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  • Report: Mills’ influence tainted review board

    06/28/2016 10:22:32 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 8 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 06/28/2016 | Rachael Bade
    Cheryl Mills, the longtime attorney, friend and former chief of staff for Hillary Clinton, influenced the findings of an internal State Department review of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, according to a draft of the final House Benghazi Committee report. A section of the report obtained by POLITICO says the so-called Accountability Review Board did not act independently, as it was supposed to do, and was consistently influenced by Mills. Mills, the report says, helped select members of the panel, gave at least one other State Department official permission to talk to the reviewers, oversaw the production of some documents...
  • Pickering: Why would we interview the person in charge when we could blame the flunkies,....

    05/13/2013 9:28:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:41 am on May 13, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Pickering: Why would we interview the person in charge when we could blame the flunkies, or something posted at 8:41 am on May 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey Want to know why State Department whistleblower Eric Nordstrom called the Accountability Review Board a whitewash designed to protect the highest ranks at Foggy Bottom?  Take a listen to the man who ran the ARB.  CBS News’ Bob Schieffer asked Thomas Pickering why the supposedly independent panel didn’t bother to depose the Secretary of State who was personally briefed about the attack on the Benghazi consulate by the second-ranking member of...
  • Rep. Issa subpoenas Benghazi auditor Thomas Pickering

    05/17/2013 1:07:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/17/13 | Julian Pecquet
    The lawmaker leading the charge to investigate the Benghazi terror attack on Friday subpoenaed the co-author of a report that slammed the State Department but didn´t interview Hillary Clinton. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) formally demanded that retired ambassador Thomas Pickering submit to being deposed by the committee next Thursday. The subpoena comes in the wake of a series of acrimonious public exchanges this week between the two men. Issa didn´t issue a subpoena to former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen, who co-authored the Benghazi report with Pickering.
  • Clinton received plan to secretly galvanize Palestinian protests

    01/11/2016 7:31:01 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 12, 2016 | By Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON--A former top US diplomat suggested Washington foment Arab Spring-style Palestinian protests as a method of pushing the Israeli leadership into making moves, a new batch of emails from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton shows. On December 18, 2011, Thomas Pickering, a former US ambassador to Israel who also served as undersecretary of state for political affairs under former president Bill Clinton, emailed Clinton a recommendation to spark Palestinian demonstrations, led by female protesters, to push Jerusalem into talks. Upon receiving the message, Clinton asked an aide to print it out. Without detailing how the US would spark these...
  • Unbelievably detailed Benghazi article from 2 days after attack

    05/01/2014 8:35:08 PM PDT · by cubs25 · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/13/2012 | Nic Robertson
    (CNN) -- A pro-al Qaeda group responsible for a previous armed assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is the chief suspect in Tuesday's attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, sources tracking militant Islamist groups in eastern Libya say. They also note that the attack immediately followed a call from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri for revenge for the death in June of Abu Yahya al-Libi, a senior Libyan member of the terror group. The group suspected to be behind the assault -- the Imprisoned Omar Abdul Rahman Brigades -- first surfaced in May when it claimed responsibility...
  • Questions Raised About Independence of Benghazi Review Ahead of Clinton Hearing

    10/23/2015 9:14:07 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 22, 2015 5:00 am | Alana Goodman
    As Hillary Clinton prepares to testify before the House Benghazi on Thursday, newly released testimony from a senior Clinton aide reveals efforts to influence the conclusions an independent board that earlier investigated the State Department’s handling of the 2012 attack. The Benghazi Accountability Review Board was formed after the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. It issued a report in December 2012 questioning the leadership at the State Department but ultimately faulted just four mid-level employees.
  • Trey Gowdy's 13 page Letter to Elijah Cummings (Benghazi)

    10/08/2015 10:24:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 89 replies
    Benghazi House.gov ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 | Trey Gowdy
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  • Obama’s Benghazi Investigator: An Iran Sympathizer

    10/24/2012 1:53:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | October 24, 2012 | Matthew Vadum
    The freshly appointed chairman of a federal investigation into the Benghazi massacre is an apologist for Islamic terrorism who has a cozy relationship with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. And to add insult to injury, at press time Tuesday evening the chairman of this new State Department panel, former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, was poised to participate in a panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia.” The news comes on the heels of a new report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism that found...
  • Emails show Clinton aides running interference during Benghazi attack

    03/07/2015 9:23:34 AM PST · by Chris in VA · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/7/15 | Catherine Herridge
    Emails obtained through a federal lawsuit show that two top aides to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were running interference internally during the 2012 Benghazi terror attack. The aides were Philippe Reines, widely described as Clinton’s principal gate-keeper, and Cheryl Mills, who has been at Clinton's side for decades. The emails show that while receiving updates about the assault as it happened,
  • Former State Dept. Official: Details of Maxwell’s Benghazi Document Story ‘Ring True’

    09/21/2014 6:16:39 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 19 replies
    http://dailysignal.com/ ^ | Sept 19, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    A State Department whistleblower has come forward to say the details of a former colleague’s account of the sifting of Benghazi-related documents to identify damaging material “ring true.” The Daily Signal reported Monday on Raymond Maxwell, a former deputy assistant secretary at the State Department who says he observed an unusual after-hours session in a basement operations room of the agency’s headquarters in Washington in October 2012. Maxwell said a State Department office director told him those present were ordered to separate out any documents related to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi that could prove...
  • WHOA: Obama Admin Just Got Betrayed By One Of It’s Own At Benghazi Hearing

    09/18/2014 5:41:38 PM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    QPolitical.com ^ | 9/18/14 | ???
    A hearing was recently held by the House Select Committee on Benghazi. A witness testified against the Accountability Review Board, the Independent State Department panel was not independent in the least sense. Meet Todd Keil. He served under Obama from 2009-2012. He was the Assistant Secretary for ‘infrastructure Protection’ at the I.S. Department of Homeland Security. Todd Keil testified that the ARB was NOT “fiercely independent”. Watch the interaction below:
  • Hillary's "Plumbers" Hid Benghazi Docs

    09/16/2014 3:29:01 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 16, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Benghazi Scandal: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised "unfettered access" to the Benghazi Accountability Review Board. But it turns out that promise may be as much a lie as the inflammatory video story. We were not impressed by the methods or findings of the Accountability Review Board (ARB) after the terrorist attack on our Benghazi diplomatic mission on Sept. 11, 2012, starting with not interviewing the person where the buck was supposed to stop, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Shamefully, the ARB report failed to single out any individuals for violating procedures and did not recommend any disciplinary...
  • Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review

    09/15/2014 4:34:33 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 62 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 9-15-2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
  • Who's lying? Benghazi witnesses vs. State Dept. Narratives clash amid new report of 'unarmed,

    11/28/2013 3:06:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    wnd ^ | 11/28/13 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – None of the security officers inside the U.S. compound were armed during the Sept. 11, 2012, attack and one was barefoot while another two were “riding around in a Land Cruiser,” according to the witness testimony given to a U.S. House panel. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee, disclosed the details in an interview with Fox News earlier this week. Unreported by Fox News is that the witness testimony of unarmed personnel directly contradicts the narrative in the extensive report released by the State Department-sponsored Accountability Review Board, or ARB. The ARB report...
  • After ARB testifies, only 2 @OversightDems decide to stay & hear testimony from family members..

    09/19/2013 12:57:51 PM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    Twitter ^ | September 19, 2013 | Darrell Issa
    After ARB testifies, only 2 @OversightDems decide to stay & hear testimony from family members on 2nd panel PHOTO:
  • Benghazi Creeps Closer To Hillary Clinton

    06/24/2013 4:19:41 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 24, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: The decision to place U.S. personnel in Benghazi with substandard security was made at the highest levels of the State Department by officials who have so far escaped blame over the Sept. 11 attack. BENGHAZI CREEPS CLOSER TO HILLARY CLINTON An indication that the Orwellian-named Accountability Review Board (ARB) investigating the terrorist attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, was an effort not to assign responsibility for the disaster but to enable those responsible to escape blame is the fact that ARB never bothered to interview the likes of Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy. ARB co-chair Thomas Pickering...
  • Bombshell: Govt Official Says Hillary Spearheaded Benghazi Review, Not Independent Board

    05/21/2013 4:58:37 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 79 replies
    One of the four State Department employees, who was recently disciplined by their former boss Hillary Clinton, has broken his silence concerning Benghazi and has leveled some very big charges at the former Secretary of State. He is now indicating that the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff were the ones that led the review of the Benghazi attacks, not an independent board. The Daily Beast reports, Raymond Maxwell was placed on forced “administrative leave” after the State Department’s own internal investigation, conducted by an Administrative Review Board (ARB) led by former State Department official Tom Pickering....
  • Review chairman: Clinton didn't make Benghazi call

    05/12/2013 8:57:57 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The seasoned diplomat who penned a highly critical report on security at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, defended his scathing assessment but absolved then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "We knew where the responsibility rested," Thomas Pickering said Sunday.
  • Pickering: Wasn't "Necessary" To Question Clinton In Benghazi Report [VIDEO]

    05/12/2013 2:31:19 PM PDT · by Third Person · 35 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 12th, 2013 | Face the Nation/ Bob Scheiffer
    Thomas Pickering - the former UN ambassador who along with former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen prepared the Accountability Review Board report on the State Department's handling of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya - says he didn't think it was necessary to interview former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "because in fact we knew where the responsibility rested." BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning again. Ambassador Thomas Pickering is the one who led the State Department's investigation into how those Benghazi attacks where handled. Mr. Ambassador, you and I have known one another as you had...
  • Darrell Issa: House Oversight Committee to depose Pickering and Mullen over Benghazi

    05/12/2013 12:11:33 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 130 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 5-12-2013 | Twitchy Staff
    May 12, 2013 Darrell Issa: House Oversight Committee to depose Pickering and Mullen over Benghazi Twitchy Staff Darrell Issa reports that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which he chairs, will depose Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Mike Mullen over Benghazi....
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 12 May 2013

    05/12/2013 3:43:26 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 302 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 12 May 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 12th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Adam Smith, D-Wash.; Rep.-elect Mark Sanford, R-S.C.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; Sen. Dianne Feinsweine, D-Calif.; former diplomat Thomas Pickering, who helped lead the State Department's review of the attack against the U.S. in Benghazi, Libya. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Pickering; former Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Sens. Da Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jack Reed, D-R.I. STATE OF THE...
  • Oliver North: Cover Up

    05/10/2013 8:49:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2013 | Oliver North
    Washington, DC – We all know about the notorious Obama “Kill List.” CIA Director John Brennan proudly told us about that last year when he described how the O-Team decides which Americans should be executed by Hellfire Missile fired from remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs). Why hasn’t the White House used this capability to “take out” those who killed our diplomats in Benghazi, Libya last year? Clip and save this column. Herein are some important events, names, places – facts your children and grandchildren will need to know about these perilous times: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Benghazi, Libya. The U.S. consulate...
  • Obama’s Benghazi Propagandist

    05/08/2013 5:35:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama’s Benghazi PropagandistPosted By Matthew Vadum On May 8, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments A young White House speechwriter may be responsible for concocting the official lies about last September’s deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.The Obama administration’s rapidly unravelling narrative about what happened at the U.S. consulate in Libya’s second-largest city may have been cooked up by creative writer Ben Rhodes, the president’s 30-something Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.The origin of the administration’s desperate election-season fabrications may come up today as a congressional committee...
  • Media may not let Benghazi facts stand in the way of a good narrative

    05/07/2013 9:28:28 PM PDT · by mainstreetradical.com · 12 replies
    MainStreet Radical ^ | 5/7/2013 | James Devere
    On Wednesday congressional hearings on Benghazi will be revived, with much ado about whistle blowers, and dissenting testimony, but to what end? The story concocted by The Administration and The State Department is a swiss cheese-like artifice that would never hold up in an era of true journalism. However, though the ruse did not completely cover up the mistakes of Benghazi, the left hopes it will hold together long enough to protect Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Expect the left to circle the wagons around the two top players. At this point they will be willing to toss any underling...
  • The Benghazi Talking Points

    05/03/2013 10:10:00 AM PDT · by billorites · 47 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 3, 2013 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom. As intelligence officials pieced together the puzzle of events...
  • Benghazi Smoking Gun Exposed--Obama lied, people died.

