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. Sharon Walker

    Does anyone else find it disgusting that, during their debate, Joe Biden tried to chastise Paul Ryan for saying that Iran is closer to having a nuclear weapon because his administration has such amazing intelligence they will know immediately when Iran has a weapon. And yet, after six weeks, this same administration says they still don't know what happened in Bengazzi, when it has been confirmed that there are real time videos from drones and on the ground!

    October 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
    • John H. Harris

      Benghazi in “Real Time”:
      Realization of the Truth and The Birth of a Cover Up

      It’s inconceivable that Washington didn’t immediately know everything that they needed to know about Benghazi and the life and death situation our people were embroiled in to conclude that:
      1. It was a preplanned attack.

      2. It was carried out by terrorists.

      3. The attackers were well trained and probably battle seasoned

      4. The attackers were Extremists

      5. The Extremists were Muslim

      6. The Muslims Were Islamic

      7. The Islamists were on Jihad

      8. And concluded that: The attack on Benghazi was a terrorist attack by well trained and battle seasoned Muslim Extremists on an Islamic Jihad

      October 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • John H. Harris

      In preparing for press conferences, press briefings and televised national debates reaching 100+ million worldwide it is inconceivable that Obama and Biden didn’t ask their respective “handlers” and debate prep teams, “where am I vulnerable and what do I say.”

      When President Obama 1st heard about Benghazi on 911 his 1st response was “get them out of there” but "how can we spin this?" I'd bet the farm, and the wife, that David Axelrod had the answer within hours after the attack started.

      While Obama and Clinton, with Jay Carney parroting, have promised to find and prosecute those who carried out the attack, they have said absolutely nothing about holding responsible those in the administration who were complicit in those deaths.

      We need the House or an independent prosecutor to get to the truth and for those complicit to be publicly shamed and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

      Given all the broken promises, and the less than forthright way he has handled Benghazi, how can we trust anything the President says or promises in his campaign to get reelected?

      November 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
      • John

        Well articulated. Add to that...how can we trust anything CNN communicates after this "omission" to provide the public news information to derive an informed opinion? Apparently there must be a perception that these “journalist” are to do all our thinking for us. If this comment sounds sour – it is. I really take a very dim view of this important 9/11 topic being quelled from the news (with the exception of Fox). I would really like to hear more about this Benghazi incident – and from the perspective of more than one news outlet. As Americans looking to gain more insight, we obviously are not going to achieve this.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  2. John

    Why is it that we have to go over to Fox News to get more information about this disturbing issue? It seems that this SHOULD be important as this IS ANOTHER 9/11 attack in a real sense AND that could have been avoided. This is not a political topic, but possibly a very disturbing cover-up as an attempt to sweep another 9/11 attack under the rug.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • jlfliberty

      It is sad but true. CNN must be trying to cover for the administration. All I want is some in depth reporting, on my way to the next site.

      October 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
      • Watchcase

        Seriously CNN? I have to go back four days to get your "latest" on Benghazi? Your blackout of this does not help your credibility.

        October 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
      • CNN worthless

        The lack of any CNN updates on the US Embassy attack just confirms the CNN news editors and apparently its journalists are corrupt and lack integrity without a backbone to report on any news that may harm their Chosen One for POTUS. It's a pathetic but when the information dam breaks, they can still cling to their zero credibility.

        History will show that CNN was one of many media outlets that trashed the 1st Amendment-Freedom of the Press. Pat Caddell is 100% correct on his assessment of the pro-Obama media.

        October 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
      • L4yrsworstPresidentEver

        It is so clear to anyone that CNN is bias and covering up to president's cove up. The whole purpose of all these cover ups was that he thought it shows president's failures. I like to say that it didn't show his failures, it magnifies his lack of leadership.

        October 30, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • tdillard

      As a news junkie, I will say this for Fox – they report all the news. If they disagree with or think it is slanted, they will certainly slant themselves. But they still report news that is unfavorable to any position or candidate they have aligned with.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  3. alex

    It's an inside job. USA wants Libyan oil but don't have a premise to invade. now they have a premise to invade Lybia. Once again, a war over the lies told by the government. Next will be Iran

    October 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  4. Kyle

    *Demand Coverage of Benghazi – Melt Their Phones*

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    CBS # 212-975-4321
    NBC # 212-664-3720

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    October 29, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply
  5. Cagard

    Apparently, most media sources are ignoring our requests for honest journalism. Lets hit them where it hurts and they will pay attention. if CNN! etc. will not support our military and our country, we will not be supporting the sponsors of their programming. We need to flood these company sponsors, like Centrum, with emails to stop supporting biased news outlets. Lets use our writings toward that gain, instead of our pleas falling on deaf ears with CNN!! Guaranteed to work, if enough of us do it!

    October 29, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
  6. jodyy

    shame on cnn and the rest of the driveby media for not covering the story, if there are no facts, it is because journalism has failed, their political agenda is to see this socialist in office again.......huge mistake....huge......i came only to cnn, HP etc to see if the media is really turning a blind eye to this unbeleivable selling of human lives.....in order to hide truths.......doesnt really matter all of the left swayed polls are now having to show the truth, the big bad media just isnt enough to save this (worst) prez of the us

    October 29, 2012 at 5:54 am | Reply
  7. Roger

    This presidential administration is in campain mode. The truth will come out, but only after the election. Any real information that can hurt this presidents chance of winning, will be blocked or sugar coated until then. If this president wins re-election, then the truth really doesn't matter, it's his last term anyway.
    Fast and Furious was beginning to threaten the campain. When Eric Holder was running out of stalling tactics, here comes the president to his rescue. Why ? What was Holder trying to keep Congress from seeing ?
    So much for the most transparent presidential adiministration ever. Wasn't that what the President said when he ran the first time ? Oh well, less than two weeks to go and maybe then we will all find out the truth about both Lybia and Fast and furious. Nothing for anyone to loose then if the truth comes out and it's not good news for this current president.

    October 29, 2012 at 4:16 am | Reply
  8. George Abbott

    The Libya incident is every military man's nightmare. Being sold out by a highly politiziced set of generals led by a completely incompetent and self focused presidential administration. Our watchdog press has becojme lapdogs and part of the President's political alliance. Bad time to be an honorable soldier, or diplomat for that matter, in service of your country.

    October 29, 2012 at 1:23 am | Reply
    • Jeff D

      With all respect, I have yet to hear a SINGLE credible source named for any of the allegations that FOX News is making. I've heard "sources say" repeated about a dozen times in an hour, without once hearing one named; I've heard "sources on the ground in Benghazi" cited in print repeatedly, but again they remain totally anonymous.

      That simply doesn't get it, coming from a news outlet that has so obvious a political agenda.

      Why were all of these supposed sources totally quiet for over 6 weeks, and throughout Darrell Issa's highly public House Oversight Committee investigation? Why do we suddenly have a host of unnamed sources coming forward with unverified allegations, only a little more than a week before a historically important election?

      Personally, I have no desire whatsoever to see Rupert Murdoch's biased news outlet determine the outcome of a presidential election by, using highly questionable information from unnamed sources that may not even exist. We're apparently supposed to take the most critical elements of it entirely on faith, just because unnamed sources say so.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:52 am | Reply
      • marykreutz

        Nicely written. I agree. Murdoch should not be allowed to manipulate this tragic situation into a political gain for his own interests. Thank you for stating that.

        October 29, 2012 at 2:41 am |
      • oldfartguide

        Deaf ears can not hear. Any American that does not want to get the truth out about this horrible story is too blatantly partisan that they refuse to listen. Do you think MSNBC, who uses the Obama campaign slogan "Forward" in their own logo, is going to report this? The media isn't digging into this because it goes against the narrative they want. Do you think that the main stream media would be all over this if George W. was still Commander in Chief? You know the answer to that. If you as an American do not want answers to this then you need to spend some time looking in the mirror. There are ligitimate questions and the administration is not giving answers. In fact, it increasingly looks like they are trying to cover up huge mistakes on how they managed this tragedy! WAKE UP!

        October 29, 2012 at 10:55 am |
      • Kris

        And yet CNN is referencing Twitter and Facebook. Why haven't they posted the emails from Bengazi like Fox has? More and more people have come forward with new information and all of them have used there names and faces. When our own government has declared there will be a hearing and Obama throws Clinton under the bus then maybe you should question that just maybe there might be more going on than what Twitter and Facebook are reporting to your beloved CNN.

        October 29, 2012 at 11:41 am |
      • mickplu

        Does Watergate.....Deep Throat......Bob Woodward ring a bell. This info is provided to jar your memory on how an unnamed news source exposed richard Nixon's lies.

        October 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • John

        I would advocate having the news networks (plural) report the information and allowing each and every one of us to make our own decisions as to what is, and is not credible.

        October 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • everdene

        Interesting, Jeff. None of the testimonies and emails and CIA and military sources are credible to you. How do you define credible?

        October 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • mickplu

        Furthermore, no one died during the bungled Watergate break-in.

        October 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • Jim

        Well Jeff, is President Obama a reliable enough source: In an interview with KUSA-TV's Kyle Clark President Obama said "I gave three clear Directives, Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing what we need to do, Number two, we're going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn't happen again, Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice, And I guarantee you that everyone in the State department, our military, the CIA, you name it, has number one prioority making sure that people were safe, These were our folks and we're going to find out exactly what happened...." so I ask, who dissobeyed President Obama's Number One Directive???
        Jim

        October 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
      • MommaDeeds

        I don't think there is any question what so ever that the President and his administration mislead the country and the world with a story that was fabricated to fit their narrative. That my friend, was enough to take down Richard Nixon, it wasn't the crime it was the cover up. Now I am not saying that the President is in any way responsible for the deaths of those four brave Americans, but does it not get your blood boiling to know that they were killed why it was being observed in DC in the situation room real time? I mean 7 hours, and help was 45 minutes to an hour away??? And you blame Fox News? How does that Kool Aid taste??????

        October 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  9. Pablo

    Shame on CNN to bury the story and ignore what everyone knows by know: the White House knew on real time, with 2 drones overhead, with please by Ambassador Stevens for help plus CIA personnel on the ground, and they did nothing to help. How about some journalistic decency and professionalism?

    October 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Craig Purcell

      Everyone knows that the Ambassador and othrs died, the Administration was in full contact and our military could
      have responded - the question is who told them to stand down? It's pretty simple.

      With CNN discovering the Ambassador's diary and no investigation you have to figure something I'd rotten in Denmark.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
      • Jeff D

        Actually, everyone DOES NOT know that. That's only what keeps being endlessly repeated, and attributed to unnamed sources. Some people are apparently willing to accept such critical details as fact, once they've heard them enough. Other's first want to know exactly who these mysterious sources are. Unless they're identified, I see no reason whatsoever to believe that they even exist.

        October 29, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • pacificgatepost

      It has become too difficult to watch CNN. All objectivity has vacated the premisses.

      No one believes what is coming out from the W.H. or SOS PR folks. And no media other than Fox, seems to be doing any investigating.

      Brian Williams was an embarrassment with Obama.

      This is worse than Watergate, and yet, . . . crickets.

      October 29, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
    • Jeff D

      With about a week to go before the election, I think someone at CNN should take FOX on, deconstruct their concocted story, and demand that the sources for the critical elements be provided. The closest anyone has done to doing that is Geraldo Rivera.

      How obvious does it have to be that FOX is making a carefully orchestrated effort to determine the outcome of a presidential election by presenting totally unverified information, before someone else in the industry stands up for Truth and Journalistic Integrity?

      The tIme left to do so is growing very short.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:16 am | Reply
      • skinnydipper

        Jeff D, you are a complete joke. Instead of demanding truth and accountability from the White House and news outlets, you instead want to go after Fox News...the ONE source that has been providing the hard evidence inn this situation (emails, etc).

        This is why Fox News blows away all other news outlets in terms of ratings. Every other outlet is in bed with the White House in trying to cover up this story.

        October 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • Jody Wilson

        Agreed, obama needs to explain, or i vote romney

        October 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  10. jmoody

    WE NEED THE TRUTH. CNN and other media outlets are protecting the White House because they fear the truth.
    Our servicemen are fighting for our freedoms – including FREEDOM OF THE PRESS – SHAME ON CNN
    FOX news has very credible, high-ranking intelligent CIA/OFFICERS/FORMER WHITE HOUSE STAFF telling us about Protocol. Obama met w/Panetta and Biden 2 hrs after the attack – then flew off to Las Vegas and Colorado.
    WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO's NOT missing in action.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  11. Gary March

    So many folks used to look to CNN for the real news. Unfortunately, CNN is now like the rest of the media, reporting only what fits the POTUS agenda just like government ran news media in older communist countries. Thank God we still have FOX to learn the truth.

    October 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  12. John H. Harris

    Benghazi in “Real Time”:
    Realization of the Truth and
    The Birth of a Cover Up

    It’s inconceivable that with a drone overhead, and specific requests for assistance, that Deputy Asst. Secretary Lamb monitoring the whole situation from beginning to end, that Washington didn’t immediately, and in “real time”, everything they needed to know about Benghazi and the life and death situation our people were embroiled in.

    Here's a likely, and what I think very believable, sequence of “who knew what and when did they knew it” on 9/11/12:

    1. ADAS Lamb passed what she learned in "real time" on to higher ups in the State Dept. (Lamb could hardly sit on something so explosive). What she heard combined with her 17 years of State experience in hot spots around the world should have left no doubt in her mind the the attack was a pre-planned terrorist attack by terrorists who were more than likely Muslim Extremists and Islamic Jihadists.

    2. Those higher ups would immediately brief Sec. Clinton;

    3. Sec. Clinton, as a member of the President's National Security Team since 2008, would buck it to the NST;

    4. The NST would have had to inform the President because this PR Bomb" could seriously hurt his chances for reelection if the public knew even a small portion of the truth;

    5. The assignment and the challenge of spinning this correctly, and deflecting/misdirecting blame, went to Obama's Senior Campaign adviser, David Axelrod;

    6. Axelrod and his people then created the Benghazi communication strategy for the White House, State Dept. and their minions to follow.

    A strategy that they thought would keep this ticking time bomb under cover and in check until after they won the election.

    The lies and cover-ups came next and we finally saw what transparency in an Obama Administration looks like. “The King with no clothes" comes to mind.

    October 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  13. Thinkbeforeyouvote2012

    Shame on CNN and the other media outlets (ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.) for sweeping this under the rug and giving Washington a pass on the glaring errors in judgement and deceit with regards to the loss of 4 American Patriots in Benghazi. This story should be FRONT PAGE NEWS until the truth is told. Instead, I have to do a search to find this information and it is several days old. Again, shame on all of the main stream media. The families of these brave Americans, who made the ultimate sacrifice, deserve better.

    October 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  14. jeffu

    When the news media becomes a puppet of government, and they manipulate "information" to manipulate the people, it becomes propaganda. Anyone remember the Nazis, the masters of propaganda? This is where America is heading... the state controls the people.

    October 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Ginjoe

      The liberal and socialist media in this country sickens me. They have elected our current regime and are so desparate to get them reelected, that they wiilingly assist the regime by lying to the citizens. We need to wake up, get the people's vote out and develop a massive boycott of the liberal media. It's time to let everyone know that we aren't lemmings and we will only tolerate the truth.

      October 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  15. xsquid (retired Navy)

    I too find it astonishing that CNN as well as other main stream media outlets, (ABC, CBS, NBC), fail to provide the American public with national security and geopolitical issues. It is an election year, and the public deserves the truth. Whether a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, we want to know what is going on with our country. To cover up this debacle, shows just how UNPRESIDENTIAL Mr. Obama has become. Ones political suicide or not, President Obama should be speaking to us about his administrations failure to respond in Benghazi, and to speak the truth following what happened. Many proir Obama supporters have to also view this as some type of coverup to try to save his political bacon. It is time to rattle our sabers, don our bayonets, and ride our war horses into battle. Yes, our troops still use bayonets and troops under our Commander in Chief's watch rode horses in Afghanistan, (imagine that!). OUr economy is weak, America is viewed as weak to many radicals and nations alike, and we have had no proper direction/leadership form the Executive Branch. Please elect a President who will fix our economy and continue to support a large and overwhelming military. Mr. Obama, I believe you were a damn fine "Community Organizer". However, you did poorly as a Senator from Illinois, and continued to do poorly as President of the United States. Please give us back our nation, so we can become a respected leader of the free world, and a nation with a military that induces fear in our adversaries. GOD Bless America, Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave.

    October 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      After reading many of the post, the question is; what would the coverage be like if Bush was president? All CNN has to do is announce the current facts. "The Administration couldn't blame Bush, but saw an opportunity to blame some fool with a video camera"

      POTUS, your probationary period over, your not qualified for this job.

