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Benghazi: Issues and News about the Benghazi Attack

LOL: Media Matters Whines That Fox News Cut Away From Democrat During Benghazi Hearing

Apr 2, 2014 2:30 PM PT

Oh waaah....someone break out the world's tiniest violin for Media Matters. You just can't overstate the injustice and inhumanity of this: 

After airing over 45 minutes of live coverage of a House Intelligence Committee hearing on the Benghazi attacks -- including opening statements and Republican Chairman Mike Rogers' (MI) initial questioning of former deputy CIA director Michael Morell -- Fox News cut away for its own "analysis" just as a Democratic congressman's questions began.

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Ex-CIA Deputy Dir. Morell: 'Protest and Terrorist Attack Not Mutually Exclusive' (Video)

Apr 2, 2014 12:53 PM PT

Former CIA Acting Director Michael J. Morell testified Wednesday morning before the House Intelligence Committee on his role in the shaping of the administration’s widely discredited talking points on Benghazi. Republicans charge that Morell's past accounts of his role on Benghazi were "often misleading and sometimes deliberately false."

Republicans got few answers in the hearing, but a lot denials of wrongdoing. "I never allowed politics to influence what I said or did. Never," the 33 year veteran of the agency who has served both Republican and Democrat presidents insisted.

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Benghazi Panel to Boehner: Time for a Bipartisan Commission

Mar 6, 2014 10:58 AM PT

The National Security Action Conference hosted by Breitbart News across the street from CPAC featured a panel on the Benghazi scandal Thursday. There was a consistent message at the panel: We haven't heard the complete truth about what happened in Benghazi and it's time for Speaker Boehner to authorize a bipartisan commission to investigate.

Featured speakers at the pane included Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. "Jerry" Boykin (now Executive Vice President at the Family Research Council), Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch and Charles Woods, father Tyrone Woods. Lt. The event was hosted by Frank Gaffney.

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Chairman Ed Royce at Odds with GOP Committee Members Over Support for Benghazi Select Committee

Feb 11, 2014 3:27 AM PT

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R - CA) is the only Republican on the Committee who has not signed on to become a co-sponsor a resolution that would create a select committee to investigate the attack against the U.S. compound and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

Twenty-four Republican members serve on Foreign Affairs.  The resolution, authored by Rep. Frank Wolf (R - VA),  currently has 184 Republican co-sponsors.  

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House Foreign Affairs Benghazi Report Short On New Information

Feb 10, 2014 1:47 AM PT

GOP members on the House Foreign Affairs Committee released on Friday a report showing the State Department's lack of accountability following the deadly terrorist attacks at the compound and the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.

The report itself did not present anything new other than elements of the most recently released Senate Select Intelligence Committee report related to the  Benghazi investigation, which did present new information. Additionally, the House Foreign Affairs report makes repeated references to an Accountability Reform bill, authored by Chairman Ed Royce (R - CA), that is not related to theBenghazi investigation. However, Royce's own bill has not moved beyond his own committee for nearly a year. 

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Why the Semantic Debate over Benghazi Will Continue

Feb 3, 2014 12:16 PM PT

Is an "act of terror" the same thing as a terrorist attack? Is this just a tiresome semantic argument or is there more at stake here?

General Carter Ham, previous head of AFRICOM, says he reported to Sec. Panetta that a terrorist attack was taking place in Benghazi. O'Reilly asked President Obama if he had been told, during those first hours, that a terrorist attack was taking place. Obama would only say that he learned of an attack and refused to confirm that the word terrorism was used.

O'REILLY: -- did he tell you it was a terror attack?

OBAMA: Bill -- and what I'm -- I'm answering your question. What he said to me was, we've got an attack on our compound. We don't know yet...

O'REILLY: No terror attack?

OBAMA: -- we don't know yet who's doing it. Understand, by definition, Bill, when somebody is attacking our compound...

O'REILLY: Yes?

OBAMA: -- that's an act of terror, which is how I characterized it the day after it happened. So the -- so the question ends up being who, in fact, was attacking us?

