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Thursday
Nov292012

Senate Homeland Committee Receives Four Hour Briefing on Benghazi

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said Thursday their starting to “fill in some of the blanks” about the attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi after a closed door briefing, but said the investigation as to what happened during the attack still goes on.
 
“The Department of Defense did not have personnel or assets close enough to the scene in Benghazi to bring them to the scene of the attack in a timely way so that they could protect American personnel there, particularly, particularly the two SEALs who were killed about 7 hours after the attack started,” he said.
 
Members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Thursday received a four hour closed-door briefing from representatives from the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency/National Counterterrorism Center and the State Department, one of many briefings they’ve requested to investigate the attack.
 
Lieberman said the committee is still searching for answers and they hope to issue a report before the end of the year with final conclusions. “We know a lot more than we knew when the investigation started, but our investigation will continue in a very intense, sort of urgent way 'cause we want to get it done before the end of this congress and when we think we’ve got as many facts as we can possibly get, we’ll reach our conclusion and we’ll issue a report.”
 
Ranking member, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, echoed Lieberman’s concerns about the military, citing an Inspector General study conducted in 2009 by the State Department, which recommended greater security in areas afflicted by frequent incidence of political violence.
 
“While there were physical improvements in security made in Benghazi, those specific recommendations for man traps were not built into the security in Benghazi,” Collins said. “We can’t be certain that they would have protected the compound completely, but they certainly would have slowed the ability of the compound to be overrun.”
 
Lieberman said it’s really “disconcerting” and “upsetting” to see how easily the terrorists broke through the gates and basically just walked in and set the facility on fire and began to fire at American personnel.

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Monday
Oct222012

Rahm Emanuel: Darrell Issa ‘Reckless’ for Releasing Libya Documents

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel lashed out at Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, Sunday morning on This Week after the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee posted sensitive State Department cables relating to Libya online that “compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government” according to Foreign Policy.

Emanuel called Issa’s actions “reckless” and said that they “put people at risk in Libya.”

“I have also worked in Congress where you have an oversight responsibility.  And with that oversight responsibility comes responsibility,” he said.  “And what Darrell Issa did by releasing names in that entire document of individuals who are working with America, put people at risk in Libya, and people around the world will now know that you’re at risk if you cooperate with the United States.  That office, that chairmanship of that committee comes with responsibility.  And you can not act reckless with it. ”

Emanuel defended the Obama administration’s handling of the Libya attack aftermath and said that it is not an issue that should be politicized.

“This is a time for the United States to come together, figure out what happened, which is what the commander in chief has to do, find out who did it, which is what the commander in chief has to demand, and then seek justice, which he has done repeatedly.  And I would warn again, or at least highlight again, when it came to getting Osama bin Laden, Mitt Romney said that shouldn’t be a priority of ours, and the president said absolutely different,” he said.

Issa, along with fellow GOP Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah penned a letter to President Obama last week that said the “American people deserve nothing less than a full explanation from this administration about these events, including why the repeated warnings about a worsening security situation appear to have been ignored.”

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Wednesday
Sep122012

President Obama Says Libya Attack a Reminder of US as ‘Indispensable Power’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(LAS VEGAS) -- President Obama reflected Wednesday night at a campaign rally in Las Vegas on what he said has been a “tough day” for the country, mourning the loss of four Americans killed in Libya, vowing justice for their killers and pledging that U.S. diplomacy would be unwavering “because the world needs us.”

Obama, who opted to push ahead with his battleground-state swing less than 24 hours after the deadly attack, used a somber tone to address his boisterous supporters, waving off cheers from members of the crowd at the top of his remarks.

The attack was “a reminder that the freedoms we enjoy -- sometimes even the freedoms we take for granted -- they’re only sustained because there are people like those who were killed, who were willing to stand up for those freedoms, who were willing to fight for those freedoms, in some cases to lay down their lives for those freedoms,” Obama told the crowd. “Tonight, let’s think of them.”

The president echoed a goal he stated earlier in the day to bring the killers to justice and to persist in spreading American democratic values.  He said the United States remains an “indispensable power” around the globe.

“We will not be deterred. We will keep going. We will keep going because the world needs us. We are the one indispensable power in the world,” Obama said. “And if we are going to see peace and security for our children and grandchildren, then that means this generation of Americans has to lead. We’re going to have to keep doing the work no matter how hard it seems sometimes.”

The president then pivoted to election-year politics, delivering his argument for the country’s economic future while highlighting contrasts with the GOP presidential ticket.

In the 30-minute speech, however, Obama never once mentioned by name his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, or Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.  He only referred to his challengers as “the other side” and his “opponents.”

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