    05/06/2013 5:24:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    New evidence reveals the Obama administration’s version of the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was based on a tissue of lies. The Weekly Standard’s Steven Hayes has obtained a timeline and a series of emails revealing the self-serving efforts made by administration officials, who heavily edited CIA talking points about the attack that cost four Americans, including ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, their lives. Also revealed is who made the changes and why they made them. The revelations are part of a report published by the five Republican Committee chairmen that has been largely dismissed...
  • Carney: The ARB’s Benghazi report was “rigorous and unsparing”

    05/06/2013 8:03:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6:01 pm on May 6, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Allahpundit already covered the Syria-related aspects of Monday’s White House press briefing, but here’s another key bit that could prove mighty tricky for the Obama administration as the week progresses. Sounds like they’re sticking to their guns on the Accountability Review Board report from last December, to which they’ve ever since been referring questions; and although late last week the State Department’s IG office reported that they’re conducting an investigation into just how thoroughly definitive that report really was, Carney insisted that review was “led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous...
  • Benghazi Continued: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    05/06/2013 4:00:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 6, 2013 | Roger L. Simon
    That CBSÂ’ Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, of all people, nodded in agreement when Rep. Darrell Issa asserted on SchiefferÂ’s Sunday morning show that the administration had engaged in a cover-up regarding Benghazi is a huge sign that this scandal is finally being taken seriously by the most traditional establishment liberal media.This is bad news for such ĂĽber-establishment figures as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but they are politicians who come and, alas eventually, though it seems to take forever, go.More problematically, a permanent organ of our government has been so besmirched by Benghazi it may take years fully...
  • Whistle-blower: Special forces could have saved Americans in Benghazi

    05/06/2013 6:41:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/6/2013 | Julian Pecquet
    U.S. special operations forces in Libya could have saved Americans killed in the attack last Sept. 11 on the consulate in Benghazi but were told to stand down, a State Department whistle-blower has told congressional investigators. The testimony by Gregory Hicks, who will appear before a House panel on Wednesday, contradicts previous testimony by administration officials who have said all U.S. forces in Libya were deployed the night of the attack. Hicks was in Tripoli during the attack and became the top U.S. diplomat in Libya when Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. He said the special operations team was ready...
  • Whistleblower Lawyer: ARB´s Gen Pickering ´Became Physically Ill´ At The Thought of Dealing

    05/05/2013 12:37:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/5/13 | Debra Heine
    When the Accountability Review Board’s report on Benghazi came out, last December, John Bolton noted that the State Dept. was basically investigating itself, and suggested that their assertions might not hold up to scrutiny. It looks like the ARB´s findings are indeed not holding up to scrutiny. The report is being savaged by the attorneys who are representing material witnesses who they say were ignored by the ARB. (Snip) Toensing told Geraldo that “the things that her client will be saying will be contradictory to what the administration’s scenario was.” Di Genova promised that “what will come out of the
  • A hope for answers - Benghazi dam may break at last

    05/03/2013 8:50:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 3, 2013n | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    On Wednesday, the FBI released photos of three men present at the deadly jihadist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya; the bureau has asked the Libyans’ help in identifying them. Which nicely highlights the fact that it’s been more than seven months since Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans were killed — and yet there’s been no justice, nor even vengeance, in the matter. Nor much exposure: We know little more today than we did in the immediate aftermath of the fiasco. Indeed, the State Department’s Inspector General is now investigating the Accountability Review Board that...
  • State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms

    05/02/2013 1:30:48 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 94 replies
    FOX News ^ | 5-2-2013 | James Rosen
    May 2, 2013 State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms James Rosen The State Department's Office of Inspector General is investigating the special internal panel that probed the Benghazi terror attack for the State Department, Fox News has confirmed. The IG's office is said by well-placed sources to be seeking to determine whether the Accountability Review Board, or ARB -- led by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen -- failed to interview key witnesses who had asked to provide their accounts of the Benghazi attacks to...
  • The Fix is in Part V: Hillary’s Benghazi Cover-up 101 for Dummies

    01/08/2013 7:55:43 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    Cover-up Step 1: Like what happened during the ‘official’ Vince Foster death investigations as documented in Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer, first draw your conclusions by using an incomplete, compromised, and contaminated investigation—Hillary’s “independent” Benghazi Accountability Review Board Report (ARB). Be sure to tell the public the report pulls no punches, is very frank, comprehensive, thorough, and praise the overall high quality of it. Notice how both the Republican and Democrat committee members relied (instead of doing their own investigation or calling for a special prosecutor) on Hillary’s ARB, a gravely flawed, intellectually insulting,...
  • No Accountability For Americans Murdered In Benghazi

