If the IRS continuing to target conservative groups during a Congressional investigation into that “phony” scandal isn’t enough, the CIA subjecting its operatives to routine polygraph testing to prevent exposure of secrets regarding the Benghazi terrorist attack becoming public should be. CNN host Jake Tapper proclaimed this practice was occurring on his program Thursday.
The Daily Caller reports:
Additionally, as many as 35 Americans were in the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya the night of the September 11, 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack and at least seven were seriously injured, a source told CNN.
“CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets ever leaking out. Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings. The goal of questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress,” CNN reported Thursday.
“The CIA responded to CNN’s report in a statement, saying it ‘enabled all officers involved in Benghazi the opportunity to meet with Congress,'” Tapper’s program tweeted. “A source tells CNN that 21 Americans were working in the building known as the annex, believed to be run by the CIA …. Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack.”
According to CNN:
It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.
In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.”
Another says, “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.”
“Agency employees typically are polygraphed every three to four years. Never more than that,” said former CIA operative and CNN analyst Robert Baer.
In other words, the rate of the kind of polygraphs alleged by sources is rare.
“If somebody is being polygraphed every month, or every two months it’s called an issue polygraph, and that means that the polygraph division suspects something, or they’re looking for something, or they’re on a fishing expedition. But it’s absolutely not routine at all to be polygraphed monthly, or bi-monthly,” said Baer.
CIA spokesman Dean Boyd asserted in a statement that the agency has been open with Congress.
US Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), whose district includes CIA headquarters in Langley, found the lack of information and pressure to silence CIA operatives disturbing. Representative Wolf said, “I think it is a form of cover-up, and I think it’s an attempt to push it under the rug, and I think the American people are feeling the same way.”
DUH! Ya think?
“We should have people who were on the scene come in, testify under oath, do it publicly, and lay it out. And there really isn’t any national security issue involved with regards to that,” Wolf said.
Again, even anyone that has a small flicker of flame burning in their brain could figure out that national security to the federal government means anything and everything from how many times the toilets are flushed in the White House to illegal activity perpetrated by the government. It is merely a “tool” to keep unsavory activities hidden not only from the American public but from foreign entities as well.
Wolf stated that he was contacted in the aftermath of the attack by people closely tied with CIA operatives and contractors who wanted to talk, but then suddenly, there was silence.
“Initially they were not afraid to come forward. They wanted the opportunity, and they wanted to be subpoenaed, because if you’re subpoenaed, it sort of protects you, you’re forced to come before Congress. Now that’s all changed,” Wolf stated.
Speculation on Capitol Hill has included the possibility the U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi were secretly helping to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels.
It is clear that two U.S. agencies were operating in Benghazi, one was the State Department, and the other was the CIA.
The State Department told CNN in an e-mail that it was only helping the new Libyan government destroy weapons deemed “damaged, aged or too unsafe retain,” and that it was not involved in any transfer of weapons to other countries.
But the State Department also clearly told CNN, they “can’t speak for any other agencies.”
The CIA would not comment on whether it was involved in the transfer of any weapons.
Anyone believing anything that comes out of the mouth of anyone in Washington these days involved with Benghazi has to believe that Arizona has become a swampland and the shipping industry originated in Montana. It’s hard to know what’s worse: statements coming from Washington that many Americans have been asking for months now or the gullible Americans believing the lies perpetrated by this administration regarding this preventable tragedy. The posturing continues on all sides involved with bits and pieces of information being “leaked” to maintain the illusion that the pressure of Congressional investigation is working.
I would be hard pressed to believe that this information coming to light now was not somehow planned by the Obama administration, metaphorically “throwing a bone” to Congress and the public. And to be honest, I have had my doubts about CNN since it aired an interview with Saddam Hussein. The government is monitoring any and all communications of every American. It would be difficult to assume any of these sources responding to CNN would not be discovered if the administration so chose to find out.
The hypothesis has been made that the Obama administration provides “controlled leaks” of information to the press and the public. This keeps everyone busy on the latest and greatest while other endeavors are taking place under the radar. It has come down to the question of who can Americans trust to disseminate factual information? For the time being, information gleaned can be taken at face value while retaining a manner of distrust in the administration and government. After all, the transparency this administration promoted has been as clear as mud.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
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