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.

Recap and overview:
Why Benghazi Continues to Make a Difference.  Before September 2012, Benghazi was just another city on the map.  After the embassy was attacked and four Americans lost their lives, Benghazi, Libya became much more than a city in the Middle East.  It became the center of what appears to be a political cover-up.  Darrell Issa and Trey Gowdy have both worked towards unraveling the mystery that hovers over the death of Christopher Stevens, Tyronne Woods, Sean Smith, and Glen Doherty.  At the same time, the Obama administration worked dilligantly to undermine the attack and any efforts to investigate it by making it appear as another attack on his administration.  The three characters that are a part of this tragedy are the President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice.  Of everyone involved, Hillary Clinton could have been the one to help Ambassador Stevens the most and she did the least.

Another overview:
The Benghazi Brief — Three Year Anniversary.  The "Benghazi Brief" remains the most controversial research report we have ever produced.  The brief contains over two years of research and hundreds of very specific citations supporting it.  The Brief has also been challenged and with extensive vetting factually withstood all scrutiny.  The report, while exhaustive in detail, remains the strongest summary of events surrounding the two years leading up to the Benghazi Libya attack on 9/11/12.

Hillary Clinton and Obama's Lies on Benghazi — Too Many to Count, but Let's Try.  They lied about the slaughter of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, at the hands of al-Qaeda-tied terrorists.  They lied, but not to protect vital national secrets or flummox America's enemies.  They lied to get reelected.  And they lied directly, knowingly, and repeatedly to the American people.

Media That Claimed Bush Chilled Speech Strangely Quiet Under Obama.  [Scroll down]  This is years after both Hillary Clinton and Obama were featured in a video the Obama administration aired in Pakistan.  In that video, which was a response to the incendiary, anti-Islam video made by an American, Obama claimed that in the U.S., "we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others."  Clinton said of the U.S. government, "we absolutely reject its content and message."  Except that our country doesn't reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. [...] And the U.S. government has no business weighing in on videos made by Americans and has no right to try to get Google to pull it down when people object to it.  Obama further "chilled" religious and political speech by saying before the U.N. that "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

Emails: CNN Reporter Coordinated With Hillary Aide To Smear Rand Paul During 2013 Benghazi Hearing.  A CNN reporter who was recently suspended for two weeks for violating the network's editorial guidelines showed up in a new trove of State Department emails released on Tuesday [11/24/2015] in which she appears to have coordinated social media posts with a top Hillary Clinton State Department aide during the former secretary of state's Jan. 23, 2013 Senate testimony about the Benghazi attacks.

Ex-Benghazi investigator sues Trey Gowdy for discrimination and defamation.  A former investigator for the House Benghazi Committee filed a federal lawsuit against the committee Monday [11/23/2015], opening a new chapter in legal skirmishes over the Benghazi attacks and subsequent investigations.

Obama Really Doesn't Like People.  When Americans were killed in Benghazi the White House refused to give an honest accounting of who murdered them (it was an offshoot of Al Qaeda).  Their deaths were, in Obama's cold phrasing, were not "optimal."  Well, they certainly weren't optimal for him and his re-election campaign, so he and his Praetorian guard lied about their murders.  Who got the blame?  An obscure Coptic Christian who had directed an equally obscure video that may have riled some Muslims — had they seen it (which, basically, no one had).  The spin was that Muslims had been ("legitimately"?) enraged by the video that mocked Mohammed.  Survivors were lied to and are still awaiting a call from the President to honestly explain why their loved ones had been murdered.  They will be waiting a long time.

Obama Knowingly Facilitated $500 Million Arms Deal That Led To Benghazi Attack.  A group of former top military officers, CIA insiders, and think tankers known as the Citizens Commission on Benghazi declared that after a seven-month review of the 2012 attack on the American consulate that it could have been prevented — That is if the Obama Administration hadn't knowingly armed those responsible in the months leading up to it.  Clare Lopez, who's a member of the commission, had an interview with MailOnline and said that "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."

Helping Hillary Clinton Figure Out Her 5 Greatest Accomplishments.  Of course, the real problem Hillary has isn't that she doesn't have achievements; it's just that they're not exploits that anyone would want to base a run at the Presidency on. [... For example,] Four people are dead in Benghazi because of her:  It seems hard to believe that it's even possible, but there were more than 600 ignored security requests related to Libya and the consulate in Benghazi.  Had Hillary paid attention to those requests, it's entirely possible that none of our men would have died in Libya.  However, Hillary claims none of those requests reached her desk.  Since it's generally accepted that Hillary lies incessantly about anything and everything, maybe that's another lie.  On the other hand, given that she's 68 years old, hasn't driven a car since 1996 and clearly can't handle her own email, maybe she just didn't know what she was doing.  Either way, if we had a different Secretary of State, those four men would probably be alive today.

The Fiction of "Truth".  An email introduced last month at a House Benghazi committee hearing indicated that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — just hours after the attacks on the consulate that left four Americans dead — knew almost immediately that an "al Qaeda-like group" had carried out the killings.  Clinton informed everyone from her own daughter to the Egyptian prime minister that the killings were the work of hard-core terrorists.  Yet officially, she knowingly peddled the falsehood that a video maker had caused spontaneous demonstrations that went bad.  Apparently, the truth about Benghazi clashed with the 2012 Barack Obama re-election narrative about the routing of al-Qaeda.  For days, Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and the president himself likewise sold the fantasy of video-driven killings.

Hillary Clinton, Arms Dealer.  In a scathing column Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano makes the convincing case that Hillary Clinton sold weapons to Libya in a direction violation of the U.N. arms embargo, and then lied about it under oath during her testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi Oct. 22.

13 Hours: The Non-Political Benghazi Movie that Hillary Can't Avoid.  Two long weeks ago, Hillary Clinton was declared the undisputed winner in her face-off with Republicans on the House subcommittee over the part she played during the Benghazi attacks of September 11, 2012.  But that was before an Optimus Prime-sized hole was blown right through her campaign's and the media's narrative that Benghazi has finally been put to rest.  The bomb was the release of two new trailers for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, director Michael Bay's action-heavy portrayal of events (already labeled "Bayghazi" by the Internet), which hits theaters January 15.

Hillary Clinton Lied Under Oath Repeatedly During Her "Successful" Benghazi Testimony.  [Scroll down]  Similarly, Clinton has asserted from the time she first addressed the scandal that no classified information was ever present on her home email server.  That was a lie, as literally hundreds of classified documents were discovered to have transited her private system, including "highly classified information".  And it goes without saying that Hillary Clinton's lies about the Benghazi attack being motivated by a video were beyond the pale; lying to the American people, lying to the families of the dead, and lying to everyone within earshot.

State Department 'watch logs' detail Benghazi response.  The State Department has released a new chronology adding perspective to how the diplomatic agency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other elements of the U.S. government scrambled to respond to the attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012.  The newly-disclosed documents obtained by Veterans for a Strong America through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit include 24 pages of watch logs from the State Department operations center, recording the logistics of the back-and-forth over the deadly assault in a sterile, just-the-facts manner.

False Statements Hillary Clinton Made To The Benghazi Committee.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi's questioning of Hillary Clinton revealed several discrepancies between what Clinton has said and the facts. [...] Clinton said that up to 95 percent of her emails were already stored on the State Department's server because she emailed government accounts, which are automatically stored — unlike her own private account.  When asked by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) where she obtained this fact, which she mentioned numerous times in her testimony, Clinton cited the State Department.  The following day, spokesman Mark Toner said the State Department did not provide that figure.  An Inspector General report released in March said only 0.00006 percent of all emails were properly archived on State Department servers.

Kelly: Mainstream Media Ignored 'Bombshell' Email at Clinton Benghazi Hearing.  [Megyn] Kelly played clips [11/5/2015] of Clinton and other administration officials repeating a talking point that the Sept. 11, 2012 attack was the result of extremists hijacking a protest of an anti-Islam video that had sparked other protests in the region.  She highlighted a Sept. 14 meeting between Clinton and family members of those killed in the attack, in which Clinton reportedly directly blamed the video's producer for the deaths.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: The mistress of deception and her self-inflicted wounds.  Her political problem is one of credibility.  We know from her emails that she informed her daughter Chelsea and the then-prime minister of Egypt within 12 hours of the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, that he had been killed in Benghazi by Al Qaeda.  We know from the public record that the Obama administration's narrative blamed the killings of the ambassador and his guards on an anonymous crowd's spontaneous reaction to an anti-Mohammad video.  Over this past weekend we learned that her own embassy staff in Tripoli told her senior staff in Washington the day after the killings that the video was not an issue, and very few Libyans had seen it.

New State Department emails make Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony before the House harder to believe.  [Fox News] found discrepancies between how she classified her relationship with confidant Sidney Blumenthal and how she actually used the information he brought to the table.  Fox also noted that Clinton had more responsibility for the security of State Department officials than she let on during testimony.

New Email Shows Tripoli Embassy Warned D.C. to 'Not Conflate' Video with Benghazi Attacks.  Two days after the 9/11/2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the United States embassy in Tripoli, Libya, was warning the State Department via email not to conflate the Innocence of Muslims YouTube video with the attacks.

Email indicates Clinton had different Benghazi stories for Libyans and Americans.  An email released by the House Select Committee on Benghazi Saturday [10/31/2015] suggests Hillary Clinton's State Department was advised to tell two different stories about what sparked the 2012 Benghazi terror attack: one to the U.S., and another in Libya.

Emails show Clinton had 2 Benghazi stories: 1 for Libyans, 1 for Americans.  "[O]ur view at Embassy Tripoli is that we must be cautious in our local messaging with regard to the inflammatory film trailer, adapting it to Libyan conditions," wrote an embassy official whose name was redacted from the Sept. 14, 2012 email.  The unidentified official said the offensive YouTube clip was "not as explosive as an issue" in Libya as it had been in other countries, such as Egypt.

State Department emails conflict with Clinton's Benghazi testimony.  Newly released emails conflict with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 11-hour testimony before the Benghazi Select Committee, according to a review of the transcripts and public records.  One of the conflicts involves the role played by Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal.

CNBC: Media Matter Less.  CNBC is not alone in its insularity.  Take the supremely overrated Charlie Rose, who was taken apart on air after the debate by Marco Rubio.  Rubio said Clinton was caught out lying about Benghazi.  In his always well-modulated and serious sounding tone and mien, Rose appeared taken aback at the thought someone would accuse her of lying, and seemed genuinely surprised to learn what we all had a week earlier.  Contemporaneously with her spreading the lie (even over the dead bodies of the slain) that the slaughter was caused by an obscure, little-seen video, she told her daughter, friends, and the Egyptian prime minister that this was an act of terrorism, not a spontaneous reaction to a provocation.  Rose seemed not to have caught that, although he's well compensated to pay attention to such things and surely has a staff that can help him if he misses the mark[.]

Former CIA Chief: 'Analysts Never Said The Video Was A Factor In The Benghazi Attacks'.  Michael Morell, former deputy director and acting director of the CIA, disputes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's assertion that bad intelligence led her to blame the attack on the diplomatic facilities in Benghazi was a result of a You Tube video that ridiculed Islam.  In Morell's 2015 book The Great War of Our Time, he writes that while the CIA knew "the demonstration and violence in Cairo were sparked by people upset over a YouTube video," intelligence "analysts never said the video was a factor in the Benghazi attacks."  (p. 205-206)

Hillary Clinton Was Warned Not to Blame Benghazi on Youtube Video.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's embassy in Tripoli, Libya, warned State Department officials in Washington, D.C., not to blame the Youtube video, Innocence of Muslims, for the Benghazi terrorist attack.  The House Benghazi Committee released a new email Saturday that a Tripoli embassy official sent to Clinton's underlings in Washington, D.C., on September 14, 2012, two days before Susan Rice appeared on Sunday talk shows to use the administration's "video" talking point.

60% Think Hillary Clinton Basically Lied About Benghazi.  Hillary Clinton's performance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi was praised.  But to the public, it was evidence that she and others misled the public about the causes of the 2012 attack.  The latest IBD/TIPP poll finds that 60% of those who followed the hearings believe that the Obama administration "deliberately misled the public by saying that the attack was inspired by an anti-Muslim video."

Emails: Clinton boosted Benghazi security for Libyan PM.  The latest batch of Hillary Clinton's private emails includes one that shows Clinton made an effort to help evacuate the acting Libyan prime minister from Benghazi amid a crumbling security situation.  It was released by the State Department just a week after congressional Republicans grilled Clinton for failing to respond to requests for more security from her own ambassador, who was killed in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi.

Behind the Benghazi Curtain.  While the media continues to willingly embarrass itself fawning over Hillary Clinton's "performance" at the Benghazi hearing, it has now been firmly established, thanks to the production of emails and transcripts from the night of the attack, that the story regarding an anti-Mohammad video was a ruse concocted by the White House and Hillary Clinton on the same night.  It is therefore extremely safe to assume this obfuscation was agreed to by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton when they discussed the Benghazi attack that same evening via telephone.

The House Benghazi Hearings: A Different Perspective.  If the House Committee Hearings on Benghazi proved nothing else, they clearly pointed up just how politically polarized our country is — polarized to the point that the truth of the matter under investigation is the last thing that at least one side is interested in.  The Democrats' only function during these hearings was to provide support for their beleaguered presidential candidate — a shameless liar.  When they weren't throwing her softballs, they were trying to make the case for her innocence in this matter.  And when they weren't grandstanding on her behalf, they were doing everything in their power to undermine the credibility (and, as a consequence, the integrity) of their Committee.

CNN's Gergen Blames GOPers for Media Ignoring Holes in Clinton Benghazi Story.  Appearing as a guest on Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen admitted that GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio "had a point" during the debate in calling out the media for ignoring Hillary Clinton's "clear inconsistency" in her Benghazi story, admitting that he had also joined in the media chorus focusing on "praising her performance."  But the CNN analyst then absurdly rationalized the media's behavior by blaming Republicans who "told us that this was a rigged process" for causing the media "naturally" to "look at it through that lens."  Gergen did not mention that neither of the two Republicans who hinted at politics in the Benghazi investigation was even on the Benghazi committee.

She Botched It.  A careful look at the transcript of the hearing strongly suggests that as secretary of state Clinton badly botched the Libya conflict.  Moreover, at the hearing she significantly undermined her previous statements about her private email server.  Clinton is running for president as a sagacious and trustworthy steward of the national interest.  Yet the Benghazi hearing revealed that some of her decisions were irresponsible, and her handling of her email records has been outright dishonest.

The White House Said YouTube Videos Don't Cause Crime. Except in Benghazi.  In the Age of Obama, YouTube videos are blamed for highly-calculated, premeditated jihadist "9-11 anniversary" attacks on the US embassy in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.  In the days succeeding the brutal assault, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reinforced this heinous lie, hampering efforts to track down and prosecute suspects.  However, when YouTube videos apparently help cause violence against white police officers, Obama quickly explains that YouTube videos can't be linked with crime.

Benghazi committee gets classified White House records.  White House officials delivered a batch of new documents to the House Select Committee on Benghazi Wednesday [10/28/2015] in response to a request the committee had filed almost a year ago.  The documents, which were classified at varying levels, dealt with the military's response to the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Can Nothing Stop the Clintons?  I must admit that in all of my years on this earth I have never seen two people get away with more lies, obfuscation and corruption than Bill and Hillary Clinton.  After listening to her 11 hours of testimony about Benghazi this week, I was sure that some way, somehow she would be held accountable for something.  Alas, that idea was just wishful thinking.

No, Hillary Didn't Care About Chris Stevens.  [Hillary] Clinton appeared calm and collected, even as she lied repeatedly:  She said that she believed a YouTube video still bore some responsibility for the terrorist attack, despite the fact that she told the Egyptian prime minister the day after the attack that the video had nothing to do with the attack; she insisted that political hack Sidney Blumenthal didn't act as an advisor, even though he routinely emailed with her about policy; she stated that she'd been transparent about her emails, although that nonsense has been rejected by the State Department.

Granny Catlady, who lost $6 billion while running the State Dept., blames budget cuts for Benghazi attack.  One of the many rehearsed lies Hillary Clinton recited during her testimony last week was particularly galling.

'She's Absolutely Lying!' Mother Of Benghazi Victim Unloads On Hillary.  Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith who was killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack, is still waiting for answers from Hillary Clinton and she's not scared to say so.  "Three years ago Hillary promised when I went to the casket ceremony in Washington she would get back to me and tell me what happened," Smith told CNN's Carol Costello.  "She has not contacted me, she has not given me any information except to tell me that I'm not a member of the immediate family and I do not need to know."

'Make Sure That the Person Who Made That Film Is Arrested and Prosecuted'.  Do you ever feel like you're seeing something completely different from everyone else?  This morning the media is full of reports that the Benghazi committee's hearing yesterday revealed "nothing new."  Did you know about Hillary's e-mail to Chelsea and the comment to the Egyptian prime minister on September 12, saying it was a terrorist attack?  Doesn't that seem significant to anybody?

The Big Takeaway From the Benghazi Hearing.  How many hours the hearing went on does not matter.  What matters is the poor decision-making that led up to those horrific events, and the policy makers who made them.  And, the more we learn, the more it becomes apparent that Libya is a symbol of the Obama Administration's misguided and misleading foreign policy, as led by Secretary of State Clinton.

How Clinton evaded questions on Benghazi stonewall.  There was a moment, very late in the House Benghazi Committee's questioning of Hillary Clinton, when Clinton opened the door for lawmakers to discuss the specifics of her obstruction of the committee's work.  Such a discussion might have put Clinton in a difficult spot and led any reasonable outside observer to conclude that Clinton withheld information from Congress for nearly three years.  And yet the Benghazi Committee, lacking a central focus and winding down a long and exhausting hearing, did not effectively pursue the issue.

Rudy Giuliani Reveals Tense Run-In With Benghazi Spin-Master Susan Rice.  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has never been one to hold back his feelings on an issue, but his run-in with U.N. Ambassador and Benghazi spin master Susan Rice days after the September 2012 attack might take the idea of candor to a whole new level.

Who's More Shameful, Hillary or Her Media Protectors?  Clinton would have us believe that she and Stevens were fast friends, but he didn't even have her personal email address.  Of course, if Clinton were a true friend, she also wouldn't have continually thrown Stevens under the bus during her testimony in repeatedly stressing that he knew the risks associated with his position.  Yes, Hillary, he knew the risks, all right, which is why he pleaded with you and others for more security — and you all coldly ignored him.  From the outset, however, the administration's most sinister and transparent lie was its calculated scapegoating of an Internet video dissing Islam.  I was appalled and incredulous from the beginning that anyone was falling for this obvious invention.  It never passed the smell test.

Hillary Told Benghazi Victim's Grieving Sister to Feel Sad for Libyans.  Kate Quigley, sister of Benghazi victim and CIA contractor Glen Doherty, spoke with Anderson Cooper Friday [10/23/2015], telling the CNN host the most audacious thing Hillary Clinton told her while she was mourning the days-old-death of her dear brother:  you should be feeling sad for the Libyans.  "I met her when we were at Andrews Air Force Base," Quigley recalled.  "And you know, she spoke to my family about how sad we should feel for the Libyan people because they're uneducated, and that breeds fear, which breeds violence and leads to protest."

Benghazi hearing resurrects YouTube controversy.  Questions about whether the Obama administration intentionally misled Americans by telling them the 2012 Benghazi attack was the result of a protest over a YouTube clip had been asked and answered ad nauseum before Hillary Clinton's appearance at a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing Thursday.  Thanks to three new emails revealed during that hearing, the YouTube narrative has taken on a new life, emerging as the Republicans' sole victory in a face-off that overwhelmingly favored the former secretary of state.

If We Had An Honest Media...  There was a time when knowingly and willfully telling someone the reverse of what is true was called a lie.  Now it's considered a creative interpretation.  Hillary knew while the attack was ongoing, and told her daughter Chelsea in an email, that the terrorist attack on the US compound in Benghazi was "by an Al Queda-like (sic) group."  Does Chelsea have special security clearance allowing her to receive real-time briefings on ongoing terrorist attacks on Americans?  Are security clearances transmitted via DNA?  Of course not.  Hillary Clinton doesn't want to lie to her own child.  Everyone else?  Sure, why not?

Mother of Slain Benghazi American Explodes on Andrea Mitchell Reports: 'You Can't Understand!'  Last week we reported on a passionate CNN appearance by Patricia Smith, the mother of one of the American victims of the Benghazi attacks, Sean Smith.  Today [10/26/2015] she made an appearance on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell and identified the root of her ongoing frustration, now four days after the Benghazi Committee hearing.  Ms. Smith said there are still far too many unanswered questions that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not address; also noting she "watched every minute" of Thursday's hearing and was left unsatisfied Clinton's line of answering.

Remember When They All Said Benghazi Was About a Video?  The liberal talking point about the Benghazi committee is that Hillary Clinton won the battle and emerged unscathed but in order to believe that, you first have to ignore one major lie that was uncovered.  The attack had nothing to do with a video.  That is not what we were told.  The idea of a terror attack on an American embassy on 9/11 just before a presidential election didn't match Obama's grandiose claims that al Qaeda was on the run.  In the days that followed the Benghazi attack, the lie about it being based on a video was parroted by Hillary Clinton, Jay Carney, Susan Rice and even Obama himself.  [Video clip]

Levin Slams Clinton, Obama, and the Dems for Lying To America's Face.  On Thursday [10/22/2015], former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, answering questions for 11 hours about what she knew about the attacks and when she knew it.  What's clear from her testimony is that Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration has lied.  Repeatedly.  Those in the media are predictably spinning Clinton's testimony to make her look undamaged and protect her presidential ambitions.  But on Thursday evening Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin set the record straight:  [Audio clip]

MSNBC And Al Sharpton Cut Off Guest Who Says Hillary Proven A Liar At Benghazi Hearing.  Completely Orwellian disregard of the truth.  [Video clip]

Clinton's Accidental Transparency.  The day after the attack, Mrs. Clinton gave two public comments again blaming the video.  The White House press secretary declared:  "We have no information to suggest that it was a planned attack."  But the same day, Mrs. Clinton told the Egyptian prime minister by phone:  "We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film.  It was a planned attack — not a protest."  In other words, we're not so naïve as to believe what we're telling American voters to further the re-election claim that we've put "al Qaeda on the run."  Two weeks later, the administration was still blaming the video.

The Real Benghazi Story: "They know we are sending guns to Syria... Everyone knows".  A recently-released and heavily redacted copy of a Sept. 12, 2012, Defense Intelligence Agency memo to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the White House National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff said "the attack was planned 10 or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012.  The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killing of Aboyahiye ((ALALIBY)) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings."

Hillary Clinton: American Royalty 2015 Style.  Not since Senator Ted Kennedy went on prime time television in a neck brace to spin the reasons for the Chappaquiddick accident have I felt so manipulated by a politician as I did by Hillary Clinton in her testimony before the House Benghazi Committee.  As it turns out these two incidents have more in common than one might think. [...] In the case of both Senator Kennedy and Mrs. Clinton, there was and is a sense of entitlement, some of it due to "American royalty" but much of it due to victimhood, the great weapon of liberalism.  "I suffer.  You owe."  Denying "the first woman president" her destiny is simply too dangerous for any member of the media to be blamed for upending her quest.

Todd to Cummings: Why Did Benghazi Dems 'Shield' Hillary?  Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," host Chuck Todd went after the ranking Democratic member on the House Select Benghazi Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for "shielding" Hillary Clinton during her testimony last week instead of ask tough questions.  Todd said, "Let me start with you quickly with the one issue a lot of people had with how Democrats handled themselves.  We tallied up 68 questions to Secretary Clinton.  Sixteen at best could we call challenging.  Why did you guys choose a strategy of shield rather than a strategy of what Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) did, probably the one Democrat that did it the most, of conducting a hearing, asking questions about the security situation?"

Odd Praise for Hillary's Benghazi Hearing Performance.  The Media narrative coming out from the Benghazi hearings was and still is that Hillary performed well.  In other words, ignore the facts that the public learned Thursday about the cover up of a terror attack 50 days before an election and focus on Hillary's performance.

Clinton paying a price now for her 2012 Benghazi lies.  In 1973 and 1974, many in the media wanted to see Richard Nixon disgraced and removed from office.  In 2015, many in the media don't want to see the only plausible candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination disgraced and rendered unelectable. [...] And in both cases, despite claims of partisan witch hunts, the committees unearthed legitimately revealing material which the target sought to keep secret.  The Watergate committee discovered the Nixon tapes.  The Benghazi Committee discovered Hillary Clinton's home-brew email system.

Hillary's Worst Crime Was Against the 'Filmmaker'.  It would be as ethically bankrupt for the Democrats to nominate Hillary Clinton after Benghazi as it would have been for the Republicans to nominate Richard Nixon after the Watergate hearings.  More bankrupt actually.  No one died at Watergate, and the only people who went to prison were the ones who committed the crimes.  At Benghazi, of course, four Americans died, and the only American who went to prison did so to help Hillary sell a lie.

Do Hillary's Lies Matter?  It is of little concern to me that the corporate media says Hillary aced the Benghazi hearing, To me she didn't, and I care more that the public is being inured to public officials' lying. [...] Maybe I've misjudged the voters.  Maybe they really would like a brazen, self-seeking consummate liar.  Because that's what she certainly is.  She dissembled so often in the hearings I cannot possibly keep you awake while detailing them all.

Didn't they know Hillary would win?  It was always obvious to me, and to anyone who cared to look, that the Obama administration was spinning the story from the very first day.  Susan Rice's fabled fib about how a YouTube video inspired the attack was so indigestible that only the most willfully blind could have swallowed it without gagging.  Everything we learned that wasn't spoon-fed to us by the White House or Clinton's State Department plainly showed that the attack was not a random spontaneous move against Americans but rather a military-style assault led by Ansar-al-Sharia, the local version of al-Qaida.

Jim Jordan Absolutely Blisters Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Lies.  Short version:  the day of the attack, Hillary Clinton emailed her family and, separately, the Egyptian Prime Minister that she knew the fatal Benghazi assault "had nothing to do with the film... it was a planned attack — not a protest."

Hillary Told [Her] Family On [the] Night Of [the] Benghazi Attack That It Was A Terrorist Attack.  [Video clip]

What Hillary Knew.  On Thursday, the committee revealed that Clinton sent an e-mail to her daughter, Chelsea, shortly after 11 p.m. on September 11, lamenting that "two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al-Qaeda-like group."  The same night, on the phone with Egyptian prime minister Hisham Kandil, she dismissed the video explanation completely:  "We know the attack had nothing to do with the film.  It was a planned attack, not a protest. ... Based on the information we saw today, we believe that the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al-Qaeda."

Benghazi hearings show that Clinton lives in a bubble of deniability.  In the bipartisan grandstanding of the latest Benghazi committee hearing last week, the mostly inept Republicans managed to extract one piece of information that will stick:  that our murdered Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens didn't have Clinton's e-mail address.  Clinton stammered a bit as she confessed this, realizing that she was contradicting her earlier characterization of Stevens as someone she knew and respected, the personal anecdotes that suggested a close relationship and her statement that she had personally asked him to take the job.

Sister of Slain Benghazi Victim Recalls How Hillary 'Perpetuated' Lies After Attack.  Kate Quigley, the sister of CIA Contractor Glen Doherty, one of four Americans killed at the compound in Benghazi, Libya, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Clinton knowingly misled her and her family about the source of the attack, claiming it was the result of an offensive YouTube video.

Benghazi hearings: Three truths not revealed during Clinton questioning.  A few salient points were made.  For example, Rep. Jim Jordan unearthed an email from Clinton to daughter Chelsea, penned while the violence still raged, describing the attack as perpetrated by an "Al-Qaeda-like group," and a next day conversation with the Egyptian Prime Minister admitting "We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film.  It was a planned attack, not a protest."  All the while, Clinton was telling the world and the victims' relatives an anti Islamic video was to blame.  Unfortunately, crucial truths remain undisclosed or so botched by the Committee it was worthless to raise them.

Hey Rubes, I Never Blamed a Video for the Attack in Benghazi!  Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony yesterday before the congressional committee formed to investigate the deadly Benghazi debacle that she allowed to happen and then tried to cover up can be summed up in two words:  she lied.

Hillary and the Video Lie.  In a monumental display of self-serving chutzpah, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was there to testify before the Benghazi Select Committee to honor the service and memory of the four men killed in the terrorist attack.  Then why, Madam Secretary, did you tell the parents of the dead as you and they stood in front of their sons' caskets that you were going to get the maker of the video you blamed for their deaths?

No, Hillary Clinton Did Not 'Triumph' at the Benghazi Hearing.  Clinton did appear to be composed and well prepared for everything the Republicans on the panel threw at her, but there were a couple of extremely weird moments in which she laughed inappropriately during serious questioning.  Those moments could come back to haunt her.  And there was serious damage done to her credibility on a number of fronts.  One of the more astonishing revelations to come out of the hearing is the fact that approximately 600 pleas for more security by State Department personnel in Benghazi went unheeded as the security situation there deteriorated.  Not five, not ten, but 600 pleas for help ignored!  That is unexcusable and a disgrace.

Father of Benghazi victim: Hillary is a liar who doesn't deserve to be president.  The father of Tyrone S. Woods, a CIA contractor killed during the Benghazi attack, on Friday [10/23/2015] accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of lying to him and the American people about the circumstances that led to his son's death.  Charles Woods said new evidence presented at a House hearing Thursday showing Mrs. Clinton knew within hours that the attack on Sept. 11, 2012 was a planned and carried out by al-Qaida linked terrorists proved she lied to the victims' families when she falsely blamed the incident on a spontaneous protest over a U.S.-made anti-Islam video a few days later.

People Died, Clinton Lied: Benghazi Hearing Confirms Cover-Up.  The Democrats have complained that the Benghazi hearings have been a partisan exercise.  They easily forget that the White House's attempt to cover up the cause of the Benghazi attacks is as partisan as it gets.

Still Waiting for the Truth.  Charles Woods has been waiting a long time for the truth.  He met his son's body at Joint Base Andrews, three days after the attacks, at a solemn ceremony in just outside Washington, D.C.  He first met Clinton at that brief memorial service.  He remembers it well, in part, he says, because he took notes immediately after he spoke with her.

'Serial liar': Families of Benghazi victims blast Clinton on Benghazi.  Tyrone Woods' father, Charles, recalled meeting Clinton when his son's body arrived at Andrews Air Force Base two days after the attacks.  "I gave Hillary a hug and shook her hand and she said, 'We are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of your son," Woods said, reading the account from his journal.  "That was a complete bald-faced lie," he told Friday [10/23/2015].  "The day after the attack, she was talking to the Prime Minister of Egypt and she said the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the video."

