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House Intelligence Committee's Benghazi Report Torches Conspiracy Theories - HuffPO

House Intelligence Committee's Benghazi Report Torches Conspiracy Theories
Michael McAuliff - HuffPo
Posted: 11/21/2014 5:52 pm EST Updated: 11/21/2014 5:59 pm EST

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WASHINGTON -- Yet another detailed investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, has refuted claims that there was a coverup or that officials didn't do all they could at the time to save the four Americans killed that night.

The latest findings, released Friday, come from the declassified two-year investigation of the House Intelligence Committee, which conducted an exhaustive probe into the incident, including claims that the White House cooked up phony talking points for then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice.

The report did find that the State Department was unable to protect the facility in eastern Libya where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed, but also contradicts many of the charges leveled at the Obama administration in the days and years following the attacks.

Among its findings, the report says CIA personnel responded not just well, but heroically; that there was no "stand down" order, as some critics have claimed; there was no intimidation of witnesses by superiors; there was no intelligence failure prior to the attack; and that a "mixed group" of individuals, including some linked to al Qaeda, participated in the attack.

But perhaps the most significant conclusion is its finding that Rice's talking points -- a key focus of the Benghazi Select Committee empaneled by House Speaker John Boehner -- were not part of an attempt to conceal the severity of the incident.

According to the report, early intelligence that the attacks were sparked by an Internet video was "not accurate," but not intentionally so. And the report holds that the process that produced Rice's now-infamous talking points was flawed, resulting in errors rather than deliberate lies. Indeed, the report determined that the CIA had not sorted out the conflicting intelligence until two days after Rice appeared on television claiming the attacks stemmed from a protest.

In a joint statement accompanying the release of the report, Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.), said its probe was extensive:

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More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/21/benghazi-intelligence-com_n_6201650.html


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Nov 22, 2014, 07:14 PM

1. Just like that time Congress investigated the Bush WH, after evidence surfaced

 

that they ignored clear and present threats against America by Bin Laden? Oh right...nobody gave a fuck about that.

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Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:40 PM

2. "Rice's now-infamous talking points"

I guess the writer of the story didn't read the rest of the story

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