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Entries in 'Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage' (4)


Not just one smoking gun, but an arsenal in Benghazi testimony

In May, the FBI posted images of persons of interest in the Benghazi attacks on Sept. 11, 2012. The images were posted on web pages in November, 2012, in the region where the attacks occurred. (Photo: FBI)As three witnesses introduced themselves at the Benghazi hearing titled ‘Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage,’ an unspoken story was written on their faces. Mark Thompson’s was the most telling.

Witnesses at the second Benghazi hearing, front to back: Eric Nordstrom, Gregory Hicks and Mark Thompson. (Screen shot/CSPAN 3)Thompson is Acting Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism at the U.S. Dept. of State; he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. His face showed grim determination suggesting he hoped the truth about Benghazi would finally out itself.

Foreign Service Officer Gregory Hicks and Diplomatic Security Officer Eric Nordstrom each had emotional moments during approximately 6 hours of testimony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

In the aftermath, the term ‘smoking gun’ began to be bandied about. By Thursday morning, personalities on shows like Fox and Friends were emphasizing the lack of a smoking gun.

You can only assume media didn’t watch the long, often tedious and sometimes fractious proceedings.

There was an arsenal of smoking guns in the second hearing testimony, and those who didn’t realize it are in a state of denial.

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Benghazi Hearing 2: 'Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage'

Witnesses in the second Benghazi hearing May 8, 2013 (front to back): Eric Nordstrom, Gregory Hicks, and Mark Thomspon (not fully visible). Photo: Frame shot from TV, CSPAN 3

Ed. Note: Because of the back and forths and the fact this is unscripted testimony, this account may have gaps. I also had some problems with my wireless connection and the TV broadcast. I'll do a followup of this once I have an official transcript in hand. [This is a very rough account, input with little editing and a few snarks of my own as well.]

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairs the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House; Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is ranking member.

In opening statements, Issa noted disagreements between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

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Epic hearing on Benghazi: Will truth emerge and at what cost to whistleblowers?

Three witnesses will testify on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about what happened in Benghazi (Libya) on September 11, 2012.

Will the truth about the attacks on the U.S. Consulate finally be told? Will major media controlling legacy networks tell the truth instead of choosing to run interference for a president they backed?

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Benghazi Primer: ‘Long Ago,’ but transparency due on Big Oil and Libya war 

Benghazi is back in the news again as the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform After President Obama's reelection, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton asked what difference it made when it came to disclosures about Benghazi. (Screen snip; C-SPAN)prepares for a hearing on Wednesday. Three witnesses are named in an announcement at the committee website.

Benghazi happened ‘a long time ago’

President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney took a dim view on Benghazi when asked about the new hearing—“It happened a long time ago.”

Carney’s view is fairly typical among others like him who have worked in media like ABC, Time magazine and CNN in various capacities.

That view, however, is not shared by many everyday Americans who have received incomplete information about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, a time period when Obama was conducting what must have been an exhausting campaign for reelection. Legacy media weren’t very eager to report in depth about Benghazi, and that reluctance drew charges of political pandering from many independent media including The US Report.

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