"The intelligence community assessed from the very beginning that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack." DNI spokesman Shawn Turner tells CBS News.Now that the office of the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has taken responsibility for removing key language from the Benghazi talking points memo, one has to wonder how genuine official statements by Turner are. Perhaps we can garner some truth by looking at the Sept 28, 2012 press release issued by DNI Clapper:
"In the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests... We provided that initial assessment to Executive Branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available."We now know as a matter of fact and admission that the statements made in the Sept 28, press release by Clapper were false. Not only did CIA Director Petraeus testify under oath that from the very beginning they new Al Qaeda was responsible, but the office of the DNI has confirmed the CIA included talking points directed towards that fact in the memo meant for the executive branch, which the office of DNI claims to have removed.
Despite knowing for a fact Al Qaeda was linked to the attacks, the Sept 28, memo continued to assert the opposite:
"It remains unclear if any group or person exercised overall command and control of the attack, and if extremist group leaders directed their members to participate..."The Sept 28, press release is littered with statements we now know to be completely false. If DNI Clapper was willing to lie publicly then, then what has changed that his words are now credible? Not a damn thing, that's what.