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Rick Moran


April 28, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Rep. Trey Gowdy was on Fox News on Saturday and let slip a tease for what he terms “explosive” hearings on the September 11, 2012 attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

Washington Times:

Rep. Trey Gowdy, appearing on Fox News on Saturday afternoon, promised that “explosive” congressional hearings over the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are “coming quickly.”

“There are more Benghazi hearings coming; I think they’re going to be explosive,” Mr. Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican who is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told Fox’s Uma Pemmaraju.

Mr. Gowdy wasn’t able to give out too many details, but he hinted that the public for the first time might hear from witnesses to the terror attack that left four Americans dead.

“I am bound by certain measures of confidentiality, but I would tell you that you are getting very warm,” Mr. Gowdy said when asked by Ms. Pemmaraju whether witnesses could be coming forward. “[The hearings] are coming sooner rather than later.”

He said several questions need to be answered, such as why there was a failure of security, “what happened during the siege itself and why aid was not sent,” and whether the testimony by Susan E. Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was “grossly negligent or whether it was intentionally misleading.”

Mr. Gowdy added that in a trial, “direct evidence, direct testimony by eyewitnesses is always the most compelling.”

The administration has had the eyewitnesses on ice and has refused to allow them to testify before Congress. Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News in March:

“The bottom line is they feel they can’t come forth…They’ve been told to be quiet.” Graham said: “We cannot let this administration or any other administration get away with hiding from American people and Congress…people who were there in real time to tell the story.”

Fox News also reported that a congressional source told them investigators believe that including Ambassador Stevens and the three other casualties, 37 people were in Benghazi on behalf of the State Department and CIA on September 11, meaning that 33 were evacuated. One of them, a State Department security agent, suffered a severe head injury during the assault. It is believed that Secretary of State John Kerry visited him at the Walter Reed Medical Center last January.

On April 17, Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) told Secretary Kerry at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing: “We have made request after request about, for example, just to get the list of the people who were evacuated from Benghazi, and we haven’t even gotten that, much less some important questions.” Rohrabacher emphasized: “We need to talk to the people who are on the scene. Can you give us a commitment now that this administration, you will be coming up with the request, the honest request of this committee as to who was evacuated and how to talk to them so we can get a straight answer and an understanding of what happened in Benghazi?”

Kerry responded that he didn’t think anybody lied to anybody, and “let’s find out exactly, together, what happened because we need… we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done.”

You know what the Democrats and the press are going to say: This is old news and besides, the investigation is a partisan witch hunt.

Does it still matter that we get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi?

But for some, it does matter, and perhaps less because mistakes were made, and more because after being shrouded in blatant public deceptions, the same mindsets underlying those misjudgments and misrepresentations continue. As with Benghazi, the Obama administration was unwilling to attribute the bombings which killed and maimed innocent Boston Marathon attendees to radical Islamic terrorists. Meanwhile, Benghazi eyewitnesses are sequestered to avoid congressional inquiries into causes and responses, while killers which the president pledged to bring to justice roam free.

It took the FBI a month to make it to Benghazi and by that time, there was little physical evidence left to examine. The killers of our ambassador wandered freely in Benghazi without fear that the weak (and perhaps sympathetic) government would do anything.

From start to finish — from the investigation by the CIA, the Pentagon, and the State Department to every utterance by the White House on the matter — there have been blatant attempts to deceive. I will be very disappointed if the only reason they sought to fool people was because of the election. Surely something more vital, something related to policy or some grand strategic vision, was at stake that caused the Obama administration to stonewall congress and lie to the American people.

In the end, that’s the only answer worth getting; why? If that question can be answered, the rest will fall into place.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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The Institutional Republican "leadership" has not only not shown any enthusiasm for challenging the administration on Benghazi [or anything else]; but has actively been trying to keep members of Congress from trying to get the answers. I will believe in hearings, explosive or otherwise, only after they take place AND if Boehner does not break down crying on TV at the lack of comity displayed by the hearings taking place.

Subotai Bahadur
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"I will be very disappointed if the only reason they sought to fool people was because of the election."

In the eyes of Obama and his never ending campaign there was never anything more important than getting reelected. I've yet to see any 'grand strategic vision' from him or them. Their vision is about as deep as 'hope and change' - and we've all seen how thats working out.

Prepare yourself for 'deep' disappointment Rick.
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Additional consideration:

As a former USAF Senior Controller who used to scramble F86D's against "Flash" situations, it's obvious that the orders for blanket "no comments" extends downwards through the chain of Command from the very top to the Senior Controller(s) on duty during the whole duration of that crisis.

The clear implication is that these Company Grade USAF Officers on duty were prevented from acting as trained, as ordered all throughout the chain of Command.

It must be emphasized that this "scrambling" structure is designed for fast action. That's what they're there for. The USAF has apparently been gagged. These USAF Company Grade Officers are being placed in a terrible position by busy-busy-busy political staffers at the highest levels.

No wonder retention is a problem in our Military......but that's another subject.
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"......stake that caused the Obama administration to stonewall congress and lie to the American people."

Doesn't anyone make the direct connection that our Congress IS the proxy for the American people; and the sick tragi-comedy of two branches of our Government obviously not trusting each other?.....during wartime?

This is far beyond crass political party squabbling and point-seeking; our Public needs to be reminded of the national tragedy of the murder and humiliation of an American Ambassador and others in the service of their home country, on site in that specific foreign country. Any country's Ambassador is the personal representative of that country's Head of State.

Some dingy Head of State we've elected...twice. Obviously, the electors/voters for Obama haven't the wit to understand this. They're simply uneducatable.

One use of aircraft that was apparently promptly effective was the evacuation flights. Now, it simply doesn't make sense that fighter-bombers could not have been scrambled by our Italian base(s) at which they are stationed and on some kind of alert status for just such an emergency or "Flash", as we used to call these situations years ago.

This really stinks. No other word for it.
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