Lies about the Benghazi terrorist attack
followed by months of deception, delay and cover-up


Introduction:  The U.S. Government Routinely Lies to the American People
  ...via the compliant news media

Editor's note, added 6/17/2013:
I have considered removing the introductory section because some visitors might be put off by the off-topic links and sidetracks, as well as the skeptical tone and tenor of my remarks about the overall dishonesty and obfuscation exhibited by the federal government.  But upon further consideration, the introduction will remain in place, for it shows a pattern of chicanery, of which Benghazi is only one component.



For years, the news media have been dishonestly portraying acts of Islamist terrorism as isolated incidents with no connection to one another.  And if some of these attack had been carried out by Mennonites, Baptists, or godless environmental terrorists, that might have been true.  But in every case, these attacks were perpetrated by Muslims bent on world domination.

The number one lie about Islam is that it is a "religion of peace."  That's nonsense.

The U.S. government is trying its best — with the assistance of the news media — to keep the public in the dark about terrorist attacks, unless and until the truth is so overwhelmingly self-evident (or reported by non-U.S. news media) that it's pointless to continue denials.  Most recently, there was an attack on a U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, in which the U.S. Ambassador was killed.  The U.S. government tried for a week to call it something other than a terrorist attack, but eventually Obama administration officials couldn't keep the truth out of the newspapers.  The official explanation of the Benghazi incident was that a crowd was all worked up about a movie they saw on the internet, and took to the streets (coincidentally on September 11th) to show their outrage.  This was believable at first, since Muslims are constantly on the lookout for something to be offended by; but upon further consideration, questions began to pop up.  For one thing, how many people have access to the internet in Libya?

The big lie in this case is that an obscure internet video clip, promoting a movie that may not even exist, was enough to incite a riot in Libya.  The truth appears to me to be this:  Barack H. Obama was caught flat-footed by a terrorist attack on 9/11/2012 which he failed to anticipate, in part because he was keeping such a close eye on the American people, and partly because he didn't think his drone warfare would have such serious repercussions.  Perhaps he should have attended his daily security briefings and paid more attention to his job.

Years ago, there was another terrorist attack which was successfully explained away and dropped down the media memory hole, and that was the crash of American 587.  As I watched the live news reports that day, I knew the government explanations were simply not credible, but the news media repeated and amplified the cover story and then quickly let the matter drop.  That incident is discussed on a page of its own.  Another cover-up, moving at a slower pace, whitewashed the crash of TWA 800, which also dropped down the media memory hole.

(The news media memory hole must be filling up, because it already contains World Trade Center Building Seven, Vince Foster, Ron Brown, Elian Gonzales, DDT and The USS Liberty.  Hopefully there is still room enough left for global warming.)

Years before American 587 crashed, there was the Oklahoma City bombing, which, as Jayna Davis explains in her book, was apparently carried out with the assistance of an Iraqi soldier, Hussein Hashem al-Hussaini, whose role was covered up by the U.S. government.  The book is well worth your time.

Dealey Plaza Do you ever wonder why so many people take an interest in the Kennedy assassination?  Every day, tourists come from all over the world to see where President Kennedy was shot.  They stand in the often uncomfortable Texas weather and exchange viewpoints with other visitors and point toward the sixth-floor window, and the railroad overpass, and sometimes they open up the nearby storm drain to see if the second (or third) assassin could fit in there.  Why?  Because many of these visitors find the official "lone gunman" explanation to be completely unbelievable.  Yet the mainstream media never treat skeptics with any credibility, because the government has spoken, and that's it.

My point is simply this:  The U.S. government occasionally lies to the American people, President Obama lies constantly, and the national news media usually play along as long as they can.  Those who challenge the official narratives are called conspiracy theorists, or worse.  In the case of the Benghazi terrorist attack, the news media smelled a rat within a day or two, and the official government story was shown to be dubious at best.

The Benghazi story started in early 2011 with President Obama's war in Libya.

This page was created because the mainstream media has already demonstrated its loyalty to Barack H. Obama and its willingness to suppress news stories that might turn into inconvenient truths.



Suspect in Benghazi attack found dead.  A man once detained by Libyan officials and interviewed by the FBI over suspected links to the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has turned up dead.  Faraj al-Shibli, whose name is also spelled Chalabi, was last seen in the custody of a local militia in Marj two days ago, a Libyan source said.  His body was found Monday [7/14/2014] in the eastern Libyan town.  He's the second Benghazi suspect to surface in recent weeks.  U.S. forces arrested suspected attack mastermind Ahmed Abu Khattalah last month.

Newly released testimony latest evidence Benghazi attacks premeditated.  Transcripts of congressional testimony released by the House Armed Services committee are the latest in a growing body of evidence that the 2012 Benghazi attacks were premeditated.  Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time led the military's Africa command, known as Africom, told Congress in April the terrorists who attacked the CIA annex, during the third wave of the terrorist assault, had professional training.

What Would Cause President Obama to Cancel a Fundraiser?  What "tragedy" would be horrific enough for President Obama to cancel his usual schedule of speeches, lunches and fundraisers?  A commercial airliner shot down over Ukraine with Americans aboard?  No.  How about a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11, killing our ambassador and three others?  No.  Perhaps news that Israel has begun a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip?  No way.  Obviously our president believes that any change to his schedule is a sign of weakness.

Obama: treacherous or incompetent?  The attack on our "consulate" in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was perhaps the most egregious of Obama's many foreign policy failures because four Americans needlessly died due to a failure to provide adequate protection both before and during the attack.  Obama falsely blamed an internet video as the cause of the attack to hide the truth: the resurgence of jihadists in Muslim Brotherhood-governed Egypt, the continuing demand for the Blind Sheikh's release (which underscored the jihadists' influence), and the very real danger that jihadists would attack the embassy (which demonstrated that al-Qaeda was anything but "decimated").  It is likely that a clandestine operation supplying weapons through Turkey to the Syrian rebels was being run out of Benghazi.  Efforts were made not to draw attention to what was happening there.

Officers Say No Stand-Down Order For Benghazi.  Military officers testified that there was no "stand-down order" that held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

Issa accuses State Department of dodging Benghazi questions in 37-page letter.  Top Republican Rep. Darrell Issa Friday [7/12/2014] accused the State Department of trying to repeatedly dodge congressional efforts to look into the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman sent a 37-page letter to the newly-created House Select Committee on Benghazi detailing attempts he claimed were made to sidestep providing documents and answering questions about the attack from September 2012 until May 2014.  Issa said the State Department promised to cooperate with Congress but failed to actually provide information requested and missed many deadlines.

Commanders Suggest A 2nd Group [was involved] in Benghazi Attacks.  Well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, suggesting different perpetrators from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the previous night, according to newly revealed testimony from top military commanders.

Red herring alert!
It doesn't matter if one group of terrorists was responsible for the attack, or two unrelated groups at two separate locations in Benghazi.  The Obama administration's lies and stonewalling remain unmitigated.

Our Roost, Obama's Chickens.  [Scroll down]  Few noted that Obama lied to the nation that a video had caused the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, that Obama had known who the real terrorist perpetrators were but had ordered no immediate action to kill or capture them, and that Americans had been engaged in mysterious and still unexplained covert activities in Benghazi.  After all that, we still shrugged when the president traded five top terrorist leaders for an alleged American deserter.

DOJ court documents in Benghazi suspect case put video narrative to rest.  The narrative that the video played a role continues to live on, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying recently that some of the attackers may indeed have been influenced by the online video.  But the Justice Department's court filings make clear that at least those spearheading the attack were part of a "conspiracy," one that involved several members of the Ansar al-Sharia "Islamic extremist militia."  A government motion filed Tuesday [7/1/2014] seeking Khatallah's detention provides some of the greatest detail to date on the suspect's alleged role.

Billions In Taxpayer Dollars Spent On 'Lyrical, Poetic' Embassy Architecture Overseas.  Under the Obama administration, embassy construction costs have exploded even while security — a major issue in the Benghazi scandal — has grown worse.  Now we know why.  A video released by the State Department in 2012 shows exhibits the philosophy behind a campaign begun under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to build fancy buildings overseas to enhance the nation's reputation.

Finding a patsy in Benghazi.  Without surprise, Ahmed Abu Khattala, the Libyan jihadi who was snatched by U.S. special forces two weeks ago on allegations he participated in the Benghazi attacks, pleaded not guilty last weekend at his first court appearance in the United States.  Libyan government officials and Western media outlets have long accused Mr. Abu Khattala of having played an instrumental role in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2012, that cost the lives of four Americans in Benghazi.  However, Mr. Abu Khattala likely was little more than a patsy.  Yes, he was captured on video-surveillance footage at the scene of the burning diplomatic compound, but my sources say he was just part of a large "pickup team" of local jihadis that the attack's real organizers successfully manipulated.

Well-connected rookie judge to preside over Khattala Benghazi trial.  Just three months into his tenure on the federal bench, and before his formal investiture ceremony later this week, newly minted U.S. District Judge Christopher "Casey" Cooper has been handed one of the most high-profile and politically sensitive American terrorism cases in recent years.  Cooper, who was confirmed by the Senate in March, has been randomly assigned by the court's selection system to preside over the U.S. government's case against Ahmed Abu Khattala, a suspected ringleader in the deadly attack on U.S. outposts in Benghazi, Libya.

Benghazi attack had nothing to do with anti-Muslim video, court documents prove.  New documents filed by the U.S. Justice Department against Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah further shut down claims made by the Obama administration that the Benghazi attack sprouted from from an anti-islam film.  The documents come after recent comments made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that some of the attackers may have been influenced by the online video.  The court filings make clear those who organized the attack were part of a 'conspiracy' involving several members of the Ansar al-Sharia 'Islamic extremist militia', reports Fox News.

Benghazi attack suspect Khatallah must remain in custody, judge rules.  A federal judge ruled Wednesday [7/2/2014] that the Libyan militant charged in the 2012 deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, will remain in a U.S. detention center until his trial.  Federal prosecutors made the request, saying they have forensic evidence and statements by Ahmed Abu Khatallah linking him to the terror attacks, in which four Americans were killed at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi.  The ruling was made by Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson, who also told Khatallah's court-appointed lawyers that they reserve the right to revisit the issue.

Indictment of suspect in Benghazi attack debunks the Obama tale.  The Obama administration's just-released criminal complaint against the alleged mastermind of the Benghazi terrorist attacks provides a final contradiction to its own evolving explanations for what happened that day.  The Justice Department's indictment spells out a calculated conspiracy by Ahmed Abu Khatallah and associates to attack the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex, which killed four Americans.  The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video.

Did computers stolen in Benghazi attack expose sensitive information?  "They took computers, computer devices.  And I saw M-16 rifles, American rifles.  I know they are American — we don't have them, we just have AK-47s — and a suitcase," said a Libyan who reported he had witnessed the attack.  He described what he saw on condition his identity was concealed.  His account of computers being stolen was confirmed by two sources in Washington familiar with the investigation into the attack.  Fox News was told the computers are believed to be unclassified, and likely used for schedules and meetings as well as to document and process emails.  The hard drives would also contain a history of user names.

Sources: US letting Benghazi suspects off hook, recent arrest 'small potatoes'.  According to multiple sources on the ground, including some with direct knowledge of the operations to identify and hunt the Benghazi suspects, intelligence that could have been acted upon at times has been ignored or put on hold. Further, they say, the recent capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala — now on a ship bound for the U.S., expected to arrive this weekend — was an easy one.  "He was low-hanging fruit," one source told Fox News.  "We could have picked him up months and months ago and there was no change, or urgency to do this now."

The Editor says...
This adds weight to the supposition that the capture was politically timed and motivated.

Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala in custody at federal courthouse in D.C..  Ahmed Abu Khattala, a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, was brought Saturday [6/28/2014] from a Navy warship to the federal courthouse in the District of Columbia, where he entered a plea of not guilty to a single conspiracy charge.  At 3:25 p.m., Abu Khattala walked, unshackled, into a paneled courtroom in downtown Washington, wearing a black, zip-up hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a flowing gray beard.

The Editor says...
Hmmm... a bad guy in a black hoodie.  Where have I heard that before?

Benghazi Suspect Spirited Into U.S., Testing Obama's Bet on Civilian Justice.  Throughout Obama's tenure, Republicans have criticized the Democratic leader for relying on civilian courts for such cases, rather than military tribunals.  "Now that Ahmed Abu Khatallah has arrived in the United States, he will face the full weight of our justice system," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

Benghazi suspect now in federal custody in D.C..  Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks, pleaded not guilty Saturday afternoon [6/28/2014] in connection to the crime, during a brief first appearance before a U.S. federal judge.

The Age of Mafia Government: People Wind Up Mysteriously Dead.  Fast and Furious and the Benghazi massacre are the two most obvious examples.  It's been years, in both cases, and it's still an utter mystery as to why Americans died in foreign lands, where all those guns went, who used what money, where it all came from, and why.  That may have something to do with the Justice Department's utter lack of curiosity about massive crimes being committed on its watch, but remember:  where there are mafia, there are corrupt police, district attorneys, and courts.  The mystery isn't who did it, but proving it.  Part of the reason it's impossible to find evidence to prove what everyone knows is that no one will talk.

Operation Zero Footprint.  We now have a pretty good understanding of who, what, where, and why surrounding the 9/11/12 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi Libya.  We are also better positioned to understand why, or perhaps more importantly why not, certain actions were taken before, during, and in the immediate aftermath of the attack itself.  We know from the Bret Baier interview with Hillary Clinton that she was physically located at her 7th floor office in Washington DC on the night of the attack.  Unfortunately we also know during the November 2012 Thanksgiving holiday a mysterious fire took place in that building.  Well, actually directly above her exact office — cause undetermined.  A "fire" which preceded an unfortunate slip and fall for the Secretary, resulting in a concussion, which led to the discovery of a blood clot, that ultimately delayed her congressional testimony before a Senate Hearing into the events of the night in question.

Benghazi Book: Ambassador Stevens' Petitions for More Security Rejected by Hillary.  [Kenneth] Timmerman argues that the overthrow of the mission and the killing of the four Americans in Benghazi was a state-sponsored terrorist attack orchestrated by the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Moreover, he told [Stephen K.] Bannon that the state department had ignored pleas from diplomats to provide greater security for the American embassy.

Media Bias and the Obama Scandals.  Mysteries abound: what was the ambassador doing in Benghazi anyway?  Why did the CIA have an "annex" nearby?  Why did one of the alleged ringleaders of the attack give one interview after another to American news outlets while the Obama administration did nothing to apprehend him, or any other participant in the attack, for nearly two years?  Why didn't the administration even attempt to send help to the Americans while they were under attack?  Where were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the disaster unfolded, and what instructions — if any — did they give?

Sharyl Attkisson: Team Obama 'Has Perfected The Stall, The Delay, The Redaction, The Excuses'.  Attkisson spoke at length about the Benghazi scandal, pointing out the lack of information regarding the timeline of events, something she has perceived to be a "basic question" because Americans "have no idea what the Commander in Chief was doing" when the attacks transpired. Attkisson is of the understanding that the administration would answer that basic question "if there was something positive to say about it."  So as a journalist the lack of answers has caused her to to be curious about a cover-up, so she has continued to press for answers.

Hillary Clinton Wants Bill to Lift Her Up — but Obama Will Drag Her Down.  Once again, Hillary Clinton has reminded us that she is not a natural-born politician — unlike her husband, Bill.  Questioned by Diane Sawyer about her role in what went wrong in Benghazi, Clinton slipped into monotonal legalism and disavowed her own responsibility for security breaches surrounding the murders by Islamic militants of J. Christopher Stevens, our ambassador to Libya, and Sean Smith, a foreign service officer.

Clinton bristled at Benghazi deception.  [Scroll down]  However, when Hillary picked up the phone and heard Obama's voice, she learned the president had other ideas in mind.  With less than two months before Election Day, he was still boasting that he had al Qaeda on the run.  If the truth about Benghazi became known, it would blow that argument out of the water.  "Hillary was stunned when she heard the president talk about the Benghazi attack," one of her top legal advisers said in an interview.  "Obama wanted her to say that the attack had been a spontaneous demonstration triggered by an obscure video on the Internet that demeaned the Prophet Mohammed."

How Iran's spy chief paid for the Benghazi attack.  He's the Wizard of Oz of Iranian terror, the most dreaded and most effective terrorist alive.  He is Qassem Suleymani, the head of the Quds Force, an organization that acts as a combination CIA and Green Berets for Iran, and a man who has orchestrated a campaign of chaos against the United States around the world.  Today, the Obama Administration has allied itself with Suleymani to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Critics Question Whether DC Insider Ties Damaged Benghazi Investigation.  As news breaks of an arrest in the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi that killed, among others, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, questions continue to surface regarding those responsible for investigating the incident.  Of particular note is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers.

Unraveling Benghazi: Is Mike Rogers Part Of The Problem?  With the curtain soon to go up on select committee hearings on Benghazi, a key question remains unanswered:  what on earth were we doing there?  What policies were being pursued in that violent outpost of the Libyan revolution?  The White House would rather not say.

Gen. McInerney: Evidence Will Show 'Dereliction of Duty' in Benghazi.  Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney says he believes the evidence will show that President Obama and top administration officials were guilty of a "dereliction of duty" both during and after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya that cost the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  "Verification of what the National Command Authority knew and when they knew it is extremely important as it will show, I believe, that there was dereliction of duty by the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of State, and the CIA Director," Lt. Gen. McInerney said at a joint conference with military and legal experts held by the Heritage Foundation and the Benghazi Accountability Coalition on Monday [6/16/2014].

Benghazi suspect will face civilian court.  The Obama administration is looking at expediting the movement of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the suspected ringleader of the 2012 Benghazi attacks, onto U.S. soil from the Navy ship where he is currently being held in the Mediterranean Sea, Defense Department officials said Thursday.  Military leaders and Department of Justice personnel are mulling plans to use a military aircraft or charter plane to bring Khatallah to a prison inside the United States.  He has been held in international waters aboard the USS New York since being captured by U.S. special forces in Libya on Sunday.

Liar, Liar, Pantsuit On Fire.  Hillary Clinton displayed in her Fox interview a chilling combination of cluelessness and obfuscation.  Just standing by Susan Rice's Benghazi lies calls into question her qualifications for the presidency.

Hillary claims 'fog of war' on Benghazi.  Faced with a disastrous first week of her  presidential campaign  book tour, Hillary Clinton is attempting to rescue her standing by distancing herself from her own performance as secretary of state.  On Benghazi, she backed away from the hard line she took in her book on the deaths of 4 Americans due to admittedly inadequate security.

Capture of Suspect Opens Whole New Benghazi Controversy.  The arrest of a key suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012, consulate bombing simply opened new controversy in the Benghazi attack, with Republicans questioning how the administration plans to handle the Ansar al-Sharia commander.  Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the subject of criminal charges filed last July, had been essentially living in the open, making himself available for multiple media interviews since the attack that killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

This Is Why Benghazi Suspect Khattala Was Apprehended, And Not the Dozen Others Charged.  The press is openly praising the Obama administration for finally capturing a suspect in the Benghazi attacks, but there's a very good reason why this one guy has been caught, and not any of the dozen or more that were formally charged by the U.S. Attorney last year: [...]

James Rosen to State Department: Why'd it take nearly two years to arrest a Benghazi suspect who wasn't hiding?  Via the Free Beacon, make sure to read Ed's post earlier to understand just how openly Khattala, the jihadi nabbed by U.S. forces over the weekend, has been living in Libya since the Benghazi attack.  He was a prime suspect from the very beginning; he gave multiple interviews to western media in the years since, all but taunting the White House to come pick him up.  The criminal charges against him were filed more than nine months ago.  Only this month, for some reason, did the military finally move in.  How come?

Too many questions remain about Benghazi attacks, Hillary Clinton says.  There are still too many unanswered questions about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday [6/17/2014], even as she welcomed the capture of a suspected mastermind of the assaults.  "There are answers, not all of them, not enough, frankly," she said of the September 2012 attacks on a diplomatic and CIA compound that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others.  "I'm still looking for answers, because it was a confusing and difficult time," Clinton said.

The Editor says...
Yeah, right.  Hillary is looking for answers in the same way that O.J. Simpson is looking for "the real killer."

How elite Delta Force took down Benghazi suspect without firing a shot.  The capture of Benghazi mastermind, Ahmed abu Khattala, by an elite Delta Force team was modeled on the Osama bin Laden raid, took almost one year of planning and was completed without one shot being fired.

9/11 Benghazi Attack 'Mastermind' Who Hid in Plain Sight for Years Captured by US Forces.  Just one month following the attack, in October 2012, Fox News spoke to Khatallah in an off-camera interview.  While the suspected militant admitted to being in the area of the compound, he denied that he had planned the attack.  The Fox reporter was taken aback at how easy it was to find and contact Khatallah.  CNN interviewed Khatallah in May 2013 at a well-known luxury hotel in plain sight.

James Rosen Grills State Dept on Why It Took So Long to Capture Benghazi Suspect.  Fox News correspondent James Rosen badgered State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki Tuesday afternoon regarding the overdue capture of Ahmed abu Khattalah, a key suspect in the 2012 Benghazi attacks.  Psaki had previously told AP reporter Matt Lee that it should not come as a surprise that a suspected terrorist would be more likely to show up for an interview than he or she would for a scheduled meeting with the U.S. special forces.  "The question being put to you, it seems to me, is why U.S. special forces couldn't have an unscheduled meeting with this individual in a period of time less than, as you put it, just a few years?" Rosen asked.

Clinton claims she had doubts about video explanation after Benghazi strike.  Hillary Clinton, in a sit-down interview with Fox News, suggested Tuesday that she had doubts from the outset about whether the Benghazi terror attack was triggered by a protest over an anti-Islam film — though her State Department pushed that narrative for days.  "This was the fog of war," Clinton said, when asked about the administration's controversial public explanation of the attack.

Fox's Bret Baier Relentlessly Hammers Hillary Clinton on Benghazi.  Fox News' Bret Baier kicked off Tuesday's joint interview with Hillary Clinton by grilling on the details of the 2012 attack in Benghazi and did not let up eight solid minutes.  Beginning with today's news about the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, Baier wanted to know why it took so long to arrest the alleged "mastermind" of the attack when he had been "hiding in plain sight."

McKeon: Fully Interrogate Key Benghazi Attacker Now.  The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) called on the Obama administration to fully interrogate suspected Benghazi attack planner Ahmed Abu Khatallah before he is prosecuted for any crimes.  Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R., Calif.), in a statement issued shortly after Khatallah's capture was announced, said "it is vital that Khatallah be fully interrogated" about the deadly terror attack that killed four Americans "before any prosecution process begins."  Khatallah could have vital information about the other terrorists who launched an attack on the U.S. compound in Libya.

Fox's James Rosen: Why Such 'Egregious Delay' in Capturing Benghazi Suspect?  During Tuesday afternoon's State Department briefing, Fox News reporter James Rosen grilled spokeswoman Jen Psaki over the length of time it took to finally apprehend Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala.  The suspect was arrested by U.S. forces in Libya this weekend, but he had never gone into hiding and, in fact, had conducted several press interviews over the past few years.  When Psaki characterized the time between the September 11 siege and this weekend's arrest as "just a few years," Rosen expressed skepticism and pushed her on whether that constitutes an "egregious delay."

Why Delta Force Waited So Long to Grab a Benghazi Ringleader.  The mission to capture Ahmed abu Khatallah, one of the ringleaders of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya was more than a year in the making. [...] The Obama administration has come under withering criticism because the whereabouts of abu Khatallah have been generally known.  Journalists in Libya were able to interview him, critics asked, so why couldn't American journalists track him down, too?

The Editor says...
The Obama White House routinely manipulates the news media, that is, when the news media doesn't automatically cover up Obama's many scandals.  It seems perfectly obvious that the Pentagon knew the whereabouts of this fellow all along and kept that information up its sleeve until the White House needed another media distraction.

Dana Milbank's take on Heritage's 'ugly' Benghazi panel is utterly dishonest.  Lurking in the hearts of both participants in and attendees of a panel discussion on the Benghazi attack hosted, though not sponsored by, by the conservative Heritage Foundation on Monday is darkness, xenophobia, and malignant Islamophobia.  At least, that's the picture painted by Washington Post's Dana Milbank on Tuesday [6/17/2014].

U.S. captures Benghazi suspect in secret raid.  U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assaults has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.

Capture of Benghazi suspect thrusts U.S. special operations in Africa into spotlight again.  The capture of the alleged ringleader of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi over the weekend thrusts the growing role of U.S. Special Operations Command in Africa into the spotlight again, just as the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are looming.

Benghazi's Most Important Whistleblower Just Came Forward.  Her name is Cindy Lee Garcia and she has revealed that the producer of the video the Obama administration blamed for the Benghazi attacks admitted to her that he is a Muslim.  This is a game changer.  It means that the narrative we've been fed — that filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was a Coptic Christian is not only false but also a blood libel against Christians.

Benghazi Attackers Communicated Via State Dept. Cell Phones During Attack.  Fox News reports that the Benghazi attackers stole cell phones from the State Department and used them to communicate with their leaders during the attack, and that U.S. spies overheard these conversations.  Eric Stahl, the commander of a U.S. Air Force crew that flew in to Benghazi to rescue survivors and bear the corpses of the four victims, told Fox's Brett Baier he learned this from members of a CIA-trained response crew which was present on the ground the day of the attack.  "After they had left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the safe house," Stahl said, "they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers' higher-ups."  Stahl spoke with the response staff on the 13th of September, two days after the attack.

Hillary Bombs on Benghazi.  [O]n Monday night, Diane Sawyer of ABC took her on about the 9-11-2012 attacks in Benghazi.  Clinton's performance was sharp and hard-nosed.  She failed in her effort to emulate Obama's "I wasn't there, I didn't do it and I'm shocked and angered" standard defense because she has all the charm of a rusty hammer.  What we saw was a presidential candidate fending off an attack from a network that heretofore was her ally and protector.

Why Benghazi Matters.  Before we get into what Benghazi is, let's address what it isn't.  It isn't irrelevant, it isn't trivial, and it isn't a "witch hunt" as many prominent Democrats and their supporters desperately want you to believe.

Sources: DOD memo sent after Benghazi attack listed suspects with Al Qaeda ties.  A targeting memo sent to the State Department by the Defense Department's Africa Command two days after the Benghazi attack listed 11 suspects with ties to Al Qaeda and other groups, counter-terrorism and congressional sources confirmed to Fox News.  This is significant because it arrived two days before then-UN ambassador Susan Rice appeared on television shows blaming the assault on an inflammatory video.  It also came nearly a day before presidential aide Ben Rhodes sent an email also suggesting the video — and not a policy failure — was to blame for the September 11, 2012 attack that claimed four American lives.

US agents heard Benghazi jihadis using State Dept. cell phones to call jihad leaders.  Here is yet more indication that Obama Administration officials knew immediately that jihad terrorists were attacking in Benghazi, and chose instead to blame an obscure video of Muhammad — in other words, the First Amendment and the freedom of speech.

First Benghazi whistleblower emerges.  President Obama is poised to reap a whirlwind of consequences for his conduct of the war on terror.  Iraq is falling into the hands of the enemy President Bush had defeated on the battlefield.  The fact that the Obama administration lied to the American people about the Benghazi attack in order to smooth his re-election makes his failures in conducting the affairs of state not merely a matter of incompetence or honest mistakes but actual venality.  A new report makes these consequences closer to reality.

US spy agencies heard Benghazi attackers using State Dept. cell phones to call terrorist leaders.  The disclosure is important because it adds to the body of evidence establishing that senior U.S. officials in the Obama administration knew early on that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video that had gone awry, as the administration claimed for several weeks after the attacks.

Fact Check: Hillary came up with Benghazi video explanation.  Hillary Clinton's newly released memoir leaves little doubt she was the first member of the Obama administration to publicly link an anti-Islam video to the 2012 Benghazi terror attack — though she does not explain what intelligence she relied on to make the faulty connection.

Oops! Hillary lets the cat out of the bag on Benghazi paper trail.  The interviews promoting Hillary Clinton's new book are serving as a test drive for a presidential run, and she has just encountered a serious bump in the road.  Despite obvious effort put into crafting careful rationalizations of her miserable record as secretary of state, she managed to blurt out a key fact in an interview with NBC's Cynthia McFadden.  Mrs. Clinton admitted that she kept detailed notes of the Benghazi crisis, a paper trail that could be subject to subpoena.

Marco Rubio just made Hillary's Benghazi problem worse.  Hillary Clinton has a Benghazi problem, and she knows it. [...] In spite of Team Hillary's strategy of casting anyone who is concerned about the deaths of three American servicemen and a U.S. ambassador as a harebrained conspiracy theorist, only 42 percent said they believed the attack has been investigated enough.  That same survey showed that only 38 percent of adults approve of how Clinton handled that incident and its aftermath.

Was Benghazi a Scandal?  [Scroll down]  When the violence did erupt, a freelance video producer became the perfect villain. Obama and his subordinates, principally Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton, almost immediately damned the hapless filmmaker as having incited global violence by his bigotry.  The more Obama told the world that he too condemned Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (and in fact he had Mr. Nakoula jailed on a trumped-up probation violation), the more Benghazi became a sort of revolutionary morality tale:  Right-wingers in America keep getting innocent people killed by gratuitously inflaming Muslims — over the objections of sober and judicious progressive and internationalist Americans.

Poor little rich girl.  [T]his exchange tells a lot about the kind of president we could expect from Hillary.  If she can't be bothered with the details of what happened to one of her ambassadors and three of his aides, and who was responsible for leaving them twisting slowly, slowly in the smoke and wind, with help that was never summoned though only an hour away, no one would be surprised if she wouldn't answer a ringing White House telephone at 3 o'clock in the morning.  She still thinks she doesn't have to account for her sins and shortcomings.  "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Fictions as Truth.  For Benghazi, the Obama administration would have us believe:  [#1] A spontaneous demonstration erupted over a right-wing hate video of Mr. Nakoula, who was deservedly condemned for causing the deaths of four Americans by the Obama administration.  His subsequent jailing was solely due to a parole violation.  [#2] The United States consulate in Benghazi was adequately secured before the attack and had expressed no prior serious warning about inadequate defenses.  [#3] There was no reasonable chance that U.S. military forces could have come to the aid of those killed in Benghazi.  [#4] President Obama was engaged in overseeing responses during the night of the attack.

Diane Sawyer Confronts Clinton on 'Systemic Failure' over Benghazi.  Sawyer repeatedly pressed Clinton on whether there was anything she could have personally done that would have prevented the attack.  Clinton said that the reality is while you can be thoughtful and place people where you need them, "we cannot eliminate every threat, every danger."  Clinton also took a shot at Republicans for "politicizing this at the expense of four dead Americans," and said she would have to wait and see whether she would testify in front of the House Benghazi select committee.

In Benghazi chapter, Clinton says Marines were in Tripoli.  Discussing the most controversial part of her tenure at the State Department in her new book, "Hard Choices" — the attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of September 11, 2012 — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to gloss over the fact that Marines were not sent amid a worsening security situation in Libya, and were only sent after the attack.  The passage, which occurs in chapter 17, titled "Benghazi: Under Attack," may bring even more attention to the State Department's failure to provide sufficient security to American officials stationed in a dangerous place.

This is what difference it makes, Hillary ....  We can — and should — know every detail about the events that occurred that night, when a U.S. ambassador was killed for the first time in more than 20 years.  Team Clinton first dumped excerpts from the 34-page chapter on a Friday — the old Clinton trick of releasing unpleasant information just before the weekend so it seems like old news come sun-up on Monday.  She made multiple excuses — the opposite of accountability — saying she never saw memos requesting additional security at the dangerous outpost in Libya.  She explained that the dispatches were addressed to her because of a "procedural quirk" and she never actually saw them.

DOD and State Sued for Congressional Benghazi Briefing Records.  Judicial Watch uncovered the most significant and explosive details yet related to the Obama administration's Benghazi scandal.  Judicial Watch continues to pepper the administration with Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests (and lawsuits when necessary) to shake loose as many Benghazi-related records as possible because it has been nearly two years since the deadly terrorist attack on the mission compound at Benghazi, and more questions than answers remain.

The Post-Achievement Politics of Obama and Hillary.  Obama and Hillary don't just suffer from a shortage of accomplishments.  They're also burdened with a surplus of failures.  Benghazi worries so many Hillary supporters because there is nothing to balance it against.  There is no, "But look at all the good she did."  Hillary didn't do any good.  She didn't do much of anything except tour countries and pose for photos.

5 Obama Officials Who Lied, Then Lied About Lying.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Hillary told Congress — not under oath — that "we didn't have a clear picture" of what had happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  She then said there were "no delays in decision-making, no denials of support from Washington or from our military."  And she said she had not seen requests for more security.  Those statements were, at best, questionable.  But Hillary's sticking to them all, instead maintaining that she is a victim of a smear.

Poll: Americans approve of special House Benghazi panel.  A slight majority of Americans favor a new House committee formed to investigate the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attacks, saying they don't believe all the questions regarding the incident have been answered, according to a new poll.  A Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that 51 percent of respondents approve of the special panel, while 42 percent said the matter has been investigated enough.

Who's politicizing Benghazi?
Hillary Includes Picture With Benghazi Caskets in Book Montage.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a book coming out next week.  Today, her publisher released images from the back cover of the book.  The pictures mostly show Hillary meeting global leaders and attending important meetings.  But one of the images is Clinton with President Barack Obama, standing in front of the Benghazi caskets at Andrews Air Force Base, dated September 14, 2012, just days after the September 11 attack.

Republicans have a mandate for their Benghazi probe.  Democrats in recent weeks weighed whether to abstain from involvement in House Republicans' new Benghazi investigative committee, labeling it an unnecessary probe into questions that have already been answered.  The American people disagree.

Hillary’s New Benghazi Cover-Up.  When Hillary Clinton sat down to pen "Hard Choices," her memoir that comes out next week, she had a simple explanation for her repeated insistence that the Benghazi raid was motivated by a "hateful video" rather than a terrorist attack.  All she had to say was that we relied on the best intelligence available at the time. [...] But there was enough wiggle room in the talking points to permit Hillary to claim that she was misled by the intelligence.  Then, after the manuscript for "Hard Choices" was put to bed, the White House had to turn over to public view the memo that was really behind Rice's deceptive comments.

Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Dodge.  By the time of Mrs. Clinton's testimony, the Benghazi Massacre — and, indeed, even the Obama administration's fraudulent "The Video Did It" cover-up of the cause of the Benghazi Massacre — was several months old.  We were long, long past the intruder-in-the-home phase.  We were in the accountability phase — the phase of:  let's now establish what actually happened and why, so we can then figure out how to prevent a recurrence.  Any competent lawyer knows that during the investigative and trial stages that follow a public debacle — to say nothing of an act of war in which American officials were derelict in responding to a murderous terrorist attack — the obligation of the witnesses is not to redirect the questions.  It is to answer the questions.

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton's Benghazi chapter.  Hillary Clinton offers a detailed account of the deadly attack on the American embassy in Benghazi — and a pointed rebuttal to Republican critics who've laced into her over the incident — in a much-anticipated chapter of her forthcoming book, "Hard Choices," obtained by POLITICO.

Fact Check: Clinton's Benghazi chapter has holes.  [Scroll down]  At a press conference earlier this month, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said the administration should explain who briefed Rice on the talking points as well as the consulate's security status, and the individual or individuals should be fired. And if nobody briefed her on that, Graham said, Rice should resign. "They're completely incompetent, or they were misleading her about the level of security because we were six weeks before an election, or she made it up on her own," Graham said. On requests for additional security, Clinton continued to insist that she never saw those cables, and the fact that they were addressed to her as secretary of State was a "procedural quirk."

Issa releases Kerry from Benghazi testimony, accuses him of trying to avoid select committee probe.  Rep. Darrell Issa called check in his ongoing chess match with Secretary of State John Kerry, announcing Friday [5/30/2014] that he would release the top diplomat from testifying before his committee out of concern he was trying to avoid testifying before a separate congressional panel probing the Benghazi attack.  Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, accused Kerry of obstructing congressional investigations.  Issa said Kerry agreed to testify before the oversight panel on June 12 as a means to avoid testifying before the 12-member select committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the Libyan outpost.  The California Republican said he had no choice but to reassess.

Trey Gowdy brings 'zeal for the truth' as head of House's Benghazi panel.  Rep. Trey Gowdy's rise from obscure South Carolina backbencher to chairman of the House's new special Benghazi committee took a quantum leap last October, when he stole the show at an otherwise mundane Republican news conference about the terrorist attacks.  While only in his second term, the conservative Gowdy rushed to the podium and — with the conviction of a preacher and the erudition of a prosecutor — launched into a passionate yet disciplined plea for "justice" that mesmerized those watching, including his GOP colleagues on the dais.

Hillary's Failed Benghazi Spin.  Clinton writes: "My point was simple: If someone breaks into your home and takes your family hostage, how much time are you going to spend focused on how the intruder spent his day as opposed to how best to rescue your loved ones and then prevent it from happening again?"  That makes no sense.  The hostage-taking, to use her comparison, was long over when she appeared before Congress.  And the attack wasn't an act of random violence; it came as part of a long pattern of anti-American violence that had led the country into decade-long global war on jihadist terror.

Charlie Rose's contemptible interview with Susan Rice.  Charlie Rose of PBS (and CBS News) enjoys an elevated reputation among a wide swath of the educated public, and not just limited to the left leaning portion of that demographic slice.  But an hour-long interview he conducted Thursday night with National Security Adviser Susan Rice on PBS should damage that reputation.  Somehow or other, he managed to completely avoid the subject of the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic facility on 9/11/2012, and Ms. Rice's role as a disinformation officer spreading the outright lie that the attack was sparked by an obscure video that no one in Libya had even heard of.  Paul Bremmer of Newsbusters documents what ought to be career-killer for Rose, demonstrating how at multiple moments, the topic was talked around and avoided by Rose.

Charlie Rose's Hourlong PBS Interview of Susan Rice Never Mentions Benghazi.  On Thursday, Charlie Rose spent the entire commercial-free hour of his PBS show interviewing Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice, yet never asked her a single question about the 2012 Benghazi attacks or her role in disseminating faulty talking points afterward.  In fact, the B-word never escaped Rose's nor Rice's lips during the entire show.  There were, however, a few moments when a question about Benghazi would have seemed appropriate. Early in the interview, Rose asked where in the world America's core interests were under attack at the moment.  Rice pointed to the ongoing terrorist threat:  [Video clip]

Media Matters, Other Hillary Loyalists Meet to Make Benghazi Go Away.  That's not how Politico titles its article on the coming Hillary Rehabilitation project, but that's what's going on.  Benghazi, like much of Hillary Clinton's actual career, is an inconvenient truth.

Hillary Clinton: I'm the Real Victim of Benghazi.  Hillary Clinton may not be much at administering the State Department, but she's certainly a pro when it comes to expressing outrage at her own persecution.  For the woman who is supposedly the world's most powerful feminist, her sense of victimhood remains surprisingly strong.  That's never been more true than in her new book, Hard Choices, which points out that she — not the four men who died in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of September 11, 2012 — is the victim.

Hillary playing the victim card ... again.  She fell and hurt her head, but Hillary Clinton's chutzpah survived intact.  In her latest defense of Benghazi, the former secretary of state comes awfully close to making herself the fifth victim. [...] "I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans," she writes in her new book.  "It's just plain wrong, and it's unworthy of our great country.  Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me."  She surely wrote that passage herself because only a Clinton would dare attempt such political jiujitsu.

Hillary Clinton plays the game, tries to use Benghazi vs. GOP.  It's beyond ironic that Hillary Clinton wants to claim she won't play politics with Benghazi.  With her release of "Benghazi: Under Attack," a chapter from her obligatory pre-presidential race tome, the politics are obvious, and the player is Clinton.  It's bloody-shirt politics in reverse, and she is trying to hang that shirt on the Republicans.

Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Chapter Doesn't Really Explain Anything.  [Scroll down]  Clinton hand-picked that board, which never even interviewed Clinton about Benghazi.  Some review.  And nine days is quite a long time for the scene of a crime/terrorist attack to get picked over and see evidence carried away or destroyed.  With the 2012 presidential election just weeks after the attack, nine days was quite a long time, clearly enough time to keep the disaster from swamping the Obama campaign.  Clinton had to appoint the Accountability Review Board, she had no choice.  She appointed it only after she and the president and Ambassador Susan Rice had spent a fortnight blaming the attack on a video.  In addition to patting herself on the back for constructing a review that was designed not to touch her, Clinton speculates on the motives of the attackers, none of whom have been arrested yet.

House Oversight releases John Kerry from Benghazi testimony.  The chairman of the House Oversight committee accused Secretary of State John Kerry of trying to avoid testifying before a newly formed select committee investigating the deadly Benghazi attack and released the top diplomat from testifying before his panel.  In a swipe at a member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, Rep. Darrell Issa accused Kerry of obstructing congressional investigations.  Issa said Kerry agreed to testify before the oversight panel on June 12 as a means to avoid testifying before the 12-member select committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the Libyan outpost.

Boehner corrects Hillary: Benghazi panel about 'one issue only' — the truth.  House Speaker John A. Boehner said Friday that the select committee charged with investigating the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, is about getting the truth and that it's up to the committee members to decide who they want to call as witnesses.  Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, was asked about a reported excerpt from a forthcoming book by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in which Mrs. Clinton accuses people of exploiting the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack for political gain.  "This is about one issue and one issue only, and that is getting the truth for the American people and the truth about what happened in Benghazi for the four families who lost their loved ones there," Mr. Boehner said.

Another Benghazi Mystery: Where was the USS Bataan?  The administration deploys an assault ship with 1,000 Marines to Libya after ordering Americans to leave as the country implodes.  Where was this ship on Sept. 11, 2012?  Where was the president?

Obama and the Truth.  Smoking gun emails have been unearthed which prove the Obama administration lied about the Benghazi attacks.  This lie was repeated.  It was compounded.  It was uttered at the United Nations General Assembly.  Now the VA scandal has erupted revealing that the actors in the bureaucracy cooked the books... lied... to cover up wait times.  This is systemic conspiratorial lying.  The families of Americans who died in Benghazi deserve compassion.  The veterans and their families impacted by the Veteran's Affairs scandal deserve our compassion.  The unseen victim in the rubble is the truth.  We have, as a people, forgotten that the first duty is to the truth.

A road map to get to the bottom of Benghazi.  CNN President Jeff Zucker says his network may not bother to report on the House select committee hearings looking into the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi.  The New York Times has pre-emptively dismissed them as "partisan." Eugene Robinson, a columnist for The Washington Post, predicted they will be a "show trial," a "farce," and a "new low" for Republican "inquisitors" who could not "locate Benghazi on an unlabeled map."  Here's a reasonably compelling counterargument:  "It is our job to figure out what happened and prevent it from ever happening again."

Democrats Join Benghazi Hearings — To Obstruct And Play More Politics.  Kicking and screaming, Democrats have agreed to join the House select committee probing the Benghazi attack and cover-up.  But they aren't aiming to air the facts, just to obstruct the GOP.  It's politics at its worst.

MSNBC Seeks to Discredit Benghazi Investigation.  We are pleased that MSNBC has finally taken notice of the Citizens' Commission on Benghazi (CCB), but certainly not surprised at their failure to report on the Commission's findings.  Instead, they attempted to smear the Commission by suggesting sinister motives for one of its members, when the truth is something very different.  In a recent column, I argued that MSNBC and their new website have essentially become a "Vote Democrat" haven akin to The Huffington Post.  Underlying MSNBC's reporting is the notion that Benghazi is not a real scandal, which ties directly into the administration's narrative.

Hillary Stacks the Benghazi Select Committee.  On Wednesday, Democrats deigned to join Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating Benghazi, primarily to protect Hillary Clinton's reputation in particular, and the Obama administration's in general.  Toward that end they will likely do what they always do whenever their party is threatened:  denigrate the investigation as it unfolds and obstruct it as much as possible.  Thus, it was completely unsurprising that even as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appointed five colleagues to the panel she dismissed the need for it.

Despite Calls For Neutrality, Rep. Elijah Cummings Is Not Very 'Neutral' On Benghazi.  After being appointed Wednesday [5/21/2014] by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to the new select committee on Benghazi, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings called on lawmakers to act in a "neutral" manner during the committee's investigation.  "I think as far as this committee is concerned," Cummings said in a Capitol news conference, "I think we have to go in and be finders of the facts.  I think we have to go in neutral.  I don't think we need be making accusations before we get in the room to get the facts."

Clinton allies pressured Dems on Benghazi.  Hillary Clinton's world was so worried about a Republican investigation of the Benghazi attacks, they sent a message to House Democrats:  We need backup.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly considered boycotting the panel, an idea that Clinton supporters feared would leave the potential 2016 candidate exposed to the enemy fire of House Republicans.  So Clinton emissaries launched a back channel campaign, contacting several House Democratic lawmakers and aides to say they'd prefer Democrats participate, according to sources familiar with the conversations.  Pelosi's staff said they have not heard from Clinton's camp.

Kerry Agrees to Testify on Benghazi, With Caveats.  Secretary of State John Kerry agreed on Friday [8/23/2014] to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over the 2012 attacks on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, possibly exacerbating tensions between Republicans over competing inquiries.  In a letter to Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California, the committee's combative chairman, the State Department's assistant secretary for legislative affairs, Julia Frifield, appeared to go out of her way to pit Mr. Issa's investigation into the attacks against a new one being conducted by a select committee appointed by Speaker John A. Boehner.

Kerry risks infamy if he adds to Benghazi deceit.  The Benghazi investigation could shred the last threads of Secretary of State John Kerry's credibility.  After nonstop major foreign policy blunders with Israeli/Palestinian negotiations, Syria, Ukraine and Iran — just to name a few — his alleged collusion in the withholding of smoking-gun emails tying the White House to the Benghazi cover-up could be the final nail in his political coffin.

Benghazi Means Betrayal.  The Benghazi attack on 9/11/13 was a deliberate signal, recognized by every Muslim in the world, and by every member of this administration, that Al Qaida was winning the Jihad War against America, contrary to a massive election-time lie by the Democrats and our beneath-contempt media that "Al Qaida is on the run."  Six weeks before the U.S. presidential election, Al Qaida signaled plainly and clearly that it was expanding and killing more every day.  Every informed person in the world understood that, except for the American people, who are bamboozled on a daily basis by our political media class.  Go back to the news headlines on that day, and you can't see it plain as the nose on your face.

White House Contacted YouTube During Benghazi Attack, Darrell Issa Says.  A still-classified State Department e-mail says that one of the first responses from the White House to the Benghazi attack was to contact YouTube to warn of the "ramifications" of allowing the posting of an anti-Islamic video, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  The memo suggests that even as the attack was still underway — and before the CIA began the process of compiling talking points on its analysis of what happened — the White House believed it was in retaliation for a controversial video.

One of the White House's First Responses During the Benghazi Attack: Call YouTube.  While Ambassador Chris Stevens was missing on September 11, 2012, and while Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty were fighting for their lives, with military assets within a quick flight to provide aid, the Obama White House decided to call... YouTube.

John Kerry will testify about Benghazi attack but insists it's a one-time offer.  Secretary of State John Kerry will testify before Congress next month about the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, a one-and-done appearance that the State Department insists is enough to answer questions and means he could avoid the newly formed select committee.  In a letter to the House Oversight chairman, the department said on Friday that Kerry could appear on June 12 or June 20 to discuss the Obama administration's cooperation with the panel in providing emails and other documents related to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  The department said that appearance 'would remove any need for the secretary to appear before the select committee to answer additional questions.'

Allen West: Source told me 'truth' on Benghazi, operations 'shrouded in a fog of lies'.  Former GOP congressman and political commentator Allen B. West says he knows "the ground truth" about what really happened during the Benghazi attack.  In a blog post on Friday, Mr. West wrote that during a flight from Detroit he had a moment that he truly felt was God sent when he sat next to a friend of a one of the men that was at the Benghazi attack.

Dem Rep.: We're on Benghazi Committee to 'Scream Bloody Murder' over GOP Abuse.  Early this month, when Democrats still hadn't made up their minds about participation in the Benghazi select committee, Congressman Adam Schiff said there's no way Democrats would participate in that "colossal waste of time."  Well, funny story:  Schiff is one of the five Democrats Nancy Pelosi picked yesterday to actually serve on that committee.  And on Rachel Maddow's show last night, Schiff explained they decided to participate to keep the Republicans from making it a partisan, stunt-driven affair.

Hillary Clinton Driving Democrats' Benghazi Committee Strategy.  Is it better for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Democrats have decided against boycotting the new House investigation of the Benghazi attacks?  Several Democrats had urged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to leave the slots empty, saying it would be unwise to lend an air of legitimacy to an investigation they have derided as a political witch hunt.  But others, particularly those close to Clinton, believed that having Democratic participation on the panel is the only way to ensure both sides of the story will be told.  The Benghazi hearings are likely to become televised spectacles, so the thinking in Clinton world is that it's better to have Democrats join in the questioning in hopes of balancing the proceedings, ABC News has learned.

Pelosi names Democrats to Benghazi committee.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named five Democrats to join the Select Committee on Benghazi Wednesday afternoon [5/21/2014].

Herridge: Pelosi Announcement on Benghazi Cmte Is 'Significant Shift'.  After much debate within the party, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today that five Democrats will serve on the Benghazi Select Committee.  Some Democrats argued that no members should participate, calling the committee a "kangaroo court."

Nancy Pelosi appoints FIVE Democrats to fill up Benghazi panel slots days after threatening boycott.  House Democrats have decided to play ball and participate in a special committee charged with investigating the Obama administration's handling of a 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead and forced the withdrawal of U.S. diplomats from the eastern port city.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named five Democrats to the panel. [...] Some in the Democratic caucus had floated the idea of boycotting the committee and leaving Republicans to pursue the Benghazi investigation, opening the opportunity to paint the investigation as a partisan political stunt in an election year.

Discredited in Benghazi.  The abandonment of the State Department-CIA mission in Benghazi that came under attack on September 11, 2012 marked the failure of the Obama administration's foreign policy toward the Muslim world.  That American generals and admirals raised no protest to the decision not to go to the American contingent's defense dishonored our military and undercut its sense of duty, responsibility, and self-respect.  The discredit brought upon the United States by foolish, dishonest foreign policies is dangerous and hard enough to live down.  But history teaches that militaries whose moral qualities have been undermined court disaster, and that restoring those qualities is very hard.

On Benghazi, GOP remains suspicious of Hillary Clinton.  It's common for Republicans to say there are "unanswered questions" about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.  In some cases, though, it might be more accurate to say that questions have been answered, but Republicans don't believe the answers.  A prime example concerns then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's knowledge about the lax security surrounding U.S. diplomats in Libya.  There's no doubt the situation was terrible; the Obama administration was woefully unprepared for trouble in the months leading up to the violence.

Democrats Still Undecided on Benghazi Committee Participation.  House Democrats are still weighing whether they will appoint members to the GOP-led special committee to investigate the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya — but don't call it a caucus-wide "division," two senior lawmakers implored.  "[It's] the wrong word," Caucus Vice Chairman Joseph Crowley of New York said at a Tuesday morning news conference.  "The caucus is not divided. ... What the caucus is doing is helping our leadership come up with a plan on how to approach what is a very serious issue."

Benghazi Constructs.  Almost everything the administration has alleged about Benghazi has proven false.  Yet also, in Machiavellian fashion, the Obama group successfully peddled useful fictions, effectively deluded the country, adroitly ensured President Obama's reelection, and cast aspersions on those who sought the truth.

Feinstein calls Benghazi panel a 'hunting mission for a lynch mob'.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Sunday [5/18/2014] criticized Republicans for opening a fresh inquiry into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted that all questions have been answered about the matter.  "I think it's ridiculous.  I think it's a hunting mission for a lynch mob," Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on CNN's "State of the Union."  She was responding to a question about the committee that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) recently tasked with investigating the attacks.

University Students [...] Have No Idea What a 'Benghazi' Even Is.  College students who are insulated from all news that doesn't spring from Democratic Party talking points uncoincidentally know every pop culture question imaginable.  What they don't know?  Basic facts about a 9/11 terrorist attack that happened 2 years ago.

Pretty Much Everyone in America Wants an Investigation into Benghazi Except... the Media.  The journalistic establishment is convinced that the investigation into the attacks on Benghazi is a partisan sideshow that is unlikely to unearth any new information, the fact that new information was unearthed just weeks ago as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request notwithstanding.  Nevertheless, reporters are quite sure that any investigation into the preparation for and response to the Benghazi attack is purely political.  CNN's Erin Burnett summed it up best when she declared on Wednesday night that even the word Benghazi has "become like abortion."  Meaning, the issue has grown so polarizing that there are few people left who can be persuaded to change their already settled opinion on the matter.

Trey Gowdy Stuns The Media Into 'Deafening' Silence With Questions About Benghazi.  If this clip is any indication, Rep. Trey Gowdy won't be letting the media off the hook for its silence on Benghazi. [...] It seems like those in the room are a little embarrassed when Gowdy calls them out, and why shouldn't they be?  It is their responsibility to go after the hard questions — and when it comes to Benghazi, many asked nothing but fluff.

Investigative Findings: Benghazi video linked to the CIA?  Based on my extensive 18-month investigation, it is my professional conclusion that the Internet video known as Innocence of Muslims, the video allegedly responsible for Middle East violence and more importantly, the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans can be directly tied to a covert intelligence operation and operational assets of the U.S. Department of Justice. [...] Investigation also found evidence that the primary individual behind the film worked as an operational asst for the FBI in exchange for leniency due to his criminal past.  Indications of a possible association by one or more of the individuals responsible for the film to U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA, are also suggested.

13 Benghazis That Happened Under Bush' Viral Meme Taken Apart & Destroyed Before Your Very Eyes.  [Scroll down]  March 2, 2006.  Karachi, Pakistan again.  Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers.  Finally, something that's like Benghazi!  Except that the Ambassador wasn't missing, he was killed instantly.  There wasn't an 8-hour-long siege, an AWOL president and Secretary of State, or service personnel hung out to dry with no rescue attempt.  It wasn't a recent warzone, and there weren't requests for additional security turned down.  Oh, and no one falsely blamed a video for causing a non-existent protest.  Except for those caveats, just like Benghazi.

Hillary Clinton 'clearly bears responsibility' for State Department's Benghazi failures, says Dick Cheney.  Add former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney to the chorus of Republicans who seem insistent on making the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya a black mark against Hillary Rodham Clinton if she decides to run for president.  In an interview taped for Fox News Sunday, Cheney told host Chris Wallace that the former Secretary of State will have some explaining to do.  'She was Secretary of State at the time that it happened,' Cheney said in an excerpt broadcast Friday afternoon on Fox.  'She was one of the first in Washington to know about it.'

Dick Cheney: Hillary Clinton 'clearly bears responsibility' on Benghazi.  Former Vice President Dick Cheney says former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton "clearly bears responsibility" for the State Department's handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.  "She was Secretary of State at the time that it happened — she was one of the first in Washington to know about it," Mr. Cheney told Chris Wallace in an interview excerpt that aired Friday [5/16/2014] on Fox News.  "I think she clearly bears responsibility for whatever the State Department did or didn't do with respect to that crisis."

Rep. King: 'Wrong' to use Benghazi to go after Clinton.  Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, said Friday there are many unanswered questions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on Benghazi, but that to make it a political attack on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is "wrong."  "To me, there are major questions here as to why more action was not taken to provide security beforehand, and also when was this decision made, and why was it was made, in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, to say it was caused by a video when nothing on the ground was saying that?"  Mr. King, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

So Much for GOP Overreach: Dems, Benghazi 'Truth Squad' Politicizes Investigation.  [Lanny] Davis claims that no Democratic campaign or candidate is backing him, and he is going out on his own in establishing this counter-committee.  He plans on setting up camp outside the Benghazi hearing room and, in conjunction with a group called Correct The Record 2016, will merely attempt to counter what he perceives to be misinformation disseminated by the committee.  A quick glance at Correct the Record's homepage reveals rather clearly that the organization is a pro-Hillary Clinton campaign operation.

Head Of 'Benghazi Truth Squad' Comes Up Short On Answers To Basic Questions.  If Thursday's interview is any indication of the strategy for Davis and the "Truth Squad" on Benghazi, it seems like they better have more compelling answers than "I don't know" when pressed for facts regarding the terrorist attacks and the subsequent cover-up.

Lawmakers say Rice's story has 'absolutely collapsed' amid more questions on Benghazi account.  Leading Republican senators charged Thursday that National Security Adviser Susan Rice's public account of the Benghazi terror attack has now "absolutely collapsed," citing inaccuracies in her statements not only on the origin of the attack but the level of security at the U.S. compound.  The lawmakers said she is clearly "frustrated" that her story is falling apart, a day after Rice appeared to scoff at a question on whether a congressional select committee probe would reveal new evidence.

Darrell Issa issues new John Kerry subpoena.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued a new subpoena on Thursday demanding that Secretary of State John Kerry testify on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks before his panel this month.  Issa, a California Republican, accused the State Department of "backtrack[ing]" on agreements that Kerry would appear for questioning and said "slippery tactics" will not dampen the committee's investigation into the State Department's role in responding to the attacks.

Where was Obama during Benghazi? Ask the White House diarist.  When trying to keep track of the president's time, most observers look at "WAVE records" (the White House visitors log listing everyone who enters the White House complex) and the "President's Public Schedule" (which selectively lists the president's public activities).  But there is another document that meticulously records all the president's activities, public and private, every second of every day.  It is called the "President's Daily Diary."

Benghazi conspiracy? [...] Yes!  The Ben Rhodes e-mail has demolished the Obama administration's defense that the White House had nothing to do with the infamous talking points ascribing the Benghazi tragedy to a spontaneous protest over an American-made anti-Muslim video.  Even some of the White House correspondents accustomed to carrying water for the Obama administration clashed with White House spokesman Jay Carney, who shamelessly tried to sell them this bill of goods.

No, the Benghazi Questions Aren't All Answered.  [T]here is good reason for Republicans to believe that full answers have been withheld, and Americans have seen little or no real accountability for a largely preventable outrage.  As [Chuck] Todd notes, several House and Senate committees launched their own inquiries, but the White House withheld certain documents and evidence, which raises serious doubts about how thoroughly and accurately those committees' questions have been answered.

New Benghazi Investigation Spooks GOP Leaders.  Last Wednesday, as the House was preparing for its new investigation into the Benghazi attacks, House intelligence committee chairman Mike Rogers gathered Republican members of his committee for a meeting.  While the main purpose of the meeting was to discuss surveillance reforms the committee was about to pass, Rogers also warned his colleagues about the upcoming select committee to investigate Benghazi.  "He was saying this could be a rabbit hole," one House member told The Daily Beast.  "He was warning us that we should not let this investigation get into conspiracy theories."

Fox News Poll: Obama, Clinton seen as deceitful on Benghazi.  A majority thinks the White House has tried to deceive people about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  At the same time, Republicans are seen as politicizing the issue rather than trying to get to the truth. [...] Fifty-four percent of voters think the Obama administration has been deceitful about the events surrounding the Benghazi attacks.  Half say the same about former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton (50 percent).

Unfit for Office.  The recent escalating arguments over whether there should be further congressional hearings on Benghazi are troubling.  The fact that there are substantial numbers of people who feel that there is nothing more to investigate when four American lives were lost and no one has answered for this crime provides an indication of how far our sense of justice has slipped.  This should not be a partisan issue, because the implications of ignoring or prevaricating about the underlying mistakes will have far-reaching consequences.  The United States has diplomatic establishments throughout the world, and if they can be attacked without consequences, it greatly diminishes our influence despite any protestations to the contrary.  What does it say about our judgment if we have diplomatic establishments for which we make inadequate provisions for protection?

Susan Rice seems to scoff at Benghazi probe question.  National Security Adviser Susan Rice, at a foreign policy lunch on Wednesday [5/14/2014], seemed to scoff at a question on whether a select committee investigation on Benghazi would reveal new evidence.

Susan Rice [remarks about] Whether There Are More Benghazi Secrets To Uncover.  Former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, who served as the Obama administration's mouthpiece after the Benghazi attacks in September 2012, suggested Wednesday that there's nothing left to learn about the White House's response to the attacks — telling a reporter "dang if I know" whether the Republican investigation will unearth more evidence of a coverup.

Democrats Look Dubiously at Joining Benghazi Panel.  House Democrats on Sunday made it clear that they do not expect fair proceedings from the Republican-led panel newly tasked with investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, but offered no definitive answer on whether they would appoint any of their own members to participate.  Representative Xavier Becerra, a California Democrat, said members of his party would join the proceedings should Republicans — who have agitated for further investigation into the attack, which killed four Americans, including J. Christopher Stevens, the ambassador to Libya — agree not to block their full involvement.

Benghazi: How to rebut Democratic talking points in 7 easy lessons.  A couple of weeks have passed since the release of smoking gun emails connecting a White House aide to former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice's Sunday morning talk show tour in which she repeatedly misstated the reasons for the Benghazi nightmare of 9-11-12.  As Republican lawmakers begin putting in place a select committee to investigate further, there is much discussion about whether Democrats will be willing to send their own participants to the committee. [...] Let's be clear:  The politicization of a tragedy began with Democrats when the video story was offered instead of the truth, a truth which contradicted the Obama campaign's re-election narrative in the fall of 2012 about Al-Qaeda being on the run.

Pelosi Says Benghazi Families Don't Want Special Committee Investigation.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a Friday news conference that Benghazi family members have contacted Democratic leadership to oppose the special committee established by a House vote last week.  Pelosi is still weighing whether Democrats will occupy their five seat[s] on the panel.

10 Questions for a Liberal after Mothers Day.  [#3]  What do you think about Benghazi?  Suppose a Republican president had been prepping for a presidential debate the night that terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound and then lied about it?  What sort of investigation would you recommend then?

Trey Gowdy brings reputation of legal skills, bipartisan praise to Benghazi panel.  The rule of law colors everything for Rep. Trey Gowdy, from the indignant prosecutorial style he employs in Capitol Hill hearings to his three dogs, aptly named Judge, Jury and Bailiff.  Republicans and Democrats alike say the second-term South Carolina Republican is the right man to head the special congressional investigation into Benghazi, a job that could springboard him into positions such as attorney general or service in a Republican presidential administration.  But they also say the forthright former prosecutor isn't likely to cut corners on the investigation to score political points or raise his profile.

The First Amendment Also Died at Benghazi.  In a phone conversation I had with video maker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula last week, he had one pressing question:  "Why did the government release the deal?  Why did they put my life in danger?"  Nakoula was referring to a plea deal he made with the federal government after his arrest in June 2009 for his role in a check-kiting scheme.  A thirty-year resident of the United States and a citizen, the native Egyptian agreed to cooperate with authorities in nailing the scheme's mastermind, Eiad Salameh.  Given that Salameh was still on the loose at the time, and a genuine threat to Nakoula if he knew the terms of the arrangement, the sentencing transcript was sealed.

McLaughlin Group Guest: 'Ambassador Stevens Wasn't Murdered'.  Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift said on Sunday's The McLaughlin Group that late U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed the night of the Benghazi attacks, had not been murdered but had died from "smoke inhalation."  "I'd like to point out that Ambassador Stevens was not 'murdered,'" Clift said, using air quotes, "but died of smoke inhalation in a CIA safe room."  This did not land well.  "It was a terrorist attack, Eleanor," panelist-for-life Pat Buchanan said.  "He was murdered in a terrorist attack."

Eleanor Clift Doubles Down on Claim Amb. Chris Stevens Wasn't Murdered.  During a recent appearance on The McLaughlin Group, The Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift sparked controversy when she asserted that the late U.S. Amb. Chris Stevens died of smoke inhalation resulting from an "opportunistic" attack in Benghazi springing from an inflammatory video.  Asked to clarify her assertion with Newsmax host Steve Malzberg on Tuesday, Clift repeatedly said that she stood by her original claim.

The real Benghazi scandal was Obama's drive-by war in Libya.  There is a real Benghazi scandal and it's this:  President Obama illegally invaded Libya, overthrew Moammar Gadhafi, and then — due to politics — left a power vacuum that terrorists filled, turning Libya into a hotbed of jihadist groups.  The 2012 attack that killed four Americans was a consequence of the disorder and violence the administration left in the wake of its drive-by war.  The useful lesson from Benghazi isn't about a White House lying (shocking!), but about the inherent messiness of regime change and the impossibility of a quick, clean war.

Lanny Davis to Lead Benghazi 'Truth Squad'.  Former Clinton special counsel Lanny Davis says he plans to lead a "truth squad" to counter accusations coming out of the Benghazi select committee hearings.  Davis will lead a group of volunteers "in front of the hearing room of the Gowdy committee" to be "available to put the facts out." [...] The "truth squad" is similar to Davis' crisis management efforts for Clinton in 1997.

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You would sooner hear the truth from Code Pink.

Clift: Ambassador killed in Benghazi attack wasn't murdered-murdered, or something.  [I]t's difficult to imagine a dumber argument than the one presented by Eleanor Clift this weekend on The McLaughlin Group.  Clift argued that Ambassador Chris Stevens wasn't actually murdered in Benghazi, but merely died of smoke inhalation during an "opportunistic" terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi [...]

Cotton: Benghazi Select Committee 'Necessary'.  Rep. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) railed against the Obama Administration and the State Department for failing to answer important questions regarding Benghazi in a timely fashion and for their lack of effort to stop the attacks.  He explained why the creation of the newly formed Benghazi committee is so critical, telling Fox News' Brian Kilmeade "There is still a lot of questions — that's why we need this select committee.  We learned two weeks ago that the White House continues to stonewall.  They produced new emails that should have been produced up to 18 months ago -- that's why we created this select committee to get to the bottom of this -- both what happened before and after the attacks."

Rogin: Clinton Asleep at the Wheel on Boko Haram, Benghazi.  The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin appeared on Fox News Saturday to discuss Hillary Clinton's decision not to add Boko Haram to the State Department's official list of foreign terrorist organizations, despite the group's increasingly violent behavior.  "It speaks to her claim that she's at the forefront of protecting women, and girls in conflict.  But it also speaks to her handling of international terrorism, which has been called into big question following her handling of the attack in Benghazi," Rogin said.

Ted Cruz Suggests Democrats 'Can't Handle the Truth' on Benghazi.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested that Democrats could not handle the truth on Benghazi, quoting Jack Nicholson from the movie A Few Good Men during a floor debate with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).  "The response of the administration, and sadly the response of Senate Democrats, has been partisan stonewalling, rather than trying to get to the truth.  In the immortal lines of Jack Nicholson, it makes one think perhaps they can't handle the truth," Cruz said.

Gowdy Carries 'Confidence' of Boehner and Hopes of Right as Benghazi Chairman.  The lawmaker chosen to lead the House panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi tragedy is an unabashed supporter of the Tea Party movement who still considers himself more of a prosecutor than a professional politician. [...] Twenty months after the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks, Gowdy said, unresolved questions remain about inadequate security, the U.S. response and the government's interaction with the public after the attack.  "All of those lines of inquiry are legitimate and should be apolitical," Gowdy said.  "Facts are neither red nor blue."

Benghazi Laying Bare Democrats' Abdication of Duty.  Thomas Lifson recently gave compelling reasons why House Democrats run grave political risks if they boycott a select committee to investigate Benghazi.  Congressional Democrats, like the establishment leftist media, have been so fawning and flaccid in dealing with Obama that what few microns of credibility they may have had with conservatives and other normal people may soon blink out of existence.

Obama administration withholding full contents of emails over Fox News Benghazi report.  The Obama administration is withholding the full contents of a "media strategy" discussion over a Fox News report on Benghazi, claiming that releasing them would have a chilling effect on their "frank deliberations."  The seven-page email chain was in reference to a Fox News report on Sept. 27, 2012, that the intelligence community knew within 24 hours that Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

Duranty Prize Awarded.  The 2013 Walter Duranty Prize for mendacious journalism was awarded in front of an upbeat crowd at a dinner Monday night [5/5/2014] at New York's 3 West Club. [...] The Duranty for 2013:  David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times for his supposedly thorough unraveling of the Benghazi affair, "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi," which was revealed almost instantly to be a meretricious piece of deception worthy of Walter Duranty himself.

Pelosi Calls Gowdy's Remarks on Benghazi 'Circus-Like'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went after Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on Friday [5/9/2014] for comments he made on Fox News.  "I think the Chairman is already calling this an investigation.  I think he called it a trial.  I think that tells you all you need to know," Pelosi said as she read to reporters Gowdy's remarks. [...] Prior to the announcement, Gowdy said he was "looking for fair-minded people that value a fair process and that are hardworking." to join him on the Committee.  "I told the Speaker I want to be the dumbest one on the Committee and he said that shouldn't be a problem."

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The article leaves it unclear who is being quoted in the last sentence, but whoever it was, it was a great quote.

Trey Gowdy and the Real Lesson of Watergate.  [Scroll down]  To this day Americans know about the Senate Watergate Committee and the results it eventually produced — the resignation of Richard Nixon.  For months in 1973 the Senate Watergate Committee patiently, day by day, exposed the activities of the Nixon White House — while deliberately covering up for the Johnson White House and the Democrats.  What is not generally known is that LBJ and the Democrats were let off the off hook [sic] by Senate Democrats.  The fix was in and it was simple.

Why was a Suspected Muslim Brotherhood Spy Copied on the Benghazi 'Smoking Gun' E-mail?  [Scroll down]  Interestingly, one of the recipients of the e-mail to Rice was a Mehdi K. Alhassani.  According to Shoebat.com, Alhassani is an alleged Muslim Brotherhood spy.  Alhassani is the Special Assistant to the Office of the Chief of Staff, National Security Council Staff, and the Executive Office of the President.  Alhassani was president of the Muslim Student Association which is an alleged Muslim Brotherhood front organization.  The question is, how did Alhassani slip through the cracks to find himself in such a position of influence?

Boehner: Benghazi Panel Is 'Not Going to Be a Circus'.  House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) vowed Wednesday [5/7/2014] that a special panel to investigate the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, would not be a "circus," though Democrats continued to criticize the effort.  "This is all about getting to the truth.  It is not going to be a sideshow, it's not going to be a circus.  This is a serious investigation," Mr. Boehner said.

Gowdy vows Benghazi select committee will not be Republicans vs. Democrats.  Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the newly appointed Benghazi Select Committee chairman, vowed Sunday to keep politics and political fundraising out of his group's fact-finding mission.  "The facts are neither Republican nor Democrat," the South Carolina lawmaker told "Fox News Sunday."  "They're facts."  Gowdy, a former prosecutor, also dismissed the notion that he wants Democrats to boycott joining the committee.

Nancy Pelosi: Boehner's Rules for Benghazi Select Committee 'Unfair'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner Friday [5/9/2014] reiterating a request from a previous letter for a "minimum standard" for Democrats to proceed with a bipartisan investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. [...] Boehner has already appointed seven Republicans to the Benghazi Select Committee.  Democrats have made it clear if their conditions are not met, their members may boycott the select committee all together.

Dems line up in favor of Benghazi boycott.  House Democratic leaders are lining up behind a boycott of a special panel to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.  Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), made the case for such a boycott at a closed-door meeting of the Democratic Caucus in the Capitol Wednesday morning, a DCCC spokesperson said.

Rangel: 'I Dont Think People... Are Going to Lose Sleep Over Benghazi.  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Thursday [5/8/2014], speaking of the special House committee that will investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi, said he did not think Americans were "going to lost sleep" over it.  "I think its tragic that the Republican Party would destroy itself in 2016 by not having one issue that the American people believe should be a priority," Rangel told Fox Newss Neil Cavuto.

The Pelosi Presser and the Benghazi Select Committee.  [Scroll down]  Contrary to her statement, Republicans do want to talk about our responsibilities to those who put their lives in harm's way for the security of the nation, whereas Democrats prefer to talk about chaos in other countries, and, all of a sudden, jobs and the economy after five years of failure!  They'll talk about their failures on the world stage and the destruction of our economy, but the last thing Democrats want to take responsibility for is Benghazi.  Again, can you say "diversion"?  As for misrepresentations, I don't think there is one lie or exaggeration by the Republicans regarding Benghazi that Pelosi can point to, certainly nothing as egregious as the mélange of misrepresentations, lies, obfuscation, and obstructions perpetuated by the Obama Administration [...]

House Creates Benghazi Select Committee with Help from Seven Democrats.  Seven Democrats crossed party lines and joined House Republicans to establish a Select Committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya on Thursday night [5/8/2014].  These Democrats were Reps. Ron Barber (D-AZ), John Barrow (D-GA), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Nick Rahall (D-WV), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).  The resolution passed 232-186.

Benghazi: How to do the hearings right.  The Democrats are portraying the not-yet-even-constituted House Select Committee on Benghazi as nothing but a partisan exercise.  They are even considering boycotting the hearings to delegitimize them.  Fine.  Although this would give the Obama-protective media a further reason to ignore Benghazi, it doesn't matter.  All that matters is whether the committee produces new, important facts. If it does, it will be impossible to ignore.  We've already seen what a single piece of new evidence can do in reviving interest in a story that many (including me) thought the administration had successfully stonewalled.

Rep. Trey Gowdy: I want every single Benghazi document.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., will go after every single document and witness in that could shed light on the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi in his role as chairman of a special committee House Republicans are creating to continue their investigation.  "I want to see every single solitary relevant material document.  In fact I want to see everything for which there can be any argument it is relevant and then we can judge whether it is material," Gowdy said in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Monday night [5/5/2014].

Benghazi Panel Will Have 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats.  The special House panel tasked with investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, will operate as an investigative super committee of sorts with access to classified material, subpoena power and unlimited funding and time to carry out its work, according to legislative text released Tuesday night [5/6/2014].

The Benghazi Deniers.  The Democrats and their allies are in the grips of Benghazi denial.  They think the Republican notion of a scandal is a complete hoax.  Yes, a mistake was made here or there, but otherwise, nothing to see here.

The Benghazi probe didn't have to come to this.  In fact, the Benghazi controversy, rather than being an all-out political war, is a limited conflict in which some parts of the administration have cooperated with Congress while others haven't.  Republican sources on Capitol Hill say that in general, the Pentagon's cooperation has been a model of how to deal with such an investigation, while the State Department and White House have been models of what not to do.  If the rest of the administration had followed the military's example, the Benghazi controversy would likely be over by now.

Rank-And-File Democrats Nervous About Boycotting Benghazi Select Committee.  A number of Democrats are arguing the caucus should appoint members to the soon-to-be formed Select Committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, saying not participating will give Republicans an open forum to launch political attacks on the administration.

Democrats Think This Trick Will Help Them Escape the Benghazi Scandal.  Now that House Speaker John Boehner has announced that a select committee will investigate Benghazi, the Democrats have come up with another strategy for stonewalling. [...] The Benghazi attack could potentially implicate officials in negligent homicide, for their refusal to improve security at the US facility at which four Americans died.  The Benghazi investigation could also turn up who decided to blame the attack on a movie, why, and who had the man who made the movie arrested and jailed for a year.

Army Vet Blasts Democrats' 'Fake Outrage' Over Benghazi.  Congressman Tom Cotton lays out exactly why the Democrats' "fake outrage" over the Benghazi hearing is not exactly credible coming from a party whose members acted with partisan acrimony over an Iraq War that they voted for and took no responsibility for carrying out.

Dems to decide Friday on Benghazi panel.  House Democrats will meet Friday morning [5/9/2014] to discuss whether to appoint lawmakers to the select committee investigating Benghazi.  Initially, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was thinking of boycotting the panel.  She didn't like the ratio — seven Republicans to five Democrats — and thought the GOP was going overboard by creating the committee in the first place.  But in Democratic circles — in private meetings, and conversations throughout the Capitol — the tide has turned.

John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi discussing Benghazi select panel.  Pelosi wants Democrats to have a say in subpoenas, access to documents and depositions.  Boehner's staff says they have made fair concessions, and will include Democrats in the process.  But Republicans are not going to give Democrats veto power over who they call to testify.

Who's Crazy?  Benghazi, crazy.  That's the association the White House and its allies want to encourage as a House Select Committee begins what should be the most thorough investigation of the Benghazi attacks to date.  The White House wants to delegitimize the process before it begins and preemptively discredit the findings.

Top Nanci Pelosi ally: Seat just one Democrat on Benghazi panel.  A top Democratic House lawmaker and close ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants Democrats to post only one member to the newly created Select Committee on Benghazi.  Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., sent a letter to Democrats who are meeting on Friday morning [5/9/2014] to discuss how to respond to the newly created committee, which is comprised of seven Republican seats and five Democratic seats.  DeLauro, who is co-chair of the Democratic Steering Policy Committee, which determines committee assignments, said Democrats should resist boycotting the panel, which "would leave our caucus with no voice to engage in committee proceedings."

Is a drive to impeach Barack Obama on its way?  It isn't that no one has talked about impeaching Obama before, because they have.  But for the last five years, impeachment has been the purview of the nuttier corners of the right — the conspiracist web sites, the chain emails, the ranting radio hosts. [...] But now we have the Benghazi select committee, and a select committee is what you form when there may be crimes and misdemeanors to uncover.

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This is not a nutty corner of the internet.  (The internet does not have corners.  This web site is just as easily available as any other.  But that's another topic.)  In addition to rank incompetence, the President appears to be guilty of several serious crimes including negligent homicide (Fast and Furious, Benghazi), and he appears to have used the IRS as a weapon against his political foes.

Benghazi Laying Bare Democrats' Abdication of Duty.  Thomas Lifson recently gave compelling reasons why House Democrats run grave political risks if they boycott a select committee to investigate Benghazi.  Congressional Democrats, like the establishment leftist media, have been so fawning and flaccid in dealing with Obama that what few microns of credibility they may have had with conservatives and other normal people may soon blink out of existence.  Parallel to the political punishments waiting for these folks is a constitutional crisis that goes to the very heart of our system.

Who are the members of the new House Benghazi committee?  The select committee illustrates several critical elements of the House GOP caucus — a mix that includes consideration of age, gender, experience, geography, political priorities and memberships on key committees.

Benghazi Isn't Iran-Contra.  Network leaders, producers and newspaper editors did not go after the story when the first serious questions began to bubble up.  Afterward they dismissed the questions as old news.  Now they are defensive and resentful.  They are not going to help Republican investigators do the job they themselves should have done.

Elizabeth Warren is Fundraising Off Benghazi.  Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) is fundraising off the Benghazi scandal, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis (h/t Lachlan Markay).  Check out this item posted on Warren's campaign website on Friday [5/9/2014]: [...] It is unclear how this will affect Warren's status as frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

'Grumpy' Nancy Pelosi Not Happy With Democrats Who Supported Benghazi Panel.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was not pleased with Democrats who suggested that Democrats work with Republicans on the select Benghazi committee, according to a report from Politico's Jake Sherman and Lauren French.  During her caucus meeting on Friday [5/9/2014], Pelosi sarcastically told members of her party, "Thanks a lot for giving me leverage over the last couple of days."

Boycott or not? Democrats face choice on Benghazi investigation.  House Speaker John A. Boehner's decision to form a select committee on Benghazi has put Democrats in a bind:  Do they participate in what they view as an election-year stunt, or boycott it and give up the opportunity to act as a watchdog?  Rank-and-file Democrats are leaning toward a boycott after the decision by Republican leaders to spurn a request from Democrats for an equally-divided panel to investigate the 2012 terrorist raid on a U.S. diplomatic compound, which killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.  But ahead of a House vote Thursday [5/8/2014] to form the committee, Democratic leaders are still weighing their options.

Boehner stacks Benghazi panel with lawyers.  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is stacking the House select committee on Benghazi with lawyers as he looks to demonstrate that the panel will be a serious investigation and not a partisan exercise.  The Speaker announced his picks to serve under Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on the special committee on Friday [5/9/2014], selecting a mix of junior and senior members and adding an additional former federal prosecutor in freshman Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.).

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There are plenty to choose from:  156 Congressmen are lawyers.*

Watchdog: White House hiding more Benghazi documents.  The Obama administration continues to withhold documents that could shed light on how U.S. officials produced its false narrative that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi arose from a non-existent protest over a video, according to a conservative watchdog group.  The documents reveal "that the Obama administration is still refusing to provide the full details of how top officials arrived at the now-discredited talking points released to the public following the deadly assault on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, Libya," Judicial Watch said in a statement.  "Though the State Department document repeatedly describes the material as 'Unclassified' or 'Sensitive But Unclassified,' it nonetheless justifies scores of extensive redactions and exemptions," the statement said.

Obama's actions on night of Benghazi attack under scrutiny.  As House investigators gear up for a new probe of Benghazi, one question they'll likely pursue is what President Obama did or didn't do on the night that the terrorist attack was unfolding 20 months ago.  While much attention has focused on Susan E. Rice's "talking points" that blamed the Benghazi attack on an anti-Islam video, the White House has largely ducked questions about Mr. Obama's actions during the crucial hours when U.S. officials were debating how, or whether, to rescue the Americans under attack at U.S. consulate in Libya.

Benghazi Cover-Up Blowing Up.  We now have the evidence that the State Department knew right away that Benghazi was a jihad terror attack.  We know that Susan Rice knew.  Barack Obama also knew and lied to the American people.  The Democrats are threatening to boycott the select committee on the Benghazi jihad attack on September 11, 2012.  The media is cheering their subterfuge on, hoping to normalize glaring un-Americanism, so that the president can easily follow suit.  Once again, the Democrats overreach.  Does the Watergate-flogging party mean to stump for the suppression of the truth about the slaughter of our countrymen?  Is that their campaign platform?  Do they really believe they are going to win on a platform of propaganda?

House approves select committee to investigate Benghazi attack.  The House on Thursday [5/8/2014] voted 232-186 to create a select committee to investigate the 2012 attack that killed four Americans at a diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.  The move to create the panel was supported by only 7 Democrats, setting the stage for what will likely be a contentious investigation this summer.  Democrats are debating whether to boycott the panel altogether.  Republicans said creating a special panel was necessary to determine whether the administration painted a false narrative about the Benghazi attack to protect President Obama's foreign policy record as he ran for a second term.

Unraveling Benghazi Bungle is About More Than Politics.  Most pundits and media have focused on the ethical and perhaps legal errors committed by the Administration in its attempts to camouflage its own incompetence.  Unraveling the "Benghazi Bungle," however, is about far more than politics or even lying; it is crucial to the national security of the United States.

Smoking Gun: Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points.  Am I shocked to find the Obama White House behind this egregious lie?  Not at all.  The facts of the Benghazi attack, aftermath, and cover-up suggested as much.  But owing largely to Obama secrecy and stonewalling, evidence has been elusive — until Judicial Watch investigators and attorneys worked their magic and got hold of these records.

Trey Gowdy: Death Threats 'Not Gonna Keep Me From Doing My Job'.  As we reported Wednesday, Capitol Hill Police have launched an investigation into at least two threatening emails sent to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the newly-announced chairman of the House Benghazi special committee.  Wednesday night, Gowdy responded to the death threats during an appearance on The Kelly File.  Host Megyn Kelly also asked the South Carolina Congressman to comment on Hillary Clinton's statement that "some people" (Republicans) are "choosing not to be satisfied" with the administration's handling of Benghazi.

Benghazi needs deeper scrutiny.  Benghazi matters because four of our fellow citizens were murdered under terrifying circumstances. Benghazi matters because a diplomatic facility emblematic and representative of our country was attacked and burned on the anniversary of 9/11.  Benghazi matters because Americans deserve to know the truth from those entrusted to lead and govern.  House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is right to convene a select committee devoted to uncovering all relevant facts connected to Benghazi, just as the House committees of jurisdiction were right to investigate Benghazi before this.  Despite the passage of 20 months, there remain unresolved questions.

Don't tune out the newest Benghazi developments.  There will be so many politicians jabbering into microphones, so many practiced mouths curled into what is supposed to look like spontaneous anger, that you'll see right through much of it.  And then many of you will be tempted to turn away and tune out.  That's to be expected.  Some of the politicos are counting on just that.  They're betting on it, and you should probably figure that some of the screaming isn't designed to inform but to turn you off to the whole thing.

GOP-led Benghazi select committee's probe could last until 2016.  Republicans' plan for a special 'select committee' charged with investigating the 2012 Benghazi terror attack reached new levels of controversy on Wednesday [5/7/2014] when the congressman who will chair the new panel said he can foresee its work stretching well into the 2016 election season.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former South Carolina prosecutor, acknowledged on MSNBC that the timetable would largely be dictated by how much — or how little — the Obama administration cooperates with subpoenas.

Rubio Clowns Charlie Crist As An Embarrassing Phony.  It was only a matter of time before Senator Marco Rubio chimed in on Charlie Crist's "absurd" statement that the reason why he left the Republican Party was because it veered "hard right" and became racist.

Hillary Clinton Does Not Believe More Benghazi Hearings Are Necessary.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the GOP's call for more hearings and answers regarding the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi today during a live interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts, sponsored by Philanthropy New York.  Asked by Roberts if she is "satisfied" with the answers previous hearing uncovered and "content" that she knows what happened on September 11, 2012, Clinton answered, "Absolutely."

The Editor says...
If I were in her position, I'd say the same thing.

GOP's Point Man on Benghazi Is Seasoned Prosecutor.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republicans' newest point man on the Benghazi attack, is a seasoned prosecutor determined to apply his well-honed courtroom skills to an election-year examination of the Obama administration's actions.

Trey Gowdy Turns the Tables on Pelosi & Company With This Dose of Reality.  With the recent revelation of Trey Gowdy being chosen to chair the Benghazi Select Committee, Nancy Pelosi is hoping for political equality. [... But] When Pelosi was Speaker of the House, she did not subscribe to a bipartisan way of leadership.  She used her position to rally Democrats: ramming the Obamacare Bill through Congress, cutting off floor debates, as well as any opportunity to substantively amend the legislation.

Unnecessary Lies.  The scandal itself is not very difficult to understand, unless you have a personal commitment to not understanding it.  Such commitments frequently are rooted in partisanship and ideology, but in the case of our supine media and Democrats occupying the commanding heights of culture, it may be simple shame.  They were intentionally misled by an administration that holds their intelligence in light esteem even as it takes for granted their support. [...] What's unusual in this case is the unnecessary dishonesty, as though the Obama administration simply reflexively recoiled from the truth.

Gowdy: Benghazi probe could run into '16.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the special committee he'll lead on Benghazi could continue into the 2016 campaign, when Hillary Clinton might be running for the White House.  Asked about that possibility Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Gowdy said the length of his work would depend on the administration's level of cooperation.  "It would be shame on us if we intentionally dragged this out for political expediency," said Gowdy, the special committee's chairman.  "On the other hand, if an administration is slow-walking document production, I can't end a trial simply because the defense won't cooperate."

Benghazi revelations revive coverup critics.  "Most of the media refuses to cover what happened in Benghazi in 2012, and congressional Republicans have been less than skillful in their probes.  But the story isn't going away despite the best efforts of the Obama administration and the Hillary for President campaign.

Diverting Benghazi probe.  An e-mail has surfaced from a deputy national security adviser to Susan Rice on how to characterize the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on Sunday news programs.  He advised Rice, then ambassador to the U.N., that her primary goal was to "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."  The e-mail was redacted when the most-transparent-administration-in-history provided Benghazi documents to Congress earlier, but was found through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Boehner Smartens Up On Benghazi.  Friday, when the news hit that at long last House Speaker John Boehner would name a Select Committee to investigate, once and for all, the events leading up to and following the local al Qaeda affiliate's attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, it might have been the smartest political move of either party in years.

Trey Gowdy can do an end run on Benghazi Liars with video maker on the stand.  Since his release from a halfway house on Sept. 26, 2013, Youssef, whose YouTube video was blamed by Obama administration officials for the Benghazi attack, has faded into obscurity.  Why?  What if Youssef, who served several months in prison for an unrelated 2010 bank fraud before being imprisoned for a year for Innocence of Muslims, was paid to disappear?  It wouldn't be the first time a corrupt government administration brokered a deal with a straw man to spend time in the slammer before being retired to a life of quiet luxury in an island paradise.

Pelosi Wants Even Split on Benghazi Committee.  Is that a reasonable request?  Not if precedent is a guide:  ["]In 2007, the House created a Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.  As Speaker, Pelosi set up the structure.  There were nine Democrats and six Republicans.["]

The Editor says...
Just yesterday the Democrats sounded like they were all going to boycott the Benghazi hearings.  Now they want equal face time.

John Kerry: I'll comply with House GOP's Benghazi request.  Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday [5/6/2014] indicated he would comply with a House GOP subpoena to testify about Benghazi and other questions from the new select committee appointed by House Speaker John Boehner.  But in his first comments on the topic since renewed attention to it began in the last week, Kerry batted away the inquiry into the September 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi as a "partisan" effort that won't bring forward anything that isn't already known.

Palin to Obama Admin: 'You Lied Again' on Benghazi.  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted the Obama administration for lying about the Benghazi attacks last week again and praised House Republicans for deciding to form a Select Committee to try to unearth what led to the deaths of four Americans and the possible cover-up.

Police investigate threats against Trey Gowdy.  The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating threatening emails against Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican recently tapped to lead a special panel probing the Benghazi terrorist attacks.  The investigation comes after POLITICO reporters and journalists at other outlets received two emails on Tuesday warning that Gowdy would be harmed because of his role in investigating the 2012 attacks.

Harry Reid: No Benghazi select committee in the Senate.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will not form a select committee in the upper chamber to examine the fatal terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, despite a House move to create such a panel.  Reid made the announcement after a top GOP senator told the Washington Examiner he plans to formally ask Reid to create a select committee to look into the matter.

Obama, Dems better buckle up as Benghazi Select Committee ramps up.  The desperate effort included lying about the attack, a fact that is now undeniable thanks to the release of a secret email written days later.  In it, an Obama aide said a goal of having U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice do five TV interviews was to "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."  But there was no protest about a video before the Benghazi attack, and CIA analysts said they knew instantly it was a planned terror operation.

Benghazi scandal: When will Team Obama tell the truth?  It strains human credibility that a staff member such as Ben Rhodes could be advising a senior staff member such as Susan Rice to go on five Sunday shows and be paid, at taxpayer expense, to lie to the American people.  Jay Carney, Victoria Nuland and other members of the Obama administration were also told, in essence, to lie.  Why?  Because they were following orders.

Benghazi Victim's Uncle: Obama is a "Paid Serial Liar".  Fortunately, a select committee to investigate Benghazi has finally been formed with Trey Gowdy as the chairman, and he will likely be able to uncover the truth that Obama has been hiding.  Unfortunately, the White House has intimated that they might not cooperate with the committee's investigation, and will continue to stonewall and cover up the answers that the American people are seeking.  The families of the victims are also seeking answers to their questions about what exactly happened on September 11-12, 2012.  The uncle of Sean Smith, one of the victims of Benghazi, has written an op-ed for Fox News, wondering when Obama will start telling the truth about what happened to his nephew.

Infiltration of the U.S. Government, Part One.  The announcement that the House will vote on a special congressional committee to investigate Benghazi is long overdue.  Accuracy in Media's two special conferences on Benghazi helped mobilize the public and the press to demand this outcome.  In addition to identifying the Obama operatives in charge of the cover-up, a critical question is why the Obama administration facilitated the flow of weapons to al Qaeda in Libya.  Indeed, answering this question could help explain the nature of the cover-up and why a video was falsely blamed for the deaths of four Americans.  It will take a lot of public pressure to uncover the dimensions of what one member of the Citizens' Commission on Benghazi called evidence of the "infiltration" of the U.S. government by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Good Luck with that Benghazi Thing, Mr. Gowdy.  With a brainwashed media shamelessly covering every leftist politician's derriere, a Justice Department run by an administration fixer (himself in contempt of Congress), and a politicized Federal leadership right across the bureaucratic board, any serious desire to arrest the governing venality may amount to nothing more than [futility].  And while Trey Gowdy seems serious, John Boehner seems more akin to a Republican stooge for Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the Democratic establishment.

Discrepancies between Benghazi emails released to Congress, watchdog group.  Documents reviewed by Fox News show there are differences between Benghazi emails released through the federal courts to the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch and emails released to the House oversight committee as part of its investigation into the attacks.  The discrepancies are fueling allegations the administration is holding back documents to Congress.

Congress should press for answers on Benghazi.  Developments of recent days intensify those questions.  They fall into three clusters:  Did the U.S. State Department react negligently to early warnings about the increasing dangers to American personnel in Benghazi?  During the overnight assault, should the U.S. have made a military attempt at a rescue?  And did the administration, with a presidential election eight weeks nigh, knowingly mislead the nation rather than admit a successful terror assault against ill-protected Americans on the anniversary of 9/11?

"7 page email about Fox ... is being withheld by the state department, citing executive branch deliberations".  Fox news [has learned] new details of a seven page email — circulated at the highest levels of the [W]hite [H]ouse — apparently to come up with a media strategy to deal with a [F]ox [N]ews report — is being withheld by the state department, citing executive branch deliberations.  The report, which is the subject line of the emails, "Fox News: US officials knew Libya attack was terrorism within 24 hours, sources confirm" was circulated [S]eptember 27th and September 28th 2012 concluded the intelligence community knew benghazi was terrorism within 24 hours.

State Dept.: Kerry Will Not Comply with Benghazi Subpoena.  Secretary of State John Kerry has been subpoenaed to testify on Benghazi on May 21st.  However, in the daily State Department press briefing on Monday, deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said that Kerry will be out of the country on that day and won't comply with the subpoena to testify on that particular date.  Harf said that Kerry "has been made aware" of the subpoena, but still plans to be out of the country and in Mexico on the 21st.  She said the State Department was "surprised" that Darrell Issa skipped over offering an invitation and went straight to issuing a subpoena.

It's Official: Trey Gowdy to Lead Benghazi Select Committee.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confirmed today [5/5/2014] that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will serve as chairman of the select committee to investigate the terrorist attacks in Benghazi.  Gowdy's name quickly rose to the top of the list after Bohener announced the formation of the committee on Friday.

Benghazi House Select Cmte. Chair Gowdy: Murder of 4 Americans 'Should Transcend Politics'.  The South Carolina congressman told Greta Van Susteren [5/5/2014] that witnesses have come forward and shared that there was a systematic effort to keep certain documents under wraps.  He also said there is a lot of over-classification of documents to protect people's careers.  "I'm not interested in summaries, I'm not interested in synopses, I'm interested in access to the document and the witness, and I'll decide whether or not I think the appropriate questions were asked in the past," he said.

Liberals Beg Pelosi To Not Appoint Democrats To Benghazi Committee.  Emails released last week indicated that the White House played a bigger role than previously admitted in crafting the now-debunked initial talking points on the attacks that left four Americans dead, including Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.  But Democrats have argued that the investigations are partisan-driven and meant to try to harm former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of a likely run for president in 2016.

Poll: 72% want the truth about Benghazi.  Just over half the nation wants further investigation into the September 2012 terrorist killings of American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, in part because an even larger percentage of the country does not believe that President Obama's team has told the full story about the simmering scandal.  Rasmussen Reports revealed in a new poll that 51 percent want the investigation to go forward.  The House last week ordered up a special panel to investigate the killings of the U.S. ambassador and several others and how the administration handled the crisis.

Ben Rhodes's brother, the day after Benghazi.  Ben Rhodes's brother is of course David Rhodes, the president of CBS News — although, if you're a CBS viewer, maybe I shouldn't assume that you know that.  Anyway, a nifty catch here by John Sexton of Breitbart.  The key bit comes 50 seconds in.  Quote:  "Our government thinks that, you know, there's a really good chance this was not just a spontaneous mob reaction to what some thought was an offensive film but actually a coordinated effort timed to the 9/11 anniversary."  Two days later, Sexton reminds us, Ben Rhodes sent out an e-mail ahead of Susan Rice's Sunday show appearances urging her "to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."

Benghazi: What was Tom Donilon Doing?  [Scroll down]  Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made it clear:  Donilon was to be in the White House.  And so it came to be:  one of the most political players in Washington would be the Deputy Obama NSC advisor.  Writes Woodward, General Jim Jones, the Obama pick for the top spot at the NSC, "could almost hear the collective sigh of relief from Obama's political and transition teams."  Later, too late, Woodward adds that Jones realized the Obama White House was in fact a political "clique" — and that Emanuel's tight relationship with Donilon would not be extended to the man who in fact was Donilon's boss — General Jones.  And who was on that Obama "political and transition" team?  That almost certainly would have included a young Obama speechwriter named... Ben Rhodes.  The very writer of the now celebrated Benghazi e-mail that has launched the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Trey Gowdy: Not Your Father's Investigation Committee Chairman.  Speaker Boehner has appointed Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  Gowdy is an experienced prosecutor who has consistently impressed me (and, obviously, Boehner) during hearings before the Oversight Committee on Benghazi and the IRS.  Gowdy breaks the mold for chairman of a big ticket investigative committee.  The typical chairman is a stern but somewhat subdued father figure — think Sen. Inouye of Iran Contra fame — or a venerable, or at least folksy, grandfather figure — think Sen. Ervin of Watergate fame.  The old-fashioned chairman may press witnesses, but will leave the true attack dog stuff to counsel or colleagues.  Gowdy won't cut it as a father or grandfather figure and he will be neither subdued nor folksy.  He will likely be his own attack dog.

Amid new investigations into Benghazi, don't forget the unfinished business of 9/11.  This time three years ago, the country was celebrating the killing of Osama bin Laden.  "The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda," President Obama said in a May 2, 2011, address to the nation.  "We will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed," Obama said.

Mission Improbable: Trey Gowdy gets into Benghazi.  Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans have decided to create a select committee to expand their investigation into the Benghazi attacks.  Beyond that, nothing is settled.  In fact, Republicans may be going on something of a mission improbable to yield new information and turn up new clues in a wide-ranging probe that has already spanned 13 hearings, 25,000 pages of documents and 50 briefings.

The Editor says...
The writer of the article immediately above seems to ignore the reasonalble assumption that the Obama White House is still stonewalling and covering up evidence.

Rep. Gowdy Says He Has Evidence White House Is Hiding Benghazi Docs.  South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy says that the White House is hiding Benghazi documents and he has the evidence to prove it. [...] But is he too partisan?  I guess if the Democrats boycott, the Republicans could put the most partisan member in the chair and it wouldn't make much difference.

What Are the Democrats Afraid of?  Why is it that Democrats don't want to talk about Benghazi?  Why do Democrats get angry and defensive when asked about the events of September 11, 2012 which resulted in the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya?  Why do Democrats act like it happened during the Civil War?  Why do Democrats want to change the subject?  It seems like Democrats would rather talk about Obamacare than talk about Benghazi.

House GOP probes on Benghazi, IRS set up tough votes for Democrats.  With votes looming to create a special committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks, hold former IRS official Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress and demand a special counsel to look into the IRS, House Republicans have created a political minefield for Democrats in tough re-election races.  The votes all pit Congress against the White House and the broader Obama administration over key transparency questions — though they also open Republicans to charges of political grandstanding.

Even If Benghazi Was About A Video, It's Still A Scandal.  Judging from the reaction of liberals on my Twitter feed, the appropriate reaction to any #Benghazi talk is snickering and derision.  And the defense offered by administration, which amounts to mocking conservatives for offering any questions — former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor dropping "dude" on Fox News' Bret Baier was tailored to parallel this dismissive attitude — reminds me that even if all this was about a video, even if the GOP's "conspiracy theory" regarding talking-point timelines is all wrong, the Obama administration's reaction is still a scandal.

Father of Navy SEAL Killed in Benghazi Speaks Out and Shreds the Administration's Lies.  On Friday night [5/2/2014], Charles Woods, the father of slain Navy SEAL Ty Woods, responded to the recent revelations surrounding the Benghazi  video protest  terror attack on Sean Hannity's Fox News show.  He also discussed the letter he received from President Obama last year, as well as what Hillary Clinton said to him at Andrews Air Force base upon the arrival of his son's casket.

GOP Rep. King blasts Dem rep's 'arrogant' call to boycott Benghazi probe.  A top Republican on the House intelligence committee slammed his Democratic colleague Sunday for suggesting fellow Democrats boycott the newly announced committee tasked with probing the Benghazi attacks.  Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said doing so would be "terribly arrogant" and "wrong."  The call for a boycott was made earlier by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., during an interview on "Fox News Sunday."  He was responding to House Speaker John Boehner's announcement Friday that the House would vote on a select committee to investigate Benghazi.

What Difference at this point Does It Make?  At a hearing on the Benghazi attack and assassination of Ambassador Stevens, Secretary of State Clinton asked, "at this point, what difference at this point does it make?"  The various scandals of President Obama's White House continue to unravel, the various lies and deceptions exposed.  Speaker Boehner has announced a special select committee to investigate the events leading to the Benghazi assault, lack of military response, and subsequent White House deception; an investigation that nearly all Democrats are treating as purely political.  Will investigations into the Obama scandals ever amount to anything?  Is this what Mrs. Clinton meant by "what difference"?

What Obama Did on September 11, 2012.  On September 11, 2012, war was the last thing Obama wanted or needed as well.  He had already bagged Osama bin Laden, pacified al Qaeda, and liberated Libya — or so he repeated endlessly.  Foreign policy was alleged to be his electoral strong suit.  Given the political dynamics, Obama retreated, just as the Clintons had, to the family quarters.  There he would spend the night translating national security data into electoral strategy.  For the next two months he did what the Clintons did after the demise of TWA Flight 800:  he just kicked the investigatory can down the road and hoped that the media would not call attention to the kicking.

Did someone mention TWA 800?

Time for Truth & Consequences on the Benghazi Cover Up.  Hillary just cannot get rid of the Benghazi stain on her record.  Every time she thinks it is safe to go back into the water and leave Benghazi behind, another bit of the truth is revealed that calls into question the honesty of the Obama administration, including its former Secretary of State, about what happened before, during, and after the September 11, 2012 jihadist attack.  And every time, we can count on spinmeisters in President Obama's camp such as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to say things like Benghazi is old news and that Republicans are engaging in unfounded conspiracy theories.

Attkisson: There's a 'Well-Orchestrated Strategy to Controversialize' Benghazi.  Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson joined the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday [5/5/2014] and was asked for her thoughts on apparent efforts by former Obama administration officials Tommy Vietor and David Plouffe to dismiss the latest revelations about the response to the Benghazi attack.  The former CBS reporter said that she believes there is a concerted effort to delegitimize investigations into that deadly 2012 attack orchestrated by people close to the White House.

What was Obama really doing during Benghazi?  [F]or us the most pressing, curious and disturbing question today remains:  Where was the Commander-in-Chief and what was he doing during an eight-hour attack that left four government employees unprotected, abandoned and dead?  We know now, thanks to Bret Baier's recent interview with ex-Obama aide Tommy Vietor, that the president was not in the Situation Room, the secure, in-house command post where presidents usually go to oversee crises.  Remember the Osama bin Laden assassination-night photo with Obama back in the corner and others riveted to a real-time video screen?  Clinton and then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have both said they talked with Obama by phone that awful evening.  And Obama's said he ordered all necessary security for American facilities and representatives abroad.  But that's it!  Nothing more.

The Democrats' Dilemma on Benghazi.  Though they may publicly deny that there is any scandal in the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, there must be doubts emerging, if only because we now know with certainty that a critical email was withheld in violation of a subpoena from the Issa Committee.  Though most Democrats loathe Darrel Issa (and the entire Republican Party, for that matter), the expression "cover-up" is now in play, and the senior Congressional leadership of the party is old enough to remember the Watergate hearings, and the articles of impeachment that emerged from that process, authored in part by a young committee staffer named Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Joe DiGenova: 'I'm Delighted the Democrats Don't Want to Participate'.  Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova says he'll be happy if Democrats decide not to appoint members to the special select committee on Benghazi that Republicans plan to establish.  "I'm delighted the Democrats don't want to participate.  All they would do is obstruct," diGenova told WMAL talk radio in Washington, D.C. Monday morning [5/5/2014].  "The president is going to pay a price ultimately," he added.

Benghazi select committee members may come from informal group John Boehner created.  House Speaker John Boehner named Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. to head a select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Gowdy, a former prosecutor, topped the list of Republican lawmakers Boehner was considering to head the panel.  The South Carolina lawmaker won his seat in the 2010 election that returned the Republicans to the majority in the House thanks to a new group of Republican members elected with the help of the Tea Party.  Gowdy is a top member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, aggressively questioning witnesses at several hearings the panel has held on the Benghazi attacks.

Former Rep. Jane Harman on Benghazi: 'Time to Move On'.  "This is a circus," former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) said of the Republicans' call for a select committee to investigate the terror attacks in Benghazi and the misleading way the White House responsed to it, just two months before the 2012 presidential election.  Harmon, a former member of the House Intelligence Committee, told "Fox News Sunday" that the terror attacks that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012 were an intelligence failure:  "But it wasn't a conspiracy.  And there aren't aliens in Area 51 and Vince Foster wasn't murdered.  And it's time to move on and focus on the real problems in Libya and other problems...."

The Editor says...
I beg to differ about Vince Foster.  There is plenty of evidence to show that he was rubbed out.

Rep. Gowdy named to lead Benghazi select committee.  South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor known for his aggressive style of questioning at congressional hearings, has been tapped to lead a select committee tasked with investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks.  House Speaker John Boehner made the announcement Monday afternoon [5/5/2014].

Networks Give 15 Times More Coverage to Correspondents' Dinner Than Benghazi.  On Monday, the three network morning shows provided 12 minutes 24 seconds to Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner but only CBS This Morning reported House Speaker John Boehner on Friday announcing a new investigation into Benghazi — a news brief that totaled a mere 47 seconds.

CBS News Requested LexisNexis Delete Transcript of Debunked Benghazi Report.  CBS News and 60 Minutes became the center of controversy last year when it turned out that they had aired a segment on the 2012 Benghazi attacks with a witness who had later discredited himself in contradictory testimony to the FBI.  The segment's reporter Lara Logan took a leave of absence, and the network began an investigation of what went wrong with the flagship newsmagazine show's editorial process.  And now, ThinkProgress reports that CBS seems to have requested that journalistic document database LexisNexis remove all traces of the infamous segment's transcript.

Pelosi says she 'couldn't care less' about Benghazi criticism.  House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said in an interview broadcast Sunday that criticism by conservative lawmakers against herself and the Obama administration only demonstrates that they are suffering from a "poverty of ideas." [...] "It means nothing to me," she said.  "I consider the source and I consider them to be stuck in a poverty of ideas.  They have none, and that's where they had to go."

King Barack's Court: A Flippant Regime.  Despite its seriousness, Benghazi has literally become a joke to the left wing of the ruling class. Fortunately, only to them.  A large majority of Americans (60% of voters) want Congress to keep investigating the attack and ensuing political scandal.  Even more (61%) think the White House is covering up the details.  That's more people than support same-sex marriage (59%), but you don't hear administration officials flippantly dismissing the issue of equal rights.  And it's not just Benghazi.  The glib dismissal emanating from the White House also covers issues like the IRS targeting of conservative non-profits, the Keystone XL pipeline, NSA surveillance of American citizens, and the Fast and Furious gun debacle.  Like Benghazi, Republicans have widespread support to pursue all these issues according to polls.  And like Benghazi, Obama surrogates consider them all political theater rather than legitimate concerns.

Dems mull whether to boycott House GOP Benghazi hearing.  The House GOP leadership just announced [5/5/2014] that Rep. Trey Gowdy will head the newly announced special committee to probe what happened in Benghazi.  Gowdy, as it happens, has already informed America that he knows that the administration is guilty of a serious cover-up, claiming he has "evidence" of a "systematic, intentional decision" to withhold untold numbers of Benghazi documents from Congress.  The question now is whether House Dems will boycott the proceedings.

Congressman claims he has evidence of 'systemic, intentional' Benghazi cover-up.  Trey Gowdy, a knife-in-the-teeth former South Carolina prosecutor, will chair a congressional 'Select Committee' that will investigate the September 11, 2012 State Department debacle in Benghazi, Libya. [...] Democrats on Capitol Hill aren't pleased.  The White House promptly suggested it wouldn't cooperate with the new panel, and one Democratic congressional aide blamed 'tea baggers' for a partisan circus to come.

a href="http://tinyurl.com/okq2nap">b>Carney Refuses to Answer Whether WH Will Comply with Benghazi Special Committee/b>/a>.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney trivialized the newly announced Special Committee to investigate Benghazi claiming "the facts of yesterday are the facts of today."  Carney accused Republicans of creating a conspiracy theory where none exists.  There have been "25,000 plus pages of documents, many briefings, much testimony, and all have failed to provide Republicans with what they want politically," he claimed./p>

Why Benghazi Matters.  The White House misled the American public about a critical matter of national interest, and it continues to practice deceit as the facts of the case are sorted out.  That, to answer Hillary Clinton's callous question, is what difference it makes.  The Benghazi dishonesty did not end with Susan Rice's now-infamous 2012 Sunday-show storytelling circuit, in which she blamed the attack on an Internet video that Muslims found insulting but that in fact had nothing to do with what was an organized jihadist attack.

Hillary Clinton: the real GOP target on Benghazi?  A year ago, not long after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the US ambassador and three other American personnel, Clinton saw a big drop in her favorability ratings.  "The drop in her favorability is substantial among men, Republicans, and independent voters," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said at the time. "One reason for her drop may be that 48 percent of voters blame her either a little or a lot for the death of the American ambassador in Benghazi."

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The "real target" is whoever is guilty of lying, stonewalling and covering up incompetence, conspiracy, malfeasance, and negligent homicide.  The lies about Benghazi allowed Barack Obama to get re-elected, which would never have happened if the truth about the incident had been quickly and fully revealed.

Release Obama's Benghazi intelligence briefings.  President Obama claims he was only repeating what the intelligence community told him when his administration asserted that the attack in Benghazi began with a spontaneous protest inspired by an Internet video.  If that's the case, there is a simple way to prove it:  Give the new congressional select committee investigating Benghazi his daily intelligence briefings that show exactly what he was told.

Beckel Bashes GOP on Benghazi: Turned 'Four Dead Bodies Into a Political Act'The Five co-host Bob Beckel clarified his angry Benghazi rant last week on Monday's show, explaining that he wasn't glossing over the deaths of four dead Americans.  He said that in the past he had admitted the White House engaged in politics in the wake of Benghazi, but maintained that the ones doing the real political exploitation are the Republicans, saying "What the Republicans have done is turn four dead bodies into a political act that they can play off of."  Beckel also said that "any Democrat who shows up on this committee oughta have their Democratic registration taken away from them."

Will Obama Claim Executive Privilege On Benghazi?  With Congress breathing down his neck on Benghazi, President Obama has a legal ace in his hand — executive privilege — which he could assert to protect the documents explaining exactly why the White House came to blame the attack on a YouTube video.  Politically, however, it's a hand he dare not play.  To get the strongest legal backing for the privilege, Obama would need to claim he personally participated in the conversations about telling America the falsehood that the 9/11 Benghazi terrorist attack was due to the video.

Haunted by the ghosts of Benghazi.  [Scroll down]  Of course, the truth would have gone down a lot easier 600 days ago.  Instead, we have had 600 days of coverup and obfuscation from the White House, the CIA and the State Department as the truth has been bent, spindled and mutilated in an effort to isolate Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama from the repercussions of allowing the massacre to take place in the first place, and then lying about it later.  Substitute the Justice Department for the State Department, and throw in the FBI, and you will have the Watergate coverup administered by President Nixon [...]

The battle to get WH Benghazi emails.  It took 18 months for Judicial Watch to unearth the emails on Benghazi that led Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday to say he's forming a special committee to look into the issue.  "This material was not voluntarily disclosed," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told The Hill during a phone interview.  The emails have given new life to Republican attacks on Benghazi.  They include a key email from White House official Ben Rhodes outlining "goals" for the talk-show appearances of Susan Rice, who was serving as ambassador to the United Nations at the time.

'Delusional Minority' Driving GOP on Benghazi, David Plouffe Says.  There was "no conspiracy" behind the White House's decision not to release an internal email related to Benghazi until this week, but a "very loud, delusional minority" is driving the Republican Party to politicize the issue, former Obama White House senior adviser David Plouffe said today [5/4/2014].

Issa: WH Withholding Benghazi Docs 'Disturbing and Perhaps Criminal'.  During the Committee hearing on Benghazi, Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee complained that the Benghazi documents recently released by the White House to Judicial Watch in response to their FOIA request, should have been turned over to Congress a year and a half ago.

Benghazi and al Qaeda.  House Speaker John Boehner is forming a special select committee on the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans.  Boehner's decision comes on the heels of a newly disclosed e-mail from Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. The e-mail advised UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who was to appear on the Sunday talk shows, to "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."  Plainly the e-mail contradicts earlier White House claims that politics had nothing to do with blaming the video for what was an al Qaeda attack.  It also raises questions why the e-mail wasn't handed over to congressional committees investigating Benghazi.

John Kerry team angry at Darrell Issa about Benghazi subpoena.  A demand that Secretary of State John Kerry testify before Congress about his department's compliance with requests for information about the Benghazi terrorist attack angered his spokesperson, who faulted lawmakers for failing to give him the opportunity to appear voluntarily.

California Democat: Benghazi select committee a "red herring," "colossal waste of time".  Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, said Sunday that it doesn't make sense for Democrats to give any more credibility to the newly-announced select committee on Benghazi than it deserves, "and frankly I don't think it deserves very much."  "I think it's a colossal waste of time," Mr. Schiff said on "Fox News Sunday.  "We've had four bipartisan investigations of this already."

Boehner to allow vote to establish select committee on Benghazi.  Following disclosures of previously unreleased emails between White House and Obama administration officials, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced early this afternoon that he will establish a select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. [...] "Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People's House," Boehner said in a statement.

Senators Ask Obama Where He Was On Night Of Benghazi Attack.  Three Republican U.S. senators wrote to President Obama Friday demanding to know where Obama was on the night of the Benghazi U.S. Consulate attack on Sept. 11, 2012.  Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said it's time for the White House to disclose the president's location on the night four Americans, including Libyan Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were killed during an assault on the consulate.

Obama Flacks Mock Fox News' Benghazi Coverage.  It really is beginning to look like the brain trust of dorks who flack for Democrats have decided on a defense strategy for the Benghazi scandal — Alinsky Rule #5:  "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon."

CBS Evening News Finally Notices Benghazi Emails.  On Friday, CBS Evening News caught up with its Big Three competitors and reported on the latest developments on the controversy surrounding the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya.  CBS also finally mentioned its own president's family connection to a White House official involved in the Obama administration's handling of the immediate aftermath of the attack.

The AWOL Commander-in-Chief.  [Scroll down]  Much as Hillary Clinton may desire to be the commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces, that job does not belong to the secretary of state.  It was the solemn duty of the president to come forward with not requests but commands for action.  Why was AFRICOM hanging on the State Department's preferences?  Why were our troops hamstrung by what Lovell described as "deference to the Libyan people?"  On the night of September 11, 2012, AFRICOM was not beholden to Mrs. Clinton or Tripoli.  They answered to Barack Obama.  Of course, no one can answer to a commander-in-chief who abdicates his command, a commander-in-chief who is AWOL.

Still Missing the Strategic Meaning of Benghazi.  Strategy comes before tactics.  Strategic goals dictate tactical actions.  Today we are allowed to talk about the obvious tactical lies and malfeasances that the Obama administration blew in our faces in the Benghazi fiasco and its aftermath, but not about its strategic meaning.  But Obama's secret policies have also been exposed to public view with the Benghazi fiasco.  It is now clear that since Obama came to power, the U.S. government has overturned all the fundamental values that have characterized American policy from Thomas Jefferson onward.  Under Obama we have secretly joined the terrorist side in the Jihad War.  That is the strategic meaning of Benghazi.

The mainstream media is Obama's first and last hope on Benghazi.  I think of all this as a series of coded commands to the White House's media allies, calling the Praetorian Guard together one last time to close ranks and ignore the Benghazi story.  Team Obama has been describing this as an "old story" since before Hillary Clinton stood at that ceremony and repeated the "spontaneous video protest lie" right into the faces of the victims' families.  The media has generally been very agreeable about passing that spin along to the public.  There are signs it isn't going to work this time.  I'd fault Speaker Boehner for being so slow to launch a serious investigation, but now that it's happening, there's no way to ignore this story to death.

Benghazi mess points to Hillary and 'possibly criminal' cover-up.  Make it go away!  That was the message of the Obama administration and their friends in the media for the past two years, and now we know why:  Benghazi is the scandal they always denied it was.

The Fat Lady.  The exact moment when the Benghazi crisis began to clip Obama's wings will probably be identified as August 29, 2013.  That is the date the British parliament refused to join Barack Obama's impending strike on Syria after it had crossed his "Red Line". [...] While there is no imminent danger to the president from the Congressional select committee on Benghazi, that could change very quickly if the information cofferdam surrounding the president begins to crumble and damaging secrets begin to emerge.  The policy background surrounding Benghazi involves matters many times more serious than the attempted burglary which toppled Richard Nixon.  The potential for something serious to come out of it is high.

Benghazi Made Simple.  On Wednesday, Jay Carney explained — as if he was talking to a room full of children — that the Benghazi e-mail the White House refused to release until the White House was forced to release its Benghazi e-mails wasn't in fact about Benghazi, even though the e-mail talks about Benghazi.  This is Monty Pythonesque of "Dead Parrot" proportions.  That's not a Benghazi e-mail, it's just an e-mail about Benghazi, in a folder marked "Benghazi" e-mails, idiot.  As I said on Fox yesterday, Jay Carney is a very strange creature for Washington.  He's an extremely confident liar — we've got a lot of those! — but he's not very convincing.

Dem wants party to sit out new House probe.  A Democratic member of the House intelligence committee called Sunday for his party to boycott the newly announced committee tasked with probing the Benghazi attacks, dismissing new evidence that Republicans have called a "smoking gun" showing the White House politicized the tragedy.  Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told "Fox News Sunday" [5/4/2014] that Democrats should not give the select committee more "credibility" by joining.  "I think it's a colossal waste of time," he said.  "I don't think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate."

Jay Carney's Big Fat Lie: Emails Not About Benghazi.  No, that was not Winston Smith, the rewriter of history working for the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's classic novel "1984," tap-dancing once again before a no-longer-sycophantic White House press corps.  Rather, it was that master storyteller, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.  Carney shamefully continued to insist that when then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on five Sunday talk shows days after the 2012 attack to offer an untrue story that Benghazi was the result of an inflammatory video, she was acting on the best intelligence offered by the intelligence community.  Carney said this knowing that Mike Morell, CIA deputy director two years ago, testified before Congress and said the video story did not come from CIA analysts.

Could You Lie to a Bereaved Father?  The Ben Rhodes memo revealing the duplicity of this administration on the subject of Benghazi reminds us about the character of those involved.  That President Barack Obama could lie so evenly and so passionately (remember the second presidential debate?) is not perhaps surprising at this stage.  But let's not forget what it took for Hillary Clinton to lie to the grieving father of an American hero.

Benghazi emails: Proof Team Obama put politics ahead of truth.  Some are calling it the "smoking gun" in the Benghazi scandal.  A just-released email from a top White House communications adviser clearly shows the political strategy behind then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's appearance on Sunday news programs — blaming the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya — which resulted in the murder of our ambassador and three other U.S. citizens — on a fictional violent protest of an internet video instead of a well-coordinated attack by Al Qaeda.

Where was Obama? Question resurfaces of president's whereabouts during Benghazi attack.  Republican senators on Friday [5/1/2014] put pressure on President Obama to confirm his whereabouts during the night of the Benghazi attack, after an ex-White House spokesman revived the debate by telling Fox News he was not in the Situation Room.  The detail about the president's location the night of the attack is just one of many revelations that have, in a matter of days, kicked up the controversy to a level not seen since last year.  After new emails were released raising questions about the White House response to the attack, a key panel on Friday subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry and House Speaker John Boehner announced a special investigative committee.

Benghanzi scandal: When will Team Obama tell the truth?  Earlier this week, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained and released over 1,000 documents pertaining to Benghazi as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.  Included in these documents was a Sept. 14, 2012, email from Ben Rhodes, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.  Rhodes' email referenced an upcoming call to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice the next afternoon to prepare her for appearances on all five Sunday news talk shows.  The email specifically drew attention to an anti-Islamic video that was causing protests in other areas, without distinguishing it from the Benghazi attack.

Intel official: 'We should have tried' to help Americans under fire in Benghazi.  A top military intelligence official at the time of the Benghazi attacks testified Thursday that U.S. personnel "should have tried" to help Americans under fire on Sept. 11, 2012, in an unprecedented public statement from a leading military officer.  Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell, who at the time of the attacks was the deputy intelligence director at U.S. Africa Command, questioned the merits of the ongoing debate over whether U.S. military forces could have responded in time.

Why Benghazi should matter to every American.  The mainstream media declared the Benghazi story insignificant long ago.  To the extent it is covered, the focus is usually on the horrific and unnecessary deaths of four Americans.  The Obama administration dismisses it as a lot of fuss about a few silly talking points.  But everybody is missing the big-picture story of the Benghazi affair and its cover-up.  It's about the White House using the intelligence community for its own political purposes, and lying to the American public in order to win an election.  It's about abuse of power, and that is a big deal.

The Disappearing Free-Speech Panic.  [Scroll down]  Failing to anticipate a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11, four Americans, including our ambassador, were murdered in a pre-planned and coordinated terrorist assault in Libya.  White House officials said they believed it wasn't a terrorist attack but a spontaneous reaction to a video insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.  There is a debate as to whether they knew all along that was untrue.  There is no real debate that officials learned very early that it was untrue and continued to lie about it — or at least wildly and dishonestly exaggerate the role the video played.

Carney's Response to Benghazi Emails is Criminal.  As the White House continues to spin the Benghazi scandal, it has become increasingly clear that this is an administration that is perfectly content with lying to the American people.  The question Americans have to ask themselves is whether they have become an electorate that is content to listen.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney assumed the latter this week, claiming that new Benghazi documents linking the White House to the cover-up were not actually about Benghazi at all — "it was explicitly not about Benghazi", Carney said, going so far as to suggest that discussing the cover-up makes for a "conspiracy theory".  In the face of the new evidence, Carney's words are nothing short of shameless.

JW Finds Benghazi Smoking Gun!  On April 18, 2014, [Judicial Watch] obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents.  They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to "reinforce" President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being "rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy."  Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an "attack" and a possible kidnap attempt.  Now, am I shocked to find the Obama White House behind this egregious lie?  Not at all.  The facts of the Benghazi attack, aftermath and cover-up suggested as much.  But owing largely to Obama secrecy and stonewalling, evidence has been elusive — until Judicial Watch investigators and attorneys worked their magic and got hold of these records.

Benghazi: American 'Liberalism' and the Mainstream Media on Trial.  What seems clear at this point is that the administration blamed the Benghazi attacks on a video no one saw in order to distract public attention from the growing militance of al-Qaeda and related groups.  That militance would have been of great embarrassment to a president during an election when his vice president was running around bragging bin Laden was dead and General Motors alive.  We still do not know why no attempt was made to rescue our people during the attacks since no one knew how long they would go on and why no one has been apprehended for these attacks.  Those are only two of the ongoing mysteries about Benghazi.  Where was the president that night?  What did he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talk about in their telephone conversation?

Tapper: Carney's Benghazi Comments 'Dissembling, Obfuscating, and Often Insulting'.  CNN anchor Jake Tapper appeared on Hugh Hewitt's radio show today to take on Jay Carney's spin of the latest Benghazi news.  Tapper didn't join Hewitt in calling Carney a liar, but remarked that he found Carney's comments "dissembling, obfuscating, and often insulting."  Tapper said the White House's version of events "does not sit with what I think happened."  He said the White House "leaned heavily into" a narrative that was helpful to them in an election year, but didn't go as far as Hewitt, who suggested there is a "cover-up underway."

Top Republican challenges intelligence official's Benghazi testimony.  The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee publicly challenged the credibility of a former military intelligence official who testified Thursday that more should have been done to help Americans under fire during the Benghazi attack.  The statement from Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., marks a rare intra-party squabble on Benghazi.  While Republicans on the House oversight committee touted the testimony of retired Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell — who said U.S. personnel "should have tried" to help Americans under fire that night, and the State Department never gave the green light — McKeon suggested that those in the chain of command saw things differently.

Cummings Responds to 'Shockingly Disrespectful' Kerry Benghazi Subpoena.  The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee accused Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of creating conflict just to reap publicity with his subpoena of Secretary of State John Kerry.  The subpoena tells Kerry to appear at a May 21 hearing to answer more questions about Benghazi — in particular, the State Department's unwillingness to hand over requested documents to the committee.  In a three-page letter to Kerry accompanying the subpoena, Issa outlines the State Department's evasiveness with the committee and stresses that "compliance with a subpoena for documents is not a game."

Shocking Benghazi E-Mails Between AP Reporter, Obama Flack; Bozell Denounces on Fox.  MRC president Brent Bozell appeared on "The Kelly File" with substitute host Martha MacCallum to discuss new e-mails about Benghazi and Fox News coverage of Benghazi.  The e-mails are between State Department PR operative Victoria Nuland and friendly Associated Press reporter Matt Lee, discussing the alleged "BS" on Fox during "The O'Reilly Factor" on September 13, 2012, two days after the consulate attacks.  Bozell thought the Obama publicist and the AP reporter sounded way too much like each other.

The Five's Beckel Goes Ballistic over Benghazi.  As his co-hosts on The Five continued to examine every angle of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi Friday afternoon [5/2/2014], this time focusing on comments made by a former White House spokesperson, Bob Beckel decided he had finally had enough.  Deliberating echoing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Beckel pounded the table and said, "We know Islamic radicals killed these people, what difference does it make anymore?!"

Harry Reid: Benghazi is a Koch brothers plot.  House Speaker John Boehner can put his plans for a select committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi on hold.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has gotten to the bottom of the scandal:  It's the Koch brothers' fault.  Yes, the Nevada Democrat's obsession with billionaires Charles and David Koch extends to blaming them for the Republican-controlled House's desire to get to the bottom of why the Obama administration blamed a terrorist attack on an obscure anti-Islam video (to protect President Obama politically, according to emails newly obtained by Judicial Watch in a lawsuit).

America's national security team.  For some reason Tommy Vietor's interview with Brett Baier on what happened the night of the attack on Benghazi has aroused strong reactions.  Vietor's performance moved Smitty at Robert Stacy McCain's almost to the point of invective.

NSC Spokesman: Dude, Benghazi Was Like Two Years Ago.  Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor addressed Fox News Special Report host Bret Baier as "dude" Thursday and said he could hardly remember how he helped change the Benghazi talking points because it was "two years ago."  The previously unreleased White House emails this week revealed a coordinated attempt to protect President Barack Obama during the 2012 election campaign and place the blame for the terrorist attack on the anti-Islamic YouTube video and not a "broader failure of policy."

CBS News Denies Conflict of Interest over Exec's Familial Ties to White House.  Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has made the media rounds claiming that network management was not exactly happy she was covering stories critical of the Obama administration.  When new Benghazi information was made public this week, CBS News covered the new details (with a disclosure that Ben Rhodes, the Obama administration official at the center of the controversy, is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes).  However, some conservative sites still claimed a serious conflict of interest, with the Heritage Network blog and the Washington Free Beacon picked up on the familial connection.

NSA Spokesman Says Obama Never Entered The Situation Room During Benghazi Attack.  In a contentious interview with Bret Baier on Fox News, former NSA spokesperson Tommy Vietor admitted that Barack Obama never even entered the situation room even as the attack continued at the Benghazi consulate.  Ironically, he was trying to defend the president when he made this comments, by criticizing Fox News for airing reports that Obama watched the attack unfold from the Situation Room.  Is it any better that he never bothered to check in and see what was going on?

Graham to CNN: Jay Carney 'believes that we're all dumb'.  Sen. Lindsey Graham said he was offended by White House spokesman Jay Carney's comments about new emails that reinforce Republicans' claims that the White House purposely gave misleading information about the Benghazi attack for political reasons.  "I guess he believes that we're all dumb," the South Carolina Republican told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Thursday 5/1/2014].  "To say that this wasn't trying to shape the Benghazi story is inconsistent with the document itself, flies in face of the facts, and yet another insulting, misleading lie."

House committee subpoenas Kerry over Benghazi documents.  House Republicans moved on two fronts Friday to dig for answers on Benghazi, with Speaker John Boehner announcing a special committee to investigate and a key panel subpoenaing Secretary of State John Kerry to testify.  In a significant shift, Boehner announced that the House will vote on establishing a select committee to investigate, on the heels of newly released emails that raised additional questions about the White House's response.  Top Republicans claimed those emails should have been released to Congress months ago, and Boehner signaled those concerns prompted him to rethink the need for a select committee.

How to Stop Benghazi from Happening Again: No Hillary.  Arguably, the best way to make sure that Benghazi never happens again is to make sure the people responsible for it are never given that kind of responsibility in the future.  And the person — by her own admission! — most directly responsible is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Hillary's Unconscionable Benghazi Lie.  The brazenness and scope of the disinformation would make any KGB colonel sigh with admiration.  At 10:32 on the night of the attack, Secretary Clinton issued a statement deploring violence in response to "inflammatory material posted on the Internet."  In the days that followed, the president and his spokesman repeatedly invoked the supposedly offensive video as the cause of the attack. [...] But as the State Department finally disclosed a month after the attack (and as had been widely reported before then), there was no protest outside the American consulate in Benghazi.  Nothing.  Not a peep.

The appalling Obama foreign policy team: The case of Tommy Vietor.  Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor appeared last night on Bret Baier's Fox News Channel program Special Report, in an attempt at damage control, but only made things worse for the Obama Benghazi cover-up.  Two pieces of actual news were generated, but perhaps the greatest damage was done by Vietor's immature self-presentation, revealing the low level of qualifications necessary for high responsibility in the Obama White House.

Benghazi Email: Hillary Clinton Deputy Names Islamic Extremists, Not YouTube, Morning After Attack.  A newly-emerged government email directly "contradicts the message that President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and White House press secretary Jay Carney repeated publicly" in the immediate aftermath of the attack in Benghazi.

Benghazi Lies.  [Scroll down]  At his press briefing April 30, Carney took a question about the new documents from ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl.  "Jay, I guess you're aware that Judicial Watch obtained an email from Ben Rhodes to staff members about the Benghazi attack."  Carney disputed Karl's characterization — "That's incorrect" — and followed with a jaw-dropping claim.  "The email and the talking points were not about Benghazi.  They were about the general situation in the Muslim world where you saw, as you may recall, protests."  The email and the talking points — produced in response to a FOIA request for Benghazi-related documents and with multiple references to the attacks in Benghazi three days earlier — were not about Benghazi?  This was too much even for a White House press corps that long ago dismissed Benghazi as a legitimate news story.

Where was Barry? Where was Hillary?  [O]ne of the striking features of the White House's latest email production is the complete absence of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from the communications on the evening of September 11, 2012.  Their names appear only later, when staffers write heartfelt statements about the deaths of four Americans to be released over their names.  So where were they on the fateful night of September 11?  Tommy Vietor — formerly Obama's van driver, now, apparently, a foreign policy spokesman — says that Obama wasn't in the situation room.  Where was he?  Resting up for his big fundraising trip to Las Vegas the next day?  And how about Hillary?

Obama's Blame the Video Fraud Started in Cairo, Not Benghazi.  [Jay] Carney was grilled about just-released e-mails that corroborate what many of us have been arguing all along:  "Blame the Video" was an Obama-administration — crafted lie, through and through.  It was intended, in the stretch run of the 2012 campaign, to obscure the facts that (a) the presidents foreign policy of empowering Islamic supremacists contributed directly and materially to the Benghazi massacre; (b) the presidents reckless stationing of American government personnel in Benghazi and his shocking failure to provide sufficient protection for them were driven by a political-campaign imperative to portray the Obama Libya policy as a success — and, again, they invited the jihadist violence that killed our ambassador and three other Americans; and (c) far from being "decimated," as the president repeatedly claimed during the campaign (and continued to claim even after the September 11 violence in Egypt and Libya), al-Qaeda and its allied jihadists remained a driving force of anti-American violence in Muslim countries — indeed, they had been strengthened by the presidents pro-Islamist policies.

The Missing Benghazi Email.  Most of the media refuses to cover what happened in Benghazi in 2012, and Congressional Republicans have been less than skillful in their probes.  But the story isn't going away despite the best efforts of the Obama Administration and the Hillary for President campaign.  The latest revelation comes from White House emails in the days after the September 11, 2012 terrorist strike on the U.S. mission in Libya's second largest city.  These emails weren't included last year in what the Administration claimed was a complete set of documents about its handling of the attack and its aftermath.  They were released Tuesday after the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request.  We can see why the Administration tried to keep them under wraps.

House GOP to Form Special Select Committee on Benghazi.  House Republicans announced on Friday their intention to form a special select committee on Benghazi, intensifying already highly-charged GOP scrutiny of the Obama administration's handling of the September 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead.  The committee will be led by GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.  "It's clear that questions remain, and the administration still does not respect the authority of Congress to provide proper oversight," House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.  "This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level.  I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims."

Jay Carney's Tower of Lies.  [Scroll down]  In fact it was the White House — in the person of Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications — who urged Rice to "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."  One problem:  It was widely known within the administration that this was not the case.  In addition, the key (fallacious) claim made by Ms. Rice wasn't the product of what the CIA produced; it's the result of what the White House invented.  When Mr. Carney was pressed yesterday to defend his previous claim that the White House didn't play a role in shaping the misleading talking points in light of the September 14, 2012 email from Ben Rhodes, he claimed the email was not about Benghazi.

I'll bet he does.
Jay Carney: I Wish Republicans Would Stop Talking About Benghazi.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney admitted on Thursday that he was tired of Republicans talking about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi.  "I wish that rather than spending so much of their time — and we all have limited time — Republicans in Congress on this and on repealing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans actually got about the business of helping the economy grow and helping it create jobs, and making the necessary investments for the economy to grow in the future," Carney lamented.

Boehner to Form Select Committee on Benghazi.  House Speaker John Boehner is "seriously considering" appointing a select committee to investigate the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior GOP leadership aide.  The move comes after the revelation of an email from a top Obama national security official, Ben Rhodes, instructing Susan Rice to focus on an anti-Muslim internet video to explain the attacks.

Krauthammer's Take: New Benghazi E-mail Akin to Discovery of Nixon Tapes.  The discovery, over a year after the September 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, of an e-mail from a White House political operative that shows him suggesting that former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice underscore that the attack was a reaction to an Internet video is, according to Charles Krauthammer, like the discovery of the Nixon tapes that blew open the Watergate scandal in 1973.

Who Pushed the Video to Excuse Benghazi? These Two People are the Likeliest Suspects..  Former Obama National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor dropped a mini-bombshell on Fox last night.  We've already gone over his surfer boy treatment of the politicizing of the terrorist attack that left four Americans dead.  During the same interview, Vietor disclosed a fact that up to now had been elusive: Where was President Barack Obama on the night of the Benghazi attack?  Vietor did not disclose where Obama was, but he did disclose where Obama was not.  Vietor tells Fox's Bret Baier that he, Vietor, was in the White House Situation Room during the assault./p>

CBS Evening News Again Makes No Mention of BenghaziCBS Evening News again failed to make mention of new revelations about Benghazi Thursday night, with such stories as flooding, wildfires and the Korean ferry disaster taking precedence.  There is a clear conflict of interest:  CBS News President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, the senior White House adviser at the center of the controversy over the White House talking points on the false narrative over what prompted the Benghazi terrorist attack.

NBC, CBS Ignore Congressional Hearing on Benghazi; ABC Gives It Only 46 Seconds.  On Thursday evening, ABC was the only broadcast network to cover the day's congressional hearing on the Benghazi attacks.  Both CBS and NBC ignored the hearing.  ABC only covered the story for 46 seconds; they gave twice that amount of coverage to the U.S. Olympic speedskating suits.  World News quoted retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell, at the U.S. Africa Command headquarters during the attacks, telling Congress that the military "should have done more" to respond.

Jay Carney fumbles on bombshell email.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney endured a sustained grilling from reporters on Wednesday as he struggled to explain an email showing the White House's involvement in spinning a false account of why four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya less than two months before the 2012 presidential election.  The email, written by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, described a 'prep call' with then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice which took place four days after the September 11, 2012 terror attack, and less than a day before she was to be a guest on five different Sunday morning political talk shows.

'Morning Joe' Shreds Jay Carney On Benghazi: 'Getting Baghdad Bob Flashbacks'.  National Journal's Ron Fournier noted that "this White House is really good at winning the news cycle, and in doing so they lose the public's trust.  And there's not a better story to illustrate that right now than Benghazi."

The Only People Not Taking Benghazi Emails Seriously Are Obama Advisers.  The White House has long-maintained that the notion video-inspired protests led a coordinated assault on American diplomatic and CIA facilities originated with the intelligence community.  A year's worth of reports, investigations, expert testimony, and countless hours of congressional committee hearings later, the evidence suggests that this was not the case.  So from where did the claim that a video was to blame for the nonexistent protests that supposedly led to the death of four Americans?

David Gregory Connects Benghazi Directly to Hillary Clinton.  Twice in two days, NBC's David Gregory has now strayed from the left's mantra on Benghazi.  Today on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Gregory connected the attack — in which four Americans died at the hands of terrorists — to policies put in place by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  "The real story about Benghazi is what are the consequences for having a light footprint in a chaotic country post-invasion?" Gregory said.  "That's the ongoing story.  And by the way, a story that candidate Clinton if she becomes a candidate will have to face."

Feds disguising the devastation of poverty.  Hiding the poverty consuming this nation is one of government's big jobs these days.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics made a startling announcement.  New data released by the bureau reveals that in one out of every five families — 20 percent — no one is employed.  Not one person in those families has a job.  This is monumental, but we don't see it because of the remarkable effort by the federal government to hide the truth.

Republicans subpoena John Kerry and Boehner launches new investigative committee into Benghazi.  Two emails have emerged in the past 24 hours that suggest Obama administration officials knew immediately that the group, Ansar al-Shariah, laid waste to U.S. diplomatic facilities in the Eastern Libyan city.  But the president, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice and other officials told the public that the deadly attack was the result of a spontaneous anti-America protest sparked by an anti-Islam video.  The State Department had concealed both documents from the public.

Internal Emails: State Dept. Immediately Attributed Benghazi Attacks to Terrorist Group.  The email is entitled "Libya update from Beth Jones."  Jones was then-Assistant Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton.  According to the email, Jones spoke to Libya's Ambassador at 9:45 am on Sept. 12, 2012 following the attacks.  "When [the Libyan Ambassador] said his government suspected that former Qaddafi regime elements carried out the attacks, I told him the group that conducted the attacks — Ansar Al Sharia — is affiliated with Islamic extremists," Jones reports in the email.  There is no uncertainty assigned to the assessment, which does not mention a video or a protest.  The State Department provided the email to Congress in Aug. of 2013 under special conditions that it not be publicly released at that time.

Senators to Obama: Where were you night of Benghazi attack?  Three Republican senators on Friday wrote to President Obama demanding he reveal where he was — if not in the Situation Room — during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said it is time for the White House to clear up the mystery surrounding Obama's activities that night.  The letter comes a day after former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Fox News that Obama was not in the White House's basement Situation Room monitoring events as they unfolded in September of 2012.

Retired Africom general testifies on Benghazi.  [Retired Air Force brigadier general Robert] Lovell's testimony contradicts the story that the Obama administration gave in the early days following the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.  Back then the administration insisted that the best intelligence it had from CIA and other officials indicated that the attack was a protest against an anti-Islam video that turned violent.  Lovell's testimony is the first from a member of the military who was at Africa Command at the time of the attack.

New Benghazi Witness on Sending Help: 'We Should Have Tried'.  A retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general who was on duty in Germany during the deadly Benghazi terrorist attack told Congress today that commanders discussed "what we should do" as they waited for orders from the State Department to help the beleaguered Americans.  But the request for help never came from the State Department, Ret. USAF Brigadier Gen. Robert Lovell testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  "There are accounts of time, space and capability, discussions of the question, 'could we have gotten there in time to make a difference?'" Lovell testified.  "The discussion is not could or could not of time, space and capability.  The point is we should have tried."

Scarborough Unloads on Co-Host's 'Apologizing for the White House' over Benghazi.  MSNBC host Joe Scarborough did not appear satisfied with his co-hosts' reaction to yesterday's remarks from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney over the newly released emails linking the White House to former United Nations Amb. Susan Rice's talking points on the Benghazi attack.  Scarborough unloaded on Donny Deutsch after his first reaction was to warn Republicans to not overreact to the news.  The MSNBC host contended that this was not an appropriate reaction to the revelations about a White House not being forthright.

Benghazigate enters new phase.  There are a few conclusions to draw from Jay Carney's performance yesterday before the White House press corps when responding to questions from ABC News's Jonathan Karl on the Ben Rhodes email released by court order following a Judicial Watch lawsuit.  [#1] The White House is desperate.  Carney resorted to an easily provable lie that the email was about the Middle East situation in general, not about Benghazi.  The email was released in response to a FOIA request on Benghazi, and discusses Benghazi specifically.

MSNBC Is Now Admitting There MAY Be Something To This Whole Benghazi Thing.  MSNBC host Alex Wagner — who for months, if not years, routinely denied there was anything to Republican allegations of a White House coverup on Benghazi — now admits there may actually be a problem with the Obama administration's response to the 2012 attack.  "There probably is something for Republicans to complain about," she said regarding Benghazi, "for the American public to perhaps be distressed or dismayed about."  But she hastened to add that Republicans "have effectively ceded all legitimacy on the issue" by refusing to budge on such a "fringy" topic — leaving out her role in pushing the story to the fringe.

CBS Evening News Ignores White House Benghazi Emails Sent By CBS President's Brother.  The CBS Evening News on Wednesday [4/30/2014] ignored one of the day's top news stories: the revelation that White House aide Ben Rhodes — brother of CBS president David Rhodes — instructed Susan Rice to emphasize a false talking point about the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya. [...] The decision by CBS to ignore the story made the network unique among the nightly news broadcasts.

Retired Air Force general testifies the military 'should have tried' to save lives in Benghazi.  A retired Air Force general told members of Congress on Thursday that military commanders 'should have tried' to mount a rescue operation as America's diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya was in flames and four U.S. personnel — including the ambassador — lost their lives.  'It was desperation there' in a military operation center in Germany, Gen. Robert Lovell told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  'It was desperation to gain situational awareness and to be able to do something to save people's lives.'

GOP Rep. Screams in Benghazi Hearing: Video Blaming 'Only Comes from the White House'.  During hearings in the House Oversight Committee on Thursday into the military's response to the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi in 2012, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) became animated while probing a witness over his immediate impressions of what was behind that attack.  Based on the testimony of the witness, Chaffetz asserted that it was clear the White House was the source of the claim that a video was responsible for that attack.  Chaffetz noted that previous investigations into the Benghazi attack revealed that military commanders became aware of what the assault was attributable to soon after it began.

Congressman drafts bill to authorize killing Benghazi terrorists.  Republican House member is drafting legislation that would authorize military and intelligence operatives to kill the terrorists involved in the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA base in Benghazi, Libya[.] [...] Several lawmakers have expressed frustration that the terrorists continue to go free after President Obama vowed to bring them to justice.  Terrorists killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, a State Department aide and two former Navy SEALs protecting the CIA compound.  The authorization language from Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, would give the Obama administration the same kill authority it now has to go after members of al Qaeda.

General: We May Have Been Able to Save Benghazi Victims, We'll Never Know.  Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell admitted during a House Oversight hearing Thursday [5/1/2014] that saving the Americans under attack in Benghazi might have been possible, but he added they would never know for sure.  Lovell was in command of the U.S. Africa Command's headquarters in Germany during the attack, but he has since retired.

White House takes more heat for Benghazi response.  The Obama administration on Thursday came under fire once again for its response to the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya — both its immediate military response and its rhetorical response in the days following the attack.  In a congressional hearing, Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell, who was in the U.S. military's operation center during the attack, said the U.S. should have tried to do more to counter the attack that led to the deaths of four Americans.

Carney Can't Answer Why Supposed Non-Beghazi Email Was In Benghazi FOIA.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dodged questions from Fox News' Ed Henry regarding why the supposed non-Benghazi email was included in the emails the White House turned over to Judicial Watch.  Henry asked Carney, "If the email was not about Benghazi, you said yesterday and you say again today, why did the White House turn it over to a conservative group seeking information about Benghazi?"

General Lovell: Military Assets Not Sent to Benghazi Out of Deference to Clinton State Department.  Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell testified Thursday [5/1/2014] that military assets from Europe were not sent to Benghazi during the terrorist attack there out of a "sense of deference to the desires of the State Department," run at the time by Hillary Clinton.  Lovell served at U.S. Africa Command's headquarters in Germany when the attack happened. [...] Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) asked Lovell if they ever asked him to "go save the people" there, and Lovell replied that did not happen.

The worst excuse ever: The Rhodes memo debacle.  The White House damage control on the latest batch of Benghazi emails is not going well.  The White House's belated release of the documents at the very least show it has been actively evading legitimate congressional requests for relevant information.

Senators Call on Menendez, Royce to Hold Hearings on Benghazi Talking Points.  The emails released Tuesday, obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request, raised even more questions about the administration's response to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack, said Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).  "The recent testimony by former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, coupled with the previous release of more than one hundred pages of emails from the White House, has generated even more questions," they wrote to Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) to urge hearings on the talking points.

Cantor: White House 'misled' on Benghazi.  "The emails provide additional evidence that senior officials knew the attack on our mission in Benghazi was a complex attack and not a spontaneous reaction to a YouTube video," [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor said.  "Some may say, what difference at this point does it make?" he continued.  "Well, four brave Americans were killed in Benghazi and to date it appears that more has been done to protect internal emails than to bring the murderers of these Americans to justice."

Wolf to Boehner: Time For A Benghazi Special Committee Yet?  A newly released "smoking gun" Benghazi email — which was improbably obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and not via the numerous but uncoordinated congressional investigations into the issue — underscores the need for a special committee to investigate the matter, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said in a new letter. [...] "In light of these new documents, it is more clear than ever that a House Select Committee is needed to conduct a comprehensive investigation unhindered by jurisdictional barriers, interview all key administration witnesses, including the White House staff identified in these e-mails, and hold public hearings to explain to the American people, once and for all, just what happened that night and in the days and weeks that followed," Wolf wrote.

General: We Didn't Even Try To Save American Lives In Benghazi.  A high ranking officer in the U.S. Africa Command on the night of the Benghazi attacks is now saying that the U.S. military did not try and was never even ordered to save the Americans under attack at the U.S. diplomatic outpost on the September 11, 2012 attack.  In explosive testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell, said bluntly about the military's response on the night of the Benghazi attack:  "The discussion is not in the 'could or could not' in relation to time, space and capability, the point is we should have tried."

Why the Benghazi Email Still Matters.  [Scroll down]  The story is being largely ignored or downplayed by most of the same mainstream media that helped foster the narrative that Republicans were nuts to claim the White House was covering something up.  Indeed, many on the left and perhaps even some on the right think that the email controversy is a trap for the GOP because it will motivate them to waste more time hammering the administration on an issue that the public doesn't care about.  But while this may not be an issue that will be decisive in the midterm elections, Congress should not let the administration bury this episode.

Benghazi Memo Remarkably Similar to Jay Carney's 9/14 Briefing Notes.  On the morning of September 14th, Jay Carney gave a press briefing in which he addressed the attack in Benghazi at length.  There is good reason to think the memo used to prepare Amb. Rice for her television appearances was based substantially on Carney's briefing notes for that morning.

Jay Carney Lies About the Benghazi Email.  Among the recipients were David Plouffe, Dan Pfeiffer, Dag Vega and Jay Carney.  Sent on the Friday before Susan Rice made her infamous tour of the Sunday morning talk shows, it set the talking points for the prep session that the group had scheduled with Rice for Saturday afternoon. [...] This email deals directly with the administration's response to the Benghazi attack, and should have been produced long ago in response to requests by Congressional committees.

White House on defense over new Benghazi emails, claims controversial 'prep call' not about attack.  [Scroll down]  "If this is not a smoking gun, proving beyond any doubt, the story told by the administration about Benghazi was politically motivated and fabricated, nothing will ever prove that," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said.  On the heels of the email release, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., renewed his call for a select committee to be established to investigate.  He wrote House Speaker John Boehner a letter saying "it is now abundantly clear that senior White House staff were directly involved in coordinating the messaging in response to the Benghazi attacks and were actively working to tie the reason to the infamous Internet video."

White House e-mails on Benghazi stoke more questions.  The White House should "come clean" and release all of its e-mails related to the crafting of former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice's message on the Benghazi attack, including ones redacted for supposed national security purposes, says the GOP.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of a House committee investigating the attack, made the demand a day after the release of an e-mail showing that White House aide Ben Rhodes wanted to blame the 2012 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on a protest that never happened there.  Referring to Benghazi and Middle East unrest, he said that she should "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."  Chaffetz told USA TODAY that the White House has turned over e-mails with much of the content blocked out.  "There were other e-mails that went to Susan Rice.  We got them with heavy redactions," Chaffetz told USA TODAY.  "The White House needs to come clean on what they said."

Sharyl Attkisson on the new Benghazi email revelations.  On Wednesday morning, Glenn Beck interviewed former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson — one of the few mainstream media reporters to do actual, skeptical reporting on the Benghazi affair, and other Obama Administration scandals, which is a big reason why she's a "former CBS News reporter" — about the White House spin-control emails uncovered by Judicial Watch.

White House Directed Incorrect Benghazi Narrative.  Newly-released documents reveal direct White House involvement in steering the public narrative about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, toward that of a spontaneous protest that never happened.  One of the operative documents, which the government had withheld from Congress and reporters for a year and a half, is an internal September 14, 2012 email to White House press officials from Ben Rhodes, President Obama's Assistant and Deputy National Security Advisor.  In the email, Ben Rhodes lists as a "goal" the White House desire "To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy."

Charles Krauthammer: White House 'cover-up of a cover-up' is the 'smoking document' of the Benghazi scandal.  The emails provide evidence that top White House aides were involved in pushing a narrative that an anti-Islamic video was the impetus for the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  "It is in conflict with what we've been told, with what Jay Carney has been saying," Krauthammer said on Fox News.  "Their story has always been this stuff all came from the CIA, from intelligence, so it was completely clean."  He went on to say, "We now have the smoking document, which is the White House saying, 'We're pushing the video because we don't want to blame it on the failure of our policies.'"

Benghazi Revelations Vindicate Jonathan Karl, Sharyl Attkisson.  In May of 2013, President Barack Obama's supporters were put on the defensive when ABC News exposed new details about the White House's response to the Benghazi attack.  The report suggested that National Security Advisor Susan Rice knowingly misled the country about the impetus for that 2012 assault on an American consulate when she appeared on five Sunday talk shows.  ABC's Jonathan Karl reported that White House emails indicated that Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes sought to alter Rice's talking points ahead of those appearances in order to de-emphasize the role that Islamic terrorism played in that attack.  Karl's reporting was later supported by former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson.

White House Benghazi Spin.  The emails show the White House's staff sought to downplay evidence that the attack exposed fundamental errors in President Barack Obama's Libyan policy.  Instead, the staff touted the unverified — and quickly debunked — claim that the attack was an unpredictable riot precipitated by a U.S.-made anti-Islam YouTube video.  One of the emails was written by Ben Rhodes, Obama's chief foreign policy spokesman, and it described the political goals for a top official — U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice — who was scheduled to appear Sept. 16 on five Sunday talk shows.  The goal of the TV appearances, said Rhodes, is "to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, not a broader failure of policy."

Carney, Karl in Heated Exchange Over Rice's Benghazi Talking Points.  On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and ABC News White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl engaged in a heated back and forth over the emails recently uncovered that relate to the White House preparing National Security Advisor Susan Rice to discuss the attack on a consulate in Benghazi in 2012.  Carney told Karl that the White House urged Rice to focus on an inflammatory video because the focus of her appearances was going to be on the protests around the Muslim world sparked by that video.

White House denies memo connected to Benghazi.  The White House said Wednesday it withheld an email from Congress and the media regarding Susan Rice's infamous "talking points" about the terrorist attack in Benghazi because the memo did not deal directly with the attack.  "This document was explicitly not about Benghazi, but about the general dynamic in the Muslim world at the time," said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Offscreen.  Roger Simon is justifiably outraged at news that the Obama administration intentionally distorted the narrative of the attack on the Benghazi consulate to improve president Obama's re-election chances in 2012.  "Previously unreleased internal Obama administration emails show that a coordinated effort was made in the days following the Benghazi terror attacks to portray the incident as "rooted in [an] Internet video, and not [in] a broader failure or policy." [...] However, as Glenn Reynolds points out, impeachment ain't gonna happen for the same reason I adduced.  Obama is a sacred cow, as Hillary will be a sacred cow.  And sacred cows never get impeached.

Only CBS Covers Benghazi Emails Suggesting White House Cover-Up, NBC and ABC Ignore.  After White House emails released on Tuesday [4/29/2014] showed the Obama administration had a direct hand in crafting false talking points about the Benghazi terrorist attack in 2012, Wednesday's CBS This Morning was the only network broadcast to cover the latest developments in the ongoing scandal.  None of the network evening newscasts covered the story Tuesday night, with NBC and ABC continuing to be out to lunch Wednesday morning.

The White House's Calculated Lie On The Benghazi Fiasco.  We now know that there were no protests, spontaneous or otherwise, around the consulate and the attack was a planned and coordinated assault by terrorists that the Obama administration had unleashed in Libya based on its stupid, corrupt, and misguided "Arab Spring" policy.  And we now know that the Obama regime knew the truth at the time and deliberate plotted to lie to the American people.

Benghazi Emails Show Blaming Video Was Effort to Protect, Re-Elect Obama.  Everyone who has followed this story has always suspected that blaming the YouTube video was a political ploy.  It was obvious, actually, just as it remains obvious why Hillary Clinton did everything she possibly could to keep any notion of accountability for her own decisions at arm's length.  That's political, too.  She has a crown to run for in 2016.  It won't do to have her negligence that resulted in four dead Americans become a speedbump on her path to power.  Why let a little thing like incompetence stand in the way of ambition?

New Benghazi Emails Mean Obama Impeachment Trial Must Be Launched.  I didn't know how right I was when I wrote on September 29, 2012 "Benghazi Worse then Watergate."  With the release of new emails it is spectacularly worse — so bad in fact that it has made a full investigation with an impeachment trial necessary for the protection of our republic. [...] The levels of criminality involved in this are mind-boggling.  Everyone from Ben Rhodes to Hillary Clinton to Jay Carney to Susan Rice to Mike Morell to Barack Obama and on and on must explain themselves minute-by-minute.  American "liberals" and their media consorts should search their souls.  People died here.

The Benghazi Scandal in One Email.  From the earliest hours after the attack, this is how the Obama administration saw Benghazi.  The overriding imperative was to deflect attention from the "broader failure of policy" that led to the disaster.  Roger Simon says these emails are grounds for impeachment.  I wouldn't go quite that far, but they certainly do cast the administration in a bad light.  Moreover, they are heavily redacted.  In some instances, the entire email is invisible.  Given what we can see in the emails that were produced, one can only imagine how bad the redacted portions are.

Judicial Watch: Email ensuring 'Obama looked good' was post-Benghazi priority.  Key communication chiefs at the White House waged an all-out strategy to rally behind President Obama and help him push the mantra that the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. facility in Benghazi were due to an Internet video — and not policy failure, a watchdog revealed.  Key to the messaging:  Making sure the president appeared strong in the face of adversity, the nonprofit Judicial Watch found, in a recently received FOIA request.

Fox: Email Reveals Obama Advisor Urged Rice to Blame Video for Benghazi.  On Tuesday, an email obtained by the government watchdog Judicial Watch revealed that a senior American advisor informed then National Security Advisor Susan Rice to emphasize that the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya was the result of a spontaneous protest arising from an inflammatory YouTube video.  Transcripts later revealed that senior defense officials had informed the administration on the night of the assault that the event was a "terrorist attack."

Ben Rhodes at center of plan to whitewash White House on Benghazi.  Of course, the White House has stonewalled investigators for many months who thought there was a coordinated White House plan to lie to the American people regarding the Benghazi attack to reinforce the campaign narrative that Al Qaeda had been decimated.  Instead of honestly depicting the attack on Benghazi as a terror attack, the White House came up with a story that it was an unplanned attack prompted by a video that barely anyone had ever seen.

Benghazi emails suggest White House aide involved in prepping Rice for 'video' explanation.  Newly released emails on the Benghazi terror attack suggest a senior White House aide played a central role in preparing former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice for her controversial Sunday show appearances — where she wrongly blamed protests over an Internet video.  More than 100 pages of documents were released to the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.  Among them was a Sept. 14, 2012, email from Ben Rhodes, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.

Benghazi Emails Show White House Effort to Protect Obama.  Previously unreleased internal Obama administration emails show that a coordinated effort was made in the days following the Benghazi terror attacks to portray the incident as "rooted in [an] Internet video, and not [in] a broader failure or policy."  Emails sent by senior White House adviser Ben Rhodes to other top administration officials reveal an effort to insulate President Barack Obama from the attacks that killed four Americans.

GOP senators demand explanation for Benghazi talking points.  Three leading Republican senators are calling on the Obama administration to identify who briefed former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in advance of her Sunday show appearances where she blamed a video for the Benghazi attack.  Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and John McCain, R-Ariz., wrote to leaders on the House and Senate Foreign Relations committees asking them to compel the administration to explain the "taking points."

Newly-released WH email shows Rice talking points on Benghazi politically motivated.  If this isn't a smoking gun on Benghazi, at least on the controversy over the talking points that blamed a YouTube video rather than the terrorists who plotted and then conducted the attack, then it's not clear what would qualify.  Judicial Watch forced the release of additional White House e-mails relating to the evolution of the talking points and finds a rather bald-faced admission of Obama administration interests in Susan Rice's television appearances the following Sunday.

Report: Obama Knows Where Benghazi Terrorists Are... But Does Nothing.  Americans were shocked and saddened at the death of four Americans in a terrorist attack in Benghazi.  That feeling has turned to outrage as they have discovered that the State Department knew an attack was imminent, yet cut security.  The CIA had men involved in the attack and ensuing rescue and escape, yet they have not conducted their own investigation into who committed such an atrocity on their own personnel.  The White House has done little to answer the questions surrounding the attack other than to cover things up since that time.  It was bad enough that four Americans lost their lives, but it is even worse that Ambassador Stevens's murderers have yet to be brought to justice.  In fact, Obama has actually withdrawn the team that was tracking the men who committed the attack.

Rep. Gowdy Wants Subpoenas for Hillary Clinton.  Nearly a year and a half later, the State Department finally catches up (somewhat) with reality and released the names of the two terrorist organizations suspected for the Benghazi murders:  Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi and Ansar al-Sharia in Darnah.  They pinky promise it's not al Qaeda though, as if that makes anything any better.  This must be a little awkward for the New York Times who just days ago published an "investigative report" which held on tightly to the lie that the attacks were spontaneously spurred by a YouTube video — in an effort to protect then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Greta: Obama Tried to Stop Fox News From Reporting Benghazi.  As more and more truth is discovered about the Benghazi terror attack on 9/11/2012, the more that the Benghazi coverup spun by the White House is collapsing.  Even liberal bastions like MSNBC and the New York Times have reluctantly admitted there is a coverup.  The vast majority of Americans want the truth about Benghazi, and are demanding a special investigation to uncover it.  The American people are beyond tired of the stalling and uncooperative attitude displayed by the White House towards Congress and certain members of the media.  It now appears that Obama's administration went beyond just stalling or being uncooperative, and were actively trying to silence the coverage of the attack by Fox News.  Greta Van Susteren wrote about it on her blog.

Hillary Clinton Again Calls Benghazi 'Biggest Regret' as Secretary of State.  Hillary Clinton reiterated Wednesday [4/23/2014] that her darkest time as secretary of state was the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Mrs. Clinton, in a speech to more than 3,000 people at a women's leadership conference here, called the attack and loss of lives "very, very painful" and "certainly the biggest regret that I have as secretary of state."

What Difference At This Point Does it Make if Hillary Now Says Benghazi is Her 'Biggest Regret'?  Whatever she says now about Benghazi does not change the fact that four Americans died needlessly under her watch and that the Obama Administration made a concerted effort to blame an internet video as the culprit rather than a carefully orchestrated act of terrorism by al Qaeda. Whatever she says now about Benghazi also does not change the fact she faced no consequences for the deaths of those four Americans.

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn't 'switched sides in the War on Terror'.  The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented — if the U.S. hadn't been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier.  'The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,' Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.

Fox News Poll: Voters say Obama covering up on Benghazi, want Congress to keep investigating.  Most voters think the White House is trying to cover-up what happened in Benghazi and want Congress to continue to investigate the administration's handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate there that killed four Americans.  That's according to a Fox News poll released Thursday [4/17/2014].  Sixty percent of voters want lawmakers to keep investigating what happened in Benghazi.  That's down from 65 percent who felt that way in November, and a high of 73 percent in early June 2013.

Benghazi Mother at San Diego Protest: 'Hillary Lied'.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke via satellite to attendees of San Diego's Western Healthcare Leadership Academy on Apr. 11, just days after canceling plans to attend in person.  Two protest groups gathered outside the San Diego Convention Center for the conference, but for two different reasons.

Hillary Clinton all but erased from tragic story of Benghazi.  [Scroll down]  As Mrs. Clinton worked that late afternoon on Sept. 11 and into the night, no U.S. military help ever arrived at a CIA annex under attack for eight hours.  Two former Navy SEALs were killed in their effort to protect CIA officers and huddled diplomats who were rescued from the burning compound.  Retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, who led U.S. Africa Command at the time, has stated that no one from State on Sept. 11 ever asked for a military rescue attempt.  Mrs. Clinton's role in that lack of a request?  Gen. Ham was not asked that question when he appeared in secret before a House Armed Services subcommittee in June, according to a declassified transcript.  Mrs. Clinton's inner circle is known to be fiercely loyal.  When CNN attempted to produce a Clinton documentary that would likely be favorable, all 100 aides and Democrats contacted refused to cooperate.

Hillary Clinton's Legacy Issue.  [T]he legacy of Hillary Clinton is turning out to be one of incompetence, bungled efforts, chicanery and outright scandal.  Her most famous words have become, "What difference at this point does it make?" referring to how the four brave Americans died in Benghazi in September of 2012.  And a number of other scandals have followed her, both from before and during her tenure as Secretary of State.  The latest is about $6 billion in contract dollars that the State Department lost track of over the last six years."

GOP Benghazi Probe Leader Has Huge Conflict of Interest.  Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is charged with investigating the adequacy of security at the Benghazi compound prior to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack.  His wife, Kristi Clemens Rogers was the president and the CEO of the company that was contracted by the State Department to provide that security. [...] Congressman Rogers, who abruptly announced his intention not to seek re-election, has been criticized for dragging his feet in the Benghazi investigation.  Only when pressure from backbenchers on his committee became intense did he agree to hold last week's hearing at which former Deputy CIA Director Mike Morrell testified.

Krauthammer Tells Fox Benghazi Is 'Done': 'The Administration Has Won'.  Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer told Special Report with Bret Baier Wednesday night [4/9/2014] that the window had passed on prosecuting the Obama administration Benghazi, and that the GOP's disorganzed approach to congressional hearings had let Benghazi as an issue "slip away."

Key Senate Republicans call testimony of former CIA acting director on Benghazi misleading.  Three leading Senate Republicans say the recent testimony of former CIA acting and deputy director Michael Morell before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on the Benghazi talking points was not only inaccurate, it was misleading.  "Michael Morell's testimony last week to me was not remotely credible," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters. [...] Since retiring, Morell has joined Beacon Global Strategies, a D.C. consulting firm with close ties to Hillary Clinton.  One of its four founders, Philippe Reines, has been described by the New York Times as Clinton's principal gatekeeper.

More Obfuscation on Benghazi.  Last week's encounter between former acting CIA Director Michael Morell and the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence may have brought us a bit closer to the truth of how four Americans came to be killed at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, and how their countrymen came to be lied to about it.  But the progress toward truth was probably not made in a way that Mr. Morell intended.  The encounter on Capitol Hill also made clear that the forum that will take us all the way to the truth must be something other than a congressional hearing.

Ex-CIA boss Morell gives unorthodox reasons for omitting key Benghazi details.  In his opening statement during highly anticipated testimony Wednesday [4/2/2014] on Benghazi, former CIA deputy director Michael Morell claimed to be an intelligence professional who was willing to lay out the facts — no matter how damaging.  "I take very seriously the allegations about how the CIA in general and about how I in particular handled the analysis and the talking points," Morell told the House Intelligence Committee, in his first public testimony on the Benghazi attacks.  "The ethical code under which intelligence officers carry out their responsibilities calls for total objectivity."  But Morell's own testimony would appear to undercut that statement.

Holder confirms Petraeus probe still open, amid questions over whether case used as leverage.  Two years after the FBI first began investigating former CIA director David Petraeus, Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed to lawmakers that the case remains open -- amid allegations it is being used as leverage to keep the former general quiet.  "All I can say is that this is an ongoing investigation," Holder testified Tuesday, in response to a series of questions from Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who wrote to the Justice Department last month about the matter.

Ex-CIA official gives stunning account on Benghazi.  The CIA's former deputy director disclosed Wednesday that Obama administration officials were alerted the day before they went on national television that a key tenet of their original Benghazi storyline might be inaccurate.  But he did not explain why the administration continued to cling to its narrative even after U.S. intelligence debunked reports that the deadly attack was born out of a protest over an anti-Islam video.  In often testy exchanges with Republicans who accused him of a cover-up, Michael Morell flatly denied that he "inappropriately altered and influenced" the infamous Benghazi talking points to downplay the role of terrorism in the attacks.

CIA Knew Al Qaeda Involved in Benghazi from 'Get-go'.  Former CIA deputy director Mike Morell, who also served a stint as acting director of Langley, is testifying before House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today.  The hearing focuses on the Obama administration's response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.  Cutting through all of the back and forth, the most important point is this:  The U.S. intelligence community knew right away that al Qaeda was involved in the attack.  "The analysts said from the get-go that al Qaeda was involved in this attack," Morell said.

Sources on ground during Benghazi attack slam ex-CIA boss Morell's testimony.  As part of [Mike] Morell's testimony on Wednesday, the former acting and deputy CIA director acknowledged that he overruled the guidance of the top CIA officer in Libya at the time.  That official told Morell the attack was not an "escalation of protests," but Morell said he had to weigh that against analysts who concluded the opposite.  He ultimately went with the analysts — whose assessment later turned out to be flawed — saying the chief of station's report was not "compelling" and was based on loose evidence.  The account has many close to this investigation fuming.

Catherine Herridge: Morell's Testimony on Benghazi 'Is a Body Blow' to Intel Operatives.  Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell has faced accusations that he downplayed, or even dismissed, the reporting of U.S. personnel on the ground in Libya, including the CIA chief of station.  According to a Senate Intelligence Committee report, the station chief wrote to Morell and other CIA leadership on Sept. 15, 2012, emphasizing in an email that the attacks were "not an escalation of protests."  A day later then-U.N. Amb. Susan Rice went on national television and said the opposite.  Morell told lawmakers today [4/2/2014] that the statements by Rice were based on the "totality" of what the CIA's analysts had concluded.

Former deputy CIA director denies being part of politically driven Benghazi cover-up.  Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell bobbed and weaved his way through a contentious House Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday, parrying Republicans' suggestions that politics colored his decision to downplay the role of terrorism in the Benghazi, Libya attack that killed four Americans in 2012.  'None of our actions were the result of political influence.  None,' Morell said, describing a chain of events that began with an armed assault on U.S. diplomatic stations and ended with then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice misleading five national television audiences about the nature of the attack.  The CIA altered a series of talking points requested by senior Intelligence Committee members — meant to educate their newer colleagues — removing references to terrorism and casting the death and destruction as the product of a spontaneous protest.

Ex-CIA leader Morell denies role in Benghazi 'cover-up' during heated Hill hearing.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Morell moved quickly in his testimony to address the heart of the matter:  Why did senior CIA and White House officials in Washington ignore pointed assertions by the CIA's chief of station in Libya that there had been no protest prior to the attacks and why were those assertions not included in talking points that former U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice used on Sept. 16 when she appeared — five days after the attacks — on several news talks shows to claim that there had been a protest.  Mr. Morell said the CIA station chief's assertions were not used in the talking points because they were outmatched by other streams of information being weighed at the same time by CIA analysts crafting the points.

Benghazi Victim's Uncle Slams Obama Admin: 'Delusional, Paid Liars'.  Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell gave his first public testimony on the Benghazi attack yesterday [4/2/2014].  Morell denied allegations that he or the agency bowed to political pressure to change the talking points.  He said he believed CIA analysts who thought the attack was a protest, rather than the station chief on the ground.  One of the four Americans killed was Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith.  Bill Hemmer spoke to his uncle, Michael Ingmire today on America's Newsroom.  Ingmire said the conversation moved forward during the hearing, but he still wasn't satisfied.  He called out Morell for throwing the analysts under the bus, which was "cowardly and weasel-like."

Ex-CIA chief confirms he ignored Benghazi guidance from top officer on ground.  The former acting director of the CIA, in his first public testimony on Benghazi, confirmed that he ignored guidance from the top CIA officer on the ground in favor of reporting from analysts far removed from the scene, in shaping the flawed "talking points" which said the attack sprung from a protest.  Mike Morell, who served as both deputy and acting director of the agency, is under increasing scrutiny over his role in forming the administration's public narrative about the attack — a narrative which inaccurately blamed a protest from the outset.  Morell is accused of heavily editing the so-called "talking points," which were the basis for then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's controversial comments on several Sunday shows after the attacks that also blamed a protest.

Sources on ground during Benghazi attack slam ex-CIA boss Morell's testimony.  As part of [Mike] Morell's testimony on Wednesday, the former acting and deputy CIA director acknowledged that he overruled the guidance of the top CIA officer in Libya at the time.  That official told Morell the attack was not an "escalation of protests," but Morell said he had to weigh that against analysts who concluded the opposite.  He ultimately went with the analysts — whose assessment later turned out to be flawed — saying the chief of station's report was not "compelling" and was based on loose evidence.  The account has many close to this investigation fuming.

CIA Station Chief Confirms Administration's Benghazi Lies.  We didn't need any more proof that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and his United Nations ambassador, Susan Rice, repeatedly and deliberately lied to the American people.  They told the public that the terrorist attack on our Benghazi diplomatic mission was a spontaneous demonstration that went rogue in response to an Internet video.  We will nonetheless get more proof on Wednesday [4/2/2014] from acting CIA Director Mike Morell.  He is scheduled to give his first public testimony on the Benghazi attack at a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Morell testimony could bring clarity on Benghazi.  Spies are paid to lie for their country.  Fake identities, hidden compartments in luggage and clandestine meetings are meant to keep the nation's enemies off balance and its allies safe.  Michael J. Morell, the former director of the CIA, will find out Wednesday, when he is grilled by the House Intelligence Committee, that it's important to know when to stop lying and tell the truth.  The committee is trying to cut through the administration's obfuscation and obstruction to hide the facts about the murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi.

Congress Targets Leading Spy for Benghazi Spin.  Since the attacks on the CIA station and U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Republicans have fixed blame for the attack on Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Barack Obama, among many others.  On Wednesday, the GOP will be focusing on a new target:  one of the most celebrated and trusted people in the American intelligence community.

Former CIA Official Disputes Claims on Benghazi.  The former deputy director of the CIA insisted on Wednesday that he didn't edit the widely debunked talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack due to political pressure to protect President Barack Obama and onetime Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

CIA officer confirmed no protests before misleading Benghazi account given.  Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest, the CIA's station chief in Libya pointedly told his superiors in Washington that no such demonstration occurred, documents and interviews with current and former intelligence officials show.  The attack was "not an escalation of protests," the station chief wrote to then-Deputy CIA Director Michael J. Morell in an email dated Sept. 15, 2012 — a full day before the White House sent Susan E. Rice to several Sunday talk shows to disseminate talking points claiming that the Benghazi attack began as a protest over an anti-Islam video.

New questions about ex-CIA director's Benghazi claims ahead of testimony.  New allegations are raising additional questions about former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell's involvement in crafting the administration's flawed narrative on the Benghazi attack, ahead of his scheduled testimony next week on Capitol Hill.  Morell is set to testify publicly for the first time on Wednesday about his role in crafting the controversial Benghazi "talking points," which initially blamed a protest for the deadly attack.

Oversight Dems Ask Issa to Call Off Benghazi Investigation.  All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have called on Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to end the "partisan" investigation into the Benghazi attack "and begin focusing instead on conducting responsible oversight to implement constructive reforms."  The Dems, led by ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), charged that the probe "has been characterized by wild and unsubstantiated political accusations that turn out to be completely inaccurate."  They proceeded to outline those instances in the five-page letter.

Group Readies Benghazi Report Based On Witness Accounts.  A private group of national security officials is preparing to release its own report on the Benghazi scandal, with a top official behind the report saying they have interviewed numerous eyewitnesses from before, during, and after the Sept. 11, 2012 attack.  The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, an organization composed of American retired military officers, intelligence officers, and national security experts, is poised to release the product of one year of its own investigation into the scandal.

Top GOP Aide In Charge of Benghazi Investigation Forms Business With Clintoninstas.  One of the top Republican congressional staffers on the Benghazi investigation founded a consulting firm comprised of numerous former Clinton aides and a former CIA director accused of lying to Congress about the attack, Fox News reported Monday [3/24/2014].  J. Michael Allen is the founder and managing director of Beacon Global Strategies.  He previously served as the staff director for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by GOP Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan and perhaps the most important panel investigating Benghazi.

America in Decline.  On his watch and that of his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, an American ambassador and three CIA operatives were murdered in Benghazi, Libya.  They claimed, for weeks, that their deaths were caused by a mob angry at an amateur video, when, in fact, it was an organized terror attack that killed them.  It was revealed that repeated calls for help were ignored by both the White House and the State Department.  Knowing the truth, according to recent evidence, both Obama and Clinton lied to the nation, and worse, to the families of the dead Americans.

Hmm: Hillary Camp Claims Zero Emails Exist Between Top Spokesman and Reporters.  More censorship, less responsiveness, longer FOIA wait times — and it's gotten worse.  This president is a fraud.  But that's old news.  Obama is unpopular, he's lost independents, and he's on the fast track to lame duck status.  But she who would be queen is another story.  Charles Krauthammer has long discussed the administration's successful and ongoing stonewall on the Benghazi massacre, but that matter doesn't appear to be the only front on which Clinton's protectors are fogging over details.

Congressman: Benghazi attackers knew location of ambassador's safe room.  The terrorists who attacked the Benghazi consulate last year knew the location of the safe room where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his security team sought shelter, according to a congressman who spoke for 90 minutes with the diplomatic security agent severely injured in the assault.  "He confirmed this — that it was a very well orchestrated, and well organized, almost a military operation, using military weapons and using military signals," the late Florida Rep. Bill Young said after meeting diplomatic security agent David Ubben at Walter Reed Medical Center last summer, when both were patients there.

'Very upset': CIA sat on Benghazi investigation, US personnel fuming.  American personnel on the ground in Benghazi the night of the 2012 terror attack are outraged after learning that the CIA's inspector general never conducted an investigation into what happened — despite two CIA workers being killed in the attack and despite at least two complaints being filed by CIA employees. [...] Many in the agency were told, or were under the impression, that an investigation was in the works, but that is not the case.

Star Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Quits CBS: Democrat Scandals Not Welcome.  Rumors of Attkisson's stormy relations with her superiors at CBS News have made the rounds for months and months.  In conversations from last year, CBS News sources told the Erik Wemple Blog that Attkisson, who came to the network from CNN two decades ago, was frustrated that more of her reporting on Benghazi and other investigative pieces didn't make "The CBS Evening News" with greater frequency.

Sharyl Attkisson vs. CBS: Reporter first tried to quit a year ago.  CBS's Sharyl Attkisson announced this week that she is leaving the network, the culmination of a series of clashes between the investigative reporter and her bosses.  But people familiar with the situation say that Attkisson actually attempted to resign one year ago, even starting to clean out her desk in the Washington bureau.

Attkisson's CBS Departure Shows Big Media's Bias.  [Sharyl] Attkisson is nearly alone within the broadcast media in pursuing Obama scandals, like the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans; the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal that left U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry dead; and the Solyndra scandal that wasted over a half-billion dollars of taxpayer money on a failed solar-panel maker.  Last year, her computer was mysteriously hacked.  Whether it's network corporate sponsors who don't want to anger President Obama, or news editors who love Obama's agenda, we're all in trouble if investigative reporting focusing on the president is persecuted into marginality.

Echoes of Edward R. Murrow in Sharyl Atkisson's departure from CBS News.  CBS News has lost its strongest claim to be a fair and non-partisan news source with the departure of Sharly Atkisson from the network.  The award-winning reporter has been squeezed-out because of her reporting on investigative themes inconvenient to the Obama administration, including Fast and Furious and the Benghazi Scandal — two incidents in which United States government officials lost their lives.

Report: Star Benghazi Reporter Attkisson Exits CBS Due to 'Liberal Bias'.  Apparently [Sharyl] Attkisson stuck out as an oddball to some at CBS and the rest of the media for daring to investigate power when it is held by a Democrat.  Back in May, Breitbart News reported that the President of CBS News, David Rhodes, is the brother of President Obama's National Security advisor, Ben Rhodes.  According to ABC News, Brother Ben was very much involved in the Benghazi scandal, specifically the infamous talking points that — with the help of the mainstream media — misled the nation for weeks in the heat of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

Exclusive - Benghazi victims' families demand Boehner haul CIA official accused of misleading Congress before select committee.  A coalition of military community leaders, conservative movement leaders, and the Benghazi victims' families are demanding that Speaker John Boehner take "immediate" action against a former acting CIA Director accused of misleading Congress on the Benghazi scandal.

Evidence casts doubt on ex-CIA leaders' claims on Benghazi mortar attack.  If former CIA Director David Petraeus and his ex-deputy Michael Morell are recalled to testify on Benghazi, they can expect hard questions about the mortar attack on the CIA annex which killed two former Navy SEALs.  Republican Mike Rogers, chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, is weighing whether to recall one or both of those officials over their Benghazi congressional testimony.

Democrats Put Hillary Clinton at Risk by Dismissing Benghazi Criticism.  Democrats are in denial if they think Benghazi won't be an issue in the 2016 presidential race, should Clinton run.  A new poll from Pew Research Center and USA Today shows the danger.  When respondents were asked to name in their own words the biggest negative for Clinton from her long career in public service, the most common response was Benghazi.  Sure, it's only 15 percent who gave that answer, but that's still a lot.

Hillary Clinton's baggage is piling up.  [Scroll down]  And there will be the inevitable questions from Republicans about her handling of Benghazi.  Of course, as former secretary of state, she will also have to defend Obama's policies on Syria, drones, the NSA spying program and Iran, in all of which she had direct involvement.  Clinton will most certainly want to run away from some of Obama's missteps and prove she would have done things differently, which will make things difficult for the sitting President and the Democratic narrative.

Unasked questions fog facts on Benghazi.  Republican lawmakers have failed to pin down senior military officials on how they characterized the Benghazi attack to the White House and President Obama on Sept. 11, 2012, the day terrorists stormed a U.S. diplomatic mission and bombed a CIA annex in the eastern Libyan city.  The issue gained importance in January when Republican members of the House Committee on Armed Services released former top-secret transcripts of senior officials testifying on the military's response to Benghazi.

New Benghazi Witnesses.  [Senator John McCain] said on CBS's Face the Nation [2/23/2014] that "I'm almost speechless, because it's patently obvious, first of all, that Susan Rice had no reason to be on the program.  She had no involvement in it [Benghazi]."  At the time she was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  "Second of all, she read talking points that we are now beginning to believe came from the White House, which were absolutely false," continued Senator McCain. [...] Well, apparently the White House — bolstered by a December 2013 investigative piece by the New York Times — is still at it, energetically deceiving the American people about the origins of the attack in Benghazi and its very nature.

Intel committee chairman poised to recall ex-CIA chief Morell over Benghazi testimony.  Republican allegations that former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell misled Congress over the White House's role in crafting the flawed Benghazi "talking points" took a dramatic turn Thursday, with the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee telling Fox News it's likely Morell will be recalled to testify.  Investigators also are reviewing the testimony of former CIA Director David Petraeus, Morell's old boss, to assess whether he should be recalled as well.

Did CIA's Mike Morell Lie About Benghazi For Obama?  Former CIA acting Director Mike Morell might be recalled for testimony to determine if he misled Congress and doctored the White House response to a terrorist attack to ensure President Obama's re-election.  The administration's tangled web of Benghazi lies might be unraveling some more.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., has told Fox News that Morell, a former deputy director and twice acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will likely be recalled to testify.

Did CIA's Mike Morell Lie About Benghazi For Obama?  Former CIA acting Director Mike Morell might be recalled for testimony to determine if he misled Congress and doctored the White House response to a terrorist attack to ensure President Obama's re-election.  The administration's tangled web of Benghazi lies might be unraveling some more.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., has told Fox News that Morell, a former deputy director and twice acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will likely be recalled to testify.  The recall comes after new charges surfaced that Morell misled Congress about what he knew regarding the 2012 Benghazi attack and when he knew it.

Gowdy: Susan Rice "Fabulously Wrong" and "Stunningly Arrogant".  Congressman Trey Gowdy went "On the Record" with Greta Van Sustern, Monday [2/24/2014] to talk about Ambassador Susan Rice's interview with David Gregory, Sunday, in which she stated that she had gone on the five Sunday talk Shows on 9/16/2012 with "the best information" she had at the time.  "Is that true?" Greta queried Gowdy.  "Uh no," Gowdy drawled in response.  "There was NO evidence to support that false narrative about a video — not a scintilla of evidence.  ALL of the evidence pointed to what she said it wasn't — a pre-planned coordinated attack.  So she was fabulously wrong when she said it the first time, and stunningly arrogant in her refusal to express any regret for lying to our fellow citizens."

Susan Rice — Still In Cover-Up Mode After All These Months.  In fairness — after going on five Sunday talk shows to spout the Regime's phony cover story — what else is she gonna do?  Admit it was all a huge lie to deflect from the ugly truth that al Qaeda was not "on the run" in 2012, but "on the offensive?"

Whitewashing Benghazi.  The Benghazi veneer is difficult to penetrate.  What began as a claim that the attack was a spontaneous response to an obscure video evolved into a centerpiece of the 2012 election and a major scandal for Obama's administration.  A poll conducted last fall showed that 62 percent of likely voters — Democrats, Republicans, and independents — believe a dedicated congressional committee should be formed to investigate the attack.  Americans want to know why this happened and who, really, was behind it.  They also want to know how it could have happened.

Cummings Demands Public Apology from Issa to Clinton Over Benghazi Suspicions.  The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Relations Committee is demanding that Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) apologize for suggesting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have told the Pentagon to stand down in the Benghazi attack response.  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) took issue with a Monday speech Issa gave in New Hampshire.  Issa told the GOP event he "came here to hopefully shape the debate for 2016."

Rice's "No Regrets" and Obama's Arrogance.  It's hard to understand exactly why Susan Rice is still refusing to admit fault about her lies about the Benghazi attack.  When asked this morning on Meet the Press by David Gregory whether she had any regrets about appearing on four network news shows the Sunday after the 9/11/12 attacks that took the lives of four Americans and telling the nation that what happened was the result of a demonstration against a video, Rice said she had none: [...]

Susan Rice and the retreat of American power.  Susan Rice ought to stay off "Meet the Press."  The last time she was on, she misrepresented what led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.  On Sunday [2/23/2014] she was back, this time misrepresenting critics of the Obama administration's Syria policy.  Last time her misrepresentation was unintentional.  This time it wasn't.  I prefer it, though, when she doesn't know what she's talking about.

NBC's David Gregory Plays Nice With Susan Rice On Benghazi.  For the first time since her infamous 2012 interview, National Security Advisor Susan Rice appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday February 23 to discuss a variety of foreign policy issues, most noticeably Benghazi.  Throughout the interview, which focused primarily on the recent violent protests in Ukraine, host David Gregory provided Rice with a variety of softball questions on Benghazi, and allowed her to push White House talking points without any significant pushback.

Rice acknowledges some of her Benghazi info was incorrect but has no regrets.  National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday she has no regrets over what she told the American public about the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks in the immediate aftermath of the deadly strikes.  Rice did a round of Sunday TV interviews a few days after the attacks, in which some of the information she gave was later proven incorrect.

McCain: 'Almost Speechless' at Susan Rice's Benghazi Claim.  "I'm almost speechless," McCain told host Bob Schieffer.  "It's patently obvious, first of all, that Susan Rice had no reason to be on the program, she had no involvement in it.  Second of all, she read talking points, that we are now beginning to believe came from the White House, which were absolutely false.  We now know that the CIA station chief on the ground sent a message immediately saying 'not-slash-not spontaneous demonstration.'"

Rice: No regrets on Benghazi TV appearances.  National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday she has no regrets about her now-infamous round of TV interviews in 2012 about the the attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.  Rice, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," said that nobody in the Obama administration intended to mislead the American people when she appeared on Fox, ABC, CNN, NBC and CBS in 2012 shortly after the attacks.  Asked by host David Gregory if she had any regrets about the interviews, Rice replied:  "No."

Fox News Poll: 66 percent say Congress should continue to investigate Benghazi.  The latest Fox News poll finds that most Americans think Congress should continue to investigate the Obama administration's handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. [...] Sixty-six percent of voters want Congress to keep investigating the White House's handling of Benghazi.  That includes 50 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of independents and 83 percent of Republicans.

The Benghazi Cover-up (cont.).  Two leading Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say that Michael Morell, then acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, gave an account of his role on Benghazi that was often misleading and sometimes deliberately false.

Lawmakers: CIA #2 Lied to Us About Benghazi.  Two leading Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say that Michael Morell, former deputy director and twice acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, provided an account of his role on Benghazi that was often highly misleading and at times deliberately false.

Did CIA official suppress Benghazi narrative? Accounts raise new questions.  New information about the intelligence available in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack raises questions about whether the former No. 2 at the CIA downplayed or dismissed reporting from his own people in Libya that it was a coordinated attack and not an out-of-control protest over an anti-Islam video.

Map Shows Dozens of U.S. Military Ships Stationed In North Africa Waters During Benghazi Attack.  Government watchdog Judicial Watch has released an unclassified map showing the military fleet positions the night of the 9/11 Benghazi terror attack.  The map shows dozens of military ships, including two aircraft carriers and 13 destroyers, were stationed in the North Africa Area of Responsibility when radical Islamic militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Why the Media Sees Bridgegate as a Scandal but Benghazi as a 'Conspiracy'.  At the height of fascination with the "Bridgegate" scandal, Chris Christie decried MSNBC's coverage as "gleeful" and "partisan."  Maybe so.  However, one undeniable aspect of the left's attack on Christie is the rigor with which it has pursued the case, rigor worthy of a life-or-death story it has all but ignored — the Benghazi attacks.

The rehabilitation of Hillary Clinton.  While Hillary Rodham Clinton has all but vanished, hitting the speaker's circuit at $200,000 a pop and bouncing between her two palatial mansions in New York and Washington, the press corps is working overtime to rebuild her tarnished reputation.  First came The New York Times with a lengthy "investigative" piece of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attack.  The 7,500-word tome ignored the former secretary of state's role in the deaths of four Americans.  What's more, the Times never mentioned Mrs. Clinton — not once — and concluded that the attack "was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam," a White House lie disproved just weeks after the attack.

Hillary Clinton faces new barrage from the right over Benghazi.  Establishment Republicans and a right-wing group of former spies and special forces operatives that says it is nonpartisan but has historical Republican ties are raising a ruckus over Hillary Rodham Clinton's handling of the 2012 assault on U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya.  The criticism of Clinton over the deadly attacks appears to be a preview of what the former secretary of state can expect should she pursue a presidential bid in 2016.

OPSEC to Publish New Report on Hillary Clinton, Benghazi.  OPSEC will release a new report this week that is critical of Hillary Clinton's role in Benghazi, Reuters reports.  The OPSEC (military slang for "operational security") report says Clinton made crucial choices during the attack on Benghazi, which enabled the attack.

GOP Report Concludes Military Could Not Have Changed Outcome in Benghazi.  The attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, continues to be a line of political attack against the Obama administration, but a new report from the Republican-led House Armed Services Committee belies at least one aspect of the popular conservative criticism, that U.S. forces were ordered to "stand down" when they could have saved lives in Benghazi.

New Benghazi Report Finds 'Severely Degraded' Readiness and a Pentagon Struggling to Catch Up.  A House Armed Services subcommittee today released a report on the Defense Department's response to the Benghazi attack that found U.S. readiness was "severely degraded" at the time — and the Pentagon is still having challenges responding to those weaknesses 18 months after the assault.  The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has reviewed thousands of pages of documents including classified emails and situation reports provided by the Defense Department. Committee members have participated in two open hearings and seven classified briefings.

A Benghazi father's message for the son who was left behind.  For a man who has suffered such a loss, [Charles] Woods is magnanimous.  The burden of what he has been through is evident but his deep Christian faith shines through.  Setting the clear goal for Washington's success on a Benghazi investigation, Woods simply asks for the truth to come out.

Kelly Tears into Dem Rep. for Dismissing Benghazi 'Conspiracy Theory'.  Megyn Kelly practically burst at Democratic congressman Adam Schiff on Thursday [2/6/2014] over his non-answers to her repeated questions on the Benghazi attacks.  Kelly said there's still plenty the American people don't know, while Schiff dismissed the "conspiracy theory" there was a cover-up of any kind.  Kelly called out President Obama for saying in his Super Bowl interview with Bill O'Reilly that Benghazi security was lax and that he called it a terrorist attack a week after it happened.  On that latter part, Kelly brought up Obama's appearance on The View as evidence he did not.

Deconstructing Obama's Benghazi Interview: Senators Want Answers on Inconsistencies, Omissions.  Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) penned some questions to President Obama yesterday on the Benghazi terror attack, saying that his recent interview with Bill O'Reilly raised "more questions than it answers" about the deaths of four Americans at the diplomatic facility.

Obama ties military's hands by reading al Qaeda out of Benghazi.  [B]ecause President Obama, for political reasons, is locked into the story that al Qaeda wasn't directly involved in the Benghazi attack, the military is powerless to strike back.  This despite Obama's promises during the 2012 presidential campaign to bring justice to the perpetrators.

Lawmaker's Benghazi Question Stumps Top US Officials.  The nation's top intelligence officials have answered the question countless times over the past year and a half, but they seemed stumped during a House hearing Tuesday [2/4/2014] when a Florida congressman asked them one more time:  "Can anybody at the table tell us when somebody will be held responsible for the murders in Benghazi?"

Kirsten Powers to Bret Baier: Why Can't Obama 'Just Tell the Truth' About Benghazi?  A panel on Fox News Channel's Special Report expressed their thoughts on President Barack Obama deflecting questions about the Benghazi attack and the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservatives by implying that Fox is stoking its audience's ire over non-issues. [...] "I don't understand why the administration just can't tell the truth about this," said The Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers.  She added that unbiased reporting has cast the administration's early statements about the nature of the Benghazi attack into doubt.  "The Senate Intelligence Report is not Fox News," she added.

Congressional Testimony Reveals Obama Lazy, Dishonest, Incompetent.  Over and over again during his administration, the American people are lied to, fooled, given half-truths, or lied to again.  There are lots of websites out there tracking his lies, whether they be during his constant campaigning, during his rare press conferences, during his partisan speeches, or from statements that his administration releases — he is a liar.  The truth is out there and the truth does exist, but he is a confused and scared little man and runs from the truth.  Waking up on September 13 last year, the truth was that he blew it and that his personal actions resulted in several good Americans dying, and so he lied, and when caught lied some more, and when confronted lied or had others lie for him.

Herridge: Fmr. CIA Director Morell May Have Altered Benghazi Talking Points to Benefit Obama Admin..  Former CIA Director Mike Morell may have altered the Benghazi talking points to benefit the Obama administration during the 2012 election, Catherine Herridge of Fox News reports.  On September 15[,] one day before Susan Rice made her infamous appearances on various Sunday shows, according to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report Morell received an email from the CIA station chief in Libya indicating the Benghazi attacks were "not/not an escalation of protests."  The report does not indicate when Morell read the email, but that same day Morell cut the word "Islamic" from the talking points and left the word "demonstration."

Inhofe rips 'outrageous lie' on Benghazi.  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Monday [2/3/2014] said President Obama lied about the terrorist attack in Benghazi during an interview that aired before the Super Bowl.  Inhofe said the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya will "go down in history as the greatest cover-up," and slammed Obama for claiming it was thoroughly investigated.

House GOP sets up Benghazi website.  House Republicans have set up a new website focused on the Benghazi attack and the circumstances surrounding it that promises to bring the facts about the deadly assault "straight to the American people."

Hillary Clinton Sends Her Regrets On Benghazi.  Hillary Clinton regrets Americans died in what a Senate panel said was a preventable terrorist attack that she downplayed.  While the committee didn't acknowledge her role, it can be called criminal negligence.

The Smearing of Chris Stevens.  The redacted report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee that was released on January 15 has left some to draw the conclusion that Stevens rejected additional security and to imply that he is responsible for the success of the attack leading to his own death.  Hicks comments:  "This is untrue:  The blame lies entirely with Washington."  "Washington" is of course a euphemism for people with names of their own.  Hicks does not name names beyond that of Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy, but he lends an invaluable perspective.

Benghazi and the Smearing of Chris Stevens.  Last week the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued its report on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.  The report concluded that the attack, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, was "preventable."  Some have been suggesting that the blame for this tragedy lies at least partly with Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack.  This is untrue:  The blame lies entirely with Washington.

Gen. Dempsey's 'failures in leadership' cited in Benghazi disaster.  Congress generally has given the Pentagon a pass on failing to come to the aid of Americans in Benghazi — that is until now.  Six Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, led by Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, have issued a blistering criticism of Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who as Joint Chiefs chairman is the nation's highest-ranking officer and chief military adviser to President Obama.

Hillary Clinton: 'My Biggest Regret Is What Happened in Benghazi'.  During her Monday morning [1/27/2014] closing address at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named the September 2012 Benghazi attacks as her "biggest regret."

Employee Who Denied Extra Security in Benghazi Gets Promoted.  If Hillary is supposed to get the White House, why not make Charlene Lamb a Regional Security Officer?  What difference does it make anyway?

ObamAccountability: Official Who Oversaw Failed Security At Benghazi Given Promotion.  [Charlene] Lamb was brought before the congressional investigation into Benghazi, and defended the lax security at Benghazi by saying that they didn't need extra help because they were training Libyans to defend the embassy.  Another official testified that she had denied security because there would have been too high of a political cost to doing so.  She resigned from her position as State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs, but it appears that the Obama administrations knows how to take care of those who protect their interests.

Fox News Poll: Voters blame Clinton and Obama for Benghazi.  Sixty percent of voters blame Clinton for what happened, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday [1/23/2014].  That includes 28 percent who blame her "a great deal" and another 32 percent who say she deserves "some" blame.  Essentially the same number — 59 percent — blames Obama (26 percent "a great deal" and 33 percent "some").  One voter in five says that the leaders are "not at all" responsible.

Outrage over Benghazi Investigation Compels Release of Documents.  In all, House leaders released 450 pages of records, including sworn testimony collected by the House Armed Services Committee during closed-door hearings.  Evidently a report summarizing these hearings and the committee's findings is forthcoming.

Blaming the Victim in Benghazigate.  [T]he fact remains that Mrs. Clinton was in charge of the State Department during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, which the recent SSCI report determined "were likely preventable."  Did she create a culture at the State Department that would allow these attacks to occur?  Or is the answer, "What difference at this point does it make?"  One person who is getting blamed in the media is Chris Stevens, the ambassador to Libya at the time, who was murdered by the terrorists when they attacked the Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi.

Word Not Found In NYT 5500 Word Hillary Profile: Benghazi.  Friday [1/24/2014], the venerable New York Times Magazine published a mammoth 5500-plus word profile of Hillary Clinton and the world around her.  It is titled "Planet Hillary," and two words you will not find on this mammoth planet are "Libya" and "Benghazi."

Media let Hillary off the Benghazi hook.  CNN anchor Jake Tapper blandly admitted the obvious in a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt.  The same reporters that insist their former GOP favorite Chris Christie is ruined for 2016 by traffic jams on a bridge are letting Hillary Clinton skate for embassy-security neglect that led to four dead government employees at Benghazi.  Why would so-called watchdogs of government suggest Clinton is a shoo-in in 2016 as if Benghazi never happened?  Tapper strangely suggested that Benghazi always seemed like more of a White House scandal than a State Department scandal, and I don't blame him, because Clinton didn't grant him an interview.

Benghazi victim Tyrone Woods' father to attend State of the Union.  An Oklahoma congressman said Monday that he will host Charles Woods, father of former Navy SEAL and Benghazi terrorist attack victim Ty Woods, at Tuesday's State of the Union.  "As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I understand the importance of knowing that America leaves no one behind.  I am honored to host the father of a true hero," Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Oklahoma Republican, said in a statement.

Delta Force commando who saved 'numerous lives' in Benghazi seige honored.  An Army Delta Force commando who infiltrated Benghazi to rescue U.S. diplomats, spies and security officers during a 2012 terrorist attack "was critical to the success of saving numerous lives," according to a citation awarding him the military's second-highest honor.  Delta Force's role was not disclosed in any public report or congressional testimony.  The Army citation for the Distinguished Service Cross, posted on a website for Army personnel, provides the first detailed look at what one of the commandos, Master Sgt. David R. Halbruner, accomplished.

See No Evil.  I just saw a tease on a news site that said Obama didn't know the extent of the NSA surveillance.  It seems that he also didn't know about our nation spying on the German Chancellor, didn't know the Obamacare website was nowhere close to being ready to roll out, didn't know about the IRS targeting conservative groups, didn't know about the Petraeus investigation, didn't know about the Department of Justice seizing the AP's phone records, had no knowledge of Fast and Furious and doesn't remember a thing about what he was doing the night four Americans were slaughtered in Benghazi Libya.

Clinton deserves Christie-level scrutiny.  If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie must answer for four days of traffic jams on roads leading to the George Washington Bridge, surely Clinton has the same obligation to address a deadly assault that the bipartisan committee found "preventable."

Benghazi, Obamacare and the absence of accountability.  Consider the recent mess-o-rama.  The botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act.  The Senate report that deemed the attack in Benghazi, Libya, preventable and raised questions about accountability, or lack thereof.  The mounting problems of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  Together, they illustrate that our politics suffers from too little real accountability and too much faux-countability.

Jihadists from at least four Al Qaeda groups in on Benghazi attack.  The militants who gathered on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, to torch and kill inside the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, were a who's who of the modern al Qaeda movement, newly declassified documents show.  Since its attacks on the U.S. in 2001, al Qaeda has worked to establish partners outside its base in Pakistan, especially in North Africa and the new fertile territory of eastern Libya and the port city of Benghazi.

Should Americans believe anything Obama says?  Declassified transcripts of testimony before Congress revealed that the nation's top military leaders knew within minutes of the Benghazi attack that it was a terrorist action.  Then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was told and shortly thereafter met with Obama in the White House.  Yet, somebody in Obama's inner circle concocted the fairy tale about the attack being the spontaneous result of protests against an anti-Muslim parody film produced in America.  For weeks afterwards, Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top administration figures repeated the fairy tale over and over.

The drip, drip, drip of Benghazi.  While the heavily redacted report released to the American public spread the blame, the committee repeatedly pointed the finger at former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department.  In perhaps the most significant finding, the report said the intelligence community (IC), including the CIA, NSA and Pentagon, among others, delivered many warnings on the growing threats in Benghazi, but the State Department failed to take them seriously and increase security.

'No truth and no consequences'.  One week before the 2012 election, as it stood apparent that President Obama would easily defeat challenger Mitt Romney, I wrote a column cautioning that re-election would not insulate the Obama administration from accountability for the massacre in Benghazi two months earlier.  Then in May of last year, I wrote a column insisting that Congress must establish a Watergate-style joint committee to investigate the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans working for the State Department in Libya.  I said then that it had long been plain that forces in the government — the U.S. government, not the Libyan government — were dissembling about what took place on Sept. 11, 2012, and that both the media and the public were complicit in allowing the government to get away with its multiple falsehoods.

Judicial Watch to Boehner: Create Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi.  There is little doubt that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is dodging a thorough, top-to-bottom, no-holds-barred investigation of the Benghazi terrorist attack.  The only question is, "Why?"  As the only non-governmental organization in the country litigating in federal court to uncover the full story about what happened before, during, and following the Benghazi massacre, Judicial Watch knows first-hand that the full story has not been told and that a massive cover-up is underway.

Obama invisible in media coverage of Benghazi report.  The Senate intelligence report that was published earlier this week that concluded the Benghazi attack could have been prevented never mentions the name of the individual most reponsible [sic] for the debacle.

To protect his image, Obama has tied Pentagon's hands in hunting for Benghazi attackers.  Barack Obama and his minions have done everything they can to mislead Americans regarding Al Qaeda and its role in the attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans serving their nation.  The attack was called by the administration a spontaneous demonstration caused by an all but unwatched video created by a hapless Coptic Christian in California — who was promptly jailed.  This narrative was spread by Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.  Then, as the truth leaked out despite efforts by the White House to stonewall and prevent witnesses from testifying, it became all but obvious that the attack was planned and perpetrated by Al Qaeda.

The Real Scandal.  It's been 16 months.  The U.S. government has neither captured nor killed a single participant in those attacks, which left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.  Why?  A new report on the attacks from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, along with more than 400 pages of newly declassified congressional testimony from senior military officials, provides fresh insight.  The explanation for this failure — a lack of will, combined with a shameless mischaracterization of intelligence — is almost as outrageous as the failure itself.

Piers Morgan: Say, Isn't Ambassador Stevens to Blame For His Own Death In Benghazi?  Discussing the report's findings with Piers Morgan, Sen. John McCain laid into the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their mishandling of the situation -- but that's when things took a rather unusual turn.  Morgan actually attempted to deflect some of the blame to Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed during the attack.

Obama Ties Pentagon's Hands In Hunting Benghazi Attackers.  By refusing to acknowledge the role of al-Qaida-linked terrorists in the Benghazi attack, the administration has kept our military from hunting down and killing people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack.

Clinton aide: Benghazi and 2016 aren't linked.  Philippe Reines, longtime adviser to Hillary Clinton, on Friday [1/17/2014] said Clinton's camp is not going to help those who are trying to tie the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, to Clinton's potential bid for the presidency in 2016.  Reines said looking back there will always be things that could have been done differently to help prevent the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, under Clinton's tenure as secretary of State.  But he asserted there was no actionable intelligence warning about the specific attack.

State Department security chose flight over fight in Benghazi, Senate report says.  Armed State Department security agents retreated rather than fired on terrorists who were invading the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.  The Senate report says that as Islamist militants broke through the compound's gate and began setting buildings on fire, diplomatic security agents retrieved their M4 carbine assault rifles.  The agents then moved toward Building C to protect U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who had holed up inside.

Senate Benghazi Report Damns Both Obama And Clinton.  [Scroll down]  For a while afterward, Obama peddled the ludicrous story it wasn't planned terrorism but a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-Muhammad YouTube video.  In the second presidential debate, when exposed on misrepresenting the attack, Obama pointed to his generic statement on "acts of terror" the day after Benghazi, which CNN moderator Candy Crowley said supported Obama's new false claim.  A new Senate report settles this, pointing out that FBI and CIA review of closed-circuit video at the mission a week after the Sept. 11, 2012, assaults "showed there were no protests prior to the attacks."

Mrs. Clinton, the truth about Benghazi does make a difference.  President Obama nominated Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State and she was confirmed by the Senate in January 2009.  A tenure lasting less than five years would affect the lives of four American families forever.  While traveling the globe during her time in office as Secretary of State, Clinton was vocal in her support for the empowerment of women in countries throughout the world.  But were there any major foreign policy initiatives led by Secretary Clinton during her time in office?  Unfortunately, no.

A 'Preventable' Tragedy.  The latest report on the 2012 debacle in Benghazi, Libya, where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others were killed in an attack on an American diplomatic mission, offers new detail and a chilling bottom line: the tragedy was "preventable."

Greta: 'Obama Administration Tried Very Hard to Discourage Fox News From Reporting Benghazi'.  For well over a year, NewsBusters has been reporting how the Obama-loving media have done everything in their power to not only avoid covering the details surrounding the September 11, 2012, attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but also assist the Administration in promoting its version of events.  On Thursday, Greta Van Susteren wrote at her blog, "After Benghazi on 9/11/2012, the Obama administration tried very hard to discourage Fox News Channel from reporting on it.  The effort was obstruction — pure and simple."

Benghazi murders were preventable, the White House coverup shameful.  The incompetence and irresponsibility at Benghazi turns out to be even worse than everyone in Washington thought it was.  A bipartisan Senate intelligence committee finds the murder of the American ambassador and three other Americans was preventable, and the explanations the White House first gave for the debacle were lies.  This is what the Republicans and other conservatives have been saying for months, derided and disputed by defenders of President Obama, and now these are the on-the-record conclusions of the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee, made up of equal numbers of Democratic and Republican senators.

Bombshell bipartisan Senate report: Benghazi was preventable.  The State Department was repeatedly warned of 9/11 danger, and disregarded it.  There were terrorist training bases affiliated with Al Qaeda established in Benghazi, according to a report by Catherine Herridge.  And as already reported, [within] minutes, the [White] House knew it was a terror attack, not a spontaneous demonstration.

Benghazi was Preventable: Hillary Cited for Lapses.  The 2012 terrorist assault on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, involved attackers from several major international terrorist networks, according to a bipartisan Senate report released Wednesday that blames the intelligence community and the State Department — and Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens himself — for lapses.  Mr. Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack, which the report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said could have been averted if the State Department had heeded numerous warnings.

Pentagon's hands tied on hunting down Benghazi attackers.  The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as long as the terrorists are not officially deemed members or affiliates of al Qaeda, newly declassified transcripts from congressional hearings show.

Senate report on Benghazi: CIA beefed up its security ahead of 2012 attacks.  A Senate intelligence committee report released Wednesday [1/15/2014] offers the most damning and detailed public account to date of how the State Department, intelligence agencies, the military and even Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens ignored deteriorating security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi ahead of the Sept. 11-12, 2012, attacks that left four Americans dead, including the ambassador.

U.S. government failed to secure Obamacare site: experts.  Republicans in Congress sought to showcase what they call major security problems with the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov on Thursday [1/16/2014], just as U.S. officials ramp up a national campaign to persuade young adults to use the site to enroll in health insurance.

Devastating Benghazi Timeline Reveals Obama MIA.  The government watchdog group that revealed that President Barack Obama failed to attend over half of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) released a devastating Benghazi timeline Wednesday [1/15/2014].  It reveals Obama's schedule in the week leading up to the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Dianne Feinstein derides GOP attacks on Hillary Clinton over Benghazi report.  The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday [1/16/2014] blasted Republicans for using a committee report on the Benghazi attacks for "political purposes" and in particular for what she termed unfair criticism of presumed 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., noted that the bipartisan report released this week on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya did not mention Clinton even once.

Chambliss: 'Didn't Seem Like the WH Really Wanted to Get to the Bottom' of Benghazi Attack.  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, says if he knew that Benghazi was a terror attack shortly after it happened, the Obama administration also had to know.  But it "didn't seem like the White House really wanted to get to the bottom of it," he told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday night [1/15/2014].

Hillary Clinton largely absent from Benghazi report.  A new Senate intelligence committee report is out, detailing the attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, and the actions before and after the attack.

Senate report cites CIA, State Department failures in Benghazi.  A Senate investigation has concluded that officials at the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies ignored "ample warnings" of danger and failed to do enough to prevent an attack by militants on a U.S. mission and CIA base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012.

Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented.  The bipartisan report laid out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on a diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the city.  It said the State Department failed to increase security at its mission despite warnings, and blamed intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S. military.

Senate Benghazi Report Blames State Department, Intelligence Community for Not Preventing Benghazi Attack.  The Senate Intelligence Committee released on Wednesday [1/15/2014] a report blaming the State Department and the intelligence community for failing to prevent the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi that resulted in the death of U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  "The committee found the attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya — to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets — and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission," the Senate committee said in a statement released with the report.

Is It Time for an Independent Counsel to Investigate the State Department?  Corruption, malfeasance, and complacency represent the stories we heard about the State Department regarding its actions in 2012.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed a fatal attack on an American ambassador and three other Americans on an anti-Islamic video then inflaming the Middle East.  Her response when questioned before Congress?  "What difference at this point does it make?"  It still makes a lot of difference, and not just because of Benghazi itself.  There is a larger culture of corruption at the Department of State.

Benghazi: Obama Administration Lied Before They Lied.  This is becoming easier to understand and explain.  It doesn't even need a gun-running component, though one may be involved.  In the fall of 2012, the Obama White House was focused on re-election to the point that it was shutting its real duties out.  President Obama was shutting his own real duties out, campaigning far more than governing.  He hadn't met with his jobs council in months.  He was skipping his daily security intel briefings.  The Sept. 10 release was sent out to make him look presidential, without actually performing the duties of president.  There was no security meeting, and no forces were actually moved around anywhere to gear up for the 9-11 anniversary.  There was a conference call, a conversation, and a press release.

Military Briefed Obama On Benghazi Terrorist Attack.  [T]ranscripts of congressional testimony by military leaders confirm that President Obama knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack before he went to bed to rest for a Las Vegas fundraising trip.  Fox News reporter James Rosen examined 450 pages of declassified testimony given by senior Pentagon officials in closed-door hearings held last year by Congress.  In those hearings, Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time headed Africom, the Defense Department combat command with jurisdiction over Libya, testified that he learned about the assault on the consulate compound within 15 minutes of its start, at 9:42 p.m. Libya time, from the Africom Command Center.

Bombshell Documents: Obama, Hillary lied completely about Benghazi.  Obama knew he couldn't win the election if he told the American people the truth.  I bet Obama didn't think twice about lying.  The media helped him, debate moderators saved him, and now we're stuck with the most incompetent President of all time.

The Benghazi Transcripts: Did White House exaggerate Obama's preparation for 9/11 anniversary?  On the eve of the terrorist attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, the Obama White House may have exaggerated the scope and depth of President Obama's preparation for such attacks, newly declassified documents show.

Issa Explains Why He's Against A Select Committee On Benghazi.  Darrell Issa appeared on Fox News' America's Newsroom, Monday [1/13/2014], to talk about Obama's continuing scandals.  The latest ATF scandal, which involves manufacturing crimes using mentally challenged individuals, he called "Fast and Furious revisited."  Issa made clear that the ATF never acts alone, these are multi-agency operations:  "This is President Obama's Dept of Justice that continues to support these rogue operations that lead to harm in communities," Issa charged.

Feinstein rejects NYT's Benghazi propaganda.  The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that key conclusions of a recent New York Times investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attack are wrong.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) rejected the Times's conclusion that al Qaeda wasn't responsible for the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  She also took issue with the notion that the Libya strike was sparked by a U.S.-made anti-Islam video online.

Top Secret Benghazi Docs Prove that After Stevens et al Died, Obama and Clinton Lied.  The Pentagon's top brass knew, immediately, that the attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya on 9-11-2012 was a terrorist attack, and not a demonstration gotten out of hand.  Fox's James Rosen has obtained transcripts of top secret testimony on the attack.

US military woefully unprepared for attack, documents show.  The 450 pages of newly declassified transcripts detail testimony from secret, closed hearings last year before Congress.  They provide fresh insight into the military's decision-making that night from the very commanders who staged the rescue efforts, including the top commander in Africa at the time Gen. Carter Ham.  Among other details, they reveal gaps in the military's positioning of assets around the world.

The Benghazi Transcripts: Top Defense officials briefed Obama on 'attack,' not video or protest.  Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation's top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a "terrorist attack," declassified documents show.  The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president's Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward.

Further Proof Emerges That Obama Knew the Truth About Benghazi.  New details have surfaced which further put the lie to the idea that the Obama administration's knowledge of the Benghazi attacks was "developing" at the time, and that the administration could reasonably have believed that the terrorist attacks perpetrated on September 11, 2012 had anything to do with the anti-Islam video "Innocence of Muslims."

State Department names groups behind Benghazi strike.  The State Department on Friday for the first time blamed specific groups and militants for the 2012 Benghazi attack, designating them as terrorists — a move that further undermines initial claims the attack was spontaneous.

State Dept. Offers $10 Million Reward to Find Benghazi Terrorists.  The State Department today [1/10/2014] publicly announced a $10 million reward "for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any individual responsible for the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks."

Obama Donor Helped Free Terrorist Behind Benghazi Attack.  The left is rushing to blame Bush for the Benghazi attack, now that the State Department is moving to name a former Gitmo detainee released by Bush as a key figure in the attack.  But Gitmo detainees were released as part of a pressure and lawfare campaign by the radical pro-terrorist left.  Including Obama's backers.

Letter questions whether Boehner was briefed on Benghazi ops.  A letter from three relatives of the Benghazi attack victims is renewing questions over whether House Speaker John Boehner was briefed on covert operations in Libya and whether a proposed "Select Committee" might reveal politically damaging details.

Defining al Qaeda Down.  The fallout continues from the New York Times's failed attempt to change the narrative on the Ben-ghazi attacks.  The latest hit comes from an unexpected source — the Washington Post.

U.S. Benghazi compound lease renewed without security.  The State Department renewed the lease for the U.S. compound in Benghazi two months before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks without requiring the facility to meet normal security standards.  That news comes from an interview Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., conducted with a survivor of the attacks.

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee and his terrorist group 'took part in [...] Benghazi'.  A prisoner that was released from Guantanamo Bay is now the leader of a terror group and new reports reveal that he led his men to participate in the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.  The Washington Post reports that it is still unclear whether or not Abu Sufian bin Qumu was the one to plan the attack or if he just happened to be in Benghazi when they decided to join in the raid.

Benghazi mom: 'Why won't Hillary talk?'  The mother of an American killed during the terrorist attack in Benghazi continues to pressure top Obama administration officials — particularly former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — for answers.  "If it's not Hillary, why doesn't somebody tell me something?" she asked Tuesday [1/7/2014] on Fox News.

Down and Out in Benghazi.  In recognition of their work in denying the harsh reality of the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11/12, 2012, the Walter Duranty prize for misleading nonsense in international reporting in 2013 goes to the New York Times Cairo bureau chief David Kirkpatrick and the entire Times editorial board.

Obama Administration's Benghazi Bombshell.  The Washington Post reports that U.S. officials suspect Sufian Ben Qumu, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, "played a role in the attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorism organization."  Ben Qumu is based in Derna, Libya and runs a branch of Ansar al Sharia headquartered in the city.

Former Guantanamo detainee implicated in Benghazi attack.  U.S. officials suspect that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee played a role in the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorist organization, according to officials familiar with the plans.  Militiamen under the command of Abu Sufian bin Qumu, the leader of Ansar al-Sharia in the Libyan city of Darnah, participated in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, U.S. officials said.

The Gitmo Detainee the Times Just Denied Was in Benghazi ... Was in Benghazi.  U.S. officials have told the Washington Post that they believe that former Guantanamo Bay detainee and al-Qaeda-linked militant Abu Sufian bin Qumu was involved in the September 11 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya — a claim specifically denied in the New York Times' report last week about the tragedy.

They Will Lie to Your Casket.  The New York Times recently published a 7,500-word coverup to exculpate the Obama administration in their atrocious dereliction of duty with respect to killing of four Americans at Benghazi in 2012.  Like a frightened octopus, the left is exuding a vast cloud of ink, hoping to cover the failures of President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Poll finds Obama, Hillary Clinton 'deliberately misled' on Benghazi.  As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton battles new allegations that she only considered presidential politics in voting against the successful surge of troops to Iraq in 2007, the 2012 Benghazi attack continues to haunt her, with a new poll finding that Americans believe the administration "deliberately misled" them on the scandal.  A new YouGov poll found that 44 percent of the public believes "the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people" when the president, Clinton, and others suggested the attack was sparked by outrage over a western movie, not terrorism.

The Obama Doctrine Revealed.  In the process of exonerating Clinton, the 8,000-word account by David Kirkpatrick uncovers the two pivotal points of the Obama Doctrine:  (1)  Radical Islam in general is not inherently hostile to the US and once they are shown due respect they can become US allies.  This may mean weakening ties with our traditional allies.  (2)  The only Islamic group that is a bona fide terrorist organization is the faction of al-Qaida directly subordinate to Osama bin Laden's successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri.  Only this group cannot be appeased and must be destroyed through force. [...] The beauty of this is that once revealed, the central tenets of the Obama Doctrine are so reality-challenged that the self-anointed "smart diplomacy" mantle becomes ludicrous.

CNN's Jake Tapper says Hillary will have to answer for Benghazi.  CNN anchor Jake Tapper said Monday [1/6/2014] that if or when Hillary Clinton runs for president, "there will have to be some questions answered about [Benghazi]."  Tapper spoke with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday about the former Secretary of State's prospects for the presidency.  One of the few mainstream media reporters to challenge the Obama administration's deflections over the deadly September 2012 attack in Libya, Tapper noted that it won't be easy for Clinton to shed her Benghazi baggage on her way to the White House.

Poll: Majority Want Benghazi Select Committee.  A poll released by Democratic pollster Pat Caddell and Republican pollster John McLaughlin shows that a vast majority of American voters want a special select committee to investigate the Benghazi scandal.  However, House Speaker John Boehner is denying them a shot at it.

Allen West Questions if Boehner [and] Cantor [are] Helping Cover Up Benghazi.  Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a leader in the conservative movement and retired Lt. Colonel of the United States Army, told Breitbart News that he thinks House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) might be trying to help the Obama administration cover up the Benghazi scandal.

GOP Leadership: Benghazi Victims' Families 'Absurd and Inaccurate' in Select Committee Demand.  An anonymous aide for House GOP leadership told the Washington Examiner Monday [1/6/2014] it believes three family members of the victims of the Benghazi terrorist attack and other conservative movement and military community leaders are being untruthful in their demand for a select committee investigation into Benghazi.  The unidentified aide would work for either Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, or Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, per the Examiner's identification.

Benghazi Victims' Families Demand Real Investigation.  To date, five (5) different committees of the House have conducted separate hearings, uncovering information in a piecemeal fashion lacking professional investigators.  The five committees' efforts are disjointed and uncoordinated.  The Obama administration has benefited from that dysfunctional process to hide the truth.  Hardly any Obama administration witnesses have testified — publicly or privately.

So Many Intolerable Lies.  There are so many lies coming out of the White House that we have become numb to them.  But to concede that is to concede the debate.  That is what is happening now across our political spectrum.  We are told by the New York Times that there was no terrorist involvement in the Benghazi attack and that Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, should be pardoned.  The former is an outright lie — see the statements of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers — and the latter is a judgment based on another lie.

Benghazi Victims' Families, Conservative Leaders to Boehner: Install Select Committee Now.  In the letter to Boehner, which was delivered on early Monday afternoon [1/6/2014] and provided exclusively to Breitbart News, Sean Smith's mother, Pat Smith, and uncle, Michael Ingmire, along with Tyrone Woods' father, Charles Woods, joined the call for a select committee to investigate the Benghazi scandal.  Other notable signers include former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), conservative leader Ginni Thomas of Liberty Consulting, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, Freedom Center president David Horowitz, and scores of other military and conservative movement leaders.

U.S. Seeking al Qaeda Terrorist Linked to Benghazi Attack.  The U.S. government is trying to apprehend an al Qaeda terrorist wanted for his role in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans.  The suspect, Muhammad Jamal, was imprisoned in Egypt last fall and in September was being held by the Egyptian government.  His current whereabouts could not be confirmed, said U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.  One official said Jamal remains in Egyptian custody, contrary to reports that he was in Yemen.

Watch: Trey Gowdy Dismantles The NY Times' Bogus Benghazi Report.  Rep. Trey Gowdy went after The New York Times' bogus Benghazi report on Monday [12/30/2013], in which the Times claimed Al Qaeda was not behind the attack — and that it was sparked by an obscure anti-Muslim video.  In an interview with Fox News' Dan Perino, Gowdy wasted no time lowering the boom:  "First of all, I want to congratulate The New York Times.  It only took 15 months for them to figure out how to spell Benghazi.  So, in another 15 months, maybe their reporting will actually catch up with the truth."

The New York Times Destroys ObamaThe New York Times just delivered a mortal blow to the Obama administration and its Middle East policy.  Call it fratricide.  It was clearly unintentional.  Indeed, is far from clear that the paper realizes what it has done.  Last Saturday the Times published an 8,000-word account by David Kirkpatrick detailing the terrorist strike against the US Consulate and the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.  In it, Kirkpatrick tore to shreds the foundations of President Barack Obama's counterterrorism strategy and his overall policy in the Middle East.

Wrong Again.  To hear it from the New York Times editorial page, the many issues surrounding the attacks in Benghazi are now settled. [...] It's hardly surprising that the New York Times would find the New York Times the final word on an issue.  But for the rest of us, rational and irrational alike, this revisionist account is neither authoritative nor definitive.  The central thesis of the piece is wrong, and the sweeping claim the author has made in defending it is demonstrably false.

Down the Times' Bengahzi Rabbit Hole.  What was the commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces doing through the night of September 11, 2012, while he knew Americans were under jihadist siege in Libya?  You won't learn the answer to that question by reading the mini-book-length, six-"chapter" revisionist history of the Benghazi massacre cooked up by David D. Kirkpatrick and the New York Times.  The Times report is a labor of love in the service of President Obama and, in particular, the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign ramp-up.  Former secretary of state Clinton, of course, was a key architect of Obama's Libya policy.

O'Reilly: NY Times' Benghazi Report Is 'Pure Bull,' Meant to Help Clinton.  In his Talking Points Memo Thursday night [1/2/2014], Bill O'Reilly went after the "seriously flawed" New York Times report that concluded al Qaeda was not involved in the Benghazi attack.  He called it "pure bull" for the paper to claim that the attack was not "meticulously planned" and was actually a response to an anti-Islam video.

Judicial Watch's Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians of 2013.  [After President Obama himself,] The next highest Obama official on the list is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, noted for her evasion of responsibility for the Benghazi massacre, saying, "...the level of responsibility for the failures... was set at the Assistant Secretary of State level and below," and yelling "What difference does it make?"  when asked why the attack transpired and why the administration lied about a video being the cause of the attack.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2013.  [Scroll down]  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:  On January 23, 2013, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified to congressional committees regarding the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which led to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American citizens.  At times evasive, at other times defensive and aggressive, Clinton delivered her version of events in the days before and after the murders in Benghazi.  And, in the end, the Secretary of State pretended to take "responsibility," but gave a predictable response regarding who is to blame:  "...the level of responsibility for the failures...was set at the Assistant Secretary of State level and below," Clinton said, referring to an investigation of the incident.  In other words, this was not my fault.

Not a 'Bogus' Benghazi Connection.  During an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick was asked about the connections between Muhammad Jamal's network and the Benghazi attack.

Sources on the Ground in Benghazi Call NYT Report a Complete Lie.  Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press.  But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night.  Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times' findings that there was no involvement from Al Qaeda or any other international terror group and that an anti-Islam film played a role in inciting the initial wave of attacks.

Ex-WH Spokesman: Bad 'Parsing' to Believe I Said Al-Qaeda Part of Benghazi Attack.  Ex-White House National Security spokesman Tommy Vietor said on Tuesday [12/31/2013] that reconciling his previous statements of Al Qaeda involvement in the terrorist attack on Benghazi — as compared to claims by the New York Times' David Kirkpatrick that Al Qaeda was not involved — is nothing more than a "parsing game."

Journalistic malpractice over Benghazi.  The Times' report misconstrues known facts and simply sweeps under the table mountains of evidence of al Qaeda's ties to Libyan jihadi groups.  In June 2012, for example, more than a dozen different jihadi groups put the black flag of al Qaeda on parade in Benghazi in what they hoped would be a three-day show of force.  Thousands of jihadi fighters, many of them in Pakistani and Afghan dress, paraded through the streets of Benghazi with hundreds of gun trucks.  For The New York Times, though, the black flags were merely "the black flags of militant Islam" and apparently bore no relation to al Qaeda.  "Benghazi was not infiltrated by al Qaeda," The Times flatly asserted.

NYT Doubles Down: Claims of Al Qaeda Involvement in Benghazi 'Strictly Political'.  Smarting from the number of witnesses who came out to challenge The New York Times' weekend article downplaying terrorist involvement in the 2012 Benghazi attack, NYT editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal "argued that those trying to claim Al Qaeda was involved" do so "for strictly political reasons."

New York Times Had Reporter 'Talking to the Attackers' During Benghazi Massacre.  The New York Times had a reporter talking to attackers on the ground during the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans in September of 2012, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, and that reporter may know the identity of some of the murderers and perpetrators.  David Kirkpatrick is the Times reporter who wrote the story that forced the paper's Editorial page editor to defensively declare on Monday that it has not chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

In Benghazi, Could Anyone Be Al Qaeda?  Do we care what Al Qaeda is?  And do we care who gets guns from the American government?

When the press is a poodle.  [Scroll down]  Then on Dec. 28, the Gray Lady breathlessly claimed that extensive interviews on the ground in Benghazi "turned up no evidence that al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role" in the murderous attack on U.S. facilities there on Sept. 11, 2012.  The Times insisted that, "The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO's extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against [longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi]."  Times' reporter David Kirkpatrick concluded, moreover, that the murderous assault "was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam."

Times Benghazi exposes strange embed-fellows.  We have not heard all The New York Times knows, or for that matter what our leaders know about Benghazi.  Maybe, if we are good, we will find out next Christmas — after the 2014 midterms.

Benghazi lies unravel as Obama, Clinton & Rice still deceive America.  The story of what happened that night when Americans were abandoned in Benghazi to die will not go away.  Despite the appearance of Susan Rice on 60 Minutes two weeks ago, and a New York Times article yesterday reviving the fable that a video was to blame, disturbing questions remain.

NYT Revives Benghazi Video Lie To Save Hillary.  The attempt to rehabilitate Hillary Clinton begins as the New York Times revives the long-ago debunked "video clip" excuse for the well-planned Benghazi massacre while denying documented al-Qaida involvement.

Credulous and Tendentious on Benghazi.  The New York Times has published a strange but unsurprising account of the attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012 — strange in that it presents the explanations and testimony of terrorists involved in the attack without comment or context, and unsurprising because that account supports the narrative the Obama administration aggressively promoted for weeks after the massacre.

The Times' Benghazi Report: Convenient for Clinton.  The division of the "Hillary for President" campaign known as the New York Times issued a lengthy white paper on Sunday [12/29/2013], entitled "A Deadly Mix In Benghazi."  This article, the paper explained, was based on "months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there..."  In other words, the article is centered on interviews with extremists and terrorists, whose words are taken as gospel.  That they may have changed their stories, or be putting forth stories for their own benefit rather than because the new stories are true, is a subtlety beyond the Times.

Obama Administration in Pre-Edited Talking Points: Al Qaeda Behind Benghazi Attack.  The recent New York Times article attempting to downplay terrorist involvement in the Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, directly contradicts evidence in the now infamous pre-edited talking points of then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice.

Krauthammer: NY Times Benghazi Report Undeniably About Protecting Dems, HillaryThe New York Times is defending its Benghazi report from critics who said it was politically motivated, but Charles Krauthammer isn't buying it and said there is no question it was a "political move" by the Times to help Democrats.  Krauthammer said the sheer defensiveness the Times is taking in denying political bias in the report just proves that politics was a primary motivator.

Betrayal that whitewash won't cover.  Transparency, the current vogue word for truth-telling, is usually a good thing, unless you're trying to fool all the people some of the time, like spending 7,000 words to resurrect a fairy tale in Benghazi, all to give a helping hand to a lady in distress.  The New York Times understands that Hillary Clinton is likely to be the only credible hope the Democrats have for 2016 and that she already needs lots of remedial help.  The Times huffed and puffed to deliver an excuse for betrayal in Benghazi, meant to second Mrs. Clinton's famous alibi for her tortured misfeasance as secretary of state — "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

GOP congressman blasts NY Times Benghazi claims as 'misleading'.  New York Rep. Peter King, member and former chairman of the House's Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Fox News the argument that the most overtly anti-Western militia, Ansar al-Shariah — not Al Qaeda — led the attack is an academic argument over semantics, considering Ansar al-Shariah is widely believed to be an affiliate terror group of Al Qaeda.  "It's misleading," King said.  "It's a distinction without a difference."

Rep. Peter King: NYT Article on Benghazi Is 'Entirely Misleading'.  A recent New York Times article is drawing fire for claiming that there is no evidence of al Qaeda being behind the attacks on Benghazi in September 2012, but rather the terrorist group Ansar al-Shariah.  "I think it's entirely misleading," commented Representative Peter King (R-New York) on today's edition of America's Newsroom.  "The fact is that Ansar al-Shariah is affiliated with Al Qaeda," stated King, who finds the New York Times inaccurate for describing them as completely separate groups.  "To say that it was an affiliate rather than Al Qaeda itself means absolutely nothing."

Yes, There IS Evidence Linking al Qaeda to Benghazi.  Libyan militants tell the New York Times that al Qaeda is not behind the 2012 Benghazi attack.  Some members of Congress have intelligence that says otherwise.

New York Times Contradicts [its] Own Reporting on Benghazi.  The New York Times' assertion that Al Qaeda's involvement in the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi is particularly questionable considering the preponderance of evidence that shows otherwise.

'Completely false': Sources on ground in Benghazi challenge NYT report.  Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press.  But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night.  Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times' findings that there was no involvement from Al Qaeda or any other international terror group and that an anti-Islam film played a role in inciting the initial wave of attacks.

Defense Expert Concludes the NY Times' Benghazi Report 'Backfired' on the Paper.  Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn joined WSJ Live host Mary Kissel on Monday to discuss an investigative report on the September 11, 2012, attack on an American consulate in Benghazi by New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick.  Both Kissel and Joscelyn agreed that, while Kirkpatrick's reporting was extensive, the conclusions he reached were erroneous.  Furthermore, if there was a political objective that the Times sought to achieve with this report, the effort has thoroughly "backfired."

The New York Times Whitewashes Benghazi.  David D. Kirkpatrick of the New York Times has published a lengthy account of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.  While much in Kirkpatrick's report is not new, the piece is receiving a considerable amount of attention because of this sweeping conclusion: [...] But how much effort did Kirkpatrick expend to uncover any possible al Qaeda ties?  Judging by the Times's glaring omissions, not much.

Benghazi: The New York Times vs. the Truth.  They never give up at the New York Times.  If at first they don't succeed in twisting the truth to fit the Newspeak fit to print, it's try, try again.  Their latest exercise in mendacity is "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi," an elaborate essay that substitutes a plethora of irrelevant details and animated graphics for historical truth.  The long essay takes up an event which, in a rational world, would have led the to resignation of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the impeachment of President Barack Obama.  I mean the terrorist attack on our consular facility at Benghazi, Libya.

Did the NY Times contradict itself on their Benghazi piece?  Ed already covered some of the serious problems with this weekend's New York Times "deep analysis" of Benghazi, showing how much  of their focus was on the crumbs rather than the meat of the situation.  Erika went one further, discussing how members of Congress in the know have already been informed that the entire sordid affair was no accident.  But just for a bit more comprehensive coverage, long time friend of Hot Air Kerry Picket has a piece at Breitbart noting how it now seems that the Paper of Record actually contradicted itself in attempting to provide cover for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

New York Times Wonders: Was Chris Stevens Out of His Depth in Benghazi?  The New York Times's extensive exposé on the September 11 Benghazi attacks turned up no ties to Al Qaeda.  By highlighting obscure militiamen and ignoring the roles of White House officials, the piece continues an alarming trend of dismissiveness toward the Obama administration's greatest foreign policy scandal.

Times Ignores Evidence of Al Qaeda Link to Benghazi.  [David] Kirkpatrick obviously spent considerable time on the ground in Benghazi and interviewed several anti-Western Islamists, including some involved in the attacks.  There's little doubt he took considerable risks as he reported his piece.  While much of Kirkpatrick's reporting is admirable and while these details add to our knowledge of certain aspects of the attack, they do not tell the whole story.  And that's where the piece ultimately fails.

NYT editor defiant on Benghazi report amid lawmaker criticism.  Even the State Department's internal review did not offer a definitive explanation of what caused the attack and who was behind it.  The Times investigation, though, aggravated some of the department's toughest critics by concluding there was no involvement from Al Qaeda or any other international terror group and that an anti-Islam film played a role in inciting the initial wave of attacks.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told "Fox News Sunday" that the intelligence community would dispute that.  He said the story was "not accurate."

NY Times begins Hillary rehabilitation.  Right on schedule, the New York Times has published a 7,500-word account of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that all but ignores Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role and quotes a terrorist saying a supposedly anti-Islam video insulting the Prophet Muhammad "might well have justified" the killing of four Americans.

Issa stands by claims of al Qaeda affiliation in Benghazi attacks.  Rep. Darrell Issa on Sunday stood by claims that a group affiliated with the terrorist organization al Qaeda was involved in the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.  "It was accurate," Issa said on NBC's Meet the Press.  "There was a group that was involved that claims an affiliation with al Qaeda."

Missing the Lessons of Benghazi.  The [New York Times] report states that it has confirmed that al-Qaeda was not involved in the attack.  It reaches this lame conclusion because it was unable to find a direct connection between core al-Qaeda and the attackers.  The very nature of al-Qaeda is that it is both operational and inspirational.  The attackers were radical jihadists who hated the West and the United States.  It is immaterial whether they were a direct affiliate of AQ or not.  They share the same aspirational goals.  The Times' conclusion is a conclusion with no meaning.

The Good, the Bad, and the Pathetic of the New York Times' Benghazi Report.  Somewhere, buried out of reach (for now) of any American news agency, is a minute-by-minute account of the fight in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  This account no doubt cross-references the testimony of those on the ground with the available signals intelligence (including radio intercepts from the attackers themselves).  This account tells us when American command authorities were made aware of the attack, when the news was forwarded up the chain of command, and who made what decisions that fateful night.

Fox News Blasts NYT 'Completely False' Benghazi Report.  The New York Times published a report on the Benghazi attack over the weekend claiming that Al Qaeda was not involved in the attack and that the anti-Islam video did play a role in the initial wave.  Monday, Fox News answered, blasting the report by publishing pushback from angered witnesses who were on the ground the night of the attack, denouncing the NYT report is "completely false."

House Intel Chairman on NYT's Benghazi Report: 'That Story Is Just Not Accurate'.  The New York Times on Sunday [12/29/2013] published a highly controversial report claiming the September 2012 attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, did not involve al Qaeda, and was as the Administration originally stated a spontaneous demonstration in response to an American-made anti-Islamic video.  Appearing on Fox News Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) completely refuted the article saying, "[T]hat story is just not accurate".

The New York Times' Revisionist Account of Benghazi.  The New York Times is out with a revisionist account of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.  The Times says that in months of investigating, it "turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault."  The Times also claims that the attack "was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam."

The Editor says...
If the "reaction to an anti-Islam video" story is true, and it obviously isn't, why did only one group of easily-outraged Muslims react to the video?

Susan Rice defends Benghazi interviews.  National Security Adviser Susan Rice says she has no regrets about taking the Sunday show interviews that brought her career under fire in September 2012.  Pressed Sunday [12/22/2013] on CBS's "60 Minutes" as to why Hillary Clinton didn't appear for interviews following the lethal attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Rice said she had filled in willingly because of the then-secretary of state's particularly "painful" and "stressful" week.

Susan Rice Calls Benghazi 'A False Controversy'.  "I don't have time to think about a false controversy," National Security Adviser Susan Rice told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview that aired Sunday.  Rice was talking about the September 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and her insistence five days later -- on all five Sunday talk shows -- that the attack was a spontaneous event arising from a little-known anti-Muslim video.

60 Minutes Report on Susan Rice Misleads on Benghazi.  This evening [12/22/2013] 60 Minutes did yet another puff piece on a member of the Obama Administration.  This time it was National Security Adviser Susan Rice's turn.  Lesley Stahl called Rice "the quarterback of American foreign policy."  If that is the case then Susan Rice is to the American foreign policy what Ryan Leaf was to the San Diego Chargers.  However, the most egregious part of the segment concerned Benghazi.

'Stand down': CIA Benghazi team clash led to controversial order.  CIA officers revealed a clash over how quickly they should go help the besieged U.S. ambassador during the 2012 attack on an outpost in Libya, and a standing order for them to avoid violent encounters, according to a congressman and others who heard their private congressional testimony or were briefed on it.

Obama Turned Benghazi into Al Qaeda Terrorist Hub.  Obama justified his Libyan War to the American people by claiming that people of Benghazi were in danger from Gaddafi.  After he succeeded in overthrowing Gaddafi, Benghazi reverted to its radical roots and became a city run by terrorist militias leading to the murder of four Americans.

Left to Die in Benghazi.  The assault on the Temporary Diplomatic Mission Facility in Benghazi (Often still erroneously referred to as a "Consulate") and its associated Annex on 9/11/12 brought much reporting centered on the general lack of security prior to the event and on the failure of the military to respond after the assaults began. Of late, those two issues have come into much sharper focus by new revelations in testimony during hearings at the House Intelligence Committee.

Benghazi, Libya, has become training hub for Islamist fighters.  Every week, about a dozen Syrians arrive at Benghazi's airport for what's described as insurgent training.  When they fly out, they're carrying fake Libyan passports, according to three officials familiar with the comings and goings of foreigners at the airport.  The accounts of the officials, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the topic, are more evidence that this city in Libya has become a regional hub for Islamist extremists seeking to hone their combat skills

Lead FBI Benghazi Investigator Has Never Testified Before Congress.  Kevin Kolbye, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Dallas, served as the on-scene commander for the Benghazi investigation but has not yet testified before Congress about what he knows.  Republican Congressman Frank Wolf wants to know why.

Stonewall: State ordered Benghazi security firm to avoid media.  The British security firm that failed to protect the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, from a terrorist attack a year ago that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens was told by the State Department to avoid the media, the latest example of stonewalling over the attack. In newly uncovered emails received by the public watchdog group Judicial Watch, State was notified that the firm, Blue Mountain Group, was being pressed for answers about the surprise attack. Instead of giving the group the green light to answer the media, State ordered the firm to go into hiding.

Benghazigate: Where are the Drone Videos?  One of the most startling revelations of late was that Congress has not seen the videos made by the Predator/Reaper remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) that were flying during that event we now call Benghazigate.  This detail is one of many arising from the recent classified hearings held by the House Intelligence Committee in which five eye-witnesses to the event gave testimony for the first time[.]  Early reports on the event do not reference overhead aircraft (Including the first "official" briefing and the first "official" testimony.)

A closer look at the Benghazi lie.  The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.  The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. [...] The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.  Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was far more interested in political-damage control than serious damage assessment.

Sen. John Cornyn: Obama & Co. has 'taken lying to a new level'.  President Obama and his administrative heads have been covering up details about the attacks that took place on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, leaving four Americans dead, one key senator said this week.  "I think the current administration has taken lying to a new level," said Sen. John Cornyn, Politico reported.  Mr. Cornyn, Texas Republican, said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, under Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, has been trying hard to obtain the truthful details of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.  But it's hard, he said, when the White House stymies all attempts to interview witnesses and survivors, Politico reported.

Blackwater Founder: We Could Have Saved Ambassador Stevens.  The controversial founder of the private security firm Blackwater told Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon that if Blackwater had been operating at the American consulate in Benghazi in September of 2012, Ambassador Christopher Stevens would still be alive.

New Benghazi Testimony Confirms White House Had Time to Respond.  Members of the House Intelligence Committee learned in a closed-door briefing yesterday [12/3/2013] that more contractors are corroborating the report that the Obama administration had plenty of time to respond to the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic facility.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) called the new information "outstanding testimony."

The Real Benghazi Scandal.  On the list of scandals that plagued the Obama administration this past year, Benghazi has been the one the White House, Democrats, and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media dismissed with the greatest of ease.  Unlike the IRS scandal, which though it has faded from the news had obvious constitutional and political implications, or the various spying scandals involving news organizations and the National Security Agency, which outraged large numbers of ordinary Americans, Benghazi was put down as a manufactured story that had little traction.

Carney on Death of U.S. Teacher in Benghazi: 'We Expect the Libyan Government to Investigate This'.  White House press secretary Jay Carney said that they're leaving the investigation of an American teacher shot in Benghazi up to the Libyans.  The Libya Herald reported that chemistry teacher Ronnie Smith, 33, was running on Dubai Street in Benghazi's Digadosta district when he was shot multiple times.  According to witnesses, Smith was approached by a black SUV that "drove up to him and retreated several times before shots were fired from the vehicle."  Smith had lived in Benghazi for 13 months with his wife and their 2-year old while teaching at Benghazi International School.

Obscure tip line at center of Benghazi dispute has history of big payouts for terror intel.  A little-known federal program that doles out millions for tips on terrorists is now in the spotlight after lawmakers questioned how it was being employed in the Benghazi attack investigation.  State Department officials revealed recently, despite lawmakers being kept in the dark, that they're quietly offering a multi-million dollar monetary sum through the "Rewards for Justice" program for information leading to the suspects in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack.

In Defense Of Lara Logan.  Once it became clear they had been duped, Logan publicly apologized for the mistake saying on CBS This Morning that "The most important thing to every person at 60 Minutes is the truth, and today, the truth is that we made a mistake," she said, calling it a very "disappointing" situation.  After all, what makes a show like 60 Minutes different from, say, a cable news show is that every word in the script is supposed to be heavily vetted by producers and lawyers alike.  So on the scale of news screw-ups, this was pretty egregious.  It wasn't just an error — their entire report was based on what seems to have been a lie.

Intel Committee Member: Benghazi Security Lax Because Admin Wanted to 'Look Like We Weren't Afraid'.  A member of the House Intelligence Committee said one of the mysteries still remaining for members of Congress about the Benghazi attack is exactly what Ambassador Chris Stevens was doing in the Libyan city.  Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) said lawmakers have learned that the CIA did inform people at the diplomatic facility "that there's been a lot of chatter."  "We want you on high alert.  And, you know, they shared that information with the RSOs over at the temporary facility, even invited the guys over to spend the night with them," he said on Fox.

Behind 60 Minutes's Bungled Benghazi Report.  The exposé threatened to reignite the Benghazi scandal, which dogged the Obama administration and was the most glaring liability for Hillary Clinton's nascent presidential candidacy.  Instead, its failures seem to have closed the books on the scandal, at least temporarily.

Read the Full CBS Internal Review of Lara Logan's Discredited Benghazi Report.  That journalistic review, as conducted by special events exec producer Al Ortiz, confirms that Logan and her staff had the ability to confirm the now-debunked story of Benghazi "witness" Dylan Davies, but failed to use "wider reporting resources" to do so.  The report also alleges that Logan violated the network's speech codes by advocating for a particular U.S. response to Benghazi and al Qaeda.

CIA personnel testify agency was on alert over 9/11 anniversary in Benghazi, before attack.  Personnel working at the CIA annex in Benghazi were well aware that the 9/11 anniversary last year could be a flashpoint, according to recent testimony, and a notice was even posted on a bulletin board at the annex warning of potentially increased hostilities against western targets during that period.  The new details emerged during recent closed-door briefings by CIA personnel including former contractors, according to those familiar with the testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

Lara Logan To Take Leave of Absence From CBS In Wake of '60 Minutes' Report.  CBS News correspondent Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan will take leave of absence from the network in the wake of a flawed "60 Minutes" report on last year's attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.  The suspension was a result of CBS News' internal review of the Oct. 27 segment about Benghazi, which the network found to be lacking in its efforts to substantiate the assertions of a key source, security officer Dylan Davies.

Did Hillary Clinton's globetrotting ways as Secretary of State contribute to Benghazi disaster?.  [M]ost Americans don't realize this was the second terrorist attack on the consulate, the first came on June 6, blowing a 40-foot hole in the outer wall.  On June 11, the State Dept. issued an Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens entitled "Attack on Benghazi," that warned Americans, "this incident is a reminder of the fluid security situation in Libya and is the latest in a series of attacks in Benghazi against diplomatic and international installations."

Dizzying Benghazigate Developments.  When one walks through the woods and picks up a dead log, two things usually happen — myriad strange creatures scatter about, and, often, the log crumbles.  A similar thing occurred a few weeks ago when the 60 Minutes piece of fiction on Benghazi starring Lara Logan and Dylan Davies aired — new items, new characters, new lies, and new narratives scurried out, and both what was left of an iconic TV program's reputation and the entire "official" version of events crumbled.  Of the things that scurried out was a renewed (or awakened) push by some in Congress to get testimony from eye-witnesses.

Why Obama can't wave away this scandal.  The unconscionable behavior of State Department and White House officials during and after the killing of four Americans in Benghazi at the height of the 2012 race — during which the American people were deliberately and consciously misled — has had no lasting consequences whatsoever.  Obama felt free to select the chief liar, Susan Rice, as his national-security adviser without experiencing a moment's fear about how her appointment might become a scandal.

New photos of Benghazi attack, aftermath show widespread destruction, graffiti.  The State Department has belatedly released dozens of photos of the aftermath of last year's terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi after The Washington Times inquired about the authenticity of photographs it received from a Welsh security contractor assigned to the doomed American outpost in eastern Libya.

Nuclear Option 'Greatly Eroded' Graham's Leverage to Get Benghazi Answers.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that the nuclear option not only detonated the filibuster, but most of the leverage he held to get answers from the Obama administration about Benghazi.  "After today, I fully expect President Obama to stack the D.C. Circuit Court with liberal, rubber-stamp judges.  This court has primary jurisdiction over lawsuits that challenge Obamacare regulations.  It is no accident the rules were changed to stack this court," Graham said after the vote Thursday.

Might the Establishment Turn Against Obama?.  [Scroll down]  Then there was Benghazi.  It was obvious within a week of the attack, to anyone inquisitive enough to read non-American news sources, that the Obama administration had knowingly allowed an ambassador and three other Americans to die during a lengthy, planned terrorist attack, and then concocted and disseminated self-protective lies no less carefully planned than the attack itself.  The obviousness of the administration's inhumanity and mendacity was only heightened as the weeks dragged on, and the White House continued to dig itself deeper into what ought to have been its grave, with further lies, smugness, and blunt refusals to answer natural questions such as "Where was Obama during the seven and a half hours of the attack, and what was he doing while the victims were sending urgent and repeated pleas for help?"  This hall of horrors, which, as I noted before the 2012 election, makes Watergate look like cheating at tiddlywinks, was completely trivialized by the "respectable" American media prior to the election.

Delta Force Marine awarded Navy Cross for fight at CIA annex in Benghazi.  The Washington Times has reported that two Delta Force members were among a seven-person rescue team sent from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.  Their mission:  rescue diplomats, security personnel and CIA employees pinned down by terrorists about a mile from the U.S. diplomatic mission where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and aide Sean Smith were killed by al Qaeda-directed militants.  Two of those seven were Delta Force operators.  The Times can now report that one was an Army soldier and the other a Marine.  The soldier was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Marine received the Navy Cross for heroism.  The bestowal of the awards was done in secret.

CIA personnel asked to sign additional non-disclosure form after Benghazi attack.  At least five CIA personnel, including government contractors, were asked to sign a second non-disclosure agreement after the Benghazi terrorist attack, Fox News has learned.  While the three-page NDA, obtained by Fox News, does not contain specific references to the 2012 attack which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, it does contain standard language that unauthorized disclosures could lead to "temporary loss of pay or termination" and "in some circumstances, constitute a criminal offense."

Benghazi attackers knew location of ambassador's safe room: congressman.  The terrorists who attacked the Benghazi consulate last year knew the location of the safe room where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his security team sought shelter, according to a congressman who spoke for 90 minutes with the diplomatic security agent severely injured in the assault.  "He confirmed this — that it was a very well orchestrated, and well organized, almost a military operation, using military weapons and using military signals," the late Florida Rep. Bill Young said after meeting diplomatic security agent David Ubben at Walter Reed Medical Center last summer, when both were patients there.

Report: Benghazi Attackers Had Inside Information, Knew Location Of Safe Room.  Notes from late Representative Bill Young's (R-FL) talk with Benghazi diplomatic security agent David Ubben reveal those who attacked the consulate knew the location of Ambassador Christopher Stevens' safe room.  According to Fox News, notes from Young's visit with Ubben show the consulate attack was "very well orchestrated, well organized, almost a military operation, using military weapons and using military signals."

US offering $10 mln reward for Benghazi attackers.  The State Department revealed Friday [11/115/2013] it has been quietly offering a $10 million reward to help track down the militants behind last year's deadly attack on a US mission in Libya.  The brazen assault in Benghazi cost the lives of four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens, with the fatalities and disputes about what unfolded at the diplomatic base causing fury in Washington.

U.S. government knew about al-Qaeda 'pep rally for jihad' in Benghazi.  Al-Qaeda terrorists held a massive military rally just a few miles from the U.S. State Department compound in Benghazi, Libya during the summer of 2012 and called for the murder of U.S. diplomats, it was revealed today [11/13/2013].  And the U.S. government knew about it by August, a full month before the attack that left the American ambassador and three others dead, official papers state.

Was Benghazi Not Enough? Obama Should Resign over Obamacare.  If I were Barack Obama, I would resign as president.  Forget all the temporary fixes and limited hangouts, I would be too ashamed of myself for having lied so blatantly to the American people — and on matters of such great significance. [...] One thing is certain.  He will never recover from this.  Even if his numbers go up, even if the Democrats win in 2014 or 2016, he is an immoral person and will only be seen that way by honest historians.  He has stained himself immutably.

Benghazi Survivors Given NDAs at CIA Memorial Service for Woods, Doherty.  Two former CIA officials who fought in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, were asked to sign additional nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) more than six months after those attacks.  The two officials, who will testify Thursday before a subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, were presented the nondisclosure agreements during a memorial service in May at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, honoring Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two of the CIA-affiliated personnel who died during those attacks.

Memo to Speaker Boehner — time to appoint a Select Committee on Benghazi.  Several weeks ago in a bombshell report, CNN uncovered information that these four House committees failed to unearth:  the CIA had three dozen personnel on the ground at Benghazi that night; at least seven were seriously injured; CIA personnel were secretly evacuated in the dark of the night; and they have been kept hidden from Congressional investigators since through the unprecedented use of monthly polygraph examinations to ensure that they do not talk to House staff or members of the media.  CNN described it "as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career."

The Editor says...
There must be something politically devastating about Benghazi that the Obama administration wants to cover up, at least until the middle of November, 2016.

Questions about '60 Minutes' Benghazi story go beyond Dylan Davies interview.  When "60 Minutes" apologized for featuring in its report on Benghazi a security contractor whose story turned out to be a lie, it said it had been "misled."  But a close examination of the controversial piece by McClatchy shows that there are other problems with the report, whose broadcast renewed debate about one of the most contentious events in recent U.S. diplomatic history.

Details emerge about Americans badly injured in Benghazi attack.  Diplomatic Security Agent David Ubben — who as late as August was still recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in suburban Washington — was so severely injured fighting alongside the Seals that he has undergone multiple surgeries.  The protocol is often referred to as a "leg or limb salvage."  Little is known about those who survived the Benghazi attack.

'60 Minutes' too quick to retract Benghazi story.  "60 Minutes" should not have thrown out its report on Benghazi with the bath water.  Reporters and producers at the CBS newsmagazine made mistakes in putting together a story about last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya, and the story has been retracted.  But they also got a few things right, highlighting important information that raises serious questions about whether the attack — which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens — could have been predicted and prevented.

CBS News and reporter Lara Logan face brutal criticism on flawed Benghazi report.  Lara Logan, CBS News' hard-charging chief foreign correspondent, has repeatedly risked her life in pursuit of the story.  She's been shot at, arrested, blindfolded by militiamen, and physically assaulted by a mob while reporting from some of the most troubled places on earth.  But her mistaken "60 Minutes" report about a supposed eyewitness to the Benghazi consulate attacks has put Logan under a different kind of pressure.  Despite two on-air apologies, including one Sunday night on "60 Minutes," Logan, 42, has come in for widespread criticism and demands for a more complete explanation of how her Oct. 27 report went so wrong.

Intelligence Warnings On Benghazi Were Loud And Clear.  Months before the murder of a U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, American intelligence analysts documented a massive al-Qaida rally a few miles from the ambassador's residence.  At that rally, terror leaders called for the murder of American diplomats.  Three U.S. intelligence reports, unearthed by the American Media Institute and detailed here for the first time, offer vivid descriptions of the al-Qaida meeting.

Paul: Benghazi should disqualify Clinton from holding higher office again.  Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's decisions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, "should preclude" her from holding higher office again. [...] "There were still people alive and fighting for hours upon hours, and there were some people in Tripoli who could have gone.  I don't think that decision was made by a military person.  I think it was made ultimately by a politician."

Sen. Rand Paul gets applause with anti-Clinton remark at The Citadel.  Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul drew applause from The Citadel's Corps of Cadets on Tuesday [11/12/2013] when he said Hillary Clinton should be disqualified from running for president because of the Benghazi affair.  "Her failure to provide our ambassador and his mission with adequate security should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office again," Paul said of the former secretary of state in connection to last year's fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city.

How Media Matters May Save Hillary from Benghazi.  Last week, the media went apoplectic after a 60 Minutes report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, turned out to be mistaken.  Much of the report was based on the testimony of one Dylan Davies, a security contractor who said that he had climbed over the wall of the consulate in Benghazi and seen the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens.  It turned out that Davies was lying, and 60 Minutes was fooled.

Trey Gowdy Rips MSM For Media Malpractice On Benghazi.  On October 30, Senator Lindsey Graham reiterated his threat to hold up all future Senate confirmations unless the Regime is more forthcoming with the information Republicans are seeking.  And Trey Gowdy took the opportunity to shame the MSM for being basically AWOL on the story.  He asked if they could answer a series of pertinent questions about the attack — knowing, of course — that the answer would be no, because the media as a whole allowed the Regime to lie and stonewall on Benghazi so Obama could be reelected.  Some great investigative journalism was called for, and they totally dropped the ball.

Graham Vows to Continue Hold on Obama Nominees over Benghazi.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) vowed to continue his hold on all of President Obama's nominees [—] until the five State Department witnesses interviewed by the Accountability Review Board come before Congress to testify [—] Sunday [11/10/2013] on CNN's State of the Union.  Host Candy Crowley attempted to corner Graham into backing off those demands in light of CBS's decision to retract a recent 60 Minutes interview with a British contractor who was purportedly a Benghazi witness.  Graham replied the retraction is irrelevant to his demands considering he never knew the British contractor existed.

Graham: Obama Told Me to 'Take a Hike' on Benghazi.  Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Barack Obama told him to "take a hike" when he pressed for access to eyewitnesses to the Benghazi massacre, and Graham will ask House Speaker John Boehner to appoint a select committee to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack.

Proof Obama lied about Benghazi?  In a court of law, once a witness is found to be lying (just once), the credibility of that witness is gone and his/her testimony is thrown out.  In fact, that witness's testimony helps the other side because it's a direct reflection on the side that called said witness.

Cruz legislation offers $5M reward in Benghazi case.  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a bill Thursday [11/7/2013] to offer a $5 million reward for information on the Benghazi terror attack or information leading to the capture of a suspect.  Fourteen months following the brutal assault on the U.S. consulate, the families of the four murdered Americans are still no closer to the truth about what happened to their loved ones.  Since the attack took place, no one has been arrested, fired or held accountable.

Obama Brags: 'I've Been More Deeply Involved In Intelligence Than Just About Any President'.  One obvious question springs to mind:  if President Obama has been so exceptionally involved in intelligence, how could he have permitted Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and others in his administration to repeatedly propagate the falsehood that a fourth-rate video was to blame for the murder of four Americans in Benghazi?  Surely President Deeply Involved knew better.

Producer Fired for Rathergate Says Benghazi Story Pandered to Right Wing.  Now that CBS's '60 Minutes' story featuring a witness's account of the Benghazi attacks has fallen apart, a fired producer from the show's earlier big journalism scandal — the 2004 story on George W. Bush's National Guard service — has weighed in.  According to Mary Mapes, the CBS report corrected this week was aimed at attracting a conservative audience to the show.

CBS 60 Minutes' Lara Logan Apologizes for Erroneous Benghazi Survivor Report: 'We Were Wrong'.  CBS 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan admitted on Friday that a person who claimed to have been witness to the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi and who served as the centerpiece of a recent report on that attack may have misled her.

CBS reviewing Benghazi report.  CBS said Thursday that it is "reviewing" a report that prompted Republicans to double down on their accusations that the Obama administration was hiding the truth about the attack in Benghazi, Libya.  In a curt statement, the network said its flagship news magazine "60 Minutes" was "looking into" new information that "undercuts" its reporting.  The statement comes as The New York Times reported that the main source for the CBS report had lied about his actions the night terrorists attacked the U.S. mission.

Inside the '60 Minutes' Benghazi breakdown.  Jeff Fager, the CBS News chairman and executive producer of "60 Minutes," has said that his team spent "more than a year" reporting the story about the attack on Benghazi that aired on Oct. 27.  Yet it wasn't until Thursday night that they learned first-hand what their principal source, a security contractor named Dylan Davies, had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the attack.

CBS Source: 60 Minutes' Editorial Independence in Doubt After Benghazi Story.  According to one anonymous CBS source, the barrier between 60 Minutes and the rest of the CBS News division is about to become more porous following the disintegration of the news magazine's Benghazi story.

'Pretty Good at Killing'.  It has been disclosed in a recently published book about the 2012 campaign, Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, that the president told aides that he is "really good at killing people" with drones.  I think the president is being far too modest.  Drones aren't the half of it.  He's really good at killing lots of things. [...] He is apparently also quite good at killing the chances of State Department personnel to survive predicted attacks.  He sends them where they should not be, to do things they should not, and when they need to be saved from doing his bidding, this president goes to bed.  In fairness, he did not actually kill them himself.  He simply made sure they did not survive, with the considerable assistance of the victims' boss at the State Department.

Obama's 1984.  Orwell's "memory hole" refers to the chilling totalitarian practice of rewriting politically inconvenient history — even as it happens, if necessary — or of erasing it altogether, to suit the state's needs.  This applies directly to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, and the Obama Administration's clumsy cover-up of the cause of the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans there.  Certainly the Obama Administration has shown that it would prefer for the whole embarrassing debacle to simply disappear down a memory hole.

The Obama Facade Cracks at Last.  Some of the worst lying from the Obama Administration is related to the Benghazi tragedy; the president called it a "phony scandal."  But four Americans, including an American ambassador, were murdered, and there was remarkably little willingness from the Administration to investigate.  Instead, the public received "misinformation, confusion and intense partisanship."  From the outset, the administration blamed the attack on an obscure anti-Muslim video that hardly anyone had seen.  It quickly became clear that the video had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack; instead, there were numerous warnings ahead of time (including pleas from the ambassador himself for better protection) and time for rescue teams to provide assistance to the victims.  All were told to "stand down" and, thus far, no one has accepted responsibility or been willing to seriously investigate the tragedy.

Jason Chaffetz hits naming of Benghazi agent.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz slammed the source behind a report that revealed the real name of a British security agent in Benghazi, which was published in The Washington Post.  "I don't know who did it, but to release a covert agent's name to endanger his life should be an absolute outrage in this town," Chaffetz said Monday [11/4/2013] on Fox New's "Fox and Friends" when asked if he thought the White House was behind the leak.  Chaffetz slammed the administration for the lack of transparency on what happened during the attack in Benghazi.

Exclusive: Benghazi Whistleblower Says He Was Smeared.  A leaked memo appears to undermine significant details in a new book from a witness to the embassy attacks.  But its alleged author tells The Daily Beast he didn't write it.

Questions They Won't Answer.  It's been more than a year since four Americans were killed in Libya and more than six months since [Jay] Carney dismissively declared that Benghazi "happened a long time ago."  Is he simply doing his job or does he really believe that Benghazi is a "phony scandal" trumped up by Republicans?  Whatever the answer, Benghazi is not going away.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer: Obama watched Benghazi attack from Situation Room.  This is EXTREMELY significant.  Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer — perhaps best known for his work on Able Danger and his subsequent battle with the Defense Intelligence Agency — told Fox News that his sources told him Barack Obama was in the situation room and watched the events in Benghazi unfold in real time.

The Left's Continued Assault on the Truth About Benghazi.  The left-wing, George Soros-funded Media Matters has long held that the Benghazi scandal is a "phony scandal" and parroted the administration's pronouncements minimizing the scandal.  Now, they have penned a book, The Benghazi Hoax, which formalizes this theory. [...] The book fails to dequately explain what military forces were available at Sigonella, Aviano, and other U.S. military bases during the attack.  There is a very shallow retelling of events that barely educates the reader as to what occurred at the Special Mission Compound and CIA Annex.  They also continue promoting the YouTube video myth, [...]

David Brock to call on '60 Minutes' to retract Benghazi report.  David Brock, the Clinton ally who led the public effort to pressure CNN and NBC out of their Hillary-related film projects, is set to send a letter to the chairman and president of CBS News calling on them to retract a recent "60 Minutes" segment on the attacks in Benghazi.  In the letter, a draft of which was obtained by POLITICO, Brock cites a new Washington Post report revealing that the "60 Minutes" witness had previously stated he was nowhere near the diplomatic compound the night of the attack."

Benghazi Operators Will Testify Week of Nov. 11 in Classified Hearing.  Operators who were on the ground during the September 11, 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack will testify the week of November 11 in a classified briefing before the House Intelligence Committee, Catherine Herridge reported Friday on Special Report.  The testimony should give investigators a valuable resource for investigators who are trying to ascertain what the U.S. intelligence community was doing there, according to Daily Beast writer Eli Lake.  Additionally, Herridge reported Fox News attained a letter from the State Department to Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) which claimed the State Department played no role in collecting or storing any weapons in Benghazi.

Spoiled baby boomers infest self-indulgent White House.  Every changing version of the night of terror in Benghazi put out by the White House in the days afterward is full of holes, plugged with bigger lies.  Only now does the administration admit that parts of their stories are "misleading."  Misleading is not the word for the lies, beginning with the tale told by Hillary Clinton, then the secretary of state, that an unflattering video about the Prophet Muhammad was what set off the Muslim riots.  President Obama and his handlers carefully crafted the fakery and prevarication in the weeks following, leading to the 2012 presidential election.  The White House men figured that, with media collusion and indifference, they could keep the hoax afloat until after the election.  The hoax, with its vivid implications of the lack of presidential resolve and his hesitation and timidity under fire, will continue to unravel.

State Department Rejects Graham's Demand for Benghazi Witnesses.  The State Department has no intention of providing Congress more witnesses to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, despite Sen. Lindsey Graham's threat to hold up all nominations until he gets satisfaction on the issue.

McCain: Hillary 'Outstanding' Sec of State... Except for Benghazi.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) again praised Hillary Clinton on Monday ][10/28/2013], saying her work as Secretary of State was "outstanding" with the exception of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

Could Benghazi be Hillary Clinton's Waterloo?  Rasmussen has released a striking new poll today [10/30/2013] on the Benghazi debacle and how it might impact Hillary Clinton's likely candidacy in the 2016 presidential race. [...] According to the Rasmussen poll, over two fifths of Americans believe that the continuing fallout from Benghazi will hurt Clinton's chances if she decides to make a run for the White House.

US commandos were poised for raid to capture Benghazi suspect.  When U.S. commandos grabbed a former al Qaeda operative in Tripoli this month, American forces were just hours away from potentially launching a more dangerous covert raid to capture a militia figure facing charges in the deadly Benghazi terror attack, U.S. officials tell CNN.  U.S. special operations forces were ready, if ordered, to enter Benghazi and capture Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a leading figure in the Ansar Al-Sharia militia. But the mission never materialized.

Competence Comes First.  The president and his national security team failed to protect our consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  And when the attack came they failed miserably, and fatally, to rescue our Ambassador and his three colleagues.

Report: First Western eyewitness in Benghazi to go public gives account of attack, warning signs.  The witness — a former British soldier who for decades helped protect U.S. diplomats and military leaders — told CBS' "60 Minutes" that Al Qaeda forces first attacked the U.S. Special Mission Compound in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed.  Then they launched a second attack on a secret CIA annex about a mile across the city.  "They knew what they were doing," the security guard told CBS.  "That was a well-executed attack."

Benghazi consulate attack: British contractor 'warned US repeatedly about security'.  A British security contractor said he repeatedly warned US officials that their diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, was inadequately protected before it suffered a deadly attack last year.  He also described fighting off armed attackers during the al-Qaeda-linked assault, in an attempt to help rescue guards he had trained to man the gates of the compound.  Speaking publicly about the attack for the first time, the contractor, a former British soldier using the pseudonym Morgan Jones "for his own safety", described the experience as "sheer hell".

60 Minutes confirms Benghazi is a real scandal, and you've been lied to.  60 Minutes had an absolutely devastating report on the Obama administration's failure to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi. [...] [T]he heart of the report is that there were clear and unequivocal warnings which were ignored, and the Obama administration lied about these warnings after the attack.  Hillary and Obama blamed a video and stood by the caskets perpetuating that lie.  And remember how almost all of the media obsessed with Mitt Romney's statement over Benghazi, and colluded to ask Romney gotcha questions while downplaying and obfuscating what really happened.

"A Night of Sheer Hell".  This is how it went down.  Shortly after nightfall 50 gunmen from the Shariah Brigade — a Libyan militia tied to al-Qaida — rushed the Mission, and were able to gain access via the pedestrian entrance set to one side of the main gate.  They did so by threatening the Blue Mountain guards with assault rifles and RPGs.  Basically, the guards — who were unarmed and defenseless, because the State Department contract dictated that they be unarmed and defenseless — were ordered to open the side gate or else be killed.

Benghazi witnesses grilled in secret on Capitol Hill.  Two of the Justice Department's key witnesses in last year's terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, were summoned to Capitol Hill this month and grilled for hours in separate legal depositions. [...] How those highly guarded and secret interviews came about was part of an increasingly bitter dispute between two branches of the federal government.

The Benghazi Hoax disgrace.  Just two weeks ago on October 16, 2013, a 103-page e-book book titled The Benghazi Hoax was published. [...] Having been at the forefront of reporting the factual events leading up to the attack on the CIA compound in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, the attack itself and its murky aftermath, I felt professionally compelled to download, read and evaluate the facts claimed in this book.  I was anxious to learn how, as an investigator and a journalist, I fell victim to "unfounded and wild conspiracy theories" about Benghazi.  Instead, I found it to be an odious missive that is completely devoid of facts or substance related to the events that took place at Benghazi.

Homeland Security Chairman on Benghazi Report: 'Al-Qaeda Is Spreading Like a Wildfire'.  The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said this morning that the new evidence unveiled showing al-Qaeda plotted the Benghazi diplomatic mission attack proves the "cries for help" from Ambassador Chris Stevens "were not responded to."  CBS featured on 60 Minutes last night [10/27/2013] the first Western eyewitness to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack:  a former British soldier involved in diplomatic security.

CBS, '60 Minutes' Try to Atone for Benghazi Cover-Up.  On Sunday evening, CBS News' 60 Minutes featured an investigative report on the Benghazi attacks by Lara Logan.  Logan's reporting confirmed that the Obama administration had been warned, months in advance, about inadequate security at the U.S. facility in Benghazi, and that it knew the story about a YouTube video was untrue.  It was a reversal for CBS News, which played a key role in the Benghazi cover-up in 2012.

The Editor says...
Such a reversal is only forthcoming now that Barack H. Obama has been re-elected.

Lawmakers question why Benghazi suspects missing from 'Rewards for Justice' program.  The fact that no Benghazi suspects are listed as part of the State Department's "Rewards for Justice" program is more evidence that the Obama White House wants to minimize the terrorism angle in that attack, according to the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.  "I just think it's a sign from the administration they're not taking it seriously.  It's not a priority," Republican Rep. Michael McCaul told Fox News.  "It is really offensive to the victims, and we owe it to them to convict these terrorists and bring them to justice."

Eyewitness: Gov't Knew Benghazi Attack Was Imminent.  One of the top security officials on the ground during the Benghazi attack broke his silence on last night's "60 Minutes," saying the U.S. government knew that an attack was imminent and didn't do anything about it.  Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding answers about why the warnings were ignored.  He joined Fox and Friends this morning and called the attack "foreseeable."

Justice and State departments blocking access to survivors of Benghazi attack.  The Justice and State departments are now citing a year-old FBI investigation and a future criminal prosecution to block access to survivors of last year's Benghazi terror attack.  In an Oct. 28 letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the State Department's Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Julia Frifield, refers to "significant risks" and "serious concerns about having the survivors of the attack submit to additional interviews."

Graham Vows to Block Obama Nominees Over Benghazi Attack.  Senator Lindsey Graham vowed to block President Barack Obama's nominees unless U.S. lawmakers hear from survivors of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Graham, a South Carolina Republican, has criticized the administration's handling of the attack, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  On Fox News today [10/28/2013], Graham said he would "block every appointment in the United States Senate until the survivors are being made available to the Congress."

Jay Carney: Obama administration made 'extraordinary efforts' to aid Benghazi probes.  White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday [10/28/2013] said the Obama administration had made "extraordinary efforts" to work with congressional committees probing the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

'These guys are no good. You need to get them out of here'.  A British security expert is the first Western witness to give his account of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.  Morgan Jones (name changed) spoke with CBS' 60 Minutes about the day of the attack, as well as his conversations with assassinated Ambassador Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith in the lead-up to the attacks, both of whom expressed their anxiety about the compound's protection.

Obama accused of misleading voters on Benghazi, Obamacare, Merkel. There's a pattern here.  CBS says that the Obama administration knew all along that what happened at Benghazi was a planned terrorist attack.

60 Minutes: Benghazi Revelations of Betrayal, No Mention of Hillary, Obama.  In the whole segment, which established damning evidence that the U.S. had evidence that an attack on the annex where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed was clearly in the works, [Lara] Logan never once mentions the names of Hillary Clinton of Barack Obama.  Unsurprising that a featured player in the MSM should not report on the truly lethal evidence that could have sunk Obama's 2012 campaign until almost one year after his reelection.

Rep. Joe Wilson Vindicated.  [A]s we look back on 5 years of Barack Obama, we see that Obama and his Administration do lie.  And they lie a lot. [...] Hillary Clinton, Susan Wright and Barack Obama all stated that the attack in Benghazi was caused by Islamist spontaneous reaction to an anti-Islamist video produced in the United States.  We know now — and they knew then — that the attack in Benghazi was a well planned effort by well armed Islamic extremists with connections to Al Qaeda.

Former Guantanamo detainee was on ground in Benghazi during terror attack, source says.  A former Guantanamo Bay detainee with Al Qaeda ties was in Benghazi the night of the Sept. 11 attack, according to a source on the ground in Libya.  The source told Fox News that ex-detainee Sufian bin Qumu, who is suspected of running camps in eastern Libya where some of the assailants trained, is also a "respected member" of Ansar al-Sharia — one of the Islamist groups identified in State Department email traffic two hours after the attack.  Two sources familiar with the investigation, when asked about bin Qumu's whereabouts the night of the attack, did not dispute the claim he was in Benghazi.

State [Department Spokeswoman] Loses [her] Cool Over Benghazi, 'Rewards for Justice' Questions.  State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf got into a testy exchange with AP reporter Matt Lee and Fox News producer Lucas Tomlinson over the exclusion of the Benghazi suspects from the State Department's Rewards for Justice program Thursday [10/24/2013] in the State Department press conference.  Tomlinson pressed Harf on specifically why the Benghazi suspects are not included on the Rewards for Justice list.  The State Department spokeswoman declined to give a reason, citing the classified deliberations that go into the decision whether to place an individual on the list.

"We're here to kill Americans": Witness on Benghazi attack.  In an interview for "60 Minutes," correspondent Lara Logan spoke with a British citizen, who had been hired to train the Libyan guards at the U.S. mission.  He calls himself Morgan Jones, a pseudonym to protect his safety.  Jones says he was annoyed that the State Department wouldn't allow his guards to carry guns.

Anti-terror rules relaxed to let Libyans get military training in U.S.  The Obama administration has drawn up draft rules that would end a decadeslong ban on Libyans getting military training in the U.S., according to documents obtained by House Republicans who said Thursday [10/24/2013] that it's the wrong move after last year's Benghazi attack.  The administration says relations with Libya have "normalized" over the past two years and that the Libyan government has earned the right to have better access to the U.S., which imposed the ban in 1983 after a wave of terrorist attacks involving Libyans.

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"Access to the U.S." is now a right?  No, it's not.  Military training can be done anywhere in the world.

Key suspects in Benghazi attack include former courier, bodyguard for Al Qaeda, sources say.  At least two of the key suspects in the Benghazi terror attack were at one point working with Al Qaeda senior leadership, sources familiar with the investigation tell Fox News.  The sources said one of the suspects was believed to be a courier for the Al Qaeda network, and the other a bodyguard in Afghanistan prior to the 2001 terror attacks.  The direct ties to the Al Qaeda senior leadership undercut early characterizations by the Obama administration that the attackers in Benghazi were isolated "extremists" — not Al Qaeda terrorists — with no organizational structure or affiliation.

Benghazi Terrorists Not Part Of The State Dept 'Reward For Justice' Program.  State Department Deputy Press Secretary Marie Harf was asked during Wednesdays press briefing, why the Benghazi terrorists were not listed of the State Department's Reward for Justice program.  Harf got frustrated with this question and the notion that the State Department was not committed to "bringing the Benghazi terrorists to justice."

Hillary Clinton heckled over Benghazi terrorist attack during speech to university students.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was relentlessly heckled over the Benghazi terrorist attack as she tried to deliver a speech at a New York university on Wednesday night [10/23/2013].  Clinton was speaking at the University of Buffalo as part of the university's 'Distinguished Speakers Series' when a man in the crowd began screaming about the attack that left three people dead, including Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens.  'Benghazi, Benghazi — you let them die,' the man screamed as Clinton continued to give her speech.

Hillary Clinton Heckled: "Benghazi, You Let Them Die!".  Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to a large crowd at the University at Buffalo Wednesday night [10/23/2013], as part of the university's Distinguished Speaker Series, and was heckled.  "Benghazi, you let them die," the heckler shouted.

Poll finds strong support for deeper Benghazi probe.  A bipartisan poll finds that most Americans now support a special congressional committee to investigate events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.  Among likely voters polled, 62 percent say "it is important" for Congress to establish a single committee to address unanswered questions about the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, according to pollsters John McLaughlin, a Republican, and Pat Caddell, a Democrat.

Poll renews calls for Benghazi probe.  Republicans are renewing their calls for an independent probe of last year's terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, after new polling found most people in the United States think the Obama administration covered something up.  Almost two in three people — 63 percent — said the administration has been "trying to cover up the facts" about the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans Sept. 11, 2012, according to a poll released Tuesday [10/22/2013] by the conservative group SecureAmericaNow.Org.

Obama Chewed Gum, Played with Phone, During Syrian War Plans.  Obama slept while Americans died in Benghazi because he was prepping to go part in Vegas with Jay-Z.  And if Americans weapons fall into the hands of Al Qaeda and end up being used to kill Americans, then while that was being discussed we can take comfort in the fact that the man at the top was taking the time to chew gum, roll his eyes and scroll through his radical pals' latest Facebook updates.

House panel on Benghazi eyes White House document, Panetta testimony.  As they wrap up their 13-month probe into the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, congressional investigators have zeroed in on a press release issued the day before the murders by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Obama's Evasive Letter to Benghazi Victim's Father.  On September 11, 2013, Charles Woods appeared on Fox News's Hannity and read aloud four questions about Benghazi from a letter he'd sent to President Obama.  Woods, whose son, ex-SEAL Tyrone Woods, was one of four Americans killed in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, added:  "What we want are not just answers.  We also want the truth."  President Obama has now written in reply to Woods' letter.

The Editor says...
I doubt if President Obama has written this or any other letter on his own since he has been in the White House.

Media Coverage of Benghazi Leans Toward Political Theater.  First, we learned from the Obama Administration that it was a YouTube video that sparked the protests — a false narrative gladly perpetuated by the media as long as possible.  Currently, the media and the administration are pushing the story that attempts to investigate Benghazi constitute a Republican vendetta, the perpetuation of a "phony scandal" to incite the populace against the President and former Secretary of State — and presidential hopeful — Hillary Clinton.  To this end, it is not surprising that key details of the recent congressional hearings on Benghazi went largely unnoticed by the mainstream media.

Two D.C. Attacks and a Series of Unfortunate "Coincidences".  No one would have ever believed beforehand that the President might conspire with his Department of Justice and other agencies to funnel weapons to Mexican drug lords in order to precipitate a panic over America's rampant "gun culture" — but indeed, this occurred.  Nor would Americans have thought that the President would clandestinely provide arms to the same Muslim fanatics who attacked us in 2001, then order an attack on the compound facilitating such action when it became a liability.  No one would have believed that Obama would allow American personnel to perish at that compound in order to preserve his power. [...] If that is not definitive of a tyrant — and one who would employ any means necessary in order to attain his objectives — then what is?

CNN Does Twelve Minute Interview With Susan Rice Without Mentioning Benghazi.  It goes without saying that the reason Susan Rice was scrapped from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State last year was due to the claims she made on numerous television programs the Sunday after our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked.  Despite this, when CNN's Fareed Zakaria did a twelve minute interview with Rice Sunday [9/29/2013], he didn't mention Benghazi at all.

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I suspect and surmise that Ms. Rice probably consented to the interview upon the condition that no Benghazi questions were to be asked.

Benghazi Scapegoat Released; Truth Still Locked Up.  The man blamed for the deaths of four Americans, including the first ambassador in 33 years, is now free.  But no terrorist has been captured or official punished.

Rep. Issa's Office: Cummings Disclosing Libya Trip Details 'Reckless'.  House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) traveled to Libya for the next stages of the Benghazi scandal investigation early this week — leaving the United States on Sunday and returning safely on Wednesday — but the chairman's safety may have been jeopardized because of the activities of the leading Democrat on the committee.

Issa feared targeted by terrorists after Democrats revealed secret Libya trip.  A leaked State Department email indicates that officials were worried about the safety of House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa after Democrats revealed his plans for a secret trip to Libya this week.  Issa, a Republican from California, has safely returned from his fact-finding trip to the country as his committee continues to investigate the terrorist attacks that killed America's ambassador and three others in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

Obama the Storyteller.  Americans have finally seen the scandals emerge from the cocoon the media has wrapped around the White House.  And his defenses are failing him. [...] Benghazi is not going away — even if the media and Democrats treat the victims' families so disgracefully by ignoring their entreaties and dismissing their grief (compare and contrast the lionization of Cindy Sheehan for the years she attacked President Bush) and try to gag witnesses.  Americans do care when people serving their nation are killed through the negligence of their leaders and those same leaders try to pin the blame on some gadfly in California.

Justice outraged in Benghazi.  A year after the terrorist assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi left four Americans dead, including the ambassador, justice for the victims and their families is still denied.  Several Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had better things to do than even to listen to families of the fallen speak at a hearing Thursday in Washington.  Such lack of concern is contagious.  Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama vowed in the aftermath of tragedy, when the cameras were rolling, to track down and bring to justice the Islamist killers.  So far they've put no more effort into the search than O.J. Simpson put into his search for the "real killers" of his wife; [...]

Hillary Clinton profile whitewashes Benghazi.  There are many more substantive questions regarding Clinton and Benghazi, including why she couldn't be bothered to represent the administration on the Sunday talk shows on Sept. 16, instead leaving that task to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, who bombed.

Pickering [was] asked if Benghazi [was] a Botched Kidnapping Plot.  Her name is Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and she sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee.  She may have asked two of the most important questions at the September 19th hearing on Benghazi but they don't appear to have been picked up.  It was one of the lengthier hearings and her time was toward the end.

Four Washington Scandals That Still Matter Despite the Distractions.  The Obama Administration has tried to obfuscate the issues surrounding the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 since they happened.  In the immediate aftermath, Obama and his underlings insisted the attack was part of anti-American demonstrations ignited by the trailer for an anti-Muslim film that had been on YouTube for months.  When whistleblowers came forward to say nobody on the ground thought the Benghazi attack was related to regional demonstrations, Hillary Clinton infamously asked what difference, at this point, that made.

Benghazi Questions for Obama.  One year ago this week, one of the most reprehensible scandals of the Obama administration took place — a scandal which demonstrated not only shocking incompetence on the part of administration officials, but the depths to which this administration will go to cover-up its mistakes and errant decisions.  It is known as Benghazigate, and it involved a terrorist attack against the U.S. Consulate in Libya, which resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans — as well as a cover-up that far exceeds Nixonian standards.

Dems Leave Room As Benghazi Mom Says Obama, Hillary Lied.  It was a shameful spectacle all around, starting with bizarre testimony by the authors of the State Department's Accountability Review Board (ARB) report and including real tears in a scandal branded as "phony" by the Obama administration and the repetition of lies agreed upon.  The scene was Thursday's hearing on the Benghazi terrorist attack before Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee.  ARB co-chair Thomas Pickering shamelessly repeated the excuse that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not interviewed by the board because members knew where the responsibility rested — as if an attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission and the murder of an ambassador, the first in three decades, was outside the scope of her interest or authority.

Post-Benghazi Defense Posture: Lives Now Get Same Protection Priority as Intelligence.  Defense officials say that improvements over the past year intended to prevent another Benghazi have included weekly threat-discussion chats and a decision to put the protection of human lives on the same level as the protection of intelligence at diplomatic facilities.  While the Hill was largely transfixed on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's latest examination of the Benghazi attack Thursday, an Armed Services Subcommittee hearing convened before a nearly empty gallery to hear about the Defense Department's posture a year after the Benghazi attack.

Post-Benghazi Questions Pure Hell: Victims' Parents.  Parents of two San Diegans killed in the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi testified at a Congressional hearing Thursday, demanding answers in their sons' deaths.  "I see these bloody fingerprints crawling down the wall of that Benghazi place and I keep asking everyone do those belong to my son," Patricia Smith told lawmakers.

HBO Making a Film About Benghazi Attack.  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.

Benghazi 'Innocence of Muslims' Filmmaker to Be Released Monday.  Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker falsely blamed by for 2012's terrorist attack in Benghazi, tells Breitbart News he will be released from prison Monday [9/23/2013] and will finish his sentence at a half-way house facility.  Nakoula is not going back to his original home, as he has privacy and safety concerns.

A path of 'corruption, lies, and deceit'.  An all-star panel of retired military officers, intelligence agents, and national security experts officially launched the Citizens' Commission on Benghazi with an all-day conference Monday [9/16/2013] in Washington. [...] "At the bottom of this has got to be an impeachment issue," former Adm. James "Ace" Lyons — who served as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet — said to a standing ovation.  "Otherwise, there's no justification for this coverup."  Charles Woods, whose son Tyrone Woods died defending others in the firefight, received two standing ovations when he addressed the commission and members of the public in attendance.

Gowdy Grills Mullen on failing to interview Hillary Clinton over Benghazi.  Rep. Trey Gowdy masterfully goes after Adm. Mullen on the fact that he choose not to interview Hillary Clinton on Benghazi, despite the fact that she was responsible for all of it.  It's excellent as usual.

Subpoenas will hit State Department over Benghazi as House Oversight committee gets serious.  A top Republican congressional investigator is 'in the process of issuing subpoenas' to State Department personnel who can explain the events before, during and after the September 11, 2012 terror attack that destroyed the U.S. diplomatic station in Benghazi, Libya.  The State Department has not made those people available,' House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said during a hearing Thursday.

Washington Post Distorts Commission Probe of Benghazi.  The Citizens' Commission on Benghazi (CCB) started off with a powerful message:  "We are here and planning on staying until we get the answers we're seeking."  But, some in the media just don't get it.

Truth and Consequences for Benghazi.  The only real accountability for the Benghazi scandal will have to come in 2016.  Reading through the competing partisan reports and listening to the congressional testimony of various officials this week, it seems fair to say that no actual crimes were committed (though you never know what you don't know).  There were, in at least a figurative sense, criminal lapses in judgment by senior officials.

Admiral re-asserts possibility Benghazi about Blind Sheikh.  On September 16th, Accuracy in Media (AIM) held a conference with the Citizens Commission on Benghazi (CCB), which was comprised of several retired, decorated military and intelligence officials.  One such official was four-star Admiral James "Ace" Lyons, who reiterated his belief that the 9/11/12 attack in Benghazi was possibly about a staged kidnapping operation gone awry.

Issa "Dead Serious" About Issuing Possible Subpoena To Hillary Clinton.  Republicans are mulling whether to demand former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's return to Capitol Hill to face more tough questions about her agency's failure to protect diplomats and security staff in Benghazi, Libya a year ago.  An aide to a high-ranking GOP member of the House Oversight and Government Affairs committee told MailOnline that the committee's chairman, California Rep. Darrell Issa, 'is dead serious' about raking the likely 2016 presidential candidate over the coals in the future.

Adm. Mullen Admits Special Ops Told to 'Hold in Place' During Benghazi.  On Thursday [/19/2013], while denying that a "stand-down order" was given to Special Forces members ready to help Americans who were under siege at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September, one of the heads of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board (ARB) admitted that a "hold in place" order was in fact given.

Parents of Benghazi victims: We've been left in dark.  "No one in the government has told me anything," said Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, whose body was the first one found at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.  "Everything I've found, and I mean anything, I found by going on the Internet and asking questions."  "It's been true hell living through this without any answers," Smith said.

Administration's Benghazi Review Board Discredits Itself in Congressional Hearing.  The leaders of the Administrative Review Board that investigated the attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, appeared before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee Thursday, and offered testimony that further undermined the already-tattered credibility of their own probe.

Benghazi Victim's Mother: Obama, Clinton, and Biden Lied To Me.  Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, testified Thursday at the House Oversight Committee that President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among other top administration officials, initially told her the attack was the result of a YouTube video. [...] A visibly upset Smith said she was told lies at the casket ceremony for her son and that she and other American people "don't matter" in the eyes of the Obama administration.  Perpetrators of the attack, which recently had its one-year anniversary, have not been brought to justice.

Keyword:  cahoots
'Independent' Benghazi investigators gave Clinton heads-up on findings.  The leaders of the State Department's Benghazi probe defended their inquiry into the 2012 attack, but they acknowledged to Congress on Thursday [9/19/2013] that their mission was limited in scope and faced questions over why they gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton an advance look at their findings.  Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, vice chairman of the accountability review board, also acknowledged that he had warned Mrs. Clinton's chief of staff not to send a particular official to Congress because he thought "she would be a weak witness" who might have hurt the State Department's stance.

Pickering: I'm Proud of the Hillary Benghazi Whitewash Report We Produced.  One of the main questions from the American people and from Congress regarding the Benghazi attack remains, why did the military never show up to help?  Diplomatic Security agent David Ubben has been receiving treatment at Walter Reed Military Medical Center after being severely wounded during the Benghazi attack.  Ubben waited on top of a roof for 20 hours before help arrived.  He waited with Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were both killed by mortar fire on the roof.  Ubben survived, but had his right leg shredded.

Democrats Leave Benghazi Hearing Before Testimony From Families of Victims.  During the second portion of a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing about Benghazi Thursday [9/19/2013] on Capitol Hill, the majority of Democrats on the Committee left the room and refused to listen to the testimony of Patricia Smith and Charles Woods.

Benghazi critics hit lobbying firm.  Government watchdogs and a veteran congressman are sharply criticizing a bipartisan consulting firm formed by a trio of former Obama administration insiders and the former staff director of the House Intelligence Committee, whose Republican chairman opposes a select committee in the deadly September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.

Democrats push back on Benghazi.  Displaying an increasingly hostile tone, Republicans Thursday [9/19/2013] sought to discredit the findings of a report on last year's deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and criticize former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's response.  Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Adm. Mike Mullen, who led the Accountability Review Board's report on the attacks, appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to answer GOP criticism that their findings were watered down and protected Clinton.

State Department defends Benghazi decisions.  Patrick Kennedy, the State Department's undersecretary for management, faced questioning for the first time since a Republican House committee report faulted him in his management role at the State Department for security lapses leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.  Republicans pummeled Kennedy while Democrats largely defended him and the State Department.

House Republicans See No Discipline Over Benghazi Attack.  Senior House Republicans on Wednesday [9/18/2013] accused the State Department of failing to hold senior department officials accountable for security failures that contributed to the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year in which four Americans were killed.  "No State Department personnel have been fired or even disciplined," said Representative Ed Royce, Republican of California who leads the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  "No one has missed a paycheck."

Pressure Builds on Boehner Over Benghazi.  Charles Woods spoke with emotion at the AIM conference about the loss of his son and asked for people not only to press for answers as to what really happened at Benghazi, but to pray for the country.  Christopher Farrell, Director of Investigations and Research for Judicial Watch, said at the conference that Obama's lies and distortions about the attack are designed to obscure the central truth that the administration was arming al Qaeda.  "That's what they don't want broadcast or printed anywhere," he said.  As incredible as it sounds, former CIA officer Clare Lopez said support for al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other Islamists groups has become the official foreign policy of the United States under Obama.
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A 'rigorous and unsparing' review? ARB Benghazi report full of gaps, unanswered questions.  More than a year after the Benghazi terrorist attack that led to the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans, there will be a public airing of the review process that was intended to quell all questions about U.S. government failings that could have led to the massacre.  Instead, serious questions remain unanswered.

Yes, people were dying in a gunfight across town, but Obama had a speech to give.  Barack Obama has never been accused of possessing the most refined sense of appropriate, especially when it comes to what normal people regard as tragedies.  Fifty-three weeks ago when four Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Obama appeared after a good night's sleep, bemoaned the loss, vowed to deliver justice to the killers (still unfulfilled), then flew off for fundraising parties in Las Vegas.  Hey, they're still dead anyway, and there was big campaign money waiting.

