September 23, 2012

"US State Dept. blasts CNN report on Christopher Stevens' diary."

Why? Because it contravened the wishes of the family.
CNN broke a pledge to the late ambassador's family that it wouldn't report on the diary, said State Department spokesman Philippe Reines, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton...

The public has a right to know what CNN learned from "multiple sources" about fears and warnings of a terror threat before the Benghazi attack, the channel said, "which are now raising questions about why the State Department didn't do more to protect Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. personnel."...

"Whose first instinct is to remove from a crime scene the diary of a man killed along with three other Americans serving our country, read it, transcribe it, email it around your newsroom for others to read" and then call the family?" Reines asked.
I'm glad CNN did this. The State Department — it's obvious, isn't it? — wanted to suppress this information, and CNN got it out. This is a major international event, and I don't accept privatizing it.  Yes, there is a grieving family, but the State Department, which calls CNN "disgusting," is hiding behind that family. That's disgusting.
In its online story, CNN said it found the journal on the "floor of the largely unsecured consulate compound where he was fatally wounded."
Why wasn't the crime scene secured? If CNN hadn't taken the journal, where would it be now? Having taken it, they shouldn't read it? Having read it, they shouldn't use it? 
Asked to comment on CNN's report that Stevens was concerned about a "hit list," Reines referred to a news conference last Thursday at which Clinton was asked about it. 
"I have absolutely no information or reason to believe that there's any basis for that," Clinton had said.
Why didn't Clinton know anything? Or was she lying? I'm sick of this suppression. Our ambassador was assassinated, the State Department has been lying or dissembling, and we're asked to be distracted by the family's wishes... as asserted by the State Department in cover-your-ass mode... or worse.

ADDED: Did CNN "pledge" to the family that it wouldn't use the information from the journal in its reporting? I'm trying to find the answer to that question (as I simply don't trust the State Department's choice of words). Here's what the WSJ has:
CNN said on its website that it notified the Stevens family "within hours" that it had the journal. The Stevens family then reached out to the State Department, which arranged a telephone conference call between members of the family and CNN. In that call, the family asked the news organization to return the journal and to not publish or broadcast any of its contents, according to a Stevens family member and State Department officials.

Family members and State Department officials said CNN agreed during the Sept. 14 conference call to hold off on using the diary until the family had a chance to review its contents.
Family members and State Department officials said CNN agreed... What did CNN "agree" to? This isn't in quotes, so it's hard to judge what was agreed to. CNN didn't quote the journal or say it had it. They did use the material to build a report that had more than one source. It seems as though the State Department leaned on CNN, and I don't know what the family's concern was — perhaps more personal things in the journal. Or was the family dutifully backing the State Department — which didn't want to reveal the security lapses?
"Some of that information was found in a personal journal of Ambassador Stevens in his handwriting," Mr. Cooper told viewers [on his Friday show]. "We came upon the journal through our reporting and notified the family. At their request, we returned that journal to them. We reported what we found newsworthy in the ambassador's writings."
That implies that they did not report other things that they did not find newsworthy.
CNN added in a statement on its website, "For CNN, the ambassador's writings served as tips about the situation in Libya, and in Benghazi in particular. CNN took the newsworthy tips and corroborated them with other sources."
If the argument is that CNN broke an agreement, I want precision and I don't see it. I repeat that I'm glad CNN got this information to us and didn't supinely pass along the State Department's talking points (which were wrong).

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Rick said...

While I have been around for almost 7 decades, I have no memory of an entire American government lying to the American people as what we have now.

edutcher said...

State loused up.

The Administration loused up.

And they lied for a week and then went all Uncle Joe and tried the, "We have always been at war with Eastasia", thing.

It makes Zero look bad.

It makes the Hildabeast look worse.

Somewhere, Willie is with an intern and even Viagra can't get it up.

Sounds like a win-win to me.

Texan99 said...

If CNN had published lurid details from the man's private life, I'd be outraged. Publishing his awareness of his imminent danger in his professional capacity? Fair game.

cubanbob said...

"Whose first instinct is to remove from a crime scene the diary of a man killed along with three other Americans serving our country, read it, transcribe it, email it around your newsroom for others to read" and then call the family?" Reines asked."

Calling it a crime scene tells you all you need to know about how delusional the administration is. And they are letting more scum out from Guantanamo. God help us.

Matthew Sablan said...

I would be embarrassed to be a State department official now. CNN got to the scene before you did? For shame.

Jason (the commenter) said...

Why wasn't the crime scene secured?

The lack of security there was wildly unreported. They had reporters on NPR the day after the attack, talking about how the area was still unguarded and Libyans were wandering in, taking photos and video of the damage. That CNN could walk in days later, and find evidence, is no surprise.

Pogo said...

"Crime scene"???

Acts of war aren't 'crimes' managed by gendarmes, but skirmishes and battles fought by soldiers.

Stevens was flanked by Marines, albeit disarmed ones, not policemen.

That 'crime' view of war is the same bullshit that led to believing we could 'try' Guantanamo detainees in NYC courts.

Stevens was killed for this very reason: the current administration doesn't even know we are at war, so how could they hve possibly protected him?

garage mahal said...

As long as the release of this diary could potentially hurt the president in an election year, screw this family. This about ME dammit!

Bender said...

crime scene??

This wasn't a criminal act. This was an act of war. This is not September 10 anymore.

Ann Althouse said...

What other documents were there that CNN didn't get to first? What has the State Department been successful at suppressing?

"I have absolutely no information or reason..." Hillary was allowed to say, and now CNN has made her look like a fool or a liar. Pick one. Pick 2.

David said...

CNN apparently found this document four days after the assassinations. Four days! Just lying around. How's that investigation going, Mr. President? Secretary Clinton?

It's instructive that Waco has come into today's discussion. It's hard to imagine a more blatant cover up of high level responsibility for a disaster than Waco. President Clinton, Hilary Clinton, Vince Foster and other high level Clinton people were directly and intimately involved in a plan that expressly targeted children with tear gas in order to "pressure" their parents to leave the compound. The President and Janet Reno met in the oval office to discuss the plans in advance. Hilary pressured Vince Foster to get the situation resolved, because the ongoing publicity was damaging to the administration.

The plan went disastrously amiss, as could have been predicted. It was a over agressive high risk response from the start.

I remember watching in horror as that building burned on live TV and no one was coming out.

It was a terrible screw up. Through blatant lying, abetted by political allies and the press, the Clintons' reputations were hardly touched by the event.

If they can pull that off, they can pull this off too.

We will see if the rise of the internet makes a difference.

Insufficiently Sensitive said...

Clinton 'didn't know about it' because her glorious State Department apparently made no effort to examine the scene for useful evidence, and the diary sat around for days in the wreckage.

CNN (usually cringeworthy in its left-biased reporting) did something right this time. And Hillary & co. are using the SAME EXCUSE as they are about the evil film trailer: 'sensitive others' might be offended if the public got knowlege of it.

It's time for unknown 'sensitive others' to cease their role as the reason our government hides or suppresses pertinent information - since there's no end to their imagined existence. And it's time for Hillary to go.

mariner said...

"I have absolutely no information or reason..." Hillary was allowed to say, and now CNN has made her look like a fool or a liar. Pick one. Pick 2.

Pick 3: All of the Above

Matthew Sablan said...

"now CNN has made her look like a fool or a liar. Pick one. Pick 2."

-- Embrace the conjunctive glory of AND.

David said...

"And it's time for Hillary to go."

Misdirection.

Who benefits most from this coverup?

He is the person who has to go.

Inga said...

Disgusting hypocrisy once again. No concern for the family's wishes, I want what I want and I want it now! Everyone wants the truth of how and why ths happened, but to justify ignoring the family's wishes in order to prove the President and his administration are lying, is immoral.

What about a Congressional injury, you can't wait that long?

Rusty said...

Is there anything this administration can't fuck up?
I don't think so.
The job of leading is obviously too much for our current resident.He's clearly over his head. I think I'll vote to replace him.
He'll be much happier in the private sector.

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Insufficiently Sensitive said...

but the State Department, which calls CNN "disgusting," is hiding behind that family

Watch it, Hillary. CNN has been covering your political booty for decades, to the detriment of an informed electorate. Perhaps CNN might have a lightbulb moment after her dissing, and start ending the suppression of Democrat- and Clinton-damaging news.

David said...

Obama can not fire Hilary, just as Bill could not fire Janet Remo.

Knows too much.

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

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Matthew Sablan said...

Inga: CNN independently verified the things it found in the journal from other sources. That's fair journalistic games. Remember: Journalism isn't about people's feelings; it is supposed to make the powerful uncomfortable and the weak comfortable. No one was weaker than the dead ambassador because the powerful neglected him.

He had concerns and concerns that his safety wasn't being taken seriously. Now, his journal, will be used to hang those who neglected his wishes and safety. That's poetic justice.

exhelodrvr1 said...

How can anybody be surprised at this? The lack of experience, and awareness of reality, and deceitfulness was obvious four years ago.

