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Formation of Citizens' Commission on Benghazi Announced at Washington Press Conference

By Roger Aronoff

A newly formed Commission is determined to get to the bottom of the many questions surrounding the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi last September 11th. The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, organized by Accuracy in Media, held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C on July 30th to announce the launch of the fact-finding group.

Four of the current 10 members of the commission spoke and took questions. They were Roger Aronoff, Editor of Accuracy in Media, Retired Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, former CIA officer Wayne Simmons, and Retired General Thomas McInerney. (Click on the links to each name to hear their comments. Video of the Q&A will be posted on Thursday.)

The media, which for the most part seem to have adopted the Obama administration’s declaration that Benghazi is a “phony scandal,” likewise took a lukewarm reception to the press conference and did not send reporters, just cameras. NBC and Fox News had cameras running for the full news conference. This does not make the revelations that we hope will come forth from our efforts any less important to the American public. According to a recent Fox News poll, 59% of voters say that they are following news about Benghazi at least “somewhat closely.”

The Commission speakers announced a conference that will take place in Washington, D.C. on September 16th at the Heritage Foundation, and issued the Declaration of the Citizens’ Commission. “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country, to help explain, ‘What difference does it make’ how and why these people died in Libya,” states the Declaration. “Did our elected and appointed leaders do enough to protect our ambassador and other Americans involved, and if not, why not?”

“But it is our firm belief that people sitting at home, watching this on TV or over the Internet ... will feel compelled to step out of the shadows, and bring new insights and information to this investigation that will lead to additional conferences or meetings by the Commission.”

You can watch the comments from each of the four speakers in attendance at this press conference. They are posted on the Commission's new website,, where you can learn about what happened regarding Benghazi, and keep up with the Commission's work. More information regarding the Benghazi attacks and the press conference will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

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  1. tomtComment by tomt
    August 1, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    I just read and watched the Videos on the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi. Very Informative! Overdue!
    Thank God, there are those who care enough about this Country and this Administration’s lack of support during the Benghazi Incident
    to form this commission with these competent, patriotic individuals knowledgeable enough to carry this Investigation through.
    The future of our Constitutional Republic depends on Patriots taking the reins during these runaway years under this dictatorial Administration.

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  2. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    August 1, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    I applaud this Citizens’ Commission for trying to shine some light on the Benghazi scandal and get to the bottom of who did or did not do what, but I DEPLORE that it is necessary for this group to take up the task of pursuing those responsible for Benghazi because Congress DID NOT and WILL NOT do its job in getting to the truth and taking appropriate measures against those responsible.

    And by “appropriate measures”, I do NOT mean slapping a couple of underlings on the wrist by moving them around in the State Dept. I mean getting at those at the top who abandoned four Americans to die in Benghazi, then proceeded to lie about it and have been LYING about it ever since.

    Phony scandal? I think NOT! When there are four DEAD AMERICANS and a “stand-down” order was mysterious given by “somebody” not to send anybody to aid them, and when those in charge of these matters proceeded to LIE repeatedly about what happened, choosing to focus on that bogus “video” claim, which has been proven to be a LIE–and CONTINUED to repeat a story they KNEW was a lie long after the truth was out, that is not a PHONY scandal.

    The first impulse of this administration is, first and foremost, to cover Obama’s sorry a $ $ no matter WHAT he does, and prior to 2012, to ensure his re-election. That THIS should take precedence over the lives of four Americans is a SCANDAL in itself, and NOT a phony one.

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  3. relli90Comment by relli90
    August 1, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    It is more than high time this investigation is undertaken. I congratulate the members of the commission for their willingness to be outstanding citizens. Someone has to take the miter from the hand of King Barak so that we might once again live like citizens not subjects.

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  4. 53shbearnettComment by 53shbearnett
    August 1, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    I am so glad to see this come to pass at least and pray that God, through this committee, will bring answers and closure to what happened in Benghazi and comfort to those families who suffered such grievous loss.

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  5. justinphilpotComment by justinphilpot
    August 1, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    i sure hope this works. then maybe it can be expanded to OTHER controversial matters and the prez’s involvement in them.

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