statement in releasing the 58-page declassified report. Together with the conclusions of previous investigations, the new Senate findings are likely to increase pressure on Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary of state for management, whose office oversees diplomatic security.

    Republicans on the committee noted that Kennedy held a similar job in the prelude to the bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998 and should be held accountable for the Benghazi tragedy.

    On the contentious issue of the role of al-Qaida or other international terrorist organizations in the attack on the diplomatic mission, the Senate committee’s report found that individuals “affiliated with” many such groups had participated in the attack but that none of them appeared to have planned or led the assault.

    The report found that among the many terrorist groups with which individual attackers had some affiliation were Ansar al-Shariah, al- Qaida’s North African affiliate, al-Qaida’s Yemenbased affiliate, and the Egyptian network led by Muhammad Jamal.

    But the report said “intelligence suggests that the attack was not a highly coordinated plot, but was opportunistic.”

    “It remains unclear if any group or person exercised overall command and control of the attacks or whether extremist group leaders directed their members to participate,” the report said.

    “Some intelligence suggests the attacks were likely put together in short order, following that day’s violent protests in Cairo against an inflammatory video.”

    The American-made video, which denigrated Islam and was posted on YouTube, set off a number of protests across the Middle East. An investigation published by the New York Times last month found that anger over the video played a significant role in precipitating the Benghazi attack.

    The report notes that Stevens was aware of all of the intelligence reporting on Libya, including updates on the increased risks of anti-Western terrorist attacks that had prompted the CIA to substantially upgrade the security at its own Benghazi facility in June 2012.

    At times, Stevens requested additional security personnel from the State Department. But the inquiry found that in June 2012, about the time the threats were mounting, he recommended hiring local Libyan guards to form security teams in Tripoli and Benghazi.

    His plan showed a faith in local Libyan support that proved misplaced on the night of the attack.

    In the months before the attack, the committee found, U.S. intelligence agencies gave ample warning about deteriorating security in Benghazi and the risks to Americans in the city.

    As these warnings mounted, the CIA bolstered its security at the agency’s Benghazi facility, known as the Annex, but the State Department did not make similar moves to protect the diplomatic compound about a mile away.

    Communication between various security agencies was so poor, the report said, that the Africa Command did not know about the CIA’s annex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    I saw this little tidbit on Judge Jeanine Pirro's show the other night

    No special prosecutor was appointed after the IRS scandal

    No special prosecutor was appointed after the NSA scandal

    NO prosecutor was appointed after the Benghazi tragedy

    but by God within 24 hours, Attorney General Holder promised a Special Prosecutor for the "Bridgegate" fiasco in New Jersey

    kinda makes you wonder when/if you stop to think about it
    I know that Starjack will disagree, but abuse of power is a serious matter.
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    Wrong again Buzz

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    Sure it is Buzz.

    Tell ya' what. I'll support a special prosecutor for the NJ bridge issue if you'll support a special prosecutor for the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, and Benghazi. We'll just leave for others to argue the Fast and Furious scandal and the President's known violations of Federal law in the issue of the ACA.

    How about it. Are we in agreement?
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