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Update Benghazi Cover Up: Six Senators Exit Meetings with Rice, White House Withholding Key Evidence, Additional Lawmakers Declare Cover Up

Obama was outraged last week.  He was particulary angered as those investigating the Benghazi cover up followed the trail of deception which ultimately led them to look closer at Ambassador Susan Rice.

Lawmakers have come down hard on Ambassador Rice for her blatent misrepresentation of events that she portrayed to the American people on five Sunday talk shows.  Obama feigned chivalry, and declared so called “attacks” against Ambassador Susan Rice for her role in the cover up to be “outrageous”.

Ambassador Rice initiated meetings and met with a total of six senators this week, and failed to explain her actions which constituted a deliberate misrepresentation of fact.

Meanwhile, legislators who are investigating the cover up have become increasingly frustrated at the lack of cooperation from the White House.  The White House has refused to supply information and possible evidence that legislators have repeatedly requested.

Also this week, two additional lawmakers declared the Obama administration was guilty of a cover up.

The following is an update on the latest in the Benghazi cover up.

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Update Benghazi Cover Up: Director of National Intelligence, Department of Justice, and the FBI, Face New Questions

From ABC News: FBI Director Robert Mueller, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director David Petraeus appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Jan. 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In the latest on the Benghazi cover up, as of Monday night, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has stated the intelligence community was responsible for the change in the talking points memo that removed all reference to Al Qaeda and a terror attack on the consulate.  The current Director of National Intelligence is James Clapper.

Top Senate and Congressional leaders vow to continue investigations, widening the scope of their investigation in the wake of this latest announcement.  Legislators have noted that like David Petreaus, who reported directly to James Clapper as the CIA Director, National Intelligence officials are now changing their initial story, and James Clapper has been asked to explain.

As legislators call for a select joint committee to investigate the overall cover up and state their intent to continue individual committee hearings, they continue to seek concrete answers on a number of critical issues in the mire of contradicting testimonies and timelines.

Legislators are also bringing the Department of Justice and the FBI under scrutiny for their role in the Petraeus scandal.

The following is an update on the latest in the Benghazi cover up.

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Benghazi Cover Up, Dead Cats and Collateral Damage: General Petraeus, General Allen, General Ham, and Admiral Gaouette?

General Carter F. Ham and Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette

Something has bothered me for weeks that is now bothering me even more.  I don’t like to speculate without evidence, so until now, I have intentionally refrained from discussing the very questionable fate of highly decorated Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette.  I have also refrained out of respect for Admiral Gaouette, because his case is so shrouded in mystery, it is impossible to say what exactly happened.  But there are a few facts that are known that deserve to be noted.  Because in light of recent revelations in the ongoing Benghazi investigation it is theoretically possible that those facts may relate to what occured in Benghazi.

It has become very obvious this past week that General David Petraeus has become collateral damage in the wake of the Benghazi attack.  Could Rear Admiral Gaouette, decorated for outstanding leadership, and fired in the wake of Benghazi, be collateral damage from the Benghazi attack? Could General Carter Ham, equally decorated and esteemed, also in the Pentagon the night of Benghazi, and now mysteriously going into “early retirement” years before his time, also be collateral damage?

Is General John Allen, whose career has likely been destroyed for being too Southern and calling Ms. Kelley “Sweetheart” a case of collateral damage from the collateral damage that is obviously General Petraeus? What about General Petraeus?  Why did he tow the White House line and originally tell legislators and the American people that the atttack was carried out by an angry mob over a video – only to say after his firing, that it was immediately known to be an Al Qaeda linked terror attack?

Four highly decorated top brass commanders have fallen or been re-assigned since Benghazi. Why?

The following is an update on General Petraeus testimony yesterday.  It is also an analysis of the mysterious firing of Admiral Gaoette, the early retirement of General Carter Ham, and the not-so-scandalous but devasting plight of General John Allen, commander of US forces in Afghanistan.

