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Was There "A Formal Finding Of Terrorism"?

From Yahoo News:

U.S. responded to Benghazi attack as terrorism on ‘Day One’: Source

By Olivier Knox | Thurs September 27, 2012

When gunmen struck the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of this year, the response from American officials was almost simultaneous: They immediately set about collecting information about the attackers, some of whom were quickly identified as foreigners, and tracing links from them to known extremist groups, a knowledgeable source has told Yahoo News

"Friendly Libyans were saying almost immediately that the organized attackers (not the protesters) seemed to be mostly foreigners. By the 13th, people were beginning to be identified and rolled up," the source, who has been critical of the administration in the past, told Yahoo News. One early asset: Social media, where videos and photos of the attack gave intelligence officials early clues to what really happened.

"In this case, the intel has been spot-on from the beginning," the source said. American intelligence reached the conclusion that the assault on the consulate was terrorism "on Day One" and "the Brits, the French, Italians all said the same thing … within 48 hours." The source agreed to detail the American response to the tragedy on condition of anonymity…

The issue is not merely an inside-the-Beltway word game. A formal finding of terrorism enabled the U.S. government to respond with more military and intelligence assets than if the attack had been judged to be merely a criminal act

This is a very stunning revelation, if true. If there was "a formal finding of terrorism" early on, presumably within 24 hours of the attack, why did the administration tell us just the opposite?

Administration officials have underlined that there is an FBI investigation into the attack, and said they will not offer definitive conclusions into what happened in Benghazi until that probe wraps up…

As we have just noted, there isn’t much of an FBI investigation going on. And it is at least two weeks late.

[T]he anonymous source pointed to the relative silence from Obama’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

"They knew the real story from the beginning and were not paraded around to make statements," the source told Yahoo News. "Understand that the first bits of information from something like this are usually not reliable, but at the end of 24 hours, folks should have a pretty good idea of what happened … or they are not doing their job."

All of which does buttress the claim that the intelligence agencies knew better from the start.

Asked about the evolving administration line, the anonymous source said that "confusion and misinformation always helps an operational response."

"How much is subjective, but it is always good not to let your opponent have insight into what you know and don’t know," the source said. "However, as you can tell, this was a clumsy, some would characterize (it as) very sophomoric, response by the administration" at the communications level.

But, of course, "confusion and misinformation" also helps if you are trying to cover-up a terrorist attack that puts the lie to all of your boasts about having killed Al Qaeda along with Bin Laden.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 28th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Was There "A Formal Finding Of Terrorism"?”

  1. untrainable says:

    People died, Obama lied. And lied again. And then lied some more.

  2. postal67 says:

    Funny how things happen when your away golfing… Perhaps we can re-elect FDR, he had better excuses…There was a war.

  3. Tater Salad says:

    The President of the United States, Barack Obama is NOT only the worst President ever, even worse than Jimmy Carter or Woodrow Wilson, he is also a full blown “pathological liar”.

    1. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/09/28/People-Died-Obama-Lied

    2. http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=84483

    3. http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/28/report-u-s-intelligence-intercepts-show-ansar-al-sharia-bragging-to-al-qaeda-about-attack-on-consulate-in-benghazi/

    4. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/benghazi-gate-lawmakers-demand-answers-as-obama-administrations-inconsistent-libya-story-falls-apart/

    5. Democrats know the President was caught in a lie and now want a “full investigation into the Benghazi killings by Al Qaeda…………………………….after the elections!


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