Death benefits to Benghazi hero withheld by Senate intelligence committee

Navy SEALs and Benghazi heroes Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods

DC NEWSJacob Bojesson

A proposal from CIA Director John Brennan to retroactively provide financial support to the family of Benghazi victim Glen Doherty is being held up the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb.

Webb, writing for his website SOFREP and citing sources “close to Doherty’s family,” reports that Brennan authorized a plan to retroactively provide discretionary payments of $400,000 each to 50 families of paramilitary contractors who were killed supporting American interests overseas since 1983.

The problem, according to Webb, is that the CIA required its security contractors to sign an insurance agreement under the assumption that death benefits would go out to next of kin. Small print within the contract, Webb has found, indicates that death beneficiaries should go to spouses or kids only. Glen Doherty and at least 50 others like him since the Beirut bombing in 1983 had neither kids nor spouses, and received no benefits from the contracts they were otherwise required to sign.

Brennan reportedly forwarded his proposal for approval months ago, and it has since been caught up in a bureaucratic quagmire in the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Richard Burr of North Carolina and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California.

Doherty was not eligible to receive death benefits under the Defense Base Act of 1941 since he was unmarried with no dependent children. His family has yet to receive any death benefits and had to bury him using Doherty’s estate and family funds.

“Hillary had her chance, that ship has sailed, now it’s up to us, the citizens of America, to pressure our elected officials to do the right thing,” Webb writes. “And to honor Glen Doherty and Ty Woods, and to make sure that this never happens to any other American contractor’s family.”

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