      October 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Sharon Walker

      Great post, xsquid, but Obama will never "give" us back our Nation. We're going to have to TAKE IT BACK, on NOVEMBER 6th!! Join me in voting for Mitt Romney for President!

      October 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  16. Cagard

    The media thinks the public is stupid and they can manipulate us. Wake up CNN and other media outlets. We watch and listen to many news organizations, so it's obvious when you don't report something as big as Libya and probable cover up! Do your job and REPORT the news. Good grief! Your top story today is how Obamas faith has changed!!? REALLY! You should be embarrassed!

    October 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • John H. Harris

      Benghazi in “Real Time”:
      Realization of the Truth and
      The Birth of a Cover Up

      It’s inconceivable that with a drone overhead, and Deputy Asst. Secretary Lamb monitoring the whole situation from beginning to end, that Washington didn’t immediately, and in “real time”, everything they needed to know about Benghazi and the life and death situation our people were embroiled in.

      Here's a likely, and what I think very believable, sequence of “who knew what and when did they knew it”:

      1. ADAS Lamb passed that information on to higher ups in the State Dept. (Lamb could hardly sit on something so explosive).

      2. Those higher ups would immediately brief Sec. Clinton;

      3. Sec. Clinton, as a member of the President's National Security Team since 2008, would buck it to the NST;

      4. The NST would have had to inform the President because this PR Bomb" could seriously hurt his chances for reelection if the public knew even a small portion of the truth;

      5. The assignment and the challenge of spinning this correctly, and deflecting/misdirecting blame, went to Obama's Senior Campaign adviser, David Axelrod;

      6. Axelrod and his people then created the Benghazi communication strategy for the White House, State Dept. and their minions to follow.

      A strategy that they thought would keep this ticking time bomb under cover and in check until after they won the election.

      The lies and cover-ups came next and we finally saw what transparency in an Obama Administration looks like. “The King with no clothes" comes to mind.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Barb

      You need to watch FOX to get the real story on Bengazi.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  17. Scott

    John McCain claims Benghazi debacle is either a coverup or incompetence. A US Senator make a claim like that, and CNN can't cover it because POTUS would get upset. #badform

    October 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • Cecil Johnson

      CNN should do a better job covering the truth no matter the political party. The reason CNN's ratings are down like CBS and ABC. CNN step up and be a true new reporting agency.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  18. Tell the Truth

    I think we should consider looking at the advertisers who support the lack of information CNN is providing. This is not news.

    October 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  19. TRFjr

    At 410pm a live feed from the attack was being broadcasted into the WH situation room from video cameras in the ambassador compound and a overhead drone
    520pm The president the VP and the head of DoD had a meeting in the oval office after the meeting Obama went and took a nap

    The PRESIDENT WENT AND TOOK A NAP WHILE THE AMBASSADOR AND 3 OTHERS WAS BEING KILLED

    October 28, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Pri

      but yet to this day they still criticize President Bush for not reacting sooner in front of children in Florida when he heard of the attacks on the WTC.......hmmmmm...remaining calm in front of children when hearing of an attack on our country so not to panic them vs taking a nap when hearing of an attack on our embassy in Benghazi....

      October 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  20. Seabreeze

    My post – Oct 26 @ 10:30 has disappeared! Is CNN censoring comments???? Question 1: why was security reduced at Benghazi? Question 2: why did Stevens go there (he knew how dangerous it was & that he was on a hit list) & who sent him? Question 3: why did the WH just sit there and allow the massacre? Almost sounds like a setup!! If the media was doing its job, we'd have a clearer picture by now. The media is supposed to be OUR watchdog, not the government's!!!!!

    October 28, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  21. TRFjr

    Lt. Col. Tony Schafer told Fox News that sources were telling him that the President was watching the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in real-time. Schafer told Fox that "only the President" could have ordered backup for the Americans who were under siege by terrorists so the President was most certainly informed of the situation as it was unfolding. "I hate to say this," Schafer said, "according to my sources, yes, [the President] was one of those in the White House situation room in real-time watching this. And the question becomes, 'What did the President do or not do in the moments he saw this unveiling?' He - only he - could issue a directive to Secretary of Defense Panetta to do something."

    so according to this new report either this 3 things happened

    1. Obama gave an order to help and that order was disobeyed which is highly unlikely that the military brass would disobey a direct order
    2. Obama gave the order to stand down which shows he is a heatless coward
    3. He didn't do anything which is just as bad

    this is why CNN has not and will not investigate because they are afraid of the truth that either Obama gave the order to stand down or did nothing

    October 28, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • Mitchum

      You're right. And especially galling is that a Sunday talk show hosted by F Zakaria (who likes to portray himself as knowledgable about international events) buries this story and his head in the sand, if not elsewhere.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • NCWriter

      No, you've missed it.

      If the colonel's source is correct, then the question for me becomes not what the president told commanders, but how the president walked out of the situation room and told everyone else that this was a demostration due to an anti-Islam film.

      Look up the word "Pathological" in the dictionary. Is that the kind of person you want as a president?

      Shame on CNN for passing on this. Their usefulness as a news agency is rapidly detoriating because they, like our president, simply cannot be believed any more.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  22. cyclonewarningcenter

    CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC ARE NOT REPORTING THIS STORY JUST TO COVER UP FOR OBAMA... TURN TO FOX NEWS NOW TO ALL THE REAL NEWS ON THIS..

    Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said tonight that his sources tell him that Obama was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack go down and both he and Col. David Hunt agree it would have taken an order by the president to intervene. Further, Col. Hunt said that we were only 20 min away by jet and a couple of hours away by AC-130 gunships and special forces, and the decision not to intervene had to be political.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1NbtQGTDCM&w=640&h=390]

    October 28, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
  23. Robert Gingery

    CNN's lack of coverage of this massacre of our Ambassador and our fallen heroes is obviously to protect Obama's reelection chances. This blatant bias and lack of reporting important news is exactly why I stopped watching or paying attention to anything they present years ago. They do a disservice to the people by giving a blind eye to news that doesn't promote their own political agenda.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • Sharon Walker

      THis issue is NOT a POLITICAL debate! It is a National Security, Foreign Affiars, Government Oversight and Ethics issue! The lack of coverage of this critical issue, by major media outlets, is astonishing.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Sharon Walker

      Thank you for your great post, Robert! I heartily agree!

      October 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  24. joya

    Thank God for FOX News, Sean Hannity, Rush, Mark Levin, etc. The American People are being lied to by
    the MSM lead by CNN who used to be who everyone counted on for news. Now, FOX is number one in cable.
    ABC, NBC and CBS are all part of the coverup of Benghazi to protect and elect BHO.
    Your bias is disgraceful, electing BHO is your goal and so lying and covering up is what you do!
    shame on you CNN – we will take back our country on November 6th when Mitt Romney is elected!

    October 28, 2012 at 6:26 am | Reply
    • CJB

      CNN, MSNBC, CBS and ABC are all going to hate that the Republicans have reclaimed America and the White House on November 6th. Lying and covering up this story is what will get everyone to get all their news from FOX.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  25. MinorityFemaleSuburbanMom

    I implore you. DO. YOUR. JOB. The highest levels of former military, diplomatic and political officers are outraged, disgusted and incredulous about reports that are emerging in the last few days about what the President and his cabinet knew about situation on the ground in Bengazhi, as events were developing. This is not about politics. This is about the competency and intent of our current Commander In Chief, and whether he merits re-election to that position. To say that these latest reports are too fluid to report on is absurd on its face. CNN, on a daily basis, reports on 'developing stories.' By standing silent, you denegrade your profession and do a disservice to the very people you are meant to serve: the public. There is no disgrace to you in reporting what is unfolding. To the contrary, in fact.

    October 28, 2012 at 1:23 am | Reply
    • About Time !

      Agree , media must report or look else where for current credible source for news .

      Ratings mean everything.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:47 am | Reply
  26. Steve

    Why... WHY hasn't the president come out and done a press conference? WHY? Even if he had no answers. WHY, if the administration had no information, did they send Susan Rice out to 5 Sunday morning shows to say it was the result of protests over a you tube video? I thought they didn't have enough information, but they came up with that one. Why did Obama mention the video at the U.N. 2 weeks later if he didn't know what was going on? It does not matter whether the attackers were "terrorist" or a group of Swiss children... 4 Americans are dead, and they received no help – they were denied help. Seriously CNN – a 4 year old could do better journalism than you.