Clinton: I didn't have a computer in my State Dept. office.  Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she did not conduct most of her official business as secretary of state via email, during her testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, remarking that she did not even have a computer in her Foggy Bottom office.  During questioning from Indiana Republican Susan Brooks, Clinton was asked to account for the relative lack of emails to and from State Department officials regarding the situation on the ground in Libya from 2011 to 2012, as the situation deteriorated.

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There's an easy way to refute this claim:  Bring in the current Secretary of State, put him under oath, and then ask him if there was a computer in his office on his first day as Secretary, and ask him if there were any work-related files on that computer when he got there.  This is one of the most transparent lies Hillary Clinton has ever told.  Name one (other) cabinet-level official, at any time in in this century, who did not have a computer in his or her office.  For that matter, name one federal bureaucrat in Washington without a computer in his or her office.  I await your answer.

Chuck Todd Calls out Cummings and Benghazi Democrats.  Meet The Press host Chuck Todd called out ranking Benghazi Select Committee member Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) and other Democrats Sunday [10/25/2015] for using so much of their time this week with Hillary Clinton to "shield" her rather than ask real questions about Clinton's handling of the terrorist attack.  Less than 25 percent of the Democrats' questions, according to the NBC show's calculations, were actually "challenging," Todd said.  The hearing was referred to as "partisan" by many mainstream media outlets, but they chose to give it that label because of the Republicans' tough questioning of Clinton, not Democrats consistently bashing the proceedings and saying "nothing new" was being learned.

State Can't Verify Clinton Email Claim Made At Benghazi Hearing.  One of the sticking points in Mrs. Clinton's testimony in front of the Benghazi panel was her claim that 90% to 95% of her work emails were automatically preserved in the State Department's system. [...] But State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Friday [10/23/2015] said the figure is something her campaign is using and referred questions to them for "the rationale or the background behind it."  "I'm not aware that we have given that figure," he said at a press briefing.  "I'm not in a position right now to confirm that."

State Dept. Cannot Confirm Clinton's Email Claim At Benghazi Hearing.  The State Department said that it could not confirm a figure Hillary Clinton cited during testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Thursday, suggesting that it was fashioned by her presidential campaign.  The Wall Street Journal reported that a State Department spokesman said Friday that the agency could not "confirm" Clinton's claim that between 90 and 95 percent of her work emails were already preserved in the State Department's computer system because she emailed other government officials on their work accounts.

Ambassador Stevens is Dead, Hillary is Alive, and the Truth is on the Run.  We are supposed to believe that the Benghazi hearings are a partisan exercise to bring down Hillary Clinton.  A State Department outpost for which she was responsible was violently attacked by terrorists.  It was a planned attack.  She knew that immediately but lied to the public and even dithered about which YouTube video to blame.  Christopher Stevens, the ambassador to Libya, who had asked over two hundred times for increased security but was denied (by State Dept. underlings), was murdered.  The city had suffered seventy-seven terrorist attacks in the previous months and still Amb. Stevens' "facility" was not granted any increased security.  His requests "never reached her desk."  Not her fault according to Hillary.

Hillary's Breathtaking Mendacity.  [Scroll down]  Yes, Clinton and Obama knew it was a terrorist attack but tried to con the country into believing it was a spontaneous response to a video.  A State Department memo documents that on the very next day after her duplicitous public statement, Clinton informed Egypt's prime minister:  "We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. ... It was a planned attack — not a protest."  That was just two days before Clinton, in cold-blooded disgrace, looked Charles Woods in the eye and said, "We are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of your son."

What Does an 800 Pound Gorilla Do?  Hillary showed beyond any shadow of a doubt that she could utter the most improbable nonsense and make it stick, able to shrug off the puny efforts by Congress to bring her to book.  In a world where power is the coin of the realm, her immense fortune was on display.  All too often conservatives think that the prize goes to the fittest.  In truth it often goes to the most ruthless.

Stunning Admission by Hillary Clinton: She Never Gave Ambassador Stevens Her Email Address.  In today's testimony in front of Congress, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered several startling admissions.  One stood out as particularly disgusting.  Anti-semitic nutjobs like Sidney Blumenthal had direct access to the Secretary of State while Ambassadors — like the late Christopher Stevens — were not permitted to email her directly.

Clinton seeks to turn the page on Benghazi after testimony — but can she?  Ultimately, analysts suggested the hearing might not move the dial much either way — Republican critics continued to voice frustration Thursday [10/22/2015] at her responses, while congressional Democrats spent the better part of the day defending her.  "In the short-term, this has probably not changed the minds of anyone watching the proceedings," Republican strategist Ron Bonjean said.  That may have been all Clinton could hope for.

Clinton defends role over Benghazi in heated Hill hearing.  Clinton testified to the Benghazi committee that the security requests were handled by security professionals in the department and not her.  "I did not see them.  I did not approve them.  I did not deny them," she said, while saying she was aware of the risks on the ground.

Family of slain Benghazi contractor still struggling to recover death benefits.  The family of Glen Doherty, one of two CIA contractors killed during the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, is still struggling to collect death benefits from the government to which they say they're entitled.  The family's three-year fight is playing out in the courts, in Congress and in the CIA — which has authority to change administrative rules regarding survivor benefits — and is shedding light on a federal law that critics say does not do enough to protect the families of contractors working abroad on dangerous assignments.

Yes, Benghazi Was About Politics: Hillary's Own.  In her opening statement, she effectively made a campaign speech intended for a national audience, touting her travel to 112 countries and her achievements in Burma and on an arms control treaty, among other selling points that had nothing to do with the issue at hand.  She concluded by condemning the hearing's "partisan agendas."  "My challenge to you," she told the committee, is to "rise above partisanship and reach for statesmanship.  That's what I tried to do every day as secretary of state."  The not-so-disguised charge of a political show was a little rich coming from her.

8 major warnings before Benghazi terrorist attacks.  U.S. security for diplomats in Libya was steadily drawn down in 2012 prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks, amid reports of hundreds of security incidents and despite repeated requests for better security from State Department officials in the country.

Clinton Says Source of Libya Intelligence Was a Mystery.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified Thursday [10/22/2015] that she wasn't aware of the source of information about Libya provided by her friend Sidney Blumenthal and that it didn't matter.  Republican lawmakers and former officials were shocked she had so little curiosity about information she shared with top members of her staff, and thought it relevant that Blumenthal was working with a partisan former intelligence official as well as a longtime friend of the Clinton family.

Clinton Cracks Joke About Amb. Stevens' Request to Buy Security Equipment.  During the Benghazi hearing on Thursday afternoon [10/22/2015], Hillary Clinton laughed off a question from Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) regarding an email from Ambassador Chris Stevens talking about buying barricades and fortifications from other countries for security.  Clinton claimed that Stevens had a "great sense of humor" and that his requests to buy security equipment from the Brits were merely a joke.

Why Benghazi Should Keep Hillary Clinton Up At Night.  If you dont have a dog in the fightif youre among the growing number of independent voters drifting away from the two parties you probably dont care about the hearing.  You know what you missed:  shallow theater, naked partisanship, and institutionalized incompetence.

Hillary Clinton's public vs. private Benghazi facts.  Hillary Clinton presented one set of Benghazi facts to her own family; another to the family of the victims and the American public.  Within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Clinton emailed her daughter, Chelsea, that Americans had died at the hands of an al-Qaeda like group.  Al-Qaeda is the Islamic extremist terrorist group that was led by Osama bin Laden.  Clinton also informed Egypt's prime minister and Libya's president that the attacks were "preplanned" and "had nothing to do with" an anti-Islamic video posted on YouTube.  Yet Clinton told the American public and families of the Benghazi victims that the maker of the video was to blame for sparking protesters who got out of hand in Benghazi and spontaneously launched assaults.  In fact, there had been no protests in Benghazi.

Hillary Told Chelsea Truth About Benghazi, But Not American People.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed an internet video for the Benghazi attacks in her conversations with family members of those killed despite having told a foreign leader two days earlier that the video played no role and having emailed daughter Chelsea that a terrorist group had carried out the attack.  The summary of Clinton's conversation on September 12, 2012, with Egyptian prime minister Hesham Kandil reported that Clinton told him that there had been no protest in Libya and that the attack was not related to a controversial internet video that would later become the centerpiece of the Obama administration's public narrative on the Benghazi attacks.

Benghazi Committee Bombshell: Clinton Knew 'Attack Had Nothing to Do with the Film'.  In the course of his questioning of Clinton on her conduct surrounding the 2012 Benghazi attack, Ohio Republican congressman Jim Jordan revealed several new, previously overlooked e-mails indicating the Obama administration, the State Department, and Clinton herself all knew the assault was driven by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists — even while they all told the American people and the families of victims that a riot sparked by an anti-Islam YouTube video was responsible.

Hillary Clinton: 'I Did Not Email During The Day'.  Hillary Clinton says she did not generally send or receive emails during the daytime during her tenure as Secretary of State, despite copious evidence to the contrary.  "I did not email during the day except on rare occasions when I was able to," Clinton said.  Clinton spent a chunk of time at Thursday's [10/22/2015] House Benghazi Committee hearing defending herself against the suggestion that she exposed classified information on email, saying that she did not conduct the business of the U.S. government on email.

Top 9 New Revelations from the Benghazi Hearings.  The media declared that she "won" because she largely retained a placid demeanor.  The Democrats declared that she won because they had already decided her political survival mattered more than the truth.  Yet there were nine key revelations that emerged from the Benghazi committee.  [#1] Hillary Clinton told the prime minister of Egypt on Sep. 12, 2012 that a video was not responsible.  It is now clear beyond any doubt that Clinton knew the Benghazi attack was carried out by a terror organization, not because of a spontaneous demonstration.

Hillary Clinton's Five Biggest Lies in Her Benghazi Testimony.  Hillary, as always, is the poor, put-upon victim of a vast right-wing conspiracy.  She set up a private email server and deleted relevant emails from it for purely political reasons; she pressed for a pointless invasion of Libya for political reasons, chortled at its conquest for political reasons, watched it descend into chaos while doing nothing for political reasons, and then allowed her ambassador to twist in the Libyan tornado without proper security for political reasons; finally, she covered up that disaster by lying about its causes for political reasons.  But those who ask questions about such matters are partisan politicians.

Hillary Clinton showed us a glimpse of her soul at Benghazi hearings. It was chilling.  Secretary Clinton did not disappoint in her performance on Thursday [10/22/2015].  She admitted to no wrongdoing, nor to breaking any laws.  Mistakes were made by others, the fault lies elsewhere.  She put up with hours and hours of questions, and no one laid a glove on her.  Secretary Clinton was far more adept at bobbing and weaving than the members of Congress who questioned her were at pinning her down.

Benghazi Victims' Family Members Blast Clinton After Hearing.  Family members of two of the four Americans murdered during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi had harsh words for Hillary Clinton following her testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Thursday [10/22/2015].  In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Kate Quigley, the sister of CIA contractor Glen Doherty, recalled a meeting she and her family had with Clinton at Andrews Air Force Base three days after the terrorist attack in which the then-secretary of state said that the onslaught started as a spontaneous protest.

Benghazi bust.  [P]ublic hearings can become sidetracked, for everyone to see.  If one side decides to pitch a fit and bickering ensues, that is what millions of viewers experience.  If the questions go off on a tangent, viewers see that, too.  In any event, the purpose of the hearing goes by the wayside.  And that is what took place more than once Thursday in Clinton's much-watched Benghazi testimony.  Republicans presented some new information.  One leading Democrat had a tantrum and started a fight with Gowdy.  And some Republicans got tangled up in side issues that didn't tell the public much about the core issues at stake in Benghazi.  The result was a marathon hearing that didn't accomplish much.

Clinton pins responsibility on Stevens.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton brushed aside emails Thursday that showed she privately told family and world leaders that the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi was a terrorist assault, and said Ambassador Christopher Stevens was responsible for his own decisions regarding skimpy security ahead of his death.  Testifying to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, a composed and controlled Mrs. Clinton said she was involved in the big decisions of deploying Stevens to Libya and pressing President Obama to lead the war effort that ousted Moammar Gadhafi.  But she deflected responsibility for much of what went wrong, saying the ambassador's requests for more protection, which were denied, were handled at levels beneath her.

Questions Raised About Independence of Benghazi Review Ahead of Clinton Hearing.  As Hillary Clinton prepares to testify before the House Benghazi on Thursday, newly released testimony from a senior Clinton aide reveals efforts to influence the conclusions an independent board that earlier investigated the State Department's handling of the 2012 attack.  The Benghazi Accountability Review Board was formed after the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.  It issued a report in December 2012 questioning the leadership at the State Department but ultimately faulted just four mid-level employees.

Hillary uses Benghazi hearing to campaign for president as her Twitter account live-tweets prepared testimony.  As the Hillary Clinton political machine sought to paint Thursday's sensationalized congressional hearing on Benghazi as a political witch-hunt, her own campaign showed signs that it views the Capitol Hill mega-event as a chance to strut her presidential stuff on a national stage.  Clinton's political staff live-tweeted her hearing statement as she read it, following their standard practice when she gives speeches on the campaign trail.

Feds Have Spent More on Origami Condoms, Fat Lesbian Studies Than on Benghazi Committee.  The amount of taxpayer funding that has gone toward the investigation into the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, is less than the amount the federal government has invested in "Origami condoms" and studies on why lesbians are obese.  Democrats are very concerned that the Select Committee on Benghazi is wasting taxpayer dollars. Leading Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), are demanding that the RNC reimburse the government for the cost of the investigation.

She Knew All Along.  Thanks to Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony on Thursday [10/22/2015], we now understand why the former secretary of state never wanted anyone to see her emails and why the State Department sat on documents.  Turns out those emails and papers show that the Obama administration deliberately misled the nation about the deadly events in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.  Don't forget how we came to this point.  Mrs. Clinton complained in her testimony on Capitol Hill that past Congresses had never made the overseas deaths of U.S. officials a "partisan" issue.  That's because those past deaths had never inspired an administration to concoct a wild excuse for their occurrence, in an apparent attempt to avoid blame for a terror attack in a presidential re-election year.

Hillary's contempt at start of Benghazi hearing.  Hillary Clinton opened Thursday's [10/22/2015] hearing before a House committee by casually flipping through her notes and shaking her head as the panel's top Republican read out the names of four Americans who died in the 2012 terror attack on a State Department outpost in Benghazi, Libya.  Cable TV broadcasts showed Clinton, who was secretary of state when heavily armed Islamists laid waste to the Benghazi facilities, paying no attention to Rep. Trey Gowdy as he intoned the names of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

Gowdy: This Investigation Is Not About Hillary Clinton.  Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy says the Benghazi investigation is not about Hillary Clinton, it is "about four U.S. government workers, including our ambassador, murdered by terrorists on foreign soil."

Judge Napolitano, Hillary and Off to Jail She Goes.  Hopefully the congressmen were listening to Judge Napolitano on Fox & Friends this morning [10/22/2015] when he made some suggestions about how to ask a question and get a substantive answer.  Judge Andrew Napolitano told Sean Hannity last night what he will be looking for in Thursday's hearings and he repeated his firm belief that Hillary committed crimes that could send her to jail.  He will be looking for Mrs. Clinton to say that she has held back information or to profess ignorance of facts we know she knows about.  He is looking for her to say things that will help the FBI put the puzzle together about whether they should be looking for espionage, destruction of government property, obstruction of justice, and perjury charges against her.

Benghazi Victim's Mother: Hillary Is Avoiding Me.  The mother of one of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi terrorist attack told Breitbart News that Hillary Clinton lied to her and has been avoiding her at all costs, even canceling a paid speaking engagement specifically because she was in the crowd.  As Clinton prepares to testify before Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)'s House Benghazi Committee Thursday, the pained words of a grieving mother are being drowned out by political pundits on all sides.

Hillary Clinton's Appearance Before the Benghazi Committee.  Hillary Clinton has done Trey Gowdy an enormous favor.  In anticipation of her testimony on Thursday [10/22/2015] before the Benghazi select committee he chairs, and with a lot of Republican help, she has framed the committee as a partisan political witch-hunt obsessed with dashing her presidential ambitions.  To regain credibility, all Gowdy needs to do is demonstrate that it is not.  Meaning:  all Gowdy needs to do is focus on why the United States had its officials stationed in Benghazi, one of the world's most dangerous places for Americans.

How many lies will Hillary tell today?  You've got to know that the lady will be one of the most carefully coached and best prepared witnesses in history.  There is absolutely no doubt that her staff has tried to anticipate every possible question the committee could ask and has labored long and hard to come up with the best possible answer the lady can give.  By "best possible," of course I don't mean the most honest, trustworthy or illuminating.

Todd: Hillary Clinton 'Has No Good Answers' on Her Libya Policy.  The Obama administration intervened in Libya in 2011, helping a rebel force take down dictator Moammar Gadafi.  This led to a power vacuum and the collapse of the nation into a failed state dominated by radical terrorists.  Clinton was a strong backer of this policy decision.  Appearing on The Today Show [10/22/2015], Todd also said Clinton was one of several secretaries of state who failed to improve embassy security, a key facet of the investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack that left four Americans dead in 2012.

Five Reasons Benghazi Still Matters.  [#4] President Obama Still Refuses to Confront the Threat of Radical Islam.  What turned the murder of four brave Americans from a tragedy to a travesty was the Obama Administration's dogged denial that the terrorist attack was carried out by radical Islamic terrorists.  The reality on the ground did not fit the Administration's narrative for how the Middle East was developing.  The way to deflect attention from these obvious failures was to shift responsibility, blaming the Benghazi attack on a video.  Yet the Administration knew within three hours of the first shots being fired, who was responsible for the attack.

What to Expect at Hillary's Benghazi Hearing.  The Benghazi Select Committee holds an open hearing with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday.  Clinton has said she is willing to stay as long as there are questions. [...] Adding to the challenge for Republicans is the fact that the hearing will almost certainly be covered primarily as a political story, rather than a national security hearing, by a Washington media dubious of the investigation from the outset.

Clinton's Benghazi testimony, demeanor crucial in bid to earn voters' trust.  After months of back and forth conducted by press release and media interviews, Mrs. Clinton will get the chance to square off against investigators face to face in testimony expected to cover everything from her whereabouts during the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi to her decision to delete tens of thousands of emails she has insisted were private, though they were sent from the same account she used for government business.

Benghazi Investigation Committee Has Ignored Whistleblowers.  Former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova, who represents Benghazi whistleblower Mark Thompson, told Breitbart News that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)'s investigative committee has not reached out to him, his client, or the other Benghazi whistleblowers.  The Committee has not reached out to most of the military officers with first-hand knowledge of what happened, and it is not going to talk in public about possible gun-running from the Benghazi consulate into Syria, he predicted.  "No, they're not talking to anybody," DiGenova told Breitbart News.

Mother of Benghazi Victim Erupts at Hillary Clinton: 'She's Lying!'  CNN Newsroom host Carol Costello was taken aback when Patricia Smith revealed in conversation that she actually didn't know much about what happened to her son — despite the fact that the Benghazi attack occurred three years ago.  Smith responded in kind, claiming that although Clinton promised to "get back to" her following her son's funeral ceremony in Washington, D.C., no one had since contacted her on the matter.

Benghazi Committee Investigation Costs The Same As Two Months' Worth Of Obama Golf, Fundraiser Junkets.  The cost of funding the House Select Committee on Benghazi's 17-month investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Libya is just slightly more than the amount taxpayers were billed for a couple of golf outings and a political fundraiser President Obama attended in February and March.  The watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained records which show that trips Obama made earlier this year to Chicago, Los Angeles and other parts of California cost taxpayers $4,436,245.50 in transportation expenses alone.

Why Benghazi Still Makes a Difference.  Only in Perry Mason stories does the real culprit break down in open court.  After Hillary Clinton's now-immortal Capitol Hill outburst about investigations into the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya — "What difference, at this point, does it make?" — the former secretary of state and Democratic candidate for president is unlikely to offer any such spontaneity when she testifies Thursday [10/22/2015] before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Democrats Release Benghazi Testimony of Top Clinton Aide.  Democrats had promised to release the transcript for more than a week, amid an escalating partisan feud on the 12-member committee.

On Benghazi Intelligence Briefing — Speaker John Boehner: "I don't recall".  "I don't recall" — In a world where journalists were in-tune with events and stories, and in a world where journalists were driven to tell the truth behind events, those three words from Speaker of the House John Boehner would have caused every DC reporter to grab their steno pads and head immediately to his offices.  Alas, few people beyond the inhabitants of the "new media world" (internet) have an understanding of how consequential those three intentionally obtuse words actually are.

Benghazi committee was first ever to ask for Chris Stevens' emails.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi was the first congressional committee to request the emails of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the 2012 terror attack that is the subject of the controversial probe.  While seven other committees have investigated aspects of the Benghazi attack, a State Department official told the Washington Examiner Tuesday [10/20/2015] the agency is "not aware" of any previous requests for Stevens' emails.

Hillary Clinton Faces Panel on Benghazi: 5 Key Questions She Must Be Asked.  Getting to the bottom of the Benghazi affair is important for many reasons:  The families of the four men who were killed in Benghazi deserve the truth, as they were promised by the Obama administration over three years ago. Government accountability and personal responsibility matters.  So does making every possible effort to ensure the safety of U.S. diplomats sent overseas to do the nation's business.

Clinton State Department approved U.S. weapons shipment to Libya despite ban.  The State Department initially approved a weapons shipment from a California company to Libyans seeking to oust Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 even though a United Nations arms ban was in place, according to memos recovered from the burned-out compound in Benghazi.

Team Clinton on offense ahead of Benghazi committee hearing.  Hillary Clinton and her supporters are blistering the Benghazi committee ahead of her much-anticipated testimony Thursday [10/22/2015], repeatedly questioning the GOP-led investigative panel's "credibility" as the former secretary of state gears up for a potentially confrontational appearance.

State Department Gives Ambassador's Emails To Benghazi Committee Just Two Days Before Hillary Testimony.  The State Department on Tuesday [10/20/2015] gave the House Select Committee on Benghazi 1,300 pages of new emails from Ambassador Chris Stevens, just two days before the panel is scheduled to hear testimony from former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.

State Department fights Benghazi panel on emails.  The State Department is pushing back against plans from Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi to release more than 200 documents ahead of Hillary Clinton's public testimony this week.  In a memo to the committee obtained by The Hill, the State Department warned top Republican committee staffers that the documents had not gone through the proper review process to be released publicly.

Democrats mull exit from Benghazi panel: House member.  Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel set up to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks will discuss resigning from the committee after Hillary Clinton testifies before it this week, a Democratic member of the panel told Reuters on Tuesday [10/20/2015].

Benghazi BS — Democrats Begin Coordinated Campaign of Obfuscation.  Representative Elijah Cummings has produced a 124 page report intended to defend Hillary Clinton in advance of her congressional testimony on Thursday [10/22/2015].  The strategy is for all Democrat operatives, campaign officials, media pundits and spokespeople to use the Cummings report in their defense of Clinton.

'Expert' Is Called Out With Key Fact Related to Benghazi After He Claims 'Diplomats Get Killed in Every Administration'.  Time political columnist Joe Klein, described as a foreign policy and national security "expert" on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday [10/20/2015], claimed there are no unanswered questions left on the Benghazi terror attacks and "diplomats get killed in every administration."  "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough quickly offered a key fact relevant to Benghazi after Klein's remarks.  "Well, this is the first ambassador killed since '79," Scarborough said.

Trey Gowdy: How Did 7 Congressional Committees Miss Amb. Chris Stevens' Emails?  Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday [10/18/2015] that he is baffled that the previous seven congressional committees that investigated the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi failed to obtain emails U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens sent in the months before the attacks occurred.  "How did they miss Ambassador Stevens' emails?  None of the seven previous committees bothered to access the emails of our ambassador," Gowdy said during an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Memos recovered from Benghazi compound detail staff security worries.  In the final weeks before the deadly Benghazi attack in September 2012, State Department officials serving in the tumultuous Libyan city had increasing worries about safety, reaching out repeatedly to the CIA and Libyan government for extra security and dealing with landlord and guard issues that raised additional red flags, according to documents recovered from the burned-out compound.  The documents, given to The Washington Times by a U.S. official, provide contemporaneous accounts of career State Department officials coping with an increasingly unstable foreign city and grasping for security help from outsiders in the absence of more action from their own department.

Diplomatic cable shows ambassador to Libya asked Hillary's State Department for more security before he was killed in Benghazi.  The request, unearthed by Fox News, comes in a cable sent under Stevens' electronic signature dated July 9, 2012, about two months before the deadly attack, which killed four Americans.  While Stevens warned of the volatile nature of the security situation in Libya, a congressional source told Fox that Patrick Kennedy, one of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's deputies, denied the request.

Green Beret's Benghazi security assessment stands test of time.  When Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, a Green Beret, first told Congress that security at the Benghazi consulate had been woefully inadequate before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack there, top State Department officials working for Hillary Rodham Clinton strongly disputed his assessment.  They insisted under oath that State "had the correct number of assets in Benghazi at the time of 9/11," and that the only reason the compound was overrun was because an "unprecedented" attack had occurred.

The 3 Democrat Attacks on the Benghazi Committee.  Hillary Clinton is coming to testify before Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)'s committee on Thursday [10/22/2015], and given the fact that her Presidential campaign is now in full swing, the stakes will doubtless be higher than ever.  Accordingly, Democrats who are desperate to preserve her viability as a nominee (knowing full well that Bernie Sanders would be a general election disaster) have released an increasingly desperate and laughable set of attacks against the Benghazi committee, thinking that in so doing they can also put to rest the email scandal that has become a cancer on the Clinton campaign.

Halperin: Hillary Says She's Answered Everything, But Needs To Spend the Week Prepping For Testimony.  [Mark] Halperin, in reference to Clinton spending this week in preparation for her testimony before the Benghazi Select Committee, remarked, "As much as she's answered every question already, she says, apparently, she still wants to spend the week preparing to answer the same questions she says she's answered before."

GOP lawmaker: Dems' obstruction slowing Benghazi probe.  Responding to criticism that the investigation into the Benghazi attack has stretched on longer than the Watergate investigation, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said Sunday [10/18/2015] that the committee has been working for so long because of obstruction on the part of Democrats.  "What's taken us so long is Democrats on the committee and in this administration have played hide the ball," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."  "We would have been happy to move more quickly but we were met with obstruction all along the way."

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Gowdy, Abedin and Benghazi: This is Curious!  The Benghazi committee was instantly transformed into a "political" committee" meant to weaken Hillary Clinton after Kevin McCarthy suggested to Sean Hannity that the committee was responsible for her lower poll numbers, which he later said was not his intention.  Trey Gowdy, who chairs the Benghazi committee, was a no-show at the interview of Hillary's closest and most trusted aide, Huma Abedin, an interview the AP described as a "grilling" though no one in the closed hearing did.

Judge hears case to dismiss charges against defendant in Benghazi attack.  A federal judge heard arguments Friday [10/16/2015] on whether to dismiss most of the charges against a suspected Libyan militant accused in the 2012 deadly attacks at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, an incident that's become a political flashpoint in the U.S. presidential campaign and remains under investigation by a special House committee.

Gowdy: GOP Colleagues Not on Benghazi Committee Should 'Shut Up'.  Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," House Benghazi Select Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was asked about recent comments claiming his committee was a partisan attack on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from two Republican house members and a former employee of the committee.  Gowdy said, "I have told my own Republican colleagues and friends, shut up talking about things that you don't know anything about, and unless you're on the committee, you have no idea what we've done."

Hillary Clinton dismisses Benghazi 'conspiracy theories'.  Hillary Clinton said Friday [1-/16/2015] that while she will do her "best" to answer the House Select Committee on Benghazi's questions in her testimony next week on Capitol Hill, she doesn't have very much to add and that "conspiracy theories" about the attack have already been debunked.

Fox News Poll: 60 percent say Clinton has been dishonest on Benghazi.  A new Fox News poll finds that by a nearly two-to-one margin, voters think Hillary Clinton has been deceitful about the State Department's role in the events surrounding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

It's Huma Day on Capitol Hill: Clinton's top campaign aide has a date with the Benghazi committee.  Huma Abedin, the Hillary Clinton aide often spotted at the ex-secretary of state's side, is testifying before the House committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack today [10/16/2015].  Congress is currently in recess, but the committee convened today to hear from Abedin in an interview that is taking place behind closed doors on Capitol Hill.  The testimony will be focused on the attacks on the American facilities in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, and how the executive branch handled them, a committee aide said, as well as the congressional inquiries that followed.

Huma Abedin Testifies Before Benghazi Committee Today.  Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin will testify before the House Benghazi Committee at 10 AM Friday [10/16/2015] in a closed-door session at the U.S. Capitol.  Breitbart News has learned from the Committee what she will and will not be asked about.  Abedin is a key figure in the Benghazi scandal, and could have information about how the administration changed its talking points to blame the terrorist attack on a Youtube video.

Huma testifies before Benghazi committee, ahead of Clinton appearance.  The closed-door meeting came as committee Chairman Trey Gowdy combats accusations from both sides of the aisle that the panel is political in nature and bent on targeting Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.  To that end, the committee took the rare step this week of announcing Abedin's testimony Friday morning [10/16/2015], stressing that she would only be questioned on issues relating to the committee's core mission:  "The events leading up to, during and after the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012 and executive branch activities and efforts to comply with congressional inquiries into them."

Hillary Clinton's top aide is to be grilled by the Benghazi committee.  A top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is reportedly set to be interviewed by the committee investigating the attack on the American embassy in Libya.  Huma Abedin is thought have been asked to appear by the panel probing the incident which saw four Americans killed at the embassy in Benghazi, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Hillary's Benghazi sleight of hand.  Sometimes the only defense is a good offense, with Hail Mary passes thrown on every down.  Hillary Clinton readies for her showdown with the Benghazi congressional committee with a Hail Mary offensive to delegitimize that crucial investigation.  The coordinated attack she brings to bear on the investigation demonstrates the fear she and her defenders anticipate when she is questioned under oath.  Congress is political by design, but the committee should stick to getting to the bottom of what happened on that grim night in Benghazi.  The pursuit of justice is not a mere game of politics.

Anti-Hillary Clinton Group's TV Ad Shows Grave of Ambassador Killed in Benghazi Attack.  An anti-Hillary Clinton group ran a television ad during Tuesday night's Democratic debate showing the gravestone of Libyan Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who died in the 2012 attack on the American embassy in Benghazi.  The Democratic presidential frontrunner, who was Secretary of State at the time, has been under scrutiny for her response to the tragedy and conflicting information in the wake of the attacks.

The E-mails and Benghazi.  Eventually Hillary grudgingly accepted responsibility for the Benghazi tragedy, but, as is typical with the Clintons, she was not held accountable for the fiasco.  How do you have responsibility without accountability?  It's a favorite of the left; I did it, I'm sorry, so let's move on.

