Where Are the Benghazi Survivors?

Where are the survivors? The unseemly efforts undertaken by the Obama administration, Democratic collaborators and a calculatingly uninterested mainstream media to avoid answering one of the fundamental questions of the Benghazi debacle will no longer suffice. Republicans in both the House and the Senate have made it clear they have run out of patience with the administration’s effort to keep the survivors isolated. If they are successful, this scandal may finally get the kind of national attention it so richly deserves.

The effort to keep the Benghazi survivors under wraps is nothing new. On December 12, 2012, Breitbart News revealed that Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R- UT) had been “thwarted” by the State Department from seeing any of these Americans, some of whom had been badly injured. “My understanding is that we still have some people in the hospital,” Chaffetz said at the time. “I’d like to visit with them and wish them nothing but the best but the State Department has seen it unfit for me to know who those people are–or even how many there are. I don’t know who they are. I don’t know where they live. I don’t know what state they’re from. I don’t even know how many there are. It doesn’t seem right to me.”

One would think that such an allegation would command the attention of investigative journalists across the nation. One would be wrong. Other than media referring back to the Breitbart story, there wasn’t one other news outlet interested in either the survivors or the disturbing reality that the State Department was keeping them secret.

Questions about them were revived when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton successfully stonewalled clueless Republicans during her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last January. At that time it was reported that five of the 20-30 people who survived the attack were State Department Diplomatic Security agents evacuated to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. When Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) questioned Clinton, she revealed that she had only talked to one unnamed survivor, and that she felt it was “inappropriate” to talk to the others until they had been interrogated by the FBI. Not a single Republican bothered to ask why contact with the State Department would have tainted an FBI investigation. Clinton, who helped perpetrate the administration lie that the Benghazi attack was precipitated by an incendiary video posted months beforehand on the Internet, walked away unscathed.

After Clinton’s appearance, Sen. John McCain claimed he wanted to hear directly from the survivors, saying they should come to Capitol Hill and report their own versions of what occurred on September 11. “They should certainly [do so]. If not come up to Capitol Hill at least be identified and take their statements as to what they saw,” he said. He continued. “We still want the questions answered. We’ll do everything we can to get answers to questions. The American people deserve them. Like Hillary said, ‘there are four dead Americans.’”

In February, Breitbart reported that Bill Bransford, a Washington, D.C. attorney at Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C. who specializes in federal employment law, contended that the survivors cannot legally reveal to the press or most members of Congress that they were even witnesses to the carnage. “First of all, I’m assuming that most of these people who witnessed the attack, except for the State Department folks, would be intelligence people, and they are not covered by the whistle blower protection laws,” Bransford explained.

He further revealed that State Department employees must sign non-disclosure agreements. “If somebody violates one of these non-disclosure agreements, the consequences could include interfering with a criminal investigation, obstruction of justice, criminal charges for releasing classified information, and those are pretty serious,” he warned. Yet Bransford also said that State Department employees are covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act, but that a revision of the law, the Whistle Blower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012, was so new, some of the changes may not yet be in effect.

Bransford added that it is likely some survivors could talk to certain congressmen authorized to hear their stories, but that the congressmen “are precluded from further releasing the information. They know that it’s classified and they can’t release it to the media. They couldn’t get up on the floor of the Senate or at a hearing and make a speech about it because it’s classified and they seem to respect that,” he said.

Breitbart also reported that Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where most of the survivors were taken, “is not only heavily guarded on the outside but on the inside as well, some say” and that “what appeared to be Secret Service personnel [were] moving in and out of a closed wing of the floor that was off-limits to everyone else.”

The fate of the survivors was pushed to the fore again on March 11, by CBS New’s Sharryl Attkisson, one of the few investigative reporters who still takes her job seriously. Attkisson again reminded Americans that the survivors remain off limits, even as she revealed that an undisclosed number of witnesses who also have not spoken publicly remain at the U.S. compound in Tripoli. In addition, she reported that CBS “had filed multiple Freedom of Information requests for Benghazi-related material but none has been provided.”

Four days later, the momentum began to shift. Stung by revelations that recuperating survivors still remain at Walter Reed, Republicans warned that unless the White House provides more information about the Benghazi attack, subpoenas could be issued to bring the survivors before Congress to testify. GOP leaders also threatened to hold up the confirmation of Deborah Jones, Christopher Stevens’ replacement as U.S. Ambassador in Libya.

