Benghazi Update, Pre-Congressional Testimony

This week, on May 8, 2013, three members of the State Department will be testifying before Congress in reference to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The whistle-blowers that will be testifying are Gregory N. Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attacks and, upon the killing of Ambassador Stevens in those attacks, the highest-ranking American diplomat in the country; Mark I. Thompson, a former U.S. Marine and presently the Deputy Coordinator for Operations in the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, a Diplomatic Security officer who was formerly the regional security officer in Libya, the top security officer in the country, in the months leading up to the Benghazi attacks (source, Fox News).Defense.gov_photo_essay_120523-D-TT977-095

These three reported that they were threatened by top ranking Obama administration officials regarding the Benghazi attack. At first, they kept their identities hidden for self-protection, but they recently released their identities. These officials claim that they were told to stand down, and not send in reinforcements by high ranking officials, even though U.S. forces were well within range of providing cover and evacuation. Hicks claims that fighter could have been scrambled and most likely could have prevented the mortar strikes by scaring off the Libyans.

As more information is reported about the attack, evidence is mounting against the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton in regards to their actions during and after the attack. This evidence seems to be pointing towards a cover-up by the administration of the attack. It cannot be said for certain, but threats made at those helping the investigation certainly do not help the Obama administration’s claim that this was not a cover-up.

 

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