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Congress Still Trying to Access Benghazi Witnesses

By United Press International

U.S. officials still lack a full understanding about who orchestrated and carried out the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, officials said.

While investigators of the joint CIA-FBI effort have identified several people present during the terrorist attacks on the consulate in Benghazi in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomatic employees were killed, none has been tied to the deaths with certainty, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

"It is going painfully slowly," said Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee who was briefed on the investigation. "We don't have access to all the people we'd like to have access to."

Republican congressional members have charged the White House didn't adequately anticipate or respond to the violence on Sept. 11, which delayed the confirmation of Obama's pick for CIA director, John Brennan, for several weeks. The Senate Intelligence Committee scheduled a closed-door vote Tuesday on Brennan's nomination, and the Senate is expected to confirm his appointment this week.

Officials gave several reasons for the slow-moving investigation to the Times.

They say the nature of the Benghazi attacks -- a combination of terrorist action and mob violence -- has been difficult to sort through and U.S. investigators can't openly collect evidence or find witnesses in Benghazi.

Also, new governments in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt are less capable and more unwilling to cooperate than U.S. officials had hoped, officials told the Times.

U.S. officials identified is Ahmed Abu Khattala, an Islamic cleric considered a leader of the extremist Ansar al-Sharia, as a leading suspect. In October, he told reporters he was present during the attack but denied allegations he was observed directing the militants.

The FBI has not interviewed him, the Times said.

Another suspect, Ali Ani Harzi, was arrested in October in Turkey at the request of the CIA and returned to his home country of Tunisia. FBI agents interviewed Harzi in front of a judge for several hours, but in January he was released for insufficient evidence.

U.S. investigators haven't been allowed to interview a third suspect, Islamist militant Muhamed Jamal Abu Ahmed, who was arrested in Egypt in December with help from U.S. intelligence, the Times said. U.S. officials said they think some of Ahmed's associates were at the Benghazi attack but his role is unclear.

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  1. bf39Comment by bf39
    March 5, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    And we are giving Egypt HOW MUCH MONEY???? Don’t tell me Egypt is our ally. We need to keep our money in the United States and pay obama’s DEBT down.
    my04301933, I dont think Boehner was in the room watching the Benghazi incident live with ???? (we know who).
    Also obama and holder need to take responsibility for Fast and Furious. Those guns are still showing up in the United States.

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  2. my04301933Comment by my04301933
    March 5, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    Where the hell is Congress?

    Its time to stop this BS and runarounds, and to start proceedings,either for impeachable offenses by Obama, Clinton, and members of Congress who are allowing this to happen…

    …starting in Congress with Boehner.

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  4. ltparComment by ltpar
    March 5, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    Come on folks, did everyone just fall off the turnip truck here? Does anyone believe that with the power, resources and reach Congress has, they could not have gotten a list of all government employees in Benghazi by now and subpoened them to testify? As far as the countries who refused to cooperate, since all funding for government starts in the House, how about a Resolution freezing foreign aid to those countries until they gave us everything we wanted, including suspects? Bottom line is that Congress (Republicans and Democrats) know exactly what happened in Benghazi and they are complicit in hiding it from the American public. Don’t kid yourelf into believing these corrupt politicans work for you and in the best interests of America. They clearly do not and all should be whipped in public.

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      March 5, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

      How about putting them in stocks in the town square so people can throw rotten tomatoes at them. Public humiliation is what is needed for these characters.

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  5. lokiswifeComment by lokiswife
    March 5, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    There is a bill in the House House Resolution 36 which would “establish a select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya”. It already has 44 co-sponsors. Let’s put the pressure on our elected representatives (who are supposed to be working for us) to get something going on this, to get an UNBIASED and thorough investigation including testimony from the 30 or so witnesses at Benghazi.Some of them are still in horpitals, where are the others? Legal experts have already said that there is more than enough evidence to start impeachment proceedings. We have our chance to do something, will there be enough people standing up for it? The bill is posted online at thomas.gov

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  6. Repossess AmericaComment by Repossess America
    March 5, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    No, they are trying to cover up obamas roll in it. He turned his back on them and they know it and are trying to hide that fact by getting rid of evidence.

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  8. willyrhoComment by willyrho
    March 6, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    I sent this to my Senators and Rep, but they are complicit in the Illegal Alien-Muslim-Communist’s Coup d’etat. So, I don’t expect anything to come of this except more Cool Aid Drinking by the Masses and Leaders.
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Quoting retired Four-Star Admiral James Lyons, writes: “[T]he attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi… was the result of a bungled abduction attempt….the first stage of an international prisoner exchange… [that] would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the ‘Blind Sheik’…”

    Was Obama’s SECRET PLANS to: RUN GUNS AND MISSILES TO AL QAEDA and TRADE THE BLIND SHEIK FOR AMBASSADOR STEVENS, after ENABLING his KIDNAPPING.