The warning is a follow up to a March 1 letter sent to newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry by Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Jim Gerlach (R-PA) demanding the names and contact information for each survivor “so that we can make appropriate arrangements.” Those survivors reportedly include State Department and CIA officers, along with government contractors. Wolfe also argued that the survivors should not just be questioned, but given kudos for their bravery during the attack. “We should be honoring them,” Wolf said. “We should be thanking them.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is also composing a letter for Kerry, demanding access to the survivors, as well as the FBI files of their stories, “to see what they said.” Graham wants to know if any of their testimony formed the basis of the Obama administration’s blatantly false talking points immediately following the attack.

So far, Kerry has played the part of innocent naif. “Why have we not heard from any of the Benghazi survivors? I can’t tell you the answer to that,” he told Fox News two weeks ago. “I can tell you that I have visited with one of the survivors … who is a remarkably courageous person, who is doing very, very well.”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WW), a senior member on the Intelligence Committee, neatly summarized the priorities of his fellow Democrats, who apparently believe protecting the Obama administration takes precedence over everything else. “Benghazi is over and done with,” he said. “As far as [Republicans] are concerned … this has always been a political issue and that is the way they will continue to [pursue] it.”

Not quite. On the same day Rockefeller’s remarks were published, a suspect in the Benghazi attacks, Faraj al-Shibli (also spelled “Chalabi”), was detained in Libya following his return from a trip to Pakistan. Libyan government officials allowed U.S. interrogators access to the man, who was a member of the Libyan Islamist Fighting Group that tried to overthrow Gadaffi in the 1990s. Al-Sjibli has reportedly had contact with Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and al Qaeda members in Pakistan. He is the only known suspect in custody in connection with the attack, although his role remains unclear.

Two day later, Sen. Graham thrust the survivor issue front and center. In an interview with Fox News last Friday, he alleged that the survivors of the terrorist attack, who have been kept under wraps for over six months, have been pressured to remain silent. “The bottom line is they feel that they can’t come forth, they’ve been told to be quiet,” Graham insisted. Those allegations were quickly denied by the White House. “I’m sure that the White House is not preventing anyone from speaking,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Graham wasn’t buying it. “The best evidence of what happened in Benghazi is not a bunch of politicians in Washington trying to cover their political ass,” he said. “This is the people who lived through the debacle, and I’m going to do all I can to get them before the Congress and American people. We cannot let this administration or any other administration get away with hiding from the American people and Congress, people who were there in real time to tell the story,” he added.

Graham continued. “[The public needs] to hear from people who were on the ground, their desperate situation. They need to understand from people who were there for months how bad it was getting and how frustrated they were that nobody would listen to them and provide aid when they were requested,” he said. “This is a story of an administration deaf and blind to the reality of what people were living with every day in Libya.”

The same day, Rep. Chaffetz made another remarkable allegation. He told Fox News that after he finally learned the name of one survivor, he spoke to that person’s father. “His father said ‘yes this person is at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, but you won’t be able to find him because the State Department changed his name on all his records,’” Chaffetz revealed. He was seriously disturbed by the revelation. “That’s just beyond what this country is all about,” he said.

Unfortunately, it is far from beyond what the Obama administration is all about. For the past six months, they have engaged in a series of tactics best described as a disinformation campaign designed to confuse the public to the point where they lose interest, or persuade them that getting to the truth about what happened in Benghazi is a political witch hunt engineered by Republicans.

It is nothing of the sort. Four Americans were killed, several more were injured, and not a single person has been held directly accountable for any of it. The administration even lied about the four State Department officials who ostensibly resigned in the wake of a scathing report by the Accountability Review Board stating that security was “grossly inadequate” at the compound. All of them remain on the government payroll. And Hillary Clinton, who lied repeatedly to protect the administration, and whose acceptance of “responsibility” for the grossly inadequate security at Benghazi amounted to exactly nothing, remains a viable candidate for president in 2016.

Eyewitness testimony by the remaining survivors has the potential to devastate this administration. It would likely blow a large hole in Obama’s phony Middle East narrative about al Qaeda being “on the run,” and it might even reveal why any attempts to rescue Americans under attack were either aborted, or never undertaken at all.