    October 28, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
  27. bluedjinn

    Oh..Okay!...Who is it that is not allowing for my posts to be placed on here?...Yeah!...NOT COOL!...I am not saying the right things that need to be heard, so blot me out of the conversation huh?...Typical racists!...You win!..I am outta here!,,,Bye!

    October 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  28. blueskiesmom

    CNN – what has happened to you? You report on "doubts", but you don't seem to be able to get a grip on the information pouring out of the intel community. As a mother of three active duty members, I am weeping myself to sleep since this scandal has unfolded on another news station. I keep thinking about what will happen to my loved ones if they are ambushed? Will the administration micromanage and bungle their commitment to not leave them in a similar situation? When they radio in for backup will they also be denied? What has our govenment come to? For God's sake – please CNN – bring the truth to light!

    October 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • Sharon Walker

      God bless you with His peace and safety for your children. Thank you for taking the time to bring this critical issue to the forefront of the news so that Americans are informed. I join you in your prayers and am working hard so that we rid ourselves of this current Administration, which is fast becoming a dictatorship.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  29. bruce47usa

    I'm watching CNN all weekend and there has been no mention of LYBIA and the recent disclosures of what really happened. Whistleblowers are coming out and trying to get he truth out. The President is stonewalling the American people hoping they can get to the finish line the election. For those in the dark about recent news you might want to try Fox News,Breitbart.com, or the Blaze. I'm truely dissapointed in CNN'S Journalistic tact to ignore this story which I feel is bigger then Watergate

    October 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • budj1950

      http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724

      October 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  30. Melody

    All but Fox who aren't reporting Benghazi and making it front page news, are Democrats kissing Obama's ass!!

    October 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  31. mickplu

    CNN no longer the trusted news source, shame on you.

    October 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  32. Erik

    It's almost funny that the Obama-haters demanding 'news' reporting on Benghazi ignore the news they get. This article, had you read it, disproves the Benghazigate smoking gun that the whole alleged Benghazi coverup is based on, There is a reason that FoxNews is the only one reporting stories on Benghazi 24/7, because that's what those are speculation and stories relying on unnamed sources. That's not news and no respectable journalist would publish that kind of transparently political propaganda. FoxNews will also drop coverage immediately after the election, regardless of who wins. Wait and watch.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • Mary-Anne

      Erik,
      I don't believe this is about hating Obama. It is reasonable to question the confusing comments from the White House and Obama. An administration that is so concerned with "parshing" words looks like it is hiding something. As a citizen you should be concened. As a reasonable thinking person I see what appear to be lies...... Surely expecting the media to follow up is also understandable

      October 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • budj1950

      Do Some people who use the internet still live in stone age? We all know you can use your webcam and a mic and talk and see someone on the other side of the world just as if they were setting inthe room with you talking. But they refuse to acknowledge that our Government has the ability to wacth the attacks live as they happened. I was a communication Specialist for the Army and could send a message via video conference directly to the commander and chief live from Nam. To those people get your head out of your A$$ and realize fact 1. The Situation Room had "EYES" on the Consulate from before the attacks started. Did Obama know? That is the question and if he didn't why not?

      October 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • budj1950

      We now know the Administration had "EYES" on the consulate prior to the attacks and failed to do anything to protect them. If Obama didn' know why wasn't he alerted? If he did know.... http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724

      October 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
      • ronaswyhod

        it is my understanding that the president was napping..
        as he had bunch of talk shows scheduled the next morning..

        October 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  33. gary

    anderson cooper where are you? keeping them honest. more like keeping then in the dark. erin burnett where are you? outfront, i dont think so. more like outback. this was once a respectable news organization and now is a disgrace. this country needs journalist to keep our politicians honest. now that they are in the tank our politicians can run wild. this is not the same America that so many soldiers have died for.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • mickplu

      CNN your definite bias has been showing...you are no longer the trusted news source. Propaganda and Doublespeak the hallmarks of Obama and this news organization.

      October 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • lgp

      Anderson doesn't want to lose his invite to the Wednesday night White House parties. He knows Michelle would dump him like yesterday's knackwurst if he lets the CommieNewsNetwork air anything that resembles the truth about Barry and his Merry Band of Criminals.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  34. Jeff

    I called 404.827.1500 also. Melt the phone line folks! Come on CNN, one time please stand up for America and get to the bottom of this. Obama and Hilary lied, four brave Americans tortured, raped,... Died!

    October 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  35. everdene

    The American people understand that attacks happen, especially in places like Libya. What we don't understand is why the President of the United States continues to pretend that he didn't know what he knew. What we don't understand is why the President of the United States spent two weeks lying not only to the American people, but directly to the parents of brave heroes during a funeral ceremony.

    And we don't understand why a reputable news source like CNN would be almost silent about all of this. No, it's worse. What the American people have seen is CNN covering and making excuses for an administration that is acting in a reprehensible manner.

    October 27, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  36. concettogroup

    So I just wanted to let everyone know that I called and left a message with CNN 404.827.1500 telling them that I was upset that they were not covering this. I suggest you do it too.

    October 27, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • Johnny G

      Thanks for the suggestion. I'm calling CNN right now, too. My neighbor told me what was really going on and I had to go to another news source to find coverage. This is terrible! I can't believe that CNN is so far behind the curve on this. It's like Watergate, with dead bodies. I'm beginning to understand why some of my friends keep saying that CNN is biased and helping President Obama. So like you, I'm calling CNN. Then I'm changing the favorites on my cable box.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  37. Brit

    I'm begging you to start investigating this story! We need and deserve the truth before we elect our next Commander in Chief! Please help the American people and stop caring so much about politics!

    October 27, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
  38. Chris Crowley

    Not surprising but very much an indictment that the only place you will see the story of Libya is on Fox news and the Daily Mail? How they could allow these men to be denied there right to life and Liberty, our patriots, our hero's. Disobeying direct orders to stand down, running to a fight with 100 to 1 odds against them. These are the men with the right stuff that we need, these are the men that I grew up admiring all my life. Men like my father from the generation that saved the world. Not These sniveling, conniving filthy cowards who are in control, spinning and lying for control of my America. My only prayer is that President Romney and Vice President Ryan will not forget this.

    October 27, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  39. concettogroup

    If you are angry at CNN at not covering this contact them and DEMAND an answer. They should not be participating in this COVER UP.

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    October 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
  40. Ready for a Change

    I too only came to CNN's website to search for the word Benghazi. This was the most recent story–three days ago.
    I keep thinking about the American solders who we put in harm's way by posting them at Benghazi and refusing their requests for help months BEFORE they were under fire and then again refusing their requests for help when they were in peril taking mortar fire. How must they have felt?? After being under attack for six hours to finally realize–"hey, no one is coming to save us. No one has our back." That seems criminal to me and something that we, as a nation, resolved would not happen again after Vietnam. Why are you as a self-described news organization being complicit in this coverup? Four Americans were murdered because we didn't do anything to prevent it or to help when it happened. No wonder Hilary and Obama could not look those parents in the eye at the memorial service. I'm just wondering how well you guys are sleeping at night . . .

    October 27, 2012 at 6:54 am | Reply
  41. Kathy

    I am really starting to believe that CNN and the other mainstream media are very similar to that old Soviet Union Pravda. They only report what the Administration allows.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:29 am | Reply
  42. Jhester42

    CNN, ABC, MSNBC and CBS are reporting NOTHING about Biden's comments to one of the fathers..nor are they reporting Sec of State Clinton's comment that we will find the maker of the video and arrest him. All of you, put yourself in the fathers shoes....the sorrow that he must be feeling and to find out he was LIED to, to his face. The integrity of The United States has been reduced to such a low that we may never recover, and any journalist and news organization that will not start REPORTING THE NEWS is as much at fault as those who made those comments to the father of the slain CIA operative. The truth has no agenda and the truth shall set you free.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:26 am | Reply
  43. tommyVA

    I find it amazing that on one hand the administration does not put any weight on a facebook claim that a certain group took responsibility for the attack but then will use the same type of posting as some sort of evidence that the group did not do it. Does this administration have that much trust in a terrorist group to only believe their denials? The other problem I have is that if the administration does not believe that the groups posting were actual, why was a special forces group sent to Tripoli while the attack was on going in Benghazi? (there was a message posted online by this group to attack the embassy in Tripoli) So what are we to believe?

