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Monday, August 4, 2014

Is Benghazi-Gate Over?

No Wrongdoing By White House in Benghazi According To GOP Led House Intelligence Committee

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration related to the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA).

The SFGate reports that the panel voted on Thursday to declassify their latest report, “the result of two years of investigation by the committee.” The report will not be release until U.S. intelligence organizations approve releasing the report to the general public.

Thompson, the second-ranking Democrat on the committee, said the report “confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. forces) was given.”

SFGate adds that according to Thompson, the Intelligence Committee’s finding include:
Intelligence agencies were “warned about an increased threat environment, but did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened.”
  • “A mixed group of individuals, including those associated with al Qaeda, (Moammar) Khadafy loyalists and other Libyan militias, participated in the attack.”
  • “There was no ‘stand-down order’ given to American personnel attempting to offer assistance that evening, no illegal activity or illegal arms transfers occurring by U.S. personnel in Benghazi, and no American was left behind.”
  • The administration’s process for developing “talking points” was “flawed, but the talking points reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”

The operative question now? What is Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) going to do with his House Government Oversight and Reform Committee?  Fortunately for the country, Issa is scheduled to be term-limited out of his position as chair at the end of this year. Of course, publicly he’s said he want to keep the job anyway.