Skyler said...

Crime scene? This is part of the obscenity I noticed when the administration said they wouldn't comment because the FBI was investigating the "crime."

It's not a crime. We have no jurisdiction over Libyans. It is an act of war. You don't respond with the FBI, you respond by hitting back at those that caused the attacks.

We'll never prevail if we never hold the proper entities accountable.

David said...

Jesus, Allie. Could you just spit it out once? The public's right to know and all that?

Jason (the commenter) said...

Althouse: What other documents were there that CNN didn't get to first? What has the State Department been successful at suppressing?

From what we've heard, the site still isn't secured. It's doubtful the American government has spent more than a short period of time looking it over.

America's Politico said...

CNN: You are finished. YOU will never have the opportunity to talk to Sec. Hillary on her last day of the first term. She will be at the UN in the 2nd term. You will not have any interviews. CNN: You lose. YOu should just do what we want. Why did you not talk to us like NYT and NPR do? Why? Do you hate ratings?

avwh said...

Smartest Administration evah, huh?

Only if the MSM protects or ignores all their screwups (which has mostly been the way it goes). Except this time.

What caused CNN to wander off the plantation?

purplepenquin said...

I still remember how anyone who dared to question the Official Story about what happened on 9/11 was called names for wondering if the BushAdmin might have been covering up something.


Wonder how soon before some folks start calling our hostess a "truther" for, well, wanting the truth about what happened in this situation.

Skyler said...

Pogo wrote: "Stevens was flanked by Marines, albeit disarmed ones, not policemen."

No, there were no Marines with the Ambassador. That was part of the misinformation.

LarsPorsena said...

"..What about a Congressional injury, you can't wait that long?"

Congress has injured me quite enough, thank you.

Matthew Sablan said...

Purple: That's because they had theories like "Bush remote controlled the planes into the towers!" and "That was a missile, not a plane!" and "Fire can't melt steel!"

Clearly, please, clearly, tell me you see the difference between that wackiness and Libya.

David said...

"Whose first instinct is to remove from a crime scene the diary of a man killed along with three other Americans serving our country, read it, transcribe it, email it around your newsroom for others to read" and then call the family?"

A reporter?

elkh1 said...

Why didn't Clinton know anything?
Sergeant Schultz.

"floor of the largely unsecured consulate compound where he was fatally wounded."
"wounded" not died, meaning he didn't die there, he was paraded thru the street. "Raped?" as some reports said.
The Wisconsin old woman wants another four years of such incompetence to protect her "reproductive rights"?

Seems even CNN is angry at the ambassador's murder.

Tom Spaulding said...

As long as the release of this diary could potentially hurt the president in an election year, screw this family. This about ME dammit!

When the truth and the facts make this awful administration look like the bumbling, unqualified. incompetent and dangerous fools that they are, suppress it, right?

The president SHOULD be hurt by this. He's a fuck-up. Anyone who voted for him owns this mess, an anyone who votes for him again is an accomplice.




Paul said...

They knew it was unsafe in Libya Ann.

The people who run this government are to busy at their parties, campaigns, dachas, resorts, golf, etc.. to worry about some flea bitten outpost in the desert.

So one little ambassador was killed. So what? Look at the big picture Ann. Obama and keep them in gravy for another four more years. So DON'T ROCK THE BOAT!

See, nothing going on here Ann, so just move along now to the next Obama speech.

purplepenquin said...

That's because they had theories like "Bush remote controlled the planes into the towers!" and "That was a missile, not a plane!" and "Fire can't melt steel!"

While those were some of the more outlandish theories out there, it is also true that any questioning at all of the Official 9/11 Story was (is?) met with personal attacks and namecalling from Bush/Cheney-supporters.

Clearly, please, clearly, tell me you see the difference between that wackiness and Libya

Yup, I can clearly see that Bush is no longer in office and Obama is. Hence the difference in the reactions...

edutcher said...

Inga said...

Disgusting hypocrisy once again. No concern for the family's wishes, I want what I want and I want it now! Everyone wants the truth of how and why ths happened, but to justify ignoring the family's wishes in order to prove the President and his administration are lying, is immoral.

What about a Congressional injury, you can't wait that long?


Ooops! Sockpuppetry malfunction in Aisle 4.

And that's inquiry.

The injury occurred when such a complete incompetent was confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of State.

David said...

I am willing to attribute part of the "misinformation" to fog of war difficulties. That's inevitable. What is not inevitable is the repeated, orchestrated campaign to tell a particular misleading story. Why is Ambassador Rice involved in this at all, for example? It's not part of her responsibility. She's just a pretty face who is willing to hit the talk show loop to advance the narrative.

What is not inevitable is this false outrage against normal reporting. And by the way, who at CNN "promised" that they would not report based on the diary? Who overruled that promise? Or was there a promise at all? Perhaps CNN will tell us. Perhaps.

CNN is now part of the story, as well as reporting it.

chickelit said...

purplepenquin said...
I still remember how anyone who dared to question the Official Story about what happened on 9/11 was called names for wondering if the BushAdmin might have been covering up something.

I think that the anniversary of 9/11 had a lot to do with people's skepticism. It did mine. I was flying that day (9/11/12) with my family. I heard about the Libya attack after getting off the plane. My first thought was that it was connected to 9/11/01. People had no such preconceived notions the first time around.

You are attacking people's intuition and calling them truthers. This in itself is not wrong but it is futile. The truth is that a majority of people think a certain way about 9/11/12 while the Administration is only now coming around. When will you come around to admitting what likely happened? What will it take, PurplePenquin?

Maguro said...

I guess they were just supposed hand it over to the nice man from the State Department and not ask any questions, is that right, Inga? Does that sound like journalism to you?

Matthew Sablan said...

Purple: Well, it helps that Bush was open and transparent, helped with the investigation and did not try and stomp on First Amendment rights. The fact that Obama had the audacity to tell journalists what not to talk about is different.

Look, the only way people could attack Bush was to try and lie and say things like: "Oh, he let it happen so he could finish his dad's war." The other kinds of criticism "We should have done more" are usually met with yes, but we didn't at the time. Because Bush was a leader and managed the disaster well.

Obama is not and has not.

Darrell said...

Muliple terrorist attacks on US soil (our foreign embassies) on Obama's watch. Nothing but lies about it since the minutes the attacks occured. Rumors that the US "hired" the Libyan Islamic Brotherhood to provide security for our embassy there. Was it just money? Did they get the pick of al-Gaddafi's "toys"--advanced weapons that could be moving against Israeli and US interests now. The Media keeps on reporting that Romney had a bad week. Should Romney's statement be re-evaluated based on the new information and this Administration's lies?

Matthew Sablan said...

David: My understanding is that CNN said they would not directly report from the journal, but they did go out and verify things they read there. Then it gets all tangly and confusing. But, in essence, they received privileged information, verified it, reported it.

David said...

Give Allie a break. We all do tipos.

But Allie, just when did the press start waiting for Congressional inquiries to report an important story?

Start with Watergate in your explanation please.

Inga said...

Yes, yes eddy, inquiry.

Darrell said...

J'accuse!

The Crack Emcee said...

If CNN hadn't taken the journal, where would it be now? Having taken it, they shouldn't read it? Having read it, they shouldn't use it?

Not if they told the family they wouldn't.

Ethics really isn't your strong suit, is it?

Darrell said...

And why is Allie Inga today?

I was at Mass.

David said...

Well I do not agree that it was privileged information. And what was there to verify, other than that it was in fact his diary?

Think they would hold back on that Laura Bush diary?

David said...

But Crack, isn't it unethical of them to hold back information from the public? They have a duty there too. Once they made that promise, whatever it was, they now had two conflicting duties--to the family and the public.

In other words, ethically they fucked themselves.

Matthew Sablan said...

David: They had to verify he really was on a hit list, not that he just thought about it. Also, they wanted to verify he had voiced his concerns over his safety. If he kept them to himself, then it wouldn't be so damning. So, they needed to prove that what he said in there was true (and not just thoughts he had but did not follow up on.)

purplepenquin said...

You are attacking people's intuition and calling them truthers.

Most certainly am not.

Rather, I am just noticing that, much like how people wanted the truth about 9/11/01, our own hostess keeps wanting to know "the truth" about what happened in this situation.

Only difference is, people were derided for daring to question Bush/Cheney...but since we have a different President in office now, those same folks are having a totally different reaction.

Inga said...

And lest anyone accuse me of merely wanting to protect Obama, this is the third time I've said this in the past three days, IF Obama and Clinton are guilty of a coverup and inadequate security, ignoring warnings, etc. then they deserve the fallout.

Pogo said...

@Skyler
"Two marines attempted to aid Ambassador Stevens but were also shot dead, according to CBS."

I meant that, not the "guarded by Marines" lie.

EDH said...

Yes, there is a grieving family, but the State Department, which calls CNN "disgusting," is hiding behind that family.

