October 24th, 2012
11:38 PM ET

Doubts surface over e-mail on claim of responsibility for Benghazi attack

By CNN's Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank

The often fiercely political debate over who knew what - and when - about the September 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi has taken another turn with the disclosure of a series of e-mails sent from the State Department on the night of the attack.

But the most explosive of the e-mails - which were released late Tuesday - may have been inaccurate, a "spot report" on a rapidly evolving and highly confusing situation.

The disclosure of the e-mail has given new life to the already fevered debate over when the Obama administration learned that the attack was more than a protest that turned deadly but was the work of terrorists.

The e-mail carried the subject line: "Update 2: Ansar al Sharia Claims Responsibility For Benghazi Attack." The message said: "Embassy Tripoli reports the group has claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli."

That message was sent to a wide range of federal offices, including the FBI, from the State Department at 6:07 p.m. ET on September 11 - seven minutes into September 12 in Libya. At that time, the attack on the consulate was ongoing, and the subsequent assault on the annex building, in which two more Americans would be killed, had not begun.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and two other Republicans in the Senate wrote Wednesday to Obama, saying: "These emails make clear that your Administration knew within two hours of the attack that it was a terrorist act and that Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan militant group with links to Al-Qaeda, had claimed responsibility for it."

However, an examination of the known Facebook and Twitter accounts of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi reveals no such claim of responsibility. Aaron Zelin, a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, tracks dozens of jihadist websites and archives much of what they say. He told CNN he was unaware of any such claim having been posted on the official Facebook page or Twitter feed of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi.

Zelin, who said his RSS feed sends him any new statement from the group, provided CNN with a copy of that feed. It shows no Facebook update between September 8 and September 12, when a posting late that afternoon first referenced the attack. Zelin notes that the posting referred to a news conference the group had held earlier that day in Benghazi in which it denied any role in the assault on the consulate, while sympathizing with the attackers.

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Accompanying a posting of the news conference on YouTube, a commentary says that the attack on the consulate was "a wave of rage for Allah and his Prophet, it came from the Muslim youths."

The posting continues: "Ansar al-Sharia brigade did not officially participate as a military body, nor received any orders directed from the brigade."

The group's Twitter feed tells the same story. The account, @anssarelshariea, bears the group's logo and a tweet on September 8 - and then nothing until four days later. And at no point is there a claim of involvement in or responsibility for the attack on the U.S. Consulate compound.

Perhaps the person who reported the claim of responsibility - and the threat against the consulate - was viewing another Ansar al-Sharia site, or one supportive of the group.

In the hours following such incidents, it is not unusual for "spot reports" from agencies and overseas posts to pour in to the State Department. They typically include intercepts, what's picked up on social media, witness accounts and what's being said by local officials. They often contain raw, unfiltered information that is then analyzed for clues, patterns and contradictions.

In the case of the Benghazi attack, there were plenty of contradictions. Such situations are frequently chaotic, with claim and counter-claim by witnesses unsure of what happened when, according to U.S. officials. Building a complete picture without access to first-hand-accounts and little visual evidence can be a major challenge to government experts working from thousands of miles away.

So too have been the attempts to pin down who represents Ansar al-Shariah and their movements on the night of the attack.

Wings of Ansar al-Sharia, which means "partisans" or "supporters of Islamic law," are based not only in Benghazi but in the Libyan town of Derna, east of Benghazi. The group's leaders in Derna are thought to include Abu Sufyan bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

A different Ansar al-Sharia is affiliated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, and budding franchises are said to exist in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.

As Zelin wrote last month in Foreign Policy, the groups "lack a unified command structure or even a bandleader like the central al Qaeda command....They are fighting in different lands using different means."

Wherever they may be, members of Ansar al-Shariah are united by a shared outlook, one that is implacably anti-Western and in favor of the imposition of Shariah law across the Muslim world.

The description on the Ansar al-Sharia (Benghazi) Twitter feed proclaims: "The goals of Ansar al-Sharia brigade is to implement the laws of Allah on the land, and reject the human implemented laws and earthly made constitutions. There will be nothing ruling in this country other than the laws of Allah."

Zelin said he believes that the rise of the groups heralds the end of the dominance of global jihad by a single hierarchical organization such as al Qaeda - and returns the state of jihad to the jumble that characterized it during the 1990s.

"One key difference, however, is that jihadi groups are now more ideologically homogenous," Zelin wrote in Foreign Policy.

"In the 1990s, jihadis thought locally and acted locally, while many now talk globally and act locally."

CNN's Pam Benson contributed to this report

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  1. everdene

    Breaking statement by CIA spokesperson: "No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.”

    October 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      You need to read articles outside of .com sites. The stand down came from the Secretary of Defense, the Army General, and the Commander that was on the ground. They stated that they did not have enough information to put troops in harms way. They have said this multiple times. This isn't some crazy conspiracy. In fact, they said it again yesterday. You guys are funny.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
      • Theo Goodwin

        You keep referring to a commander on the ground. Who was the commander on the ground? Where was he, exactly? This is not the first time you have been asked this question. According to the commander on the ground, what did he know, what decisions did he make, and what orders did he give?

        October 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
      • ronaswyhod

        according to rep chaffetz, he asked general ham why the military did not send forces to support the personnel at benghazi..
        his answer..
        "no one asked"
        enough of your insider info paul..
        you are a troll for the obama admin, as are cnn and the msm..

        October 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  2. everdene

    CIA just stated that no one at any level of the CIA denied giving support to those who were asking for it. Thank goodness some in the government are more forthcoming than CNN. CNN's lack of reporting on this is becoming surreal.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  3. Bob

    The lack of coverage by CNN about the outrage in Benghazi is pathetic. How can you continue to cover for a liar like our current president. Any president who would refuse to help embattled americans while they are under fire, then lie over and over about the true cause of their deaths should be impeached!!! CNN is equally guilty for their backing of this horror!

    October 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  4. jflats

    This is a cover up of epic proportions by the media.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  5. L Bowden

    Obama needs to resign now. WE CAN'T WAIT!

    October 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • scott

      maybe if everyone would flood the phone lines of CNN somebody might get the message
      One CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303-5366
      Phone: 404-827-1500
      Fax: 404-827-1906



      October 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • LEPUGH

      CNN this is a horrible situation that needs journalistic ethics to kick in. Remember Black Hawk Down- we didn't hold the military back from going after our men on the ground. I can't believe that the US press is not pushing for answers. There is no doubt that this is a "duck".

      October 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  6. Fred Freep

    CNN will not comment on the latest news regarding the Obama Administration's LIES regarding Benghazi until they receive their talking points from the DNC and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. CNN is a JOKE.

