Benghazi Report Badly Flawed – CIA Talking Points “Useless”

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Victoria Toensing writes an informative article this morning that describes the shoddy methods used by the Accountability Review Board to investigate and create the Benghazi report.

The White House has characterized the ARB report as, “led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous and unsparing.”

Ms. Toensing begs to differ:

The two men in charge of the ARB, Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Thomas Mullen, a diplomat and military man respectively, have no meaningful investigative experience. Instead of letting the facts lead the direction of the investigation, the report appears designed to protect the interests of Hillary Clinton, the State Department higher ups, and the president.

A most obvious question is: why was Secretary Clinton never interviewed for the investigation? She is mentioned only once in the report, as the person who convened the Board. If, as Clinton herself has said, she took full responsibility for what happened in Benghazi, her decisions and decision-making process are materially relevant for investigating what happened before and during the night of September 11, 2012, and preventing what went wrong from ever happening again.

Other relevant questions the report does not answer are: How often did Clinton and President Obama speak during the attack? What decisions did the president make, and what orders did he give? What was the hour by hour participation of the president during the attack?

Hillary Clinton apparently doesn’t think any questions about what happened in Benghazi matter. The President appears to be acting as if he’s simply an innocent bystander to the event. But, according to Toensing, the whistleblowers, people involved on that terrible long night, have disturbing testimony to give:

Mark Thompson, my husband’s client, testified that he asked twice to be interviewed by the ARB and was not. Mr. Thompson was the deputy assistant secretary in charge of coordinating the deployment of a multi-agency team for hostage taking and terrorism attacks. Yet, he was excluded from all decisions, communications, and meetings on September 11 and 12, 2012. Why? Others asked to be interviewed and were not. Until they see how my client, Gregory Hicks, former chargé and deputy chief of mission (DCM) in Libya, and Mr. Thompson fare after their testimony, they will not step forward.

In other news today Jonathan Karl of ABC reported that David Petraeus, then head of the CIA, called the revised talking points “useless”. He further reports:

We already knew that Petraeus was stunned by the revisions; now we know he rejected them personally. “I would just as soon not use them, but it’s their [the White House] call.”

John McCain is asking for a select committee to investigate the cover-up. House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers told Fox News Sunday that more whistleblowers are asking to step forward

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6 Responses to Benghazi Report Badly Flawed – CIA Talking Points “Useless”

  1. Pie Guevara says:

    Pat Smith whose son was slaughtered in the Benghazi attacks wishes Hillary Clinton happy Mother’s day.

    “I want to wish Hillary a happy Mother’s Day She has her child. I don’t have mine because of her.”

    • Post Scripts says:

      Hillary wanted to play in the big leagues, and this is exactly what she has coming. Powerful words from a good mother.

  2. J. Soden says:

    The State Dept’s “Accountability Review Board” is an oxymoron and should have a big neon sign over it flashing “whitewash.”
    But then a moron was in charge – and Lurch isn’t any better . . . .

  3. Peggy says:

    Love this judge. “The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

  4. Peggy says:

    Obama when speaking about Benghazi: “There’s going to be bumps in the road.”

    The poem was written by a MARINE CORPS Officer (ANON)

    The Battling Boys of Benghazi

    We’re the battling boys of Benghazi, no fame, no glory, no paparazzi.

    Just a fiery death in a blazing hell, defending the country we loved so well.

    It wasn’t our job, but we answered the call, fought to the consulate, and scaled the wall.

    We pulled twenty countrymen from the jaws of fate, led them to safety and stood at the gate.

    Just the two of us and foes by the score, but we stood fast to bar the doors.

    Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied, so we fought and we fought, and we fought till we died.

    We gave our all for our Uncle Sam, but Barack Obama didn’t give a damn.

    Just two dead SEALs who carried the load, no thanks to us…we were “just bump in the road.”

    Obama video – “A Bump in the Road.”

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