Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, an Emmy award winning investigative journalist, host of the Sunday morning news program “Full Measure,” and author of the New York Times bestseller, “Stonewalled,” has revealed the apparent reason that Obama’s level of claimed ignorance has been so high. She claims it’s because the nation’s Commander in Chief refuses to look at intelligence reports or memorandum he doesn’t like, or which fail to buttress his preconceived notions or assertions.
According to Attkisson — whose credits include breaking the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal wide open — Obama’s behavior and myopic world view extend even to serious matters related to national security. One of the reasons for Attkisson’s departure from CBS News was the constant harassment she endured by the editors who wished to close the door on Fast and Furious and the even more disturbing Benghazi terrorist attack and her reporting on Hillary Clinton’s shenanigans at the State Department.
While still serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s staff were involved in “hanky panky” as part of damage control for their boss prior to her appearance before lawmakers investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack. They were instructed to set aside any documents that would hurt Clinton politically and not turn them over to the Accountability Review Board (ARB) that was investigating the alleged missteps by the Obama administration especially those by the State Department, according a report by Attkisson.
Attkisson, who appeared on Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg Show, reported that she has been told by people “in-the-know” that Obama refuses to read information about recognized terorrist groups whom he apparently believes shouldn’t be seen as such.
Here is a brief snippet from her appearance on the show which is posted here and her Obama statement as well:
ATTKISSON: … I have talked to people who have worked in the Obama administration who firmly believe he has made up his mind, uh — I would say closed his mind, they say — to their intelligence that they’ve tried to bring him about various groups that he does not consider terrorists, even if they are on the U.S. list of designated terrorists.
He has his own ideas, and there are those who’ve known him a long time who say this dates back to law school. He does not necessarily — you may think this is a good trait you may think this is a bad trait — he does not necessarily listen to the people with whom he disagrees. He seems to dig in. That would be, I would suppose he would say because he thinks he’s right. He is facing formidable opposition on this particular point.
MALZBERG: So when he stands there and says, as he always does — no matter what the issue, you may notice this, I’m sure as a, as a reporter you may notice this, like I do — no matter what the issue, no matter what the topic, no matter what the press conference, if it’s a controversial thing where he’s getting pushback on this from anywhere, he’ll say, “I’m not the only one who believes this. Everybody believes this.” That’s a weakness, I think.
But you’re telling me that you’ve talked to people in his inner circle, or in the administration, that are telling you that even though there are groups that might be on our terror list, that are classified as terrorist groups, Obama, in his mind, doesn’t consider them to be terrorists. Because what, because they have a gripe?
ATTKISSON: I don’t know the reason for it. I’ve only been told by those who have allegedly attempted to present him, or have been in the circle that has attempted to present him, with certain intelligence that they said he doesn’t want it. He said he doesn’t want it or he won’t read it, in some instances.
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show..
He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.