"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, August 2, 2013

But Who Didn't Know About the Benghazi Cover-Up?

This report on CNN may get some play as "big news" on the Benghazi story:

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency's Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out. 
Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency's missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency's workings. 
The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress. 
It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career. 
In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, "You don't jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well." 
Another says, "You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation."

But, after all, hasn't it long been obvious that the Obama administration was engaged in a massive coverup of whatever actually was going on in Benghazi?

  • It happened two months before the election.
  • The whereabouts of the President on the night of the attack are unknown.
  • Why Chris Stevens, the ambassador, was in Benghazi rather than Tripoli is unknown.
  • The Arab Spring has, since last fall, turned into a pretty obvious disaster.  (See, Egypt.)
  • It seems pretty clear that the Obama administration has been trying to get arms to the rebels in Syria, and Libya, with Qaddafi's caches, was a likely "black" source.
  • The Secretary of State at the time, lest we forget, is a certain female ex-First Lady who wants to run for President.
And, of course, four Americans died, including an ambassador, in an attack on an embassy, which is technically and legally American soil.   And the President did not react to try to save them.   And no one has been brought to "justice."    And no retaliation (at least no obvious retaliation) has occurred.   An incredible moment of weakness for a declining superpower.

In short, lots and lots of reasons to cover up what really happened.

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