    Sources tell Fox News that CIA operatives twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff, and were told to 'stand down,' while a later request for military backup was denied,

    October 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  7. Gigi

    Shame on CNN for not telling the full truth about what happened in Benghazi! You are complicit in the White House cover up to the detrimit of our men and women serving over seas. You are a propaganda machine for the White House just as in the old Soviet Union.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  8. 1Joyce

    This just shows how Obama KNOWS the majority of the news media in this country are in the tank for him and assumes most people will buy his story. He's going around the country encouraging people to vote early, hoping he can lie his way through this tragedy and win the election. He and everyone in his administration, and most news agencies who are covering up this story are disgusting.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply


    October 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  10. Heather

    CNN used to be my home page for news. I will be changing that as of today. How can you not cover the latest in the Libya story? Had this happened under the last administration, it would be the lead story on your homepage every day. How could a country as powerful as ours ignore calls for help and allow it's citizens and ambassador to be murdered? It's indefensible and you are not a credible news agency if you don't start asking the tough questions even if it hurts your candidate for President.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply


      October 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  11. Jim

    Tell the whole truth......

    October 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  12. KZ Coyote

    This article is about who started what. I'm more interested in when it started, who new what was going on, what was being done to protect those men, why they weren't helped, and what is being covered up by the White House. Is this another Fast & Furious cover up?

    October 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • linda

      then you need to turn to fox, latest is that the seals who were killed were told to stand down 3 times, why? they finally went without clerance to protect the ambassador, sadly they were killed along with the ambassador. I have looked at nbc cbs cnn huffington post none of them are even mentioning this why? findthe news cnn

      October 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • Rick

      Two questions that Obama MUST answer:

      1. When he went to bed the evening of 9/11, did he know that a terrorist act had occurred at the Consulate, if not
      2. When he got on A/F1 the next morning, to continue his campaigning did he know a terrorist act had occurred?

      October 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  13. ronaswyhod

    "Lol, I don't get my info from .com sites. I listen to the actual sources that actually have the intelligence information and the power to make decisions at the time of the incident. Like the commander on the ground, the defense secretary, other army generals, etc. Nice try conspiracy theorists. It's time to get out of the bomb shelter and get some sun."

    so paul since you are privy to all this information..
    tell us what happened..
    why three requests for "help" was ignored..
    set the record straight so we will know..
    and don't tell me that command was waiting for more information...
    americans were being killed..
    think of them as your own family..

    October 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Lol, go research .gov sites to hear the actual Congressional testimonies, the Secretary of Defense statements, the National Intelligence statements, etc, etc. There is a lot of information out there that comes directly from their mouths. The requests for additional security was denied by the Commander on the ground, the Army General, and the Secretary of Defense because as they said, there was not enough information for them to put anyone in harms way.

      There is a detailed account of the timeline of events that happened that day. There was no special live feed, there was no intelligence of a planned attack. Once they got the cameras they did see a group of armed men converge on the embassy at about 10 o clock at night. Both the Commander on the ground and the Secretary of Defense said they had adequate positions and support.

      The Director of Intelligence said specifically that the information they gathered was ongoing but at first they believed the attack was a continuation of the uprising in Cairo that was believed to happen because of this youtube video. There initial assessment and what they told the Administration was this information.

      Two weeks later they said as more information became available they can assure that it was not a random gathering but a planned attack. They still say there was absolutely no intelligence of an attack on the embassy before Sept 11th.

      They have answered all these questions, you just don't want to hear these answers. They also do not answer specific questions on security personnel and everything they do to protect embassies around the world. So most of the information you are getting is either made up, exaggerated, or just plain lies.

      Everything you are asking has been answered by the people that have the most information on the subject. If you have more information than them, then you have some crazy inside intelligence!!

      October 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
      • Tom

        This administration states that it cannot trust facebook and emails....but we still do not know where they received the information that it was a video on facebook......that no one watched. WHERE DID THAT INFORMATION COME FROM? Its a lie........period. Its a shame that news groups like CNN does not cover this like they should....they are in the bed with Obama and everything they write, say or put online should be treated as suspect.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
      • Paul

        Yes, they do not trust facebook and emails. But they do have intelligence personnel on the ground that do interviews that they do trust. There is more than enough intelligence to confirm the gatherings in Cairo were in response to this video. That being said, they speculated at the time because they had no other prior intelligence of an attack, that this was just a continuation of this uprising.

        All the information saying it was a terror attack was done by facebook posts and people outside our Intelligence community. The President does not make up his own stories... he listens specifically to our National Intelligence Adviser who at first said they speculated this was because of the video.

        This really is not that big of a conspiracy. Who cares if they thought it was because a video and later found out it wasn't.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
      • Paul

        And the crazy thing is the Libyan witnesses on the ground told the investigators that they knew who did it and that they did it because the video. No one has even ruled out the fact that it wasn't in response to the video. The only thing they now know is it wasn't a random gathering that got out of control but they planned to go to the embassy to attack. And it wasn't a sophisticated attack that had to be planned for months in advance. Just a straight mob assault.

        This whole conspiracy stuff is 100% generated by partisan media outlets. No one actually knows all the details because the people that do know all the details haven't said anything about it. No one knows it wasn't because the video.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
      • Jerry Lowry

        You have your head in the sand. They (our gov) allowed those people to be killed. They talk about the fog of war and couldn't commit forces because of it. They had C-130 special ops aircraft that could have been there and could have protected our people. Why didn't they do it? If it was your child would you have denied their repeated requests for support? Hell no you wouldn't. This is what we get when you have people who will do anything to get Obama reelected, even at the cost of American lives. Wake up people. Ask the tough questions.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
      • Paul

        There was over 25-30 people present, numerous armed guards and Libyan forces. Four people tragically died, but you act as if they were left all alone to die. The commander on the ground and the Secretary of Defense say that we had adequate backup. What you are doing is being an armchair military strategist. You literally have no clue where, how, or why they would need backup or what would cause them to send them in!

        October 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
      • Theo Goodwin

        We do not want another impeachment process. But it is inevitable if Obama does not come clean and is re-elected. I have an image of Monica Lewinsky burned on my brain. I do not want to suffer like that again. The country cannot suffer like that again. Nothing else gets done. The citizenry is demoralized. For the good of the USA, Barry, Hillary, and Leon should come clean or resign.

        October 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
      • anoninnc

        I came to the CNN site this evening just to see if the protect Obama biases are really true and obvious. Wow.

        For the record, I do not normally comment online, but after grieving the loss of honor and of life ibecause of our present government's reputation all day today, I have to ask you . . . are you employed by CNN or by the White House?

        October 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
      • wolf inshdo

        Sir, your full of crap. There were warning from Libyan Officials and others WARNING of a possible attack. Did your "sources" (MSNBC) forget to mention that?

        October 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • Paul

        My sources are direct quotes from the National Intelligence Agency. They have stated numerous times that there was no intelligence that lead them to believe the embassy was going to be attacked. So I guess you can believe your Libyan sources. I'll trust our Intelligence. You guys are funny. Trying so hard to turn this in to some political he says she says battle. You guys are disgraceful using four American deaths to push your political agenda. And the funny thing is, you are bashing are very military and intelligence community for it.

        October 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Tom

      hey Paul......this white house told us that this was a spontaneous reaction to a video, not a planned terrorist attack....now we know differently. Where did the white house get this information? Seems they did not know anything for weeks.......until now when we find out the truth. Man when are u going to wake up and smell the stink that is all around u? The stench of lies and deceit.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        Lol, the same people that came up with the Intelligence are the very same people that run our military all over the world. You act like no one has ever died in the military. It's a dangerous job and you can't plan for every possible event. The Intelligence community that is in charge of ALL our intelligence and the most sophisticated intelligence community in the history of mankind came to this conclusion. I'm glad you have doubts in America's military and intelligence. Accidents like these happen, to blame the military and say we don't know what we are doing is asinine. You guys are doing this just for political gain.

