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Bridget Johnson


October 16, 2012 - 8:35 am

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) turned up the heat on President Obama and intelligence officials with pointed requests about what action, if any, was taken in response to attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi before the deadly Sept. 11 attack.

The consulate came under attack in April. And on June 6, an IED was detonated at the northern gate of the consulate, tearing a hole in the security perimeter “big enough for forty men to go through.”

“Mr. President, were you informed of these attacks on our Libyan consulate?  If not, why not?  Did you consider these serious events?  If you were informed, what action was taken to protect the Consulate?” Graham wrote in a short, to-the-point letter to Obama.

Graham also sent letters to CIA Director David Petraeus, National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan.

“Did you inform the President of these attacks? If so, what action was taken to protect our Consulate? If you did not inform the President, why not?” he asked each of the men.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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