Hillary's Spymaster.  Since the [Benghazi] committee exposed Clinton's apparently illegal use of a private server to conduct State Department business, she's been caught in more than a few untruths.  Clinton can't seem to answer questions about her conduct as secretary of state fast enough to keep her presidential campaign on track.  And the latest question to emerge is a doozy:  Did a former CIA officer on Hillary Clinton's payroll orchestrate a major media scandal in order to discredit Benghazi critics?

Trey Gowdy Smacks Elijah Cummings Around Over Leaks/Stonewalling on Benghazi Committee.  This is pure political gold — you just have to read Trey Gowdy's letter to Elijah Cummings.  He deftly smacked him alongside the head over the Benghazi Committee and his leaks and stonewalling techniques that have done nothing but throw sand in the gears of the proceedings.  It was epic and masterful.  Gowdy simply eviscerated Cummings.  I think he obliterated the two brain cells the man had left.  The Democrats have done nothing but throw baseless allegations around concerning the Benghazi Committee.  They have not called one new witness in months.  No document requests have been made either.  Cummings and his fellow Marxists finagled their way onto the committee to drag it down and kill it procedurally.  It was all arranged and pre-planned.  The only ones mischaracterizing testimony here are the Democrats.  It's what they do.

Benghazi Victim's Mom: 'As Far As I'm Concerned, Hillary Is Anti-Mother'.  Patricia Smith, the mother of one of the four victims of the Benghazi attack, said this morning on "America's Newsroom" that she still has not heard anything from Hillary Clinton.  After her son, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack, Smith said the then-secretary of state assured her that she would give her a full accounting of what happened.  Since then, Smith said she's never heard from Clinton or her office, and accused the State Department of withholding information about her son's death.

Should we believe fired Benghazi committee staffer's claims?  A former staffer on the House Select Committee on Benghazi alleges that he was fired because he refused to target Hillary Clinton for political reasons. [...] Whether the fired-staffer story will take hold remains to be seen.  We don't know enough about the facts pertaining to the discharge of the staffer, Maj. Bradley Podliska, an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve, fully to assess his case.  However, the facts that have come out so far don't seem to support Podliska's claim.

Gowdy: Fired Benghazi panel staffer decided to 'run to the press' after failed effort to get money.  The leader of the Republican-led special Benghazi committee tried Sunday [10/11/2015] to discredit a former staffer's claim that he was fired for not joining in a partisan-driven effort to tarnish Hillary Clinton, saying he never even spoke to the ex-staffer.  South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said he never met with the staffer, investigator and Air Force Reserves officer Bradley F. Podliska, and that Podliska was, in fact, warned about his own efforts to discredit Clinton, who was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Head of Benghazi committee rejects claims by fired staffer.  The chairman of the House committee on Benghazi struck back Sunday morning at a fired staff member who is accusing the panel of engaging in a partisan probe to tarnish Hillary Rodham Clinton, with the lawmaker saying that the claims appear newly manufactured and that the staffer himself appeared obsessed with the Democratic presidential candidate.  Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), in his first public statement on the controversy, said committee investigator Bradley Podliska never mentioned any concern about Clinton or politics while fighting his dismissal from the committee staff this fall.  In his formal complaints, Gowdy said, the investigator had repeatedly asserted only that the panel discriminated against him because he was an Air Force reservist who periodically had to leave his job for reserve duty.

Benghazi chair lashes out at ex-staffer's accusations.  After a former investigator with the House Select Committee on Benghazi publicly charged the panel with a partisan probe of Hillary Clinton, Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, fired back with a blistering denouncement of what he called "salacious allegations." [...] Gowdy, leading the committee that has so far spent over $4 million in its examination of the events surrounding the 2011 terrorist strikes, said that the accusations were unfounded.  Podliska, the South Carolina Republican said, had "not produced documentary proof" of the accusations, even after weeks of ongoing legal mediation.

Ex-staffer: Benghazi committee pursuing 'partisan investigation' targeting Hillary Clinton.  A former investigator with the House Select Committee on Benghazi is accusing the Republican-led panel of carrying out a politically motivated investigation targeting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instead of the thorough and objective fact-finding mission it was set up to pursue.

GOP investigator says Republicans on Benghazi panel fired him over Clinton focus.  A former investigator for the Republicans-led House Select Committee on Benghazi is alleging he was unlawfully fired from the panel for not focusing on Hillary Clinton and is vowing to file a federal complaint, according to The New York Times.  The former investigator, Bradley F. Podliska, is an Air Force Reserve officer and also claims Republican leaders on the committee retaliated against him for taking leave to go on active duty, which if true would be a violate of federal law.

5 Obama Scandals The Mainstream Press Is Ignoring.  A little more than a month ago, the Daily Beast reported that 50 intelligence analysts said their reports on the Islamic State had been watered down to suit the White House's spin, and that pressure to do so had come from senior military and intelligence officials.  If true, it means that the White House actively engaged in an effort to mislead the public about its war on this increasingly dangerous terrorist group.  It's the sort of thing the watchdog press would normally eat up, with dreams of Pulitzer Prizes and movie deals.  The fact that this harkens back to the Benghazi scandal — where Obama officials actively misled the public to maintain Obama's claim that Libya was a big success — makes it meatier.  Instead, after a few obligatory stories in early September, the press lost interest.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi, Holding Government Officials Accountable.  When the dust kicked up in the House-speakership race has settled, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's artless comment about the House Select Committee on Benghazi promises to cause further headaches for Republicans.  This week, House Democrats proposed a measure to abolish the committee; and although it was tabled in a partisan vote, they are sure to continue exploiting McCarthy's misstep in order to derail the investigation.  That would be a victory for partisan bullying — and a defeat for the nonpartisan cause of government accountability.

Drip, Drip, Drip.  There was never any doubt that Democrats in Washington would launch an aggressive campaign to discredit the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  The only question was when they'd do it. [...] The investigation uncovered the existence of Clinton's personal email server, and her mendacious efforts to explain why she didn't use a secure government email account to carry out her work as secretary of state have complicated her presidential bid.  But it was a monumentally foolish thing for McCarthy to say.  And his efforts to clean up the mess — in a follow-up interview on Fox News and later in a written statement — only made matters worse.

Trey Gowdy: Democrats thwarting Benghazi investigation.  Rather than cooperate, Democrats have tried to thwart the Benghazi probe from within since the beginning, the special panel's chairman said in a letter released Thursday [10/8/2015] that accused Democrats of bad faith and also announced the release of emails that call into question the relationship between former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her associate Sidney Blumenthal.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, said it was Democrats, not members of his party, who "selectively leaked information" to try to set the political narrative about the probe.

State hasn't completed promised Benghazi reforms three years later.  More than three years after the Benghazi tragedy, the State Department is rejecting one of the recommendations from its internal watchdog to improve security at its high-risk diplomatic posts, and hasn't yet completed other high-priority reforms recommended by independent experts, according to an internal progress memo.  In all, three of the 29 security recommendations made after Benghazi by an Accountability Review Board have not yet been completed, State Department officials told The Washington Times.

We're breaking new ground.  The American people will judge the Select Committee on Benghazi on our actions, not the words of others unfamiliar with our work.  Similarly, those calling for an end to the committee are either satisfied with an incomplete inquiry into the deaths of four Americans in Libya or unconcerned with accountability as it relates to the public record.  This committee has interviewed 41 witnesses no other committee interviewed.  Seven were eyewitnesses to the attacks.

Benghazi Committee To Release A Trove Of Damning New Clinton Emails.  A trove of emails that the State Department gave the House Select Committee on Benghazi only two weeks ago show that longtime Hillary Clinton friend Sidney Blumenthal pushed his business interests in Libya on the then-secretary of state and that she forwarded an email discussing a CIA source which was classified at the time it was sent.  That's according to House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Trey Gowdy, who stated in a letter sent Thursday [10/8/2015] to Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings that he plans to release the 1,500 emails within the next five days.

Democrats to force vote on abolishing Benghazi committee.  House Democrats on Wednesday will try to force a vote on abolishing the Select Committee on Benghazi, in a continued effort to seize on recent comments from No. 2 House Republican Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).  Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday moved ahead with a procedural effort known as a privileged resolution that will force the House to take a vote on killing the panel.  The procedural vote on moving ahead with the measure is expected this afternoon [10/7/2015].

Benghazi Republicans: Panel Dems have 'nakedly political motivation'.  Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi defended their desire to prevent the publication of transcripts from interviews with witnesses Monday [10/5/2015] after panel Democrats announced their intention to release the documents.  "The committee has not released transcripts from witness interviews for myriad reasons, including the need to hear from all witnesses and gather all facts before drawing inferences or conclusions from those interviews, and the need to avoid tainting the recollections of future witnesses," said Jamal Ware, spokesman for committee Republicans.

Clinton Can Thank Obama for Her Benghazi Headache.  [Scroll down]  The White House at the time said the talking points were not Benghazi-specific and dealt primarily with the broader communications response to widespread protests in the Muslim world against the Internet video, "Innocence of Muslims," an amateurish film depicting the life and times of the Prophet Muhammad.  But for Republicans, these e-mails were a smoking gun.  They undermined the administration's long-held explanation that the Benghazi talking points were drafted by the CIA and were consistent with the assessments of the wider intelligence community.

Never Forget That The Benghazi Committee Was Created Because The White House Withheld Emails.  Despite what Democrats argue now, the special committee was created well before Clinton had announced her presidential bid.  It was also created before anyone knew that she used a personal email account and private server as secretary of state.  On top of that, House GOP leadership resisted the idea up until it was revealed in April 2014 that the Obama administration had withheld smoking gun emails from the House Oversight Committee.

Condemning the House committee won't help Clinton erase Benghazi.  Hillary Clinton's bitter rebuke of a Republican-led House committee probing the deadly Benghazi attacks may play well with Democratic diehards and sway her wavering supporters, but it won't put the story to rest during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to strategists.  "Democrats are fed up with the discussion about Benghazi.  If she's not going to put up a firewall, Democrats will continue to question whether something is there," said Scott Ferson, a Democratic operative.

Benghazi panel talking point proven false.  Democrats claimed this week that the House's special committee investigating the 2012 violence in Benghazi, Libya, was the longest inquiry of its kind, but fact-checkers on Friday [10/2/2015] proved them wrong.  In fact, there have been at least four special congressional committees charged with investigating various incidents that have run longer than the Benghazi panel, Politifact discovered.

No, not Obama — the other one.
Why Are Democrats Still Supporting a Compulsive Liar?  Let's start with the Benghazi scandal.  Hillary first said the attack was due to an underground anti-Muslim video. After it was soon revealed the attack had nothing to do with the video, she denied blaming it on the video in the first place.  Hillary said they had no prior warning of any eminent danger to the embassy compound in Benghazi, but correspondence from slain US Ambassador Christopher Stevens revealed he had been warning of the dangers and requesting extra security for the six months prior to the attack.  When the bodies of Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty arrived in the US, Hillary stood face to face with the families and promised them she would find out what happened and that she would keep them appraised at all times.  A year later, two of the parents testified before Congress that they had not heard a word from anyone on their sons' deaths since that day.

The So-What Democrats Shrug Off A Serious Charge.  Even if Democrats believe Clinton did nothing wrong with her email, shouldn't they have some concerns about how she handled the terrorist attacks in Benghazi?  They should.  But they don't.

Dems release closed-door Benghazi testimony.  Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Monday [10/5/2015] revealed portions of the transcript of previously secret testimony from a closed-door briefing with a former top aide to Hillary Clinton in an escalation of the partisan bickering on the panel.

No, The Benghazi Committee Isn't 'The Longest Running Congressional Investigation Ever'.  An emerging Democratic talking point is that the investigation being conducted by the House Select Committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on Benghazi is the longest-running inquiry ever undertaken by Congress.  But the fact-checkers at PolitiFact reviewed the claim — which was fostered by Democrats on the special panel, repeated by numerous media outlets, and hammered home by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign — and determined it to be false.

Exclusive interview: Gowdy on the Benghazi committee's plans and Hillary Clinton's upcoming testimony.  The House Benghazi Committee's investigation will soon take center stage in American politics. [...] Since its formation in 2014, the committee has served as something of a thorn in Clinton's side.  The committee first uncovered that Clinton had used personal email and at least one private server as secretary of state.  Her public responses to questions about her unusual email arrangement have dogged her presidential campaign, as new revelations have forced her to alter earlier statements made about her exchange of classified information and the security of her communications.

Of Course The Benghazi Inquiry is Partisan. It Should Be.  Here's a non sequitur for you:  Kevin McCarthy said something blatantly political about Hillary Clinton the other day, therefore Hillary Clinton is innocent of all wrongdoing going back to 2010.  This logical fallacy also happens to be the Democratic Party's positon on the Select Committee on Benghazi.

Did Hillary Clinton Spike CBS' Coverage Of Benghazi?  Hillary Clinton employed a private intelligence service whose key operative had influence over CBS' coverage of Benghazi.  Which raises the question:  Who is more corrupt, Clinton or the mainstream media?

McCarthy links Benghazi panel to Clinton's falling poll numbers.  Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday [9/29/2015] evening linked the House Select Committee on Benghazi with Hillary Clinton's dropping poll numbers.  "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?  But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee," McCarthy said on Fox News's "Hannity."  "What are her numbers today?  Her numbers are dropping.  Why?  Because she's untrustable," McCarthy continued.

House Benghazi Probe Longest in Congressional History.  The House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks is now the longest congressional investigation in history, committee Democrats announced today [9/28/2015].  As of Monday [9/28/2015], the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has been active for 72 weeks — surpassing the record previously held by the Watergate Committee in the 1970's.

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The Benghazi investigation and the Watergate investigation are comparable:  Both of them were prolonged by endless stonewalling by the highest and most powerful people in the country.  The Benghazi mess would have been put behind us years ago if Hillary Clinton and Barack H. Obama had been honest about their actions and reactions immediately before and after the Benghazi attack.  Of course, they would both have had to resign in disgrace, but at least the investigation would be over.  The ABC News article above makes it sound as if there is a time limit beyond which it's no longer necessary to investigate malfeasance.

Exclusive: Hillary Aides Talked Benghazi with Clinton Foundation Staff, Witheld Emails.  Hillary Clinton's top State Department aides turned to Clinton Foundation employees for political help in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack, and Clinton withheld those emails from the House Benghazi Committee investigating her conduct.  Clinton currently faces federal investigation for allegedly allowing people without a security clearance to access classified information, in violation of the Espionage Act. Newly-discovered emails, considered classified by the State Department, were going to Clinton Foundation staffers who did not have a security clearance to view classified information.

Journalists Receive Subpoenas In Jill Kelly Lawsuit Against FBI — Jeh Johnson, Petraeus, Benghazi, Etc..  Jill Kelly is a woman who became entangled in the General Petraeus / Paula Broadwell affair story which exploded immediately following the Benghazi attacks in 2012.  Many believe the Petraeus affair was used by the White House to remove the CIA risk.

More emails surface in Hillary Clinton Benghazi probe.  More previously undisclosed State Department emails related to Benghazi have surfaced in a federal court filing, offering a public accounting of at least some of the records still being sought by congressional investigators. [...] Most of the documents also appear to have been withheld from the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating State's response to the attack.

The Poisonous Obama Years.  The in-party spent the better part of the three years that followed the deadly assault on diplomatic and CIA compounds in Benghazi by framing the investigation into it as a manifestation of Republicans' pathological hatred for the president.  That is an impression which remains cemented in the minds of many average voters who have not closely followed a congressional investigation into that affair — an investigation that exposed the scandalous details regarding how Hillary Clinton and her cadre of privileged aides comported themselves at the State Department.  Those Americans who do not see the investigation as a partisan witch-hunt are apt to view it as an indictment of the political culture in Washington that afforded Clinton the leeway to flaunt the law and jeopardize American national security in order to preserve her sense of "convenience."

Benghazi Movie to be Released January 15 but Already Generating Buzz.  Mark down January 15, 2016 on your calendar.  It won't be one of Hillary Clinton's favorite days for just as the primary elections kick off, that is the day that 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is scheduled to be released in movie theaters.  Judging from the movie trailer, this film directed by Michael Bay is exactly what Hillary doesn't want the public to be reminded about.  For one thing, it is pretty clear that the assault on the diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012 was not inspired by a mere video according to the trailer.  Also included in the trailer is a scene where the security team is told to stand down after the attack.  Coming as it does at a crucial point in the election season, it is sure to inspire quite a bit of buzz.

State Department Asked Hillary to Delete Classified Benghazi E-mail.  A top State Department official instructed Hillary Clinton to permanently delete a classified e-mail related to the Benghazi terrorist attack, but her lawyer refused because a congressional investigation into her use of a private e-mail server was already underway.  In a May 22 letter to Clinton's attorney, David Kendall, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy notified the Clinton team that a November 8, 2012 e-mail about a "report of arrests — possible Benghazi connection" was deemed classified and should be deleted.

The Weapons Of Benghazi.  I'll never tire of explaining as I have before that my military readers knew within 24 hours that this was the result of a well-planned, well-coordinated combined arms attack with the use of crew served weapons.  It was no spontaneous riot and it wasn't an accident.  Again, we knew that virtually immediately, the administration talking points notwithstanding.

Three Years After Benghazi Terror Attacks, Victims' Families Say the Wait for Answers 'Feels Like a Decade'.  As America remembers the unprecedented 9/11 terror attacks 14 years ago that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people, a small band of Americans is living with another terrible reason this date remains one they'll never forget.  They're the families of the four victims of the Benghazi terror attack at a CIA annex in Libya just three years ago — September 11, 2012.  And when it's your loved ones who were cut down while serving their country, three years is a long time to wait for answers.

Obama Staffers Party, Smoke Cuban Cigars on the Anniversary of Benghazi, 9/11 Terror Attacks.  Top Obama administration and White House officials partied away on the night of the anniversary of 9-11 and the Benghazi terror attack.  State Department senior communications adviser Marie Harf and White House national security adviser Ben Rhodes joined some friends Friday [9/11/2015] for a night of partying at the Blackfinn Saloon blocks from the White House.  Harf, who runs point on promoting President Obama's Iran nuclear deal, and Rhodes, a graduate of the New York University creative-writing program who falsely revised the administration's talking points to pin the Benghazi attack on a spontaneous response to a Youtube video, were in good spirits.

Hillary aide refuses to answer Benghazi committee questions.  A House Benghazi committee interview with former State Department aide Bryan Pagliano, who managed Hillary Clinton's private email network, lasted only 15 minutes Thursday [9/10/2015] after he refused to answer questions.  Transcribed interviews of Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff, and Sidney Blumenthal, an informal adviser to Clinton from her time at State, both took roughly nine hours.

America's descent into lawlessness.  [Scroll down]  In the same manner, rank amateur video maker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was jailed for violating his probation.  Why?  Mr. Nakoula made a video insensitive to Muslims and thus was falsely blamed for the riotous 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.  The most likely culprit of the preplanned Benghazi attack was not scapegoat Mr. Nakoula, but the inconvenient pre-election truth that al Qaeda was quite alive in Libya and U.S. security quite lax.  America is becoming analogous to the mess in lawless contemporary Venezuela.  When the law is suspended or unevenly applied for politically protected individuals and groups, then there is no law.  We are now seeing the logical descent into the abyss of chaos.

Hillary Clinton Knew Benghazi Terrorists Used Video as 'Cover'.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was warned that the Benghazi terrorist attack was carried out by a terrorist group using Youtube video protests as "cover," in a memo that she received the day after the attack.  Nevertheless, Clinton still went ahead and pushed the false talking point that spontaneous protests incited by the Internet movie Innocence of Muslims caused the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

"Accountability" Review of Benghazi Attack was Rigged by Hillary.  Washington loves waving away questions after a scandal with a commission or a review board.  The so-called Accountability Review Board on Benghazi whose results the media trumpeted as answering all the questions about what happened was rigged from the start.  Thomas Pickering is a highly partisan figure who, among other things, is a key Iran Lobby figure.  A few scapegoats were served up without actually firing them.

President Barack Obama's Complete List of Historic Firsts
  •   First President to Refuse to Tell the Public What He Did For Eight (8) Hours After Being Informed That a U.S. Ambassador Was Facing Imminent Death During a Terror Attack (Source: Mediate)
  •   First President to Lie About the Reason For an Ambassador's Death, Blaming it on an Internet Video Rather Than What He Knew to be the Case:  the Al Qaeda-linked Terror Group Ansar al-Sharia (Source: House Oversight Committee, et. al.)
  •   First President to Have an Innocent Filmmaker Thrown in Jail After Lying About the Cause for a Deadly Attack on U.S. Diplomats, Using the Filmmaker as a Scapegoat (Source: CNN)

How to classify Hillary.  Sometimes a target is chosen, other times a target chooses herself by stepping into the line of fire.  When Hillary Rodham Clinton became America's top diplomat, she took an oath to discharge duties that include protecting the safety and well-being of the 70,000 men and women who worked for the department around the world.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi has spent 16 months trying to find out what went so wrong that four of those men who worked for her died in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.  Answers to several crucial questions may be answered soon.  Depositions taken this week from Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, two key aides to Mrs. Clinton, could provide the way to examine the last missing piece to the puzzle, Hillary's own answers to questions about what she knew about events surrounding the attack, and when she knew it — and what she did about it.  Her appearance before the Benghazi committee Oct. 22 should get the answer to the larger question:  Has her performance, both on the night of the attack in Benghazi, and later her reckless handling of classified emails, disqualified her from becoming president of the United States?

Exclusive: Hillary Was Busy Starting A Nonprofit Days After Benghazi.  In the days following the Benghazi terrorist attack, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top advisers were busy.  They were designing a new nonprofit group for Clinton and her husband Bill to raise money in Ireland.

Clinton Email Server Crashed Weeks After Benghazi Terror Attack.  Hillary Clinton's private email server crashed in the immediate weeks following the Benghazi terrorist attack, according to emails sent by Clinton's top State Department aide Huma Abedin.  Abedin emailed Clinton Foundation executive director Stephanie Streett on the morning of October 10, 2012 to inquire about flooring options for a building she was designing.  Abedin was using her State Department government email account to communicate with Streett because her address, hosted on Hillary's private server, had crashed.

Mills: I reviewed the ARB report on Benghazi before publication, made "suggestions" for changes.  Yesterday [9/3/2015], the House Select Committee on Benghazi began a new phase of its probe into the collapse of America's policy on Libya.  Cheryl Mills, chief of staff to then-Secretary Hillary Clinton, appeared before the panel to detail what she knew about the attack on the compound and the State Department's response to it.

Benghazi panel spars over Democratic member's attendance.  After a Democratic member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi called for his own panel to be disbanded, Republicans pointed out that he had attended just one witness interview in the past year.  Rep. Adam Schiff's op-ed in the New York Times Friday [9/4/2015] touched off a squabble between majority and minority staff members that highlighted tensions between the parties over the scope and purpose of the Benghazi panel.

Democrat Who Wants To Disband Benghazi Committee Has Attended Just One Of 45 Interviews.  A Democratic member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi is calling for an end to the investigative body, but Republicans are hitting back hard, pointing out that the lawmaker, Adam Schiff, has largely served "in absentia," attending only one of 45 interviews the committee has conducted.  Schiff, from California, issued the call to disband the committee in a New York Times op-ed published on Friday [9/4/2015].  He claimed that the panel has lost sight of it purpose of investigating the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and is now focused only on taking down former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

House Benghazi panel interviews former top aide to Clinton; public spat erupts on panel.  A senior member of Hillary Rodham Clinton's inner circle testified Friday [9/4/2015] before a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Libya as a nasty spat erupted between a Republican staffer and a Democratic lawmaker who insists it's time for the committee to disband.

Hillary Clinton's camp urged ex-State Dept. employee to speak to House Benghazi committee.  Aides to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton urged a former State Department employee who helped set up her private email server to appear before a House investigative panel, but the staffer has said he will assert his constitutional right not to testify.

Let's See More of Hillary Now, to See Less of Her Later.  Hillary Clinton shows signs of anger and desperation and pops out of her shell with shrill and extreme rhetoric. [...] A few weeks ago, she lashed out against Republicans again for grilling her on the Obama administration's response to the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.  "They'll try to tell you this is about Benghazi, but it's not. ... It's not about Benghazi. ... It's not about emails or servers, either. ... I won't get down in the mud with them.  I won't play politics with national security."  Oh, then why did she pretend that an anti-Islam video triggered the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi? Evidence has shown — as we realized all along — that she knew then it was a planned terrorist attack and not a spontaneous eruption over an obscure video.  She says she won't get down in the mud with Republicans, yet the entire purpose of her little rant was to sling mud.

What Touches Classified is Classified.  Hillary was just as fast and loose with security in the White House as she was as secretary of state.  In fact, she was accused of using private FBI files to harm others.  An intelligence analyst doesn't have to actually see or read the secret document referenced in Hillary's emails, but by using current knowledge and gathering bits and pieces of information through insight, intuition, inference, etc., put together the gist of it.  Some say that is how the terrorists learned of the lack of security and vulnerability of the Benghazi compound.  Those critics go so far as to suggest Hillary herself is partly responsible for what happened.  At this point, it does make a great deal of difference.

You know who's not #ReadyForHillary? The thousands who've died fleeing the Libya she destroyed.  Hillary Clinton is directly responsible for the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the Mediterranean Sea as the death toll of those who drowned fleeing her destabilized Libya approaches 2,500.

Benghazi Witness: U.S. Provided Arms to Jihadists Who Killed Americans in 9/11 Attack.  The Obama administration may have provided the weapons used by some Islamist extremists to kill four Americans at the United States' compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, according to a Libyan source who told Breitbart News he witnessed the attack first hand.  Breitbart News's Tera Dahl spoke to the witness, whose identity cannot be revealed due to threats against his life, but lives near the former U.S. compound in Benghazi and was present when the attack took place.

Trey Gowdy frustrated by Dem stonewalling.  Two top Clinton aides, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, will appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi next month, but when will the committee interview several other top Obama administration officials and Clinton allies?  House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., described how the committee intends to finish its work before the calendar year 2015 ends, in an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner.

Here's what Clinton's classified emails discussed.  Hillary Clinton's classified emails contain discussions of conversations with foreign diplomats, issues with embassy security and relations with countries from Russia to China. [...] For example, Huma Abedin, Clinton's former deputy chief of staff, forwarded a summary of a high-level Sept. 2009 meeting to Clinton in which she detailed the "embassy security issues" that were discussed.  The issues had been raised by Eric Boswell, a diplomatic security official who was later forced to resign in the wake of the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi.

5 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Drop Out Of The Race.  [#2] Benghazi:  Four Americans were killed on Clinton's watch in the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack, one of them a U.S. ambassador, the first to die on duty since 1979.  Her State Department said that it was simply a wild attack provoked by a video that inflamed Muslims.  But the State Department knew it was a planned terrorist attack.  Worse, Clinton might have unknowingly contributed to the attack.  Thomas Lifson of the American Thinker says that "putting together the information now publicly available" makes him wonder if "an ISIS hack of Hillary Clinton's virtually defenseless home-brew server set up the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens."

Did a hacked Hillary email set up the ambush of Ambassador Christopher Stevens?  Putting together the information now publicly available, the question has to be asked:  Did an ISIS hack of Hillary Clinton's virtually defenseless home brew server set up the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens?  ISIS has proven itself adept enough at information technology that a successful hack of Hillary Clinton's server at her Chappaqua mansion cannot be ruled out, no matter how many Secret Service members stood guard.  Apparently unbeknownst to the former secretary of state who boasted of the server's security because of the guards outside, it is so easy to hack a garden variety server set up by a mom-and-pop operation that an ISIS (and Russian intelligence and Chinese and Romanian and many other agencies) hack is well within the realm of possibility.

Top Clinton Aides To Testify Before Benghazi Committee Next Week.  Two of Hillary Clinton's top aides will testify next week before the House panel investigating the Benghazi terrorist attacks.  Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan will be deposed on September 3 and September 4.  Mills was Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department, while Sullivan helped lay the groundwork for negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal and now works as a senior policy advisor for Clinton's 2016 campaign.

Fiorina: 'I Absolutely' Believe Hillary Purposefully Lied About Benghazi.  Carly Fiorina blasted Hillary Clinton for deliberately lying about the Benghazi terrorist attack, instead sticking to the the truth and saying it was a "purposeful, preplanned terrorist attack."  Fiorina, whose comments were release by NBC ahead of his full interview on "Meet the Press" this Sunday with Chuck Todd stated that despite the fact that Hillary is a "hard working woman" who has dedicated herself to public service," she has lied about "Benghazi, her emails, her server."

Hillary Clinton's communications problem may go beyond email.  Hillary Clinton continues to be dogged by questions about her use of a private e-mail account while she was secretary of state.  CBS News identified two e-mails on her server Wednesday which the intelligence community says contained classified information.  The messages were uncovered during an investigation of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

How Obama and Hillary made the Arab world safe for radical Islam.  Far from being "spontaneous" and "indigenous," the uprisings known as the "Arab Spring" that swept North Africa and the Middle East were long planned and planned from abroad with the Muslim Brotherhood's role hidden in plain sight.  The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 as a Sunni Islamist religious, political and social movement.  According to Lawrence Wright in his book "The Looming Tower," its founder Hassan al-Banna "rejected the Western model of secular, democratic government, which contradicted his notion of universal Islamic rule."  The fundamental goal of the Muslim Brotherhood remains Islam's global domination, an effort that quickly turned violent and eventually spread to over eighty other nations.  For example, one Muslim Brotherhood splinter group was responsible for the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for his peace treaty with Israel and another offshoot is the terrorist organization Hamas.

State Department Screwed Up Tripoli Escape, Won't Say How.  Less than two years after the security debacle of Benghazi, the State Department apparently botched some aspect of the dramatic, ultimately successful operation to get its diplomats out of Tripoli, Libya amid civil unrest last year, but the department refuses to say what went wrong.  The purported mistake was referenced in an unclassified summary of an urgent State Department Office of Inspector General alert posted online in late July.

State Department Clamps Down on Speaking to Congress or Press.  The State Department has quietly issued a new policy that some insiders view as designed to keep employees from freely speaking to Congress or the press about Benghazi and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email controversy.  The State Department issued 19 pages of revised rules about official clearance for speaking, writing and teaching on July 27.

Classified emails from Clinton aides kick-started FBI probe, candidate downplays controversy.  An email from a top Clinton adviser containing classified military intelligence information, and one from a top aide containing classified information about the Benghazi terror attack, were the documents that kick-started the FBI investigation into the mishandling of classified information, Fox News has learned.  The emails, among thousands on Hillary Clinton's personal server, were released to the Benghazi select committee in May and have been widely discussed but Fox News for the first time has identified which Clinton aides sent them and the subject matter.

