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June 14, 2013 - 12:15 pm

The House Intelligence Committee held its eighth hearing on the Benghazi attacks — behind closed doors, naturally.

Deputy Director of the FBI Sean Joyce, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matt Olsen, and other senior intelligence officials testified today on the status of the investigation to find and bring to justice those responsible for the attacks that killed four American citizens last September, according to the committee.

“The fact that nine months after the horrific attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, there has still been no one brought to justice is frustrating and disheartening. The world is watching and terrorists are emboldened by our inability to bring those responsible to justice,” Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said.

“We must push forward even more aggressively to hold those responsible accountable and bring them to justice swiftly.”

Rogers made no reference to CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell, though. House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) mused in May, after the White House release of more than 100 Benghazi talking points emails, that Morell would be meeting with Rogers’ committee.

Morell’s resignation was announced this week and he leaves the agency Aug. 9.

FBI Director Robert Mueller, testifying in an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, was asked about the progress of the investigation by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

“Is there a reason for — and can you explain to us — and this is a little longer than your usual answer, I’m sure — how it could be that we’ve got videos of them, we’ve got knowledge of who many of these people are — in some cases by name — and yet we haven’t found one of them in Libya or some other country? Isn’t that unusual to have such a cold record as far as we know today?” Issa asked.

“Yes, it is unusual to have such a cold record. As I articulated before, this is a unique situation. We’ve had embassy attacks before. We’ve had our colleagues in law enforcement and the government helping us,” Mueller responded. “There is no government to help us in Libya. We don’t have colleagues we can go to. And so, it is unique.”

“Nonetheless, we have video. We have something there that — to work with. And I can tell you that we have been working with it, and that quite obviously, individuals who may have participated, against whom we may have evidence, whether it be video or otherwise, we are pursuing,” the director added.

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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There are untold thousands of people who vote democrat that also served in our armed forces...many of them combat vets. If it is revealed that this administration intentionally refused to send assistance to these men during their hour of need, I believe this country would explode with outrage. The msm would be forced to cover it or die as an influential part of society; they know they are already close to the edge today.

We need OPEN hearings, not closed door strategy sessions on how to keep the lid on this disaster. Keep the pressure up! These four Patriots gave everything they had for us...can we not make phone calls and send e-mails for them?

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) currently has a bill in the House (HR-36) with 156 co-sponsors calling for a select committee to thoroughly investigate the tragic events of 11 Sept 2012. Notably absent from the list of sponsors are Speaker of the House John "Old Yellowstain" Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Paul Ryan. Boehner is holding up the legislation and not allowing it to go forward for a vote...he also put the brakes on Fast and Furious before being dragged kicking and screaming and bowing to PUBLIC PRESSURE to allow Rep. Issa to proceed. Old Yellowstain is an embarrassment....I wish the great Patriots of Ohio would remove this man from office; he only becomes conservative when election time rolls around.

I call and e-mail Old Yellowstain's office EVERY DAY asking when he is going to stop the stonewalling and demand justice for those brave Americans who were murdered in Benghazi. Of course, I receive no replies, but those congressmen keep track of how many people call and what they are calling about.

Where are Cantor and Ryan? Methinks they are more interested in safeguarding their respective leadership positions and sucking up to Old Yellowstain than serving their constituents. Oh, they'll jump on board if it becomes a hot issue dontchaknow.

This is the one issue ALL AMERICANS should get behind - it transcends party lines and exposes the core of what America is about. I refuse to believe that America doesn't care; they just don't know about it thanks to the msm lapdogs...and Old Yellowstain.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Here's proof positive this event and susequent deaths WOULD have been avoided had C-110 force been allowed to deploy from EUCOM CIF.
WND politics
Joshua Klein (6/14/2013)
Benghazi
JERUSALEM – In a bombshell admission that has until now gone unreported, Martin Dempsey, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, conceded that highly trained Special Forces were stationed just a few hours away from Benghazi on the night of the attacks but were not told to deploy to Libya.
In comments that may warrant further investigation, Dempsey stated at a Senate hearing Wednesday (6/12/2013)that on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, command of the Special Forces – known as C-110, or the EUCOM CIF – was transferred from the military’s European command to AFRICOM, or the United States Africa Command.
Dempsey did not state any reason for the strange transfer of command nor could he provide a timeline for the transfer the (VERY, my caps) night of the attack.
Also, Dempsey’s comments on the travel time between Croatia and Benghazi were incorrect.
His remarks for the first time confirm an exclusive Fox News interview aired April 30 in which a special government operator, speaking on condition of anonymity, contradicted claims by the Obama administration and a State Department review that there wasn’t enough time for military forces to deploy the night of the attack.
“I know for a fact that C-110, the EUCOM CIF, was doing a training exercise in … not in the region of North Africa, but in Europe,” the special operator told Fox News’ Adam Housley. “And they had the ability to act and to respond.”
The operator told Fox News the C-110 forces were training in Croatia. The distance between Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, and Benghazi is about 925 miles. Fox News reported the forces were stationed just three and a half hours away.
“We had the ability to load out, get on birds and fly there, at a minimum stage,” the operator told Fox News. “C-110 had the ability to be there, in my opinion, in a matter of about four hours … four to six hours.”
The C-110 is a 40-man Special Ops force maintained for rapid response to emergencies – in other words they are trained for deployment for events like the Benghazi attack.
Now. We The People know, beyond a shadow of a doubt there was a standing order , by one or more senior administration people, to move "command-and-control" from EUCOM CIF to AFRICOM and then not given orders...they weren't told to stand down...THEY SIMPLY DIDN'T HAVE ANY ORDERS AT ALL!!!! Slick move by "slickest one of them all"...Hillary.Pray. Amen. The lies just keep on piling up. And the four families are being "hung-out-to-dry!!!" Shame! Shame!
43 weeks ago
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We (the People) have to burn their phone lines up demanding answers and accountability. Please, please, please America, do not allow these bastards to get away with leaving our people hanging out to dry. The only way justice will be served is if WE do not allow them to sweep it under the rug. Refuse to go away and call these chicken$h!t republicans out for cowards until they do there constitutionally sworn duty.

These four Patriots gave everything they had for us...can we at least not give up on justice for them? Raise our voices and call our congressmen daily, call the msm daily, let's us community organize and hound these slackers into doing the right thing.

Remember Benghazi!
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...and I meant "their" constitutionally sworn duty.
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....and demand OPEN HEARINGS for the public
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The guilty will never be held to account, because they occupy high office in Washington, D.C., or otherwise serve our overlords in that city.
OBTW some of us still don't memorize the names of every House chairperson, nor their state or district. That coulda been included here, instead of just "Rogers". And while we're on that subject, I'm gratified to learn he's "frustrated" and "disheartened", but why isn't he "outraged", and "committed" to finding the truth, and to justice, instead? If he's going to be "disheartened", why is he the chairperson of ANY House committee? Oh wait, I forgot it's Majority Leader "Boner" who currently picks committee chairpeople.
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I sure hope he's not so "disheartened" that he cannot sleep tonight...
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meant to say "Speaker" Boner, sorry
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where was obama during the attacks?
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