    12/26/2012 4:10:34 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 28, 2012
    Accountability: As with Fast and Furious, the designated scapegoats for the deaths of Americans at the hands of administration bungling will merely be switching desks. Only the maker of that irrelevant video is in jail. Reports of the resignation of four State Department officials after the Accountability Review Board's (ARB) review of State Department actions before during and after the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, may have been greatly exaggerated. Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, has not resigned from the department, as a State Department spokeswoman indicated Dec. 19. Boswell is instead...
  • Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept. ('systemic failures')

    12/19/2012 2:44:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept.By Julian Pecquet - 12/19/12 05:30 AM ET The Benghazi report released Tuesday night bemoans “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in Hillary Clinton's State Department that could come back to haunt her should she run for president in 2016. Clinton remains one of the nation's most popular politicians and has worked tirelessly to improve America's image abroad following President George W. Bush's tenure. The independent review of the Sept. 11 attack, however, tarnishes that legacy by faulting the department for failing to put in place a coordinated approach for handling...
  • Three Top State Department Officials Resign Over Benghazi

    12/19/2012 3:41:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 86 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Three top officials in the State Department resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing report which slammed "systemic failures" and "management deficiencies" in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell, head of the bureau of diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs, have stepped down, CNN and CBS television said, citing unnamed department officials. Lamb, who was Boswell’s deputy in charge of international programs, denied requests from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli for an extension of temporary security...
  • Benghazi Report: Al Qaida is Alive and Well

    12/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nightwatch
    Republic of Korea: For the record. Pak Ku'n-hye (Park Geun-hye) of the New Frontier Party won South Korea's presidential election on 19 December, media reported. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee and the first woman elected to be president of the Republic of Korea. That should confound the North! North Korea-Iran: According to a Japanese news service, an Iranian lawmaker told the service that North Korea informed Iran in October of its plan to launch a satellite. The head of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to North Korea, Hamid Reza Taraghi, revealed talks took place mid-October with the North's delegates...
  • Where’s Obama in the Benghazi Report?

    12/20/2012 1:47:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/20/2012 | Michael Hirsh
    And so the reckoning begins. Only hours after a special task force concluded on Wednesday that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department’s security chief resigned and three other officials were relieved of their duties. What was lacking in the report, however, was any sense of who was responsible farther up the chain. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Accountability Review Board—chaired by retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and vice chaired by another national-security heavyweight, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael...
  • State Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next week

    12/13/2012 6:33:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 12/13/12 | Josh Rogin
    The House and Senate foreign relations committees have already announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Benghazi next week, but the State Department said today that´s not a done deal. Moreover, the State Department may not even share the report of its own internal review on Benghazi with Congress, a top State Department official said today. Congress expects Clinton to testify Dec. 20 about the results of the Accountability Review Board, State´s internal review on the events leading up to and during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi
  • Clinton’s Testimony on Benghazi Not Confirmed, Says State Dep’t

    12/14/2012 9:03:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    The State Department Thursday reined in expectations that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will share with lawmakers the findings of an inquiry into the Sept. 11 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland could not confirm that Clinton would give testimony on Capitol Hill next Thursday—even though the chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee have both issued advisories to that effect. Nuland told a press briefing that to her knowledge the Accountability Review Board (ARB) has yet to complete its work. “I don’t have any dates—any schedule of the secretary’s...
  • State Department preparing for Libya bombshell?

    12/15/2012 3:11:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 99 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/14/12
    State Department preparing for Libya bombshell?Published December 14, 2012 FoxNews.com Susan Rice's abrupt withdrawal from consideration for secretary of state, coupled with suggestions from the State Department that Secretary Hillary Clinton may not testify as scheduled next week, has stirred speculation that something big is brewing in the Libya terror attack investigation. "You're starting to see the State Department squirm a little bit," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said. For the better part of the last three months, an independent board has been conducting a review for the State Department of the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi. In anticipation of...
  • Republicans are 'not giving up' on Benghazi

    12/15/2012 5:20:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Republicans are 'not giving up' on BenghaziBy Julian Pecquet - 12/15/12 03:24 PM ET Republican lawmakers are vowing to keep pressing the administration on Benghazi despite Susan Rice’s decision to drop her bid to become secretary of State. “We'll continue to seek answers,” a Republican Senate aide told The Hill. “We're not giving up on it.” Rice’s decision to step aside averted a contentious confirmation fight with Republican senators that might have pointed to an end to the political battle over the U.S. consulate attack. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had become the flash-point for criticism since describing...
  • Clinton won't testify on Benghazi due to illness

