Libya attack covered up by Obama administration, asserts Heritage Foundation

The conservative Heritage Foundation is continuing to be a leading force against what it considers to be a cover-up within the Obama administration of the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans at the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi last month.

The campaign, consisting of reports, blog posts and now an event and video — which even includes a suggestion that President Obama would “coincidentally” strike Libya ahead of the presidential debate on national security and foreign policy — is aimed at forcing the administration to abandon the “ridiculous story” that a YouTube video was to blame for the attack. 

The Heritage Foundation points to a two-page timeline sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform outlining 13 known threats in less than six months.

“It was clearly never, as Administration officials once insisted, the result of a popular protest,” wrote House Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) in an Oct. 2 letter to Clinton. “In addition, multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”

The committee is holding a hearing Wednesday (“The Security Failures of Benghazi“) with Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs Charlene R. Lamb, State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom, Utah National Guard’s Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, and Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy providing testimony.

Also Wednesday, Heritage hosted an event, “Intelligence and Security Failure: Attacks in Benghazi and Across the Middle East Reveal Ongoing Threat of Terrorism” in which national security and intelligence experts argued that the loss of life in the Sept. 11 attack was a direct result of security and intelligence failures, as well as the Obama administration’s blindness to the other side of the coin of dictatorships falling in the Arab Spring.

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Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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