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May 7, 2013 - 8:55 am

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted last night “the dam’s about to break on Benghazi.”

The State Department finally responded to Graham’s request to interview five survivors of the attack, saying they have concerns about the welfare of the diplomatic security agents and “want to be careful not to interfere with the FBI’s investigation of the attack.”

“Should their identities become public, they may become targets, putting their lives, as well as those of their families and the people they protect, at increased risk,” the State Department response continued.

Graham called it “completely unacceptable.”

“The five people who were diplomatic security have never been talked to by the Congress. It’s our job to oversee and provide oversight to the executive branch,” he said on Fox News.

The senator doesn’t even know if the survivors were interviewed for the Accountability Review Board report on Benghazi. “All I know is that what we’re knowing — what we’re finding out is that the story told by the State Department, Susan Rice, the president himself was so completely wrong and false,” he said. “There’s a reason. Why did Susan Rice and the president push this narrative that it was a spontaneous event caused by a hateful video? Because if the truth had come out seven weeks before an election this was an al Qaeda-inspired pre-planned attack, it would undercut the narrative politically that bin Laden’s dead, we’re all safer.”

Graham said Gregory Hicks, the No. 2 diplomat in Libya at the time of the Sept. 11 attack, is “a professional diplomat, doesn’t want to get involved in politics, but he’s a man of conscience.” Hicks testifies tomorrow before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“He knows what happened that night. He’s the last guy to talk to Chris Stevens. He knows it was a terrorist attack from day one,” the senator continued.

“Everybody feels chilled. I’ve been asking for survivors to come forward, people who were involved, not just survivors, and every agency in the government is stonewalling. These guys are whistleblowers. They came forward out of conscience. Greg Hicks knew that Chris Stevens was being thrown under the bus. ‘Chris should have never been there.’ That’s the new narrative. Well, they knew he was in Benghazi. So the people who knew Chris Stevens, who lived through this attack, believe that what they went through has been misrepresented.”

Graham confirmed that he’s heard people in the CIA who want to come forward and testify have been told by director John Brennan that they’d be subject to polygraph if they get involved.

“I know there are some CIA agents reaching out. They feel frustrated. The CIA generally got this right, and they feel frustrated about what happened that night before and after. So we’ll see where this goes,” he said.

Bridget Johnson is a career 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 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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"Should their identities become public, they may become targets, putting their lives, as well as those of their families and the people they protect, at increased risk"

From our own government, most likely.
49 weeks ago
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Truth vs. obstruction. Usually, obstruction carries the day, simply because the obstructioneers vastly outnumber the truth tellers, who can easily be painted as lunatics in the eyes of the well meaning but too busy with more pressing matters to discern. What would it take for tomorrow's hearing to breach the dam? Some nuggets have already transpired on various new media channels, Fox News, CBS, CNN and perhaps others have already allowed a few tidbits to escape, but that is still far from triggering the critical blow out.

The palace guard media continues to discredit itself, the new media continues to broaden its audience, so things will eventually tilt dramatically at some point. How close are we to this point? Can we find out tomorrow? That would be refreshing, and game changing, in a big way.
49 weeks ago
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Once the hearings begin, I wonder how many lo-fo people citizens will even know they are happening, or think that it's just some right wing, republican partisan attempt to smear the Dems, who are so diabolical and corrupt, that they don't need to be smeared once you look at their actions. Just like the Kermit Gosnell trial, will the communist conspirator media sit this one out too?
49 weeks ago
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This demonstrates the greatest weakness that conservatives/Republicans have in actually governing; they have almost no way to take care of these people. Make no mistake, even if these witnesses/whistleblowers have merit system protection, Democrats will hunt them down and fire them. Their reputations will be trashed, there'll be all sorts of rumors of incompetence and corruption and the vast majority of the electorate will belive the Administration did a good thing by ridding the government of such bad employees. (Don't ask me how I know.) These people will never work again during a Democrat Administration, and, worse, few Republicans will help because they're now tainted by controversy, something Republicans can't stand to be around.

On the other hand, if the Republicans claim the head of an employee that does something for Democrats or pressure a Democrat appointee out of office, e.g., Vann Jones, that employee or appointee never misses a day's pay because they seamlessly go to work somewhere in the vast shadow government of Democrat front groups, unions, and non-profits.

Frankly, if you're a career government employee, you're crazy to help Republicans; the Republicans won't help/protect you and the Democrats will off you like a rabid dog the first chance they get. These people are about to be slimed, their families slimed, and their careers wrecked.
49 weeks ago
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Yep
49 weeks ago
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I agree. There are whistle blower laws on the books, but as far as I can see they have never really protected whistle blowers, who almost always get stalled in their careers or eventually have to resign.

You'd better beleive that if one of these whistle blowers so much as kicked a dog when he was a kid it will be brought up and made a big deal of by the MSM.
49 weeks ago
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Everything you said is spot-on, and many people coming forward are already aware of it and much worse, yet they do so anyway.

Consider that at some point, being a good human being, being a good American, being a good Christian outweighs all other considerations. These people know what's about to happen, and they're doing it anyway. They've chosen to live for something greater than themselves, and in many cases their own families.
49 weeks ago
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And people wonder how the soviets accomplished subversion of their satellites. It can't happen here, oh yes it can. We are a captured enterprise.



In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it. The vast clandestine apparatus we built up to prove our enemies' resources and intentions only served in the end to confuse our own purposes; that practice of deceiving others for the good of the state led infallibly to our deceiving ourselves; and that vast army of clandestine personnel built up to execute these purposes were soon caught up in the web of their own sick fantasies, with disastrous consequences for them and us.

- Malcom Muggeridge
49 weeks ago
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Sounds about right. Boss Tweed was a Democrat.
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