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Obama Met With Panetta After Attack Began

From CNS News:

Obama Met With Panetta and Biden at WH As Benghazi Terror Attack Unfolded

By Terence P. Jeffrey | Tue October 30, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Sept. 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM—just 55 minutes after the State Department notified the White House and the Pentagon that the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi was under attack.

The meeting between Obama, Panetta and Biden had been scheduled before the attack took place, and the Department of Defense is not commenting now on whether the three men were aware when they met that day of the ongoing attack or whether Obama used that meeting to discuss with his defense secretary what should be done to defend the U.S. personnel who at that very moment were fighting for their lives in Benghazi.

In fact, as will be noted below, the White House would have already gotten emails about the attack, starting at 4:05 pm. And they had probably received top priority ‘flash alerts’ via highly secured channels.

“Secretary Panetta met with President Obama, as the White House-provided scheduled indicates,” Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a Defense Department spokesman, told CNSNews.com on Tuesday. “However, neither the content nor the subject of discussions between the President and his advisors are appropriate for disclosure.” …

Not even to the top Congressional members on the various intelligence committees?

About 25 minutes after the attack started—at 4:05 p.m. Washington, D.C. time—the State Department sent an email that went to multiple recipients, including two at the White House and one at the Pentagon.

The subject line on this email said: “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack.” The text of the email said: “The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Embassy Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and our COM personnel are in the compound safe haven.” It went on to say: “The Operations Center will provide updates as available.”

In her testimony to the Oversight Committee, Charlene Lamb indicated that soon after the attack started, she was able to monitor it from Washington, D.C., in “almost real time.”

“When the attack began, a Diplomatic Security agent working in the Tactical Operations Center immediately activated the Imminent Danger Notification System and made an emergency announcement over the PA,” Lamb testified. “Based on our security protocols, he also alerted the annex U.S. quick reaction security team stationed nearby, the Libyan 17th February Brigade, Embassy Tripoli, and the Diplomatic Security Command Center in Washington. From that point on, I could follow what was happening in almost real-time.” …

It is inconceivable that these notifications would not have involved the White House, especially in view of the fact that the US Embassy in Cairo had already been attacked earlier in the day.

So any and all information about other attacks would have been sent to the White House immediately.

Fred Lucas of CNSNews.com asked the White House on both Monday and Tuesday to reveal exactly when Obama learned the U.S. mission in Benghazi was under attack and who exactly Obama directed to "make sure that we are securing our personnel" there. The White House did not respond…

Of course not. But how come no one else in the news media is asking the White House about this?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Obama Met With Panetta After Attack Began”

  1. GetBackJack

    Damning

    (crickets)

  2. MsDollie

    Obama: Do I claim I didn’t know? Do I admit I didn’t know what to do?

    Ignorant or Coward …. that is the question.

  3. canary

    The focus needs to be on the Stevens’s begging for security and not getting it.

    Do we get to know #2 and #3 what Obama said. Did it contradict what he made up he said to Panetta who ignored that order.

    Since when has Obama or Panetta cared about any U.S. Military life or CIA agent’s lives.

    They wanted Stevens and the Diplomat murdered shut up so they’d quit saying it was dangerous.
    And there is no bleeping excuse that Libya brass did not intervene immediately.
    After everything Obama did for Libya and they sat on their laurels laughing.

    We are a laughing stalk among these countries.

  4. canary

    While, millions don’t have electricity to watch TV Obama just told TV guide of his favorite television shows. All that playing board games with the kiddies and not watching television was just a crock.

    In the same issue is TV guide is promoting Michelle to have her own talk show like Oprah.

  5. canary

    Breaking: Obama ignored American consulate’s weeks prior before attack begging for emergency security do to growing Al-Qadia training camps and more Islamic extremist sects endangering the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

    Fox News Exclusive: Classified cable warned consulate couldn’t withstand ‘coordinated attack’

    by Catherine Herridge Oct 31 2012

    The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News.

    Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.

    According to a review of the cable addressed to the Office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Emergency Action Committee was also briefed “on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi … these groups ran the spectrum from Islamist militias, such as the QRF Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia, to ‘Takfirist thugs.’” Each U.S. mission has a so-called Emergency Action Committee that is responsible for security measures and emergency planning.

    As for specific threats against the U.S., the cable warned the intelligence was not clear on the issue, cautioning that the militias in Benghazi were not concerned with any significant retaliation from the Libyan government, which had apparently lost control in Benghazi.

    While the administration’s public statements have suggested that the attack came without warning, the Aug. 16 cable seems to undercut those claims. It was a direct warning to the State Department that the Benghazi consulate was vulnerable to attack, that it could not be defended and that the presence of anti-U.S. militias and Al Qaeda was well-known to the U.S. intelligence community.

    In a three-page cable on Sept 11, the day Stevens and the three other Americans were killed, Stevens wrote about “growing problems with security” in Benghazi and “growing frustration” with the security forces and Libyan police.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....z2Axj36Ook
    http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....ed-attack/

    The Obama administration wanted Stevens dead because of he told of the enormous growth of AL-Qaida in Libya, and Libya’s turning a blind eye to it.

    So, if American’s don’t believe the Security detail literally taken out from the U.S. Embassy, and Stevens begging Senators for security….

  6. Chrispbass

    I find it hard to believe that nothing was done during this not-very-short ordeal.
    Sheer incompetence or was this allowed to happen? If so, why?
    Its not as if O is the only one calling the shots, this is a machine we are dealing with. Pun not intended.

    • canary

      Stevens put it in writing that Al-Qaida were setting up training camps and more extremist sects were taking over, Libya was letting it happen and it was obvious Obama failed in going around congress and droning bombs on Libya. They had to shut him up.
      Obama was relieved once there were dead, didn’t miss a beat, and went on his merry way to Vegas.


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