Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Benghazi Scandal - New Documents Released - Special Report - America Needs Answers

Benghazi Scandal - New Documents Released - Special Report America Needs Answers
The American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in Libya, was attacked on September 11, 2012, by a heavily armed group. The attack began at night in a compound meant to protect the main diplomatic building.[6] A second assault in the early morning the next day targeted a nearby CIA annex in a different compound. Four people were killed, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Ten others were injured. The attack was strongly condemned by the governments of Libya, the United States, and many other countries throughout the world.

Many Libyans praised the late ambassador and staged public demonstrations against the militias that had formed during the civil war to oppose leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.[7][8][9] The Libyan government also began attempts to disband many of the groups.[10] The United States increased security worldwide at various diplomatic and military facilities and began investigating the attack.[11][12]

At various times between September 11 and 17, eight other diplomatic missions in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe were subject to protests and violent attacks in response to an inflammatory video, Innocence of Muslims. Initially, it was suggested that the Benghazi attack emerged from a similar spontaneous protest. Subsequent investigations by the U.S. State Department and by the House of Representatives committees on Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, the Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform determined that there was no such protest and that the attack was premeditated and launched by Islamist militants.

The debate over the events before, during, and after the attack featured heavily in the 2012 US Presidential election. In the following months, several Republican members of Congress launched investigations, which are currently ongoing, and the topic remains a matter of great controversy, including the CIA's presence and role at the diplomatic mission.

On August 6, 2013, it was reported that the U.S. had filed criminal charges against several individuals, including militia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala, for alleged involvement in the attacks.[13] To date, a few arrests have been made (none by the FBI); no one has been prosecuted.
Benghazi Scandal
Benghazi Scandal

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