Lying about reality. Par for the course for the Obama administration.
Sources tell Fox News that U.S. intelligence almost immediately knew the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was the work of terrorists.
That weekend, however, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, stated that the attack was spontaneous, and resulting from Muslims’ outrage over an anti-Islam film.
Only in the last week has the Obama administration begun to publicly declare that the attack was terrorism.
Bret Baier reports that the Obama administration actually labeled the attack as terrorism immediately in order to unlock certain federal resources to speed up the response. Intelligence officials immediately suspected involvement by elements of al Qaeda’s North African wing.
Since the attack, officials have continuously declined to discuss it in detail, citing an “ongoing investigation.” But sources now tell Fox News that no FBI agents have been in the city since the attack.
Not only has not one FBI agent been sent to Benghazi, the CIA agents we had in the city were withdrawn right after the Benghazi attack.
About a dozen CIA personnel were evacuated from eastern Libya after heavily armed men stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and killed four Americans, setting back an important intelligence operation and prompting a debate about how much risk CIA officers should assume in dangerous overseas posts.
The decision to withdraw the team from Benghazi drew criticism from former CIA officers, who called it an overly cautious response to the Sept. 11 attack, which killed two security officers, an information technology officer and the U.S. ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.
The critics drew analogies to Syria, where the U.S. closed its diplomatic mission. The CIA has sent few if any operatives there despite policymakers wanting clarity on the conflict. The agency has relied on local informants, other foreign intelligence services and technical systems to collect intelligence in Syria.
In Benghazi, CIA operatives were working from a diplomatic compound. Their mission included identifying and tracking extremist militants and searching for surface-to-air missiles missing since Libyan ruler Moammar Kadafi was toppled and killed last year.
For now, those efforts have been curtailed.
“This is really disgraceful,” said a former CIA station chief with three decades of Middle East experience. “Why spend billions of dollars a year on the intelligence service and then run away right at the moment when you most need intelligence?”