November 20th, 2012

BenghaziGate: DNI Fesses Up On Intel Edits


DNI Head James Clapper

DNI Head James Clapper


Sources: Office of the DNI cut “al Qaeda” reference from Benghazi talking points, and CIA, FBI signed off

Editor’s Note: Below are some excerpts from this breaking CBS News story. Please read entire article, and view the accompanying videos, at the original page online -


(CBS News) WASHINGTON – CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack – with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes….

an intelligence source tells CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan the links to al Qaeda were deemed too “tenuous” to make public, because there was not strong confidence in the person providing the intelligence. CIA Director David Petraeus, however, told Congress he agreed to release the information — the reference to al Qaeda — in an early draft of the talking points, which were also distributed to select lawmakers.

“The intelligence community assessed from the very beginning that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.” DNI spokesman Shawn Turner tells CBS News. That information was shared at a classified level — which Rice, as a member of President Obama’s cabinet, would have been privy to.

An intelligence source says the talking points were passed from the CIA to the DNI, where the substantive edits were made, and then to FBI, which made more edits as part of “standard procedure.”

The head of the DNI is James Clapper, an Obama appointee. He ultimately did review the points, before they were given to Ambassador Rice and members of the House intelligence committee on Sept. 14. They were compiled the day before.

Brennan says her source wouldn’t confirm who in the agency suggested the final edits which were signed off on by all intelligence agencies.

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3 Responses to “BenghaziGate: DNI Fesses Up On Intel Edits”

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    Austrian Economics is Color Blind Says:

    This isn’t the first time James Clapper has shilled for the Muslim radicals:

    U.S. Intel Director Also Refuses to Recognize Muslim Brotherhood As Extremist

    In a House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday morning, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper refused to admit that the Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamist organization that supports violence, calling the group’s Egyptian branch “largely secular.”

    Intel Director’s Office Tries to Backpedal on Clapper’s Shocking Statement

    In a statement to ABC News, Jamie Smith, director of the office of public affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said Clapper was commenting on the political system in Egypt rather than the make up of the group itself:

    To clarify Director Clapper’s point — in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak’s rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation — he is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization.

    But that’s now what he said, and the damage may already be done. Soon after Clapper made the statements, numerous news outlets picked up on the incredible remarks, made at a House Intelligence Committee hearing and contradicted by FBI Director Robert Mueller.

  2. 2
    bobbi Says:

    Barry has a lot of monkeys working snd it’s just yoo hard for him to figure out which one of them did it. but the buck stops with “the one”.

  3. 3
    Austrian Economics is Color Blind Says:

    I want to quickly add that it was Israel and America that created our own problems with these terrorist groups by funding them:

    Ron Paul – Israel Created Hamas

    Classic Ron Paul: “Osama bin Laden was our good friend because he was a freedom fighter”

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