Kerry refuses to permit Benghazi victims to testify, subpoenas to be issued

While many are discouraged that the truth regarding Benghazi will never be told, I remain optimistic. I cannot believe that of the thirty or so survivors of the attack, none are willing to honor the memory of their fallen comrades by  telling the truth. There are two stories out there that supports my hopefulness that have received almost no attention. While we wring our hands that a Select Committee has not been permitted, Issa marches on. Tomorrow another hearing which will include this fine fellow Pickering. So here is the latest update from “The Front.”

Secretary of State John Kerry has informed Congress he “will not honor the request to make Benghazi survivors available for questioning,” CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson reports.

Republicans in the House Oversight Committee reportedly plan to issue subpoenas if Kerry does not reverse his decision and provide congressional investigators access to Benghazi survivors.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday sent Kerry a formal letter demanding access to the survivors of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“I must receive confirmation that the [State] Department will makes these witnesses available to Committee investigators by September 24, 2013,” the letter reads.

“Otherwise, I will have no alternative but to consider the use of compulsory process,” the letter adds. The Blaze

In support of my hopefulness, we have this:

A CIA employee who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring him from discussing the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has been suspended as a result and forced to hire legal counsel, according to a top House lawmaker.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) revealed at an event on Monday that his office was anonymously informed about the CIA employee, who is purportedly facing an internal backlash after refusing to sign a legal document barring him from publicly or privately discussing events surrounding the Benghazi attack.

The NDA agreements are meant to instill fear in employees and stop them from speaking “to the media or Congress,” Wolf said on Monday.

The CIA declined to comment directly on Wolf’s charges, but forwarded the Washington Free Beacon a letter sent to Congress from CIA Director John Brennan in which he denies charges that the agency has forced employees to sign NDAs and submit to polygraph tests.

“I want to assure you that I will not tolerate any effort to prevent our intelligence oversight committee from doing their jobs,” Brennan hand wrote at the bottom of the letter.

Monday’s Benghazi discussion came on the same day that House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) released a report detailing multiple shortcomings in the State Department’s internal investigation into failures related to the Benghazi attack

More at Free Beacon

Benghazi dad: ‘Ty Woods body left on tarmac for hours’

After all, Ty Woods could not have been Mr. Obama’s son. More hearings coming up. One big massive cover up. Let this touch your heartstrings. One very sad interview done over at Fox. But then again, as the adminstration so famously said., “Fox isn’t real news.”

This from no less than the The Daily Beast

The State Department’s investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was not independent and failed to hold senior State Department officials accountable for the failures that led to the death of four Americans, according to a new investigative report compiled by the House Oversight Committee.

‘It appears increasingly likely the Department’s primary objective was to create the public appearance of accountability.’

H/T:Weasel Zippers:

Mr. Woods said he sent a letter to the President requesting answers on Benghazi, but he has received no answers as of yet. When asked about the President, he said:

I wish he had taken the time the night of September 11, not to go to bed, not to go prepare to collect money in Las Vegas, but I wish he had taken time then to watch more of the video of the live time ambush attack at the Embassy and that I wish that he had sent the troops that everybody knows were available to rescue those people…

In this case, there was no rescue attempt, no planes sent. In fact, Ty’s body was left on the tarmac for three hours and there wasn’t even an American plane sent to rescue or even take his body home.

They had to commandeer a Libyan plane and didn’t even know where they would be taken in order to remove his body from the tarmac. Is that the way to treat an American hero?

In additional comment not in the above video, Mr. Woods noted that around the time of his funeral he had made contact with one of the survivors, but that since that time, he has been unable to get any response to inquiries to that person’s phone or email.

Mr. Woods also noted he was informed of a conversation by General Carter Ham that there were assets available to use for a rescue but Ham was not allowed to deploy those assets.

HT: Mass Tea Party

Kucinich lays bare our failed policy at Benghazi House hearing

After watching the full hearing, “The Security Failures of Benghazi”, and coming to the conclusion that who we have in the State Department, the desk jockeys that make decisions about our national security are alarming at best, and terrifying at worst, I looked for any rational voice  present in the almost four hours of hearings. Lt Col Andrew Wood, Eric Nordstrom, Charlene R Lamb and Patrick Kennedy testified on the security failures of Benghazi before the US House oversight committee. Charlene Lamb refused requests for additional security.

As Michelle Malkin said on Hannity last night, everyone who intends to vote, must watch the hearing before voting. I suggest you fast forward past the Democrats who participated if you want to save some time. I promise you it is riveting. The link to the full hearing  is here

A shorter Q and A portion of the hearing which is a bit over one hour is  here

The voice who made any sense at times and at all turned out to be in my mind. He lays bare our absurd foreign policy, and in this case our Middle East policy. I have often found Dennis to be somewhat of a kook, but not in his overview of Libya.

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