Powers: Someone should really ask Obama to define the word “transparency”

posted at 12:41 pm on March 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Almost a full six months after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, the investigation is still very much ongoing — on multiple fronts. The joint CIA and FBI effort to catch the leading perpetrators is apparently not making much progress:

Officials say U.S. authorities do not yet have a full understanding of who planned and carried out the two brief but intense assaults, nearly eight hours apart, on a lightly guarded diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA base late on Sept. 11 and early the next day.

Investigators have identified several people who were present during the terrorist attacks, but none has been definitively linked to the deaths.

“It is going painfully slowly,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), a member of the House Intelligence Committee who has been briefed on the investigation. “We don’t have access to all the people we’d like to have access to.” …

The Senate Intelligence Committee cleared Brennan’s CIA nomination on Tuesday, 12-3; vice chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted no, but also said that “I don’t intend to encourage a filibuster of Mr. Brennan… I think it will run its normal course and he’ll probably be confirmed.” Not if Sens. McCain and Graham have anything to say about it, though; they’re still looking for answers on Benghazi and they say they intend to get them:

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will continue to push for details on the Benghazi Consulate attack even if it disrupts the confirmation process for a new Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, the pair said Sunday.

Speaking on “Face the Nation,” Graham insisted that John Brennan’s nomination should not move forward until we “get to the bottom of” what happened in Libya.

“John and I are hell-bent on making sure the American people understand this debacle called Benghazi,” Graham said.

“I’m trying to find out what happened on that night so we won’t have other Benghazis, and I’m not going to vote for Brennan until the CIA … lets us know who did it and why and we have a picture of what happened in real-time.”

But the Special Report panel last night agreed that the White House doesn’t seem all that urgently interested in getting to the bottom of exactly what happened in Benghazi; it looks like they’re kind of hoping everybody will just stop caring and we can all move on. As Kirsten Powers elucidates, this administration seems to have a conveniently malleable idea of the definition of “transparency.”


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