60-foot petition demands end to Benghazi secrets
Special Ops veterans want details on American security fiasco
It has been almost one year since the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed and 10 others were injured in a terror attack.
Included in those murdered that day were U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and two Navy Seals, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
So Special Operations Veterans have presented a petition of 1,000 names calling for a Select Committee in Congress to “end the cover-up” of the Benghazi scandal.
The petition is 60 feet long, and it was unrolled near the Capitol building Tuesday.
Special Operations Speaks officials say the presentation was the opening volley in a nationwide campaign urging House members to sign the discharge petition that would force House consideration of HR 36 – the bill to establish a Select Committee to fully investigate the Benghazi massacre.
The Special Operations Veterans are asking why were was no military responses, and why was the consulate never secured.
Gen. Carter Ham, the former head of U.S. forces in Africa, told the Aspen Security Forum just recently that “it became apparent to all of us quickly that this was not a demonstration, this was a violent attack.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initially claimed the embassy attack was a response to an obscure Internet video.
U.S. Rep. Frank Wolfe, R-Va., has sponsored the congressional resolution, HR 36, that calls for an investigation of the attack and the administration’s handling of it in the weeks that followed.
More than 120 members of Congress are co-sponsors.
Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, has been front and center on the issue, and accuses his own speaker, Rep. John Boehner of doing too little.
“If they were addressing (the situation), we would have gotten to the bottom of it by now,” he said.
Earlier, WND reported that analysts doubt the president could survive politically a full investigation. In May, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said the Benghazi scandal is “worse than Watergate” and commented that, “When a president lies to the American people and is part of a cover-up, he cannot continue to govern…as the facts come out, I think we’re going to see something startling. And before it’s over, I don’t think this president will finish his term unless somehow they can delay it in Congress past the next three and a half years.”
The delay is well under way, and some say the delay is so important to the administration because it not only protects the president, it protects former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is expected to run for president in 2016. Clinton led the administration’s assertion that this was not a terrorist attack, but rather the attacks were a spontaneous response of violent extremists in reaction to a video.
The administration says this is “old news” and suggests there are more pressing issues that are current and warrant timely attention.
“This administration has always been clear that violent extremists were involved in this attack,” said Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State. “I’m not going to litigate what’s already been evaluated.”
She continued, “This administration has always been clear that violent extremists were involved in this attack. The question was who exactly they were and whether there was also a demonstration at the same time. It now appears that there wasn’t…”
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that when he found out “there were RPGs and mortars and there was an attack on that second facility, there was no question in my mind it was a terrorist attack.”
Witnesses have signed book deals so they are not talking. Some say witnesses were told to sign nondisclosure agreements, but that would not ordinarily preclude them from talking to Congress.
It is unclear as to whether or not they would testify if the requested Select Committee was successful, and they were called to testify before Congress.
Among those listed on the campaign website as supporting the investigation are Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas; Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.; Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga.; SOS co-founder Col. Dick Brauer Jr.; Ken Benway, LTC (retired) Special Forces, and many more.
Stockman earlier said he would seek to force the Benghazi vote because the move is the only way to get “a clean and thorough investigation.”