“BOMBSHELL: House Oversight says requests for increased security in Benghazi before 9/11 denied by Washington”
House Oversight memo, via TRS:
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders today sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking why requests for more protection were denied to the U.S. mission in Libya by Washington officials prior to the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The denials came after repeated attacks and security threats to U.S. personnel.
“Based on information provided to the Committee by individuals with direct knowledge of events in Libya, the attack that claimed the ambassador’s life was the latest in a long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to September 11, 2012. It was clearly never, as Administration officials once insisted, the result of a popular protest,” the committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and subcommittee chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, write. “In addition, multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”
The letter outlines 13 security threats over the six months prior to the attack.
“Put together, these events indicated a clear pattern of security threats that could only be reasonably interpreted to justify increased security for U.S. personnel and facilities in Benghazi,” the chairmen write.
The Committee indicated it intends to convene a hearing in Washington on Wednesday October 10, 2012, on the security failures that preceded the attack.
Will we Americans even get a mention of this during tomorrow’s debate — either from the moderators or Romney himself, who seems increasingly to be borrowing from the sanctimonious John McCain defeat-with-showy-honor playbook of colossal fail.
I just hope that Romney’s internals look stellar to his campaign people, and he’s just playing four corners defense at this point as a result. Otherwise, I’m at a loss to explain how this country can continue to function in a fog of the daily surreal.
It’s like we’re living in the opening scenes of Joe vs. the Volcano. And we just can’t shake loose that oddly-off look the world has taken on.
For eight days we were told a YouTube video caused a spontaneous demonstration of savagery — in the name of peace and religious tolerance. We watched an American escorted from him home, his face and body covered, after our own press identified him as the maker of the video.
We watched the President, the DOJ, and the State Department try to scapegoat a citizen (who may have had ties to the FBI as an informant) when they knew full well that they needed time to get to work covering their own asses.
Which is something the murdered Libyan ambassador, I hate to say it, was not allowed to do — either figuratively or literally.
And yet campaigning by Obama continues apace, as Hollywood starlets and rapper moguls and phony New York bohemian art-scene pseudo-intellectuals (who made their bones on “Square Pegs” and “Sex in the City” and Ferris Beuhler’s Day Off, respectively) continue to lavish praise on a man who it is increasingly clear is intent on bringing down the free market capitalist system and rejiggering the balance of world power.
Such callousness on display. Such a presumptuousness that the press will cover for he and Hillary and Holder.
But is this a bridge too far, finally?
(thanks to Pablo)