In short, nothing about Benghazi accrues to the interest of this president or his administration. It remains to be seen if Republicans have the spine to pursue the truth wherever it goes, despite the pushback they will inevitably face from the Obama administration and their media cheerleaders. Getting to the truth cannot be “beyond what this country is all about.”

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  • Mary Sue

    Classifed my @$$, that's a pretty convenient excuse.

    • John

      1. The 34 survivors of Benghazi are American citizens or legal American residents.

      2. As such they have representatives. The U.S. Representatives have the right to check in on the well being of their constituents to see if foreign governments or the federal government is mistreating them.

      • Maxie

        Those Representatives also have families whose welfare they care about. And 'accidents' can happen if you don't do as you're told.

  • Chezwick

    The prolonged silence is taking on an almost Orwellian quality. Have these people dropped off the face of the Earth?

    Sooner or later, somebody is going to tell the story. It figures to be ugly. Even then, Obama might just ride it out with the help of a complicit media. But Hillary's "what difference does it make how it happened" outburst will loom large as she cultivates her lusty aspirations for the power of the Presidency.

    • DemetriusMinneapolis

      Yeah, considering American politics today, she could use that as her campaign sign "What difference does it make?". What difference does it make indeed.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Okay now, this is why the survivors aren't talking – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/18/benghazigate-

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Bert

      Adina K has furnished a huge amount of incriminating information on Obama and this episode that should result in his indictment on criminal charges. It is depressing to see how little response is being shown by the Republicans. This is their best opportunity to act like patriots and save America from that criminal in the White House.

      • AnOrdinaryMan

        Call your Congressman & Senator and DEMAND a special prosecutor, reporting to a Congressional committee, on Benghazi.

  • kafir4life

    Stinky (bo) is attempting to protect his highly lucrative gun running operations. Agent Brian Terry and Amb. Stevens have already paid the ultimate price having been murdered by President Stinky as they were about to come forward that the leader of the free world (and I use the term "leader" incorrectly, as Stinks doesn't lead, except from his behind) was nothing more than a common thug and gun runner. The survivors of Benghazi know this, and have been threatened with the same if they don't keep their mouths shut.

  • pierce

    This cover up will put Watergate to shame. The whole episode of Benghazi is a disgrace to the Obama Administration, and will go down in history as depicting a POTUS who does not have a clue to what he is doing.
    I remember Hilary and her last performance before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. The State Department needs to be reorganized, and she was in charge, but not in charge. All she was doing was running around the world with her agenda, paying no attention to details, but doing her thing, whatever that was. Melodramatic she was, and that was all.
    And now we have Barack being extremely secretive, about something the American people have a right to know. His performance is worthy of Richard Nixon's during the Watergate cover up. This is an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE, far worse than "I did not have sex with that woman."

    • Cassandra

      I agree with you Pierce except for the fact that I think Obama KNOWS what he is doing.

  • Adam

    The administration changed their names because although they may have been intimidated to not talk, their wives, husbands, fathers and mothers who some may have confided in could probably be persuaded to tell what happened or at least describe the extent of their injuries.

    • Defcon 4

      I wouldn't be surprised if there were no injuries at all and that the survivors are merely being held incommunicado, possibly against their will.

  • laughnmatter

    It takes a while to intimidate and threaten as many as 30-plus people. As soon as Obama's goons have secured all the survivors we'll get to hear them parrot whatever it is Obama wants them to say.

  • ansonicus

    How can the State Dept. change the name of the surviving patient? How can they sequester these employees? How can the mainstream media spike accurate coverage of this debacle? This is really Soviet style government that we have here in the US today.

  • Spider

    What do you think Chris Stevens was doing in Bengazi?
    He was the chief gun runner for Houssein who was arming his Mu-slim
    Brothers to further takeover the Middle East. And now Chris Stevens
    is dead because he knew too much. Housseins plan? Disarm
    Americans and arm Radical Is-lamists to the teeth. So the cover up continues
    by threatening to end peoples careers by yaking their security clearences if they talk.

  • lizaz

    Too bad we don't have a REAL media who does their job, instead of an ignorant, water-carrying bunch of illiterates, who protect the "government" at all costs. At least we have Fox News so we can get both sides of the story, and now a new cable news network set to appear soon. Benghazi is a huge coverup, but I believe it will be exposed one day….when someone can no longer stand the lies…….

