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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Contractors of the U.S. security firm Blackwater secure the site of a roadside attack near the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad in 2005. The firm, whose guards were accused of fatally shooting 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007, left Baghdad on Thursday.

    State Department security chose flight over fight in Benghazi, Senate report says

    By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

    Armed State Department security agents retreated rather than fire on terrorists who were invading the U.S. mission in Benghazi, says a Senate Intelligence Committee report. Published January 15, 2014

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

    KENDALL: Justice for the Benghazi victims

    By Mary Claire Kendall

    It's been 16 months since Muslim extremists sacked the American diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, resulting in the brutal deaths of four brave Americans, including our ambassador. Published January 9, 2014

  • **FILE** Carry teams move flag-draped transfer cases of the remains of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, from a transport plane during the Transfer of Remains ceremony on Sept. 14, 2012, at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Washington. (Associated Press)

    Former Gitmo detainee with ties to al Qaeda implicated in Benghazi attack

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    U.S. officials believe that former Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Sufian bin Qumu, who was released in 2007 and sent to Libya, played a role in the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Published January 8, 2014

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Intel community: NY Times wrong, al Qaeda links in Benghazi are clear

    By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

    Current and former U.S. officials, congressional sources and outside analysts briefed on the attack told The Washington Times on Monday that the U.S. intelligence community's assessment about al Qaeda's links to the Benghazi tragedy has not changed. Published December 30, 2013

  • SHROUDED: Nearly a year after the remains of the four Americans were repatriated, little is known about the Benghazi terrorist attack that killed them. Survivors have said little publicly, "talking points" have proved false and the White House has called it a "phony scandal." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    'Stand down': CIA Benghazi team clash led to controversial order

    By Kimberly Dozier - Associated Press

    CIA officers revealed a clash over how quickly they should go help the besieged U.S. ambassador during the 2012 attack on an outpost in Libya, and a standing order for them to avoid violent encounters, according to a congressman and others who heard their private congressional testimony or were briefed on it. Published December 14, 2013

  • ** FILE ** Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

    Sen. John Cornyn: Obama & Co. has 'taken lying to a new level'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    President Obama and his administrative heads have been covering up details about the attacks that took place on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, leaving four Americans dead, one key senator said this week. Published December 3, 2013

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, says he wants a joint select committee formed from several individual Senate committees to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press)

    Sen. Lindsey Graham: Blocking nominees over Benghazi is not 'over the top'

    By Jacqueline Klimas and David Eldridge - The Washington Times

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said Sunday that his threat to block all presidential nominees until Congress can speak with survivors of the Benghazi attack is warranted. Published November 3, 2013

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican (Associated Press)

    No more Obama nominees until White House relents on Benghazi: Graham

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he will "hold" every future Obama nominee, creating a hurdle for them to reach the Senate floor, until President Obama and the State Department allow Congress to hear from those who were on the ground during last year's Benghazi terrorist attack. Published October 30, 2013

  • Libyans celebrate the raiding of the Ansar al-Shariah Brigades compound after hundreds of Libyans, Libyan military forces and police raided the brigades base in Benghazi, Libya, on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Small teams of U.S. special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa to set up a new counterterrorist network months before militants killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya on Sept 11, but officials say the network was too new to stop the Benghazi attack. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File )

    Poll finds strong support for deeper Benghazi probe

    By Jeffrey Anderson - The Washington Times

    A bipartisan poll finds that most Americans now support a special congressional committee to investigate events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Published October 24, 2013

  • ** FILE ** The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was gutted in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack by Islamic extremists. (Associated Press)

    State Department security still lacking a year after Benghazi: OIG report

    By Stephen Dinan and Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

    A year after the Benghazi attack, the State Department still doesn't have a good handle on managing security risks at foreign diplomatic missions, the department's internal auditor said in a report being released Wednesday. Published September 25, 2013

  • Adm. Mike Mullen, vice chairman of the accountability review board for the Benghazi investigation, said he thought a Hillary Rodham Clinton aide "would be a weak witness." (Associated Press)

    Benghazi investigators gave Hillary Clinton heads-up on findings

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    The leaders of the State Department's Benghazi probe defended their inquiry into the 2012 attack, but they acknowledged to Congress on Thursday that their mission was limited in scope and faced questions over why they gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton an advance look at their findings. Published September 19, 2013