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The empty pantsuit

Jan 27, 2014 8:04 PM PT

In response to What Makes Hillary So 'Inevitable' in 2016?:

I've been wondering the same thing, because even if you overlook the rather difficult-to-overlook-but-by-God-the-media-will-try matter of Benghazi, the State Department under Hillary was a mess.  If memory serves correctly, there were at least half a dozen scandals and cover-ups in progress, including some nasty business with very young prostitutes.  

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What Makes Hillary So 'Inevitable' in 2016?

Jan 27, 2014 3:51 PM PT

In response to Hillary Says Benghazi Attack Was 'Unpredictable' and 'Unforeseen' Event:

Somebody explain to me what it is that makes this woman so "inevitable" in 2016. Seriously, I don't get it. Even without the Benghazi debacle, the State Department during Hillary's tenure was marked by scandals and retaliation against whistleblowers while the Middle East burned. Her greatest feat as Secretary of State is that she traveled over a million miles - to accomplish what, nobody knows. 

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Hillary Clinton Says Benghazi Attack Was 'Unpredictable' and 'Unforeseen' Event

Jan 27, 2014 12:32 PM PT

Hillary Clinton expressed regret Monday for the failure in Benghazi even as she continued to suggest it was an "unpredictable" event. The Senate intelligence committee report published earlier this months concluded the attack was preventable.

Asked if she had any regrets about her term as Secretary of State, Hillary responded "Sure, I mean..." before pausing for a couple seconds. Eventually Hillary would cite the Benghazi attack as her biggest regret but only after framing it an "unforeseen" consequence and an "unpredictable" event.

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Benghazi Transcripts: White House Misled The American People On Obama's Preparations For 9/11

Jan 15, 2014 10:58 PM PT
Newly declassified documents obtained by Fox News, show that a press release issued by the White House Press Office on the eve of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, misled the public about military preparedness in Libya on the anniversary of 9/11. 

On Sept. 10, 2012 -- the day before Al Qaeda-linked terrorists carried out the bloody assault on the U.S. consulate and a related annex in Benghazi -- the White House Press Office issued a press release entitled "Readout of the President's Meeting with Senior Administration Officials on Our Preparedness and Security Posture on the Eleventh Anniversary of September 11th." 

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Senate Report Faults State Department for Lack of Security in Benghazi

Jan 15, 2014 10:32 AM PT

A Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Benghazi attack concludes that the State Department failed to appropriately upgrade security at the site given the deteriorating security in the region. Republican Senators specifically lay blame on Under Secretary Kennedy who made key decisions limiting security. In addition, the report offers new details on controversies surrounding the attack such as how the false claim of a demonstration came to be accepted by the CIA despite evidence to the contrary.

The report is broken into 14 separate findings, the first two of which highlight the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and the lack of response by the State Department. The Senate Committee report says the intelligence community produced "hundreds of analytic reports" warning that "militias and terrorists" planned to strike at the US in Libya. The report highlights seven of these reports by name (though one is redacted). For instance, on June 12, 2012 the DIA produced a report titled "Libya: Terrorists Now Targeting U.S. and Western Interests" which said in part "We expect more anti-U.S. terrorist attacks in eastern Libya."

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Jay Carney: Of Course Benghazi Was An Attack!

Jan 14, 2014 12:31 PM PT

During Tuesday's press briefing, Ed Henry asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about pronouncements he made in the White House briefing room, in the days following the Benghazi attack, referring to Fox News' exclusive report on newly declassified documents that show the nation's top civilian and uniformed defense officials, prior to a previously scheduled meeting with Obama, already knew that the assault was a terrorist attack.  

"You said we did not know it was a terror attack, Henry said."Why, if leaders said they knew, would you say that?"

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Declassified Interviews: Defense Officials Quickly Classified Benghazi as 'Terrorist Attack'

Jan 13, 2014 4:55 PM PT

Recently declassified interviews with senior military personnel reveal that the first information given to the President about the attack in Benghazi described it as a terrorist attack.

We've known since September of last year that the first call made from the compound in Benghazi as the attack was beginning described it as a "terrorist attack." Today, Fox News' James Rosen reports that the same assessment was shared by senior military leaders moments before the President was briefed on the situation for the first time.

