Families of Those Killed in Benghazi Await Justice

Fox News has a piece today focused on the families of the four individuals who died in Benghazi last year. They have been promised justice but so far nothing seems to be happening.

Charles Woods, father of Ty Woods, said in a statement published this week “It has been almost a year since my son Ty Woods sacrificed his life defending 30 Americans at the Benghazi consulate.” Woods added “After one year, we still do not have answers.”

Sean Smith’s mother Pat Smith has been the most vocal critic of the administration’s follow through on Benghazi. Smith told Fox that she had a meeting with FBI agents last year in which “they said they were going to follow this up until they finally got the
guys that did this and they showed me pictures of three different guys
that they suspected and wanted to question and bring them in.” But Smith says she has seen photos of the same three men on television recently, suggesting little progress has been made.

Last month President Obama revealed the existence of a a sealed indictment against the Benghazi attackers and promised “we’re going to stay on it until we get them.” The only name associated with the indictment is that of Ahmed Khattalah. But while Khattalah has not been arrested or captured, he has been giving interviews to multiple media outlets including CNN.

The NY Times reported last October that Khattalah was in Benghazi where he spent two hours “at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and
scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments.”

This Sunday White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough appeared on Fox News Sunday to defend the President’s policy on Syria. At the end of the interview Chris Wallace snuck in a question about Benghazi, “Why is it that reporters seem to be able to find this guy who the government is charging for involvement in Benghazi but our law enforcement can’t find him?” McDonough replied “Look, we’ve been very clear that we will hold those people who carried out this dastardly, heinous attack against our people to account.” When Wallace followed up with “It’s been a year, sir,” McDonough promised that the government would do what it said.

Perhaps the administration will do what it promised but for the families of those killed a year has been a long time to wait.