Congress Investigating Altered CIA Talking Points
Lawmakers want to get to the bottom of Benghazi attack's wake
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2012 12:47 PM CST
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is surrounded by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Lawmakers have been in a tizzy ever since David Petraeus told Congress that other federal agencies altered CIA talking points on the Benghazi attack, which originally referred to it as a terrorist attack, and now Congress will launch an inquiry into the matter, the AP reports. The White House said yesterday that the administration only made one minor change to the CIA talking points, Reuters reports: Specifically, the White House changed references to "consulate," since the diplomatic facility that was attacked was not formally a consulate.

As for any other edits, "If there were adjustments made to them within the intelligence community, that's common, and that's something they would have done themselves," said a deputy national security adviser. After Petraeus' hearing, Rep. Peter King said that the talking points originally included references to al-Qaeda that were later removed, although he did not know who specifically made the edits. Congress wants to know who it was, hence the investigation. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says Congress has asked the White House for an explanation.

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Nov 19, 2012 7:29 AM CST
Obama, and his team have again lied to America. That said it is certain that the teflon president will slide by this crime also. As long as the mainstream press continues to be a division of the Obama propaganda machine, Americans will be subject to this type of dictatorial government. This is the new normal!
Nov 18, 2012 7:21 PM CST
Fínstín is a liar. Petraeus was set up and removed because he is NOT cofirming the zionists' lies and demands on Iran. The hate- and war-mongers want a total war on the Middle East bringing WW3 - again - by these scum on the world. But this time, there's no Son of God (Adolf Hitler), what will happen to us???
Nov 18, 2012 4:54 PM CST
Did we spend this much time investigating the lies told us about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq leading to the death of hundreds of thousands of people? I am always amazed how screaming nannies like John McCain can raise holy hell when something goes haywire in this administration, but he worships the GOP nincumpoops as saints. Making all this worse is that the GOP spent the past two years accusing the president of wasting his first half term on health care and not jobs and now the GOP wants to spend the rest of the next four years investigating this. Let's arrest bUSH, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Conde Rice for murder and move on to creating jobs.