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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
KEYWORDS: 0pansification; 113th; benghazi; benghazihearing; benghazihearings; benghaziwb; benghaziwbhearing; chickenshiitebastard; christopherstevens; cia; coverup; darrellissa; gunrunning; illegalarms; illegalgunrunning; libya; livebenghazihearing; muslimbrotherhood; soshillary; turkey; whistleblowers
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To: UCANSEE2

BTW, I agree with you that it wasn’t a set up before the election and Hillary was certainly deeply involved. But I just hope that if they do have more hearings, they don’t settle for pinning it all on Hillary’s incompetence but instead follow it all the way back to where it came from, the White House.

And I sure hope they have more hearings and that the next time they will call Hillary back again. She’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.


2,751 posted on 05/08/2013 2:51:15 PM PDT by livius
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To: NoGrayZone

That’s what I figure, I didn’t know if I typed gobbledygook....

What a day.


2,752 posted on 05/08/2013 2:51:29 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: TigersEye

Mark Thompson’s opening remarks are damning; remarks that concern the deliberate exclusion of his recommendation to engage the Forward Emergency Support Team.


2,753 posted on 05/08/2013 2:51:34 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

“John McCain: Founding Father of the Terrorist Emirate of Benghazi

Benghazi declares autonomy, raises Al-Qaeda flag. McCain seeks to spread terrorist empire to Syria.

by Tony Cartalucci

March 7, 2012 - “I have met with these brave fighters, and they are not Al-Qaeda. To the contrary: They are Libyan patriots who want to liberate their nation. We should help them do it.” - Senator John McCain in Benghazi, Libya April 22, 2011.”

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2012/03/john-mccain-founding-father-of.html

Benghazi, as a port and near to jihadists hiding in the mountains to its east, is an important location in North Aftica. Has been historically, too. Goes way back.......


2,754 posted on 05/08/2013 2:51:35 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

Chicago is derived from the Indian term for the place which translates into something like “foul smelling swamp” because of all the skunk cabbage that used to grow there.


2,755 posted on 05/08/2013 2:51:47 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: tomkat

I second that! Never any delays. Whatever you did, it really showed up in this high post thread. Thank you!


2,756 posted on 05/08/2013 2:51:54 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: tomkat
B T T T ! ! ! ©

2,757 posted on 05/08/2013 2:52:16 PM 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: The Cajun; onyx
Man, Cummings needs to catch the first basketball to He//!
2,758 posted on 05/08/2013 2:52:22 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: TigersEye

LOLOL.


2,759 posted on 05/08/2013 2:53:05 PM 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: livius
I think she resigned in part because she got tired of being kicked around and in part because she realized that she was going to be blamed for the whole Benghazi thing, as if she were a rogue SOS who was busy undermining his sainted highness Obama.

This is going to get interesting as the noose closes on Clinton. Is she going to fight or just try to ooze off into the sunset? Is she such a committed leftist that she'll take one for the cause or will she take Obama down? If she's looking weakened for 2016, there's Presidential aspirants on both sides of the aisle who will want to take bites out of her. I think she's soon going to feel like a cow who's sleepwalked into a piranha filled river.

2,760 posted on 05/08/2013 2:53:07 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Texas Songwriter

“US ‘Consulate’ in Benghazi was a hub for recruiting jihadis to fight for al Qaeda in Syria”

by 1389 on October 18, 2012

“I remember when treason was a capital offense.
Now, it isn’t even grounds for someone losing his or her job.

World Net Daily: This is what Benghazi ‘consulate’ really was”

By Aaron Klein

http://1389blog.com/2012/10/18/us-consulate-in-benghazi-was-a-hub-for-recruiting-jihadis-to-fight-for-al-qaeda-in-syria/


2,761 posted on 05/08/2013 2:53:28 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Viennacon
Flight time from Rome to Tripoli is 1 hour and a half. We’re supposed to believe that the time from our base in Italy to Benghazi is somehow more than 7 hours.

DemocRats : "Well, you know how long it takes special forces guys to put on the camo makeup."

2,762 posted on 05/08/2013 2:54:02 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: onyx

Bitch Hillary is F’d like a soup sandwich


2,763 posted on 05/08/2013 2:54:31 PM PDT by advertising guy (clearly, semi automatic high capacity pressure cookers should be banned)
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To: UCANSEE2
Nonsense. It was part of the State Department's delusion that we can demonstrate to the host government that we support them. Even Hicks thought it was good idea.