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Benghazi Cover Up: Legislators Emerge from Yesterday’s Hearings Outraged; Breaking: Petraeus Gave Testimony, Confirms it was known to be a Terrorist Attack

Three hearings occurred yesterday. The hearing before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees were both held in private.  The hearing before the House Foreign Affairs committee was open door.  Before the public, lawmakers vigorously blasted those responsible for the events in Benghazi that night and the misleading propaganda in the aftermath of the attack when the Obama administration told the American people and the world that the attack was over a youtube video.

This morning, the news is currently breaking that General Petraeus has just testified he was aware within 24 hours that the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was a terror attack.  Nevertheless, lawmakers question why General Petreaus downplayed the idea of a terror attack during a very critical time in previous September 14th hearings three days after the attack.

Congressman King (R-NY) is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and he is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee. He was present as Petraeus testified this morning in a closed door hearing before both House and Senate Intelligence Committees. He emerged from the closed door hearing on the heels of Petreaus’ testimony and spoke to the press. Congressman King appeared restrained but determined, and he stated that Petraeus’ account of his previous testimony was at odds with his recollection.

Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) of the House Judiciary Committee recieved a petition yesterday with 100,000 signatures from high ranking military veterans and others which demanded a special investigation lead by a special prosecutor.  Congressman Gohmert has taken up that cause, and is now demanding the same.

The following is the latest update on all of the above.

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Benghazi Cover Up: Details on Tomorrow’s Hearings, Petraeus Offers Testimony, Eric Holder and FBI Face Questions

House Intelligence Committee: Ranking Democrat Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger (Left) Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich) (Right)

Photo from WTAX News
Libyan guard at Benghazi consulate fixes
note from Libyans against the attack,
Sept. 18, REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Four murdered American heroes, 3 investigative hearings, 2 disgraced generals, 2 questionable women, 2 sex scandals, and 1 cover up.  Here is where we are at in a nutshell:

Attorney General Holder and  FBI director Robert Mueller are facing serious new questions and inquiry over what they knew and why they failed to share that information when it was critical to do so.

In addition, the news continues to break over the sexual aspect of the scandals surrounding General Petraeus and General Allen, and threatens to overshadow three very important events tomorrow. Those three events are three hearings that the American people should be focused on.  These three hearings will be convened tomorrow, on Thursday, November the 15th, 2012.

Also today, the news is currently breaking that Petraeus will soon voluntarily offer his testimony to members of the House and Senate.

The following is an update on all of the above, including what hearings are to be held, who will be holding them, and what we might expect.

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Benghazi Cover Up: Pentagon’s Latest Timeline Conflicts with CIA, Broadwell May Have Leaked Reason For Attack, Petraeus’ Prior Testimony Called into Question

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is a powerful man with a little bump in the road that he cannot ignore.  Panetta cannot ignore the inconsistencies along the rocky road of the Benghazi cover up.  No matter how hard he tries to overcome it, that annoying little bump in the road just keeps popping up and will not go away.

Time is an exact science.  It may be 9:00 in one region and 12:00 in another region, but it is still the same time.  No one has ever seen time in person, but time may be a witness in the upcoming hearings on Benghazi.  The new timeline provided by the Pentagon has been analysed by journalists, and it may not make muster. There appear to be some discrepancies that may or may not be resolved by the pending investigation.

Meanwhile, it appears Paula Broadwell may have inadvertently dropped a bombshell on General Petraeus.  As the updates continue to come in, it appears statements made by Broadwell may indicate a leak of classified information. And legislators insist that at some point, General Petraeus must testify.  Other legislators call his previous testimony into question.

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Benghazi Cover Up: New Timeline Given By Pentagon, Probe into Possible Leaks, General Petraeus Resigns from CIA

General David Petraeus

This is a rushed update on two major developments.

The news broke today that the Director of National Intelligence has initiated a probe to discover possible leaks that lead to the media’s knowledge of the events in Benghazi.

Also today, The Pentagon has released a new timeline of events.

For the latest video from Fox today reporting on the probe by National Intelligence, click here to see a video report from Catherine Herridge.  She also reports on classified documents which are being released to legislators today, as well as the pending hearings.

