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Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Semantics Or Something Deeper?

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks in Libya, UN Ambassador Susan Rice may have deliberately misled the public when she went on multiple television shows and called the facility that had been targeted a “consulate.”

The difference between branding the Benghazi facility a “mission” or a “consulate” may be crucial in determining what was really going on in the building.

As this column was first to report, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi actually served as a meeting place to coordinate aid for the rebel-led insurgencies in the Middle East, according to Middle Eastern security officials.

Many rebel fighters are openly members of terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda.

A good deal of media attention and political criticism has been focused on Rice’s other statements immediately after the Benghazi attacks, primarily her blaming of an obscure YouTube film vilifying Muhammad for what she claimed were popular protests that took place outside the U.S. mission.

In defending itself, however, against new claims that the White House may have scrubbed the CIA’s initial intelligence assessment on the Benghazi attacks of references to al Qaeda, Obama administration officials may have unintentionally implicated themselves in another, until now unnoticed scandal.

Over the weekend, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes contended that the White House made only small, factual edits to the CIA’s intelligence assessment, referring to one edit in particular.

“We were provided with points by the intelligence community that represented their assessment,” Rhodes said aboard Air Force One en route to Asia. “The only edit made by the White House was the factual edit about how to refer to the facility.”

Rhodes said the White House and State Department changed a reference in the CIA report from “consulate” to “diplomatic facility.”

Further, Politico reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was adamant that the White House only changed the reference to the Benghazi facility.

“There was only one thing that was changed … and that was, the word ‘consulate’ was changed to ‘mission,’ ” Feinstein said. “That’s the only change that anyone in the White House made, and I have checked this out.”

If the White House intentionally changed the reference to the Benghazi facility from “consulate” to “mission,” why did Rice repeatedly refer to the facility as a “consulate” when she engaged in a media blitz in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attacks?

In a September 16 interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Rice twice labeled the facility a “consulate.” In a subsequent interview on CBS’s “This Morning,” she again referred to the facility as a “consulate.”

Islamic Jihad Warns Fears Mossad
Facebook Infiltration

The Gazan-based Islamic Jihad terror group is apparently concerned Israeli intelligence agents disguised as good looking girls on Facebook are attempting to infiltrate Palestinian computers.

During intense fighting in Gaza that reportedly has most jihadist leaders in hiding, members of the Islamic Jihad’s so-called military wing, the Al Quds Brigades, found time today to post a lengthy article on their official website warning Palestinian Facebook users of potential Israeli intelligence hackers.

Islamic Jihad has taken responsibility for firing hundreds of rockets from the Gaza Strip aimed at nearby Jewish population centers. It also claimed credit for firing at least one Fajr-5 long range missile toward Tel Aviv.

“How do you know if Mossad became your friend on Facebook,” is the title of the piece, posted at Saraya.ps, Islamic Jihad’s main website. In Arabic, Saraya al-Quds means the Al Quds Brigades.

“Do you feel proud because your Facebook account boasts 5,000 friends? Well, here are ten steps to expose whether intelligence agents transplanted themselves inside your friends list,” reads the article.

The piece warns of friend invites from Facebook users who are unknown, “especially from a beautiful girl.”

Iran And Hizbullah Attempt
To Resupply Hamas

Iran and Hizbullah are furiously trying to resupply Hamas in the Gaza Strip with long range missiles to fire into Israel, according to Israeli defense sources.

Informed Middle Eastern security officials further told this column that advisers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Units are in the Gaza Strip helping to oversee the firing of long range rockets by jihadist groups there.

The information comes as Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, denied Israeli claims that his country was supplying rockets to Gazan groups, according to a report posted on Iran’s Al Alam’s television website.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Slip Of The Tongue For Broadwell?

Did Paula Broadwell, the alleged mistress of ex-CIA Director David Petraeus, reveal a secret CIA detention center in Benghazi during a public speech she gave last month?

Broadwell, a former counterterror operative, co-authored a bestselling biography of Petraeus. She discussed the book during a keynote speech on Oct. 26 at a University of Denver alumni symposium. The speech is available in full on YouTube. During a question and answer session, Broadwell was asked about the September 11 attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi. She stated:

“Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libya militia members prisoner. And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.”

