Benghazi Whistleblowers to Testify On Wednesday
Matt | On 06, May 2013
This week, the Benghazi terrorist attack of last September 11 will creep back into the news.
Three counterterrorism officials are set to testify before the House Oversight Committee about being shut out of the response process and analysis of what went on that fateful day last year in Libya. U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was killed in the attack along with three of his employees.
The State Department officials — Gregory Hicks, Eric Nordstrom, and Mark Thompson — say they alerted U.S. officials from the outset that the event was a terrorist attack, and not a demonstration as originally said. They also question why security resources were not available from nearby bases in Africa and Europe. Other witnesses are set to testify, but the exact topic(s) are unknown. Some unnamed officials say they fear coming forward because of potential retaliation.
In a nutshell, there are government officials who feel as if their expertise and first-hand knowledge were not called upon in the investigation. They believe their experiences undermine a lot of what the most senior officials have told the public about the attack. In their minds, the government is playing a serious game of ‘Cover Your Ass’ at the expense of them telling the truth.
Still though, the independent Accountability Review Board in the State Department determined that the government did the best they could considering what happened.
Of course, the testimony of the three officials will generate headlines. But, do I think it will display a massive cover-up on the eve of a major election? No. Do I believe Benghazi was handled properly? Absolutely not. However, I can’t wrap my mind around a cover-up at this stage. It’s never fully out of the question, but still…
Every major attack on this country or its people is a fluid situation. From the 2001 terrorist attacks to the Boston Marathon bombing, we know more now than we did when it happened. The same is the case with Benghazi. Things were overlooked and people misspoke before they had all the facts. But, for some strange reason, Congressional Republicans have tried like hell to make a story out of these missteps.
I am interested, however, to see how this testimony will play out to keep the story going.