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What the NY Times Got Right and Wrong on Benghazi

Dec 30, 2013 6:44 PM PT

The NY Times published a lengthy story by David Kirkpatrick Saturday which attempts to explain what took place last September 11th in Benghazi. Much of the story confirms things reported elsewhere, but the author comes to a different conclusion about two topics which have ongoing political implications: Who carried out the attack and why.

Kirkpatrick argues the attack was carried out by local militias not affiliated with Al Qaeda and that the film Innocence of Muslims played a significant role in fostering the attack.

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'60 Minutes' and the curious case of the Benghazi expose

Nov 30, 2013 5:19 PM PT

Eliana Johnson at National Review has written a thorough post-mortem on the bungled "60 Minutes" Benghazi piece, a high-profile special report that unfortunately spotlighted the dramatic stylings of B.S. artist Dylan Davies.  Davies sold CBS News reporter Lara Logan a bill of goods about his thrilling exploits on the night of the Benghazi attack, which directly contradicted the account he gave the FBI.  When government sources leaked the discrepancies to other media, Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, ended up with egg on their faces, and CBS News gave them a few weeks of leave to wipe it off.

Johnson writes about an insular, arrogant culture at "60 Minutes," which is run by Rathergate survivor Jeff Fager.  (Nobody involved in Rathergate should have survived it, so this is a bit of bad karma for CBS.)  Logan apparently gets starry-eyed in the presence of interview subjects with interesting stories to tell, which doesn't really sound like a good resume point for someone in her position.  It sounds like she jumped aboard the express train of "60 Minutes" hubris - Johnson's sources grouse that her good looks were her boarding pass - and rode it right into another sensational bad-reporting scandal.

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Benghazi, the greatest story never told

Oct 28, 2013 1:05 PM PT

We already knew about the astonishing heroism of ex-Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who stepped into the horrifying security vacuum Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton created in Benghazi, and died fighting the terrorists who would later be portrayed as irate movie critics bent out of shape by a YouTube video.  The big "60 Minutes" piece on Benghazi this weekend introduced us to a man who uses the alias "Morgan Jones," an ex-British soldier charged with training the guards for the consulate.

That would be the unarmed guards, mind you.  Jones only trained the regular duty security forces, and they didn't have guns.  Madame Hillary and her team of geniuses at the State Department hired a local militia to respond in case the consulate came under attack.  Jones thought very little of this crew, and accurately predicted they would run when they came under fire.  "We're here to kill Americans, not Libyans," the terrorist attacks informed the local personnel before giving them a pistol-whipping and sending them on their way.

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Hillary Heckled: 'Benghazi! Benghazi! You Let Them Die!'

Oct 24, 2013 6:04 AM PT

Hillary Clinton was giving a speech at the University of Buffalo when she was interrupted by a heckler who wanted the former Secretary of State to answer for her role in the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya in September, 2012.  

“Benghazi! Benghazi! You let them die,” the man shouted from the darkened auditorium. 

Clinton spoke over the man as he was led, shouting, out of the arena: “We have to be willing to come together as citizens to focus on the kind of future we want, which doesn’t include yelling. It includes sitting down and talking with one another.”

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Benghazi News Site Reports U.S. 'Not Serious in Its Investigation'

Sep 23, 2013 11:01 AM PT

An unnamed source in the Libyan Interior Ministry claims that U.S. investigators did not appear interested in suspects the government had identified and asked no questions about the investigation.

According to a story published last Tuesday by New Qurina, a Benghazi based news site, the U.S. investigators who visited the scene "did not ask questions regarding the four defendants who were declared by Libya as suspects involved in the burning of the American headquarters."

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HBO Making a Film About Benghazi Attack

Sep 20, 2013 4:04 PM PT

The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that HBO will be making a film about the 9/11 attack in Benghazi based upon the book Under Fire.

HBO has a very checkered history when it comes to films that touch on politics which might be cause for concern. However, I read Under Fire the day it was released so I can say that the source material does not engage in much political speculation. The authors suggest in passing that the CIA was running the show in Libya but offer no firm conclusions about what they were doing, just a few paragraphs about possible weapons smuggling and training of troops.

