United States Marine Field McConnell has linked Canadian Peter Jennings’s Wag the Dog M.O. during the 1972 Munich Massacre to Susan Rice’s alleged use of Nortel JABS* to book Paperclip snuff-film actors into the Benghazi crime scenes associated with the rape of Obama ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
JABS = Joint Automated Booking Station to book Paperclip Actors on Crimewatch Timelines
Feeling laconic, McConnell and his fellow Marines invite the FBI’s counter-intelligence custodians of Nortel JABS to check the two Canadian news makers, the late Peter Jennings and Rice’s beard Ian Cameron, for ABC’s JAB the Dog stories including the bombings of the East Africa Embassies (1998), the USS Cole (2000) and WTC#7 on 9/11.
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James Goldston, who has been working with Cameron for the last several months on the show, will take over day-to-day responsibilities when he leaves.
In a note to staff, Cameron attributed the change primarily to the strain that working weekend had put on his family.
“Having successfully launched This Week with Christiane Amanpour and with the busy mid-term election behind us, I believe the end of this year is the right time for me to move on from ABC News,” he wrote. “As many of you know working weekends for the past two years has been difficult for my family. They have been both supportive and enormously patient, but now it’s time for me to return to a more regular schedule.”
Cameron, who served as a senior producer for “World News Tonight” for 7 years, thanked Peter Jennings and Charles Gibson, saying “It’s with a mixture of pride and sadness that I leave ABC News after 13 years [of Wag the Dog].”
ABC News President David Westin, who is also leaving the network at the end of the year, said in an email to staff that Cameron had accomplished what he set out to do.
“Ian has done an outstanding job at the helm of our Sunday program, first with George Stephanopoulos, and more recently with Christiane Amanpour,” he said. “But it’s come at the expense of his time with his family on weekends, something he’s made clear for some time could not go on indefinitely. Last spring, he agreed to stay on to help with the introduction of the new version of This Week we began with Christiane. He accomplished what he set out to do, and we are in his debt.”
“The next year, CTV, Canada’s first private TV network and a fledgling competitor of his father’s network, hired the 24-year-old Jennings as co-anchor of its late-night national newscast. While reporting for CTV, he was the first Canadian journalist to arrive in Dallas after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1964, CTV sent Jennings to cover the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There, he ran into Elmer Lower, then president of ABC News, who offered him a job as a correspondent for the American network, an opportunity Jennings initially rejected. “The job was pretty intimidating for a guy like me in a tiny city in Canada,” Jennings later recalled. “I thought, What if I screw up? What if I fail?”Three months later though, he changed his mind and packed his bags for America. .. Jennings was determined to build his journalism credentials abroad. In 1968, he established ABC’s Middle East bureau in Beirut, Lebanon, the first American television news bureau in the Arab world. The next year, he demonstrated his growing expertise in Middle Eastern affairs with Palestine: New State of Mind, a well-received half-hour documentary for ABC’s Now news program.As ABC’s Beirut bureau chief, Jennings soon became familiar with the intricacies of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including the rise of the PalestinianBlack September Organization during the early 1970s. He conducted the first American television interview with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat. While stationed in the Lebanese capital, Jennings dated Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi, who was then a graduate student in literature at the American University in Beirut.
In 1972, Jennings covered his first major breaking news story, the Munich Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes by Black September. His live reporting, which drew on the expertise he had acquired in the Middle East, provided context for Americans who were unfamiliar with the Palestinian group. By hiding with his camera crew close to the athletic compound where the Israeli athletes were being held hostage, Jennings was able to provide ABC with clear video of the masked hostage-takers. He would later be criticized for insisting on using the terms “guerillas” and “commandos” instead of “terrorists” to describe the members of Black September.
After the events of Munich, Jennings continued to report on Middle East issues. In 1973, he covered the Yom Kippur War, and the following year, he served as chief correspondent and co-producer of Sadat: Action Biography, a profile of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat that would win him his first of two George Foster Peabody Awards. The documentary established Jennings as Sadat’s favorite correspondent. That summer, Jennings married for the second time, to Anouchka Malouf, a Lebanese photographer. His first wife had been childhood sweetheart Valerie Godsoe.
Jennings returned to the U.S. at the end of 1974 to become Washington correspondent and news anchor for ABC’s new morning program AM America, a predecessor to Good Morning America.ABC was hoping that the show, in which it had invested $8 million, would challenge NBC’s highly popular Today. AM America debuted on January 6, 1975, with Jennings delivering regular newscasts from Washington. The show never gained ground against Today, and was canceled in just ten months. In November 1975, Jennings moved abroad once again, this time as ABC’s chief foreign correspondent. He continued to cover the Middle East, and in 1978 he was the first American reporter to interview the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, then in exile in Paris.
Meanwhile, ABC News and its newly installed president, Roone Arledge, were preparing an overhaul of its nightly news program, whose ratings had languished in third place behind CBS and NBC since its inception. In the late 1970s, a disastrous pairing of Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters at the anchor desk left the network searching for new ideas. Arledge decided to implement a three-anchor format for the program. On July 10, 1978, World News Tonight debuted with Frank Reynolds in Washington, Max Robinson in Chicago, and Jennings in London. Jennings’ official title was “Foreign Desk Anchor,” although he continued to serve as the network’s chief foreign correspondent. By the summer of 1979, the innovative broadcast, which featured some of the same glitzy presentation as Arledge’s previous television coup, Wide World of Sports, had climbed in the ratings. The newscast had gained 1.9 million households from its debut, and was now in a dead heat with NBC’s evening newscast.
Jennings also found renewed success in his personal life. In 1979, he married for the third time to fellow ABC correspondent Kati Marton. That same year, he became a father when Marton gave birth to their daughter, Elizabeth. In 1982, Jennings’ and Marton’s second child, Christopher, was born.
As part of ABC’s triumvirate, Jennings continued to cover major international news, especially Middle East issues. His nightly appearance at an anchor desk in London gave the impression that ABC News was more dedicated to foreign news than the other networks. Jennings reported on the Iranian Revolution and subsequent hostage crisis, the assassination of Sadat, the Falklands war, Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and Pope John Paul II‘s 1983 visit to Poland. His insistence on covering the major international stories himself irked some of his fellow ABC foreign correspondents, who came to resent being scooped by what they deemed as “Jennings’ Flying Circus.” Jennings, too, was not completely satisfied with his job in London. When his contract expired with ABC in the early 1980s, Jennings flirted with the possibility of moving back to Canada and working with the CBC on its new nightly newscast, The Journal. The CBC could not meet Jennings’ renegotiation deadlines, though, and the deal fell through.”
“For Susan Rice, Benghazi Was Kenya 1998 Deja Vu
Posted 06:51 PM ET
Parallels: A mission was attacked after warnings, Americans were killed after security requests were denied, and a diplomat went on TV to explain it all — our current U.N. ambassador, after embassy bombings in 1998.
‘What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on both embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday after two hours with our U.N. ambassador. “In both cases, the ambassador begged for additional security.”
In both cases, Susan Rice was involved more than she would like to admit.
In the spring of 1998, Prudence Bushnell, the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, sent an emotional letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright begging for a more secure embassy in the face of mounting terrorist threats and a warning that she was the target of an assassination plot.
The State Department had repeatedly denied her request, citing a lack of money. But that kind of response, she wrote Albright, was “endangering the lives of embassy personnel.”
A matter of months later, on Aug. 7, 1998, the American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya were simultaneously attacked with car bombs. In Kenya, 12 American diplomats and more than 200 Africans were killed.
As in Benghazi, requests for more security were denied, warnings were issued, prior incidents were ignored and Susan Rice went on TV to explain it all.
Within 24 hours, Rice, then assistant secretary of state for African affairs, went on PBS as spokesperson for the administration — just as she was regarding Benghazi when she parroted the administration’s false narrative on five Sunday talk shows on Sept. 16, 2012, that Benghazi was caused by a flash mob enraged by an Internet video. Then, as now, she worked for a Clinton.
Also then, as now, she went on TV to claim, falsely, that we “maintain a high degree of security at all of our embassies at all times” and that we “had no telephone warning or call of any sort like that, that might have alerted either embassy just prior to the blast.” There were plenty of warnings and our East African diplomats were begging for help as Ambassador Chris Stevens was in Benghazi.
Eerie similarities between Benghazi and Nairobi are many. A review of the attacks showed the CIA repeatedly told State Department officials in Washington and in the Kenya embassy that there was an active terrorist cell in Kenya connected to Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the attack.”