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End the Benghazigate Cover-up

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Months after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador, the American people are still waiting to hear the truth about why this happened. After all this time, critical questions still remain unanswered about: the policies that may have contributed to this debacle; the motives of the attackers; President Obama’s whereabouts after he learned our facilities in Benghazi were taking fire; the failure to mount any rescue attempt; and even the status of survivors; to name just a few.

On April 8, 2013, seven hundred former special operations warriors ­ many
of whom were heroically involved in "preparing for and executing myriad operations to rescue or recover detained or threatened fellow Americans²" wrote an open letter to the House of Representatives. They said, in part:

"This was the most severe attack on American diplomatic facilities and personnel since the attacks on the US Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998. Thus far it appears that there has been no serious effort to determine critical details of this attack. This is inexcusable and demands immediate attention by the Congress. Congress must show some leadership and provide answers to the public as to what actually occurred in Benghazi. Americans have a right to demand a full accounting on this issue."

See the original letter and all 700 signatures here: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/151789065/SOF-700-Letter-4713

To be sure, several congressional committees have tried to investigate separate aspects of the attack and the Obama administration’s handling of it after the fact. But, with each committee having different jurisdictions, their inquiries so far have been piecemeal and incomplete. The American people still do not have a definitive accounting of what went wrong.

What can be done?

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) has introduced a congressional resolution, H. Res. 36, calling for the establishment of a special Congressional committee to investigate the Benghazi attack and the Obama administration’s handling of it in the weeks that followed. It’s an opportunity for a comprehensive investigation that connects all the dots, and holds people accountable.

Over 154 Members of Congress have co-sponsored H. Res. 36. That is over two-thirds of the House of Representatives, 40 of who have signed onto the effort in three weeks following the release of a congressional report that accused senior Obama administration officials of negligence.

Another 15 members have backed the effort in just the past week, with eight signing on to the legislation to create the committee in the past two days, according to Rep. Wolf’s office.

If your representative is not one of them, please take a moment to encourage him/her to do so.

Article by Center for Security Policy

The Center for Security Policy has a petition available at this link.