GOP Lawmakers Demand to See Benghazi Survivors

With various sources confirming a number of Benghazi survivors are “still recovering at Walter Reed military hospital,”  Republican lawmakers are demanding their names and access to them.

To date, Sec. of State of John Kerry has visited with one survivor, but will not give the survivor’s name. He will only say  the survivor was “remarkably courageous.”

Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), have trying to gain access to survivors, but all say they have been told different things regarding both the number of survivors and their locations.

They also say they have yet to even receive the names of the individuals.

Chaffetz believes there’s a concerted effort to keep these survivors away from lawmakers: “We want to talk to the survivors — they won’t do that. And then the president has the gall to on television and say, ‘Oh, we’re providing all the access’? Baloney. Bull crap. That’s not happening.”

Reps. Wolf and Gerlach wrote a letter to Sec. Kerry formally requesting access to the survivors and seeking details about their conditions.

To date, all the GOP lawmakers know is that the survivors are allegedly a combination of security contractors, State Dept. employees, and CIA personnel.

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6 Comments on GOP Lawmakers Demand to See Benghazi Survivors

  1. Many who have asked questions about the Incident at Benghazi are disappointed in the congressional investigation so far. The most important question that needs to be asked and answered for them is, “Who gave the order to ‘stand down’ at Benghazi?” Once that question is answered, the rest of what happened there may fall into place.

    “According to a Fox News report by Jennifer Griffin, former Navy Seals Ty Woods and Glen Doherty…were ordered to stand down three times following calls during the attack. The first two times occurred soon after they heard initial shots fired…and (they) requested permission to go to the consulate to help out…”

    The claims “…former House speaker Newt Gingrich…was informed by a U. S. senator that at least two media networks have recently been given…evidence about the Sept. 11 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans…”

    “The networks obtained e-mail evidence from…the office of National Security Advisor James Jones…ordering a counterterrorism team to cancel a rescue mission at the U. S. consulate and CIA annex in Libya. According to Gingrich…they were told explicitly by the White House ‘stand down and do nothing. This is not a terrorist action.’”

    If there is a cover-up about what happened at Benghazi, then the cover-up is not about inadequate security but about covering up why no one in the White House helped while Americans fought for their lives. We know now there was ample time to send help to save ambassador Stevens, if a decision was made to do so. This is Jeffery Kuhner’s point.

    Jeffery Kuhner writes in, “Two hours after the assault began the State Department sent an e-mail to numerous agencies–including the White House Situation Room–that Ansar al-Sharia, a terror group affiliated with Al Qaida, had claimed responsibility.”

    “The e-mail went directly to the White House’s Executive Office–the president’s inner circle…from nearly the beginning Mr. Obama knew that Benghazi was a terrorist atrocity.”

    Dave Hodges adds creditability to the Gingrich statements about an order to stand down at Benghazi. Hodges claims on his radio show, “There is now proof that Obama was warned in advance of the coming attack in which Stevens begged for more protection and his impassioned plea was denied by Clinton.”

    “As Stevens was begging for help after the attack had begun, General Hamm had activated a special forces team within minutes of learning that the embassy, which was really a CIA safe house, was under attack.”

    “When General Ham received his “stand down” orders from Obama, he made plans to go ahead with the rescue and was arrested within minutes of contravening the order by his second in command, General Rodriquez.”

    Contrary to theses statements by Gingrich and Hodges, on November 1, 2012, Mark Hosenball reported for Reuters, “Following the initial broadcast of the Fox News report, Jennifer Youngblood, a CIA spokeswoman, denied that CIA had ever turned down requests for help from U.S. personnel in Benghazi. ‘No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate,’ Youngblood said.”

    Youngblood’s statement does not refer to the Department of Defense, the Department of State or even the White House. They all could have denied help. Nor does it clear up the comments made by Newt Gingrich about the ignored calls for assistance.

    Weeks later, the FBI was at Benghazi to do an investigation, but for only a few hours. How many witnesses did they interview? What did they find out? The man who led the attack on our “mission” at Benghazi is reported giving interviews on Arabic TV.

    In a report issued by the Accountability Review Board at the end of December 2012, the board blamed “systematic State Department management and leadership failures,” for the Incident at Benghazi.” No individuals were named or held responsible for the systematic failures.

    The report went on to say, “The Board found no evidence of any undue delays in decision making or denial of support from Washington or from the military combatant commanders.” There was no mention of the Gingrich claim about a stand down order, nor has Speaker Gingrich come forward with evidence to challenge the board’s conclusion.

    Summing up the ARB’s finding on the Incident at Benghazi, Darrell Issa writes, “The report does not tell the public who is responsible for the assault itself. Clearly, all the questions have not been answered because we still don’t know–or the administration won’t say–who was behind this terrorist attack.”

    Now that we know the Incident at Benghazi was a terrorist attack, Hodges and Gingrich ought to testify before Congress about their claims regarding a stand down order. Are these men trying to drum up an audience for their own ends, or are they trying to get at the truth?

    If for no other reason, we ought to answer the question about who gave the alleged stand down order to set the minds of our men and women in military service at ease. In short, four men are dead and so far only the mercuric system in Washington is to blame. And Julius Caesar just ended up dead, too. “Et tu Brute? Then fall Caesar!” No betrayal here. Move on.

  2. This should have been done when this first happened ! With obamas dream of war and us dead and him being bowed to ! They have sat on their asses , 5 years ! Get going , get his communist ass out of the peoples house along with his obomanation ! He can’t even talk if its not on paper ! They let him do anything he’s wanted yo the point that it has became complete idiotic , 5year oldsout of school ovet pop tarts , cup cakes ! Noseing in all our biisness , taking our money And blowing it , he’s been allowed to lock men good men up that do not belong there ! ! And none he can kill us with drones ! I’m indiana ! Though it was cold ! Seeing the objects in the air so low I walke a story up and couldn’t see them ! Enough is enough !!!!!

  3. Hillary had to go, fainting spells and all the rest, she does not remember anything anymore about, and Kerry can now plausibly deny any knowledge on the grounds that he was not around to be familiar with details of the Benghazi disaster… What a nicely convenient “synchronicity” we see here, truly amazing! Same old playbook, they even don’t care any longer to make it appear legit!

  4. “Baloney” and “Bull crap” were not the first words that came to my mind. Chaffetz showed great self-control as he uttered those words. It’s maddening.

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