Where are the Benghazi survivors? The question is alive and well on Twitter, but the silence of the mainstream media is deafening. The question is obvious, but even the most dogged journalists have not asked. Soon to be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be testifying on January 23rd about the terror attack that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods on September 11, 2012 in Libya. Will anyone ask her the question?
As reported by Grace Wyler at Business Insider, Senator Rand Paul will be one of those asking Clinton questions about Benghazi, specifically about "the deteriorating security situation in Libya and provide details about who denied requests for additional security personnel at the consulate in Benghazi." These questions have never been answered, despite the fact that the murder of four Americans happened over four months ago.
In September, it was reported (depending on the source), that there was anywhere between 20 and 30 survivors. But there has been precious little information about who they are. One would think that the survivors could shed light on the situation on the ground. Were any of them involved in the requests for more security? Did any of them see the four murdered Americans before they died? Are they injured? The lack of details about their whereabouts is astounding.
The only government official to publicly ask about the survivors is Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R- UT). In December, he said:
"My understanding is that we still have some people in the hospital. I'd like to visit with them and wish them nothing but the best but the State Department has seen it unfit for me to know who those people areÂ—or even how many there are."
On Twitter, one can see that every day more and more people are asking the question. But the Twitter interest does not seem to pique the interest of enterprising journalists. Why?
Additionally, despite the repeated promises to bring the killers to justice, there is precious little movement in that arena. Just yesterday, the New York Times reported that Italy closed its consulate in Benghazi after an "attempted ambush of the Italian consul over the weekend." The Libyan government, the NY Times noted, "has done little or nothing to pursue those who assaulted the American Mission, and there have been attacks on the Red Cross and on a British envoy's motorcade in Benghazi over the past year." The situation is reminiscent of the Fast and Furious scandal where, it seems that, with time, scrutiny will eventually go away as long as questions are ignored.
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