Retired Brigadier Gen. Robert Lovell: it was clear “quite early on” that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was facing a terrorist attack."

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The Very Important Detail About the Latest Benghazi Emails Revealed During House Hearing
May. 1, 2014 2:20pm Pete Kasperowicz
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A retired Air Force general testified before a House panel Thursday that he and others knew in the first few hours that the 2012 Benghazi assault was a planned terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous response to an anti-Muslim video. It’s a revelation that raises new questions about emails released this week suggesting the administration was blaming the video days after others had ruled it out as a cause.

Retired Brigadier Gen. Robert Lovell, speaking before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday, testified that it was clear “quite early on” that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was facing a terrorist attack.
a GOP member presses for answers on Benghazi on Thursday

Under questioning from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a retired general said it was clear early on that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack, not a response to a video. (AP/Rick Bowmer)

“[W]hat we did know quite early on was that this was a hostile action,” he said in his prepared remarks. “This was no demonstration gone terribly awry.”

He was pressed on this point by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who asked how quickly it became clear that Al Qaeda was involved.

“Very, very soon,” Lovell said. “When we were still in the very early, early hours of this activity.”

“Was it a video?” Chaffetz asked?

“No sir.”

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) also asked Lovell when he heard of the notion that the attack was a response to a video. Lovell said he heard it only briefly, but not as a serious theory.

When Issa asked if he had heard of this idea before 3:15 a.m. on September 12, 2012, Lovell said it was well before that time, and that the theory was quickly debunked.

“I would have to say [we] probably dismissed that notion by then, by working with other sources,” Lovell said.

“As the highest ranking person working that moment, you dismissed the idea that this attack was in fact a demonstration that had went awry and it was based on a YouTube video out of Los Angeles,” Issa then stated.

“Yessir, short answer,” Lovell responded.

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Comment by Alfred E. Neuman on May 3, 2014 at 6:58pm

  The White House was notified within 24 hrs. of the Benghazi attack that it was a well-planned multi-stage terror attack, deliberately done on 9/11!

Anyone even paying attention to what's been going on and the White House's various attempts to obfuscate, delay, smokescreen and otherwise try to sweep Benghazi under the rug, knows that this has been the most massive and serious coverup in Presidential history.

 Benghazi is so much worse than Watergate--but don't expect Obama to ever get impeached over it, for obvious reasons.

Comment by Jonathon Joseph Parker on May 3, 2014 at 7:25am

ONCE THE INVESTIGATION COMMITEES GET PAST ALL OF THE WHITE HOUSE PURE GIBBERISH MUMBLE JUMBLE JIVE TURKEY "LIES" THE VERY BASIC TRUTHS WILL REVEAL THAT THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE WAS SECRETLY SHIPPING WEAPONS TO THE AL-QUAEDA AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, OF WHICH OBAMA IS A MEMBER, AND THAT THE WH PLAN WAS TO ALLOW STAFF TO BE KIDNAPPED TO TRADE FOR THE IMPRISONED "BLIND SHEIK."                                                                                              IT "SHOULD" ALSO REVEAL THAT OBAMA PERSONALLY GAVE THE "STAND DOWN" ORDER, AND THAT HIS COMMUNIST MINIONS HILLAY AND RICE ARE COVERING HIS "HIGHLY" "TREASONOUS" ORDER UP!

Comment by Arnold Clay Sindledecker on May 3, 2014 at 4:34am
Liars, traitors. The worse kind if people imagionable are in the top spots running our country into the ground. For all if you who voted for Onama. Thank
You very much. See what you have done
Comment by Robert William Metcalf on May 2, 2014 at 7:27pm
If our military can't respond to an attack on our people overseas, then why do we have troops stationed overseas?
Comment by MAK on May 2, 2014 at 6:58pm

all those traitors involved must be removed and all those Generals and admirals terminated must be reinstated.  Lets start with hellery her infamous statement  We came, we saw he died, referring to Gadhafi.  Lets change that to We came, we saw, she died the political death she earned and deserves prison for murder 

Comment by Ann Marie on May 2, 2014 at 5:43pm

If they do not remove this fraud from our house we are ALL done.

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YUP: President Trump Signs Great And Beautiful Trump Border Wall During Tour In San Diego

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President Donald Trump visited the San Diego border on Wednesday to show off a newly constructed portion of the wall after a fundraising trip in California.

“It’s an amazing project,” Trump said, pointing to the 30-foot high barrier constructed with steel and concrete, noting that it also went six feet underground.

“If you think you’re going to cut it with a blow torch, that doesn’t work, because you hit the concrete, and then if you think you’re going to go through the concrete, that doesn’t work because we have very powerful rebar inside,” Trump said.

The president traveled via motorcade after a fundraiser to Otay Mesa, a community outside San Diego on the United States -Mexico border to review the latest constructed physical barrier.

He pointed out the new wall structure to the press, which was 24 miles of primary and secondary wall at the border.

“We have it covered underground, we have it covered overground,” Trump said.

The president was joined by acting Department of Homeland security Kevin McAllen and several other border security officials.

He said that over 44,000 bollard panels had been set up for the wall, which was then filled with concrete and rebar.

Trump admitted that he envisioned a solid concrete wall when he campaigned for president, but he was told by border officials that they preferred a wall constructed by concrete-filled bollards so they could see through it.

“It’s hardened concrete, very powerful concrete,” Trump said, pointing to the structure.

He added that the steel wall was designed to retain heat, making it harder to climb, plus having an anti-climbing system at the top.

“You can fry an egg on that wall,” he said. The president also acknowledged to reporters that he wanted the wall to be painted black and have spikes but said it was cheaper to let it remain naturally rust-colored.

“We can paint it later,” he said.

The president discussed his growing understanding of border barriers, noting that the Southern border would not need much more than 500 miles of wall to secure the border. He cited the existence of natural mountain and river barriers that prevented criminals from crossing. He did not rule out building additional barriers in the future but said it would depend on whether it was needed.

One border patrol agent spoke about the importance of the border wall to all of the agents, thanking the president for pushing forward on construction.

Trump said he met with Border Patrol prior to constructing the wall, picking the most effective structures to protect the border.

One border security official scoffed at the idea that the wall was a “vanity” project for the president.

“There’s a false narrative out there that this wall is the president’s vanity wall,” he said. “I’m here to tell you right now that that is false.”

He thanked Trump for listening to border patrol agents during the planning and construction process.

“You listened to the agents and you gave them exactly what they asked for,” he said.

One official with Trump confirmed that the structure was funded with regular Congressional appropriations in the FY 2017 and FY 2018 and that that the new wall replaced an inferior structure.

Trump said that he still considered the situation on the border a national emergency, but as more wall went up he could withdraw military forces.

“I hope you’re impressed,” he told reporters as he took questions about the project.

One worker told Trump of a tradition of workers signing the wall if they worked on the wall.

“I’ll sign it,” Trump said, and went to the wall and signed the steel barrier with a marker before encouraging other officials present to do the same.

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