Intel official: Libya attack was terror act, but not planned in advance
NCTC Director Matthew Olsen testifies at Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing
September 19th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Intel official: Libya attack was terror act, but not planned in advance

By Pam Benson

The nation's counterterrorism chief told Congress on Wednesday the assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was a terrorist attack.

But National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen said at a Senate hearing the best information so far indicates that armed extremists did not plan in advance to assault the Benghazi consulate last Tuesday, but took advantage of an opportunity to do so during a demonstration over an anti-Muslim film.

Olsen said the investigation continues and facts are being developed. But he said it "appears that individuals who were certainly well armed seized on the opportunity presented as the events unfolded that evening and into the morning of September 12.

"We do know that a number of militants in area, as I mentioned, are well armed and maintain those arms. What we don't have at this point is specific intelligence that there was a significant advanced planning or coordination for this attack," he said.

That point was stressed as well by White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday.

"It is a fact that there are in post-revolution, post-war Libya armed groups, there are bad actors, hostile to the government, hostile to the West, hostile to the United States and as has been the case in other countries in the region, it is certainly conceivable that these groups take advantage of and exploit situations that develop when they develop to protest against or attack either westerners, Americans, western sites or American sites," Carney said.

Some senators on the Homeland Security Committee did not agree with the suggestion that the attack was spontaneous.

Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican vice chairman of the panel from Maine, is convinced the incident was a premeditated, pre-planned attack tied to the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

"The attack in Benghazi was not a black swan, but rather an attack that should have been anticipated based on previous attacks against western targets, the proliferation of dangerous weapons, the presence of al Qaeda in that country and the overall threat environment," Collins said. "I just don't think that people come to protest equipped with RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and other heavy weapons."

Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut Independent, said he tended to agree with Collins, but would wait for the investigation to conclude.

FBI agents arrived in Libya on Tuesday to join other U.S. and Libyan officials investigating the attack.

FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins told the committee it was an open investigation.

"We are conducting interviews, gathering evidence and trying to sort out the facts, working with our partners both from a criminal stand point as well as in the intelligence community to try and determine exactly what took place on the ground that evening," he said.

As for who was responsible, Olsen said there are a number of militant groups in eastern Libya and investigators are looking to see if there are any connections with al Qaeda, in particular the affiliate al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Another point of contention at the hearing was whether the consulate was adequately protected.

Collins said it was clear the security situation was deteriorating in Benghazi, citing four previous attacks against western targets, including the U.S. consulate, since June.

Collins said that she was "stunned and appalled" to find out U.S. Marines were not guarding the mission and that foreign nationals were mostly responsible for security.

Olsen said it is common for a host country to help guard U.S. diplomatic posts and the threats in Libya were well known. But he said there was no specific intelligence that the Benghazi post faced an imminent attack.

Separately, Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that he had information there had been warnings.

"They had previous warnings of pending attacks – in every way," McCain said.

He said that he was not getting adequate information from U.S. government officials about what happened in Libya and was relying on alternate sources for information.

"Other sources of information was that security was very much lacking, now whether that is absolutely true or not I cannot say yet," McCain said, though he did not elaborate on where he got the information.

"We have information that there was - and I do not know if it's totally accurate - that there were previous warnings of attacks, there was a very extremist militia and that there was very lax security at the consulate, but I have no official corroboration," McCain said.

CNN's Arwa Damon reported this week that, according to Libyan military officials, just three days before the attacks, the Libyans had a meeting with senior employees from the consulate where they were talking about this rising threat against western interests.

The officials said the meeting highlighted the point that the Libyan government could not control militias.

Several U.S. officials told CNN that although there was a general concern about extremism in eastern Libya, there were no warnings that the Benghazi post was a specific target.

The United States did beef up security after a failed bomb attempt in June and a pre-September 11 review of base security deemed the post to be adequately secured.

"We had no actionable intelligence that an attack on our post in Benghazi was planned or imminent," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

 Deirdre Walsh and Elise Labott contributed to this report.

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  7. Insider

    This Matthew Olsen is full of crap, a liar or an idiot. Pick your choice. So he claims terrorists "in country with weapons" had no plans ever to attack the Ambassador or any other American target. Uh, he is a liar or an idiot making such a claim and should be fired on the spot. Terrorists that moonlight as film critics got mad over some internet video, eh? They went out and bought weapons at that moment and it somehow ended up being on 9-11 too....what a convenience for them.

    This sideshow lie by this clown still doesn't remove the FACT the Ambassador didn't have US Marines guarding him, that he wasn't at a secure location, that his security upgrade requests were denied by the Administration, the White House went into cover up mode once the attack happened and they ignored pleas for help until 4 were dead. Maybe they thought the left-wing media could lie it away like everything else....criminal charges are coming.

    November 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  8. ConcernedParticipant

    You Tube it: Mu slims Are Taking Over The World at an ALARMING Rate

    September 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  9. Staing the Obvious

    I had assumed that the US government would automatically go "on alert" each year around the 9/11 anniversary....when else would be the most likely time for the radical Islamix terrorists to attack?

    What was Amb. Stevens doing driving around Libya, unescorted,on that day? You would think he would either have orders to "hunker down: that day, or at the least, travel with a security escort.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:01 am | Reply
    • Captain Awesome

      I agree. The real scandal here is that the Obama administration dropped the ball here. This is why the media keeps reporting that this was just some spontaneous riot due to a clip on you tube. Had this happened during the Bush administration, democrats and their lap dogs in the media would be screaming for an investigation and for President Bush to step down.

      September 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
      • JC

        No, the scandal is the administration tried to sweep it under the rug as "not being their fault" again and so disrespected the sacrifice of great talent that gave, literally, everything they had.

        September 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  10. BigDrop

    Obama, you are frickin' clueless on the Middle East. Outside of figuring out that a 10 year effort of intelligence and groundwork that leads to Bin Laden means, "PULL THE TRIGGER, DUMMY", you've been 2 days late and 3 dollars short at every event. Starting with Iran's nuclear program all the way up the Mabssador getting murdered, you have been late to the party or MIA.

    The damage to this country in the past 3.5 years is incalculable.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:51 am | Reply
    • XxChR15LtZkExX

      Well if you think you can do better, you be president then

      September 20, 2012 at 3:38 am | Reply
  11. Anonymous Libertarian

    Al-Qaeda flag now regularly flies over courthouse in Benghazi. Poorly defended US Embassy burned, sacked, diplomatic papers, computers with special encryption capabilities in the hands of Al-Qaeda. US supplied vehicles and weapons used in attack. Embassy personnel, 4 great American Patriots murdered. Stinking bodies of North African Blacks stacked like cord wood on the sides of the roads and in the hospitals. Systematic Genocide against Black Libyans has replaced the racial tolerance and order. Islamist insurgents now supplied with US weapons and vehicles now in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. North Africa from east to west coast now Al-Qaeda. Solution: Disband CIA, for an obvious lack of intelligence somewhere in the chain, withdraw from UN, it is not in our best interest to fight and fund every war in the world, withdraw Embassy personnel where nations admittedly cannot guarantee their safety.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:43 am | Reply
    • BigDrop

      .....and the world will just leave us alone?? What are you smoking, "Ron Pall Malls"?

      September 20, 2012 at 2:53 am | Reply
  12. rachni

    There was no protest before the attack, it started around 9:35pm. Where did these spontaneous ppl come from? I thought they were already there, got riled up and then attacked.

    September 20, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
  13. Reload

    Of course it wasn't planned. Most people walk around in Lybia with a Rocket Propelled Grenade launcher like the one used in the "unplanned" attack. Really Obama administration, keep spinning! Sooner or later you'll settle on a lie that everyone will believe.

    September 20, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
  14. maltesefalconx9

    The key thing about the new Libya is they don't seem to have a big leader.
    There are a number of different ineffectual leaders in different cities. Recently the New York Times mentioned the name of the President of Libya, can't remember it.
    Basically, there was a big famous leader who was featured on television for decades.
    Now he is not there. Is that a genuinely hoped for event in Libya?
    Or is it merely what the CIA and Exxon wanted?

    September 20, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
  15. Bill Clay

    "I just don't think that people come to protest equipped with RPGs"

    People go to the grocery store equipped with RPGs in the lawless environment of post-revolution Libya.

    September 20, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
  16. ME

    Of course they weren't. Everybody brings their RPG to a spontaneous protest....

    September 20, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
  17. maltesefalconx9

    You have a lock on pure BS. Keep th lies coming.

    September 20, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
  18. haloguy628

    The fact that the terrorists used mortars reveal that it must have been planned. Mortar is a crew served weapon, meaning that at least three people are needed to carry that weapon and set it up to fire. One carries the tube, one the base, and one or more carry the ammo.

    Next indicator is the coordination of the attack. Anybody with some infantry training knows that three pronged time coordinated attack requires high level of training and discipline to execute. So this was not some bozo's without any training who just decided to attack and miraculously ended up conducting highly organized action.

    Lastly the fact that they knew the location of the safe house indicates that there was lengthy intelligence gathering before the attack, and most likely there was an agent placed within the Libyan security detail.

    It is amazing to me seeing how MSM is whitewashing this tragic and criminal fiasco. Bill Clinton was right when he called Obama "The Amateur". Now this country is reaping the results.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      grasping at straws

      September 19, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Reply
      • haloguy628

        MediaMatters bs? That's what you selling bs purloc?

        September 20, 2012 at 12:19 am |
      • rachni

        And what do your straws tell you? That terrorists were sitting around their tv's, watched the protest in Egypt and one guy says, hey, lets go attack the benghazi safe house, ya guys lets go do it! Lets go grab our RPG's, mortars, assault rifles, grenades and ammo. This will be a spontaneous attack guys, no planning is involved, just hit whatever moves. I'm sure this is how they do everything, on the spur of the moment with great success and no planning.

        September 20, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • brett

      Obama is no AMATEUR...he is a PROFESSIONAL LIAR and TRAITOR of the worst kind !