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Adm. Mullen Gave Cheryl Mills a Heads Up on 'Weak Witness' Charlene Lamb

Sep 19, 2013 4:51 PM PT

During today's congressional hearing on Benghazi, Rep. Jim Jordan asked Admiral Mullen about his decision to give Hillary Clinton's Chief of Staff at State, Cheryl Mills, a heads up that one of the people who had been called to testify before Congress on Benghazi was "a weak witness." This happened just a week after Mills had called Mullen to ask him to co-chair the Accountability Review Board.

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Will Congress Call Hillary Clinton Back for More Benghazi Questioning?

Sep 19, 2013 3:51 PM PT

Will House Republicans call back Hillary Clinton for further questioning regarding Benghazi?

Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis (R) appeared on Fox News, stating that his House committee is dealing with the “lack of conclusive answers with the State department’s security decisions,” adding that he would be “absolutely be supportive of Republican leadership, if they called Hillary Clinton back for more questioning, and that it is “very appropriate” to call her back.

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Video: Ty Woods' Father Imagines His Son Grabbing Benghazi Liars by the Throat

Sep 19, 2013 2:20 PM PT

This was one of the most powerful moments in today's Benghazi hearing. Democratic Rep. Jack Speier asked Ty Woods' father to talk about his son. Mr. Woods told a story he had heard about Ty lifting another man off the ground by his neck and then went on to suggest Ty might be in heaven right now "figuratively" doing the same to the people who are not telling the truth about what happened in Benghazi last September:

It's always snowing in Benghazi

Sep 16, 2013 1:51 PM PT

In response to Benghazi Oversight Report Asks Why Patrick Kennedy Was Not Held Accountable:

Benghazi might be the best evidence yet that "climate change" is real, because it's buried under a perpetual snow job.  There hasn't been a shred of accountability, transparency, or even simple decency from this bunch.  Administration apologists are running around telling us the internal State Dept. investigation was meticulous and thorough, but that's absurd on its face, since absolutely no one has been held accountable for anything.  

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Benghazi Oversight Report Asks Why Patrick Kennedy Was Not Held Accountable

Sep 16, 2013 12:07 PM PT

A staff report prepared for Rep. Darrell Issa and released today finds numerous failings in the ARB report on Benghazi released last year. The new report overturns some of the conclusions of the official ARB report. It finds that Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy, who was not criticized in the ARB report, should have been held accountable.

The new report is based on public statements but also on transcripts of numerous interviews undertaken since the release of the ARB report. It concurs with some portions of the earlier ARB report and disputes others. For instance, the new report finds that Charlene Lamb was at fault for decisions she made with regard to security in Libya. However the new report also provides a partial basis for exonerating Lamb since evidence suggests that every personnel decisions related to Libya was directly approved (or disapproved) by Under Secretary Kennedy.

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The Party of Obfuscation

Sep 13, 2013 5:22 AM PT

In response to Dems Block Cruz Resolution to Create Joint Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi:

Ah, Democrats - the Party of Obfuscation.  They can't govern to save their lives.  They're all over the map on a crisis like Syria, falling all over themselves to figure out what today's Obama talking point is, and trying to make it sound like that's what they have always believed.  They can't find a single dollar to cut from a bloated economy-crushing government headed for total systemic collapse.  The Democrat Senate Majority Leader stuffs dozens of pro-growth House GOP bills into his desk and then babbles to his fawning media pals that Republicans are a bunch of "obstructionists" and "anarchists."  If the Democrats ran Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, it would only produce a couple of Tootsie Rolls a month, they'd cost $500 apiece, and the Oompa Loompas would have long ago resorted to cannibalism to stay alive.

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Video: Hillary Clinton Heckled About Benghazi Following Acceptance Speech For Liberty Medal

Sep 10, 2013 7:34 PM PT

The heckling came at the end of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia which she gave in acceptance for the 2013 Liberty Medal, Tuesday night.

In her speech, Hillary kept it bland,  largely staying away from controversial issues:

Clinton paid lip service to the pressing questions of the day: how the United States should respond to the use of chemical weapons -- the question at stake in Syria -- and how it should balance the need for both liberty and security. But she did not offer any concrete answer on these highly divisive questions.

Clinton's speech went on to address the need for working together, across the aisle, to get things done -- a topic that is salient given the gridlock in Washington today but also uncontroversial. “When we fail to make progress on the challenges facing our people at home, our standing in the world suffers,” she said.

