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Was Obama briefed that Benghazi was a terror attack before Rice went on TV?
HotAir.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 11/17/2012 9:36:03 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike

So says John Solomon at the Washington Guardian, citing sources within the intelligence community. Within 72 hours, the Presidential Daily Briefing made it clear, according to Solomon, that the attack did not arise from a spontaneous mob protesting a YouTube video, but instead resulted from a planned, coordinated attack by radical Islamist “extremists” with links to al-Qaeda:

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To: Eva

“Then a little later they see the dead or dying body of the ambassador being dragged out of the building and paraded in the streets of Benghazi by the terrorists.”

How was this done? How did they see it? From what? I don’t believe this happened.


51 posted on 11/17/2012 3:26:32 PM PST by ironman
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To: ironman

drones with cameras.


52 posted on 11/17/2012 3:44:39 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: lucky american

Unfortunately for the guy who made the film, he was on federal probation and was under restrictions regarding computer an internet activity. Even though he had nothing to do with the violence, he got caught violating his federal probation. There isn’t much chance that the federal judge who sentenced him is going to let him out.


53 posted on 11/17/2012 3:49:02 PM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: ironman
Senator Dan Coats told CNN the video was 'combination of video from a surveillance camera and a drone'. He added: 'It gave us a good picture, from the surveillance standpoint, what was happening.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2233661/Benghazi-hearings-Congressmen-shown-video-Chris-Stevens-dragged-consulate.html#ixzz2CWxZW0m5 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
54 posted on 11/17/2012 4:50:51 PM PST by Eva
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To: Eva

Impossible to identify the ambassador from drone video. The video that did show him being dragged was posted on the net post event. The CCTV surveillance video was retrieved much later by the FBI. The ambassador went missing. In real time DC they did not know where he went. They didn’t see him being dragged out so that could not have influenced any decisions.


55 posted on 11/17/2012 7:25:16 PM PST by ironman
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To: ironman

The State Dept woman, testified that she was watching the surveillance camera feed in real time. If the State Dept woman was watching, so was Obama. They saw what was happening.

Why do you doubt that? Of course, they couldn’t identify the ambassador from the drone, but knew that he had been dragged out and they knew that someone was being paraded through the streets.

Obama knew the ambassador was dead and he ordered the Stand Down at that time and went to bed, leaving the “senior advisors” in the situation room to watch the rest of the attack.


56 posted on 11/18/2012 6:32:57 AM PST by Eva
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To: Eva

Charlene Lamp testified she was communicating via open lines in “almost real time”. As far as I can tell she did not say she was able to watch the facility CCTV in real time. Did the CCTV even show the ambassador being dragged out? Open lines I read as telephone lines.

http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2012-10-09-Lamb-Testimony-FINAL1.pdf

Then you have a leap of logic and claim without substantiation that if she was watching so was Obama.

Look, I agree Obama choked but your argument breaks down when you get some facts wrong.

The “stand down orders” as reported by Fox were early in the battle, way before he ambassador was dragged out so your sequence of events is incorrect.

It’s much more likely Obama was derelict and just blew the whole thing off and said “you guys deal with it I need to get to bed, I got to go to Vegas tomorrow and raise some money and campaign.” Your contention he saw in real time and knew the ambassador had been killed and gave a stand down order is speculation at best.


57 posted on 11/18/2012 9:08:25 AM PST by ironman
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To: ironman

You are wrong, look it up. Charlene Lamb testified that she both watched the attack live on the surveillance cameras and followed on open communication lines.

I maintain that if Lamb was watching, so were Obama and his buddies in the situation room. If they weren’t there is not excuse for their incompetence. They should have been watching.


58 posted on 11/18/2012 12:06:15 PM PST by Eva
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To: Eva
I read her testimony. I just watched her testimony. No dice. Unless during the open questions she revised her statement. The following news story corroborates my contention that real time video was not available. So show me a link to change my mind.

"Meanwhile, CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan reports that the FBI and State Department have reviewed video from security cameras that captured the attack on the consulate.

The audio feed of the attack was being monitored in real time in Washington by diplomatic security official Charlene Lamb. CBS News has learned that video of the assault was recovered 20 days later from the more than 10 security cameras at the compound.

The government security camera footage of the attack was in the possession of local Libyans until the week of Oct. 1. The video will be among the evidence that the State Department's review board will analyze to determine who carried out the assault."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57539738/u.s-military-poised-for-rescue-in-benghazi/

59 posted on 11/18/2012 12:41:43 PM PST by ironman
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