Benghazi Hearing – Thursday, 9/19 at 9:30 a.m. ESTSeptember 13, 2013
One year ago, on September 11, four Americans were killed in a vicious and planned attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. This week, we pause and remember Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods, who served our country honorably and died protecting it. We also remember their families and colleagues, who will always keenly feel their loss.
Benghazi was a painful reminder that more than a decade after the devastating 9/11 attacks there are still those who wish us harm, who seek to destroy our way of life and who are actively planning the next assault. The only way we can truly protect the lives of Americans at home and abroad is to be honest about the ongoing threats we face and be tireless in our response to them.
Yet in the year since the Benghazi attack, we have seen a total lack of accountability from the Obama Administration and many important questions have still not been answered. We still do not know who was in charge and making decisions the night of the attack nor do we know who was responsible for policy decisions that set a course seeking a smaller U.S. security presence in a dangerous environment.
From denying the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform access to survivors of the attack to refusing to turn over key documents, the Administration’s continual reluctance to cooperate with Congressional investigations is flatly unacceptable.
On Thursday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. EST, I will convene a hearing to receive testimony from the State Department’s Accountability Review Board co-chairs, members of the Department’s security panel that conducted a review and family members who lost loved-ones in the attacks.
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