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Benghazi – The saga continues II

Staff
Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:26 PM

It happened sooner than I expected as CBS News disclosed today that it was the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who was the one responsible for cleaning up the CIA talking points sent out by David Patraeus.

Suddenly, after stating in testimony the previous week that he didn't know who changed the CIA report and removed "Terrorist" & "al Qaeda" James Clapper and the DNI were apparently the responsible parties according to CBS News reports.

Now we are to believe that the DNI was responsible for Ambassador Susan Rice going before the American people on five national TV shows to claim it was not a terrorist attack and al Qaeda was not involved rather it was a spontaneous mob action.

It still plays like a B movie "who dunnit" but without a detective character to solve the mystery. The question still remains why the CIA report get scrubbed clean, did anyone at the White House know about this and did they approve of the action taken?  

Was it done to protect the president's claim that al Qaeda was on the run and no longer a threat? Interestingly the Sept. 11th attack and the CIA report describing it was not released until weeks after the incident and then it was whitewashed. Why?

There are other considerations that are more important regarding the murder of four Americans. To begin with why, after it was requested that more security people were needed, was the request denied? Why, knowing the significance of 9/11 weren't better security procedures put in place?  

The Red Cross left Benghazi as did the British Ambassador because of security concerns but we did not leave and we did not shore up security at the embassy. Again why? Was it necessary to sacrifice four American citizens to downplay the threat of the terrorist because that may have been in opposition to administration policy?

There are a host of questions that need to be asked and answered to get to the bottom of this mess. From what just transpired with Mr. Clapper's DNI does it seem reasonable that his actions will lead to any further investigation or will it flame out like a bad jet engine?

Our society has been co-opted to believe that what they see is not what they see and what they hear is not what they hear. There has been so much doubt, real or imagined, thrown before the public that they are utterly confused and fall back on their individual prejudices to make their decision regardless of the evidence at hand.

Case in point is the O.J. Simpson case where even with overwhelming evidence the cry was "if the gloves don't fit you must acquit."  

When the gloves were to be put on there were surgical gloves on his hands that provided enough friction so he couldn't get the bloody gloves on. But that is how doubt is made fact. We have reached that stage of believing that doubt is cast on everything and the truth is obfuscated and any desired result can be attained. Stay tuned the Republic hangs in the balance!


Len Tria, a regular columnist for Hernando Today, lives in Spring Hill and is a former Hernando County commissioner.
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