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control. from several of more than 150 pages of official state department documents released today. as part of an expansive house investigation. james rosen has the latest. good evening. >> good evening. although the documents were written in the usual bureaucratic style of diplomats and security officers they take on the added poignancy. impact on read they're ranges from saddening to chilling. >> on the day he died, september 11, u.s. ambassador to libya, chrissteins signed a three-page cable labeled "sensitive" where he alerted the state department and other agencies to deal with growing problems in security in benghazi. lamenting that the security forces were too weak to keep the country secure. >> i'm stunned by the documents. i figured there were some documents. had no idea it would be like this. if i were the press secretary now i'd be chagrined to say
the least. >> the warnings crescendo over three months' time. on june 25, he signed another sensitive cable where he cataloged what he called increase in violent attacks against western interest. including the use of the i.e.d. against the benghazi consulate that month. islamist extremist appears to be on the rise adding the al-qaeda flag has been spotted several times flying over government buildings and training facilities. >> the committee will come to order. >> 166 pages of internal state department papers released by two republican lawmakers. congressman darrell issa of california and jason chaffitz of utah. the regional security officer told a hearing that the request for more security in benghazi were rebuffed by the state department. one memo from february of this year noted easy access that the militia enjoyed to military grade weapons, like rpgs.
he noted the heavy weapons and the vehicle mountain weapons. these were the weapons used to kill stevens and three other americans on 9/11. >> the fall of gaddafi after four decades of authoritarian rule led to disbursal of tens of thousands of small and heavy weapons and lawlessness. al-qaeda affiliated group, including al-qaeda in the aqim and other extremist groups are likely to take advantage of the ongoing political turmoil in libya. he added the u.s. government remained concern such individuals and groups may use libya as platform from which to conduct attacks in the region. >> there are two aspects to look at. one leading up to the attack. or a cover up or gross
incompetence following it. >> state department spokesman told me the secretary of state will fully address these matters only after the department interim review board has submitted its findings on benghazi. congressman cummings of maryland lashed out at chairman issa accusing issa of promoting the most negative and distorted view. >> bret: joinbe me later tonight for a special investigation, death and deceit in benghazi. you can see it at 10:00 p.m. eastern. friday night. of course you might have to set the dvr. worth checking out. there is rubblings they are getting syrian opposition and they are believed to be islamist extremists as well. is the u.s. insisting with the
transfer in any way. catherine herridge tells us how syria may if it in with the assault on the american mission in benghazi. >> the mysterious ship may be linked to the 9/11 terror attack in the u.s. consulate in benghazi. using the ship records, fox news confirmed the victory received on september 6. this is five days before ambassador stevens and sean smith and former seal tyrone woods and glen doherty killed in an extended terrorist assault by 125 members of the militia. on the night of the attack in benghazi, ambassador stevens just finished dinner with a turkish diplomat. according to that initial september 14 report by the times of london, 400-tons of cargo was on board. some humanitarians but also the largest consignment of weapons headed for syrian
rebels on the front line. >> this is a ship by the name of victory carrying weapons that are found in libya. >> he is a middle east and terrorism expert for fox news. >> the ship came that way, all the way up to extend it in turkey. s. >> now the information available there were weapons. a lot of weapons. >> it included surface to air antiaircraft missiles like these. rpgs. russian designed man portable air defense systems known as man-pad. the ship captain told "times of london" "i can only talk about the medicine and humanitarian aid for rebels." there was a report about fight for the weapons and what got what, between the free syrian army and muslim brotherhood. >> what has been happening in the past few months and a year is arab spring that went wrong
in libya. >> the free syrian army now has al-qaeda militias in their ranks fighting to out president assad. to date, more than 32,000 people have been killed there. you are looking at what happens when the arab spring turns in to a radical islamist winter. >> weapon systems are extremely accurate and with a short amount of instruction, you have somebody capable of taking down any aircraft. anywhere in the world. >> muammar gaddafi, the former libyan dictator owned more man-pads than anyone else. >> today, neighbor announced death of muammar gaddafi. >> quickly, the u.s. committed $40 million to help the new libya find the gaddafi stock pile. in february, the assistant secretary of state for political and military affairs shapiro expressed concerns about missing man-pad.
