Democrats desperate to make the debacle of Benghazi go away are not having a good week. Two stories in the news so far and, by this Sunday, there will be a new blockbuster twist. First, there is the drama surrounding former Deputy Director of the CIA, Mike Morrell. Morrell is on the hot seat for his role in twisting the CIA talking points about the attack in Benghazi in September 2012–Morrell specifically removed language linking the attack to Al Qaeda and Islamic extremists. Instead, as we now know, he watered down the analyst’s assertion about the role of Al Qaeda in the attack as to render the talking points meaningless.

Here is what the analyst initially wrote:

The crowd almost certainly was a mix of individuals from across many sectors of Libyan society. That being said, we do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qa’ida participated in the attack.

Morrell stepped in and changed the fundamental meaning with this edit:

The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US Consulate and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.

Morrell’s edit had only one purpose–to immunize the Obama Administration against the fact that elements of Al Qaeda had carried out a successful terrorist attack. Morrell decided to give the White House political cover.

Now we have more evidence to buttress this fact. Guy Taylor at the Washington Times reports:

Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest, the CIA’s station chief in Libya pointedly told his superiors in Washington that no such demonstration occurred, documents and interviews with current and former intelligence officials show.

The attack was “not an escalation of protests,” the station chief wrote to then-Deputy CIA Director Michael J. Morell in an email dated Sept. 15, 2012 — a full day before the White House sent Susan E. Rice to several Sunday talk shows to disseminate talking points claiming that the Benghazi attack began as a protest over an anti-Islam video.

That the talking points used by Mrs. Rice, who was then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, were written by a CIA that ignored the assessment by its own station chief inside Libya, has emerged as one of the major bones of contention in the nearly two years of political fireworks and congressional investigations into the Benghazi attack.

Other intelligence from the 11th and 12th of September 2012 corroborates the position of the Chief of Station. But there is more to this story than Mike Morrell using his position to provide political cover for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The story of Benghazi also is about a covert policy of the Obama White House to send arms to Islamic radicals in Syria via Turkey. That’s the real untold story, until now. Look for news this weekend, coming out of London. There is a blockbuster article coming. I can’t say more now.

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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.
  • BannedAgain18

    The only ones who care about the faux Benghazi scandal are you Larry Johnson, your NQbots and Tea Partiers… speaking to the conspiracy converted will get you no new votes..! This tragedy has been gone over and over by many many investigations, committees and reports in great detail and yet no negligence or cover-up has been found and proven. This is just your Whitewater. A waste of taxpayer money and a political distraction from the more important issues of the day. You cannot win on the issues, so you Republicans just do this crap. What is the definition of insane? Repeating the same things over and over again that do not work or make sense.

    ” There is a blockbuster article coming. I can’t say more now.”
    Yeah, just like we are waiting for all those other “blockbuster” reports that you have promised are coming over the years… where are those “Whitey Tapes”, that report from the Russians which will prove the Rebels were responsible for the Syrian gas attack, etc. Have you ever been accurate on anything that you tell us will happen or is coming? You have no credibility.

    • DianaLC

      For the families of the four men whose deaths can be laid at the feet of HRC and her boss running the covert operation using Saudi money to enable a transfer of American weapons to Turkey to give them to rebels in Syria, all of which would have been against the wishes of Congress and the American people at the time, I will provide some information.
      The Salfist group Ansar al Shara, which hates the Saudi family, was the group that conducted the TERRORIST ATTACK against the consulate on its way to prevent the CIA operation at the CIA Annex. A mention of that group was cut from the “talking points” because, no matter what Morrell claims is his reason, that information might open up a big can or worms, so to speak, that would not reflect well on his royal turdishness and HRC during an election year. Now you can say I don’t have proof of “motives” but you can also say that I do have a brain and can connect dots. And connecting those dots is an important thing to do for the sake of those dead men and their families, something that obots can’t and don’t want to do.

    • jbjd

      You wrote, “This tragedy has been gone over and over by many many investigations,
      committees and reports in great detail and yet no negligence or cover-up
      has been found and proven.” Well, at yesterday’s hearing, #?, we learned for the first time, Mike Morell, then Deputy Director of the CIA, edited the talking points so as to omit both “Islamic” before “terrorists”; and any mention of prior warnings to the State Dept., overruling objections by his boss, Director Petraeus. (Your conclusory statements about these events only expose that, you neither watched the hearings, nor read transcripts thereof, further undermining your credibility on this subject.)

      • KenoshaMarge

        And Morell said he listened to the CIA analysts at Langley rather than those on the ground. What kind of an idiot does that?

        And if there is nothing to discover why care if people keep investigating? Only it seems that every investigation, every committee turns up at least one bit of new information. This one certainly did.

        Meanwhile the corrupt media as well as the corrupt left howls about the wasted time. After all, what’s four dead Americans and why would anyone want the truth? Ask Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, if she thinks this is a waste of time. She’s been begging for the truth and has yet to get it.

    • S7teen70six

      Dude, Dudette or Trannydud… Your ceaseless insults are a constant reminder of what a worthless piece of (well you get the picture) you are. You do nothing but spew liberal talking points. You offer not even a semblance of evidence for any of your multitude of baseless claims. Seriously, you reek. Like your armpit got rubbed in toe jam and stuck up an asshole reeking.

  • DianaLC

    Mike Morrell came of as a dumb-as-a-skunk bureaucrat. Then the Dems on the committee decide to praise Mr. Milquetoast for his service, as he gets away with blaming “analysts” for his toadying behavior in the service of BO and HC.
    He came off as so very stupid in regard to his decisions that I couldn’t help but worry for the CIA and the American people, with this sort of “talent” working for the agency. Is this another case of HR going so politically correct that we have to give slots to the mentally challenged?
    If the news Larry promises to come out this weekend isn’t gangbusters, we might as well forget ever getting justice for those four men and for their families.
    We are, as we should be given this type of CIA operation, the laughing syock of the world. (And I am sorry to say that because I know we have and have had excellent people working for the CIA.)

  • KlugerRD

    I was watching Mike Rogers and I could not help but recall what LJ said about him. And it his conflict of interest seemed to be very apparent in his questioning of Morell.

    What Morell said lacked credibility and clearly angered most of the GOP on the committee – – – it seemed to, at best, mildly annoy Rogers.

  • Dave L.

    Watching Mike Morrell now on Fox, lying, ( I mean testifying, under oath), this guy needs a Louisville Slugger right across his face, just to get his mind right. SICKENING THIS COVERUP IS CONTINUING !!

  • KlugerRD

    Morrell is covering up for someone.

    To admit to dismiss and ignore the Libya CIA Chief of Station report and go with the local analyst said, proves he is covering up for someone.

    He is the fulcrum of this year up but it clearly was not his idea.

  • Mudd

    Somebody needs to wash Mike Morrell’s mouth out with soap

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Will NO Obama or Hillary supporter on these pages come to the defense of Mike Morrell and explain what information he had at CIA Hqs that superseded his own eyes on the ground in Benghazi, thus prompting him to disregard his own Chief of Station’s reporting on the attack on the Special Diplomatic Mission? Or is Morrell to be a political sacrificial lamb for Obama and Hillary? Morrell’s sacrifice is a lesson to all intelligence professionals who play fast and loose with the truth out of political ambition.

    • KlugerRD

      In watching this testimony his tortured reasons will probably back him into possible perjury. He clearly is protecting others above him. He seems to be blaming all this on a DC based CIA analyst

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        Watching Morrell’s testimony this morning with another retired CIA colleague, both of us couldn’t help but reflect that this is what it looks like when a pawn is sacrificed in the “combat” of politics.

      • Deapster

        The more they try to deflect blame, the more questions they trigger.

    • Deapster

      The only lesson is there is a cushy job waiting for you in private industry if you pay to play. Morrell now safely ensconced in a high-paying “consultancy” position in HRC friendly organization.

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        Perhaps. Such sinecures are traditionally short term.

  • S7teen70six

    Larry, I remember not so long ago you mentioned that this was coming about. I savor ever moment of the anticipation this weekend’s revelation will bring. I get the feeling that it will be so good we won’t even mind the pesterings of the assigned local Assbot. In fact, its presence might even make it even more pleasurable for a change.

  • KlugerRD

    At this point the most relevant questions are:

    1. Who made the decision to ignore the truth and invent a myth?

    2. Who made the final decision to ignore the warnings and deny added security.? Was it Hillary? Or was she overriden by Obama and his political advisers?

    • binky354

      Good questions.

    • Deapster

      Recently read an anti-Obama book published prior to the 2012 election and the Benghazi incident.

      The author mentioned HRC was paranoid about not making the US look like it was invading Libya to take over its oil supplies in 2011, so therefore HRC was very reluctant to increase any US military presence there in any form. Which i guess might have included extra DOS facility security as well.

      The author was not making excuses for HRC, because the Benghazi attack had not even happened before this book’s publication.

      But it does put an interesting perspective on a faulty decision process that may have been going on in the DOS at the time when additional security had been requested.

      After all we were in full US apology mode in the ME at the time, so extra security personnel could be seen by locals and our Nobel Peace Prize Prez to be a threat to Libya’s sovereignty?

      How does that fly?

      • KlugerRD

        That is an interesting perspective.

        That would answer the decision to ignore the warnings and not increase security as requested.

        That would leave unanswered the decision to fabricate the Yourtube protest myth. That could get more dicey for Obama.

        I happen to think that Obama, himself, does not make too many decisions and they are made for him. Something as bizarre as this Youtube video protest sounds like it could be hatched by a combination of Axelrod and one of Obama’s chief NSA advisers (take your pick).

        • Deapster

          If HRC was the sole architect of the policy to ignore additional Libya security requests, it would be reasonable for her “building” to cover up this security denial post-Benghazi.

          And thus blame the attack on out of control howling ME mobs – you know how these crazy Islamist rag heads are, wink, wink, wink. (Win one for the Jewish lobby at the same time.)

          Cover-up for a cover-up until the whole thing collapses. And ValJar wants HRC’s head any way because of the poor pre-election dead ambassador optics for her boy-toy Obama.

        • stodghie

          i nominate valerie jarrett. her claws can be seen everywhere.

    • Deapster

      There are so many culprits and cover-up artists in the Obama WH, they make the Murder on Orient Express look like it was actually done Mr Green in the Library with a lead pipe.

      • KlugerRD

        I am totally fed up with the habitual and shameless lying that comes out of that White House. That obviously fabricated number of 7 million that magically took place today was about enough. And yet the idiot media are accepting it. How do you accept anything on face value from a pathological liar like Obama. The audacity of doing an end zone dance when the only proof you scored a touchdown is your word – the word of a liar

        • Deapster

          I still wonder what is in it, for the Obama zealots.

          Anti-establismentariamism is my only answer. Obots love sticking it to the “man”, so as long as Obama goes rogue he is good with them.

          • DianaLC

            I think they just can’t admit that they were ever wrong–just like their idol Barry. We have a way of raising up narcissists in the country. As long as they have SELF esteem, they don’t worry if the rest of the world doesn’t hold them in esteem at all.

  • binky354
    • Deapster

      No wonder they called it off, Meeshell came home anyway.

      Wonder also where Barky will be bunkering down when the news breaks on Sunday. But that gives them too much lead time to put the Podesta defense teams in action and bury this story completely, or render it useless by the time it still hits.

  • DianaLC

    I am probably only a Pollyanna about this, but I do hope these reports are coming out to gain some traction before the 2014 elections. Another big HE LIED, along with a SHE LIED story might get a really good turnover of the Senate. Get old fool HR out of the way, form a select committee so that all the different committees can put their findings together, and get them both–BO and HC–neutered in some way. Perhaps O could have to endure his own Iran/Conbtra type of investigation, and HC can just be made to look like a fool before she has a chance to run for POTUS>
    McCain and Graham and all the neo-cons are losing their own credibility, so I’m hoping this gives some of the newer breed of GOP politicians a chance to shine. I would LOVE to see Trey Gowdy do some questioning of the people involved.

  • Deapster

    Oh heck, does this mean we have to put up with another invasion of the obots and the hillbots this Sunday?

    • DianaLC

      I still have this ready for them:

      • Deapster

        What,….. what????

        Do you have the names of the “senior administration officials” every single Benghazi story always references, but never identifies?

        • DianaLC

          I meant to use it for any obot or Hobot who comes this way.

      • Deapster

        Brilliant. Thanks for the missing image.

  • gracepmc

    Good stuff. But surely this pales in comparison to the climate change threat facing the US and the cow poop gas upon which John Kerry stands to build his legacy.

    • Deapster

      There he goes again, Kerry trying to coat-tail the Republicans who have been pointing out this (ahem) natural phenomenon for years, only getting guffaws previously from the Dems.

      A few more years of gas bag progressive politics and I will finally become a global warmer myself, and know the exact source of the pollution.

      • gracepmc

        Hmm, South Korea a potential port in the storm. If only it weren’t so close to the crazy. Then again, proximity might not be a determining factor in “the end”.

        • Deapster

          South Koreans upset at China’s tepid response to the airliner near miss incident in early March.

          Yes, one might well be in the S Korea fly-over zone when NK’s KimCrazy pushes the wrong button and it does not turn on his karaoke machine.

          But instead the missiles would soar over the heads of S Korea, seeking out far more lush US targets — but it is all Bush’s fault, even in Korea. Make one wish for Dennis Rodman as their neighbor as additional civil defense protection.

          So the question became, did Crazy Kim have anything to do with the missing Malaysia airline?

          Our SK guide was very well-informed about CrazyKim’s family history and slew of relatives in and out of favor, as best they can garner as well in this highly veiled throw-back kingdom.

          Certainly, the mismatch of living standards between NK and SK have to even larger than they ever were between East and West Berlin, or Texas supermarkets were to Yetlsin’s Soviet Union.

  • KenoshaMarge

    Will all this and a blockbuster of a new article be enough to force the media to actually tell the truth? Thus far they have spent more time covering Obama’s ass than doing any investigative reporting. I hope that enough will come out that they will actually be forced to do their job instead of acting as press agents for the Obama Administration. I just hope it is enough to sink Hillary too.
    Oh and Happy April Fool’s Day – created especially for people like those that voted for Obama.

    • S7teen70six

      The real journalists are castigated, cast out or cast aside as if they were heretics and traitors. Look what happened to Sharyl Attkisson and Lara Logan.

      • KenoshaMarge

        I believe that one thing that the insane coverage of the missing plane has done has shown even some of the dimmist bulbs that most of the MSM is totally useless.

        News? Information? Honesty? How old school! Hours of speculation and drivel is just fine.


    as an April Fool’s Joke karzai thanks the American Military for their sacrifice.

    I may be banned for this



    off topic

    this story in floating around today.
    backtrack possible deal with Israel to release Johnathon Pollard. A US Naval officer who took an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect the US and gave military secrets to Israel.

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Pollard was never a US naval officer. He was a civilian naval intelligence analyst who worked at Naval intelligence at the same time that I served there as a Marine officer before joining CIA. There is an excellent book on this subject written by one of the counterintelligence agents that busted him, you may want to read it.
      By the way, Pollard spied for several countries, not just Israel, which is the reason that he was given a life sentence. Most of the information that he sold to Israel was then traded by the Israelis to the Soviet Union. I read the postmortem counterintelligence review on Pollard several years ago. Pollard is a self serving scumbag.

      • Larry Johnson


      • Popsmoke

        Got to tell ya…this would not suprise me if he got released….

      • HELENK2

        thank you for the info.
        do you remember the name of the book?

        • Retired_from_SPOnaj

          Capturing Jonathon Pollard by Ronald Olive


    will anything really get done until after Jan 2017 about Benghazi? so far it as been all talk and no action, sound and fury signifying nothing.
    I really wish for better for the families , they deserve the truth and for those who failed in their duty to be punished

  • Popsmoke

    Sorry LJ but anyone who matters on either isle do not give a dang. Both parties have to much to loose if the full truth comes out, and that includes Mike Rogers and Ed Royce who are in the business of making sure family gets a piece of the action whether security or global strategy …

    Rotten business….

    • Deapster

      “Both sides of the aisle” no longer matter.

      This story will not die, just like Watergate did not die until the truth finally came tumbling out. And perhaps Obama’s own global surveillance apparatus will provide the smoking gun(s).

      • KlugerRD

        Watergate is a good analogy.

        Neither party wanted to engage in impeachment or force Nixon to leave. But events overtake political expediency.

        Like with Watergate the walls protecting the President eventually evaporate. In this case there are more than one major scandal and that is what is happening.

        Just a matter of time.

        • Popsmoke

          Republicans got someone like Hillary to lead the charge? Forget it this is going no where. There is too much money in the system and way to many special interest groups involved.