Just a reminder: Congress not done investigating Benghazi

posted at 8:01 am on November 8, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Nor should they be.  Four Americans died, at least two of which might have been rescued had prompt action taken place when the attack occurred — and none of them would have been dead had the Obama administration paid attention to the increased warnings from our own staff and our allies around the region.  And let’s not forget the fact that this White House told a fable about a YouTube video for nearly two weeks, when enough data was almost immediately present to seriously undermine that story from the beginning.

Saxby Chambliss isn’t forgettting, not just because an election has passed:

While Republican attacks on Obama over the handling of the assault, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, became a major part of the campaign in recent weeks, an investigator said on Wednesday the inquiry was never related to the election.

With majority control of the House of Representatives, Obama’s Republican critics will continue to wield broad investigative powers, including the ability to subpoena evidence and testimony from administration officials.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which held a contentious hearing in early October on the Benghazi attacks, will continue its investigation, a spokesman for the committee said.

The Republican vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, said his panel would proceed with its review of the Benghazi attacks.

Investigators seek to understand “how terrorists were able to successfully breach our diplomatic facilities, why the administration obscured the role of al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists in its presentations to the American people, and why there appears to be a lack of urgency in finding and holding accountable those responsible for the deaths of four Americans,” Chambliss wrote in an email to Reuters. He also said the investigation was never related to the campaign.

In fact, the Senate investigation couldn’t possibly have had a direct impact on the election.  It won’t even start until November 15th, when the 112th Congress gets back into session for its lame-duck return to Washington.  The House Oversight probe began last month, but that ‘s because it was just a few weeks after the Obama administration got forced into changing its story more than once about the nature of the attack, its knowledge of the security issues at the consulate, and who knew what when during the attack itself.

Speaking of the YouTube video that the Obama administration insisted was the cause of the attack, even to the extent of Obama speaking of it at the United Nations, the producer of the film will spend the next year in prison for “probation violations” that got mysteriously discovered just when the White House needed a scapegoat.  Coincidence?  Hey, why not?

The Cerritos man behind an anti-Muslim film that roiled the Middle East was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison for violating his probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction by lying about his identity.

U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder immediately sentenced Mark Basseley Youssef after he admitted to four of the eight violations that had been alleged, including obtaining a fraudulent California driver’s license.

None of the violations had to do with the content of “Innocence of Muslims,” a film that depicts Mohammad as a religious fraud, pedophile and a womanizer. The movie sparked violence in Libya and other parts of the Middle East, killing dozens.

Youssef, 55, was arrested in late September, just weeks after he went into hiding when deadly violence erupted in Libya and other parts of the Middle East in response to the movie.

If he violated his probation — and he apparently admits to doing so — then he should go back to prison. But no one would have known about his probation violations had the government not needed to make a high-profile arrest of the man who made the movie for which this administration tried to blame the “spontaneous demonstration” that never existed into an unplanned attack that clearly wasn’t.  While we’re asking questions about the administration’s failure to properly protect our Benghazi consulate, come to its aid while under attack, and then insisting that they had “no evidence” that it was a planned terrorist attack when they had evidence in the first hours of the attack that it was, perhaps we should also ask questions about who ordered the sudden high-profile investigation into Nakoula’s probation status — and why.


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Do remember that Ambassador Stevens was sent to the Senate by Obama to be given his post.

This is a man he backed for that position.

See where he is now.

Obama backers and supporters should take note: this is what happens to someone who trusted this man.

Note the lack of outrage by Obama.

That is how much he cares about someone he puts into an important position.

Under any normal President there would be outrage, and this decried as an act of war. Under Obama? Oopsie!

ajacksonian on November 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

williamg on November 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

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FOX was all over it, and we all can see where that went. And they reach a few more people than Ed does.

Why would you think that Benghazi is anything more than another tree that fell in the woods of Obama Incompetency…and no in the Non-FOX media cared enough to hear it fall? That sound was deafening.

You just want to…..politicize Benghazi. Shame on you. People died there.

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FlaMurph on November 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Oh yeah, the day after he gets reelected.

Fallon on November 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Well Conyers got away with all his crap too didn’t he? Why should Jr. be special?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The socialist lemmings and the useful idiots in the MSM will probably continue yawning at mention of Benghazigate just as they have yawned about trillion dollar deficits ad infinitum.

