Tom Fitton / October 21, 2015

The Real Benghazi Story

The infamous al Qaeda terrorist attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, took place on the evening of September 11, 2012, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. Shortly afterward, a second assault on a nearby compound killed two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty. Ten others were also injured in the attacks.

The infamous al Qaeda terrorist attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, took place on the evening of September 11, 2012, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. Shortly afterward, a second assault on a nearby compound killed two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty. Ten others were also injured in the attacks.

The lies and inaction by President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice (who is now Obama’s national security adviser) were monstrous. Rather than tell the truth, and risk political blowback for the Libya mess and the lack of security — the Obama administration abandoned those under fire and pretended the attack had nothing to do with terrorism.

Judicial Watch saw through the lies and began what has become the most nationally significant investigation ever by a non-governmental entity. Our Benghazi Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and subsequent dozen-plus FOIA lawsuits changed history. One of these lawsuits led to the disclosure of White House records confirming that top political operatives at the White House concocted the talking points used by Susan Rice to mislead the American people in order save Obama’s reelection prospects.

These smoking-gun documents embarrassed all of Congress and forced Speaker John Boehner to appoint the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

And the pressure from our Benghazi litigation led to the disclosure of the Clinton email scandal, the historical ramifications of which we are now witnessing.

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to testify next week to the Select Committee. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the thanks-to-JW famous politician running the Committee, has steadfastly refused to talk to JW about what we’ve uncovered. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the leader of panel Democrats, also had no interest in learning about Judicial Watch’s efforts.

We’ll see what happens with Mrs. Clinton’s testimony, but if the past is any indication of the future, the scene will shed more heat than light on the terrible scandal (and Mrs. Clinton’s massive obstruction of its investigation).

As the Benghazi Select Committee has done little of note for the last year to educate the American people about a scandal that may be a key factor that led to the rise of ISIS (and our failing war against it), my colleagues and I have compiled what we believe to be each and every press release documenting our discoveries, actions, and updates from our Benghazi work. Please review this educational material and share with friends and family, as much of this material deserves widespread attention and notice. This is a body of work that is a testament to the persistence, hard work and patriotic commitment of my JW colleagues. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the steadfast support of our members. The JW Benghazi list is below, in reverse chronological order:

2015

Sept. 17: Judicial Watch: State Department Asked Hillary Clinton to Delete Copies of Classified Benghazi Emails Four Months Ago

July 8: Judicial Watch: Secret Emails Show Hillary Clinton Tied To Benghazi Talking Points

June 29: Judicial Watch: Newly Released Documents Confirm White House Officials Set Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Response

May 26: Judicial Watch: State Department Almost Immediately Labeled Benghazi Attack as “Terrorism Event”

May 18: Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance

Feb. 26: Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Reveal Top Hillary Clinton Advisers Knew Immediately that Assault on Benghazi was Armed Attack

Feb. 19: Judicial Watch Forces Obama Administration to Release Pentagon Benghazi Attack Documents

Jan. 26: Judicial Watch Obtains State Department DSCC Records on Terrorist Attack on Benghazi

2014

Dec. 11: Judicial Watch: State Department Documents Show Its Security Contractor Operating without a License in Benghazi on Day of Terrorist Attack

Sept. 17: Judicial Watch Statement on Special Select Committee on Benghazi

Sept 10: Documents Reveal State Department Officials Told Three Months before Attack that Benghazi Security Guards Abandoning Posts Out of Fear for Safety

Sept. 10: Judicial Watch Announces Three New Lawsuits against Obama Administration for Records Relating to Benghazi Attack

June 5: Judicial Watch Sues Departments of Defense and State for Records about Benghazi Briefings of Congressional Leaders

May 6: Judicial Watch: Obama Administration Still Withholding Documents about Benghazi Attack

May 2: Judicial Watch Reacts to Speaker Boehner’s Support for Select Committee on Benghazi

April 29: Judicial Watch: Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points

April 1: JW Obtains Documents Revealing Questionable Security Contracting in Benghazi

Feb. 5: Obama Administration Withholds Key Benghazi Emails

Jan. 6: Benghazi victims’ families, conservative leaders demand Boehner create Select Committee

2013

Nov 18: Judicial Watch Obtains New Photos of Benghazi Attack Aftermath

Sept. 11: Judicial Watch Issues Special Report on Anniversary of Benghazi Massacre and Cover-Up

July 23: JW Sues Obama State Department for Talking Points and Updates Given to Susan Rice Related to Benghazi Attack

June 21: Judicial Watch Obtains First Photos from State Department Depicting Aftermath of Benghazi Attack

March 5: Judicial Watch Sues U.S. Department of State for Details on $400,000 Benghazi Security Contract

March 5: JW Sues Obama State Department for Benghazi Attack Videos and Photographs

Feb. 20: JW Sues Office of the Director of National Intelligence for Docs Describing Attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi

Jan. 22: JW Special Report: “The Benghazi Attack of September 11, 2012: Analysis and Further Questions”


Tom Fitton is President of Judicial Watch.

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