May 21, 2013

House Armed Services Committee To Receive Classified Pentagon Briefing On Benghazi Today

Byron York has noted that lawmakers are digging into life & death issues of Benghazi in way of the Pentagon's purse strings.

.....On Tuesday members of the House Armed Services Committee will question Pentagon officials in a classified session. The committee chairman, Republican Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., last week told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that he remains "deeply concerned" about unanswered Benghazi questions. In a letter to Hagel, McKeon said he wants to know more about:

1. The account of events from the commander of the U.S. Site Security Team in Benghazi, including "the orders he received from higher authority;"

2. The presence of aircraft in the region, whether they were armed, how far they were from Benghazi, whether they would have needed in-flight refueling, and who in the military chain of command considered, or rejected, sending them to help;

3. The presence of unmanned aircraft in the region;

4. The status of a U.S. emergency team in Europe;

5. The presence of a Marine Corps Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team in the region;

6. What military preparations had been made to protect Americans in the area on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.[ed note: State Dept. Confirms: Marines on 9/11/12 Were Protecting U.S. Embassy--in Barbados]

Just to make sure he got a quick response, McKeon noted that he wants answers before he finishes work on next year's National Defense Authorization Act, which maps out funding for the Pentagon.

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This is a very interesting development...

By Stable Hand at 10:02 AM | Comments |