"Disgusting", evidently, is the Clinton State Dept's new word equivalent to "doubleplusungood".

Matthew Sablan said...

Purple: But there's a difference. We got the truth on 9/11; since the attack in Libya, the government has stonewalled, lied and intimidated U.S. citizens to promote a version of events that is not true.

These are verifiable facts. The government knew that there was no riot in Libya when they exercised political muscle to silence a movie maker who they claimed caused a riot they knew did not exist.

That's the problem: Bush was honest, straight forward and worked with people to get answers. Obama literally withheld information from Republicans that he then gave to newspapers on the record.

ricpic said...

Hillary loves the word "disgusting." It's what happens when people who are pure will have their will countered. "How dare he!" "How dare she!" Off with their heads.

Inga said...

Darrell. It's a long story. My real first name is Inga, leave it at that.

Matthew Sablan said...

"IF Obama and Clinton are guilty of a coverup and inadequate security, ignoring warnings, etc. then they deserve the fallout."

-- It is clear they're covering up Inga. They knew there was no riot in Libya while they dragged the movie maker around and said that there was a riot over his movie. They said a thing they knew was not true to cover up the fact they screwed up.

The question is whether the cover up is merely stupid and unethical, or actually illegal.

David said...

State is about to use the family in a bigger way to dampen this down. You can count on it. The family has huge power here to hurt the administration, but likely they will not. It's not part of their political predilection, and my guess is that they will correctly assume that the Ambassador, who was a dutiful man, would not have wanted them to damage the administration. Not because of his politics, but because of his duty as a State Department officer.

Pogo said...

"Only difference is, people were derided for daring to question Bush/Cheney..."

You have an awful memory, or you're lying.
Or both.

Darrell said...

The Democrats did not get to write that Steven's fondest wish was for Obama to get a second term.

Wellstone wanted it too!

Chip S. said...

Obots have completely lost it.

garage mahal accuses CNN of being determined to smear Obama. PurpleProsePenquin thinks that accusing Bush of plotting the 9/11/01 attacks is exactly like noticing that the government has repeatedly dissembled and covered up important facts ever since the 9/11/12 attack.

Smells like desperation.

Darrell said...

I assume you still want to use Allie until the problem is corrected, is that not right?

beast said...

Gee Maybe the State Dept can't figure out the US is actually supposed to win wars?At least that's what us military guys always thought.

beast said...

Gee Maybe the State Dept can't figure out the US is actually supposed to win wars?At least that's what us military guys always thought.

Inga said...

No, you can call me by my real name, I wouldn't have changediIt if I wanted to use a pseudonym, no need. I'm not using my last name, as you can see.

purplepenquin said...

But there's a difference. We got the truth on 9/11

LOL. That's cute.


Seriously, I don't expect any of the partisans (on either side) to grok, let alone begin to understand, what I'm pointing out...but those of us who don't have PoliticalPartyBlinders on can easily see the similarities of what is occurring now and what happened then.

AJ Lynch said...

I'd like to know why the diary was still laying on the floor of the consulate 4 days after the massacre? I thought Susan Rice said last weekend the FBI was doing an investigation.

Darrell said...

Obama set to release 1/3 of Gitmo inmates.

As Dem trolls blame Bush for the inmate they forced him to release (that may have been involved in an embassy attack) because he was just an innocent with "rights."

I always admired that ability to keep two mutually-exclusive thoughts in one's head at the same time and believe them both.

Matthew Sablan said...

What part of the 9/11 report do you not think is the truth?

Don't just say you're "just asking questions," tell me what you think the government is lying about. Here's your chance. Prove you're being honest and fair.

Piercello said...

I read once, I think at Pundita's blog, that CNN's reporting bias is specifically toward State rather than to the left, although obviously there would be a fair amount of overlap.

That might explain how they got the journal in the first place, especially if State is pissed at Obama/Hillary over the assassination.

The Crack Emcee said...

David,

But Crack, isn't it unethical of them to hold back information from the public? They have a duty there too. Once they made that promise, whatever it was, they now had two conflicting duties--to the family and the public.

In other words, ethically they fucked themselves


You've got several different issues here:

1) They gave their word to the family of a murdered public servant - that should be golden.

2) After reading the diary, CNN should've been able to confirm any important information - from other sources - and then reported it from that angle, thus avoiding (at least the appearance of) violating their word to the family.

3) I was reacting to Ann being happy about it - simply atrocious.

Darrell said...

George Soros,

You don't need to pay the Penguin this month, given that he/she/it cost Obama so many votes. In fact, everyone on your payroll needs a lesson. And you can use the extra funds now that you have to start funding all those Dem campaigns that we were told were "sure bets."

Chip S. said...

I thought Susan Rice said last weekend the FBI was doing an investigation.

Be fair. They probably were sent to Cerritos first to interview the No. 1 suspect.

Darrell said...

Purple Penguin doesn't have "political party blinders on.

Stop it before I bust a gut!!!!!!

Mark O said...

Hillary is a liar all on her own. But, Obama is like Nixon in his nastiness and Carter in his incompetence.

Chip S. said...

I don't think PP is wearing blinders, Darrell. A blindfold, yes, but not blinders.

Those Braille keyboards are a godsend.

Kansas City said...

I agree with Ann. I don't see any problem in how CNN handled this. If anything, CNN protected the administration by now affirmatively using the diary.

And I can't understand the administration attack on CNN. It is turning an aly into an miffed adversary which is now less inclined to protect Obama.

purplepenquin said...

Smells like desperation

Yes Chip, you lying about what I said (I never claimed that "accusing Bush of plotting the 9/11/01 attacks is exactly like" this situation) reeks of desperation.

Just like how Pogo trying to claim that nobody was derided for questioning the Bush/Cheney story about 9/11/01, and Darrell constantly spreading the lie that I'm being paid by the Democratic Party to post on this blog also reeks of desperation.

Ya'll can't discuss what was actually said/happened, so you start making crap up instead.

The fact that a few of ya constantly label me as an "Obot" speaks volumes: Your deep-rooted bigotry makes ya'll think that anyone who has a different opinion MUST be a strong supporter of Obama, and that bigotry is clouding ya'lls vision.

Darrell said...

Allie, if your surname starts with an "F," it is too dangerous to use even your real first name on the web. Even if it doesn't, just pluuging what I "know" about you into Google gave a lot of choices in less than fifteen seconds.

Matthew Sablan said...

So, pony up then Purple. What issues were raised about 9/11 that are legitimate issues which the government lied about?

You have the floor/soap box. Go ahead, prove that people put forward serious, articulate complaints and were treated in the same way as with Libya.

Matthew Sablan said...

Darrell: That's why I gave up. If people want to murder me/steal my identity, I'd rather them not also be upset with all the trouble they had to go through to get to me.

Chip S. said...

"Bigotry"?

I admit it. I'm bigoted against people making up their own facts.

I'm looking forward to your fact-packed reply to Matthew S.

Darrell said...

As the Penguin tap dances around answering the question of what he/she/it knows about 9/11 (or anything) that we don't.

I hope the "Fuck You, Penguin" website is still around. That WAS funny.

Jason said...

They weren't ridiculed for questioning Bush/Cheney. They were ridiculed for being idiots.

And rightly so.

SGT Ted said...

The butt-covering lies are SOOOO transparent.

Obama and Clinton remind me of a couple of 14 year olds caught with a bag of weed, lying their ass off about it despite being caught red handed.

Patrick said...

Garage said, way back: As long as the release of this diary could potentially hurt the president in an election year, screw this family. This about ME dammit!

I'm sure he said the same about wikileaks and the pentagon papers. I love it when the left is all about free speech until it threatens their power.

Pogo said...

In which the penguin distracts from the issue at hand in favor of some other bullshit, because Dear Leader has really really screwed the pooch, and actual people actually died, for realz. Whoops; time to talk about Bush again.

Darrell said...

I'm sure he said the same about wikileaks and the pentagon papers

And Bob Packwood's diary.

Patrick said...

She'll always be Allie to us at Althouse.

Hagar said...

Crack,
I think this is nonsense. CNN ay well have promised the family that they would not use any personal information from the diary, but no news organization would ever promise not to use newsworthy information from it. There is only this State Dept. person's word for the wording of this promise, and I trust that about as far as I trust DoJ on Fast & Furious and related matters.

MadisonMan said...

This must be an incredibly difficult time for Christopher Stevens' family.

I think CNN made the right call however, especially since they found the Diary themselves 4 days after the attack. If you are a news organization and you find news, you report it.

Chip S. said...

She'll always be Allie to us at Althouse.

Don't begrudge the old gal her trips down memory lane.

BaltoHvar said...

Mr. Crack is absolutely correct in the ethical breach a desperate CNN is guilty of, provided the terms of the promise are as we understand them to be.

But the issue seems to be how or why WASN'T American Territory SECURED once this horrific disaster took place? A reporter finding the Diary days later in a compound that is presumably largely intact makes one wonder what else is STILL THERE, unsecured. Files both analog AND digital, personal effects (such as the subject document) and possibly arms re-acquired or cached in case they were needed.