Is there a con man in the Oval Office?  Would Obama have been re-elected if the public knew there was no "spontaneous demonstration" outside our embassy that day; that no one in the Middle East had ever seen the cheap unprofessional video that Obama and Hillary blamed on the attack; and the weapons used to attack our embassy were supplied by our own CIA, upon orders of Obama?  Would Obama have been re-elected if Americans knew that there was time to save those brave heroes defending our embassy, but Obama and Hillary refused to send a rescue team-multiple times.  Fraud was committed to re-elect Barack Obama.  But with Syria in the headlines, no one is mentioning Benghazi anymore.

Memo to Hillary Clinton: What a Difference, at This Point, a Year Makes.  From the moment the urgent pleas for help began pouring in from Benghazi, Hillary Clinton's impregnable world of privilege and "inevitability" began to look all too [...] untidy.  The decisions made that night by the secretary of state and her historic skid-greaser (first black president, to be followed by first woman) — the actions deliberately not taken, the phone calls made and not made — exposed every illusion, dwarfed all previous lies, and sent the erstwhile attack dog scurrying into the corner.  In the wake of that fateful evening, Clinton's carefully fabricated world was destroyed.

CIA Director John Brennan has a new Benghazi problem.  As the Benghazi scandal begins to heat up again, there appears to be some confirmation that CIA employees were required to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) that would prohibit them from speaking with Congress. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) relayed what happened to one such employee who refused to sign the NDA.

Report: State Dept. Benghazi Probe Unfairly Protected Senior Officials, Hillary Clinton Blamed.  The State Department's probe into last September's Benghazi attack wasn't independent and didn't hold senior officials responsible for the deaths of four Americans, according to a new investigative report from the House Oversight Committee, notes the Daily Beast.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's chosen Administrative Review Board unfairly blamed the terrorist attack on four midlevel officials while ignoring the roles of very senior officials in Clinton's State Department for decisions about security in Benghazi, the HOC report, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), says.

Ty Woods dead body left on Benghazi tarmac for three hours.  According to Charles Woods on Huckabee, Ty Woods' body was left on the tarmac for three hours and there wasn't even an American plane sent to rescue or even take his body home.  As usual, the rest of the media will never report this disgusting fact.

GOP Rep: CIA Employee Who Refused Non-Disclosure-Agreement on Benghazi Suspended.  Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) revealed Monday that his office received anonymous information that a CIA employee who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement, banning him from discussing the terrorist attack in Benghazi, has been suspended and was forced to hire legal counsel.

Congressman: CIA Employee Who Refused to Sign Non-Disclosure on Benghazi Suspended.  A CIA employee who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring him from discussing the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has been suspended as a result and forced to hire legal counsel, according to a top House lawmaker.  Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) revealed at an event on Monday [9/16/2013] that his office was anonymously informed about the CIA employee, who is purportedly facing an internal backlash after refusing to sign a legal document barring him from publicly or privately discussing events surrounding the Benghazi attack.

Sharyl Attkisson Spotlights Benghazi Inquiry; First On-Air Report in Over 4 Months.  On Monday's [9/16/2013] CBS This Morning, Sharyl Attkisson pointed out the "potential conflict of interest" in the ongoing controversy over the Islamist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. [...] It was Attkisson's first report about Benghazi on CBS's morning and evening newscasts since the May 8, 2013 edition of CBS This Morning.  Her report that day was the first time in over five months that the journalist reported about the story on the air.

New Benghazi Report Finds 'Troubling' Gaps in State Dept. Review.  A critical report issued by the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee has dismissed the findings of a blue-ribbon panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, asserting that the State Department-appointed commission didn't properly examine key witnesses and generally failed to perform a comprehensive job.

Report: Yes, Hillary's Benghazi 'Investigation' Was a Whitewash.  You can file these developments in the "we sort of already knew this" category, but the additional confirmation is welcome.  Remember, the administration-backed probe into the Benghazi massacre led to (since rescinded) sanctions against four mid-level scapegoats — one of whom clearly deserved some blame — while letting higher-level officials off the hook.  Indeed, the "Accountability" Review Board declined to even interview the Secretary of State.  Yet the White House insisted that its report was comprehensive and closed the door on the matter.

State Department's Benghazi review let senior officials off the hook, report finds.  The nearly 100-page report concludes that the State Department's internal review board — called the Accountability Review Board, or ARB — was flawed.  The report by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleges the board's probe was not comprehensive, its interviews were not thorough, and the investigation itself may have been damaged by conflicts of interest.  A central finding is that the department, as a result of the board's findings, meted out discipline to four mid-level officials (who were later re-instated anyway), but the board glossed over the actions and decisions of senior-level officials.

Issa: Benghazi Probe Let State Dept Bosses off the Hook.  A staff report prepared for committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa determined that critical decisions that approved a continued temporary U.S. presence in Libya's second city were fatally flawed.  The temporary designation exempted the site from more rigorous security requirements standard at permanent missions.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among those who wanted to extend the temporary mission in Benghazi, the report said. As a consequence, the mission was limited in its ability to field permanent security agents.

Congress: Hillary's Benghazi Investigation Let Top Officials Escape Blame.  The State Department's investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was not independent and failed to hold senior State Department officials accountable for the failures that led to the death of four Americans, according to a new investigative report compiled by the House Oversight Committee.

Congressman Steve Stockman Pushes Congress to Break Down Benghazi Stonewall.  Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) sent the following letter Wednesday [9/11/2013] to members of Congress demanding a full Select Committee investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 killings of four Americans by terrorists in a coordinated attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya: [...]

NBC's Todd: House Republicans 'Have Not Dropped' Benghazi.  Talking to NBC's chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd on Sunday's Meet the Press, moderator David Gregory noted "Benghazi back as a political focus this week" following the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack, prompting Todd to observe:  "It is.  The House Republicans have not dropped this as an issue."

Justice for Benghazi Rally Highlights the Failures of this Administration.  At the Justice for Benghazi Rally, conservative leaders including TheTeaParty.net founder Todd Cefaratti, Reps. Steve Stockman of Texas, Paul Broun of Georgia, Louie Gohmert of Texas and former Nevada Senate candidate Sharon Angle all spoke to a crowd that joined to remember the victims, but also to urge lawmakers to continue to pursue the truth that remains hidden from America.

Benghazi and Obama's Legacy of Betrayal.  [Scroll down]  To know Robin is to understand her fierce loyalty to our country and military, yet as we discussed Syria she made it clear the terrorist attack in Benghazi broke a trust not only with military members but with the family members left behind.  A necessary trust each must have in the commander-in-chief.  The concern in her voice is something I had not heard in the countless deployments she and her family endured over the last 10 years.  It was the sound of betrayal.

Why is a Texas Republican Blocking a Select Committee Investigation?  One would think the House Republicans would be pulling out all the stops to find out how and why the Obama Administration allowed the murder of four Americans at Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  Curiously, the House GOP "leadership" isn't particularly interested — and has even taken steps to prevent a Select Committee from being established.

Oh Look, More Deflection.  Benghazi has almost-nothing to do with the fact that there is risk when you have people working in the middle of a civil war.  It has everything to do with exactly what the CIA was doing over there, whether we were arming terrorists (or those that upon any reasonable sort of inquiry would conclude were likely either terrorists or affiliated with them) and what we were — and are — providing to them.

Benghazi House Select Committee Holdouts.  As of this writing, there are 161 co-sponsors (all Republicans) of Rep. Frank Wolf's HR-36.  This resolution would require the formation of a Select Committee to investigate what happened in Benghazi on 9/11/12.  Of course, with 234 Republican congressmen in the House, this leaves 73 Representatives who have not endorsed Wolf's Resolution; [...]

The Chicago Way in Obamaland.  The whole Benghazi narrative is yet another example of the Obamaland rational.  Obama believed that because he is so friendly to Islam — "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." — there was no longer a threat from fundamentalist Muslims. [...] As a result a whole fake narrative was constructed and sold to the American people.  The government knew there was no riot and they knew that the skillfully planned attack, which was almost defeated by the beyond heroic actions of a few Americans, was completely unrelated to any anti-Islam movie trailer.

Hillary! Because What Difference Does it Make?  Watching Hillary get a Liberty Medal on September 10, the day before the anniversary of the attack on the United States soil and the more recent murder of our ambassador and others in Benghazi, I think it's time to review the record of a woman whose life is marked by deceit and professional failure and ask about the sanity and judgment of her ardent supporters.

When the Libya Lies Fell Apart.  What we were told repeatedly last year by the president of the United States, the secretary of state, and the American ambassador to the U. N. was that there was a protest demonstration in Benghazi against an anti-Islamic video produced by an American, and that this protest demonstration simply escalated out of control.  This "spontaneous protest" story did not originate in Libya but in Washington.  During the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, neither the Americans on duty in Libya nor officials of the Libyan government said anything about a protest demonstration.

Judicial Watch Issues Special Report on Anniversary of Benghazi Massacre and Cover-Up.  Judicial Watch today [9/11/2013] released "On the Anniversary of the Benghazi Attack of September 11, 2012:  Unanswered Questions and the Quest for Accountability from the Obama Administration," a Special Report containing new in-depth analyses of "the Obama administration's Benghazi stonewall."  A follow-up to its January 22, 2013, Benghazi report, the new Special Report includes extensive information uncovered in the organization's 23 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Mandatory Declassification Review, and four lawsuits against the Obama Department of State and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

One Year Since Benghazi.  Thanks to President Obama's shameless obstructionism, a year after four Americans died in a terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, it remains unclear what Obama knew about the attack and when he knew it.  "When you look at the list of unanswered questions, it is startling how little progress has been made in this investigation over the past year," said Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.).

Gowdy: 'Not a Single Person Has Been Brought To Justice On Benghazi'.  CBN News interviewed Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Christopher Farrell, a top researcher for Judicial Watch on the one year anniversary of the Benghazi attack that resulted in four dead Americans.  Farrell is of the (now widespread) opinion that the whole thing was tied to the Obama administration's covert operation to send Libyan weapons to some rebels in Syria — even some with links to al Qaeda to help tham in their fight.

West to Obama: It wasn't a phony scandal for Glen Doherty.  This is why [Allen] West is the man.  He won't forget Benghazi and he won't shy away from calling Obama out for it.

NBC Gives More Time to Hillary Clinton Getting an Award Than to Benghazi Anniversary.  In news briefs on Tuesday and Wednesday, NBC Today anchor Natalie Morales touted:  "Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be given the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal for her years in public service and her work on human rights."  The two segments totaled 36 seconds of air time.  Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the network morning show only managed to offer a couple mentions, totaling 10 seconds, to the anniversary of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya [...]

State Dept. Suggests Benghazi Survivors Don't Want to Testify.  State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki did not directly deny to reporters Wednesday that Benghazi survivors were being withheld from testifying before Congress, suggesting instead that House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is mistaken to assume any of the survivors do want to testify.  Psaki went on the defensive Wednesday when Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asserted that she was giving contradictory statements concerning the Benghazi survivors.

Benghazi's smoke has cleared, but not the blood — and disturbing questions.  Exactly one year ago, as you read this, the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was smoldering and four brave Americans were dead at the hands of terrorists freed to roam Libya's streets by President Obama's smart-bomb overthrow of Col. Gaddafi.  Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Chris Stevens, the first U.S. ambassador to die on duty in three decades.  Before rushing off to more campaign fundraisers in Las Vegas, Obama staged a Rose Garden photo op a year ago this morning with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  She stood mute.  They took no questions.  Obama spoke for five minutes, uttering 801 words including this vow: [...]

Asking Questions About Benghazi, One Year Later.  It has now been just over a year since a group of terrorists overwhelmed our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and killed four Americans, one of whom was our Ambassador, two of whom were former SEALs.  Today we know little more than we did then, despite the bluster of the then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and of President Barack Obama, who has gone on to still other problems.

Benghazi 9/11 — What Difference It Made.  As Americans pause today to remember the trauma — and heroism — of September 11, 2001, we have a new reason to commemorate the day:  the embassy attacks of September 11, 2012.  A year later, there have been no arrests and no responses.  Those responsible for neglecting embassy security have been restored, while those who raised concerns are still suffering.  And the leaders most responsible pretend nothing happened.

CIA Director Pledges to Make Benghazi Survivors Available to Talk.  One year after the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the survivors may finally begin to talk.  In a three-page letter to the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers, CIA director John Brennan says that his agency will provide the "relevant information" to Rogers in order to facilitate meetings between CIA-affiliated personnel in Benghazi and congressional oversight committees.

One year after Benghazi, State Department tackles security flaws and new threats.  The Libya attack, which killed four Americans, sparked a firestorm of controversy, with Republicans questioning if the administration neglected to provide adequate security.  The tragedy cast a long shadow over the State Department, which is still enacting 29 recommendations from an independent panel that probed the attack, even in the face of new threats.

One Year Later: Why We Were in Benghazi.  It has been a year since the attack which killed four Americans in Benghazi.  During that time various minute-by-minute accounts of the attack have been published.  In addition, the administration's decisions to refuse additional security requests and to revise its talking points after the attack have been examined in detail.

It was too dark to go golfing.
Was President Obama watching TV right after the Benghazi attacks?  One year ago four Americans were murdered at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.  Despite the passage of 365 days, a number of serious questions remain about what happened that day.  One of the biggest mysteries should have been one of the simplest to solve:  What was President Obama doing that evening, especially in the hours after the facts of a terrorist attack became more clear?

The president thinks you're stupid.  But just so you know, Mr. President, Americans are not stupid.  They see through your ham-handed attempt to politicize war (he clearly hoped to use a Republican rejection in the 2014 mid-term campaigns:  "Look, the GOP wouldn't even support me to stop the killing of children!").  And Americans know they aren't getting the truth on U.S. surveillance, IRS targeting of conservatives, Fast and Furious — and especially Benghazi.

A year after Benghazi, where is the justice?  For Charles E. Woods, mystery still shrouds the death of his son and of three other Americans in the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.  "It's been almost a year, and very few questions have been answered," said Mr. Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, one of two former Navy SEALs who died that day.

One Year Later, No Justice For The Benghazi Four.  As cruise missiles are readied to aid Syria's al-Qaida-linked rebels, the president has yet to keep a promise to avenge the Benghazi dead and bring the killers to justice.

Obama, the First Lord of the Admiralty.  Here we have President Obama AWOL while the Benghazi consulate was bombed by terrorists.  He then lied about its origin, and then consented to his administration's stonewalling of the Congressional investigation.

State Dept. denies punishing diplomat for speaking about Benghazi.  The U.S. State Department denies a claim by a diplomat who says he feels punished for speaking about a fatal attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

How the Big Three Networks Have Censored or Spun Obama's Deadly Foreign Policy Failure:
Benghazi Blackout.  Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead and sent the Obama administration scrambling for a cover story that the Big Three broadcast networks initially bought and were slow to unravel.  A similar pattern has emerged in 2013.  As new information about the administration's actions before and after the attacks have been revealed through congressional testimony, whistleblowers, and eyewitnesses, the Big Three have responded by censoring, breezing past or spinning politically damaging bombshells.

What About Benghazi, Barack?  While the September 11 assault is riddled with unanswered questions and inconsistencies fostered by stonewalling, some facts are certain: Benghazi happened during a presidential election in which Barack Obama was seeking reelection AND Obama was most anxious to assure that nothing challenged the assertion that Al-Quaeda was "decimated" and that the war-on-terror had been won.

Chris Wallace to Obama Chief of Staff: Where Are the Benghazi Arrests?  Wallace was especially interested in why the U.S. had not arrested Ahmed Abu Khattala, who has been charged with the crime but not arrested, despite having given interviews to several news outlets.  "Why is it that reporters seems to be able to find this guy, who the government is charging with involvement in Benghazi, but law enforcement can't find him?" Wallace asked.  "It's been a year, sir."

Benghazi Whistleblower: I've Been 'Punished' for Speaking Out.  Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya who testified before Congress about the 9/11 attacks on an American diplomatic facility earlier this year, believes he has been "punished" for speaking out about the Obama administration's response the night of the attack.  He said he believes at least two of the Americans lost that night could have been saved if the United States had responded in time.

Gregory Hicks: Hearing of Death of Christopher Stevens 'Saddest Moment' in My Career.  In an exclusive interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya Gregory Hicks recalled being told of the death of then U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in Benghazi last year, characterizing it as the "saddest moment" in his career.  Hicks — who had a brief phone conversation only hours before with Stevens before the line went dead — was informed of his death by Libya's prime minister.

Libya claims U.S. was warned three days in advance of consulate attacks.  A Libyan security officer has claimed that he warned American diplomats about the possibility of violent unrest three days before the attack on the U.S. consulate which left the ambassador dead along with three others.  The country's president also says that the deadly raid in Benghazi was 'pre-planned' by Al Qaeda and other 'foreigners'.  However, the U.S. has hit back at that suggestion, with a top diplomat insisting the attack was 'a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response' to violence elsewhere.

Jeb Bush to Award Hillary 'Liberty Medal' on Eve of Benghazi Anniversary.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will honor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with this year's Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center.  The award will be presented to Clinton on September 10th, the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

Susan Rice returns to CIA talking points.  The [Benghazi] backlash poisoned her relationship with Republicans in Congress and dashed her chances of becoming secretary of state.  President Obama instead named her national security adviser, which didn't require Senate confirmation.  Now there is another crisis.  Obama needs congressional support for a military strike on Syria, because a "no" vote could cripple his presidency and damage American credibility.  So what do the big brains in the White House do?  They put Susan Rice in front of TV cameras to read CIA talking points.

Kerry: Talk of Benghazi Irrelevant to Syria Debate.  On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry indicated it was more important to talk about the lives of those killed by chemical attacks in Syria than the four Americans who were murdered in Benghazi.  Kerry seemed annoyed, bordering on angry, when Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) insisted that Benghazi was "germane" to the Syria debate.

Shadow of Benghazi clouds Obama's Syria push on Capitol Hill.  Lingering frustration over the way President Obama handled the attacks in Libya that led to death of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has colored the debate over whether to launch military strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad.  Republican lawmakers said in hearings this week that the two situations are linked because the September 2012 attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi weakened Mr. Obama's credibility with the public, with the public still seeking answers about what went wrong and why people have not been held accountable for the security shortcomings there.

Republican Congressman Goes After John Kerry Hard On Benghazi During Syria Hearing.  Obama and his administration can't give any kind of coherent explanation of what went wrong at Benghazi, but they tell us that they know definitively that their as-of-yet unrevealed strategy in Syria will work.  John Boehner and Eric Cantor may have already buckled at the knees, but Republican Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) wants a few answers about Benghazi before he gives the thumbs up to any new military adventures.

Benghazi Mention Sparks Fireworks in Syria Hearing.  Secretary of State John Kerry and Rep. Jeff Duncan traded microphone-rattling words Wednesday [9/4/2013] during the House Foreign Affairs hearing on intervention in Syria.  But it wasn't Syria that inspired such bad blood. [...] "The same administration that was seemingly so quick to involve the U.S. in Syria now was reluctant to use the same resources at its disposal to attempt to rescue to the four brave Americans that fought for their lives at Benghazi," Duncan said.

Book: Clinton's State told Benghazi was a 'terrorist attack' minutes after it began.  Just minutes after 35 jihadists crashed through the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, nearly one year ago, the facility got word to the State Department, FBI and Pentagon that terrorists were attacking, according to a forthcoming book that provides the fullest review of the assault to date.

CBS Highlights Benghazi Anniversary; Fails to Mention Obama and Hillary By Name.  Tuesday's [9/3/2013] CBS This Morning spotlighted the upcoming one-year anniversary of the Islamist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, but whitewashed the role of President Obama and his administration, including that of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

An Obama Fairytale for Our Time.  Our friend, Sundance, at The Conservative Treehouse believes that Mr. McDonough acted on behalf of Mr. Obama during two of the most crucial hours of combat in Benghazi a year ago and may well have been the person to have issued a "stand-down" order (if such an order was, in fact, ever issued — something that is not at all clear.)  In that same piece, Sundance makes a compelling case that Mr. [Denis] McDonough was the culprit who likely also set loose that evening the "Mohammed Film Squirrel" that was subsequently and repeatedly pointed to by White House and Administration factions and that was endlessly chased by the clueless MSM.

This is the Most Dangerous Time in Modern History.  "Remember what happened in Benghazi and our many conversations about what was really going on there, which you printed and the reports have since been proven correct.  It was all about arming and training anti-Assad fighters, including the instructional use of chemical weapons in Turkey and elsewhere, along the border of Syria.  People seem to forget that the Turkish consulate met Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi, the CIA logistics center, to show him that the Russians had satellite images of this training activity.  Putin was not amused and gave Turkey an ultimatum, which was delivered to the United States at Benghazi."

Will Obama Hold Anyone Accountable For Benghazi?  Sure, it might have been the first time in 33 years that an American ambassador was killed while in service, but according to the White House it just adds up to a "phony" scandal.  Secretary of State John Kerry decided that midlevel staffers suspended for the lax security surrounding the Benghazi compound were cleared to resume their jobs.  Apparently, eight months paid leave is enough punishment.

Can Hillary Clinton Survive Benghazi?  [B]y any normal standard Benghazi would be considered a career-ending debacle.  Four men, including one of her own ambassadors, were murdered on Hillary's watch, after they had pleaded with her State Department for better security.  The cable denying the ambassador's request for better protection went out over Hillary's signature.  That's just a formality! The Democrats say.  She knew nothing about it!

Team involved in tracking Benghazi suspects pulling out, sources say.  Two weeks after the Obama administration announced charges against suspects in the Benghazi attack, a large portion of the U.S. team that hunted the suspects and trained Libyans to help capture or kill them is leaving Libya permanently.  Special operators in the region tell Fox News that while Benghazi targets have been identified for months, officials in Washington could "never pull the trigger."

Of Rice and men.  Susan Rice is the protagonist of our "Fools and knaves" series going back to the Sunday she hit the gabfests to circulate the Obama administration's stupid Benghazi talking points in her capacity as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.  She is the protagonist, but she is of course supported by a cast of Obama administration all stars including her patron.  She is a piece of work.

White House Unserious About Getting Benghazi Suspects.  Why would the U.S. — knowing since last November who the terrorists are that murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans last Sept. 11, its own Justice Dept. having just charged them this month — not take out these jihadists before they kill more Americans?

Benghazi Victim's Mother Says Hillary Lied: 'You Don't Want This Person to be President'.  The reinstatement of four State Department employees who were put on administrative leave following last year's Benghazi attack only further has only reinforced Pat Smith's believe that Hillary Clinton should never be president.  Smith's son, Sean, was one of four Americans who died in the 9/11 attack on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi.

All Signs Point to a Cover Up.  Along with [Raymond] Maxwell, Deputy Assistant Secretary Charlene Lamb, Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell and another official have been reinstated.  Well, reassigned and reinstated, as they have been shuffled into other positions.  They won't face any further disciplinary actions, and they were never even told why they were put on administrative leave.  They have just been put on ice, and they taken off the ice, by one SoS and then the other.

Benghazi Billboards Invade Boehner's District.  Billboards demanding a Watergate-style committee to investigate Benghazi have gone up in House Speaker John Boehner's (R., Ohio) district, with the organizers contending he's the man standing in the way of getting answers to the terrorist attack.

The State Department's Last Living Benghazi Victim.  I have no quarrel with Kerry's decision.  First, the four appear to be scapegoats to one degree or another.  Second, the ARB report found that there was no breach of duty that would warrant disciplinary action against any of the four under existing rules.  Third, the ARB report is too shoddy, in any event, to provide the basis for fair disciplinary action against the four.  Kerry hopes, I assume, that his decision puts the Benghazi matter behind him personally, if not the administration.  But there is still a loose end.  His name is Gregory Hicks.

Now No One's Responsible For 'Phony' Benghazi Scandal.  Let some time pass, then quietly reinstate four State Department officials who were left holding the bag.  The White House is betting that this "reverse Saturday Night Massacre" will make Benghazi go away.

Kerry Reinstates Benghazi Officials Clinton Punished.  Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting Tuesday [8/20/2013].

Four sent back to work after missteps on Benghazi.  Secretary of State John F. Kerry has reinstated four employees implicated in security lapses from last year's terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, drawing sharp rebukes Tuesday [8/20/2013] from leading Republicans who said the moves mean nobody has been fired or held accountable.  Sen. Susan M. Collins of Maine called the move "shocking" and "unacceptable," while Rep. Darrell E. Issa, a California Republican who has spent months investigating the attack, described it as "a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll."

So no one was to blame!
State Department employees suspended over Benghazi terror attack are re-instated  Four State Department employees who were placed on administrative leave after the Benghazi terror attack have been reinstated, it emerged today.  A top House Republican also confirmed that the U.S. State Department's review of the attack and its aftermath did not include interviews with the employees — suggesting that they may have been used as scapegoats to spare higher-ups any responsibility.

State Dept. [spokeswoman]: Nobody at Foggy Bottom Responsible for Benghazi Attack.  The State Department is insisting that secretary of state John Kerry's decision to reinstate four employees put on administrative leave in the wake of of last year's Benghazi attack was the right call.  A spokeswoman said that Kerry, after revewing the Accountability Review Board's report on the attack and the "totality of the careers" of the four employees, determined that the the action taken against them was "not warranted."

Susan Rice 'grateful' for Obama's support during Benghazi uproar.  Rice told the fashion magazine [Vogue] that she "wouldn't rule it out" when asked about her childhood dream of becoming a senator.  The former ambassador to the United Nations also declared herself "very grateful" that the president publicly defended her when she came under attack on Benghazi.

Stopping the Hillary Juggernaut.  Clearly, stopping Hillary at the polls should be the first priority for conservatives.  But the only way to stop her is by employing the same ruthless tactics Democrats used against Romney in 2012.  Identify her greatest weakness, isolate it, and pound on it from now until November 2016.  In Hillary's case, the weakness is Benghazi.  Conservatives should remind voters that Hillary Clinton was in charge when four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Obama's Iran-Contra: The real Benghazi scandal.  One would be hard pressed to find a more significant impeachable offense than aiding and abetting the sworn enemies of the United States, especially when any such support includes sending weapons to our murderous adversaries.  A crime on that scale would certainly be made all the more serious if those same enemies turned around and utilized the U.S.-provided arms to kill Americans.

Sharyl Attkisson Continues To Hit Roadblocks and Administration Refusals To Release Information.  We know of only two certainties within the White House timeline during the night of 9/11/12:  1. That both Obama and Biden were on the phone with Benjamin Netanyahu between 6:30 and 7:28pm DC time.  2. That President Obama and Hillary Clinton talked around 10:00pm DC time about the event.  That's it.  The time between the call with Netanyahu ending at 7:30pm (1:30am Benghazi) and Hillary at 10:00pm (4am Benghazi), is a void.  What happens after 10:00pm DC time is also a void.  Sharyl Attkisson, the only journalist with any intellectual credibility on the issue, has been trying to use FOIA requests to find out the rest.

Attkisson: FBI Denies FOIA Request for Benghazi Docs.  CBS ace Sharyl Attkisson is tweeting about the status of her Freedom of Information Act request for materials related to White House activities related to the night that four Americans died in the terrorist attack on the US facility in Benghazi, Libya.  The FBI has denied her request.

Kinzinger Claim of Benghazi Lies Echoed by Senator Hutchison.  Late last week, a spokesman for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton accused Representative Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.) of a "brazen deceit" for his claim that Clinton said the Benghazi attacks were not a terrorist attack in a classified briefing, and that she actually "screamed" at a member of Congress who suggested Benghazi was the work of terrorists.

Hillary Spokesman Caught Lying About Hillary's Benghazi Terrorism Denial.  Hillary's spokesman appears to be denying that such a briefing even took place, which is stupid, as it would be easy enough to check, but then again we're dealing with Sir Edmund Hilary here.

GOP lawmaker accuses Clinton of lying to lawmakers about Benghazi.  Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton shouted at lawmakers and deliberately lied to them in a private meeting about last year's deadly strike on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said Friday [8/16/2013].  Speaking on Fox and Friends, Kinzinger said he and other members of Congress had a private meeting with Clinton about the Benghazi attack, and that the she became agitated when someone suggested it might have been a terrorist attack.

Hillary Clinton exploded at a congressman two days after Benghazi for suggesting that the attack was the work of terrorists, says GOP Rep.  'Two days after this attack,' said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, 'we were in a briefing with Hillary Clinton and she screamed at a member of Congress who'd dare suggest that this was a terrorist attack.'  'Now we find out that while it was happening, they knew it was a terrorist attack.  These are answers that we're going to get to the bottom of.'

Team Hillary assails 'brazen deceit' of latest GOP Benghazi claims.  A spokesman for Hillary Clinton fired back Friday [8/16/2013] at what it called the "brazen deceit" of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who earlier in the day said the former secretary of State shouted at lawmakers and deliberately lied to them in a private meeting about last year's deadly strike on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Frank Wolf renews call for special Benghazi panel after new questions surface.  Rep. Frank Wolf is renewing his call for the creation of a special House committee devoted to investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attack after an attorney for a State Department whistleblower said that 400 surface-to-air missiles intended for Syrian rebels were stolen, fueling a cover-up.

September 11, 2012: A day that will live in infamy.  September 11 of 2012, just eleven months ago, was the eleventh anniversary of the Declaration of Holy War signaled by three simultaneous attacks on America by nineteen Saudi Arabian suiciders, killing 3,000 innocent people in Manhattan, at the Pentagon, and in the air over Pennsylvania.  That Declaration of War came from the brutal desert theocracy of Saudi Arabia, run by its Wahhabi priesthood.

Obama outed on bin Laden raid? Where was he during Benghazi?  Now that President Barack Obama's former body man and still companion Reggie Love has let it out that Obama was playing cards during part of the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, can he tell us where the president was on the night four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens were killed in Benghazi?

Allen West calls for special committee to investigate Benghazi.  Former Florida Rep. Allen West said Wednesday that Congress needs to appoint a special committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2011, fatal attacks on America's consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  "We've got a lot of questions," he said, on Fox News.  "This is why I believe we have to have that select committee to get to the bottom of these incidents.  Right now, we have had this investigation across five different committees in the House of Representatives.  We have not gotten anywhere."

Joe DiGenova: Obama Should Be Held In Contempt For Leaking About Sealed Indictment.  There was some movement on the Benghazi scandal front today [8/12/2013].  In an interview on WMAL, this morning, Washington attorney, Joe DiGenova noted that the president may be on thin ice for leaking information about the sealed indictment at his press conference, Friday.  He said, "we are now getting close to a series of statements by the president that puts him on the long road toward impeachable offenses.

Did someone mention impeachment?

Benghazi Whistleblower Attorney: Hundreds of Missiles Were Stolen from US Compounds.  Was this the objective of the Benghazi terrorist attacks?  Did the raid and the looting happen simultaneously?  What were the weapons doing at the US diplomatic mission and/or CIA annex in the first place?

400 US surface-to-air missiles were 'stolen' from Libya during the Benghazi attack, claims whistleblower.  Four hundred American surface-to-air missiles were 'taken from Libya' during the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a former U.S. Attorney who represents whistleblowers claimed on Monday.  He added that the U.S. intelligence community is terrified they might be used to shoot down airliners.

Four hundred surface-to-air missles stolen while Obama fiddled.  No wonder King Putt has threatened CIA assets and attempted to hide military personnel who were privy to what happened the night the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was killed in a raid; the President's blatant dereliction of duty armed al Qaeda with weapons powerful enough to blast airliners out of the sky.

Benghazi Report: Finding 400 Missing Missiles Was Part of CIA/State Dept. Objective.  On August 12, 2013 Joe DiGenova, attorney for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, told Washington D.C.'s WMAL that one of the reasons people have remained tight-lipped about Benghazi is because 400 U.S. missiles were "diverted to Libya" and ended up being stolen and falling into "the hands of some very ugly people."  DiGenova represents Benghazi whistleblower Mark Thompson.

Delaying Justice in Benghazi.  Justice still has not been done because of the administration's puzzling insistence — lost amid all the controversy over the talking points about whether it was a terrorist attack or not — to treat this as a criminal offense, not what it was:  an act of war.

GOP strike on Hillary Clinton, media: Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.  The Republican Party isn't waiting for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to finally decide to run for the presidency in 2016.  On Monday [8/12/2013], they unloaded a double-barrelled attack on the former first lady and the mainstream media that the GOP sees as cheerleaders for Clinton.

Benghazi and the Banality of Evil.  Months late, CNN has gotten around to "breaking" a story that might help to complete the disturbing puzzle for the mainstream public, namely the allegation that Benghazi was the hub of a CIA weapons-running operation.  Within hours, this was washed from the headlines by the "chatter" indicating an imminent terror plot that required the United States to close numerous diplomatic facilities.

President Obama's Surprise Revelation of Sealed Benghazi Indictment.  President Obama surprised aides when he revealed today the existence of a sealed indictment in the Benghazi, Libya, attack, leaving some wondering if he crossed a legal line. [...] After all, according to federal law, "no person may disclose [a sealed] indictment's existence," and a "knowing violation ... may be punished as a contempt of court."  Contempt of court carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

Revelation of 'sealed Benghazi indictment' was against federal law — for anyone other than the President.  During a press conference yesterday, President Obama revealed the existence of a sealed indictment in the Benghazi attacks in Libya on September 11, 2012, leaving some experts questioning whether the president broke the law. [...] The announcement came as a surprise to some insiders, as the existence of a sealed indictment has not been publicly confirmed or denied by law enforcement or government officials.

AP Reporter: Obama's Body Language Showed He Didn't Want to Discuss Benghazi.  Associated Press reporter Julie Pace told the Special Report panel on Fox News that his clipped response when asked about Benghazi Friday [8/9/2013] showed his discomfort with the topic that has beleaguered his administration for nearly a year.  Fox News correspondent Ed Henry asked Obama about his promise to hold the attackers responsible for the Benghazi terrorist attack last September.

The Mother of All Scandals.  Of the four most prominent scandals — and by "four" I do not wish to deprecate "Fast and Furious," or EPA Director Lisa Jackson's fake email persona, or the arbitrary non-enforcement of the law, from ignoring elements of Obamacare to granting pre-election amnesty by fiat to over one million illegal aliens — Benghazi is by far the most disturbing; the scandal is insidious. [...] It was rumored but not confirmed that Ambassador Stevens in extremis was either raped or brutalized, though those details remain murky — given that the assassination of an American ambassador is rare, and the vicious brutalization of his person is unprecedented.

Krauthammer: Obama Administration Treated Benghazi Like a Crime Instead of Act of War.  Columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized the Obama administration's treatment of the Benghazi terrorist attack like a crime rather than an act of war on Special Report Tuesday, pointing out a similar approach by the Clinton administration in responding to the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S.S. Cole in 2000 led to huge difficulties in holding the guilty parties responsible.  News broke Tuesday [8/6/2013] that federal agents and prosecutors investigating Benghazi filed charges against Ahmed Khattalah, leader of a Libyan militia officials believe orchestrated the assault.  According to CNN, the charges under seal are the first criminal counts to emerge from the probe.

Chaffetz Offended By Idea That Regime Is 'Committed' To Capturing Benghazi Terrorists After 11 Months.  A dubious Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) questioned the Regime's commitment to capturing and killing the Benghazi terrorists today when he appeared on Fox to talk about the sealed charges against Ahmed Khattala.  In fact, he says it's a little offensive to suggest it is a priority at this point.  Almost eleven months after the fact — it's a bit offensive, he thinks, for the Regime to pretend it's a big priority when it's [very] apparent it's not.

Reporters Afraid To Ask Obama White House About Benghazi.  Obama has apparently taken his cue for this from Hollywood.  It is a well-known fact that movie stars in Hollywood will not grant access to those reporters and media outlets that do not write or report favorably about them. [...] The end result of this is that there is no honest reporting coming out of Hollywood these days.  This has likely been obvious to most everyone for quite some time.  Now that Obama is doing the same thing, how long will it be before there is no longer any honest reporting coming out of the White House Press corps?  Perhaps we are at that point already?

Boehner Not Only 'Made a Deal w/Obama' — but Fears Being Implicated in Benghazigate Himself.  Appearing on Fox, Pat Caddell said Monday that John Boehner quietly went-along the harebrained Libya-Syria gun running scheme that blew up in the Obama regime's face last year — without proper congressional approval — and now fears the consequences of his own grave errors.

Caddell: "Boehner... Suppressing Anything on Benghazi".  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has turned down a select committee to investigate Benghazi, even though more than 160 of his colleagues in the House, 1,000 Special Operations veterans and many other Americans have called for one.  Could statements made on Fox News' Political Insiders be a reason why?

Valerie Jarrett Gave Benghazi Stand-Down Order.  The omnipresent power behind the throne some have called the president's Rasputin had the power to call off three strikes against Osama bin Laden.  She may have used that power again the night four Americans died in Benghazi.

CNN Airs "The Truth About Benghazi" — But Fills The Story With Lies and Deception — We Explain Why.  CNN needs to maintain an optic of middle road media in order to be effective.  MSNBC is so far down the water-carrying road they are essentially useless in helping the White House except for motivating and cheerleading the base of Democrats.  But CNN has a more important role, they need the illusion of journalism, as it pertains to the current U.S. administration, in order to be effective.  In the past 48 hours a series of events took place to establish the optic for their Benghazi coverage.

A generous second coat of the Benghazi whitewash.  CNN spent an hour of prime time Tuesday night [8/6/2013] to air a special anchored by Erin Burnett, "The Truth about Benghazi."  They claimed to have learned two vital lessons from their supposedly extensive investigation of that tragedy:  It must never happen again, and politics trumped patriotism.  Really?  That's it?

CNN Answers No Questions.  The re-run of [the CNN Benghazigate] special will be a "must watch" only for someone who has not been paying attention to Benghazigate for the last 11 months.  For those of us who have been paying attention, the nicest thing that can be said about it is that it was a big, fat nothingburger.

U.S. Charges Libyan Militia Leader in Benghazi Attack.  The United States government has filed its first criminal charges pertaining to the 9/11/12 attacks on the Benghazi diplomatic facility, according to CNN's justice and national-security correspondent Evan Perez.  Ahmed Khattalah, a Libyan militia leader, is believed to have been involved in the attacks that resulted in the death of four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens.  CNN's sources did not reveal the exact charges brought against Khattalah.

First charges filed in connection with Benghazi attack.  Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against an alleged militia leader in connection with the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, CBS News has confirmed.  Ahmed Khattalah becomes the first person charged in connection with the attack that killed four Americans.

Raising More Benghazigate Questions.  Jake Tapper peeked recently into that dark room wherein the Obama Administration and its allies in the MSM have consigned the Benghazigate Scandal.  Tapper's was the first and only major report to appear in the MSM, and CNN will air a special on Benghazigate tonight at 10:00 PM EDT. [...] One little fact Tapper's in piece is being said to have been unreported earlier other than in alternative media:  that a total of seven persons were injured in the attacks.  That number is interesting because no injuries were reported during the series of face-to-face "immaculate confrontations" at the compound and with the rescue team.

First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe.  Federal authorities have filed the first criminal charges in the investigation of the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, people briefed on the matter said.  Several suspects charged in the armed assault last September 11 include prominent Libyan militia figure Ahmed Abu Khattala, the sources said.  Other identities were not disclosed.  The counts initially sought months ago in New York are still under seal, according to the sources.

CIA Claims Benghazi Survivors Wanting to Talk Should Work Through Proper Channels.  The various investigations into the attacks on the Benghazi consulate and annex have had virtually no input from those on the ground during the assaults on September 11, 2012.  The House Intelligence Committee has heard twice from one Agency official who was present but none of the transcribed interviews conducted so far by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has done much of the serious investigating of the Benghazi attacks, were with on-the-ground survivors of the attack.

Obama's Watergates.  The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known.  Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.

Rep. Frank Wolf Passionate about Benghazi.  Describing his experience with Watergate during the Nixon administration, Rep. Wolf recapped the Benghazi failures of leadership, response, and responsibility that resulted in the death of four Americans and the many hidden casualties. [...] He continued that there are many unanswered questions in the chain of events.  It is strange that with the hunt of Bin Laden we had minute by minute accounts, he said, while with Benghazi, we have a cover up of events.

Politico: Media Didn't Ignore Benghazi.  Politico's Dylan Byers, in a piece for his buddies in the MSM, declares that conservative criticism of the mainstream media is overblown. [...] Let us enlighten Byers to the scope of the MSM's betrayal of the public trust, with some added help from the Media Research Council.

First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe.  Federal authorities have filed the first criminal charges in the investigation of the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, people briefed on the matter said.  Several suspects charged in the armed assault last September 11 include prominent Libyan militia figure Ahmed Abu Khattala, the sources said.  Other identities were not disclosed.

An Open Letter to The Hidden Benghazi Survivors.  This is an entirely open letter.  Why?  Because you are entirely hidden. [...] You possibly had your names changed whether you wanted to or not.  You are clearly deep in hiding though; probably more than afraid, most likely terrified.  Possibly you've been well-compensated for "your troubles".  In some ways, you are no different than many Americans that don't have the luxury of hiding.  This is a country with a citizenry that is now coerced and threatened, afraid for our liberty and Constitutional freedoms.

Journalists Worry Covering The Benghazi Attack Threatens White House Access.  Last week, CNN aired two striking reports revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency had a large number of agents on the ground on the night of the attack and that a suspect in the attack has never been interviewed by investigators.  Following these revelatory reports, which some in President Barack Obama's administration believe represent a political threat, some CNN reporters now fear for their access to the White House.  They are not alone.

Benghazi Attacks and 'Rogue' CIA Employees.  When the details of Operation Fast and Furious were revealed, the Obama administration wanted you to believe it was an operation hatched and run out of an ATF office in Phoenix; that was a provable lie.  When the IRS scandal broke, the Obama administration blamed it on 'rogue' employees in Cincinnati; this was a proven lie as well.  Now, not long after CNN's Drew Griffin reported that the CIA is intimidating operatives who witnessed the Benghazi attacks, a letter from CIA Director John Brennan is apparently supposed to convince you that his hands are clean.

The Big Benghazi Secret.  In May, we began to learn the truth about what the Benghazi cover-up was all about:  The State Department had a secret program to provide weapons to the Libyan insurgents who overthrew Gaddhafi.  Once the dictator was gone and it became apparent that some of the "insurgents" the U.S. had armed were, in fact, dangerous radicals with ties to al-Qaeda, there began an effort to disarm these groups.

If Benghazi's No Scandal, Why a Cover-Up?  [Scroll down]  The main focus of this effort is to prevent their personnel from speaking not just to the media, but also to members of Congress.  While it must be acknowledged that the spy agency is entrusted with our nation's secrets, the all-out push described in [Jake] Tapper's report seems to speak more to a desire to silence whistle-blowers and to cover up any possible wrongdoing than anything else.  If Benghazi is a "phony scandal," Americans are entitled to ask why the government is behaving so suspiciously.

Benghazi Bombshell: Valerie Jarrett, Commander in Chief.  Confidential sources close to Conservative Report have confirmed that Valerie Jarrett was the key decision-maker for the administration, the night of the Benghazi terrorist attack on 9/11/2012. [...] The military-order, not to initiate action, saving our men in Benghazi, was issued by the President's Advisor, Valerie Jarrett.

Relief of Benghazi Defenders? President Jarrett votes No!.  President Obama's failure to issue Cross Border Authority allowing our men to die is bad but if it wasn't him making the decision it's worse.

Congressman claims the Obama administration is hiding Benghazi witnesses.  Following President Obama's accusation that Republicans' investigations into the 2012 Benghazi terror attack constitute a 'phony scandal,' a GOP congressman has alleged that the administration is hiding witnesses to the deadly military-style assault by relocating them and changing their names.  Additional published reports surfacing Thursday [8/1/2013] allege that the CIA had 'dozens' of agents on the ground in Benghazi on the night of the attack, including as many as seven wounded, and that they were engaged in an arms smuggling operation.

Obama's Sloppy History Problem.  In Chicago on July 24, Obama delivered an hour-long speech in which he complained that "with this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball."  The mother of one of the four Americans murdered at the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi immediately objected.  "He's wrong.  My son is dead.  How could that be phony?"

CIA Benghazi Operation May Have Been Cover For Weapons To Syrian Rebels.  Dozens more CIA operatives were on the ground in Benghazi than previously acknowledged.  Were they running guns to Syrian rebels?  And why are they and their families now being intimidated?  The only thing "phony" about the Benghazi scandal has been the cacophony of falsehoods and obfuscation pouring out of the Obama administration about the night four Americans, including the personal representative of President Obama, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed.

On the other hand...
Benghazi: Is the Alleged CIA Scandal Real?  [U]nless someone steps forward in his own name and offers solid evidence to the contrary, my conclusion is that the CIA angle is a needless distraction from the real Benghazi scandal, which involves not the Agency, but Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Barack Obama.

Gowdy alleges massive Benghazi cover-up.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is accusing the Obama administration of a massive cover-up in the deadly Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack, saying it was "dispersing" witnesses around the country and changing their names in an effort to hide the truth about what happened.  In an interview Thursday [8/1/2013] with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, Gowdy said the administration is "changing names, creating aliases" of U.S. agents who were in Benghazi on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks.

So, What Is the Benghazi Cover-Up All About?  Shortly after the Benghazi debacle in September 2012, it was rumored that the terrorist attack occurred in the context of a CIA operation whereby Libyan arms, which presumably were either purchased or scooped up by the Agency in the wake of Gaddafi's overthrow, were being shipped to the rebels in Syria.  According to rumor, this is why the CIA had an "annex" in Benghazi; it explains why there were CIA men on the scene, two of whom were killed, and perhaps also why Ambassador Chris Stevens traveled from Tripoli to Benghazi with essentially no security.

Desperation in the Benghazi Coverup.  A congressional select committee could offer immunity to the CIA's dispersed, intimidated survivors.

Rep. Issa subpoenas State Department for Benghazi documents.  Congress's top inquisitor subpoenaed the State Department on Thursday [8/1/2013] for documents detailing the inner workings of the independent board that probed the September attack in Benghazi, Libya.  Republicans on the House Oversight panel have accused the Accountability Review Board (ARB) of seeking to protect former Secretary of State and possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in its investigation, notably by declining to interview her.  Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he subpoenaed the department because he was being stonewalled.

CIA had 21 agents on the ground during Benghazi attack.  The night four Americans — including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens — were killed during a terrorist in Benghazi, Libya, last year, there reportedly were dozens of CIA operatives on the ground near the scene that night — and now the spy agency is going to great lengths to keep whatever they were doing there a secret.  According to published reports, since January, several CIA operatives involved in the missions in Libya have been forced to submit to multiple polygraph tests — in some cases, operatives were given a test on a monthly basis.

Tapper Peeks into Benghazigate.  The real piece of significant new news in [Jake] Tapper's report was that the CIA has been conducting an unprecedented number of polygraph examinations of agents and operatives with knowledge of the events in Benghazi, in what appears to be an attempt to intimidate and silence those agents and operatives.

The Rise of Al-Qaeda and Why the Administration Lied about Benghazi.  You don't have to be Muslim to love the Muslim Brotherhood or even, consciously or unconsciously, sympathize with the goals, if not the actions, of al-Qaeda.  You just have to have been imbued with a blind hatred of imperialism.  That's all you need.  What this myopia leads to, however, is consorting with people with no values at all.

Benghazi: Cui Bono?  We know that the embassy in Tripoli "...advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 that an Islamic terrorist group had claimed credit for the attack...."  However, Team Obama has not "officially" rejected its still-obtaining "official" position that it was, as described by the inimitable Mark Steyn, a "...movie review that just got a little out of hand...."

The Other Benghazi Scandal: Journalists Worry Covering The Attack Threatens White House Access.  Last week, CNN aired two striking reports revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency had a large number of agents on the ground on the night of the attack and that a suspect in the attack has never been interviewed by investigators.  Following these revelatory reports, which some in President Barack Obama's administration believe represent a political threat, some CNN reporters now fear for their access to the White House.  They are not alone.


"It has been my experience that whenever a leader — whether elected, anointed or media-appointed — does not want you to see something, that's probably the time when you should go out of your way to see it."
Clarence Page    


On the Embassy Closures.  [#1]  The fact that this is reportedly an al-Qaeda plot shows once again that AQ is alive and well globally, contrary to President Obama's ludicrous and willfully misleading statements over the past two years that it is "on the run" and "nearing defeat." [...] [#2] What happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 — and the chaotic, shameful cover-up that has followed — provided an enticing blueprint for Islamic jihadists.

Rep Wolf: Sources Say CIA Was Moving Guns in Benghazi.  CNN reports the CIA had dozens of operatives in Benghazi during the deadly September 11 attack last year, yet since the attack, the spy agency has allegedly engaged in an intimidation campaign of its own members to keep personnel quiet about the events of that night and why the CIA was in eastern Libya to begin with.

Will David Ubben Blow Roof Off 'Phony' Benghazi Scandal?  The former commander of special operations in North Africa says he, like our president, was incommunicado during the Benghazi attack.  We may soon hear from the hero who survived 20 hours waiting for help.

The Benghazi Story: Mass Grave of Reputations.  Maybe the anonymous "senior U.S. intelligence officials" who gave out a "detailed timeline" about the Benghazi fiasco on Thursday never heard of Healy's Law:  "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."  That is because the hole in which they found themselves will surely end up a mass grave for their reputations and for many others' — beginning with General David Petraeus.

House issues subpoenas to get Benghazi documents from State Department.  As they prepared to head home for summer vacation, House Republicans fired off three subpoenas Thursday [8/1/2013] seeking more information from the State Department on the terrorist attack last year in Benghazi, Libya, and on the science the Environmental Protection Agency used to impose new clean air regulations.

CIA 'running arms smuggling team in Benghazi when consulate was attacked'.  The CIA has been subjecting operatives to monthly polygraph tests in an attempt to suppress details of a US arms smuggling operation in Benghazi that was ongoing when its ambassador was killed by a mob in the city last year, according to reports.

Flashback: Clinton told Rand Paul she 'didn't know' if US was smuggling arms from Benghazi.  In a January 23, 2013 Senate hearing, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if the United States was smuggling arms from Benghazi into other countries.

The Attack in Benghazi: Worth Investigating After All.  Dozens of CIA agents were apparently on the ground in Benghazi, Libya last September.  What I want to know is why.

White House calls Benghazi 'phony' scandal, as lawmakers seek answers on probe.  The White House said bluntly Wednesday that it considers the controversy over the Benghazi attack to be among the so-called "phony scandals" that President Obama has been complaining about in recent speeches — even as new questions were being raised about the lack of progress in the investigation.

CNN Interviews Accused Benghazi Attack Perpetrator: Not In Hiding, Claims FBI Not Looking or Him.  On Wednesday [7/31/2013], CNN aired a portion of an interview one of the network's reporters was able to conduct with a man accused of participating in the September 11, 2012, attack on an American diplomatic consulate in Benghazi.  The individual accused of participating in that attack was not in hiding and said that American investigators were not looking for him.  He does, however, deny his direct involvement in that attack.

Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives [were] on the ground during Benghazi attack.  CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.  Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.

Benghazi Attack Survivor Waited on a Roof Top for 20 Hours Before Help Came.  Diplomatic Security agent David Ubben has been receiving treatment at Walter Reed Military Medical Center after being severely wounded on September 11, 2012 when the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked by terrorists.

Benghazi witnesses forced into silence? New concerns over terror attack aftermath.  Even as the White House labels Benghazi a "phony scandal," a raft of new allegations and concerns is once again bringing the controversy back to the forefront in Washington.  Fox News has learned that at least five CIA employees were forced to sign additional nondisclosure agreements this past spring in the wake of the Benghazi attack.  These employees had already signed such agreements before the attack but were made to sign new agreements aimed at discouraging survivors from leaking their stories to the media or anyone else.

House to hear long-sought testimony about Benghazi from task force chief.  Congress will hear eagerly awaited testimony Wednesday on the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack from a special operations task force commander who is set to retire the next day.  Col. George Bristol, the former commander of a task force that operated in Northern and Western Africa, will appear at a classified, members-only briefing with a House Armed Services subcommittee, congressional and Defense sources told The Hill.  Republicans have been pressing the military to allow Bristol to testify.

Key military commander to testify on Benghazi — the day before his retirement.  Congress will hear eagerly awaited testimony Wednesday on the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack from a special operations task force commander who is set to retire the next day.  Col. George Bristol, the former commander of a task force that operated in Northern and Western Africa, will appear at a classified, members-only briefing with a House Armed Services subcommittee, congressional and Defense sources told The Hill.  Republicans have been pressing the military to allow Bristol to testify.

Let's Have Justice For Ambassador Christopher Stevens.  The Obama administration hasn't just been ignoring Benghazi, hoping it'll pass from public consciousness.  It's been actively trying to bury evidence, including the fact that rescue teams were ordered to stand down.  It's also concealing the identity of who gave that order.

Benghazi hero fought alongside fallen SEALs, still recovering at Walter Reed.  One of the most severely wounded survivors of the Benghazi terror attack, Diplomatic Security agent David Ubben, risked his life to help save his fellow Americans, and is still being treated at Walter Reed medical center to this day, Fox News has learned.  Fox News is the first news organization to make direct contact with Ubben — who has had multiple surgeries at Walter Reed to save his right leg, which was badly wounded in the Sept. 11 attack.

Mother of slain Benghazi victim Sean Smith: 'My son is dead. How could that be phony?'.  The mother of a Benghazi victim is furious about the new White House strategy of calling the terrorist attack and many other scandals plaguing the Obama administration "fake" or "phony."  Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who was slain in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack, lashed out on "Your World" on the Fox News Channel about that terminology.

More about Obama's phony scandals speech.

Stockman suggests witness intimidation behind stalled Benghazi investigation.  Texas Rep. Steve Stockman suggested Tuesday [7/23/2013] that the investigation into Benghazi had stalled because witnesses were pressured into not testifying before committees.

Frank Wolf Demands Answers on Benghazi Attacks.  Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) has called on the secretary of defense and attorney general to explain why "not a single terrorist" involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, "has been brought to justice" after murdering four Americans.  The questions still surrounding the Benghazi attack are numerous and troubling, according to Wolf, who is on a three-week-long campaign to refocus the nation's attention on the issue before lawmakers take their summer recess.  Wolf is one of the sole lawmakers still vocally pressuring the Obama administration to explain why it has not located the terrorists responsible and brought them to justice despite repeated promises to do so.

Mark Levin: Boehner "Cut Some Kind Of Deal With Obama" On Benghazi.  [Scroll down]  ["]So the greatest secret on the planet right now is what Obama was doing during eight-and-a-half hours when our consulate was under attack, our ambassador being slaughtered, two ex-SEALs coming to his rescue being slaughtered, and the security/information individual, gentlemen, being slaughtered. And we can't get an answer.  And John Boehner doesn't want an answer, because John Boehner is what stands between setting up a special investigative committee and not.["]

AFRICOM commander: We knew almost immediately Benghazi was a terrorist attack.  A public statement this weekend about the night of the Benghazi attack from former AFRICOM commander General Carter Ham is making the rounds, thanks to some belated attention from Fox News, but it's more curious than revelatory.  Now retired, General Ham spoke at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado and addressed his recollections of the consulate sacking and the American response.

Former military head says it was quickly clear terrorists [were] behind [the] Benghazi consulate attack.  The former head of U.S. forces in Africa, General Carter Ham, told the Aspen Security Forum that it quickly became clear the assault on the American consulate in Benghazi last year was a terrorist attack and not a spontaneous demonstration.  "It became apparent to all of us quickly that this was not a demonstration, this was a violent attack," Ham said. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initially had portrayed the embassy attack as a response to an inflammatory internet video.

New details emerge of horrific attack that killed U.S. ambassador.  More grim details about the terrorist attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has emerged as Libya admits it is struggling to combat a growing tide of extremism in the country.  Ten months after the deaths at the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi in the north African country, a frightening picture of the attack itself and the desperate security situation in Libya has emerged.

Pentagon does about-face on key Benghazi witness, makes Marine colonel available to talk to Congress.  The U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to make available to Congress a Marine Corps colonel who was in command of U.S. Special Forces in Northern Africa on the night armed terrorists staged a military-style assault on an American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.  A series of requests for Marine Col. George Bristol's testimony from Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, had fallen on deaf ears until Friday [7/19/2013].

President Barack Obama's Six Months of Blunders.  [Scroll down]  Just consider President Barack Obama's recent catastrophes.  There is Benghazi.  It took place during the last election (which should have sealed Obama's fate), but this spring it became obvious that Ambassador Christopher Stevens should not have been there, was not given proper security even once the attack began, and the event suffered various cover-ups.  For instance, all that nonsense about the anti-Islam video that mysteriously appeared in the talking points without having ever been suggested by the CIA.  Where did the claptrap about the video come from?  That should not be too difficult to establish.

Congressman: Benghazi Survivors Forced to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements.  Congressman Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia, said today on the House floor that survivors of the Benghazi terror attack have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements:  "On Tuesday I raised the question of why none of the Benghazi survivors, whether State Department, CIA, or private security contract employees have testified publicly before Congress," said Wolf.

Benghazi Scandal Haunts Nuland Nomination.  As demonstrated yesterday [7/11/2013], Victoria Nuland, the nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and former State Department spokesman, is the most recent object of the distrust and anger felt by Senators over the attack on the U.S. consulate on September 11, 2012, and its aftermath.  At yesterday's confirmation hearing, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee grilled Nuland on her role and that of her former boss, Hillary Clinton, in rewriting and toning down the Administration's talking points on Benghazi.

Senate Incapable of Unraveling Benghazi.  The Senate is "institutionally incapable" of finding out what really happened during the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, says former Judge Andrew Napolitano.  Appearing on Fox News Channel's "Special Report," Napolitano said he watched Thursday's confirmation hearings for Victoria Nuland, the former State Department spokeswoman who has been tapped by President Barack Obama as assistant secretary of State.

Benghazi talking points not shared with Clinton, Nuland says.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton played no direct role in shaping the Obama administration's infamous "talking points" on the Benghazi attacks, the State Department's former head of communications told lawmakers Thursday [7/11/2013].  "At no point," said former department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, "did I talk about the talking points with Secretary Clinton."

The Obama administration scandals that wont go away.  Congressional Republicans will re-open two of the Obama administration's most persistent wounds next week, refocusing public scrutiny on the State Department's failures in Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service's reputation for unfairly targeting conservatives.  House committees controlled by the GOP have regularly torn off the White House's rhetorical band-aids on the IRS and Benghazi, refusing to let the administration claim the healing power of closure.

Obama's Europe Envoy to Face Benghazi Questions.  President Barack Obama's choice as chief American envoy for Europe faces the Senate Thursday [7/11/2013] in a confirmation hearing that could go far beyond issues of trans-Atlantic diplomacy to questions about the administration's handling of the Benghazi attack and its plan to arm Syria's rebels.

40 Minutes In Benghazi.  When U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed in a flash of hatred in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, the political finger-pointing began.  But few knew exactly what had happened that night.  With the ticktock narrative of the desperate fight to save Stevens, Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz provide answers.

Key commander to be questioned on Benghazi goes missing.  During the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command leadership, CBS News reported.  While it would be expected he could answer Congress' questions about that night, no one seems to know where he is — or isn't telling.  "They say he's retired and they can't reach out to him," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CBS News.  "That's hogwash."

Republicans want to talk to Col. George Bristol about Benghazi.  Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) chain of command the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  As such, he's high on the list of people that some Republican members of Congress want to interview.  But they don't know where he is and the Pentagon isn't telling.  Pentagon spokesman Major Robert Firman told CBS News that the Department of Defense "cannot compel retired members to testify before Congress."

The Editor says...
That may be true, but it wouldn't stop Congress from issuing a subpoena.

They all lied about how Ambassador Christopher Stevens Died in Benghazi.  As new information is finally starting to leak out about what really happened in Benghazi on that fateful night of September 11, 2012, NOTHING is more telling than this one single photograph... for this photograph proves that Ambassador Christopher Stevens did NOT die of smoke inhalation in the embassy compound as was claimed by the Obama administration, but was taken alive, raped, sodomized, and [who] knows what else... and Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Hillary Clinton, and all those in their vile orbit knew this from day one and all bold-faced lied.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Connection to Benghazi.  On Wednesday June 26, 2013 reports began to pop up across the Arabic world citing an internal Libyan government memo that has not yet been acknowledged in the American press. [...] Multiple sources have confirmed this document details several confessions of the six Egyptians in Libyan custody for the 9.11.12 bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.  The document details the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as being involved with and in the funding, support, planning, and execution of the attack.

Benghazi Matters.  In the aftermath of the killing of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi and three other Americans, the Obama administration did the classic dance of political operatives confronted with an inconvenient truth:  deny, deny, deny, and then say, "Oh that doesn't matter because it was a long time ago."  President Obama has called efforts to get to the bottom of what happened a "sideshow."  But, alas, Benghazi is not a sideshow and it does matter.  The administration's actions in this and other scandals facing the Obama team go to the very foundation of any presidency:  can the American people trust their president and his administration?

Benghazi Attack Suspect Walks.  Libya's government earlier this month released a key terror suspect who U.S. officials say was involved in planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi.  Faraj al Chalabi, (also spelled Shibli) an al Qaeda terrorist also linked to the 1994 terrorist murder of two German tourists, was detained by the Tripoli government in March.

Benghazi security team nails $3M book deal.  Twelve Books, which announced this week it signed a deal with four members of the elite security team from the annex of the US Embassy in the Mideast town, is paying a $3 million advance, Media Ink has learned.  The book by the authors — whose names were not released — is scheduled to be released in 2014.

Where Was the President?  This is a simple question, one to which the American people might reasonably expect an answer, but more than nine months after that deadly night, we still have not gotten a detailed answer and most in the media seem to have lost all interest in the question.  White House correspondents have let themselves be played like chumps, treated like court stenographers whose job is to transcribe the administration's talking points.

The Benghazi Diary, A Hero Ambassador's Final Thoughts.  It's become clear to us that Ambassador Stevens was someone who cared deeply about his work to promote American diplomacy in Libya. [...] Stevens' diary has never been made public, until now. It was first discovered and reported on, in brief, by CNN, but the news network soon caved in to outside pressure, most likely from President Obama's staff, and ceased reporting on it all together.

Sen. Ted Cruz says he's holding all State Dept. nominees until IG named.  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday that he's placing a hold on all State Department nominations until President Obama nominates an Inspector General for the agency, calling Mr. Obama's failure to nominate an IG since taking office "unacceptable."  "The position has been vacant for almost 2,000 days.  This is a crucial oversight position and should be a priority for an agency facing substantial management challenges," Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, said in a statement.

Benghazi Creeps Closer To Hillary Clinton.  The decision to place U.S. personnel in Benghazi with substandard security was made at the highest levels of the State Department by officials who have so far escaped blame over the Sept. 11 attack.  An indication that the Orwellian-named Accountability Review Board (ARB) investigating the terrorist attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, was an effort not to assign responsibility for the disaster but to enable those responsible to escape blame is the fact that ARB never bothered to interview the likes of Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy.

Darrell Issa subpoenas four State Department officials for Benghazi information.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has issued subpoenas for four current and former State Department officials to find out what they know about the fatal terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.  Issa, in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, said he has been unable to arrange interviews with the four officials, who Issa said, "possess direct knowledge of the event."

Benghazi just got closer to Hillary Clinton.  Back on October 10, 2012, State Department Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy testified in front of the House Oversight Committee about the attacks in Benghazi one month earlier, on 9/11/12.  Now an internal memo from 2011 that shows Kennedy signed off on the staffing levels at the Special Mission Compound (SMC) where Ambassador Christopher Stevens was murdered, has been released.

The arsenal of theocracy.  [Scroll down]  It may have taken 2 years to realize that Egypt was falling apart but it took less than a year for the NYT to realize Libya was connected to the process of arming Syria.  At this rate of learning Hillary Clinton will have realized the place is a mess by the middle of her administration.

Trail of Benghazi security lapses leads to State Department senior leadership, records show.  The decision to keep U.S. personnel in Benghazi with substandard security was made at the highest levels of the State Department by officials who have so far escaped blame over the Sept. 11 attack, according to a review of recent congressional testimony and internal State Department memos by Fox News.  Nine months before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, State Department Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy signed off on an internal memo that green-lighted the Benghazi operation.

State Department unclassifies and releases first official photos from aftermath of the 2012 Benghai attack.  A set of seven stunning photographs emerged Thursday [6/20/2013], showing the first official glimpse of the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya that left US. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.  The grainy, scanned pictures, released by the advocacy group Judicial Watch, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request lodged with the U.S. Department of State.  They are the first images of the Benghazi attack released by the State Department.

Benghazi Whistleblower Lawyer Says Joint Chief's Chairman Lied to Congress.  An attorney whose firm represents two Benghazi whistleblowers said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lied to the Senate when he said there was never a "stand down" order during the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012.  "What was fascinating is that he explained his lie to them," Joe DiGenova, an attorney representing one of the whistleblowers, told CNSNews.com.

Hillary Clinton: Alex Jones in a pantsuit.  After our consulate in Benghazi was attacked and four Americans were killed, everybody on the ground knew immediately that it was a terrorist attack.  The CIA knew during the attack that it was terrorism.  However, Hillary Clinton spent weeks telling everybody that it was a spontaneous protest due to a YouTube video.  She even told the families of the victims that she was going to make sure the maker of the YouTube video was arrested (he was and is still in jail).  Adherents to this odd conspiracy theory have come to be known as "tubers".

If the Obama Administration Scandals Had Occurred in the Private Sector.  Imagine the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the owner/operator of a small business uttering the words "What difference, at this point, does it make" in response to a wrongful death suit. [...] Here lies the problem:  if the unnecessary death of 4 Americans, the attempted silence of the non-Obama media, the outright silencing of the political constituency that rained down the 2010 historic upset of the left, and the related cover-ups don't result in someone going to jail, let alone losing their job (really losing it, not paying them to not work), then what will?

Ailes: Why Fox covers Benghazi.  Fox News chief Roger Ailes on Wednesday [6/12/2013] slammed the IRS as "arrogant" and said he wants to know what President Barack Obama was doing on the night of the Benghazi attack in his acceptance speech for the 2013 Bradley Prize.

Clinton confidante at center of Benghazi damage-control tied to probe of suspected diplomat crimes.  A longtime confidante of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton who reportedly played a key role in the State Department's damage-control efforts on the Benghazi attack last year is also named in accusations that department higher-ups quashed investigations into diplomats' potential criminal activity.  Cheryl Mills, who served in a dual capacity in recent years as general counsel and chief of staff to Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state, was accused of attempting to stifle congressional access to a diplomat who held a senior post in Libya at the time of the attack.

The Era of Contempt.  To this day, we do not know who denied requests for security at the American mission; who ordered a Special Forces unit in Tripoli to stand down, as charged by Gregory Hicks, formerly deputy chief of mission; who directed Susan Rice, ambassador to the United Nations, to take to the air waves and call it a reaction to a video offensive to Muslims; and who ordered that this misrepresentation be maintained for seventeen days until President Obama finally acknowledged that it was a terrorist attack.  Further, we do not know exactly what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama were doing during all seven hours of the siege of the U.S. consulate.

Benghazi Matters.  In the aftermath of the killing of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi and three other Americans, the Obama administration did the classic dance of political operatives confronted with an inconvenient truth:  deny, deny, deny, and then say, "Oh that doesn't matter because it was a long time ago."  President Obama has called efforts to get to the bottom of what happened a "sideshow."  But, alas, Benghazi is not a sideshow and it does matter.  The administration's actions in this and other scandals facing the Obama team go to the very foundation of any presidency:  can the American people trust their president and his administration?

Barack Obama: 'We'll Hold Somebody Accountable!'.  Victoria Nuland, the State Department spokesperson who personally altered the FBI talking points memo to redact all references to terrorism, has been promoted to assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.  She should have been fired.  Susan Rice, the bureaucrat who knowingly recited the false statements blaming a video for the tragic Benghazi attack, has been promoted to the prestigious cabinet position of national security advisor. She should have been fired.

Benghazi is the blank spot in the Obama presidency.  On "Fox News Sunday" recently, White House aide Dan Pfeiffer was asked about President Barack Obama's whereabouts the night of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi.  This was the night when we lost our first ambassador in 30 years, and when three other Americans were killed in an attack lasting for hours at multiple locations.  Since the president is commander in chief, one would think that where he was and what he did during such an event would be of obvious public concern.  Not according to Pfeiffer.

The Totalitarianism at the Heart of the Obama Scandals.  [Scroll down]  Let's not forget the ongoing saga of the Benghazi cover-up, although certainly the Obama administration would like for us to do so.  "What difference at this point does it make?" Hillary Clinton snarled in response to questions about her involvement.  "Benghazi happened a long time ago," Obama's press secretary Jay Carney said dismissively when pressed about whistleblowers being prevented from testifying.  This administration would prefer, in true totalitarian fashion, for the whole embarrassing debacle to simply disappear down the "memory hole" George Orwell wrote about in 1984.

Rand Paul demands answers on U.S. gunrunning in Benghazi.  Sen. Rand Paul suspects the U.S. was secretly running guns through the consulate in Benghazi to arm Syrian rebels.  The Kentucky Republican said the Obama administration must provide answers about whether firearms trafficking through Libya was related to the terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.  "We need to ask a lot of people in the administration, including Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton and others:  Were we shipping arms to Turkey?  And, was that why the ambassador was there in Benghazi?  And why the CIA annex was there?" Mr. Paul said Sunday [6/9/2013] in an interview with Shannon Bream of Fox News.

The Liberal Creed: Punish the Innocent and Reward the Guilty.  Susan Rice either lied about Benghazi or was irresponsible for not knowing the truth.  Obama is rewarding her with a promotion.  Samantha Power said that America is evil and should apologize for its actions, and she is being rewarded by being named U.S. ambassador to the U.N., where she will fit right in with all the dictators that condemn the U.S.  Meanwhile, the Benghazi whistle-blowers, who spoke truth to power, are being persecuted.

The Scandal Dump is a Smokescreen.  [Scroll down]  I submit that this chain of coordinated releases of scandal after scandal is a ploy by the most corrupt regime in American history to divert national attention from the most damning political catastrophe Obama has ever faced:  Benghazi-gate.  Was the stratagem a botched attempt to have Stevens kidnapped by al-Qaeda and then to offer the Blind Sheik in exchange for the ambassador?  Was the subterfuge a failed attempt to divert the massive Gaddafi weapons cache into the hands of al-Qaeda?

Ten key reasons why the Obama presidency is in meltdown.  [#8]  The Benghazi scandal has been extremely damaging[.]  Much as the Obama administration tries to downplay the significance of the Benghazi scandal, it refuses to go away, with 46 percent of Americans believing "the administration deliberately misled the American people about the events surrounding the death of the American Ambassador to Libya" according to Quinnipiac.

Obama Can't Be Trusted with Power.  [Scroll down]  I would include as evidence to support my assertion the president's routine slander of his opponents, his serially misleading statements (including flat-out falsehoods about the lethal attacks on the Benghazi consulate), the IRS scandal and the public signals the president sent to that agency over the years, the unprecedented targeting of journalists by the Department of Justice and the attorney general's nasty little habit of misleading Congress, Mr. Obama's unusually dishonest campaign against Mitt Romney, and his overall contempt for the rule of law.

Benghazi Mom Calls Susan Rice a Liar.  Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, the information management officer who was killed in the Benghazi attack, was furious with Barack Obama's choice of Susan Rice as National Security Adviser.  Smith said bluntly, "I don't understand why Obama would want a proven liar to be his security adviser.  That makes no sense to me at all."

Internet Surveillance?  The National Security Agency may have been conducting massive surveillance of the Internet through its PRISM program, including surveillance of Facebook — as The Guardian and The Washington Post reported yesterday [6/6/2013] — but that did not prevent the administration from blaming the Benghazi terrorist attack, which a terrorist group was openly taking credit for on Facebook, on a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube.

Where was Obama the night four Americans were killed in Benghazi?  Why, after nearly nine months, do we not have an answer to this question yet?  It seems that any time someone asks this question, the subject gets changed and never goes back to it.  So the administration has managed to deflect the question without actually answering it or lying about where he was.  So why won't they just answer the question?

Obama Would Be Toast If Americans Actually Paid Attention To Benghazi.  When it comes to scandals, the IRS targeting conservatives seems to resonate with the public because no one likes the IRS.  The Justice Department snooping on the Associated Press and a Fox News reporter outrages the media so they're finally criticizing the administration.  Both of these scandals, however, leave wiggle room for the president to deny involvement but there is no way for him to escape responsibility for Benghazi.  Fortunately for him, Americans don't seem to care that two Americans fought for their lives waiting hours for assistance that was never ordered by the Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama.

Benghazi, Mon Amour.  Susan Rice is no more qualified to opine on matters of national security than a character from The Wizard of Oz.  Like Obama himself, she is a highly politicized, over-credentialed Scarecrow, with certificates from Stanford, Oxford, and the Brookings Institution in place of a brain.