    Also, this story was posted on the 24th of October, by then everyone knew that there was never any protest, yet this story is still referencing it.

    "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"

    October 27, 2012 at 3:36 am | Reply
    • jeremyVA

      There is a HUGE coverup here OBAMA had my vote 2 months ago ......NOT TODAY HE IS A LIER!!!
      AND FU CNN FOR YOUR LACK OF COVERAGE

      October 27, 2012 at 4:35 am | Reply
      • Jhester42

        Hopefully you are sincere about supporting Obama and also sincere about changing your mind. Thank you for going with the truth and being honest with yourself.

        October 27, 2012 at 5:47 am |
    • Mary M

      I find it unbelievable how little coverage CNN has given to this Benghazi scandal. Are they so invested in Obama that they will cover for him?

      October 27, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
  44. Tim

    CNN-No coverage on this story.....Unbelievable...Once again selling out....the Corrupt News Network...Do you think the American public is that ignorant???

    October 27, 2012 at 2:38 am | Reply
    • Mary M

      Corrupt News Network? I've heard it called The Communist News Network. Have you ever listened/watched them in foreign countries? Unbelievable what they feed them!

      October 27, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply
  45. Craig Kones

    Why do CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS burries the contriversy about the Lybian terorist attacts? Why not make it a front page story? Oh, may be it would upset your Messiah? Obama lied about what he said. The CIA said they never gave the order, therefore only one person did. The Manchurian Candidate

    October 27, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
  46. Michelle Beaumont

    CNN is the last place I look for news because I know if I want to know the truth, it won't be here. And I guess maybe you all can move to Hawaii with the Obama family after the election.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
  47. Jodi

    CNN: THE MOST UNTRUSTED NAME IN NEWS. AND COMPLICIT IN THE MURDERS OF FOUR AMERICANS. SHAME ON YOU. THIS IS FRONT PAGE!

    October 27, 2012 at 2:09 am | Reply
  48. Mary

    Have Soledad O'brien put this in a binder and file it in the treason file. I wouldn't expect anything truthful from CNN. How you people can live with yourselves is beyond me.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:00 am | Reply
  49. blanca

    I think it would be a good idea o have this atricle in the front page.This is a PRIORITY

    October 27, 2012 at 1:32 am | Reply
  50. canadian123

    I have many american friends and it is very sad that these news stories are buried. This is a great injustice. I am a strong man but as I listened to MR. Woods story I teared up. Keep posting and start watching the news networks that talk about it. Fox maybe on the right but at least they care about america and it's people. Ted turner wants the Un to run your country, it is obvious.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:27 am | Reply
  51. Sherrie

    You guys are totally incompetent. I would never watch or listen to CNN to get news. I have only looked at the web site to see if you are actually going to report about Banghazi. Obviously not. Nothing since Oct. 24. You are so biased and political. Why dont you hire some JOURNALISTS, to REPORT. All CNN is is just a left wing propaganda machine for the democrats and the most incompetent, narcisisstic, liar that has ever been allowed in the White House.

    CNN is a joke. Why not change the name to the Selective and Biased News Network. You may once have been a real news network, but seems that not covering the real news is the MO for CNN.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:08 am | Reply
    • Tony

      I agree, it seems the liberal media would sing Obamas words in thier own political unchurch. Thier bias bull is only to influnce not to inform.

      October 27, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
  52. Tom

    Front page news, folks.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:02 am | Reply
  53. Alan in Beaverdale

    Your founder, Ted Turner, recently said he was happy that our soldiers are committing suicide in increasing rates.
    I see by your coverage of Libya and other issues that his old network is hand-in-glove with his ideals. Hopefully,
    you will be out of business before the next election rolls around...

    October 27, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
  54. mimi

    Shame on you CNN. Where are the true journalists who used to go after both parties in order to keep them honest and us informed? In the darkness people will head for any light – and the light of truth isn't here. No one party is always perfect or has all of the answers so for our government to work correctly we need a free press that is not under the influence of their own personal bias or government control.

    It will take you years to gain back the trust of those you've let down and I hope that at the end of the day you feel that Obama was worth destroying your reputation for.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:42 am | Reply
  55. Mike Hill

    CNN
    I just can not believe that a so called major news media representative would be so pro Obama in your reporting and spin on what is going on in this country. I don't see very many hard questions coming from you what happened in Libya. Good grief four Americans died, and your network is willing to sweep it under the political rug for the sake of Obama. Put your left wing political bias aside and do your job of finding and reporting all of the facts. If a Republican was in office you would be splattering evey CNN broadcast with all kinds of "facts" I tried watching your broadcasts,to biased .once again I gave you a chane and once again you let not only me but America down.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:37 am | Reply
    • Dolores

      You are so right. It is very disappointing and scary to believe.

      October 27, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
  56. joyce bochat

    I can't believe CNN is not reporting that our military was asked to stand down and not help in the attack on the consulate.Four Americans are dead and maybe if the President did his job they would be alive. Report the news. It is important for the American people to know the truth before the election.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:27 am | Reply
  57. Helen McFarland

    You must report the story that is all over Fox news about Tyrone Woods. Athough Anderson Cooper reported on his heroic actions (Sept. 23), the shocking story told by his father now is that these Navy Seals DISOBEYED stand-down orders to try to come to the aid of those in Benghazi. They were denied permission to go in and help several times. After bringing the bodies back, then finding themselves in danger, their request for help for themselves was also denied. All this was seen in real-time video from the drone overhead. Much more to the story. . . If you do not report on this and continue your pro-Obama stance, the cost is your journalistic integrity.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
  58. Susan Mahan

    Not put troops in harms way? What does he think troops are trained to do? Troops are trained for WAR.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
    • the lable man

      You made a very ignorant statement; in which I will lable you as an ignorant fool. Think before you speak.

      October 27, 2012 at 1:17 am | Reply
      • Susan Mahan

        You're the fool. My point was to that Panetta saying they couldn't send troops into harms way was a weak excuse. As the bravery of Tyrone Woods indicates, our soldiers would gladly have gone in to rescue those people. Unfortunately because of the ineptness of our current administration, help was not given. Thats what they are trained to do. My husband served in the military and my father served in World War II so I have a right to my opinion. Don't take my words out of context . Maybe you should take your own advice and think before you speak.

        October 27, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Jane Thompson

      This is outrageous. I wonder if there were other American in Libya at the time who actually survived this attack...O probably has them under lock and key so he can continue lying to Americans and the families of these Navy Seals.

      October 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  59. hadenough

    I'm appalled to go to the home page of Communist News Network and see NO coverage, what-so-ever, of the Benghazi attack. With so much dissenion in this adminstration, you can count on the next 4 years being a whole lot worse than the last 4 have been. They are so busy trying to blame someone else for what happened that you can clearly see how these large departments lack leadership. This country is in a world of hurt and the sooner we get this criminal out of office, the better. CNN do your job and report the news instead of trying to cover it up.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  60. disappointed

    How on earth can you be dropping the ball on this story? CNN used to be the voice of authority on the news, and your suppression of this story marks a sad low point in your history. If you want to remain relevant – COVER THE STORY!!! Do you think you can get away with covering up for your guy? Do you think that we don't notice any other news sources? You should be ashamed of yourselves, and you will be made irrelevant by your own actions!!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  61. Ken in NM

    CNN,
    I couldn't even find this story as a blog on your front page (cnn.com). Four Americans are dead including an ambassador and two SEALs, and CNN puts the story on their "Security Clearance" page. This was a great network when Bernard Shaw telecasted from underneath a hotel table in Baghdad during the opening hours of Desert Storm. How far you've fallen. You protect a man who only cares about his own skin, and doesn't have a clue about the world outside. Start cross-examining the president in fairness. You've treated a hollow and now dangerous man with kid gloves.
    Sincerely,
    U.S. Citizen

    October 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  62. janabh

    CNN , If there was any question that you are in the tank for Obama and that you have no journalistic integrity you have certainly cleared it up for us this week. As you cover for "Your Guy" by not doing your job and reporting on the administration's response to prior, during and in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack its clear you have made the decision to protect Obama. Its truly disgusting. You should be pushing for answers. THERE ARE 4 DEAD AMERICANS, and all we have gotten is obfuscating and misinformation from the administration. And guess what- the terrorists are paying attention. Too bad you don't have a Jennifer Griffin or Catherine Herridge in your organization, real journalists who both who deserves a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on this story. Let me guess- no probing questions are put to the president in your "Obama Revealed" show coming up. The President has put politics and ideology before American lives- he has lied and covered it up because he knew he could count on you and other media outlets to cover up his cover up. Is this how you get promoted within your organization? What I want to know is how do you look at your kids in the eye, how can you teach them about ethics and doing the right thing and then go to work and not do the important job that journalists have in society? As I write this Anderson Cooper is breaking important news sharing a story about some reporter who was pooped on by a bird while on live TV. How fitting. Changing the channel .

