Report: Intelligence chief’s office removed mention of al-Qaida from talking points

“The term Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella term for a variety of movements.” It is “a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al-Qaida as a perversion of Islam.”

~Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
February 2011

Neil Munro
The Daily Caller
11/20/2012

Republican legislators are openly incredulous about the latest twist in the Obama administration’s evolving explanation of its response to the Sept. 11 Benghazi terror attack.

The office of the nation’s chief intelligence official edited unclassified talking points about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, according to news reports.

CBS News reported Nov. 20 that the office of James Clapper, the politically appointed Director of National Intelligence, edited the talking points before they were passed to political appointees.

The talking, prepared by David Petraeus, then the CIA director, identified al-Qaida and its affiliates as the jihadi group that likely killed four Americans and sacked the Benghazi facilities on Sept. 11.

But Petraeus’ report was quickly edited to remove any mention of al-Qaida before its contents were announced by administration officials, including U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

The edit allowed President Barack Obama and his deputies to blame a little-known YouTube video for the assault, and nudged the established media to downplay GOP criticisms of Obama’s Islamic-outreach policy during the last few weeks before the 2012 election…

The article continues at The Daily Caller.

Update: Krauthammer Doubts Intelligence Head James Clapper Really Edited Benghazi Talking Points — Here’s Why

Update 2Benghazi’s police chief killed in front of home by unknown attackers

Also, “It’s not Watergate. It’s a political witch hunt, designed to embarrass and discredit the newly re-elected Obama.”

Whoops. That’s exactly what Republicans were saying when the FBI and newspaper investigators were closing in on President Richard “I am not a crook” Nixon for covering up the Watergate break-in by his operatives. Republican defenders of Nixon described it as merely a third-rate burglary and said investigating it would be a waste of time because nothing illegal or untoward happened…

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