Hundreds of Retired Special Ops Demand Congress Investigate Benghazi

Seven hundred plus retired Special Forces veterans have signed an open letter addressed to the U.S. House of Representatives. "Special Operations Speaks" is demanding that there be a select committee be formed by Congress to investigate the attack that took place on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. The following is the text of the letter that was sent. You can also sign the petition to demand Congress act on forming this select committee by clicking here.

April 8, 2013

To:  Members of The U.S. House of Representatives

Subject: The Benghazi attacks on 9/11/ 2012

The undersigned are a representative group of some 700 retired Military Special Operations professionals who spent the majority of their careers preparing for and executing myriad operations to rescue or recover detained or threatened fellow Americans. In fact, many of us participated in both the Vietnam era POW rescue effort, The Son Tay Raid, as well as Operation Eagle Claw, the failed rescue attempt in April of 1980 in Iran, so we have been at this for many years and have a deep passion for seeking the truth about what happened during the national tragedy in Benghazi.

The purpose of this letter is to encourage all members of the US House of Representatives to support H.Res. 36, which will create a House Select Committee on the Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. It is essential that a full accounting of the events of September 11, 2012, be provided and that the American public be fully informed regarding this egregious terrorist attack on US diplomatic personnel and facilities. We owe that truth to the American people and the families of the fallen.

It appears that many of the facts and details surrounding the terrorist attack which resulted in four American deaths and an undetermined number of American casualties have not yet been ascertained by previous hearings and inquiries. Additional information is now slowly surfacing in the media, which makes a comprehensive bipartisan inquiry an imperative. Many questions have not been answered thus far. The House Select Committee should address, at a minimum, the following questions:

1. Why was there no military response to the events in Benghazi?

a. Were military assets in the region available? If not, why not?

b. If so, were they alerted?

c. Were assets deployed to any location in preparation for a rescue or recovery attempt?

d. Was military assistance requested by the Department of State? If so, what type?

e. Were any US Army/Naval/USMC assets available to support the US diplomats in Benghazi during the attack?

f. What, if any, recommendations for military action were made by DOD and the US Africa Command?

2. What, if any, non-military assistance was provided during the attack?

3. How many US personnel were injured in Benghazi?

4. Why have the survivors of the attack not been questioned?

5. Where are the survivors?

6. Who was in the White House Situation Room (WHSR) during the entire 8-hour period of the attacks, and was a senior US military officer present?

7. Where were Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey during the crisis, and what inputs and recommendations did they make?

8. Where were Tom Donilon, the National Security Advisor, Denis McDonough, his deputy, Valerie Jarrett and John Brennan during the attacks, and what (if any) recommendations or decisions did any of them make?

9. Why were F-16 fighter aircraft based in Aviano, Italy (less than two hours away) never considered a viable option for disruption (if not dispersal) of the attackers until "boots on the ground" (troop support–General Dempsey's words) arrived?

10. Were any strike aircraft (such as an AC-130 gunship) in the area or possibly overhead that would cause former SEAL Tyrone Woods to laser-designate his attacker's position and call for gunship fire support, thereby revealing his own location that led to his death?

11. Who gave the order to "STAND DOWN" that was heard repeatedly during the attacks?

12. What threat warnings existed before the attack, and what were the DOD and DOS responses to those warnings? What data (which will reveal exact timelines and command decisions) is contained within the various SITREPS, records, logs, videos and recordings maintained by the myriad of DOD, Intelligence Community and State Department Command Centers that were monitoring the events in Benghazi as they unfolded?

13. Why did the Commander-in Chief and Secretary of State never once check in during the night to find out the status of the crisis situation in Benghazi?

14. What was the nature of Ambassador Stevens' business in Benghazi at the time of the attack?

15. What guidance has been provided to survivors and family members since the time of the attack, and who issued that guidance?

16. Why are so many agencies now requiring their personnel that were involved in or have access to information regarding the events that took place in Benghazi sign Non-Disclosure Agreements?

This was the most severe attack on American diplomatic facilities and personnel since the attacks on the US Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998.  Thus far, it appears that there has been no serious effort to determine critical details of this attack. This is inexcusable and demands immediate attention by the Congress. Congress must show some leadership and provide answers to the public as to what actually occurred in Benghazi. Americans have a right to demand a full accounting on this issue.

A longstanding American ethos was breached during the terrorist attack in Benghazi. America failed to provide adequate security to personnel deployed into harm's way and then failed to respond when they were viciously attacked. Clearly, this is unacceptable and requires accountability. America has always held to the notion that no American will be left behind and that every effort will be made to respond when US personnel are threatened. Given our backgrounds, we are concerned that this sends a very negative message to future military and diplomatic personnel who may be deployed into dangerous environments.  That message is that they will be left to their own devices when attacked.  That is an unacceptable message.

The House Select Committee should focus on getting a detailed account of the events in Benghazi as soon as possible. H. Res. 36 will provide a structure for the conduct of a thorough inquiry of Benghazi and should be convened immediately.

We ask that you fulfill your responsibilities to the American people and take appropriate action regarding Benghazi. With over sixty members of the US House of Representatives calling for this Select Committee already, it seems that the time is right to take appropriate action on Benghazi.