Hillary's Dangerous Negligence over Benghazi — Again.  Who cares if Hillary Clinton is convicted of a crime?  What we ought to care about is if Ahmed Abu Khatallah is convicted of a crime.  Khatallah is the only person charged thus far in the attack on a shadowy U.S. government compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  Dozens of jihadists participated in the attack, during which four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, were slain.  Yet Khatallah has been singled out for prosecution.

New details about classified information in Clinton's emails.  CBS News has learned more about what was in those four Hillary Clinton emails that intelligence officials now say should have been marked as "classified."  While campaigning in Clear Lake, Iowa, Friday, Clinton made a forceful defense of her handling of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks and her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.  Clinton said the Republicans will say the email controversy is about Benghazi, but she said, "It's not.  It's about politics."

Hillary Lashes Out At Republicans Over Email Server Investigation.  In an angry moment at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding on Friday [8/14/2015], Hillary Clinton said she will not "get down in the mud" with Republicans who she claims are trying to exploit her use of a private email server and the Benghazi attacks for political gain.  "[Republicans will] try to tell you this is about Benghazi, but it is not," Clinton told an audience at the event, her voice fraught with anger and her finger wagging in the air.

Obama and the Flippancy of Fools.  Over the last 7 years of the Obama era, Barack Obama and his team have regularly responded to serious questions with flippant responses.  Don't Americans deserve better than the flippancy Obama and his top officials dish out to us? [... For example,] When Tommy Vietor, van-driver turned National Security Council spokesman, was asked the whereabouts of the ever-elusive Barack Obama on the night of the Benghazi terror attack, he incredulously — and flippantly — answered, "Dude, this was two years ago!"  Vietor's adolescent response was outdone by that of Hillary Clinton when she took umbrage at being questioned by Senator Ron Johnson about the murder of four Americans in Benghazi.  His line of inquiry focused on the White House-concocted story of a video leading to the Benghazi attack.  Her flippant response should go down in history — if not that then at least in campaign ads next year, "What difference at this point does it make?"  How dare anyone want to find out why these Americans were murdered?  After all, it might spoil her run for the Oval Office.  The flippancy was inexcusable.

The Obama-Hillary Libya Debacle.  [Scroll down]  President Obama claimed that intervention was required to prevent a bloodbath when Benghazi fell.  He has said:  "We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte — could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world."  But this claim was based on propaganda by rebels on the verge of losing the war.  In reality, there was no good reason to fear a massacre in Benghazi.

Hillary Must Explain Her 2-Month Email Gap.  Hillary Clinton assured the country in March that she had turned over every single work-related email from her private server.  So why are there no emails for two months during a critical time at State?  Here's what Clinton said at that March press conference.  "I ... provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related, which totaled roughly 55,000 printed pages, even though I knew that the State Department already had the vast majority of them.  We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department."  Now it turns out that there are two months during which — if Clinton's statement above is to be believed — she apparently didn't send any emails at all while Secretary of State.

A curious — and coincidental — two-month gap in Hillary e-mails.  Has there been a Rose Mary Woods at work in Hillary Clinton's management of her e-mails?  The State Department insists that they have made public all of Hillary's e-mails pertaining to the security of the Benghazi consulate and the Libya mission from 2012.  If that's true, The Daily Beast's Alexa Corse and Shane Harris report, then no one on Hillary's team — including the Secretary of State herself — bothered to communicate for two months about the rise in violence in the spring that precipitated the attack on the consulate itself at the end of the summer:  [...]

Benghazi gets the Hollywood treatment.  These are the first images from the Hollywood adaptation of the deadly terror attack in Benghazi — which will bring fresh attention to a scandal Hillary Clinton is desperate to leave behind.  Explosions, terse mercenaries and an armed mob bent on terror fill the teaser clip of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi — the big screen adaptation of the 2012 raid on a U.S. diplomatic compound that left an ambassador dead.  The dramatic images depict the night of the raid, which left four Americans dead and spawned years of political recriminations over the lack of help provided by officials back in Washington.

The Movie Trailer Making Team Clinton Tremble.  Director Michael Bay is notorious for mounting massive-scaled blockbusters crammed wall to wall with explosions, twisted metal, swaggering heroes and supermodels.  The director's next movie, however, is shaping up to be a lot more serious because the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, is anything but the stuff of pure entertainment.  Due to hit theaters Jan. 15.  [Video clip]

The movie Hillary Clinton should be very, very worried about.  Due Jan. 15, "13 Hours" seeks to continue the winning streak of fact-based military movies released in January:  Two years ago "Lone Survivor" attracted a huge audience, and this winter "American Sniper" ruled the box office.  "13 Hours," the book, trained its eye entirely on events on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, when two CIA outposts were attacked by Islamofascist terrorists.  It isn't a political indictment of officials in Washington, and the movie appears to stick close to the style of the book.  Unlike other films based on recent history that admit to fudging details for cinematic convenience, "13 Hours" boldly states — at least in its trailer — "this is a true story."

Carly Fiorina: The Benghazi 'Punch Didn't Get Thrown' In 2012.  Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says the Benghazi "punch" could have defeated President Obama in 2012, but it "didn't get thrown."  "We thought in 2012 that Benghazi was Obama's Achilles' heel," the former Hewlett-Packard CEO said in a Thursday [7/30/2015] call with supporters.  "But the punch didn't get thrown.  We can't count on the media to do this... And so the only way to make sure these questions are asked and answered is to have a nominee who will demand an answer."

Reported two-month gap in Clinton emails coincides with escalating Libya violence.  A State Department spokesman told The Daily Beast that only emails related to the security of U.S. diplomats in Libya or the consulate in Benghazi were turned over to the House select committee investigating the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack.  If true, that means neither Clinton nor her staff communicated via e-mail during a period that saw three attacks on international outposts in Benghazi, including one on the consulate itself.  That attack, on June 6, 2012, involved the detonation of an improvised explosive device outside of the consulate, prompting the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to warn Americans about the "fluid security situation in Libya."

State Department to hand over thousands more Benghazi-related documents.  The State Department has pledged Tuesday [7/28/2015] to turn over 5,000 pages of documents to the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead.  In exchange for the documents, the House Select Committee on Benghazi postponed questioning Secretary of State John Kerry's chief of staff, Jon Finer, on Wednesday [7/29/2015] over what some think is a continued stalling in handing over Benghazi-related documents.

U.S. House Benghazi panel says State Dept. to hand over documents Tuesday.  The House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on two U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday [7/27/2015].

Hillary Clinton accepts invitation to testify before Benghazi committee.  Hillary Clinton accepted on Friday [7/24/2015] an invitation to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in October.  Chairman Trey Gowdy asked Clinton to appear before the committee earlier this week, according to campaign spokesman Nick Merrill.  Merrill also disputed media reports that Clinton had handled classified information improperly on her private email server, which prompted two inspectors general to refer the matter to the Justice Department for a possible criminal investigation.

More bickering between Clinton team, House Benghazi panel.  The bickering has flared once more between Hillary Rodham Clinton's team and the Republican-led House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks, this time over negotiations for the former secretary of state's possible testimony.

Aides for Hillary Clinton and Benghazi Committee Dispute Testimony Plan.  Amid renewed controversy surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of private email for government work, a dispute erupted on Saturday [7/25/2015] over when and how she would publicly testify before the House select committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks on the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.  Mrs. Clinton's aides announced Saturday morning that she had accepted an invitation to testify on Oct. 22.  But a spokesman for the Republican-led committee said hours later that no agreement had been reached.

Veteran Manhandled While Protesting Obama.  A veteran attending the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was manhandled by his fellows when he stood up during a speech by President Barack Obama and lifted a sign in protest.  The sign read, "The emperor has no clothes" and referenced the September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya.  [Video clip]

Kerry's chief of staff compelled to testify on Benghazi.  Secretary of State John Kerry's right-hand man has been called to Congress to testify about the slow pace of information being released to the congressional committee probing the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, the probe's chairman announced Wednesday [7/22/2015].  Jon Finer, Mr. Kerry's chief of staff, will appear before the committee July 29 unless the department quickly steps up its production of documents, Chairman Trey Gowdy announced.

The Many Lies Paving the Way to Obama's Legacy.  [Scroll down]  On Benghazi: "Here's what happened. ... You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character who — who made an extremely offensive video directed at — at Mohammed and Islam ... making fun of the Prophet Mohammed.  And so, this caused great offense in much of the Muslim world.  But what also happened, extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies, including the one, the consulate in Libya."  I don't believe him.

Obama's Next Move is to Gang up on Israel.  The enemy is not just the Armageddon cult of Iran.  It is also their opposite numbers in Al Qaeda — because we now know that Obama and Hillary plotted to smuggle big quantities of weapons from Benghazi to Al Qaida in Syria.  And it's also the Muslim Brotherhood, which has infiltrated our intelligence agencies, according to Admiral James Lyons.  Hillary and Obama are still lying about Benghazi — not to hide the truth from our enemies, who already know everything — but to keep the American people from finding out.  Under Obama, the United States is now actively helping the worst terror gangs in the world.  Admiral James Lyons and former CIA analyst Clare Lopez have been telling us what we haven't wanted to hear.  Other highly qualified voices are trying to warn us, too.  It's time for America to wake up and smell the danger.

Judicial Watch: Secret Emails Show Hillary Clinton Tied To Benghazi Talking Points.  Judicial Watch announced today [7/8/2015] that newly revealed testimony from the Obama State Department under court order directly ties Hillary Clinton, for the first time, to the now-debunked Benghazi talking points used by United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to claim that the attack was the result of a "spontaneous protest" gone awry.  The Obama administration also sent false talking points about the attack to Congress.  The State Department is refusing to divulge the contents of the email, citing a discretionary "deliberative process" privilege.

State Dept. stonewalls emails tying Clinton to Benghazi talking points.  The pair of undisclosed emails came to light in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the conservative nonprofit Judicial Watch after the State Department told the group it planned to withhold the records.  The select committee confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the records had not been given to Congress.  Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said the agency's refusal to release the two emails to either his group or the select committee suggests information about Clinton's involvement is being covered up.  "There is something here that is scandalous, otherwise they would have released it," Fitton said.

Fiorina: Hillary Clinton 'Has Blood on Her Hands' Over Benghazi Deaths.  Reacting to news that the State Department has not turned over Benghazi-related emails to Congress, Carly Fiorina told Fox News' Megyn Kelly Monday Hillary Clinton has "blood on her hands" over the deaths of the four Americans who died on Sept. 11, 2012.  Fiorina, who served as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, argued further that Clinton "engaged in a gross dereliction of duty" and a "cover-up" regarding the situation in Benghazi.

Top Clinton aide has yet to turn over Benghazi emails.  A longtime Clinton aide may be stonewalling a State Department request for private Benghazi-related emails despite a court order demanding she produce them.  Huma Abedin, Clinton's deputy chief of staff at the State Department and current campaign staffer, is the only former aide to Secretary Hillary Clinton that has failed to turn over emails in response to a request from the State Department, court documents show.

Secret Emails Withheld by State Dept. Reveal Hillary Clinton Tied Directly To Benghazi Video Lie.  Judicial Watch announced today [7/8/2015] that newly revealed testimony from the Obama State Department under court order directly ties Hillary Clinton, for the first time, to the now-debunked Benghazi talking points used by United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to claim that the attack was the result of a "spontaneous protest" gone awry.  The Obama administration also sent false talking points about the attack to Congress.  The State Department is refusing to divulge the contents of the email, citing a discretionary "deliberative process" privilege.

Hillary Clinton v. Trey Gowdy.  The war of words between Hillary Clinton and Trey Gowdy over her email practices is seriously heating up.  Clinton allies and House Benghazi investigators are clashing over the 2016 presidential candidate's prime-time defense of her email practices, including claims to CNN she did nothing wrong — and had "no obligation" to hand over any correspondence.

Gowdy wants to grill Huma Abedin about Benghazi.  Republicans leading the charge to investigate Benghazi are closing in on Hillary Clinton's inner circle.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) disclosed Monday [7/6/2015] that he plans to interview three of Clinton's top advisers:  Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide; Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff; and Jake Sullivan, a former director of policy planning at the State Department.  Gowdy, who leads the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said there are others on the list but he will not release their names "given the nature of their work."

Hillary Clinton caught in lie: Benghazi committee contradicts claim of no subpoena.  Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton's credibility came under new assault on Wednesday [7/8/2015] when the Republican-led House special committee on Benghazi released its March 4 subpoena to refute the former secretary of state's claim that she was never subpoenaed to turn over email.  Mrs. Clinton made the claim Tuesday [7/7/2015] in the first national TV interview of her three-month-old campaign.  It was part of her uneven and at times uncomfortable performance answering questions in front of CNN's cameras.

Here Is the Benghazi Committee's Hillary Clinton Subpoena.  House Republicans on Wednesday [7/8/2015] released the subpoena they issued in early March for emails from Hillary Clinton's private server, a day after Clinton said she had not been subpoenaed for the documents.  Clinton said on CNN Tuesday that "I've never had a subpoena."

Gowdy reveals subpoena Clinton claims she 'never had'.  House Republicans investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday [7/8/2015] released a March subpoena issued to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, one day after she said in a nationally televised interview that she "never had a subpoena" in the email controversy.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Benghazi panel, said he had "no choice" but to make the subpoena public "in order to correct the inaccuracy" of Clinton's claim.  Clinton told CNN on Monday that she "never had a subpoena," adding:  "Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation."

What Obama Has Taught Us.  If one wants an exemplar of change-failure, then look to Iraq or Libya.  The abrupt pullout of all U.S. peacekeepers changed postwar Iraq, just as, if we had left Kosovo in 2001 or South Korea in 1955, the result would have been utter chaos.  The logical outcome of bombing Libya without worry about what would follow on the ground was ISIS's beheadings and "what difference does it make?" lies about Benghazi.  Libya and Iraq are the faces of change.

State Dept. withholding content of Obama/Hillary call from night of Benghazi attack.  Some of us remember that Barack Obama jetted off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas on the night our consulate in Benghazi was attacked by terrorists associated with Al Qaeda.  Now you might be able to offer this defense of the president:  He can do his job from anywhere.  He has communication capabilities wherever he goes, and he has the freedom to use them any time he wants.  And, yes, that's true.  And on the night of September 11, 2012, he did make use of his communication tools to talk with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about what was happening in Benghazi.  Not only that, but it turns out there is a transcript of that call in the possession of the State Department.

Benghazi Breakthrough.  When the complete history is written of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the dishonesty and duplicity of the Obama White House will be an inescapable fact.  As we celebrate Independence Day, Americans ought to be disturbed about the ethical quality of the men and women in high office. [...] Think about this timeline.  Obama and Hillary Clinton talk.  The White House along with State then composes and issues Hillary Clinton's statement falsely tying the Internet video to the attack.  We can't find any other government documents other than Hillary's statement that September 11, 2012, night tying the attack to the video.  This all leads me to conclude that Hillary Clinton originated the video lie in partnership with the Obama White House.  And I'm willing to bet that the phone call earlier between Clinton and Obama set the whole lie in motion.  As I told Fox News this week, if the details of the call were helpful, the details would be released.  As they're being kept secret, one can assume the details of the Obama-Clinton call are damning.

Emails Show Hillary's State Department Communicating With Google About Blocked Benghazi Video.  Emails among State Department officials show the administration was in contact with Google regarding a blocked YouTube video after President Obama conceded that the Benghazi attack was a preplanned act of terror.  On Sept. 27, 2012, Nora Toiv, a special assistant to the counselor of the Department, sent an email to other State Department officials with the subject line "RE: Google and YouTube."  The email referenced a phone conversation with a person named Sue who assured Toiv a block would remain on an unnamed video at least through Oct. 1, 2012.  "Sue just called back and the block will stay through Monday," Toiv said in the email.  "They will not/not be unblocking it before then."

Clinton: Benghazi panel a 'charade'.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi is a "charade," Hillary Clinton's campaign charges in a new video blasting the committee for wasting taxpayer money on politics.  "The Benghazi Select Committee is spending $8,000 a day in taxpayer money to keep digging," the video says in on-screen text.

Boehner weighs in on Benghazi committee's feud with State Dept.  House Speaker John Boehner accused the State Department Thursday [7/2/2015] of "stonewalling" the select committee charged with investigating the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi.  His office noted the link between the agency's top attorney in charge of releasing Hillary Clinton's emails, Catherine Duval, and Clinton's own attorney, David Kendall.  Duval previously served in the Internal Revenue Service and presided over the unsuccessful search for the missing emails of Lois Lerner, the former official in charge of the agency's tax-exempt unit.

Benghazi, Where Libya's Uprising Began, Now A Shattered City.  Today, Libya is bitterly divided between an elected parliament and government that are cornered in the country's east, with little power on the ground, and an Islamist militia-backed government in the west.

State Department asserts privilege against Benghazi committee.  The State Department has informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi that it is withholding "a small number" of documents from investigators on the basis of "important executive branch institutional interests."  The statement, made in a letter from Assistant Secretary of State Julia Frifield to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, amounts to a de facto claim of some form of executive branch privilege.  Frifield made the claim in a letter turning over 3,600 pages of Benghazi-related documents from three current and former administration officials:  Susan Rice, Jake Sullivan, and Cheryl Mills.

Obama administration invokes executive privilege on Benghazi probe?  Democrats have insisted that the House Select Committee on Benghazi has done nothing but rehash already-known elements of the attack on the consulate in September 2012, and intended to do nothing more than embarrass Hillary Clinton.  The latest move by the Obama administration to block access to some State Department documentation undermines both claims.

Benghazi night call between Clinton and Obama withheld, documents show.  New documents released by a federal court show President Obama called then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the night of the 2012 Benghazi attack — but the contents are being withheld by the State Department.  It had previously been disclosed that Clinton and Obama spoke the night of the terror attacks. [...] The contents of the call, however, are being withheld, not because the information is classified but because the administration claims they represent internal deliberations about the 2012 terror assault.

White House Blocking Release of Clinton/Obama Phone Call During Benghazi Attack.  I'm beginning to gain an Attkisson-like appreciation for Catherine Herridge when it comes to pursuing the truth behind the Benghazi FUBAR.  We know from prior research and published media that President Obama and Secretary Clinton spoke via phone at around 10 to 10:30pm on Sept 11th 2012.

How Well Do We Know Hillary Clinton?  Scandal after scandal emerges, and yet the State Department says there won't be an internal investigation as to why some of Clinton's infamous e-mails couldn't be located.  Meanwhile, new information shows that she did, in fact, withhold Benghazi-related messages from the State Department.  What might the public have learned from those?

The latest mystery over Hillary's missing e-mails.  Now this was predictable: The State Department on Thursday said Hillary Clinton failed to turn over 15 work-related e-mails from her private server, despite claiming she'd handed over everything.  Which raises the troubling question:  How many more did she also, uh, "miss"?  Remember, the former secretary of state and her aides had insisted they'd sent the department all her work-related e-mails from her personal server after conducting a "careful" review.  Now it turns out she didn't include 15 of those she'd exchanged with longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal concerning Libya.

Clinton campaign pushes back on Benghazi probe.  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign fought back against allegations that have surfaced through a congressional probe of her handling of the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi.  "Trey Gowdy and the Republicans are clinging to their invented scandal, one that's on life support," John Podesta, chairman of Clinton's campaign, said Sunday [6/28/2015].  "Their latest witch hunt is based on the testimony of a non-government employee and a set of documents he turned over, which Gowdy himself called 'unvetted, uncorroborated, unsubstantiated intelligence,'" Podesta added, referring to the House Select Committee on Benghazi's investigation of Sidney Blumenthal, a former Clinton aide who provided reams of unreliable Libya intelligence to Clinton while she was secretary.

Fox Affirms The Benghazi Brief — "The Arming Of Benghazi".  It has been a year since we first posted the full 11,000 word Benghazi Brief, explaining the soup to nuts events of what happened from February 2011 up to September 11th 2012.  Many people have wondered why the Mainstream Media have not picked up the story.

The Arming of Benghazi.  The United States supported the secret supply of weapons to Libyan rebels while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State according to federal court documents obtained by Fox News.  In a sworn declaration to the District Court of Arizona May 5th 2015, a career CIA officer David Manners said, "It was then, and remains now, my opinion that the United States did participate, directly or indirectly, in the supply of weapons to the Libyan Transitional National Council."  The timing matters because in the Spring of 2011 the Libyan opposition was not formally recognized, and the direct supply of arms was not authorized.

Gowdy to Kerry: Turn over Benghazi emails or I'll summon you.  Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday he'll summon Secretary of State John Kerry before his select committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks if he doesn't get the documents his panel is seeking.  The South Carolina Republican accused the State Department of holding back not only on a complete release of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but also those of nine of her 10 closest aides, for more than a year.  "I'm trying to do this the right way," Gowdy told CBS.  "I'm trying to do this without the drama, just the documents.  But that has not proven to be successful."

Missing Clinton emails likely to raise new questions.  The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said.

Benghazi panel says Hillary Clinton didn't turn over all Libya emails, despite her claims.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican and the Benghazi panel chairman, said the State Department informed his panel that it did not have in its possession some emails related to Benghazi and Libya that Mrs. Clinton had exchanged with longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal, and which he turned over to the committee.  If true, it suggests that Mrs. Clinton either did not perform a full search, intentionally shielded some messages, or had some other hiccup when she claimed to have belatedly complied with federal law and turned back to the department some 30,000 messages from her time as secretary.

Who is lying about Benghazi? Hillary Clinton or State Department?  Last March, when Hillary Clinton made her first public comments on the secret email system she maintained while secretary of state, she took care to say she had turned over everything to the State Department.  "I ... provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related," Clinton told reporters.  "I believe I have met all of my responsibilities and ... the State Department will be able, over time, to release all of the records that were provided."  The message was clear.  Clinton had turned over everything, and the State Department would make it all public.  Then State sent Clinton's emails that concerned Libya to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  Chairman Trey Gowdy immediately expressed skepticism about the claim that everything had been turned over.  "There are gaps of months and months and months," Gowdy said.  Gowdy's suspicions appear to have been confirmed.

More Hillary Clinton Benghazi Emails Revealed.  There's new evidence that the investigative record has long been incomplete on the administration's actions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya.  Only now — more than two-and-a-half years after the attacks — has the House Select Committee investigating Benghazi finally obtain additional, related emails exchanged through former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server.  Ironically, it is longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal who provided the emails.

New emails show possible Benghazi deception by Hillary Clinton, Obama admin.  Congressional Republicans released nearly 200 pages of emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying Monday they raised questions about whether the Obama administration and the Democratic presidential candidate herself were truthful when they said they turned over all of her email communications on Benghazi.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is looking into the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya, said the new emails were obtained directly from Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton confidant, and demanded to know why they weren't turned over first by the State Department.  He ordered the department to search its files to see whether it has them but failed to turn them over, or whether Mrs. Clinton never released them in the first place, which would contradict her public statements.

Hillary Lauded Chris Stevens Dad's Request Not To Politicize Benghazi.  Hillary Clinton was forwarded an article a month after the terrorist attack on Benghazi that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens that quoted Stevens's father.  In the October 14, 2012, Bloomberg article, Jan Stevens, the late ambassador's father, was quoted saying that it would be "abhorrent" to make his son's death a political issue in the presidential campaign.

Why Was a Key Benghazi Suspect Free?  On Monday, the Pentagon announced that Ali Ani al Harzi was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Mosul, Iraq.  For those who have followed the public reporting on the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack closely, al Harzi's name will ring a bell.  He was one of the first suspects to be publicly identified by name.  Eli Lake, then of The Daily Beast, got the scoop in October 2012.  A key question in al Harzi's story remains unanswered:  Why wasn't he in custody since late 2012?

New emails show possible Benghazi deception by Hillary Clinton, Obama admin.  Congressional Republicans released nearly 200 pages of emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying Monday [6/22/2015] they raised questions about whether the Obama administration and the Democratic presidential candidate herself were truthful when they said they turned over all of her email communications on Benghazi.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is looking into the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya, said the new emails were obtained directly from Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton confidant, and demanded to know why they weren't turned over first by the State Department.  He ordered the department to search its files to see whether it has them but failed to turn them over, or whether Mrs. Clinton never released them in the first place, which would contradict her public statements.

Blumenthal emails show Clinton encouraged 'unsolicited' intelligence.  "Greetings from Kabul!" Hillary Clinton wrote to her trusted former aide, Sidney Blumenthal, on the morning of July 7, 2012.  "And thanks for keeping this stuff coming!"  The secretary of state's warm encouragement underscores concerns that members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi have expressed since discovering earlier this month that Blumenthal possessed dozens of previously undisclosed emails in which he and Clinton discussed Libya.  Roughly sixty new emails published by the committee Monday [6/22/2015] suggest Clinton relied heavily on what lawmakers have called "unvetted intelligence" from Blumenthal in the months before and after the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi.

Emails sought of nearly a dozen U.S. State Department workers under Clinton.  The revelations about Clinton's emails have raised questions about the State Department's email practices.  Earlier on Thursday [3/19/2015], U.S. officials said the State Department does not automatically archive the emails of its assistant secretaries of state, contradicting the department's prior public statement.  Gowdy said no decisions had been made in the House of Representatives about when Clinton would be called to testify, either about her email use or about the Benghazi events.

Benghazi investigators ponder: Is State Dept lying, or is Hillary?  [Trey] Gowdy's suspicions appear to have been confirmed.  As part of the committee's questioning of Clinton friend and defender Sidney Blumenthal, who exchanged many emails with Clinton on the subject of Libya, Blumenthal turned over a bunch of emails with Clinton that the committee had never seen before.  The State Department had not given them to the committee when State originally turned over what were purported to be all of Clinton's Libya-related emails.  Which led investigators to ask:  Did the State Department fail to turn over all the Clinton emails it had pertaining to Libya?  Or did Clinton not give all her Libya-related emails to the State Department, which in turn could not pass them on to the committee?

Sidney Blumenthal Claims He Didn't Write or Verify Phony Benghazi Story He Passed to Clinton.  Among other things, we learned a bit more about the provenance of the phony "spontaneous video protest" story Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the rest of the Administration foisted on the American people for a few crucial news cycles after the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens in a massive, planned terrorist attack on September 11, 2012.  We previously learned Blumenthal was the source of this fantasy, which no one with the slightest knowledge of events on the ground ever believed.

Shock: Hillary Clinton Did Not Turn Over Subpoenaed Benghazi Emails.  We only know this because the Benghazi Committee has subpoenaed Hillary consiglierte (and Clinton Foundation employee, natch) Sidney Bluementhal for his correspondence with Hillary about Benghazi — and, get this, Blumenthal turned over more Hillary emails than State did.  But these emails had been previously subpoenaed — not from Sidney Blumenthal, but from Hillary Clinton.  Or, rather, from State, which had been assumed until recently to have Hillary's emails in their possession.

Hillary Scrubbed Benghazi Emails.  Hillary Clinton scrubbed her Benghazi emails.  That is the logical conclusion drawn by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson who, while at CBS, fought to break stories exposing the Obama administration's lies on "phony" scandals from Fast and Furious to Benghazi and for her efforts had her computer hacked and monitored, likely by administration operatives concerned by her revelations and curious about her sources.  Attkisson said on NewsmaxTV's "The Steve Malzberg Show" recently that she thought it was a common sense conclusion that Hillary Clinton erased the contents of her personal email server, created and used in violation of the National Records Act and State Department rules, because she would rather "take the heat" from destroying information under subpoena and sought by congressional investigators than suffer the political and possibly criminal consequences of the truth about her Benghazi activities.

Gowdy to release new Blumenthal-Clinton emails.  The top House Republican investigating the attacks in Benghazi told CNN on Tuesday that he plans to release new emails between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a close ally "sooner rather than later."  House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said that his committee received about 60 new emails from Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal ahead of his closed-door deposition with committee members Tuesday [6/16/2015].

Darrell Issa booted from Benghazi deposition: report.  California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa was reportedly kicked out of Tuesday's closed-door deposition of Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  Mr. Issa, former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, marched into the closed-door testimony and remained inside for about a minute until he was escorted out by South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, The Hill reported.

Democrats: GOP trying to 'move the goalposts' on Benghazi.  The Republican chairman of a House panel investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, complained Tuesday [6/16/2015] about delays in receiving emails between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and a longtime confidant.

Blumenthal says he didn't write Libya intel he sent Clinton.  Sidney Blumenthal did not write or know the source of any of the Libya intelligence he passed on to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the top Clinton ally told investigators on the House Select Committee on Benghazi Tuesday [6/16/2015] in a closed-door deposition.  Blumenthal, subpoenaed by the committee, also did not verify any of the intelligence he forwarded to the nation's top diplomat.  Instead, Blumenthal was copying and pasting memos from Tyler Drumheller, a former CIA operative who was looking into a Libya-related business venture, and sending them to Clinton, two people familiar with his testimony told POLITICO.

Gowdy: Confidant who sent Libya memos to Clinton didn't write them.  Longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal was "merely a conduit" and did not write the numerous memos about Libya he forwarded to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the chairman of the House panel investigating the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks said Tuesday [6/16/2015].  Blumenthal was forwarding information from someone who may have had business interests in Libya, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. told Fox News' Megyn Kelly after Blumenthal spent nearly nine hours at the Capitol as Gowdy's committee met in closed session.  Gowdy later named former high-ranking CIA official Tyler Drumheller as the man behind the information.

Issa escorted out of Benghazi deposition.  Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tried to crash former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal's deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday [6/17/2015].  Issa marched into the closed-door deposition and remained inside for about a minute before he was escorted out by the panel's chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).  The pair briefly exchanged hushed words in a nearby hallway before Issa stormed off, throwing an empty soda can into a nearby trash bin.

Benghazi chairman kicks off Blumenthal testimony.  The head of the House Select Committee on Benghazi said on Tuesday [6/16/2015] that lawmakers have every right to scrutinize the correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sidney Blumenthal as the deposition of her former adviser began.  "Given the volume and, frankly, the details of the correspondence between this witness and former Secretary Clinton it's important for the committee to probe the depth, breadth and, frankly, the reliability of that information that he passed on," Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told reporters before Blumenthal's deposition.

Top Dem: 'No smoking gun' in latest Benghazi documents.  The top Democrat on the House committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, says there is "no smoking gun" among the roughly 60 newly disclosed emails between Hillary Clinton and confidant Sidney Blumenthal.  "I can say that there is no smoking gun," Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, told reporters before heading into Blumenthal's closed-door deposition.