>> how many are still missing? we don't know and probably never will. >> porter goss is former director of the c.i.a. >> do you think we'll find out some of the weapons from libya made their way to syria? >> absolutely. >> there was testimony about the threat from loose weapons. >> figures we were provided were rough estimate. >> effort to get the 7s out of the hands of extremists. asked to comment, spokesperson dismissed the idea saying stevens was there for the diplomatic meeting and attend opening of cultural center. >> bret: more on this in the 10:00 p.m. special. thank you. the white house and u.n. security council are condemning today's terrorist car bombing in beirut, lebanon that killed a senior intelligence official and
seven others. lebanon opposition party is holding the prime minister responsible for and calle callig for his government to resign. they are trying to make sure the new constitution represents all factions of society. the 100-member assembly writing the document is loaded with islamists. back in this country, survivors of the 2009 fort hood shootings and relatives of those killed want the government to declare the incident terrorist attack. they released a video to make their point. terrorism designation would allow people affected to receive the same benefit of those involved in combat. workplace violence is not a muslim, jihadist terrorist. and camouflage by wearing u.s. army military uniforms. opening fire, unarmed, unprotected soldiers.
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>> bret: the home stretch of the presidential race is all about the numbers. 18 days until the election. three days until final debate. then there are the poll numbers, which are everywhere. just released fox news poll numbers indicate big gains by mitt romney in one crucial state. chief political correspondent carl cameron tells us about major rumbling in florida. >> during bike week in da toena beach, romney planned a laterally for florida electoral vote.
romney is leading 48 to 45%. eight-point swing since last month. within the margin of error. on whom voters trust to handle the economy, romney surged to 50% over mr. obama at 43. >> i believe we can have economic renaissance soon. >> the romney-ryan victory strategy assumes a florida win and that it will hinge on g.o.p. turn-out on the corridor from tampa to atlantic. the "sentinel" newspaper endorsed romney writing we have little confidence that obama would be more successful managing the budget or economy in the next four years so we're recommending romney in this race. joe biden was nearby tampa
stumping in sun city. >> i have news for governor romney and congressman ryan. they are dead wrong. america is neither dependent nor are we in decline. period. the president is ahead by three points in the margin of error. buckeye state, obama more trusted to hand the economy by two. the real clear politics electoral college map based on the polling averages has romney at 206 and obama at 201 of the 270 electorate needed to win. 131 electors in ten states still up for grabs. mr. obama will spend the week at camp david to prepare for the policy debate in boca raton. at the charity dinner last night, the two exchangeed light-hearted one liners including one about the two debate and preparations so far. >> first, refrain from alcohol for 65 years before debate.
second, find the biggest available straw man and merselmercilessly attack him. big bird didn't even see it coming. by the way, in the spirit of "sesame street" the president's remarks brought to you by the letter "o" and the number 16 trillion. >> a lot more energy in the second debate. i felt well rested after the long nap in the first debate. >> the needle hasn't moved much from the vice presidential debate or the presidential debate so that makes the one monday in florida important. after the debate on foreign policy, they will wake up tuesday morningks from election day. >> bret: please tell me you're not wearing chaps. >> not tonight. >> thank you. both sides consider the female vote essential and target rich
environment. there are signs republicans making up ground. president obama tell women his opponent has conveniently short memory. >> in battlegrounds like virginia, president obama is highlighting social issues. getting women in photo op and going lighter on the trouble spot like economy and libya. >> if you stand up in primary debate and say you would be delighted to sign a law outlawing that right to choose in all cases. >> inventing romneysia. >> if you say women, should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation, that would let your employer deny you contraceptive care, you might have a case of romneysia. >> even the president podium said the health security. romney fired back ladies don't have amnesia about economic security. romney surrogate saying,
"women haven't forgotten how we suffered in the last four years in the obama economy with the higher taxes and unemployment and record levels of poverty. republicans note today's event featured the head of planned parenthood. and star of the new obama campaign web video. >> romney on the other hand is threatening not just to take us back four years but more than 40 years. he will do everything we can to overturn roe v. wade. >> if it looks like the democratic ticket is panicy about women, they should be. new fox poll shows likely voters in ohio, the president is down eight points among women from september. in florida, the shift is more stark. the president 19-point edge among women evaporated to one point. romney expanded his lead among married women to 13 points up from 7. biden was hammering romney's binder reference at the last debate. >> if this wasn't so sere email@example.com'd think i
