CBS Journalist Still In Pursuit Of Answers On Benghazi

The investigation into what took place in Benghazi is still ongoing, both in Washington and in the journalism world. In an interview with the Daily Caller, Fox News contributor Juan Williams said “To my mind, there is no getting away from the idea that it was a critical story and one that deserved news attention.” However, there are others like CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who continues to ask questions of the administration and has filed numerous Freedom of Information Act requests for documents to answer still unanswered questions.

While Williams did say Fox News covered Benghazi, he believed it was more of a political attack than really getting at the truth. “For many people, it was seen as a political attack,” Williams said, “and that helped to then justify in the minds of a lot of the mainstream media that, ‘You know what — this is all about politics; it’s not about the actuality of what took place.’”

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Then there are others behind the scenes like CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson who tweeted out several unanswered questions about Benghazi on Wednesday evening.

Now that you feel like you are on a Twitchy report, Attkisson did reveal that she has gotten some answers.

The question “Who is the highest-ranking official who was aware of pre-911 security requests from US personnel in Libya?” was answered during Congressional hearings. According to those hearings, it was not Secretary Clinton, but rather Under-Secretary Kennedy who was the highest official who knew. However, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified that they knew of the security requests, but the State Department didn’t ask for their aid. It might be noted that they didn’t say whether they offered it either.

Another question that was answered was whether or not the Obama Administration has taken steps to have resources available sooner in case of emergency in the future. Dempsey testified that the troops in the region were put on higher alert status after the 9/11/12 attacks. He also said he could not be sure just how long that heightened alert status could be maintained. He also did not address the alleged lack of certain aircraft at a major US naval base very close to Libya.

I’m sure there are others pursuing the matter as well. However, often those who report are simply putting forth whatever has been approved by the White House. For the sake of the truth, I hope Attkisson finds the answers to her questions and is able to report them.

A partial answer came out about Obama’s actions (or inactions) and decision (or lack of deciding) making on the night of the Benghazi attacks. Again, Clinton testified that she had no interaction with Obama on that night. But within days, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told a different story, saying, “He (Obama) was in regular communication with his national security team directly, through them, and spoke with the secretary of state at approximately 10 p.m. He called her to get an update on the situation.”

Clearly, someone is lying and if it is Clinton, then she should be charged with perjury. If it is Carney, then as Obama’s spokesman, there should be grave ramifications. Additionally, there should be an investigation into where Carney got his information.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said that after the initial briefing, Obama did not contact him. The same was true per Defense Secretary Panetta’s testimony.

However, officials did say that Obama was very much kept informed of what was happening, thus indicating a willful and knowledgeable dereliction of duty on the part of Barack Obama.

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