The existence of a U.S. prison or CIA detention center in Benghazi would be a new development in the debate surrounding the attacks there. The information does not appear to have been publicly known prior to her comments.

An extensive KleinOnline search of news media coverage of the Benghazi attacks could find no mention of prisoners being held at the CIA annex.

A CIA spokesperson denied Broadwell’s claim of a prison at the Libyan annex. However, Fox News is quoting multiple intelligence sources claiming that prisoners were indeed held at the Benghazi annex.

What The Media Is Ignoring…

The speculation surrounding the sudden resignation of the CIA chief, General David Petraeus, is focusing in large part on his role in an alleged cover up of the attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi this past September.

Perhaps being overlooked is the CIA’s possible role in purportedly using the Benghazi mission to coordinate U.S. aid to opposition insurgent groups acting in Syria amid information that those same insurgents consist in significant part of jihadists, including groups openly acting under the al Qaeda umbrella.

That Benghazi compound is repeatedly referred by the news media to as a “consulate.” However, as this column recently reported, the building was not a consulate and at no point functioned as one, according to informed Middle East security officials. Instead, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi served as a meeting place to coordinate aid for the rebel-led insurgencies in the Middle East, the security officials said.

Among the tasks performed inside the building was collaborating with Arab countries on the recruitment of fighters – including jihadists – to target Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. In September, KleinOnline broke the story that Ambassador Christopher Stevens played a central role in recruiting jihadists to fight Assad’s regime in Syria, according to Egyptian security officials.

Stevens served as a key contact with the Saudis to coordinate the recruitment by Saudi Arabia of Islamic fighters from North Africa and Libya. The jihadists were sent to Syria via Turkey to attack Assad’s forces, said the security officials.

The officials said Stevens also worked with the Saudis to send names of potential jihadi recruits to U.S. security organizations for review. Names found to be directly involved in previous attacks against the U.S., including in Iraq and Afghanistan, were ultimately not recruited by the Saudis to fight in Syria.

Hamas’s Obama Ardor Cools

In 2008, Hamas was so hopeful about a future Obama administration that the group’s chief political adviser, Ahmed Yousef, famously endorsed then-candidate Barack Obama for office, calling the politician a “great man” with a “vision to change America.”

Upon Obama’s re-election, however, the Islamist group’s expectations of the U.S. president seem to have diminished. During a radio interview, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, Hamas’s senior leader in Gaza, explained he was “not too much optimistic” about what the future holds with Obama in the White House.

Stated Zahar: “We are respecting the will of the American people but we are not too much optimistic about his positive interference to stop the Israeli aggression against the Palestinians and to stop the expansion of the settlements.”

Zahar made these comments on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio.

He continued: “Obama in his first term supplied the Israelis with the most sophisticated material more than any other leader. We have a big suspicion about his direct interference in order to help the Palestinian issue and to change his attitude concerning the reconciliation and the confiscation of our land.”

The Petraeus Conundrum

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

There are some fascinating questions that come to mind regarding the current controversy concerning Gen. David Petraeus, and in the coming weeks and months many of the blanks will doubtless be filled in. To be sure, the personal dimension to the story will continue to draw much attention – infidelity and personal failure in high places will always have a certain allure. But there are some serious public issues involved that we hope will be pursued.

It’s obvious that news of this sort would dominate the media once it surfaced. Surely it would have sucked much of the air out of the story of the president’s efforts to rally the nation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It would also have drawn attention away from the president’s newly charged economic appeal to the middle class that had given him some late momentum in his electoral battle with Gov. Romney.

Yet it appears that the news about Gen. Petraeus was circulating long before the resignation, which occurred after the election. Thus, the FBI investigation that led to Gen. Petraeus’s stepping down began in May and continued until late summer, at which point Attorney General Eric Holder supposedly was notified. Yet it is claimed that it was only on November 6– Election Day – that the Justice Department informed Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of the investigation; that on November 7the White House was notified; and that the president was first told on November 8.

Maybe. But it certainly seems inconceivable that an investigation of this sort involving the head of the Central Intelligence Agency – including possible criminal liability for compromising classified national security information – would not have been brought to the attention of the president or his senior staff early on. So the issue of whether there was an effort by public officials to suppress the Petraeus story in order to enhance the president’s reelection prospects is squarely before us.

