Sean Smith

Report on DOD Response to Benghazi Released by House subcommittee

After reviewing thousands of pages of a series of Benghazi-related documents, including classified emails and situation reports, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations released a summary of its members’ particular reviews regarding what is known of the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi attack and the Department of Defense’s response.

According to Think Progress, the Subcommittee concluded that “there was no way for the U.S. military to have responded in time to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya to save the four Americans killed that night,” but according to the report, “given the uncertainty about the prospective length and scope of the attack, military commanders did not take all possible steps to prepare for a more extended operation.”

In other words, what the Subcommittee concluded appears to sound nothing close to what Think Progress reported.

The White House, the Subcommittee found, failed to address a growing concern related to the deteriorating security situation in Libya, which created a particularly vulnerable situation for U.S. personnel stationed in Benghazi. The Subcommittee also found that the response of our military was “severely degraded because of the location and readiness posture of U.S. forces, and because of lack of clarity about how the terrorist action was unfolding.”

House Republicans challenge State Department’s official Benghazi report

State Department

A little more than a year after the deadly attack on an American outpost in Benghazi, Libya, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is challenging the official report produced late last year by the State Department’s Accountability Review Board (ARB).

The ARB report noted that lax security and leadership failures at the State Department were part of the blame for the attack. But the 100-page report released yesterday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating the Benghazi attack, says that the ARB report was deficient and lacked accountability.

“The ARB was not fully independent,” said Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) in a statement from the committee. “The panel did not exhaustively examine failures and it has led to an unacceptable lack of accountability.”

“While Ambassador Pickering and Admiral Mullen have honorably served their country, the families of victims and the American people continue to wait for more conclusive answers about how our government left our own personnel so vulnerable and alone the night of the attack,” he added.

The report, Benghazi Attacks: Investigative Update Interim Report on the Accountability Review Board (embedded below), alleges that the ARB was not comprehensive, lacking thorough interviews with key officials.

Whistleblower: Remember the Americans who died in Benghazi

Gregory Hicks

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the American outpost in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans — Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Ty Woods, and Glen Doherty.

During an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya turned whistleblower, recounted the events of that tragic night in Benghazi and continued to express frustration with what happened in the aftermath of the attack.

“I’ve been perplexed and frustrated with the way this has all played out. Because to me this is a simple story. Ambassador Stevens went to Benghazi to do his job. To what he knew Secretary [Hillary] Clinton wanted him to do. And he was attacked while he was there,” Hicks told Stephanopoulos.

“And the American staff in Benghazi and in Tripoli responded as we’ve been trained to do, in an amazing way, to save the lives of our people who were in Benghazi. Unfortunately, we lost four people in the line of duty,” he said.


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