The compound or building should have been secured, scrubbed clean of any material that was important, then vacated prior to either an air or drone strike leveling it to a pile of sand so as its immediate value to the locals and/or enemy was moot.

McTriumph said...

I must be mistaken, I thought the President and Sec. of State were supposed to protect, defend and promote America's interest. I'm not totally unsophisticated, but aren't they occasionally required to lie to foreign governments for that end, not the American people.

The Obama / Clinton Middle-east foreign policy just had the bottom drop out, is there anything these people touch that doesn't turn to shit? Not to worry, Barry and Hillary have already announced that they are pivoting their policy attention to Asia in Barry's second term, what could possible go wrong?

BaltoHvar said...

I have a question for the Prof.: Would not the Diary be property of the Estate?

IF CNN made a contract, either verbal or documented, what then?

IOW - are there any legal remedies to pursue on behalf of the Estate and by extension the Family of the Ambassador?

Darrell said...





Barack Obama's re-election chances.

Michael said...

The govt fucked this up horribly. The diary was insignificant in comparison to the reams of secret documents the film critics made away with. This deal was botched beyond description.

Paco Wové said...

"What part of the 9/11 report do you not think is the truth?"

Good question. Well, Mr. not-a-truther not-an-Obot brave independent penguin? How 'bout it?

30yearProf said...

Hillary is a politician. She is lying.

CNN didn't publish "private" thoughts. It published actual fears COMMUNICATED to his superiors who did nothing. That's what we need the press to do.

MayBee said...

If it is a crime scene, the diary shouldn't go to the family, either.

I have mixed feelings about what CNN did, but if they found the diary of, say, Gadhaffi, you can bet they'd report on it and we would applaud. So should it be so different because the writer was American and he was writing w/r/t his American embassy assignment?

Inga said...

Chip, cute but I'm not that old, that was my mother.

garage mahal said...

Penguin
You don't remember conservatives fearlessly digging for the truth in a nonpartisan way after 9/11? I remember conservativesreally holding Bush's feet to the fire over that memo "bin laden determined to strike the U.S.

I think you're desperate.

MayBee said...

It's interesting the State Department has wanted to stop answering questions until the FBI has completed its investigation, while the scene remains unsecured for looters.

The more information isn't available to the FBI, the fewer questions the State Department will ever have to answer.

"Unfortunately, Jake, we lost that information in the haze following the attack."

Darrell said...

I'm sure everyone has now noticed that the Democrat's idea of treating incidents like these and the original 9/11 as a police matter is INSANE. You can not send civilian police to secure such a crime scene. Forget forensics. You don't have the ability to move around in hostile unsecured area to question suspects and make arrests. Civilian personnel are in constant danger without a huge military security escort. Would the Taliban have co-operated in Afghanistan? Would you trust them?
How about in Libya or Egypt in the current climate?

It was stupid when Hillary and Al Gore were pushing it in 2001 and it is stupid today. Like most Democrat ideas.

purplepenquin said...

What issues were raised about 9/11 that are legitimate issues which the government lied about?

Based on what you've said so far, I think that you personally won't find any of the issues that were raised against Bush/Cheney to be "legitimate". And not just you; supporters on either side have a hard time beleiving some things about their guy.

For instance: In both situations there are folks accusing the President of knowing about the attacks beforehand but allowing it to happen anyways. But the hardcore right would claim it is utterly ridiculous to say that about the '01 attacks, while the hardcore left would claim anyone who says that about Obama needs a tin-foil hat.

