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Need to Know News: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack; Tropical storm heads for Jamaica
October 24th, 2012
10:11 AM ET

Need to Know News: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack; Tropical storm heads for Jamaica

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For October 24, 2012 – White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack, Libya, Tropical storm heads for Jamaica and Apple unveils $329 iPad mini...

• White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack: "Two hours after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the White House, the State Department and the FBI were told that an Islamist group had claimed credit, government e-mails obtained by CNN show."

Tropical storm heads for Jamaica: "A strengthening Tropical Storm Sandy is closing on Jamaica, bringing blustery winds and bouts of rain to the island. Early Wednesday, Sandy was kicking up winds of 70 mph and was about 120 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica and is expected to make landfall this afternoon."

• GOP Senate candidate says pregnancies from rape God’s will: "Richard Mourdock, running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, said at a debate Tuesday that pregnancies resulting from rape are intended by God."

Barnes & Noble customer data stolen: "Barnes & Noble said Wednesday that a data breach at 63 of its stores may have compromised the credit card information of its customers. The bookseller said in a statement that one PIN pad device used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards had been compromised in each affected store."

IPad mini launched at Apple event: "Apple on Tuesday unveiled a smaller iPad, dubbed the iPad mini, at a highly anticipated event in San Jose, Calif. The device, which has a 7.9-inch screen, is one-third smaller overall than than its 10-inch cousin and weighs less than a pound. It's also 23% thinner than the full-sized iPad."

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  1. Lori

    WHY is this Benghazi attack news getting such low press? Please tell me where a moderate like myself can go to get unbiased news these days. I am just sick of the spin and blatantly obvious prejudice ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX give to the various stories coming out about EVERYTHING. The handling of this news about when the White House knew what about the Benghazi attack is disgraceful how it is hidden in secondary press and barely mentioned on main-stream media this morning. Shame on you all.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • rick

      King Obama and his media ... all the worship and all the loyalty... don't doubt the president. You're simply a racist for asking him for anything. Just sit there like a good peasant and listen to King Barack and Queen Michelle.


      October 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • flesheatingemu

        A solitary email about an incorrect facebook post means nothing. This is pure partisan bologna!

        October 25, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Funk Hue

      You do realize that all the media print, radio and TV are controlled by only 6 companies.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      Strange. I've been wondering why for many weeks now this story is so overexposed, especially on CNN. It seems to be so heavily politicized and will likely be a footnote in the news after Nov. 6. I was a regular viewer, but stopped watching CNN Outfront/AC360 when l I got sick of the nightly stock footage I call "Burning Benghazi" (after seeing it so many times and associated with the least informative tidbits of news speculation). Opinion: I think the White House feared getting the narrative wrong so greatly, they overcompensated and bungled by being far too cautious. Maybe after the election, we can get things straight. RIght now, CNN's underwear is in too big of a knot due to being criticized over the embassy journal fracas, for them to be objective.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fred

      Lori..I dont mind cutting Hillary Clinton and President Obama some slack because there is confusion after such an attack and one shouldnt jump to conclusions. The administration was pretty quick to blame the whole thing on a video however. Everyone knows the war on terrorists is over and Obama solved the problem by slaying Bin Ladin. Obama fooled the voters in 2008..fool me once....

      October 25, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brandon

      @Lori, I fail to see what is news about this. There has nothing been confirmed about who was behind the attack, Keep in mind, the us will go after whoever is deemed responsible so quick judgments will not be made. When you talk about the spin I believe it is the one network, FOX who has been spinning this like it is some sort of cover up...and its working, Keep in mind that is the very network that was studied and found that it keeps its viewers misinformed of facts.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      Ansar al-Sharia had later denied responsibility for the attack.

