The leading legal and investigatory government watchdog announced Feb. 20 that it filed suit in federal court demanding the President Barack Obama and the director of national intelligence release documents relating to the Sept. 11-12 attacks on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi. The only way to get at the truth is to release these records immediately,” said Thomas J. Fitton, the president of the Washington-based Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan education foundation.
The lawsuit asks the court to compel the Obama administration to release documents originally requested Oct. 19 through the Freedom of Information Act process, he said. The suit, filed Feb. 14, requested any and all memoranda, assessments, analyses, and/or talking points regarding the Sept. 11 attack on the Benghazi, Libya Consulate and or the killing of Amb. J. Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans.
Fitton said this request includes, but is not limited to, the “speaking points” memorandum referred to by Sen. Dianne G. Feinstein during an Oct. 17 television interview.
In that interview, Phil Matier, the reporter for KCBS-TV, the CBS San Francisco affiliate, asked the senator if there was an intelligence flaw in the speaking points.
Feinstein said, “I think what happened was the director of intelligence … put out some speaking points on the initial intelligence assessment. I think that was possibly a mistake.” Fitton said former CIA Director Army Gen. David H. Petraeus reportedly testified before Congress that the initial speaking points produced by the CIA stated there were indications the attack was linked to al Qaeda. Petraeus suggested that the terrorism reference was removed sometime during an interagency review process. “From the beginning, the Obama White House has been more concerned with self-protection than to disclosing the truth about Benghazi,” Fitton said. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged receiving Judicial Watch’s request on Oct. 19 and was required by law to respond by Nov. 26, he said. Instead, the agency failed to produce any records responsive to the request, to indicate when any responsive records will be produced, or to demonstrate that responsive records are exempt from production.
At a Senate hearing, Clinton was asked about the gap between the intelligence community’s assessment and the Obama administration’s public statements, and she shouted: “What difference does it make? and then said: ‘I personally was not focused on talking points.’”
The report provides a detailed timeline of the Obama administration’s actions before, during and after the Benghazi assault, as well as the State Department’s actions to protect overseas diplomats. THESE WERE IN A EARLIER BLOG THAT I POSTED
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