I ain't gonna try to re-hash the whole 9/11/01 attacks and those who question the Official Story, but rather I'm just noticing...as someone who isn't a strong supporter of either political party....how much this seems a lot like that, but with the roles switched.

~~~~

I admit it.

Yes, much like Sally's dad you are quick to label someone as a "liberal" simply because they disagree with ya on something.

And then your future responses are based on your preconceived notions about liberals and democrats rather than what is actually being said by the actual person.

If that ain't "bigotry", then what it is?

I'm bigoted against people making up their own facts

If you were truly interested in having a good faith discussion, then you would have provided actual example(s) with your accusation.

Thanks for removing any/all doubt about your intentions...

AJ Lynch said...

Good point re Cerritos Chip S.

I forget the Obama admin tends to reach a conclusion first then it does the investigation.

SGT Ted said...

It's not what happened so much as Obama and Clintons reactions to it. It really exposed them as fundamentally dishonest people. They think telling lies with a political calculous designed to deflect blame and rejection of responsibility is the right thing to do. It is being done solely to win the election.

Where have you gone, Jimmy Carter?

Michael K said...

"Just like how Pogo trying to claim that nobody was derided for questioning the Bush/Cheney story about 9/11/01, and Darrell constantly spreading the lie that I'm being paid by the Democratic Party to post on this blog also reeks of desperation."

I doubt you're paid. Not even the Democrats are that dumb.

Patrick said...

Nice website, PP. I like the 50 degrees in FL/WI thing.

MayBee said...

Did Bush come out with a story about what happened on 9/11/2001 that was completely debunked less than a week later?

Because that's what happened here. It isn't the questioning of what Obama said after Stevens was attacked that bothers you all, it's the answers to those questions.

Lindsey Meadows said...

I'll remember your position Ann next time I tell you something in confidence and you promise not to talk about it.

Big Mike said...

I'm still gobsmacked by the fact of CNN actually doing reporting instead of just having Wolf Bitzer read Obama campaign press releases off its teleprompter.

Something's up.

Pogo said...

"US State Dept. blasts CNN report on Christopher Stevens' diary."

In my dream world, the US State Dept. would blast the Al Qaeda murderers.

Texan99 said...

"I'm still gobsmacked by the fact of CNN actually doing reporting instead of just having Wolf Bitzer read Obama campaign press releases off its teleprompter. Something's up."

Ain't that the truth.

MayBee said...

Stevens' family didn't tell CNN anything except "Don't report on the document you have." They didn't know the contents of the journal.

I've known people involved in criminal acts and terrible accidents. In every case, there was some information they really felt should not be discussed by the press because it was private. It is not in the American tradition to let the families decide such things. Their interests are not in the public interest.

Paco Wové said...

"there are folks accusing the President of knowing about the attacks beforehand but allowing it to happen anyways"

There are people accusing Obama of this? That seems... implausible.

MayBee said...

Imagine if CNN had found Mohammed Atta's diary on 9/14/2001 and turned it over to his family instead of reporting on it.

Imagine if Bush had come out on 9/12/2001 and said, "This attack was completely spontaneous, and was the work of passengers who were unhappy with their terrible airline meals".

Would anybody have said that it is not right to question him?

Lindsey Meadows said...

MayBee said...
"Imagine if Bush had come out on 9/12/2001 and said, "This attack was completely spontaneous, and was the work of passengers who were unhappy with their terrible airline meals".

I wouldn't have put it past him.

Darrell said...

Did the Administration engage in these stupid lies just so they would be able to say that their were no terrorist attacks on US soil on Obama's watch?

And so their army of blog commenters could keep on saying it?

Can they be that stupid?

Cedarford said...

Why wasn't the crime scene secured?

The lack of security there was wildly unreported. They had reporters on NPR the day after the attack, talking about how the area was still unguarded and Libyans were wandering in, taking photos and video of the scene.

=============
That was while The Heroes of Law Enforcement at the FBI were still not in country "investigating the crime scene" because they thought it was too dangerous.

Pols with something to hide from the public ABSOLUTELY LOVE to say "I can't comment on the matter because it is now a matter for the courts and law enforcement to handle...and hopefully in a couple years the public will know the details..".

As for the family, they should be thanking God a CNN stringer found it 4 days later in the unsecured 'crime scene' and it wasn't being read including the lurid personal life parts as pages from a war trophy taken by the Ambassador's slayers.

You know, the usual thing where 3 masked Muslims sit at a table with their black flag, green background, laid down AK-47s and read stuff to the video cam. "We have here the captured diary of the infidel American rogue leader Stevens. And on page 118 - which will be sent in PDF format to al-Jazeera to verify it is the infidel's own hand that wrote it...There are disgusting, sinfully depraved and unnatural descriptions of homosexual sex with a young Jew assigned to the embassy. Who may have been both Stevens and Hillary's handler on behalf of Israel"

Does the "sacred family wishes being paramount" account for the idea that if it was not in CNN hands it would have ended up as a trophy in Libyan hands??

Darrell said...

Sorry. This Administration prefers "man-caused disasters," not terrorist attacks. It is the most transparent in history, you know.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

@PurplePenguin


9/11 truthers were called idiots because they were, well, idiots. The entire truther narrative rested on physical and social impossibilities, such as entire buildings having been mined without public knowledge and fire not being able to melt steel. Posit the immense number of people it would have taken to pull off that conspiracy, and not a single one could be found to tell the "truth". In short, Penguin, that dog won't hunt.

rhhardin said...

If he kept a diary, he's a journalist.

Shermlock Shomes said...

I call "bullshit" on CNN. I suspect that they were contacted by "an anonymous Libyan citizen" who offered them the diary provided he be given a "finder's fee."

bagoh20 said...

CNN has no right to make such a pledge to the family. The information does not belong to either CNN nor the family.

MayBee said...

And yet, Lindsey, it was Obama who did that.

Bush, who you wouldn't put it past, did no such thing.

Isn't that interesting?

MayBee said...

"It is simply not true we did nothing to protect pilots from the growing threat. That is why several men on flight 93 tried to rush the highjackers. They were there as security, that was their job."

Methadras said...

Is this looking more and more like the Urkel administration sent this ambassador and 3 other Americans as sacrificial lambs to the slaughter for his foreign policy?

Cedarford said...

Darrell said...
I'm sure everyone has now noticed that the Democrat's idea of treating incidents like these and the original 9/11 as a police matter is INSANE. You can not send civilian police to secure such a crime scene.

There is less excuse for it now with Democrats because we have had 12 years to discard stupid notions fed us by the S Africans, Israelis that ideological conflict is terrorism and terrorism is a civilian crime for civilian lawyers and civilian courts to deal with the same as bank theft and child support payments are..

But at the time of 9/11, remember that Bush's instinct and Cheney's instinct that we were at war was powerfully pushed back against by Republicans who were lawyers and most notably by Rudy Giuliani who went into full civilian prosecutor mode:

1. The whole area was secured as a crime scene, with only hero cops and people being watched by hero cops allowed in - lest "vital evidence needed for criminal prosecution be lost".

2. All the debris was sorted at Rudy's command only by Hero cops sucking up amazingly expensive OT...since all debris was evidence and a mere civilian touching the effects of a Fallen Hero Firefighter or Cop might defile it.

3. Immediately the lawyers talked about finding the culprits and bringing them into NYC so that the lawyers could have their Trial of the Century.

4. The Cult of the 1st Responders was created. The answer to enemy attack being first and foremost having More Heroes - Cops, Firefighters, and EMTs to deal with it and they all needed LOTS more money and pay and people!! The military was considered sort of a backup to the heroism of the 1st responders and Heores of Law Enforcement at airports, bridges, and tunnels that would Keep US All Safe.

5. What Rudy and certain Republicans created as the meme was of course expanded by the Democrats.

exiledonmainst said...

"I guess they were just supposed hand it over to the nice man from the State Department and not ask any questions, is that right, Inga? Does that sound like journalism to you?


9/23/12 10:05 AM


Inga seems to think foreign policy is not about hurting people's feelings. Screw the First Amendment if it hurts Muslim feelings. Finding out the truth about a terrorist attack on a US embassy is not as important as the feelings of Stevens' family.

Inga is all about the feeeeelings....nothing more than feeeeelings - logic, truth and sense don't factor into her reckonings.

The Crack Emcee said...

Hagar,

Crack,
I think this is nonsense.

You may think so, but that doesn't change anything.

CNN ay well have promised the family that they would not use any personal information from the diary, but no news organization would ever promise not to use newsworthy information from it.

Neither you, nor I, nor Ann was there, so we don't have any idea what was promised, except for what we have to go on. CNN hasn't said they DIDN'T make the promise - with or without caveats - so, as it stands, they did wrong.

There is only this State Dept. person's word for the wording of this promise, and I trust that about as far as I trust DoJ on Fast & Furious and related matters.

Again, what you, or I, or Ann, thinks, or who or what we trust, is irrelevant. Listen to Ann, below, in full-on conjecture mode:

I'm glad CNN did this. The State Department — it's obvious, isn't it? — wanted to suppress this information, and CNN got it out. This is a major international event, and I don't accept privatizing it.  Yes, there is a grieving family, but the State Department, which calls CNN "disgusting," is hiding behind that family. That's disgusting.

…I'm sick of this suppression. Our ambassador was assassinated, the State Department has been lying or dissembling, and we're asked to be distracted by the family's wishes... as asserted by the State Department in cover-your-ass mode... or worse


Here, Ann knows nothing, as her "it's obvious, isn't it?" and "or worse" comments indicate. She presents no confirming evidence, holds no more information than we do, but feels her statement, "I don't accept," means she can damn anything else - including the murdered man's family's wishes - when she's supposedly fighting for that man. Talk about twisting reality! Her charge of "suppression" is no more valid than someone standing outside of Area 51.

It's weird on Althouse nowadays. I can give you concrete evidence of Romney's lying, that his "charity" really went to his cult - anything - and many here will wave it away, or attack me, as though there's no solid case being built that I am seeing the world as it is and others are slipping into political delusion. But let Ann start foaming at the mouth, and making wild accusations - because she's (feminist alert:) dissatisfied - and that's enough for some to go into full conspiracy theory mode against our government in an international incident.

What are you fighting for again? Because it's certainly not America.

I told you:

This election and 2008's are exactly alike, except the roles of Left and Right have switched.

This time, it is the Right who are desperate, and they will let nothing dissuade them from acting out, in the most unethical or insane ways possible, just as the Left did against Bush. Get it through your heads, Kids:

Whether you win the election or not, wrong is still wrong, and ultimately you will lose.

I'd have thought, after the last four years, you would've gotten that by now,...

JL said...

While those were some of the more outlandish theories out there, it is also true that any questioning at all of the Official 9/11 Story was (is?) met with personal attacks and namecalling from Bush/Cheney-supporters.

It's true- supporters will make excuses for "their" guy, and lash out at people who dare question him. I'm not surprised Obama supporters try to cover for him. That's the nature of partisan politics.

I am disturbed when the media does it. We have a media that is full of Obama supporters. We had no media bias for Bush after the first 9/11. The media at the time presented all the facts they could find re: 9/11. If they could've found proof that Bush was "in on it", as the truthers believed, the media would've printed it.

People today are aware of the media bias for Obama and the Dems, so they can't help but speculate about a cover up.

David R. Graham said...

"What caused CNN to wander off the plantation?"

Good question. Or, did they wander off the reservation? Did they wander off one reservation (Clinton) but not another (occupier)?

Qui bono from this flare? What if the occupiers are trying to dump the negatives on SecState? What if they don't give a damn and are resolved to cause as much damage everywhere they can until they can't?

Synova said...

1) They gave their word to the family of a murdered public servant - that should be golden."

We don't know that. We know that Reines said they did. Do we trust Reines?

Valentine Smith said...

Found it on the floor? Yeah, right. Uh uh, sure.

The Crack Emcee said...

Synova,

1) They gave their word to the family of a murdered public servant - that should be golden."

We don't know that. We know that Reines said they did. Do we trust Reines?

Until they deny it, we have no choice,...

David said...

Darrell said...
The Democrats did not get to write that Steven's fondest wish was for Obama to get a second term


Stevens' politics are not the issue. He was a first rate foreign service officer. Like the military, they are supposed to be above politics. My point is that even if they wanted to (and I doubt they do) his family would not show Obama up because they would honor the nonpolitical nature of his job.

His family are San Francisco VIPs. His stepfather was, I believe the art (music?) critic for the San Francisco Chronicle for many years. The stepdad is well respected and was good at his job. He's an old man now but not an old hack and my guess is that he will play it as straight as he can.

I would not want to be in their shoes, that's for sure. The whole thing is bad enough without their having to testify for or against Obama.

Darrell said...

Rudy Giuliani saw Clinton's "Blind Shiek" trial already and had to assume it might happen again. It makes sense to do what would need to be done if the trials ever were held here--including preserving the crime scene and the chain of custody for evidence. The Democrats own the "Inspector Jacques Clouseau" terrorists-in-civilian-courts strategy of justice, including bestowing US Constitutional rights, including Miranda warnings to foreign national "suspects." Wasn't Obama planning to move Gitmo military trials/tribunals to NY civilian courts?

David said...

Crack, you and I agree that CNN should have kept their promise. I think, however, it's a promise they should not have made. But now they have turned a promise into a lie. Sorry not to respond earlier but I was taking my grandkids to lunch.

There are some strange goings on under the surface of this mess.

David R. Graham said...

"But Crack, isn't it unethical of them to hold back information from the public? They have a duty there too. Once they made that promise, whatever it was, they now had two conflicting duties--to the family and the public."

No, press has no ethical responsibility or duty to report a thing. They're a business. Their duty is to conduct their affairs ethically, but the affairs they choose to conduct are entirely theirs and theirs alone to do or not.

Crack is right. If CNN told the family, whoever that is?, they would not report then reported, they broke their word, than which nothing is more important, not even life itself - or a business.

vza said...

If CNN made a pledge to the family to not even report on the diary, then that was incompetent. The only promise CNN should have made was to not publish any personal details that had nothing to do with the ambassador's job. Everything else, his schedule,his security details and his thoughts about the situation in Libya...all of that is fair game.

The American people have a right to know why and how our people were murdered. The press had better start doing its job and relentlessly ask the hard questions.

JL said...

To add to my previous comment: The fact that this admin pushed a false story about a Youtube video, and the compliant media played along, long after it was clear to everyone else that the video was secondary, lends itself to this feeling that the public is being lied to- because in fact, they are.

David said...

"We don't know that. We know that Reines said they did. Do we trust Reines?"

No I do not trust Reines but I don't have to. He would be even a bigger fool than he seems to make such an assertion where there are two independent third parties (CNN and the family) who can easily contradict him.

The family will speak at some point, probably with one voice. I expect them to try to be diplomatic and neutral but we will see.

In any event, the focus on the family is more misdirection. The focus should be on the administration, what they did or failed to do and their honesty or lack thereof.

Synova said...

"It is simply not true we did nothing to protect pilots from the growing threat. That is why several men on flight 93 tried to rush the highjackers. They were there as security, that was their job."

So funny it hurts.

There were certainly legitimate questions after 9-11... Did our intelligence people have information that wasn't legitimately lost in all the other false information they get every day? Bin Laden had *formally* declared war on the US. Yes, he was determined to attack us. Where and when? What was false information?

People claimed that we knew about Pearl Harbor before it happened. And some still do claim that it was allowed to happen to get US citizens on board to expand the war into the Pacific. Just like Bush supposedly, on purpose, allowed 9-11.

Who is claiming that Obama *allowed* the attack in Libya for some purpose? No one I've heard.

And certainly no one is claiming he was behind it.

That *any* of the Embassy demonstrations or the attack in Libya were spontaneous film criticism didn't pass the laugh test (though no one was laughing) on 9-11. Because it was 9-11.

That the expanding attacks since then had anything to do with spontaneous film criticism is also ridiculous and no one with a brain would accept it. One might argue that the bad guys shouldn't be given convenient *excuses*, but I don't know anyone who thinks that any of it just *happened* to coincidentally occur on 9-11.

And our government, Hillary and Obama, tried to tell us so. They told *us* so. And they spent how many 10's of thousands of dollars to buy "we're on the rioter's sides so please stop" television advertisements in Pakistan? I think I saw $40K.

So a person has to wonder if our president and secretary of state are lying to US or if they're lying to themselves.

David said...

David Graham: I do not agree that the press has no duty to report this. They have numerous privileges and some important rights that benefit them institutionally and personally. I think the press has a duty to the public to report, and they seem to say so when it suits their interest. I understand why you differ but despite all evidence I still hold that the press has a high public trust to exercise. Foolish me.

Darrell said...

Stevens' politics are not the issue.

But the politics of those questioning the release of diary information is an issue--especially here. And you forgot my Paul Wellstone remark that followed. I heard lots of what he "wanted" at his memorial service--including who was to replace him. Who knew he was so focused on his own demise? I would not be surprised to see a reprise of this tactic by the Democrats.

If the US could not secure the embassies after they received the specific warnings of al Qaeda attacks planned for 9/11/2012, they should have moved everyone to a secure location in Europe until they could. Simple. No one had to die.

The Crack Emcee said...

David,

Crack, you and I agree that CNN should have kept their promise. I think, however, it's a promise they should not have made. But now they have turned a promise into a lie. Sorry not to respond earlier but I was taking my grandkids to lunch.

Dude, you put your "grandkids" above answering ME? I swear, some people have no sense of priorities,...LOL!

I agree it's a promise CNN shouldn't have made, but what I don't get is why, or how, they couldn't figure out a workaround - it's not like media skullduggery is rocket science - you find an alternate source and run with the story under the heading of "sources say" or "a high-ranking official tells CNN,..." or something. Why did CNN break their word when they didn't have to?

"There are some strange goings on under the surface of this mess" is an understatement,...

Darrell said...

Crack solves the mystery--Mormons got to CNN!!11!!! Film at 11(as well), including confessions by Donnie and Marie.

Brad said...

garage mahal said...

As long as the release of this diary could potentially hurt the president in an election year, screw this family. This about ME dammit!


Oh please .... all you care about is that it makes your guy look bad.

Hiding behind the family is pathetic.

The Crack Emcee said...

Darrell,

Crack solves the mystery--Mormons got to CNN!!11!!! Film at 11(as well), including confessions by Donnie and Marie.

Jesus Christ, I hadn't thought of that!

Let me check my files,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Brad,

Hiding behind the family is pathetic.

And running over the murdered man's family bathes you in glory?

The Crack Emcee said...
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Darrell said...

Jesus Christ

Don't you need a "Of Latter Day Saints" in there, you know, to keep on message. Or something?

;-)

jeannebodine said...

MayBee, I am so stealing this:
Imagine if Bush had come out on 9/12/2001 and said, "This attack was completely spontaneous, and was the work of passengers who were unhappy with their terrible airline meals".

David said...

By the way, the only thing that CNN has published so far is that Ambassador Stevens was worried about security in Benghazi.

This is a revelation? Of course he was worried about security there. It was his job. He was no fool. He understood that there were threats. It would be more newsworthy if he had not been worried.

The important questions are:

How did he transmit those worries?

To whom and in what form?

What kind of response did he get? Was the response prompt?

Was he satisfied with the response?

Did he make any specific suggestions? What came of the suggestions?

Etc.

When I see these questions addressed, I will start to believe that CNN is doing its job.

Before that it's a scoop without substance.

(And why was the State Department response so quick and extreme with such a tiny revelation?)

A working hypothesis might be that Stevens was requesting actions up to and including closing the consulate that either were not acted upon or were ignored.

Now I have no idea if this is true but it's one of the questions the press should be addressing.

The Crack Emcee said...

Darrell,

Don't you need a "Of Latter Day Saints" in there, you know, to keep on message. Or something?

Naw, "Allah says" that wouldn't be right.

Now, excuse me, but you're interrupting my ritual throwing-away-of-pork products,...

Jim in St Louis said...

When did this thread shift from a discussion of CNN and the diary publication, into a discussion of if both Bush and Obama had advance warning of terror acts and how they reacted to said threats once they happened?

Credible evidence from our free press has reported the dead ambassador had information some bad sh*t was coming down soon.
State Dept tries a squelch move, and gets family to bring in some emotion.
