Benghazi Attack Under Microscope

The latest news, analysis and opinion about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

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  • Lawyers for Benghazi terrorist suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala said Wednesday their client is innocent of accusations that he helped lead the attack that killed four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador. (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)

    Lawyers for Benghazi suspect say government has presented 'utter lack of evidence'

    By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times

    Lawyers for Benghazi terrorist suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala said Wednesday their client is innocent of accusations that he helped lead the attack that killed four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador. Published July 2, 2014

  • This artist's rendering depicts United States Magistrate Judge John Facciola swearing in Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who is flanked by his attorney, Michelle Peterson, during a hearing at the federal U.S. District Court in Washington. He pled not guilty to conspiracy Saturday, his first appearance in U.S. court. The hearing of the Libyan, accused of masterminding the deadly Benghazi attacks, lasted ten minutes. (associated press)

    Indictment of suspect in Benghazi attack debunks the Obama tale

    By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

    The Obama administration's just-released criminal complaint against the alleged mastermind of the Benghazi terrorist attacks provides a final contradiction to its own evolving explanations for what happened that day. Published July 1, 2014

  • Gearing up: House panel on Benghazi attack staffing up, briefing members

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    After a furious push to establish and appoint members to the House select committee on Benghazi, the panel's official proceedings have hit slow gear, and committee members say they don't expect to begin talking with witnesses until the fall. Published June 22, 2014

  • Ahmed Abu Khatallah (facebook)

    Capture of Benghazi suspect in secret raid fuels debate on prisoner's legal status

    By Dave Boyer and Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

    U.S. Special Forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya, Obama administration officials said Tuesday, prompting praise for the military operation and fueling a debate over the prisoner's legal status. Published June 17, 2014

  • Reince Priebus Chairman of the Republican National Committee addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., Thursday, May 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

    RNC Chairman Priebus: Hillary Clinton is politics 24/7, and Benghazi is no different

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been the one playing politics with Benghazi. Published June 1, 2014

  • Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, had wanted to add language in committee to give President Obama the kill-or-capture authority. Mr. Hunter proposed the amendment after Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Joint Chiefs chairman, told Congress last year that the 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) law does not cover the Benghazi attackers. (associated press)

    House leaders nix bill that would give Obama power to kill Benghazi terrorists

    By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

    The House Republican leadership has abolished an amendment that would have given President Obama the authority to kill the terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, according to a legislative aide. Published May 25, 2014

  • Former Florida Rep. Allen West  will host the "First Allen West Black Tie Boot Camp" at a historic Palm Beach Island hotel in late March. (Associated Press)

    Allen West: Source told me 'truth' on Benghazi; operations 'shrouded in a fog of lies'

    By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times

    Former GOP congressman and political commentator Allen B. West says he knows "the ground truth" about what really happened during the Benghazi attack. Published May 24, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This May 9, 2014, file photo shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Democrats will participate in the special, Republican-led select committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, despite serious concerns within the party that the inquiry is an election-year ploy to energize core GOP voters. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

    Pelosi's Benghazi picks like 'carrying library books' to knife fight: Weiner

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Anthony Weiner, the former hard-charging Democratic congressman who's star fell from a sexting scandal, nonetheless jumped back into the daily political discourse to offer his opinion on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's picks for the Benghazi committee: You could do better, he said. Published May 23, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State John F. Kerry. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    John Kerry agrees to testify on Benghazi attack

    By Donna Cassata - Associated Press

    Secretary of State John Kerry is willing to testify before the House Oversight panel investigating the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, an appearance that should make subsequent testimony before a newly formed select committee unnecessary, the State Department said Friday. Published May 23, 2014

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks about the pending bipartisan budget compromise struck by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. While the newly minted budget deal is aimed at averting future government shutdowns, Pelosi is disappointed that it fails to include certain unemployment insurance protections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Pelosi names five Democratic members to Benghazi panel

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Despite not getting the Republican concessions she was seeking, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed a full slate of Democrats to the House's new Benghazi investigative committee, giving the effort a bipartisan boost. Published May 21, 2014

  • Former President Bill Clinton speaks at Georgetown University in Washington, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Clinton, who graduated from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in 1968, gave the second in a series of lectures exploring the people, events, lessons and guiding principles that have shaped his career in public service.  (AP Photo)

