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Obama Met With Panetta, Biden on 9/11/12 55 Minutes After State Notified WH of Benghazi Attack
CNSNews ^ | October 30, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 10/30/2012 4:08:14 PM PDT by jazusamo

(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 a State Department email 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 Defense is not commenting now on whether the three men were aware when they met that day of the ongoing Benghazi attack or whether Obama used that meeting to discuss with his defense secretary what should be done to defend the U.S. personnel in Benghazi.

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

The fact that the president had been scheduled to meet with Vice President Biden and Defense Secretary Panetta at 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 11 had been publicized on the Washington Daybook--a planning service to which news orgnizations subscribe--and included on the official White House schedule posted online by the White House itself.

The State Department email notifying the White House and Pentagon of the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack was obtained and reported by CBS News.

The terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi began at about 9:40 p.m. Benghazi time—or about 3:40 p.m. Washington, D.C. time. “The attack began at approximately 9:40 p.m. local time,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in written testimony submitted Oct. 10.

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 not long 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.”

According to Lamb, three U.S. agents used an armored car to approach the safe haven at the U.S. consulate to rescue a U.S. security agent on the roof of the facility and also to try to retrieve Amb. Chris Stevens and Sean Smith, an Air Force veteran and State Department communications specialist.

“Despite thick smoke, the agents entered the building multiple times trying to locate the Ambassador and Mr. Smith,” Lamb testified. “After numerous attempts, they found Sean Smith and, with the assistance of members of the U.S. quick reaction team, removed him from the building. Unfortunately, he was already deceased. They still could not find the Ambassador.”

It was not until 11:00 p.m. Benghazi time—or just as Obama’s 5:00 p.m. meeting with Panetta and Biden was starting in Washington, D.C.—that the U.S. security agents in Benghazi decided to abandon the main consulate facility there.

“At 11 p.m. members of the Libyan 17th February Brigade advised they could no longer hold the area around the main building and insisted on evacuating the site,” Lamb testified. “The agents made a final search for the Ambassador before leaving in an armed vehicle.

But the battle was far from over.

“Upon arriving at the annex around midnight, they took up defensive positions, including on the roof,” Lamb testified. “Shortly after their arrival, the annex itself began taking intermittent fire for a period of time.”

The battle continued, with the attackers now using mortars, and it was only in the “early morning” that two more Americans were killed and two more were wounded.

“In the early morning, an additional security team arrived from Tripoli and proceeded to the annex,” Lamb testified. “Shortly after they arrived, the annex started taking mortar fire, with as many as three direct hits on the compound. It was during this mortar attack that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed and a Diplomatic Security agent and an annex quick reaction security team member were critically wounded.”

Doherty and Woods were both former Navy Seals who served in both the Iraq and Afghan wars. They were working as U.S. security personnel in Libya.

When exactly did Obama learn that U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi was under attack and who did he order to do something about it? The White House is not saying.

“I can tell you, as I've said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives,” Obama told KUSA TV in Denver on Friday. “Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.”

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 he directed to ‘make sure that we are securing our personnel’ there?” The White House did not respond.

At an Oct. 25 Pentagon press briefing, a reporter noted that “there was, in fact, a drone over the CIA annex [in Benghazi] and there were intelligence officials fighting inside the annex,” and then asked Panetta: “Why there wasn't a clear intelligence picture that would have given you what you needed to make some moves, for instance, flying, you know, F-16s over the area to disperse fighters or dropping more special forces in?”

“[T]here's a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here,” Panetta said.

“We quickly responded, as General [Martin] Dempsey [chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] said, in terms of deploying forces to the region,” Panetta continued. “We had FAST platoons in the region. We had ships that we had deployed off of Libya. And we were prepared to respond to any contingency and certainly had forces in place to do that.

“But the basic principle here--basic principle--is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on; without having some real-time information about what's taking place,” said Panetta. “And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, General Ham, General Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”

A reporter followed up: “So the drone, then, and the forces inside the annex weren't giving enough of a clear picture is what you're saying.”

“This happened within a few hours and it was really over before, you know, we had the opportunity to really know what was happening,” Panetta said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigate; bidentreason; conspiracytreason; dnctreason; libya; libyagate; obama; obama4alqaeda; obamatreason; obamavsamerica; panettatreason; treason; waronterror
Obama, Panetta and Biden had to know about the attack shortly after it started.
1 posted on 10/30/2012 4:08:20 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Biden said ‘we didn’t know’ during his debate with Ryan. I can’t think of 3 WORSE PEOPLE to have in this situation than these three. Those poor Americans, they were doomed from the start with these 3 COWARDS at the helm.


2 posted on 10/30/2012 4:10:39 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: jazusamo

Say what you want about Obama and Biden. But I have NEVER understood why Panetta is in such a sensitive post. He is a political hack. I cannot stand him and do NOT trust him.


3 posted on 10/30/2012 4:10:55 PM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: jazusamo

Has there been any polling on whether anyone outside of the hard-core conservative 20 % have even heard of it?


