Open Letter to Chairman Gowdy: Panetta Should Testify ASAP

It is an honor to have joined these great and concerned Americans by affixing my name to this letter in seeking out the truth. This is a very powerful letter which needs maximum exposure.

Open Letter to Chairman Gowdy: Panetta Should Testify ASAP

October 10, 2014

Hon. Trey Gowdy

Chairman
House Select Committee on Benghazi
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

As you are well aware, on May 8, 2014, the House of Representatives adopted H. Res. 567 “Providing for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya”. With the publication this week of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s book, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leaders in War and Peace, the need for such an inquiry has become both indisputable and even more urgent.

In particular, it is clear that there is more – and likely much more – that has yet to be established about the murderous September 11, 2012 jihadist attack on American facilities in Benghazi and those assigned to them. Indeed, former Secretary Panetta is providing an account of the Benghazi attacks that differs dramatically from what President Obama and his spokesmen presented in the hours, days and weeks after the attack.

For example, when shown a video clip of the former security contractors who defended the CIA Annex, who described how they were told to stand down that night by their superiors, Mr. Panetta agreed that Congress needed to investigate their story. Secretary Panetta has claimed that he set in motion a number of military units that night. Why was none of them directed to actually reach Benghazi? Who gave the ultimate order to U.S. military forces not to come to the rescue of our people in Benghazi that night? Was it the Secretary of State? The President? Or someone else? If so, on whose authority?

In addition, Mr. Panetta is saying in the course of his book tour that he disagreed with the assessment of CIA Director David Petraeus that the attacks were a demonstration turned violent. But what was the source of Gen. Petraeus’ assessment, since we know from other congressional committees that the CIA station chief in Tripoli was emailing the Director’s deputy, Mike Morell, within 48 hours of the attacks, telling him emphatically there had been no demonstration in Benghazi that night?

The need for full accountability for what really happened in Benghazi – and to establish how to prevent such murderous attacks on our foreign missions in the future – has taken on even greater urgency in light of recent developments with ominous implications for American diplomats, military personnel and security contractors overseas. These include:

This summer, we had to evacuate our embassy in Tripoli, Libya because of threatening jihadist operations there.
This week, our embassy in Sanaa, Yemen has come under attack – reportedly putting another 80 Americans at risk from jihadists who are openly boasting of their plans to kill Americans.
Should Baghdad fall to the Islamic State in coming weeks or, more likely, the Green Zone come under enemy fire, some1000 of our countrymen and women could be at risk.
Has our government learned the lessons of Benghazi? Does it have actionable plans in place that will provide for the defense of our embassies and people in Sanaa or Baghdad?

We believe that Congress has a responsibility to get to the bottom of such questions as a matter of the utmost urgency. Otherwise, more American lives may be on the line and needlessly lost.

Clearly, the fact that the House of Representatives is in recess is not an impediment to holding hearings in the immediate future as you and other Members of Congress have been returning to Washington in recent days to hold high-profile hearings concerning a Secret Service scandal and the spread of Ebola. It strains credulity that Congress cannot find time for hearings about an act of war in which four Americans – including our ambassador – were killed, with many others seriously wounded as sovereign American territory was attacked by terrorist enemies determined to murder more of us. We know for a fact that the Islamic State, al Qaeda, Iran and a growing universe of jihadists are busy plotting to create more Benghazis, here and elsewhere.

What is the select congressional committee doing to prevent that?

We respectfully request that you make plain to the American people, who are seeking the truth and anxious to avoid any repetition of Benghazi that might arise from its continued suppression, that you will promptly secure the testimony under oath of Secretary Panetta and the other principals and key subordinates who have first-hand knowledge of the events that took place on the night of the 11th of September. In light of the stakes, hearings for this purpose should be held this month, not weeks and weeks from now.

Sincerely (signatories as of 4:15 PM DST – 10/10/14),

Andrew C. McCarthy, Chairman, Benghazi Accountability Coalition

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President & CEO, Center for Security Policy

Charles Woods, Father of Ty Woods, victim of 9/11/2012 terror attack in Benghazi

Michael Ingmire, Musician, Writer, Activist, Uncle of Sean Smith, victim of 9/11/2012 terror attack in Benghazi

Allen Roth, President, Secure America Now

Sandy Rios, Director of Governmental Affairs for AFA

Paul Caprio, Director of Family Pac Federal

Kenneth Blackwell, former U.S. ambassador, UN Human Rights Commission

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

Dick Brauer, Colonel, US Air Force (Retired), Co-Founder of Special Operations Speaks and member, Citizens Commission on Benghazi

Ken Benway, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired), Co-Founder of Special Operations Speaks

Dennis B. Haney, Lietenant Colonel, US Air Force (Retired), Special Operations Speaks

Daniel W. (Jake) Jacobowitz, Political-Military Consultant

Andrea Lafferty, President, Traditional Values Coalition

Rev. Lou Sheldon, Chairman & Founder, Traditional Values Coalition

Thomas McInerney, Lieutenant General, USAF (Retired), Citizens Commission on Benghazi

Wayne V. Morris, Colonel, US Marine Corps, (Retired), Citizens Commission on Benghazi

Kevin M. Shipp, Citizens Commission on Benghazi

Charles Jones, Brigadier General, US Air Force (Retired), Citizens Commission on Benghazi

John A. Shaw, Citizens Commission on Benghazi

Clare Lopez, Vice President, Center for Security Policy

Joseph E. Schmitz, Former Inspector General of the Department of Defense

Tera Dahl, Executive Director, Council on Global Security

Brigitte Gabriel, Founder & CEO, ACT for America

Anita MonCrief, Advisory Board Member , Black Conservatives Fund

Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness

Allen B. West, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired)

Fred Fleitz, Former CIA analyst and Senior Fellow, Center for Security Policy

Roger Noriega, former US Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to the OAS

Henry F. Cooper, Ambassador and former Chief U.S. Negotiator at the Defense and Space Talks and former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative

Paul E Vallely, Major General, US Army (Retired), Chairman, Stand Up America

Roger Aronoff, Citizens Commission on Benghazi

William G. “Jerry” Boykin, Lt. General, US Army Special Forces Command (Retired)

James A. “Ace” Lyons, Admiral, US Navy (Retired), President/CEO, LION Associates, LLC

Dr. Ron Crews, CH, Colonel, US Army (Retired), Executive Director, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty

C. Preston Noell III, President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Kenneth R. Timmerman, Author, Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi

David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United

Ginni Thomas, President, Liberty Consulting, LLC

John Fonte, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

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Mudpie
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Amen, Colonel!

finabiscotti
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All good men and women as American Patriots seeking The Truth…..and demanding The Truth to be known, exposed and acted upon………instead of The USA being disgraced by the very US Gvt officials who devised the COVER-Up and command every American submit to the LIES and DECEIT over what occurred in BENGHAZI on the Anniversary of 911.

Thank you all. God Bless America!

God Bless our American Troops!

Earl Lee
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You are not PATRIOTS…you are DOMESTIC TERRORIST!!! Please do not consider yourself a PATRIOT anymore!!

Andy Martin
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Who pitches and who catches when you and Barry hook-up?

Flower
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Yeah … that’s what your messiah Obola says, anyway . . .

Earl Lee
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No…if you are wiling to destroy the nation you are a domestic terrorist. Government shutdowns, doing nothing to help the economy or the american people…these are the actions of the republican party!! DOMESTIC TERRORIST!!

Andy Martin
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And knob gobblers like you think that outside of putting your face in Obama’s lap, you’re a domestic terrorist. Punk.

Earl Lee
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Once again…You cannot dispute me with FACTS!! Typical republican LOON!!!

Andy Martin
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I’ve slapped the snot out of you with facts over and over again. But it’s hard for you to see them with your face in Obama’s lap.

frankenbiker
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Are you referring to the government shut down that the demoncraps caused, by Reid not allowing the GOP budget proposal to even get to a vote on the senate floor, or the other 500 some odd items he hasn’t allowed to come up for a vote?
Call me a domestic terrorist if you want, and I’ll PROUDLY wear that title, if It means getting the sht heads like Reid, Piloshit, and the great goatfcker out of office, either by vote or body bag, at this point I don’t give a fck.

Flower
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Thank you, you’ve proved that you and your ilk are what is wrong with America. I pray it all starts to change after this next election.

Liberalism is destroying strong American values and each Patriot is working hard to restore them.

Earl Lee
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Sorry but you HATRED has you blinded….REPUBLICANS are destroying AMERICA…with their government shutdowns and threats not to raise the debt ceiling and taking us over the physical cliff….these are not the actions of people that care about the economy or the american people. They block bills that would help VETERANS then complain about veterans care….HUH? You people are STUPID…thats all I can say

Andy Martin
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Lock stepping inbreds like you think that disagreeing with this waste of DNA Obama hurts America.

Your party of lib-horz shut the govt down 7 times when Reagan was POTUS. Were you blowing Tip at the time?

Reid has 387 pieces of legislation on his desk from the GOP HOR he will not bring to the floor. Are you blowing Reid too?

frankenbiker
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So raising the debt ceiling, creating another ten or twenty trillion in unsustainable debt is a good thing? Please explain that too me. Your demoncraps have done nothing but block every piece of legislation that was sent to the senate floor. Reid is the culprit here, not the GOP, it was the demoncraps that gave us the and more pointedly the goatfcker himself that demanded, DEMANDED the sequester that shut down the government, it was HIS IDEA, not the GOP’s. So go back to mommy and daddy’s basement and look up a few things before you post.

