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‘Real-time’ video shows Benghazi drama, but questions remain

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Washington (CNN) — Thanks to testimony and “real-time” video, lawmakers said they got their clearest picture yet Thursday of the deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya, though questions and tensions remain as to how President Barack Obama’s administration handled the matter.

Republicans and Democrats who attended closed-door sessions of the House and Senate intelligence committees described what they heard and saw as informative, albeit not necessarily conclusive. They vowed to keep asking questions, and keep holding hearings, to determine not only how Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died but also whether officials were forthright in the attack’s aftermath.

“A lot of light was shone on this situation,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said after a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she chairs. “But we don’t have all the facts yet. We are, in effect, fact-finding.”

Added the committee’s vice chairman, Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss, “Were mistakes made? Gosh, we know mistakes were made, and we’ve got to learn from that.”

Legislators saw a “real-time film (showing) exactly what happened” on September 11 in Benghazi, starting before the attack began up “through the incident and the exodus,” said Feinstein. A source familiar with the House committee hearing said the video included shots of Stevens being dragged out of the building. Sen. Dan Coats, an Indiana Republican, described the footage as “a combination of video from a surveillance camera and a drone.”

“It gave us a good picture, from the surveillance standpoint, what was happening,” Coats said.

Besides learning more about the attack, some Republicans in recent days have focused on comments made by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice days afterward, when she suggested the attack came after a protest against an anti-Muslim video produced in the United States. Several of those Republicans — including Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. Peter King of New York — have vowed to block any effort to nominate Rice as secretary of state should Hillary Clinton step down.

“What is clear is that this administration, including the president himself, has intentionally misinformed — read that, lied — to the American people in the aftermath of this tragedy,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, a GOP member of the House Foreign Affairs committee that on Thursday convened a panel of experts not directly connected with the Benghazi attack. “The arrogance and dishonesty reflected in all of this is a little bit breathtaking.”

Obama himself has stepped into the fray, saying Wednesday that those who criticize Rice “because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me.”

His comments didn’t appear to dampen GOP criticisms of Rice and, thus, the Obama administration at Thursday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing.

A source familiar with that briefing said one Republican House member “got into it” with acting CIA Director Michael Morrel and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about Rice’s comments, challenging why they weren’t as strong as they should have been on whether an extremist element was involved in the attack.




  1. thirdtwin

    November 16th, 2012

    I wonder how heavily the film was edited by Harvey Weinstein for Congressional consumption. Sorry to be so cynical, but does anyone really believe that anything produced by the Most Transparent Administration Ever is not completely self-serving?

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  2. thirdtwin

    November 16th, 2012

    And the video is a squirrel, anyway. Release ALL E-mails, time-stamped communication transcripts and voi e recordings, please.

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  3. Dr. Tar

    November 16th, 2012

    The latest I’ve heard is that Rice based her Sunday talk show quinfecta on “unclassified” bullet point briefing from the intelligence services and know one at the CIA will take responsibility for briefing her before her appearances.

    Keep pulling the thread congressional Republicans keep asking “Who briefed Rice with what information? And who provided that information to that briefer?” I want to see who is going under the bus on this one.

    Next, ask who set the policy that lead to the decisions to under secure the Libyan station and who decided to not provide any support for the consulate in Benghazi during the attack? What is the Administration doing now to get the terrorist that committed this act? And Where the H. E. double hokey sticks is the President in all these questions? He has at best been derelict in his duties or criminally negligent in the death of 4 of our finest citizens.

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  4. Dr. Tar

    November 16th, 2012

    correction “no” one not “know” one. I hate it when I see the errors spell check won’t catch after posting.

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  5. Mountain Dog

    November 16th, 2012

    “because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me.”

    No you son of a bitch, you made the ambassador an easy target due to your negligence and dereliction of duty.

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  6. debzeppelin

    November 16th, 2012

    Carney at next presser: “Who are you going to believe? The White House or your own lying eyes?”

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  7. IMPEACH Obama

    November 16th, 2012

    For totally stonewalling on Fast & Furious, Ft Hood, and Bengazhi and more, and
    For releasing as much lurid info as possible about Petraeus, et al in the media circus, instead of in a Hearing with sworn testimony…

    May this Administration and its colluding Media choke on its own excrement and DIE.

    Evil, detestable SCUM.

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  8. muddjuice (Absolutist)

    November 16th, 2012

    This “investigation” and these “hearings” will produce nothing. He could murder someone on live TV and nothing will happen.

    These people are plunderers who are only interested in protecting their own power.

    That goes for both parties……

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  9. 123321123321

    November 16th, 2012

    Breath taking lying by this Administration?!?!?! No, you gotta be kidding me!! Just like that blatantly phoney birth certificate that nobody in Congress gives a crap about!

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