      September 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply
      • bspurloc

        u dont seem to be too stable.
        Once u explain your arithmetic of how in 2007 Obama released someone from gitmo then your recovery can start... in the meantime call Dr Phil u r having BUSH withdrawals

        September 20, 2012 at 12:14 am |
  19. maltesefalconx9

    Retaliation for the Kaddhafi murder.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
    • maltesefalconx9

      The Stevens assassination was revenge for the Kaddhafi murder.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Reply
      • maltesefalconx9

        Get used to it you lying torturing s c u m .

        September 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
      • maltesefalconx9

        The uprising that started from CIA headquarters is not "mad" Mr Kaddhafi is gone.
        They have no reaction to any of the millions of people they have killed around the world.
        They are cruel, emotionless, nonhuman, sociopathic monsters.
        That's your government.

        September 20, 2012 at 12:03 am |
      • bspurloc

        so the CIA started an uprising because France and Italy wanted Sweet crude for a cheaper price? odd

        September 20, 2012 at 12:16 am |
      • Dude

        You stopped taking your meds again?

        September 20, 2012 at 12:27 am |
      • Banjo Kinsweden

        There were tribesmen who liked Gadhafi, but AQ just wants to install an Islamist society and fill what Gadhafi had once provided

        September 20, 2012 at 12:29 am |
      • maltesefalconx9

        If you don't want to know the real reason the CIA knocked off Kaddhafi and made a mess out of Libya, then don't pay any attention. It's supposed to be secret anyway. Turn on the TV news, don't think about anything, believe your President's speeches, agree with everything they say. You're on the team, you're OK, you believe, trust, and have faith like everyone else. The President (whoever it is) and good old Amerikan know-how will obliterate any foreign enemy off the face of the earth if they insist on wearing those funny looking turbans or say anything insulting about Amerika, the greatest democracy that ever existed.

        September 20, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • bspurloc

      so the Uprising that started from Benghazi tribes were mad quaddalfi is gone? odd

      September 19, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  20. xfiler93

    another article to cover the DEAR LEADER by the MSM. pathetic.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  21. brett

    Another cover-up from the Obama REGIME about to take the TRAITOR down for good !

    ONE & DONE ! – NOVEMBER can't come fast enough to throw this sorry excuse out of office !

    September 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      yep.... failed arithmetic....
      mittens now losing in ALL battleground states...... without enough delegates u cant win...
      even with failed arithmetic u cant win cuz the numbers are checked by people who graduated high school

      September 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
      • brett

        are you out of excuses for your FAILURE OBLAMO already ???

        September 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • bspurloc

      go back to school your failed arithmetic is pathetic....
      failed arithmetic makes u spew how Obama released a dude form Gitmo in 2007

      September 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  22. bspurloc

    these dudes were obviously part of the 47% that will never support mittens even though 8/10s of them live in red states

    September 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  23. Fubarack Obamadinejad

    Obama Bin Lying again.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
    • haloguy628

      The fact that the terrorists used mortars reveal that it must have been planned. Mortar is a crew served weapon, meaning that at least three people are needed to carry that weapon and set it up to fire. One carries the tube, one the base, and one or more carry the ammo.
      Next indicator is the coordination of the attack. Anybody with some infantry training knows that three pronged time coordinated attack requires high level of training and discipline to execute. So this was not some bozo's without any training who just decided to attack and miraculously ended up conducting highly organized action.
      Lastly the fact that they knew the location of the safe house indicates that there was lengthy intelligence gathering before the attack, and most likely there was an agent placed within the Libyan security detail.
      It is amazing to me seeing how MSM is whitewashing this tragic and criminal fiasco. Bill Clinton was right when he called Obama "The Amateur". Now this country is reaping the results.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
      • Dude

        This is not true. You don't need three people, and you obviosuly have never been in a war zone. I was during the 1990 war, and you can get .50 caliber gun on a car with a phone call. Weapons were everywhere and every idiots had access to them.

        September 20, 2012 at 12:34 am |
      • haloguy628

        Hey dude. I have my CMB do you have yours? You sound like REMF that only saw mortars and technicals (that's PU truck with heavy MG mounted) only in movies. You should stay with your clerical or supply expertise as it's obvious you don't know anything about front line soldiering.

        haloguy628 – US Army 1984 to 1992. 2/325 AIR, 7th SFG (A). Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

        September 20, 2012 at 5:52 am |
  24. ipmutt

    Obama finally admits the attacks in Libya were not random or caused by the movie but were organised and carried out by terrorists. Does Mainstream media report this? No. Why not? It's a mainstream media coverup.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • You Don't Say?

      The liberal media worships Obama. Thoroughly. He can do no wrong in their eyes. Ever. Sad they have their rose colored blinders on. They are failing to keep Americans informed ~ despite the fact it's their jobs to keep us informed. Think of the implications of not keeping people informed when it comes to matters which are extremely serious? Like those that affect our very existence should something go very wrong.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  25. ton

    Glad no one here believes this CNN bs. It is now being reported it WAS planned. By al Qaeda. CNN and Obama thinks / hopes that we're stupid. I do not feel safe now with Obama as he does absolutely nothing about this. American government employees died. At least one of them tortured. Where's the respect. Where's the leadership. Where is our "president"?