Things like covering up terrorist attacks and deliberately misleading the American people about them are only important when a Republican is in the WH.

But the GOP should keep digging for the truth, for the historical record if for no other reason.

farsighted on November 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Oh yeah, the day after he gets reelected.

Fallon on November 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

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More Heartless hate coming from the right.
The poor- JJjr- just learns he is Bi-Polar and you call it a scandal. He couldn’t even campaign…thats how disabled he is !
Shame on you- Bi-Polarism is a serious disorder for people to have to deal with it- and often times mis-appropriating campaign funds and a little unethical bribery are some of the terrible side effects of this awful disease that we just have to accept. Hate the disease, not the person.

What have you got against mental illness anyways?

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FlaMurph on November 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Just a reminder: Congress not done investigating Benghazi

Oh yeah? I expect that will go just about as well as the Fast and Furious investigations did.

RebeccaH on November 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

it’s not that most americans don’t CARE, it’s that they don’t KNOW. they either don’t know that the attack even happened, or they know it happened but think it was an unavoidable tragedy and have no idea that the obama administration’s response to it was completely messed up in several ways. (or, they knew that conservatives are SAYING that the obama administration messed up here, but they don’t believe it because they think we are politicizing a tragedy for the election. well it will be interesting to see them still defend that argument now that the election’s over)

the american people need to be informed more about this. if we give up now, the issue will disappear. we must keep pressing this. and i hope the investigation continues, because we all (we, and those in congress) have to do the best we can, in honor of those four heroes.

Sachiko on November 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Wont matter. Most people will ignore the story, just as they have already been doing. And the media wont bother to cover it. Obama is teflon. He can do whatever he wants and not be held accountable.

Jack_Burton on November 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

What have you got against mental illness anyways?

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FlaMurph on November 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I’m starting to think it is a prerequisite for holding public office.

Fallon on November 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

williamg on November 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

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FOX was all over it, and we all can see where that went

Thanks – you’ve just made the case for my point: Which is that FOX OBVIOUSLY needs help in ELEVATING this issue to the public.

THAT’S the job of This Blog!

williamg on November 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM

No one cares about Benghazi — Arabs burning things is a “man bites dog” story if there ever was one, as is politicians spinning the news.
 
urban elitist on November 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

rogerb on November 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Just a reminder: Congress not done investigating Benghazi

Oh yeah? I expect that will go just about as well as the Fast and Furious investigations did.

RebeccaH on November 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Until the news outlets most people watch make a big deal out of it, nothing will happen.

Since the odds of the nightly news networks developing an interest in deceit and incompetence in the Obama Whitehouse is nil, nothing will happen.

Lily on November 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Yeah, right. I’ll not be holding my breath over here.

totherightofthem on November 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Wont matter. Most people will ignore the story, just as they have already been doing. And the media wont bother to cover it. Obama is teflon. He can do whatever he wants and not be held accountable.

Jack_Burton on November 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Call every Republican polititian in your state and demand a complete investigation on this and F&F. We have got to at least TRY to fight back.

VegasRick on November 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Is our AG going to block the investigation of Congress?

mixplix on November 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Just a reminder: Congress not done investigating Benghazi

Just a reminder: Yes it is.

Nothing to see here because the GOP has tiny balls. We all know this – we’ve seen them so many times.

HondaV65 on November 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Hate to tell y’all this – but Stevens IS NOT a hero.

He failed to provide the “forceful backup” necessary to protect the lives of the people who worked for him at the consulate. As the man on the ground – he should have DONE A LOT MORE then send a message that “things are trending negatively”. He should have done a LOT MORE than write in a diary – “I’m worried”.

He should have been screaming in Hillary Clinton’s ear that he needed more security for his people – or demanded they be removed from Libya for their safety.

He did not do these things. Doesn’t excuse Clinton and doesn’t excuse Obama – but please – stop using Stevens as some kind of a “heroic” martyr. He gave his life for his country – he deserves our respect – but there shouldn’t be a lot of admiration for the way he handled things here.

HondaV65 on November 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

You are NOT ONLY FAILING – you HELPING THE ENEMY!!

williamg on November 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

and what has changed?

