The recently resigned spy chief explained that references to terrorist groups suspected of carrying out the violence were removed from the public explanation of what caused the attack so as not to alert them that U.S. intelligence was on their trail, according to lawmakers who attended Petraeus’ private briefings.
The retired four-star general addressed the House and Senate intelligence committees in back-to-back, closed-door hearings as questions persist over what the Obama administration knew in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and why its public description did not match intelligence agencies’ assessments. ...
Republicans remain critical of the administration’s handling of the case. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Petraeus’ testimony showed that ‘‘clearly the security measures were inadequate despite an overwhelming and growing amount of information that showed the area in Benghazi was dangerous, particularly on the night of September 11.’’ . . .
While the full depth of Petraeus’ testimony hasn’t been made public, what has been discussed about it continues to raise questions. The slaying of an American ambassador is serious business and the citizens of this nation deserve to know the full facts about the administration’s handling of the entire affair.-- The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain