Here is video of Charles Krauthammer tonight saying he “is not buying” National Intelligence Director James Clapper taking the blame for changing the CIA Talking Points on Benghazi, less than a week after declaring the Intelligence Community did not make the changes. Krauthammer said he’s not buying Clapper’s “amnesia” on the talking points.
Here is a video report from Fox News’ Catherine Herridge on news that National Intelligence Director James Clapper is now saying it was the Intelligence Community that edited the CIA Talking Points to remove definitive statements that it was a terrorist attack. However, that is at odds with what Clapper said just last week. Magically, between last Thursday and Monday night, Clapper remembered that it was the Intelligence Community that edited the Talking Points!
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper refers to the Muslim Brotherhood as “largely secular.”
Politico: During a House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called Egypt’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement “largely secular.”
“The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’…is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam,” Clapper said.
The Brotherhood uses the slogan, “Islam is the answer,” and generally advocates for government in accordance with Islamic principles. The movement has as a broad goal unifying what it perceives as Muslim lands, from Spain to Indonesia, as a “caliphate.” (Read More)
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was caught flat-footed in an interview when asked his thoughts on the London Terror Arrests that had occurred earlier in the day. After several moments of awkward silence, Cheif Counter-terrorism Adviser John Brennan answered for him. Clapper admitted he was not aware of the arrests later in the interview. However, his office has issued a statement saying the question was “ambiguous,” and that Clapper has “profound” knowledge of the terrorist threat streams coming out of Europe.
I’m sure Director Clapper is a very capable man. But something failed here in getting that information to him ahead of a National Interview. I would bet he’s trying to make sure this does not happen again.
By the way – below is a compilation of video reports on the London Terror Arrests that took place yesterday: