Administration's BENGHAZI TIMELINE …
Movie? Mob? Terrorists Attack?
You Decide ...
The following shows how the American
people were duped by an Administration who wanted to hide the fact that
Al Qaeda is NOT on the run … and is VERY ALIVE AND GROWING …
published by CNN -- red shows DATE, PERSON QUOTED & IMPORTANT TEXT ...
September 12 - October 16, 2012
-- President Barack Obama:
"The United States condemns in the strongest
terms this outrageous and shocking
No acts of terror
will ever shake the resolve of this great nation."
-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
"We are working to determine the precise
motivations and methods of those who carried out this
have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest
that took place at our embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to
inflammatory material posted on the Internet. America's commitment to
religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But
let me be clear: There is no justification for this; none."
-- White House spokesman Jay Carney,
in response to questions about whether the attack was planned:
"It's too early for us to make that judgment.
I think -- I know that this is being investigated, and we're working
with the Libyan government to investigate the incident. So I would not
want to speculate on that at this time."
at a campaign event in Las Vegas, again uses the "act of terror" line:
"No act of
terror will dim the light of the
values that we proudly shine on the rest of the world, and no act of
violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America."
– Obama & Jay Carney:
Golden, Colorado. "I want people around the world to hear me: To all
those who would do us harm, no act of
terror will go unpunished."
protests we're seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie.
They are not directly in reaction to any policy of the United States or
the government of the United States or the people of the United States."
-- A senior U.S. official tells CNN
that the Benghazi violence was a "clearly planned attack":
"It was not an innocent mob," the official
said. "The video or 9/11 made a handy excuse and could be fortuitous
from their perspective, but this was a clearly planned military-type
September 13 -- State Department
spokeswoman Victoria Nuland:
"Well, as we said yesterday when we were on
background, we are very cautious about drawing any conclusions with
regard to who the perpetrators were, what their motivations were,
whether it was premeditated, whether they had any external contacts,
whether there was any link, until we have a chance to investigate along
with the Libyans. So I know that's going to be frustrating for you, but
we really want to make sure that we do this right and
we don't jump to conclusions.
That said, obviously, there are plenty of people around the region
citing this disgusting video as something that has been motivating."
September 14 -- Jay Carney:
"We were not aware of any actionable
intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi
was planned or imminent."
September 16 -- Susan Rice, U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations, on CNN's "State of the Union" with
Candy Crowley: "There
was a hateful video that was
disseminated on the Internet. It had nothing to do with the United
States government, and it's one that we find disgusting and
reprehensible. It's been offensive to many, many people around the
world. That sparked violence in various parts of the world, including
violence directed against Western facilities including our embassies and
On CBS' "Face the Nation," Rice also said
that, "We do not have information at
present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or
September 18 -- Jay Carney:
"Our belief, based on the information we
have, is it was the video that caused
the unrest in Cairo, and the video and the unrest in Cairo that helped
-- that precipitated some of the unrest in Benghazi and elsewhere.
What other factors were involved is a matter of investigation."
September 19 -- Jay Carney:
"It is a simple fact that there are, in
post-revolution, postwar Libya, armed groups, there are bad actors
hostile to the government, hostile to the West, hostile to the United
States. And as has been the case in other countries in the region, it is
certainly conceivable that these groups take advantage of and exploit
situations that develop, when they develop, to protest against or attack
either Westerners, Americans, Western sites or American sites. ...
Right now I'm saying we don't have
evidence at this point that this was premeditated or preplanned
to coincide on a -- to happen on a specific date or coincide with that
September 19 -- Matthew Olson,
director of the National
Counterterrorism Center, responding to a question by Senate Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman on whether the
attack was a terrorist attack:
"They were killed in the course of a
terrorist attack on our embassy.
... At this point, what I would say is that a number of different
elements appear to have been involved in the attack, including
individuals connected to militant groups that are prevalent in eastern
Libya, particularly the Benghazi area, as well we are looking at
indications that individuals involved in the attack may have had
connections to al Qaeda or al Qaeda affiliates, in particular al Qaeda
in the Islamic Maghreb." Olson also said U.S. officials had no "specific
evidence of significant advanced planning."
September 20 -- Jay Carney while flying:
(first time administration made
"It is, I think, self-evident that what
happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.
Our embassy was attacked violently, and the result was four deaths of
September 20 -- President Obama at a
town hall meeting organized by the Spanish-language Univision Network,
responding to a question about the possible involvement of al Qaeda:
"What we do know is that the natural
protests that arose because of the outrage over the video
were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly
harm U.S. interests."
September 21 -- Hillary Clinton:
"What happened in Benghazi was a terrorist
attack, and we will not rest until we
have tracked down and brought to justice the terrorists who murdered
four Americans." Hillary Clinton and
Jay Carney had already admitted “terrorist attack”
September 25 -- President Obama on ABC's
"The View," in response to interviewer
Joy Behar's question, "I heard Hillary Clinton say it was an act of
terrorism. Is it? What do you say?":
"We're still doing an investigation.
There's no doubt that (with) the kind of weapons that were used, the
ongoing assault, that it wasn't just a mob action. We don't have all the
information yet, so we're still gathering it. But what's clear is that
around the world, there's still a lot of threats out there." Obama also
said "extremist militias" were suspected to have been involved.
