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Report: Ex-CIA Deputy Director May Have Altered Benghazi Talking Points.


Image: Report: Ex-CIA Deputy Director May Have Altered Benghazi Talking PointsMichael Morell

By Lisa Barron

The recent Senate Intelligence Committee report on Benghazi suggests that the former deputy director of the CIA played a role in shaping the official “talking points” about the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Michael Morell may have altered the government’s explanation for the assault to benefit the Obama administration, reports Fox News.

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The panel’s reports showed that on Sept.15, four days after the attacks and one day before U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on various Sunday talk shows, Morell received an email from the CIA station chief in Libya stating that they were “not/not an escalation of protests.”

But that same day, according to Fox News’ chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge, although Morell cut the word “Islamic” from the talking points, he left the word “demonstration.”

And despite the fact that the CIA and the FBI on Sept. 18 reviewed the closed circuit footage showing there were no protests, President Obama still referred to a demonstration two days later, reported Fox.

Intelligence analysts stayed with the explanation “without sufficient intelligence or eyewitness statements to corroborate that assertion. The IC (intelligence community) took too long to correct these erroneous reports,” said the Senate report.

In November 2012, as the controversy over the talking points escalated, Morell accompanied Rice to a meeting with Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Morell defended Rice’s TV appearances and maintained there was confusion about what happened in Benghazi, Graham told Fox.

“What I found curious is that he did not accept responsibility for changing the talking points. He told me the FBI had done this. I called the FBI — they went ballistic. And I am sure somebody from the FBI called Mike Morell, but within 24 hours, his statement was changed where he admitted the CIA had done it,” Graham said.

Herridge pointed to an interview Morell gave to The Wall Street Journal last August in which he spoke about his interest “in advising future presidential campaigns,” and noted that The Journal, citing unnamed officials, also reported that Morell “is close to Hillary Clinton.”

“He’s put himself out there as a political player,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch is reportedly suing in federal court for the talking points documents and recently obtained 70 heavily redacted pages.

“You have to wonder what he was thinking at the time he was deleting these talking points in a way that benefited the Obama administration, and Hillary Clinton personally,” Fitton said.

Since leaving government Morell has joined Beacon Global Strategies, a government relations firm founded by Philippe Reines, whom the New York Times magazine recently described as “Clinton’s principal gatekeeper.”

Morell issued a written statement to Fox saying that the Senate report “…strongly supports the CIA’s long-standing position that neither the unclassified talking points nor the classified analysis on which they were based were in any way politicized. While not perfect, neither the talking points nor the analysis were produced with any political agenda in mind. None.”

“I think given what was said by him and others, and where they’re headed, down the political road, would justify revisiting this issue,” Graham told Fox.

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Priebus: Christie More Transparent Than Obama.


Image: Priebus: Christie More Transparent Than Obama

By Audrey Hudson

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday said Gov. Chris Christie showed more transparency and openness about the temporary lane closure on the George Washington Bridge than Barack Obama has about numerous scandals that have engulfed his presidency.

“Americans are a forgiving people, but they’re forgiving when you take ownership, when you admit mistakes you take corrective action, and that’s what Chris Christie showed,” Priebus said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“He stood there for 111 minutes in an open dialogue with the press,” Priebus said of the New Jersey Republican’s press conference after the revelation this week that an aide had participated in the decision to shut down numerous bridge lanes for several days last year.

“Now if only Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would give us 111 seconds of that, would we find out some things we want to find out about Obamacare, Benghazi the IRS — I mean Chris Christie has been open here,” Priebus said.

NBC Host David Gregory argued that if Obama set the tone for the IRS scandal, as his critics have maintained, then the same should hold true for Christie.

The difference is that “Chris Christie gave us almost two hours of open dialogue and really, cross examination with the press (wherein) you can judge a person’s character, and we had an opportunity to do that,” Priebus said.

“The president never offered that open dialogue so the people could determine the character with the president,” Priebus said.

Gregory also questioned whether Christie had set the tone for petty political retribution within the governor’s office. Emails revealed that the lane closures were for political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, for refusing to endorse Christie’s reelection last year.

The lanes were closed without notice, slowing emergency vehicles and school buses, and were blamed for the death of a 91-year-old woman whose transportation to a hospital was delayed in the traffic.

“He trusted people that lied to him, and he fired those people. The president doubles down on Eric Holder, he doubles down on Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner and Susan Rice, it’s the opposite,” Priebus said.

The Republican chairman also addressed the new tell-all book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates called “Duty,” and an assertion that Clinton’s opposition to the 2007 surge in Iraq was purely political because she was facing Obama in the primary.

“I think she’s a political person,” Priebus said.

“And I think what this country is starving for, are real authentic people who want to serve this country with a pure heart. And when they read these things about Hillary Clinton, when they examine her life, they question it … is she real, is she authentic, is she genuine, does she want to serve this country with a pure heart?” Priebus said.

“I think she’s political and I think Robert Gates’ book shows that once again.”

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Rep. Chaffetz: Hardly Anyone Believes Video Prompted Benghazi.


Rep. Jason Chaffetz says only a small minority believe the Benghazi attack was fueled by an anti-Muslim video: former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and a New York Times reporter.

“The only ones that believe that are evidently Susan Rice and the author of this article, for a grand total of two people in this country,” Chaffetz said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.”

Rice was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time, and appeared on all five Sunday-morning talk shows days later saying the attack was the result of a spontaneous street protest, much like protests that had happened in Egypt.

The Sept. 11, 2012, attack left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

The debate over who was behind the Benghazi attack and why the United States was unprepared for it was rekindled over the weekend when The New York Times published a story by reporter David Kirkpatrick saying the video was indeed the impetus.

Members of the House Intelligence Committee, including Democrat David Schiff, have said the attack was planned and was linked to al-Qaida. Kirkpatrick told CNN on Monday that the truth is in the middle. The video did prompt the attack, but the attack was planned by local people.

Chaffetz told “Hannity” guest host Katie Pavlich that he went to Libya about three weeks after the attack and that no one he talked to about it brought up the video.

Neither has anyone else he has talked to, he said, including former AFRICON leader Gen. Carter Ham and the Accountability Review Board.

Chaffetz said the administration is not pursuing the Benghazi attackers with the same tenacity it used in hunting the Boston Marathon bombers earlier this year.

“These people are still out there,” Chaffetz said of the Benghazi attackers. “Are they going to do it again? I worry that they might.”

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By Greg Richter

Susan Rice: Haven’t Got Time for ‘False’ Benghazi Controversy.


Image: Susan Rice: Haven't Got Time for 'False' Benghazi Controversy

By Amy Woods

Although television interviews that National Security Adviser Susan Rice gave after the deadly terrorist attacks in Libya exploded in backlash over their credibility, the former U.S. diplomat expressed no regrets during an appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

“I don’t have time to think about a false controversy,” Rice said on the Sunday-night show. “In the midst of all of the swirl about things like talking points, the administration’s been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security of our embassies and our facilities. That’s what we ought to be focused on.”

Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died during the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Rice suffered consequences that cost her the secretary of state post after she described the attacks as spontaneous when they were, in fact, acts of terrorism. The White House, in defending Rice, said she was revealing the intelligence that had been gathered up until that point.

When “60 Minutes'” Lesley Stahl asked Rice why the White House didn’t dispatch then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to handle the political talk shows, Rice answered:

“She had just gone through an incredibly painful and stressful week. Secretary Clinton, as our chief diplomat, had to reach out to the families, had to greet the bodies upon their arrival at Andrews Air Force Base. If I were her, the last thing I would have wanted to do is five Sunday-morning talk shows. So, I think it’s perfectly understandable.”

On the topic of government surveillance and having to contend with that controversy, Rice said she supports the cellphone monitoring program, The Hill reported.

“It’s been worth what we’ve done to protect the United States,” she said. “And the fact that we have not had a successful attack on our homeland since 911 should not be diminished. But that does not mean that everything we’re doing as of the present ought to be done the same way in the future.”

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Susan Rice: Snowden Doesn’t Deserve Amnesty.


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By Greg Richter

National Security Adviser Susan Rice kept her cards close when asked Sunday on “60 Minutes” whether the United States would consider granting secrets leaker Edward Snowden amnesty if he promised to stop revealing classified information.

But she didn’t sound very open to the idea.

“We don’t think that Snowden deserves amnesty. We believe he should come back, he should be sent back, and he should have his day in court,” Rice told CBS’s Lesley Stahl.

Snowden is believed to still have 1.5 million classified documents he has yet to share.

Snowden, who’s living in Russia under temporary asylum, said he stole and leaked the documents to let Americans know that their personal phone calls and emails were being collected and stored as part of the National Security Agency’s fight against terrorism.

Stahl asked Rice if it wasn’t worth giving Snowden something to prevent the release of more documents.

“Lesley, you know I’m not going to get into a negotiation with you on camera about something that sensitive,” Rice answered, adding that she is not aware of any proposed arrangement for amnesty from Snowden.

Pressed by Stahl about the fact that members of the intelligence community have been untruthful to the public both in congressional hearings and in the secret FISA court, Rice responded that in some cases false statements have been made inadvertently, but were corrected once the errors were discovered.

Rice was United States ambassador to the United Nations on Sept. 11, 2012, when the U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, were attacked, leaving Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

It was Rice who was given the task of appearing on all five Sunday morning talk shows todefend the administration’s position that the attacks were the result of spontaneous riots sparked by an anti-Muslim video.

The talking points from which Rice spoke, reportedly written by the CIA, were wrong. President Barack Obama intended to name her secretary of state to replace Hillary Clinton, but her role in the Benghazi scandal squelched that. Instead, she was named national security adviser, and works from Henry Kissinger’s old office just up the hall from the Oval Office.

Rice told “60 Minutes” she agreed to step in for Clinton on the talk shows because the secretary had just gone through a stressful week.

“Secretary Clinton, as our chief diplomat, had to reach out to the families, had to greet the bodies upon their arrival at Andrews Air Force Base,” Rice said.

Rice also defends the administration’s controversial deal to ease sanctions against Iran in exchange for the country cutting back on its nuclear capabilities. Critics have said the deal allows Iran to remain near nuclear status.

“Let’s be clear,” Rice said. “There’s no trust. There’s no naivety. The question is if a policy designed to put maximum economic pressure on them actually has come to the point where they are choking.”

Iran’s currency and oil revenues are down 50 percent, Rice said, and inflation is up

“They’re hurting,” Rice said, “And the question is are they hurting enough so that they are going to be willing to make some very difficult decisions that they’ve resisted making thus far and give up in a verifiable way this nuclear program? The answer is we don’t know. But the other half of the answer is we have every interest in testing that proposition.”

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Afghan Security Pact Falling Apart; US May Pull Troops.


There will be no American troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 if Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to refuse to sign a bilateral security arrangement that codifies ground rules for any continued U.S. presence, The Washington Post reported.
The deal, negotiated in the course of a year, has already been endorsed by his own handpicked assembly.
In Kabul, Karzai gave U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, a rolling list of demands which he insisted needed to be met before he signed.
These include Washington’s help in kick-starting talks between Karzai and Taliban militants; the release of 17 Taliban prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay as a goodwill gesture to the Taliban; plus severely restricting U.S. counter-insurgency efforts including a commitment not to enter any “Afghan home,” the Post reported.
The U.S. position is that its military will pull out entirely unless there is a security agreement. Karzai’s refusal could also jeopardize pledges of $8 billion in international military and economic support to the country, the Post reported.
Karzai came to power in 2001 as the head of an interim power-sharing government. He has been subsequently elected and re-elected. His  relationships with both the Bush and Obama administrations have often been turbulent.
The Afghan leader believes that the Obama White House opposes his re-election, while Rice said the United States would not interfere in the presidential race, according to the Post.
American troops entered the country in the aftermath of the al-Qaida terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

At the time, al-Qaida leaders were based in Afghanistan. Since then, over 2,000 U.S. service personnel have been killed and over 19,000 wounded.

