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#1 Nor have they found proof to back up their suspicion that the attack was preplanned, as indicated by the military-style tactics the attackers used, setting up a perimeter of roadblocks around the consulate and the backup compounds, then attacking the main entrance to distract, while sending a larger force to assault the rear.
Isolation of the target and the diversionary attack are the phueching proof! Those actions, fused with Special Intelligence from other sources leaves little doubt. In light of the date (9/11), host-nation turmoil, along with the "reasonal man" theory....what else could one conclude....aliens or zombies ?
The report from the station chief was written late Wednesday, Sept. 12, and reached intelligence agencies in Washington the next day, intelligence officials said.
You can bet your arse there was plenty of prelimary reporting via secure SATCOM traffic between the COS and Washington prior to the official cable.
Such raw intelligence reports by the CIA on the ground would normally be sent first to analysts at the headquarters in Langley, Va.,
With info-copies and preliminary assessments to the highest levels of the intelligence community. Remember, US personnel have just come up dead and other US Missions may be in line for similar fates.
Navy SEALs who were working as contract security guards at a fallback location.
WRONG! Those two fellas were on a mission to find MANPAD's, likely under the direction of the State Dept's POLMIL section.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-10-19 11:53||
#2 One official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the incident publicly, so -- is this the beginning of the "leaks" coming from the CIA?
Posted by Sherry 2012-10-19 11:55||
#3 I suspect it is Sherry. It is VERY plausible the initial assessment provided POTUS by the CIA provided at least 3 possibilities regarding those responsible. The most "likely" scenario would have been given a weighted assessment. I cannot believe anyone would have put a video about Allah at the top. The assessment selected and follow-on actions would have been purvue of the POTUS.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-10-19 11:59||
#4 Well, Obama said he called it terrorism the next day. Or at least he mentioned terrorism in the same speech. So he was WAY ahead of all those intel weenies.
Posted by Rambler in Virginia 2012-10-19 12:11||
#5 1. Apparently the intel community dislikes being 'thrown under the bus'.
2. One must realize that an analyst will never give you a straight answer. That's the nature of the beast. Considering the political shenanigans over the past decades, that trait has become even more pronounced.
3. It may have been political motivation; it may have been a clumsy attempt at deflection. It may have been both.
Posted by Pappy 2012-10-19 12:21||
#6 Very true Rambler.
BTW, anyone notice who isn't saying much of anything... (yet)? Yes, that would be DoD and the Special Operators, who would have had a NEO (Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation) plan for that poorly secured consulate, and who would have executed such a plan.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-10-19 12:26||
#7 anyone notice who isn't saying much of anything... (yet)?
That's why they call it an "October Surprise." Of course, all those knuckle-dragging military types just love Champ, so I guess he's got nothing to worry about.
Posted by Matt 2012-10-19 12:41||
#8 And remember, a presidential candidate begins getting security briefings before election date.
Romney-Ryan campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed the detail to The Washington Post. It is a tradition for the major-party presidential candidates to receive these briefings once their nominating conventions are complete.
Posted by Sherry 2012-10-19 14:01||
#9 How come during the debate Obama was able to reference his Rose garden speech and say to Romney, "read the transcript" and Candy Crowley said, "I have the transcript"? How did Obama know to say that?
Posted by jack salami 2012-10-19 14:44||
#10 "read the transcript" and Candy Crowley said, "I have the transcript"? How did Obama know to say that? Posted by: jack salami
It was a carefully laid trap set by the Champ, with the help of a nervous Cowley to gobsmack and disarm Willard, which it nearly did. Remember, the Champ was once a lawyer. This bit of prime-time theater could be "walked back" the next day. In fact, the Camp didn't even wait until the audience had left to seek out the questioner and caveat his statement.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-10-19 16:41||
#11 I see I've misspelled Crowley, but I rather enjoy the error.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-10-19 16:50||
#12 There is a video of the action in real time as it unfolded. Hannity mentioned it last night. Tonight he is going talk about it further. He said there was no mob that was spontaneous that reacted to some schlocky video from California. The Monday night presidential debate on foreign policy ought to be very interesting.
Posted by JohnQC 2012-10-19 16:54||
#13 I see I've misspelled Crowley, but I rather enjoy the error.
An innocent but amusing typo, I'm sure. Now if you had gone with Manateeley, I'd be suspicious.
Posted by SteveS 2012-10-19 23:28||