CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s frustrations with the White House’s continued stonewalling on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, boiled over Friday in a series of tweets she released that sums up the FBI’s willingness to share information with the American public:
Not even one page about an investigation that killed an ambassador and three other Americans that the administration — including the president himself — attributed to a “protest” over a video no one had seen.
Not even one page about an act of terrorism that took place two months before the re-election of a president who tried to make another terrorist’s death two years before — with the the Navy Seals’ killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan — a claim to his security credentials.
And the FBI’s reason for stonewalling? A tried-and-true law enforcement dodge …
“That could interfere with the investigation” is an excuse familiar to any reporter who’s covered a cop’s beat — from the smallest burg to the biggest city. It’s almost always a dodge cops use to tell pesky questioners to buzz off — and it’s unassailable. No one wants to “interfere with the investigation,” of course.
But how, again, is an attack on an American State Department property that involves an American ambassador, admitted CIA personnel and hundreds of angry, heavily armed Libyan terrorists a “law enforcement” matter in the first place?
And the most beautiful part is Attkisson was also asking for material from the White House explaining what exactly the president was doing on Sept. 11, 2012, other than preparing for a fundraising trip to Las Vegas? The picture of a concerned President Obama huddled with his closest advisers in the White House Situation Room watching the military SEALS bin Laden raid unfold is world famous.
Where was the president while his civilian employees — largely defenseless thanks to his own feckless secretary of state (and aspiring successor) — were dying at the hands of a mob?
That was different, though. That was a success. Benghazi was an abject failure.
Shary Attkisson isn’t getting the information she needs about the attack and the coverup that followed, and neither is the American public.