Congressional search for smoking gun in Benghazi “talking points’ continues
While the individuals who perpetrated the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya continue to enjoy their freedom, their lives and — it can be assumed — their possession of the weapons used in that attack, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa continues to seek additional “talking points” paperwork from U.S. State Department officials, according to Reuters, yesterday.
Rep. Issa issues subpoena for Benghazi-related “documents and communications”
Issa, in his capacity as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has ordered ten current and former State Department officials to produce “documents and communications” related to the Benghazi attack. That attack killed four Americans, including the American Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. Secretary of State John Kerry has until June 7, 2013 to respond to the subpoena.
Benghazi terror suspects identified, but remain free; no plan to apprehend suspects in sight
In the meantime, the FBI has publicly identified five men who are believed to be responsible for the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic mission in Libya, as reported by The Guardian last week. U.S. officials say that there is enough evidence to justify seizing the perpetrators by military force as suspected terrorists or killing them with a drone strike.
The U.S. tips its hand to the perpetrators, then does nothing
After the FBI broadcast of the suspected terrorists identities, however, there has been no action to bring the alleged terrorists to justice or to curtail their threat to U.S. security interest at home and abroad. It can be assumed that the alleged attackers have become aware of the FBI’s investigation, and have taken action to evade justice.
The apprehension of the Benghazi terrorists may never occur
The Obama administration’s decision to not immediately apprehend the suspected terrorists corresponds with its newly announced desire to stop hunting terrorists as enemy combatants. Instead, the Administration now seeks to prosecute terrorists in U.S. criminal courts or the criminal courts of the suspects’ home countries. U.S. officials acknowledge, however, that there is not enough proof to prosecute the suspected Benghazi terrorists criminally in a U.S. court, giving rise to the specter that the five suspects will never be held to account.
National attention remains focused on “apprehension” of Benghazi Talking Points “suspects”
In the meantime, Congress continues to seek internal State Department paperwork related to the Benghazi attack. Since the attack, the State Department has produced over 25,000 pages of documents, and has participated in over 30 hearings and briefings. None of the subpoenas, hearings or briefings have shed any light on those who perpetrated the Benghazi attack.
Republicans seek the documents as they related to suspicions that the Obama administration may have withheld from the public terrorism-related details of the Benghazi attack out of concern that it could harm the President’s foreign policy credentials during his re-election campaign. Fox News and the Examiner report that the Obama Administration knew that the attack was an act of terrorism within hours of the attack, but that the Administration instead characterized the attack as a spontaneous demonstration.
Democrats dismiss the Republican-led document search as a politically motivated fishing expedition designed tarnish the reputations of President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who many consider a leading 2016 Democratic presidential contender.
The subpoenaed documents include, but are not limited to, communications to or from William Burns, a deputy secretary of state, Victoria Nuland, who is currently nominated as assistant secretary of state for Europe, and Cheryl Mills, who was counselor and chief of staff for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.