Earl Lee
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So LOON raising the debt ceiling is only a issue when this man is the president?? Do some research LOON and let me know how many debt ceiling FIGHT were there before this president?

Andy Martin
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frankenbiker
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Here’s the thing Earl, as soon as you liberals resort to name calling, we conservatives know we’ve won this debate and you no longer worth my time. Thanks, its been fun bringing you down to the fifth grade level argument. As Flower said, “We’re done here”.

Earl Lee
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Answer the question….LOON

Flower
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I have no hatred at all, Earl, only sadness of what liberalism is doing to America. And no, conservatives DON’T block bills that would help veterans! That is the Senate – Harry Reid has blocked 357 bills (and counting) since he’s been the Majority Leader. I AM a veteran and it is VERY clear to me what is happening at the hand of liberals!

Earl Lee
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“I personally, I have to say this honestly, have a hard time understanding how anyone could vote for tax breaks for billionaires, for millionaires, for large corporations and then say we don’t have the resources to protect our veterans,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the measure’s chief author, according to the Associated Press.

Flower
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You clearly have no education in economics!! Large companies DO pay a lot of taxes. In fact, they pay the lion’s share. And you leftwing moonbats want to put them out of business when THEY are the ones who employ the majority!!

Flower
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I don’t know Senator Sanders, why don’t you ask him.

Earl Lee
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EXCUSE ME?? conservatives didn’t block bills that helped veterans??? I only deal in FACTS and apparent you need to do some RESEARCH LOON!!! Let me help you

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/27/us-usa-veterans-congress-idUSBREA1Q26O20140227

Flower
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Earl, you deal with harrassment and trolling. Nothing more. We’re done here.

finabiscotti
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Reminder: The democrat party’s Hillary Clinton stated during her belated testimony on Benghazi – before our US Congress – “what difference does it now make?

Obama stated what occurred in Benghazi was just a bump in the road.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!!!

frankenbiker
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Another thing we should never forget was her admission that she was responsible, but that’s been passed over and never brought up again since she first stated it. ““I take responsibility” for the protection of U.S. diplomats, Clinton said during a visit to Peru. But she said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened in the attack that left four Americans dead.” Yet since then she’s denied all responsibility saying she wasn’t responsible for the security of the complex, all one great big lie.

Earl Lee
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I don’t know if you have noticed this but…you don’t hear many republicans yelling BENGHAZI anymore. It has been DEBUNKED!! No stand down order ever given….DEBUNKED!!!

Andy Martin
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Whatsamatta lefty? You don’t want Panetta to spill the beans? Typical of your ilk.

Flower
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I see our resident, leftwing moonbat is back with nothing of value to say – as usual. Hi Earl . . .

Earl Lee
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And you don’t dispute me with FACTS!!!! LOON!!

frankenbiker
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Here’s some facts for you Earl, Owevomit, Holder and the State department have been fighting to withhold evidence, the ongoing legal battle going on in the courts to get them to release this evidence proves they’re hiding the truth. So far the committee investigating Benghazi has been one big stonewall effort on the goatfckers regimes part, and until we get honest cooperation from these aforementioned people, we won’t get to the truth. As your great leader and resident goatfcker has stated, “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide” His words, and… Read more »
Flower
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The facts are everywhere, I wouldn’t know where to start. If you don’t see and hear them, it’s your own fault. Wake up!

Dr. Ron Polland
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I don’t knowe if you noticed, but your head fell out of your sphincter. The onlyh thing debunmed is that trolla have brains. It’s been proven – case closed – that stand down orders were given three times at two bases. Get your mamma to read Leon Panetta’s book to you. The media is not covering the Benghazi hearings – they are doing everything to cover them up. Benghazi is a national issue. Both parties are talking about state issues with 3 weeks left until the elections. The GOP knows that the media and DNC are looking for any words… Read more »
Earl Lee
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Sorry but….it was DEBUNKED in the republican REPORT!

MotherBatherick
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Col West, thank you for printing the letter and an even bigger thanks for being one of the signatories. We must never forget the murders at Benghazi, as complacency kills.

jaswim
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Thanks for sharing this letter. Not that the Secret Service/Prostitution scandal is not a big deal, but this is much more important and I certainly hope Congress will make time for this one ASAP!

DJ
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Who is this Earl Lee? As judging by his avatar and his discredited rants, it clearly defines him. LST — Leftists Socialists Tyrant. Yes, it is clear.

LIRight
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I would be proud to add my name to this letter Lt. Col. West.

Former SGT. E-5, I Troop, 3/11 ACR, RVN 1967-1968, retired police officer and proud father of two Special Forces Soldiers (5th SFG and 10th SFG, respectively)

God Bless!