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Live Thread: Benghazi Whistleblowers Hearing 11:30 A.M. EDT 5/08/13
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform ^ | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Posted on 05/08/2013 6:00:25 AM PDT by kristinn

Hearing details:

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today announced three witnesses who will appear at a full committee hearing, “Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage,” on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 11:30 AM in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

“I applaud these individuals for answering our call to testify in front of the Committee. They have critical information about what occurred before, during, and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks that differs on key points from what Administration officials – including those on the Accountability Review Board – have portrayed,” said Issa. “Our committee has been contacted by numerous other individuals who have direct knowledge of the Benghazi terrorist attack, but are not yet prepared to testify. In many cases their principal reticence of appearing in public is their concern of retaliation at the hands of their respective employers. While we may yet add additional witnesses, this panel will certainly answer some questions and leave us with many new ones.”

Witnesses: Mr. Mark Thompson
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism
US Department of State

Mr. Gregory Hicks
Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission/Chargé d’Affairs in Libya
US Department of State

Mr. Eric Nordstrom
Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya
US Department of State

In October 2012, the Oversight Committee held the first hearing on the Benghazi attacks, which exposed denials of security requests and forced the Administration to acknowledge that the attacks were not sparked by a protest of a YouTube video, contrary to claims made by Obama Administration officials.

*** NOTE: Press seating will be reserved, but limited. Please arrive early (hearing room will open to press at 10:30 AM) to guarantee a seat. An overflow area will be available. ***

Hearing Details:
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
“Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage”
Full Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa, (R-CA) 11:30 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building and streaming live at oversight.house.gov.

The hearing is also scheduled to be shown live on C-SPAN 3 and Fox News.

Live stream at C-SPAN.

Also check Fox News live stream.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
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To: onyx

That’s pretty disgusting. Maybe they forgot they’re supposed to be a news source rather than a branch of OFA.


1,441 posted on 05/08/2013 10:53:44 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: carjic

Boring is good imho. Sets up more hearings.


1,442 posted on 05/08/2013 10:53:44 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: RummyChick

Watching on http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN3 and I am not a middle-aged guy!


1,443 posted on 05/08/2013 10:53:46 AM PDT by zeaal
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To: onyx

Drops jaw. I got news for them, they’re not going to succeed with THAT lame strawman.


1,444 posted on 05/08/2013 10:53:55 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Fresh Wind

Yep. Thankfully, these guys, (the Whistleblowers) seem very prepared. Hard to trip up the truth.


1,445 posted on 05/08/2013 10:54:07 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: RummyChick

You can always rely on the Washington Compost to tweet something stupid..I got news for the Compost, Im not rich, Im not a man, and Im tweeting about Benghazi..Dems will do ANYTHING to protect their false prophet


1,446 posted on 05/08/2013 10:54:21 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: onyx

Says it all!!


1,447 posted on 05/08/2013 10:54:32 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Linda Frances

There is a radio fed as well as C-Span link...


1,448 posted on 05/08/2013 10:54:54 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: liberalh8ter

Washington Compost.


1,449 posted on 05/08/2013 10:54:54 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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Two known Stand Down decisions found in this hearing.


1,450 posted on 05/08/2013 10:54:58 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: acoulterfan
“Sadly Passed Away”

Is there any other way to pass away?

1,451 posted on 05/08/2013 10:55:06 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: kabar
I would have to go back through the transcript but it seems to me that I heard Stevens was supposed to be out of Benghazi by 9/15. If that's the case it a curious coincidence that he was taken out only days if not hours before he was due to leave. I wonder who knew he was leaving? Of course I'm conspiratorial.
1,452 posted on 05/08/2013 10:55:07 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: Linda Frances
fox was doing a good job earlier...
I've changed the channel now
1,453 posted on 05/08/2013 10:55:17 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Not Chris Stevens RT @washingtonpost: Who’s tweeting about Benghazi? Rich, middle-aged men and Chick-fil-A lovers wapo.st/18YFgKP
— The H2 (@TheH2) May 8, 2013


1,454 posted on 05/08/2013 10:55:19 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: longtermmemmory
who will fall hillary or obama?

Neither. Sorry....

1,455 posted on 05/08/2013 10:55:21 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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Ooooo, stand down order up!


1,456 posted on 05/08/2013 10:55:28 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: All; anyone

Is Patrick Kennedy the former Congressman from Rhode Island.


1,457 posted on 05/08/2013 10:55:34 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: ColdOne

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin


1,458 posted on 05/08/2013 10:55:39 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: machogirl

Maloney is entering Issa’s two-Pinocho rating aroung but WaPo Factchecker announced that it was placing its two pinnochio rating against Susan Rice under review. I guess Maloney’s staff (Media Matters) withheld that from her talking points prep!

“The Benghazi talking points: What’s known and unknown”

May 7, 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-benghazi-talking-points-whats-known-and-unknown/2013/05/06/f689ee08-b693-11e2-b94c-b684dda07add_blog.html

New information is raising questions about the development of the administration’s talking points on the deadly attack on the diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans, including the ambassador, dead.

Readers may recall that The Fact Checker concluded that there was something rather odd about U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s comments on the Sunday news shows shortly after the attack. Rice said the attack “began spontaneously” because of a reaction to a protest in Cairo sparked by a “hateful video,” and there was no indication it was “premeditated or preplanned.”

We awarded her Two Pinocchios the morning after she appeared on the shows, concluding that “the publicly available evidence stands in stark contrast to Rice’s talking points.”

The key new disclosure is that senior levels of the White House and State Department were closely involved in the rewriting of the talking points. Previously, Obama administration officials had strongly suggested that the talking points were developed almost exclusively by intelligence officials.

(Update: Reading between the lines, part of State’s concern appears to be inconsistency in messaging. Nuland, as State Department spokesman, had been constrained from saying much about the attack at the podium, and now the CIA was proposing to give lawmakers much more information than the administration had released. Moreover, from State’s perspective, the original draft contained references to CIA’s warnings about the security environment, which appeared designed to deflect attention from the agency’s substantial role in Benghazi.)

The result, after the meeting, was a wholesale rewriting of the talking points. The House report says “the actual edits, including deleting all references to al-Qaeda, were made by a current high-ranking CIA official,” which the Weekly Standard identifies as Deputy Director Mike Morell.

Oddly, in November, three GOP senators released a statement saying that Morell had told them that the references to al-Qaeda had been removed by the FBI — but then six hours later the CIA contacted them to say Morell “misspoke” and instead the CIA had actually made those deletions. His own apparent role appears not to have been mentioned.

Morell may have had his hand on the pen, but the available evidence suggests that White House and State Department had much more involvement than the “single adjustment” of changing the word “consulate” to “diplomatic facility,” as Carney asserted.

Clinton, during her testimony before the Senate and the House in January, made the following comments about the development of the talking points. She also stressed it was an “intelligence product” and said she was not involved in the “talking points process” and she “personally” was not focused on them — odd locutions that leave open the possibility that she was aware of the internal debate at the time.

As more information emerges, we will continue to track how the administration’s statements hold up over time and whether more Pinocchio ratings are appropriate.


1,459 posted on 05/08/2013 10:55:42 AM PDT by Seizethecarp ((Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Ignore them they r still upset over sc loss


1,460 posted on 05/08/2013 10:55:46 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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