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Benghazi: A Coverup Laid Bare --( House hearing with Whistleblowers )
Real Clear Politics ^ | - May 9, 2013 | By Tom Bevan

Posted on 05/09/2013 10:36:36 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks to House Republicans, Americans finally got to hear from the State Department officials the Obama administration never wanted to testify. They are now called “whistleblowers,” but that’s only because their accounts of what really happened in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, were buried by the administration, apparently in the furtherance of Democrats’ election-year imperatives.

Soon after the testimony, Democratic office-holders took to the airwaves and the internet to assure liberal loyalists that there was nothing really “new” here. Republicans, by contrast, trumpeted the accounts of Gregory Hicks, Eric Nordstrom, and Mark Thompson before the House Oversight Committee as proof that the administration never told the truth about Libya.

Interestingly, both sides are mostly right. Americans who have followed this incident closely didn’t learn much that they hadn’t already suspected about the sacking of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the murder of four Americans, and the administration’s extraordinary efforts to deflect any accountability for the tragedy by stonewalling, stalling, and issuing a series of misleading assertions about the sequence of events. Yet in hearing directly from Hicks, who was the deputy to slain ambassador Christopher Stevens, Americans can now put a face to that coverup.

Hicks, the second highest ranking State Department official in Libya when the consulate was attacked on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, confirmed the following facts under oath: There were no protests outside the U.S. compound; the anti-Islamic YouTube video denounced by the administration was a “non-event” in Libya and had nothing whatsoever to do with the assault that night; Hicks’ team knew almost immediately that the attack was carried out by terrorists; and all of this information was relayed to Washington in the hours and days afterward.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 113th; benghazi; benghazicoverup; benghaziwbhearing; dnc4alqaeda; dnctreason; greghicks; gregoryhicks; obama4alqaeda; obamatreason; obamavsamerica; rinotreason; soshillary; treason

1 posted on 05/09/2013 10:36:36 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: MestaMachine; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; justa-hairyape; onyx; SunkenCiv; Grampa Dave; ...

fyi


2 posted on 05/09/2013 10:37:31 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Cannot be, cannot be.

The WaPo calls the testimony a “yarn”.

And everyone knows, when a journalism major (what we science types call someone getting an ‘F’ in elementary math) writes something, it MUST be true.


3 posted on 05/09/2013 10:41:24 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well now...this is more like it! I was regretting getting out of bed this morning after glancing at the lack of Benghazi headlines.


4 posted on 05/09/2013 10:42:00 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Where are the calls to re-summon Hillary Clinton to the stand to get names and answers for her lies?


5 posted on 05/09/2013 10:43:17 AM PDT by Safrguns (PM me if you like to play Minecraft!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
— Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jan. 23, 2013:

“I wasn’t involved in the talking points process.... As I understand it, as I’ve been told, it was a typical interagency process where staff, including from the State Department, all participated, to try to come up with whatever was going to be made publicly available, and it was an intelligence product.”

“With all due respect,the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”—Hillary Clinton


6 posted on 05/09/2013 10:43:46 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (I'm afraid to go visit any American college because of all the foreign students with bombs.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Where was Hicks last fall when his testimony could have “made a difference”!

I fear the conspiracy runs deeper than anyone suspects.


7 posted on 05/09/2013 10:44:08 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
There was little "new" here, in that most of it had been rumored or suspected, but now it's officially on the record. But there were a few eyebrow-raisers, even still.

I, for one, was surprised to learn that Amb. Rice knew it was a terrorist attack no later than 9/12, well before peddling the "video" nonsense on TV. I had always assumed she was the one stuck with the talking points precisely because she knew nothing, but would stick to the script. Turns out she was knowingly lying the whole time.

8 posted on 05/09/2013 10:44:54 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: Da Coyote

Roger that. Just some disgruntled employees who are just a bunch of black president hating white guys who can’t stand having king hussein in the WH. Besides, what difference does it make now since it happened a long time ago and far far away.


9 posted on 05/09/2013 10:46:41 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Grampa Dave

She looks mentally impaired.

She is slipping fast.

When can Chelsea run? At 35?


10 posted on 05/09/2013 10:47:27 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: penelopesire; MestaMachine; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; justa-hairyape; onyx; SunkenCiv; ...
Ha,...Glad I found it,....H/T to Hot Air for pointing to this.

And I want to Highlight this bit:

************************************EXCERPT*****************************************

We did learn at least two new, relevant facts from yesterday's testimony. One is that Beth Jones, an official in the State Department, sent an email on September 12 bluntly acknowledging terrorists participated in the attacks (“The group that conducted the attacks, Ansar al-Sharia, is affiliated with Islamic terrorists.”) The other is that Hicks said his “jaw dropped” when he heard Rice make her claims about spontaneous protests. Hicks testified that he later confronted her about the comments, and shortly thereafter he was demoted.

11 posted on 05/09/2013 10:47:35 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: kevkrom

And this is all still simple groundwork. The fact of a cover-up is patently obvious now, except to those who are exercising willful blindness. The admin was covering up their refusal to act.

The elephant in the room that hasn’t been mentioned yet: WHY did the admin refuse to act? We’ve talked about theories on this score, but it needs to be investigated and put on the record.


12 posted on 05/09/2013 10:47:39 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Right
Thank you so much, sweet Ernest!


13 posted on 05/09/2013 10:49:17 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

When can Chelsea run? At 35?

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Only native-born U.S. citizens (or those born abroad, but only to parents who were both citizens of ... One must also be at least 35 years of age to be president.”