The conflict has cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars.
Rice is to visit with U.S. troops Tuesday for Thanksgiving before heading home, The New York Times reported.
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By Elliot Jager

Stella Oduah: Woman Down By Ross Alabo-George.


By Ross Alabo-George

It is one bullet Mr. President cannot afford to take for his minister. It will pierce through the Fedora hat. This president has taken too many bullets for some of his cabinet ministers and auxiliaries in government, and cannot afford to continue being in such politically hazardous crossfire.

No president goes down for his subordinate. When they do, it is either because the political cost has been cautiously weighed and confirmed harmless or they simply consider it manoeuvrable for political advantage. This one is not.

Not even a military general takes a bullet for a troop, because the fall of the general means much more than just the fall of a soldier. President Goodluck Jonathan has taken bullets for his ministers of Petroleum Resources, Niger Delta Affairs, Education, the list goes on. He has been a shield for his party and for his own presidency.

In December 2012, when Ambassador Susan Rice dropped her bid for US Secretary of State, even as President Barack Obama’s nominee, it was not because she was nay less qualified than Senator John Kerry. She stepped aside to save the president some huge political capital. Her confirmation by the US Senate was not impossible. Even with the bashing she got for ‘misinforming’ America on the US Embassy attack in Benghazi, President Obama could slap enough backs to get her through confirmation, but at a huge political cost. Ambassador Rice understood that: she spared her president the loss.

The right thing should be done, Princess Oduah should resign her appointment as minister and spare the president the burden of her sack. When Ambassador Rice, now US National Security Adviser, voluntarily stepped aside, President Obama said the ambassador showed  “an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first.”

As dynamic as she has been as minister of aviation, Princess Oduah’s inability to resign her appointment and pursue the ‘clearing’ of her name, like Nigerian politicians like to say, is causing a pilgrim president some major embarrassment.

I can understand the president’s burden. Princess Oduah is passionate about the transformation agenda. She was the carburetor of his political machine in 2011, and an elegant symbol of female activism in partisan politics. She has made not a few adversaries as an armour bearer for the president.

She stepped on toes,  and crushed the feet of the president’s adversaries who crossed the red carpet, and she did so without blinking an eyelid. She grounded aircrafts and entire airlines owned by powerful politicians in her course of duty. She is a staunch supporter and loyalist, not like many of the president’s men who dine with his enemies at dusk. She personified the president’s agenda for aviation and cruised in her space like a Concorde.

Her careful rise to the upper echelon of politics was not by chance. A few people came down on her way up. It is, therefore, utter insensitivity for a minister of the ruling party to still remain in the cabinet while being investigated by a ‘military’ panel set up by her boss. The princess should understand that her political viability as minister has expired. The glory has departed.

But the princess is a fighter and an political Amazon. Her greatest pain will not be that she wouldn’t be minister anymore, rather it will be that she has some unfinished battles. Her war to restore our airports have almost been won, but not yet. Her fight to make our airspace safer is not finished too. Her fight to deliver the president in 2015 is one fight she won’t stop even if sacked. Back home, her fight to check the rivalry of Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, as the Queen of Anambra politics may just have been lost. But don’t count her out just yet.

This scandal goes to show the loopholes in our procurement process. It has become clear that even in due process, there are corrupt procedures. These leakages are a source of concern to citizens, and the role of the financial institutions in this whole mess cannot be downplayed. It is time to re-evaluate the sufficiency of the Public Procurement Act of 2007.

Now, is she guilty? I don’t know. She has not been tried, and no one can tell. But right now, she doesn’t even have to be. The tenuous and wobbly defence put up by the NCAA has made some of us – non-partisan supporters of the president- uncomfortable. No cogent defence, no reliable proof of innocence, and no rational talking point to defend the administration on this matter have emerged. I will rather not defend the president on this matter, because the bullet has already hit its target. It is not time to look for the snipers, it is time to tow away the fallen, and put national interest first.

Ross Alabo-George
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