We should never have diplomatic posts where the host government cannot protect us. I say that having served 28 years in the Foreign Service, including being in Iran when our Embassy was overrun the first time on Feb 14, 1979.

2,764 posted on 05/08/2013 2:54:31 PM PDT by kabar
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To: All

I don’t get to say this very often, but today, I am proud of the republicans involved in this hearing.... some more than others. Issa did a very good job at pulling this together and Trey Gowdy’s style ROCKS - that guy amazes me.

The ‘brave’ whistleblowers were outstanding and they renewed my faith in ‘some’ of our government employees.

As Obama and his filthy tribe watches the pealing of this onion, he simply must be crying. It’s starting to look as though Benghazi may get shoved down his miserable throat.

As always, the corrupt treasonist democrats sucked.


2,765 posted on 05/08/2013 2:54:54 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: Toespi
No one knew Clinton wanted Benghazi as a permanent facility. Pickering was shocked to hear this. Secretaries “wish”

Could be because years ago when Qadaffi came to power I think he changed the country's capital, and she wanted to undo that for her newfound friends.

2,766 posted on 05/08/2013 2:56:33 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Jim Robinson; John Robinson

“””I second that! Never any delays. Whatever you did, it really showed up in this high post thread. Thank you!”””

(oops — meant to address the above to you!)


2,767 posted on 05/08/2013 2:57:20 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: kabar

That’s true, because they wanted to pin it on the supposed foul-ups of lower level personnel. However, I meant that a lot of the main players that particular night seem to have disappeared. Also, of course, we have a new CIA head, a new Secy of Defense and a new SOS. I think Obama is trying to distance himself from the whole thing, and churning the personnel is one way to do it.


2,768 posted on 05/08/2013 2:58:06 PM PDT by livius
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To: Lucky9teen
Cameras still left in the box in Benghazi, that could have been installed and set up....

The State Dept. spent $500,000 on solar panels for the Paris embassy.

2,769 posted on 05/08/2013 2:59:07 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: advertising guy

She’s beneath contempt.
Past time for her to be brought down.


2,770 posted on 05/08/2013 2:59:44 PM 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: little jeremiah

One heck of a day! Let’s just pray it goes somewhere!


2,771 posted on 05/08/2013 3:01:58 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Gator113

Interesting the Wikipedia page about him tells where his kids go to school, where his wife works that he has a certain number of nieces and nephews. Lot of details that would make him a target. Very interesting.


2,772 posted on 05/08/2013 3:02:24 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: amom

Note to self...post 2709...for future review.


2,773 posted on 05/08/2013 3:03:36 PM PDT by amom
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To: mass55th
Nordstrum also directly contradicted Maloney's baloney.
He said he had talked with the Dems twice!
2,774 posted on 05/08/2013 3:03:59 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: TigersEye

You’re right. Thanks for reminding me of that.


2,775 posted on 05/08/2013 3:06:26 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: TigersEye

2,776 posted on 05/08/2013 3:06:28 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Paine in the Neck; livius; Travis McGee

As Travis McGee has pointed out definitively, ONLY the CIC has can authorize cross border military action.

So the buck stops clearly on 0bastard’s desk for this. He had to be the one who issued the no go order. Only he could have authorized any military action to save the men in Benghazi.


2,777 posted on 05/08/2013 3:06:53 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: mass55th

2,778 posted on 05/08/2013 3:07:23 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: topher
The local government (Libya) would have had to approve the overflight of an armed UAV.

So does it follow that Obama had to ask the "Pokistanis" to give us overflight approval for our choppers to strike in Abottabad before we took OBL down?

2,779 posted on 05/08/2013 3:08:21 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Lucky9teen

LOL Sick but true!


2,780 posted on 05/08/2013 3:09:04 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: NoGrayZone

This may be the sharp edged tool that chisels apart the entire illegitmate administration.


2,781 posted on 05/08/2013 3:09:23 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: onyx
TREASON is the reason!


2,782 posted on 05/08/2013 3:09:50 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Chickensoup

Email his office and tell them!


