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20 December 2012             00:23 ET

A senior US security official has quit and three others are suspended after a damning report into a deadly attack on a US mission in Benghazi.

The state department said diplomatic security chief Eric Boswell resigned and three other unnamed officials had been put on administrative leave.

US envoy to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other officials were killed in the attack on 11 September.

An internal report said “grossly inadequate” security led to the deaths.

However, the report did not suggest disciplinary action be taken against any individuals.

Political fallout

“The Accountability Review Board identified the performance of four officials, three in the Bureau of the Diplomatic Security and one in the Bureau of Near East Asia Affairs,” state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

“The secretary has accepted Eric Boswell’s decision to resign… The other three individuals have been relieved of their current duties.”

Benghazi report: Key findings

  • Reliance on armed “but poorly skilled” local militiamen and contract guards was “misplaced”
  • US personnel had “performed with courage and readiness to risk their lives to protect their colleagues in a near-impossible situation”
  • There was “no immediate, specific” intelligence about the 11 September attack or threats to the consulate
  • The Libyan government’s response to the attack was “profoundly lacking”
  • There were “systematic failures at senior levels” within two bureaus of the state department, but no individual official ignored their duties

US media have named one of Mr Boswell’s deputies, Charlene Lamb, and Raymond Maxwell, deputy assistant secretary for the Maghreb, among those relieved of their duties.

Mr Stevens died of smoke inhalation when he was trapped alone in the burning building after armed men had stormed the compound.

Days after the attack, US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said the attack seemed to have developed out of protests over an anti-Islamic film.

But later intelligence reports suggested it was a planned attack by Islamist gunmen.

Ms Rice was forced to pull out of the race to be the next secretary of state after being subjected to widespread criticism.

‘Near-impossible situation’

The board’s report found “a lack of transparency, responsiveness, and leadership” among certain senior state department officials.

But the review found no “reasonable cause” that any specific individuals had “engaged in misconduct or wilfully ignored” their responsibilities.

It also said there had been “no immediate, specific” intelligence about the 11 September attack or threats to the consulate.

The probe concluded that the US personnel had “performed with courage and readiness to risk their lives to protect their colleagues in a near-impossible situation”.

But the Benghazi mission had nevertheless been hampered by a lack of resources.

Its reliance on armed “but poorly skilled” local militiamen and contract guards was “misplaced”, the report said.

In a letter to Congress, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she accepted all 29 of the recommendations put forward in the report.

She outlined some steps the agency would take, including sending hundreds of US Marines guards to missions abroad and assigning a state department official to oversee “high-threat posts”.

In addition, she said the state department would request more funding from Congress to make improvements to security.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20787086

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Eric Boswell

5993 2615533              51

 

his path of destiny = Government official.  Harsh reality.  Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law.

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11/26/2012                12:49 pm EST

A Fox News interview ended rather abruptly on Monday after a guest took not one but two jabs at the network hosting him (see update below).

Co-anchor Jon Scott interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas Ricks, who has covered the military for decades, about his new book “The Generals.” Scott asked Ricks weigh in on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and Sen. John McCain’s criticisms of Amb. Susan Rice.

“I think Benghazi was generally hyped by this network especially,” Ricks said. He added that he thought McCain seemed to be “backing off” from criticizing Rice since “the campaign [was] over.”

“When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?” Scott said, pushing back against Ricks’ characterization of the network’s coverage.

Ricks compared the situation to security contractors who were killed in Iraq. He described the attack in Benghazi as a “small fire-fight” and added, “I think the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox is operating as the wing of the Republican Party.”

At that point, Scott thanked Ricks for his time and ended the interview after about 90 seconds.

UPDATE: According to the New York Times’ Brian Stelter, a Fox News staffer told Ricks he was rude following the interview. Ricks said that he thinks the hit lasted “about half as long as planned.”

from:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/26/fox-news-interview-guest-network-wing-republican-party_n_2192506.html

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Thomas Ricks was born on September 25th, 1955 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Ricks_(journalist)

September 25th, 1955

9 + 25 +1+9+5+5 = 54 = his life lesson = Interviews.  Watch this.  Check it out.

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10:52 PM EST            Tuesday November 13, 2012

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan allegedly exchanged “flirtatious” e-mails with a woman who was supposedly being threatened by the CIA director’s mistress, according to a Defense Department official.

Now, the commander, Marine Gen. John Allen, is being investigated by the Defense Department, the woman who traded flirty e-mails with Allen is asking for privacy, and the home of the former spy chief’s lover has been searched by the FBI.

Confused? You’re not alone.

These are the latest developments in the complicated and widening scandal that began with CIA Director David Petraeus and two women with military connections, and has now ensnared Allen.

It also threatens to bog down a newly re-elected President Barack Obama. His administration is preparing for critical fiscal negotiations with Congress, but instead finds itself facing questions about sex scandals and dealing with powerful lawmakers increasingly concerned about potential security risks and why they weren’t told of the Petraeus affair sooner.

“In his duties at CENTCOM, Gen. Allen conducted a lot of legitimate business. She (Kelley) did a lot of work with CENTCOM, including Wounded Warriors and such,” the official said. “It could be that 29,900 of the documents are legitimate business, and the few remaining raise a few eyebrows.”

The potentially inappropriate messages were “flirtatious” in nature, a defense official who has been authorized to speak on the matter told CNN.

Sources familiar with Kelley have said the relationship between the two was not sexual. One said their communications were not of a sexual nature, while another allowed that the e-mails were flirtatious.

That Allen is remaining in command in Afghanistan suggests that there is no criminal issue, another U.S. official told CNN. But the official said the Defense Department’s inspector general, an agency watchdog, could still find evidence of criminal conduct.

While the nature of the relationship between Allen and Kelley, if any, is unclear, evidence of an affair could subject the general to military prosecution. Adultery is a violation of military law.

“I think he ought to stay on unless there is some reason put forward that he has done something wrong, and then I think the military leaders will decide then what the actions will be,” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said when asked whether he thought Allen should step down from his Afghanistan job.

Widespread media reports have described Kelley as a liaison at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where the U.S. Central Command is headquartered. Both Petraeus and Allen were previously stationed at the base. A Central Command spokesman said she is a volunteer with no official position.

On Monday, her brother, David Khawam, told CNN affiliate KYW-TV that she went to authorities because she was scared after receiving the e-mails. He described his sister as a dedicated mother and said it would be “completely uncharacteristic” for her to have an affair.

Both Allen and Petraeus appear to know Kelley’s sister, Natalie Khawam. The men wrote letters in support of Khawam in a custody battle, court records show.

One of the sources familiar with Kelley said she first mentioned the alleged harassment in a casual conversation with an FBI agent she knew socially. She did not seek him out specifically for action on the matter, but was happy for the help, the source said. The source added that Kelley did not know at first that the e-mails led to Petraeus.

Earlier, amid national talk about the Petraeus scandal, Kelley, 37, and her husband released a statement saying they have been friends with Petraeus and his family for more than five years and asked for privacy.

The sprawling story continued to sprout new details Tuesday, including a revelation from a senior official close to Allen claiming that it was Allen who received an anonymous e-mail about Kelley, and tipped her off that someone was threatening her.

Other U.S. officials have said Kelley received harassing e-mails that concerned her and went to the FBI.

“There is no affair,” the senior official said. “She is a bored rich socialite involved with every single senior commander at CENTCOM, because she worked as an honorary ambassador.”

In another bizarre twist, a jogger running in Rock Creek Park in Washington on Sunday found Broadwell’s North Carolina license, according to Lt. Bill Kellogg, spokesman for the Maryland-National Capitol Park Police. Police attempted to contact Broadwell, who lives with her husband and children in Charlotte, but were unsuccessful. Because her name has been in the news recently, they also reached out to the FBI.

Meanwhile, the FBI continues to look into the Petraeus affair amid congressional calls for an inquiry into why leaders were not notified of that matter sooner.

The Petraeus scandal also has raised questions about potential impacts on national security, including concerns that his paramour may have had access to his classified schedule and a New York Times report that she had classified documents on her laptop computer.

FBI agents were at Broadwell’s Charlotte, North Carolina, home late Monday, said local FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch. She declined to say what the agents were doing there.

A source told CNN national security contributor Fran Townsend that Broadwell was acting as Petraeus’ archivist, and that the FBI went to the house to look for any documents she might have. It was not clear whether any of the material was classified, the source said.

Also, a video has surfaced of a speech by Broadwell in which she suggested the Libya attack on September 11 was targeting a secret prison at the Benghazi consulate annex, raising unverified concerns about possible security leaks.

“I don’t know if a lot of you have heard this, but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to get these prisoners back,” said Broadwell in a speech last month at the University of Denver.

A senior intelligence official told CNN on Monday, “These detention claims are categorically not true. Nobody was ever held at the annex before, during, or after the attacks.”

Broadwell’s source for that previously unpublished bit of information remains unclear, and there’s no evidence so far that it came from Petraeus.

