While the White House is denying reports that it had received “actionable intelligence” prior to the attacks in Eygpt and Libya, the fact is that according to the Jerusalem Post there was a specific warning on September 4th.
“Egypt’s General Intelligence Service warned that a jihadi group is planning to launch terrorist attacks against the US and Israeli embassies in Cairo, according to a report Tuesday by Egypt Independent, citing a secret letter obtained by Al-Masry Al-Youm.
According to the report, the attack is being planned by Global Jihad, the group suspected of killing 16 Egyptian border guards in Sinai on August 5.
Al-Masry Al-Youm reportedly obtained a copy of the September 4 letter, sent to all Egyptian security sectors, warning that Sinai- and Gaza-based Global Jihad cells were planning attacks on the two embassies.
Egypt’s military is engaged in an ongoing campaign to root out Sinai-based terrorists.”
It is conceivable that US intelligence did not pick up on this warning, but there is more.
“The State Department is denying charges it held up a security contract to protect the U.S. Ambassador in volatile post-conflict Libya.
On an appearance last night on Piers Morgan Tonight , former Romney and United Nations spokesperson Ric Grenell said he’d been told by State Department officials that Academi “was set to go in and provide security for the Ambassador in Libya.”
“They have been waiting,” Grenell said. “They’ve done some preliminary evaluations, but for two months, they have been waiting while the State Department decides to get the paperwork right.”
A second source with ties to Foggy Bottom confirmed the substance of Grenell’s account to BuzzFeed.
But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland issued a blanket denial this morning of the claim that State Department red tape held up a contract with the firm.
“There is no truth to this,” Victoria Nuland told BuzzFeed. “We are not working with any private security firm to provide services in Libya.”
However, Nuland did not respond directly to Grenell’s specific charges.”
Because they are true. On occasion I have consulted with Acedemi and so simply picked up the phone and confirmed the story -that was easy. I asked for specific proof such as a contract or some other paperwork, but was told that couldn’t be produced due to security and confidential information.
As I told you before, specific chatter had been picked up months before the attacks, detailing that they would be against American embassies abroad and – this is more important – at home. The chatter cited anger against Barack Obama for the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Hillary Clinton for her “arrogance” after the killing of Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi. The anger was specific because she was a woman bragging about killing a man, something which Islam doesn’t tolerate. Of course there was the usual other chatter involved as well, but all of this information was detailed into the daily briefings specifically for the President by analysts, this is SOP.
During Reagan’s first term I wrote assisted in putting these PDBs for him. It was an exciting time. You’ll remember that VP Bush was the former CIA head and he insisted from the beginning that we bring President-elect Reagan into the current
analytic stream as soon as possible. Remember at this time we had hotbeds both in Iran and Libya so it was a busy time.
Here’s how they work, at least in the day. We would gather the intel, sparse it, confirm it, classify it and prepare it in what is called a “coordination” process, and desiminate it. Two parts, the Presidential Daily Briefing which goes to the President as well as his inner confidence circle, and then the National Intelligence Daily that would go to the various security committees and members according to security classification.
President Reagan was especially studious with his briefings, combing over them with a fine tooth comb, and on may occasions those who prepared it – analysts – would be called in to further explain entries. It was quite thrilling. If you want a good read, take a look at this on PDBs and coordination between the Reagan WH and the CIA, likely the best it had ever been.
Of course during that time we had a lot to write on a daily basis. We didn’t have the internet, Twitter, Facebook. CNN was the only 24 hour news service, and our NSA. We didn’t catch everything, but we didn’t miss much. One thing is for sure, if we knew, the President new, period.
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) has told us that he is going to introduce hearings within the next week or so that will delve into whether the administration in fact was warned.
But it’s nonsense for them to say they weren’t informed. It’s a slap in the fact to all the hardworking men and women in our intel services. There was actionable intelligence and that’s a fact.
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