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Issa Demands That State Dept Comply with Committee's Request to Interview Benghazi Survivors - Kerry Refuses

Sep 10, 2013 4:38 PM PT

Nearly a year to the day four Americans - U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods - were killed in an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has demanded that the State Department comply with his request to interview survivors of the attacks and implied that the Committee may be forced to use the "compulsory process" if cooperation is not forthcoming.

In a letter to Secretary of State, John Kerry, Issa wrote, “The survivors of the attacks are the only people who can give testimony to the Committee about what happened on the ground in Benghazi. Details provided by the survivors will not only help the Committee determine what took place during the attack, but will also help the Committee and other interested parties determine ways to prevent future tragedies.”

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The history erasers wrap things up in Benghazi

Aug 24, 2013 5:24 AM PT

In response to Team tracking Benghazi suspects pulling out Despite Obama's Vow To Get Them:

Imagine if Mitt Romney had accurately predicted this during the 2012 campaign.  "Obama has made such an unholy disaster of Libya, and his Administration is so preoccupied with covering up its failures, that not only will he fail to bring any of the people who murdered our Ambassador and his brave defenders to justice, but the investigators will have to flee the country because it's too dangerous for them to remain!"  

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Team tracking Benghazi suspects pulling out Despite Obama's Vow To Get Them

Aug 23, 2013 11:47 PM PT

Two weeks after the Obama Justice Department announced charges against suspects in the Benghazi attack, Fox News is reporting that much of the U.S. response team that hunted the suspects and trained Libyans to help capture or kill them is leaving Libya permanently. 

Sources tell Fox News, "some of the same suspects in the Benghazi attack are continuing to help the Muslim Brotherhood in eastern Libya and are directly aligned with the militant group Ansar al-Sharia, which has already begun operations to undermine the fledgling Libyan government."

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Issa Promises To Expand Benghazi Probe To Examine Kerry's Decision Not To Discipline Any Officials

Aug 20, 2013 9:20 AM PT

Yesterday, the Daily Beast reported that Secretary of State John Kerry cleared four State Department employees who had been put on leave last December by then Sec of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi mistakes.

A senior State Department official confirmed to The Daily Beast Monday that all four officials placed on administrative leave were now returned to regular duty and would not face any formal disciplinary action. The administrative leave designation was not a formal punishment, but did prevent the officials from working while the Kerry team, which inherited the Benghazi issue from the Clinton team in February, reviewed their cases.

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Rand Paul: Benghazi Should Preclude Hillary Clinton From Higher Office

Aug 13, 2013 9:40 AM PT

Rand Paul was on Fox News to talk about the 400 missiles were stolen in Benghazi and ended up “in the hands of some very ugly people.” Washington attorney, Joe DiGenova made the bombshell revelation, yesterday on WMAL.

He claimed his information "comes from a former intelligence official who stayed in constant contact with people in the special ops and intelligence community." He said the biggest concern right now is finding those missiles before they can be put to use. "They are worried, specifically according to these sources, about an attempt to shoot down an airliner," he claimed.

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Issa Demands Identity of State Dept 'Building Leadership' Official(s) Referred To In Benghazi Talking Points

Aug 9, 2013 9:04 AM PT

Thursday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to State Department official Victoria Nuland seeking more information about why her leadership was concerned by the original talking points drafted following the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi.

In his letter to Nuland, who was involved in the drafting of the talking points, Issa writes, “One of your e-mails made clear that some of your colleagues at the State Department headquarters shared these concerns.  You wrote that changes to the talking points did not ‘resolve all my issues or those of my building leadership.’”

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No WH Press Briefing Following Benghazi Bombshell

Aug 2, 2013 2:30 PM PT

Yesterday, Ace parodied how Jay Carney would answer reporters' questions about the new Benghazi revelations on Twitter and his tweets were memorialized on Twitchy.

I was actually looking forward to hearing how Carney would handle this latest hit to his and his boss's credibility.  As you know, Carney's Benghazi talking points have evolved since day-one from bold faced lies to admissions of half truths only after the facts had surfaced either through congressional inquiry or investigative journalism. Here's my post from May that cataloged how his story evolved over time.