2,783 posted on 05/08/2013 3:10:00 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah; livius; Travis McGee
So the buck stops clearly on 0bastard’s desk for this. He had to be the one who issued the no go order.

Yes, he owns it but I'm not so sure that the order wasn't given by someone illegally usurping that authority (Yes, Val, I'm looking at you).

2,784 posted on 05/08/2013 3:11:42 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Lucky9teen
#Benghazigate

Christopher Hicks‏@duke17233m @jasoninthehouse Look at where Benghazigate has gotten us in Syria where are the 1000's of shoulder fired missiles? Impeachment Now!

2,785 posted on 05/08/2013 3:12:02 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Paine in the Neck
I think she resigned in part because she got tired of being kicked around and in part because she realized that she was going to be blamed for the whole Benghazi thing, as if she were a rogue SOS who was busy undermining his sainted highness Obama.

During the previous summer, Hillary announced that she would resign the SOS, effective the end of Obama's first term.

2,786 posted on 05/08/2013 3:14:02 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: livius
Many of these people were scheduled to leave anyway. Brennan moved over to the CIA. I have no doubt he was involved in Benghazi when he was in the WH. Clapper is still around. So is Rice.

Congress can call these people to testify. I hope this opens the way for a Select Committee so we can really go after them.

2,787 posted on 05/08/2013 3:14:55 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Paine in the Neck

-— Is she such a committed leftist that she’ll take one for the cause or will she take Obama down? -—

She wants the presidency bad. No way she’s going down.


2,788 posted on 05/08/2013 3:15:26 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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State Department Has Gone 5 Years without an Inspector General Thursday, February 14, 2013
2,789 posted on 05/08/2013 3:15:28 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Chickensoup

I thought that was strange too. Lots of info. Strange even for wikipedia.


2,790 posted on 05/08/2013 3:15:31 PM PDT by csvset
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To: Lucky9teen

awesome...too bad the late night comedians can’t use that one. (They would if the regime were Rep.)


2,791 posted on 05/08/2013 3:16:06 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: thouworm

I think it was learned from the Libyans at the hospital.


2,792 posted on 05/08/2013 3:16:09 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Lucky9teen

LOL, thanks. I don’t tweet, so I appreciate this.


2,793 posted on 05/08/2013 3:16:15 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Chickensoup

Perhaps someone needs to start a single webpage that lists personal public information on ALL ‘enemies within’ - politicians, MSM, etc.. I can’t, because I do not have the personality that would be able to peacefully deal with the backlash. ;>)


2,794 posted on 05/08/2013 3:16:19 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: piasa

Wow..thanks...just trying to catch up now. Had to run on the treadmill. Happy to report that I did not have a heart attack running after having high blood pressure all day watching the hearing....lol.


2,795 posted on 05/08/2013 3:19:29 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: advertising guy
Bitch Hillary is F’d like a soup sandwich

Historic First Women President in Waiting only has to get through these hearings to solidify her position.

2,796 posted on 05/08/2013 3:20:17 PM PDT by alrea
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To: tomkat

It certainly did!


2,797 posted on 05/08/2013 3:20:30 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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Not sure what to make of this: Either a good tweet or in bad taste.


2,798 posted on 05/08/2013 3:21:51 PM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: TigersEye
Pakistanis didn't know about any "video" or any "insults" until 0blablah and Hillbilly broadcast this...

Obama and Hillary Apologize for Free Speech on Pakistani TV (taxpayer-funded ads) Sept. 20, 2012 Which immediately resulted in this...

Pakistan: 17 killed in anti-Islam film protests Sept. 21, 2012

That really gets me... the dynamic duo of Obama and hillary, knowing full well that a lot of people were killed in earlier mass demonstrations when the press published the fictional version of the Koran in the Toilet event, decided to produce an ad with their own fictional version of events the "Innocence of Muslims" movie - and play it on Pakistani TV. They had to know it would incite riots more than the movie would have done if they had not drawn attention to it.

2,799 posted on 05/08/2013 3:29:30 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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They knew and let them die.
From: [redacted]@state.gov
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 4:05 PM
To: [redacted]
Subject: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack (SBU)

(SBU) The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Embassy Tripoli reports
approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is
currently in Benghazi, and four COM personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is
providing security support.

The Operations Center Center will provide updates as available.


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2,800 posted on 05/08/2013 3:30:25 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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