  • State Dept.: FBI can't get into Benghazi to arrest suspects

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Libya will allow reporters in but won't let the FBI into Benghazi to try to arrest those responsible for last year's attacks because the security situation is too tenuous, a senior State Department official told Congress on Wednesday. Published September 18, 2013

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after receiving the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Philadelphia. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Hillary Clinton heckled on Benghazi during award ceremony

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fielded hecklers who hounded her on Benghazi at the tail end of an award acceptance speech she delivered at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday evening. Published September 11, 2013

  • Explosion rocks Libya’s Foreign Ministry building in Benghazi on 9/11 attack anniversary

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    An early Wednesday morning blast has rocked Libya's Foreign Ministry building, located in the middle of Benghazi — a one-year reminder of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate down the road. Published September 11, 2013

  • ** FILE ** Former Rep. Allen B. West (Associated Press)

    Allen West: ‘Let us never forget’ the Benghazi 4 who died in Libya

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    A coalition of conservatives have joined together for a social media campaign with one clear goal — to compel the White House and Congress to investigate and reveal the events of Sept. 11, 2012, that left four Americans dead in Benghazi, Libya. Published August 30, 2013

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Ill. Rep.: Clinton yelled at congressman for calling Benghazi a terrorist attack

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a congressman from Illinois, said he was shocked when the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton actually screamed at one of his congressional colleagues during a closed-door session to discuss Benghazi, Libya, just days after the terrorist attack. Published August 16, 2013

  • In this image from video provided by CBS2-KCAL9, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the anti-Muslim movie that has inflamed the Middle East, is escorted by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies from his home, early Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Cerritos, Calif.  Nakoula, 55, was interviewed by federal probation officers at a Los Angeles sheriff's station but was not arrested or detained, authorities said early Saturday. (AP Photo/CBS2-KCAL9)

    Filmmaker blamed for Benghazi attack speaks in first TV interview since release

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    In his first television interview following his supervised release from prison, filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who produced "Innocence of Muslims" blamed for inciting the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, urged the White House to be more careful in its assessments in the future, National Review Online reported. Published August 14, 2013

  • **FILE** House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

    House GOP: State Dept. must say who ordered Benghazi changes

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa sent a letter Thursday asking Victoria Nuland, who at the time was the State Department's spokeswoman, who she meant when she said her "building leadership" wanted to see changes to the administration's talking points following the Benghazi terrorist attack last year. Published August 8, 2013

  • **FILE** Libyan civilians celebrate the raiding of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 21, 2012, after hundreds of civilians, military and police raided the Brigades base. The attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has sparked a backlash among frustrated Libyans against the heavily armed gunmen, including Islamic extremists, who run rampant in their cities. (Associated Press)

    First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack

    By Shaun Waterman - The Washington Times

    Prosecutors have filed the first charges in the Benghazi terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic post against militia leader Ahmed Khattalah. Published August 6, 2013

  • Under pressure, Obama administration files first charges in Benghazi attack

    By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

    The Justice Department has filed criminal charges against Libyan militia leader Ahmed Khatallah, the first indictment in last year's deadly terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi — signaling a shift in a case whose political undertones have roiled the Obama administration over the past 11 months. Published August 6, 2013

  • CIA accused of 'pure intimidation' to silence agents on Benghazi: reports

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Central Intelligence Agency operatives on the ground during the Sept. 11, 2011, fatal attack on America's embassy in Benghazi have since been subjected to so many lie detector tests that several sources say they're being bullied and threatened into silence. Published August 2, 2013

  • Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, discusses a plan July 24, 2013, on Capitol Hill to move mail to cluster box and curbside delivery in a move to cut costs at the cash-strapped Postal Service by up to $4.5 billion a year. With the Postal Service facing billions of dollars in annual losses, the tradition of mail delivery to the door could be virtually phased out by 2022 under a proposal in Congress. At left is the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. (Associated Press)

    House issues subpoenas to get Benghazi documents from State Department

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    As they prepared to head home for summer vacation, House Republicans fired off three subpoenas Thursday seeking more information from the State Department on the terrorist attack last year in Benghazi, Libya, and on the science the Environmental Protection Agency used to impose new clean air regulations. Published August 1, 2013

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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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