    September 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
    • brett

      the Empty Suit narcissist has to go !

      September 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
      • bspurloc

        yes the empty suit mittens needs to go sit down

        September 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
      • Swissmoderate

        Empy Suit vs Empty Chair

        September 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm |

    Gee guess we'll have to send in ground troops!

    September 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  27. brett

    OBAMA has blood on his hands – he released the Ambassadors murderer from GITMO !

    this LYING TRAITOR is a threat to our national security !

    September 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • xxlindexx

      He was released in 2007 moron

      September 19, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
      • bspurloc

        no he isnt a mo ron, they just fail at arithmetic....

        September 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • bspurloc

      wacko alert

      September 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
      • xxlindexx

        Brett isn't too bright, but that he won't let that stop him from posting multiple comments that make no sense. Hey Brett, how about addressing the fact that the Gitmo detainee was released in 2007?

        September 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  28. Old Dog

    It's called "cover your a s s" – if it can be detected as planned, then why do we spend billions of dollars on the CIA, NSA, FBI, ets...?

    September 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  29. diane

    Obama believes he can/should control the media. The real story is that a prisoner we RELEASED is behind the violence, according to CIA intel. appearing on both CNN and Fox. Romney looks better every minute.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • cactus

      No matter what the evidence may show and no matter which intelligence agency may say what, it is of utmost importance for the glowing worshiping masses of Obama supporters to believe what the president said, it was a spontaneous act by freedom loving gentle muslims. Obama saiud sand I quote, "Who youi gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?"

      September 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
      • mkat2

        Oh yeah..... the terrorists just happened to be strolling by & just happened to have some RPG's & armored vehicles & then, just happened to sashay on to the safe house. (and pigs can fly!) Well, Bozo IS right about one thing, we really ARE that stupid since the voters elected HIM! Don't blame me, I didn't vote for him, I saw him for what he is!

        September 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • bspurloc

      " Romney looks better every minute."
      failed Arithmetic....

      September 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  30. Greg

    Clearly the attack shows 3 things: 1) the consulate did not have adequate security – whose fault is that? State Department., 2) intelligence failure – news reports, even from ABC, say the attack was planned and there was no demonstration – whose fault is that? CIA, DIA, State Department, and 3) Libya is no longer a totalitarian police state but a nation in anarchy divided along tribal lines headed for civil war – whose fault is that? Obama's naive belief that everyone wants to be just like us and will love us if we are nice and just give them a chance. That's why the administration keeps hiding behind the video protests.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
    • cactus

      @Greg, Answer to question #1, Bush. Answer to question #2, Bush. Answer to question #3, guess who? Bush

      September 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
      • Greg

        In case you're behind on the news, Bush has been gone for 3 years. This all happened on Obama's watch.

        September 20, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • bspurloc

      well obviously it is Obamas fault..... but garsh I seem to remember the GOP declaring the Arab Spring was caused by Bush and how it was a positive thing..... but oh well now its obamas fault...

      September 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
      • Greg

        As George Friedman ( has said all along, the Arab Spring only existed in the minds of Western liberals. What we are seeing is not the rise of democracy but the rise of tribalism and anarchy as the US abandoned allies (like Mubarak) in favor of the naive belief that people in the Middle East would naturally want to establish western-style democracies. But, as Friedman notes, self-determination and democracy are two very different things.

        September 20, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • Swissmoderate

      Wow Greg, you must have insider information...I mean to say that you heard news sources and so it must be true makes me sad that ignorance is so prevalent. Unless you know 1st hand all the intelligence and communications the State Dept had with each and every American interest anywhere in the world, you might want to wait until the investigation of this horrible tragedy is complete. Considering it happened on 9/11 makes it seem planned, however, it doesn't matter if it was or it wasn't. What was done or not done in preparation of this "potential" threat remains to be seen, but I'm guessing there are threats every day somewhere. You just don't know for sure. And when you quote hearing it on the news as your basis, your ignorance shines through. Peace and blessings.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  31. brett

    Obama and Sec. of State Clinton should be arrested !

    September 19, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      bush cheney should be handed over to the UN

      September 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
      • brett

        Obama and Hillary Clinton should be handed over to Al QUEADA

        September 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
      • bspurloc

        or wait wait.... Hillary and Obama should be handed over to OSAMA! that is more along your mindset

        September 20, 2012 at 12:18 am |
  32. rufus

    Wake up and see through the media and the Obama lies....headlines news should be "US Ambassador’s Dead Body Dragged Through Street whileObama Apologizes to MUSLIMS! Look up on the web the photos of the ambassadors dead body being dragged throug the street after being tortured. The main stream media is protecting the Prez....use the web to search and learn about this horrific terrorist attack on America which is being swept under the rug.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • You Don't Say?

