Report: Sensitive Documents May Have Disappeared in Libya Attack Aftermath

October 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm (Ambassador Stevens, Benghazi, Christopher Stevens, Hillary Clinton, Libya, Obama Administration, Sensitive Documents, Washington Post)

The incompetence of the Obama administration in handling this attack grows ever more apparent.

Via the Washington Post:

More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the remains of the U.S. mission here on Wednesday, offering visitors easy access to delicate details about American operations in Libya. 

Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and a translator visited Wednesday. 

Although the gates to the compound were locked several days after the attacks, looters and curiosity-seekers were free to roam in the initial chaotic aftermath, and many documents may already have disappeared. 

No government-provided security forces are guarding the compound, and Libyan investigators have visited just once, according to a member of the family who owns the compound and who allowed the journalists to enter Wednesday.

Of course nobody is in a hurry to secure the crime scene and investigate the attack, Hillary has already said she’d like to hold off on finding answers until after the election.

Read the rest of the report here…

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Clinton Promises Answers on Benghazi Attack … After the Election

October 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm (2012 Election, Benghazi, Christopher Stevens, Darrell Issa, Hillary Clinton, Libya, State Department)

On Monday, leaders from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Darrell Idea and Jason Chaffetz) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asking why requests for protection were denied to the consulate in Libya despite repeated attacks against U.S. personnel. 

The letter outlined 13 specific security threats over a six-month timeframe prior to the deadly attack on September 11th, which claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats.

The committee also indicated that they would be holding a hearing on the security lapses next week.

Clinton’s response was to urge the committee not to be so hasty in trying to find answers as to what killed our fellow Americans.

The Cable reports (h/t Powerline Blog):

Clinton said that the State Department’s Accountability Review Board will begin work this week and the letter revealed the names of all five board members. In addition to former Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Pickering, who will lead the board, the other members will be former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen (ret.), Catherine Bertini, Hugh Turner, and Richard Shinnick.

Clinton asked Issa to withhold any final conclusions about the Benghazi attack until the review board finishes its work and reports to Congress, which could come as early as November or as late as early next year. She pledged to work with Issa’s committee and asked him to submit any requests for information or witnesses at hearings to the State Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs.

Indeed, what is the rush here gentleman?  We have to hold off this scandal at least until, say … November 6th.

But trust us, there’s nothing to hide.

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Joe Biden Stumbles Onto the Truth: ‘Middle Class Has Been Buried the Last Four Years’

October 3, 2012 at 9:00 am (Economy, Jobs, Joe Biden, Last Four Years, Middle Class, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Taxes)

This is going to pose a significant challenge for Team Obama heading into a possible second term.  They’ve been programmed and conditioned to blame everything that ails our country on the previous administration, but doing so in a second term would actually mean taking credit for their failures.

And the cracks have already started showing, with Joe Biden saying this yesterday:

It didn’t take long for Mitt Romney to agree that yes, the Middle Class has been buried under Obama:
And here is your proof that, yes, Joe Biden was actually right about something…
Vice President Biden Said The “Middle Class … Has Been Buried In The Last Four Years.” BIDEN: “This is deadly earnest. How they can justify, how they can justify, raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried in the last four years.”(Vice President Joe Biden, Remarks, Charlotte, NC, 10/2/12)
·         Buried Under More And More Debt: Since President Obama took office, the national debt has surpassed $16 trillion – an increase of $5.4 trillion. (U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 10/2/12)
·         Buried Under Falling Incomes: “Median household incomes have fallen 8.2 percent since President Obama took office and continue to drop despite the official end of the  recession, a new study shows. Data compiled by Sentier Research found that since the economic recovery technically began in June 2009, median household income has dropped 5.7 percent.”(“Household Income Down 8.2 Percent Since Obama Took Office, Study Shows,” Fox News, 9/26/12)
·         Buried Under High Unemployment: More than 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have stopped looking for work. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/2/12)
·         Buried Under Rising Gas Prices: Under President Obama, gas prices have more than doubled from $1.85 per gallon to $3.80 per gallon. (U.S. Energy Information Agency, 10/2/12)
What Would Four More Years Of President Obama Mean For The Middle Class? More Debt And Higher Taxes:
AEI Has Calculated That The Annual Cost Of President Obama’s Current And Looming Debt Burden Amounts To $4,000 Per Year In Higher Taxes On The Middle Class. “In a new paper, AEI’s Matt Jensen looks at the real annual cost of servicing the debt for households at various levels of income — including a potentially higher tax burden. As the table below illustrates, a household making between $100,000 and $200,000 a year could find its tax liability higher by roughly $2,400 every year. Over ten years, that works out to $24,000. And when you add in the debt already accrued the past four years under President Obama (the second table), that’s another $1,600 a year. So now we are now talking about $4,000 a year, $40,000 over ten years.” (James Pethokoukis, “Study: Obama’s Big Budget Deficits Could Mean A $4,000 A Year Middle-Class Tax Hike,” American Enterprise Institute, 10/2/12)