    October 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  63. Brenda Cottle

    I've been watching CNN lately just to see if your view is really slanted towards Obama. So disappointed to find that it is and that you withold truth. At least I gave you a chance – that's more than I can say for you.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • David

      I did the same, afraid we have a media that does not care about America :(

      October 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
      • Bud

        http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724 Calling it for what it is.

        October 27, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  64. Ju-Young

    It has been so hard watching CNN whicih I loved, not reporting anything about the truth on terrorist attack on Benghazi.
    We deserve to know the truth about what happen and 4 heroic Americans who sacrifieced their lives for is country.
    Hey. I'm not even an American. But It is just grueling to watch America, the leader of peace in America not standing up for their moral value? America, many across the world know is better thant this!
    Please, Keep us honest about the truth.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • Sharon Walker

      Thank you! I, too, have always considered CNN to be a reliable source of important news....not any more. What choice do we have, anymore, other than watching FOX News? They are the ONLY source for breaking, up-to-the minute news, 24 hours a day.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  65. Tom

    Hey Anderson Cooper, nice piece on th President's interview with MTV. I really enjoyed your line at the end where you explained that you reached out to Romney/Ryan (to give them equal time). How 'bout just reporting the news....anything going on in the world?.... say BENGHAZI.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  66. scrtjrny

    CNN, what has happened to you? At one time you were a trustworthy news organization. What happened to your journalistic integrity? What happened to you getting to the truth, being unbiased? It's a shame what you have become. Why do you protect this President and this administration so? If you dared to soul search you would see this administration has no use for you. They probably laugh daily at your stupidity. Get a moral compass and start reporting the truth about what happened when it comes to Benghazi. Requests for backup/for help were denied. Four people were murdered and you do nothing to get to the truth. What are you afraid of? The fact that the guy in the White House that you so desperately backed made a fool of you with his incompetence?

    October 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  67. JettmanKc

    Do your job CNN! The opportunity for you to lead is at hand.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  68. Scott

    CNN, Why are you always 2nd in the ratings? Because, no one trusts you anymore!! It's a shame that America doesn't have a true media outlet anymore. Everyone's got an agenda!!

    October 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      Sorry, I guess your a distant 3rd, behind MSNBC, WOW!! that's pretty poor.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  69. Digger

    Well looky looky the Clinton News Network tries to sweep it under the rug... Guess what!? NOT GONNA HAPPEN!! The longer CNN refuses to air this news of a stand down order being given the more it proves your lack of ethics or care for American lives. Keep it up you morons... Just look at this comment board, we will all stay on your ass till you air it and meanwhile have fun watching your pathetic ratings slip even further......

    October 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • Bud

      http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724 Calling it for what it is. Share the truth!

      October 27, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
  70. Really?

    Really? Nothing on the 3 denied requests by the CIA to help? Nothing about the orders to stand down? Nothing about Biden's "balls as big as cue balls" comment to the grieving family? Political hacks.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  71. Theo Goodwin

    Can you bear more outrage? Over at PJMedia they are saying that the fact that our guys had the laser site on the mortar means that the C130 super gunship was on site and ready to fire. It was not given permission to fire.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/10/26/ac-130u-gunship-was-on-scene-in-benghazi-obama-admin-refused-to-let-it-fire/2/

    October 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • Bud

      http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724 Calling it for what it is. Share the truth!

      October 27, 2012 at 12:55 am | Reply
  72. CBR

    I applaud Fox News. The only station who is not afraid to let the American people know how bad this administration is. CNN wait up and start reporting news like it should be.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • Bud

      http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724 Calling it for what it is. Share the truth!

      October 27, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
  73. Luluie

    CNN Your not giving much time to this story. That says alot. I have CNN right now. There showing an MTV interview with the President. Guess what I am changing the channel.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  74. Seabreeze

    I wonder if professional investigative reporters exist in the mainstream media. Question 1: why was the security at Benghazi reduced? Question 2: why did ambassador Stevens go to Benghazi and who told him to go? Question 3: why did the POTUS refuse to send help? Almost seems like a setup. Is anyone trying to connect the dots at CNN? Probably not. You're in BH0's back pocket with your lips firmly attached. YOUR SUPPOSED TO BE THE WATCHDOG THAT PROTECTS THE PEOPLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT! NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  75. CEP

    CNN needs to FULLY investigate and report on this serious tragedy. The President should address the American people regarding Benghazi; there should be resignations over this. Come on CNN ... this is important ... do the right thing.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • Kathy Mahoney

      He was busy today with MTV

      October 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  76. Tiredofthelies

    Hillary asked for additional security.

    Obama denied, four brave Americans died, and then Obama lied!

    October 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  77. TiredoftheliesG

    Hillary requested additional security.

    Obama denied, four bave Americans died, then Obama lied!

    October 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  78. Dan Be

    CNN = TASS(Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union). They are just a mouth piece for the current administration; they don't report news, just propaganda.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  79. Harley Bradley

    Hell with you guys I will call your advertisers and let them know I will NOT buy their product or service because it is advertised on CNN. A news service that will NOT report the truth and is covering for a treasonous administration.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  80. Kathy Mahoney

    By not reporting on this story, you are becoming the story. All I can imagine is that you are very beholden to some extremely powerful people.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  81. Republican RIck Gagliardi

    Few words come to mind: Cover up, dereliction of duty, treason. IMPEACHMENT!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
    • Kim

      How about RESIGNATIONS!

      October 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  82. Sal

    You guys are pathetic. Is getting the president re elected so important that you would ignore a disgrace like this. This is very very sad

    October 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  83. liberty3

    President Obama gave the "stand down" order. It is that simple. People don't want to believe it. But it is really that simple. For those who have not understood what this man stands for it is not hard. For people who have been getting their news from "mainstream" this is going to be very hard to accept and believe. Pray to God they find out before they vote. This should be impeachable.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • Pet Packer

      Every one involved in this murderous coverup needs to be "immediately" arrested and proscuted as assessories to murder .... starting with obama ..... even though some think he was in bed during this cause he had to meet with letterman and the view the next day ...... Hang em all .... these 4 precious murdered American Sons deserve justice ... and NOW ... not after the election ... if it gets past the election ... no one will pay ... and you think the admin is covering up now, just wait !!! someone needs to raise hell (bombard their phone lines) of CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of them, they're assessories to the murders too... for hiding the truth ""for and to protect obama"

      October 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  84. Spudly

    How is this not worse than Watergate?

    October 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • Kim

      Exactly...nobody died in Watergate.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
    • Kathy Mahoney

      I was thinkng the same thing except no one died in Watergate

      October 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  85. Spike

    CNN, who told Susan Rice and Jay Carney to tell the world the benghazi attack was about "a video".?

    October 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • Sharon Walker

      Thanks Spike! That would be a great first question for Obama to answer. #2 – WHO was in the situation room at the time of the attack, which was during the day, in DC? #3 – WHY did Obama leave for Las Vegas on 9/12? #4 – WHO gave the "Stand Down" order when back up was requested, THREE TIMES? Those are just a few, of many, questions that I would be asking if I was a true journalist.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  86. Cathy

    Why does CNN insist on burying this story. You are making yourselves irrelevant. We WANT to know. We DESERVE to know

    October 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • Kim

      Americans deserve to FINALLY hear the truth from you about their President. Quit covering up for him!

      October 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  87. liberty3

    Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command - who also told the CIA operators twice to "stand down" rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

    Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to "stand down."

    Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

    At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights.

    CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood, though, denied the claims that requests for support were turned down.

    "We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi," she said. "Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades."

    The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours - enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

    Watch "Special Report Investigates: Benghazi - New Revelations" on Fox News at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday and 10 p.m. on Sunday.

