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Many still believe the State Department is covering up parts of Benghazi attack

Updated: Tuesday, September 17 2013, 06:23 PM CDT
Reported by Kristine Frazao:

Willful obstruction. 

That’s the charge directed against the U.S. State Department and the investigation into the deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.

A report released by a congressional committee on Monday finds the investigation up to this point has been flawed and is still largely incomplete.

In the days and months following those deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens, there were repeated calls for more access and more information.

“When was the first time that you were advised that this was a terrorist attack,” questioned Senator James Risch, Republican from Idaho.

“Why didn’t the White House convene that night to coordinate an interagency response to the attack,” asked Rep. Frank Wolf, Republican from Virginia.

“Our goal in this investigation is to get answers,” replied Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrell Issa.

It turns out many of those answers were deliberately hidden, according to a new report out by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Among the charges, that state department officials routinely refused requests for documents., that the accountability review board chosen to investigate Benghazi was hand-picked by high level officials and therefore not independent, and that the investigation was rushed.

It also questions why under-secretary of state Patrick Kennedy, who had a direct role in making security decisions in Benghazi, was never reprimanded.

Former Ambassador C. Boyden Gray says there are still quite a few holes in what we know, especially when it comes to high level officials at the state department.

“They were never really punished, they were never really sanctioned,” Gray admitted. “Right, that’s very puzzling.”

Instead, Eric Boswell, Scott Bultrowicz, Charlene Lamb and Raymond Maxwell were ‘punished’ with 8 months of paid administrative leave, at least one of whom says he had no connection at all to security policy in Libya.

The State Department continues its assertion that the investigation has been both thorough and transparent. Many Democrats in Washington agree, saying Republicans have turned this into a partisan issue with much of the blame unfounded.

Now more than one year after those attacks took place, the issue is not going away, with more hearings on the matter scheduled for later this week.

“The American public has got to have the right to find out what actually did happen, otherwise, it could be repeated again,” Gray concluded.

The next hearing into the Benghazi attacks is scheduled to take place Thursday morning.
Many still believe the State Department is covering up parts of Benghazi attack

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