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  •  There was an investigation: the State Dept. IG's. (18+ / 0-)

    First the State Department convened a panel that issued a report on the episode, and the Inspector General investigated the board.

    This has been gone over with a fine-tooth comb. Do you really think that having Darrell Issa hold hearings is going to add anything to the process?

    FWIW, the family of Ambassador Stephens has condemned the politicization of the event.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Sat May 11, 2013 at 04:07:51 PM PDT

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    •  No, and neither does Greenwald. (4+ / 0-)

      Issa ain't the only show in town.

      •  Here's more on the CIA - State Dept (5+ / 0-)

        relationship. This from former CIA officer Philip Giraldi.

        Benghazi has been described as a U.S. consulate, but it was not. It was an information office that had no diplomatic status. There was a small staff of actual State Department information officers plus local translators. The much larger CIA base was located in a separate building a mile away. It was protected by a not completely reliable local militia. Base management would have no say in the movement of the ambassador and would not be party to his plans, nor would it clear its own operations with the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

        In Benghazi, the CIA’s operating directive would have been focused on two objectives: monitoring the local al-Qaeda affiliate group, Ansar al-Sharia, and tracking down weapons liberated from Colonel Gaddafi’s arsenal. Staff consisted of CIA paramilitaries who were working in cooperation with the local militia.

        The ambassador would not be privy to operational details and would only know in general what the agency was up to. When the ambassador’s party was attacked, the paramilitaries at the CIA base came to the rescue before being driven back into their own compound, where two officers were subsequently killed in a mortar attack.


        There is more related information in the article and in the comments.

        and from Jim Lobe:

        the central government has proved unable to reassert its control over much of the nation, leaving a huge security vacuum filled by a multitude of militias – including radical Islamists who may have been responsible for the killing of the U.S. ambassador and two of his staff in Benghazi last September.
        Once again we see unintended consequences.

        The US Dept of State has issued travel warnings ... "strongly advises against all but essential travel to Tripoli and all travel to Benghazi, Bani Walid, and southern Libya, including border areas and the regions of Sabha and Kufra. Because of ongoing instability and violence ..."

        Orwell - "Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable"

        by truong son traveler on Sat May 11, 2013 at 05:48:46 PM PDT

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    •  Fine tooth comb! (6+ / 0-)
      David Corn describes it this way.
      The revisions—which deleted several lines noting that the CIA months before the attack had produced intelligence reports on the threat of Al Qaeda-linked extremists in Benghazi—appear to have been driven by State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, who, it should be noted, is a career Foggy Bottomer who has served Republican and Democratic administrations [ed: including Dick Cheney], not a political appointee. Her motive seems obvious: fend off a CIA CYA move that could make the State Department look lousy.
      Yet it’s only now, several days into this frenzy, that some reporters are coming to report this.

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