Five days before the Benghazi attack on September 11 2012, the State Department posted a memo on their taxpayer funded Bureau of Diplomatic Security Website which vastly underestimated the potential threat of overseas attacks, and in fact, alluded that such attacks were typically overblown.
The original text of the memo is as follows:
“OSAC currently has no credible information to suggest that al-Qa’ida or any other terrorist group is plotting any kind of attack overseas to coincide with the upcoming anniversary of September 11. However, constituents often have concerns around important dates, holidays, and major events, Often times, these concerns are the result of increased media attention to the issue, rather than credible evidence of a terrorist plot.” [Emphasis added]
Here is the original memo (first reported here):
Then, it was removed from the website in the wake of the Benghazi attack.
Speaking of deletions, the US Embassy in Cairo tweeted, then deleted, a tweet saying, “We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” But they forgot that Twitchy is forever.
Perhaps it is no longer relevant, because Dude, this was like, two years ago, but thought I would share anyway.