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Report: CIA Silencing Operatives with Knowledge of Benghazi Operations

Aug 1, 2013 2:47 PM PT

A new report indicates that there were dozens of CIA operatives at the Annex in Benghazi when the nearby consulate was attacked. According to unnamed sources, the CIA is going to extraordinary lengths to keep their operations there a secret.

CNN reports that 35 Americans were in Benghazi during the attack, seven of whom were wounded. One source calls the current effort to silence those with knowledge of what happened that night unprecedented. CIA operatives are reportedly being subjected to frequent, even monthly, polygraph tests to insure they remain silent.

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Rep. Wolf: Benghazi Survivors Have Been Asked to Sign NDAs

Jul 18, 2013 2:17 PM PT

Rep. Frank Wolf took to the House floor this morning and claimed that sources have told him the survivors of the Benghazi attack have been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements to prevent them from speaking.

Referring only to "trusted sources" Rep. Wolf said that some survivors had been asked as recently as this summer to sign NDAs.

According to trusted sources that have contacted my office, many if not all of the survivors of the Benghazi attacks along with others at the Department of Defense and CIA have been asked or directed to sign additional non-disclosure agreements about their involvement in the Benghazi attack. Some of these new NDAs, as they call them, I've been told, were signed as recently as this summer.

It is worth noting that the Marine Corp Times reported yesterday that the Marine Colonel whose task force was responsible for special operation in northern and western Africa at the time of the attack is still on active duty despite claims that he retired and therefore could not be forced to testify before Congress. If these reports are accurate, this would be a stunning revelation to any Member of Congress.

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AFRICOM Commander is Not Retired, Contrary to Pentagon Claims

Jul 18, 2013 2:01 PM PT

The commander responsible for military response to threats in northern Africa is still on active duty contrary to a statement made earlier by a Pentagon spokesman.

Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara commander until he stepped down from that position in March. As the person directly responsible for coordinating special forces responses to extremists in northern Africa, congressional investigators were very eager to talk to him. But as recently as two weeks ago the Department of Defense claimed that Col. Bristol was retired and could not be compelled to testify.

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The Benghazi Attack as It Happened

Jul 9, 2013 12:36 PM PT

Vanity Fair magazine has published a colorful and detailed account of the attack on the Benghazi compound last September. The piece is focused on the 40 minutes from the moments just before the attack to the time when a member of the Diplomatic Security team realized Ambassador Stevens appeared lost. It also suggests the attack was premeditated.

The attack began with a group of militants arriving in vehicles. One member walked up to the guard house, put his rifle to the glass and demanded the gate be opened. The unarmed guard complied and militants began streaming inside. They immediately opened another gate giving additional militants access to the compound.

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Jeb Bush To Award Hillary Clinton With 2013 Liberty Medal

Jun 28, 2013 9:38 AM PT

The National Constitution Center announced today that Hillary Clinton will be awarded the 2013 Liberty Medal in Philadelphia on September 10, almost a year to the day four Americans were allowed to die in Benghazi due to her own gross negligence. 

Jeb Bush, the chairman of the Constitution Center will present the award to Clinton at a ceremony scheduled for Sept. 10. 

Both Clinton and Bush are potential contenders in the 2016 presidential elections, for opposing parties. But in a statement, the GOP's Bush only accentuated the positive. 

“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” said Bush, the Republican former Governor of Florida, son of a former president and brother of another. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.” 

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Gen. Carter Ham Says He Was Not Consulted on 9/11 Security Review

Jun 26, 2013 5:03 PM PT

The House Armed Services Committee held a closed door hearing Wednesday and took testimony from three men involved in the response to the attack on the Benghazi consulate. General Carter Ham reportedly told lawmakers that he was not consulted about security arrangements prior to 9/11.

The Associated Press has published an account of the testimony based on a summary released by House Republicans. According to the summary, presidential adviser John Brennan did a worldwide review of security in advance of the 9/11 anniversary. However, Gen. Ham "the combatant commander responsible for one of the most volatile threat environments in the world, stated that neither he nor anyone working for him was consulted as part of the Brennan 9/11 planning process."