4 posted on 10/30/2012 4:14:04 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: jazusamo

They were meeting at 5pm in the white hut to discuss the rescue of hostages...oops...at least that was on the initial itinerary.


5 posted on 10/30/2012 4:15:10 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Dr Erkel and Mr. Jive...lurking the streets of DC)
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To: Galtoid
....Ummmmm.... follow the money in Monterey County....

slippery stuff....

6 posted on 10/30/2012 4:15:42 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: gusopol3

I know of none. At least Fox News has been on this along with many Internet sites.


7 posted on 10/30/2012 4:15:57 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
StandDown_3
8 posted on 10/30/2012 4:17:00 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: jazusamo

This all means NOTHING. No Republican has the spine to stand up.

Yawn, nothing will happen. I promise you!


9 posted on 10/30/2012 4:17:04 PM PDT by Dacula
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To: jazusamo

The second drone was from OUTSIDE Libya —it came from SIGONELLA, Sicily...! It replaced the first drone that egressed owing to low fuel.

That’s important because a cross-border authorization can only come from POTUS. But the notion the relief drone would have been authorized by POTUS directly but remained UNARMED...?

That detail almost certainly would be something the President would have SPECIFIED...!

I’m saying that before he went to bed he must have said, “Just MONITOR the situation but DO NOT ATTACK”


10 posted on 10/30/2012 4:19:02 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: jazusamo
And the Department Defense is not commenting now on whether the three men were aware when they met that day of the ongoing Benghazi attack or whether Obama used that meeting to discuss with his defense secretary what should be done to defend the U.S. personnel in Benghazi.

LOL. We don't need DOD to comment on the obvious. The WH knew almost at the same time as the State Dept since flash traffic goes to all the various agencies command centers. And you can bet they discussed what to do.

11 posted on 10/30/2012 4:19:58 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Your graphic nails it.


12 posted on 10/30/2012 4:20:02 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
What I heard on FOX tonight is that there were 2 drones. Neither armed. One from Italy. So they had no qualms about invading Libyan airspace, they just didn't do it with a gunship that probably would have been there in the same time as the 2nd drone. Also the first drone came from in country and was over the fighting within 1 hour. Previously, I thought they claimed the drone didn't show till near the end. Looks worse the more you find out.
13 posted on 10/30/2012 4:21:37 PM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: gaijin
“Just MONITOR the situation but DO NOT ATTACK”

I've no doubt you're correct.

14 posted on 10/30/2012 4:23:30 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: IrishPennant

I distinctly remember, from the beginning of this that PANETTA AND OBAMA were in a regularly scheduled meeting when they were notified. I could be wrong but this is the first time BIDEN Has been mentioned in that meeting, has he just been included? This is what I found from CNC News.

“Panetta was at the White House for a regular meeting on the afternoon of Sept. 11 as the first reports of the attack unfolded, a U.S. official said. By that evening Panetta had consulted with Dempsey and Ham and had ordered a number of U.S. military forces in the region to move closer to Libya.”


15 posted on 10/30/2012 4:23:58 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: jazusamo

16 posted on 10/30/2012 4:26:52 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: jazusamo

FORMER DELTA OPERATOR ON “THE PANETTA DOCTRINE” OR ALSO KNOWN AS “THE DUMBEST SHIT I EVER HEARD!”

http://www.blackfive.net/main/2012/10/former-delta-operator-on-the-panetta-doctrine-or-also-known-as-the-dumbest-shit-i-ever-heard.html


17 posted on 10/30/2012 4:27:51 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo

There is no mention of communication between the CIA and the White House. All we get is the State Dept side of it. The CIA was in constant communication with Woods. The CIA has sole control of the Predator drones. Obama approved two armed Predator drones for Libya in April. Woods painted the terrorist gunner with a laser so the drone could take it out, instead the gunner used the laser to take out Tyrone Woods.

Now, we have heard that the Libyans complained about the armed drones being used, but how would they know whether the drones were armed or not?


18 posted on 10/30/2012 4:30:31 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Toespi

Toe, IMHO only, the purple lipped prince failed to attend regular security briefings...The idea that he was in a “regular” meeting with Panetta makes me wonder...but its only my instinct.


19 posted on 10/30/2012 4:32:04 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Dr Erkel and Mr. Jive...lurking the streets of DC)
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To: Galtoid
But I have NEVER understood why Panetta is in such a sensitive post. He is a political hack.

Have you heard of Les Aspen?

Twin brother separated by a few years.

20 posted on 10/30/2012 4:32:28 PM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: smoothsailing

Good piece and dead on the mark. Thanks for linking.


21 posted on 10/30/2012 4:32:39 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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22 posted on 10/30/2012 4:34:44 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=om93destr)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks jazusamo.


23 posted on 10/30/2012 4:35:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jazusamo

the more I learn about this disaster the worse it gets


24 posted on 10/30/2012 4:38:51 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: jazusamo

Yah....they discussed Youtube movie reviews.....


