Benghazi Cover Up: Legislators Emerge from Yesterday’s Hearings Outraged; Breaking: Petraeus Gave Testimony, Confirms it was known to be a Terrorist Attack
Three hearings occurred yesterday. The hearing before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees were both held in private. The hearing before the House Foreign Affairs committee was open door. Before the public, lawmakers vigorously blasted those responsible for the events in Benghazi that night and the misleading propaganda in the aftermath of the attack when the Obama administration told the American people and the world that the attack was over a youtube video.
This morning, the news is currently breaking that General Petraeus has just testified he was aware within 24 hours that the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was a terror attack. Nevertheless, lawmakers question why General Petreaus downplayed the idea of a terror attack during a very critical time in previous September 14th hearings three days after the attack.
Congressman King (R-NY) is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and he is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee. He was present as Petraeus testified this morning in a closed door hearing before both House and Senate Intelligence Committees. He emerged from the closed door hearing on the heels of Petreaus’ testimony and spoke to the press. Congressman King appeared restrained but determined, and he stated that Petraeus’ account of his previous testimony was at odds with his recollection.
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) of the House Judiciary Committee recieved a petition yesterday with 100,000 signatures from high ranking military veterans and others which demanded a special investigation lead by a special prosecutor. Congressman Gohmert has taken up that cause, and is now demanding the same.
The following is the latest update on all of the above.
Yesterday’s Hearings Brought Outrage and Anger from Legislators
From the legilators of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who were present at open hearings yesterday:
Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) Chairman of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee expressed his concerns over security arrangements:
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) expressed his outrage and anger in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing. He harshly condemned the lie told to the American people:
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), was also restrained, but outraged, as he stated he was appalled, and declared the Obama administration was guilty of “total failure”:
Also Greta Van Susteren held interviews following the hearing. The first half of this report contains quotes from legislators in the hearings, the second half of this video contains analysis by former Ambassador John Bolton:
From the legislators of the House Intelligence Committee who met with journalist Sean Hannity after their closed door hearing yesterday. Congressman Pete King (R-NY) is also the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. Republican Congressman Joe Heck of Nevada is also on the House Armed Services Committee:
As legislators such as these above continue to contend for justice and our national security, Petraeus gave his testimony before them this morning in closed door hearings. At the time of this writing, the news that is currently breaking on Petraeus’ testimony is scarce, but the current update indicates his testimony of today appeared to contradict his previous testimony.
Petraeus stated before legislators in a closed door hearing this morning that he knew within 24 hours it was a terrorist attack. This testimony not only contradicts his prior testimony, it appears to confirm Paula Broadwell’s comments in a speech she gave. In a speech given in Denver, Paula Broadwell also stated Petreaus knew within 24 hours it was a terrorist attack. See a video of Broadwell’s comments in this previous post.
In addition, further news reports of this mornings hearing say it appears that there is an issue over who removed statements on Al Qaeda and other information from the original talking points memo. Here is the latest report from Fox in the wake of Petraeus’ testimony.
Meanwhile, certain legislators from the Democratic party are begining to loudly proclaim that legislators who are investigating the Benghazi cover up are picking on “women and minorities”. Apparently these Democratic legislators are strangely unfamiliar with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who is heading up the investigation in the Senate as the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Hopefully Senator Feinstein will drop these offended legislators a memo and let them know they are grossly mistaken. However, in light of the recent news, it is safe to say it is possible Senator Feinstein’s talking points may be altered before they reach the public.
Also as I previously noted, Special Operations Speaks, an organization of former Special Ops and Navy Seals veterans, was to present a petition on Capitol Hill yesterday with 100,000 signatures demanding a special investigation headed up by a special prosecutor. They have done so. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) of the House Judiciary Committee recieved the petition yesterday and is advocating for the same. They are currently requesting the public to contact Attorney General Eric Holder to demand this investigation and providing information on how to do so.
See the website for Special Operations Speaks for additional information on their current efforts. Brigadier General Joseph S. Stringham, US Army (Ret.) is the Chief Executive Officer of Special Operations Speaks. Recently, these outstanding seasoned warriors had this to say in a previous video:
As the news broke that Petraeus had just given testimony that confirmed it was known within 24 hours it was a terror attack, Obama was preparing to meet with legislators to address the looming crisis of the Fiscal Cliff and the massive deficit created by the Obama administration which threatens to drive the economy to total ruin.
As more information is made available on the testimony of General Petraeus, this post will be updated to include additional information from this morning’s closed door hearing.
“Many free countries have lost their liberty, and ours may lose hers; but if she shall, be it my proudest plume, not that I was the last to desert, but that I never deserted her. I know that the great volcano at Washington, aroused and directed by the evil spirit that reigns there, is belching forth the lava of political corruption in a current broad and deep, which is sweeping with frightful velocity over the whole length and breadth of the land, bidding fair to leave unscathed no green spot or living thing; while on its bosom are riding, like demons on the waves of hell, the imps of that evil spirit, and fiendishly taunting all those who dare resist its destroying course with the hopelessness of their effort; and, knowing this, I cannot deny that all may be swept away. Broken by it I, too, may be; bow to it I never will.” ~Abraham Lincoln
UPDATE 10/17/2012: A new update has just been posted with a video on the Petraeus testimony and the talking points memo, as well as an examination of four top commanders. I have created a separate post for this latest update, and it can be found here: Benghazi Cover Up, Dead Cats and Collateral Damage: General Petraeus, General Allen, General Ham, and Admiral Gaouette?