Director of National Intel. takes responsibility for linking attack to video

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence takes responsibility for linking the Benghazi attack to the video. In a statement, spokeswoman Shawn Turner says that initially: There was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo. We provided that initial assessment […]

Sarasota Patch interview

Mark is interviewed about WeCheck. describing how the idea came to him when he annotated an editorial by Nicolas Kristof in the New York Times. The site is an online version of that manual process, allowing users to tag speeches and articles for common logical fallacies, and so dig deeper into the truth of political statements. At […]

Media: Broadwell video suggests improper release of classified information

After the scandal breaks the media notes that on this day Broadwell makes a speech at her alma mater, University of Denver, which suggests to some media that she was privy to secrets through her relationship with Petraeus. BROADWELL: Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this,” she replied, “but the CIA […]

President Obama speaks at U.N, The View

In his address to the U.N. General Assembly, Obama doesn’t mention terrorism but makes repeated references to the video. Asked about Clinton’s statement on ABC’s “The View” show, the president skirts the issue by saying: “We’re still doing an investigation,” blames “extremist militias.”

Libyans protest armed militias

About 30,000 Libyans marched through Benghazi calling for the support of the rule of law and for an end to armed militias. Carrying signs with slogans such as “We Want Justice For Chris” and “Libya Lost a Friend,” the protesters stormed several militia headquarters, including that of Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamist militia who some allege […]

CBS: No protest before attack

CBS reports that witnesses in Benghazi say there was no protest prior to the armed assault against the consulate. Magarief tells NBC the same thing on Sept. 26. Also on Sept. 20, Obama at a town hall meeting says: “What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over […]

Counter-terror official: Libya attack was terrorism, but not planned in advance. Collins, Lieberman disagree

National Counterterrorism Center director Matthew Olsen testifies before the Senate Homeland Security Committee that the assault was a “terrorist attack” but goes on to call it an “opportunistic” attack in which armed militants took advantage of an ongoing protest. Olsen said1: It appears that individuals who were certainly well armed seized on the opportunity presented […]

Obama appears on The Late Show, says video cause of attack

President Obama appears on “The Late Show” with David Letterman, reasserting that the Benghazi attack was in retaliation for the Innocence of Muslims video. Extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies,” he explained, “including the one — the consulate in Libya.1

Feds Charge Swartz with 13 Felonies for JSTOR dump

Federal prosecutors add nine new felony counts against Swartz. According to Wired, the case tests the reach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which was passed in 1984 to enhance the government’s ability to prosecute hackers who accessed computers to steal information or to disrupt or destroy computer functionality. The government, however, has interpreted the […]

Seeks donations for Swartz legal defense

Bettina Neuefeind, wife of Creative Commons founder Larry Lessig  organizes to raise money for Swartz defense. Larry Lessig, is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, of which Swartz is a former fellow. His alleged crime is based on the belief in fair use, an ideal that Creative […]

Rice: Attacks were “spontaneous, not premeditated

usan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, goes on Sunday talk shows and says the video is the “proximate cause” of the assault in Benghazi. On This Week, with Jake Tapper Rice said: Well, Jake, first of all, it’s important to know that there’s an FBI investigation that has begun and will take some […]

Magariaf: Attacks were “preplanned, premeditated”, linked to Al-Qaeda

In a CBS Face the Nation interview by Bob Scheiffer with Mohamed el-Magariaf, President of Libya’s General National Congress, el-Magariaf said that there was “no doubt” that the attack was “preplanned, predetermined.” SCHIEFFER: Was this a long-planned attack, as far as you know? Or what– what do you know about that? EL-MAGARIAF: The way these […]

Teamsters accept Hostess deal, BCTGG does not

Hostess’s largest union, The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents 7,500 of Hostess’s 19,000 employees, narrowly votes to accept (53.6% in favor) collective-bargaining agreements that will cut employees’ pay and limit their participation in controversial pension plans. Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall said in a statement that the voting process—which kicked off Aug. 25—presented Hostess […]

Carney: Admin had “no actionable intelligence” about attack, video was cause

Press Secretary Jay Carney said there was no evidence it was a planned terrorist assassination. He said it appeared that, like the embassy storming in Cairo, Egypt, the attack was sparked by a trailer circulating on the Internet for a supposed anti-Islam film. “We have no information to suggest it was a pre-planned attack,” Carney […]

Reports of Steven’s Rape

Several reports said that Steven’s had been raped and his body mutilated before he died. However, these were not substantiated.1

Opens application process through AngelList

Launches application process through AngelList. Until now, companies needed a recommendation from a 500 Startups partner to join the program. McClure says the accelerator program previously avoided an application process because of the hassle associated with sorting through to get the good candidates. However, he says using AngelList in addition to its own network of […]

Briefed by Panetta, Armed Services Committee believes attack premeditated terror

Also on September 13, Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee were briefed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs Admiral James Winnefeld. However, senators emerging from that private briefing reported that they believed the attack in Libya was premeditated. “It was a terrorist attack organized and carried out by […]

Jay Carney Presser

White House spokesman Jay Carney says: And I would note that, again, the protests we’re seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie. They are not directly in reaction to any policy of the United States or the government of the United States or the people of the United States. 1 Carney does […]

Other Events

Yussef Magariaf, president of the newly elected Libyan National Congress, offered “an apology to the United States and the Arab people, if not the whole world, for what happened.” The administration also sent 50 Marines to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to help with security at the American Embassy there, ordered all nonemergency personnel to leave […]

Sam Bacile goes into hiding

AP reports Sam Bacile, an American citizen who said he produced, directed and wrote the two-hour film, “innocence of Muslims”, has gone into hiding1. He tells the AP from an undisclosed location that he had not anticipated such a furious reaction: I feel sorry for the embassy. I am mad.

Obama CBS News Interview

An interview by Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes with President Obama indicates he knew the assault was a premeditated terror attack. CBS chose not to broadcast the clip for over a month, instead airing a portion of the clip that contained Obama’s attack on Romney that same night. However, the clip and quote were available […]

Reuters: U.S. Officials: Assault was pre-planned

Reuters reports for the first time that U.S. government officials said that there were indications that members of a militant faction calling itself Ansar al Sharia – translated as Supporters of Islamic Law – may have been involved in organizing the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya’s second-largest city. They also said some reporting […]

President Obama’s Rose Garden Remarks

President Obama appears in the Rose Garden. His statement, in part, says: “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of […]

Reports on Steven’s Death

Media outlets report that Stevens and three other Americans have been killed in an attack by well-armed militants. Sean Smith was killed by a gunshot wound and Two U.S. Marines sent to Benghazi when the clash erupted were also shot and killed and It was not immediately clear whether the Marines were part of Stevens’ […]

Statements by Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney

10:08 EST Hillary Clinton’s Statement Hillary Clinton made the following statement: :I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts […]

Communications with Washington on Sept 11


10:05pm Benghazi Time – 4:05pm Washington Time As reported by Reuters, an email sent 20-30 minutes after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission allegedly began carried the subject line “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack” and the notation “SBU”, meaning “Sensitive But Unclassified.” The text said the State Department’s regional security office had […]

In-Extremis rescue team moved to Sicily

According to CBS news, on the night of the attack a team of American military commandos was sent from Rota, Spain, to an airfield at Sigonella, in Sicily, Italy, putting them at least an hour’s flight away from Benghazi. The team, known as the Commander’s In-extremis Force, was designed specifically for quick reaction to unforeseen […]

President Obama hears about the attack

President Obama was informed about the attack at roughly 5pm by his National Security Adviser Tom Donilon while he was attending a regularly schedukled meeting with [[Leon Panetta]] and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. At that meeting, senior administration officials say, the President ordered that the U.S. begin moving military […]


At around 11:10 p.m., a Defense Department drone, which had been on an unrelated mission some distance away, arrived in Benghazi to help officials on the ground gather information. 1 A second surveillance craft was sent to relieve the first drone, perhaps due to fuel issues. Both were capable of sending real time visuals back […]

Ambassador Stevens is Found

After the attack subsided and the Libyan guards finally evacuated the compound, the diplomatic mission was looted and vandalized. The vandals spray graffiti on the walls with words such as ‘testicles’ and ‘God is Great!’ and their names. One of the thieves in Building C started yelling and some men quickly went to the bathroom […]

Attack on CIA annex


Around 5:15 a.m. gunfire erupted, followed by explosions from falling mortar rounds. The attackers had lain in wait, silently observing as the rescuers arrived in a large convoy. This second attack was shorter in duration than the first, but more complex and sophisticated. The attack lasts until 5:26 a.m.1 At least one member of the […]

1:15am: GRS Team arrives in Benghazi

Note: NYT, Fox and the CIA all have different times for the attack. The CIA times are used here. At 1:15 a.m. After a 45-minute flight from Tripoli, The Quick Reaction Force arrives at the Benghazi airport, The team includes former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty and three other GRS (Global Response Staff) security officers, a […]

February 17th Brigade arrives at Compound

About 3.2 km away from the compound, at the February 17th Brigade’s headquarters, militia members hear the battle raging. Within five minutes 18 militiamen leave in five pickup trucks and arrive at the compound minutes five minutes later. They find the attackers organized in large groups that are too large to disperse. When the militia […]

9:40pm: Reaction team arrives

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At 9:40 p.m, as the attack started, a senior State Department security officer at the mission called the CIA Annex to requested assistance: “The compound is under attack. People are moving through the gates.” CIA officers at the base can hear the alarm, and a team immediately begins gathering weapons and preparing to leave. 1 […]

Inside the compound

The barracks at the entrance housing the local militiamen is burnt down. Agents viewing cameras see a large group of armed men flowing into the compound. The agent in the TOC immediately hits an alarm and gets on the public address system, yelling, “Attack, attack.” The other agents had heard the noise and were already […]

9:40 Attack Begins

Reports by Libyan Guards Five of the compound guards were employees of the British security company Blue Mountain, and three others were members of the Islamist-leaning February 17th militia. At around 9:30 p.m. the four guards at the compound entrance were eating sandwiches and talking about a recent soccer game. After hearing yells of “God […]

8pm: Militants close streets around compound

AP reports from Libyan witnesses, including a guard at the compound and neighbors that at 8pm on Sept. 11 around 150 bearded gunmen, some wearing the Afghan-style tunics favored by Islamic militants, sealed off the streets leading to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. They set up roadblocks with pick-up trucks, bearing the logo of Ansar […]

Press focus on Romney’s Remarks

Romney accuses the administration of showing weakness in the face of the attack, prompting the president to say his rival “seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” PLEASE EXPAND THIS POST

Day of Attack

According to documents found on November 1 1 , at 6:43 a.m. one of the guards saw a member of the police force in the upper level of a building across from the compound’s main gate. The guard reported that the person was photographing the inside of the compound and furthermore that this person was […]

Request for additional police support ignored

An unsigned document dated September 9, found by reporters on November 1 , showed that U.S. mission requested additional police support at the compound for the duration of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens’ visit. The mission requested daily, twenty-four hour police protection at the front and rear of the U.S. mission as well as a roving […]

Stevens meets with militias

Stevens meets with local militia commanders, who boasted of exercising “control” over the Libyan Armed Forces, and threatened that if the U.S.-backed candidate for prime minister were to prevail in Libya’s internal political jockeying, “they would not continue to guarantee security in Benghazi.” 1  

Invests in nine Mexican companies

The Company invests in nine additional technology startup companies in Mexico, for a total of 16 Mexican companies through its subsidiary,, based in Mexico City. 500Startups partner Santiago Zavala said that each of the very early stage startups, with 2-3 “very passionate cofounders,” would receive a $25,000 cash investment in addition to workspace and […]

WeCheck launch


WeCheck launches officially just after Barack Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention. At this point the site is made up of speeches that are tagged with “WeCheck” tags, which highlight claims, logical fallacies and inconsistencies in the text. The site runs on MediaWiki software, the same software that Wikipedia uses. As the election gets […]

Broadwell interviewed

Prosecutors and agents began a legal analysis to determine whether there were any charges that could be brought. Among the discussions: whether to interview Broadwell, who was the focus of the criminal probe, and Petraeus. Top officials signed off on the interviews. During Broadwell’s first interview in September, she admitted to the affair and turned […]

Guards warned of impending attack

In the weeks before Sept. 11, Libyan security guards are reportedly warned by family members of an impending attack. A week before the consulate attack, the weekly report from Benghazi noted that at last “police have established a 24/7 presence at the mission in response to our long-standing request.”