25 posted on 10/30/2012 4:39:01 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: IrishPennant

Oh yeah, I have thought that from the beginning, especially since it was caveated with “a previously scheduled meeting. Very convenient and now Biden is being brushed into the picture. The three top dogs, POTUS, VPOTUS, AND SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, just happen to be there when this odd protest takes place.


26 posted on 10/30/2012 4:40:21 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: gaijin

Why would an intelligence operator ‘paint’ a target with a laser if the assets above were not armed? Who told him to start painting a target? Who would tell an operator to paint a target knowing a drone was unarmed? Conclusion: The drones were likely armed, they were trying to direct fire to the insurgency, and ‘someone’ did not authorize a counter-attack drone strike. Sound logical?


27 posted on 10/30/2012 4:45:21 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: jazusamo

the question we should be asking is,

Who gave the order to deny air support?


28 posted on 10/30/2012 4:48:22 PM PDT by RockyTx
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To: jazusamo; Lady Jag; everyone


Graphic by LadyJag!
           

Know the truth






29 posted on 10/30/2012 4:53:07 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx; Lady Jag
Graphic by LadyJag!

Excellent! I'm borrowing it, it's a real keeper!

30 posted on 10/30/2012 4:58:03 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: throwback

not true...one drone was wired to the teeth


31 posted on 10/30/2012 4:58:30 PM PDT by advertising guy (" that lie has it's own sleep number " David Feherty PGA Championship 2012)
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To: jazusamo

The email is secondary, Obama knew when the initial phone call came in, your article says after an “email”, “just 55 minutes after a State Department email notified the White House”, here’s where Obama admits he knew when the initial phone call came;

TRANSCRIPT: Presidential debate on foreign policy at Lynn University
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/22/transcript-presidential-debate-on-foreign-policy-at-lynn-university/

Obama “Now with respect to Libya, as I indicated in the last debate, when we received that phone call, I immediately made sure that, number one, that we did everything we could to secure those Americans who were still in harm’s way;”

And here’s when the phone call was placed to Washington(which would have been approx 9:40pm at the consulate);

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/10/198791.htm

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL:“...I neglected to mention from the top that that agent from the top of this incident, or the very beginning of this incident, has been on the phone. He had called the quick reaction security team, he had called the Libyan authorities, he had called the Embassy in Tripoli, and he had called Washington.”


32 posted on 10/30/2012 4:59:19 PM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: jazusamo
Just 55 minutes later?! The president doesn't rate a notification within 10 minutes of a possible attack alert? We are speaking of a significant date and a previously attacked location here, not of some totally out-of-the blue situation.
33 posted on 10/30/2012 5:00:32 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Dan(9698)

Well, he likely has not ever heard of Les Aspin. ...or his brother-in-arms Frank Church. The bastard Church is, of course, primarily responsible for the legislation which forbade the CIA and the FBI to share information, thereby cutting the balls off of America’s security apparatus. Hence, where we are today....


34 posted on 10/30/2012 5:04:07 PM PDT by Check6 (United States of Moronia: A nation of morons ruled by a gang of communist thugs.)
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To: jazusamo

There were three people there but no one qualified to talk about the problem, that’s the problem.


35 posted on 10/30/2012 5:05:59 PM PDT by ully2
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To: jazusamo

At what point in time did Obama decide to simply let these people die?

Did he watch the rape of Stevens? Who was the last American killed before he went to bed? Did he quickly fall asleep and dream of Vegas?

If all of those murdered were black, would he have sent them help to survive?

I want to see justice and without any quarter given.


36 posted on 10/30/2012 5:14:23 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Toespi

The three top dogs, POTUS, VPOTUS, AND SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

You forgot the list the leader of the pack, Valerie Jarrett.


37 posted on 10/30/2012 5:25:09 PM PDT by UglyinLA
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To: smoothsailing

FORMER DELTA OPERATOR ON “THE PANETTA DOCTRINE” OR ALSO KNOWN AS “THE DUMBEST SHIT I EVER HEARD!”

http://www.blackfive.net/main/2012/10/former-delta-operator-on-the-panetta-doctrine-or-also-known-as-the-dumbest-shit-i-ever-heard.html


Excellent reference


38 posted on 10/30/2012 5:41:57 PM PDT by patriotspride
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To: jazusamo

We know that Stevens was at the building at 8:30pm local time. There is an attack at or about 9:30pm local time. The Ambassador and a security guy and the commo guy go into a safe room. How do we know that? The commo guy is dead and the security guy was supposedly badly wounded. Radio traffic? The security guy gets out of the building. Several people go looking for the Ambassador and the commo guy. They find the commo guy, but he’s dead. They never find the Ambassador. We’re told that looters find the Ambassador and take him to a hospital where he dies. There are photos of the Ambassador but it’s unclear what is happening to him and whether he is alive. We are told that the looters discover the Ambassador’s cell phone and somehow manage to call the Americans at the Annex who go and pick up the Ambassador’s body. There is no mention of an attack on the vehicle or vehicles going to or returning from the hospital. Remember, the vehicle coming from the mission to the annex was severely attacked. Too many gaps in this story.


39 posted on 10/30/2012 6:44:28 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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