BREAKING: “Select Committee” Benghazi Investigation Officially LaunchesSaturday, May 31st, 2014
Not a moment too soon, the House Select Committee on Benghazi has launched their investigation into the September 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission and nearby CIA annex in Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
The Republican members of the select committee had met several times previously, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi only recently appointed the five Democratic committee members.
Despite earlier administration assertions that previous investigations into the attack and its aftermath were extensive and complete, significant questions remain unanswered and facts undisclosed.
Therefore, the investigation led by South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy will begin by re-examining the timeline of the attack, including the security breakdowns leading up to the attack and the administration’s response in the days and weeks following.
From Fox News, quoting committee member and House intelligence committee member Mike Pompeo of Kansas:
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A detailed timeline breaks down into three phases, including the well- documented, severe threat environment before the attack as well as the security requests from U.S. personnel in Libya that were denied by the State Department.Independent groups like Special Operations Speaks have also weighed in on the investigation, urging Gowdy and the committee to delve deeper into the lack of military response to the attack. The importance of this aspect of the investigation can hardly be overstated.
“We’re going to start from the events that led up to the enormous security failure, and the run-up to September 11, 2012 and then we’ll look at the events of that evening, the deaths of four Americans and what could have been done to potentially rescue or at least make an effort as America always has done,” Pompeo said.
“And then the aftermath, what it is that this administration did in the aftermath that didn’t provide the American people the real knowledge about the actions that took place in the run-up to the deaths of four Americans.”
America’s military men and women, and all those who serve her interests overseas, must be fully confident in the ability and willingness of the military–and its leaders–to come to the rescue in the event that the worst happens.
Just as our fighter pilots must know that America will spare no effort to rescue them from enemy territory if necessary, so our embassy and consular staff and security must be confident that they will not be left in the hands of armed terrorists who hate the U.S. and our freedoms.
Congressman Gowdy’s select committee must uncover the truth, hold the proper people accountable for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, and restore that confidence.
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