Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Benghazi Attack, HR36, and my Congressman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen

Dear Mr. Pearson:

Thank you for contacting me to convey your support for a continuing investigation into the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya last September 11 and for establishment of a "select" Congressional committee to probe these tragic events. I appreciate having the benefit of your views as I share them!

A remarkably able and effective ambassador was killed in a terrorist assault. Those who were hired to protect him also paid with their lives. All four were left unprotected and apparently abandoned by their own government.

Despite all of the president's declarations about "getting to the bottom" of this, no one individual or organization has been held accountable or responsible. On this point, be assured that our enemies and our friends are watching and learning from our lack of response.

Granted, investigations are already underway in Congress, albeit behind closed doors by several different committees. However, the Benghazi case cuts across multiple national security agencies, and the White House, involving sensitive information, thereby putting it in a league of its own among the various Obama Administration scandal investigations now underway. Therefore, I have become convinced that the most effective way to uncover all the facts in a timely manner is through a single transparent Congressional committee with subpoena power. That is why I have cosponsored House Resolution 36, introduced by Rep. Frank Wolf (VA).

Time is wasting. Sources are disappearing and leads are drying up. In my view, the Select Committee legislation needs to be swiftly brought to the floor for a vote, so the House can hold public hearings over the summer .. and attempt to provide a final public report by the first anniversary of this attack.

Civilian or uniformed, Americans serving their country abroad deserve protection and respect for the dangerous missions they assume on our behalf. This tragedy did not need to happen. It is our job to see that it is not repeated. Establishment of a House Select Committee on the Benghazi Attack will advance us toward that goal.

Once again, thank you for contacting me.

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

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