Kerry dishonors memory of Benghazi four

On the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. foreign mission in Benghazi, Secretary of State John Kerry is dishonoring the four dead heroes in the most despicable way possible — by withholding the truth from the American people.

CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has doggedly pursued the Benghazi story from Day One. Late Tuesday afternoon, she tweeted the following:

 

Moments later, she added the Republican response to this news.

 

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., shot off a three-page letter to Secretary Kerry, stating:

The survivors of the attacks are the only people who can give testimony to the Committee about what happened on the ground in Benghazi. They alone can describe the warning signals that should have put the compound on alert, the details of the attacks throughout the night of September 11-12, and the response to the attack by Americans and Libyans who were paid to guard the facility.

Issa also noted that although the State Department has so far refused to make Benghazi survivors available for testimony, some have spoken to the media, including Vanity Fair and Fox News.

Issa reminded Kerry that “the President pledged ‘to cooperate in any ways that Congress wants’ with respect to the Benghazi investigation,” repeating Kerry’s quote, which echoed the president’s:

The American people deserve answers. I’m determined that this will be an accountable and open State Department, as it has been in the past. And we will continue to do that, and we will provide answers.

Despite promises by the president and Kerry, the administration has stymied Congress from the get-go.

In early March, The Hill reported that Kerry had personally visited a Benghazi survivor but denied the same privilege to Congress when pressured to do so.

In July, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that not only was the administration hiding Benghazi survivors, but their names were changed, making locating them impossible.

Early this month, when Kerry was briefing a House committee on Obama’s proposed intervention in Syria, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. brought up Benghazi. He questioned the administration’s rush to judgment on Syria while dragging its feet on Benghazi. Kerry exploded.

“I’m not going to sit here and be told by you that I don’t have a sense of what the judgment is,” he said. “We are talking about people being killed by gas and you want to go talk about Benghazi and Fast and Furious.”

But it’s not just Congress being stonewalled. The White House and State Department have also obstructed CBS’ Attkisson, who reported in June that both her personal and business computers had been hacked.

The president keeps using the term “transparent” to describe his administration, but I don’t believe it means what he thinks it does.

The information barriers the administration have erected is anathema to a free and open society. But more than that, it’s a dishonor to the four individuals this administration placed in harm’s way, then turned its back to during their call for help.

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