    12/16/2012 11:17:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 70 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 15, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won't testify to Congress next week on Benghazi, after fainting and suffering a concussion Saturday and due to her ongoing stomach ailment. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines said in a statement. "She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office...
  • Benghazi Investigator Slams America and ‘Islamophobes’

    11/02/2012 6:08:08 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 19 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 02NOV12 | Matthew Vadum
    America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration’s lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities. So said former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in more polished, diplomatic language during an Oct. 23 panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The talk was on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia,” a make-believe mental illness that Islamists would love to have listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Radical Islam’s stateside defenders frequently accuse anti-terrorism hawks of “McCarthyism,” hurling...
  • State Department creates own board to look at Libya security query (fox guarding henhouse!)

    10/09/2012 6:56:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 10/9/2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    The State Department’s top security officer is coming under scrutiny for playing a role in creating a special board that is investigating last month’s fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. One of the State Department’s accountability review board’s key tasks will be to probe why the office of Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of state for management, rejected requests for more diplomatic security in Libya in the weeks leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Mr. Kennedy, a career diplomat whose portfolio includes being the top security officer, signed the memo Oct. 1 that set up the review...
  • California weighs giving away more CO2 permits (to stem 'leakage' of businesses fleeing state)

    08/01/2012 10:12:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/1/12 | Rory Carroll | Reuters
    Aug 1 (Reuters Point Carbon) - In an effort to dissuade companies in key industries facing new carbon costs from leaving the state, California is considering giving them millions of dollars worth of additional free greenhouse gas allowances, state's air regulator said on Monday. California's cap-and-trade program seeks to emulate tactics used in the European Union and Australia to address emission "leakage" - a term describing the exodus of employers from a state or country in order to sidestep environmental costs. The California Air Resources Board (ARB), the regulator of the forthcoming program, held a workshop in Sacramento on Monday...
  • Judges uphold California's offshore ship emissions rules

    03/29/2011 8:19:46 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/29/11 | Denny Walsh
    The merchant shipping industry has failed a second time to short-circuit California's effort to combat the toll on the health of its population from air pollution caused by oceangoing vessels. The industry is contesting California's authority to regulate fuel used by seagoing vessels up to 24 miles off its coast. The Air Resources Board estimates the vessels' emissions of particulate matter cause 300 premature deaths across the state every year. California mandates that ships "use cleaner marine fuels in diesel and diesel-electric engines, main propulsion engines, and auxiliary boilers" while operating far beyond the traditional three-mile jurisdictional limit. The Pacific...
  • Will Californians Repeal Cap-And-Trade?

    01/15/2010 5:33:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 903+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 15, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulations: A California legislator pushes a November ballot initiative to free the state from the job-killing shackles of a 2006 law designed to fight climate change. The other choice is freezing in the unemployment line. At last report, California's unemployment rate was 12.3%, with 2.25 million residents looking for work. So one would assume the first rule of holes would apply — when you're in one, stop digging. Yet there was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger touting his state's green initiatives in Copenhagen as California barrels toward full implementation of its own version of job-killing cap-and-trade. "The desire and hope and desperate...
  • (Ca)Landmark greenhouse-gas plan a step closer to reality

    10/16/2008 7:45:12 AM PDT · by twistedwrench · 12 replies · 376+ views
    Mercurynews ^ | 10/15/2008 | Denis C. Theriault
    The message delivered by Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the state's Air Resources Board, was clear: Businesses, especially small and midsize operations, will be the among the primary drivers behind the state's sweeping goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels within 12 years. Underscoring that call to arms was the choice of venue. Nichols unveiled the fleshed-out plan at Advanced Micro Devices in Sunnyvale during a conference held by the Climate Group, a consortium of business leaders that released its own plan for helping employers toe the green line. The meeting was attended by officials from valley giants like Apple and...
  • CA: State bid to limit emissions hits court snag

    07/26/2008 10:12:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 177+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/25/08 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- California's effort to limit vehicle emissions of gases that contribute to global warming hit a snag Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that the state and environmental groups acted too early when they sued the Bush administration in January for blocking the law. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco dismissed a lawsuit filed by California, 15 other states and five environmental groups over the Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to let the state enforce its limits on greenhouse gas fumes from new cars and trucks. The court said the Jan. 2 suit was...