Jason Chaffetz: Susan Rice Is a Terrible Choice for National Security Adviser.  In a move that is already angering Republican lawmakers, President Obama will name as his next national security adviser Susan Rice, the administration official who delivered (but did not draft) the talking points that downplayed the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sunday television shows in September five days after the incident.

Susan Rice's Consolation Prize.  The news that Susan Rice will be named to replace Tom Donilon as President Obama's national security adviser is not surprising in the least — indeed, it was close to a sure thing as soon as Rice's name was dropped from consideration to be secretary of state.  But there is irony aplenty in this promotion, and it explains why the New York Times is wrong to cast the appointment as "a defiant gesture to Republicans."  The Times joins many commentators on the left in being completely confused by the complicated politics of l'affaire Rice, so it's worth reviewing.

Washington Post Plays 'Hide the Benghazi' In Its Front-page Susan Rice Promotion Story.  Apparently, the Post thinks American values include shameless lying on TV news shows.

The real reason Obama tapped Susan Rice for national security adviser.  [Scroll down]  She has zero credibility with the media, on Capitol Hill, with the foreign policy community and foreign leaders, and is so badly tarnished by the Benghazi scandal that she walks into the job on Day One weak and wounded.  The most obvious problem is her disastrous performance on the Sunday talk shows peddling the administration's fairy tale on Benghazi; when she was either complicit in the cover-up or incompetent.  Either she knew what really happened and deliberately lied to the American people or she was a mere actress who read the script she was given and didn't know enough to question whether the words she spoke were accurate.

Obama's 'Defiant' Tapping of Susan Rice Says He Thinks He Won Benghazi Again.  President Obama is making Susan Rice his national security adviser, even though what she said on five Sunday talk shows about the cause of the attack on an American diplomatic outpost in Libya has been the focus of Republican scrutiny for almost nine months.  Obama "was embittered by the attacks against Rice to an extent unmatched by nearly any other episode in his fight-filled presidency," Politico's Glenn Thrush says.  Picking Rice is a "defiant gesture to Republicans," The New York Times' Mark Landler writes.  It also seems to indicate that the White House thinks Benghazi is kind of over.

'What did he know, and when did he know it?'  [Scroll down]  Then there is Benghazi, Libya, where terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.  The Washington Post, a newspaper that has been a very strong supporter of the president, gave him "four Pinocchios" for claiming that he initially called it an act of terrorism.  Instead, the administration blamed the attack on a YouTube video, which, it turns out, was a non-event in Benghazi.

Is Obama waging psychological warfare on Americans?  Seen through the lens of psychological warfare, the failure to defend our embassy in Benghazi need not be understood simply as a screw-up.  It could reflect an actual strategy on the part of the administration to reinforce the notion that homicidal violence born of hatred toward America is understandable — even condonable — because we have generated it ourselves and are reaping the harvest of ill will we have sown.  In other words, we should take our punishment.  The president said as much when he blamed the murder of our Ambassador to Libya on a film that criticized Islam.

Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder Still Blocking the Truth.  This is not the first time that Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills, and Eric Holder have been accused of attempting to thwart a congressional investigation.  Not by a long shot.

State Dept. Report Lists 6 Terror Attacks Last Year in Benghazi Before 9/11 Attack.  All told, there were eleven terrorism-related attacks last year in Libya prior to the 9/11 attack in Benghazi that took the life of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods.  Six of those eleven attacks took place in Benghazi.

Why is the Benghazi military story still classified?  Key details about what manned and unmanned aircraft were in the region, the actions of various emergency response forces, and the deliberations of commanders from the ground up are a U.S. government secret.

Dangerous Times: Benghazi Revealed Collusion with Al Qaida.  Like Watergate, Benghazi has several layers.  But the most revealing one is the active collusion between this administration and Al Qaida.  Al Qaida is a Saudi-inspired and Saudi-funded terror gang.  Almost all of the terrorists on 9/11 were Saudis.  Those facts are always covered up, but they are crucial to understanding the Jihad War.  In Benghazi we ran arms from Libya to Al Qaida rebels in Syria.  The Saudis are funding that rebellion.  There's that Saudi link again.

Louie Gohmert Fumes: If Not For John McCain 'Benghazi Would Not Have Happened'.  Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert has unearthed a new culprit in the Benghazi saga:  fellow Republican John McCain.  Conservative radio host Frank Gaffney asked Gohmert to comment on McCain's "hobnobbing with jihadists" during his recent trip to Syria.  Gohmert brought up a similar trip of McCain's to Libya, where he feels McCain's policy to depose Muammar Gaddafi unleashed the Muslim extremist forces that later attacked the American Consulate in Benghazi.

Benghazi: More Evil Than Anything a President Has Done In Our Lifetimes.  Charles Krauthammer didn't put it in such straightforward language, but why beat around the bush?  This "scandal" will result in Obama's impeachment because it must.  Fiat Justitia, Ruat Caelum.

More about the clamor for Obama's resignation.

GOP Requests 'Benghazi Emails Between Obama's Reelection Campaign and State Department'.  The Republican National Committee announces that it's filing a Freedom of Information Act request for the release of all "Benghazi Emails Between Obama's Reelection Campaign and State Department."

Officials instructed Benghazi hospital to list Stevens as "John Doe".  U.S. officials gave instructions for Benghazi Medical Center to use a "John Doe" pseudonym on the death certificate of Ambassador Christopher Stevens after he died of asphyxiation in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.  That's according to a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity because the official isn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

State Dept. May Not Comply with Congressional Subpoena on Benghazi.  Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday [5/29/2013] that the State Department has not decided if it will comply with a congressional subpoena demanding documents related to the crafting of Benghazi talking points for Susan Rice.  Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a five-page letter on Tuesday explaining why he as chair of the Oversight Committee issued the subpoena and what documents he expects to be delivered by June 7th.

2 Diplomats Met Different Fates in Benghazi Uproar.  The political tempest over last September's deadly attacks on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has left a path of dented careers in its wake.  But as with many storms, the residual damage is proving to be distinctly uneven.

Blame the President for Benghazi.  When the American mission in Benghazi, Libya was attacked on September 11th, 2012, only one person had the positional authority, legal mandate, and communications apparatus to give the order to defend our personnel on the ground:  the President of the United States.  The President did not give that order, and four Americans died in Benghazi that day.  All the rest of the nonsense to which we have been treated — from prepared talking points, congressional hearings, and finally to the outright lies — matter not when compared to the ignominious moments in which the President of the United States refused to do his job.

Issa subpoenas State Dept. documents on Benghazi talking points.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday [5/28/2013] subpoenaed State Department documents related to the Obama administration's talking points that were used after the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

House investigator subpoenas all communications on Benghazi 'talking points'.  House Republicans' chief investigator issued a subpoena Tuesday [5/28/2013] for State Department documents that he said would shed light on how the administration wrote the "talking points" that were used to give a wrong impression of the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.  Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa told Secretary of State John F. Kerry to provide all communications regarding the talking points from 10 department officials, including Victoria Nuland, who was chief spokeswoman at the time, and Deputy Secretary William Burns.

CBS' Sharyl Attkisson And ABC's Jonathan Karl Unfairly Smeared Over Benghazi Reporting.  [Scroll down]  The administration appears to presume that by activating their supporters to defend the White House against a "vast right-wing conspiracy," they can dilute the gravity of the charge that they willfully misled the public in the wake of the Benghazi attack.  The fact that even Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gave Pfeiffer's claim three "Pinocchios" has not reduced the zeal with which pro-White House devotees parrot this charge.  Worse still, some of the president's supporters have actively sought to discredit the reputations of both Attkisson and Karl — two of the nation's finest and most credentialed reporters — for misquoting the actual email account.

Benghazi and IRS Targeting: Politics by Other Means.  What do the Benghazi cover-up and the IRS scandal have in common?  They were both about winning elections, under false pretenses.

For Obama, image is everything and the only thing.  The biggest scandal regarding Benghazi may be that the president was not at the helm on 9-11-2011 and was not directing the response to an attack.  His aides insist he was getting updates, but the president is supposed to be more than an inbox for messages from his advisers.  Was he peppering them with questions?  Was he insisting they run through the available rescue options?  The answer to both seems to be no, and for that dereliction of duty he needs to be held accountable.  Maybe he would have been more accurate in his statements after the fact if he had had been plugged in and paying attention during the attacks.

Obama [is] 'a passenger on the ship of state'.  Thanks to mainstream media connivance, the American public has not focused much thought on the abandonment of an ambassador and his protectors, as they waited hour after hour for reinforcements that never arrived.  The president, whose whereabouts that fatal evening are still unknown, is indeed guilty of dereliction of duty.  One has to wonder why the commander in chief was AWOL that evening, as four men under his command died.  A mystery can usually be counted upon to spark public interest, but so far nobody has asked the president at one of his press engagements what [...] he was doing that was more important than managing the response to the 9/11 attacks.

Will The Obama Administration Play Dumb On ObamaCare, Too?  Denial of knowledge seems to be a key strategy of the Obama administration for avoiding responsibility.  First, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed they did not initially know the true nature of the Benghazi embassy attack as Americans were being killed.  Later, they maintained that neither of them was aware of how a wholly falsified story about the attack was created and then promulgated via the press to the American public.

Local Benghazi Victims Honored.  Former Navy SEALs killed while working a CIA security detail in Benghazi are being honored on Memorial Day at Mt. Soledad.

The Man Behind 'Unskewed Polls' Levels Up in Conspiracy Theories.  [Scroll down]  The idea, which actually comes from a blog post by Kevin DuJan, revolves around a sticking point for Benghazi conspiracy theorists:  where was the president during the night of the Benghazi attacks?  This question was reasserted in a Politico piece by the National Review's Rich Lowry last week, to which DuJan's post is apparently a response.

Washington Post blames Benghazigate on Petraeus.  Washington Post reporters Karen DeYoung and Scott Wilson (prompted, undoubtedly, by Team Obama) find that David Petraeus is to blame for the trouble in which the administration finds itself over the Benghazi talking points. [...] In the Post's telling, Petraeus drafted talking points that exceeded the scope of what the House Intelligence Committee asked for. Thus, the talking points had to be changed, and that led to Benghazigate.

The Other Benghazi Scandal.  The complexity of Washington scandals as they unfold usually involves many moments at which it is possible to lose sight of the forest for the trees.  Two such instances have come into sharper relief in recent weeks.  One is that we still have no good explanation for U.N. ambassador Susan Rice's talking points for her round of talk show appearances the Sunday after the 9/11/12 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Dems prepare game plan for Benghazi.  Democrats vow they won't be caught flat-footed when the co-author of the State Department's independent audit on Benghazi appears for a closed-door interview with congressional investigators next month.  Retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering has agreed to be deposed by Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) Oversight panel on June 3 after being threatened with a subpoena.

The Stabbing Attack You Haven't Heard About.  [Scroll down]  Why after all that, after Benghazi, after all the pontificating of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, "what difference at this point does it make", was security at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo not increased?  Security has actually decreased since Mubarak left in 2011.  Why are they only now announcing they are "stepping up security"? [...] Why has the government glossed over this incident as though it were unrelated to the Embassy?

Corruption Starts At The Top.  The e-mails show that talking points alterations were instigated by top officials in the Obama administration, as well as from the State Department.  Those (altered) talking points were marched out on Sunday, September 16, 2012, by (Obama crony) UN Ambassador Susan Rice to try to cover up what actually transpired, and to try to justify in-actions by Obama and Clinton.  The fact that those talking points were subsequently proven demonstrably false has led to the current scandal situation.

U.S. Military: We Could Have Saved Ambassador Stevens.  Elements of the highly specialized Combatant Commanders In-Extremis (CIF) units are always on alert, on forward deployment, ready to respond.  Their job description is to hit the ground in 3 to 5 hours.  CIF elements are ready to engage in active combat anywhere in their region, 3 to 5 hours after the call.  Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense at the time, either misled the U.S. Congress or was incompetent.  Panetta testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 7, 2013 that the U.S. military could not have responded in less than 9 to 12 hours.

Hillary's — and now Obama's — Vast Left-Wing Cover-Up.  [Scroll down]  But are not Barack and Hillary joined at the hip in their Saul Alinsky ideologies, their Rules for Radicals tactics, and their current tar baby of the Benghazi cover-up?  Back then, in a masterstroke of misdirection and disinformation worthy of Harry Houdini, Hillary loudly alleged (and a compliant left-wing media loudly amplified) a "vast right-wing conspiracy" against both herself and First Husband Bill — with all of the blame going to the dastardly right-wing Republicans.  And so it will be again [...]

Uncle Sam Wants You... Under His Thumb!  The president's behavior, speeches, and policies in the Middle East have emboldened al-Qaeda, its affiliate Ansar al Sharia, and the Muslim Brotherhood.  It was they who were responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi — not, even though Obama kept repeating and having others in his administration continue the fantasy, the result of a nearly unknown YouTube video.  Yet the American people are being instructed to simply wait patiently for Obama, Holder, and the new secretary of state, John Kerry, to smooth things over with these radical jihadists, and everything will be just wonderful as long as we don't "offend" them.

The Stingers of Benghazi.  Earlier this week, Roger L. Simon of PJ Media broke a story with shocking revelations, contending that slain U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens was in Benghazi on September 11 to buy back Stinger missiles from al-Qaeda groups that had been originally provided to them by the U.S. State Department.

Who Outed the CIA Annex in Benghazi?  In a classified hearing, a House panel is trying to figure out how the attack transpired.  Did the attackers know that secret location, or did they learn it that night?

What the White House Really Thinks.  Jay Carney's arrogant contempt for the truth stems from the president's attitude that was on display last week when he had a public temper tantrum about Benghazi questions.  An administration that doesn't believe it should be held accountable is one that is capable of just about anything.  But that's something our colleagues at the AP and Fox News have already discovered.

Obama nominates Nuland for assistant secretary of state.  President Obama on Thursday nominated Victoria Nuland, a State Department official involved in the editing of the administration's talking points on Benghazi, to be the next assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.  Nuland, a career foreign service officer who was until recently State's top spokesperson, had long been expected to be nominated the post to replace Philip Gordon, who Obama picked to serve as Middle East coordinator for the National Security Council.

Benghazi Investigation Deepens: Lawmakers Seek Interviews of 13 Officials Involved.  As the investigation into the Obama administration's handling of the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi intensifies, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are seeking to conduct transcribed interviews with thirteen top State Department officials in the coming weeks in order to learn more.  Those named in the letter include a wide range of current and former State Department personnel, from senior advisers to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to mid-level career officials with responsibility for diplomatic security.

Because Of Ideology, Benghazi Terrorists Remain Free.  The U.S. knows who and where five of the Benghazi terrorists are who murdered Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The Obama administration's ideology keeps them free.

Ten tips for testifying under oath.  [#2]  Don't shout, "What difference does it make?"  Really, it's never a good response to any congressional inquest.

Holding AWOL Obama Accountable.  For eight months, the White House has maneuvered to prevent the truth from emerging on why four Americans were left to be slaughtered.  President Obama calls the ongoing controversy over talking points used by Ambassador Susan Rice a "sideshow."  In fact, they are less important than what the president refuses to address — why no rescue attempt was made. [...] Where were you, Mr. President, and who decided not to attempt a rescue?  We the people have a right to know.

Issa's panel inching closer to asking for Hillary Clinton's testimony on Benghazi.  Members of the House Oversight Committee are getting closer to asking Hillary Clinton to testify on last year's deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya.  Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told The Hill that there are "a number of steps" that the panel "will take first" before calling the former secretary of State to the hearing room, but he left the door open to compelling her appearance.  "We have a number of steps that we are taking to get full and complete discovery," Issa said.

No backbone.
Despite momentum, GOP leadership still against special Benghazi committee.  While momentum has been building inside the House Republican conference for a special congressional committee to investigate last year's terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the GOP leadership is making it clear they still have no enthusiasm for establishing such a committee.  About two-thirds of House Republicans — 153 in total — have signed on to the resolution offered by Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia to establish "a select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya."

Sources challenge White House claim of all-hands-on-deck pursuit of Benghazi suspects.  U.S. military sources serving in North Africa are challenging the latest White House claim that the administration is applying "all the resources" at its disposal to bring the Benghazi attackers to justice, charging instead that the Obama administration knows who is responsible but is not acting.

Senators: 'What We Do Not Know' About Benghazi.  Three U.S. senators have identified the missing parts of the response to the Benghazi terror attack.  In a statement, Senators Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain list "What We Do Not Know" about Benghazi.

Petraeus's role in drafting Benghazi talking points raises questions.  The controversy over the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attack last year began at a meeting over coffee on Capitol Hill three days after the assault.  It was at this informal session with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the ranking Democrat asked David H. Petraeus, who was CIA director at the time, to ensure that committee members did not inadvertently disclose classified information when talking to the news media about the attack.

Ex-Diplomats Report New Benghazi Whistleblowers with Info Devastating to Clinton and Obama.  These whistleblowers, colleagues of the former diplomats, are currently securing legal counsel because they work in areas not fully protected by the Whistleblower law.  According to the diplomats, what these whistleblowers will say will be at least as explosive as what we have already learned about the scandal, including details about what really transpired in Benghazi that are potentially devastating to both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

State Department Denies Libya Weapons Buyback program Exists.  Gunrunning from Libya into Syria is a violation of international law.  Furthermore, one has to ask how arming rebels in Syria would serve America's interests because it doesn't.  Just like it didn't serve America's interest in Egypt or Libya where the Muslim Brotherhood has steadily gotten or is gaining power.  Arms running would also explain why the Obama-Clinton regime gave "stand-down" orders and denied providing any help to Americans in peril.

Four honorable American men are dead, this buffoon finds the whole thing laughable.
Howard Dean: 'Benghazi is a Laughable Joke'.  Former Democratic National committee chairman Howard Dean considers the controversy over Benghazi a "joke" and "silly."  "Benghazi is a laughable joke," Dean proclaimed twice last week in a discussion with Republican National Committee communications chairman Sean Spicer.  "With all due respect, governor, when four Americans die serving this country, that's not a joke, sir," Spicer responded.

FBI ID's Benghazi suspects — but no arrests yet.  The U.S. has identified five men who might be responsible for the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year, and has enough evidence to justify seizing them by military force as suspected terrorists, officials say.

Uh-Oh: Hillary's Benghazi Scapegoat Speaks Out.  The Daily Beast reports that one of the Benghazi fall guys is refusing to take the fall.  Raymond Maxwell was put on indefinite leave by the State Department after its Administrative Review Board (ARB) investigation of Benghazi for reasons that are still unknown to him.  The person he claims made the decision to cast him out was Cheryl Mills — Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff and counsel at the State Department.

Benghazi: Where Was President Waldo During Attack?  The lack of a timeline for what the commander-in-chief was doing the night terrorists murdered our ambassador to Libya and three others is an "irrelevant fact," according to a key White House aide. [...] Following in [former U.N. Ambassador Susan] Rice's footsteps, he announced that the details of where President Obama was and what he was doing that fateful night were an "irrelevant fact."

The mystery night.  On "Fox News Sunday" last weekend, White House aide Dan Pfeiffer was asked about President Barack Obama's whereabouts the night of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi.  This was the night when we lost our first ambassador in 30 years, and when three other Americans were killed in an attack that lasted all night long at multiple locations within the eastern Libyan city.  Since the president is commander in chief, one would think where he was and what he did during such an event would be of obvious public concern.  Not according to Pfeiffer.

Obama's Mr. Irrelevant.  Dan Pfeiffer's job title is "senior advisor to the president for strategy and communications."  And on five television shows Sunday [5/19/2013], he all too clearly communicated the White House's strategy of remaining unclear on pertinent details about scandals now dogging President Barack Obama.  "Fox News" host Chris Wallace pressed Mr. Pfeiffer on "one lingering question" about last Sept. 11's terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya:  "What did the president do that night?"

Despite the WaPost, Benghazi Is a Major Scandal.  [Scroll down]  The most obvious red flag is the administration's treatment of Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya.  Here we have a career public servant of impeccable reputation (and personally a Democrat, no less) who has said he was A) ordered not to talk to a Republican congressman; B) berated for daring to voice internal dissent from talking points he knew for a fact were untrue; C) actually demoted for trying to insist on the truth; and D) then in effect called a liar by the administration for claiming he had been demoted — which is not even a disputable fact, because no matter how one explains it away, moving from deputy chief of mission to a desk officer slot is by any reasonable definition a demotion.

Issa Warns Hillary.  Since Hillary Clinton last came up to Capitol Hill, we've learned senior State Department officials sought to scrub references to terrorism from the infamous Benghazi talking points to insulate Foggy Bottom from political criticism — citing concerns of their "building's leadership" to justify the demands.

It Can Happen Here.  [Scroll down]  While we all knew that a filmmaker did not prompt a riot that just happened to kill four Americans, we did not, until the testimony of State Department officials and the published communications of White House, CIA, and State Department staffers, appreciate just how far the administration would go to further a false narrative.  And quite a myth it was:  lead-from-behind Libya was still a success; al-Qaeda was still scattered; Obama was still on the global front lines condemning anti-Islamic bigots like Mr. Nakoula, whose religious hatred supposedly had spawned violence that even the Nobel laureate Barack Obama could not deter.

Exclusive: Hillary's Benghazi 'Scapegoat' Speaks Out.  Following the attack in Benghazi, Libya, senior State Department officials close to Hillary Clinton ordered the removal of a midlevel official who had no role in security decisions and has never been told the charges against him.  He is now accusing Clinton's team of scapegoating him for the failures that led to the death of four Americans last year.

The Sharyl Attkisson Approach.  Sharyl Attkisson has problems.  The Obama administration won't answer the CBS News correspondent's questions because her investigations — into Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Solyndra — often reflect negatively on it.  Some colleagues at CBS News, where she has worked for two decades and earned multiple Emmy awards, dismiss her work because they perceive a political agenda.  And now, she says, someone may have hacked into her computers.

CBS Is Investigating How A Reporter's Computer Was Compromised.  CBS told Business Insider that it is "investigating" a claim by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson alleging an ongoing intrusion into her computers.  Attkisson made the claim Tuesday morning [5/21/2013] during an interview with host Chris Stigall on WPHT Philadelphia.  "There's been an issue in my home and an issue with my computers," Attkisson said on the radio show.  "It's gone on for quite a long time."

CBS' Attkisson Reports She's Been Shut Out by White House.  Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News has been one of the few reporters attempting to dig deep into controversial stories.  But after her work on Fast and Furious and Benghazi, she is now reporting that she's been shut out of the information loop by the White House.

Sharyl Attkisson's computers compromised.  Sharyl Attkisson, the Emmy-award winning CBS News investigative reporter, says that her personal and work computers have been compromised and are under investigation.  "I can confirm that an intrusion of my computers has been under some investigation on my end for some months but I'm not prepared to make an allegation against a specific entity today as I've been patient and methodical about this matter," Attkisson told POLITICO on Tuesday [5/21/2013].  "I need to check with my attorney and CBS to get their recommendations on info we make public."

What good is a secret funeral?
CIA Honored Benghazi Chief in Secret Ceremony.  Part of why the State Department has taken the brunt of the political blame for the Benghazi attack, writes Eli Lake, is that clandestine services by definition have very little public oversight.

Outside the Gates.  An American ambassador and three courageous Americans died at Benghazi and we still don't have the slightest idea where the Commander in Chief was during the eight hour fire fight.  We don't know who gave the stand down orders to special forces operators who could have gotten to the scene in time to save lives.

CNN's Crowley Admits Obama Didn't Call Benghazi a Terror Attack.  On the May 19 broadcast of CNN's State of the Union, host Candy Crowley said that Obama was late in identifying the attacks in Benghazi as terrorism quite contrary to what she said during the Presidential debates late last year.




Extortion 17

The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as Told by a Navy SEAL's Father.  Members of the United States Navy SEALs are a special kind of human, incredibly smart athletes with unthinkable endurance and unimaginable tolerance for pain.  The greatest attribute of a SEAL is devotion.  But in a brand new book, a tragic truth is revealed about the Obama Administration's unrequited devotion from our most selfless of heroes.  Aaron Carson Vaughn is honored by his heartbroken dad in Betrayed, The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL's Father.

Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan.  Questions haunt the families of Extortion 17, the 2011 helicopter mission in Afghanistan that suffered the most U.S. military deaths in a single day in the war on terrorism.  The investigative file made available to The Washington Times shows that the helicopter's landing zone was not properly vetted for threats nor protected by gunships, while commanders criticized the mission as too rushed and the conventional Chinook chopper as ill-suited for a dangerous troop infiltration.

Before Benghazi, There Was Extortion 17.  Karen and Billy Vaughn are the parents of a fallen Navy Seal, Aaron Carson Vaughn.  I met with the Vaughns when I spoke to a sold-out Tea Party event in Fort Lauderdale in June.  The Vaughns are extraordinary heroes.  Their courage to speak about Obama's crippling rules of engagement is to be applauded.  The Vaughns have exposed the delusional U.S. military "rules of engagement" policy that led to the takedown of a Chinook helicopter, Extortion 17, by the Taliban.

Afghanistan's Benghazi: The Shoot-Down of Extortion 17.  We still don't know who in the U.S. government gave the order not to rescue Americans under fire for eight and a half hours, and how and why such an unconscionable order was given.  We still don't know who convinced senior White House officials to tell grieving parents meeting their children's caskets that a video-maker, not jihad against the West, was to blame for the assault that took four American lives — or what the political motivation was.  This is a national disgrace.

Did Afghan Officials Play Deadly Role in Navy SEALs Helo Crash?  Because the deaths of these "silent professionals" came only weeks after Vice President Joe Biden compromised operational security by disclosing details about their unit's involvement in a raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, some people — including family members and friends of SEALs killed in the crash — believe the SEALs may have been sacrificed by the Obama Administration to appease followers of bin Laden.  More likely, however, is that they were set up by unvetted or poorly-vetted Afghan officials allowed to work closely with U.S. and Coalition Forces decision-makers.




Where Was Obama on Night of Benghazi Attack? President's Senior Adviser Ducks and Dodges.  President Obama "was kept up to date" on the terror attack in Benghazi "throughout the entire night, from the moment it started until the very end," the president's senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told "Fox News Sunday."  But repeatedly pressed for details on where the president was and what the president was doing on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, Pfeiffer dodged the question, saying only that Obama was "kept up to date with the events as they were happening."

About those "doctored" Benghazi e-mails.  We're seeing a story being pushed by administration supporters, up to and including Democratic congressmen, claiming that the Benghazi e-mails were intentionally altered by the GOP for political purposes.  When you run into these smug, told-ya-so defenders of the White House, you should calmly point them to this article from Jonathan Strong at National Review, where this claim is firmly debunked.

Did Obama Withhold Cross-Border Authority?  [Scroll down]  I can't believe cross-border authority permission is not one of the top discussion points about Benghazi.  That, and who "set him up" by sending him to Beghazi to meet the Turks on 9-11, with them leaving after dark.  And of course, down the road, was the military rescue-in-progress turned back because Obama actually wanted to make sure the consulate was wiped out?  Is that why the spooks at the annex were refused permission to travel the under one mile to intervene?  That would connect it all together, but for now, the best focus is on Obama either granting or withholding cross-border authority for the rescue.

Benghazi as Lazarus, Back from the Dead.  There is still a huge amount we do not know about the event.  But more and more pieces of the puzzle are being unearthed, dusted off, and fit into the mosaic.  And the more we know, the worse it looks for Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Schieffer to Obama Advisor: 'Why Are You Here? Why Isn't the White House Chief of Staff Here?'.  As NewsBusters reported two weeks ago, CBS's Bob Schieffer is fed up with the White House's talking points concerning what happened at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September.  His impatience continued on Sunday's [5/19/2013] Face the Nation when Obama senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer gave stock answers to questions about the three crises facing the President [...]

Pfeiffer Stretches the Truth on Benghazi Emails.  On the Sunday shows today [5/19/2013], White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer sought to discredit criticism over how the infamous Benghazi talking points were scrubbed of references to terrorism by focusing on the differences between how ABC News described a single White House email and its actual text.

The Impeachment Option.  Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, says President Barack Obama may face impeachment over his administration's response to the Benghazi attack.  "They purposefully and willfully misled the American people, and that's unacceptable," Chaffetz tells me.  "It's part of a pattern of deception."  Behind the scenes, he says, House Republicans are frustrated by the White House's evasiveness, and the calls for impeachment will likely increase.

When It Rains, It Pours.  Even when he's been publicly corrected, Obama repeats mistruths.  At his press conference last week, the president spoke of the attack on the American facility in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.  "The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism," Obama said.  Only he hadn't.  What Obama actually said in the Rose Garden on September 12 was:  "No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for."  It was a generic mention of terror, not directed at the Benghazi attack.

What Hurts the Most about Benghazi.  I can't look my old liberal friends in the eye after Benghazi.  Most partisan disagreements are forgivable, and I try hard not to lose dear friends over politics.  Benghazi is different.  Benghazi isn't political for me.  Benghazi is about Americans fighting jihadis for their lives and being abandoned to die by politicians.  It is about Obama and Clinton calculating what the headlines would look like if they tried to save them or if they did nothing.  They chose nothing, and they almost got away with it.

WH: 'Irrelevant' Where Obama Was During Benghazi Attacks.  On Fox News Sunday this morning [5/19/2013], White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer was asked by Chris Wallace where in the White House President Obama was during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans.  "Question," asked Wallace.  "What did the President do the rest of that night to pursue Benghazi?"

Obama Aide: 'Irrelevant Fact' Where President Was During Benghazi Attacks.  [Fox News Sunday] Host Chris Wallace reminds Pfeiffer that Obama didn't really talk with Secretary Clinton, Secretary Panetta, or Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that night.  "He was talking to his national security staff," Pfeiffer insists.  Asked about whether the president entered the Situation Room, Pfeiffer says, "I don't remember what room the president was in on that night, and that's a largely irrelevant fact."

The Editor says...
Was he bowing toward Mecca?  Was he stoned?  Did he go someplace he shouldn't be?  Whatever Mr. Obama was doing, it must have been something truly disgraceful and reprehensible, or the White House would not be so reluctant to answer this simple question.

At least someone in the MSM covers Benghazi.  Jay Carney insists Benghazi, Libya, is not a scandal, but then he doesn't admit to having misled the media about the origin of the attacks.  The administration now tells CBS News, "We're portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots.  It's actually closer to us being idiots."

It's Time to Discuss the Secret CIA Operation at the Heart of the Benghazi Scandal.  In eight months since an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi left four Americans dead, a Republican-led investigation has focused on potential missteps by the White House — and come away with nothing significant.  There has been little attention given, however, to covert actions by the Central Intelligence Agency that were partially uncovered during the September 11, 2012 attack.  That may be changing.

Internal Memo Proves That CBS' Sharyl Attkisson Did Not Get Benghazi Emails Story Wrong.  [Scroll down]  One reporter who has been accused of repeating falsified talking points given to her by Republicans is CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson.  A memo sent to CBS News talent and producers, and obtained by Mediaite, shows that is simply untrue, and that Attkisson made clear in her original draft report that what she was privy only to "paraphrased" portions of "handwritten notes" that members of certain Congressional Committees were able to access.

Obama adminstration talking points scrubbed jihadists from Cairo as well as Benghazi.  In the days after the Benhazi attack, the State Department scurried to cover up its failure to heed warnings of such attacks while the White House scurried to cover up the fact that that attacks were the work of al Qaeda-linked terrorists of the sort President Obama supposedly had largely vanquished.  The final Benghazi "talking points" and Susan Rice's talk show appearances represent the product of this scurrying.

Chris Wallace Grills White House Adviser Over Benghazi Emails, Talking Points.  White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer made the Sunday show rounds this week, including a stop at Fox News Sunday, where Chris Wallace pressed him on the administration's handling of and response to the Benghazi attack. Wallace persisted on the topic of the emails about the talking points in particular — but the two couldn't manage to agree.

Obama's Secret to Corruption: Never Appoint a Special Counsel.  Did you scratch your head when not a single Justice Department or ATF official went to jail for sending hundreds of guns over the border to Mexican drug lords with the expressed purpose of fomenting violent crime?  Do you really think high ranking government officials are going to be held accountable for the now blazing IRS and Benghazi scandals?

The Worst President Ever.  [Obama's] priority on September 11, 2012, the night in which he was informed of the attack on the Benghazi consulate in Libya, was to go to bed in order to get a good night's sleep before flying off to Las Vegas for more fund-raising the next day, skipping his daily intelligence briefing.  An American ambassador had been killed along with three other personnel, but it did not alter his schedule.

Pfeiffer on IRS Scandal: The Law Is Irrelevant.  White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer said "the law is irrelevant" when asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos Sunday about whether President Obama thought the IRS' targeting of conservative groups was illegal:  STEPHANOPOULOS:  What does the president believe?  Does the president believe that would be illegal?  PFEIFFER:  I can't speak to the law here.  The law is irrelevant.  The activity was outrageous and inexcusable and we need it to be fixed so it doesn't happen again.

WH: Republicans 'Owe Ambassador Rice an Apology' for Benghazi Criticisms.  White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer took to ABC's This Week [5/19/2013] to defend the Obama administration's actions in the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack of September 11, 2012.  In the process of doing so, he came out in full-fledged battle mode for UN Ambassador Susan Rice.

WH: 'Irrelevant' Who Edited Benghazi Talking Points.  Appearing on CBS' Face the Nation [5/19/2013], White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said that it was "largely irrelevant" who edited the talking points the Obama administration trotted out in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Woodward: It Isn't Watergate, but It Is Nixonian.  Veteran journalist Bob Woodward accused Obama administration officials of invoking the worst instincts of former President Richard Nixon in their response to last year's deadly attack on two U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya.  "This is not Watergate, but there are some people in the administration who have acted as if they want to be Nixonian, and that's a very big problem," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." [5/17/2013]

What Did John Brennan Know?  If a thorough investigation is conducted into the origins of the al-Qaida attacks on Benghazi, Republicans will regret not blocking John Brennan's confirmation as CIA director.

White House Lied About Editing Benghazi Talking Points.  A new email dump shows that the White House, contrary to public statements, was heavily involved in editing the Benghazi talking points to remove all references to it being a terrorist attack.

Benghazi Narrative Shift Was Perfectly Clintonian.  "We've seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing do to with," said Hillary Clinton to the families of the four Americans killed at Benghazi and others gathered at a September 2012 memorial service.  Her boss, President Barack Obama, had been reciting the same lie in one forum after another in the days following the September 11 attack on the American outpost in Benghazi.  To give the lie credence, his Justice Department immured the producer of the video, a Coptic Christian named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, in a West Texas prison.

The Benghazi email dump leaves some big questions unanswered.
What About the Video?  From the beginning, there have been two big questions about the administration's deceptive spin on Benghazi:  How were the talking points whittled down to virtually nothing from the CIA's original draft?  And how did a previously obscure YouTube video gain such prominence in the administration's explanation of what happened in Benghazi?  The emails fill in at least some of the details about the talking points.  They also leave in ruins administration claims that White House and State Department officials were mere bystanders in the process.  But how, exactly, the video became so prominent in the administration's public rhetoric remains something of a mystery.

State Dept. security officers union endorses Benghazi select committee.  The union representing the State Department's security officers has endorsed House Republicans' call for a special panel to investigate the Obama administration's handling of Benghazi.  J. Adler, the national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, wrote to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on Friday [5/17/2013] to call for a "bipartisan" select committee to be formed "immediately."  The union represents 26,000 federal officers, including those working for the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

Obama and the "Official Truth".  Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been sitting in a US federal prison in Texas since his photographed midnight arrest by half a dozen deputy sheriffs at his home in California for violating the terms of his parole.  As many reporters have noted, the parole violation in question would not generally lead to anything more than a court hearing.  But in Nakoula's case, it led to a year in a federal penitentiary.  Because he wasn't really arrested for violating the terms of his parole.  Nakoula was arrested for producing an anti-Islam film that the Obama administration was falsely blaming for the al-Qaida assault on the US Consulate in Benghazi and the brutal murder of US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on September 11, 2012.

Woodward Compares Benghazi To Watergate.  Bob Woodward appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" this Friday morning and, in stark contrast to his less-concerned Watergate colleague Carl Bernstein, he admonished the show's hosts to "not dismiss Benghazi" and compared the White House's behavior over CIA/State Department talking points with President Nixon's handling of edited transcripts of taped conversations in the oval office.

The Clinton Scandal Playbook and Benghazi.  The punditocracy is pulling out its collective hair, wanting to know why there have apparently been multiple layers of cover-ups in the evolving Benghazi story.  An early scandal from the Clinton administration, the so-called "Travelgate" scandal, may be instructive.

Rep. Issa subpoenas Benghazi auditor Thomas Pickering.  The lawmaker leading the charge to investigate the Benghazi, Libya, terror attack on Friday [5/17/2013] subpoenaed the co-author of a report that slammed the State Department but didn't interview Hillary Clinton.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) formally demanded that retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering submit to being deposed by the committee next Thursday.

President Obama's Emptiest Benghazi Talking Point.  On Sept. 12, 2012, President Barack Obama vowed to "bring to justice" the perpetrators of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya.  On Oct. 26, 2012, Obama said his "biggest priority" was bringing the "folks" in Libya responsible for murdering four Americans to "justice."  Tick, tock, tick, tock.  While White House press secretary Jay Carney sneers at the GOP's "obsession" with what went wrong at the besieged Libyan consulate, Obama continues to ply his emptiest talking point.

Officials on Benghazi: "We made mistakes, but without malice".  The officials spoke to CBS News in a series of interviews and communications under the condition of anonymity so that they could be more frank in their assessments.  They do not all agree on the list of mistakes and it's important to note that they universally claim that any errors or missteps did not cost lives and reflect "incompetence rather than malice or cover up."

When it rains, it pours: Ten press conference take aways.  [#9] Obama wasn't asked about his whereabouts on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack, the dissembling about the video that Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said set off the attacks in Libya or about his administration's negligence in anticipating al-Qaeda terrorism in Libya even after other governments pulled their people out.

CBS' Attkisson: 'There Hasn't Been an Appetite for the Stories I've Offered on Benghazi'.  CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has been one of the more aggressive reporters covering the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last September.  But the veteran CBS News reporter feels the story's she's pitched lately are getting picked up on the TV network.

Petraeus Email Objected to Benghazi Talking Points.  Then CIA-Director David Petraeus objected to the final talking points the Obama administration used after the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, because he wanted to see more details revealed to the public, according to emails released Wednesday by the White House.

The Benghazi Emails: What Do They Show?  This afternoon [5/15/2013] the White House released 100 pages of emails that trace the development of the talking points about Benghazi that Susan Rice eventually used on her notorious tour of the Sunday morning news shows, and that formed the basis for much of what the Obama administration said about the attacks for weeks afterward.  This is the original version of the talking points that came out of the CIA, with slight revisions.  Note that this initial version is ambiguous, reflecting what was probably genuine uncertainty on the part of the drafters.  Note, too, that there is no reference to any YouTube video.

The Benghazi Emails: Talking Points Changed at State Dept.'s Request.  After months of demands from Republicans in Congress, the White House has released emails related to what the administration said in the days after the terrorist attack in Benghazi.  The emails confirm the ABC News report that the so-called "talking points" written by the CIA on the attack underwent extensive revisions — 12 versions — and that substantial changes were made after the State Department expressed concerns.

Todd: Released Benghazi Emails Raise More Questions.  NBC political reporter Chuck Todd told "The Today Show" Thursday the released Benghazi emails raise more questions about the argument between the CIA and the State Department over the talking points, particularly given that then-CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus dismissed them at the time as uninformative.  "I think that this raises more questions about what was the argument going on between the State Department and CIA," Todd said.

Benghazi scandal is an affront to the American military ethos.  As information about the Benghazi affair continues to issue forth, it is raising more questions than answers.  One of the most important questions regards the forestallment of any significant military response.

Red herring alert!
The Benghazi deception.  Like a levy that has been suspiciously breached, the informational flood created by these news events is without recent precedent.  The timing of this flood is of particularly critical importance.  The headlines are diverting our attention away from a critical window of investigative value relating to Benghazi.  Could it be that we're seeing a form of force majeure being implemented to overwhelm and distract us from something far more important to truth seekers and consequently, much more lethal to Obama's second term?  Perhaps the Cloward-Piven strategy adapted and modified for the modern news cycles of today?

Death in Benghazi, Dishonor in Washington.  At a moment when four Americans found their dependence on government at an all-time high — when their very lives hung in the balance — they were orphaned by the state, left to die on a soil that was not their own.

Lawless in office.  The White House and State Department systematically manipulated the intelligence to cover up the terrorist killings of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.  The administration misled the public in order to protect Mr. Obama's political credibility, enabling him to win in November.  The president's campaign was based on a seminal premise:  He had smashed al Qaeda.  If the truth got out — namely, that al Qaeda was not on the run, but it had just mounted a stunning terrorist assault on our diplomatic mission in Libya — Mr. Obama would have been exposed as a fraud.  It would have cost him the election.  He knew it, the Democrats knew it, and the liberal media knew it.  That's why Benghazi had to be swept under the rug.

Exclusive: Holder Says 'No' to Special Counsel to Investigate Benghazi.  Breitbart News has obtained an exclusive video of Attorney General Eric Holder flatly rejecting the idea of appointing a special counsel to investigate Benghazi.

Benghazi Emails Directly Contradict White House Claims.  The White House on Wednesday [5/15/2013] released 94 pages of emails between top administration and intelligence officials who helped shape the talking points about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that the CIA would provide to policymakers in both the legislative and executive branches. [...] The emails provide further detail about the rewriting of the talking points during a 24-hour period from midday September 14 to midday September 15.

Benghazi emails show State Department had heavy hand in watering down account of attack.  State Department officials repeatedly objected to — and tried to water down — references to Islamic extremist groups and prior security warnings in the administration's initial internal story-line on the Benghazi attack, according to dozens of emails and notes released by the White House late Wednesday [5/15/2013].

Obama and Hillary's Gunrunning Benghazi aftermath.  Libya has become dangerously unstable.  It is a land loaded with armed fighters affiliated with al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Who do we have to thank for that?  The Obama-Clinton regime.

State Department shuts down Benghazi questions.  "You'll have to take my word for it," said a spokesperson for the most transparent administration in history when reporters asked her to substantiate her claim that the CIA removed references to terrorists from the Benghazi talking points before the State Department ever saw them.

How Can We Understand Benghazi Without Probing the CIA's Role?  After catching up on coverage of the Benghazi attack over the weekend, there's something that has me very confused: why are so many journalists ignoring the fact that the Americans there were mostly CIA?  Here's how The New York Times began a Benghazi story published online Sunday:  "A House committee chairman vowed Sunday to seek additional testimony on the Obama administration's handling of last year's deadly attack on the American diplomatic post in Libya."

What Is It About Benghazi?  There are faint signs of cognition in Maureen Dowd's latest column, which raises the remote possibility that the brain-dead left is not completely dead, but only mostly dead — in terms of its ability to hold a critical thought about the disastrous Obama presidency for half a second or more.  She wrote in Sunday's New York Times:  "The administration's behavior before and during the attack on Benghazi, in which four Americans died, was unworthy of the greatest power on earth."  She used the word "unworthy."

Benghazi Reveals the Heart of Progressivism.  In the first months after the Benghazi attack, the most urgent question, and one only rarely asked, was "What were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton doing during the seven and a half hours between the initial emergency communications from Benghazi and the final American deaths?"  A negative answer was provided in February by Leon Panetta:  they were not engaging with their subordinates; they were not contacting anyone to discuss options; they were giving no orders for action; they remained entirely uninvolved.  We are left to speculate about the positive answer to that question.  Were they sleeping?

Why did Hillary Clinton tie Benghazi to video on 9/11/12 if she talked to whistleblower during attack?  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement that attributed the Benghazi attack to the now-infamous anti-Islam YouTube video in a statement on the day of the assault, even though she talked to a State Department official in Libya about the attack as it was unfolding.

Don't Blow It on Benghazi: The Focus Must Be Obama, NOT Clinton.  America could be on the cusp of a great victory — a victory for accountability and truth.  The Benghazi debacle is, at last, breaking into the public consciousness.  Indeed, in its outlines, finally visible as the coverup unravels, Benghazi is starting to look like a scandal, bringing up memories of an earlier scandal, Watergate.  Yet the Republicans could still blow it, not only for themselves, but much more importantly, for the country.

The Malignant Narcissist and the Benghazi 'Snuff Film'.  Credible sources indicate that the president of the United States watched in real time what might well be called the Benghazi snuff film.  Among those sources is retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer. [...] "This was in the middle of the business day in Washington, so everybody at the White House, CIA, Pentagon, everybody was watching this go down," Shaffer said on Fox News.  "According to my sources, yes, [Obama] was one of those in the White House Situation Room in real-time watching this."

PolitiFact: Obama Claim Benghazi Review Board 'Investigated Every Element' Is Pure Fiction.  For months, conservative media has been howling over the falsehood that the Accountability Review Board (ARB) offered a thorough investigation into the September 11 terror attack in Benghazi. [...] On Monday, President Obama tried this ruse again.  But now that the media has finally woken up from a five-year infatuation, he isn't getting away with it.

Benghazi's smoking guns.  I think there was a lot of mischief behind those talking points, which we now know were sanitized, folded, spindled and mutilated to fit a political agenda.  But it's worth remembering that Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't get their information from the talking points.  They got their information earlier and from much higher authorities, like then-CIA Director David H. Petraeus.

Benghazi emails show State Department had heavy hand in watering down account of attack.  State Department officials repeatedly objected to — and tried to water down — references to Islamic extremist groups and prior security warnings in the administration's initial internal story-line on the Benghazi attack, according to dozens of emails and notes released by the White House late Wednesday [5/15/2013].

GOP defies Boehner on special Benghazi panel.  House Republican members are defying Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and five committee chairmen by endorsing a measure that would set up a special panel to investigate the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya.  A growing number of members on the committees with jurisdiction over the Benghazi matter — Intelligence, Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services and Foreign Affairs — have signed onto Rep. Frank Wolf's (R-Va.) resolution.

Republicans want new Clinton testimony on Benghazi, float possibility of subpoena.  Calls are growing for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to return to Capitol Hill — under subpoena, if necessary — to answer new questions that have surfaced about her role in the response to the Benghazi terror attack.  "I believe she was disconnected and dispassionate about what was happening," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told Fox News on Monday [5/13/2013].  During the interview, Issa kept the option of forcing Clinton to testify on the table.

Benghazi: Murder and Treachery Most Foul?  [Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans] died because men who could have saved them were not sent to help.  Pirro states both Obama and Clinton lied, leaving all four men to die.  Obama went to bed and rested up for his trip to Las Vegas, knowing all the while there was no enraging You-tube video.  They both knew the truth, but chose to lie.  But, Pirro said, after all, there was an election looming ahead.  We now know Obama knew.

Obama's claim he called Benghazi an 'act of terrorism'.  Notably, during a debate with Republican nominee Mitt Romney, President Obama said that he immediately told the American people that the killing of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya "was an act of terror."  But now he says he called it "an act of terrorism."  Some readers may object to this continuing focus on words, but presidential aides spend a lot of time on words.  Words have consequences.

Obama thinks liberals are stupid.  Obama claims to have known the day after the attacks that they were an act of terrorism.  (He's claiming that his Rose Garden comments about terrorism in general amount to a statement that the attacks were terror-related, but this is not the case. [...])

Benghazi timeline: How the probe unfolded.  [Scroll down]  Leaving behind Obama's initial certitude about Benghazi having been a terror attack, not only did he not know what had happened because it wasn't clear, but he goes on to make the sweeping statement that nobody understood exactly what was taking place during the course of those first few days.

Fox Newser says Obama 'traded lives for votes'.  Benghazi rhetoric has occasionally stretched the limits of the reasonable.  There have been Watergate references.  At least one Iran-contra reference.  And one senator has invoked 'the I-word' in relation to the consequences for President Obama.  All of the foregoing is mild when compared to the language of Fox News national security analyst K.T. McFarland.

Washington Post Factchecker Destroys Obama's Claim he Called Libya 'Terrorism'.  Monday [5/13/2013], during his appearance before the media with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama was again caught lying to cover up his lying and covering-up in the aftermath of a successful terror attack in Libya that cost four American lives.  Obama actually claimed before the world that, "The day after [Libya] happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism."  That is a bald-faced lie.

Slain diplomat's mom on Obama's Benghazi comments: 'Bullfeathers'.  In an interview with Union-Tribune TV on Monday afternoon, Pat Smith said she doesn't believe the administration is telling the truth about the attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including her 34-year-old son, information officer Sean Smith.  "They sacrificed him for their own political gains.  I don't like that, I don't think anybody in this United States could ever possibly like that," she said.

Washington — where nobody gets fired and everybody eats lunch.  They kill your ambassador and three others.  Yet, you are so clueless that you actually think it is a spontaneous protest of a YouTube video that nobody has seen.  Or, at least, that is what you tell people.  Talking points are drawn up.  They are vetted by various agencies and departments with special intelligence and expertise.  And days later after everyone says it was a coordinated terror attack, one of your most trusted and influential advisors goes out and insists it was just a political demonstration that got out of hand.

Cheney: Obama administration "lied" about Benghazi.  Former Vice President Dick Cheney is accusing the Obama administration of a protracted "cover-up" over its response to last year's terrorist attacks in Benghazi, and says "they lied" about what happened during the attacks to protect "the false image of competence that was the basis" of President Obama's re-election campaign.

Barbara Boxer: 'The Benghazi Scandal' 'Starts With Republicans' Who Cut Funding For Embassy Security.  In a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said that Republicans in Congress should look into a mirror when asking why the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi was as deadly as it was.  She said that House Republicans who voted to cut security funding for overseas embassies are directly responsible for the lack of security personnel at that outpost.  Boxer's claim is contradicted by testimony delivered before a Congressional Oversight Committee hearing last week.

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I don't believe it.  What was cut, and by how much, and when was the vote taken, and who voted for it?  Even if there ever was such a vote, that issue is a red herring.  The primary issue with Benghazi is the reaction to the attack, and the endless stream of lies, contradictions, and misrepresentations that followed.

Benghazi and Obama's Legitimacy.  Did Barack Obama in effect steal the election in 2012?  It is impossible to know, of course, how matters would have played it if Americans had been told the truth about Benghazi.  And what if the IRS had not hobbled conservative nonprofits (and therefore the movement) with extra scrutiny and consequent delay and expenses?

Could Biden benefit from scrutiny of Hillary Clinton's handling of Benghazi?  If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hoped she could segue quietly into private life as she pondered a presidential bid in 2016, that fantasy has been abruptly harpooned in the resurrection of the political squabble over the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

President Barack Obama dismisses GOP criticism of handling of Libya attack a side show.  President Barack Obama is dismissing Republican criticism of his administration's handling of the attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya, calling the criticism a political sideshow.

Obama on Benghazi: 'There's No There There'.  [Scroll down]  The president continued, "Keep in mind by the way these so-called talking points that were prepared for Susan Rice, five, six days after the event occurred, pretty much matched the assessments that I was receiving at that time in my presidential daily briefing."

Poll: GOP angriest about Benghazi.  Republicans are furious about the administration's response to the Benghazi attack that left four diplomats dead, according to a poll released Monday, but have yet to convince the broader American public of the scandal's seriousness.

Dead and circuses: Clown-in-chief Obama calls Benghazi talking points a "sideshow".  At a joint press conference with British PM David Cameron in Washington today [5/13/2013], President Obama lied and evaded and obfuscated some more on his Benghazi crime and cover-up.  Obama called the swelling uproar over the Etch-a-Sketch YouTube video talking points shilled by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and himself a "sideshow."

Don't Blow It on Benghazi: The Focus Must Be Obama, NOT Clinton.  America could be on the cusp of a great victory — a victory for accountability and truth.  The Benghazi debacle is, at last, breaking into the public consciousness.  Indeed, in its outlines, finally visible as the coverup unravels, Benghazi is starting to look like a scandal, bringing up memories of an earlier scandal, Watergate.

Timeline of statements raises questions on Obama's Benghazi claims.  Faced with mounting scrutiny over his administration's initial narrative on the Benghazi attack, President Obama on Monday [5/13/2013] called the debate a "sideshow" — arguing he labeled the attack terrorism from the start and even dispatched a top official to the Hill to clear things up.  Obama suggested this proves there was no cover-up and no effort to downplay terrorism.  But the president's re-telling of events last September appeared to clash with the actual timeline of administration statements.

Sources say counterterror chief reprimanded for calling Libya attack terror, White House denies.  Congressional sources tell Fox News that a top administration counterterrorism official was reprimanded by the White House last month after he testified that the Sept. 11 attack in Libya was terrorism.  The White House and the official are pushing back on the claim.  But the allegation would appear to raise questions about recent administration statements that they were labeling the attack terrorism from the start.

Pelosi: IRS problem stems from court ruling.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday [5/13/2013] that the IRS should be condemned for targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny in the run-up to last year's elections, but she also blamed the Supreme Court for opening the door to broader political activity.

Obama dismisses criticism of Benghazi talking points as 'side show'.  A frustrated President Obama on Monday [5/13/2013] dismissed new questions surrounding the White House role in producing a set of public talking points after the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, calling the debate around them a politically motivated "side show."

President Barack Obama is still lying about what happened in Benghazi, and about how he responded.  Today [5/13/2013], he stood up before the American people yet again and claimed that he said Benghazi was a terrorist attack all along.  This is a lie.  Courtesy of the Heritage Foundation, here's a reminder of the Obama administration's failed attempt to make us believe Benghazi was something they knew it wasn't, followed by their failed attempt to make us forget they ever said so in the first place.

Obama Tries To Put Benghazi Back On The Fringe.  President Barack Obama angrily batted away questions Monday about his administration's response to the Benghazi attack, calling the recent furor over edited talking points a "sideshow."

2016 politics — not truth — driving Benghazi controversy, Democrats say.  Denouncing the removal of any reference to "terrorism" or "al-Qaeda" from the administration talking points used to brief the public after the attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on ABC's "This Week", "I would call it a coverup in the extent that there was a willful removal of information."  McCain argued that administration officials, at the time, were trying to put a rosy spin on the attack because they were "in the midst of a presidential campaign."  But now that the revisions made to the talking points have been publicized, McCain said, the administration is deceitfully attempting to erase its fingerprints.

Watch out for Petraeus in Benghazi scandal.  Make no mistake:  Benghazi is a major scandal.  Benghazi is a scandal before, during and after the terrorist attack that left four Americas dead, including an ambassador.  For months before, there were warnings about weak security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya; no one paid attention.  During the attack, when Americans were begging for help, the White House ignored their pleas, sent no help.  And after?  That's when the Obama scandal falls into the predictable second-term pattern his predecessors all learned the very hard way.  Faced with a crisis, the Obama White House panicked.

Review chairman: Clinton didn't make Benghazi call.  The seasoned diplomat who penned a highly critical report on security at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, defended his scathing assessment but absolved then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Issa: Clinton, Obama 'Not Targets'.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) told David Gregory Sunday that "Hillary Clinton's not a target" of his Benghazi investigation.  Nor, Issa added, is President Obama.  Issa did later add that if Clinton or Obama are personally implicated in the decision-making processes that led to reduced security before the attack, the lack of armed response during the attack, or the scrubbing of the terrorist aspect immediately after the attack, then "of course they should be held accountable."

Next: The Benghazi Select Committee.  [Scroll down]  Another example is the CIA talking points that White House flack Jay Carney claimed were the basis for Amb. Susan Rice's falsehoods on the September 16, 2012 Sunday talk shows.  Carney said, on November 28, 2012, that "Those talking points originated from the intelligence community.  They reflect the IC's best assessments of what they thought had happened.  The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word 'consulate' to 'diplomatic facility' because 'consulate' was inaccurate."  Which was absolutely false.

Lying in State.  Victoria Nuland and the State Department vacuumed any real "intelligence" out of the CIA talking-points like Dr Kermit Gosnell suctioning the brains out of Philadelphia babies.  Why would they do this?

Benghazi Disinformation Points.  Friday's revelation that the Obama Administration's talking points on Benghazi were revised a dozen times adds another reason not to trust the official story line.  It also gives Congress new cause to keep digging.

Benghazi: The Video Vanishes.  The officials involved don't seem concerned with truth, only with saving organizational (State Dept., CIA) or political (Obama, Clinton) face. [...] And then there's the matter of why backup was refused for our men on the ground in Benghazi that night and morning.  The "not enough time" excuse doesn't go very far when you consider that no one could possibly know when the terror attacks would end.

Issa plans depositions for Mullen, Pickering.  The Republican chairman of the House oversight panel is asking a veteran diplomat and a former chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff for sworn testimony about their investigation into the deaths of four Americans at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.

Benghazi for Dummies.  Eight months of information is now being unloaded all at once to the conventional media audience.  And those of us who are old enough to remember the good old days of Watergate realize just how confusing these things can be.  So to bring everyone up to speed, I offer the following three levels of explanation.

Four Americans — and the truth — died in Benghazi.  Facts emerging about Benghazi may not tell us anything new, but they remind us of two important truths:  First, the upper levels of the Obama administration are peppered with partisans who play fast and loose with the truth for political gain.  Second, regime change and military interventions, especially in the Muslim world, are messy, destabilizing and deadly.

Administration Relying on Shoddy Benghazi Report to Absolve Itself of Blame.  The White House has touted the Accountability Review Board (ARB) investigation of the Benghazi massacre as a review "led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous and unsparing."  In fact, the report was purposefully incomplete and willfully misleading.  The two men in charge of the ARB, Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Thomas Mullen, a diplomat and military man respectively, have no meaningful investigative experience.  Instead of letting the facts lead the direction of the investigation, the report appears designed to protect the interests of Hillary Clinton, the State Department higher ups, and the president.

Kucinich: Obama's Libya Policy to Blame for Death of Four Americans in Benghazi.  Liberal former congressman Dennis Kucinich blamed President Obama's Libya policy for the death of four Americans in Benghazi.  Kucinich also said the Obama administration politicized the response to Benghazi because they "were in the circumference of an election, and when you get on the eve of an election, everything becomes political."

Corn: 'Carney Got Caught Saying Something That Wasn't Completely True'.  MSNBC contributor David Corn admitted that the reason White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's Benghazi press briefing was so tense was "he got caught saying something that wasn't completely true" Friday [5/10/2013] on MSNBC.  Despite Carney's untruth, Corn said that did not necessarily amount to lying.

Obama likely to wriggle out of Benghazigate; Clinton less so.  Team Obama has come up with its excuse for converting the Benghazi talking points into a false narrative.  It was a purely bureaucratic matter, you see.  The CIA and the State Department disagreed about what happened, and the White House simply wanted to make sure the talking points represented all viewpoints.  The White House has been suggesting this excuse for a few days.  Today, the Washington Post's "fact-checker," Glenn Kessler, tries to inject it into the mainstream.

Politico: Obama Admin Pushed 'False Narrative' After Benghazi.  In a sign of how the Benghazi cover-up story is gaining traction in the mainstream media, Politico, the same outlet that only four days ago buried all of its Benghazi stories, is now conceding that the Obama administration ran with a "false narrative" in the days immediately following the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya.

The Liberal Wall of Benghazi Denial Cracks.  So long as the Democrats and liberal journalists close ranks behind the president, and more importantly, the reputation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Benghazi will be viewed as a partisan club used by Republicans rather than a genuine scandal.  But while most in the chattering classes are sticking to the new talking points, a prominent exception today marks a significant crack in that heretofore-solid wall of liberal opinion.

Presidents of ABC and CBS News Have Siblings Working at White House With Ties to Benghazi.  "CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood, both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the NSC on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi."  So stated political consultant and media commentator Richard Grenell on Saturday's Fox News Watch.

Ben Rhodes: Obama's Fixer behind the Benghazi Cover-Up.  Barack Obama's "Tower of Fabrications," as Peter Wehner describes the Benghazi scandal, is beginning to crack.  And that crack will soon reveal a central figure behind the cover-up, a man close to Barack Obama for years but generally unknown to the public:  Ben Rhodes.

Benghazi victim's mother wishes Hillary Clinton happy Mother's Day.  Pat Smith, the mother of one of the victims of the Benghazi consulate attacks, went on the Huckabee show Saturday to deliver a message to Hillary Clinton.  "I want to wish Hillary a happy Mother's Day," she said.  "She has her child.  I don't have mine because of her."  Huckabee asked Smith if she was somewhat comforted by the congressional hearings about the attacks last week.  "Absolutely not," she said.  "I am still waiting to answers to just about everything."

ABC: Petraeus called final Benghazi talking points "useless" the day before Rice's full Ginsburg.  One of the mysteries in the Benghazi scandal has been the role of David Petraeus, who was then the Director of the CIA but was forced to resign in a personal scandal shortly thereafter.  While the White House and State Department tried to cobble together talking points to explain away the terrorist attack that took four American lives, what did Petraeus do?

Benghazi, IRS Create Perfect Storm Threatening Obama's Credibility.  [Scroll down]  On Benghazi, the president's U.N. ambassador said five days after the Libya attack that the incident grew out of a street protest rather than a terrorist attack.  Caught fudging the facts in the middle of a presidential campaign, a race in which Obama's anti-terrorism record was a major selling point, the White House blamed Ambassador Susan Rice's statement on "talking points" concocted by the CIA in virtual isolation.  Obama's team stuck with that story until the truth was exposed amid a GOP congressional investigation.  Emails leaked to news organizations last week show that both the White House and State Department were directly involved in scrubbing the CIA talking points of any mention of past threats and al-Qaida involvement.  That is the exact opposite of what the Obama White House had claimed.

It Wasn't 'Necessary' to Question Hillary for Benghazi Report: Pickering.  One of the co-author's of the State Department's "independent" Benghazi report says it wasn't necessary to question Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because her position was "more senior than where we found the decisions were made."

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I suspect the authors of the Benghazi report found only as much as they wanted to find.

Benghazi Coverup Uncovered.  BBC has apologized for its coverage of the Benghazi murders; ABC has unraveled the mendacious tale of the talking points' genesis and the Congressional hearings this week have dramatically established the administration's elaborate lies about how our ambassador and his brave defenders were murdered and its failure to protect them.  Maybe now the press will feel it's okay to get off their duffs and report how a thoroughly incompetent administration, motivated solely by self-interest, left our ambassador and others to be murdered and then lied about it with consequences to us all.

Rep. Rogers: Expect more whistleblowers to testify on Benghazi.  Congress is hearing from more whistleblowers who wish to testify on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.).  Rogers told "Fox News Sunday" [5/12/2013] that following the testimony of three whistleblowers before the House Oversight Committee, lawmakers have been contacted by other potential witnesses.

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Serve This President.  Evidence is mounting that Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens, staffer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods could be alive to celebrate this Mother's Day with their moms if Clinton and others in the Obama administration had heeded Stevens's pleas to beef up security at Benghazi.  Or if they had sent a fighter plane roaring overhead or special ops team to respond to the desperate signals for help that the men under attack repeatedly sent out.

What Benghazi reveals about our nation.  Motive is subjective.  Intention is debatable.  Facts are elusive.  That is where we must begin our discussion of Benghazi, and it is why ultimately Congress must appoint a select committee in order to pin down motives, intentions and facts.  Just like a jury, the select committee must hear all the evidence and draw conclusions about why the full story about the terrorist attack in Benghazi has still not been told to the American people.  Someone must be held responsible.  It is not enough to just say mistakes were made.

Some Things To Consider About Benghazi.  The Congressional hearing this week on the Benghazi cover-up was important not only for the information we heard from the witnesses, but also because, for the first time, it piqued the interest of the mainstream media.  Perhaps it's genuine concern over having been lied to, or maybe the MSM has realized its credibility is on the line.  Whatever the reason, the testimony of whistleblower Gregory Hicks has progressive defenders of the president nervous.

Republicans call for depositions in Benghazi probe, amid revelation Clinton [was] barely interviewed.  Congressional Republicans on Sunday [5/12/2013] pressed their investigation into the Benghazi attacks, suggesting depositions for high-ranking officials and more whistle-blowers testifying amid further questions about why then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not thoroughly interviewed about the issue.

Report: NBC Spiked Story ID'ing Benghazi Whistleblower as Obama/Clinton Voter.  Victoria Toensing, attorney for Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks, says Hicks is a Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries, and President Obama twice for President.  Toensing also said that NBC News "spiked" the story this week, prior to Hicks' dramatic testimony before Congress.

Feinstein: 'Talking points were wrong'.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the talking points used on the Sunday news shows following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were wrong, adding that the administration should have been quicker in calling it a terrorist act.  "I think the talking points were wrong," the California Democrat who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." [5/12/2013]  "I think the talking points should not be written by the intelligence community."

Benghazi Whistleblower's Attorney Claims NBC Spiked Him Being a Democrat Who Voted for Obama.  If you were a journalist reporting on Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks, wouldn't you find it interesting that he was a Democrat who voted for Barack Obama twice?

Rep. Mike Rogers: 'More whistleblowers' forthcoming on Benghazi.  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday [5/12/2013] he believes "more whistleblowers" will come forward with information on the deadly attack last year on diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.  "I do think we are going to see more whistleblowers.  I know certainly my committee has been contacted, I think other committees [have been contacted] as well," Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said on "Fox News Sunday."

Benghazi Talking Points V12.0.  As ABC duly acknowledges, it's not entirely brand-new information, as it builds from the landmark Weekly Standard report on smoking-gun emails related to the politicized editing of the Benghazi talking points, posted online last week.  But ABC News enhanced the story by getting its hands on even more documentation, and the result is a story that can no longer be kept under quarantine in the conservative media "ghetto," where the rest of the media dismisses accurate, well-documented stories by sneering that only the likes of Fox News care about them.

Benghazi Talking Points Revised 12 Times, Terror Reference Axed.  When it became clear last fall that the CIA's now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.

Internal Benghazi Review Ignored Clinton, Obama.  The internal State Department Accountability Review Board report being touted by the White House as an "unsparing" investigation into the Benghazi response actually completely spared the two individuals whose actions Republicans want to know about most:  President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  There is no mention in the report of the what Clinton or Obama did related to Benghazi.  In fact, Obama isn't mentioned at all in the document, and Clinton only once — in the context of her appointing the Review Board.  There is no suggestion that Clinton or Obama were interviewed or even examined by the investigation.

Carney accuses GOP of 'politicizing' Benghazi in disastrous presser.  In a disastrous press briefing that further called into question the veracity of the administration's claims about what it knew about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last year vs. what it told the public, [Jay] Carney accused Congressional Republicans of politicizing the Benghazi scandal and denied that the White House had anything to do with the changes that were made to U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice's talking points on Benghazi.

Most transparent administration ever holds off-the-record briefing.  The most transparent administration in history appears to be circling its wagons.

Jonathan Karl Exposes the Role of Victoria Nuland and Jay Carney in the Spreading of Lies.  Brave mainstream media journalists are finally doing what they always should be doing:  report the story and let readers and viewers decide the truth for themselves.  Today, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl released their top story — the headline says it all:  "Exclusive: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference."

Carney Has to Be Careful.  You got the sense today that the White House's propaganda arm is starting to play Benghazi very, very carefully.  Up until now they've been able to get by fairly easily on the fact that most of the relevant evidence is on the other side of executive privilege, or in the hands of politically appointed loyalists, and on the White House Press Corps' indifference.  But Greg Hicks might have been the first leak in the dam.

Benghazi Whistleblower Attorney: Congress Must Subpoena Hillary Clinton to Testify Again.  Earlier today [5/10/2013], we learned about a bombshell report that said the CIA's Benghazi talking points were changed 12 times, with extensive input from the State Department.  It comes after State Department whistleblower Gregory Hicks testified Wednesday that he was shocked when he saw Susan Rice blaming a protest for the attack on numerous talk shows.

Hillary Clinton — culpable for Benghazi from beginning to end.  When it first became clear that the CIA's Benghazi talking points had been altered, many of us viewed the White House as the prime suspect. [...] It turns out, however, that the State Department was the prime culprit.  It was State that pushed back hard against the original talking points.  The White House, probably for the political reason cited above, took its side.  Why did State want the talking points changed?  Because it had ignored warnings about rising terrorist activity in Libya and had reduced security rather than beefing it up, as our embassy requested.

Carney Blames Romney for Politicizing Benghazi.  Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney blamed Mitt Romney and Republicans for "politicizing" the Benghazi terrorist attacks. [...] Carney repeatedly stated that Republicans were "very partisan," interested only in "politicizing," and even called investigations into Benghazi a "distraction."

Spinning Benghazi.  It's a cliché, of course, but it really is true:  in Washington, every scandal has a crime and a coverup.  The ongoing debate about the attack on the United States facility in Benghazi where four Americans were killed, and the Obama Administration's response to it, is no exception.  For a long time, it seemed like the idea of a coverup was just a Republican obsession.  But now there is something to it.

The Benghazi Scandal Grows.  Within 24 hours of the attack, the U.S. government had intercepted communications between two al Qaeda-linked terrorists discussing the attacks in Benghazi.  One of the jihadists, a member of Ansar al Sharia, reported to the other that he had participated in the assault on the U.S. diplomatic post.  Solid evidence.  And there was more.

Anonymous CBS Sources Smear Sharyl Attkisson.  Libya is a legitimate story about a White House coverup.  But for purely partisan reasons, the media won't touch it for fear it will damage Obama and/or Hillary Clinton.  In other words, Attkisson is showing a rare willingness to stray from the media's Narrative Plantation.  But when you do this, there is always a price to pay, which likely explains the Politico piece.

Who is on trial for Benghazi?  Obviously President Obama and Hillary Clinton are on trial -- not before a court, but in the minds of thoughtful people everywhere.  It appears (given the limited evidence we have so far) that they were grossly negligent before Benghazi, criminally incompetent that night of the attack, and then that they aided and abetted a conspiracy to lie about the murders -- all for the obvious political reasons and because Obama and Clinton (and nearly all their leftist friends) believe that Americans are stone-stupid.

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?  Congressional testimony this week showed the appalling lengths to which the Obama administration went to cover-up its mishandling of last fall's terrorist attack at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, but President Obama's precise role in the cynical operation remains hidden.

Obama Got Pass on Benghazi, Thanks to Romney.  Given the widespread media coverage of the riveting testimony by three State Department officials directly involved, Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pentagon officials find themselves back on the defensive in a battle they thought they won long ago.

Brother of Top Obama Official About to Oust Benghazi Reporter Sharyl Attkisson?  [Sharyl] Attkisson's dogged pursuit of the truth has not only pitted her against a media desperate to protect Obama, but also, apparently, against her bosses at CBS News, one of whom is the brother of a top Obama official.  Moreover, CBS News president David Rhoades is not only the brother of President Obama's national security advisor, Ben Rhoades, but ABC News reports that Ben Rhoades was very much involved in the editing of the now-infamous CIA talking points.

Obama Cheated, That's How.  Obama survived the 2012 presidential election because he told the American people that he kept them safe from terror; that he had Al Qaida on the run; that he was fighting America's battles smarter than before.  And to prove the point, when things got really tough, he cheated with other peoples' lives in order to avoid defeat.  He let four Americans die, rather than admit the truth.

Even Now, Washington Post's Libya Coverup Continues.  In a major front page piece examining Friday's events, the Post ignores the fact that the Administration lied about its extensive involvement in the editing of the CIA talking points until the 13th paragraph.  ABC's Friday report proved once and for all that the Obama Administration lied.  The Post's first instinct, though, was to have their factchecker, Glenn Kessler, craft a byzantine excuse that blamed the edits on benign bureaucratic infighting.

The Benghazi Lie.  On a question of foreign policy or counterterrorism strategy, men of good faith can make the wrong decisions.  But a failure of character corrodes the integrity of the state.  That's why career diplomat Gregory Hicks's testimony was so damning — not so much for the new facts as for what those facts revealed about the leaders of this republic.

Rep. Pelosi knocks Republicans' 'obsession' with Benghazi attack.  Congressional Republicans are using their Benghazi investigation as political "subterfuge" to distract from other issues, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Saturday.  Pelosi said it's important to find out what happened in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  But the right is taking it too far, she said in an interview with MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry.

CBS News President and WH Official Tied to Benghazi Scandal Are Brothers.  One of the mainstream media journalists whose pursuit of the truth has been truly tenacious and nonpartisan is CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson.  Her tough reporting has made life difficult for everyone from Hillary Clinton to the Bush administration and Congressional Republicans.  She's also been relentless on the Obama administration's Fast & Furious gun-running scandal — and, of course, Benghazi.  As we mentioned this week, Attkisson's tough investigative journalism is starting to bother unnamed CBS News executives.

Top Obama official's brother is president of CBS News, may drop reporter over Benghazi coverage.  The brother of a top Obama administration official is also the president of CBS News, and the network may be days away from dropping one of its top investigative reporters for covering the administration's scandals too aggressively.  CBS News executives have reportedly expressed frustration with their own reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, who has steadily covered the Obama administration's handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya since late last year.