      For me, I don't need to. Just the thought of what he went through shakes me to my very core. It should everyone. Omgawd!

      September 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • cactus

      Rufus, let's get one thing straight, Obama does not lie. The fact that he never tells it like it is, certainly cannot be construed that he lies. Have you ever heard of the word fib? Well a fib is not a lie and if in fact he does fib, every good democrat know it is Bush's fault.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      failed Arithmetic... the dead consulate apologized to Libyans before dieing
      go backt o foxfax

      September 19, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      he was not dragged liveleaks has the video and translation....
      “I swear, he’s dead,” one Libyan says, peering in.
      "Bring him out, man! Bring him out,” another says.
      “The man is alive. Move out of the way,” others shout. “Just bring him out, man.”
      “Move, move, he is still alive!”
      “Alive, Alive! God is great,” the crowd erupts, while someone calls to bring Mr. Stevens to a car.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  33. Fubarack Obamadinejad

    This is the week that you can pinpoint that the waste of skin Obama lost the election.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      ODD.... the worse mittens looks the more straws u all grab at

      mittens is now losing in ALL battle ground states... why is that?

      September 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  34. JuJuBee

    The American public has been lied to. This Administration thinks the American citizens are a bunch of idiots. The families of the four victims of the attacks deserve to be told the truth as does the American public.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
    • cactus

      The administration is half right, approximately 50% of the citizens of this country are stupid, they are known as Obama supporters, and again it is Bush's fault.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      sooooo the BBC etc are all lieing FOR Obama eh....

      more failed logic.... everyone in foxland things other news organizations are fake news...

      September 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  35. James

    Right – everyone in Benghazi carries RPGs all the time. What sort of fools does Obama take us for?

    September 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
    • James

      Obama obviously thinks it more important to protect muslim assassins than tell the truth to the American people. This guy needs to go

      September 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      Right-- The uprising againt Quadalfi didnt start in Benghazi... the militants again Quadalfi didnt have rpg's...
      after Quadalfi fell they all turned in their RPG's for Dunkin Doughnut coupons.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  36. indep100

    Right ... they just got together outside the consulate that day and decided to split into 3 groups armed with rpg's and ak's and simultaneously attack 3 different entrances. Maybe the higher-up's are embarassed by the defense force that was in place.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • JuJuBee

      You forgot that they attacked the safe house that Stevens was taken to from the airport. I guess they wandered around the streets until they randomly found the undisclosed location that he was hiding.

      September 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
      • indep100

        Did not forget. Just thought the fact that they used mortars in that attack made it too obvious that Matt Olsen is just defending his own position not the the people he should be defending. Also did not mention that this all went down on 9/11. also did not mention that the Libyans claim that they gave some warning to US officials at least a few days in advance. The people in charge claim that they didn't get any actionable warnings (same excuse as on 9/11) because there were no times ,places or names of the people involved given in the warnings. If somebody gives you a warning the least you can do is increase the protection of your most valuable asset, which in this case would have been the ambassador. Waiting until the attack is in progress and even then sending an insufficient protection force is the height of negligence and incompetency.

        September 19, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • bspurloc

      Right... it doesnt say they chose to strike during this time of Chaos.... cuz if u had the idea of doing something and found an opening u tend to throw out the game plan and run in circles

      September 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  37. Hal Atosis

    Yes, a spontaneous terrorist attack. These clowns just happened to be walking by with their rocket launchers and mortars.

    Does Barry think people are that stupid?

    September 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      obviously are that stupid mittens says so...
      the lower his support gets the more your arithmetic fails and flips the numbers

      September 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  38. Frank

    Wow – this isn't the top story on CNN? What a shame. So the Obama administration lied for over a week to try to cover up their negligence during the election season, our MSM criticized Romney who was right all along, and now we have many questions that need to be asked and answered.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc


      September 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  39. DC1973

    Yeah, I'm not buying that the protestors just happened to have grenade launchers, either. It's more likely that it was planned, even if only an hour in advance. A "Hey, they're protesting! Let's go blow something up!" thing. But yes, organized and orchestrated. Not spontaneous.

    I do wish John McCain hadn't done the little *winkwinknudgenudge* "I heard – now I might be wrong – but this is what happened..." thing. That's the stuff of gossip mongers, not United States senators.

    September 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      YEAH! where would these guys get RPG's from anyhow!!! I mean u would think they just just over a civil war and used these things... what is next they gunna say they had pickups with anti aircraft guns on them?

      September 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  40. You Don't Say?

    You really expect people to believe that stupid cr@pola that it wasn't planned? Really?!! How about also reporting the full extent of what happened to our Ambassador ~ how convenient you leave out what he endured! Shame on you!!!

    May he and the others be at rest. Too sad.

