CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell, best known publicly for his involvement in events surrounding the Benghazi cover up, resigned Wednesday.
Deputy Director Michael Morell participated in rewriting the talking points which formed the basis of Obama's Benghazi cover up. However, Morell subsequently defended the CIA's performance over the terrorist attack on the US diplomatic post that claimed four American lives. In defending the Central Intelligence Agency, Morell was directly contradicting the Obama Administration's latest position which makes the CIA the scapegoat for the Benghazi cover up.
Morell's Qualifications And Non-Promotion
When former CIA Director David Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair that became public shortly after the Benghazi attack, it was Deputy Director Morell who managed the resignation. Coupled with length of service with CIA, Morell was the logical choice to replace Petraeus. It was not to be.
Morell defended the Agency's performance surrounding events related to the Benghazi Scandal. Defending the CIA's performance insured that Morell would not be Petraeus' replacement. Morell was passed over for the top CIA spot by Obama in favor of Obama adviser John Brennan. It was Brennan who announced Morell's departure from CIA Wednesday. Morell will be replaced by Avril Haines, currently a deputy assistant to the President and legal adviser at the National Security Council.
Morell also drew Administration criticism for saying the CIA's interrogation program had produced useful information.
Events That Triggered Benghazi Cover Up
Requests from our diplomatic personnel to beef up security at the Benghazi consulate were refused by the Obama Administration and the State Department prior to the September 11 attack. When the terrorist attack began on September 11, requests for emergency assistance by consulate staff were ignored by the Obama Administration.
Since the start of the Benghazi Scandal last September, Barack Obama has insisted that he issued orders on September 11 to protect American consulate personnel at all costs. Congressional testimony by personnel who were on the ground in Libya does not support Obama's claim. American personnel in Tripoli have testified that a US military rapid response team in Tripoli attempted to deploy to Benghazi to provide help in response to the cries for emergency assistance from the Benghazi post. The military team in Tripoli was only 400 miles from the American compound and could have brought forces to bear that would likely have saved American lives in Benghazi.
However, the response team was ordered to stand down and remain in Tripoli, and four Americans were left to die in Benghazi. Investigations to date have not yet identified who was responsible for issuing orders that prevented the military team from travelling to Benghazi to save American lives.
Attempts to mislead the American people about what happened in Benghazi on September 11 began while the attack on the consulate was still taking place. We have been able to determine that Barack Obama phoned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the attack on the consulate. The telephone call between Obama and Clinton appears to have resulted in the first Obama Administration Benghazi cover-up. Shortly after the Obama-Clinton telephone conversation, Hillary Clinton held a press conference for the purpose of blaming the Benghazi terrorist attack on demonstrators angered by an anti-muslim YouTube video. It was at that point that Obama and Clinton began lying to the American people.
Benghazi Cover Up Talking Points
A memo of talking points about the Libya attack emerged September 15 in advance of the appearance by then UN Ambassador Susan Rice on the September 16 Sunday talk shows. Rice appeared on five Sunday talk shows as the Obama Administration's representative and advanced the Administration's Benghazi cover up, stating that a mob of protesters spontaneously attacked the Benghazi consulate because they were angered by an anti-Islamic Youtube video which was produced by an American citizen.
Absent from the Benghazi cover up message delivered by Susan Rice were all references to terrorists, Islamic fundamentalists and Al Qaeda. The message Rice delivered squarely laid blame on protesters who were rightfully angered by a Youtube video. The Administration's message also did not acknowledge that they had been warned by CIA of a likely attack. At that point, Obama's Benghazi cover up was in full swing.
The day before Rice delivered the Administration's Benghazi cover up message, the CIA issued the talking points memo that stated (with high confidence) that it was a terrorist attack carried out by militants and that the CIA had issued warnings well prior to the event. CIA Deputy Director Morell agreed to the State Department's request to remove a reference to militants in the talking points.
Dozens of emails subsequently released by the White House show Morell’s involvement in revising the talking points. In one email, Morell noted that the State Department had "deep concerns" about referencing prior "warnings."
Notes written in Morell's hand showed Morell scratching out mentions of Al Qaeda, the experience of fighters in Libya, Islamic extremists and a warning to the US Embassy in Cairo on the eve of the attacks of calls for a demonstration. All of these items were struck from the talking points. The final version said "extremists" participated, without mentioning prior attacks and warnings in the region.
The rewriting of the CIA prepared memo caused then CIA Director Petraeus to specifically complain about the removal of the line about the warning to Cairo.
Senior Obama Administration officials blamed the rewriting of the talking points on Morell, saying that Morell made the changes to the talking points because of his own concerns that they could prejudge an FBI investigation into the attack that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Obama Involvement In Benghazi Cover Up
Despite having specific knowledge about what had actually taken place, Barack Obama perpetuated the Benghazi cover up for several weeks and in several speeches, such as this one. Obama continues a different version of the Benghazi cover up to this day.