Mr. Arrogant on November 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Sorry, most Americans aren’t buying this BS.

bifidis on November 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM

The entire Congress is either corrupt, spineless or both. Absolutely nothing will happen over Libya or anything else for that matter. Truth.

dddave on November 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Issa can et under the hood all he wants

Dirty Harry turns a blind ear
MSM crickets

I hear Holder is stepping down

audiotom on November 8, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Wont matter. Most people will ignore the story, just as they have already been doing. And the media wont bother to cover it. Obama is teflon. He can do whatever he wants and not be held accountable

Jack_Burton on November 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I thought Clinton was the teflon president

Obama is a cold bloofrf psychopathical liar

He was actually pressed on when he knew, whether they were informed during the attack, etc for a local Denver reporter

Obama looked at him cold eyed, a slight tenseness in his jaw bone, then flat out lied and avoided the question

audiotom on November 8, 2012 at 2:43 PM

had we won the senate
the investigations would be starting after January 20th
jumpsuits for Obama. Hillary, BetrayUs, and Holder

now …. crickets

audiotom on November 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Does anyone seriously believe this is going to result in any meaningful consequence?

Not me.

bigbeachbird on November 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Sorry, most Americans aren’t buying this BS.

bifidis on November 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Most Americans aren’t buying what BS? They sure bought it hook-line-sinker if they put the liar-in-chief back in office.

“Most Americans” have been rendered irrelevant by recent elections.

bigbeachbird on November 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Just a reminder: Congress not done investigating Benghazi
POSTED AT 8:01 AM ON NOVEMBER 8, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY

And hopefully they can now continue with fewer hysterical accusations being thrown about.

verbaluce on November 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Well,
I *guess* President Biden would be … naw….

Third in line for presidency: Boehner.

ProfShadow on November 8, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Benghazi is deader than last weeks campaign commercials. Walk away.

SurferDoc on November 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Just a reminder: Congress not done investigating Benghazi

The American people: “Benga-who? Ben-gay?”

No yeah, I think we’re done here.

squint on November 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Obama’s next autobiography — The Audacity of Benghazi

I anxiously await the first edition.

jazzuscounty on November 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Nothing will happen. The MSM will ignore it. People won’t care. They only want stuff and a “cool” President. This country is lost and the party is going to end soon with a huge wake up call. Crash and burn, baby!

Decoski on November 8, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Two words to keep in mind for the next four years, presidential pardon.

aceinstall on November 8, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Most of the population would wonder why the damned right wing are picking on Ben Gazzara.

BL@KBIRD on November 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Obama’s next autobiography — The Audacity of Benghazi

jazzuscounty on November 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Biden as ghost writer?

BL@KBIRD on November 8, 2012 at 7:20 PM

This is curious.

BL@KBIRD on November 8, 2012 at 7:23 PM

With another of this administration’s internal investigations this will die on the vine like “Fast and Furious”. My faith in what the House is doing is not high at all. Way to many RINOs to suit my fancy.

savage24 on November 8, 2012 at 10:07 PM

More Heartless hate coming from the right.

Is it me or what? Heartless hate? When our CIC sits and watches in real time a person he personally put in office as an Ambassador get murdered along with three others that were crying for help in my mind is heartless hate and for what? Evidence shows the call for help was days in advance of the killing was ignored by the Secretary of State. Congress is looking into this with their investigation, this could go on for months. Look at the investigation of “Fast and Furious” ? We were running guns in both cases. Why is it the world knows more about our behavior than the public of the USA? The answer is all news of that caliber is filtered through the White House. The lies put forth by the White House trying to cover this horrible act of treason compounds the charge.

mixplix on November 9, 2012 at 5:39 AM

It will now be impossible to learn what happened in Benghazi. Obama will stonewall it all. He will pay no attention to any efforts by the House. Reid will block any efforts by the Senate. The media will run interference and refuse to pressure the administration. The usual triad will provide the protection; Obama, Reid, the MSM.

It would take a whistleblower that was a close advisor to Obama (like a John Dean was to Nixon) to ever get to the truth. The threat of a prison sentence. Democrats pride themselves in their loyalty to corruption. The leader that carries liberal agenda is like the pope in their religion. Many went to prison to protect The Clinton’s from the Whitewater scandal.

artman1746 on November 9, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Don’t understand why this is important. If they get close to the truth King Obama will just say it is protected information and stop the inquiry like he did with fast and furious. When the law doesn’t matter anymore why even consider it.

pwb on November 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM

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