Clinton confidant set for private Benghazi grilling.  House GOP Benghazi investigators will face off with a combative confidant of Hillary Clinton this week in a closed-door interrogation session — one of the biggest moments for a Benghazi probe that continues to dog the Democratic presidential front-runner.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday [6/16/2015] will depose Sidney Blumenthal — a longtime Clinton family friend — about why he emailed the former secretary of state unsubstantiated intelligence on Libya, whether he was paid for the work and whether he used his Clinton connections to help his business partners, sources familiar with the GOP plan told POLITICO.

Beyond Benghazi: Hillary, Sid and Libya.  Whatever Blumenthal has to say in his closed-door deposition — GOP sources say they want to know whether his voluminous emails to Clinton on Libya, coming at a time when he might have had business interests there, influenced the administration's overall policy — it's clear that America's Libya adventure will haunt the Clinton campaign well into 2016.  Benghazi already has become a right-wing byword for "Clinton scandal," as resonant to the '10s as "Vince Foster" was to the '90s.

The Editor says...
Did someone mention Vince Foster?

The Obama Presidency — A Cacophony of Corruption.  Thanks to Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, we now know that (1) White House commuications operatives manufactured the video cover story from whole cloth, and (2) the Obama gang (Hillary Clinton included) knew from the get-go it was a planned terrorist attack tied to al-Qaeda.

The Benghazi Bonanza: A Bipartisan Scandal.  The Benghazi affair is beginning to shape up as a bi-partisan scandal — making Trey Gowdy's life doubly difficult, of course.  But the former prosecutor has been doing a bang-up job with his select committee, demolishing the mantra that there is "nothing new" to be learned about Benghazi and building a sober, far-reaching inquiry.  Without Gowdy, recall, there would be no Clinton secret server, no Sidney Blumenthal trail, no new emails, and no upcoming testimony from Mrs. Clinton and her inner circle.

Ex-Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal to testify in private on Benghazi.  The State Department made about 300 emails public last month that showed Clinton received about 25 memos from Blumenthal regarding Libya while she was secretary, including one that blamed the 2012 Benghazi attack on a "sacrilegious" Internet video depicting the prophet Mohammad.  Blumenthal sent another memo the next day citing "sensitive sources" who believed it was an act of terrorism.  Blumenthal, who previously worked for former President Bill Clinton's administration, most recently worked as an employee of the Clinton Foundation and served as an informal adviser to Hillary Clinton when she was in President Obama's Cabinet.  He also had business transactions with Libya's transitional government.

House GOP moves to punish State Dept. over Benghazi delays.  Following through on a threat, House Republicans on Tuesday [6/2/2015] proposed cutting the State Department's budget to protest its slow response in producing documents related to the investigation of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

House Republicans Just Unleashed the Big Guns on Hillary's Benghazi Cover-Up.  Obviously, the State Department has something to hide and is scrambling to protect the legacy of Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign.  The Benghazi committee just listed every lame excuse they have been given in response to very specific subpoena demands, and now the full U.S. House is fighting back in a big way!  Republicans are ready to use the House's power of the purse to cut off State Department funding until the requested documents are released!

Republicans threaten State Dept. funding until Clinton, Benghazi docs are provided.  House Republicans are threatening to withhold a large chunk of State Department funding until officials speed up their responses to document requests, including House demands for documents pertaining to the Benghazi investigation and a probe of Hillary Clinton's emails.  The House Appropriations Committee's proposed 2016 spending bill for the State Department and foreign operations withholds 15 percent of the department's "operational funds until requirements related to proper management of Freedom of Information Act and electronic communications are met," according to a panel release.

Benghazi: A smoking gun and the rush to avoid judgment.  Four months ago, I lamented the lackadaisical approach of Congress to ferreting out the truth about the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.  Today, I lament the lackadaisical approach of the mainstream media and the American public.  How much more evidence do you need that we were lied to by the Obama administration in their rush to avoid judgment by the voting public and by history for the death of a U.S. ambassador and three of his aides and defenders.  In case you missed it — and I know that 90 percent of you did — the smoking gun surfaced this month that proved once and for all that the "cover story" about the attack being a "spontaneous" mob action was just what many of us have been saying all along — nonsense.

The Hillary Enigma.  There isn't a single Senate bill that she introduced or that is credited to her.  She is said to have worked hard and gotten along well with her colleagues, but her Senate years are a blur in her public life.  Then she made a bid to be the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2008 and along came Barack Hussein Obama with whom the voters fell in love.  When he was elected, he asked her to become his Secretary of State.  With the exception of the Benghazi tragedy on September 11, 2012, a clear failure of judgment and duty, and about which she lied, her years as Secretary of State reflect her years in the Senate; nothing of any significance resulted, no major treaties, no major anything, except for one more scandal.

Foundation adviser's double-duty counseling Hillary on Benghazi.  Hillary Rodham Clinton associate Sidney Blumenthal was drawing a $10,000 monthly salary from the Clinton Foundation while he was penning emails to her at the State Department about Benghazi, it was revealed Thursday [5/28/2015].  Blumenthal is a longtime Clinton adviser, but her efforts to bring him to the State Department in 2009 were thwarted by the Obama administration.  After Clinton lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, Blumenthal was placed on the foundation's payroll at the request of Bill Clinton, Politico reported.

How Hillary Politicized Benghazi.  The 848 emails that were released last week are a small fraction of Hillary Clinton's emails, but they are sufficient to paint a troubling picture of what Clinton knew about Benghazi, when she knew it, and how she politicized the tragedy.  The emails show that within hours after the attacks on the Special Mission Compound (SMC) and Annex [...] Clinton received information from Sidney Blumenthal, a former associate and longtime friend, that offered a very different narrative from what the White House claimed were the cause of the attacks.

2 Of Hillary's Libya Emails Are Missing.  Sidney Blumenthal emailed Hillary Clinton at least two intelligence reports about Libya which were not included in the trove of 296 emails released by the State Department on Friday [5/22/2015].  Clinton has claimed that in December she turned over all official government emails she sent or received from her personal account while in office.  In turn, the agency has claimed it turned all Clinton emails related to Libya or Benghazi over to the House Select Committee investigating the Benghazi attack.  But a screenshot of Blumenthal's email inbox, which the Romanian hacker Guccifer published in March 2013, shows two reports about Libya emailed to Clinton which were not released in Friday's batch.

Newly Released Emails Cast Doubt on Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Claims.  Newly reported emails indicate Hillary Clinton was personally made aware of security dangers in the months leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya.  That's according to the House Benghazi Committee, which has obtained 300 long-sought emails from the State Department among tens of thousands under subpoena.

What Hillary hasn't been able to cover-up on Benghazi.  [Scroll down]  Negligence is the word that comes to mind.  We all know the horrific outcome that resulted from the deliberate or inadvertent failure to answer the pleas from the late Ambassador Stevens, a man Clinton publicly called "Chris," as if she had a personal rapport with the man she hung out to dry.  Clinton's nonchalance is astonishing, given the documented magnitude of the threat.

While Hillary Slept.  The White House noted that Clinton had been a "critical voice on Libya," working closely with the president, NATO, and a number of contact groups both during the coalition intervention and in its aftermath.  And when officials received a presidential briefing three days after the September 11, 2012 attack that took the life of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, Hillary Clinton was asleep.

While Hillary Slept.  [Scroll down]  Clinton was asked if she was ever "specifically briefed on the security implications" of using a private email to conduct State affairs.  To this inquiry, Clinton launched into a response that centered on the fact that she had never sent classified information over the one "homebrew" server of which the public was aware.  "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email," Clinton insisted.  "There is no classified material.  So I'm certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material."  Once again, America, whether Clinton engaged in any impropriety depends on what the definition of "is" is.  No one asked Clinton about classified information, per se.  And it was revealed this week that Clinton had, in fact, received sensitive/unclassified materials via her email account.

NYT: Hillary e-mails included contradiction of early talking points on Benghazi.  Get ready for another round of "what difference at this point does it make?"  The New York Times got a look at 850 pages from the first tranche of Hillary Clinton e-mails that the State Department will release shortly, after a court ordered rolling disclosures rather than a document dump in January.

Uhm, no, Sidney Blumenthal was not the source of the Hillary-Obama Benghazi video lie.  There are reports circulating today, courtesy of The New York Times, that Hillary consigliere Sidney Blumenthal was the author of the Benghazi video lie.  To wit, "intel" provided by the Sidster claimed that Al Qaeda affiliates attacked the American consulate in Benghazi due to... a video no one had ever seen. [...] Of course, back in the little land we like to call reality, the facts on the ground were ignored by the Times.  As The Complete Benghazi Timeline reminds us, Clinton publicly linked the Benghazi attack to the video even before American heroes Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty had been killed.

Internal emails show Clinton got detailed intel on 'planned' Benghazi hit.  Internal State Department emails in the aftermath of the Benghazi terror attack show then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received detailed information indicating the strike was planned by well-trained fighters, yet her office continued to push the narrative days later that it began "spontaneously."  The messages were among 296 emails released Friday [5/22/2015] by the State Department, in the first batch of emails to be made public from Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified "secret" at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server.

Hillary's Real Benghazi Problem.  Why were Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans murdered?  Because by September 2012, Libya was a terrorist playground.  Since then, things have only gotten worse.  Libya has become a failed state, a 21st century source of boat people, as refugees from ubiquitous violence stream across the Mediterranean.  Libya is now a haven for ISIS and other terrorist groups; it was on the Libyan coast that ISIS beheaded 30 Christians.  Some of the "refugees" now making their way into Europe are, in fact, ISIS agents.  In short, Libya is a disaster.  Whose disaster?  Hillary Clinton's.  It was Hillary who, more than anyone else, pushed to overthrow Moammar Qaddafi.  Why?  No compelling reason.

E-mails: Hillary knew that State Department asked YouTube to block anti-Muslim movie overseas.  Not that there was ever much doubt.  Three days after the Benghazi attack, the White House admitted it had pressured Google and YouTube to yank "Innocence of Muslims" as some sort of terms-of-use violation.  Google refused.  A week after that, having failed to twist a major corporation's arm into censoring a politically unhelpful bit of free speech on its behalf, the State Department started running ads in Pakistan denouncing the movie, in hopes that jihadi savages would be appeased by the show of national contrition and not target any more embassies.

FBI reminds us why Hillary's emails matter.  Back in March, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to address revelations that she had conducted all official business as secretary using a private email address housed in a server within her own home.  Among other things, she maintained:  "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email."  At the time, we recognized that this statement seemed carefully parsed and should not be taken at face value. [...] Today [5/22/2015], the AP reports that we were right.  At least one email directly related to the Benghazi attack was indeed sensitive enough to require redaction by the FBI.

The 15 Benghazi emails you need to read.  The State Department released close to 900 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary on Friday [5/22/2015], providing a detailed looked at how an embattled agency responded to terrorist attacks in Benghazi and how Clinton, the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president, deals with her inner circle of advisers and well-wishers.  POLITICO read the documents to find the most insightful and telling emails.

Granny Hillary Didn't Even Know Murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens' Name.  Clinton couldn't even be bothered to learn the name of the man killed by terrorists.  This is the woman that Democrats want to make President.

'Chris Smith' — Hillary Mixes Up Slain Ambassador's Name In Email To Aides.  Emails released Friday by the State Department show that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mixed up the names of the Americans murdered at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.  Clinton sent an email with the subject line "Chris Smith" shortly before midnight to three top aides, Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Victoria Nuland.

Clinton e-mails reveal slain ambassador considered leaving Libya.  Eighteen months before his murder in the 2012 Benghazi attack, US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was so worried about security in Libya that he was considering leaving the country, according to newly released Hillary Clinton emails.  An email sent to the then-secretary of state's private account with "high" importance described the shelling and snipers surrounding Stevens, who was then serving as special envoy.

In ISIS fight, Team Obama puts spinning ahead of winning.  If Baghdad Bob and Hillary Clinton had a love child, he'd probably be hard at work for the Obama administration, denying the importance of ISIS's gains in Iraq.  Bob was Saddam Hussein's mouthpiece during the 2003 liberation of Iraq.  As coalition forces advanced on the capital, he kept insisting, "All is well."  Hillary, meanwhile, evaded questions about the assault on the US consulate in Benghazi with the infamous line, "What difference at this point does it make?"  Team Obama combines the two tactics.

Top Aide's Pre-Benghazi Email: Hillary Clinton Had 'Leadership/ Ownership/Stewardship of This Country's Libya Policy From Start to Finish'.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had "leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country's Libya policy from start to finish," says an email written by one of Clinton's top aides — and forwarded to Clinton herself — as the Libyan rebellion that sought the overthrow of Muammar Qadhafi appeared to be nearing a triumphant moment.  The email is one of those the State Department has thus far given to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Flying as close to the flame as Hillary dares.  Neither Bubba nor Hillary know how to tell the truth, but both of them are masters at spinning the lie.  The dump of some of Hillary's official emails this week reveals just how she operated as the secretary of State, employing an old courtier to help her deceive and distort the facts about her role in hanging an American ambassador out to die in Benghazi.

Insiders: Benghazi testimony works to Hillary's advantage.  Three out of four Democratic insiders in the early states believe testifying before Congress about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, will work to Hillary Clinton's advantage.  This week's survey of The POLITICO Caucus, a bipartisan group of the most influential activists, operatives and elected officials in Iowa and New Hampshire, found that most Democrats think it would be beneficial to Clinton when she is called to discuss the matter before Congress, something she is expected to do at some point, likely this summer.

How Bad Spin Works: A Handy Lesson from the Clinton/Blumenthal E-Mails.  The just-released batch of emails from Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State is full of sausage-making.  It's the sort of intra-Washington chicanery that is not scandalous, but not often revealed, because human beings are capable of embarrassment.  One of the more excruciating exchanges comes when Sidney Blumenthal, the journalist turned Clinton confidant, offered up pro bono spin work during the weeks before the 2012 election when Republicans started to ask why the attack on America's consulate in Benghazi had not been stopped.

Clinton emails silent on deadly danger facing Americans in Benghazi.  The newly released Hillary Clinton Benghazi emails do not contain any communications relating to security from the critical last month before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. facility in Libya.  During that period, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who along with three other Americans would die in the attack, warned Clinton and other State Department officials of a growing danger, indeed a security emergency, in Libya.  Stevens specifically noted that the possibility of an attack on Americans was growing, and, if such an attack occurred, the U.S. contingent did not have the strength to repel it.  But to judge from the emails made public Friday [5/22/2015], Clinton gave not a thought to the matter.

Clinton handled "now-classified" Benghazi info on private server.  More than two months ago, Hillary Clinton told the media at a UN presser that she never accessed classified material through her private e-mail server, which produced considerable skepticism at the time. Secretaries of State access all kinds of classified material — diplomatic cables, intelligence, and military information — and since she didn't use the State Department e-mail system, it seemed unlikely that she was telling the truth.

Hillary Discussed Speculation About Her Health With Aides In Emails.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed with aides the chatter on cable news about whether she actually suffered a concussion in 2012, according to emails released by the State Department on Friday [5/22/2015].  A week before she was to testify before Congress in December 2012 about the attacks in Benghazi, Clinton postponed her appearance with aides explaining she had fainted and suffered a concussion.

Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi.  Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday [5/22/2015] showed.

Republicans threaten State's funding in Benghazi fight.  House Republicans are threatening to shut down part of the State Department if the Obama administration doesn't cough up more documents related to Hillary Clinton's helming of the agency during the Benghazi attacks.

Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal.  The House's investigation of Benghazi sent the U.S. Marshals Service to serve a subpoena on Sidney Blumenthal, a top Clinton aide whose ties to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have raised tricky questions for the Democratic presidential hopeful.  Congressional Democrats were furious at the move by Republicans on the Select Committee on Benghazi, calling it unwarranted and saying Mrs. Clinton has tried to cooperate.  But Republicans said they are intent on speeding up an investigation they say has been stymied by stonewalling from both Mrs. Clinton and the Obama State Department.

How the 'ick factor' could doom Hillary — and her party.  First, Fox News revealed the contents of a Defense Intelligence Agency report written one day after four Americans were killed in Benghazi in 2012.  According to the report, "the attack was planned ten or more days prior to approximately 01 September 2012.  "The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for the US killing of Aboyahiye (Alaliby) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings."  No YouTube video.  No spontaneous demonstration.  It was a planned attack by an al Qaeda affiliate, and the administration knew it.

Hillary Clinton's Benghazi emails show correspondence with Sidney Blumenthal.  A batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state show her corresponding with a longtime adviser about the Libyan rebellion against Moammar Gadhafi and the Benghazi attack.

A Closer Look at Hillary Clinton's Emails on Benghazi.  Hillary Rodham Clinton last year provided the State Department with 55,000 pages of emails that she said were related to her work as secretary of state, all from the personal account she exclusively used while leading the department.  Roughly 850 pages of those emails that relate to Libya and the 2012 attacks on the United States outposts in Benghazi were handed over to a special committee appointed to investigate the attacks.  In response to a request from Mrs. Clinton, the State Department plans to release those emails in the coming days.

House Benghazi Cmte Subpoenas Clinton Fixer Sid Blumenthal.  On Tuesday evening [5/19/2015], the House Select Benghazi Committee issued a subpoena for Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal to testify on June 3 before the committee.  According to a Reuters report, the subpoena "is dated Monday but carries a notation indicating an unnamed deputy U.S. marshal served it on Blumenthal's wife on Tuesday."  Gowdy's office confirmed that "Blumenthal has been called for a deposition by the committee."

Hillary Clinton's Benghazi emails released; Gowdy accuses State Dept. of holding back docs.  Under pressure from a federal judge and from the press, who'd already obtained many of the emails, the State Department on Friday afternoon finally released the first sliver of former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails showing her communications concerning Benghazi.  The 296 messages released are a fraction of the 30,000 or so she kept on her private server but which she has now deemed to be public business, and — at the prodding of Congress and the department to live up to her obligations under the law — has now turned over to the administration.

It's Now Clear The Stunning Negligence That Led Up To Chris Stevens' Death In Benghazi.  Two smoking guns hit the news streams this week:  The U.S. indeed had a gun-running program pipelining Libyan weapons to Syrian rebels through a port in Benghazi; and at least some "intelligence" on action in Libya passed through not one, but at least two of Hillary Clinton's "homebrew" email addresses.  It's Clinton's reliance on her civilian email servers for seemingly classified communications (indeed, all Department of State communications), coupled with the real nature of the mission in Benghazi, that lay bare the negligence leading up to the attack that took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens and two former Navy SEALs.

Hillary Clinton, "Sid Vicious," and Libya.  [Scroll down]  In this instance, [Sidney] Blumenthal's "intelligence" seems to have been driven by a business agenda.  And, indeed, the [New York] Times reports that much of the information Blumenthal provided to Clinton "appears to have come from a group of business associates he was advising as they sought to win contracts from the Libyan transitional government."  Did Hillary Clinton take Blumenthal's "intel" seriously?  You bet.  According to the Times, she frequently circulated his memos to her chief of staff, Jake Sullivan, and told him to distribute them to other State Department officials.  They were often sent to U.S. diplomats in Libya, including the ambassador, the late Christopher Stevens.  But the quality of Blumenthal's "intel" appears to have been poor.  Some of it consisted of rumors that diplomats knew to be false.

Anti-Muslim film that sparked protests reposted on YouTube.  An anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors has been reposted to YouTube, one day after a federal appeals court ruled the website should not have been forced to take it down.

Obama-Clinton Benghazi narrative rebutted by Defense Department report.  At the very time President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top leaders were blaming spontaneous protests for the deadly Benghazi attack, the Defense Department broadly circulated a detailed intelligence report that said an al Qaeda-linked group planned the assault 10 days beforehand.  Its goal was to kill as many Americans as possible.  The Defense Intelligence Agency report is contained in a trove of previously classified documents that the government watchdog group Judicial Watch forced the Obama administration to release under court order.

Judge orders Hillary Clinton's emails to be released on rolling basis.  A federal judge rejected the State Department's plan to delay posting former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails, instead issuing an order Tuesday insisting the Obama administration release the thousands of messages on a rolling basis — with the emails related to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack given priority.

Google, YouTube win First Amendment fight over anti-Muslim video.  Google and other online-content providers have dodged what they considered a First Amendment nightmare.  Weighing in on a global controversy, a federal appeals court on Monday [5/18/2015] found that YouTube can't be forced to take down an anti-Muslim video that sparked worldwide protests, finding that such an order tramples on free speech rights.

The Obama Era of Unresolved Scandals and Outrages.  Remember Benghazi?  No one at the State Department was ever fired for making the decision to turn down Ambassador Chris Stevens's requests for additional security.  Because four employees were put on paid leave, as Darrell Issa put it, the administration's review "ends in a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll."  One perpetrator of the Benghazi attack has been caught and is facing trial.  There were reportedly 150 armed attackers involved.

Fox: Newly released Benghazi documents show Obama admin lied about attack.  And quite a bit more, including the potential for ISIS to rise to seize ground and declare a caliphate.  In a memo from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to the National Security Council, the CIA, and the White House five days after the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, the DIA concluded that the attack had been planned for more than a week and was retribution for an American drone strike that had killed a senior al-Qaeda leader in June 2012.  Moreover, the attack had been planned for the anniversary of 9/11 as a propaganda coup for AQ and its affiliate behind the attack, and not just a coincidence as the White House later claimed.

Documents Reveal Obama, Hillary Knew Al Qaeda Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance.  These documents are jaw-dropping.  No wonder we had to file more FOIA lawsuits and wait over two years for them.  If the American people had known the truth — that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other top administration officials knew that the Benghazi attack was an al-Qaeda terrorist attack from the get-go — and yet lied and covered this fact up — Mitt Romney might very well be president.  And why would the Obama administration continue to support the Muslim Brotherhood even after it knew it was tied to the Benghazi terrorist attack and to al Qaeda?

The Truth About Benghazi Slowly Emerges.  Years ago, Judicial Watch served Freedom of Information Act requests relating to Benghazi on the Defense Department and the State Department.  The Obama administration stonewalled, as always, so Judicial Watch eventually had to sue to enforce its rights under FOIA.  That lawsuit has been going on for more than two years, as the Obama administration continued to resist producing relevant documents.  Finally, on September 9, 2014, a federal court in the District of Columbia ordered the State and Defense Departments to produce certain additional documents.  Those documents have been trickling in to Judicial Watch, heavily redacted.

AP perpetuates tale that Benghazi attack caused by anti-Islam film.  In a report about a Supreme Court ruling, the Associated Press on Monday [5/18/2015] continued with the ruse that an anti-Muslim film posted on YouTube caused violence in the Middle East, culminating in the murder of a U.S. ambassador on Sept. 11, 2012.  "In a victory for free speech advocates, a federal appeals court says YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors," the AP wrote.

Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance.  Judicial Watch announced today [5/18/2015] that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified "Secret" documents from the Department of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked "Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman" (BCOAR), and had been planned at least 10 days in advance.  Rahman is known as the Blind Sheikh, and is serving life in prison for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other terrorist acts.  The new documents also provide the first official confirmation that shows the U.S. government was aware of arms shipments from Benghazi to Syria.

Clinton Friend's Libya Role Blurs Lines of Politics and Business.  When the Clintons last occupied the White House, Sidney Blumenthal cast himself in varied roles:  speechwriter, in-house intellectual and press corps whisperer.  Republicans added another, accusing Mr. Blumenthal of spreading gossip to discredit Republican investigators, and forced him to testify during President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.  Now, as Hillary Rodham Clinton embarks on her second presidential bid, Mr. Blumenthal's service to the Clintons is once again under the spotlight.  Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a Republican who is leading the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, plans to subpoena Mr. Blumenthal, 66, for a private transcribed interview.

FOX Report Today: Documents Reveal Benghazi Libya Weapons.  Today [5/18/2015] Fox News is reporting confirmation that weapons from Benghazi were shipped to Syria.  This affirms one of the essential elements outlined in our Benghazi Brief.

Trey Gowdy: No Hillary Clinton testimony until documents turned over.  The chairman of the House committee investigating Benghazi said Thursday he is unwilling to schedule Hillary Clinton's highly anticipated testimony until the State Department turns over key documents.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry slamming the Obama administration for the slow pace of turning over documents to Benghazi Committee investigators.  Until Gowdy is satisfied that he has all the relevant information, he said the panel cannot hear Clinton's testimony.

The Spin Never Stops.  Michael Morell wants you to know that he's been misunderstood, mischaracterized, and maligned.  Morell, the former deputy director of the CIA, was at the center of the controversy over the Benghazi attacks and the Obama administration's attempts to sell the country a phony narrative about what had happened and why.

Benghazi panel head: Clinton testimony will be delayed.  The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi says Hillary Clinton's testimony will be delayed until the panel gets all relevant documents from the State Department.  "Simply put, the Committee must have the records of communication requested more than six months ago before the secretary's appearance can be scheduled," Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) wrote Thursday [5/14/2015] in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Complete Benghazi Timeline Spreadsheet.  It is now clear to me that:
  a)  Hillary Clinton lied 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.

The Best TV Interview In Months — Bret Baier Interviews Former CIA Head Mike Morell.  If, like many of us, you are deep in the weeds in your understanding of the issues around Benghazi, the 2010 Arab Spring (Tunis, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen), or the CIA operation "Zero Footprint" in Libya and the follow-up operation in Syria, you will enjoy this interview with former Panetta/Petraeus replacement Mike Morell.  Or, if you have a cursory understanding of events, this interview might spur you toward further research.

Federal Court Reopens State Department FOIA Lawsuit Because of "Newly Discovered Evidence" of Clinton Records.  Judicial Watch filed suit in December 2012, after the State Department failed to respond to a September 24, 2012, FOIA request for all records concerning the advertisement produced by the U.S. embassy in Islamabad intended to air in Pakistan.  The advertisement was seen as an apology for the Internet video that President Obama, then-Secretary of State Clinton, and other administration officials falsely blamed for inspiring "spontaneous demonstrations" resulting in the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya.  In November 2014, Judicial Watch agreed to dismiss the suit based in part upon the State Department's claim that its search "of the Office of the Secretary, the Office of the Executive Secretariat, and the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar have been completed and have resulted in the retrieval of no documents responsive to your request."  Judicial Watch is aware of no precedent of another FOIA lawsuit being reopened by a federal court.  Now that the lawsuit is reopened, the State Department has promised to search the email records allegedly turned over by Clinton to the State Department last year.

Trey Gowdy: Obama administration obstructing Benghazi probe.  A special House panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has uncovered tens of thousands of new documents, but is still facing "obstacles" from the Obama administration, an interim report issued Monday [5/11/2015] said.  An "Interim Progress Update" was released Monday revealing the investigation "has uncovered new witnesses, new documents, new facts and will result in the most detailed and complete accounting of what happened in Benghazi."  And it reported that the panel in June will interview former Secretary of State Leon Panetta, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey and retired General Carter Ham, who was in charge of U.S. troops in Libya at the time of the attack.

Krauthammer on Morell: "Most telling statement is what he says about Benghazi".  Charles Krauthammer offered analysis Monday [5/11/2015] of Bret Baier's exclusive interview with former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell on "Special Report with Bret Baier," specifically on Morell's recollection of the attack on a US consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2011.  "I thought the most telling statement is what he says about Benghazi — that it was the most politicized national security issue he's ever seen," Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said of Morell's interview.

The Real Story of Benghazi.  The city of Benghazi was vitally important in Libya.  It had been the center of much of the opposition to Muammar Qadhafi for years, and it remained a key outpost used by the United States to understand developments during the revolution and to influence key players in eastern Libya after Qadhafi.  CIA had established a presence in Benghazi with the mission of collecting intelligence — contrary to some press reporting, it did not play any role in moving weapons from Libya to the opposition in Syria and neither did any other CIA officer or facility in Libya.  Normally I would not be able to confirm the existence of a CIA base overseas, let alone describe its mission.  But because of the tragic events in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 — and the controversial aftermath — the Agency's role there has since become declassified, which allows me to discuss it here.

The Clintons' Criminal Board of Trustees.  [Scroll down]  The former first lady is also the individual who botched the U.S. response to an Islamic terrorist attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, that left four Americans dead.  At the time Clinton scapegoated the innocent director of an anti-Islam movie trailer that almost nobody had seen at the time of the assault, claiming that the sophisticated military-style attack arose spontaneously from an angry mob of protesters gathered outside the facility which was in Islamist-held territory.  The Benghazi coverup the Obama administration engineered to get President Obama safely reelected in November 2012 has been gradually falling apart.

John Bolton: Hillary should be 'Disqualified' from Presidential Run.  At the South Carolina Freedom Summit on Saturday, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said that Hillary Clinton was not fit to be president of the United States because she did not take necessary steps to protect Americans in Libya.  On the day that Ambassador Christopher Stevens, along with three other brave Americans, was killed in Benghazi, Bolton said that "not only was nothing done, the response of the administration was to go home.  The president left the Oval office in the situation room to go to the residence.  Hillary Clinton left the State Department to go home."

Gowdy's Benghazi Panel Wants Clinton's Top Aides.  The Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Friday defended the pace of his panel's year-old investigation into the 2012 terror attack and announced plans to interview three top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., in a 15-page "Interim Progress Update" released on the one-year-anniversary of the committee's creation, blamed the Obama administration for delays in the panel's probe.  "It is difficult to conduct a fact-centric congressional investigation when the Administration impedes the Committee's progress by repeatedly failing to answer the Committee's requests or to provide information in a timely manner," wrote the South Carolina Republican.

Benghazi Committee: The White House Is Still Stonewalling Us.  The Select Committee on Benghazi released its interim report Friday [5/8/2015], and while it documented the progress of the investigation into the terror attack, there apparently remains one problem — the White House's refusal to fully cooperate with the committee.  According to Republican South Carolina representative and committee chairman Trey Gowdy, the Obama administration is dragging its feet when it comes to releasing requested documents for the investigation.

Hillary Clinton Declines Request For Two Benghazi Committee Appearances — Says She Will Only Attend Once.  Originally committee chairman, Trey Gowdy, wanted Secretary Clinton to appear first to address the email and communication issues to gain a better understanding of what documentation issues surround her tenure as Secretary of state; and a second appearance to address the structural questions about Benghazi as they relate to the issues not yet reconciled.

Benghazi Committee Gets Some Subpoeaned Docs from State Dept. — Two Years Later.  Today [4/30/2015], the House Benghazi Committee announced that it has received over 4,000 pages of material from the State Department Accountability Review Board (ARB) that analyzed State Department actions and policy regarding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.  Questions about the ARB's review and independence have been raised since it was revealed that it chose not to record or transcribe interviews, and that it decided not to interview key figures, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

State gives Benghazi panel 4,000 pages of new documents.  The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Thursday [4/30/2015] announced that the State Department has handed over 4,000 pages of new documents to the panel.  "The Benghazi Committee continues to build the most comprehensive and complete record on what happened before, during and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks," Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C) said in a statement.

