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CNN Evening News for Thursday, Sep 27, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) New security concerns for US personnel in Tripoli, Libya, and the troubled investigation into the attack against the US consulate in Libya after intelligence indicated an attack was planned introduced; details given about why the administration took so long to change its explanations about Libya and how no FBI agents are not yet in Benghazi. [Secretary of Defense Leon PANETTA - says terrorists planned the attack in Libya.] [September 16, US Ambassador to U.N. Susan RICE†- says the current assessment is the attack was spontaneous, not premeditated.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Fran Townsend, former CIA agent Bob Baer and CNN producer Jomana Karadsheh† about events in Libya. [TOWNSEND - says the FBI has protocols about how to investigate a terrorist attack; questions the original speculation the attack was spontaneous.] [BAER - explains how the US is in a standoff because extra military protection is needed because there is no stable government in Libya; states the use of mortars in Benghazi indicated a military-style attack and intelligence is coming in slowly.] [KARADSHEH - says the Tripoli embassy has been on high alert since the September 11 attack and there are concerns about demonstrations turning violent.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier interview held with Senator John McCain about events in Libya. [McCAIN - comments on the administration's early and current explanations for the attack in Libya: they were naive or deceptive; states radical Islamists are pushing the anti-Islam video; asserts Congress was not told about the investigation even though the media had the details; indicates there is evidence that there were threats against the Us in this dangerous part of the world where border security is needed to contain the jihadists.]

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