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Statement from AIM and CCB on Formation of a Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi

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Release from Accuracy in Media

The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB), and Accuracy in Media, applaud the decision of Speaker John Boehner to form a select committee, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), to investigate the Benghazi debacle. Gowdy is well known for his fierce prosecutorial abilities and determination to unearth elements of the government cover-up of this scandal. The applause is contingent on the details of the authority and reach of the committee, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. There must be accountability for the tragic death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The Obama administration has repeatedly lied and covered up the actual causes of the attack on our Special Mission Compound and CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Last week, the CCB issued an interim report which broke new ground in explaining the circumstances surrounding the planned terrorist attack carried out by al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda related groups and individuals, an attack that had nothing to do with a YouTube video being circulated at the time.

Our most explosive findings were 1) that the war in Libya to remove Muammar Qaddafi was unnecessary, because negotiations were underway for his abdication and departure from Libya; 2) that the U.S. had, in effect, changed sides in the War on Terror, and had knowingly facilitated the transfer of weapons to Libyan “rebel” groups that were known to be al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda affiliated; and 3) there was a dereliction of duty because military assets were well within range to attempt to save or rescue some of our citizens.  You can read our interim report and watch our press conference here.

We have kept the pressure on, and with the great work of our friends at Judicial Watch, and the release of their latest Freedom of Information documents revealing White House involvement in the false narrative about the YouTube video, a true investigation of Benghazi could no longer be denied. We will have more on this later.