  • White Hunter

    Good luck prying anything out of the Obama Racketeering Enterprise with a congressional subpoena. We've already seen how well that works with Holder. What can be done when the Chief Law Enforcement Officer is himself also the Chief Criminal Conspirator, and every Damnocrat in Congress closes ranks in lockstep solidarity with him? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

  • Lan Astaslem

    Impeach the affirmative action communist now!

  • F.Brown

    So where is the subpoena????

    • John

      The Congressmen from the House of Representatives or the Senate should be able to use some form of HABEUS CORPUS to be able to see the survivors.

      The survivors are the constituent of some group of Congressmen. The Congressmen have a right to know if they are being mistreated by the Federal government.

  • Barbara Siegfried

    How long will it take to get someone in the government to stand up.the people are getting restless.

  • Jim_C

    Where, oh where, are the survivors, I ask you? Isn't there someone, anyone, who can at least give us gristle to gnaw? Please, someone, just give us a little ammunition to use against our "teflon" political adversary! The people demand a truth that fits their ideology! We can't have all this wild speculation come to naught! What a waste that would be!

    • Maxie

      "Wild speculation" is what you get when the authorities go into "wild coverup" mode.

  • Willy Rho

    25. Why was the Terrorist that was held by Tunisia never interviewed by the FBI or the CIA.

    26. Why was the Terrorist in Tunisia released and got totally Free without the USA stopping his release or questioning him?

    27. Why were Senior counter terrorism personnel cut out of the Loop, the Foreign Emergency Security Team was not called?

    28. The Embassy in Egypt was attacked by a Mob Action and the motive was the Film Trailer. This was part of the Plan and does not make sense, except if it was a part of the Kidnapping Plan with the joint actions in Egypt and Benghazi?

    29. Why did the Idiots in the White House stick with the Planned Motive of the Film Trailer, claiming that it started the attack?

    30. What are the Names of the 25 people saved by the Navy Seals?

    31. Where are the Sworn Statements, describing the details of the attack, made by the 25 witnesses who were saved by the Seals?

    32. The President seems to have not been around, physically or mentally, not even knowing what happened at Benghazi, or he was stoned on his favorite candy, Crack Cocaine.

    33. Larry Sinclair says Barack Obama is a Crack Addict. Check out Sinclair's You Tube Video in which he claims he has hard evidence of his two Homosexual Trysts with Obama and Drugs. Or just buy Larry Sinclair's book he wrote about Obama and his sexual Trysts and Murders.

    It is named: "Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & murder".
    The Amazon online book store has it: use this web URL: http://www.amazon.com/Barack-Obama-Larry-Sinclair

    34. The Fly in Obama's Treasonous Plans; Two Brave American Heroes, Navy Seals. They should both receive, posthumously, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, after Obama's
    Conviction for: High Crimes, Misdemeanors, Murders and High Treason.

    35. Obama knew what was going on in Benghazi because he was involved in planning it with Mohammed Morsi. Obama did not want to be involved in the response to the Attack because something he might DO OR SAY might give away his complicity in the Murders of Four Americans in the attack on Benghazi.

    BOTH OR EITHER OF THESE PLANS AND ACTIONS ARE ABSOLUTELY TREASON. Barack Obama is guilty of High Treason and Murder and should be IMPEACHED NOW.

  • Willy Rho

    I sent this to my Senators and Rep, but they are complicit in the Illegal Alien-Muslim-Communist's Coup d'etat. So, I don't expect anything to come of this except more Cool Aid Drinking by the Masses and Leaders.
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Quoting retired Four-Star Admiral James Lyons, writes: “[T]he attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi… was the result of a bungled abduction attempt….the first stage of an international prisoner exchange… [that] would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the ‘Blind Sheik’…”

    Was Obama's SECRET PLANS to: RUN GUNS AND MISSILES TO AL QAEDA and TRADE THE BLIND SHEIK FOR AMBASSADOR STEVENS, after ENABLING his KIDNAPPING.

    The Mob Action, introduced in Egypt and other embassies and its claimed cause was to be an Anti Muslim movie trailer. That was the planned cover for the Kidnapping in Benghazi. The action at Benghazi was supposed to be blamed on the same mob action as in Egypt.

    Question: Does anything done by "Any Actor" make any sense, except in the context of "The Secret Plans"?

