Jay Carney, spinning like a dreidel on crack, lamely insisted today that the email from Ben Rhodes was not about Benghazi but about the Middle East in general. The Rhodes email was released at 8:09 PM on 14 September. The Subject? “RE: PREP CALL WITH SUSAN: SATURDAY 4:00 pm ET”

One of the key “GOALS” of the prep for Susan Rice was:

To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.

Yet, p. 2 of the email offers this Q&A suggestion:

Q: What’s your response to the Independent story that says we have intelligence 48 hours in advance of the Bengahzi attack that was ignored? Was this an intelligence failure?

We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent. The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US Consulate and subsequently its annex.

Hmmm, the protests in Cairo spawned the “demonstrations” in Benghazi.

Listen to Carney:

Carney can’t keep his lies straight.

First, the CIA talking points said nothing about the video. Despite Mike Morell’s extensive editing to water down the talking points and delink the attacks from Al Qaeda, he adhered to the line that the “demonstrations in Benghazi” were inspired by protests in Cairo.

It is essential to note that Morell changed the CIA points to make them consistent with the guidance provided by Ben Rhodes.

Second, there was a SVTS (i.e., a Secure Video Teleconference) the next morning, the 15th of September, at 8:00 am to be precise. The cables released by Judicial Watch show without dispute that this was a close hold meeting. We know that the CIA Deputy Director Morell was on the conference. Also Dennis McDonough and Jacob “Jake” Sullivan, VP Biden’s National Security Advisor. We do not know who else was on the call. But the subject of the “CLOSE HOLD” teleconference was, “MOVIE PROTESTS/VIOLENCE.” What was discussed? Who else participated?

There was violence in only one country–Libya. As I demonstrated conclusively in my article yesterday (click here), Morell removed any reference to Islamists but, for some reason, failed to make any case that the video was the motivating factor.

Yet, Susan Rice insists that the “intelligence” community insisted the video was the motivation and that became the story line from Hillary and Barack.

This story ain’t going away. More to come. The cover up is coming unglued.

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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.