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Report Finds Terrorist Investigation is Flawed
Updated: Tuesday, September 17 2013, 12:22 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKRC) -- “Willful Obstruction.” That's the charge directed against the US State Department and the investigation into the deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi Libya on September 11th, 2012.
As Kristine Frazao tells Local 12, a report released today by a congressional committee finds the investigation, up to this point, has been flawed and is still largely incomplete.
In the days and months following those deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens, there were repeated calls for more access and more information.
It turns out many of those answers were deliberately hidden, according to a new report out by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee. Among the charges: that State Department officials routinely refused requests for documents, that the Accountability Review Board chosen to investigate Benghazi was hand-picked by high level officials and therefore not independent, and that the investigation was rushed.
It also questions why Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, who had a direct role in making security decisions in Benghazi, was never reprimanded. Former Ambassador C. Boyden Gray says there are still quite a few holes in what we know, especially when it comes to high level officials at the State Department.
Instead four mid-level officials were punished, eight months of paid administrative leave. At least one of whom says he had no connection at all to security policy in Libya.
The State Department continues its assertion that the investigation has been both thorough and transparent with many Democrats on Capitol Hill agreeing, saying Republicans have turned this into a partisan issue with much of the blame unfounded.
Now, more than one year after those attacks took place, the issue is not going away, with more hearings on the matter scheduled for later this week.
The next hearing into the Benghazi attacks is scheduled to take place on Thursday morning.