Perhaps more important, Gen. Petraeus appears to be the intelligence source cited by the president and his senior staff as the basis for their refusal, for more than two weeks, to characterize the Benghazi attack as a terrorist act despite evidence that it was indeed a well-planned operation of an Al Qaeda affiliate. Not a few critics noted that to have acknowledged that fact would have been inconsistent with the administration’s position that Al Qaeda and similar outfits had been routed by U.S. military action.

In any event, soon after the Benghazi attack, Gen. Petraeus testified before a congressional committee that the attack was a spontaneous reaction on the part of Muslims angered by an anti-Muhamamad video. Further, Gen. Petraeus was scheduled to testify at two congressional hearings, beginning November 15,on both the failure to anticipate and properly respond to the attack as well as the decision to identify it as something other than a terrorist attack.

With the Petraeus resignation, acting CIA director Michael Morell is now scheduled to testify on behalf of the CIA. Gen. Petraeus has indicated that he will not testify, and as a civilian he will have an easier time avoiding that prospect despite the intentions of some in Congress to demand that he appear.

Was the general’s resignation part of an effort to keep him from having to testify? One need not subscribe to all the conspiracy theories now swirling around these developments. Generally, they are not helpful. But there certainly are questions that need to be looked into.

Hezbollah Supporter Franklin Lamb Urging the US to Forge Israel-Free Mid-East

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

There is an article in the August 28th edition of Foreign Policy Journal entitled, “US Preparing for a Post-Israel Middle East.”  The source for the leaked document described in the article is referred to as a Central Intelligence Agency staffer, and the document was allegedly commissioned by the US Intelligence Community, comprised of all four branches of the military, the Coast Guard, the Departments of State, Treasury, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Ministry of Magic.  Just kidding about that last one.

The document allegedly reveals that the CIA has concluded that tiny Israel is the greatest threat on the face of the Earth to the interests of the United States.

What?  Is the article credible?  Is anyone paying attention to it?

Franklin Lamb with Hezbollah mortars in Lebanon.

Franklin Lamb with Hezbollah mortars in Lebanon.

Well, the truth is that few serious people are paying attention to it.  Nevertheless, the title of the article, and the general uneasiness felt by the strongly pro-Israel crowd about this US administration’s support for Israel, has kept the article skimming along on the Internet waves.  It has bobbled to the surface every so often and continues being swept forward in a gush of email distribution lists.

Why does the article not pass the smell test?  The problems are manifest: the way the scenario is written, the author, the lack of sources, the litany of over-the-top accusations against Israel, and the poor writing and editing.  For that last problem, just read the article.

What the author does is not use his article to reveal the existence of the Post-Israel World document, but instead skips right over the veracity step and goes on to suggest that the document will be used by right wing Republicans to scare Jews into voting against President Obama.  That’s clever.

The article states that Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl), chairwoman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, with an assist by William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, will be using the CIA document to frighten Jews into believing president Obama is bad for Israel, and that the Republican party is their only hope.

What is in the alleged report? Just about every anti-Israel canard of recent vintage, but stated as fact:

– Israel is an Apartheid State with a “segregationist, occupation infrastructure” of “legalized discrimination” and “separate and unequal justice systems”

– the current Israeli government is completely aligned with the “illegal” settlers who are “violent racists” who kill and brutalize ‘Palestinians’

– Israel interferes with the “internal affairs of the United States through spying and illegal arms transfers,” by use of “more than 60 front organizations” and “approximately 7,500 US officials” who are controlled by the Jewish State.

The drafters allegedly note that not only Jews in the United States, but also the entire rest of the world, now find they can no longer countenance their entanglement with the illegal Israeli regime which “condemns American citizens to endure the consequences” of that entanglement.  Just for good measure, the document allegedly recommends that the United States undertake to repair “relations with Arab and Muslim countries,” including the reduction in use of drone aircraft.

It is difficult to take the article seriously both because of the excessive number of misspellings and poor editing, the lowly regard with which the publication is held (although easily confused with, it is not the influential Foreign Policy magazine), and because of the   author, Franklin Lamb.

A pro-Israel blogger pointed out that Lamb has written before about the impending disappearance of Israel, also by suggesting he had access to secret CIA documents.  Another time Lamb insisted there was a burgeoning and irreparable rift between the United States and Israel.