made it up. come back and say i have binders full of qualified women. how does he have to go ask for binders to find qualified women? >> romney camp pushed back putting ann romney on "the view." after last month's visit by president and first lady. >> it's nearly, i'd say 95% of what i hear from women is help, please help. >> economic help? >> absolutely. >> the president will hit sunshine state and ohio on tuesday. they have problems in both battlegrounds especially among women. >> bret: thanks. jobless rates fell or held steady in nine key swing states. unemployment dropped in ohio, florida, wisconsin, colorado, iowa, nevada north carolina. unchanged in new hampshire and virginia. overall, 41 states and district of columbia saw
decreases. six states had increases and three were unchanged. today is the 25th anniversary of the stock market crash called black monday when the dow lost quarter of its value. things were not as bad today. but they were not good. the industrial average dropped 205 points today. the s&p 500 fell 24. still ahead we get you ready for monday's debate with your own foreign policy briefing. first, unintended consequences of all the talk of getting tough with china. oohooo....haha! oh...there you go. wooohooo....hahaahahaha! i'm gonna stand up to her! no you're not. i know. you know ronny folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than a witch in a broom factory.
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votes in key states like ohio, that lost manufacturing jobs, the campaign rhetoric worries the rising number of americans who owe the job with open trade. >> to have rhetoric talking about china is bad. in the long term it could hurt the relationship. >> chinese new year is the second largest selling season. only after the holidays here in the u.s. >> candy maker in tacoma, washington, earns half the money overseas. they need $620 million in new planes. 40% of the jobs in washington state are tied to international trade. with china the largest customer. union leaders say despite the improved export the american worker is being harmed. >> the outsourcing issue is
huge. we have lost 50,000 manufacturing factories and plants in the last decade. that is 6 million manufacturing jobs. >> the overheated debate is having an effect on how people in china view the u.s. in 2010, 68% of those surveyed said relationship with america was cooperative. now 39% hold the opinion. all but two states saw exports to china triple in the last decade. >> bret: you will never guess why brazil is bracing for a massive power outage. that is next in grapevine. the old gray lady changes her tune on liby libya. meet the five-passenger ford c-max hybrid. c-max says ha. c-max says wheeee. which is what you get, don't you see?
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>> fresh picking from the political grapevine. what a difference a week makes. we told you last friday how the "new york times" pub luck editor called out her paper for overlooking the libya scandal. margaret sullivan said coverage of congressional hearing should have been the lead story and were told there were six better ones. now it seems the paper is going in the opposite direction. libya is on the front page how one suspect believed to be behind the benghazi attack is in plain view of benghazi, but check out the online correction. earlier version of this article described incorrectly
a beverage that he was drinking at a hotel in benghazi, libya. it was a strawberry frappe, not mango juice, which is what he had ordered. democrats are hammering mitt romney for asking for binders full of women to hire for females for his staff and cabinet as governor of massachusetts. one of those women whose resume was included one of the binders, elizabeth child is proud of it. she says she was hired of commissioner of mental health as nod to her expertise, not affirmative action. while binders may not have been used, it appears that president obama received something similar from the chicago tribune in march of 2009. "in a bid to get more muslim americans working in the obama administration, a book with resumes of 45 of the nation's most qualified has been submitted to the white house." finally, brazil's national electricity grid is bracing for possible power outages
tonight. it's the finale of a smash soap opera. in case you haven't been keeping up, story of a young woman's vengeance on her stepmother who abandoned her in a landfill. spokesman for the energy system operator said the officials fear sudden surges in electricity consumption as millions of viewers switch on their living room lights. raid their refrigerators and turn on their microwave ovens. we told you earlier monday's debate is on foreign policy. there is a lot to talk about. wendell goler brings us up to speed on the big foreign policy issues. >> in their final debate monday, governor romney expected to accuse the president of not being tough enough on iran and china, not supportive enough of israel and rebels in syria. he said in the second debate, mr. obama squandered america's leadership. >> the president's policy throughout the middle east
began with an apology tour and pursue a strategy of leading from behind. this strategy is unraveling before our eyes. >> mr. obama meanwhile will ask mr. romney what he would do differently especially with iran. >> if governor romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so. >> mr. obama's critics say it's unfair since he, too, left the military option on the table with iran. >> experts say even if romney is elected, a war is unlikely. >> his political advisors will remind him that at a time when he is trying to repair the american economy, which is priority number one, two, three, four and five, that the last thing we need is a spike in oil prices or a plunge in financial markets. >> mr. romney thinks the u.s. should arm the syrian rebels. right now, the administration says we provide nonlethal aid but the analysts say that means others decide who gets the guns. >> right now what we're seeing is the saudis giving weapons to groups that are affiliated with al-qaeda.
that is certain to leave a disaster. >> disaster similar to libya now home to militias the government can't disarm, blamed on the attack of the u.s. consulate in benghazi that killed ambassador chris stephens and three other americans. daniel believes the administration muddled response to that attack pulled president down in polls more than romney pulled himself up. >> this unbelievable fiasco, the coverup, scandal in benghazi is really hurting the president. because there is no news outlet in the country that has been able to front forhim and say this was well handled. >> romney has criticized the president setting withdrawal date for the u.s. troops in afghanistan, but not indicated he would change it. he says we should have left troops in iraq, though they wouldn't have been protected from the country's legal system. he criticized trade actions against china that the president says saved american jobs. >> a large part of the next deinterstate likely to be round two on benghazi and the administration response to the
arab spring. it's important that romney come with alternatives, not just complaints. bret? >> bret: wendell goler at the state department. thank you. what do you think will be the biggest headline monday night? let me know on twitter, follow me. @bretbaeir. we'll have coverage of the monday final presidential debate. join megyn kelly and me 8:55 eastern time, when we start from florida. the latest with the libya investigation tonight. and are libyan weapons and even jihadists winding up in syria? we'll ask the fox all-stars when we come back. just picking up some, brochures, posters copies of my acceptance speech. great! it's always good to have a backup plan, in case i get hit by a meteor. wow, your hair looks great. didn't realize they did photoshop here. hey, good call on those mugs. can't let 'em see what you're drinking. you know, i'm glad we're both running a nice, clean race. no need to get nasty. here's your "honk if you had an affair with taylor" yard sign.
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saying every piece as it came out on the libya investigation, the administration has laid out. today, a lot of pieces were laid out. more than 166 pages of the state department cables came out from the investigation from the house oversight committee. some of them written by the late ambassador chris stevens. start back in june. this is a few months before his death. writing that islamic extremist appears to be on the rise in eastern libya. the al-qaeda flag spotted several times flying over government buildings and training facilities. the government of libya until they are able to effectively deal with the key issues the violence is likely to continue and worsen. august 8, month before his death, benghazi moved from trepidation to euphoria and back. as a series of violent incident dominated the political landscape. the individual incidents have been organized. islamist extremist are able to attack the red cross with relative immunity. we have seen not the random
crimes of opportunity but targeted and discriminated attack. attackers are unlikely to be deterred until authorities are as capable and then on september 11, just hours before he's murdered, he writes that there are growing problems with security. there are growing frustration with the libyan security forces. that they are unable to keep the country secure. that they are too week to keep libya secure. again, he would be murdered hours after signing the last cable. bring in the panel. steve hayes, senior writer for the "weekly standard." kirsten powers for daily beast. syndicated columnist krauthammer. steve? >> three major developments in the last 24 hours. you just laid out one of them with the cables directly from ambassador stevens, including the one on september 11, itself. the station chief wrote a cable immediately saying this
was a planned attack. there were al-qaeda links. this was not something that arose out of a spontaneous protest because of a video. >> bret: let me interrupt you. fox reported on septembe septem, intelligence officials telling us that the intelligence community sending up the chain from libya, they were saying terrorist attack and tied to al-qaeda. they were on the hunt for al-qaeda. >> an there was no protest. this report ads the cable came from station chief. if you were going to find out what happened the first person you contact the c.i.a. station chief in country to give you a read on what happened. third thing, the "new york times" piece you reported on, qatala a leader in libya, seen at the compound.
directing the fighting in the compound that evening and acknowledging having been in the compound. that is extraordinary. after 38 days on day 38, we have so many more questions about what happened in libya. despite the claim to jon stewart the late night comedian we have a president encouraging more questions. not answering the ones already posed. >> it's incredible after everything you went through to remember it was just a movie. looking at the cable he said it's not random crime of opportunity happening here. and that they have all of this
information. and know this. and yet still come out to make the claim. this was all the spontaneous protest by movie. i spent time talking to people in the administration. basically saying you can't trust that. they have been saying it's not true. they won't go on the record now. we have a story confirming it. >> it refutes the president's claim on a comedy show when they got any piece of information, they laid it out to the american people. we now know that administration got report from the station chief in libya, saying it was terror attack. ple planned attack.
she not only isn't sharing that, she is contradicting it. there is no evidence it was preplanned attack. every level, you think back to what the president said. in the second debate, he was offended that governor would imply, suggest that anybody in his administration had misled the country on libya. misleading is at so many levels, so many contradictio contradictions. hiding of information. covering of information it's almost enumerable. i think romney has a tremendous opening on monday. the number of statements misleading is staggering. for them to proclaim they lay out the information and offended by the implication they misled, the president himself was saying on letterman a week after the attack, that it was, had to do with the video. time when everybody knew. nothing to do with the video.
>> bret: i should point out the administration stopped talking about this. the state department said an independent board is conducting thorough review of the assault on the post in benghazi. once we have the board comprehensive account of what happened. findings and recommendations we can address the matters. >> that contradicts that the president said. who is in charge here in the president is saying we want to put every piece of information out to be responsive and answer questions. the state department should answer the question. >> one other aspect, you know when the report will be completed? >> november 7. >> november 15, middle of the month. it's an attempt, you simply say there is an inquiry happening and we can't speak about it. that insulates them. even the main stream media, i
mean even now can't hide from this issue. the other story quickly. the libyan ship gets to syria. it's carrying cargo that includes weapons. catherine herridge had this story tonight. we have the docking, documents, some 400-tons of cargo on board including large consignment of weapons. take a listen to this. >> so the ship came that way. all the way up to extend it to turkey. now, from the information available, there were eight material but also weapons. >> do you think we'll find out the weapons from libya made their way to syria? >> absolutely. >> no question. networking going on. we know it. >> bret: could this be a funneling effort to syria?
>> absolutely. this is leading from behind. you overthrow dictator in unstable area and we have zero control, zero influence over anything happening here, which means you get the jihadist, escaping to mahli. half of that is al-qaeda state essentially. you have the al-qaeda camps all over north africa. we now know there are weapons going from syria from libya in to syria to the hands of the worst jihadist. and syria is the real strategic prize here. so it is jeopardizing all of our interest in the area. this is what happens when you don't lead. >> bret: big jigsaw puzzle. middle east. we'll have a lot of this tonight. 10:00 p.m. eastern time. that "special report" investigates death and deceit in benghazi. it's worth checking out. next up the friday lightning round. [ male announcer ] in blind taste tests, even ragu users chose prego. prego?! but i've bought ragu for years.