    The Mob Action, introduced in Egypt and other embassies and its claimed cause was to be an Anti Muslim movie trailer. That was the planned cover for the Kidnapping in Benghazi. The action at Benghazi was supposed to be blamed on the same mob action as in Egypt.

    Question: Does anything done by “Any Actor” make any sense, except in the context of “The Secret Plans”?

    A few questions that can be completely explained by the “Secret Plans”.

    1. Why did Amb Stevens have dinner with the Turkish General Council?

    2. Why did the terrorist attack on the Consulate begin immediately after the Turkish General Council left?

    3. What happened to the 15,000 SA-7 Grail/Strela-2 missiles that Muammar Qaddafi had acquired and the USA Stinger missiles provided by Barack Obama to overthrow Qaddafi?

    4. Was Amb Stevens running guns and missiles to the Al Qaeda in Syria through Turkey?

    5. Because Al Qaeda has been at war with the USA, openly attacking the USA for about 20 years, since 1993; would Running Guns and Missiles and other War Material to Al Qaeda be Treason?

    6. Did Obama want to release the Blind Sheik, but had no justifiable reason to do so?

    7. Why were 3 MST and 1 SST security details removed from Libya?

    8. Why did Hillary request/demand more security, but Obama denied more security, several times?

    9. Why were ex-Seals, Doherty and Woods, told to stand down 3 times?

    10. Why did Obama tell the CIA to NOT help defend the Consulate?

    11. Why did Obama and his minions watch live video of the attack and not act?

    12. Why was an American Drone flying over the consulate recording video BEFORE the attack began?

    13. Predator Drones carry Hell Fire Missiles, why were none fired?

    14. Why were the Seals Lazing a Target, giving away their position and no Hell Fire missiles were fired?

    15. Why did Obama blame it on a video that no one (only 17 views on YouTube) had ever seen?

    16. Why did Obama fire General Ham for moving to assist the Consulate?

    17. Why was an AC-130 Gunship, 90 minutes away, not sent to aid the Consulate?

    18. Why were the F-16′s only 20 minutes away not sent to help the consulate?

    19. Was the reason that the Aircraft were not sent, because Obama was afraid that USA A/C would be shot down with the anti-Aircraft missiles (Stingers) that Obama supplied to the Terrorists?

    20. Why did the plan stick with the plan’s excuse of the Sham “Mohammed is an Idiot” Movie Trailer?

    21. Why did the Ansar al-Sharia try to save Ambassador Stevens by taking him to a Hospital/Emergency Room?

    22. Why did Ansar al-Sharia surround the Hospital where Ambassador Steven’s body was taken and not let anyone in or out?

    23. Why was a Libyan Military person photographing the Consulate before the Attack?

    24. Why could the President not get an interview with a participating Terrorist for weeks when Senator Lindsey Graham got Tunisia to permit the FBI interview him within 24 hours of the request?

    25. Why was the Terrorist that was held by Tunisia never interviewed by the FBI or the CIA.

    26. Why was the Terrorist in Tunisia released and got totally Free without the USA stopping his release or questioning him?

    27. Why were Senior counter terrorism personnel cut out of the Loop, the Foreign Emergency Security Team was not called?

    28. The Embassy in Egypt was attacked by a Mob Action and the motive was the Film Trailer. This was part of the Plan and does not make sense, except if it was a part of the Kidnapping Plan with the joint actions in Egypt and Benghazi?

    29. Why did the Idiots in the White House stick with the Planned Motive of the Film Trailer, claiming that it started the attack?

    30. What are the Names of the 25 people saved by the Navy Seals?

    31. Where are the Sworn Statements, describing the details of the attack, made by the 25 witnesses who were saved by the Seals?

    32. The President seems to have not been around, physically or mentally, not even knowing what happened at Benghazi, or he was stoned on his favorite candy, Crack Cocaine.

    33. Larry Sinclair says Barack Obama is a Crack Addict. Check out Sinclair’s You Tube Video in which he claims he has hard evidence of his two Homosexual Trysts with Obama and Drugs. Or just buy Larry Sinclair’s book he wrote about Obama and his sexual Trysts and Murders.

    It is named: “Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & murder”.
    The Amazon online book store has it: use this web URL:
    http://www.amazon.com/Barack-Obama-Larry-Sinclair-Cocaine/dp/0578013878

    34. The Fly in Obama’s Treasonous Plans; Two Brave American Heroes, Navy Seals. They should both receive, posthumously, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, after Obama’s
    Conviction for: High Crimes, Misdemeanors, Murders and High Treason.

    35. Obama knew what was going on in Benghazi because he was involved in planning it with Mohammed Morsi. Obama did not want to be involved in the response to the Attack because something he might DO OR SAY might give away his complicity in the Murders of Four Americans in the attack on Benghazi.

    BOTH OR EITHER OF THESE PLANS AND ACTIONS ARE ABSOLUTELY TREASON. Barack Obama is guilty of High Treason and Murder and should be IMPEACHED NOW.

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