        October 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  14. Dave Oncale

    What is wrong with CNN? Are you completely sold out to Obama. What happened in Bengazi is treason. Make all the excuses you want. Are there any true journalists left there? Are you all just Obama boobs? Come on, DIG! That's what we expect from news organizations.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  15. Gayr K

    Used to be we, as a free society, could count on the media as an agency to protect against the Government taking over and controlling the chain of information. There was distrust of leadership adn the media would not stop investigating until they had the truth. Today the media doesn't start investigating. Who is there to protect us today? CNN and the other Media outlets are, by their own attempts to protect and shield the President disqualify themselves as a news source and reveal themselves to be nothing but a political arm of liberal administrations.

    You would think that somewhere some journalism student would have some kind of ethics and realize what's going on and say ENOUGH! Well Guess not.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      This is a direct quote from the spokesperson for our National Intelligence department. So if you guys know more than him, you are superior beings that have some crazy insider information! Sept 27th

      "In the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo. We provided that initial assessment to Executive Branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available. Throughout our investigation we continued to emphasize that information gathered was preliminary and evolving.

      As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists. It remains unclear if any group or person exercised overall command and control of the attack, and if extremist group leaders directed their members to participate."

      October 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
      • everdene

        This statement makes no sense in light of the facts that are now known. For example, we now know that there were multiple requests to take out a mortar installation that ultimately killed Americans, requests that were denied, requests that would have made it to the highest authorities, including the President.

        We obviously had a pretty good idea of what was happening. We obviously screwed up. And, more unfortunately, the President decided to mislead the people and all the news outlets (most of them) have decided to go along. Shame on CNN.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
      • TruthSeeker

        Paul, it's abundantly obvious that you are part of the Obama Administration or Re-election team tasked with spinning the Administration's story on new sites. Your shameless spinning won't obscure the truth. Funny how you are the only ,or nearly only, supporter of the Administration on this site. It. Must be awful lonely rooting for the bad guys.

        October 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
      • Paul

        Blah blah blah, I'm just spouting the truth. It's obvious you have a major agenda against this administration. I'm sure you were this dedicated to finding out the truth about the 3000+ American soldiers that died hunting WMD's that didn't exist. Did you go to FoxNews.com and bash them for not reporting about those deaths?

        Highly doubt it. You are a disgusting coward!

        October 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
      • ronaswyhod

        on september 12, president obama said he called it an act of terror..
        on the view and at the un general assembly speech he called it a spontaneous reaction from the video..
        which one of the two above was a"lie"?
        is he still lying to cover his butt?

        October 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • JuJuBee

      Agreed. The media's purpose is and should always be anti-establishment. Therefore, it doesn't matter who is in office – they behave the exact same way.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  16. Anthony G

    I want to thank the NON informing media for single handedly motivating the non Obama voting citizens to get out and make sure this debacle of an excuse of our country's leadership... i just 12 days away from joining the more than 23 Million Americans on the unemployment lines.... We are MOVING FORWARD !!

    October 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  17. Niki

    I think its insulting that CNN and other news agencys are not reporting this and letting the americans know the truth. Have they also been asked not to by our President? Seems like he is asking too many people to hold off on a lot of issues until after the election.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • 1Joyce

      I don't know about other news organizations, but FOX is keeping updated and reporting on it daily.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  18. David Palmer

    CNN....whats up with you guys.....quit drinkin obozox kool-aid!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  19. Enrique

    Why is CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS not informing us about this event, isn't the murder of these four american citizens deserve an explanation by the media and the President of the United States. We are waiting to hear the truth. Are we going to hear about these attacks after the election? CNN, you have to step to the plate, tell us what your story is.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • Lydia

      THIS is why I go to Fox to get my news! If I had to depend on the major news networks to give me the truth, I'd be as news ignorant as so many of our citizens How about reporting on the lack of support given to the men who died in Benghazi. I am watching Fox right now to keep abreast of the situations. Get it: YOU CANNOT SAVE OBAMA from this one!!

      October 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
      • johnnyC

        And that is why Fox always has the highest viewership

        October 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
      • Tom

        haha exactly.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  20. doug

    look at the difference between fox news headlines on their web site today and that of cnn, and try and tell me that the most trusted name in news "cnn" is not trying to make this story go away

    October 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • Linda

      Why no mention of the WH refusing CIA requests to rescue of our ambassador? they were turned down 3x while the WH dithered they went in on their own! These brave lads were later murdered by the terrorists- huge news but not a peep on CNN or other news services – disgraceful ! Shame on everyone especially you media toadies

      October 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Charles

      CNN please know that you have lost me as a viewer. Your total disregard for standards of journalism is appaling. If the stories of the events of Libya are true or if they are false I want to watch a group of reporters who are willing to go where the facts of the story lead them.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  21. Jim K.

    There are supposedly three "major cable news networks" – Fox which leans (clearly enough) center right, MSNBC, which has apparently been taken over by screaming Trotskyites, and CNN which supposedly "splits the middle" and tells it like it is. But CNN (along with the NY Times syndicate, the Washington Post, and Time, etc., and NBC, CBS, ABC) are all willfully refusing to cover the largest military, intelligence, State Dept., and White House scandal in decades.
    Compare that to the unending coverage of photos of poor treatment of our prisoners in a prison in Iraq, which dominated all those worthy publications for days (or weeks) on end. Which was small potatoes by contrast.
    And this is not ONE scandal – but now FOUR of them.
    1. Negligence Beforehand: Having our ambassador in one of the least (if not the least) secure facilities in the entire diplomatic US operations in the world on the 11th Anniversary of 9/11. Not only should his repeated requests for more have been dealt with, he most certainly should have been in Tripoli on that day, and not Benghazi, and security in the whole "Arc of Crisis" area of the Islamic world should have been beefed up and on alert – if ONLY for that week.
    This also – like the other three – had a "political calculus" – wanting to show how "normalized" things with all our new friends coming out of the Arab Spring, and upgrading the security could have "diluted" that "message." As the State Dept. testified before Congress that lack of funds was NOT the reasons the requests from our (I remind you, now unnecessarily deceased) Ambassador were ignored.
    2. Straight out Cowardice and Political Calculations: Which left us – with live feeds from the Consulate, Annex and from drones for hour after hour going to all the major responsible agencies of our government, agents in the Annex requesting permission from their superiors to help (permission denied, though two were brave enough to go and sacrifice themselves anyway) and including a laser on a mortar. And our leaders simply sat on their thumbed and watched our people die, because it would have distracted from the President's "Osama is dead and GM is alive" continuing "victory tour," and made people aware that Islamic Terrorism is not on "its heels" but alive, well and dispersed across numerous countries – including this one – e.g., the thwarted attack on the Federal Reserve in NY by a man who had contact with known radicals.
    But the requests for all outside help were – three times – denied.
    This is the most shameful failure to take action we could have in my lifetime. Ops teams were in range, as were F-16's and Cobra helicopters – and yet not even a flyover that might have chased the attackers away before the Ambassador died, and certainly before two of the others did.
    3. The Continuing Coverup by the White House, State and Defense Dept's: Refusing to comment meaningfully on all of this evidence, and the ridiculous song and dance about the video – when the timeline of the Ambassador’s activities shows for a fact there was NO demonstration in Benghazi about it – and that it was all pretext by Islamists to cause demonstrations around other countries, since it had out been on YouTube for months. With zero reaction from the Muslim world.
    4. The Coverup of the Coverup by the Major Media: who seem to all care more about Obama's re-election than the entire security of the country and the integrity of its government.
    It makes me very fearful about our future, and the diminishing value of freedom of speech. The one thing that heartens me, is that this thread shows that those of us who follow ALL the news that's "fit to print," are not "Foxoid drones" who only go there. And while I'd been starting to watch you to check my own prejudices, I'm moving much more to sources like the Christian Science Monitor for the fairest and most "journalistically neutral" coverage around from now on.
    So one more time: there are four HUGE coverups here: 1. The negligence beforehand. 2. The astounding and intentional failure to try and save our people's lives. 3. The huge and continuing coverup in its wake. 4. The media's willing complicity in keeping all of this from becoming well-known at least until (and likely even after) they help President Obama be re-elected.
    Refute ANY of that if you can. And meanwhile, CNN, take a good look in the mirror. Your article (the one I’m responding to) included NONE of this context, and only sought to minimize this side story which IS part of it.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • timgenster

