Getting to the Bottom of Benghazi
This week, after eight months of distractions and unanswered questions, we are getting closer to the bottom of Benghazi and understanding what exactly transpired during the 9/11 consulate attack (in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed)– as three career State Department officials will testify at this Wednesday’s (May 8, 2013) widely anticipated congressional hearing.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa recently said, “This Administration has offered the American people only a carefully selected and sanitized version of events from before, during, and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks…This week’s hearing will expose new facts and details that the Obama Administration has tried to suppress.”
Fox News also recently reported the names of the three men who will testify about the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks:
- Gregory N. Hicks, a foreign service officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attacks.
- Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the agency’s Counterterrorism Bureau.
- Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya, the top security officer in the country in the months leading up to the attack.
Also, just as the White House recently attempted to ‘blow off’ questions about the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack, other fresh information has emerged, revealing that top Obama administration officials deliberately misled the nation about what happened in the weeks following the attack.
The Weekly Standard reported it has “…obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom…As intelligence officials pieced together the puzzle of events unfolding in Libya, they concluded even before the assaults had ended that al Qaeda-linked terrorists were involved.”
Yet, the Obama administration downplayed al Qaeda’s involvement, as it pointed its finger at some ridiculous you-tube video, claiming the video ‘outraged’ the Muslim community, and caused the protests that led to the Benghazi assault. President Obama even continued to blame the video when he addressed the United Nations weeks after the attack.
Breitbart reports that according to featured transcripts of interviews with Issa’s committee, one of the “whistleblowers,” Gregory Hicks, said he was “stunned” by what UN Ambassador Rice claimed “on five different news shows on Sep 16”.
“When she appeared on Face the Nation, she followed an interview with the President of Libya who claimed he had ‘no doubt’ it was a terror attack,” Gregory Hicks said. “Moments later, Ambassador Rice contradicted him and claimed a spontaneous protest was more likely.”
“Acting Ambassador Hicks watched the Sunday shows and said he found this contradiction shocking. “The net impact of what has transpired is the spokesperson of the most powerful country in the world has basically said that the President of Libya is either a liar or doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” he accused. Hicks added, “My jaw hit the floor as I watched this…I’ve never been as embarrassed in my life, in my career as on that day.
Hicks believes the stunning failure of diplomacy on the Sunday news shows explains why it took the FBI three weeks to gain access to the Benghazi site. The U.S. had effectively humiliated the Libyan President on national TV. That decision, he believed, probably compromised our ability to investigate and track down those responsible.”
According to Fox News:
“Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney, and wife Victoria Toensing, a former chief counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee — Republicans — disclosed this week that in their private practice in the nation’s capital, they now represent pro bono two career State Department employees who regard themselves as “whistle-blowers” and would be testifying before Issa’s committee at its next Benghazi hearing, on May 8.”
Fox News also reports that these lawyers claim their clients have been threatened to keep quiet about the attack:
“The lawyers said their clients believe their accounts of Benghazi were spurned by the Accountability Review board (ARB), the official investigative body convened by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to review the terrorist attacks, and that the two employees have faced threats and intimidation from as-yet-unnamed superiors.
“I’m not talking generally, I’m talking specifically about Benghazi — that people have been threatened,” Toensing told Fox News on Wednesday. “And not just the State Department; people have been threatened at the CIA. … It’s frightening. …They’re taking career people and making them well aware that their careers will be over.”
The “whistleblowers” have wanted to share their accounts of the terrorist attack for months now, but were intimidated and told they weren’t allowed. Needless to say, we’ve already gone eight long months without answers about that horrific night in Benghazi.
That’s why all Americans will be watching this Wednesday, May 8th, as these brave servants finally get to share the truth!