    Bubba is certain: Hillary 'did what she should have done' on Benghazi

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Ex-President Bill Clinton sprang to the defense of his wife Wednesday, insisting that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton responded properly to the September 2012 Benghazi attack just as a select House committee has been charged with investigating what happened. Published May 14, 2014

  • "This is one of those rare instances where my presence indirectly became a part of this reaction from those pictured in the photograph. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had just accidentally dropped all of her briefing papers onto the Oval Office rug and she, the President and Vice President all reacted in a way that indicated that surely I wouldn't get a photo of that to embarrass her." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    No laughing matter: Hillary to be haunted in 2016 by Benghazi, failed Russia reset

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    Hillary Rodham Clinton brings a quarter-century of public service to her potential presidential campaign, but it's her most recent job as secretary of state — overseeing relations with Russia, handling the terrorist attack in Benghazi — that could come back to haunt her. Published May 14, 2014

  • ** FILE ** National Security Adviser Susan Rice. (Associated Press)

    Susan Rice predicts Benghazi panel will come up empty

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Wednesday she isn't aware of anything else the Obama administration has said or done in relation to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that hasn't been made public, and it's hard to imagine what will come of probing the issue further. Published May 14, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican (Associated Press)

    Rep. Steve King: Ambassador Stephens' autopsy should be made public

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Rep. Steve King said Thursday that he hopes the public gets a glimpse of the autopsy report for J. Christopher Stephens, the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, during the select committee investigation into the attacks on diplomatic posts in Benghazi. Published May 8, 2014

  • ** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner. (Associated Press)

    Buckle up: Boehner gives Benghazi committee unprecedented probing powers

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    House Speaker John A. Boehner laid out details of his proposed Benghazi investigative committee Tuesday night, calling for a 7-5 split between Republicans and Democrats — drawing a stern response from Democrats who said that is unfair and taints the investigation from the start. Published May 7, 2014

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, following her lunch with President Barack Obama. Pelosi was asked several questions about the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Pelosi demands Benghazi panel be equally divided

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the House's new investigative committee looking into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks must be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans — an aggressive demand that could dent the investigation before it even gets rolling. Published May 6, 2014

  • **FILE** Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat (Associated Press)

    Benghazi committee shifts focus off quest for justice: Rep. Schiff

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, said Monday that a committee to investigate the Benghazi attack is shifting focus from the most important goal: getting justice for the four Americans who died in the attack. Published May 5, 2014

  • FILE - This file June 28, 2013 file photo shows House Oversight Committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner on Friday declared he’d schedule a vote to create a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack, escalating a political battle that has raged since the final days of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. A senior Republican aide said Boehner was considering Gowdy to chair the select committee. The aide wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. It’s unclear when Boehner will schedule the vote.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Boehner taps rising star to lead Benghazi investigation

    By Jacqueline Klimas and Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor and up-and-coming member of the House GOP, will lead the new select investigative inquiry into the Benghazi attack, Speaker John A. Boehner said Monday. Published May 5, 2014

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the US embassy in Juba, South Sudan, Friday May 2, 2014. Kerry, landing in the capital Juba on Friday, carried the threat of U.S. sanctions against prominent South Sudanese leaders if the rampant violence doesn't stop. But more than anything, he sought to compel authorities on both sides of the fight to put aside personal and tribal animosities for the good of a nation that declared independence three years ago to escape decades of war. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

    House subpoenas Kerry to testify about Benghazi

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    The House has subpoenaed Secretary of State John F. Kerry to force him to answer questions about how his department has handled questions about the Benghazi terrorist attack. Published May 2, 2014

  • House GOP: Obama withholding Benghazi email is 'criminal'

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    House Republicans accused the Obama administration Thursday of "perhaps criminal" behavior for having withheld for months key email that sheds light on how the administration framed its post-Benghazi talking points, potentially violating a congressional subpoena. Published May 1, 2014

  • Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to members of the media at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, during his meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.  (AP Photo)

    Boehner: Kerry must answer for concealing key Benghazi email

    By Stephen Dinan and Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday demanded that Secretary of State John F. Kerry testify to Congress about why his department hid a key email that seems to show the White House tainted the talking points following the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. Published May 1, 2014

  • **FILE** Libyan civilians celebrate the raiding of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 21, 2012, after hundreds of Libyans, military and police raided the Brigades base. (Associated Press)

    General says WH should have known Benghazi was terrorist attack

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    An Air Force brigadier general who was running intelligence at the U.S. African command the night of the Benghazi attacks said Thursday they knew immediately that the assault was not a response to an anti-Islamic video, and said that the White House either wasn't in the know or else was distorting that information. Published May 1, 2014

  • Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell, testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, about the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi.  The Committee seeks to gain additional information from Morell about his role in the development of the Benghazi talking points and in shaping the administration’s public narrative of the terrorist attack.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    THEY KNEW: Ex-CIA official gives stunning account on Benghazi

    By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

    The CIA's former deputy director disclosed Wednesday that Obama administration officials were alerted the day before they went on national television that a key tenet of their original Benghazi storyline might be inaccurate. Published April 2, 2014

  • Palestinians burn a U.S. flag during a protest against the movie, "Innocence of Muslims," near the United Nations office in Gaza City, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Muslim anger over perceived Western insults to Islam has exploded several times, most recently in Tuesday's attacks against U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East in which U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    YouTube ordered to remove anti-Muslim film

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    A U.S. appeals court in San Francisco has ordered Google to remove from YouTube "Innocence of Muslims," the anti-Islam film the Obama administration initially blamed for the 2012 killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Published February 26, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about Syria on Sept. 9, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House Complex in Washington, during a the White House Forum to Combat Wildlife Trafficking. Clinton said any move by Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control would be an "important step." (Associated Press)

    CURL: The drip, drip, drip of Benghazi

    By Joseph Curl

    Another day, another revelation on Benghazi. The "bipartisan" Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week put out a scathing report on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya, citing "systematic failures" that led to the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Published January 19, 2014

  • Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    LYONS: Benghazi demands a select committee in Congress

    By James A. Lyons

    Reports released recently by both the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Armed Services Committee have mostly discredited the Dec. 28 article on Benghazi by David Kirkpatrick in The New York Times. Both reports and the newspaper article have served the purpose of refocusing America's attention on this tragedy. Published January 16, 2014

  • Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Minnesota Republican

    Michele Bachmann: Benghazi report a 'very grim picture for America'

    Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, gives Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama tough questions to answer after the new Benghazi report. Published January 16, 2014

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton congratulates President Barack Obama on the House vote to pass health care reform, prior to a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, March 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    BENGHAZI WAS PREVENTABLE: Hillary Clinton cited for major security lapses

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    The 2012 terrorist assault on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, involved attackers from several major international terrorist networks, according to a Senate report that blames the intelligence community and the State Department — and Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens himself — for lapses. Published January 15, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    EDITORIAL: Benghazi murders were preventable, the White House coverup shameful


    The incompetence and irresponsibility at Benghazi turns out to be even worse than everyone in Washington thought it was. A bipartisan Senate intelligence committee finds the murder of the American ambassador and three other Americans was preventable, and the explanations the White House first gave for the debacle were lies. Published January 15, 2014

  • CURL: For liars like Obama and Clinton, ends justify means on Benghazi

    By Joseph Curl

    In the world of philosophy, there are two prime schools of thought about action and consequence. Published January 15, 2014

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  • Illustration Obama's Libya by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    GAFFNEY: Obama administration failing Benghazigate smell test

    By Frank J. Gaffney Jr. - The Washington Times

    In Washington, when the official line seems improbable, people often say, "It doesn't pass the smell test." There's a lot that stinks at the moment about the Benghazigate affair, including now the circumstances involving the forced resignation of a man in the middle of it: President Obama's CIA Director and former four-star Army General David Petraeus. Published November 12, 2012

  • Illustration Libya Deaths by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    GEDRICH: What we can learn from Obama's Benghazi failure

    By Fred Gedrich - The Washington Times

    It took nearly four years into his presidency to know what Barack Obama would do when confronted with an unexpected international crisis demanding immediate action to save American lives. Published November 2, 2012

  • Illustration Hillary's Libya by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Benghazigate and the secret cable

    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - The Washington Times

    The latest twist in the Benghazigate saga is a newly discovered, secret diplomatic cable. The document, sent two weeks before the Sept. 11 murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, warned that the consulate building in Benghazi could not withstand a "coordinated attack." Published November 1, 2012

  • Illustration Army Men by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    MCCAIN, GRAHAM, AYOTTE AND JOHNSON: Five unanswered questions about Benghazi attack

    By Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte and Ron Johnson

    Nearly two months after the murder of four American citizens in Benghazi, Libya, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, there remain many more questions surrounding this tragedy than credible answers provided by the Obama administration. Published October 31, 2012

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