Administration officials have said the Benghazi assault was a terrorist attack.

Petraeus was scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill about the attack this week at closed-door hearings. Some Republicans have criticized the administration’s response to the Benghazi attack and have speculated that the timing of Petraeus’ departure was linked to the congressional inquiry.

Peter King, R-New York, said elements of the general’s story “don’t add up.” King, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, called Petraeus “an absolutely essential witness, maybe more than anybody else.”

However, a senior U.S. official said Petraeus’ departure wasn’t connected to Benghazi hearings.

“Director Petraeus’ frank and forthright letter of resignation stands on its own,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. “Any suggestion that his departure has anything to do with criticism about Benghazi is completely baseless.”

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said Tuesday that she hopes to bring Petraeus before the panel as early as Friday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, added her voice to calls for an inquiry into the FBI investigation that unearthed the Petraeus affair, even though she does not believe formal reporting requirements were triggered.

“We have to find out what, who knew what when and why would Congress not have known,” she said. “But again, again, if it doesn’t involve national security, the notification requirement doesn’t trigger. If it involves poor behavior, yeah, it would have been nice to know before we saw it on TV.”

Section 501 of the National Security Act of 1947 spells out the requirements for the executive branch to inform the congressional intelligence committees of key intelligence-related activities.

“The president shall ensure that the congressional intelligence committees are kept fully and currently informed on the intelligence activities of the United States, including any significant anticipated intelligence activity as required by this title,” the statute reads.

Panetta, who preceded Petraeus at the CIA, agreed with congressional calls for an inquiry.

“That’s another issue I think we ought to look at, because as a former director of the CIA and having worked very closely with the intelligence committees, I believe that there is a responsibility to make sure that the intelligence committees are informed of issues that could affect … the security of those intelligence operations,” he told reporters while traveling in Australia.

from:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/13/us/petraeus-allen-investigation/

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Jill Kelley was born on January 1st, 1975 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Kelley

January 1st, 1975

1 + 1 +1+9+7+5 = 24 = her life lesson + Keep your clothes on.

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January 1st, 1975

January 1st

1 + 1 +2+0+1+2 = 7 = her personal year = Pondering.  Deep thinking.

 

7 year + 11 (November) = 18 = her personal month = Surreal.  This is crazy.

 

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Jill Kelley

1933 253357             41

 

her path of destiny = 41 = Affairs.  Infidelity.  Things get ugly.

 

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Christopher Stevens

September 12, 2012            3:48 a.m.

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, Libyan officials said Wednesday.

They said Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as the building came under attack by a mob guns and rocket propelled grenades.

The three Libyan officials who confirmed the deaths were deputy interior minister for eastern Libya Wanis al-Sharaf; Benghazi security chief Abdel-Basit Haroun; and Benghazi city council and security official Ahmed Bousinia.

The State Department said Tuesday that one American was killed in the attack. It has not confirmed the other deaths.

The attack on the Benghazi consulate took place as hundreds of protesters in neighboring Egypt scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and tore down and replaced the American flag with a black Islamic banner.

The attacks in Benghazi and Cairo were the first such assaults on U.S. diplomatic facilities in either country, at a time when both Libya and Egypt are struggling to overcome the turmoil following the ouster of their longtime authoritarian leaders,Moammar Kadafi and Hosni Mubarak, in uprisings last year.

The protests in both countries were sparked by outrage over a film ridiculing Muhammad produced by an Israeli filmmaker living in California and being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the United States. Excerpts from the film dubbed into Arabic were posted on YouTube.

Stevens, 52, was a career diplomat who spoke Arabic and French and had already served two tours in Libya, including running the office in Benghazi during the revolt against Kadafi. He was confirmed as ambassador to Libya by the Senate earlier this year.

Before Tuesday, five U.S. ambassadors had been killed in the line of duty, the last being Adolph Dubs in Afghanistan in 1979, according to the State Department historian’s office.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-christopher-stevens-ambassador-libya-20120912,0,4288354.story

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John Christopher Stevens was born on April 1st, 1960 according to http://www.famousdead.com/christopher-stevens/

April 1st, 1960

April 1st

4 + 1 +2+0+1+2 = 10 = his personal year (from April 1st, 2012 to April 1st, 2013) = Random.  Senseless.

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

John Christopher Stevens

JCS 

  31 

 

his undoing number = CS = 31 = Controversy.  Things got out of hand.

 

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Chris Stevens  

3       1         1 

 

his primary challenge and how he lost his heart’s desire both = CS = 31 = Controversy.  Things got out of hand.

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