September 26 -- Hillary Clinton:
"What is happening inside Mali is augmented
by the rising threat from violent extremism across the region. For some
time, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other groups have launched
attacks and kidnappings from northern Mali into neighboring countries.
Now, with a larger safe haven and increased freedom to maneuver,
terrorists are seeking to extend their reach
and their networks in multiple
directions. And they are working with other violent extremists to
undermine the democratic transitions under way in North Africa, as we
tragically saw in Benghazi."
September 27 -- Secretary of Defense
"It was a terrorist attack.
... As we determined the details of what took place there and how that
attack took place, it became clear that there were terrorists who had
planned that attack."
September 27 -- A senior U.S.
official tells CNN that it became clear within about a day of the
Benghazi attack that it been the work of terrorists.
CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend
reports that a law enforcement source told her that "from day one, we
had known clearly that this was a terrorist attack."
September 28 -- Statement by Shawn
Turner, spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper:
"In the immediate aftermath,
there was information that led us to assess that the attack began
spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in
Cairo. We provided that initial
assessment to executive branch officials and members of Congress, who
used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates
as they became available. Throughout
our investigation, we continued to emphasize that information gathered
was preliminary and evolving. As we learned more about the attack, we
revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating
that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by
October 1 -- Nuland, in response
to calls from Rep. Peter King, R-California, for Rice to resign because
her remarks about the attack were, according to him, misleading:
"Well, let me start by saying that Secretary
Clinton believes that Ambassador Rice has done a superb job. So let's
just start there, and we completely reject any such calls here in this
October 1 -- Nuland, responding
to a question about whether officials in Libya had sought additional
security for diplomatic installations and personnel there:
"I think it's fair to say that we are still
working through what we have in this building in terms of documentation,
in terms of information about what we knew, who knew it, when they knew
it, and that's part of the process that we have to go through."
October 2 -- Carney:
"I can tell you that from the moment our
facility was attacked in Benghazi, the president's focus has been on
securing our diplomats and facilities in Libya and around the world, and
on bringing the killers to justice. At
every step of the way, the administration has based its public
statements on the best assessments that were provided by the
intelligence community. As the
intelligence community learned more information, they updated Congress
and the American people on it."
October 9 -- During a background
briefing with reporters, a senior State Department official
responding to a question about whether the attack was a spontaneous
assault taking advantage of a demonstration over the movie:
"That is a question that you would have to ask,
have to ask others. That was not, that was not our conclusion. I'm not
saying that we had a conclusion."
The background briefing contains detailed
information about the attack, including how dozens of armed men stormed
the complex as Stevens and two security team members took refuge in a
"The lethality and the number of armed people
is unprecedented," one official said. "There had been no attacks like
that anywhere in Libya -- Tripoli, Benghazi or anywhere -- in the time
that we had been there. And so it is unprecedented, in fact, it would be
very, very hard to find precedent for an attack like (it) in recent
October 9 -- Clapper, during a
speech in Orlando:
Upon returning from a trip to Australia,
Clapper said, he was "reading the media clips about the hapless,
hopeless, helpless, inept, incompetent DNI, because I acknowledged
publicly that we didn't instantly have that 'God's eye, God's ear'
certitude" about what had happened.
He later added, in answer to a question: "The
challenge is always a tactical warning, the exact insights ahead of time
that such an attack is going to take place, and obviously we did not
have that. This gets into the mysteries versus secrets thing. If people
don't behave, emit a behavior or talk or something else ahead of time to
be detected, it's going to be very hard to predict an exact attack and
come up with an exact attack."
October 10 -- Under Secretary of
State for Management Pat Kennedy, in congressional testimony:
"No one in the administration has claimed to
know all the answers. We have always
made clear that we are giving the best information we have at the time,
and that information has evolved."
In the same hearing, Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for International Programs Charlene Lamb testified
that the State Department "had the correct number of assets in Benghazi
at the time."
October 10 -- Obama, in an ABC
"The information may not have always been right
the first time. And as soon as it turns out that we have a fuller
picture of what happened, then that was disclosed."
October 10 -- Carney, responding
to questions about whether administration officials had misled the
public because they did not want to acknowledge a terrorist attack:
"The president of the United States referred to
it as an act of terror immediately after it occurred."
"I never said we don't know if it's terrorism.
There was an issue about the definition of terrorism. This is by
definition an act of terror, as the president made clear."
October 11 -- Vice President Joe
Biden, during his debate with GOP
vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, responding to a question about
what the administration knew about
security requests from Libya:
"We weren't told they wanted more security
October 12 -- Carney, asked to
respond to Biden's comments:
"The vice president was speaking about himself,
and the president and the White House. He was not referring to the
administration, clearly, since there was a public hearing for four and a
half hours where it was discussed openly by individuals working at the
State Department requests that were made."
October 15 -- Clinton, in an
interview with CNN:
"I take responsibility. I'm in charge of the
State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts.
The president and the vice president
wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by
security professionals. They're the ones who weigh all of the threats
and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision."
October 16 -- Obama, speaking to
GOP challenger Mitt Romney at their second debate:
"The day after the attack, governor, I stood in
the Rose Garden and I told the American people in the world that we are
going to find out exactly what happened; that this was an act of terror.
And I also said that we're going to hunt down those who committed this
~ Beverly Smith Herrington
October 18, 2012
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