And there is much more to hoist the eyebrows. Lamb’s inconsistent biographies at various times state that he has been a professor at the American University of Beirut, has three degrees, including a PhD, from the London School of Economics, had a fellowship at the Harvard East Asian Legal Studies, was Assistant Counsel of the US House Judiciary Committee, was a Professor of International Law at Northwestern College of Law in Oregon, is board member of the Sabra and Shatilla Foundation, and was a volunteer with the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign, Lebanon.

Mekhi Phifer (‘ER’) Checks Out the Cobra

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Mekhi Phifer is no stranger to fake action, having portrayed Dr. Greg Pratt on NBC’s medical drama “ER,” FBI agent Ben Reynolds on Fox’s “Lie to Me,” and CIA agent Rex Matheson in “Torchwood: Miracle Day.” This week, Mekhi had a rare opportunity to try the reral thing, on a vist to an IAF base in Palmachim, south of Tel Aviv.

Iran Passes Letter to US: You Killed Our Scientist

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

In a letter handed to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, the Iranian foreign ministry relayed to the United States that it believes the CIA was behind the recent assassination of another Iranian nuclear scientist.  Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan’s car exploded after a magnetic bomb was attached to the side of it during rush hour traffic on Wednesday by a speeding motorcyclist.

The United States and Iran have no formal diplomatic relations.  The Swiss embassy represents US interests in the country, and received the letter from the Iranian foreign ministry on behalf of the United States.

“We have reliable documents and evidence that this terrorist act was planned, guided and supported by the CIA,” the letter said, according to a Reuters report.  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denied US responsibility for the attack, the fifth such assassination in 2 years.

Western intelligence sources told Time magazine on Friday that Israel’s Mossad is responsible for the scientist’s death.

The Wall Street Journal on Saturday reported that the U.S. is preparing for the increasing possibility of an Israeli military assault on Iran.

Barack Obama’s 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Barack Obama’s 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

* Obama will eliminate Welfare by requiring all poor people to move in with rich people.

* Obama will further reduce our military budget to forestall a crisis where he has to curtail his vacations.

* Barack Obama will have a teleprompter installed in his kitchen so he can tell his wife what he wants for breakfast.

* Obama will stimulate the economy by hiring more czars.

* For his next election Obama will choose a running mate who knows more about running the country than he does — like, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

* Obama will push through a bill requiring all Americans with more than three teeth to buy dental insurance. Those who refuse will be fined and get their teeth knocked out.

* To finally put to rest all questions of his eligibility to be president, Obama will make Kenya the 58th State, retroactively. (If you’ll recall from the first time Obama ran for president, he said he campaigned in 57 States. And the media made fun of Dan Quayle for misspelling potato in 1992. Go figure.)

* Obama will increase American productivity and reduce the threat of Chinese competition by initiating a student exchange program with China. Chinese students will teach Americans how to work hard, and American students will teach the Chinese how to smoke crack, curse, use condoms, and then complain about how others are getting rich.

* Obama will make it illegal for law enforcement to search drug dealers who’ve been coming across the Mexican border regularly for at least five years.

* Obama will require all drug runners to get CIA clearance and a background check to make sure they never worked on Wall Street before they are allowed to sell guns to the Mexican drug cartels.

* Obama will hold fund raisers to pay off our national debt. With the money left over he’ll do what he knows the American people want him to do — buy new golf clubs.

Barack Obama is not just the worst president ever in the history of the United States, he is probably the worst human being ever to occupy the White House. His bold faced lies are unparalleled in the annals of our presidencies. Virtually all politician lie. But few do it as shamelessly as Barack Obama.

It does not seem to bother Obama one iota even when he knows we know he’s lying. As long as we cant do anything about it, it seems to sit well with him. This is not just corrupt, this is wicked.

Every now and then you hear people say, “Oh, but he seems like a nice guy.”

A pleasant demeanor alone is not what makes a person. The values and principles behind the facade do. If someone robs a bank with a smile, does that make him a nice guy? Of course not.

The only thing Barack Obama has proven himself to be really good at is catering to the most ignorant of our society who don’t realize when they’re being taken for a ride.

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