      JimK. Bravo! Too bad you just singlehndedly reported more facts and more truth about this cover-up than CNN and all the other so-called news organizations combined.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • Doug

      Jim K,

      Just STOP It. Why are you trying to make sense and point out the obvious? That's just crazy talk.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Look at the armchair military strategist go!! Great job, maybe you can tell the military how to do it's job since you obviously have all the answers. Let's see if you can do this without knowing all the information beforehand.

      And I see you have been diligently watching Fox News. Great job, Hannity gives you a high five!

      October 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
      • jason

        Paul you are exactly the reason the country is in the shape it is in now. Because you believe the info they feed you. Open your eyes and get your news from sources other than the MSM.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
      • Jim K.

        And I see you've only been bathing in waters approved by the anointed. I read the news everywhere. I'm regularly on the Huff Post, Wash Post, CNN, Commentary, The Nation, RCP, Opposing Views, Nat Review, Salon, etc. and when I'm feeling masochistic and the need to shower later anyway, MSNBC to name just a few. Can you say the same?

        PS: thanks to others for the props. I regret that I composed my comment in Word, and didn't notice that CNN's text editor removed all my paragraph breaks.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
      • Paul

        Lol, I don't get my info from .com sites. I listen to the actual sources that actually have the intelligence information and the power to make decisions at the time of the incident. Like the commander on the ground, the defense secretary, other army generals, etc. Nice try conspiracy theorists. It's time to get out of the bomb shelter and get some sun.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Niki

      Well said Jim!

      October 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • ronaswyhod

      great comments jim..
      cnn and the rest of the msm are falling asleep at the switch..
      just like the wh did when some of our brave men were screaming for help..
      i can see them holding off for more information if their family was in a house screaming for help..
      our military members are well trained for these situations..
      bureaucrats are obviously not..

      October 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • John McGinnis

      Thanks to Jim K for accurately and succinctly summarizing this sorry situation. Shame on CNN for becoming an Obama lapdog. I too had been watching CNN to be sure I was not being unduly, or inaccurately influenced by Fox News.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • everdene

      Thank you, JimK. I don't know how CNN or any of the other commentators can discount what you have said. Everyone now has access to too many facts.

      Fact: The president knew what was happening. Since this was an attack on foreign soil, the desperate please by our agents to take out the mortars attacking them would have made it to the president while the events were unfolding.

      Fact: The president was a pansy and did not authorize action.

      Fact: People died, including an ambassador and American heroes who were anything but pansies.

      Fact: The president wanted a different narrative to come out and tried to spin this attack into something entirely different. There appear to be no security reasons for this spin, since everyone in Libya was talking about these events clearly (unless the president was trying to hide some sort of arms running).

      Fact: This is newsworthy stuff. CNN is either incompetent, slow or covering for the president.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • David

      Make that 5 scandals. Surely skipping the presidential security briefing the next morning in favor of flying off to a fund raiser is a very strong statement on misplaced priorities! And a reasonable presumption is that neglecting to attend the daily security briefings is one reason for his ignorance as to the Libyan security situation.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  22. GlennH

    2014: US embassy under attack. Ambassador left with little protection despite prior requests. 2 brave Navy Seals request air support and backup 3 times. Romney administration denies all requests. The Seals request permission to engage the hostiles and are told to 'stand down' by the Romney administration. The Ambassador & those brave soles die. CNN does not carry the story and doesn't demand any answers from the Romney admin. Is that how you would react CNN? Honestly?

    October 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • timgenster

      GlennH. Honest people at CNN would answer your question... Honestly. Lets see just how many there are.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Amazing the military commander on the ground said he didn't have enough information to send his troops in to harms way. He also said he feels confident they did have enough support ready for any subsequent attacks. And the most amazing part of this whole thing, is that military commander is not part of Obama's administration. You guys are making the military look really bad by blaming this on the administration when the commands came from the actual military personnel on the ground.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • ronaswyhod

        and he's not going to cover his butt on this?
        just follow the obama lead..

        October 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
      • planet8788

        Paul, if the military made that decision, they deserve the scorn.
        It is not logical.
        We have drones, satellites, live camera feeds.
        if you believe this BS you are HIGH.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
      • Paul

        There was no live camera feed at the time of the attack. You literally are just making things up. 99% chance you vote Republican.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
      • everdene

        Paul, the video feeds from the drone and security cameras on site have been verified by numerous sources. Sorry, but you aren't going to have much credibility if you can't get your facts straight. You can love the current administration all you want, but at least stick with the facts.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
      • Theo Goodwin

        That's because he has to abide by Obama stupid rule that there cannot be collateral damage.

        October 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Stephen Burnette

      The Army's slogan, "No one left behind," because of the Benghazi Massacre, ObamaArmy slogan is now, "Stand down, we'll try to get your body back." This was an attack on American soil... and we did not protect and defend our citizens/military. Sickened by lack of media and government response.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  23. Paul

    Many of you guys need to stop listening to Fox News. There was no live video feed, there was no cover up. The Secretary of Defense, the Commander that was on the ground in Libya, and Army General Dempsey have all detailed what information they had and why they did what they did. They repeatedly have said they did not have enough information to put troops in harms way.

    This Internet telephone game you guys are playing has ended up with this being some crazy conspiracy that includes Obama sitting in the White House watching the events on a live streaming video feed while on the phone telling the CIA and the troops to stand down. It is hilarious to watch this unfold. Read the actual transcripts from the people who actually know the details. There is no conspiracy here. Only in your heads.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • ronaswyhod

      you are an obama troll and you name is probably axelrod..
      there was a coverup from the start and only fox is covering it..
      we have not received answers and it is now 45 days since the killing..
      we, and the murdered americans famiy deserve answers..NOW!

