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CIA Silencing Benghazi Sources

Obama Administration officials have dismissed Benghazi as a phony scandal. But if so, why has the CIA engaged in a massive and unprecedented campaign of intimidation designed to silence anyone and everyone who might know the truth about what transpired at Benghazi when armed terrorists attacked the US consulate?

In breaking the news, CNN said that essentially, the CIA is giving polygraph tests every month to more than a dozen CIA employees who were on the ground in Benghazi during the attack. Meanwhile, Great Britain’s The Telegraph claims the agency is trying to prevent its operatives from discussing the incident with the press or members of Congress in an attempt to hide details of an arms-smuggling operation.

Our Secret Involvement in Syria

Does the Obama Administration conduct any business in public? Apparently not. Now we learn that the US has been secretly involved in providing military training to the Syrian rebels since late 2012. The CIA has carried out the training in the use of anti-tank and antiaircraft weapons from clandestine bases in both Turkey and Jordan.

Bin Laden Photos Discovered

The CIA has found seven previously unknown photographs of Osama bin Laden’s body after a freedom of information request from a government watchdog group. The discovery has sparked criticism of the agency, and raised questions about what else the CIA might have buried under the couch.

The Clapper Strikes Again

CBS News has reported that the Director of National Intelligence’s office — headed by Obama appointee James Clapper — made the decision to scrub any references to “Al Qaeda” or “terrorism” from the Administration’s talking points regarding the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Apparently, the CIA had confirmed the attack was an act of terrorism but also subsequently acquiesced to the DNI’s watered-down account meant for mass consumption. As the Ace of Spades blog observed,  “The White House wanted the terrorism angle all but written out of the report, and Clapper was the man who did the editing, and then the CIA, to its great dishonor, signed off on this lie.”

Yes, every Administration needs a Clapper. Plug it in, clap twice, and behold how quickly you can turn out the lights, and hide any semblance of truth from the public.

 

Covert Infidelity & Adultery

Taiwan’s Next Media Animation probes the bizarre wrinkles surrounding CIA Director David Petraeus’ affair with Paula Broadwell — the FBI surveillance, the timing of the resignation, the conspiracy theories it has spawned and how all of this might relate to President Obama’s Benghazi boondoggle.

CIA Director Drops Bombshell

The resignation of David Petraeus as director of the Central Intelligence Agency raises questions. Not so much about the extramarital affair that led to him stepping down, but rather about the timing of the resignation and whether he was forced to leave.

It’s most curious the announcement came just after the election and just ahead of Petraeus’ scheduled testimony before Congress on the Benghazi mess. It’s doubly curious because the affair apparently happened while the former four-star general served as commander in Afghanistan, more than a year ago. Why did news of the affair surface at this particular juncture, and what compelled the FBI to launch an investigation of Paula Broadwell, author of the biography All In: The Education of General David Petraeus?

Widespread news reports have identified Broadwell as Petraeus’ mistress, although neither she nor the general have acknowledged that assertion as fact. Without spelling out any further particulars, Petraeus’ resignation letter declared,  “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

Broadwell herself is married, but was embedded (adding new meaning to the term) with Petraeus while he was serving in Afghanistan and she was researching her book. Here is an interview Broadwell gave this past March with CBS News upon the book’s release.

We’ll be watching this story closely as it unfolds.

Dishonorable Disclosures

President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign has been one of the most disgraceful national campaigns of the last century — marked by gutter politics involving outright lies, vile and vicious innuendo, divisive class warfare, racial pandering and rank name-calling. But of all the dirty and deceitful tricks being used by the president and his palace guards, perhaps none has been as damaging as the administration’s reckless leaking of military and national security secrets in a callous attempt to gain political advantage.

The fact is, by revealing the tactics and procedures used by the CIA and US special operations forces, this administration has exposed the personnel involved to great risk and compromised the likelihood for success of future missions. Furious and frustrated by this lack of discretion, a band of former intelligence and special operations experts has taken the extraordinary step of forming OPSEC and going on the record, publicly, to educate Americans about the deadly consequences of these serious breaches of national security.  H/T Nice Deb

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