    September 19, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  41. 18mc

    Wow, 9/11 must just be an unlucky day for America if all these rallies & terrorist attacks spontaneously started this year on that very day.
    Everyone knows that these Middle Eastern/African terrorists have great internet access 24/7. That must be how they noticed the anti-muslim youtube trailer immediately that day, then found heavy weapons, rushed an embassy, killed 3 Americans, and started rallies all over Europe and Africa without planning. Easy for angry people to do that, right?
    Thanks Obama for being so clear and transparent to us! Without you and your intelligence department, we would have never known any of this;)

    September 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  42. Jack Frost

    Consider this if the attack were planned/premeditated, which I fully believe, and not a spontaneous occurrence of mob violence why would the US not want to acknowledge this. I believe if the US acknowledges it was planned terrorist event the public will demand a response to make those individuals or groups responsible be held accountable. That we take action. Also it would possibly show inaction in response to a known threat. Maybe LIFG (they are part of the AQIM Franchise in North Africa) Contrary to that if the administration can get away with spontaneous mob violence inspired by an Anti-Islam video then who do they target. The excuse would be there is no discernible target. It is all political theatre

    September 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Jack Frost

      Another point, the bad guys sought the ambassador and his security team out in their safe house. This leads me to believe there was some hostile intelligence gathering prior to assault/attack on the consulate grounds. Furthermore, to conclude my original point, the democratic party is trying to display strength on national security. Lack of a response to a terrorist attack in Benghazi at this time would show a weakness. So it has to be played up as a spontaneous act, because we would demand a response otherwise.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
      • Hal Atosis

        I am sure their immediate discovery of the safe house was just as spontaneous as their two prong attack on the embassy.

        September 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  43. Fug Xu

    Thanks for the heads up big G...I would never have guessed it was a terrorist act...terrible.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  44. Chief

    Everp news agency is stating that it was a planned attack by an ex-gitmo detainee and Al Qaeda, except for CNN, haha...... They would rather talk about What Mitt Romney said, in there opinion columns

    September 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
    • DR. Zuess

      They'd rather gossip like high schoolers than talk about real issues that affect peoples lives. Like this issue. Pretty disappointing.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
      • 18mc

        Yeah, Obama is obviously real transparent with us through all of the mud slinging he does to Romney.

        September 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  45. morgan blank

    This is entire attack sequence is a false flag. The video is obviously propaganda. No sane person could believe it was a big budget American film. Some of the attackers are now being reported as ex Gitmo. Totally fake electioneering bull.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  46. NorCalMojo

    They must think we're idiots.

    Of course it was planned.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • DR. Zuess

      Exactly, and they aren't going to take a chance on trying to be dishonest and influence the full outcome from the FBI this time around. One would think the administration would be cautious not to do that, given what happened with Fast and Furious.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
      • DR. Zuess

        Just to clarify, what happened with Fast and Furious in terms of the delay of information being released, dragging out hearings, etc..

        September 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Eileen

      Of course it was planned. RPG's and grenades, etc are not something that can just be casually carried around in their pockets waiting for an opportunity. They would've had to know ahead of time to get them and bring them to a certain place.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  47. Rudy G

    Who cares that it was not pre-planned??? It was a terror attack, and the government knew the ambassador was in danger. Now, what did our group of trusty State Department and White House officials do about it?? Give him NO protection! And what are your trusty crew of investigative reporters doing to uncover the REAL truth, CNN, instead of cheerleading Obama on with every breaking story???

    September 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      Wait till those military budget cuts hit. Obama will have to send in Schwarzenegger from Commando. That'll teach em! What a joke, our economy is floating on thin air and we are putting our people in danger. I don't want to hear any crying when they are forced to reinstate the draft.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
      • DR. Zuess

        CNN and the rest of the mainstream media have presented what feels like one big gossip show rathering than addressing real issues that are affecting peoples lives and are going to make a real difference in the election, like recent policy, recent security decisions, recent welfare decisions.

        September 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • bspurloc

      we should definitely increase our military spending from 650billion to 1trillion cuz it just isnt enough to be 350billion more than all over military combined

      September 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  48. Dr9Love

    I suppose it is a sad state of affairs when this administration's lies no longer are taken as fact, but are taken as the smokescreen they are.
    The only transparency in this administration are their repeated lies.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  49. clark1v

    just because there is a "spontaneous" protest ... which could be instigated with little effort ... doesn't prevent a preplanned attack from being initiated at a moments notice. AND just because you don't have evidence (yet) doesn't mean that it wasn't preplanned.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  50. the_dude

    Yes it wasnt planned. I'm sure they just brought their rocket launchers just for kicks. They saw an opportunity and said to themselves, "Hey....good thing I brought my rocket launcher with me today".

    September 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • Eileen

      haha. Good sarcasm! Not something they just carry around in their pocket....

      September 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  51. CharlesKayeMBA

    I'm so glad we let so many of the "innocent" people leave gitmo. They won't hurt anyone. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Oh, one of the people responsible for the embassy attack was released from gitmo? Oh, nevermind. I was having a liberal moment and now I'm back to reality.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • Hal Atosis

      Don't forget their successful rehabilitation using the Democrat "hug a thug" therapy

      September 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      yeah obamas fault for releasing him in 2007.....

      failed arithmetic per usual by rep whiners

      September 19, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  52. R Burns

    "facts are being developed" Really? I'd hope they were being discovered, not "developed"! Or maybe I'm just naive. . .