      The emails the White House got said Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility for Benghazi attack on Facebook. Posting something on Facebook is not in and of itself evidence. And surely enough, Ansar al-Sharia had later denied responsibility for the attack.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      Lori, the news has done nothing other than talk about the white House's handling of the whole Bengazi situation. What people need to understand is that these type of situations are matters of national security. There are often reasons that the general public are unaware of, when things like this happen. At the end of the day, this President has done an excellent job of rebuilding America's image around the world, he has done an excellent job on dealing with terrorism, and he has kepy the people here at jome safe. Sometimes bad things are going to happen in other countires, and at times those things will effect Americans and America. We need to remember that these countries in the middle east are going to have growing pains as they struggle for democracy or change in their countries. America had the bloodiest civil war in history, yet how easily we seem to forget, as we attempt to understand what is going on in the world. Maybe we need to get out of the way, and let these countries find their own footing, only getting involved when there is a direct threat to our national interests.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Janice

      If you want to cut through all the media bias go to Congressional Overisght Hearings on Benghazi. There you will hear Charlene Lamb, from the State Dept, testify to the facts. That additional support was requested several months priior to this 9/11 attack and denied. At the same time the area was updated to 'higher risk' and employees were given raises, but no additional feet on the ground. When the attact first started Clinton and the WH was advised. Not only that but Charlene Lamb testified they watched the whole attack, via live video, as it occured. The few operatives on the ground at Benghazi requested assistance 3 times from the State Dept and was denied. This attack went on for 7 hours and not one thing was done to try and save American lives at that Embassy. Those are the facts you hear from the person in charge in that area, Charlene Lamb.

      October 27, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jackie

    I completely agree with Lori. The media is so in the tank for liberal causes that they cannot even report the news.
    What a terrible disservice to this country. There are two scandals here. The lies about Benghazi and the media
    allowing them to stand either by not reporting on them or allowing the spin to downplay the outrage of the
    administration pushing outright falsehoods to the American people for political reasons.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike

      There is not one person who knows what really happen benghazi ?myself included,We can pick out someone and say you broke a law and caused the deaths of people,Then have a two year special court case .Get a conviction,Get a pardon;I won,t forget the people who died for our country.lets not forget you can run a country letting out secrets as they happen, A veiw from a disabled vet.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike

      There is not one person who knows what really happen benghazi ?myself included,We can pick out someone and say you broke a law and caused the deaths of people,Then have a two year special court case .Get a conviction,Get a pardon;I won,t forget the people who died for our country.lets not forget you cant run a country letting out secrets as they happen, A veiw from a disabled vet.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Craig

    Wow CNN!!!! You did a particularly great job of burying this news quickly. The administration will certainly give you an "atta boy" for this one.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Joan

    As a Canadian, I am extremely concerned about what happens in your upcoming elections for purely selfish reasons. What happens in your country spills over into the economies of all other countries especially us since we are your biggest trading partner. When your economy tanked in 2007-2008 it turned us upside down too. When the Republican Congress stonewalled last summer and caused the stock market to tumble again it affected our retirement pensions too. So, whoever gets in as President has a big influence on us. We talk a lot up here about your election system and think it is crazy and getting very corrupt. We have some nutty politicians here but none hold a candle to Palin, Bachmann, Akin, Walsh, Mourdock, Issa, Chavetz, Rogers, King, Trump and many other radicals. They should take lie detector tests and be fact checked every time they are on TV because their body language speaks volumes and the truth doesn't seem to matter. They seem to think if they say something often enough people will start to beleve it and unfortunately gullible people do. I have not watched CNN much lately because I didn't like how you showed the debates with the annoying squiggly lines at the bottom and the reality show type group of "undecided" voters. Also, your polls after the last three debates were at odds with all others except Fox and I don't like how your pundits tell us what to think. That is kind of insulting.

