Momentum for Benghazi Select Committee

There is only one certainty surrounding the terrorist attack that occurred in Benghazi, Libya last September 11th: seven months later, the American people and the families of the victims and wounded still do not know all the facts and specifics that resulted in the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American heroes. However, I am cautiously optimistic that momentum is building this week in the quest for the truth.

In separate letters to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the groups Special Operations Speaks and Operational Security (OpSec), along with 700 retired military special operations personnel, urged support for House Resolution 36 which is being sponsored by senior Republican Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA). House Resolution 36, if passed, would create a select congressional committee to thoroughly investigate the terrorist attacks in Benghazi and what the Obama Administration did and didn’t do.

Also joining in support of Rep. Wolf’s proposed select committee is Ms. Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, the information management officer killed in the attack. For months, she has expressed her frustration with the U.S. Government for not being more forthright and responsive about what happened the day her son lost his life in a terrorist attack.

Her brave letter of support are strong words from a grieving mother who loves her country and is looking for closure: 

Please, Please help me find out who is responsible and fix it so no more of our sons & daughters are abandoned by the country they love. It is very difficult to find out Leon Panetta advised Pres. Obama that the attack was occurring and Pres. Obama went to bed without sending help. It is too late for my son but not too late for those that follow.

In addition, I was happy to join with 23 other leaders of the conservative movement in signing a letter to Congressman Wolf endorsing the select committee. Those signing it included Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.), Al Cardenas, Phyllis Schlafly, Brent Bozell, and many others. This letter illustrates that conservatives are a united in the quest for truth and accountability concerning Benghazi.

Citizens United’s members and supporters have been proud to support Rep. Wolf’s HR 36 as he seeks to bring all investigations into this sensitive matter under the jurisdiction of one committee that can focus singularly on finding the truth the victims’ families and the American people deserve. Our supporters have sent over 4,000 letters to Members of Congress, and their voices are being heard. As of Friday, there are 100 co-sponsors signed onto this resolution in the House.

In addition to the four deaths, it is shocking that the number of wounded is still unknown and that the survivors of the attack haven’t been made available for congressional testimony. Other questions persist as well. Why was a military response not executed? Why weren’t officials at the highest levels of the Obama Administration communicating? Why wasn’t President Obama engaged during the attack?

Sadly, it appears we’ll never know the answers to these questions until the U.S. House approves Rep. Wolf’s resolution. With 100 co-sponsors supporting the resolution, it’s time for the House Republican leadership to bring it to the floor for a vote.


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