CONFIRMING WHAT WE SUSPECTED – AT 8:29 A.M. ET: The nation needs quality, unbiased intelligence information. It is critical for our defense, even our survival. But are we getting it? Not really, according to Bill Gertz, one of the best national-security reporters around. From the Washington Free Beacon:
The CIA removed references to al Qaeda in the talking points it drafted for United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice in what critics say is part of a broad pattern of politicization of intelligence under the Obama administration.
Current and former intelligence and policy officials say that the politicization in the case of Benghazi appears to have involved policies that were designed to minimize the threat posed by Islamist terrorists in general and the al Qaeda terrorist group in particular prior to the Nov. 6 presidential election.
The CIA talking points are only one element of the investigation by both Congress and the executive branch into the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi by dozens of al Qaeda-linked terrorists from a group called Ansar al-Sharia.
President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stated publicly for weeks after the attack that the raid that sacked the compound and a nearby CIA facility was the result of spontaneous protests against an anti-Muslim film.
However, former CIA director David Petraeus told House members that the attack was assessed from the very first intelligence reports to have been the work of al Qaeda terrorists. Petraeus testified in closed-door sessions of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that talking points prepared for public statements initially contained the references to al Qaeda but the references were later removed by officials who were not immediately identified to Congress.
And look who has been forced out of the administration, in an "affair scandal," which could easily have been papered over.
A senior U.S. official familiar with the drafting of the talking points said the CIA deleted the information on al Qaeda but denied that politicization was a factor.
COMMON: Is anyone shocked? This is the most politicized administration I've seen in my lifetime. It is a 24/7 campaign, right out of the Chicago playbook. Intelligence information is just another political tool.
The Mideast is in flames right now. Our influence there is collapsing. But a bought press continues to protect Obama, come to save us. It is a very sordid situation, with profound implications.
December 6, 2012