    Today I thought I might try to watch again and just shook my head when I saw a story about secret e-mails sent to the White House that prove the administration knew more and has lied. Obviously those "secret' e-mails were given to you by the Republican Congress members so you would run with their talking points. Thay have led you around by the nose for weeks. It turns out the e-mails stated that a militant group CLAIMED responsibility and later retracted it. Also, if it was a militant group they could have organized in a heart beat and not planned it way ahead. Some reports say a large group approached the buildings chanting which aligns with the protestor theory and is plausible because protests, some peaceful but many violent, were taking place at exactly the same time in hundreds of cities in dozens of countries. Remember, CNN you covered that 24/7 for a few days until you latched onto just Libya. Since these e-mails only stated claims that weren't proved, it should not have been made public. The Republicans made a big deal out of accusations that the administration has released secret information about the Bin Laden death and other events for political purposes. Now they are releasing almost dally cherry picked, very sensitive information about the attack on the Ambassador while investigations are still going on. That is not only hypocritical but unethical. They only say what might look damaging, not parts that might have indicated he still thought he was safe and wanted to stay. He always had the option to leave if he felt threatened. Since the Ambassador's father and another parent asked to not have their son's deaths politicized, it is very insensitive to ignore their pleas. It is dismaying that right now CNN seems to be enabling this witch hunt and has Rogers, Chavets and Issa on so often that it seems like a Republican super pac. The Congressional hearing is such an obvious partisan ploy and since the bi-partisan and FBI investigations are still going on it is like going to trial with only half the evidence. I hope that the State Department and FBI have a press conference which sets it all straight and leaves egg on the face of Issa and his cronies. I also hope that President Obama does succeed so that that smirk can be wiped off of McConnells, Boehners, Cantors and Ryans faces when they were doing everything they could do to make sure the President was a one time President even if it held back progress in the country. That seems treasonous to me.

    Today there was a story that 20 out of 21 countries around the world strongly hope that President Obama gets re-elected. That flies in the face of Romney's claim that President Obama has damaged America's reputation in the world. Doesn't it matter what the rest of the world thinks? If Romney wins the presidency, you will hear a huge collective groan around the world the next morning.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Toobad

      Mind your business snow bird!!! we dont care what you think!!!!

      October 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Reality check

        Your brilliant reply sums up the future for us...a descent into oblivion.

        October 25, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Very well stated.

      And as you mentioned, what our president does, does affect what happens in your country. Canadians have served in Afghanistan – where Mitt until 2 days ago wants to extend our occupation. And any American who think he's not going to decide that "he's going to follow the advice of generals" and extend their stay is having a bout of wishful thinking.

      Unfortunately 16 of his 19 foreign policy advisors served in the Bush administration and some of them are regularly touting the "wisdom" of a pre-emptive strike on Iran.

      Now, unlike 2001 when Bush first started sowing the seeds for the invasion of Iraq, we don't have the world's sympathy. Russia and China are allies of Iran and the population of Iran is 80 million – 4x the size of Iraq. Iran doesn't have a single dictator that can be chased to a hole underground and then hanged after a trial. They are run by mullahs - and no one is going to round them up!

      These people never think or at least never talk about it publicly - what happens the day after you drop this bomb? Do you think that they'll just sweep up the mess? The Carlyle Group, Halliburton, and the rest of the defense industry are just quietly waiting until Romney's in and within 6 mos. you're going to hear the drumbeat for attacking Iran. Romney was told to use the word "peace" as part of the attempt to recall Reagan's "peace through strength" line. But you don't increase the defense budget after you've ended two wars without some plan to have a reason to spend that much money during "peacetime."

      October 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Charlee

      Joan...It would be helpful if you knew what you were talking about, but you do not! You actually sound like you are on the White House payroll. Spare the rest of us who really care what happened to our men and their needless deaths.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jeffrey p

      Wow....You think that CNN is in the tank for FOX news? I was surprised to finally read anything on Benghazi here...I thought that was an accomplishment. I don't think FOX is "making up" islamic radical groups. Yours is a first.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brandon

      @Joan – I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and concern. although I am a US citizen I agree with your points. I wish you would have stated something about your medical system. Fox news and the right has many people believing that you guys hate it and rush to America to get procedures done because it is so bad. LOL @ the ignorance, just to keep from crying.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • kaycee

      Joan (Oct 24) So-o-o-o glad you live in Canada. Stay there and butt out. Jumped on to see how CNN was covering this Benghazi tragedy and there is virtually none...nada...zilch on the topic. Everything that has been said about the poor job mainstream media has been doing (NOT!) to report NEWS that matters has been said. I am not revisiting this site. I am now convinced beyond doubt that I am voting republican in every single category on the ballot. We do need a refreshening change and it certainly cannot be worse.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mark Tyme

    The email you are showing is one from the state Dept.. The one I have seen on other sites is also from the State Dept but was routed to a different list including (national security Service.executive offices of the It is the call for help when there were still people alive that could have possible been saved. Did anyone wake the President? If not his administration is incompetent and negligent (that what he gets paid for). If so and he went off campaigning and has been lying to the American people, why would we not say "Your Fired!"?

    October 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Elizabeth

    As an undecided voter, I believe this should be front page news. Your readership deserves this. Why are you hiding such an important story at such an important time in American history?

    October 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dparke

      Knowing now what we know about Benghazi, I'm beginning to think Nixon wasn't that bad. How was his lie and coverup different than O?

      October 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Craig

        There's a big difference between Watergate and Benghazi. Nobody died during Watergate!

        October 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlee

      I wish I could say I was 'UNDECIDED' but when it happened I knew something was not right. Even in the 1940s communication was not as slow as Obama and his team tried to make us believe. The media is participating in a cover-up and you would have to question what they are receiving in return. CNN and any affiliate has lost my viewership. Absolutely Shameful!

      October 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • flesheatingemu

      Elizabeth, why does this warrant being news at all? It's an email about a facebook post that was WRONG. Do you want a president who jumps to instant conclusions? He did what needed to be done by beefing up security after the attack. Yes, it should have been more secure already, but I believe you should blame that on the massive budget cuts to State's security force...

      Quit the conspiracy theory. This isn't front page because it's dumb, not because anyone cares to supress it.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Watcher

    There is no way the WH can keep the lid on this any longer. Many government agencies (particularly State/DOD and CIA) are fed up with the actions and cover-ups of the President and his administration hierarchy. The media could well be charged with criminal actions if they have been collaborating with those in the administration to perpetuate this cover-up.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Proactive

    If anything, the reports that the White House knew of the Benghazi attack confirms and reinforces the administration's version of events and what some of us thought as well when incidents of that nature occur, there is usually confusion around what is happening from various conflicting accounts. So there isn't any smoking gun! The US Marines were on their way in any case from Italian sea/waters to offer support and evacuate the Ambassador and his team.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Accountant

      Look, no one can honestly say to themselves that the press wouldn't give this Libya fiasco at least equal treatment to the ranting coverage day after day we get related to anti abortion candidates, but only if the sitting Pres. was not a liberal. The question that has never been asked to the admin., is "If there were conflicting stories about the attack, why spend all that time and energy promoting one version, rather than just say we don't have answers yet? While we know that there was evidence to support what actually happened immediately, we don't know if there was any "concrete evidence" to support the theory you promoted? Was there such evidence and was that evidence more compelling? If so, why? Can we see that evidence?" Absent compelling evidence that would outweigh the real facts in the "fog", the administration must answer why that story was concocted and promoted. The absence of such obvious questions by the press is very scary.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    October 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Dan

    Ansar al-Sharia had later denied responsibility for the attack.

    The emails the White House got said Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility for Benghazi attack on Facebook. Posting something on Facebook is not in and of itself evidence. And surely enough, Ansar al-Sharia had later denied responsibility for the attack.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. StillBlue

    Mountains out of molehills and molehills out of mountains. People are claiming that the story is buried on the page where the story is. They found it yet claim it doesn't exist. I found it because it came up on google news indicating that a whole bunch of people have found it. Voice of America found it and broadcast it so the whole world has found this "buried" story. Why isn't it more prominent? Because in this investigation the investigators have probably received thousands, if not tens of thousands of tips and leads. Do you honestly expect them to be published as well?

    October 25, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Czecherbored

    Soooo disappointed in CNN lately. Anchors laughing wildly at nothing and everything. Serious stories to be covered but all We get is fluff. There are very important questions to be asked of the President, but we get nothing from CNN.
    I used to switch between CNN and FOX to get a balanced view, but it seems like CNN has lost it's desire to be a real NEWS agency. It's sad to see but they've lost all credibility as a news outlet, and their doing it to themselves.
    FOX is now the only news source that counts. At least you can verify the facts and sources on that station.
    Goodbye CNN you've become as small and insignificant as #Obama.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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