Carney still denies White House role in changing Benghazi talking points.  White House spokesman Jay Carney doubled down on denial Friday, insisting that the extensive closed-door revisions of the CIA's Benghazi intelligence assessment were conducted by an intelligence official, not by administration officials.

White House blames CIA for edits made to Benghazi talking points.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blamed the State Department and the CIA for the fact that all references to terrorist involvement in the Benghazi attack were edited from the official administration talking points.  "The CIA was the agency that made changes to the talking points and produced the talking points," Carney told reporters at the White House briefing today.  He said that the references to terrorism were deleted because the administration died not want to say anything "beyond what we knew" for certain.

White House holds 'deep background' Benghazi briefing.  The White House held a "deep background" briefing with reporters on Friday afternoon to discuss recent revelations about the Benghazi investigation, sources familiar with the meeting tell Politico.  The meeting was conducted on "deep background," according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, but sources told Politico that the existence of the meeting was "off the record." [...] Deep background means that the info presented by the briefers can be used in reporting but the briefers can't be quoted.

Emails reveal a flurry of changes to Benghazi talking points.  As House Republicans piece together the events in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, that led to the death of four Americans, the focus has fallen on the talking points the Obama administration used to describe the attack in the days following.  The talking points were revised numerous times before United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice used them on political talk shows on Sept. 16.

Benghazi Talking Points: A Lie Hillary Agreed Upon.  At least a dozen rewrites of the Benghazi talking points were made, with all references to al-Qaida and prior attacks removed at the direction of the secretary of state's office.

Washington Post Breaks Benghazi Scandal Wide Open.  Whenever the media covers an anti-war protest or a pro-choice rally, they throw out a diverse rainbow of descriptions of attendees.  You've seen this sentence a thousand times before:  "They come from all walks of life — grandmothers, young mothers, carpet installation workers, policemen, soldiers, teachers, doctors, retirees, college students, and the occasional activist." [...] They're Just Like You.  But when the media is hostile to a cause, it attempts the exact opposite.  It attempts to paint the supporters of a cause to which it is hostile in the most reductivist and restricted demographic terms possible.  They attempt to paint these people as a very narrow sliver of the human experience, so that as few people as possible will see themselves in it.

Hillary Clinton: I certainly did not know of any reports that contradicted Susan Rice talking points.  Considering that Gregory Hicks, the original source of all information coming out of Libya the night of the Benghazi attacks, testified that he never suggested or said there was a protest that morphed into a terrorist attack, and that he also said the YouTube video was a non-event in Libya, it does appear that this is a lie by Hillary Clinton.

MSNBC Viewers Discover Benghazi... for the First Time.  For the professional left, this story on Morning Joe is a double disaster.  In the short term it forces the MSMBC audience to confront the possibility that their heroes President Obama and Hillary Clinton left Americans to die in Benghazi and lied about it for political reasons.  It gives a story they have been able to dismiss MSM credibility, that's bad.  In the long term it raises the possibility that there is another story beyond the wall of silence.  That there is a whole world of news they might be missing.  What happens if those viewers decide they want to see more.

Hillary 2016: Another Benghazi Casualty.  Well, we've finally settled on that elusive Clinton Doctrine:  "We leave our diplomats and soldiers behind."  Or, alternatively, "What difference does it make?!"  Unfortunately for Clinton, it translates to a potentially devastating blow to whatever 2016 presidential aspirations she had.

Benghazi hearings in the Mirror Universe.  It's amazing to watch the media bury yesterday's explosive testimony on Benghazi.  Just imagine for a moment that today is the day after a veteran career diplomat — the top man on the ground in Libya after the murder of the ambassador — testified that a Republican administration told him not to cooperate with Democrat congressional investigators, shook him up with a menacing phone call from the top political "fixer" for a Secretary of State widely viewed as a leading 2016 presidential candidate, demoted him under cloudy circumstances so they could portray him as "disgruntled"... and then spent eight months loudly boasting of their enthusiastic, transparent cooperation with Congress.

How the Democrats Killed Ambassador Chris Stevens.  Once you establish that a PC, or appeasement approach to foreign policy is the real bad guy here, it's a simple hop, skip and a jump to put that one around every Democrat's neck — from Hillary, to Obama — because it's true.  Political Correctness, both domestically and foreign policy-wise is the province of the Democrat Party.  If you want to make them own this tragedy, that may be the best way to do it.

John Kerry Says He'll Answer Questions on Benghazi.  One day after a lengthy House hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, Kerry told reporters as he traveled overseas that anyone culpable of wrongdoing will be dealt with appropriately.  But he's withholding judgment on testimony in Congress suggesting that senior State Department officials were pressured or demoted for objecting to the administration's initial and since-debunked explanations for the attacks.

Hillary Clinton's Shameful Intimidation Of Gregory Hicks.  The secretary of state in the most transparent administration in history has her chief of staff warn a Benghazi whistle-blower to not spill the beans on Benghazi to a U.S. congressman.

Hillary Misled Congress — But Not Under Oath.  Wednesday's testimony on the Benghazi terror attacks by State Department whistleblowers before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform contradicted several statements by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in testimony before House and Senate committees in January.  However, while Clinton may have misled Congress in her testimony, she likely did not commit perjury because she never actually testified under oath.

Twelve Revelations from the Benghazi Hearings.  [#1]  Murdered US Ambassador Chris Stevens' second in command, Gregory Hicks, was instructed not to speak with a Congressional investigator by Sec. Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.  Hicks said he'd "never" faced a similar demand at any point during his distinguished 22-year diplomatic career.  When he refused to comply with this request, the State Department dispatched an attorney to act as a "minder," who insisted on sitting in on all of Hicks' discussions with members of Congress.

62% of House GOP Now Co-Sponsoring Bill for Special Committee on Benghazi.  Sixty-two percent of the Republican members of the House of Representatives — 143 of 231 — are now co-sponsoring a bill that would authorize a special committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.  The only thing standing between this super-majority of House Republicans and the special investigative committee they seek is House Speaker John Boehner, who controls the legislation the Republican majority brings to the floor for a vote.

Let Benghazi's Chips Fall.  There have been two fulcrum events in the accounting of what happened in Benghazi.  The first was U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's September 16 declarations on TV that Benghazi was part of the Islamic world's violent, spontaneous reaction to the incendiary California YouTube video.  That assertion, soon revised to acknowledge that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, set in motion a tug of war between some Congressional Republicans and the Obama Administration, with a press corps mostly uninterested in pursuing the story.

Mother of Benghazi victim: Hearing didn't give answers.  Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, a State Department information officer, listened to the Benghazi hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.  She said she didn't get the answers she was looking for.  "I want to know why there was no security there, and the security that was there got pulled.  And who was the one that told the military to stand down?" said Smith.

State Department denies Benghazi retaliation.  Foreign Service officer Gregory N. Hicks, who was the No. 2 U.S. diplomat in Libya during the Benghazi terrorist attacks last September, told lawmakers at an explosive House hearing on Wednesday that he was chastised and "effectively demoted" after he questioned the decision to blame the military-style assault on a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-Islam video.

House Armed Service chair denied access to Benghazi files.  Other Western nations had already withdrawn from Benghazi due to the security risks in the region, specifically from the radical Islamist terror networks able to operate freely in eastern Libya because of the removal of Qaddafi.  Our own State Department personnel in Libya repeatedly warned Washington about the threat.  Put all of that together with the approach of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and lights should have been flashing red across the board regarding our outpost in Benghazi.

White House hopes under fire.  The Clinton political machine is in full campaign mode already, preparing for 2016 and hoping voters forget by then that she had a key role in the Obama administration's handling of the terror attack.

The Benghazi patsy.  Nakoula Basseley Nakoula deserves a place in American history.  He is the first person in this country jailed for violating Islamic anti-blasphemy laws.  You won't find that anywhere in the charges against him, of course.  As a practical matter, though, everyone knows that Nakoula wouldn't be in jail today if he hadn't produced a video crudely lampooning the prophet Muhammad.

From Benghazi to Boston.  The two seemingly disparate events, separated by time and distance and sophistication, share much in common.  By the close of each sorry episode, four people had died.  The villains in each case considered themselves soldiers of Allah fighting a holy war against America.  In both instances the political correctness of government officials prevented discovery of the truth.  Benghazi and Boston are symptoms of the same disorder.  They are twin studies in evasion.

Bad Faith and Benghazi.  Intelligence sources on the ground in Libya and officials in Washington knew it was a terrorist attack from the beginning.  The video was a "non-event in Libya," according to Gregory Hicks, the man who inherited Stevens's duties after the ambassador was killed by al-Qaeda-linked militants.  The false video story was simply imposed from above by Clinton, President Obama, and their subalterns.

Exclusive: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference.  When it became clear last fall that the CIA's now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.

Carney Fields ONE Question On Benghazi Day After Hearing.  President Obama was travelling to Texas [5/9/2013] to deliver a speech on job creation so the daily press gathering occurred on Air Force One.  According to the transcript released by the White House, the reporters assigned to cover the White House only saw fit to ask Mr. Carney one question about the hearings and testimony of three whistleblowers who contradicted the official, White House version of the Benghazi attacks.  And the question, at the very end of the briefing, did not address the actual substance of the hearings at all.

Could Benghazi impact Hillary Clinton in 2016?.  Gregory Hicks, the number two diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, described being in constant contact with then-Secretary of State Clinton the night of September 11, 2012. And yet he said his requests for military resources to be deployed to Benghazi were repeatedly denied.

The Inconvenient Truth About Benghazi.  The Benghazi story until now has been a jumble of factoids that didn't quite cohere, didn't produce a story that people could absorb and hold in their minds.  This week that changed. [...] Gregory Hicks, Mark Thompson and Eric Nordstrom were authoritative and credible.  You knew you were hearing the truth as they saw and experienced it.  Not one of them seemed political.  You had no sense of how they voted.  They were professionals.  They'd seen a bad thing.  They came forward to tell the story.

Scrubbing the Truth from Benghazi.  State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland injected politics into the U.S. response to Benghazi when she raised objections to draft "talking points" being prepared for Rice's television appearances. [...] Regardless of Nuland's motive, this is now clear:  The Obama administration let political considerations cloud the public record.  For far too long, the White House shied away from calling Benghazi a terrorist attack and stood behind Rice's initial statement that it was inspired by protests over a crude anti-Islamic video.

Kerry Pledges to 'Leave No Stone Unturned' on Benghazi Culpability.  Amid potentially damaging new revelations about the State Department's early assessments regarding attribution for the Benghazi consulate attack, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Thursday that if any disciplinary action is found to be necessary, he will ensure it happens.

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That's meaningless:  Hillary doesn't work there any more, so she is immune from Secretary Kerry's "discipline."

The Weekly Standard's Stephen F. Hayes On Benghazi Bombshell: White House's Position Is 'Incoherent'The Weekly Standard reporter Stephen F. Hayes joined the hosts of Fox & Friends on Friday [5/10/2013] to discuss an explosive report in ABC News which shows how the original intelligence report on the Benghazi attack was altered to remove references to Islamic terrorism. [...] Hayes told the Fox hosts that ABC's Jonathan Karl reported that the Benghazi talking points were edited as a result of requests made by policy makers and not intelligence officials.

Benghazi is all about Obama.  There are three issues in the Benghazi matter.  The first is whether the administration reacted properly to the growing threat to American diplomats in Libya in the months leading up to Sept. 11.  The second is whether the administration reacted properly during the attack itself.  And the third is whether the administration covered up its actions in the days, weeks and months after the attack.

After Benghazi revelations, heads will roll.  Conservatives have long maintained that the administration deliberately suppressed the truth about the attacks.  This is the first hard evidence that the state department did ask for changes to the CIA's original assessment.

Democrats Actively Working to Undermine Testimony of Benghazi Whistleblower.  NBC's Lisa Myers said this morning [5/10/2013] on TV that Democrats have been calling her to attempt to undermine the testimony of Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks.

NBC's Lisa Myers: Democrats Are Trying to Undermine State Department Whistleblowers.  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) declared several times during and after Wednesday's Benghazi hearing, that he and his fellow Democrats want to laud and protect whistleblowers.  He specifically pledged support for the Benghazi whistleblowers.  Not every Democrat is on board, according to NBC reporter Lisa Myers.

The betrayal at Benghazi.  The Benghazi panel set out to ask big questions, one still unanswered and one with an answer now clear enough.  The first was why the diplomatic post in Benghazi was allowed to be an unguarded fort among hostile Apaches, the second was why the Obama administration was so persistent with its lies in the days after the attack.

MSM Benghazigate cofferdam breached.  The thread is starting to unravel on the fabric of lies surrounding the Benghazi 911 [sic] incident woven by the president, his secretary of state, and their political appointees.  An important step is that ABC News has broken the story that the talking points fingering mobs enraged by the video were the result of no less than 11 revisions taking out references to Al Qaeda.  This brings the MSM into the story.

Steyn: 'How empty and dead' were they to let Chris Stevens die for 'Obama-Clinton fiction?'  On Hugh Hewitt's Thursday night program, National Review columnist Mark Steyn explained why the Obama administration's response to last September's terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was so appalling.  "They let him die, and then told lies over his coffin," he told fill-in host Guy Benson.

Is Benghazi Obama's Watergate?  [D]espite Obama and Clinton's combined political savvy (coupled with a complicit and disinterested mainstream media), a Shakespearean tragedy that will make Watergate look like child's play may very well be unfolding.  In the face of Clinton's "What difference, at this point, does it make?" and Jay Carney's "Benghazi happened a long time ago," three "whistleblowers" appeared before a Congressional committee on Wednesday to begin to fill in the facts that the administration has been obfuscating.

Leno: 'The White House Has a New Slogan About Benghazi - Hope and Change the Subject'.  Jay Leno continues to show why folks at NBC want him off the air despite his first place ratings.

Benghazi: A Smoking Gun.  What we have wondered over the course of eight months, is whether the US government had the same intelligence that the PJ Tatler had.  I have suspected all along that the Central Intelligence Agency at least, and probably the National Security Agency, had to be aware of the September 10 threat and its relevance to Benghazi.

The moment of responsibility for Hillary Clinton.  When I took Hillary Rodham Clinton to task in January for the mishandling of security in Benghazi, Libya, I told her that if I had been president at the time, I would have relieved her of her post.  Some politicians and pundits took offense at my line of questioning.  During those hearings, I reminded Mrs. Clinton that multiple requests were sent to the State Department asking for increased security measures.  I asked if she had read the cables from Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens asking for increased security. She replied that she was busy and had not read them.  I find that inexcusable.

Politico Reporter Declares ABC's Libya Smoking Gun a Distraction.  Thanks to Jonathan Karl of ABC News we now have smoking-gun proof that the Obama Administration is actively engaged in a coverup surrounding its own revisions made to the CIA talking points covering the September 11 terror attack in Libya.  This is the kind of scandal White House reporters dream of, right?

Obama's Betrayal of Islamic Democracy.  A significant point made in riveting testimony by Gregory Hicks, the State Department's former deputy chief of mission in Libya, has largely been missed in the coverage of Wenesday's Benghazi hearing.  It is worth highlighting, not least because doing so illuminates the depth of the Obama administration's depravity.

Benghazi: Progressives Rewrite History in Real Time.  From the moment the public became aware of what can only be perceived as an act of war, perpetrated at the hands of an enemy that has officially declared war on the United States and the West, the Obama Administration — Progressives one and all — have engaged in one of their favorite tactics of political opportunism:  re-writing history.  In this instance, they are doing it in real time — right in front of our faces.

Hillary Clinton's Allies Come to Her Rescue Over Benghazi.  Longtime allies of Hillary Clinton are coming to her defense amid new reports suggesting the State Department, under her stewardship, altered talking points about the attacks in Benghazi to remove references to terrorism and al Qaida. [...] Some of the defenses sounded reminiscent of Clinton's own famed allegations of a "right-wing conspiracy" in the late-1990s after reports her husband had an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

GOP Sen. Inhofe: Obama could be impeached over Benghazi 'cover-up'.  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) suggested that President Obama could be impeached over what he alleged was a White House cover-up after last year's attack in Benghazi, Libya.  Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview Thursday with "The Rusty Humphries Show" that impeachment would become an issue soon over the "greatest cover-up in American history."  "People may be starting to use the I-word before too long," Inhofe said.

The Clintons' Fixer.  If the GOP congressmen and whistleblowers who spoke at Wednesday's hearing are correct, [Cheryl] Mills stands at the center of the Obama administration's attempt to put the lid on the Benghazi scandal.  Ohio congressman Jim Jordan described Mills as "the person next to Secretary Clinton," tracing the growing scandal to the highest echelons of the State Department.

MSNBC Panel: Benghazi Scandal Makes White House 'Look Terrible,' Possibly An 'Impeachment Issue'.  After examining all the details that emerged on Friday [5/10/2013] relating to the efforts by members of President Barack Obama's administration to remove references to Islamic terrorism when explaining the reasons behind the 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, the panel guests on MSNBC's Now agreed that the appearance of a scandal makes the White House "look terrible."  One guest even suggested that the controversy could lead to impeachment proceedings against the president.

Paul: Hillary Clinton 'should never hold high office again'.  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wrote Friday [5/10/2013] that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "should never hold high office again" in the wake of criticism over the administration's handling of the lead up and aftermath of the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Paul made the comments in an op-ed Friday in The Washington Times.  Testimony from several whistle-blowers at at hearing before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday contradicted Clinton's account of the events surrounding the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, as well as the version of events put forward by the administration.

Buzzfeed's Ben Smith Explains Motive Behind White House Libya Coverup.  Friday afternoon MSNBC's Luke Russert anchored "Now with Alex Wagner" when the news of the altered Libya talking points finally made their way to the left-wing network hours after ABC's Jonathan Karl first broke the story.  After Kelly O'Donnell finished her report, a visibly rattled Russert turned to his panel and said, "Politically, this is not good for the White House.  Does it stick?"

Diplomat Says Questions Over Benghazi Led to Demotion.  [Scroll down]  But within days, Mr. Hicks said, after raising questions about the account of what had happened in Benghazi offered in television interviews by Susan E. Rice, the United Nations ambassador, he felt a distinct chill from State Department superiors.  "The sense I got was that I needed to stop the line of questioning," said Mr. Hicks, who has been a Foreign Service officer for 22 years.  He was soon given a scathing review of his management style, he said, and was later "effectively demoted" to desk officer at headquarters, in what he believes was retaliation for speaking up.

Mother of Benghazi victim: I blame Hillary.  One woman still looking for answers about the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is Pat Smith.  Her son Sean Smith, a State Department information officer, was one of four Americans killed during the attack.  "I blame her," said Smith, referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  "That's her department, she's supposed to be on top of it, and yet she claims that she knows nothing, it wasn't told to her," said Smith.  "Who's running the place?"

Benghazi Eight Months Later.  On September 11, 2012, terrorists attacked our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and murdered four Americans, including our ambassador.  Eight months later, we have learned some of what happened, but many questions remain. [...] What we do know leads to the inescapable impression that before, during, and after the Benghazi attacks, there was confusion and paralysis at the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the White House.

Blowing the Lid Off Benghazi.  Gregory Hicks, the deputy to slain Ambassador Christopher Stevens, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that he was bullied by higher-ups when he expressed concerns about the department's public response to the attack, was ordered not to discuss the attack with a congressional investigator, and was not able to obtain the requisite clearance to discuss the attack with his attorney.

The Whistleblower Blocker: Cheryl Mills.  Who is Cheryl Mills?  She was general counsel and chief of staff to Secretary Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi attack.  She is also one of the ultimate Clinton insiders.  Here are six things you should know:  [#1] She's been working for the Clintons on and off since 1992.

Obama Administration: Mother of Murdered son in Benghazi is NOT a 'member of immediate family'.  Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith — one of four Americans murdered by Islamic fundamentalists in Benghazi — sat down for an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on the eve of today's hearings in the House Oversight Committee.  The quote from the interview that's dominating the headlines is when Smith said, 'I blame Hillary' but there's something else that came out of the interview that is off-the-charts absurd.  When asked by Tapper why she hasn't gotten answers from the Obama administration, Pat Smith said she was told it was because she's not a member of the immediate family.

8 journalists who downplayed the Benghazi scandal.  As new facts are uncovered about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last September, it's become increasingly clear that many in the mainstream media really did cover up the severity of the attack during their initial reports, choosing instead to paint it as a overreaction by Washington Republicans.  Here are nine examples of the cover-up: [...]

Top U.S. Diplomat in Libya Knew Benghazi Was Terrorism.  Obama administration officials were adamant that Benghazi was fallout from the protest of an anti-Muslim YouTube video. U.S. diplomats on the ground knew it was a terrorist attack.

Benghazi Continues: Hillary de Medici.  Some folks on the right, because they have been so accustomed to failure in the face of a monolithic media, will be ready to throw in the towel.  That group is particularly disturbing because they are the very people who should be pushing this forward.  Without realizing it, their proclamations of pessimism are a self-fulfilling prophecy.  I urge them to overcome it for the sake of our country, because — trust me — Benghazi is not over.  It has only just begun.

Benghazi stinks — but it won't be Obama's Watergate. Unfortunately.  I've just been watching the riveting live coverage of Congress's investigation into the Benghazi disaster in which US ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered by Al Qaeda affiliates while the Obama administration stood by and let it happen.  What becomes clearer than ever, listening to the testimony of America's most senior surviving man on the ground Greg Hicks, is that the whole business reeks of the most concerted presidential cover up since Watergate.

White House struggles to respond to new Benghazi revelations.  The White House on Wednesday stood by its story that the Obama administration remained unsure exactly who was responsible for the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi nearly five days after it occurred even though new revelations show Ansar al-Sharia's direct involvement.

Pay any price, bear any burden.  The hearing on Benghazi has made one thing abundantly clear.  The Democratic Party will do whatever it takes to bury the Benghazi consulate attack issue.  The chief defense against the accusations raised is that there's nothing to see in that 'long ago' event which is not simply partisan and political in nature.  Everything from filibusters, administrative delays, backhanded intimidation — the works — has been thrown into the defense. [...] But anyone who thinks Hillary and Barack will reward them for their sacrifice should ask themselves how Chris Stevens fared when he pleaded for help.  Can they expect better?

At Benghazi hearing, State Dept. officials challenge administration review of attacks.  Three State Department officials on Wednesday [5/8/2013] provided a riveting, emotional account of last year's fatal attack on U.S. installations in eastern Libya as they accused senior government officials of withholding embarrassing facts and failing to take enough responsibility for security lapses.

7 Things We Learned from the Benghazi Whistleblower Hearing.  The Republicans mishandled the Benghazi whistleblowers' hearing.  What should have been stretched across several days to give the nation time to digest it all, was instead packed into a single day filled with an overwhelming amount of information.  The media's attention span is not that long.

The Benghazi Hearing: Did It Matter?  What we already know for sure is devastating: the Obama administration treated the security of our diplomats and others in Libya in a grossly cavalier manner, which led directly to the deaths of our ambassador and three more Americans.  Further, it is obvious that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and others lied about the Benghazi travesty, weirdly blaming it on a YouTube video maker — who, by the way, is in prison at this moment as a convenient scapegoat — rather than acknowledging that al Qaeda had scored a major success.

Hillary Hasn't Heard the End of Benghazi.  While nothing said at the hearing was the "smoking gun" that some in the GOP suspect will eventually bring senior administration officials down because of the Libyan tragedy, enough questions were raised to keep the fires stoked on the issue for the foreseeable future.

White House Says Benghazi Probe 'Non-Substantive,' Defends Early Talking Points About Attack.  As whistleblowers came forward on Capitol Hill regarding the potential cover-up surrounding the Benghazi, Libya terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted the investigation was "politicized" and "non-substantive." But he refrained from questioning the congressional witnesses making allegations that the administration has been dismissing.

AP Labels Official House Benghazi Hearings as 'GOP Hearing'.  On Wednesday, the Associated Press mischaracterized the Benghazi hearings as merely a Republican event, even though it is an official House committee investigation.

Benghazi shows Democrats at [their] most desperate.  The party that swept into power on promises of transparency and accountability scrambled Wednesday to circle wagons in an extravagant attempt to protect administration officials, the White House and the woman many Democrats hope will be their next nominee for president.  Congressional Democrats strenuously tried covering up the inquiry into the botched handling and dishonest aftermath of the terrorist attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi that left our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead.

Krauthammer: Democrats Were 'Frankly Embarrassing' at Benghazi Hearing.  Columnist Charles Krauthammer hit back at Democrats who have repeatedly claimed that the Benghazi hearing was a politicized attempt to discredit Hillary Clinton, calling their behavior Wednesday "frankly embarrassing" on "Special Report."

The Difference It Made.  On Wednesday, Representative Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee convened the ninth round of hearings on the lethal September 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a number of iterations made necessary by the administration's manifold efforts to stall, stymie, and deflect the investigation.

How Did America Become A Paper Tiger?  One of our ambassadors and three others State employees are brutally murdered and the White House stonewalls all inquiries and calls reasonable questions about the incident political posturing by Republicans.  We suffer a devastating homeland attack in Boston, the first since 9/11/2001 and later learn how preventable it was if we had a Homeland Security Agency and an FBI that actually did their jobs.  How did this great nation get to such a level of governmental incompetence and spinelessness?

It's Dishonest to Talk about Benghazi Without Talking About the Syrian War.  According to Democrats, today's Congressional hearings on Benghazi are nothing but a partisan witch hunt.  According to Republicans, the Obama administration committed treason in it's handling of Benghazi ... and then tried to cover it up.  Both parties are avoiding the bigger picture ... The fact that Democrats and Republicans alike have been using Benghazi as the center of U.S. efforts to arm the Al Qaeda-affiliated Syrian rebels.

From Bimbos to Benghazi.  [Scroll down]  Close to the top of said liberal agenda, on the political side, is the preservation of Mrs. Clinton's reputation and record as Secretary of State.  A necessity for her presumed 2016 presidential candidacy that is thoroughly entangled with both the record and long-term historical legacy of the Obama presidency itself.  Thus, the tactics used to smear Bill Clinton's women — his "bimbo eruptions" as the phrase of the day went — are now being wheeled out to deal with Hillary Clinton's Benghazi whistleblowers.

The big Benghazi mystery: Where was Obama while 4 Americans perished?  Obama et al have done everything in their power to minimize that event, to let it melt away to wherever lethal embarrassments go.  Why?  Remember the context of those days:  Both national party conventions were just over and Obama was claiming al Qaeda was on the run, thanks to his leadership and deadly drone kill list.  You're welcome.  Now, finally, thanks to our two-party system of checks and balances and the courage of a handful of whistle-blowers we're beginning to get a full account of what really happened that awful night.  It's not pretty.

The Benghazi beat.  For eight months now, the national press corps has shown little interest in questioning President Obama's narrative that any mistakes made before, during or after the Benghazi attacks were through incompetence brought about by the fog of war.  That storyline took a big hit yesterday on Capitol Hill from three State Department officers who had direct knowledge of the events surrounding that deadly terror assault.  If their testimony is true, key aspects of the administration's narrative do not hold.

Coburn: 'Glaring Omission' from State Department's Submission to Intelligence Committee.  Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) told "Morning Joe" Thursday [5/9/2013] the State Department "has real trouble" on its hands and that in his seat on the Senate Intelligence Committee he noticed a glaring omission in its submitting of information that will eventually come to light.  He could not elaborate on what the omission was, but said he noticed it in his review of emails that went back and forth surrounding Benghazi.

Will CBS News disgrace itself over Sharyl Attkisson's honest reporting?  Sharyl Attkisson has distinguished herself with skeptical inquiry into Obama administration stories on Fast and Furious and Benghazigate, and perhaps as a result is reportedly in trouble with her bosses at CBS News.

Top Clinton aide responds to House Benghazi testimony.  "I was instructed not to allow the RSO [Regional Security Officer], the acting deputy chief of mission and myself to be personally interviewed by Congressman Chaffetz," [Gregory] Hicks said.  "So, the people at State told you, don't talk to the guy who's coming to investigate?" [Rep. Jim] Jordan pressed.  "Yes, sir," Hicks replied.

The Media: What Difference Does it Make?  Good journalists know what difference it makes, as did Abraham Lincoln, who said, "If given the truth, (Americans) can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.  The great point is to bring them the real facts."  Yet the media — CBS News notwithstanding — seem to have abandoned their constitutionally protected role to safeguard Americans from the government, tending instead to protect the government from Americans.  Why else do they show scant interest that no senior administration officials have been held accountable for the four deaths, nor have the terrorists who launched the attack — although the YouTube filmmaker is in jail?

Benghazi and the Lust for Power.  The tragedy of Benghazi is about to be compounded by witnessing how callous this administration is when it comes to sacrificing life for power.  As CBS and CNN have gotten out of the tank for Obama and are starting to ask penetrating questions of the administration, it is only a matter of time before American journalists start acting once again like journalists.  And when that happens, the cover-up is seriously going to unravel and make Watergate look relatively insignificant.

White House claims edits to Benghazi talking points were 'stylistic'.  Any White House edits made to talking points about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, were merely "stylistic," Obama spokesman Jay Carney insisted on Wednesday amid congressional hearings about the Sept. 11 strike that killed four Americans. [...] A recent article by The Weekly Standard suggests the edits were more substantial.  According to the magazine, senior officials at the White House and State Department were heavily involved in rewriting the talking points.

Boehner demands Benghazi emails from White House.  House Speaker John Boehner is demanding that the White House release a series of unclassified emails related to the Sept. 11 fatal terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.  Boehner is seeking emails Republican lawmakers say were sent the day after the attack from a senior State Department official to her superiors in which she reported that she told the Libyan ambassador that Islamic terrorists were responsible for the attack.

Why Benghazi is a Blow to Obama and Clinton.  The administration's response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. installations in eastern Libya was inaccurate, irresponsible and shrouded by campaign-style spin.  It belied President Obama's oft-broken promise to run a transparent government.  If nothing else, Benghazi is a blow to the credibility of the president and his potential successor, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Dem Delegate: 'Enough Benghazi,' 'What's the Big Deal Here?'.  Following yesterday's House Oversight Committee Hearing with Benghazi whistleblowers, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D., D.C.) echoed on MSNBC Hillary Clinton's infamous "What difference, at this point, does it make?" line, asking, "What's the big deal here?"  She dismissed the idea that there were any new revelations, saying, "I dare anybody who covered that hearing to tell me what new he heard."

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There were several new revelations, but the one that comes to mind immediately is that the State Department talking points had been through twelve revisions.  And as noted above, there may have been as many as

11 other revelations.

Liberal media spin Benghazi scandal to protect Team Obama.  The Obama administration has lied, stonewalled, bullied, and intimidated — the true marks of an open and transparent administration.  And, with a few notable exceptions, the American media haven't just let them get away it. [...] they've helped.  Hill testimony of State Department whistleblowers might change that, but it's doubtful given the one-sided reporting so far.

Boehner calls for release of Benghazi emails as pressure grows on administration.  Pressure on the Obama administration to release more information about the Benghazi attack grew Thursday [5/9/2013], as House Speaker John Boehner demanded officials turn over emails pertaining to the controversial "talking points" and another top Republican appealed for more whistle-blowers to come forward.

Nobody Died in Watergate.  The testimony proved a host of things, some redundantly.  The first is that when UN Ambassador Susan Rice went on five Sunday talk shows — five days after the incident — the Obama administration had to know she was lying when she blamed the Benghazi attack on an anti-Muslim video.  How do we know?  Among other things, there were no demonstrations outside the Benghazi consulate before there was a well-planned and probably rehearsed terrorist attack that took the lives of Amb. Chris Stevens and one staffer.

Benghazi Hall of Shame.  Fourteen days after Ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered by Islamists, President Barack Obama stood up in front of the United Nations and declared that the "message" of a movie virtually no one will ever see "must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity," that "the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam," and that we all should "condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims."  It should give even Obama's strongest supporters pause that the same administration so wary about characterizing Benghazi as a "terrorist attack" was simultaneously so eager to characterize an artistic provocation as a (potentially criminal) incitement.

Krauthammer On Benghazi: "Where Was The Commander In Chief In All Of This?".  ["]And I would ask another question, where was the commander in chief in all of this?  The one man who can authorize and order troops to move above everybody and instantly is commander in chief.  Where was he for these hours when the fight was raging?["]

House Republicans Call on White House to Release Benghazi E-Mails.  House Republicans on Thursday called on the Obama administration to release a new batch of e-mails that they believe will shed more light on how the White House and the State Department responded in the days after the attacks on American facilities in Benghazi, Libya.  Speaker John A. Boehner, in a written statement, made the request, saying, "The truth shouldn't be hidden from the American people behind a White House firewall."  His move was the first of many expected by Republicans in the coming days and weeks to try to force the White House to divulge more documents and allow additional witnesses to testify.

The Benghazi Scandal Grows.  [W]eeks after the attack the Obama administration claimed the cause of the violence was a spontaneous demonstration, not pre-planned attacks; that the cause of the demonstrations was an anti-Muslim YouTube video; and that there was no terrorist involvement in the attacks.

Reminder: Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi while standing in front of the victims' caskets.  [Video clip]

Dems' Benghazi Hearing Mission: Help Hillary For 2016.  Congressional Democrats will go all-out to protect their likely 2016 presidential nominee.  They won't ask why a 10-man SWAT team was sent to arrest a filmmaker while pleas for help in Benghazi were ignored.

On CNN, Mother Of Slain Benghazi Victim Excoriates Hillary Clinton: 'I Blame Her'.  Pat Smith, mother of slain State Department officer Sean Smith, who died in the September 11, 2012, attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, tore into the federal government and their efforts to investigate that deadly attack on Tuesday.  In an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper, Smith said that she blames former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for failing to ensure her staff was secure and for not taking blame for that failure after they were killed in the line of duty.

Brit Hume: 'No way' for Hillary Clinton to escape responsibility for Benghazi.  Senior Fox News political analyst Brit Hume laid out why this week's testimony on last September's terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya could be problematic for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Hume, speaking on Tuesday's [5/7/2013] broadcast of "America Live," said there is no feasible way for her to escape any responsibility since she had to be involved in the crafting of the talking points that came out after the attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including then-U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Benghazi Blood Splatter.  "We the people" have been lied to by the Obama Administration from the get-go regarding what transpired in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  Why?  Why were we lied to, and why were Woods and Doherty, who fought bravely for several hours against overwhelming odds, abandoned by their country when the ways and means to come to their aid were available? Why — and who is responsible?

Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, a persistent voice of media skepticism on Benghazi.  From the start, the Obama administration's account of what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 last year didn't quite square for Sharyl Attkisson.  So the veteran CBS News reporter dug in, and kept digging.  The result:  Attkisson has been a persistent voice of news-media skepticism about the government's story. On the air and online, Attkisson has questioned the administration's timeline and its response.  She has hunted down important eyewitnesses and pressed for release of documents that might shed more light on the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

How Do We Make Sense of Obama's, Clinton's and Panetta's Actions During the Benghazi Attack?  So the Obama administration knew from the beginning that Cairo was not really about a movie.  Therefore, neither was Benghazi, and they knew it.  The CIA's original talking points reflect this fact, clearly blaming al Qaeda and never mentioning the YouTube movie. [...] Neither incident was really about protesting a movie.  Ever.  And they had the intelligence to prove it.  Their own intelligence never pointed to a movie.

The Profound Moral Failure of Benghazi.  I hope military and civilian policy makers carefully read Bing West's post responding to various excuses advanced for failing to aid embattled Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  I could never improve on a Bing West military analysis, but let me also add that September 11, 2012, was a profound moral failure.  The degree of courage displayed that night was apparently inversely proportional to the decision-maker's distance from Libya.

5 Benghazi Mysteries that Must Be Solved.  [#1]  Who gave the stand-down order, and why?  Fox and CBS have both reported that there was a stand-down order issued during the battle in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  Four Americans died, while as many as 30 survived.  Assistance could have come in from U.S. bases in Italy or possibly from bases in the Middle East.  There was a drone, unarmed, overhead, and there have been reports that an AC-130 gunship was also overhead at some point during the prolonged battle.  The question is not, now, whether there was a stand-down order issued.  Fox and CBS have independently reported that there was.  The question is, how far up in the U.S. chain of command was that decision made, and why was it made?

Father of Navy SEAL Killed in Benghazi to Hillary Clinton: 'Credibility Is the Difference'.  The question that needs to be answered for America's sake is why this happened, said [Charles] Woods.  In order to answer that question, he concluded that we first need to answer who did this.  Woods revealed that a couple of weeks ago, he and 700 former special forces members went to D.C. to encourage Congress to have these hearings.  "Our message to them was that so far we don't have any real credible evidence, [...] and it's been all hearsay testimony."  Fox News has reported that "whistleblowers" who witnessed the attack were being threatened by government.

A Benghazi bombshell.  The Obama administration wants to consign the Benghazi terrorist attack to the history books, but this week three State Department officials will tell Congress that the Obama administration's version of history is false — and that the falsehoods it told the American people were willful and deliberate.

Benghazi Bubbling: 25,000 Sign Petition in 24 Hours Demanding Answers.  As a congressional committee prepares to hear what is expected to be explosive testimony Wednesday [5/8/2013] from State Department whistleblowers on last September's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a petition demanding that the administration come clean about the incident attracted 25,000 signatures in just 24 hours.  As of early Wednesday morning, the total number of people to have signed the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) petition had passed 70,000.

Benghazi Hearing Aims to Reveal High Level Decision-Makers.  The Committee appears to be interested in finding out who ultimately made the decision to tell military assets not to send help to the Americans who were under assault in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Operation Smear Benghazi Whistleblowers.  According to the House Oversight Committee, Hicks reportedly will refute Team Obama's claims that nobody was told to stand down and that all military resources available were used in the rescue efforts.  As Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi to save lives during the attacks, Hicks says the team received a phone call from the U.S. Special Operations Command Africa telling them "you can't go" and that the decision was "purely political."  The State Department press office already has accused Victoria Toensing, attorney for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, of "lying" about administration pressure on her clients.

Fox Analyst Shreds 'Cowardly, Duplicitous' Admin Over Benghazi: 'Sacrificed American Lives For Politics'.  Ahead of the Benghazi hearings in which three witnesses are set to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade invited Fox News analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters to discuss the issue.  Peters was unflinching in his criticism of the "cowardly" Obama administration — and the "establishment media" that aids it.  "Is this a national security coverup?" Kilmeade asking, explaining that the witness testimony is expected to say the administration was deceitful in its handling of the situation.

Checkmate: From global makeover to takeover.  Benghazi and the Israeli strikes near Damascus are not unrelated.  The Israeli attacks in Syria are collateral effects of our covert operations throughout the Middle East and North Africa and in that manner, tangentially related to Benghazi.  Benghazi was, and is, all about Syria. And Syria is not Iraq or Afghanistan, or even Egypt or Libya.  Those countries imploded, while Syria is set to explode, and therefore enjoin other nations into a regional and ultimately, a world war.  For this reason, people need to fully understand the significance and secrets that full disclosure about Benghazi would reveal.

Fourth Benghazi witness gagged by red tape.  Obama administration officials are finally letting the attorney for a Benghazi whistle-blower get a security clearance — but the clearance is at such a low level that it will probably slow the congressional probe of how the administration handled last year's terrorist attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya.  Victoria Toensing represents an unnamed government official who can help explain the reaction of top government officials to the jihadi attack on the U.S diplomatic site in Benghazi and killed four Americans last Sept. 11.

Benghazi Whistleblower Breaks Down While Describing His Lost Friends During Testimony.  Eric Nordstrom, the former Libyan regional security officer with the State Department, became emotional during his opening statement to the House committee investigating the deadly attack on an American consulate in Benghazi.  His voice broke describing his friends, the deceased American service and diplomatic personnel, who lost their lives in that attack.

Whistle-blower questions military response amid Benghazi attack.  A key Benghazi whistle-blower, responding to Democratic claims that the prolonged scrutiny over the administration's botched talking points is unwarranted, testified Wednesday [5/8/2013] that the early mischaracterization of the attack may have actually hurt the FBI's investigation.  "I definitely believe that it negatively affected our ability to get the FBI team quickly to Benghazi," said Greg Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Libya who became the top U.S. diplomat in the country after Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed. He claimed the Libyan president was angered by the mischaracterization, in turn slowing the U.S. probe.

Official holds back tears during emotional Benghazi testimony.  The State Department's deputy chief of mission in Libya fought back tears on Wednesday as he delivered a lengthy account of the nighttime terrorist attacks last year that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens.  The first-hand account is the first the Oversight Committee has heard publicly from a witness during its investigation of possible security and intelligence failures in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Dem Congressman At Benghazi Hearing: "Death Is A Part Of Life".  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, tells Benghazi witnesses that "death is a part of life."

Secret email reveals top official told Libya's president that terrorists were behind Benghazi attack.  A top State Department appointee told Libya's ambassador to the United States one day after the military-style assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that the terror group Ansar al-Shariah was responsible.  But four days later, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said on television that it was the product of a spontaneous protest.

Five Key Points from Today's Benghazi Hearing (So Far).  The key question remains unanswered: What did President Barack Obama do when he learned the consulate was under attack, and why?

NYT Public Editor Says Paper Playing Down Benghazi; Dismissive Hearing Coverage indicates Her Concern.  Benghazi hearings open in the House on Wednesday [5/8/2013], and the New York Times printed a preview on page 16 of Wednesday's edition that downplayed any possible revelations about the Obama administration's reaction to the terrorist attack, which killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.  Testimony is expected by three State Department officials, led by U.S. diplomat Gregory Hicks, deputy mission chief in Tripoli, who said his pleas for military assistance were overruled.

Report: CBS News Bosses Irked by Correspondent's Thorough Benghazi Reporting.  The biggest Benghazi-related story that took place outside of the House Oversight Committee's hearing room today is this item in Politico, regarding CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.  She's the reporter who famously drew White House officials' profane ire over her unapologetic pursuit of the Fast & Furious scandal story; now she's apparently facing searing criticism from another source:  Her own bosses.  Why?  Because she's been covering the Benghazi story too aggressively.

Benghazi Whistle-Blowers: 'It Matters'.  Testimony by the Benghazi whistle-blowers presents clear evidence of shameful political manipulation of the truth seven weeks before an election and a willingness to let four Americans die to maintain a campaign narrative.

Benghazi Whistleblower: 'I Was Stunned' That Amb. Rice Blamed a Video, 'My Jaw Dropped'.  Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya, said he was "stunned" to hear Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice go on national television and blame the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on a Youtube video, during testimony before Congress on Wednesday [5/8/2013].  "I was stunned.  My jaw dropped, and I was embarrassed," Hicks told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) during a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Emotional Testimony Recalls Benghazi Attacks.  A high-ranking American diplomat delivered an emotional reconstruction Wednesday of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, providing the first detailed public account from an American official who was on the ground in Libya.  The testimony from Gregory Hicks, the No. 2 U.S. official in Libya at the time, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee also drew new attention to key questions about the attacks, and how the administration handled the aftermath.

State Dept. Won't Say Its Own Officials Set to Testify on Benghazi Are 'Credible People'.  When asked at a press briefing on Monday [5/6/2013] to say that two State Department officials set to testify in Congress on Wednesday about the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi are "credible people," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell would not do it.

Terrorist Haven in Libya.  The Ansar al Sharia Brigade, the Islamist terror group linked to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, continues to operate freely in that Libyan city, according to U.S. military officials.  The group remains active in the Mediterranean port city, operating patrols and checkpoints, and earlier this year reached an agreement with other Islamist groups allowing it to operate openly, said military officials familiar with intelligence reports from North Africa.

John Bolton: Benghazi could bring down Obama administration.  The Benghazi scandal could be the final "hinge point" that brings down the Obama administration, former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton said.  "This could be the hinge point," he said to Newsmax.  "It's that serious for them."

Obama Angrily Denied His Team Would Ever 'Play Politics or Mislead' on Benghazi.  During the 2nd Presidential Debate on October 16, 2012 the issue of Benghazi came to the forefront after a question about security arrangements at the consulate.  The President used his answer to criticize Gov. Romney for playing politics while the attack was taking place.

New York Times Ignores Benghazi.  In the past week, the investigation into the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US Consulate in Benghazi has been the dominant news story on most media outlets, including such traditional media venues as CBS News and The Washington Post.  But you wouldn't know it, if the New York Times was your sole source of news and information.

State Won't Say Who Told Clinton on 9/11/12 Benghazi was Being Justified 'As Response to Inflammatory Material Posted on Internet'.  When asked Monday who told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sept. 11, 2012 — while the terrorist attack was still ongoing in Benghazi and before former Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed there — that the attack was being justified as "a response to inflammatory material posted on Internet," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell would not answer.

Obama's Libya pick vows to press Benghazi probe.  President Obama's nominee to be the next ambassador to Libya vowed Tuesday [5/7/2013] to keep up the hunt for those responsible for the September attacks that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi.  "As the president has committed, the perpetrators must be brought to justice," Deborah K. Jones told senators during a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.  "If confirmed, I will work closely with the Libyan government to see that justice is realized."

Payback time in the hen house as Benghazi hearings start on Wednesday.  The noise in the hen house this morning is the flutter and cackle of the chickens from Benghazi, scuttling home to roost.  The House committee opening hearings Wednesday on what happened there is likely to serve up chicken surprise.

Source: Only President Could Have Made 'Stand Down' Call On Benghazi.  A source with intimate information about the events that happened on the ground in Benghazi the night the U.S. Consulate and the CIA annex was attacked by terrorists told Breitbart News that, ultimately, only the President of the United States, or someone acting on his authority, could have prevented Special Forces either on the ground or nearby from helping those Americans who were under deadly assault.

Nobody Drowned at Watergate.  The emergence of the whistle blowers has made the story too big to ignore, as much as the media would prefer it would go away.  You will note that when it wasn't until after their beloved Obama was safely ensconced in the White House for another four years did the media show any interest in the biggest story of the administration.

A Much More Succinct Benghazi Timeline.  Four people died due to ideologically driven incompetence.  Because Hillary's ambitions are more important than human life, the administration then tried to bury what happened.  The maker of a bad movie was thrown into jail, and progressives tried to use his example to impose more restrictions on free speech.

Obama Administration's Benghazi Lies Exposed as Flat Out Cover-Up.  So, it was CIA vs. C.Y.A. at the State Department which, quite frankly, has been infiltrated by Edward Said-influenced Arab specialists to such an extent that it was practically a Muslim Brotherhood outpost even before the Obama administration took over.

The Truth About Benghazi Delegitimizes the 2012 Presidential Election.  The 2012 presidential election result, based as it is on voters being deliberately and deceptively kept in the dark on an obviously critical matter, is presumptively illegitimate.

Benghazi: The Impeachy-Keen Cover-Up That Just Won't Die.  Three whistleblowers (those who managed to escape death on 9/11/12 from the Benghazi attack, completely because of the former Navy SEALS who stood their ground while repeatedly yelling for help from the administration, and continually being told to "Stand down" ... for hours until they were killed) are set to testify at a hearing before Congress next week.  The administration is already trying to smudge the reputations of those diligently involved in looking for and demanding the truth.

Obama, Benghazi and the risky business of promoting regime change.  Watergate started out as a "third-rate burglary" with the cover-up eventually yielding numerous scalps.  The scandal that came to light emerged before craigslist and the internet gutted the business model for the mainstream media.  In 2013, we are dealing with another government cover-up.

Does Obama Care More About Benghazi Families, or Himself?  The Benghazi scandal is easy to understand, and that's what makes it so dangerous for the White House.  Simply, the Obama administration's narrative — that al-Qaeda was on the run, that Hosni Mubarak had to go, and that the Arab Spring was a good thing — was proven false when four brave Americans were killed.

Benghazi "Stand Down" Order Confirmed by New Testimony.  Tireless reporter Sharyl Attkisson set off a string of bombshells on Twitter Monday afternoon [5/6/2013], as she reported that new testimony in this week's congressional hearings will confirm that U.S. Special Forces were prevented from moving in to save the Americans under fire in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Benghazi Blues.  No matter what happens with Darrell Issa's congressional committee meetings this week, we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the Obama administration, and the cause is Benghazi.  It's impossible to overestimate the blowback that has been gathering steam for the past seven months, now about to erupt with full force.

Special ops halted from responding to Benghazi attacks, U.S. diplomat say.  As the weakly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya came under attack the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the deputy head of the embassy in Tripoli 600 miles away sought in vain to get the Pentagon to scramble fighter jets over Benghazi in a show of force that he said might have averted a second attack on a nearby CIA complex.

Is Benghazi Becoming a Watergate, or Iran-Contra, or Both?  Can a State Department be credible that on its own accord seeks to alter intelligence synopses, and deny facts to maintain a pre-election narrative?  For all the criticism of the State Department under most Republican presidents, at least the tension between State and the administration kept State honest and independent.  But Benghazi shows that State has now almost descended into an arm of the 2012 reelection effort, in the manner of the media itself [...]

Hillary Clinton — culpable for Benghazi from beginning to end.  When it first became clear that the CIA's Benghazi talking points had been altered, many of us viewed the White House as the prime suspect.  After all, it served President Obama's political purposes to claim, at the height of a political campaign in which he was taking credit for the fall of al Qaeda, that the death of a U.S. ambassador was down to spontaneous outrage over a video, rather than pre-planned terrorism.  It turns out, however, that the State Department was the prime culprit.

Is there anything related to Benghazi that could get the president impeached?  Short answer — not yet.  For all the words spread around recently about impeaching Obama over Benghazi, there is a curious ommission made in every single article and blog post I've read that advocates or predicts that Obama will be impeached.  They all seem to be missing the words "high crimes and misdemeanors."

Too Little, Too Late: Press Plays Catchup on Benghazi Scandal.  The Benghazi scandal has truly become Watergate for the media themselves.  Months too late, and only after stunning revelations from whistleblower after whistleblower, members of the Obama-serving media are beginning to ask the questions they should have asked in the immediate aftermath of the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans by terrorists on September 11, 2012.  At the time, the media members (with a few exceptions) were too busy trying to drag President Obama to re-election.

Media Will Either Ignore or Destroy Benghazi Whistleblowers.  On September 11, 2012, an al-Qaeda affiliated terror group operating in Libya launched a massive, hours-long attack on our consulate in Libya.  When it was all over, four Americans were dead, including an American ambassador.  For the two weeks that followed, and for purposes of winning re-election, President Obama and his Administration brazenly lied about the attack — and the media just as brazenly let him.

Benghazi witness: US military response could have 'scared' off attackers, prevented mortar strike.  The U.S. military could have prevented one wave of the deadly attack on American personnel in Benghazi if fighter jets had been promptly deployed, a top diplomatic official who was in Benghazi during the Sept. 11 assault told congressional investigators.  The account, contained in a transcript obtained by Fox News, was given by Gregory Hicks during an interview last month with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Jay Carney and Hillary Clinton give the media memes.  When Hillary Clinton was questioned during a Senate hearing over the Benghazi tragedy, her response was, "What difference at this point does it make?"  The media, except for her fans, rolled over and played dead.  Her media fans are preparing propaganda to make Hillary Clinton the next president.  Last week, when an errant or forgetful White House reporter went off script and asked White House Propaganda Minister Jay Carney a question about Benghazi, the minister replied, "That was a long time ago."

The 2012 Election Is Over; the Benghazi Scandal Is Not.  We now know, for example, that the early talking points were accurate — and it was only after the State Department and the White House, among others, got done revising the talking points that the truth was transformed into a false account.  To be specific:  early (accurate) references to "Islamic extremists" were removed. Early (accurate) references to "attacks" were changed to "demonstrations."

Benghazi Bullchips.  [Scroll down]  Last week, we learned that the State Department's Inspector General is investigating the Pickering-Mullen "Accountability Review Board" for, among other things, its failure to investigate and get statements from the Benghazi survivors.  Before there were whistleblowers there were survivors, yet the comprehensively misnamed "Accountability Review Board" didn't question them.  Which isn't a surprise.  The ARB did what it was paid to do:  limit the damage and blame people under Hillary Clinton for the failures of leadership and management.

U.S. Military in Tripoli Ordered Not to Go to Benghazi.  A top U.S. diplomat will testify Wednesday that as fighting raged in Benghazi, Libya, in the early morning hours of September 12, 2012, military officials in the region told a second rescue team preparing to deploy from Tripoli to Benghazi not to make the trip.

Benghazi Whistle-Blowers: We Sat And Watched Them Die.  Few people know who Gregory Hicks and Mark Thompson are, but then nobody knew who John Dean was when he testified at the Watergate hearings and blew the Nixon administration and its coverup out of the water.  "I thought it was a terrorist attack from the get-go," says Hicks, the U.S. deputy chief of mission in Libya on that fateful night.

Huckabee: Obama will be ousted over Benghazi.  Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said on his radio show Monday that President Obama "will not fill out his full term" because he was complicit in a "cover-up" surrounding the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya.  "I believe that before it's all over, this president will not fill out his full term," Huckabee said.  "I know that puts me on a limb, but this is not minor."

Salon: Benghazi 'Big Scandal,' Whistleblowers 'Credible'.  You can bet the farm that right now the media are looking at the results of the bombshell report Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News just dropped and are already coordinating a way to downplay, ignore, or discredit what looks to be a very serious White House scandal that almost certainly involves a cover up.

Benghazi Witness: Special Forces Told to Not to Provide Backup in Benghazi.  CBS News is reporting that Benghazi witness Greg Hicks told congressional investigators that "a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa."  Hicks also reported that SOCAFRICA commander Lt. Col. Gibson and his team were prepared to board a C130 from Tripoli before the attack on the Benghazi annex.
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Vindicated: Charges Of A Benghazi Cover-Up No Longer 'Fox-Induced Hysteria'.  The emergence of a number of whistleblowers who have come forward to refute the claims made by some members of President Barack Obama's administration relating to the September 11, 2012, attack on an American consulate in Benghazi does not directly implicate the White House in a cover-up.  They do, however, demolish the politically-motivated allegations by a slew of commentators on the left who asserted that those reporters doggedly investigating the American response to the attack were onto something.

Whistle-blower: Benghazi rescue team told to stand down before second deadly attack.  American Special Forces soldiers were preparing to board the C-130 that would fly them on a mission to rescue Americans under attack by terrorists in Benghazi on Sept. 11 last year, but they were stopped by a last-minute order from somebody higher up in the U.S. government, House investigators have learned.

White House tries to deflect criticism from Benghazi whistle-blowers.  The White House on Monday [5/6/2013] attempted to deflect new criticism on the administration's handling of the Benghazi attacks from a firsthand witness and an additional whistle-blower, arguing that an internal State Department review charged with investigating the September attacks was led by an "unimpeachable" team.

GOP Rep.: 'Not A Single Democrat' Went To Libya, State Department To Investigate Benghazi Attack.  With whistleblowers coming forward and charging that members of President Barack Obama's administration actively hindered the investigation into the events leading up to and following the deadly 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, the political blame game is also taking shape.  On Monday [5/6/2013], Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appeared on Fox & Friends where he alleged that his Democratic colleagues in the Congress were not interested in the investigation into Benghazi until recently.

Dramatic and damaging details on Benghazi attack expected during congressional showdown.  Gregory N. Hicks is expected to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he thought it was a terrorist attack from the start, and not a spontaneous reaction to protests out of Egypt resulting from an anti-Islam video on the Internet — a version that U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice put forward on Sunday talk shows in the wake of the attack.

Media are Curled Up at Obama's Feet with Their Eyes Covered When They Should be Demanding Answers.  The destruction of an American Consulate and the murder of four American citizens and the rape of an American Ambassador is an open sore on the Obama administration, and the more they stonewall it, the more they send out political allies to explain it, who were thousands of miles away when it happened, the more they claim that in the seven or eight hours it took to unfold that there was no way any help could have been sent, the more they intimidate the people who can and are willing to blow the whistle on this sordid mess, the more anybody who is willing to accept the truth realizes there is some underlying factor that the Obama administration doesn't want the American public to know.

Diplomat: U.S. Special Forces told "you can't go" to Benghazi during attacks.  The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command Africa.

Rep. Issa: Politics Clearly Played a Part in Obama Admin's Handling of Benghazi Attack.  A witness is expected to testify at a Congressional hearing Wednesday that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to cut the department's own anti-terrorism unit out of the loop on the night of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Democrats' Agenda for Benghazi Hearing: Protect Hillary at All Costs.  Ahead of Wednesday's long-awaited hearings at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the Benghazi terror attack of Sep. 11, 2012, Democrats have a clear agenda: protect Hillary Clinton at all costs.

Benghazi Witness: 'You Should Have Seen What (Clinton) Tried to Do to Us That Night'.  Mark I. Thompson will make the allegation that Hillary Clinton "tried to cut the department's own counter-terrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making" as they responded to the Benghazi attacks.

Benghazi Whistleblower: 'My Jaw Hit the Floor' as WH Blamed YouTube.  In an appearance on Face the Nation this morning, Rep. Darrell Issa revealed several new pieces of information about the Obama administration's controversial description of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, casting doubt that the White House mischaracterized its cause by mere accident.

Benghazi Continued: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion.  By manipulating facts and lying to the American public immediately after the events of September 11, 2012, the State Department has behaved, to its eternal shame, like the propaganda arm of a totalitarian state — and not a very sophisticated one.  This is particularly disturbing since State is — or at least is supposed to be — a non-partisan branch of our government.

Three more officials to testify about Benghazi attacks.  As the deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya, Gregory Hicks was on the ground at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli on September 11, 2012, when terrorists launched two attacks on American compounds in Benghazi.  Hicks and two other government officials have been named as witnesses for a Congressional hearing Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee.

Clinton sought end-run around counterterrorism bureau on night of Benghazi attack, witness will say.  On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide effectively tried to cut the department's own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making, according to a "whistle-blower" witness from that bureau who will soon testify to the charge before Congress, Fox News has learned.

Benghazi Blues.  No matter what happens with Darrell Issa's congressional committee meetings this week, we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the Obama administration, and the cause is Benghazi.  It's impossible to underestimate the blowback that has been gathering steam for the past seven months, now about to erupt with full force.  Few reputations will emerge unscathed, Obama's presidency will be crippled, Hillary Clinton's 2016 candidacy will be destroyed — and perhaps some new heroes will be born.

Issa: No Classified or Diplomatic Reason to Blame Benghazi Attack on Anti-Islam Video.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said he could find no diplomatic or classified explanation as to why Susan Rice and the Obama Administration initially claimed the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video Sunday on "Face the Nation" [5/5/2013].

Lynch: Benghazi Talking Points Were 'Scrubbed'.  [Rep. Stephen] Lynch's admission comes after Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard reported the initial draft of CIA talking points on Benghazi contained references to Al-Qaida that were removed prior to Susan Rice's Sunday talk show appearances.

Benghazi Boils Over.  Damaging new revelations continue to undermine the Obama administration as Congress prepares to resume hearings examining the response to the September 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead including the U.S. ambassador.  There are new details that administration officials misled the public in its initial public assessments of the attack, withheld relevant information that may have been politically damaging, waged "subtle intimidation" campaigns against multiple government employees who sought to testify about the attack, and neglected evidence in its own internal investigation of the attack and its aftermath.

Dancing with Obama.  Political satirist Greg Gutfeld said:  ["]The media would not know a good story if they woke up next to it after they were drunk last night.  For them Benghazi is like an ugly wallflower at the prom.  They just want to dance with Obama all night.["]  It's a way of life that's not without consequences to them or us.

The man behind the Benghazi cover-up?  CIA career officials clearly and repeatedly identified Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda-linked Islamic terrorists as the culprits behind the murder of four Americans.  Of course, this would cause embarrassment for the Obama team, especially in the few weeks before the election.  They had been boasting for years that Al Qaeda had been decimated, the "tide of war" was receding; they had been on a mission to whitewash the prospect of Islamic terrorism as a threat to America [...].

The Benghazi Talking Points.  Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults.  The Weekly Standard 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.

Chaffetz: Obama Admin Has Blocked Benghazi Witnesses from Testifying Before Congress.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) stated without equivocation on "Fox News Sunday" that the Obama Administration has actively blocked potential witnesses from testifying on Benghazi.  In addition, Chaffetz also alleged there is a survivor of the Benghazi attack still in the hospital listed under an altered name, posing significant questions as to whether the State Department is attempting to impede the investigation.

Chaffetz says administration blocking potential Benghazi whistleblowers.  The Obama administration has blocked potential witnesses from testifying about the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Sunday [5/5/2013].  "Absolutely, and more than one," Chaffetz said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked if the Obama administration had blocked potential witnesses.  "There are people who want to testify that have been suppressed. ... They're scared to death of what the State Department is doing with them."

Benghazi whistle-blower Hicks: Internal review 'let people off the hook'.  Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, told congressional investigators that the State Department internal review of the catastrophe at the mission in Benghazi "let people off the hook," CNN has learned.  The Accountability Review Board "report itself doesn't really ascribe blame to any individual at all.  The public report anyway," Hicks told investigators, according to transcript excerpts obtained by CNN.  "It does let people off the hook."

The Obama Benghazigate, Worse Than Watergate!  Four Americans are dead and the American people are being lied to as to how and why they got that way.  Either the President is lying — and needs to be impeached, or he's NOT lying — and needs to be impeached — because he DIDN'T know what was happening!

Official: We knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack "from the get-go".  "Everybody in the mission" in Benghazi, Libya, thought the attack on a U.S. consulate there last Sept. 11 was an act of terror "from the get-go," according to excerpts of an interview investigators conducted with the No. 2 official in Libya at the time, obtained by CBS News' "Face the Nation."

Does Obama Want To Bring Anyone To Justice?  Eight months after the Benghazi attack, the FBI begs for help by releasing photos of three suspects, reports surface about an al-Qaida link and the State Department's review panel is under investigation.

Report: Timeline shows how the Obama administration doctored intelligence talking-points on Benghazi.  A top-secret timeline from inside the Obama administration shows how the U.S. government heavily altered talking points about the Benghazi consulate attack that left four Americans dead, despite having clear intelligence reports from Libya indicating that an al Qaeda-linked terror group 'claimed credit' for destroying the diplomatic outpost.

Enemies Foreign and Domestic.  CBS News reminds us on its website that the very morning the U.N. Ambassador was racing from Sunday show to Sunday show to claim the attack was a spontaneous demonstration that got out of hand, "President of Libya Mohammed al-Magariaf, said his government had 'no doubt that this was preplanned, predetermined.'"  Al-Magariaf said that on "Face the Nation" moments before Amb. Rice came on to flatly contradict him.

Whistle-blower: Special Forces Rescue Team Ordered to 'Stand Down' During Benghazi Raid.  You met Greg Hicks earlier.  He's the career State Department official whose "jaw hit the floor" when Susan Rice went the 'Full Ginsburg' to spread bogus talking points in the immediate wake of the 9/11 Benghazi attacks.  If you thought exposing and debunking the administration's initial dishonest spin was the biggest bombshell Hicks was preparing to drop on Wednesday, you'd be wrong.

The Complete Benghazi Timeline in Spreadsheet Format.  Doug Ross of Director Blue has pulled together information from Stephen Hayes and the House Oversight Committee that leads to, in his words, "four inescapable conclusions":
    a)  Hillary Clinton lied under oath to Congress.
    b)  Barack Obama went to sleep knowing that a U.S. Ambassador and other Americans were under terrorist attack.
    c)  Barack Obama awoke refreshed the next day to begin fundraising.
    d)  The entire Executive Branch lied repeatedly to the American people to save Obama's chances for reelection.

Benghazi Impeachment Suddenly Not So Far-Fetched.  We are in a fascinating period of unraveling.  Whistleblowers in the defense community are appearing.  I'm sure at State, some are looking over their shoulders, waiting for the "Night of the Long Knives" to begin.  It probably has already. [...] I don't know about you, but I will be watching closely on May 8, when Rep. Issa begins his public inquiry.  These may be the beginnings of the most important hearings of our lifetime.

State Department Blocked Access to Benghazi Witness for Months.  The names of the witnesses who will be at the House Oversight Committee Hearing next Wednesday [5/8/2013] relating to last September's attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi on have reportedly surfaced.

State Dept: Benghazi Whistleblowers "Lying" About Requesting Clearance To Testify.  Watch this video clip.

Lawyer Of Benghazi Whistleblower To State Dept: "Apologize" For Calling Me A Liar.  Then watch this video clip.

State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms.  The State Department's Office of Inspector General is investigating the special internal panel that probed the Benghazi terror attack for the State Department, Fox News has confirmed.  The IG's office is said by well-placed sources to be seeking to determine whether the Accountability Review Board, or ARB — led by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen — failed to interview key witnesses who had asked to provide their accounts of the Benghazi attacks to the panel.

CBS News' Attkisson: 'Sometimes I Feel Alone' Pursuing Benghazi Story.  Only a handful of journalists have really pursued the Benghazi terror attack story.  Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News has been consistently out front challenging the Obama White House on the September 11, 2012 attack that left four Americans dead, including the US Ambassador to Libya.

Does the Obama Government Really Want to Catch Anyone Involved in the Benghazi Attack?  A day after the FBI released photos of individuals it says it's seeking in connection with the Benghazi terrorist attack, I'm still scratching my head.  Eight months after an attack that left four Americans dead, this is all the FBI has?

Bombshell CNN Investigation: 3 Al Qaeda Operatives Took Part In Attack On Benghazi Consulate.  According to an investigation by CNN reporters, three Yemeni members of Al Qaeda took part on the coordinated attack on an American consulate and a safe house in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.  "One senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that "three or four members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," or AQAP, took part in the attack," CNN reports.

Sources: 3 al Qaeda operatives took part in Benghazi attack.  Several Yemeni men belonging to al Qaeda took part in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last September, according to several sources who have spoken with CNN.  One senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that "three or four members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," or AQAP, took part in the attack.

Rep. Issa: US Waged Possible 'Cover-Up' in Benghazi.  Rep. Darrell Issa of California charged on Sunday that the Obama administration made a political decision to deny that terrorists were responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.  "We can't find a classified reason for it.  We can't find a diplomatic reason for it," said the Republican, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation. [5/5/2013]"

Names of 'whistleblower' witnesses revealed.  Their identities have been a well-guarded secret, known only to their high-powered lawyers and a handful of House lawmakers and staff.  But now Fox News has learned the names of the self-described Benghazi "whistleblowers" who are set to testify before a widely anticipated congressional hearing on Wednesday [5/8/2013].

State investigates the Benghazi investigators.  Fox News and the Hill both report that the State Department has ordered an inspector general's review of the work of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board (ARB). [...] Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton wrote in an email to me, "I've never heard of anything like it!"  He emphasized, "I've never heard of an IG investigating an ARB.  I don't think there have been that many ARB's which is what makes it unusual."

Pentagon Had 'Assets Pre-Positioned' Off Libya — In Case It Needed to Rescue Hillary Clinton.  When then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unannounced part-of-the-day visit to Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 18, 2011, the U.S. Defense Department pre-positioned assets off the Libyan coast in case it needed to rescue the secretary of state.  The fact that the assets were pre-positioned for Clinton's visit was included in the annual report of the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (BDS).

The Benghazi Talking Points.  Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults.  The Weekly Standard 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.

Whistleblower: Obama Administration Refuses to Capture Terrorist Behind Benghazi 9-11.  Today — Jay Carney — the White House Administration's spokesperson responded to a Benghazi question by making sure everyone was aware that "Benghazi happened a long time ago."  Carney goes on to state that the scandal is merely a "politicization."  That's weird... is there a statue of limitation on murdering American citizens?

Whistleblowers: Obama, Kerry Aware of Benghazi Cover-Up.  The Obama administration blamed the attack on a YouTube video for more than two weeks despite evidence during the attack that it was the work of terrorists.  [Victoria] Toensing is a former deputy assistant attorney general, was the first head of the Department of Justice's Terrorism Unit, and is widely respected on both sides of the aisle in Washington.  Toensing appeared on the Andrea Tantaros Show today [5/1/2013] and accused the State Department of slow-walking the process for Benghazi whistleblowers to obtain the legal counsel that they are due.

Congress ignores Obama, pushes ahead on Benghazi.  President Barack Obama and other executive-branch officials have made clear that they don't think that further discussion is needed on the Benghazi attacks, but Congress is not done with the issue.  At a press briefing Tuesday, President Barack Obama denied knowledge of allegations from some Republican senators that survivors of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi were being blocked from testifying before Congress.

Networks Ignore Libya Whistleblower Who Asserts: We Know Who Perpetrated Benghazi.  All three network newscasts on Monday and Tuesday [4/29-30/2013] ignored the shocking assertions made by a whistleblower who told Fox News that special forces could have responded to the 2012 terrorist attack on Benghazi.  He also claimed that the United States knows who perpetrated last year's assault on the U.S. embassy.  Fox News's Adam Housley interviewed a man he described as a "special ops member who watched as the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi unfolded."

MSM face Benghazigate dilemma.  For the moment only Fox and conservative media are covering the revelations of a Benghazi whistleblower, limiting knowledge of the disturbing revelations to perhaps a third of the public, if that.  The vast pool of low information voters will never know that there is anything to be concerned about regarding the slaughter of four Americans and the apparent lies and cover-up that has followed from Obama administration.

FBI appeals for help in Benghazi attack.  The FBI said it was looking for information about three men seen on the grounds of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi at the time of a deadly September attack.

Krauthammer: Carney's Remark is 'Definition of Chutzpah'.  [Quoting Charles Krauthammer:]  "It echoes what Hillary Clinton said at her hearings:  What difference does it make at this point?  Well, because if you wait that long, the evidence will fade."  Reports have surfaced this week that Benghazi government witnesses were intimidated or threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials, and Victoria Toensing, an attorney for one State Department witness, said the administration is stonewalling the investigation.

State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms.  The State Department's Office of Inspector General is investigating the special internal panel that probed the Benghazi terror attack for the State Department, Fox News has confirmed.  The IG's office is said by well-placed sources to be seeking to determine whether the Accountability Review Board, or ARB — led by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen — failed to interview key witnesses who had asked to provide their accounts of the Benghazi attacks to the panel.

Explosive Report Contradicts the Obama Administration's Benghazi Story in a Big Way.  The U.S. government had the ability to "react and respond" to the Benghazi terrorist attack and could have had forces on the ground before the second wave of the assault began, a special operator with knowledge of the response told Fox News in an exclusive interview.

Obama's Omerta! Benghazi Whistleblowers Threatened By Administration.  According to Fox news at least four career employees of the State Department and the CIA have been threatened not to talk by their superiors. [...] But Wait!  Isn't this supposed to be the most transparent administration in history?  Why would they threaten people to prevent them from talking to congress?

Obama 'not familiar' with intimidation of Benghazi whistleblowers.  President Obama on Tuesday said he was unaware of complaints from Benghazi whistleblowers inside his own administration who contend that they are being intimidated over their cooperation with investigators into the September 2012 attack, but pledged to look into the matter.  "I'm not familiar with this notion that anybody's been blocked from testifying," Mr. Obama said in response to a question during a press conference in the White House briefing room.  "What I'll do is find out what exactly you're referring to."

Obama: 'I'm Not Familiar' With Benghazi Whistleblowers Being Threatened.  President Barack Obama said today at a press conference that he's "not familiar" with reports that Benghazi whistleblowers are being threatened.

Source: Mastermind Behind Benghazi Attack Identified, But Not Arrested.  Multiple sources tell Fox News that the United States has identified the mastermind behind the attack, who is still in Libya and walks free.  A special operator, whose identity was concealed for safety, watched the events unfold and spoke to Fox News' Adam Housley.

Benghazi whistleblowers still waiting to tell their story.  Washington D.C. attorney Victoria Toensing has taken the case of an unidentified whistleblower from the State Department.  For her client to provide full testimony, Toensing says she needs something the government has yet to provide:  the means for her to receive a security clearance to handle the sensitive or classified material involved.  It's been two weeks since Republicans in Congress formally asked the State Department, the CIA and the Defense Department to outline the process for clearing private attorneys for Benghazi whistleblowers, but the agencies have not responded.

State Department downplays reports of Benghazi bullying.  "If Benghazi is not an example of system failure before, during and after the attack, what would be?" asked Mr. Graham.  "If Boston is not an example of a pre-9/11 stovepiping mentality, what would be?"  [Sen. Lindsey] Graham made the remarks on a day when Mr. Obama told reporters that he was unaware of recent accusations by Benghazi whistleblowers that they were being intimidated by the administration over their cooperation with congressional investigators.

Obama pledges inquiry on Benghazi survivors' testimony.  President Obama said he is unaware of longstanding efforts by Republican lawmakers to question survivors of the Benghazi attacks but pledged to investigate the issue.  "I'm not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying," the president said during a White House news conference on Tuesday.  "So what I'll do is I will find out what exactly you're referring to."

Attorney: Benghazi Whistle-Blowers Threatened by White House.  Victoria Toensing, Republican Counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, says her client, a State Department official now considered a whistle-blower in the investigation of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, has been "threatened" by Obama administration officials.  According to Toensing, these threats weren't related to ambiguous matters.  Rather, they were "specifically about Benghazi."

Issa: Obama 'aids those' who are intimidating Benghazi whistle-blowers.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., accused President Obama of "aid[ing] those in his Administration who are intimidating" potential Benghazi whistle-blowers, because Obama pleaded ignorance when asked about the issue today [4/30/2013].

Krauthammer: Obama Claiming Ignorance About Benghazi Survivors Is "Stunning".  [Scroll down]  ["]Well, there were two things that surprised me.  First, is that Obama was asked about a story that broke last night on FOX — that the administration is threatening State Department career employees who want to talk about what really happened in Benghazi.  The president's answer?  He hadn't heard about that.  That could be true, a little bit hard to believe.  That was, I thought, rather stunning.["]

Obama On Benghazi: "I'm Not Familiar With This Notion That Anybody Has Been Blocked From Testifying".  [Quoting Barack H. Obama:]["]I'm not familiar with the notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying.  So what I will do is I will find out what exactly you are referring to. ["]

Obama Administration Denies Benghazi Whistleblowers Being Kept Quiet.  More than seven months after the attack Sept. 11, 2012, on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration continues to defend itself against allegations from House Republicans that the administration has not fully cooperated with Congress on the investigation into the attack.  On Tuesday, both President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry addressed claims being made by House Oversight and Foreign Affairs Committee leaders that the administration is impeding the Congressional testimony of State Department and CIA employees who survived the attack.  "I'm not familiar with this notion that anybody's been blocked from testifying," said the president.

Obama claims ignorance of 4 muzzled Benghazi whistleblowers.  What else does the commander-in-chief not know?  And why not?  President Obama, who disappeared from action reports the night of last fall's deadly terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, now admits he's ignorant of anybody wanting to talk about what really happened in those dark hours when four Americans died and no rescue was attempted.  "Ed," Obama told Fox News' Ed Henry at a surprise Tuesday [4/30/2013] news conference, "I'm not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying." Seriously, Mr. President?

Issa: New Benghazi hearing will 'expose new facts' Obama 'has tried to suppress'.  With whistle-blowers interested in discussing the Benghazi terrorist attack, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., scheduled a hearing that he promises will "expose" new information that President Obama "has tried to suppress."  The hearing is scheduled for May 8.  "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," Issa said in a statement this morning.  "Not surprisingly, this version of events casts senior officials in the most favorable light possible."

Fox News credited by lawyer for Benghazi whistleblower.  Washington lawyer Victoria Toensing is working pro bono with a State Department employee who wishes to testify before Congress on the events that claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others on Sept. 11.  Yet Toensing had received no such instructions on clearances, even though Issa, in letters dated April 16 and April 26, specifically requested them from the State Department.

Carney: Benghazi Happened A Long Time Ago.  White House spokesman Jay Carney denied Benghazi whistleblowers have been denied access to testifying.

Eyewitnesses to Benghazi attack to testify before House panel.  Witnesses to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, will testify next week at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, said.  While Mr. Gowdy did not provide the names of the hearing witnesses, he told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that they will include people who saw the seven-hour attack on the diplomatic post.

Special ops called for military backup during Libya attack, sources say.  On the night of the Benghazi terror attack, special operations put out multiple calls for all available military and other assets to be moved into position to help — but the State Department and White House never gave the military permission to cross into Libya, sources told Fox News.  The disconnect was one example of what sources described as a communication breakdown that left those on the ground without outside help.

Mastermind in Benghazi attack walking free in Libya, sources say.  The U.S. has identified the mastermind of the Benghazi attack, sources tell Fox News, though the individual apparently is walking free in Libya.  The confirmation from multiple sources comes more than seven months after the assault on two U.S. locations in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans — including Ambassador Chris Stevens — were killed. President Obama pledged after the attack that "justice will be done."  But one source told Fox News the government is "sitting on" information.

Is Obama Admin Threatening Benghazi Whistleblowers?  At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers, or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned.  Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate intelligence committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees.

Unanswered Benghazi Questions Demand Answers From Hillary Clinton.  'What difference, at this point, does it make?"  That was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's angry response to a question about the State Department's account of the attack on the Benghazi consulate where Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were murdered on Sept. 11, 2012.  Her response was cheered by leftist commentators on MSNBC.  Righteous indignation is so attractive.  But of course it makes a difference.

State: Our Benghazi probe 'should be enough' for Congress.  The State Department on Monday [4/29/2013] defended its decision not to have lower-level employees testify before Congress about last year's attack in Benghazi, Libya.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is pushing ahead with his investigation of the terrorist assault, and has asked for legal protections for lower-level employees who might be called to testify.  The State Department pushed back on Monday and said the independent probe into the attack "should be enough" for lawmakers.

Inside Source: Military Forces Could Have Responded to Benghazi Attack in Time.  Because the special operator in the video above is fearful of reprisal, his identity was concealed.  The man, who watched the events unfold and has debriefed those who were part of the response, told Fox News' Adam Housley that the C110 special forces group "was doing a training exercise not in the region of Northern Africa but in Europe.  And they had the ability to react and respond."  The perator believes that the force would have been able to be travel from Croatia to Benghazi within four hours — in time for the second attack.

CIA/State Benghazigate Whistleblowers Retain Lawyer, Reveal Obama Inc. Threats.  I know that a lot of our readers are dissatisfied with the pace of the investigation into Benghazigate, but the ability to get answers largely depends on cooperation from uncooperative agencies in the government or from whistleblowers willing to defy Obama Inc's notorious pursuit of whistleblowers in order to tell the truth.  The latter avenue may finally be opening up as a number of CIA and State Department personnel appear to be ready to come forward.

Benghazi Attack Eyewitness: Help Was Available.  An eyewitness to 2012's infamous Benghazi attack says the U.S. did not employ all of the defensive resources it could have to save the American lives lost the night of September 11th.

Benghazi report revives troubling questions.  Democrats complain that this is a partisan effort.  Sure, but Democrats are free to present their own view of the facts.  My sense is that they would rather squelch critical examination of Benghazi and the Obama administration's response, as they did with the help of most of the press during the 2012 presidential campaign.  The interim report sets out copious evidence of the rash of security threats in Libya during 2012.

Obama administration officials threatened whistle-blowers on Benghazi, lawyer says.  At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned.  Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees.  She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistle-blowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.

Turns Out Benghazi Wasn't Just About A Video.  I get why the administration behaved the way it did.  And it was so successful that I imagine this template will be repeated in future damaging incidents.  But Stephens and his colleagues deserve better.

State Dept. Blocks Lawyers from Representing Benghazi Whistleblowers.  The State Department is blocking local lawyer Victoria Toensing from representing whistleblowers on the 2012 Benghazi attacks, according to her legal partner and husband Joe DiGenova.  Teonsing wants to represent such whistleblowers at the upcoming Congressional hearings about the Benghazi case.

Gowdy: Benghazi hearings 'coming quickly', promises explosive evidence.  Rep. Trey Gowdy says that more Benghazi hearings are 'coming quickly' and they will be 'explosive'.  When asked if it will include witnesses who were there but haven't been allowed to come forward, he wouldn't say directly because of confidentiality but told the Fox News host that she was 'very warm' and suggested it may include 'direct testimony by eyewitnesses'.

Rep. Trey Gowdy: 'Explosive' Benghazi hearings 'coming quickly'.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, appearing on Fox News on Saturday afternoon, promised that "explosive" congressional hearings over the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are "coming quickly."  "There are more Benghazi hearings coming; I think they're going to be explosive," Mr. Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican who is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told Fox's Uma Pemmaraju.

Benghazigate: Obama's Secret Gun-Running Program.  Liberals don't want honest Americans like you to have guns.  Liberals just want to arm foreign rebels in crapshoot attempts to "end global violence."  But liberals feign ignorance when the rebels they arm end up being criminals who kill innocent Americans like the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

Report: Obama, Clinton Misled on Benghazi.  Republicans renewed criticism of the Obama administration's handling of a 2012 terrorist attack on U.S. compounds in Libya, saying officials "willfully perpetuated a deliberately misleading and incomplete narrative."

Hillary Clinton Lied, And Four In Benghazi Died.  Despite then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's denials that pleadings from Ambassador Chris Stevens, killed in the terrorist attack, never reached her desk, the interim Benghazi report concludes that:  "Reductions of security levels prior to the attacks in Benghazi were approved at the highest levels of the State Department, up to and including Secretary Clinton.  This fact contradicts her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on January 23, 2013."  Indeed it does.

White House: Clinton's 'Signature' on Benghazi Docs Doesn't Mean She Knew of Them.  The White House dismissed the signature of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on documents ignoring security concerns in Benghazi, calling it "protocol" for government official "signatures" to appear on documents they did not sign.  "It is standard protocol that cables originating from the department in Washington go out under the authority of the current Secretary of State with their signature, i.e. their name, typed at the bottom," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday [4/24/2013], using his fingers for quote marks when he said "signature."

Benghazi report: Trinkets of treason.  We are witnessing one of the biggest government cover-ups since Watergate.  A cover-up that involves murder, arms trafficking, and lies by high ranking officials under oath.  It involves the murderous attacks in Benghazi, and congressional investigators just released a 46-page interim progress report that at least exposes Hillary Rodham Clinton and the White House lying under oath.  Where's the accountability?  Where's the outrage?  Where's the media?

Sins Of The Fourth Estate (Part I).  The one clear thing that came out of last week's chaotic activity in Boston, Massachusetts is that real reporters were missing.  For that matter, they've been missing since last year's attack in Benghazi.  From Benghazi, the Gosnell abortion trial, gun control debates, immigration and then the Boston Marathon bombings, television news reporting has become positively painful to watch.  The First Amendment to the Constitution grants freedom of the press but this was supposed to endow it with a responsibility to be the people's watchdog.  The modern Fourth Estate represented by the mainstream media has made a mockery of this privilege.

Unsatisfactory Response.  Former special operations officers say that a much-anticipated congressional report investigating the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya leaves vital questions unanswered and proves that the Obama administration abandoned its responsibility to protect those who were under siege.  The House released on Tuesday [4/23/2013] what lawmakers claimed is a comprehensive report detailing the Obama administration's multiple failures during its response to the Benghazi attacks, which claimed the lives of four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Benghazi investigators demand cable signed by Clinton; White House balks.  The White House accused Republicans of a political distraction Wednesday after House committee chairmen asked President Obama to release a State Department cable that they said would prove Hillary Rodham Clinton, as secretary off state, signed off on security cuts at the diplomatic post in Benghazi ahead of the attack Sept. 11.  According to the committee chairmen, the April 2012 Clinton cable denies the U.S. Embassy in Libya's request for more security.  Five months later, the outpost in Benghazi was attacked [...]

House GOP Benghazi Report: Clinton OK'd Security Reduction.  The interim progress report's findings assert the following:  [#1]  Reductions of security levels prior to the attacks in Benghazi were approved at the highest levels of the State Department, up to and including Secretary Clinton. [...] [#2]  In the days following the attacks, White House and senior State Department officials altered accurate talking points drafted by the Intelligence Community in order to protect the State Department from criticism for inadequate security levels.

GOP Benghazi report blames Clinton.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, vulnerable by approving lax security measures, a report released Tuesday by House Republicans concluded.  The 46-page report accused Clinton — a possible White House contender in 2016 — of seeking to cover up failures by the State Department that could have contributed to the attack last year that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Republican report says Obama, Clinton blew Benghazi response.  House Republicans have concluded that the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies bear no blame for failing to halt the terrorist assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, releasing a report Tuesday that said President Obama and the State Department set up the military for failure.  The report also found that plenty of intelligence presaged the attack, but the White House and State Department — including the secretary at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton — failed to heed the warnings.

House report: Clinton didn't tell the truth about requests for Benghazi security.  House Republicans released their report on the investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack, having concluded that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not telling the truth when she told Congress that she wasn't aware that officials at the U.S. mission in Benghazi had requested extra security.

Congressional Report Uncovers Administration's Benghazi Errors.  A new congressional report released today highlights the Obama administration's mistake-filled response to the 9/11 Benghazi terror attacks, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.  "An ongoing Congressional investigation across five House Committees concerning the events surrounding the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya has made several determinations to date, including," the executive summary for the report reads.

House GOP Benghazi report says Clinton signed off on security reduction.  House Republican leaders released a report Tuesday on the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which they claim former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally signed off on cuts in security at the compound, which they say would contradict her congressional testimony.

Will Hillary pay a price for Benghazi? (No need to answer).  We already know the answer.  Ben Ghazi who? will be the media's reaction if and when Hillary runs in 2016.  The House Progress Report on Benghazi Terror Attack Investigation will be ancient history.  While Hillary will not pay a price, she should, New Report Raises Significant Questions About Benghazi.

New Benghazi Hearings Called After 'Administration Whistleblowers' Come Forward.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced it will resume hearings next month into the deadly Benghazi consulate attack.  This round, though, will focus on information revealed to the committee by administration whistleblowers.  "Next month, the Oversight Committee will convene a hearing on the Benghazi terrorist attacks to examine evidence that Obama Administration officials have attempted to suppress information about errors and reckless misjudgments," said Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).  "The American people still don't have the full truth about what happened both before and after the murders of four brave Americans."

Republican Benghazi Report Alleges State Department Coverup.  Internal emails in the week following the 9-11 anniversary assault on the U.S. facility in Benghazi show the White House and State Department removed references to al Qaeda and the mention of other recent attacks in Benghazi from widely distributed talking points used to explain the incident to the public, according to a new report from five House Republican committee chairmen released Tuesday afternoon [4/23/2013].

A trail of blood from Benghazi to Boston.  Does anyone still remember the terror attack and murders of Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012?  Does anyone still care?  How about the indignation shown by Obama's then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on January 23, 2013, when being questioned by Senator Johnson about whether the American people were misled about the motive for the attacks?  Animated and agitated, Clinton never did answer the question, instead waving her arms and pounding her fist on the table before her in a decidedly undiplomatic like fashion while shedding absolutely no light on what she knew and when she knew it.

Ty Woods' Dad Seeks Benghazi Answers On Capitol Hill.  As new whistle-blowers emerge and Congress tells CIA staffers to lawyer up, a grieving father demands to know how and why his son died and why no one in the administration wants to talk to him.

Justification for Benghazi Cover-Up Continues.  In October 2012, Obama twice refused to answer question about the four Americans killed in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  His justification for not answering questions, his "excuse," was that he was "waiting for the results of investigations before making any conclusions about what went wrong."  So the cover-up continues.  But what is more important is that the justification for the cover-up continues.

Why isn't Benghazi given the same treatment as Boston?  The authorities involved in bringing such a speedy end to the Boston Marathon bombings are to be commended.  They reviewed the video surveillance tapes and quickly identified the suspects. [...] It makes one wonder why we haven't seen the same level of scrutiny applied to the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans.  It certainly isn't due to a lack of video evidence to help identify the suspects.

More about the Boston bombing.

Boehner Defends Decision Denying Select Committee on Benghazi.  House Speaker John Boehner Monday defended the way he has handled the investigation into last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, insisting a select committee is not needed to probe the incident.  The Ohio Republican told the media that he has resisted lawmakers' calls for a select committee because he doesn't think one is necessary.

Boehner: We Are 'Determined' to Reach the Truth on Benghazi.  House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) announced the five committees he directed to investigate the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi would release a progress report next week outlining their findings and the next phase of the investigation.

John Kerry On Benghazi: "We Got A Lot More Important Things To Move On To".  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA):  Mr. Secretary, we think that there was a coverup of some kind of wrongdoing that led this administration to lie to the American people about the nature of the attack immediately after the attack and for a week after that attack.  We need to have these questions answered.  We need to talk to the people who are on the scene.

House investigators talking to new Benghazi whistleblowers.  The nature of the communications with the whistleblowers and their identities are not being made public at this time.  But in response, the Oversight Committee yesterday sent letters to the three federal agencies involved:  the CIA, the Defense Department and the State Department.

New Benghazi investigation sought by 70 House GOP, 700 SpecOps.  Pressure is growing on House leaders to create a special committee to probe the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack and murders of U.S. officials at the Behghazi, Libya consulate, with 70 Republican members and over 700 former special operations officers demanding an investigation.  "For the good of the country, we ought to find out what happened," said Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf, who is pushing legislation to create the special committee.

Benghazi 2012, Hillary 2016.  Hillary's many controversies are mostly ancient history, and mostly the fault of her husband, and are unlikely to derail a general election bid.  Rather, Hillary's weakness is her time as Secretary of State, an abysmal performance which has left us weaker internationally than ever before.  And foremost among her failures in her own right was Benghazi and the cover up to help Obama's campaign.

Sean Smith's Mom: 'Please, Please Help Me Find Out Who is Responsible'.  Patricia Smith — the mother of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, who was murdered by terrorists in Benghazi seven months ago today — says that President Barack Obama and other administration officials did not follow-up on promises they made to her personally when she traveled to Washington, D.C. last September to meet the return to the United States of her son's casket.  Mrs. Smith says she wants to know why her son and the others at the State Department compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 were abandoned by their government.

Pat Smith not only gets no sympathy, she is mocked for being a thorn in Obama's side.
Pat Smith and 700 Special Ops.  [Scroll down]  There is every reason to believe the defensive crouch of the Obama administration in the immediate aftermath of Benghazi — a posture necessary to protect the President — will be extended to protect the heiress apparent of the liberal agenda.  Thanks to Pat Smith, a genuine profile in courage, and now the 700 special ops professionals who have stepped forward, the move is on to get to the truth about Benghazi.

Why Is White House Stonewalling On Benghazi?  More than six months since Ambassador Christopher Stevens was assassinated by terrorists in Benghazi, the Obama administration is still trying to keep a lid on information about the attack.  Congress and the American people need to know what happened the night of Sept. 11, 2012.  Who did the killing and what was their motive?  Why wasn't help sent?  And why did the administration lie about who was responsible?

How The Media Continues To Serve As Obama's Bodyguard.  [Cindy] Sheehan was given any and every platform, with the media tripping over itself, for years, to report her words.  The espoused rationale for the intense coverage was, purportedly, that this grieving mother deserved an 'explanation' for her son's death. [...] That same media, however, who believed Sheehan was owed an explanation, is curiously dismissive of Pat Smith.  Pat Smith lost her son, Information Officer Sean Smith, in the Benghazi attack last autumn.

Mother Of Slain Benghazi Officer To Sean Hannity: 'They Want Me To Shut Up'.  On Friday [4/5/2013], Sean Hannity brought Pat Smith, mother of the late Sean Smith, on his radio program.  The 34-year-old information management officer was one of four Americans murdered in the Benghazi embassy attack on September 11, 2012.  In the chilling interview, a distraught Ms. Smith, in tears, pleaded for answers and spoke of the efforts to silence her.

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Shades of Benghazi: State Department changes story on Afghanistan blast that killed diplomat.  The State Department has acknowledged that five U.S. personnel killed in Afghanistan, including 25-year-old diplomat Anne Smedinghoff, were on foot when they were attacked by a suicide bomber, and not in an armored vehicle, as officials had told bereaved relatives earlier this week.

Complicity in Murder: Shades of Cuba in Benghazi.  Almost seven months have passed since the attack on the Benghazi consulate building and nearby CIA annex by al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Sharia, in which four Americans were murdered, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.  Despite demands for further information into why the Obama administration and the military failed to act to defend and protect the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya even as they had intelligence of increasing Islamic violence, no answers have been given.  Many Americans rightfully wonder whether or not the truth will ever come out about the murders at the American diplomatic mission in Libya.

Special ops veterans' group calls for select probe of Benghazi attack.  More than 700 Special Operations veterans are urging members of Congress to back a select committee to investigate last year's Benghazi terrorist attack, according to a letter first obtained by Fox News.  The letter from the group, "Special Operations Speaks," supports the appointment of a special committee tasked with the single mission of investigating the attack that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead, and shut down the CIA operation in an annex of the Benghazi consulate, in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack.

700 Retired Military Special Ops Tell Congress to Form Select Committee on Benghazi.  Seven hundred retired Military Special Operations professionals from the organization "Special Operations Speaks" sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging members to support H.Res 36, which will create a House Select Committee to investigate last September's deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Did Hillary commit perjury?  Did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commit perjury when she claimed in a Senate hearing that she did not know whether the U.S. mission in Libya was procuring or transferring weapons to Turkey and other Arab countries?  The goal of the alleged weapons shipments was to arm the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.  Any training or arming of the Syrian rebels would be considered highly controversial.

Obama is a joke, and the joke isn't funny.  Barack Obama allowed four Americans to be murdered in Benghazi, Libya.  His administration is still covering up the truth.  Seven Benghazi survivors are being kept from the public, while an innocent film-maker sits in jail.  Obama is his administration; their mistakes are his.  Nobody has been held accountable.  While Ambassador Stevens and a pair of Navy SEALs were being murdered by Islamists, Obama was going to bed early and partying in Las Vegas the next day.

Benghazi's Silenced Witnesses Hidden In Plain Sight?  A Virginia congressman says the witnesses to an act of war on sovereign U.S. territory are being held incommunicado in a Washington, D.C., hospital by their own government. [...] According to Rep. [Frank] Wolf, citing two confidential sources, "as many as seven Americans have been or are currently being treated," at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., less than 11 miles from the U.S. Capitol.

Are Benghazi Survivors Hiding In A Washington, D.C. Hospital?  For more than six months since the September 11, 2012 attacks on America's diplomatic outposts in Benghazi, the Obama administration has been unwilling to turn over the names or whereabouts of any survivors.  They may be hiding plain sight.

Benghazi-gate Cover-up: Fox News' Catherine Herridge Receives AIM's Reed Irvine Award.  Six months after a terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, survivors of the savagery that left four Americans dead the night of Sept. 11, 2012, still have not been permitted to tell their story in a public forum.  So now, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are threatening to subpoena them.  Catherine Herridge, longtime reporter for Fox News, received Accuracy in Media's Reed Irvine Award for investigative reporting on that scandal.

Where Are the Benghazi Survivors?  Benghazi is back in the news with the arrest of a suspect Thursday [3/14/2013] being held in Libya.  This could spur Congress to renew efforts to shine light on the attack on the U.S. consulate on September 11, 2012.  Wounded survivors of the terrorist attack, however, are still under wraps.  As reported by The Hill newspaper, Senators are applying pressure again.  One option is to subpoena the survivors; another is to hold up confirmation for the new ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones, who would replace murdered U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens.

GOP lawmakers: Obama administration blocking access to Benghazi survivors.  More than six months since the deadly attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, Republican lawmakers say they are still looking for answers and are frustrated that the White House is blocking access to an unknown number of survivors.  The Washington Times learned Friday [3/15/2013] that the State Department has failed to respond to a letter written nearly three weeks ago by two House Republicans seeking answers about the survivors, as many as seven of whom are believed to still be at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from injuries sustained in Benghazi.

GOP Should Subpoena Benghazi's Silenced Witnesses.  The House GOP has threatened to subpoena the survivors of the Benghazi terrorist attack, those who know the truth, and hold up the nomination of our murdered ambassador's replacement.  It should do both.

Carney 'Not Familiar' with Security Agents Injured in Benghazi Attack.  White House press secretary Jay Carney denied knowledge of reports of security agents who were injured during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September in an interview on Fox News Friday afternoon [3/15/2013].  [Video clip]

3 Benghazi survivors in diplomatic security, sources say, as GOP demands access.  Three diplomatic security agents, as well as a State Department contractor, were among the Americans injured during the terrorist attack last September on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Fox News has learned.  According to a State Department official, who confirmed Fox's reporting on the condition of anonymity, two diplomatic security agents were injured, including one "seriously," at the CIA facility known as the "annex" and a third suffered smoke inhalation at the consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed.

Benghazi Suspect Reportedly Caught, Conservatives Definitely Not Giving Up.  Even when answers seem to arrive on the controversial Benghazi attack, the questions never fade away:  Faraj al-Shibli, a man thought to be involved in the September 2012 attacks on the American consulate, has been captured in Libya, according to two sources speaking to CNN, as Republicans back home refused to let the issue fade.

What We Still Don't Know About Benghazi.  Yesterday [3/13/2013], President Obama nominated a new ambassador to Libya to succeed Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Benghazi last September 11.  Six months after that attack — and two federal investigations later — we still have an alarmingly small amount of information about it.  The Obama Administration made quite a mess in the media with its conflicting accounts of the attack, originally blaming a controversial YouTube video for sparking protests abroad.

Sen. Graham claims Benghazi survivors 'told to be quiet' by administration.  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, in an extensive interview with Fox News, alleged that the injured survivors of the Benghazi terror attack have been "told to be quiet" and feel they can't come forward to tell their stories — as he urged the House to subpoena the administration for details if necessary.  The South Carolina senator said he's "had contact" with some of the survivors, calling their story "chilling."

Why haven't we heard from the Benghazi survivors, six months later?  We already know Hillary Clinton would answer that question with another question:  "What difference does it make?"  But that only works for people who think she's a hero for getting away with endlessly lying about it, because the people who want her to stop endlessly lying about it are Republicans.  And if Republicans want to know the truth about what happened, it must not be worth knowing.

GOP lawmakers threaten to subpoena Benghazi survivors.  Republican lawmakers are threatening to subpoena U.S. survivors of the terrorist attack in Benghazi.  Exasperated GOP members say unless they get more answers from the White House, they will call on the survivors to testify before Congress, and might hold up President Obama's nomination to replace the U.S. ambassador who was killed on Sept. 11, 2012 in Libya.  The recent revelation that U.S. survivors are recuperating at Walter Reed Hospital has sparked GOP demands that the White House provide Congress with access to them.  It has also breathed new life into the controversy that was highlighted repeatedly during the 2012 presidential campaign.

CBS Asks: Where are the Benghazi survivors?  Sharryl Atkinson of CBS noted the six month passing of the September 11th, 2012 terrorist attack on a Benghazi mission that left four dead, including American Ambassador Christopher Stevens.  While so many in the mainstream media seem all-too-eager to brush past this unsightly entry in the president's legacy, Atkinson has been persistent directing the right questions at the administration.

Six months later, where are the Benghazi survivors?  Some watchdog groups, members of the media and Republican members of Congress are asking:  Where are the more than two dozen U.S. personnel who survived the attack but haven't been seen nor heard from in public since?  There were also an undisclosed number of witnesses at the U.S. compounds in Tripoli but they also have not spoken publicly.

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Obama to Nominate Ambassador to Libya.  The White House announced that it intends to nominate Deborah K. Jones to be the next U.S. ambassador to Libya.  If confirmed, she'll be the first ambassador to that country since Chris Stevens was murdered in Benghaz, Libya on September 11, 2012.

Judicial Watch Sues State Department for Benghazi Security Details.  On March 5, Judicial Watch announced that it had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking details on a nearly $400,000 contract the State Department awarded to a private company for security at the American consulate in Benghazi.

GOP Lawmakers Demand to See Benghazi Survivors.  With various sources confirming a number of Benghazi survivors are "still recovering at Walter Reed military hospital," Republican lawmakers are demanding their names and access to them.  To date, Sec. of State of John Kerry has visited with one survivor, but will not give the survivor's name.  He will only say the survivor was "remarkably courageous."

Marine Corps rapid-response team ordered to Africa to thwart another Benghazi attack.  U.S. Africa Command will get a new Marine Corps rapid response force as part of a plan to beef up its crisis response capabilities.  More Leathernecks will be at the ready after the military was unable to get timely aid to Benghazi, Libya last year, during a terror attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and members of his security detail.

Report: 'Press Shop' Removed Al-Qaeda from Benghazi Talking Points.  Since CBS News learned that the Obama administration delivered Benghazi documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday [2/28/2013], a source who has viewed the documents is telling the network that someone "in a federal agency 'press shop' was involved in changing the talking points to remove al-Qaeda."

Senators complain after getting 'worthless' redacted version of Benghazi talking points.  Senators investigating the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya and the administration's version of events in the aftermath were livid when the White House initially sent them documents so heavily redacted they were "worthless," a source told Fox News.  The so-called Benghazi talking points were requested by the Senate Intelligence Committee, but were so heavily redacted lawmakers sent them back and demanded another set, a source told Fox News.

Demanding Benghazi Docs, Senators to Delay Brennan Vote.  Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain told Face the Nation that they want additional documents from the White House on what their response was to the Benghazi attack and are willing to hold up the vote to confirm John Brennan for CIA Director.  The White House has been stonewalling Congress for months regarding emails and other documents about the attack and Congress has tried unsuccessfully to put pressure on the president by attempting to filibuster his national security nominees.

Divisions Among Republicans Stalling Formation Of Benghazi Select Committee.  Top Republicans with classified information about the terrorist assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi last September may not want to see a House Select Committee formed to investigate the attack that left four Americans dead, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, although a number of Senate and House Republicans remain unsatisfied with information they have received from the Obama administration about the deadly attack.

Report: Libyan Officials Warned of Imminent Benghazi Attack.  Libyan officials warned Washington D.C. that an attack on the consulate was imminent days before the attack happened according to the documents the Obama admin turned over to satisfy Senate questions regarding "who changed the talking points" on Benghazi.  It is also obvious that Al-Qaeda's suspected involvement in the Benghazi attack was broadly known from the start.

Congressman Wolf to Sec. Kerry: Turn over Benghazi Survivors.  Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA), a House Ways and Means Committee member, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday [3/1/2013] and indicated that he was contacted by a "reliable source who provided information that there are wounded American personnel, including State Department employees, currently in rehabilitation and recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center."

Too Much Obama.  [Scroll down]  It took months for Nixon's Watergate scandal to unravel in the 1970s and this well may be the case of the failure to take any action during the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed an American ambassador and three others.  The lies that followed are now exposed.  Washington may begin to leak other details in the weeks and months ahead.

Burning Questions About Benghazi Still Abound.  This administration's behavior in the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack has eroded the public's confidence.  So it does make a difference when the administration purposefully misleads the American people.  And it makes a big difference whether or not the public has full confidence that the president will be honest with them in the future.  We deserve answers, and we deserve the truth.  The administration seems to be hiding behind the excuses of an FBI investigation, an Accountability Review Board report and a top-secret imperative of CIA involvement.

Brennan Accused of Involvement in Altered Benghazi Talking Points.  After reviewing new information released by the White House on Feb. 26 — information intended to put some distance between CIA Director nominee John Brennan and the Benghazi attacks — many Republican Senators are now persuaded that Brennan may have had a role in crafting the talking points to describe Benghazi as a protest gone bad.  After seeing the information, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said simply: "Brennan was involved."

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Sued for Benghazi Documents.  Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on February 14, 2013, against the Obama Administration's Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking records that could shed light on what Obama administration officials knew about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi and when they knew it.

US denied direct access to Benghazi suspect held in Egypt.  The U.S. has been denied direct access to the only publicly known suspect in custody in connection with the Benghazi terror attack, Fox News has learned, with U.S. interrogators still unable to sit in the same room as the Egypt-held prisoner to ask questions.  Abu Ahmed, also known as Mohammed Jamal, is suspected of establishing Islamist training camps in Eastern Libya where militants who took part in the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attack were able to train.  Ahmed is not suspected of directly taking part in the attack which left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.

Axelrod, Benghazi & NBC.  [Scroll down]  Now that NBC and MSNBC are paying [David] Axelrod, perhaps they will ask Axelrod the factual basis for his statements.  Was Axelrod present with Obama during the night of September 11, 2012?  Did Obama tell Axelrod that he "was talking to" Panetta and Dempsey "well into the night"?  Was Axelrod told by somebody else, perhaps Valerie Jarrett or Michelle Obama, that President Obama "was talking to" Panetta and Dempsey "well into the night"?  Does Axelrod believe that Panetta and Dempsey lied?

NPR's Ari Shapiro Shows How Media Bias is Done.  It is a fact that the Obama administration so far has held no terrorist to account for the attack.  It's also a fact that the Obama administration initially didn't even call it an attack.  It was a response to a movie that offended Muslims.  Never mind that hardly anyone saw the movie before the attack.

WH: Obama Called Hillary at 10PM on Night of Benghazi Attack.  President Barack Obama called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at approximately 10 p.m. on the night of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNSNews.com.  That was more than six hours after the attacks started, more than an hour before Tryone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed — and about the time that Clinton first released a statement linking the attacks to "inflammatory material posted on the Internet," a reference to an anti-Muslim video on YouTube.

Five Months After Benghazi Murders, Killers Frolic Untouched There.  Five months ago, radical Islamists in Libya murdered four American officials, and President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the administration would not rest until those responsible were caught.  Yet it seems as if nothing has been done:  just as the White House did nothing on September 11, 2012, while the U.S. consulate was under attack, it has done nothing serious since, and is doing nothing now.

Judicial Watch wants truth on Benghazi.  "With all of the Benghazi lies coming out of the Obama administration, the only way to get at the truth is to release these records immediately," said Thomas J. Fitton, the president of the Washington-based Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan education foundation.  The lawsuit asks the court to compel the Obama administration to release documents originally requested Oct. 19 through the Freedom of Information Act process, he said.

Further Reflections on Benghazi.  U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's testimony before the Senate Armed Forces Committee on Thursday, Feb. 7, marked a real turning point.  In answering "no" to a few simple questions, Panetta blew up the notion that the president and his team did the right thing on the night of Sept. 11 — that they stayed awake worrying about the fate of Ambassador Stevens and the others trapped at the consulate... and set about working on some kind of a rescue mission.

Bush's 420 Seconds, Nixon's 18½ Minutes, Obama's 7½ Hours.  If you're a political figure even the briefest of moments can come under intense scrutiny.  That is especially true of our presidents.  It's just that some chief executives come under much closer examination than others.

Ambassador Chris Stevens didn't have to die in Benghazi.  In short there were two operations going on in Benghazi, neither of which Stevens nor the CIA [Petraeus] were made aware, that made the situation on the ground in Benghazi far more dangerous than they even knew.  We already know that Stevens was concerned about security, but he didn't even know the full story.

Sen. Burr: CIA Has 'Flatly Refused' to Give Intel Committee Some Benghazi-Related Documents.  Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has "flatly refused" to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee, which is conducting an investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the State Department and CIA personnel and facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Adm. James Lyons (Ret.) on Growing Benghazi Scandal.  [Retired Admiral James Lyons] is the former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific fleet, and a man not afraid to tell it like it is.  We need more men like Admiral Lyons to stand up to the lies, hypocrisy and political correctness that so dominates our national dialogue today.

GOP lawmaker asks how Obama could sleep during Benghazi attack.  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Friday [2/15/2013] questioned how President Obama was able to sleep on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, knowing that a U.S. Consulate was under attack and the lives of U.S. officials were at risk.  "I have no idea if the president required a sleep aid that night, but if he did, anybody else in America has trouble sleeping, you better get what he had, because it works well," Gohmert said on the House floor.

Obama made no phone calls on night of Benghazi attack, White House says.  President Obama didn't make any phone calls the night of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House said in a letter to Congress released Thursday [2/14/2013].  "During the entire attack, the president of the United States never picked up the phone to put the weight of his office in the mix," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who had held up Mr. Obama's defense secretary nominee to force the information to be released.

Where Was Obama on Night of Benghazi Attack? WH Isn't Saying.  In his testimony in the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, Panetta said he informed the president at their 5:00 p.m. meeting of what was going on in Benghazi.  Gen. Dempsey testified that the meeting lasted a half hour.  Panetta and Dempsey also testified that after the meeting ended they did not talk to President Obama or the White House again that night.  Almost six hours elapsed between the end of the Panetta-Dempsey-Obama meeting and the deaths of Woods and Doherty at the CIA's Annex in Benghazi.

Senator Graham: "Benghazi Was About Breakdown of Security, Failure of Leadership, and a Prez Who Was Virtually Disengaged".  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) held a press conference, today [2/14/2013], to make a statement in response to Obama's letter acknowledging he did not call anyone in Libya on September 11, 2012 during the 8 hours the U.S. mission was under attack.  He didn't pick up the phone to call any government officials in Libya until Sept. 12, after everyone was dead.

Benghazi — Where was the Commander-in-Chief?  After the testimonies of Secretary Panetta, General Dempsey, and Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi tragedy, it appears the Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama was off duty and not available to make a hard decision to press the military Chain of Command to rescue Americans under attack.  The cover up appears to be a White House order to "Stand Down" and not issue a rescue mission operational order.  For over seven hours he did nothing; no communications with his National Security team, and then he flew to Las Vegas for a campaign stop.

Obama Fiddled.  The late Ted Kennedy became known as "the Hero of Chappaquiddick" for leaving a young lady to die after accidentally driving his car off a bridge on the night of July 18, 1969.  Kennedy, who swam free, said nothing to police until 10 a.m. the following day. [...] President Barack Obama deserves similar obloquy as "the Commander-in-Chief who went AWOL" on September 12, 2012 — during the eight-hour siege in which heavily-armed terrorists burnt the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The Democratic Disgrace.  Every job has a minimum requirement.  The absolute very least that anyone can do without being considered a complete and utter failure.  The minimum requirement for a Commander-in-Chief is to stick around when an American diplomatic mission is under fire.  Obama flunked even this minimal requirement by going to sleep and then flying off for a fundraiser in Vegas.

Bam's Benghazi two-step.  The Obama White House is to be congratulated.  It has executed one of the most effective stonewalls in recent memory over the Benghazi attack last Sept. 11 that killed our ambassador to Libya and three others.  Its handling of the aftermath of the debacle is a model example of the power of obfuscation and delay.  Future high-ranking officials please take note:  This is how it is done.

Benghazi: Obama, Hillary and the Astonishing Derelictions of Duty.  Panetta and Dempsey claim that despite the president being aware of the attack, nobody from the White House called to check to see what was happening as the attack unfolded.  No orders were given.  According to Panetta, Obama had left the situation "up to us."  This is particularly damning for the president who has repeatedly claimed that he was involved in the decision making process as the terrorist attack unfolded.

At Benghazi, Neglect Came Right From The Top.  The deaths of four Americans in Libya may be old news, but the president who failed to protect them remains in office.  A Senate hearing has shown just how bad the negligence was.

Nobody wake Barack.  The Benghazi terrorist attack was a debacle in three distinct stages.  The fatal mistakes occurred in the first two — the failure to provide adequate security before the attack and the failure to provide help once it started.  Those mistakes were tragic, but the Obama administration's explanations are coherent, though hardly defensible.

Benghazi Bungle: Obama's Pass-the-Buck Presidency.  From Hillary Clinton's artful dodging to Leon Panetta's clueless hindsight, the Obama administration's bungling on Benghazi proves they can't keep us safe.

ABC Ignores New Benghazi Revelations Showing Disengaged Obama.  While the NBC and CBS morning shows on Friday both covered troubling Thursday testimony from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that revealed President Obama's lack of engagement during the Benghazi terrorist attack, ABC's Good Morning America completely ignored the story.  In addition, none of the networks mentioned the testimony on their Thursday evening [2/7/2013] newscasts.

Obama didn't answer the 3AM call.  While some thought it a joke and some thought it a farce the true meaning of the empty chair was never clearer than it was at the Benghazi hearings.

The secret war behind Benghazi.  What really happened in Benghazi?  Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack on the US consulate because of a secret low-level war in which American hit squads took out leaders of al Qaeda militias, which retaliated in Benghazi.  There was never a protest at the consulate over the infamous anti-Islamist YouTube video.  So says the new 80-page e-book, "Benghazi: The Definitive Report" (William Morrow) by Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb, two military veterans who specialize in reporting about clandestine operations [...]

The Commander-in-Chief's Lack of Concern for His People.  When video from a drone showed terrorists attacking the American legation in Bengahzi, Mr. Obama discussed the matter in the Oval Office with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and General Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, for 20 minutes.  They then returned to the Pentagon.  Mr. Obama never talked to them again, not while Ambassador Stevens was missing, not when his body was brought to a Libyan hospital amidst concern that it was a terrorist trap, and not when a second attack killed two Americans at the CIA annex near the legation.  Nor did Secretary of State Clinton ever call Mr. Panetta or General Dempsey.

Benghazi: Who Was Minding the Store?  The revelations that came out of the Senate Armed Services Committee this week in regards to the Benghazi attack will be a turning point in this investigation.  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified that he was not in contact with President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the night of the attack.

The Absentee Commander in Chief.  Perfection certainly isn't the standard to which policy makers should be held.  But there are standards.  If Americans are under attack, presidential attention must be paid.  Due diligence must be demonstrated.  A president must take care that his administration does everything it can do.  On Sept. 11, 2012, as Americans were under attack in Benghazi, Libya, President Obama failed in his basic responsibility as president and commander in chief.  In a crisis, the president went AWOL.

The president is lying about Benghazi.  Leon Panetta testified yesterday [2/8/2013] before congress that the President was only briefed once at a previously scheduled meeting around 5:00 pm on the day of the Benghazi attack.  Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his staff were already under attack at that time.  Were they in danger, and who defines danger?  Did the President not care about their safety specifically or did he not expect things to escalate further.  No one knows.

Panetta: Obama AWOL on Night of Benghazi Attack.  While giving Senate testimony regarding Benghazi on Feb. 7, Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta said Obama was not present nor did he communicate with the Sec. of Defense during the Benghazi attack.  Panetta was answering questions from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) when he made it clear he had no communication with Obama outside the normal, "pre-scheduled" 5 p.m. meeting on September 11.

Obama "Absent" Night Of Benghazi Attack.  Absent.  On September 11th, when they knew we would be under attac, [sic] somewhere.  It's as though Obama didn't want to have to give the order to defend this nation.  Just like his 5 month period of indecision and avoidance over killing bin Laden.  I've been asking from the start of his presidency:  Who is Obama?

President Obama Had One Conversation With Leon Panetta on the Day of the Benghazi Attack.  In today's hearing on Benghazi at the Senate Armed Forces Committee, New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte asked about the president's personal involvement, finding out that the president only had one conversation with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or General Martin Dempsey on 9/11, the day of the Benghazi attack.  In that conversation, according to Panetta, President Obama told them to "do whatever you need to do to be able to protect our people".  The president didn't, according to Panetta, ask for any specifics on what kind of response was possible. And, as Ayotte found out, the president never called to follow up.

Panetta on Benghazi: U.S. Military 'Not a 911 Service'.  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning that the Pentagon should not be relied upon to cover all diplomatic missions — namely, the U.S. facility attacked over a period of several hours in Benghazi on Sept. 11.  After Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) vowed to block the nomination of any new defense secretary unless Panetta testified about Benghazi, the defense chief appeared before the panel along with Chairman of the Join Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.

The Twisted Truth on Obama's Benghazi Response.  According to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as reported at The Weekly Standard, President Obama was completely aloof from the events in Libya on September 11.  He neither asked nor ordered anything.  He did not respond to information sent to the White House.  He was not involved at all, during the seven-plus-hour attack that resulted in the deaths of four American government employees, including an ambassador.

Dereliction of Duty: Obama Did Nothing to Save American Lives in Benghazi — and Lied About It.  Under direct questioning by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Panetta admitted that he had no communication with President Obama after their "pre-scheduled" meeting at 5:00 p.m. EDT.  The attack on the consulate had already been under way for 90 minutes at that time.  Neither the president nor anyone else from the White House called afterwards to check what was happening; the Commander-in-Chief had left it "up to us," said Panetta.  Panetta's testimony directly contradicts President Obama's own claim to have issued "three directives" as soon as he learned "what was going on" in Benghazi.

Panetta can't explain why Obama never called back during Benghazi attack.  Under questioning from South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta could not explain why President Barack Obama spoke with him only once on Sept. 11, 2012 during the Benghazi terrorist attack, and never called back for any updates for over seven hours.

ABC Ignores New Benghazi Revelations Showing Disengaged Obama.  While the NBC and CBS morning shows on Friday both covered troubling Thursday testimony from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that revealed President Obama's lack of engagement during the Benghazi terrorist attack, ABC's Good Morning America completely ignored the story.  In addition, none of the networks mentioned the testimony on their Thursday evening newscasts.

On Their Own.  The White House left Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith on their own on September 11 in Benghazi.  That is the upshot of today's Capitol Hill hearing featuring Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey.

Yes, There Was a Plan For Gunrunning to Syria.  Two weeks ago, Senator Rand Paul asked then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if Benghazi served as a gateway for the United States to run weapons to Syrian rebels through Turkey.  Today during testimony on Capitol Hill, outgoing CIA director Leon Panetta admitted there was a plan, supported by Clinton and former CIA Director David Petreaus, put in place to arm Syrian rebels but was stopped by President Obama.

Obama punted to Panetta for U.S. response to Benghazi attack.  Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday [2/7/2013] revealed he personally broke the news to President Obama that the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was under attack last year — but he and the president didn't speak the rest of the night as the assault on the compound unfolded.

Benghazi and the Coverup over Missing Libyan Missiles.  What has been lacking in the Benghazi saga is a theory that ties everything together in a way that leaves few stones unturned.  Unfortunately, the only one that ties everything together has serious implications for President Obama and his administration.

What we won't ever know about Hillary Clinton's legacy.  The media have allowed the Obama administration and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary "Smartest Woman in the Room" Clinton to get away with straight-up lying about the cause of the deaths of Americans in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.  Some of us have been so focused on that issue that we may have missed an even bigger journalistic abdication.  We will only know what really happened that night in Benghazi, and why the Obama administration chose to use a Youtube video as a scapegoat — as opposed to anything else they might have said — when people in the room start coming forward.  That should be in about 35 years, if ever.

State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12; Suppressed Their Identities Afterward.  Before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the department undertook a calculated effort to publicize the agents' names and faces — presenting them in a State Department promotional magazine posted on the Internet.  After the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks, the State Department has treated the names and faces of the DS agents who survived those attacks as if they were classified information.

Things Only a Democrat Could Get Away With.  Hillary Clinton presided over the first murder of an American ambassador in thirty years.  It was the closest thing to a notable moment in her time as Secretary of State, which concluded, in true Clinton style, with a cover-up, Senate hearings and more finger-wagging.  And yet, despite all that, the media threw her a farewell party in preparation for the 2016 election.  Four Americans died in Benghazi and in four years, Hillary Rodham Clinton expects to take the White House.

Report: Security Cameras Not Working When Embassy Attacked.  It is surprising — and a significant vulnerability — that security cameras would be dependent upon the local power supply, rather than an independent source.  Benghazi revealed serious flaws which had developed in embassy and consulate security during the past four years and perhaps before.  It seems, however, that Benghazi exposed only some of the complacency which has developed.

Benghazi, Libya, deteriorating into security nightmare.  Security in Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city where four Americans were killed Sept. 11 in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate, has decayed to the point where Westerners are fleeing, assassinations and kidnappings are rife and residents worry that U.S. drone strikes on jihadist targets are imminent.

Clinton's Angry Outburst On Benghazi Was Meant To Deceive — Not Enlighten.  After the attack on the American ambassador's quarters in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, the Obama administration immediately blamed it on the anti-Islamic video.  Moreover, this version of what happened was not just a passing remark.  It was a story that the administration kept repeating insistently.  U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice repeated that story on five different television talk shows on the same Sunday.  President Obama himself repeated the same story at the United Nations.  The man who put the anti-Islamic video on the Internet was arrested for a parole violation, creating more media coverage to keep attention on this theme.  "What difference, at this point, does it make?" Secretary Clinton now asks.

Stonewalling Benghazi Into Irrelevancy.  Last week, the dwindling number of Americans who believe this administration owes them an honest explanation regarding the murders of ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi were likely expecting that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might be forced to shed some light on the issue.  What they got instead was a well-rehearsed theatrical presentation, complete with tears, anger and self-righteous indignation.

Obama's Promised Justice Eludes Benghazi Terrorists.  Four months ago, the president vowed to "bring to justice the killers who attacked our people" in Benghazi.  Only, the al-Qaida terrorists are still at large and still killing Americans.

For a Jailed Filmmaker, Clinton's Benghazi Lies Make a Difference.  It might make a difference to a Coptic Christian whose trailer for a bad movie was blamed by the leader of the free world for a series of Al Qaeda attacks against American diplomatic facilities and who was sent to prison on the orders of members of the administration.  That filmmaker is the only one to actually get locked up.  The ringleader of the attack walks the streets of Benghazi freely.

Select Committee Needed to Probe Benghazi Attacks.  Why did the Obama Administration wait 134 days to send their supposed point-person Hillary Clinton to testify on Capitol Hill about what happened in Libya when four American heroes lost their lives in a battle against Islamic terrorists?  Are the White House and State Department so incompetent that it takes more than four months to get their stories straight?  It's an outrage.

Hillary's lesson in escaping the blame game.  Benghazi was only the latest episode of a three-decade epic in which Mrs. Clinton has become one of the great survival stories of American politics.  Extending back through the mists of Whitewater, Paula Jones, Troopergate and the unique challenges of being President Bill Clinton's long-suffering wife, Hillary could have starred in her own soap opera.  Instead she kept reinventing herself, epitomizing one of the signature phrases of those years and evolving from first lady to New York senator to presidential candidate to secretary of state.

Flashing red lies of Benghazi.  The facts now prove that this compound was operating "under the radar" for non-diplomatic purposes, a fact that was well known to Panetta, Clinton and others.  Accordingly, there could not have been a protest of any kind at this location.  By deliberately and incorrectly calling the Benghazi compound an embassy (initially) and later a consulate, the deception was further advanced to allow for the possibility of a protest.  This is not an act of omission by elected and appointed officials, but one of commission.  Yet the investigative report fails to address this deception for what it is by outright dismissing this deliberate lie with the concession that the attacks in Benghazi were, in fact, terrorist attacks.

Where Are The Witnesses Who Survived Benghazi?  An excellent question.  But then again, what difference does it make?

Benghazi/Fast and Furious: The Real Scandals Underlying Both.  Though it should be said up front that the Obama administration handled what happened in Libya horribly, that its YouTube video excuse for the murders was embarrassing, and that Clinton has shamefully avoided addressing the tough questions that the murders have generated, isn't the real scandal the fact that taxpayers were footing the bill for State Department officials, military support, and a "compound" in Benghazi to begin with?

Hillary's Histrionics Hide Truth.  After four months of playing hide and seek with the American people, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honored the Congress with her presence long enough to duck and deceive the American people regarding the worst incident of terrorism against Americans since 9/11.

Hillary's First Big Lie.  By 2012, the major media had become so comfortable with Clinton lies that not a single one among them pointed out the grotesque irony of having an unrepentant sexual predator keynote a Democratic Convention whose theme was the "Republican war on women."  So accustomed had Hillary grown to having her lies glossed over that she grew increasingly indignant even at the timid questions Congress threw her way at last week's Benghazi hearing.  When asked by Senator Ron Johnson about her version of events, Hillary exploded in an outburst destined to be at least as famous as her "vast right wing conspiracy" jeremiad.  Said Hillary, summing up the state of public integrity in 2013, "What difference at this point does it make?"  Say what you will, but today, that is a legitimate question.

Hillary Gives Away the Game.  Hillary Clinton's angry flip-out at Senator Ron Johnson during her Benghazi testimony was a charmed moment.  All at once, before the whole world, one of the highest ranking progressive authoritarians on the planet spilled the beans — all of them — about the left's modus operandi.  The revelation might be overlooked, however, if we focus too closely on Clinton's easily quotable "What difference does it make?"  The line as quoted merely shows Clinton to be a trapped liar trying to fake her way through an awkward moment with pomposity and bravado.  In truth, however, "What difference does it make?" is merely a media-friendly ellipsis of her actual words.  What she actually said, without the convenient editing, is far more telling.

The terrifying mindset of Secretary Clinton.  Her words are already long gone from the daily flow; in fact, they never really resonated at all, were all but ignored by the mainstream media, and were characterized more as a feisty in-your-face comeback than what they truly were.  And what they truly were was horrifying — but at the same time a deep insight into the Democratic mindset, as well as a peek at what may be coming in 2016.

Kerry: 'There Were No Protests in Benghazi' Prior to Attack.  During his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said the intelligence reports he got about the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, showed there were no protests at the facility.  His remark was in response to a question by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations where Kerry was chairman before his nomination to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

Running down the clock on Benghazi.  Conducted as fact-finding hearings, many Americans were hopeful that the officials they elected to represent them were finally going to get to the bottom of a deadly event that has been mired in deception since the minute it began to unfold.  Instead, Americans were sorely shortchanged by a combination of inept questioning and lengthy monologues of professional praise, the latter which served as an effective tactic to run down the game clock while limiting any errant exposure to the truth.

Another Clinton Lies Under Oath.  Did anyone believe a word Hillary Clinton told Congress about the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of September 11, 2012?  Did anyone believe her about what she knew and when she knew it?  Does anyone believe that Republicans laid a glove on her during her testimony?

Hillary Lets the Jihadist Cat Out of the Bag.  After four years of pretending there is no jihad against the free world, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blurted out the truth during her testimony on the Benghazi jihad massacre Wednesday:  "We now face a spreading jihadist threat," she said, adding:  "We have to recognize this is a global movement."  We do?  Yet the Obama administration has for years steadfastly and repeatedly denied both that there was a jihadist threat at all and that it was a global movement.

Media Will Never Hold Obama Accountable For Anything.  Over the past 24 hours, there have been a number of good columns published that take issue with outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony yesterday.  Some mocked Congressional and Senate Democrats for choosing to fawn all over Hillary, instead of probing into the unnecessary deaths of four Americans.  Others, like PJ Media's Bryan Preston, are rightfully angry at Republicans who were completely outgunned and outmaneuvered by Madam Secretary, and as a result blew their last chance to get real answers.

Hillary Clinton's Dodgy Testimony.  A lot of people in Washington apparently forgot how good Hillary Clinton is at not telling the truth.  Wednesday, in her testimony before the Senate and, later, the House, Clinton brilliantly fudged, dodged, and filibustered.  Of course, she's a pro.  Clinton was slow-walking depositions, lawyering up, and shifting blame when many of her questioners were still civilians down on the farm.  Aided by a ridiculous format, she outfoxed most of the Republicans with ease.

Hillary's Benghazi Hearings: "Don't Look at Me!"  What we learned from Hillary Clinton's Congressional hearings on Benghazi was nothing.  What was revealed was a combative, arrogant Secretary of State, who thinks she's above reproach or accountability and was especially miffed that she had to be questioned by members of Congress about why four Americans were killed at the US Consulate in Benghazi under her watch.

Yesterday, Hillary Showed You All of Her Flaws.  She was a disaster yesterday at the hearings on the Benghazi killings. Rand Paul did the best job of pointing that out.

Benghazi, "Fast and Furious on Steroids?"  Rest assured if it turns out that Benghazi was "fast and furious on steroids" we can be sure that the MSM be all over it sometime around the end of the 2nd Biden Term.

Critical Benghazi Question: 'What Caliber Ammo?'  Strong evidence exists, and has been reported here at Conservative Reports Online, that the tensions in Benghazi were fueled by the purpose of Special Mission Benghazi.  It was not an embassy.  It was not a consulate.  It was the CIA facility that had been used to arm and coordinate the rebel forces who were attempting to overthrow Moammar Qadaffi.

Budget figures challenge Dem claims about lack of funding for embassy security.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly cited a supposed lack of funding for embassy security during testimony Wednesday on the Libya terror attack, opening the door for congressional Democrats to suggest stingy Republicans contributed to leaving the post in Benghazi vulnerable.  Democratic New York Rep. Eliot Engel claimed Congress "slashed" diplomatic security requests over the past two years.

Where's the Retaliation for American Deaths in Benghazi and Algeria?  Obama promised to avenge the murders of four Americans.  But while Secretary Clinton faced a grilling over the attack, there's been no retaliation.

The Day Accountability Died.  Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent roughly seven hours on the Hill today fielding statements lauding her brilliance, praise for how many miles she has flown around the world, and the occassional question about Benghazi.  Remember that?  On 9-11-12, four Americans died in a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  The Obama campaign/administration had just spent their political convention crowing that al-Qaeda is "on the run."  The Benghazi terrorist attack suggested otherwise.

'Madam Secretary, You Let the Consulate Become a Death Trap'.  Through morning and afternoon hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then the House Foreign Affairs Committee, postponed from their original dates because of the secretary's medical crises, Clinton came prepared to bite back at her challengers and confronted the mere handful of Republicans willing to go toe-to-toe with her.

Notorious Anti-Islam YouTube Video Not Mentioned in Clinton Testimony.  After months of waiting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has wrapped up her first round of questioning about the 9/11 terrorist attack in Benghazi from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.  Testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton failed to mention both in her opening statement and her answers, the now notorious YouTube video that was blamed by multiple Obama administration officials for the attack.

Hilllary on Libya: 'What Difference Does It Make?'  After being pressed today by Republican Senator Ron Johnson to explain how it was that over the course of weeks, the Obama Administration stood by an absurd story claiming that four Americans were murdered in Libya due to a spontaneous protest gone bad, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played the indignation card.

Clinton Shouts: 'What Difference ... Does It Make?'  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about ascertaining whether the Benghazi terror attack was the result of a protest by Senator Ron Johnson.  "What difference, at this point, does it make?" Clinton shouted, seemingly losing her cool.

Why it matters whether Benghazi was terrorism or not.  Before we go any further: we knew by the day afterward that Benghazi was a terrorist attack.  The White House simply refused to admit it because telling the truth about four murdered Americans was less important than winning a Presidential election.

Hillary Clinton's Postmodernism.  Let's be clear what Mrs. Clinton is saying.  It really doesn't matter whether the president and his advisers misled the public on the origins of a lethal terrorist attack that claimed four American lives, including the first ambassador murdered in more than 30 years.  What matters, she insisted, is what we do going forward.  There is no useful purpose to be served by dwelling on the past.  Get over it.  Move on.  Chill out.  What a perfectly post-modern approach to things.

Hillary 2016: What Difference Does It Make?  It's the story of her life.  What difference does it make if Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary six years before he climbed Mount Everest?  What difference does it make if Hillary wasn't really under sniper fire in Bosnia?  What difference does it make that tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in Syria over the past two years?  Assad is, after all, a "reformer" in Hillary's eyes.  So if four Americans just happen to be killed in our consulate in Libya on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks what difference does it make to Hillary if our government claims their deaths came about as a result of a spontaneous protest over an internet video?

What Difference Does It Make?  That is her legacy.  "What difference does it make" how the Americans were killed in Benghazi?  Listen to her.  Of course it makes a difference, but when you lied about why it happened for weeks, how it happened can't matter.

Benghazi murders: Yes Hillary, why does make a difference.  In what may have been an unscripted outburst, Hillary asked "what difference at this point would it make?" as to why Ambassador Chris Stevens and a pair of Navy SEALs were murdered.  Hillary defenders went into damage control.  The war room from the 1998 impeachment battle was reignited.

What Difference?  Secretary Clinton did not mean to show indifference, but her rhetorical question was one of the low points in her long career, one that might pass without too much fanfare at the moment but will reverberate a lot in the future.  Yet today's testimony in some sense does not matter, given that Ms. Clinton is probably going to run in 2016 for president, and has enjoyed a protective media veneer over her long career — shed only once in 2008 when opposing Barack Obama.

Benghazi Rhapsody.  After a months-long wait that featured scheduling challenges, investigative delays, ministerial concussions, and the small matter of a presidential election, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally came to Congress to testify about what happened in Benghazi.  And what did she have to say?  "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans?  What difference, at this point, does it make?"

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What difference does it make if Hillary made a $100,000 overnight profit in cattle futures, or if that was a laundered bribe?  What difference does it make if Vince Foster killed himself, or he was rubbed out?

Clinton Cries, Yells But Won't Apologize for Benghazi.  Hillary Clinton's long-postponed congressional testimony on last year's Libya terror attack leaving four Americans dead used the left's favorite weapon: emotionalism. But crying and yelling can't cover up lies.

Six Key Takeaways from Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Hearings.  [#5]  Clinton said there was no real time video of the attack.  The secretary of state said video of the attack on Sept. 11, 2012 was not viewed until days after the attack.

Duck and Cover.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced harsh criticism from Republicans in Congress on Wednesday [1/23/2013] for misleading statements made by the Obama administration on the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans.  "Four months or months after the Benghazi tragedy — it's a tragedy when we lose four brave Americans — there are many questions that are unanswered," said Sen. John McCain (R., Az.) during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  "And the answers, frankly, that you've given this morning are not satisfactory to me."

Clinton Has Talked to Only 1 American Benghazi Survivor in 4 Months.  In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, five State Department Diplomatic Security agents who were in Benghazi that day and survived the attack were evacuated from the country and taken to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.  All five had suffered from smoke inhalation, and one was seriously wounded.

Digging the Benghazi Memory Hole.  With Wednesday's hearing, Hillary Clinton played her uniquely dramatic role in the one shovel-ready project in Obama's America — the Benghazi memory hole.  She spent the day burying the whole sordid Benghazi mess.  Don't expect the media to exhume it.  They have already started chastising those who try.

Why Benghazi didn't bring down Hillary Clinton.  Republicans accuse her of negligence and worse in connection with the deadly attack in Libya.  Four theories on why the critiques just won't stick.

In cable the day he died, U.S. ambassador warned Clinton about Benghazi security.  Just hours before he died in a terrorist attack at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Ambassador Chris Stevens sent a cable to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton painting a chaotic, violent portrait of the eastern Libya city and warning that local militias were threatening to pull the security they afforded U.S. officials.

Some Algeria Attackers Are Placed at Benghazi.  Several Egyptian members of the squad of militants that lay bloody siege to an Algerian gas complex last week also took part in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Libya in September, a senior Algerian official said Tuesday [1/22/2013].

CBS's Attkisson: Obama Admin. Has Stonewalled on Benghazi Since October.  On Tuesday [1/22/2013], CBS's Sharyl Attkisson broke on Twitter that the Obama administration "has indicated that it will not be answering Benghazi question we've been asking since Oct."  Attkisson, who has provided hard-hitting reporting on the September 11, 2012 Islamist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, listed many of the questions that the executive branch has yet to answer about the story.

Sharyl Attkisson Asks Libya Questions The Media Won't.  Today [1/23/2013] while almost all the media was gushing over outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's theatrical and less than forthcoming Senate testimony about events in Libya, CBS News' investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson tweeted out a penetrating series of unanswered questions that both the White House and its media minions will ensure are never answered.

Boom: CBS tears into White House over Benghazigate.  CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has been one of the few members of the media willing to hold the Obama Administration's feet to the fire over Benghazigate.  Despite Obama et al's toxic mixture of silence, prevarication, and obfuscation, Attkisson has doggedly pursued the truth about the September 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead.

Notorious Anti-Islam YouTube Video Not Mentioned in Clinton Testimony.  U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens sent multiple requests for more security to the State Department throughout 2012 and cited al Qaeda threats as a reason why it was needed.  The extra security was never sent.  Today Rep. Jeff Duncan accused Clinton of gross negligence and of turning the consulate in Benghazi into a "death trap."

Clinton Makes Dubious Claim That Obama Called Benghazi Terror Attack on 9/12.  In the House hearing on Benghazi on Capitol Hill today, Hillary Clinton argued that she and President Obama had not obfuscated on the true nature of the Benghazi attack.  "I said the very next morning that it was an attack by heavily armed militants," Clinton said.  "The president said that morning it was an act of terror.  At the same time, however, I was dealing with protest against our facilities that were clearly connected to that video."

Hillary Clinton flounders on the Benghazi front.  Hillary Clinton came across as defiant, evasive, blasé, and at times hugely unconvincing when answering questions from Republican Senators about the death of four Americans at the hand of Islamist terrorists in Benghazi last September, including the assassination of the US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

Carney denounces GOP 'obsession' with Benghazi response.  White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's assertion that the administration's initial claims the Benghazi attack was the result of a violent protest — rather than terrorism — made no "difference" in the big picture of the tragedy.  Carney, speaking to reporters at the White House daily briefing, said Clinton was referring to "an obvious political obsession over a series of talking points that again bears no relevance on the central issues" around the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Republicans challenge Clinton claims on budget cuts, Benghazi cable.  Republicans are challenging a host of statements made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic allies during Wednesday's heated Libya testimony — claiming that complaints about a lack of funding are bogus and questioning the secretary's insistence she never saw urgent cables warning about the danger of an attack.

White House defends Secretary of State Clinton on Benghazi.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday [1/23/2013] defended Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that it doesn't make a difference what administration officials first said in explaining how Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were slain in last September's attack in Benghazi, Libya.  Carney told reporters at the daily press briefing that there has been an "obvious political obsession over a series of talking points" that bears no relevance to the essential issues at stake.

Clinton takes on critics over Benghazi at tense Hill hearings.  The at times heated testimony before House and Senate committees, likely to be the outgoing secretary's last, elicited praise from Democrats and frustration from Republicans.  Far from putting the issue to rest, the testimony further fueled a debate that has raged on Capitol Hill for four months.

Dangerous Times: John Brennan's Black Ops .  In Benghazi we know the CIA was smuggling tons of Libyan arms to the radicals in Syria, using Al Qaeda in the Maghreb (Northern Africa), called AQIM.  But AQIM wasn't happy with Chris Stevens, and decided to burn him to death.  The local cops took off ten minutes before the attack, and refused to answer emergency calls from the Americans that day.  The president is legally required to be notified instantly of any attack on a high-ranking US official, and Stevens ranked with a four-star general.  The White House therefore knew about the Benghazi attack within minutes. [...] John Brennan had to be in the loop.  Other than Obama himself, nobody is more directly responsible for the bloodbath in Benghazi.

Debacle in Benghazi.  On September 21, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters before a meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister. [...] Clinton's statement was notable.  It was the strongest and most direct assessment of the attacks from any Obama administration official in the first 10 days after the deaths.  By calling the incident a "terrorist attack," Clinton acknowledged what President Obama had gone out of his way to avoid.

The Mainstream Media has avoided any mention of Brennan's significant role in the Benghazi tragedy.  [Scroll down]  [John] Brennan is head of the president's National Counterterrorism group.  During his time there he has worked very closely with our favorite FBI Director, Mr. Eric Holder.  Their work has resulted in the single greatest expansion of police state surveillance on American citizens in the history of this country.  Once again, the mainstream media is silent on this fact.  Remember, it was the FBI who Obama said he sent to Benghazi to investigate the attack that killed four Americans.  It was the FBI who delayed that investigation because they said it was too dangerous and it's the Holder FBI who says the investigation is "ongoing".  Right.  The cover-up is right there in front of everyone but this Obama administration doesn't care.  They know there isn't [sic] enough people wanting to challenge them so they'll just go right on lying to us.

The Scandal That Will Bring Obama Down.  It's even worse than we previously thought.  A retired four-star admiral is now claiming that Barack Obama intentionally conspired with America's enemies to stage a bogus attack and the kidnapping of an American ambassador so he could "negotiate" the release of a "hostage" and bolster his mediocre approval ratings just prior to the election?  The Washington Examiner, quoting retired Four-Star Admiral James Lyons, writes:  "the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi... was the result of a bungled abduction attempt... the first stage of an international prisoner exchange... that would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the 'Blind Sheik'..."  But something went horribly wrong with Obama's "October Surprise."

The key Benghazi questions still unanswered.  We now have the so-called Independent Accountability Review Board report on the Sept. 11 attack on our Benghazi special mission compound.  While it concludes there was no spontaneous mob protest outside the compound, it fails to provide answers to many key questions.  For example, it does not address why the Obama administration continued to lie to the American public for the better part of two weeks, saying that the attack on our consulate was mob violence that got out of control over a 14-minute anti-Islamic video that few had seen.

Benghazi Suspect Released; 4 Americans Still Dead.  Before we confirm the president's national security team, let's get some answers to why no terrorists have been captured or killed after the consulate attack and why the administration doesn't seem to care.

Benghazi terrorists, skating free.  Four months have now passed since the terrorist attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  But for all the vows that the perpetrators would swiftly be brought to justice, no one so far has been.  Nor, it seems, is anyone likely to be.

Four Months After Benghazi Attack Where Are the Killers?  The assault left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.  But intelligence officials say U.S. investigators are making very little headway in finding justice.

Libyan Gun Control Policies Left Guards Unarmed at U.S. Compound in Benghazi.  The gun control policies of the post-Gaddafi government in Libya delayed the arming of bodyguards for U.S. diplomats in that country and left the local guard force hired to watch over the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi unarmed, according to internal State Department memos and written testimony by the State Department officer who was in charge of the department's security in Libya until six weeks before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks.

Clinton Publicly Linked Benghazi to Video Before Woods and Doherty Were Killed.  On the night of Sept. 11, 2012 — before former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed by a terrorist mortar strike — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a public statement linking the attack against the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, with an anti-Muslim video, which she referred to as "inflammatory material posted on the Internet."  Clinton's statement, still posted on State's website, is dated Sept. 11, 2012, and headlined:  "Statement on the Attack in Benghazi."

Justice for Benghazi? Still on Hold.  In the wake of the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12, the administration made up for its deceptive accounts of the incident with bloodthirsty avowals that the persons responsible would be hunted to the ends of the earth.  Nearly four months later, those promises remain unfulfilled.

Benghazigate: The Cover-Up Continues.  From the start, almost everything that we were originally and "officially" told by the Obama Administration about the Benghazigate "event" was false (i.e., a lie) or misleading or inadequate.  And now that the sole suspect held in the attack has been released, the cover-up is gaining momentum.  The report produced by State's Accountability Review Board (ARB) and released in an unclassified version Dec. 18 did little to clear up what was misleading and inadequate in the "official" versions about the happenings during the "event."

Terror suspect linked to Benghazi consulate attack is freed.  A Tunisian man questioned by the F.B.I about the murderous attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has been released by a Tunisian judge due to lack of evidence, according to his lawyer.

Hillary's Benghazi Cover-up 101 for Dummies.  Cover-up Step 6:  Pretend there is accountability by blaming a fall guy.  Like Clinton counsel Bernie Nussbaum resigned in disgrace for his obstructionist role in the Vince Foster death investigations (instead of facing obstruction charges), Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, who along with three others reportedly resigned because of Benghazi... but not really.  That was just a publicity stunt disguised as news.

Graham seeks delay to confirmation of Brennan until Benghazi questions answered.  Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina didn't single out Obama's nominee, John Brennan, for criticism, but he accused the administration of ignoring requests for more information about the Sept. 11 attack, which also targeted a CIA annex in Benghazi.  "I have not forgotten about the Benghazi debacle and still have many questions about what transpired before, during and after the attack on our consulate," Graham said.

Benghazi Cover-up: The Hand Shake.  Thanks to Hillary's "independent" 39-page, declassified Benghazi Accountability Review Board report (ARB), a whitewash, that conveniently ignored important details such as why Sean Smith would send information out via a gaming website, and who ordered the military to stand down — (the same report the Senate Committee hearings were based upon), it looks like $2.2 billion (over ten-years) will be headed for the State Department very soon.  A department Chairman Kerry expects to lead, as President Obama's nominated Secretary of State — and no one will be held accountable for the deaths in Benghazi.

During Attack Denis McDonough and Tom Donilon Replace President Obama and VP Biden.  [Scroll down]  While Denis McDonough was bringing POTUS up to speed, at that exact moment, events in Benghazi had spiraled.  What took place next, and why they did not reverse the "stand down call" is unknown.  Perhaps they considered it too late, after all, this 7:26pm update revealed the status of Ambassador Stevens as "Missing presumed Dead".

White House finally releases 1st briefing photo of Obama on night of Benghazi attack.  The White House releases some [photos] into the public domain on its Flickr site, but only those that please the administration.  Others — like the photos of Barack Obama being briefed on the unfolding attack on our consulate in Benghazi on September 11th — require a little more effort to have released.

A Twist in the Benghazi Saga.  If you thought the Benghazi saga ended last month when a State Department review concluded that a handful of State Department middle managers failed to provide adequate security for the U.S. mission, think again:  it may no longer be dominating headlines, but with multiple active congressional investigations and an ongoing attempt to hunt down the perpetrators, the story of Benghazi is far from over.

When I questioned Hillary Clinton's health claims, I was relying on the best intelligence available at the time.  A few weeks ago, when Hillary's people said she wouldn't be testifying about Benghazi because she'd fallen down and hit her head, I did exactly what our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media would have done if Secretary Clinton were a Republican:  I asked to see the medical report.  I didn't accuse her of faking her injury.  I didn't call it a hoax.  I merely showed skepticism about the claims of a career politician who was missing her second opportunity in a row to testify about her department's utter negligence and ineptitude in Benghazi.

A Lesson for the Media.  The committee's findings, following a review of thousands of documents, shed new light on the utter confusion that prevailed at the highest levels of the administration in the days following the attack.  Although U.S. intelligence almost immediately recognized the incident as a premeditated terrorist attack, administration officials, from President Obama on down, hedged and pretzled their comments to a fare-thee-well.

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