Tag Archives: CIA

The Evolving, Revolving Benghazi Story From Mike Morell and White House

[Former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell] Note: This story was first published Mary 14, 2015.  Two and a half years after the Benghazi terrorist attacks, ex-CIA official Mike Morell and the White House continue with their litany of evolving and often conflicting explanations as to what happened and what went wrong. Not only do their statements […]

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2016 Ringling Town Hall Lecture Series: Messina and Rove

I’m looking forward to moderating a presidential election year debate between two political strategists: Democrat Jim Messina and Republican Karl Rove. The event will take place Feb. 3, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida as part of the Ringling Town Hall Lecture Series. “Messina was the Democratic strategist behind President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Rove was senior […]

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Unanswered Benghazi Questions: 9th in a Series

[Above image: Aftermath of Benghazi attacks, obtained by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. State Dept.] Either the U.S. was well-prepared for a September 11, 2012 terrorist attack, as stated by the White House on September 10, and didn’t respond properly–or the U.S. was ill-prepared for a September 11 […]

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The U.S. Govt. vs. Gen. David Petraeus

[Above image: Gen. David Petraeus as CIA Director, Official Photo] The New York Times reports federal prosecutors are recommending felony charges against former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus for allegedly providing classified information to a civilian author and journalist with whom he allegedly had an affair. In light of the news, it’s worth looking at […]

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“Architect” of Enhanced Interrogation: Some Allegations “Not True”

Psychologist James Mitchell tells me it was unfair for Senate Democrats to release a report accusing him and his military partner of bad behavior without giving him and the C.I.A. the chance to defend or explain themselves. Some say the techniques utilized constituted torture and revealed no worthwhile information. Mitchell responds. Watch James Mitchell interview   […]

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Reporter Too Cozy With CIA Press Handlers?

The Intercept alleges a shockingly close collaborative relationship between a national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times and CIA press handlers. According to the article, the reporter explicitly promised “positive news coverage…sometimes sending the press office entire story drafts for review prior to publication.” According to the article, emails obtained through a Freedom of Information […]

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Did ex-White House Official Contradict ex-CIA Official’s Sworn Testimony on Benghazi?

Did the former spokesman for President Obama’s National Security Staff (NSS) contradict accounts of other Obama officials, including sworn testimony before Congress, regarding the administration’s talking points on the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks? The question arose Thursday when Fox News anchor Brett Baier questioned former NSS spokesman Tommy Vietor. During the interview, Vietor […]

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White House Directed Incorrect Benghazi Narrative Newly-released emails: “Video” to blame, “not a broader failure or policy.”

Newly-released documents reveal direct White House involvement in steering the public narrative about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, toward that of a spontaneous protest that never happened. One of the operative documents, which the government had withheld from ​Congress and reporters for a year and a half, is an internal September 14, ​2012 email to […]

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Repubs want select Benghazi Committee, Dems want investigation ended

Today, three Republican U.S. Senators and one Representative who feel stymied on their investigation into the Benghazi, Libya Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks are calling for House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) to convene a Select Congressional Committee. More Benghazi coverage here ​ ​ There have been multiple hearings in the nearly 17 months since the […]

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Morell Testifies on Benghazi Talking Points: “Mistakes…not due to politics”

During a Congressional hearing that lasted more than three hours, former C.I.A. Deputy Director Michael Morell praised his former agency’s intelligence analysts as the best on the globe, yet ones who he admits were sorely mistaken when they reported that spontaneous protesters were to blame for ​the Beghazi, Libya terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2012. […]

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