By now, unless your TV, radio or computer is on the fritz, you heard that CIA Director David Petraeus resigned for diddling his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Her ironically titled book, “ALL IN,” probably should have been renamed, “ALL THE WAY IN.” But this is a sideshow.

The story is confusing and conflicting. First, we are informed that the FBI was investigating Broadwell for illegally accessing the CIA Director’s email accounts. Since she was the authorized biographer, that seems a bit strange. And how did the FBI learn that she was “illegally accessing” Petraeus’ email? That is very curious.

Second, we are told that the FBI was investigating Petraeus? For what? Leaking intel to David Ignatius? Seems very odd.

The story is circulating that the White House had this dirt on Petraeus and tried to use it to pressure him to keep mum on the Benghazi failure or take the blame. Petraeus, not willing surrender to this threat, reportedly took the pre-emptive step of outing himself and resigning.

What is the Benghazi secret the White House is trying to hide?

Was the activity at the Annex was not an authorized, covert intelligence operation? The word is circulating among retired CIA officers that it was not. Legally, the President must produce a finding to run a cover operation (please see USC › Title 50 › Chapter 15 › Subchapter III › § 413b 50 USC § 413b – Presidential approval and reporting of covert actions).

What if the White House was involved in an off-the-books operation to gather and ship weapons to Syria for the Syrian rebels and was using a foreign firm to carry out the activity under the direction of the White House? Did Petraeus know about this? Was Petraeus being asked to take responsibility for this or cover it up?

Lots of unanswered questions. But one thing is certain–the story put out today about the reason for the Petraeus resignation is not the real story.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • Allen Victor Cox

    Was the Cover Up of Fast and Furious any different USA has Become lawless Nation?
    Banksters Openly Rob with İmpunity and Obama puts Al qaeda on the pay roll Oh! and do you think The Muslim Brotherhood will become loyal to USA just for sending the Millions of Dollars?
    But another group waiting to stab you in the back?
    As for USA freeing Libya this has to be a Joke?
    Just look at where Libya is and in the hands of whom?
    Time USA awake to the Fact they are responsible for what is occuring in Libya?
    And the current problems facing Syria!
    Israel Sluaghtering Hundreds you see any Media Coverage on these attrocities?
    This is a Turkey shoot USA?

  • randi

    A good article questioning FBI addressing the cyber-harassment so quickly…and more on the FBI whistleblower and a timeline…”Orin S. Kerr, a George Washington University law professor who specializes in computer crime issues, said it was “surprising that they would devote the resources” to investigating who was behind a half-dozen harassing e-mails. ”

    • randi

      “Later, the agent became convinced — incorrectly, officials say — that
      the case had stalled. Because of his “worldview,” as the official put
      it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President
      Obama. The agent alerted Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who
      called the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, on Oct. 31 to tell
      him of the agent’s concerns.”
      Worldview likely means he was not a Democrat.

  • TrollSlayerToo

    My comment when the General retired and accepted a political appointment from Obama was that this administration would destroy a Hero and ruin a very good man. Now lets see if General Petraeus is going to fight back. I sure hope so.

  • John

    In order for a government email account to be accessed the person would need that users Common Access Card (CAC) and pin (note, if CAC is removed from CAC reader the computer system locks the user until CAC is reinserted and pin re-entered). Many corporations use a similar type of authentication system. For one, I highly doubt many attributes of the alleged story. It would seem more likely that Petraus decided to tell the truth about Benghazi, thus facilitating the events of forced resignation. In the past few months many high ranking career military officers have been removed from their assignments over alleged sexual improprieties. Seems kind of odd. Add in the high likeliness that the entire election was a fabricated event, complete with a complicit media. Some media outlets had ran “Obama Wins Election” complete with strikingly similar results, right down to the Red vs. Blue state breakdown.

    • Texana

      True dat!!

  • TeakWoodKite

    Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers is another name being bandied about.

    This guy has been around the block, any takers for CIA head?
    Can we start a pool?

  • jrterrier

    Interesting interview of KT McFarland (held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations), regarding Petreaus. She says when she was in Afghanistan & interviewed Petreaus, there were definitely rumors about Petreaus & Broadwell. Her opinion is that Petreaus is in a position of power at this point and not cowering.

    She believes that when he became CIA director, he would have been polygraphed & one of the first questions is the obligatory — anything in your background that would be embarrassing? She believes he would have answered truthfully (disclosing the affair) & his file would have gone to the White House.