Read Letter: Special Ops Vets Demand Benghazi Congressional Investigation

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Read Letter: Special Ops Vets Demand Benghazi Select Committee Investigation

To: Members of The U.S. House of Representatives

Subject: The Benghazi attacks on 9/11/ 2012

The undersigned are a representative group of some 700 retired Military Special Operations professionals who spent the majority of their careers preparing for and executing myriad operations to rescue or recover detained or threatened fellow Americans. In fact, many of us participated in both the Vietnam era POW rescue effort, The Son Tay Raid, as well as Operation Eagle Claw, the failed rescue attempt in April of 1980 in Iran, so we have been at this for many years and have a deep passion for seeking the truth about what happened during the national tragedy in Benghazi.

End the Cover up  (Media Credit: Center for Security Policy)

End the Cover up (Media Credit: Center for Security Policy)

The purpose of this letter is to encourage all members of the US House of Representatives to support H.Res. 36, which will create a House Select Committee on the Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. It is essential that a full accounting of the events of September 11, 2012, be provided and that the American public be fully informed regarding this egregious terrorist attack on US diplomatic personnel and facilities. We owe that truth to the American people and the families of the fallen.

It appears that many of the facts and details surrounding the terrorist attack which resulted in four American deaths and an undetermined number of American casualties have not yet been ascertained by previous hearings and inquiries. Additional information is now slowly surfacing in the media, which makes a comprehensive bipartisan inquiry an imperative. Many questions have not been answered thus far. The House Select Committee should address, at a minimum, the following questions:

1. Why was there no military response to the events in Benghazi?

a. Were military assets in the region available? If not, why not?

b. If so, were they alerted?

c. Were assets deployed to any location in preparation for a rescue or recovery attempt?

d. Was military assistance requested by the Department of State? If so, what type?

e. Were any US Army/Naval/USMC assets available to support the US diplomats in Benghazi during the attack?

f. What, if any, recommendations for military action were made by DOD and the US Africa Command?

2. What, if any, non-military assistance was provided during the attack?

3. How many US personnel were injured in Benghazi?

4. Why have the survivors of the attack not been questioned?

5. Where are the survivors?

6. Who was in the White House Situation Room (WHSR) during the entire 8-hour period of the attacks, and was a senior US military officer present?

7. Where were Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey during the crisis, and what inputs and recommendations did they make?

8. Where were Tom Donilon, the National Security Advisor, Denis McDonough, his deputy, Valerie Jarrett and John Brennan during the attacks, and what (if any) recommendations or decisions did any of them make?

9. Why were F-16 fighter aircraft based in Aviano, Italy (less than two hours away) never considered a viable option for disruption (if not dispersal) of the attackers until “boots on the ground” (troop support–General Dempsey’s words) arrived?

10. Were any strike aircraft (such as an AC-130 gunship) in the area or possibly overhead that would cause former SEAL Tyrone Woods to laser-designate his attacker’s position and call for gunship fire support, thereby revealing his own location that led to his death?

11. Who gave the order to “STAND DOWN” that was heard repeatedly during the attacks?

12. What threat warnings existed before the attack, and what were the DOD and DOS responses to those warnings? What data (which will reveal exact timelines and command decisions) is contained within the various SITREPS, records, logs, videos and recordings maintained by the myriad of DOD, Intelligence Community and State Department Command Centers that were monitoring the events in Benghazi as they unfolded?

13. Why did the Commander-in Chief and Secretary of State never once check in during the night to find out the status of the crisis situation in Benghazi?

14. What was the nature of Ambassador Stevens’ business in Benghazi at the time of the attack?

15. What guidance has been provided to survivors and family members since the time of the attack, and who issued that guidance?

16. Why are so many agencies now requiring their personnel that were involved in or have access to information regarding the events that took place in Benghazi sign Non-Disclosure Agreements?

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.

A longstanding American ethos was breached during the terrorist attack in Benghazi. America failed to provide adequate security to personnel deployed into harm’s way and then failed to respond when they were viciously attacked. Clearly, this is unacceptable and requires accountability. America has always held to the notion that no American will be left behind and that every effort will be made to respond when US personnel are threatened. Given our backgrounds, we are concerned that this sends a very negative message to future military and diplomatic personnel who may be deployed into dangerous environments. That message is that they will be left to their own devices when attacked. That is an unacceptable message.

The House Select Committee should focus on getting a detailed account of the events in Benghazi as soon as possible. H. Res. 36 will provide a structure for the conduct of a thorough inquiry of Benghazi and should be convened immediately.

We ask that you fulfill your responsibilities to the American people and take appropriate action regarding Benghazi. With over sixty members of the US House of Representatives calling for this Select Committee already, it seems that the time is right to take appropriate action on Benghazi.

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  • Randy Surles

    I’ve been hearing some rumors.

    Was there perhaps a secret arms deal in the works; a politically motivated deal to supply the rebelling Syrians or perhaps Libyans with more firepower? Was the Administration using Stevens to facilitate that arms deal? Is that why he was in Benghazi? That’s one of the rumors. The rumors are a bit vague as to who the intended recipients were supposed to be, but it’s hinted they were intended for the rebels in Syria.

    Rumors (are they rumors) say the more urgent reason why the Obama Administration had conspired with certain very questionable Libyans to stage a kidnapping of Chris Stevens for the purpose of later pretending to negotiate a swap, trading Stevens for the “Blind Sheikh”, Omar Abdel Rahman, was something other than the peripheral issue of arms; it was more political – and therefore even more disturbing. Of course, Stevens couldn’t know the kidnapping was some staged event or he might screw it up. That Stevens for the Sheikh swap would, the rumors say, help bolster Obama’s flagging poll numbers prior to the November, 2012 election. He’d be seen as the hero who brought poor Stevens home. “October Surprise”!

    The rumor is that arms for the Syrian rebels, would be transported by a Turkish freighter anchored just offshore to their destination in Syria.

    Rumor is the security men who died had refused an order to stand down or stay put, and the rebels/terrorists were taken by surprise and became outraged at what they saw as an Obama trap when they encountered resistance and reacted as one might expect: with a truly vicious attack!.That’s right; rumor is the rebels got upset because the agreement was that there would be no resistance to the staged kidnapping, hence the ultimate, grisly treatment of Stevens.

    There are also rumors that Obama, Panetta and Petraeus all watched the attacks unfold in real time.

    According to those same rumors, Stevens didn’t die of smoke inhalation, but instead was dragged through the streets just like Qaddafi was; that he was sodomized repeatedly before being brutally and slowly beaten to death.

    Of course, these are only rumors, right? I mean, this couldn’t possibly be a very deep and serious criminal conspiracy for political reasons gone terribly wrong. Could it? Maybe we should also talk to a few Turks. Might that help get to the truth?

    If these rumors turn out to be more than mere rumors, that might explain the tight-lipped lying and misleading by Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta and nearly everyone who has been questioned by the Congress. It also might explain the suspect timing of the disclosure of General David Petraeus’ affair and his well-timed resignation as Director of the CIA. After all, what else would as adequately explain the lying, obfuscation and the President’s attempts to run away from the entire situation? He’s hoping it’ll go away, the rumors say.

    One source is the letter revealed by retired Four Star Admiral James Lyons, which appears in this report. I’ve heard rumors that others – many others – have corroborated the Admiral’s statements.

    Excuse me. there’s a rumor the FBI is at the door!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-R-Carreiro-Sr/100000561837094 Joseph R Carreiro Sr

    This letter from the special ops veterans and the current story from the retired 4 star admiral should Start the ball rolling in Washington for a full blown investigation unbiased on the Benghazi debacle. in my opinion.It really does matter.If these special ops veterand and retired 4 star admiral doesn’t do it nothing will.I am sure many Senators will wake up on these actions.Think hard on this one.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Blankenship/1610528299 Mike Blankenship

    Obama and Hillary were MIA the entire time all of this was unfolding for one reason only. They put themselves in a position to do what they do best. When pinned into a corner, they deflect any blame upon those under them. They are both masters at throwing people under the bus and the GOP allows it. Our congressional leaders have no balls. None of them have the courage to stand up to Obama. Don’t ask me why. I don’t have a clue, unless he’s got so much dirt on every member, they cower at the mere thought of forcing his hand in this. I seriously doubt that is the case. Other than that, Obama is being allowed to escape, once again, being held accountable for one of the biggest cluster-humps in the past fourty years.

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