At today's Benghazi hearing, Congressman Mark Pocan complains of "rehashing some of the same old stories":
"Looking at this proactively, I think this is probably the ninth or so hearing that the House has had on this issue, so maybe it is time we start looking at how we make sure we protect our embassies the very best way we can, rather than going through and rehashing some of the same old stories."
Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks, the foreign service officer and former deputy chief of mission in Libya, said at a Capitol Hill hearing that the "saddest phone call I have ever had in my life" was when he heard Amb. Chris Stevens had been murdered:
The congressional hearings on the 9/11 Benghazi attacks this week will likely focus on the classic questions often asked on such occasions: what did those involved know, and when did they know it? Not only will the post-attack words and actions of government officials come under scrutiny, but those preceding the September 11, 2012 attacks on the Benghazi consulate, as well. One largely overlooked aspect of the investigations thus far involves a report issued by the State Department's "Overseas Security Advisory Council" on September 6, 2012, just five days before the attack. That report was removed from the OSAC website on September 14, just three days after the attacks because, in the words of a State Department official in an email this week, "the content had expired." The report was removed the same day that the now infamous "talking points" were undergoing extensive revision. The report begins as follows (the text of the entire report is included at the end of this article):
A top U.S. diplomat will testify Wednesday that as fighting raged in Benghazi, Libya, in the early morning hours of September 12, 2012, military officials in the region told a second rescue team preparing to deploy from Tripoli to Benghazi not to make the trip.
Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults.