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NAPOLITANO: Silencing General David Petraeus
The Washington Times ^ | November 14, 2012 | Andrew P. Napolitano

Posted on 11/14/2012 11:29:47 AM PST by jazusamo

Obama administration’s dirty hands

The evidence that Gen. David H. Petraeus, formerly the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, the author of the current Army field manual, Princeton Ph.D. and, until last week, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign from the CIA to silence him is far stronger than is the version of events that the Obama administration has given us.

The government would have us believe that because the FBI confronted Gen. Petraeus with his emails showing a pattern of inappropriate personal private behavior, he voluntarily departed his job as the country’s chief spy to avoid embarrassment. The government would also have us believe that the existence of the general’s relationship with Paula Broadwell, an unknown military scholar who wrote a book about him last year, was recently and inadvertently discovered by the FBI while it was conducting an investigation into an alleged threat made by Mrs. Broadwell to another woman. The government would as well have us believe that the president learned of all this at 5 p.m. on Election Day.

We now know that the existence of a personal relationship between Mrs. Broadwell and Gen. Petraeus had been suspected and whispered about by his senior-level colleagues and by his personal staff in the military, who worried that it might become publicly known, since before the time that he came to run the CIA.

We also know that when he was nominated to run the CIA, that nomination was preceded by a two-month FBI-conducted background check that likely would have revealed the existence of his relationship with Mrs. Broadwell. The FBI agents conducting that background check surely would have seen his visitor logs while he commanded our troops...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: benghazi; cia; corruption; fbi; obama; petraeus
An excellent assessment by Judge Napolitano.
1 posted on 11/14/2012 11:29:54 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

The CIA would have asked him directly about affairs or other blackmailable issues. As long as Petraeus was honest about his activities (within limits) then he would get a pass on the security check.


2 posted on 11/14/2012 11:34:39 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: jazusamo

Obama to Petraeus:

“Lie for me or wake up with a horse head in your bed!”


3 posted on 11/14/2012 11:35:39 AM PST by Kevin in California
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To: jazusamo

I want to know: WHO WAS PAULA BROADWELL WORKING FOR? She is a SPY for someone.. Possibly just an operative of 0bama performing a HIT on Petraeus, but she was also possibly spying on our counterterrorism activities on behalf of A SOURCE PAYING FOR HER INFORMATION. That source could be indirectly behind the attack on our Embassy.


4 posted on 11/14/2012 11:36:56 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: jazusamo

5 posted on 11/14/2012 11:37:32 AM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: jazusamo
Judge Napolitano, as usual, makes a thorough evaluation of the facts.

I am just praying that Gen Petraeus is sufficiently incensed by the actions of the 0bama regime, the fact that he no longer has to hide the affair, and his loyalty to fellow military members, the heroic SEALs of Benghazi, that when he arrives to testify he does so with vengence in his heart! And let the chips fall where they may!

6 posted on 11/14/2012 11:40:12 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Never Underestimate the Power of Evil or Evil Doers)
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To: jazusamo

I’m interested in the lie detector test. There are two kinds and to work for this agency the Personal One would likely be used. Why would this test not reveal his personal behavior? Why would the “Director” be immune from the test and others are not? Interesting.


7 posted on 11/14/2012 11:40:18 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: Kevin in California

Yep, or maybe Obama’s handler Jarrett.


8 posted on 11/14/2012 11:40:45 AM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

soetoro isn’t gonna like this.


9 posted on 11/14/2012 11:42:47 AM PST by onedoug
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To: The Sons of Liberty
I couldn't agree with you more. Maybe I'm naive but I still believe Gen Petraeus will do the right thing and if he does it won't speak well for O.
10 posted on 11/14/2012 11:44:54 AM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
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11 posted on 11/14/2012 11:47:40 AM PST by baddog 219
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12 posted on 11/14/2012 11:48:51 AM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Interesting. But I gave up at the part about "non-criminal temporary liaison". Maybe he considers crimes under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to be mere "crimes" but not "crime-crimes".
13 posted on 11/14/2012 11:54:35 AM PST by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: Triple

Was the shirtless FBI whistleblower who contacted Cantor the one to throw a wrench in the deal?


14 posted on 11/14/2012 11:56:08 AM PST by maggief
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To: jazusamo

“whispered about by his senior-level colleagues and by his personal staff in the military, who worried that it might become publicly known”

Well, that’s a horse head of a different color - now the potential exists that he would be recalled to active duty for adverse action or court-martial, depending on what UCMJ offenses are supported. Certainly plausible that a grade determination would find the last grade at which he served honorably was something less than 4 stars...


15 posted on 11/14/2012 11:58:13 AM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: jazusamo

If Napolitano is correct, then by outing himself Petraeus refused to be blackmailed.

The counterpoint to that is that Petraeus took the CIA job even though he knew he was lying down with dogs. That gave the impression he just might be one of the dogs.

Napolitano’s article notwithstanding, Petraeus could still be taking one for the Obama team. There’s no real way to know.

So, when he testifies before Congress is he playing misdirection for Obama, is he playing honest broker, is he playing CYOA....what?

What I do know is that a man who truly did have the credentials to make a presidential run has been ruined. He’s also one who could have given Hillary Clinton hell.

There are layers upon layers to this. I’d be careful with any information gained from anyone with connections to the administration.


16 posted on 11/14/2012 12:00:04 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: jagusafr

Yes, there’s been some written about that and it’s a possibility.

I have no idea of the odds of that happening, would you have an opinion in a case like this?


17 posted on 11/14/2012 12:01:21 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: baddog 219

I fear you may be right about your ‘dog and pony show’ prediction. I just can’t bring myself to hope or expect that Petraeus will do the right thing here.


18 posted on 11/14/2012 12:02:23 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: xzins

Well said, xzins. We may never know unless Gen Petraeus spills it all.


19 posted on 11/14/2012 12:05:15 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

At this point, Petraeus has to be in survival mode. He is bright enough to answer questions vaguely enough to not really let any cats out of the bag and get him in doo doo with either side.

That said, don’t the Security briefings have some sort of paper trail that high level Congress critters could demand to see?


20 posted on 11/14/2012 12:06:54 PM PST by gloryblaze (Don't forget to donate and keep FR going strong!)
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To: jazusamo

There would have to be more than “mere” (can’t believe I even have to say that) adultery, as military policy is not to prefer charges on simple adultery specs. But if there were compromise of classified information, misuse/abuse of government communications, etc., false official statement, obstruction of justice, etc., it’s certainly possible.


21 posted on 11/14/2012 12:10:53 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: jazusamo

This will end up being another House investigation, since it’s controlled by the Republicans. There will be no legal consequences to ignoring the committee for the administration, so it will end up looking roughly like Fast and Furious.

The democrat Senate will not agree to a special prosecutor.


22 posted on 11/14/2012 12:19:44 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: jagusafr
Thanks...From what I read previously it was said there wasn't much chance of it happening but if any other possible charges you mentioned took place it looks like it could.
23 posted on 11/14/2012 12:21:47 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: xzins

...nomination was preceded by a two-month FBI-conducted background check...

Think of J. Edgar Hoover and his private files and how they were a resource for various administrations: Joseph Kennedy and his Nazi sympathies, MLK and his sexual indiscretions, JFK and his dalliances with known Soviet spies. This list is endless and fascinating.

The vetting of candidates for high positions by the FBI is thorough and intense. To suggest that the administration knew nothing of this is absurd. Unfortunately, as the last election has proven, half the electorate is criminally stupid.

You are corrct. There are many layers to this, and while history may or may not repeat itself, it certainly rhymes...


24 posted on 11/14/2012 12:23:56 PM PST by Paisan
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To: jazusamo

I was one who thusly opined, but now there’s more to suggest this didn’t happen after he retired but while he was still at NATO or CENTCOM (or elsewhere).


25 posted on 11/14/2012 12:29:38 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: jazusamo

Being the CIA chief I’m sure he knows alot about those in DC so during his congressional testimony I’d like to Gen Petraeus do one more thing for this country; reveal all that he knows about the obozo, how he actually got to the WH and out the rest of the communists in the administration and congress.


26 posted on 11/14/2012 12:40:42 PM PST by drypowder
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To: Windflier

I can’t see Petraeus doing anything to harm his pension or his wife/family any further than he has already. And if he changes his previous statement, he could be charged with perjury, maybe face a jail term. If he even hints at changing his testimony he could end up being Breitbarted. Nope...don’t see it happening, wish I could.


27 posted on 11/14/2012 12:52:13 PM PST by kiltie65
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Why is the Lebanese woman’s sister getting cash through Sheldon Whitehouse (D.RI) office? How come this setup all started around 2003 when Bush derangement syndrome was spiralling out of control? The NYT prints the betrayus ad, Reporting for duty Military Hater is running and it just so happens that this Jay dude from from little rhody is funding the dweebs campaign as well?.
These broads move to Tampa, set up a shell game and suck in these egocentric Generals...
SHTF
The other babe from NC meanwhile conveniently pursues G.P. from... surpise Harvard’s JFK School?

I could have written this and I haven’t seen a soap in 20 years.
The Democrats now own the Gens. everybody is blackmailable. They keep the cards in their pockets til needed. This is not rocket science.
Good Lord.


28 posted on 11/14/2012 5:51:05 PM PST by acapesket
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