    September 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  53. Fubarack Obamadinejad

    While the state runs are trying to cover for Obama, and that will fail, you can go over to Fox and read the latest.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • Anon777777

      Roger Ailes is LYING when he claims that he has an "intelligence contact" on the ground in Libya.

      Consider that. The story he is telling on Fox News was debunked by eyewitnesses and journalists in Benghazi.

      Don't take my word for it. Do a little googling. there are people on the ground reporting what is happening. Just find them, I did. Don't be a fool and listen to Roger Ailes.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • Anon777777

      CNN does have a correspondent reporting from Benghazi.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      foxfaxfail..... fox cant have reporters in arab countries cuz they get beaten.... as they should

      September 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  54. Anon777777

    The video was financed, made, distributed and promoted by members of the Republican Party. Go ahead and look it up. Start with Morris Sadek.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      Those darn republicans thinking they can get away with free speech....

      September 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        Get with the program, Dems put party before country. Just like USSR....

        September 19, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  55. Steve

    Pam, get a clue. A terror attack, by definition, is planned. What are you talking about? Are you that hellbent on still spinning this to suggest it was "the video." The video, financed by Al Qaeda to spur uprising and unrest, was the cover you dope. Get a clue!

    It's true, Obama really is going for the moron vote isn't he? He sure has a monopoly on them in the media.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  56. Skipper

    Not planned in advance??? So somebody just happened to be strolling around with a grenade launcher then, at the of the moment, suddenly decided to shoot it at the embassy??? Not very intelligent intelligence!

    September 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • Soldier

      Lets see I served, fought in the region and yes pretty sure they have the ability to get those weapons very quickly. Take you never been in the region? Not fun being shot at by these weapons I can assure you. See they hide those kinds of weapons in various locations. I'm shocked that most of Americans actually believe that don't. Their terrorists, WOW and you believe they don't have access to these weapons. I've seen young boys carrying these type of weapons and you have a hard time believing they can't get this in an opportune moment.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
      • rachni

        If you're aware of this, then certainly our top officials were. Several attacks have occurred in that area previous to the 911 attack. In fact, the Ambassadors motorcade had been attacked before. That video started going viral a couple days before the attack, clerics were calling for protests because they wanted the blind sheikh to be released, the video is simply a cover, messages were going out to attack the egyptian embassy, yet no new security measures were added with all of this going on. If you know that terrorists can get their hands on weapons very quickly and efficiently and attack you, why would you only have 4 guards at the safehouse? Sounds like complete incompetence to me, and to hide that incompetence

        September 20, 2012 at 1:08 am |
      • haloguy628

        You saw boys carrying around mortars? Do you even know what mortar is? I say put down the pipe. BTW what's your MOS?

        September 20, 2012 at 5:57 am |
  57. Anon777777

    Morris Sadek, and all of the people involved in making, distributing and promoting the film were members of the Republican Party in the United States.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • DR. Zuess

      Uh, you're about 3 days late on your reporting. Refer back to Susan Rice on Sunday and Carney yesterday..

      September 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • You Don't Say?

      Go away. No one believes your petty, political driven lies.

      September 20, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply

    Get ready for the breaking news that an Al Qaeda, former GITMO detainee led the attack. Nevermind, this is CNN.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      released in 2007..... obamas fault since bush didnt happen

      September 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  59. 2tor

    If it looks like it, smells like it, it's probably it. The administration can put this lie out all day long, but all indicators are it's just that. A lie.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  60. John

    Will CNN and the MSM stoop to any level to cheerlead for Obama?

    September 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • KC

      Probably not, but this is a story and he was before Congress, so yes...

      September 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  61. glenview0818

    Of course this was planned, the only reason they are saying it was not, is so they don't look so bad for completely missing an attack at a major US holding on the anniversary of 9/11. I sure am glad this administration is being open and honest about everything.

    September 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  62. Anon777777

    n September 6, 2012, Morris Sadek promoted the The Innocence of Muslims by calling a journalist in Egypt and telling him the film would be shown. The journalist published that story on Sep 6, 2012. The film was shown on Egyptian television on September 8th, 2012. The trailer for the film was made available on youtube, in Arabic, by Morris Sadek prior to Sep 4th, when he first began promoting the film. Subsequently, Morris Sadek provided a cell phone number, and a false name, Sam Becile, to several journalists including a journalist at the Wall Street Journal.

    The Wall Street Journal journalist called "Sam Bacile," who identified himself as an Israeli Jew, claimed that 100 Jews had given him $5 million to make the film, and called Islam "a cancer."

    This all took place before Sep 11, 2012. There is no "Sam Bacile." The press reported the lies of nakoula Basselly, an Egyptian Copt and an associate of Morris Sadek and fundamentalist American Christians who sponsor anti-muslim propaganda and activistism.

    Morris Sadek, and ALL of those involved in making, distributing and promoting the film are associated with the Republican Party in the United States.

    After Morris Sadek fulfilled his role for the Republican Party, individuals in Egypt, including persons who paid protesters to storm the US Embassy, took over fulfilling their roles.

    The persons who were paid to protest obviously fulfilled part of the plan begun by Morris Sadek.

    The authorities in Libya have reported that the demonstrations there were used as a cover for a pre-planned attack with heavy weaponry (mortars, machine guns and RPGs) on the US consulate in Benghazi. The persons who attacked the consulate relied upon the protest, which may have been coordinated by foreigners, who were carrying out the next phase of a plan begun by Morris Sadek.

    The Libyan authorities have reported that the organizers of the attack recruited Salafists, and possibly persons from other countries who arrived in Libya from Mali, Algeria and other places.

    The Libyan authorities have reported that the organizers of the attack were supporters of the former dictator, Muammer Gaddafi.

    It is public information that members of the Republican Party, in the United States, some of whom are former CIA agents, offered to help Gaddafi escape Libya, if he would sign over the wealth of Libya to them. The names of these inviduals, members of the Republican Party in the United States, were reported in the news papers all over the world.

    September 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
    • dean

      Sad, but not surprising. The greed in America has no bounds. The Republican party is capable of anything to reclaim the White House and control over the American citizens

      September 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • JuJuBee

      Thanks for taking all of that time to post such a ridiculous and irrelevant post. The truth hurts – your government lied to you. Your commander in chief lied to you. This is not a Democrat / Republican issue – It's time to accept that we have been lied to.

      September 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • tkinil

      Get real, don't you think if that were really true the press would be all over it???? You do nothing to help the families who lost a loved one by your spewage trying to bring in a political party as being responsible. This was a planned terror attack by Al Qaeda (confirmed) and the white house have prior knowledge. It had nothing to do with the idiotic low budget disgusting film......but YOU trying to make it that is equally disgusting.

      September 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • Karen

      This was reported all over the world except in the United States. I realize this is a horrible embarrassment to Democrats and those who voted for Obama so near the end of his first term and will probably cost him the election. But don't waste our time on this silly made up stories when there was a terrible loss of life involved in this and has possible put our country at risk. And I have another question:

      September 20, 2012 at 2:09 am | Reply
  63. Believe It

    Right, not planned. Most people pack assault weapons as they cruise around town. I'm sure they were all at a huka bar getting bombed and heard about that little irritating movie. First thing that comes to mind, storm the US embassy......

    September 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  64. RF Burns

    Of course it wasn't planned. They all just happen to come together at Walmart with their AKs and RPGs. Then decided to sashay over to the US Conslate for a meet and greet when things got completely out of hand.

    September 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  65. jnpa

    Why even have an investigation if republicans on the Homeland Security Committee have already determined it was planned in advance. They also criticized the administration. Gee, now isn't that a surprise 6 weeks before the election!

    September 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • thomas

      A top Obama administration official called last week's deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya a "terrorist attack" for the first time - a statement that publicly casts doubt on administration claims it was a "spontaneous" act.

      Ah, that's our Obama White House, 3 steps behind at every turn

      September 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
      • rob

        I agree and CNN has included "a response to the Film" in their headline about every riot and protest all over the region because thats what the Administration called it. We cannot trust the liberal media in this country.

        September 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Mel

      Like the REPs planned this whole thing to coincide with the elecetion. You guys on the left are just complete saps.

      September 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
      • rosc78

        what are you going to do when you whiners lose this November? move to mars maybe? start a new colony underground lol

        September 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
      • DR. Zuess

        It couldn't be the Obama administrations fault, everyone in the world likes him too much to do anything like that.

        September 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Karen

      The Homeland Security Committee.... no such thing.

      September 20, 2012 at 2:12 am | Reply
  66. OffTheWorldPolitics

    Of course it was planned... Who exactly planned it is still to be determined. A bunch of angry protesters are not going to blindly attack an armed group. If they did, the outcome would have been much different. This is a poor excuse for weak security in the region... This was not a fluke, and if Obama does not start asserting himself better he is going to see a lot more of it...

    September 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • wobbles

      Who planned it? Zwahiri, that's who. Notice how his brither in Egypt offers to "mediate" with the west just before the attacks. His mediation was in fact the standard formula from Islam of offering terms before attacking an enemy. That same brother led the protests at the Egyptian embassy. Right after his brother, the head of Al Queda puts out a tape. Not only was this planned, it was planned months and months in advance. I would not at all be surprised if Al Queda themselves had not financed the production of the movie itslef as part of their ongoing plans.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        I would not doubt that, similar to the Tet offensive in Vietnam. I doubt Al Qaeda was behind that movie. The attack could have just been planned for 9/11. The reaction to that movie only shows the ethnocentric xenophobia that these radical fundamentalists possess. It has severed to bolster the resolve of the West. France has also decided to print a cartoon that is critical of Islam. Let these mongrels continue their fascist agenda, everything will come to light in due time... Freedom of expression was wrested from tyrants by the blood of patriots. It will not be relinquished.

        September 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm |

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