    A Special Operations team, or CIF which stands for Commanders in Extremis Force, operating in Central Europe had been moved to Sigonella, Italy, but they were never told to deploy. In fact, a Pentagon official says there were never any requests to deploy assets from outside the country. A second force that specializes in counterterrorism rescues was on hand at Sigonella, according to senior military and intelligence sources. According to those sources, they could have flown to Benghazi in less than two hours. They were the same distance to Benghazi as those that were sent from Tripoli. Spectre gunships are commonly used by the Special Operations community to provide close air support.

    According to sources on the ground during the attack, the special operator on the roof of the CIA annex had visual contact and a laser pointing at the Libyan mortar team that was targeting the CIA annex. The operators were calling in coordinates of where the Libyan forces were firing from.

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday that there was not a clear enough picture of what was occurring on the ground in Benghazi to send help.

    "There's a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here," Panetta said Thursday. "But the basic principle here ... is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on."

    U.S. officials argue that there was a period of several hours when the fighting stopped before the mortars were fired at the annex, leading officials to believe the attack was over.

    Fox News has learned that there were two military surveillance drones redirected to Benghazi shortly after the attack on the consulate began. They were already in the vicinity. The second surveillance craft was sent to relieve the first drone, perhaps due to fuel issues. Both were capable of sending real time visuals back to U.S. officials in Washington, D.C. Any U.S. official or agency with the proper clearance, including the White House Situation Room, State Department, CIA, Pentagon and others, could call up that video in real time on their computers.

    Tyrone Woods was later joined at the scene by fellow former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was sent in from Tripoli as part of a Global Response Staff or GRS that provides security to CIA case officers and provides countersurveillance and surveillance protection. They were killed by a mortar shell at 4 a.m. Libyan time, nearly seven hours after the attack on the consulate began - a window that represented more than enough time for the U.S. military to send back-up from nearby bases in Europe, according to sources familiar with Special Operations. Four mortars were fired at the annex. The first one struck outside the annex. Three more hit the annex.

    A motorcade of dozens of Libyan vehicles, some mounted with 50 caliber machine guns, belonging to the February 17th Brigades, a Libyan militia which is friendly to the U.S., finally showed up at the CIA annex at approximately 3 a.m. An American Quick Reaction Force sent from Tripoli had arrived at the Benghazi airport at 2 a.m. (four hours after the initial attack on the consulate) and was delayed for 45 minutes at the airport because they could not at first get transportation, allegedly due to confusion among Libyan militias who were supposed to escort them to the annex, according to Benghazi sources.

    The American special operators, Woods, Doherty and at least two others were part of the Global Response Staff, a CIA element, based at the CIA annex and were protecting CIA operators who were part of a mission to track and repurchase arms in Benghazi that had proliferated in the wake of Muammar Qaddafi's fall. Part of their mission was to find the more than 20,000 missing MANPADS, or shoulder-held missiles capable of bringing down a commercial aircraft. According to a source on the ground at the time of the attack, the team inside the CIA annex had captured three Libyan attackers and was forced to hand them over to the Libyans. U.S. officials do not know what happened to those three attackers and whether they were released by the Libyan forces.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/#ixzz2ASVMBT21

    October 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • LarryG

      Thanks for sharing liberty3, CNN now has no excuse for hiding the tuth.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  88. Dianne

    Why not put the father of the Navy seal that was on Hannity on 10-26 on Anderson Cooper's Keeping them Honest program? Let him talk and tell that assistance was denied 3 times and his son saved many people after defying orders to help those in the Embasy.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • liberty3

      DARE THEM DARE CNN TELL THE TRUTH!!! DON'T YOU REALIZE THAT IF OBAMA IS RE-ELECTED YOU WILL BE A SHARIA ENTERPRISE? ARE YOU REALLY UP FOR THAT? DID STEVENS DIE FOR SHARIA?

      October 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
    • Spike

      Agreed. Why is there a news blackout on this horrible event? Sorry its close to the election but CNN should still look at it and at least try to get the truth out. Have Anderson interview that brave man's dad.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  89. Paul

    This should be front page! People deserve to know the truth and have the truth reported.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  90. Kim

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/

    Here is some news you all do not want to seem to cover. DO YOUR JOBS FOLKS! Get up off your knees and act like journalists and start asking Obama the hard questions!

    October 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  91. Jay

    Good ol CNN... Still can't get it straight..why am I still reading from their website?

    October 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  92. C. A. Miller

    Why isn't CNN doing any discussion about Bengazi and the death of our Ambassador and 3 other Amricans and the fact that Obama went to sleep knowing they were being killed and he did nothing except obfuscate over the cause. Where is CNN?? Silent Silent pushing Obama for Prez

    October 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Why didn't Fox News do a discussion on every military member that died hunting for GWB's WMD's that didn't exist? You be drinking way too much partisan kool-aid.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
      • liberal disease

        i thought you libs were above it all and Obama was the messiah?...guess not! oh well why did u vote you vote for him then, because of all that experience?

        October 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
      • liberty3

        DEAR PAUL, if you don't see the difference between leaving military and intelligence officers and an ambassador to die at the hands of terrorists when you COULD have prevented their deaths you are in deep trouble. This is a HUGE cover-up and perhaps but certainly SHOULD cost Obama re-election. It's beginning to get smelly and no matter if you throw out the paper it was wrapped in the smell of the dead fish around Benghazi is not going away. WAKE UP. If Obama didn't protect them. Do you think he will protect little punks like you and me?

        October 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  93. Scotty Davis

    It's no wonder your ratings are what they are. After you are finally forced to report actual news that "could" become a scandal that bypasses Watergate. You'll look like the biased, Obama lackeys you are. I once watched CNN on a regular basis. NEVERMORE!

    October 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • smokies

      Scotty, I agree ! Evidently CNN has joined the communist party along with their pal Obama.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Xavier

      Absolutely correct Scott. This was a horrible event on our nation and I just can't understand why CNN isn't placing more coverage on it. I hope the management can read all of these entries so they may understand why their ratings are low. We the people questioning the government's lack of action on this trajedy IS NOT POLITICAL. Our American personnel cried for help and our country let them down. I still can't get the Ambassador out of my mind after seeing him paraded in the streets. As a 21 year veteran I just can't understand why our government turned their backs on those who served. It makes no sense.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  94. LiberalBlues

    Stinks to high heaven of a cover up
    probably more serious than we know...

    Should Mr. Obama lose this election = He is TOAST !
    all the stories the media has swept under the carpet to keep him clean, wow
    From the beggining I saw it, they just won't report anything that makes him look bad

    Now I have to watch FOX news = pitiful state of our media

    October 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Bill Warner

      I am outraged at the absolute cleansing of coverage related to BENGHAZI....Why is this being ignored? Either our military is inept, the State Department is drunk with bureaucracy, the CIA and NGO's are ignorant cowards or there is a major effort to cover up a breakdown in policies that led to the death's of true American Heroes. Obviously it is not the Military or our intelligence services so where is the coverage. Boycott the coverage, boycott the news service! CNN deserves no patronage for their complicit actions. SHAME ON YOU...

      October 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  95. craig

    cnn..................the undisputed OBAMA biased network.if this joker were to commit treason,you'd still cover for him.idiots

    October 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • LiberalBlues

      I rememberhow much fun we had Bush-bashing

      My goodness, if this was Bush – wha-da-ya think ?
      His head would be on a pole already...

      October 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • liberty3

      Craig you say if he commits treason? What was Benghazi?

      October 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  96. wthasmile

    Please tell me you have more BREAKING news than Honey Boo boo??? CNN you have a responcibilty to report the truth! Give us the story on the events that took place in Libya!! Ask the questions that are supposed to be asked! You are greatly dissapointing me! It angers me that such a network like yours is not doing the right thing here! Or maybe your like a lot of other networks here..just turn your head & stick it in the sand & the problem will go away until the big story comes to cover up what happend there! SHAME!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Funny Republican's trying to blame CNN for not reporting the "truth". You do realize Fox News is just making stuff up right. I watched Fox News yesterday saying they were watching a live feed. No one in the White House had any live video feed of the attack until hours after the attack from a drone. The commander who was on the ground who has a lot more information than you clowns do, said he did not have a visual, did not have enough information, and was not going to put troops in harms way. This was not a case where 4 people were just left to die. There was about 30 people there fighting off the attack. It happens every day in the middle east. If you blamed the military for every death of every troop or personnel in the middle east we wouldn't have a military. It's embarrassing how you guys are trying to turn a tragic situation in to some partisan political issue. Disgraceful human beings!