As I write this, the news is now breaking that CIA Director General David Petraeus has submitted his resignation to Obama in a closed door meeting. It is reported he resigned  for personal reasons.

The only reason cited so far is an extra marital affair.  General Petraeus was scheduled to testify in the upcoming hearings on Benghazi next week. Some speculate his current resignation may enable him to speak “freely” at the upcoming hearings. General Petraeus has stated his decision had nothing to do with the current investigation.  The reports are just coming out, but it is now being reported that he will not be testifying as scheduled in the Senate hearings next week.

General Petraeus is the second high ranking official to raise questions over a sudden and unexpected resignation in the wake of Benghazi.  Many also speculate on the sudden and unlikely early retirement of General Carter Ham, Combatant Commander of Africa Command.

UPDATE, 11/11/2012

It has been learned that the woman involved in an extra marital affair with General Petraeus was Paula Broadwell, his biographer whom he met when he came to speak at Harvard University.  It was reported yesterday that the investigation that led to the resignation of General Petraeus began months prior and was initiated by the FBI when an unknown third person complained that they had received emails from Broadwell.

Here is an excerpt from yesterday’s report:

The agency was alerted that biographer Paula Broadwell, with whom Petraeus  had the affair, may have had access to his personal email account….The FBI investigation began when someone reported suspicious emails allegedly  sent from Broadwell. The agency then determined that she allegedly had emailed a  number of government employees. The FBI was at one point trying to determine  whether any of the employees were being stalked, sources told Fox News…..The FBI investigation started with a complaint several months ago about “harassing” e-mails from Broadwell to an unidentified third person, a government  official briefed on the case told The New York Times on Saturday.

New details came out on the story today:

General David Petraeus

A second name emerged Sunday in the FBI investigation into CIA Director David  Petraeus’ email correspondence that exposed an extramarital affair with a female  biographer, then his resignation last week.

Sources tell Fox News the women is 37-year-old Jill Kelley, a close friend of  the Petraeus family……Kelley alerted the FBI about the emails that appeared to be an attempt to  blackmail Petraeus, which started the investigation, said the sources, who are  close friends of the Petraeuses.

In addition, the threatening emails might not have come from biographer Paula  Broadwell, as widely reported…..

Jill Kelly is not involved with Petraeus, but is a close friend of the family.  According to the same report, an agency whistle-blower is involved:

The first knowledge of the affair outside the FBI came from an agency  whistle-blower who contacted a Capitol Hill Republican who told House Majority  Leader Eric Cantor.

Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., got a tip from a friend who knew the  whistle-blower, as reported by The New York Times…..Sources tell Fox News that Reichert talked to the whistle-blower, then referred  him to Cantor. The whistle-blower talked to the majority leader’s office, then  to Cantor directly. The whistle-blower — who purportedly was concerned about a  possible national security breach — was then put in touch with FBI Director  Robert Mueller.

It also appears that the relationship between Petreaus and Broadwell was an open secret among those who knew the Petreaus family. Read full report, here.

Meanwhile, in another report today, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Diane Feinstein, (D-CA), said today that the Benghazi investigations will also inquire into the scandal surrounding General Petraeus, “including why the FBI failed to notify the committee about the extramarital affair that led to the director’s resignation”.

So apparently now the FBI has to answer some questions as well.  She also stated that Petraeus is no longer scheduled to testify this week, but may be called to capitol hill in future meetings.

According to Feinstein:

“…other major questions the committee will investigate include whether the  United States adequately processed previous threats and attacks to increase  security around the U.S. Consulate and nearby CIA annex in Benghazi.

“Changes were made, but the changes were not adequate,” Feinstein told  Fox.

UPDATE 11/12/2012

Fox is now reporting that law enforcement has confirmed the threatening emails were coming from Broadwell. The story is here.  Also today, new updates came out on several issues.  One update finds the Pentagon timeline above appears to conflict with CIA witnesses. Another update also indicates Broadwell may have leaked classified information that may point to the reason for the attack on the consulate.  Legislators are also questioning former testimony from General Petraeus.  For more information on the latest with updated links and videos, please click here.