Seems to me the next question should be how hard do we hit them (them being those cursed sons of desert camels).

Do we go tactical with drones and maybe some air power showing off?

Or full throttle navy boys blasting Tripoli from the Harbor with the big fireworks till they shape up?

Or...maybe a strongly worded statement to be introduced in the UN security council, (not a special meeting- just entered into the record at the next month session) about how disappointed we are, and maybe some regrets about that you-tube clip that started all this trouble.

Darrell said...

Crack,

I'm about to make pork chops, so we're kinda of on the same page. . .

The Crack Emcee said...

Darrell,

I'm about to make pork chops, so we're kinda of on the same page. . .

I had Jimmy Dean's with eggs, plus a side of yogurt (with granola in it, Allie!) for breakfast.

Allah can kiss my butt,...

David said...

Jim: Credible evidence from our free press has reported the dead ambassador had information some bad sh*t was coming down soon.
State Dept tries a squelch move, and gets family to bring in some emotion.


The report is that he was worried about security. This may have been specific and may not have been. We do not know because no one is telling.

The family has expressed sorrow over the death. I am not aware that they have said anything designed to assist a squelch move. The family requested that the diary remain private. That's understandable. The emotion is being expressed by a state department official.

You are reading in. There's enough here that you don't need to.

cubanbob said...

Lindsey Meadows said...
MayBee said...
"Imagine if Bush had come out on 9/12/2001 and said, "This attack was completely spontaneous, and was the work of passengers who were unhappy with their terrible airline meals".

I wouldn't have put it past him.

9/23/12 12:13 PM

Wow! Just wow!

David R. Graham said...

Something's up indeed. That seems to be the central thread in the comments. What is it? My first thought was the perimeter of media protection for the occupier has been breached from the inside outward, and maybe a preference cascade is starting.

Rather like reports that press had had enough covering JFK's womanizing and would have broken out soon if the assassination had not occurred (and I am not even implying connection between assassination and press tired of covering).

Then I thought, maybe it's internal, CNN helping occupiers shove the problem on SecState, probably as prelude to expelling her.

Then I thought, nah, you're over thinking it. But yeah, something is afoot.

BTW, "the media" is still running with the cover that the events were response to a video. I don't see that nonsense "falling apart" at all. It's rock solid in place.

That would mean the occupier's media perimeter is not breached from the inside and leave open the possibility that this is an internal regime quarrel. Likely a blame game. And, since SecState's silo is getting crapped on in this case, CNN is fronting for the occupier as usual, refocusing blame on State, as is richly deserved but not solely deserved.

hombre said...

The Ambassador was concerned for his safety. Hillary and Barack were not.

Impressive how the scene was neither secured nor searched by the Administration in anticipation of the FBI investigation that was supposed to tell Barack what the world already knew - it wasn't the movie!

Think of the mess Obama will inherit if he is re-elected.

Lindsey Meadows said...

MayBee said...
And yet, Lindsey, it was Obama who did that."

OK. I'll bite. You have a source no doubt.

I'll just wait around for it.



PaulV said...

Garage, Do you refer to a DPB with stale intelligence from 1998? WJC found no reason to take action, why should Bush 3 years later?

Quaestor said...

Allie Oop wrote:
Everyone wants the truth of how and why ths happened, but to justify ignoring the family's wishes in order to prove the President and his administration are lying, is immoral.

Bullshit. Mostly you keep your comments within the bounds of mere boneheaded stupidity. But this transgresses decency. Allie, you wouldn't know a moral precept from a hole in the ground.

Chis Stevens was the representative of the United States. What he thought about the security situation is not private information. It is fully within the right and duty of the American people to know the truth
situation of our embassies abroad. The attempt by the Stevens family to keep the diary private is nothing short of theft, egged on and masterminded by our glorious Lord Zero to protect his sorry, incompetent lying, criminal ass.

David said...

Crack, maybe this is a workaround. To say that Stevens was worried about security is as bland a statement as can be made. Of course he was worried. But as I asked above, what were the nature of the worries and how were they expressed?

Does the CNN report mean anything? Not without more it does not. What more? Will we ever find out?

And yes it's utterly astonishing that three days later there were still scraps on the floor of an American consulate that anyone could pick up.

My grandkids are oblivious to all of this. They are six and ten year old girls. What's the rest of the country's excuse?

Plus we ate pork--patties and links. I may have endangered them.

Jason (the commenter) said...

If the State Department had been as concerned about the contents of Ambassador Steven's diary before he died as after he died, he wouldn't be dead.

The Crack Emcee said...

David,

We ate pork--patties and links. I may have endangered them.

This thread is a pork-a-palooza!

AllenS said...

If the Christopher Stevens' family has anyone to be mad about, it's this administration and Hillary Clinton in particular. They will receive no truthful information from this State Department or this administration.

Coketown said...

Remember the Golden Girls episode where Blanche and Dorothy read Rose's diary and think she wrote terrible, nasty things about them, but then it turns out it was her 4H diary from when she raised two pigs? Are we going to find out that a similar thing happened here? Like, this was the ambassador's diary from when he raised ill-tempered pigs. "I don't know how much longer I can stand living near these filthy beasts. Even though I'm secluded from actually living with them, I get the haunting feeling that they're plotting something. They way they live in their own filth, squealing five times a day (and always pointed in the same direction, which is odd), eating slop, and so on...it's horrid. But there is a friendly dog named Hillary that seems to be on my side, so that makes it better."

Lawyer Mom said...

To politicize the death of a dead Ambassador -- what was his name? I forget -- or question the manner in which our competent State Dept. is investigating the spontaneous demonstration that led to his death is just plain unpatriotic. Reading his diary is beyond the pale.

But seriously, if I told you what I really thought . . . Oh, screw it. Here goes.

Overarching is that Obama's foreign policy (to borrow from WSJ's Bret Stephens) is nothing more than, "I am Barack Obama." See his Cairo speech. Put another way, "if we're super nice to all Muslim leaders, give them a glowing psych eval, condemn blasphemers, and send more money, the middle east will magically right itself."

That this policy is preposterous is proved in Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, et al., every day.

Obama's foreign policy is laughable. So lie, he must. Stevens's assassination had nothing to do with anti-American hatred -- it was that spliced and dubbed joke of a clip on YouTube, uploaded in July. A reprehensible, disgusting "film" said Hillary, lending it a false gravitas.

And the fact Chris Stevens was gay must go unmentioned. http://hillbuzz.org/breaking-news-two-sources-in-chicago-diplomatic-circles-identify-ambassador-chris-stevens-as-gay-meaning-state-department-sent-gay-man-to-be-ambassador-to-libya-64291. Sending a known gay man to a Muslim country is supremely stupid. But worse, the planned murder of Stevens is more evidence of Muslim hatred of gays. And that hatred just doesn't fit -- it obliterates -- the liberal narrative that Muslims are sensitive, peace-loving people who require only Obama's understanding and his government's condemnation of free speech in order for them to behave rationally.

So let's stop scrutinizing Obama's foreign fallacies and get back to the important issues: Mitt's donations to charity, free birth control, what cheerleaders do on wood, and the war on voting rights.

yashu said...

That implies that they did not report other things that they did not find newsworthy. […] If the argument is that CNN broke an agreement, I want precision and I don't see it.

Exactly. As you say, there's apt to be personal info in the journal that the family doesn't want disclosed. Naturally! But what in heaven's name could possibly be "disgusting" about disclosing Stevens's assessment in his capacity as ambassador about the security situation at a U.S. consulate and his own security there-- concerns which CNN verified independently of the journal? "Disgusting" doesn't make sense, at all. It's an absurd word to use in this context.

I suspect that as usual, what's going on here is conflation, one of this admin's most characteristic rhetorical moves. Perhaps CNN promised not to disclose "any of the contents" from the diary insofar as it's a personal document of a private person. It's fair for the family to request and CNN to promise that to the family.

But it makes no sense whatsoever for the family to demand or CNN to promise non-disclosure of something that's not personal at all, nothing personal or private in the least, but which concerns essential facts about a "major international event" and the security situation at a U.S. consulate in which Stevens served as our (America's) official. In a fundamental sense that consulate is ours and Stevens served us (American citizens), it wasn't his private residence and his role there was not as a private citizen.

So CNN independently verifies something of public significance disclosed in the diary and reports it, and the State Dept. conflates things (private and public, personal and of national significance) and, in an effort to suppress, abash and bully substantive journalistic inquiry, uses a dead man's family as a moral shield and cries "disgusting!"

That's disgusting.

Cedarford said...

Keep in mind that Stevens, was no security pro and dead, his observations matter..but are not made with an expertise on appropriate security precautions that should have been in place.

The embassy security team survived, so yes, Congress should get them to testify. Did they screw up Steven's secirity or did the Ambassador order them off, thinking he was safe going without a force protecting him?

One thing is for sure! Obama and Hillary will quash all investigation until after the election.
Same deal as all the White House leaks.
They ducked behind the pols favorite - "We can't comment on that or give you any information because IT WOULD BE SO WRONG OF US to INTERFERE or DISCLOSE matters now that a confidential/criminal investigation and fact-finding is underway" ("And will stay underway to cover my ass until the heat dies down or until the election is over - preferably both!!")

Cedarford said...

BTW, it is bad for the country to continue to embrace the meme that The Victims Families have unlimited moral authority and final say. Over how much money taxpayers should give them. How big the memorial built will be. What investigation must happen, and what the proper military/geopolitical, criminal investigation decisions must be to "best please Us Victim Families".
We even give the ridiculous "Herohood by Victimhood" prestige to the Victims Families as newly minted Courageous Heroes Seeking Justice!! (and money, and media spotlights)

And as part of that, there is no shortage of people with their own agendas that swarm in and attempt to get what they want by wrapping themselves in the aura of championing the Victim.
Usually, they cannot resist saying "Tell it to the family of the Dead Hero".

damikesc said...

Everyone wants the truth of how and why ths happened, but to justify ignoring the family's wishes in order to prove the President and his administration are lying, is immoral.

Immoral? How so?

What about a Congressional injury, you can't wait that long?

What are a few more dead diplomats? We have an election to win, dammit!

And lest anyone accuse me of merely wanting to protect Obama, this is the third time I've said this in the past three days, IF Obama and Clinton are guilty of a coverup and inadequate security, ignoring warnings, etc. then they deserve the fallout.

But DO NOT investigate it until long after the event. Please.

"Imagine if Bush had come out on 9/12/2001 and said, "This attack was completely spontaneous, and was the work of passengers who were unhappy with their terrible airline meals".

I wouldn't have put it past him.


...ignoring that Obama did exactly that.

We know it was Obama's admin that made the claim it was a spontaneous act of outrage over the movie. They doubled down on that last week.

He lied to you.

But you're too much of an abused spouse to see the problem. C'est la vie.

Nichevo said...

Cracky, the family takes second place to the national interest. Full stop. You'd really rather we get snowed on this incident? Why don't you wait for more info on just what was promised to whom? That is more certain to come to light, naturally and without a serious journalistic effort, than is the truth of the new 9/11 attacks.

And, yes, is less important. Consult your Shakespeare (IIRC): in me it had been villainy; in thou, 'twere good service.

...

C4, nevermind the repulsiveness of your remarks, you think you've got the killer instinct but you haven't. What would really flip out the masses would be if the ambassador were getting fine Arab boys supplied to him by some corrupt Arab govt. It shows me you really don't get it. Your hatreds, or pet peeves, are really not the point here.

Synova said...

"I wouldn't have put it past him."

You know... it's one thing to imagine what someone might do in a situation that hasn't happened yet.

It's another to imagine what someone might do in a situation that happened and we know what someone already did do or didn't do.

And it's another all together to excuse what someone did in a situation that happened by comparing it to what someone didn't do in a situation that happened, because one believes in her heart that he had the nature to do what he didn't do.

So like... Bush!

yashu said...

The word "disgusting"-- such an absurd word to use in this context, and by the State Department!-- is a major tell.

No matter what light you look at it in, there's just nothing in the least embarrassing, personal, reflective on Stevens as a private individual in the reported info. Zilch. It's not about Stevens at all. "Disgusting"?

It couldn't be clearer that the admin wants to shut off all inquiry and force attention elsewhere. It stinks of cover-up.

Christian said...

It's obvious the journal was picked off the crime scene and CNN bought it from one of the looters or murders and is covering that aspect up.

Highly unlikely they just happened upon it in a desk...

Joe Schmoe said...

Don't any of you remember that CNN copped to withholding news like this in the run-up to the second Iraq war?

I'd like to think they learned their lesson from that, but color me dubious.

aritai said...

So, this means a reporter got there before the U.S. Marines? I thought F.A.S.T. meant fast.

Sigh.

AllenS said...

Crime scene? There was what, 200 - 300 men armed with RPGs and automatic weapons, and that is considered a crime scene? Who was supposed to secure this location to investigate the so-called crime? Some of our policemen? Marines? How many Marines do you think that it would take to secure this crime scene? 100? More?

DrSquid said...

Interesting that so many defenders of the White House/State Department assume that CNN released this information with the goal of damaging the official scenario endorsed by the government. It is CNN, but even they apparently have some vestigial journalistic instincts remaining. This is a huge development in what is beginning to smell more and more like a scandal. Perhaps the motives of CNN are not entirely pure, they do get the distinction of breaking a major story. I wouldn't expect old Ted "In The Tank" Turner to squelch this one.

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David said...

With respect, Althouse, re your addition to the post:

We really have no idea whether CNN is witholding anything newsworthy. If they are to be believed, they are withholding nothing that CNN finds to be newsworthy. They are again being the gatekeeper, deciding what the public needs to hear. Their credibility on this subject is already thin.

And what have they revealed, other than the obvious that the Ambassador to Libya was concerned about security at the consulate. Anyone with half a brain who was paying attention was concerned with this. Ambassador Stevens had a fully functioning, rational and realistic brain.

So CNN revealed the patently obvious and still State goes ballistic. Why? What else might there be that would be newsworthy to someone else? What else might they not want people to know that was not in the diary? Just how and when did the ambassador express his concerns officially and what was the response? What other compromising documents might they fear are in CNN hands? Last, bur certainly not least, why in the world was material like this still lying around three days after the attack?

CNN is being played here, and they are playing us. It's hard to know the family's role. They deserve plenty of slack, and certainly personal material relating to Ambassador Stevens should be withheld.

But the ambassador was a national representative killed in an attack on our country. He was not a bystander. Every detail regarding the attack is of public concern and interest. Painful though it may be for the family, all non personal information regarding Ambassador Stevens is of public concern and should not be withheld by a news organization.

This is a crucial test of CNN. They have a chance to get back in the game that they have been losing for years. They also have a chance to commit institutional suicide.

Michael Haz said...

The State Department and the WH didn't give a rat's ass about the 'wishes of the family' when they released to a Hollywood film maker the names of the SEALS on the mission that ended UBL's life, now did they?

Compassion? Bullshit.

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Cedarford said...

aritai said...
So, this means a reporter got there before the U.S. Marines? I thought F.A.S.T. meant fast.

Sigh.

==================
No, the Marines of the FAST group were in the Embassy and in other locales protecting US citizens within a day.
The military is actually quite miffed that they were ordered by FBI prima donnas to stand down and stay clear of Benghazi and either secure what was left of the Consulate or hunt down fleeing Islamoids.
That, from high on up, was said to be a matter for civilian law enforcement and the FBI, in the title of the Top Dog Heroes of Law Enforcement.
Of course, THEN the FBI dragged their feet for 7 days, fearing the situation at Benghazi was not secure enough for them to visit. They apparantly got in and began their Heroes work 7 days after the Ambassador was killed and the consulate, car, and safe house "crime scenes". Which had long been picked clean by curious Libyan citizens for their own booty (hey! nice flat screen TV!) and others selling stuff to Al Qaeda and media reporters.

All while US military planes and drones watched - but did nothing because "THE FBI IS IN CHARGE, THE CRIME SCENE SHALL NOT BE TRAMMELED BY OTHERS TRYING TO STEAL OUR RICE BOWL!".

Pathetic, but don't ding the Navy and Marines who were ready to go in in hours.
The FBI should have been booted out of the terrorism business long ago. They bungled the 1st WTC bombing, Khobar Towers, one of the two embassies hit, the Cole, 9/11, Major Hasan. They should only handle stuff inside the US...and even there we need a branch that does it that is not poisoned with a "civilian crime/law enforcement" mentality.

Cedarford said...

NIchevo - C4, nevermind the repulsiveness of your remarks, you think you've got the killer instinct but you haven't.

I'd like to think that my "tally" of Islamoids from one little war , which we won BTW, not only shows a certain killer instinct with a suitable award to recognize it...but exceeds whatever you have done besides well outdoing me in the capacity to self-righteously run your mouth off.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

It took the FBI a week to arrive in Benghazi. They were "...delayed by concerns about continued violence in the eastern Libyan city." Maybe if they were as committed as CNN stringers they would have found the diary first. Of course, The State Department refused to make any comment on the murders while the case was under investigation, so I suppose the G-men were instructed to take their time.

Cedarford said...

Tyrone - Until after the election.

Inga said...

Crack said,

"I had Jimmy Dean's with eggs, plus a side of yogurt (with granola in it, Allie!) for breakfast."

Crack honey, I don't eat granola, that is pure carbohydrate. Yogurt and berries and the pork sausage and eggs would be an ideal breakfast. Don't forget the coffe with cream, a splash of rum maybe.


mishu said...

What pisses me off the most is the lie the went with. It's the typical line they peddle that Americans are assholes for using their freedoms so "irresponsibly". It's tiresome and I'd much rather hear "they hate our freedoms" thank you very much.\

mishu said...

What pisses me off the most is the lie the went with. It's the typical line they peddle that Americans are assholes for using their freedoms so "irresponsibly". It's tiresome and I'd much rather hear "they hate our freedoms" thank you very much.\

Nichevo said...

Hit a nerve did I C4? I'd have thought you've taken harder hits than that before and not cried. Not that I could convincingly pretend to regret hurting your widdle feewings.

Questions are often asked about your background but never answered. Most of our proud military members will gladly give chapter and verse on their service. The ones who dance are usually frauds, or making mountains out of molehills.

So by all means drop the Man of Mystery act and tell us, what did you do in the war, daddy? And otherwise in your star-spangled career defending the Sacred Parchment?

But fucking with you aside, my remark was not pointless or content-free, and you muffing it makes me wonder if you are a native English speaker!

When I spoke of killer instinct...I know, and wouldn't expect you to deny, that you are mean, cruel and sadistic, and that to your friends. When it comes to your enemies, you can reach fever pitch. But the bloodlust confuses you after a point. It affects your efficiency. You hate Jews and you, I would guess, hate gays, so why not take a dump on Amb. Stevens and, simultaneously, get in a lick on your favorite whipping boys?

So you posit that Stevens' diary has confessions if homosexual acts and, moreover, that his catamite (I assume) of choice is a nice young piece of gefilte fish. What I'm saying is, that has entertainment value to Islamofascists and their propaganda effort in general and allows YOU, Cedarford, to gratify your lusts in particular.

Fine. BUT, it is suboptimal in convincing the maximum number of Muslims to die facing us.

What would serve this end best, i.e. what would enrage them most, would be allegations that the (let's accept your hypothesis arguendo) gay Ambassador was not only haram in and if himself, but worse, was preying on the flower of Arab youth. That corrupt, evil Arab leaders (i.e., the ones AQ wants to overthrow), were supplying him, and perhaps others like Hormel or who knows what all, with nice fat Arab boys or virgin girls or whatever they like.

IMHO that would do an extra special job if fanning the flames in the Muslim world. Kind of like how you would be maximally annoyed at the idea of Jews somehow feeding white women to the black bucks here in the US with media manipulation or economic pressure, as opposed to mere inner-directed miscegenation for the sake of youthful rebellion or whatever. Or, I suppose more pertinently, as opposed to hearing that blacks are sleeping with Hispanics-what would you care? Likewise, what does Johnny Jihad care if Chad shtups Moishe or vice versa? JJ sees reddest red when Chad shtups Huma or Abdul.

Do I need to spell this out more for you or do you understand now? That's what I meant by your lacking the killer instinct. Your personal prejudices, in other words, detract from your propaganda.
Again, I'm happy to offend you, but did not intend to; I was making a straight point of constructive criticism, and stand by it regardless of which of us has personally (as if you were doing knifework!) killed more people.

Nichevo said...

oh and don't underrate your ability to run your mouth, Cedarford, no one else does.

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