Fox News: CIA Operators Were Denied Request for Help During Benghazi Attack

By Jennifer Griffin for FoxNews.com. Published October 26, 2012.

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that three urgent requests from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack nearly seven hours later were denied by officials in the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were part of a small team who were at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When they heard the shots fired, they radioed to inform their higher-ups to tell them what they were hearing. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to “stand down.”

Woods, Doherty and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the Consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The quick reaction force from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the Consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

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Father of SEAL Fallen in Libya Claims Clinton Told Him The Attack Was About The Video

Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who died protecting the Benghazi consulate

By Jason Howerton for TheBlaze.com. Published October 25, 2012.

This story is still developing. Mr. Woods will give an additional interview on Glenn Beck’s radio program this morning. Stay tuned here and at The Blaze for further updates. Share this story with everyone you know; it is the REAL October Surprise. –reasonpundit 

The father of one of the former Navy SEALs killed in the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya says President Barack Obama wouldn’t even look him in the eye and Vice President Joe Biden was disrespectful during the ceremony when his son’s body returned to America. He also says the White House’s story on the attack doesn’t pass the smell test.

Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, called into “The Glenn Beck Program” on TheBlazeTV Thursday and recounted his interactions with the president, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Biden at the ceremony for the Libya victims at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He told host Glenn Beck that what they told him, coupled with new reports that indicate the Obama administration knew very good and well, almost immediately, that a terrorist attack was occurring in Benghazi, make him certain that the American people are not getting the whole truth.

Vice President Biden, as he has become known to do, reportedly made a wildly inappropriate comment to the father who had just lost his hero son.

Woods said Biden came over to his family and asked in a “loud and boisterous” voice, “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?”

“Are these the words of someone who is sorry?” said Woods.

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Emails Prove WH Knew That Radical Islamic Group Claimed Responsibility for Libya Attacks

By John Sexton for Breitbart.com. Images courtesy of CBS News. October 24, 2012.

Just over two hours after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi began on Sep. 11, the White House Situation Room was notified that a militant group with connections to al Qaeda had claimed responsibility, undermining claims by the Obama administration and the media that a video was initially the suspected cause.

The new revelations come in the form of an email sent by the State Department Operations Center to the White House, the Pentagon, the FBI and unspecified elements of the intelligence community. The email was sent at 6:07 p.m. EDT, which was 12:07 a.m. Benghazi time. The attack in Benghazi had started just over two hours earlier, at 3:50 p.m. Washington time.

Reuters reports that the email message was headlined “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.” It read, in part: “Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.” One of the recipients listed on the email was the White House Situation Room.

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What Romney MUST Bring Up in Tonight’s Foreign Policy Debate

There are at least three things that Mitt Romney must bring up tonight if he wants to secure a definite win going into the last two weeks of the election.

  • As the New York Post reported this weekend, President Obama’s intelligence groups were fully aware of what was happening on the ground in Libya as the events unfolded. According to the Post:

    “[CBS News] reported that the drone and other reconnaissance aircraft observed the final hours of the hours-long siege on Sept. 11 — obtaining information that should have spurred swift action. But as Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were killed by terrorists armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Defense Department officials were too slow to send in the troops.”

    Romney must calmly — but firmly — demand that Obama speak for this unfortunate lack of decision-making abilities on his part.

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Ruh-Roh! Latest Gallup Poll Has Romney 4 Points Above Obama Among Likely Voters

Among likely voters

From the report:

“With three weeks to go in the campaign, Obama appears to be losing momentum, and now trails Romney by four percentage points among likely voters. That contrasts with his seven-point win over McCain in 2008. Given this shift in overall voter preferences, it follows that Obama will have lost support among at least some subgroups of the electorate. Those losses are not proportionate across all subgroups, however. He shed the most support among Southerners, college graduates, postgraduates, 30- to 49-year-olds, men, and Protestants. He also lost a moderate amount of support among whites, Easterners, women, and Catholics — while not building new support elsewhere.

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New Study: Global Warming Stopped Sixteen Years Ago

From the UK’s Meteorological Office

By David Rose. Courtesy of The Daily Mail. Published October 13, 2012.

The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week.

The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.

This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years.

The new data, compiled from more than 3,000 measuring points on land and sea, was issued  quietly on the internet, without any media fanfare, and, until today, it has not been reported.

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POLL: Who Will Win the Debate?

UPDATE: The results are similar to what I expected, even given that this is nowhere near a scientific poll. An even split between 60% of respondents said that Biden or Ryan walked away with a win, while an even split between the remaining 40% said it was somewhere in between or it was a draw. Nobody won this debate, but Ryan was seen as measured and analytical, while Biden was seen as a disrespectful ass.

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Storify: What to Expect from Tonight’s VP Debate

See the Storify article here.

Also, be on the lookout for a reader poll here on the blog during and after the debate. Leave your comments and tweet me @schuellerj, and I might just put them in a post-debate reactions story. You can easily be updated on when the poll goes up by signing up for email updates at the right-hand margin of the site.

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