    A few questions that can be completely explained by the "Secret Plans".

    1. Why did Amb Stevens have dinner with the Turkish General Council?

    2. Why did the terrorist attack on the Consulate begin immediately after the Turkish General Council left?

    3. What happened to the 15,000 SA-7 Grail/Strela-2 missiles that Muammar Qaddafi had acquired and the USA Stinger missiles provided by Barack Obama to overthrow Qaddafi?

    4. Was Amb Stevens running guns and missiles to the Al Qaeda in Syria through Turkey?

    5. Because Al Qaeda has been at war with the USA, openly attacking the USA for about 20 years, since 1993; would Running Guns and Missiles and other War Material to Al Qaeda be Treason?

    6. Did Obama want to release the Blind Sheik, but had no justifiable reason to do so?

    7. Why were 3 MST and 1 SST security details removed from Libya?

    8. Why did Hillary request/demand more security, but Obama denied more security, several times?

    9. Why were ex-Seals, Doherty and Woods, told to stand down 3 times?

    10. Why did Obama tell the CIA to NOT help defend the Consulate?

    11. Why did Obama and his minions watch live video of the attack and not act?

    12. Why was an American Drone flying over the consulate recording video BEFORE the attack began?

  • Willy Rho

    13. Predator Drones carry Hell Fire Missiles, why were none fired?

    14. Why were the Seals Lazing a Target, giving away their position and no Hell Fire missiles were fired?

    15. Why did Obama blame it on a video that no one (only 17 views on YouTube) had ever seen?

    16. Why did Obama fire General Ham for moving to assist the Consulate?

    17. Why was an AC-130 Gunship, 90 minutes away, not sent to aid the Consulate?

    18. Why were the F-16's only 20 minutes away not sent to help the consulate?

    19. Was the reason that the Aircraft were not sent, because Obama was afraid that USA A/C would be shot down with the anti-Aircraft missiles (Stingers) that Obama supplied to the Terrorists?

    20. Why did the plan stick with the plan's excuse of the Sham "Mohammed is an Idiot" Movie Trailer?

    21. Why did the Ansar al-Sharia try to save Ambassador Stevens by taking him to a Hospital/Emergency Room?

    22. Why did Ansar al-Sharia surround the Hospital where Ambassador Steven's body was taken and not let anyone in or out?

    23. Why was a Libyan Military person photographing the Consulate before the Attack?

    24. Why could the President not get an interview with a participating Terrorist for weeks when Senator Lindsey Graham got Tunisia to permit the FBI interview him within 24 hours of the request?

  • Tim

    Arnold Ahlert

    Who are the Black Dragons?
    http://sofrep.com/18280/accountability-lost-bengh

  • WilliamJamesWard

    There was and old joke about a plane crashing on the Canadian and American border and the
    question is where did they bury the survivors? Lets take a stab at the Benghazi survivors
    whereabouts, ta da……………….'Gitmo'?……….Any further questions for Hillary Clinton will
    be referred to Vince Foster………The Obama administration is so transparent it's spookey,
    ghostly, effervescent………..will of the wisp……..mere vapor, can only be traced by thier
    footprints in your money…………………………………………………William

  • oiltrdr

    if you can get a survivor to disclose WHO is telling them to keep quiet, then bring that person before congress. Almost as good as having the survivor.

  • tanstaafl

    Congress has the power to subpoena anyone they want.

    • Defcon 4

      What if no one enforces the subpoena?

  • Maxie

    Republicans? Spine? If the GOP had any spine it would be gathering evidence of massive Dem vote fraud in election 2012. The GOP walked away from Fast & Furious and it will walk away from Benghazigate and everyone knows it — most especially HilLiary and the MarxoCrats. And this is nothing new. I've seen the dynamic between the two parties many times over the years. Some writer years ago called them the "Crooked Party" and the "Stupid Party". I would amed the latter to the Stupid & Gutless Party.

  • Tea Bagger

    Hysterical. The word "Benghazi" has become a Pavlovian whistle with the Rethugs-Teabaggers. It's just like the Frau Blücher and the whinnying horses gag in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" classic.

  • michelle

    Why wont anybody stand up so we can impeach his.ass!!!!!!

  • Tyrannocankles rex

    Great article – wish I had found it sooner!