14 posted on 05/09/2013 10:49:25 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (I'm afraid to go visit any American college because of all the foreign students with bombs.)
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15 posted on 05/09/2013 10:50:00 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: penelopesire; All
For those that didn't sit thru the full hearings....I watched on CSPAN.....a link of an excerpt from the day.. supplied by Real Clear Politics:

Real Clear Politics Video -Benghazi Witness Gregory Hicks Gives 30 Minute Recount Of Attack On Consulate

16 posted on 05/09/2013 10:53:24 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks Ernest!

I watched the whole thing twice and cannot believe that the dems and media are getting away with saying nothing new was learned and that it is only political.

Limbaugh talking about it now.


17 posted on 05/09/2013 10:55:25 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: onyx

BUMP!!


18 posted on 05/09/2013 10:55:47 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: penelopesire; onyx
Just found this at the RCP website....haven't viewed yet,...but it ought to be good....

Posted on May 9, 2013-- Michelle Malkin vs. Juan Williams On Benghazi Hearings

19 posted on 05/09/2013 11:00:12 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; penelopesire

I saw their exchange last night.
She told him off.


20 posted on 05/09/2013 11:01:44 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks for the post.

Closer to reality than most of the MSM coverage.


21 posted on 05/09/2013 11:04:47 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It’s very possible the clown will get away with his crime. Half the country has its head up their a$$es, and the media are pushing it in farther.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 11:08:18 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

But what about the supposed coverup of the purported secret purpose of the consulate to coordinate shipment of arms to Syrian rebels? Nobody on the committee even asked a question about it while I watched most of the hearing. Not saying I have any knowledge of that “secret purpose” other than the rumors I’ve read.


23 posted on 05/09/2013 11:10:03 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Thanks,....Got another video:

Rubio On Benghazi Talking Points: Someone In Admin. Should Have Said "This Is Wrong"

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) discusses the House hearing on the Benghazi attack on "FOX & Friends."

“They didn’t want to admit that it was a terrorist attack because to admit it was a terrorist attack was to admit that terrorism was still out there and reaching us. And so that’s the reason why they sent the order in my opinion. In some way, shape or form, they sent the order that these talking points should not be allowed to include any reference to terrorism per say or at least it acting as a terrorist attack, but rather they need to be told that this was something that was a result of a YouTube video. So, I think that was the political motivation behind it. What I think is sad is how many people are around the administration, including the former Secretary of State, Secretary Clinton, knew this to be the case and allowed this to move forward anyway. You would have hoped the people would have stood up and said this is wrong, the American people deserve the truth. That didn’t happen.”

24 posted on 05/09/2013 11:10:17 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: onyx

She is a little fireball....I deeply admire her.


25 posted on 05/09/2013 11:12:26 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; onyx

Sounds like Must See TV! Time for more folks to display some righteous anger!!


26 posted on 05/09/2013 11:12:45 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Gregory Hicks, Eric Nordstrom, and Mark Thompson are much more than “whistleblowers”, they are very competent and credible witnesses that have testified under oath.... they are also PATRIOTS.


27 posted on 05/09/2013 11:13:21 AM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: luvbach1
For official purposes the committee is going to stay A MILE away from what the annex was about.

Did the Libyans know about it?

And how many people we had there?

28 posted on 05/09/2013 11:15:30 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Michelle Malkin is seen by me as beautiful, intelligent, patriotic, fearless and she is most attractive when she is p!ssed.

I watched this last night, but it was fun to watch it again.


29 posted on 05/09/2013 11:20:18 AM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: penelopesire
I watched the whole thing twice and cannot believe that the dems and media are getting away with saying nothing new was learned and that it is only political.

We knew from the very beginning that it would be this way.

30 posted on 05/09/2013 11:21:28 AM PDT by Mark17
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I wonder if the all of the libtards realize, not just some of the librards realize; if Hillary and Obama will do what they did to those 4 men; they will do it to them? Get the trains ready, the libtards are going with the rest of us. They may believe they aren’t with some sweet cushy lives and others freebies; but to people if you can call them that; don’t care. You are just another number.


31 posted on 05/09/2013 11:25:16 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Gator113; All
I like watching her.

Dropping another video link here:

O'Reilly: Reactions To The Benghazi Hearings

Bill O'Reilly explains his view that the Benghazi incident was the result of gross incompetence on the part of the Obama Administration.

32 posted on 05/09/2013 11:27:23 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Anyone who listened to that testimony and wasn’t a rabid Democrat partisan would know the US government lied about what happened for political expediency and those lies were concocted by the White House. The testimony also revealed that the State Department had made no real plans for increased security and ignored warnings from their own staff about the danger in the region. The big unanswered question was what was the Ambassador doing in Benghazi especially when it was known to be a hot bed for terrorists and the compound was not very secure. Was the Ambassador supervising the transfer of Libyan arms to Syrian rebels in a covert operation???


33 posted on 05/09/2013 11:38:17 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Gator113
“Michelle Malkin is seen by me as beautiful, intelligent, patriotic, fearless and she is most attractive when she is p!ssed.”

Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.

34 posted on 05/09/2013 11:39:29 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle (Hil)
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To: The Great RJ; All; onyx; MestaMachine; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; justa-hairyape; SunkenCiv; ...
Another video from RCP:

Foxnews Panel: Doug Schoen: "I Don't Think All Benghazi Questions Have Been Answered"

More questions today than before the hearing.

35 posted on 05/09/2013 11:51:03 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Had to count the number of yes answers....seems about right to me.


36 posted on 05/09/2013 11:52:24 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

I’d rather be fighting off enemies with Michelle than with Juan any day. Any day. How can Juan look into his own eyes?


37 posted on 05/09/2013 12:17:08 PM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I did learning something new today regarding the need to activate a "select committee", in order to issue subpenas.
Knowledge was gain from the Fox interview you referenced.
38 posted on 05/09/2013 3:48:26 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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