      October 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
      • Theo Goodwin

        Did that commander do a gut check? Has CNN interviewed the soldiers who could have been sent? Why not? Is there a reporters' strike? Has anyone interviewed Harzi who is in jail in Tunisia? He is the attacker who posted to Facebook during the attack, you know, the one whose very existence Hillary denied. (To interview him, one need only pay the bribes.)

        Paul, is there any information about Benghazi that you might be willing to let us have before your ideal investigation is finished – just after the election?

        October 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
      • Theo Goodwin

        By the way, Paul, it was CNN that identified Harzi to the American people. Why does CNN not follow up? Any ideas?

        October 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
      • Heisenbergg

        Paul who is the "commander who was on the ground"? Nobody was on the ground in command. They were in dc sitting on their hands. That's the problem. Why don't you check out the interview with Charles wood's father (you have to go to fox news to listen because communist news network won't cover it) then come back. Nobody seems to know exactly what happened but CNN's silence on benghazi is deafening. Pathetic.

        October 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
      • Xavier

        Paul, either you're an idiot or you've never served in the military or any other government agency requiring a security clearance. Have you ever heard of the White House Situation Room? It's where the President sat and watched a LIVE FEED from a drone aircraft as it hovered over Pakastan during the Bin Ladin attack. You really need to do some research before commenting on someone else's thread.

        October 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
      • liberty3

        Mark Levin believes this is a massive cover-up because Obama refused to do his duty as Commander-in-Chief. He says people are dead and Obama is running around campaigning and that we should be rising up as a people, demanding answers. Mocking Obama’s campaign slogan “move forward”, Levin says we need to get Obama the hell out of office and the sooner the bett

        October 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
      • Carol

        Paul ,
        Back a few weeks ago, there was a hearing in the House of Rep. and the State Dept was testifying that they were watching this attack in real time . So, as you can tell from a non-Fox source, you did not get the correct info. So, let me get this straight, you think that the State Dept is sitting there looking at this attack and saying to themselves, no need to tell the WhitenHouse and the President. This is no big deal, there aren't that many people on the ground. Wake up!!

        October 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
      • bluedjinn

        It just amazes me just how messed up these Fox news viewers are. They are so out of touch with reality. All other news sources, except Fox news, are reporting the same scenario, and these people think that it is a Global Conspiracy perpetrated in conjunction with the Obama administration.....OR....Maybe it is just that Fox news is not reporting the true facts to you all!...Duh?
        I agree with you Paul. And I must say to all of these crazy Fox news fans, that I hope you do know that Fox news is just an opinion based news site don't you? None of their reporting is intended to be taken as factual! You did know that, right? Only in America can you even make a profit on reporting a "feeling or opinion" as the news, rather than actual facts! This spurious news source will be the main reason why the whole republican party will never regain it's true credibility with the bulk of the American media sources, or the trust of the American public, again! It was the source of information that provided the speech material for this year's RNC, with disastrous results for the Romney/Ryan campaign. And this news source is the sole reason why these misinformed viewers of Fox 's so called news are finding a lot of confusion when they happen to try out other news sources who are actually reporting the real facts. It will seem like a conspiracy of global proportions. It is also very sad that these people are now damaged from their association with that specious news service, which seems to be operating in a business as usual fashion. I know that I am now very cautious about what I accept as fact. And I won't lend my support behind any news report that I cannot find a consensus from two different reputable news sources. And NONE of them will be the Fox news channel! Wake up people!...Wow!...Only in America!

        October 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  97. Sharon

    I too wanted to see if any other news outlets are reporting the latest information. Incredibly disappointed that all I see on CNN is this stupid article analyzing the lack of facebook and tweeter posts from groups with links to Al-Qaeda claiming responsibility. Oh, and I have to stare at an Obama ad posted on this site while I'm typing this....
    Americans shouldn't have to search so hard to get real news. So many are just not informed about the truth.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  98. everdene

    CIA: "No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.” Look it up on a new link off of Drudge.

    So if no one at the CIA gave the "stand down" orders, who did? I wonder if CNN could at least ask the question. Oh wait, CNN hasn't even reported a line about the stand down orders yet. What a joke.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      CNN likes to 'selectively' report the news. It is doing everything in its power not to report anything that would shed a negative light on Obama. The press should call out any of our politicians regardless of party to keep them all honest and accountable.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • mary

      Apparently NOBODY in the media will even try to cover this story–WHO told the folks in Benghazi to stand down and WHO refused to help them. WHO made that decision? WHO decided to cover it all with lies about a video? What does the man who was arrested have to say about his rights? The parents of slain seals are talking–why is the media not covering that?
      What about that disgraceful comment Biden made to Charles wood? What about Hillary promising to arrest the fimlmaker? WhY is this not news? SHAME on YOU CNN and all the rest of our state media.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:11 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 8:14 pm | Reply
      • liberal disease

        so why put a smoke screen up and blame it on a movie for 2 weeks?

        October 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • everdene

        Paul, I don't think it's too funny. Today we know that there were also multiple calls to take out a mortar aimed and Americans. How is that not enough information? That mortar, hours later, killed our heroes. You think this if funny? That's creepy.

        October 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
      • Brenda Cottle

        Not good enough.

        October 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
      • Theo Goodwin

        Paul writes: "They stated that they did not have enough information to put troops in harms way." Paul, you might have no military experience but use a little commonsense here. Whenever combat troops go into action they go into harm's way. In addition, these particular troops are not young, innocent draftees but highly trained, seasoned, and professional killers.

        What Panetta knows is that the decision maker did not have the nerve to make the decision. The decision maker dodged the decision. Who do you think that decision maker was? Hillary? Who was in the Situation Room? You can figure it out.

        October 27, 2012 at 1:17 am |
      • Melody

        1st, Clinton alerted Bush of the WMD existed. Bush acted accordingly w/what Clinton told him. 2ndly, our highly trained troops are trained to be put in harms way. Our Military's enlistments are selfless, courageous young men and women, for the love of their Country, enlist knowing full well, they'll someday go to War. That's just common sense. 3rdly, if you don't like the 2nd comment, then listen to this. My Uncle is a Retired General, worked for the Pentagon and served his Country, still lives w/in minute of the Pentagon. My 24 y.o. Daughter, a Combat Medic, has served a year in Iraq. My 33 y.o. Nephew, a Captain and trained Sniper, has served 4 tours of duty in Iraq and a friend, a Sgt., and trained Sniper, on his 3rd tour of duty in Afghanistan as we speak, enlisted in the Army to serve/protect, so people like you can sleep better at night. All 4 knew what they were doing, knew the consequences, yet saves your sorry ass on a daily basis. Why? For the love of the American ppl and for the love of others in distress from other Country's. That's what they do. They take care of others. Just as we should here at home. If one votes for Obama, we'll have an even greater Communists President. He's already got our great Free Country headed in that direction. He's a Liar, a coward and Mr. Woods, father of Tyrone, Obama didn't even look him in the eye, saying in a school boy tone of voice, "I'm sorry"...Mr. Woods said Obama didn't even mean it and won't answer why his Son was murdered. It's a Cover Up. All the Media is Democrat kissing Obama's butt except for Fox news. I'm 54, single, lost my job, house, car, everything under Obama. W/Bush, I had it all. I'm living w/my Son, ugh! But I'm grateful for God, our Military, but Obama has got to go!!

        October 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
      • budj1950

        Damn Straight they knew. Ask any you mentioned about "EYES"on the consulate as it happened. I am a former Communication Specialist Army so I know they had "EYES" on the attacks as they happened. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724

        October 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  99. James Latham

    Were is the Follow-up on the attack in Libya on 9-11-2012, You say that you cover the world. I guess that means anything to cover up for President Obama. If You do not cover this attack on your Prime time News and on the Front page of your Site, Then everyone will know that you re Just like MSNBC. In the Tank for President Obama and your ratings will go to the Bottom. FOX News is kicking your Butts everyday because of your COVER UP. Do your job, and REPORT the news.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • Mary-Anne

      Absolutely right James!
      Shamefull lack of reporting.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • budj1950

      Tell them James Report They are resposible for murder. cover the damn story! http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724 put this on the News and tell the people the truth!

      October 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  100. Kris

    Just because you ignore the situation doesn't mean it will go away. CNN – your bias is showing. This is one girl in Ohio who is looking forward to going to the polls.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • wthasmile

      Thank you Kris>>>from Ohio as well.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
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