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Cox: Gillibrand Touts STOCK Act While Betting Against America

October 3, 2012 at 8:00 am (Ed Cox, Housing Market, Jonathan Gillibrand, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mortgage Industry, New York, STOCK Act)

Today New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox responded to Senator Gillibrand’s new ad highlighting transparency in Washington and passage of the STOCK Act:
“Senator Gillibrand once again demonstrates an uncanny ability to say one thing and do another.  In her latest campaign ad, she touts transparency in Washington and uses passage of the STOCK Act as an example of her record of accomplishment.
“True to form, Senator Gillibrand has done an about-face and is now trying to claim credit as a champion of reform of the broken rules she exploited and profited from. 
“During the worst years of the financial crisis, a close examination of the trading activity by Jonathan and Kirsten Gillibrand reveals a strategy with a singular focus – betting against America.
“Based on the number and frequency of the Gillibrands reported trades, it’s clear that it was a daily focus with huge stretches of time dedicated to shorting American companies.  Further, the Gillibrands’ strategy was so narrowly targeted at profiting from the demise of the U.S. housing sector that it’s disgraceful, not to mention simple-minded and clearly beneath a U.S. Senator.
“If Senator Gillibrand is genuinely concerned with transparency and serious about cleaning up corruption in Washington, she should disclose to the public where she got the foresight to invest against the housing market at a time when most of the country was unaware of its imminent collapse.”
The facts:
  • 2005: $2K – $30K nominal value year-end short positions; $201 – $1K in income for the year from shorts.
  • 2006: $0 nominal value year end short positions; $202 – $1200 in income for the year from shorts; 17 transactions of face value btw $5K and $75K.  (The same year they reported the nominal value of their calls to be btw $1K and $15K.)
  • 2007: $38K – $220K nominal value year end short positions; $52K – $165K in income from that; 141 total transactions in total nominal amount of btw $62K and $763K.  (No calls.)
  • 2008: $2K – $55K of nominal value year end short positions; $275K – $763K in income; 258 transactions in a nominal amount of btw $455K and $1.95mm.  (The same year they reported calls with value of btw only $17K and $84K.)
  • 2009: 0 – $2K of nominal value year end short positions; $5K – $16K in income off of 7 transactions in total amount of btw $5K and $75K.  (The same year they reported calls with value of btw $17K and $81K.)
  • 2010: 0 in year end short positions; 0 in income; 15 transactions of btw $6K and $91K in nominal value.
TOTALS: Between 2005 and 2010, he reported between $332K and $946K in income from shorting the US mortgage industry, housing industry and overall economy.  There are 441 transactions in total.  Nominal amounts of all transactions are between $533K and $2.96mm. 
More detailed information available on request.

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Long: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Senator Gillibrand Should Meet the Laid off Workers of Sikorsky and Big Flats

October 3, 2012 at 7:00 am (Andrew Cuomo, Big Flats, Hydrofracking, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Sikorsky, Wendy Long)

Why are liberals like Kennedy and Gillibrand killing hydrofracking and consigning the future of upstate to oblivion?

In the wake of reports that the Cuomo administration is “consigning fracking to oblivion,” U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long challenged Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Senator Gillibrand to visit with the laid off workers of Sikorsky and tell them where their next job will come from.

“Unelected, un-appointed and even unregistered celebrity lobbyists like Robert Kennedy Jr., should visit the people of Big Flats and the Southern Tier and tell them why he opposes their economic future and freedom,” said U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long.

According to a report by the New York Times the decision to shelve hydrofracking comes after “the governor has been influenced by the unshakable opposition from a corps of environmentalists and celebrity activists who are concerned about the safety of the water supply. The opponents include a number of people close to the governor, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a longtime environmental activist in New York whose sister is the governor’s ex-wife.”

Long said, “Clearly, the Kennedy-Gillibrand liberal establishment doesn’t care about the future of upstate New York but I believe Governor Cuomo does, that’s why I’m urging him to move forward with hydrofracking now.  We need the jobs and the energy, and the growth of industry and manufacturing now — not next month, not next year, not next decade.”

It’s ironic, in 1968 after touring Appalachia Robert F. Kennedy said, “I run for the presidency because I have seen proud men in the hills of Appalachia, who wish only to work in dignity, but they cannot, for the mines are closed and their jobs are gone and no one – neither industry, nor labor, nor government – has cared enough to help.”

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