Who's Afraid of the Benghazi Hearings?  The former secretary of state wants to turn the House inquiry into a sympathetic spectacle, while the committee chair maneuvers to keep its profile low.

Who is really drawing out the Benghazi investigation?  By Clinton's own admission, quite a bit of the documentation that the committee would like to peruse has been destroyed and will remain irretrievable unless she surrenders the server on which her private email system was hosted.  But even if Clinton had access to the information the committee will likely want to see, it's unclear that she has much of a motive to surrender it.  In the same way that her campaign team has attempted to portray the former secretary of state as a victim — and of The New York Times, no less — on the issue of her alleged facilitation of Russian nuclear ambitions in exchange for donations to the Clinton foundation, Hillary's political team surely views the continued existence of the Benghazi committee as a boon to her political ambitions.  Gowdy's committee provides Clinton with a foil she might use to portray herself as the target of undue Republican persecution.

Forget Benghazi — Blame Hillary for the Disastrous Russian Reset.  The election looks likely to turn on foreign policy, what with chaos fermenting in Europe and the Middle East, and Hillary was the face of Obama's foreign policy.  The trouble is that these critiques can easily get bogged down in Beltway buzzwords, like Benghazi.  Benghazi was embarrassing — a US ambassador was killed and the Administration tried to blame it on a YouTube video — but it became such a yarn ball of partisan minutiae that most Americans have relegated it to the fringe.

Hillary summoned to May 18 public hearing.  A House investigatory panel has summoned Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to testify at a May 18 public hearing about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.  The panel, which is probing the September 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has scheduled a second public hearing one month later, on June 18, to grill Clinton about Benghazi.

Benghazi Committee to Push For Hillary Clinton Appearances (Plural).  The House Benghazi Select Committee plans to issue a letter tomorrow "setting out a reasonable path forward" for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify.  In a statement issued today, Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) indicated the committee expects to arrange multiple "appearances" for Clinton.

Boehner blames Clinton for timing of Benghazi report.  House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday defended a plan to release a potentially critical report about Hillary Clinton just before the 2016 presidential elections, saying Clinton and the Obama administration have blocked access to information.  The spokesman for a special committee examining the cause and response to the 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, confirmed that the full Benghazi report may not be ready until 2016 thanks to factors outside of the panel's control, including cooperation from the Obama Administration.

Who is most responsible for the stonewalling and delay?
Clinton Camp Pounces on Benghazi Report 2016 Delay: Proof of 'Playing Politics'.  The Hillary Clinton campaign has already pounced on reports that the Benghazi Committee's report will likely be delayed until next year, closer to the 2016 election.  A spokesman for committee chairman Trey Gowdy said that "factors beyond the committee's control... could continue to impact the timing of the inquiry's conclusion."  Well, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta pounced today [4/22/2015], putting out a press release saying this is proof positive the Benghazi investigation is pure politics.

Hillary Clinton's lawyer: "No reason" for private Benghazi interview.  Hillary Clinton's lawyer reiterated Wednesday [4/22/2015] that Clinton is willing to testify in public before a House select committee about her use of a private email server as secretary of state.  Attorney David Kendall argued in a letter to the committee's chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, that there would be "no reason" to hold the separate private hearing Republicans have requested.

Hillary Camp Blasts Timing of Benghazi Report as Proof Probe 'Solely' a 2016 Game.  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign charged that the delay of the House Select Committee on Benghazi's report into the 2012 terrorist attack is proof that the probe is purely politicized.  Bloomberg first reported that the release of the findings of Chairman Trey Gowdy's (R-S.C.) committee would be pushed into campaign season, but Republicans contest that's because of uncooperative figures in the investigation.

Benghazi panel's findings likely to be delayed until 2016.  The final report by the House Select Committee on Benghazi likely won't see the light of day until 2016, well into the race for the White House.  The panel's chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), has insisted he didn't want to drag the committee's investigation into next year, but a spokesman indicated that might now be out of his hands.

Hillary Clinton refuses to answer presidential contest's first questions about Benghazi terror attack.  Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton got her budding presidential campaign's first targeted question about the deadly 2012 Benghazi terror attacks on Tuesday night [4/21/2015], and her answer was the sound of one hand clapping.  The bash-the-rich candidate flew first class from Boston to Washington, D.C. after wrapping up a two-day New Hampshire campaign trip.

The most comprehensive depiction of Hillary lies yet?  Rep. Gowdy requested two interviews, a private, transcribed interview before the Select Committee on Benghazi as well as a public hearing.  While Mrs. Clinton has said she would testify in a public hearing before the committee, to date, neither she nor her counsel have responded to Gowdy's request.  On March 31, Gowdy subpoenaed Clinton's private server, but said this week he alone lacks authority to do so.  The server is not in the clear just yet as the full House may be able to make that request legally binding.

Obama's Fixer.  Ben Rhodes had no diplomatic, military, intelligence or national security experience and therefore was perfect for the Obama White House.  Previous experience is not required to get a job under Barack Obama.  His education was in fiction-writing and he washed up in that career and somehow landed in Washington (no doubt helped by the fact that his brother is president of CBS News).  He was widely suspected of being one of the officials involved in whitewashing the Benghazi scandal to protect the White House from blame for that disaster.  There is nothing that Barack Obama values more than a willingness to show an elastic definition of truth on behalf of Barack Obama and his reputation.

Three Reasons Hillary Won't Win the Democratic Ticket.  Reason 1: She's mired in serious controversy. [...] After four Americans were killed in Benghazi, she stood amidst their coffins and told a bald-faced lie to a grieving father and the American people about their deaths being in retaliation to a YouTube film disparaging Islam.  Shortly after, Congress inquired as to whether she knew, as could have been reasonably deduced at the time and was later verified, that the attacks were calculated and had nothing to do with the film.  A defiant Hillary famously carped "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Benghazi panel summons Clinton.  A House panel Tuesday [3/31/2015] formally requested Hillary Clinton to testify about the private server and email account she used while serving as secretary of state.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, sent a request to Clinton's personal attorney, David E. Kendall, requesting that Clinton appear before the committee no later than May 1 for a transcribed interview about the server and email.

Obama's Chicago Presidency.  Susan Rice on five televised occasions lied about Benghazi when she serially insisted that the deaths of four Americans were due to a spontaneous demonstration over a video — a deception she never later corrected.  More recently, she insisted that Bowe Bergdahl served with "honor and distinction" when she knew that most of the evidence clearly pointed to his being a deserter at best and a traitor at worse, and that the five Afghan terrorists we freed in the exchange from Guantanamo were the worst of the worst in captivity there.  Just as Rice was promoted to national security adviser after the Benghazi untruth, so too she knows there will be no fallout over her flat-out distortions about Bergdahl.  Obama's point, again, is not that Rice has a problem with the truth, but that the fact of a national security adviser's disingenuousness is of absolutely no consequence.

White House: Hillary Clinton Acting As 'Private Citizen' In Benghazi Investigation.  The White House reacted to the news today [3/31/2015] that Chairman Trey Gowdy of the House Select Committee On Benghazi requested an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the use of her private email address and her home server.

The long, complicated story of Hillary Clinton's Benghazi subpoena.  Now that the public knows Hillary Clinton destroyed all the emails on her secret server — her lawyer told the House Benghazi Select Committee that there's nothing left to search — a question remains:  Did Clinton destroy documents that were under subpoena from Congress?  The answer is more complex than it might seem.

Benghazi: The Full Story Behind the Terror Attack of 9/11/12.  This report examines the most significant events that occurred before, during, and after the September 11, 2012 Islamic terrorist attacks against an American special mission (and a nearby CIA annex) in Benghazi, Libya.

Hillary Clinton withheld information from Congress. Now what does Congress do?  On September 20, 2012, just nine days after the terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, the House Government Oversight Committee sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting that she turn over "all information ... related to the attack on the consulate."  About two weeks later, on October 2, 2012, Clinton responded, saying she would cooperate fully with the investigation into what went wrong in Benghazi.

On Benghazi, a timeline of State Department obstruction.  The timeline isn't an official committee report or publication; it's just an informal summary compiled to help members keep dates straight as they assess the State Department's lack of cooperation.  The timeline doesn't include every significant date in the Benghazi investigation, but it does give readers an idea of what Republican investigators have been up against as they've tried to uncover the story of Benghazi.  What follows is a fleshed-out version of the timetable — in my words, not the committee's — based on information from committee sources.

In Clinton Emails on Benghazi, a Rare Glimpse at Her Concerns.  It was a grueling hearing.  A month after the September 2012 attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, House Republicans grilled a top State Department official about security lapses at the outpost.  Later that day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tapped out an email to a close adviser:  "Did we survive the day?" she wrote.  "Survive, yes," the adviser emailed back, adding that he would continue to gauge reaction the next morning.

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If she had been telling the truth, and encouraging others to tell the truth, there would have been no reason to worry about day-to-day "survival."

Benghazi panel head Gowdy asks Clinton to 'relinquish' personal server.  The chairman of the congressional committee probing the Benghazi terror attacks has formally asked that Hillary Clinton turn over her personal server — warning that the House could take steps to pressure her if she refuses.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., sent a letter, released Friday [3/20/2015], to Clinton's attorney requesting that the former secretary of state "relinquish" the server to a "neutral, detached and independent third-party" for review.

Benghazi committee officially requests Clinton surrender her email server.  Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy sent a letter to the former secretary of state's personal lawyer making the request, which he said only comes after "exhaustive efforts" to get a look at her communications during the time of the 2012 terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Libya's second-largest city.  "Though Secretary Clinton alone is responsible for causing this issue, she alone does not get to determine its outcome," the South Carolina Republican said.

Colonized by the Muslim Brotherhood.  [Scroll down]  So why doesn't the Press report just the facts?  What is the reason for such an incredible failure by the press to inform the American people of the dire state of their government under Barack Obama?  There are several.  Many advisors to Obama are married into the media, or have worked in media themselves prior to joining the administration.  Both Ben Rhodes and Susan Rice have familial connections with powerful executives in (what was once known as) the free press.  Four times more journalists identify as liberal compared to conservative.  Evidently, with the case of Brian Williams coming to light, some in the media don't care about the truth and would rather make up bald-faced lies.  Yet the biases above don't fully explain the conspicuous silence of the mainstream press on the Muslim Brotherhood.  For it is no longer bias or loyalty that sway the press, but fear.  The Obama administration has proved that it will stonewall, punish, illegally wiretap, and in general make life difficult for inquisitive members of the press.  Case in point, Sharyl Attkisson, who refused go along with the official lies regarding Benghazi.

American Tragedy: The Reality of a Hillary Clinton Presidency.  [B]y the time Hillary is in office we will have been subjected to a prodigious amount of rehashing of scandals, many of which we don't know about yet.  Some of those will have vast character implications, like the terror attack on U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya.  From what we already know of that scandal, Hillary and Obama were well aware within hours that this was an attack by al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Islam and not caused by some amateurish video virtually no one saw.  Still, Clinton assured Charles Woods — father of murdered Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods — only a couple of days later that they would "arrest" and "prosecute" the man responsible who made that video.  She did this at Woods' son's own funeral.  What kind of human being actually does something like that?

White House counsel reportedly kept in dark on Clinton's personal email use.  The White House counsel's office reportedly was kept in the dark about Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of personal email while secretary of state, in the latest detail raising questions over how and why she stayed off the government system despite administration guidance to the contrary.  Clinton used non-official personal email, and also used a server traced to her New York home.  An unnamed source told The Associated Press the White House counsel's office only found out about her heavy personal email use as part of the congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack.

Hillary fights to remain inevitable, unmolested but activists, press not moving on.  [Scroll down]  Well, it was the Benghazi Committee that found out Hillary Clinton was using a private server and remained unencumbered by a .gov address for the entirety of her reign.  Some might have called that a conspiracy theory before they found out it was true, so perhaps they aren't the most problematic group to have in charge of investigating Clinton.

Benghazi committee gives Hillary Clinton more time to turn over emails.  The House select committee investigating the Benghazi attack has given former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton an additional two weeks to turn over any emails related to the deadly assault.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the committee's chairman, had given Clinton until this past Friday [3/13/2015] to respond to a subpoena of documents held in her private e-mail server.  However, committee spokesman Jamal Ware confirmed to Fox News late Monday that the deadline had been extended to March 27.

Republicans vow new probe amid Hillary's email scandal.  Republicans turned up the heat on Hillary Clinton Sunday as House Speaker John Boehner planned a new probe into her private email use and the head of the House Benghazi committee said Congress may subpoena her email server, according to reports.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said a subpoena to seize the server can be obtained by a vote of the full House of Representatives, even though his committee alone doesn't have the power to grab the private emails.

Clinton's Cover Up Team.  [Scroll down]  Ray Maxwell, a former assistant secretary of state for North Africa, has told reporters that Mills was one of several Clinton aides who on a Sunday afternoon "separated" out Benghazi-related documents that might put Clinton or her team in a "bad light."  These documents were kept out of the pile that the State Department turned over to the Accountability Review Board that was investigating Benghazi.  When Maxwell stumbled upon the operation, which was taking place in a "basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington," he questioned whether it was above-board.  "Isn't that unethical?" he asking the office director in charge of the weeding-out process.  "Ray, those are our orders," she answered.  A few minutes later, Mills entered the room and challenged Maxwell over his presence, asking him, "Who are you?"

30,000 e-mails, nothing classified? Judicial Watch cries foul!.  Earlier this week, the press savaged the former Secretary of State at a press conference where she attempted to explain the logistics governing her private e-mail server.  Then, a report released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) revealed that one of Clinton's key claims — that all of her e-mails were somehow captured by the State Department — is completely baseless.  Now, advocacy organization Judicial Watch has laid into the feeble argument that Hillary never used her private e-mail account to deal with classified information.  They focus on a previous JW investigation showing that top State Department officials circulated sensitive and classified e-mails amongst themselves during and in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi.

Gowdy: Benghazi Panel Will Ask Clinton to Appear — Twice.  Saying Hillary Rodham Clinton's Tuesday afternoon news conference raised more questions than it answered, the Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi announced plans to call the former secretary of State to appear — at least twice — before his investigative panel.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., in a statement issued after Clinton spoke for the first time publicly about her extensive use of a private email address and server during her four years at State, said the email server should be turned over to a neutral third party.

Gowdy: 'Our Committee Doesn't Have the Power' to Seize Hillary's Email Server.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi will not subpoena Hillary Clinton's email server, because it can't, committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday [3/11/2015].  "Well our committee doesn't have the power — under our rules, we don't have the power to seize a personal property like that.  The House as a whole, that's franky an open constitutional question as to whether the House as a whole has that legal authority, but frankly, we shouldn't have to compel it," Gowdy said.

5 House Democrats call for release of first batch of Hillary Clinton emails.  The five Democrats on the House Committee on Benghazi are asking the State Department to prioritize releasing 850 pages of Hillary Clinton's official emails from the cache of files the former secretary of state has turned over.  The State Department has 55,000 pages of documents to review but the Democrats on the Benghazi panel, led by Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, want the agency to first release the emails Clinton sent to the select committee last year.

The Mendacious, Charmless, Painfully Mediocre And Unelectable Hillary Clinton.  What is it Hillary supposedly brings to the table?  What has she ever done successfully that would make her rate as a top-tier presidential candidate?  [...] Is she honest?  Not only is the answer no, but her lies are so brazen and so provable that they insult the sensibilities of ordinary Americans.  Claiming that the Benghazi massacre happened because of a YouTube nobody had ever seen, for example.

Gowdy: 'No Choice' But for Clinton to Turn Server Over to Third-Party Arbiter.  House Republicans who have been trying to see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails in the Benghazi investigation weren't satisfied with her press conference today [3/10/2015].  "For instance, there remain serious questions about the security of the system she employed from a national security standpoint, who authorized this exclusive use of personal email despite guidance to the contrary from both her State Department and the White House, who had access to the server from the time Secretary Clinton left office until the time — almost two years later — the State Department asked for these public records back, and who culled through the records to determine which were personal and which were public," Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the special committee investigating Benghazi, said in a statement.

What We Musn't Forget About Benghazi.  The Benghazi Accountability Review Board, (ARB) washed Hillary Clinton white as snow, but the Board was as dirty as a rat's nest.  Admiral Mike Mullen served on the Board, and made it clear that Hillary Clinton was NOT to blame.  Fearless reporter, Sharyl Attikson told us of Raymond Maxwell, who walked into the Foggy Bottom of the State Department and found Cheryl Mills and other destroying documents, and Congressman Trey Gowdy said "months and months" of Clinton emails are still missing.

Hillary acts stupid when she plays dumb.  I mean the Hillary Clinton who said, "What difference, at this point, does it make?" in 2013, when asked about security lapses under her watch on the night the Benghazi massacre took place.  She said it because she was trying to make the point that Republicans were harping on a dead issue — but instead, she made herself seem indifferent to the deaths at Benghazi.

GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy Cancels on Fundraiser over Benghazi Theme.  Chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi Trey Gowdy (R-SC) pulled out of a fundraiser hosted by the Virginia Republican Party Monday after it was revealed that the fundraiser was Benghazi-themed.  The National Review's Jim Geraghty first reported on the fundraiser Monday morning, tickets for which started at $75 apiece, with VIP options maxing out $5,000. [...] This was at odds with Gowdy's previous statements on not fundraising off the Benghazi investigation.

Emails show Clinton aides running interference during Benghazi attack.  Emails obtained through a federal lawsuit show that two top aides to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were running interference internally during the 2012 Benghazi terror attack.  The aides were Philippe Reines, widely described as Clinton's principal gate-keeper, and Cheryl Mills, who has been at Clinton's side for decades.  The emails show that while receiving updates about the assault as it happened, Mills told then-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to stop answering reporter questions about the status of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was missing and later found dead.  Also littered throughout the State Department emails, obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, are references to a so-called Benghazi Group.

'Huge gaps' in Clinton emails: Chairman of House Benghazi Committee.  The chairman of the House committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, said there are "huge gaps" in the Hillary Clinton emails turned over to his panel.  "We don't have all of them," Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation."  Included in the gaps are emails from Oct. 18, 2011, the date of the well-known photo of then-Secretary of State Clinton wearing sunglasses and gripping her BlackBerry while on a plane to Libya.  In fact, there were no emails released to the committee from that entire trip, Gowdy said.

Trey Gowdy: Shame on me if I trust State Department to be 'neutral arbiter' of Clinton records.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, says he is not confident the State Department can be a neutral arbiter of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's records amid the controversy over Mrs. Clinton's use of a private e-mail during her time as the nation's top diplomat.  Mr. Gowdy, who chairs the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Monday evening [3/9/2015] on Fox News' "The Kelly File" that the State Department "is not the neutral third party arbiter that I would recommend the secretary turn her server over to so you can analyze it for forensics to see whether or not there's been any hacking or tampering."

Hillary Clinton's Possibly Fatal Email Mistake.  Hillary Clinton's email scandal showcases that she shouldn't be president.  This has nothing to do with her party or politics — it has to do with how she seems to approach a decision — through tunnel vision leadership.  This method isn't biased on the left or right, but it is more hardwired into men than women.  Unfortunately, Clinton seems to have this in spades.  It may even explain mistakes like Benghazi better than any of the hair-brained theories that her opponents so far have fielded.

Trey Gowdy sees months-long gaps in Clinton emails.  The top House Republican Benghazi investigator says the emails Hillary Clinton has handed over for review have "huge gaps" that challenge her credibility over what happened in the 2012 attacks in Libya.  "There are gaps of months and months and months," Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said on Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation."

'Huge gaps' in Clinton emails: Chairman of House Benghazi Committee.  The chairman of the House Benghazi Committee said "there are huge gaps" in the Hillary Clinton emails turned over to his committee investigating the deadly attack that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.  For instance, there were no emails on Oct. 8, 2011, the day the iconic picture of the Secretary of State clad in sunglasses and bracing her Blackberry on a plane to Libya.  In fact there were no emails from that entire trip.

The Benghazi Committee's Belated Interest in Hillary's Hidden E-mails.  The Benghazi massacre was the lowlight of Mrs. Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.  Suddenly this week, the public was informed, for the first time, that during those four tumultuous years, she conducted State Department business through a private e-mail system designed to evade government record-keeping requirements.  The scheme is redolent of Clintonian hypocrisy:  Even while Mrs. Clinton was exclusively using personal e-mail, she admonished State Department personnel that doing so was prohibited as a major security breach, and she forced the resignation of the U.S. ambassador to Kenya for, among other things, using private e-mail for public business.

Democrats say Benghazi subpoena politicizes Clinton email probe.  Democrats on Friday [3/6/2015] accused Republicans running the special Benghazi investigation of turning former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's email troubles into a political circus, saying there was no need to issue an official subpoena for them.  In a letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, the panel's Democrats called the subpoena "ill-considered" and said Mrs. Clinton has tried to cooperate with the investigation by turning emails over to the State Department, which has produced some of them to the committee.

How could a U.S. ambassador be so vulnerable, given Obama's vows?  It's almost 30 months exactly since that awful, murderous night in Benghazi when the United States ambassador was killed, the first such fatality in three decades, along with three other dedicated government workers.  President Obama has never deigned to tell his countrymen where he was and what he was doing during that long, deadly darkness that saw no military response or rescue attempt.  Nor has Hillary Clinton explained why, despite repeated pleas for more security, she actually allowed cuts in consulate protection a month before the 9/11/12 attack.  But Obama aides proudly informed media that upon learning of the consulate attack, the first thing the chief executive did was order enhanced security for American diplomats around the globe.  Let's see how that's working out.

Top Dem Congressman Praises Hillary For Email Transparency.  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is the ranking member on the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  So when it was discovered that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had every email she ever sent during her tenure on a previously unknown private server in her home — and that it was not accessible or searchable by anyone in government — you'd think he'd be upset that his committee had not received all the information they need to conduct their investigation.  You would be wrong.

Dad of SEAL Killed in Benghazi Blasts Hillary Over Records Exposed By JW.  The father of the retired Navy SEAL murdered in the Benghazi terrorist attack wasn't the least bit surprised to see State Department records — uncovered last week by Judicial Watch — that show Hillary Clinton's top aides knew from the outset that the U.S. compound was under attack by armed terrorists and not spontaneous protestors upset over a video.  In an interview with JW this week, Charles Woods, the father of Ty Woods, the Navy SEAL who handled security for diplomats, expressed overwhelming frustration over the repeated lies and apparent cover-up surrounding the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Libya.  Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the first diplomat to be killed overseas in decades, and three other Americans, including Ty Woods, were murdered in the violent ambush.

Newly Relevant Benghazi Panel Spooks Dems.  When the House created its Benghazi Select Committee last year, it seemed like a joke — derided by mocking Democrats and eye-rolling Republicans, who'd already run through multiple investigations and hearings on the U.S. consulate attack.  Then the committee revealed Hillary Clinton had used multiple personal email accounts for official business at the State Department.  And suddenly, Democrats are terrified — terrified that the Benghazi panel is about to become the House Select Committee to take down Clinton, their presumptive presidential nominee.

As House panel issues subpoenas, questions mount over Clinton e-mails.  A congressional committee issued subpoenas Wednesday [3/4/2015] seeking information about Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private e-mail account for official business while she was secretary of state, setting up a potential legal clash with the presumptive Democratic front-runner for president.  The move followed the revelation that Clinton had installed a private server at her New York home that allowed her, and not the State Department, to store her e-mail correspondence and later decide which ones to turn over as public records.

House committee subpoenas Clinton emails.  A House committee investigating the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has subpoenaed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal emails, The Associated Press reported.  "The Select Committee on Benghazi today [3/4/2015] issued subpoenas for all communications of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton related to Libya and to the State Department for other individuals who have information pertinent to the investigation," said Jamal Ware, the committee's communications director in a statement.  "The committee also has issued preservation letters to Internet firms informing them of their legal obligation to protect all relevant documents."

House committee to subpoena e-mails from Clinton's personal account.  A House investigative committee is preparing to send out subpoenas later Wednesday to gather a deeper look into former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton's nearly exclusive use of personal e-mails to do her official business as the government's top diplomat, according to people familiar with the probe.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi, which first discovered Clinton's use of a personal e-mail based on a home server in its inquiry into a fatal 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is asking for all e-mails related to the attack from all accounts and any other staff members' personal accounts.

Trey Gowdy Says He's Going After Hillary Clinton's Personal Emails on Benghazi.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that he will press former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her personal emails related to the 2012 attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.  Gowdy spoke to reporters less than a day after the New York Times reported that Clinton only used her personal email accounts to do business while secretary, and that several hundred of these emails were recently turned over to Gowdy's Select Committee on Benghazi.

Hillary Clinton's Criminal Activities Must Disqualify her from the Presidency.  'Witch hunts" sometimes find a witch, and those who dismissed the establishment of the House Benghazi Select Committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., as just another witch hunt are eating their words.  The existence of a personal account that Hillary Clinton used to conduct government business as secretary of state was discovered by the committee and reported by the New York Times.  Clinton's use of this personal account explains why investigations of the Benghazi terrorist attack — and her culpability in our diplomatic mission's vulnerability there, the failure to heed warnings and the cover-up afterward — failed to find much email evidence of her direct involvement.

Hidden Clinton emails taint Obama transparency vow, boost Benghazi probe.  The revelation Hillary Rodham Clinton used an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state reverberated across Washington on Tuesday, further eroding the Obama administration's claims of transparency, giving new momentum to House Republicans investigating the Benghazi affair and raising fresh questions about Mrs. Clinton's credibility heading into 2016.  While Mrs. Clinton now has turned over roughly 55,000 pages of emails — including about 300 messages related to the deadly September 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi given to House Republicans — it's unclear whether more emails remain hidden and, if so, how many.

Hillary's Benghazi problem is back.  Monday night [3/2/2015], it was revealed that Hillary Clinton used a personal email account the entire time she served as secretary of state.  Not only does conducting official business with a private account violate federal law, it raises a host of concerns ranging from whether or not her communications were secure from foreign intelligence services, to whether we'll be able to piece together an accurate historical record.  Given Hillary Clinton's legal troubles in the 1990s relating to keeping track of documents, it seems implausible she was not aware of the illegality of what was going on.

Does Clinton Email Report 'Breathe New Life' into Benghazi Investigation?  Last night [3/2/2015] the New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton had used a personal email address while Secretary of State, meaning portions of her correspondence were potentially not archived by the department per federal regulations.  The discovery was made by the Benghazi Select Committee, to which Clinton submitted about 300 emails as part of its investigation into the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Libya.  The revelation of Clinton's personal email account and the possibility that it portends of an unknown number of emails not captured by the State Department's system would appear to be the exact sort of treasure trove for which committee head Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was looking.

Hacked emails indicate that Hillary Clinton used a domain registered the day of her Senate hearings.  The New York Times reported Monday night that, during her tenure at the State Department, Hillary Clinton never used her official e-mail account to conduct communications, relying instead on a private e-mail account.  As the Times notes, only official accounts are automatically retained under the Federal Records Act, meaning that none of Clinton's e-mail communication was preserved.

NYT: Hillary conducted official State business on her private e-mail account — all of it.  Ever wonder why multiple investigations of the Benghazi attack failed to turn up much from Hillary Clinton's e-mails?  So did the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the facility and the failures that led to it.  To their surprise, the Secretary of State had conducted all of her e-mail on a private account rather than an official State Department account — and her aides had carefully culled only the e-mails they wanted investigators to see.

Will Rep. Trey Gowdy and Benghazi Select Committee Subpoena Hillary's Personal Emails?  The New York Times reported yesterday [3/2/2015] that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated the law by exclusively using a personal email account to conduct State Department business and further that Clinton did not EVER have an official State Department email.  It is required by the Federal Records Act that all government emails and records must be preserved.  Clinton's aides did not take any action to preserve Hilary's private emails, the only record of her communications.  The New York Times also reported that Clinton's people sent over 55,000 emails and documents to the State Department only TWO MONTHS AGO to comply with federal record keeping laws.

The "prebranding" of Hillary Clinton.  The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton used a personal email account — and only a personal email account — to send emails in connection with government business while she was Secretary of State. [...] There are good reasons why, except in special circumstances, the Secretary of State shouldn't conduct public business on a private email account.  One reason is to ensure the preservation of records.  Such records are of general historical interest.  In addition, they may be of interest in connection with specific investigations such as, say, the Benghazi investigation.  In fact, the existence of Clinton's personal email account was discovered by the House committee that, under the leadership of Trey Gowdy, is investigating this matter.

Hillary Clinton's Top Aides Knew from First Minutes that Benghazi Was a Terrorist Attack, E-mails Disclose.  From the very first moments of the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides were advised that the compound was under a terrorist attack.  In fact, less than two hours into the attack, they were told that the al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, had claimed responsibility.  These revelations and others are disclosed by a trove of e-mails and other documents pried from the State Department by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

New Documents Blow the Lid off Obama-Clinton Benghazi Scandal.  The desperation by Obama, Clinton, and their political teams must have been potent.  It was so potent that they — rather than admitting to the Islamist conflagration they caused in Libya by ousting and killing Gadhafi — preferred to ignore pleas for increased security from Ambassador Stevens; to abandon him and his colleagues to rampaging terrorists; refuse to follow up with force against those who attacked us; and to lie to the American people about the nature of the attack.  Rather than admit that it was a planned attack by a terrorist group in league with al Qaeda, the Obama/Clinton machine knowingly put out the lie that the killings were the result of a spontaneous demonstration in response to an obscure Internet video supposedly offensive to radical Islamists.

The Benghazi Brief — A Power Point Presentation.  The "Benghazi Brief" remains the most controversial research report we have ever produced.  The brief contains over two years of research and hundreds of very specific citations supporting it.  The Brief has also been challenged and with extensive vetting factually withstood all scrutiny.  The report, while exhaustive in detail, remains the strongest summary of events surrounding the two years leading up to the Benghazi Libya attack on 9/11/12.

Lying About Benghazi Was Hillary's Only Accomplishment.  Documents from Judicial Watch show that Hillary Clinton's closest advisers knew from the onset, before she launched an inflammatory video lie, that Benghazi was a terrorist attack for which Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility.  'Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment," Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and prospective 2016 GOP presidential candidate, asked Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Reveal Top Hillary Clinton Advisers Knew Immediately that Assault on Benghazi was Armed Attack.  Judicial Watch announced today that on February 11, 2015, it uncovered documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing that top aides for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including her then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills, knew from the outset that the Benghazi mission compound was under attack by armed assailants tied to a terrorist group.  The documents were produced as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.  The documents make no reference to a spontaneous demonstration or Internet video, except in an official statement issued by Hillary Clinton.

Newly Revealed Pentagon Documents: Why, Yes, the White House Lied to Everyone About Benghazi.  Heavily redacted documents show a military response had been drafted in answer to the Benghazi terrorist attack by a group supporting "an Islamic state" in Libya.  It also showed the attack wasn't inflamed by a video.  It's taken Judicial Watch two years to obtain from the most transparent administration in history the 486 pages of documents pertaining to the military response to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on our Benghazi diplomatic mission.  They confirm what we have said repeatedly, that the Benghazi tale spun by President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was indeed a lie agreed upon.

Judicial Watch Forces Obama Administration to Release Pentagon Benghazi Attack Documents.  Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama administration finally turned over hundreds of pages of documents about the military response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and other facilities in Benghazi.  The documents, which are heavily blacked out (redacted), confirm that the U.S. Military, through its U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) drafted orders for a military response to the attack, specifically "to protect vital naval and national assets."  Other documents suggest that the military, hours after the attack, tied the assault to a group supporting "an Islamic state" that wanted to attack U.S. interests in Libya in retaliation for a drone strike on an al-Qaeda leader.

Judicial Watch: U.S. Military Tied Benghazi Attack to Al-Qaeda Allied Terrorists.  The Obama administration was forced to release documents indicating that the U.S. military tied the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans to an al-Qaeda allied group that promoted the establishment of an "Islamic state" in Libya.  Government watchdog Judicial Watch obtained 486 pages from the Pentagon through a federal court order in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

President Barack Obama's Complete List of Historic Firsts.  [For example,]
  •   First President to Refuse to Tell the Public What He Did For Eight (8) Hours After Being Informed That a U.S. Ambassador Was Facing Imminent Death During a Terror Attack  (Source: Mediate)
  •   First President to Lie About the Reason For an Ambassador's Death, Blaming it on an Internet Video Rather Than What He Knew to be the Case: the Al Qaeda-linked Terror Group Ansar al-Sharia  (Source: House Oversight Committee, et. al.)
  •   First President to Have an Innocent Filmmaker Thrown in Jail After Lying About the Cause for a Deadly Attack on U.S. Diplomats, Using the Filmmaker as a Scapegoat  (Source: CNN)

Rep. Gowdy Must Confront Clinton, Valerie Jarrett on Potential Roles in Benghazi.  After six years of a foreign policy strategy that observers have assessed as questionable at best, Americans and remaining foreign allies finally deserve an honest explanation of President Obama's true aims across the Middle East.  One person who should explain why the Obama Administration continually asserts the United States is making progress abroad despite so many appalling setbacks is senior aide Valerie Jarrett, whose influence shaping key policies is suggested in second-hand reports, but not yet adequately understood.

Benghazi Committee's Democrats and Republicans Want to Question Hillary Clinton.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced that both Democrats and Republicans want to schedule the appearance of Hillary Clinton "as soon as possible."  But first, says Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the State Department must provide documents originally subpoenaed in 2013 so the materials can be reviewed in order to "constructively ask questions of Secretary Clinton."

Benghazi panel plans to interview key figures in Obama, Clinton inner circles.  The special congressional committee investigating the response to the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks plans to interview a host of current and former officials from President Obama's and Hillary Clinton's inner circles, according to a letter obtained Friday [2/6/2015] by Fox News.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the committee, made the names public in a letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top Democrat on the Benghazi panel.

House Benghazi committee to review secret Hillary tapes on Libya.  The chairman of a special House committee created to investigate the 2012 Benghazi tragedy on Monday [2/2/2015] instructed his staff to review secretly recorded tapes and intelligence reports that detail Hillary Rodham Clinton's role in advocating and executing the war in Libya, opening the door for a possible expansion of his probe.  Rep. Trey Gowdy's decision to seek a review of the materials, first highlighted in a series of Washington Times stories last week, carries consequences for the 2016 election in which Mrs. Clinton is expected to seek the presidency.

Clinton's Libya war push armed Benghazi rebels with suspected al Qaeda ties.  Libyan officials were deeply concerned in 2011, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was trying to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power, that weapons were being funneled to NATO-backed rebels with ties to al Qaeda, fearing that well-armed insurgents could create a safe haven for terrorists, according to secret intelligence reports obtained by The Washington Times.

Can Hillary's hopes survive Benghazi?  Former successful cattle-futures investor, first lady, senator, unsuccessful presidential candidate, secretary of State and presumable repeat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has reportedly sent word to the House Select Committee investigating Benghazi that she is eager to testify.  That may be another statement she comes to regret, along with her now infamous "What difference at this point does it make" outburst before a congressional committee.  Clinton is following standard political protocol for damage control:  To appear up front and get the bad news, all of it, over with as quickly as possible.  Better 2015 than 2016.

Delay, Avoid, Obfuscate — State Department Blocks Witness Testimony To Benghazi Select Committee.  According to Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, Hillary Clinton is eager to present herself for testimony to the Congressional Select Benghazi Committee.  Obviously the Democrats would prefer it to be ASAP and we predict within a few weeks you will see a shift in strategy which will put Gowdy solidly back on his heels and marginalize his position.  According to Trey Gowdy the State Department is hiding documents and blocking witness testimony — which he demands prior to interviewing Hillary Clinton.  The Democrats scoff at his claims saying bazillions of pages, hearings, testimonials, and documents have been provided.  Cummings is playing Chess, Gowdy is playing checkers.

GOP: Obama Stonewalling on Benghazi.  The Obama administration is not making documents or witnesses available regarding the role of the State Department and the CIA in the Benghazi affair, charged Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., as he opened a hearing Tuesday of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the Benghazi committee ranking member, countered Gowdy in his opening statement, asserting once again that the investigation was a politically motivated partisan attempt by Republicans to embarrass the State Department under the management of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

"Smoking Gun" Benghazi Documents Reveal What State Department Officials Knew All Along... .  Judicial Watch has obtained documents that show State Department officials under Hillary Clinton lied about the 2012 Benghazi attack.  It was not, as stated, an escalation of a demonstration against a video but rather a coordinated assault by Islamist terrorists on the US Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia.  The State Department's Diplomatic Security Command Center, or DSCC, produced a memo obtained by the Washington-based government watchdog group entitled, "Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations."  The DSCC would have known the true nature of the attack since it monitored the situation via drone.

Congressman: Hillary Clinton agrees to testify to House's Benghazi panel.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify to the House's select committee investigating Benghazi, the panel's Democratic ranking member told CNN on Tuesday [1/27/2015].  Rep. Elijah Cummings said that Clinton agreed to testify before the committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in December after he contacted her months earlier.

Benghazi Committee Chair Trey Gowdy: Hillary Clinton 'Needs to Be Talked To'.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Tuesday he still intended to summon former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify as part of the investigation into the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya that killed four Americans.  "Every witness who has relevant information needs to be talked to," Gowdy told reporters after a committee meeting Tuesday [1/27/2015].

Quotes from House Benghazi Select Committee Hearing on Evidence Production.  "If six people witness an event you can't credibly report on the event by interviewing one of the six... you have to interview all of the witnesses." [...] "I want to know when the agencies are going to respond with the requests.  I have zero interest in producing a product that is incomplete.  We need to access that info now.  Talking to only some of the witnesses will not work.  Accessing only some of the documents will not work.  If you want all of the truth you need all of the information... it is going to be done."

Benghazi chairman: We'll pick up the pace.  Rep. Trey Gowdy is vowing to "pick up the pace" of the special investigation into the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attacks while sparring with Democrats who say the process has become partisan.  Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said his panel is exercising the authority it has under the law to examine "all policies, decisions and activities" related to the 2012 attacks.

State Department told embassies Benghazi attack wasn't terrorism.  State Department officials called the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack at the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, Libya, a "violent demonstration" even though they had known for many hours that it was a coordinated military-style assault, newly obtained documents show.  "Violent demonstrations took place at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and at the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya, resulting in damages in both locations and casualties in Benghazi," the State Department said in a Sept. 12, 2012, statement issued by its Diplomatic Security Command Center.

Judicial Watch Obtains State Department DSCC Records on Terrorist Attack on Benghazi.  Judicial Watch announced today [1/27/2015] that it has obtained court-ordered documents in accordance with its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. State Department seeking "any and all logs, reports, or other records" the Washington-based Diplomatic Security Command Center produced between September 10, 2012, and September 13, 2012, relating to the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

State Department Blocking Benghazi Committee Access To Witnesses.  The State Department is blocking Congressional access to key first-hand witnesses of the 9/11 Benghazi attacks, citing a need to protect their personal safety.  "We understand the committee's interest in interviewing these agents and I'm sure the committee does not want to take any action that would create risks to their personal safety or their ability to do their jobs," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin said during his opening statement at a hearing today of the Benghazi Select Committee.

Here's why I haven't forgotten Benghazi.  I know that the House Select Committee on Benghazi was established in May 2014, and has done virtually nothing in the subsequent nine months other than holding a hearing on how security has been improved at embassies worldwide.  And, yep, I know that's putting the cart before the horse, and that it is increasingly unlikely that the committee will ever actually investigate the aromatic but illusory dead horse being dragged behind.  But I also know that the massacre at Benghazi is not going away. I know that no matter how inconvenient, unpleasant or downright threatening the truth is, it will eventually come out, thanks to patriotic Americans who are willing to dodge unfriendly fire from the U.S. media and political hacks in order to honor the principle that you never leave a fellow soldier behind.

Federal Agencies Stonewall House Committee's Benghazi Investigation.  Some federal agencies continue to stonewall when it comes to the ongoing investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attacks, according to insiders familiar with the process.  They say the House Benghazi Select Committee isn't getting access to all relevant documents and witnesses.  That will be the topic of the committee's first public hearing of 2015 called for Tuesday next week [1/27/2015].

Congressman Confirms Obama Is Blackmailing Petraeus for Sickening Reason.  It was recently revealed that the contemptible Attorney General Eric Holder, who is somehow still in office months after announcing his resignation, has directed the Department of Justice to review a potential prosecution of retired General David Petraeus. [...] But many people suspect that Petraeus was forced out by the Obama administration and is being blackmailed into staying silent on what he knows about the Benghazi terrorist attacks.  One of those persons is Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who believes that General Petraeus is being targeted and bullied by the Obama administration.

Rand Paul calls Libya 'Hillary's War' and says 'she did a terrible job' protecting Benghazi diplomatic post.  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul sent a strong signal Tuesday to 2016-watchers that Benghazi isn't dead as a presidential campaign issue, slamming former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for failing to prevent the 2012 terror attack in the Libyan port city that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other American personnel.  'We have to defend ourselves,' he told a conservative audience at a summit hosted by Heritage Action for America.  'We also have to defend our diplomatic missions around the world.'

The Consequences of Obama's Benghazi Video Lie.  Obama and Hillary ran out all over the world blaming this video.  Nobody had ever seen it.  They rewrote the talking points and sent Susan Rice on five Sunday morning talk shows to make the point.  And not long off that Obama spoke to the United Nations, and among the things he said, he had this to say about people who mock Islam.

MSNBC Now Admitting There May Be Something To Benghazi.  MSNBC didn't get the memo from the DNC.  Host Alex Wagner — who has repeatedly denied there was any coverup on Benghazi, despite Republican allegations — has reluctantly admitted there may be a probem with the President's response to the 2012 attack.

Unanswered Benghazi Questions: Fourth in a Series.  White House photographer Pete Souza is often on hand to record photographs of President Obama in action. According to the New Yorker, Souza takes an average of 20,000 photos of President Obama per month.  Photographs captured the night of the Benghazi attacks — likely hundreds of them — would reveal much information about the executive branch's actions. [...] The "most transparent administration in history" should release the Benghazi night photos. The media and Congress should demand them.  Earnest and Souza — both paid by tax dollars and working in offices funded by tax dollars and supposedly working on behalf of the public — should be asked about the photos and what they observed that night.  The White House photo office is meant to record historical photos of the President.  Yet a number of major news organizations allege it has been turned into a propaganda arm of the administration.

Unanswered Benghazi Questions.  The maker of "Innocence of Muslims," Nakoula Nakoula, describes himself as an Egyptian Christian.  He says he made the film about radical extremists who seek to destroy the American culture and way of life.  After his film was incorrectly blamed for the Sept. 11, 2012 violence, Nakoula was arrested for violating terms of his probation set after a bank fraud conviction for which he had served one year in jail.  The content of film itself broke no U.S. laws.  In the days and weeks after the attacks, top U.S. officials steered fault for the attacks toward the video, though we now know from internal documents that they had almost immediately privately concluded the terrorist group Ansar al Sharia was to blame.  The State Department had sent a message to Libyan officials saying so — even as U.S. officials claimed otherwise to the American public.

Attkisson: Earnest Personally Hiding Obama Benghazi Night Photos.  Tuesday [12/23/2014] on CSPAN's "Washington Journal," investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson said while trying to obtain the official White House photographs of President Barack Obama on the night of the Benghazi terror attacks, after first being told by the photo office that she would get the photos by the end of the day, she was later referred to then-White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, who refused to return her and her producers' calls and emails.

Judicial Watch Dismantles Another Benghazi Cover-Up.  After seven months, the House Benghazi Select Committee held its second hearing recently.  We monitor its proceedings closely.  The Select Committee's very existence is because of our uncovering of a key White House Benghazi scandal cover-up email.

GOP Rep.: Republicans Criticizing Benghazi Report Didn't Read It.  A few weeks ago, the political world was buzzing over a Benghazi report from the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee that settled some of the issues surrounding the 2012 attack.  But some high-profile Republicans called the report into serious question, with Senator Lindsey Graham rather bluntly calling it "crap." [...] Well, the chair of the committee that issued the report, Republican Mike Rogers, responded today to critics from his own party.

Security at US consulate in Benghazi in disarray prior to 2012 attack, State Dept. emails say.  The guard force at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was in such disarray prior to the 2012 terrorist attack that the security status there was described as an "emergency" just three hours before the assault that left four Americans dead, according to State Department emails.  The emails also suggest the security contractor responsible for protecting State Department personnel there did not have a valid operating license.

Benghazi Congressional Investigations Roll On, Barely.  The latest hearing by the House Select Committee on Benghazi was held on December 10th, as Congress is about to head out the door for Christmas.  The hearing was unfortunately still focused on the far-from-independent State Department Accountability Review Board.  It's time to move on.  There is plenty to investigate.  The critics of any further investigation are citing the latest report from Rep. Mike Rogers' (R-MI) House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) to argue that the whole investigation should be shut down.  That's the narrative previously promoted by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who also referred to the flawed HPSCI report's assertion that it is a "definitive" accounting in his opening statement at Wednesday's [12/10/2014] hearing.

Partisan split on Clinton Benghazi testimony.  Republicans and Democrats on the House Select Committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are split over whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should appear before the panel.  "She is a witness that we would like to talk to. I cannot tell you when," Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told reporters Wednesday [12/10/2014] after the committee's second hearing.

Beyond Benghazi: Massive Security Gaps in State Department Security on Hillary's Watch Revealed.  And this seems so unexpected coming as it does under the watch of a Secretary of State whose sole qualification was squelching "Bimbo Eruptions."

Trey Gowdy vows to 'keep asking questions' about Benghazi.  The head of a special House committee tasked with investigating the Benghazi attacks vowed to keep digging, despite another congressional panel debunking many conspiracies surrounding the 2012 incident.  "We may answer some [questions] more than once," said House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy during a hearing Wednesday [12/10/2014].  "I would rather answer a question twice than risk not answering it at all.  That would seem a rather small investment."  The South Carolina Republican suggested his committee will hold monthly public hearings during early 2015, pledging to "keep asking questions until we have a complete understanding of what happened."

Obama Says His Job Is Assuring Equal Protection Under the Law — Really?  [M]aybe Obama could look into the matter of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, another prosecution by the president's own Justice Department.  In a blatant departure from equal protection principles, Nakoula was imprisoned for a violation of supervised release (the federal version of parole) that experienced probation officers and prosecutors would not even have brought to court, much less sought re-imprisonment over.  Turns out Nakoula was the producer of a video that portrayed Islam in a very unflattering light.  Having falsely claimed to have defeated al Qaeda, Obama needed a scapegoat when al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists attacked a U.S. compound in Benghazi, killing our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.  So Nakoula was singled out and prosecuted, even though his production of the video was protected by the First Amendment.  He spent many months in prison.

GOP lawmakers highly critical of Petraeus' Benghazi explanation, testimony shows.  Newly declassified testimony shows at least five Republican lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee suggested former CIA Director David Petraeus provided bad information, or even misled them, after the 2012 Benghazi attack when he blamed an obscure Internet video and downplayed the significance of mortar attacks that night.

The Benghazi Report.  Defenders of the Obama administration have suggested that the intelligence committee's report makes the work of the select committee unnecessary, but a senior Republican leadership aide, reached on the day the intelligence committee's report was released, made the opposite argument.

GOP lawmakers, Benghazi survivors fume over House report.  A recent report by a GOP-led committee that was seen as going easy on the Obama administration's Benghazi response is drawing stinging complaints from a number of Republicans on the panel, as well as survivors of the attack.  Some GOP members on the House Intelligence Committee grumble that the final product "might as well have been written by the minority," while other House Republicans say they are frustrated with the committee's decision to release a report with so many "holes."

Gowdy Approaches Benghazi Minefield.  Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wood was the commander of the 16-man Special Forces security detail at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya, until the State Department ordered him and his men home on August 5, 2012 and never replaced them.  Despite repeated pleas from Ambassador Chris Stevens and his State Department security officers in Tripoli that they remain in Libya, Washington wouldn't listen.

A Bad Night in Libya: Sharyl Attkisson on the Benghazi Cover-upStonewalled by Sharyl Attkisson is an account of an investigative reporter who wanted to follow the facts and refused to be intimidated by the Obama administration.  She was one of the few mainstream journalists who tried to seek out the truth regarding what happened on that tragic day of September 11th, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya when four Americans were murdered by Islamic terrorists.

Benghazi Heroes Debunk House Intel Report as 'Full of Inaccuracies' with Firsthand Account.  Since the release of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee's report on the Benghazi attacks this November, many uninformed people in the political and media world insisted the report "debunks" claims that the government did not sufficiently defend its embassy on September 11, 2012.  The report, however, is full of inaccuracies — but the authors of the report printed them anyway, despite testimony and other information that proved those statements wrong.

The Washington Post's Bogus Benghazi End-Zone Dance.  [T]he Committee found that the statements made by Susan Rice on multiple television news programs were not true.  The question thus becomes whether Rice, or some of those in the administration who contributed to the talking points Rice saw before making her incorrect statements, acted in bad faith.  The Intelligence Committee made no findings one way or the other on this highly-charged question.  Instead, it ducked questions of motivation and bad faith on the part of Rice and others in the administration.  Why doesn't the report address these matters?

Whitewash: "House Intelligence Report on Benghazi" is Bogus.  A close comparison of the report and other previously released information about the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi shows that the operators have good reason to cry "foul." [...] In simple terms, this report is a whitewash of the CIA, which, along with the State Department, was responsible for arming and assisting the very jihadist militia groups that rose to power in the first place during the 2011 rebellion against Muammar Qaddafi, and who later murdered our people in Benghazi.  The biggest intelligence failure of all that is never mentioned is the failure to understand the essential hostility of the jihadist ideology of the groups with which our government was dealing.

Benghazi overview / timeline:
The Benghazi Brief — Ghosts Outside The Wire.  [Scroll down very slowly]  To the public Chris Stevens was a U.S. ambassador, a diplomat.  To the folks inside the State Dept and CIA, Chris Stevens was a U.S. Ambassador, AND a CIA operative coordinating covert arms sales.  In 2011 those arms shipments were to aid the Libyan rebels, in 2012 those same arms were redirected to aid the Syrian rebels.  Even after death the public face of Chris Stevens, the official role, was the only role able to be discussed.  The covert, or unofficial role, was not.  Again, we see the disconnect between inquiry that could be answered, and inquiry that could not be answered.  Many irreconcilables surface because of this intelligence role — even through today.

20 Ways Media Completely Misread Congress' Weak-Sauce Benghazi Report.  The media immediately turned [Benghazi] into a political story, focusing more anger on Mitt Romney's comments about the administration's blaming of a YouTube video critical of Islam than determining the facts of the attack itself.  Many in the media thought it fine that President Obama jetted off to a high-dollar fundraiser before the bodies cooled.  When various high-level government officials blamed either a YouTube video critical of Islam — or our laws protecting free speech, it didn't generate much controversy among big media.  The media tended to parrot White House talking points about the attack even years later.  So even though everyone with knowledge of the scene in Benghazi knew otherwise, the New York Times was claiming until Friday — just this past Friday [11/21/2014] — that al Qaeda had nothing to do with the attack on Benghazi.

Boehner reappoints Gowdy as head of House Select Committee on Benghazi.  House Speaker John Boehner announced Monday that he is reappointing Rep. Trey Gowdy as chairman of the House Select Committee probing the Benghazi attack.  Boehner said in a statement that there are still many unanswered questions about the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Libya.  U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack.  "I look forward to the definitive report Chairman Gowdy and the Select Committee will present to the American people," Boehner, R-Ohio, said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham: GOP-led Benghazi report is 'full of crap'.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, has some harsh words for the recently released Benghazi report, led by his own party.  "I think the report is full of crap," Graham told Gloria Borger on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday [11/23/2014].  "I don't believe that the report is accurate, given the role that Mike Morell (deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time) played in misleading the Congress on two different occasions.  Why didn't the report say that?"

About That Benghazi House Intel "Panel" Report Part II — The Rogers/Ruppersberger Motives Gain More Sunlight.  [D]espite how much the media want to avoid the sunlight there are too many people who understand the motives of Mike Rogers, including his own financial stake in the Benghazi security contract.

Benghazi: Absolutely, Positively No Gambling Going On at Rick's Café.  The final House Intelligence Committee Report on Benghazi received its Last Rites on Friday in a classic Washington media play — dump the body right before a holiday weekend, when everyone is too busy to actually take a close look at the corpse.  The press reacted predictably, scanning the report for the headlines: no "stand down," no denial of air support, no bad intel in days and weeks leading up to the attack, no U.S. shipments of arms to Syria, no gambling at Rick's Café.  Conservatives demolished.  MSNBC rejoices.

Trey Gowdy: We're Making Progress On Benghazi.  Trey Gowdy was wrapping up an interview with Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File [11/14/2014] when she asked the Representative from South Carolina what is happening with the investigation into the Benghazi attacks.  Gowdy told her that he is planning to interview some new witnesses to the terrorist attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

House Intel Panel Debunks Many Benghazi Theories.  The CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a Republican-controlled House committee has found.

Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Disagree Forcefully with House Intel Committee Report.  Saturday on C-SPAN's Book TV, CIA Benghazi annex security team members Kris Paronto and Mark Geist answered questions about a report released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee on the 9/11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012.  The two former CIA contractors pushed back forcefully against parts of the the committee's conclusions about the night that Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in Benghazi.

GOP Sen: Republicans Should 'Move Beyond' Benghazi After New Report.  Appearing on Meet the Press Sunday morning [11/23/2014], Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told NBC's Chuck Todd that his GOP colleagues need to move on from the Benghazi issue, in light of a newly-released report by the House Intelligence Committee that found no intelligence failures.  Todd asked Flake if Republicans should "drop the Benghazi conspiracy theories" after the new report cleared up some of the burning questions.  Flake said that while he had been skeptical about how Susan Rice and the Obama Administration portrayed the attack at first — which the report concluded there were, in fact, issues with those talking points — he acknowledged that Republicans should move beyond it.

About that Benghazi report.  To be clear, the report of the committee — chaired by Republican Mike Rogers of Michigan — paints a far less dark picture than some previous accounts from various actors involved in the events seemed to indicate.  But at the same time, the less than conclusive results don't paint the same pretty picture that you'll be hearing from Rachel Maddow, either.

And another thing about that Benghazi report.  The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's final report on the 2012 Benghazi attack has restored the left's swagger.  The report, from which a variety of news organizations are deriving the headline "No intelligence failure in Benghazi attack," largely exonerates the CIA for their role in that deadly attack and clears the White House of the charge that it intentionally misled the public in the days and weeks following that attack.

CIA acted properly in Benghazi but slow to spot terrorism: Bipartisan report.  The House intelligence committee cleared the CIA of wrongdoing in the run-up to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack and its actions during the assault, but said in a newly declassified report Friday that the way the agency wrote the controversial talking points afterwards was "flawed."  The bipartisan report says the CIA's initial talking points saying the attack was a protest against a video, while eventually proved to be incorrect, were based on intelligence the agency had at the time.  The CIA only came to the correct conclusion two weeks later, which was days after then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used the erroneous talking points.

The Motives Behind The November Rogers/Ruppersberger "House Intelligence Panel" Report On Benghazi.  Those of you familiar with the Benghazi Brief will note the alignment and expectation of the Rogers/Ruppersberger report.  Their report is exactly as we anticipated it would be.  With a House Select Committee (Trey Gowdy) already in place, you might rightly ask yourself why did Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger even produce a report?  As you read their House Intelligence Panel Report on Benghazi it is important to note a few key aspects: [...]

Attkisson: Faith In Government Has Declined Due To Obama Administration Lies.  Having participated in politics and journalism from the front lines of our nation's capital for many years, Sharyl Attkisson, the veteran former CBS correspondent, worries that when our government can get away with lies, a "climate of distrust in America" spreads.  Speaking about the Benghazi terrorist attack that happened on Sept. 11, 2012, Attkisson discusses the pattern the Obama administration has followed.  "The story that we got after [Benghazi] first happened is so drastically different in almost every aspect from the truth that came out in subsequent months, slowly over time."

Sharyl Attkisson and the Transparency Lie.  [Scroll down]  Five days later, on October 24, CBS executives insisted Attkisson insert the "not simply mob violence" line into a report she was doing, again implying that Obama called Benghazi a terrorist attack on September 12.  Only after that report did Attkisson get to see the complete transcript of the Kroft interview.  She was horrified by what the editors had done.  She protested that this editing was "extremely unethical and dishonest."  Obama's "no act of terror" remark came towards the end of the Rose garden speech and encompassed 9-11 and terrorists act in general.  It had nothing to do with Benghazi.  He had told Kroft as much.  Romney had been right all along.

Typhoid Barry.  Barack Obama, electorally immune from defeat, has become an asymptomatic carrier of the defeat virus for Democrats.  With two more years of his term ahead, the party faces some very decisions.  Do they continue to shun him as they did during the campaign? [...] Then there is the tricky matter of the 2016 presidential race.  Does Hillary Clinton turn on him?  If she does, who knows what might leak out about her behavior the night of Benghazi?

Our Make-It-Up World.  Do bothersome facts matter anymore?  Not really. [...] The deaths of four Americans in Benghazi were caused by a video that sparked a riot, and then apparently not.  Various narratives about corruption and incompetence at the VA, IRS, NSA, GSA, and Secret Service are raised and then dropped.  The larger truth is that these scandals must be quarantined from infecting the president's progressive agenda.

6 Times Obama Declared Crisis, Then Did Nothing.  According to then-White House press secretary Jay Carney, the president was "committed to finding out what happened.  He is committed to making sure that those who killed four Americans are brought to justice, and he is committed to ensuring that actions are taken after the Accountability Review Board thoroughly assesses this matter, to make sure that what happened in Benghazi never happens again."  Not a single person was fired over the murder of four Americans including an ambassador of the United States in Libya.

Obama's Empathy Problem.  President Obama telegraphs indifference to Americans' well-being.  When the Benghazi compound was overrun and our ambassador killed, he first dissembled (blaming a video) and then thundered about retribution and justice, but what happened?  With the exception of one arrest, Benghazi has been dumped.  No one has paid a price for that attack on the U.S.

Holder Decision on Benghazi Case Reverberates.  Hours after learning that the United States ambassador to Libya and three others had been killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, senior American officials held a secure videoconference call to discuss how to proceed in investigating the attack.

19 Times the Government Withheld Documents It Didn't Want You to See.  [#18] Hillary Clinton Benghazi Documents.  Also this year, former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell said he witnessed a Benghazi document-sorting session in October 2012 in the State Department basement.  He said then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and her deputy, Jake Sullivan, were present.

What Happened to the 'Sensitive Information' Stolen in Benghazi?  The Justice Department has released a new, superseding indictment in the government's case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the only suspect held by the U.S. in connection with the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.  The indictment, of course, doesn't come close to telling the whole story.  But we do learn a few new facts, and the indictment raises, again, a key question:  What happened to the computers and documents captured by jihadists during the raid on the U.S. Mission and Annex?

New Benghazi indictment confirms computers with classified information [were] stolen.  An indictment Tuesday [10/14/2014] of a Libyan militant already behind bars for the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans confirms that computers with sensitive and classified information were stolen from the consulate during the assault.  Fox News was first to report in July that at least two computers were stolen from the consulate.  While the State Department initially dismissed Fox's report, the new, 18-count indictment against Ahmed Abu Khattala confirms that sensitive and classified information was lost, including the location of the top secret CIA annex.

U.S. files death penalty charges against Benghazi suspect.  A federal grand jury issued a new indictment on Tuesday [10/14/2014] that includes a possible death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a Libyan militant accused of involvement in the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Account of Clinton Aide's Benghazi Document Sifting Familiar to Career Public Servant.  To Sonya Gilliam, a recent account of improper sorting of Benghazi-related documents at the State Department brought back vivid memories of her own encounters with high-level government officials who withheld, deleted or destroyed public records.  And one name stood out for its familiarity:  Cheryl Mills.  A former deputy assistant secretary of state had told The Daily Signal that Mills was present during an after-hours document operation in a basement room of the State Department in October 2012.  Mills was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Panetta: 'Nobody Bears the Fault' for Benghazi.  Those who see Leon Panetta as a stalking horse for Hillary Clinton just got some more ammunition for their argument.  Last week, Panetta helped distance Hillary from President Obama's foreign policy failures by blasting Obama for mistakes in Syria and Iraq.  But today, discussing the foreign policy issue on which Hillary is most vulnerable — Benghazi — Panetta suddenly became very forgiving.  Appearing on the Diane Rehm show, Panetta declared "nobody is to blame for Benghazi."

Obama's Juvenile Communications Team.  Can't the greatest communicator on earth educate and inform instead of distract and prevaricate?  Can't a team that takes many billions of dollars of taxpayer money come up with a better way to formulate and pitch policy than relying on tweets and silliness?  Instead we get comments such as "dude that was two years ago" to explain away the Benghazi disaster and divert blame from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton form a former van driver turned National Security Council spokesman, Tommy Vietor.

Army Refuses to Release Findings of Bergdahl Investigation.  According to a report in the San Antonio News Express the US Army has completed but is refusing to release its investigation into the suspected desertion of Army PFC Bowe Bergdahl who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009.  He subsequently fell into the hands of Taliban forces who held him captive for five years.  His release, which was orchestrated and executed by the Obama Administration without the consent of Congress, swapped Bergdahl for the five most senior Taliban commanders held in captivity has arguably become the most controversial prisoner exchange in the history of the country.

Why Won't Republicans Get to the Bottom of Benghazi?  Something bothers me about the first and only hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  Something I haven't been able to shake.  It was a desultory hearing.  That's not the main thing that bothers me, but it grates.  Many Americans still seek real accountability for the jihadist-empowering policies and recklessly irresponsible security arrangements that preceded the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack — to say nothing of the fraud and stonewalling that followed it.  We were thus cheered when the GOP-controlled House finally appointed a select investigative committee ... although we were equally puzzled why it took so much prodding, why Republican leadership seemed so reluctant.  Five months have elapsed since then, and the committee has not exactly been a bundle of energy.

Panetta: I Immediately Knew that Benghazi Was a Terrorist Attack.  Former Obama Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has dropped what may be the biggest bombshell yet on his former boss.  Panetta appeared on MSNBC today and explained that he knew, from the beginning, that the attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, was a terrorist attack.  President Obama did not see it that way, and his actions that night remain a mystery.

The News Is Fit to Print But Are Major News Organizations Fit to Report It?  Last week, The Daily Signal reported on an after-hours operation at the State Department to "separate damaging documents related to the September 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi" before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board.  In that report, former State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Ray Maxwell said he not only witnessed and took part in these events, but that top Hillary Clinton officials were present.  In response to this story, a deputy spokeswoman for the State Department responded with a series of non-denial denials that evoked the same feeling of carefully crafted evasiveness as Bill Clinton's now-infamous grand jury utterance "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is."

Courage and Honor in the Benghazi Battles.  If you're looking for a compelling read you need look no further than the tale told by the "Shooters" of their fights to rescue, defend, and evacuate the survivors of the 2012 Benghazi assaults.  It is an extraordinary and exciting first-hand account of the courageous and honorable actions of a few men (hereinafter called "the rescuers") who took it upon themselves to do their duty and act — some of them against orders — when others did not, could not, or would not act.  By (as put by them) "doing their duty," their actions managed to save comrades who were in distress and then, similarly, saved and extracted themselves and many others from dire circumstances.

The Unspoken Obama Lie That Led to Benghazi.  To make a difference going forward, Trey Gowdy and the House's Benghazi select committee may want to ask how the U.S. got involved in Libya in the first place.  What they will discover is that Barack Obama borrowed a page from the Clinton playbook on Kosovo, a lethal exercise in mendacity unparalleled in recent American history.

Benghazi Cover Up.  Judicial Watch report available for download

CIA Emails Show Benghazi Attackers May Have Had Man On Inside 13 Hours.  An overlooked reference in CIA emails sent just two days after the assault on Benghazi leads to speculation that officials believed the attackers had help on the inside.  The declassified emails detail communications between Administration officials on September 14, 2012, as they crafted the (now, infamous) "Benghazi Talking Points".

Democratic Lawmakers Call Benghazi Security Officers Liars.  The last we heard from Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, was in May.  That's when he told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" he thought the planned select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attack was a "colossal waste of time."  Calling the yet-to-be-approved committee a "tremendous red herring," Schiff said:  "I don't think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate."

Obama is at Two Dozen Scandals and Counting.  [For example,] Benghazi: This is actually three scandals in one:
  •   The failure of administration to protect the Benghazi mission.
  •   The changes made to the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video.
  •   The refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack.

Family of former SEAL killed in Benghazi to sue State Dept., CIA for $2M.  The family of Glen Doherty, the former Navy SEAL killed in the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, has filed a $2 million claim against the CIA and the State Department.  Barbara Doherty, the CIA contractor and former SEAL's mother, filed a claim last week with the two government agencies for $1 million each.  The family does not believe there was adequate security at the U.S. diplomatic outpost and a CIA annex when they were attacked Sept. 11, 2012.

Seal's family files suit.  The Bay State family of a former Navy SEAL killed in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack is suing his life insurance company, saying the policy he was forced to take out is "essentially worthless" because none of his surviving relatives can collect the benefits.

State Department Used 'Made Up' Name In Order To Ignore Security Needs In Benghazi.  In Benghazi Select Committee hearings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday [9/17/2014], Todd Keil, a member of the Independent Panel on Best Practices that was conducted following the attacks on the embassy, testified that Hillary Clinton's State Department "made up" a new term for the facility in Libya in order to avoid meeting security requirements.  Congressman Peter Roskam of Illinois asked Keil to explain what a "Special Mission Compound" is, and got the frank answer that Keil just plain doesn't know.

Sharyl Attkisson: Obama's Whereabouts During Benghazi Attacks Are 'Unacceptably Private'.  Attkisson said that the White House is misleading the public about the ongoing releases of information that they've offered regarding the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2012 on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  "This White House measures its supposed transparency by the number of hearings, the pages of documents, never mind that the documents that are really necessary are missing or redacted, but they just count numbers and use that to prove, as they say, that they are the most transparent administration in history."

Benghazi Select Committee hearings begin.  An odd mixture of theatre, seriousness, and even a bit of unintentional self-parody from Rep. Elijah Cummings, kicked off the House Select Committee hearings on Benghazi.  On Wednesday [9/17/2014], the Committee held its first hearing. [...] When referring to the four men who needlessly died in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, Congressman Elijah Cummings stated:  "Their names must be etched in our memory banks."  And then he proceeded to read their names off a piece of paper.  So much for his memory bank.

Gowdy grills first witness in Benghazi hearings; Hillary might be in trouble already.  Wednesday's [9/17/2014] hearings by the House Select Committee on Benghazi got off to a rocky start for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — even if she wasn't in the room.  Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., grilled lead off witness Gregory Starr, an assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, noting that the department's security procedures hadn't improved since the 1998 twin embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania — and Clinton should be familiar with since she was in the White House at the time as first lady.

On MSNBC, Luke Russert Dismisses Benghazi Hearing as Repetitive, Expensive.  While CNN and MSNBC were too busy discussing the NFL and the investigation of Joan Rivers' death to give any time to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart managed to carve out two full minutes of his program on Wednesday for NBC's Luke Russert to blast the hearing for being partisan and expensive.  Russert made sure to describe the committee from the Democratic point of view, explaining their misgivings over the lack of a "long-term strategy" and "planning in terms of the rules of the committee."  Russert ended his left-wing report by blasting the hearing for "com(ing) in a tune ... of $3.3 million cost to taxpayers."  Apparently MSNBC's big government liberals only care about cost when conservatives are spending the money.

Politico Absurdly Avoids Attkisson Bombshell in Hillary Benghazi Story.  Imagine the absurdity of reporting on supporters of Richard Nixon during the Watergate hearings with no mention of the White House Plumbers who performed the break-in at the complex.  Such is the case now with Politico reporting on groups of Hillary Clinton supporters who will be defending her during the Congressional Benghazi hearings which makes absolutely no mention of the Sharyl Attkisson's report about how Hillary's aides at the State Department scrubbed the Benghazi documents of possibly incriminating information.

9 Top Questions for the Benghazi Select Committee.  [#9]  Finally and most mysteriously, where was the nation's commander-in-chief and what was he doing during this crisis?  We get minute-by-minute tick-tocks of his whereabouts and actions during other events, such as the Osama bin Laden assassination.  Clinton said she talked to him early that evening.  Then, Poof! Obama disappears.  Neither he nor aides have offered any explanation.

The Editor says...
Obviously the President was engaging in some reprehensible act that would end his career if the truth were to be publicized.  Otherwise we would have heard a rational explanation long ago.

Will politics doom the Benghazi committee's investigation?  The Republicans in the House who spearheaded the formation of a special Select Committee on Benghazi have insisted that their investigations into the Sept. 11, 2012 attack won't be politically motivated.  Democrats joined the committee with the aim of keeping politics out of the effort.  Still, ahead of the committee's first public hearing, neither Democrats nor Republicans have seemed capable of defusing one of the most politically-charged issues in Washington.

'Incredibly serious': Cover-up claims in spotlight ahead of Benghazi hearing.  Allegations that Hillary Clinton allies may have tried to shield the former secretary of State in the wake of the Benghazi terror attack are coming to the forefront ahead of the first public hearing of the special congressional committee probing the attack and its aftermath.  Speaking with Fox News, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the select committee, on Tuesday [9/16/2014] made clear he eventually plans to call former acting CIA director Mike Morell to testify — alleging the former boss "intentionally scrubbed" the so-called talking points that were the basis for the administration's flawed public narrative about the attack.

Hillary's "Plumbers" Hid Benghazi Docs.  [Scroll down]  Mullen and Pickering claimed that they had "unfettered access" to Benghazi documents.  But now, it turns out, that may not be true.  Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, one of four placed on administrative leave and then reinstated, told former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, now at the Daily Signal, of a weekend operation in a State Department basement office to filter out and hide any damaging documents from ARB that might put the State Department and its top diplomat, Hillary Clinton, in a bad light.

Pro-Clinton groups gear up for Benghazi hearings.  As a select House committee probing the 2012 attacks in Benghazi convenes Wednesday [9/17/2014], three Democratic outside groups are mobilizing to protect Hillary Clinton from any fallout.

Gowdy: 'We Have Heard All of That Before'.  Congressman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) delivered a powerful opening statement at the outset of the House Select Committee hearing on Benghazi.  Gowdy, who has accused the Obama administration of engaging in a "systematic effort" to hide documents relating to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, dismissed attempts by Democrats to portray the Select Committee as a politically-motivated witch hunt aimed at tarnishing the record of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: [...]

Patriots Vow to Fight on for Benghazi Answers.  Questions about the Obama administration's decision to let helpless Americans die in the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya two years ago won't go away anytime soon.  But that won't stop former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who desperately wants to be the next president, from trying to make the whole Benghazi episode that happened under her watch go away.  So far the Clinton operation isn't working.

Charge: Benghazi Boiler Room Operation Hid Documents.  A top former State Department official is charging that senior aides convened an after-hours Foggy Bottom operation to sift through Benghazi-related documents and separate out those that might be damaging to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The documents were supposed to be turned over the the Accountability Review Board, an internal State Department probe that has been criticized for not addressing the potential culpability in the Benghazi matter of Clinton or President Obama.

Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review.  As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation:  Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to "separate" damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Select Committee On Benghazi First Public Hearing Scheduled For This Week.  As most readers are now aware the Benghazi FUBAR is essentially two-thirds a result of bad policy, and one-third a result of terrible decisions as a result of that bad policy. [...] And, as we are painfully aware, the State Department leadership is a tight circle of like-minded ideologues not expected to break ranks with the White House.  Similarly the CIA is now under the tight control of John Brennan — so we should not look for any internal revelations, at least publicly.

Judicial Watch Announces Three New Lawsuits against Obama Administration for Records Relating to Benghazi Attack.  Earlier this year, as a result of a separate FOIA lawsuit, Judicial Watch forced the release of an email from then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes showing that the Obama White House was behind the false talking points that blamed an Internet video and spontaneous demonstrations for the Benghazi attack.  This belated disclosure, which was kept from Congress, spurred House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to request and obtain House approval for a special Select Committee, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), to investigate the Benghazi scandal.

Retired General John Allen Selected for ISIS Campaign.  [Scroll down]  Remember, the explosive yet underreported aspect to Paula Broadwell in 2012 was her discussing highly classified information about the Benghazi Annex also being a CIA rendition and black op's site.  Because everyone was so focused on Hillary Clinton's congressional testimony almost no-one paid Broadwell's massive revelation any further attention.  No one followed up with questioning of anyone about it.  Now, watch again what Benghazi Contractor Mark "Oz" Geist was saying in the Bret Baier interview about his role that night[.]  [Video clip]

'Where There's Smoke There's Fire,' So Somebody's Lying.  Hidden things have a habit of coming to light after a while.  This is especially true when the hidden thing is an exposed lie, propagated by more lies and cover ups, and involves the lives of four Americans, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Manager Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were left alone to die at the hands of Islamic fanatics with no attempt at rescue on September 11, 2012.  The issue was supposedly laid to rest by a congressional hearing, but only to the satisfaction of partisan politicians, lapdog journalists and those who think Obama is incapable of mistakes and downright wrongdoing.

Benghazi anniversary: Two years later America still waiting to learn real story.  It was a searing moment in American history that showed us at our very best — and, sadly, our worst.  It was an event that will be remembered for the courageous heroism of some, and the feckless self-centeredness of others. [...] The courage and selfless patriotism that was shown that night in Libya will forever stand in stark contrast to the 24 months of cowering, cover-ups and political posterior-covering half a world away in Washington.

Two years after Benghazi, US Attorney's Office wants more time to prosecute suspect.  The Obama administration promised swift justice after a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi killed four Americans — but exactly two years later, the U.S. attorney's office wants more time to prosecute Ahmed abu Khatallah, the only suspect in custody.  "You're dealing with classified information and a terrorist who was part of Al Qaeda for two decades, and so it doesn't surprise me at all that we've ended up in this place," Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., who sits on both the House Intelligence and Benghazi Select committees, told Fox News.

Former CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Amazed: 'We Still Have No Idea' What Obama Did About Benghazi on 9/11/12.  On the original 9/11, the scale of murder of American civilians was so high (presumed to be much higher than the actual toll of the lost) and the size of the ongoing threat was so uncertain that the media obsessed over President Bush's movements and kvetched (at least off air, as I heard in the White House briefing room on 9/12) about the slowness of his return to Washington that day.  The media's protective response toward Obama with just weeks before the election translated into a jaw-dropping incuriosity about what happened in real time.

While Benghazi Still Smolders, ISIS Burns Bright.  Though the fires that consumed our diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, two years ago tonight have long since been put out, the incident still smolders in our minds.  Is it because we have never been able to get at the truth behind the attacks?  Because we still don't know what the president said, did, or didn't do in the thirteen hours Americans were under fire?  Is it because the memoirs of people such as Hillary Clinton are still publishing the risible fiction that the attacks were caused by an obscure anti-Muslim video?  Or is it because the Obama administration has for two years masterfully ducked, dodged, and bluffed congressional investigators in the most successful cover-up in living memory?

Revealed: State Department had specific warnings about weak Benghazi security nearly Three months before deadly 2012 terror attack.  Security contractors warned Hillary Clinton's U.S. State Department nearly three months before a deadly 2012 terror attack on its diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya that guards were quitting at an alarming rate, leaving the facility vulnerable to assault.  Judicial Watch, a center-right watchdog group, said Tuesday [9/9/2014] that it obtained damning emails as part of a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.  They paint a picture of frantic warnings about armed security personnel not showing up to work and refusing to work night shifts because they were afraid of the Islamist militia that ultimately killed America's ambassador to Libya and three other Americans as they laid waste to the compound.

Attorney [for] Benghazi Whistleblowers Harassed By House Intel Committee.  Victoria Toensing, an attorney representing Benghazi whistleblower Greg Hicks, claimed that the House Intelligence Committee harassed witnesses during its investigation into Benghazi on Tuesday's [9/9/2014] "Fox & Friends" on the Fox News Channel.

Yes, A Stand-Down Order Was Given In Benghazi Attack.  [Scroll down]  In a bombshell interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier aired last week, the three members of the annex security team, whose credibility was etched in blood on that rooftop that fateful night, say they had a team assembled and were ready to proceed to the besieged consulate within five minutes of notice of the attack.  They were held back by the top CIA security officer in Benghazi, they say, an officer identified only as "Bob."  "It had probably been 15 minutes, I think, and ... I just said 'Hey, you know, we gotta — we need to get over there, we're losing the initiative,'" Tiegen told Baier in the interview.  "And Bob just looks at me and said, 'Stand down, you need to wait.'"

One Thing Hillary Clinton's Memoir Doesn't Explain About Benghazi.  [Scroll down]  Stevens also said the department's Regional Security Officer had "expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post [in Benghazi] in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound."  So, why did Stevens go there?  Gregory Hicks, who served with Stevens as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a May 8, 2013 hearing that one reason was that Clinton wanted to make Benghazi a permanent U.S. diplomatic mission.

GOP's Benghazi committee prepares for media spotlight.  The rising threat from Islamic extremists has set the stage for Republicans to make a splash with the launch of their Benghazi investigation next week. [...] "ISIS has now woken up the American people to the fact that the threat is real, and Benghazi is certainly symptomatic of that," said Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who is not a member of the Benghazi panel, in an interview.

Fox News' Special Re-ignites the Benghazi Scandal.  Fox News aired new revelations this weekend in its documentary based on the forthcoming book, 13 Hours in Benghazi, but the left is not interested in what it calls old news. Benghazi is a "phony scandal," right?  In fact, the left is on the defensive about this story, and is releasing salvos from all quarters.

Benghazi Security Contractors: About 25 Americans Are Still Alive Because We Broke 'Stand Down' Order.  The Obama administration, the CIA, and even some congressional committees — they all said there "was no 'stand down' order."  But now five men who helped ward off the terrorists that attacked U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya two years ago say it's only because they defied such an order that as many as 25 Americans are alive today.

Reliving Benghazi's 13 Hours.  The story of the attacks on both Compounds, the bravery of the Annex Security Team and others — as well as the apparent cowardice of some, including the CIA station chief on location — is told in a riveting new book entitled 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi.

Obama's Untruth, Inc.  Recent disclosures by some of the combatants about the night of the Benghazi attack remind us that almost everything Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and President Obama swore in the aftermath of the debacle was knowingly false.  A video did not cause the attack.  The rioting was not spontaneous.  A video-maker, an American resident, was soon jailed, while one of the suspected killers was giving taped interviews at a coffee house in Benghazi.  There were ways of securing the consulate and the annex that were not explored, both before and during the assault.  Talking points were altered.  Again, the catalyst for untruth was reelection worries by an administration that believes its exalted ends of social justice allow any means necessary for reaching them.

Fox News' Greta reveals the White House called on her to squelch reporting on Benghazi!.  In a really amazing but unbelievable segment on her Fox News' show, Greta Van Susteren revealed that the Obama administration called her and pressured her to persuade a colleague against investigating too deeply into Benghazi! [Video clip]

Benghazi Victim's Mom: Obama, Hillary 'Killed my Kid'.  Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, one of the victims of the 2012 terrorist attacks against the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya reacted to reports from security officers who were on the ground on the night of the attacks that they were told to wait to provide aide to the besieged consulate by saying that Hillary Clinton and President Obama "killed my kid."

U.S. seeks delay in case against Benghazi terrorism suspect Abu Khattala.  Federal prosecutors have turned over more than 2,900 pages of documents and 45 hours of videos to the defense for Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected ringleader of the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, but need more time to prepare the terrorism conspiracy case, according to a court filing released overnight Friday [9/5/2014].

Demand truth about Benghazi.  Are you tired of being lied to yet? [...] This last Friday night [9/5/2014], an interview was aired which should convince American citizens once and for all that their government is not telling the truth about what happened in Libya two years ago.  That's been obvious to many of us for months, but despite the naming of a select committee by the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate what could have happened, what should have happened, and what really did happen in Benghazi, we still know precious little.  But as of Friday, we know a little more — and it's not good.

Benghazi truth emerges.  U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans — including Winchester native Glen Doherty — lost their lives in the brutal attack by Islamist terrorists who launched RPGs, mortars and heavy fire into both the consulate and nearby annex — for 13 hours — while the White House and State Department ignored their cries for help.  When our consulate was attacked, these three CIA first responders wanted to immediately rush over to the compound to rescue Stevens and other personnel but say they were repeatedly told to wait and "stand down" for nearly 30 minutes by their CIA base chief, who was with them that deadly night.  Their team leader was a CIA official who got direct orders from Washington to wait multiple times.

Obama administration pressured Fox News to back off Benghazi reporting.  This past Friday [9/5/2014], Greta Van Susteren reported on numerous ways the Obama administration has made it difficult for reporters to investigate Benghazi.  Van Susteren said that it's been "like pulling teeth" trying to get answers and that "the Obama administration's behavior post-Benghazi has been weird; like they're hiding something."  She went on to say that as Fox News continued to investigate and press for answers, the administration's behavior got "even weirder.["]

Rep. Gohmert: Obama "Let Those People Die" In Benghazi.  Kris Paronto, Mark Geist, and John Tiegen were members of the special annex team that battled terrorists during the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11th, 2012.  On last night's "Special Report," they told Bret Baier a stand-down order costed [sic] them 30 minutes and perhaps, Ambassador Stevens' and Sean Smith's life.

Top Intel Dem: 'No evidence' for Benghazi 'stand down' claim.  The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Friday said new allegations that U.S. commandos were ordered to "stand down" during the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, aren't supported by findings from House and Senate investigators.  Five commandos who survived the Benghazi attack, which claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, made the allegation in a new book, accusing the CIA station chief of delaying a rescue mission.

Top CIA officer in Benghazi delayed response to terrorist attack, US security team members claim.  A U.S. security team in Benghazi was held back from immediately responding to the attack on the American diplomatic mission on orders of the top CIA officer there, three of those involved told Fox News' Bret Baier.  Their account gives a dramatic new turn to what the Obama administration and its allies would like to dismiss as an "old story" — the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

CIA chief reportedly stopped 5 American commandos from responding to attack on Benghazi base: book.  A C.I.A. station chief reportedly stopped five American commandos from responding immediately to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic base in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 that left four Americans dead, it was reported Thursday [9/4/2014].  "13 Hours," a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.  Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, were killed when terrorists stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

Gohmert: Obama Admin Hush Tactics on Benghazi 'Very Insidious'.  On Friday's "America's Newsroom" on the Fox News Channel, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) reacted to three security operators on duty at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi stepping forward and tying U.S. inaction directly to the death of former U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.  Gohmert explained the need to determine the truth but he took aim at the alleged strong-arm tactics the Obama administration has used in keeping those involved with the Sept. 11, 2012 incident quiet.

Benghazi coming back with a vengeance in September.  The special House committee investigating Benghazi is finally expected to begin its work, in earnest, with its first hearing the week Congress returns from August recess.  Meanwhile, two books promising explosive new allegations about the terror attack will hit shelves in September, and Fox News plans to air a new, one-hour documentary on the attack this week, featuring exclusive interviews with Americans who fought in the onslaught.

Obama's 5 Worst Foreign Policy Decisions.  [#5]  Benghazi:  Congress is still investigating Benghazi, but best case scenario, the Obama Administration got Americans killed in Libya by ignoring their repeated requests for more security in a dangerous part of the world.  Worst case scenario, the Obama Administration got them killed, deliberately misled the public about what happened for political purposes, and did nothing when it could have conceivably acted and saved their lives.

Rand Paul: Benghazi "precludes" Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid.  Marking another milestone on his warpath against Hillary Clinton's status as the early 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took advantage of a friendly audience Friday to knock the biggest blemish on her record as secretary of state:  the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist strike at a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

Benghazi chairman says probe should end in '15.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House select committee on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says the panel's work should be done by the end of 2015, according to a report.  "Assuming cooperation from agencies, witnesses and the administration," Gowdy told The New York Times, the committee should have concluded its investigation before 2016.  The timeline is relevant because Democrats say the committee is looking to tarnish Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of State during the attacks, and the closer the investigation gets to the presidential election, the more damage it could do.

Democrats Wary of Benghazi Inquiry Stretching Into '16 Election Season.  A House Republican-led investigation of the 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, will extend well into next year, and possibly beyond, raising concerns among Democrats that Republicans are trying to damage Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential prospects.  Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the House select committee on Benghazi, said his go-slow investigation was not motivated by politics.  He said that he had gone out of his way to maintain good relations with Democrats on the committee, asking Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel's ranking Democrat, to join him in private meetings in July with family members of the four Americans killed in Libya in July.

Three-star army general to lead legal team for Benghazi Select Committee.  Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman, 55, attended West Point and received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1986, according to public reports.  He also holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies.  He will serve as Chief Counsel of the Select Committee.  Chipman retired from the military last year after 33 years of service.  His retirement ceremony was hosted by Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, whose actions have come under scrutiny as part of the Congressional investigation into the limited military response to the Benghazi terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2012.

The Benghazi Brief.  As with all complex stories the valuable discoveries come with time.  This Brief has been updated to include newly spotlighted research on Syria and ISIL.  Most importantly the previously unknown "Second Presidential Finding Memo" to the CIA in 2012 specifically directed to arm/aid ISIL in Syria.  The new information from the month before the Benghazi attack explains the motive of the Turkish delegation toward Chris Stevens.

The Hell That is the Obama White House.  Every sentient human being whose brain isn't stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace.  How can one know this?  Because the culprits haven't been fired.  Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they've actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that is possible.  A president faced with a scandal created by underlings behind his back would be naturally furious at their misbehavior, and want heads to roll.  This didn't happen in any of these scandals because their point of origin was the White House itself.  Promoting the culprits is a way of keeping them quiet.

Delta Force Marine awarded Navy Cross for fight at CIA annex in Benghazi.  In a unique battlefield commendation, a Marine Corps member of Delta Force has been awarded the nation's second-highest military honor for coming to the defense of Americans last year at a CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

The deception of the House Benghazi report.  [Scroll down]  Unfortunately, the dialogue about Benghazi has been deliberately manipulated into a series of meaningless talking points that include, but are not limited to, "security failures," lack of diplomatic security, "intelligence failures," and dialogue intended to detract from the bigger picture.  Meanwhile, the jubilant journalists who are compensating for their premature elation by relishing in the forthcoming HPSCI report should not be so selfish in their delight.  Like them, the bipartisan HPSCI is not privy to the entire play, nor do they hold the full script.  The truth will only be revealed by an aggressive and subpoena heavy cast of characters compelled to expose all that they know.  Whether the Benghazi Select Committee led by Gowdy can pull it off remains to be seen.

Gowdy Prepares for First Benghazi Hearing.  The special House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi will hold its first public hearing in September about changes the State Department has made to better protect diplomats, Rep. Trey Gowdy said Wednesday [7/30/2014].  Gowdy, the committee's Republican chairman, also said the panel is gaining access to witnesses that didn't participate in previous congressional investigations into the attacks.  "I know I'm biased, but one of the good parts about running an investigation in a way that appears to be serious-minded is that witnesses who were previously unavailable or not interested in cooperating are now interested in cooperating," Gowdy said.  "The universe of witnesses is expanding."

The Ben Rhodes Story: How A Hack Writer Crafted the Benghazi Talking Points of a Lifetime.  Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, said this week that no witnesses are off limits in his committee's investigation into the Benghazi cover-up.  So who will he subpoena?  Here's a suggestion:  How about Ben Rhodes.  Ben Rhodes, the 37-year old little brother of CBS News president David Rhodes, is a national security adviser to President Obama.  He also happens to be an Upper East Side literary type who took a Master's in Fiction from NYU.  Real serious artist.  Rhodes was the one who edited the White House's Benghazi talking points to focus the blame on spontaneous reaction to a YouTube video, rather than an al-Qaeda attack.

Family members of Benghazi victims confident House probe will produce truth.  Family members of the four Americans who died in the 2012 Benghazi attack told Fox News Wednesday [7/30/2014] that after meeting with members of the House committee probing the attack, they have never been more confident that investigators will get to the truth.  They also said there was a surprising amount of common ground between Republicans and Democrats on the highly charged Benghazi Select Committee chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

Nakoula B. Nakoula must have made another inflammatory internet video!
Islamic militants seize Benghazi as U.S. evacuates Libya.  Fighting in Libya escalated Thursday as Islamic militias claimed to control the country's second-largest city, Benghazi, while foreigners and U.N. workers continued their exodus in what increasingly is looking like a full-blown civil war.  The Islamic hard-liners' announcement in Benghazi marked a defeat for the forces of renegade Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who for months has pursued a self-declared campaign to stamp out armed militant groups.  Once firmly in control of the eastern port city, Gen. Hifter's troops now appear to hold only the airport on Benghazi's outskirts.

Head of Benghazi probe says no witnesses off limits, including Clinton.  The Republican head of the Benghazi Select Committee warned Tuesday [7/29/2014] that no witnesses would be off limits in its upcoming probe and that he would consider going to court, if necessary, to compel testimony.  "I can't skip over a witness that I think we ought to talk to simply because there is an assertion of either privilege or immunity,"Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told Fox News in an exclusive interview.  He said that while he has received good cooperation to date, and the issue had not yet arisen, "if you mean to say that 'not only can they not talk, they don't have to come,' you have to litigate that."

Benghazi Select Committee to Meet With Victims' Families This Week.  Members of the House's Select Committee on Benghazi will meet this week with family members of the four Americans who were killed at the Libyan embassy two years ago, members of the committee told National Journal.  The meeting will be the first between members of the select committee, which was formed in May, and victims' families.  The families have appeared before Congress in the past, having testified before the House Oversight Committee just a year after the initial attacks.

Ted Cruz to block State Dept. nominees until IG nominated.  Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday [7/23/2014] he will hold up all presidential nominees for the State Department until President Barack Obama nominates an inspector general for the department.  The Texas Republican said that the attacks on Americans in Benghazi as well as overspending in overseas conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq underscore the need for Obama to select a watchdog to the State Department, which has been missing a permanent IG since Obama assumed the presidency in 2009.

Charlie Rose Waits Almost a Full Hour to Ask Hillary About Benghazi.  PBS's Charlie Rose opened his 62 minute-long interview with Hillary Clinton, aired in two parts on Thursday and Friday's Charlie Rose show, by reciting a Maya Angelou poem dedicated to the former Secretary of State.  Almost an hour later Rose finally asked Clinton about the Benghazi scandal.  In the second part of the interview, aired at the end of Friday's [7/18/2014] show, Rose waited until his last question, with just a little over 3 minutes of interview time left, to finally bring up Benghazi.

Sources: Militia blamed for Benghazi attack moved next door to US Consulate before strike.  Members of the Islamist extremist militia blamed for the Benghazi terror attack had moved in next door to the U.S. Consulate months before the strike but "nothing was done" despite concerns about the dangerous neighbors, sources tell Fox News.  Sources say members of Ansar al-Sharia moved to the house just outside the east wall of the compound within three weeks of American personnel renting the facility, and later used the location to help plan and take part in the attack on the American Consulate on Sept. 11, 2012.  The neighbors prompted multiple security requests — including repeated requests up until the day of the attack — for more weapons and personnel.

Timely Malaysian Airliner Investigation, But Not for Benghazi.  Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations, gave an impassioned speech to the UN after passage of Security Council Resolution 2166 on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.  She is justifiably "horrified and enraged" by the post crash cover-up.  Specifically, "by the clear intention of some to obstruct an investigation into how the passengers and crew died."  How rich.  Where was similar "horror and outrage" when the President, Secretary of State, White House Press Secretary, and UN Ambassador blamed a YouTube video for the deadly attack on the Benghazi embassy?

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?

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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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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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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, 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."

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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.["]

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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.

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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...."

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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="">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 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."

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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."

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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.

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'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 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 " 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 survi