      October 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • jay effrey

      Forget about Fox news. Check out the sources. Our Seals were begging for help and told to stand down.


      October 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Rick

      Nice try Paul, unfortunately the cover-up is falling apart. This is worse than Watergate, noone died as a result of Nixon's lies. And the attempt by the MSM to assist in the cover-up won't work. I hope Obama got a good nights sleep Nov 11th while Americans were being murdered, and he knew.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply


      October 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
      • amy

        Why weren't the hypocrites in "full action" after Bush instigated an unnecessary decade long war, based on lies, largely financed by loans from China and cost thousands of American lives? Perhaps Robme would have preferred Obama sit idly by reading Little Duck.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • John

      This administration is lying and covering up. Anyone who believes what they say must love being lied to. Drink the KOOLAID! What was the drone taking pictures of? Why did they fabricate the video story? Why did they tell the Navy Seals to stand down? Not enough intelligence??? The Seals were intelligence on the ground!!! This Administration is either grossly incompetent or intentionally deceptive. Either way, they need to go, and furthermore be brought to justice for gross negligence.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      I guess you guys don't get how the military works or how reality works. The military commander on the ground said to stand down because they didn't have enough information. This happens every day in the military. You act like the military doesn't know what they are doing. The Middle East is a scary place where shi* happens. There was no conspiracy, this isn't Watergate... just another day in the Middle East for our military and security personnel.

      Nice try though guys. Make sure you loosen up those tin foil hats so you get some oxygen to the brain.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
      • Now I get it!

        Paul – I'm retired AF and even I know if they give you a laser designator it's not for use with your powerpoint presentation. Please get a clue. SEALS know how to identify a target for destruction. Obama is done.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
      • Paul

        Bologna, you can not possibly be this ignorant to the military if you were ever in it. The chain of command is simple. They said there was not enough information to proceed, so they didn't. Happens every single day in the Middle East. I'm glad you are using four American patriots deaths for your political gain. You should be ashamed of yourself!

        October 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
      • Now I get it!

        No, Paul I am ashamed that I defended this country for 22 years for someone like you.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
      • Paul

        You were never in the military. Stop lying. You are a fat partisan nobody trying to use real patriots deaths for your partisan gain. You should be ashamed for something, but definitely not for the 22 years you spent playing Medal of Honor. Nice try though bud.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
      • Now I get it!

        Paul – Please tell us where you got all of your military experience.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • John

      Your right. BO wasn't watching in the situation room. He was out golfing. He is a failure and only failures follow failures.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • KJW


      The people who know the facts are starting to share the facts because they are uncomfortable with the evolving coverup. Do not write this off as the rantings of delusional righties. I suspect when ALL the facts come out you may regret your comments. All we ask is that these disclosures be analyzed in the light of day, rather than forcing people to explore other media outlets to secure comprehensive information.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        I guarantee you when the facts come out it will be the facts everyone already knows. There isn't even a reason to make this a conspiracy. You guys are just using a tragic event and trying to make it political. This is the Middle East we are talking about. Bombs and attacks happen every day. You guys are disgusting and vile human beings. These are real American lives that you are using for your partisan nonsense. There was absolutely no conspiracy here. Nice try though. Fox News would be proud.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Carolyn Hattrup

      Paul, you should have watched the Congressional inquiry on CSpan....the employee of the State Dept. admitted that she and others were watching the Benghazi attack in real time from live feed cameras. You really do need to get your facts straight.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  24. Sean

    Disgusting bias by omission is rampant here. The story above is full of spin and excuses... "oh everything was so confusing and conflicting..."

    I thought Obama was the greatest consumer of information we've ever had as president.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  25. Ag89

    CNN you need to cover this story, do it for the Americans that gave their lives, and quit covering for this administration. Do your job or lose your credibility, whatever's left of it!

    October 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • John

      CNN and MSNBC will cease to exist when the truth comes out!!!!!

      October 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • Chuck

      Thank you for your comment and true statement concerning CNN

      October 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  26. Letty

    CNN is a major disappointment, but not more than this administration. It amazes me that Valerie Jarrett gets more security going to Martha's Vineyard, than our own US Ambassador does in Lybia. Disgraceful. Thank God for FOX news.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  27. Susan Mahan

    Hoping for the ""perfect storm" to hit the White House and carry Mr. Obama and his cronies out with it. And may you, CNN go down with them. Your network is a disgrace to journalism.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • Diane

      I think you are right on the money, Susan. I pray everyday that these horrible people will be out of OUR White House soon. I'll even help pack, for free, just to be rid of them. I can't understand why people actually like him. I can understand the people getting something for nothing but I'm talking people who work everyday and own a home and pay their bills. Wow, whatever was in that Kool-Aid really worked. Thank God, I didn't drink any. Have a good day, Diane

      October 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  28. will

    i am from cnn. Please vote for Obama.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  29. ronaswyhod

    cnn headline news now is "obama 4 points ahead in ohio" yeah!!
    cover up in benghazi? old news..
    move along..
    i have put cnn on my "delete" button..
    along with nbc, cbs, and abc..

    October 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  30. Maggie

    Your silence and refusal to report on the Benghazi tragedy speaks volumes. It’s pathetic that CNN chooses NOT to provide newsworthy coverage and inform it’s readers of the lies, deception, and cover-up this administration. Four lives have been lost; repeated requests for help were ignored; the administration chose to sit idly by and watch the events unfold in real time - and then lied to the American people. NO politician; NO election is worth the price of even one American life. CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC – you should all be ashamed of your lack of moral decency and biased reporting – or lack of reporting. The American people deserve to know the truth and the “news” networks should be reporting facts and the truth – unfiltered. “News” organizations: DO YOUR JOB!!

    October 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      I'm sure you were this adamant about the 3,000+ lives that were lost during 9/11 and the 3000+ lives that were lost searching for WMD's that didn't exist. Partisan politics at it's finest... never let a tragedy go to waste.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • Diane Daggett

      You are so right. CNN needs to be removed as a trustworthy news outlet. They are complicit with the administration in hiding, dodging and covering up! This country is in real trouble and CNN's refusal to act on information that is out there that will uncover the truth is so very sad.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  31. Susan

    Where is your reporting on Benghazi developments.? This should not be a re-election of Obama decision. Unfortunate timing for Obama - very fortunate timing for the voters. Is this treason? Do you cover treason?

    October 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • jay effrey

      Good question. Looks like the media, along with CNN, are covering this 'bigger than Watergate' up.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  32. Aaron

    Also would like to see more on the requests made for backup that Fox is running...are you going to present the news or not?

    October 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • jay effrey

      I was wondering the same thing. How long can they provide cover for Obama?

      October 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  33. sylance

    Where is the coverage of the denied help!! Where is the coverage of the dead SEAL's father!? I despise our 'Mainstream Media" I am personally boycotting any product that advertises on CNN & MSNBC.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      What coverage do you want? The commander on the ground, the Secretary of Defense, and Army General Dempsey all have said that they ordered the stand down because they did not have enough information to put troops in harms way. The information is there for everyone to see. You guys just want this to be some grand conspiracy for political reasons.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
      • Scott

        If you actually were 'unbiased', you would act as if you care about Americans that gave thier lives while being attacked by Terrorists. Especially when the government agencies were watching these people die. They did nothing!!! Assets were poised and more than wiiling to assist, but were told to stand down. If your government is willing to allow this massacre to happen, and then come out and lie about the cause of it, don't you think that something else is going on? Iisn't it worth the air time to get it right. The problem is... You People Have Taken A Side, instead of doing your job. No wonder you are going out of business...

        October 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
      • John

        Thank God the likes of the administration are not in the military! With a quick thinking military like this administration we would have never won the Revolutionary War!!!

        October 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
      • John

        Oh, by the way Paul. I think this means tha BO failed the Commander-in-Chief test.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
      • Paul

        I guess you guys do not have an understanding of how our military works. 99% chance you guys vote Republican. There is this crazy correlation between conspiracy theorists and Republicans.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
      • Now I get it!

        Special Ops Teams eat bullets for breakfast. Being place in harms way is what they do. Weak argument

        October 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  34. david adams

    when government looks after the interests of the people, they should be respected.

    when they no longer do, we can no longer "stand down"

    October 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  35. KJW

    I wanted to post a comment questioning why CNN is NOT reporting today's news that multiple requests for back up during the attack were denied. Obviously many others share this frustration. I did go to the effort to contact CNN to ask why they were not reporting this....I was told they were aware of the reports but had no intention of discussing on air. I requested to speak with someone to explain why and was told this was not possible. Speaks for itself....

    October 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • timgenster

      Please share the details on how you got in touch with them. We can add a few more 'questions' to make sure they hear us correctly!

      October 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
      • KJW

        I just googled them and called their number at 404-827-1500.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  36. MudStreamMedia

    It is too late...for any more cover ups..We the American people are fed up with this as you can see in the emails above, and we all all aware!!! Your biased journalism is about to go down with President Obama...Mr. Charles Woods speaking out should be front page news, as it got me fired up as well to know the TRUTH...WE ARE ALL DEMANDING ANSWERS TO THIS COVER-UP...ALL SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE EMAILED OR CALLED DEMANDING ANSWERS, and not just another LIE from this administration. I cannot believe anything they say any more!!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  37. Debra

    It is really strange how FOX has been reporting on the Navy Seal Tyrone Woods who lost his life in the attack and how his dad has come forward with the truth....Where is the mainstream media?????? Please report the truth and stop hiding what has gone on...I think the American public has a right to know...STOP HIDING LIES......

    October 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  38. ronaswyhod

    the obama administration are acting as if "nothing happened"..
    "nothing new here, just move on" "just a bump in the road"
    we need answers NOW!
    and where is the lame stream media..they are all in bed with the liberals...
    they are all part of the cover-up and conspiricy with obama..
    it's a conspiricy folks and we are being had..

    October 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  39. Rick

    CNN, news network? I don't think so. It appears FOX is the only true network and the rest are part of the Obama re-election campaign. This is really sad.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  40. Quayle

    "We thought there was an issue, but then the nice man at the government told us that all was OK and there's no reason to keep asking. And that's good enough for us. We're glad the government cleared it all up for us. Now on to a story about the Kardishians."

    October 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  41. JP

    Pretty sad that the truth about this situation has to come from links to foxnews while on cnn's website. Get a clue CNN!

    October 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  42. Frank Turco

    wow hot story of day where are you now your equal to cnbc

    October 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  43. TRFjr

    I will tell you why CNN hasn't reported on the new story yet
    as I'm writing this CNN NBC MSNBC ABC and CBS are on in a conference call with the Obama campaign trying to figure out they are going to spin this to make it go away

    October 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  44. Ali

    Why are you not reporting what Fox news is reporting. ..About Charles Woods, the father of slain navy seal Tyrone Woods. He will give the american people and earful. CNN seems to be pulling out all the stops in order to get Mr. O. re-elected.All that Big Bird, birthcontrol and binders malarky. The lying, and choosing to be the mouthpiece for team Obama. Just turns my stomach. Shame on you...And you call yourselves trustworthy?? And what was the word that the president used to describe Romney...oh yes...BSer

    October 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  45. troy

    How tiring it is to hear our top military "experts" say they did not have enough intel.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  46. Rob Jones

    CNN–what a pathetic example of a news organization you are. We the American people are not going to let Obama get away with this. This isn't going away, it is only going to get worse. CNN would be wise to get on the right side of it right now. Better a little late than too late.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  47. JonInVa

    CNN and every other major news media outlet except FOX is now complicit in this by their total lack of investigative journalism or silence in the face of overwhelming evidence of malfeasance in this matter. Today's report by FOX, and the radio/television interviews of murdered SEAL Ty Wood's father, should be enough to have every outlet scrambling for answers. But so far – crickets!!! For Shame!!!

    Your bias and lack of integrity is now indisputable.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • christine

      AMEN, JON!!!

      October 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  48. Dr_Jack0040

    Hey CNN – I just posted CNN Sucks on Facebook and then deleted it. Now, why would the terrorist group claim responsibility and then delete it? Because there would have been an expectation of a more severe response by the U.S. with the killing of an ambassador. Who knew Obama would do nothing?

    October 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  49. LogicvsLibs

    I actually had to do a search to find any CNN report about Benghazi.
    CNN, you are a deep and open shame to this great nation of ours, and like a cancerous disease, you only serve to help Obama and his evil henchmen do whatever it takes to ruin America. I cannot even begin to describe just how much you turn my stomach but it is on par with the level of nausea I get in regards to Obama's unending evil and destruction.
    I hope and pray, that when this demon is finally removed from office, that you are diminished to an internet blog that nobody reads, brought up on charges and imprisoned, or even expatriated and deported to a banana republic, communist country of your liking.
    It is as if your minds and your consciences have been seared with a hot iron.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  50. ddavis

    CNN lost it's journalistic integrity long ago. They get their talking points right from the Obama campaign and the New York Times. This used to be the station that everyone would turn to. Now, their ratings are in the toilet.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • CtryonRice

      Can't wait when Romney is in.... what will the mainstream media do? We all have had a look behind the curtain and CNN confirms, that journalism is dead and propaganda reins.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  51. Ray camporeale

    CNN was once a credible news station,I was a big fan. Why on earth is not the Benghazi stores being reported indepth?
    The election is important,no doubt. A failure to respond to calls for help from our Americans about to be overrun and killed
    A national disgrace and requires serious attention by cnn

    October 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  52. bd

    CNN you are doing an injustice to the American People! The American People wants & deserves to know the truth about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi!

    Shouldn’t journalists protect the credibility of their work & earn the public's trust?

    Wake up CNN & cover the story!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  53. NH_Patriot

    Of any Network that refuses to cover this story and is complicit in this cover up!!!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Linda Mullins

      You are right about what will work – money talks. When we refuse to buy the products that sponsor "information" that no one would buy – protests over a film, disgruntled Muslim youth, etc, these "reporters" may start telling the truth about the shameful actions that allowed and actually abetted the murder of 4 Americans. Shame on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and all the people who continue to lie about this tragedy.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  54. timgenster

    Hey CNN. WHY are you covering this up? 4 Americans were murdered, top government officials LIED for weeks, and your so-called news organization is hiding what happened. You're a disgrace to what real journalists should be! LAST time I visit your website is NOW!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  55. Ronald Regan

    God Bless Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. True life american heroes. Where is their MEDAL OF HONOR Obama?.....oh that means the public might hear their tragic story of cowardice and abandonment.

    They GOV knew what was going on.....THEY ALL KNEW!!!


    October 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  56. Timoothy

    Unbelievable that news media is not making this their top story. Obama on Leno is more newsworthy!
    This lack of journalistic integrity is disgusting.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  57. RJ

    CNN–take the feedback on this site and start doing your job. These men did not have to die, and by you not reporting the facts, you are culpable in the ongoing cover-up. This is not some silly political issue, but the loss of Americans serving our country that were left out to dry. And the President had the audacity at the debate to act insulted that he didn't do everything in his power to protect his people. Hold this administration accountable to their actions and not simply report on their good sounding words. This is a disgrace and ALL americans–DEMOCRAT and REPUBLICAN should be equally outraged at this! Become a news organization again

    October 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  58. Tony T

    Do a search on Charles Woods Father of slain Navy Seal and you will find what websites and news outlets are supposed to be doing. Shame on CNN!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  59. Tony T

    Thank you to all our men and women in the miltary that serve our country and are posting their comments here. We should all be outraged at the liberal media like CNN and others for covering up this story. Not covering the comments of Charles Woods the father of the Navy Seal who was killed in Lybia is a travesty.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  60. herbsthewerd

    It's not even on the front page. They put it in Politics.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  61. Jim

    I've looked at most of the new sources, and at my local news and found very little on this subject. What I can say is that most of the media wont talk about it, and when they do they would never tell the truth because it would hurt Obama. What I think they should say is, "People of America" rise up, throw this bum in jail for treason, round up his herd of sheep and place them in jail as well. Of course they wont, they are just like Chris Matthews, they just get a tingle up their leg every time their lord and master, the mighty Obama speaks.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  62. herbsthewerd

    ABC just put up a story! About time!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  63. Ron from Michigan

    cnn and the rest of the media are a disgrace! Not one word about the new information on Libya. The mainstream media needs to report on the truth about our troops.......Such a sad country we live in. DO SOME REAL REPORTING, AND QUIT PROTECTING THE PRESIDENT!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      It's a cover-up and the main stream media has failed to stay on top of this!

      October 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  64. Berner

    I guess is you want actual coverage of the news you need to turn to Fox:


    CNN is assisting BHO in covering up this latest failure of his regime.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  65. Jasamjay

    Is it any wonder why CNN has become a second rate news source? Report the news CNN. Not your talking points. How bright do you have to be to understand that your ratings would skyrocket if you just reported the news instead of filtering it. Oh, and you could finally go to bed with some self respect. Freedom of the press is intended to protect the people, not the politicians.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  66. hombre

    '...a commentary says that the attack on the consulate was "a wave of rage for Allah and his Prophet, it came from the Muslim youths."'

    Oh yeah. Those angry Muslim youths who just happened to have a mortar for killing ex-SEALs and cans of diesel fuel to burn up the Ambassador and Mr. Smith.

    I will believe Baghdad Bob before CNN and the rest of the Obamamedia.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  67. delindadewick

    This isn't about politics – it's about the lives, and deaths, of four brave Americans. CNN should not be a co-conspirator in the "its political" game.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  68. Robert Lee

    I hope for your sake (CNN) that you have the moral integrity to report this. It is well known that you are a mouthpiece for your Messiah President Obama, but this goes beyond politics. This is leaving good men hung out to dry. Those men deserved to be backed up whatever the political cost, and the truth needs to come out. Speaking as a Marine infantryman, It is sickening to think that you are that much of sniveling little weasels that you would dishonor them by ignoring it. There is no excuse whatsoever. Nobody care's about MSNBC. We realize that they are completely anti-american and do not try and hide it. If you want to even have one shred of credibility of your so-called independent reporting, you will do YOUR DUTY as journalists and report what everybody needs to know.. STOP PLAYING GAMES

    October 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  69. Kim

    "Journalism can never be silent: That is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”
    – Henry Anatole Grunwald, Time Magazine's 60th anniversary issue, Fall 1983. So Time, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, why are you silent?

    October 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  70. NH_Patriot

    SHAME on you CNN.........SHAME. I shall spend next week calling your sponsors ot remind them of how you are accomplices in the LIBYA COVERUP, during which American Navy SEALS were killed and it is of a direct result of the actions or Barack Obama and his minions.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • Berner

      You got it right, amazing to see CCN ignore the story of the repeated calls for help that went unanswered and the coverup that followed.

      This W-House is the most corrupt since Nixon's

      October 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  71. daniel

    CNN- be Journalist fo rcrying out loud! DO YOUR JOB! PLEASE!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  72. Shannon

    CNN. Please REPORT about Benghazi. Don't leave out critical information about our troops! This IS NOT a political stance it is a moral one!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  73. Kim

    CNN, not doing it's job in reporting this story has become a part of the Administration's cover-up. You are now a co-conspirator.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  74. mary alden

    Shame on you and the rest of the main stream media. You are damaging this country by not reporting news because it might be damaging to Obamas reelection. It makes you look like an arm of o's campaign, not a news channel. The only saving grace for you is the fact that msnbc is worse but not by much. Do your self a favor and get off o's bandwagon!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  75. David Harris

    Thanks for the "explain away the e-mail" story CNN, but we're not buying it. Don't go down with the ship, CNN ! There is still time to save your "reputation" for investigative news.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  76. USAF B

    When is CNN going to bring the information I and many others have heard and read. The Administration denied these exSeals THREE Times when they asked for help. They had the mortar on a laser and they waited for help. And this Administration had our miitary awaiting the order to help to Stand Down. This network is losing alot of credibility over this. Is CNN so determined to have Obama get re-elected that you won't report very important information all Americans should know? I am beginning to think so.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Chuck U. Farley

      Right after the NYT gives CNN permission. You know, when hell freezes over.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  77. JP

    CNN is so far left that they won't cover this because they realize the damage that it's going to cause the current Administration and their re-election bid. I'm still in disbelief that the Administration may have allowed 4 Americans to die without helping them.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  78. Concerned Citizen

    How can CNN's latest post on this subject be from Oct 24? And the absurd headline implies that there are "doubts" about the main email. Where are your reporters? Where are your anchors? Are you so in the bag for Obama that you forgo reporting on the biggest news story of the year? No doubt, in the near term, you will follow Newsweek down the mainstream media drain.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  79. WhyArentYouCoveringLibya

    CNN, why aren't you putting this on page one? Didn't you used to be a news organization?

    October 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Lulane

      CNN should be ashamed! You are not journalists. You are hacks for the Democrats. Everyone should read FoxNews' website and hear what the father of one of the killed soldiers has to say about the Obama white house. Shame!!!!

      October 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
      • Amy

        I just listened to the father on Fox News and I'm speechless and angry. I can't believe CNN is not covering this – are they truly an arm of the White House at this point and will only cover what they say to cover? only report stories that put the President in a positive light? I think it's time to seriously rethink what you're doing or you are going to lose a lot of viewers.

        October 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  80. davidc

    why is CNN not reporting on new info regarding 2 to 3 requests made by the navy seal in real time for backup at the consulate in Bengazi on the night of 9/11.....appears CNN does not want to do their duty in getting to the bottom of what happened in Bengazi......and who made the decision to tell the navy seal(s) to stand down and not go to aid the consulate......

    October 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • camoguy72

      CNN has no credibility. There is BREAKING NEWS about the DEATH of American heros and they've got NOTHING.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • change

      They would report on it, but can't find anyplace on their homepage where they can be sure nobody will see it.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  81. C Emma

    CNN You are doing an injustice to the American People. Cover the story!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  82. Geek34

    You are a news organization. Do your f**ing job! Start by getting your head out of the administration's behind

    October 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Maria

      Tell it like it is !!!!

      October 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  83. jason

    The C.I.A./seals had the mortar position lased and were begging for help hours after the first reports of the attack were called in, were the drones overhead armed? If they were the push of a button could have saved their lives! This is a total disgrace and by the way great reporting Communist News Network.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  84. Geek34

    Regardless of who wins this stupid election, we have an administration that understood threats against its citiizens, watched the attack in real time, gave an order to stand down, and is now trying to cover it up. Few will remember this election years from now. What will be remembered is the treason committed by our elected officials and complicity of the media that is supposed to report news instead of being a government mouthpiece. This is worse than watergate.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  85. MKL in MO

    Okay Folks, I am raising the flag on this one.... the BS FLAG. CNN – DO YOUR JOB! Investigate and report! You are doing a huge disservice to those who were killed and the American People. We deserve to know the truth and those brave men's families deserve to know the truth. Who made the call to Stand Down? Again, CNN, Do your job!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  86. conchytonker


    October 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • conchytonker

      you'll have to copy and paste...

      October 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  87. Cathy

    You can't bury this! This news organization out to be ashamed of themselves. This is unreal.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  88. JH

    This is criminal! Those responsible for the "stand down" order need to be held accountable. The lies that keep coming from the Obama camp ( or should we say regime) are an outrage! What kind of message has been sent to other nations that pose a threat to our safety and security - you can bet they have taken notice on the current administration's position. It is time for Obama and his team to "step down". Do I hear impeachment! Whose side is Obama and Biden on? All Americans should take note of this event when they are voting. Shame on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, NBC, and CBS for the biased media position.

    God Bless all those standing up to protect America and our interests!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  89. JB Lee

    Why is everyone ignoring that our troops were ready to go in and do their job in Benghazi? They were obviously told to stand down. We have the best military in the world and could have sent help anytime during the 8 hour standoff. The two Navy Seals that tried to protect our embassy and gave their lives to do so were the only people in the entire chain of command that showed any courage or heart. I want to know who sent the order to stand down. Since it involved telling several military emergency response systems not to respond, it could logically only be the President Obama's choice. I am thoroughly disgusted with this action and consider it treasonous. I want an explanation now. Why are you not covering this angle of Benghazi?

    October 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • conchytonker

      CNN and other mainstream media sources refuse to cover thsi breaking news story: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/

      October 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • Maria

      I'm with you on this one JB Lee, why is CNN not covering the most important story, the true American Heroes. I think Obama lied to We the People and has been lying since he took office fur years ago. I don't understand the main stream media infatuation in covering for him and loving everything hi says or does. It seems the guy can do not wrong. Wow, how sad. The majority of the journalist have gone socialist!!! They have no clue what is like to live in a Communist country.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  90. Jim Hendrix

    While Obama lied...good men died.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Do You Care

      Amazing! Not ONE mention on your front page at cnn.com about the murder and cover up of 4 dead Americans at the hands of our government! It is one thing to be a left leaning organization - but to intentionally ignore the worst crime any President and his administration has ever committed is unconscionable !!! This makes watergate look like a spiff between 2 kids in kindergarten. Shame on ALL of you for helping to cover up the crime of the century by a Kenyan born Muslim president. DO YOU CARE ??? NO !!! SHAME ON YOU !!! What if this had happened under a republican president? You would have been ALL over it !!! What if this had been one of your sons or daughters?

      October 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  91. Chris

    I can understand why a massage parlor in San Francisco (I think) charging $350 to slap people is bigger news than 4 Americans being killed, when some of them could have been saved, and the administration covering it up.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Jim Hendrix

      Chris...you are a wise person

      October 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  92. DavisD

    I can't believe what I'm seeing. CNN has got to be the official apologist network for the Obama administration.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  93. ohio don

    Wolf and gang, credibility gone folks. Actually's been going for some time. It would be intersting to see how Candy would try to spin Obama out of this one. This though, is not a political story. This is an American tragedy. Cover it!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  94. Nancy

    CNN is a JOKE! Hillary has provided proof that she requested extra security days before the attack! Obama needs to step away from his talk show circuit and start providing answers to the families of the slain and to WE THE PEOPLE! You Obama supporters should consider a write-in campaign for Hillary. At least she's COMPETENT!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Jim Hendrix

      You are 100% correct Nancy!

      October 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
      • Brandon

        I agree Nancy right on the money. These left wing news organizations days are numbered. Your not reporters your Obama henchmen. Enjoy the ride down with him.

        October 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  95. barry allan

    what happened in Libya is horrible. imagine for a moment, that your son or daughter was one of those killed in the attack, then a president and secretary of state cover up the facts and lie to everyone? how would you feel? how about putting aside your love affair with this president and covering a story like real journalists, so that these survivors can receive some clarity and closure about their dead loved ones! stop playing politics and start playing journalism. this isnt about 1 party or the other; its about getting the truth out because 4 american heros are dead.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  96. Donna G.

    CNN, and most other main stream media, should be ashamed at the lack of Benghazi coverage they're providing. There's been a major update and verified information, and FOX is the only station covering it. This is exactly why CNN's ratings are so low and why they're going down the tubes. CNN is clearly protecting Obama on this. After all, Candy Crowly helped the president during the debate so why would CNN want to be objective?

    October 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Jim Hendrix

      Donna G....you are right on.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • Now I get it!

      CNN = Obama Cover-up

      October 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • doesntmatter

      Maybe you also should ask about what happened 9/11..every politician lie, WAKE UP!!!, look at the american people being divided between two stupid parties. Whoever wins election will not have a say in foreign politics and policies, thatis run by the CIA..do your research...

      October 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  97. Earl DeGroot Cheyenne, Wyoming

    CNN needs to start aggresssively covering this story!! The story should not be ingnored simply because there is an election around the corner. Ignoring such a big story damages your credibility!!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Nancy

      LMAO....they lost their credibility a while ago!

      October 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  98. sparx

    Hey, Soledad ... tell us again how there is no evidence of a coverup in Benghazi??

    October 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  99. Ruben

    CNN – at any cost? Such a shame.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  100. TRFjr

    CNN are you for real? Are you actually going to put what is left of you Journalistic Integrity and your Ratings to ignore reports that are not favorable to Obama to help his reelection

    October 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Jim Hendrix

      Excellent comment TRFjr

      October 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
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