These brave men are calling up their representatives to do what they have done time and again and that is fulfill their oath. May God grant those in Congress the intestinal fortitude to stand up and do this very thing.


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  • calico_kitty

    may God bless all of you for your service and for continuing this fight for the truth and justice for the families of those who died at Benghazi.

  • joespenthouse

    We will not go away quietly until the truth about Benghazi is known,and the fraud usurper is behind bars for the murders of the Seals he watched get slaughtered. And the public needs to know why the secrecy with the survivors who are still being kept quiet to save the usurper. Ovomit gave the stand down order,he knows it and so do the people who were in the bunker watching our guys get killed.

  • pguild01

    Getting answers on the brouhaha in Benghazi, Libya is worth dying for. The time is overdue for holding our Federal government to be accountable. Peter Guild, Quincy, MA.

  • Wayne Bauer

    GOOD LUCK, and thank you, but without money you'll see NOTHING. We've learned how DC works. nothing but overpaid monkeys. Look at any government agency and their waste and define Congress oversight.

  • kbcab

    Citizens and our military in our country can't demand nothing from Obama and congress , they don't work for us or this country , they work for themselves and their profit ...

  • sgtshel

    Every American should print out this letter and ram in down their elected officials throats! Email it, fax it, mail it whatever--just flood the mail system with it-- face book it---tweet it!!!
    Demand answers--demand justice--and punish those who did not protect our fellow Americans!

  • Jude O'Connor

    The "Code" is alive and well in DC. These politicians would sacrifice their mothers to stay in office. Thousands are delinquent in their taxes, Charlie Rangel, a Congressman and criminal still holds his office. We have an Ambassador and others murdered while screaming for help, ignored. They were sons of parents just as much as the children of Sandy Hook. The lying coming out of DC is despicable yet it continues under the watchful eye of Congress that has been watching this fraudulent Administration for over four years.

  • David Cook

    I certainly hope they continue to investigate Benghazi so they can expose Hilary Clinton for the lier she is and to give answers to the families of the fallen Americans. This administration is hoping this will just fade away with time but we can't allow that to happen.

  • diane

    I Really Appricate these Men Comming forward and Demanding the Answers the White House Refuses to Give. I would like to see an investigation done and Quickly Not Something Thats going to take the Rest of his Term. 6 Months and Then Answers. The Lies Have Gone On Long Enough! This President Needs To Be Impeached!!!

  • Tnc Del

    When is the Tea Party and the GOP going to call for Obama to be PROSECUTED and removed from office? A non-U.S. citizen is not constitutionally-entitled to impeachment proceedings.

    Obama's social security number failed E-Verify, and anyone with enough intelligence to follow the simple instructions of this video can prove to themselves beyond any doubt that the document Obama claims is his birth certificate was amateurishly created using Adobe layering techniques. Please see:

    • texan texan

      Wow. Isn't this what Sheriff Joe proved so brilliantly and documented with his cold case Possee. I believe it has all been documented in detail. And impeachment with thousands of impeachable offe sets has been circulated for 4+ years. Obviously, something is facts. Impeachment should have been a walk in the park, if true.

    • Janet Stpe

      That is what I do not understand, why is it so hard to get criminals out of office if they are proven criminals?

    • Wayne Bauer

      Fellow corrupt politicians to cover the evidence, more money than reasonable to pay off media, corrupt worthless lawyers at ALL levels, greed and power, that's your government.

  • zerrubabel

    The current Armed Forces are swearing in oaths to the U.N. which include an oath to shoot Americans if ordered. Moral Compass swung off the grandfather clock.

  • rchguns

    If They Know What's Good for Them They Will Listen And Do As They're Told( their jobs) these Congressman or representatives a bunch of whining crybabies who are afraid of their own shadow and the fact that they will probably lose her cushy jobs if they actually do something. We need to fire the whole bunch of them and start over building on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Any of them want to complain as a flawed in the town square.

    • Wayne Bauer

      Nice sentiment but who do you think you can scare?? This has gone on for over 50 years, citizenry watches and shrugs, until it personally destroys they have no interest.

  • lokiswife

    H Res36 is posted at in the 113th congressional lists, house resolutions. It was set up by Frank Wolf and it has 62 co-sponsors so far, but unless all the angry people stand up and demand that their reps sign on or promise to vote for it, the mainstream media will give Hillary and Obama a free pass for those four murders and whatever else they have been doing there (and lying about). Is your rep one of the 62? If not, ask them nicely once, if they don't do it, harass them miserably and get others to do the same. We, the people will be heard and not ignored......

  • glenapen

    These brave men will be branded as " anti government extremists " , we the people applaud you and will proudly stand with you . Unlike the troll janet napolitano ( she's a ugly dude ) we admire and have the utmost respect for your devotion and patriotism .

  • jong

    When that many of us step out of the shadows we never do it for ourselves. And in this number refused to listen to your own doom

  • owl

    Gentleman, I thank you for your service,a job well done ,and as always ,may the creator of heaven and earth bless you,,,,,,,we ,or a least I am there beside you ,whenever /wherever that may lead,,

  • DontTreadOnMe11

    What's the point of Congress investigating anything? They never do anything about it unless it's an "un-connected" citizen.