Victoria Nuland, mouthpiece for Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State,Â revealedÂ that although â€ś[Clinton] was asked to appear at House Foreign Affairs next week, and we have written back to the Chairman to say that sheâ€™ll be on travel next week.â€ť
In response, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, stated to the US State Department that: â€śWhile I understand that investigations by the FBI and the State Departmentâ€™s own Accountability Review Board are ongoing, it is imperative that this Committee, having direct oversight responsibility, be kept informed every step of the way of developments in the matter. [P]lease be prepared to present State Department officials to testify on these issues when Congress reconvenes later this month.â€ť
The US State Department has permitted Senators to view sensitive documents concerning Benghazi and Stevensâ€™ death; however they agency refuses to allow those documents to be taken home by the elected officials.Â According toÂ David Adams, State Department Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs: â€śWe are currently in the process of gathering and reviewing record responsive to Congressional requests. Our efforts have already identified a large volume of potentially responsive records that address the security situation leading up to the attack.â€ť
Last month, ClintonÂ assuredÂ House Representative Darrell Issa, at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the US State Department Accountability Review Board (ARB) was building their core members. Nuland also confirmed that the ARB was â€śgetting down to business.â€ť
Originally, Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of State for Management, was purported to have denied US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevensâ€™ 20 requests for more security at the gated-villa in Benghazi.
Kennedy arrived at the HOGR meeting with a pre-writtenÂ statementÂ which read (in part): â€śThe Department of State regularly assesses risk and allocation of resources for security; a process which involves the considered judgments of experienced professionals on the ground and in Washington, using the best information available. The assault that occurred on the evening of September 11, however, was an unprecedented attack by dozens of heavily armed men.â€ť
Then the story change as Clinton publically took partial responsibility in the vein of appearing to save the Obama administration as if she were throwing herself into political harmâ€™s way.
SheÂ admittedÂ that the executive branch of government is not involved in security decisions. Clinton continues: â€śNobody wants to get answers more than I do. These were people who I care deeply about. I knew Chris Stevens. I asked him personally to be in Benghazi during the revolution. I personally nominated him to be ambassador because I couldnâ€™t think of a better person to represent the United States: Somebody who understood what was at stake for Libya what was at stake for U.S. I saw how these revolutions could be so positive or hijacked. He understood that. He was instrumental in working with Libyans. I care deeply about what happened that night.â€ť
The mainstream propaganda began circulating aÂ storyÂ that Obama had planned to trade the Blind Sheik for Stevens after a faked kidnapping. The story touts Obamaâ€™s desire to recreate former US President Jimmy Carterâ€™s success and ultimate sympathy gained by the American public for the Iranian hostage crisis.
Finally, ClintonÂ announcedÂ that she would be leaving her position at the US State Department the day after Obama was re-elected; citing that she was tired and needed to take a break.
David Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has formallyÂ resigned;Â citing â€śunacceptableâ€ť behavior due to an extra-marital affair. Petraeus called Obama who accepted his resignation. The day before, Petraeus met with Obama wherein it was stated in a letter that he asked to resign for â€śpersonal reasonsâ€ť. PetraeusÂ wrote:Â â€śYesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.â€ť
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)Â uncoveredÂ Petreausâ€™ affair with Paula Broadwell, his biographer and former military officer.
Senator Dianne Feinstein says that this affair should not result in Petraeusâ€™ departure. She also remarked that Petraeus would not be mandated to attend the hearing next week on Benghazi.
Concerning Benghazi-gate, as US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was working for the CIA gatheringÂ intelligenceÂ for the agency on Islamic militias being utilized by the defacto-government in Libya, the National Transitional Council (NTC). In fact, those who killed Stevens were Salafi extremists working with Ansar al-Sharia (or Partisans of Sharia) who have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Leutenant Colonel Ralph PetersÂ saysÂ the timing of Petreausâ€™ resignation is â€śjust too perfect . . . Just as the administration claimed it was purely coincidence that our Benghazi consulate was attacked on the anniversary of September 11th.â€ť
Last weekend, on Face the Nation, Senator Lindsey Graham said: â€śWe have a national security failure in the making. [W]eâ€™ve got to get to the bottom of Benghazi.â€ť
Graham asserts that it is â€śessentialâ€ť that Petraeus testify at the Benghazi hearings scheduled this week to â€śfind out what happened in Benghaziâ€ť because he believes that the truth cannot be revealed without Petreausâ€™ testimony.
Susanne Posel is the Chief Editor of Occupy Corporatism, anÂ alternative news site dedicated to reporting the news as it actually happens; not as it is spun by the corporate-funded mainstream media. You can find Occupy Corporatism on theirÂ Facebook page .
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