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>> bret: each week viewers vote for their choice online. this is the friday lightning round. charles won with 62% of the vote. no speech tonight, we're short on time. what is the question? >> giving candy crowley's appalling performance in the debate, you will notice this is extremely objective and nonjudgmental question. should the next debate and all debates after that be moderated by alex trubek? give the question. get out of the way. if not, why not? now the correct answer is yes, alex trubek or perhaps who is alex trubek? the reason is simple. we have 300 hours ayear of sunday talk shows, where there is an inquisition of the
politician. we have 4-1/2 hours every four years of the candidates for presidency alone on the stage. leave them alone. let them argue and debate. and fact check each other. that is not the role of moderator. that is the correct answer. interested to hearing dissension. >> dare i say no. i don't think that candy crowley was that terrible. except for that one moment. i prefer jim lerher approach. let them go at each other. >> i agree with kirsten. more of a jim lehrer approach be. there, shape the debate. help formulate the questions about get out of the way. don't step on them and don't fact check unless you know the facts you're correcting are wrong. >> bret: so that leads to us the debate on monday. bob schieffer in the chair as moderator, sitting down. format is the question, two-minute answer. but more like this going back and forth in the subject are
areas. for a while. >> he does a good job on "face the nation." how much time will he spend on libya? will he ask questions in a way y need to be asked to draw information out of the president. >> bret: that doesn't sound like get out of the way. >> ask the questions, be aggressive and then get out of the way. >> here is the thing. let mitt romney and obama interact. romney needs to be better prepared than he was in the last debate. he should not get up until he gets to the bottom of it. that is what i would do if i was him. >> the reason romney did not win the debate, second debate running away is he whiffed on the hanging curveball on libya. he missed it. lucky he gets a second chance. hammer bam pa bam on the statement he -- hammer obama that he is offended that he implied he misled. go through catalog of
misleading and go after the statement that president made that every piece of information is laid out. honesty and leadership. it's not that people care so much about libya but they don't like the leadership lying about it. >> you said romney won on points. >> he won points but a -- obama won on points, and narrow victory. romney had one high point, great answer on the economy is the reason the polls show on the economy, he won in that debate. that neutralized the effect on trajectory of the election. >> bret: "newsweek" going digital. >> it died several years ago. tina brown except it alive through skillful sensationmism. you can't cheat the bottom line. >> this is the way everyone will be going eventually. this is the first of the sort of old great, you know, weeklies that will go this way. >> steve?
>> emphasis on "old." i'm sad anytime, as guy who writes for a magazine, sad any time a magazine goes under or goes digital like this. but when is the last time you read the hard copy of "newsweek" magazine? decade ago? >> think of all the trees that will live as a result of this. >> but do you think it's all going to go? >> i think magazines are completely obsolete. there may be a remnant of people who want a hard copy newspaper. but they are probably old and dying. >> the idea of something that is a week old is not -- you know, we're used to getting everything instantly now. twitter on our news. why would we wait for this? >> there has to be room for solid, strong, well sourced long form reporting. thingthings that come in chunks that more than a sentence. >> that is what they said about the horse and buggy. >> that's why they should subscribe to the "weekly standard." >> after that promotional evident i'll try to stop e-mails from flowing. we had other e-mail generate
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finally tonight as a reporter it's important to know the subject you are talking about. knowing what that subject will do on live television is a different story. especially when the subject is not human. ♪ >> and, look, they are big. this one is about 12 pounds, but they can grow. [squealing] [ laughter ] >> bret: just got to be careful with those fish. make sure you join us in just three hours with our "special report," death and deceit in benghazi. monday's "special report" will be live from boca ba con, florida third and final
presidential debate. we will talk to the voters in that key swing state as well. coverage begins at 8:55 eastern time. you don't want to miss that thanks for joining us tonight, inviting us into your home. that's it for this "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. >> shepard: this is "the fox report." tonight, the maker of a popular line of sunscreen pulling products from the shelves because they can set you on fire. plus, brand new fox news polls are just out. and man did they reveal the state of the race in make or break states. >> shepard: president obama today on the offensive in the crystal battleground state of virginia. but with the g.o.p. ticket surging in many polls, the republic candidates are making a stand in florida. tonight, campaigns kick into high gear as we near the final