Skip to comments.State Dept Restricting Employees From Speaking To Congress Over Benghazi
Posted on 04/30/2013 3:35:39 AM PDT by markomalley
Acting Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell defended the State Department restricting access to Congress from lower-level staffers directly involved with the Benghazi investigation. Ventrell said that it was "appropriate" for the FBI and the Accountability Review Board to interview the Department employees but that Congress should only have access to their superiors. "Just as you wouldnt have necessarily a soldier or troops called as witnesses, you have their superior officers, thats the same practice for the State Department," Ventrell argued. Ventrell went on to say, "I think that these folks want to be able to continue their professional duties and activities," and that restricting them from testifying before Congress was "protecting" Department employees.
QUESTION: And just to follow up on what you just said to Matt, you made clear that some of the survivors of the attack have provided their recollections of it to various entities including the ARB, the FBI. Does the Department oppose those individuals being made available for questioning by key congressional staff or lawmakers?
MR. VENTRELL: Well, most of them are back on duty and doing functions at various places around the world. The bottom line is that congressional testimony is at the Deputy Assistant Secretary level and above, and just as you wouldnt have necessarily a soldier or troops called as witnesses, you have their superior officers, thats the same practice for the State Department. And again, I think, as Ive mentioned, weve had some eight hearings and 20 briefings and made our senior officials repeatedly available. And in terms of the ARB report, we were clear where there mistakes that were made, and weve been clear where were implementing very thoroughly all of the recommendations, which you heard the former Secretary say...
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
Meanwhile, in the private sector, another whistleblower is crowned a hero.
The most transparent administration in history at work here...
Wonder what they are trying to hide from the low information crowd...
Not that the Low informationers would understand it anyway...
We pretty much know already what the big issue is, its getting them to admit or make public the person whose blood is on their hands...
Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.
That would be Barack Obama, or whatever his name really is, who went to bed to get his beauty sleep so he could fly to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.
Dp They WORK For America ... or al Qaeda.
Their faiure to report to Congress means they should
be arrested and their organization disbanded.
winner winner winner winner winner winner...
“...and weve been clear where were implementing very thoroughly all of the recommendations, which you heard the former Secretary say...”
“...does it REALLY MATTER!!!” ~ hillary clinton (stooge)
This man is complicit... his name should be added to those that will face justice.
We know what they are trying to hide—and we know why.
The survivors of Benghazi should be subpoenaed and treated as hostile witnesses.
They are alive only because two brave men died to keep them alive and now they want to keep their jobs with a vile agency that does Hillary and Obama’s will, by turning their backs on the men who saved them.
“The most transparent administration in history at work here”.
Yep and if you believe that, I have some land in Florida that you would also be interested in......
Why do not the whistleblowers defy the State Dept and go ahead anyway. It is not like the Obama Administration has followed the Rule Of Law for the last 4 plus years. When the Obama Administration can get into line with the Constitution and Federal Laws than and only than will the Whistleblowers comply. Does anyone think the Obama Administration will comply with any law? The guy thinks he is God! Probably believes that he alone can even defy gravity, since he is so delusional.
State Dept. reserves the right to “filter” all information from the eyewitnesses.
When you want information, you should always go to an expert liar first. /s
State Department has gone rogue with their super-secret “Black Ops” division.
Oh, you mean like John effin Kerry, who served in Viet Nam?
Shameful. Someone needs to break the omerta.
“I think that these folks want to be able to continue their professional duties and activities,” = “Nice career you got there, shame if anything happened to it...”
why bother reporting this, it’s not important, again it’s not important, it is nothing, , this is trivial and we have far more important things to see and hear and deal with like a basketball player ending his career who was not a top star saying he likes turd poking or what dress has bozo’s wife got on and who as it made by and just think about those Hollywood people making jokes at the white house, what we pay for and we’re banned from.
Don’t think I need a sarc tag but I’ll put one just in case
low info voters due to media wanting to attack Tebow and glorify a homosexual who will look to write a book soon and then make millions.
A media which has never reported the true Obama or his wife, hell they still call him a constitutional professor and are proud to state he was a community organizer but never take the cameras to his birth place, his home town or even the city where he worked the community.
Then we have a cowardly GOP, a stupid party and many in talk radio who are cowards on conservative social issues.
Then we have millions of lazy people and millions of people who want to play victim, whether color, age, sex, .
Add all that in and we have a country which is primed to be taken over by socialists or communists
Then why isn’t the GOP defunding the dept and stopping everything (govt shutdown) until they get what they want?
Because that’s the simple solution. And go on the net and tell people why. Not TV. THE NET.
"What difference does it make?" said Hillary...
If it doesn't make any difference, WHY THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE?
Two concepts here folks:
a) Investigative Journalism (Citizen Journalism)
b) Remunerative Enticements
Every man has his price. People in the knowledge within State who have the goods on their higher ups could well be enticed with the right amount of cash reward for whistleblowing. I think conservative groups should ready this money, work within State with inside people we already have in there or can access State, and then "turn" just a few of these to get them up to a Capitol Hill Presser followed by sworn oaths before House Committee. Money talks. Enough of it will flush some of these lower level folks out, despite what the kapo and other State Department higher up prison guards say or threaten. There are vulnerabilities galore in this Agency that can be skillfully gotten into, Breitbart and James O'keefe Style. I say we go for it having our legal backsides covered. Like I said, every man has his price a FEW people of HONOR in State who want to see justice done for the famiiles of the slain can and will emerge.
There is not a lot of virtue left in this country and its citizens...How can we realistically expect to see it in our elected officials...
agree, it has got to the point where most don’t care except about their own pockets and power and to them we are nothing but voters who are used for the elections.
Personally I;m at the point where DC can go and piss off
Like I’ve been saying for years...
We need to fire them all, get some people that do not know how things work in DC and really flip this trash-heap of electorates into the landfill...
Even the one’s we like...
In a perfect world at that point, the media would certainly cave in on itself because the new crop of politicians would probably tell the media to go take a long walk off a short pier...(Putting it nicely)
I am not a Nixon fan but as I recall no Americans died in the Watergate scandal, but the dims always like to play that outdated card on occasion.
What about when John Kerry (who ‘served’ in Vietnam) testified?
I just thought the same thing!
If this had been under Bush, the media would be all over it.
But the media will anything to protect their precious marxist.
Still think we live in a constitutional democracy?
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