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House Oversight Committee Subpoenas Four State Dept. Benghazi Witnesses

Jun 24, 2013 4:46 PM PT

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has issued subpoenas for four State Department officials to be deposed in the Benghazi investigation.  The four subpoenaed officials headed up bureaus where the ARB (Accountability Review Board) found issues contributing to an unsafe environment during the Benghazi attacks. 

The Committee has thus far, only been able to interview one of the thirteen officials they had requested to speak with to date, despite repeated requests to the State Department.

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Rep. Wolf Calls for Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi Attack

Jun 19, 2013 10:47 AM PT

Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia has sent a letter to Speaker Boehner requesting the establishment of a select committee to investigate the 9/11 attack in Benghazi. Wolf's letter is fairly long but here are a few of the highlights:

Dear Mr. Speaker:

The American people are losing confidence in their government.  The tragedy in Benghazi, along with a stream of recent controversies, including the IRS and the Justice Department’s targeting of reporters at Fox News and the Associated Press, as well as the ambiguity about recently disclosed programs at the National Security Agency, are eroding public trust in the institutions of government.

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Writing about Benghazi in The Wall Street Journal last month, columnist Peggy Noonan pondered, “Was all this incompetence? Or was it politics disguised as the fog of war? Who called these shots and made these decisions? Who decided to do nothing?”

More than nine months later, the Congress still cannot answer these questions. No one has been held responsible for the failure to respond that night. A few mid-level career officials have been penalized, but ultimately those senior officials who were in the position to actually say the buck stops here – cabinet secretaries and political appointees at the White House, State Department, Defense Department and CIA – have emerged unscathed, and in some cases, seemingly the better for it.

Consider that former Secretary Clinton now earns hundreds of thousands of dollars for every speech she gives, former Secretary Panetta just signed a $3 million book deal and former CIA Director Petraeus recently joined an investment firm in New York.

Similarly, several other administration officials associated with the Benghazi response to the attack have been promoted. Ambassador Rice has been promoted to national security advisor, then-deputy national security advisor Dennis McDonough has been promoted to White House chief of staff, and then-White House chief of staff Jack Lew has been promoted to Treasury Secretary.

If all responsible for the government’s response to Benghazi have been rewarded with lucrative contracts or promotions within the administration, what signal does this send to the American people about accountability?

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Even more concerning, last month the Associated Press reported that the FBI allegedly has identified five men believed to be responsible for the Benghazi attacks, but won’t detain them because it does not have enough evidence to try them in a U.S. civilian court. For the U.S. to know the identities and possible locations of those who killed four Americans and fail to take action immediately because the administration insists on an Article III trial is shameful. For these reasons, any worthwhile Benghazi investigation must also consider how the Justice Department has managed its investigation into the terrorists over the last year.

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Atlantic Wire Celebrates the Triumph of Spin

Jun 5, 2013 1:09 PM PT

Every few months another progressive writer takes a stab at writing the final piece on Benghazi. The latest effort published at the Atlantic Wire is a celebration of the triumph of administration spin over fact and substance. What's new in the Atlantic piece is an admission that the administration was playing politics all along:

we still don't know who attacked the American consulate and CIA annex. But the Benghazi controversy isn't about that very interesting story. It's about the very boring story of whether Obama played politics after the attack. Of course he did! He is a politician.

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Report: Ambassador Stevens Killed By Lethal Injection After Prisoner Swap Plan Went Wrong

Jun 4, 2013 10:59 PM PT

Bill Gertz is reporting at The Washington Times that a recent online post by an al Qaeda terrorist indicated that U.S. Ambassador to Libya  Christopher Stevens was killed by lethal injection after plans to kidnap him during the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi went bad. According to the post on a prominent jihadist web forum, the plan was "based on the abduction and exchange of high-level prisoners.” 

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Allen West Says Eric Holder Will Be Gone by July

Jun 3, 2013 11:08 AM PT

Former Congressman Allen West is confident that Attorney General Eric Holder will either resign, or be fired from his position by then of this month. West says Holder has become a “drag-chute” for President Obama, and because the liberal media has also joined in on the political “dog-pile,” Holder will be gone by months end.

 I believe that Eric Holder will not make it until the end of June, because the media has turned against Eric Holder- Allen West

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