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Benghazi whistleblowers report threats from Obama Administration officials

Benghazi whistleblowers report threats from Obama Administration officials

“There are more Benghazi hearings coming.  I think they’re going to be explosive,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) of the House Oversight Committee told Fox News on Sunday.  He hinted that we might finally be hearing from survivors of the terrorist attack that killed our mysteriously unprotected ambassador to Libya.

It’s odd that we haven’t heard anything from these survivors before, isn’t it?  One possible reason for this silence was revealed in a Fox News report on Monday, in which we learned that “at least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress.”  We don’t know if any of these officials were on the ground in Benghazi, but we do know they’re retaining legal counsel to protect themselves against threats of reprisal from the Obama Administration:

Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistle-blowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.

“I’m not talking generally, I’m talking specifically about Benghazi – that people have been threatened,” Toensing said in an interview Monday. “And not just the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA.”

Toensing claims her client has some very damaging information, and she minces no words about the pressure allegedly deployed against her client, in defiance of federal “whistleblower” laws:

Toensing disclosed that her client has pertinent information on all three time periods investigators consider relevant to the attacks: the months that led up to the attack, when pleas by the ambassador and his staff for enhanced security in Benghazi were mostly rejected by senior officers at the State Department; the eight-hour time frame in which the attacks unfolded, and the eight-day period that followed the attacks, when Obama administration officials incorrectly described them as the result of a spontaneous protest over a video.

“It’s frightening, and they’re doing some very despicable threats to people,” she said. “Not ‘we’re going to kill you,’ or not ‘we’re going to prosecute you tomorrow,’ but they’re taking career people and making them well aware that their careers will be over [if they cooperate with congressional investigators].”

House Oversight chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has written a letter to the current Secretary of State, John Kerry, complaining that State has been slow to provide lawyers like Toensing the security clearance needed to review documents pertaining to Benghazi, so they can effectively represent their clients.  “The Department’s unwillingness to make the process for clearing an attorney more transparent appears to be an effort to interfere with the rights of employees to furnish information to Congress,” Issa wrote.

A State Department spokesman claimed they haven’t received any such requests.  It probably won’t take long to establish the truth of these conflicting claims during the upcoming Benghazi hearings.  It will probably be much harder to nail down the alleged threats from Administration officials against the whistleblowers, as such comments are usually made during off-the-record conversations.

Hopefully the hearings will also address the list of unanswered questions compiled by reporter Sharyl Attkisson.  Contrary to Administration hand-waving and Hillary Clinton’s infamous “What difference does it make?” outburst, there is still a lot we don’t know about the deadly disaster in Benghazi, and the Obama team’s reprehensible conduct afterward.

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  • Dustoff

    The COVER-UP begins. Just like the Guns O-dumber gave to the Mexican gangs.

    O-dumber lied, people died.

  • HeadHunter54

    Obama’s regime is like Chicago pizza; thick, heavy, lot’s of toppings and covered in a mountain of cheese. No one really knows what’s in it……….

  • globalcrap

    These two terrorist should be Impeached, and imprisoned for the murders of the four Americans murdered in Benghazi on their watch. The U S Military should step in and arrest these people for threating any witness. These commies are not working for the American people. Justice will never be served as long as these two stay in power.

  • Borghesius

    The cover-up began on Sept. 12, 2012. I am hoping that today, April 30, 2013, is the day that the cover-up ends. Hail Sharyl Attkisson, the last journalist in the alphabet media.

  • KayK2

    It breaks my heart to think about the Americans fighting in Benghazi, waiting for help, it never came. I’ve been told they probably never realized they had been left to die, because we don’t leave anyone behind. Mr. “my job is to be president” did just that, I want to know why.

  • UsGotRights

    Let the Impeachment process began in 2014.

  • Dustoff

    True….

  • realist

    Obama modus operandi is to destroy the messenger if he finds the message politically damaging. There must be a nefarious scandal hidden behind all the smoke and mirrors. A scandal that goes beyond the heroes who lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

  • LarryCicero

    This was all about getting re-elected. Obama said today that he does know about anybody being “blocked” from testifying. They are not being “blocked ” from testifying, but have not been cleared to discuss classified information–which without it would be breaking the law. He is playing word games. The press must demand the truth.

  • Ruthie3

    Well, I’m not holding my breath. This will drag on all during Obama’s next 3 yrs. We will have learned what we already know, and the low info voters will STILL vote for Hillary.

  • globalcrap

    Illegal alien criminals, and the O Bogus people with no I D required . As long as they get their “Free Stuff””

  • george

    What was the name of the job you say you are the boss? You must not have much to do.

  • http://twitter.com/StevePrestek Oscarphone

    Chicago thug behavior from the most transparent and honest administration in history? How can that be? What difference does it make?

  • redwolf6911

    Obama runs with very very bad people. These Whistle Blowers need to watch their back or they will wind up dead like a lot of other people who knew things about Obama and his activities.

  • redwolf6911

    We need to keep the House and take control of the Senate to make that happen.

  • Dustoff

    Been here at work since 5:am george. You just just woke up?

    My hours are usually 10 per day plus on call 7/24.

    WOW.. see I can work and play. You can’t seem to do either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

    Recordings, recordings, recordings! These are the claims where a surreptitious recording would cause real damage.

  • gypsy314

    Heck most of us maybe dead and gone before they hold Obama and crooks for there crimes. When we have money for terrorist and not for our citizens then that is a crime. Since four Americans died true Americans not like Obama and crooks.

  • Niniane

    It wasn’t like they weren’t getting real-time feed from the drone hovering overhead in their situation room. It was probably agreed upon that day that this needs to be blamed on some anti-Islam video produced by a parole violator, who Hilary swore would be behind bars, and Susan Rice went to do the dirty work on Sunday talk shows after the WH changed the CIA analysis to fit their needs. Of course, Obama was so terribly worried he went off to bed to be able to fly to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.
    Hopefully, Trey Gowdy is right that testimony will be explosive. But then we have to look at all the people who know nothing more than who won ‘American Idol’ last night and they will be the ones voting for Obama’s third and fourth terms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kurt.hahn.566 Kurt Hahn

    BENGHAZI ASIDE OBAMA’S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS PROSECUTED MORE FOR WHISTLE BLOWING THAN ALL PRIOR ADMINISTRATIONS ADDED TOGETHER ACCORDING TO GLEN GREENWALD. Because Greenwald is a liberal though non partisan lawyer and writer now working for the Gardian few conservatives may have noticed his report which is to me the most scary revelation to come out about Obama. I would think this sort of revelation would be the thing that would motivate Darrel Issa to initiate some oversight hearings because it suggests that Obama has gone the extreams to silence dedicated federal workers who see something wrong or potentially illegal abuses of power.

  • worldwatchers

    Barack Hussein Obama was born a Muslim living in Indonesia he says the
    best time he remembers are Muslim prayers at sundown. If he became a Christian it would be a Muslim duty to kill him plain and simple. He has fooled a foolish nation where they will not be satisfied to he has broken the back of the nation he blames the ills of the world United States of America.

  • Tom Pravin

    This has never been about what happened in Benghazi, It’s all about tarring Obama and Clinton. Read the testimony to date, particularly the security enhancement made before the attack. What if it was fortified as well as the Green Zone where how many have died?

    Issa will keep this “investigation” alive as long as his position allows. His job is clear, drive up Clinton’s negatives in the run-up to 2016.

  • Yerp72

    are these threats like those really scary ones made to woodward?

  • sjmom

    I heard about the survivors at the very beginning and then ZIP. Hopefully, we will get to the truth in spite of the administration’s threats to the whistleblowers. Also hope the GOP has the chutzpah to file any necessary charges against those who committed treasonous acts. Are you listening Hillary and Barack?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Dupont/736557700 Joseph Dupont

    There is no limit to how the major news media covers up for Obama.

  • atchafa

    Hitler said he was a christian.Obama says hes a Christian.Both are liers

  • svfoxhotmail

    These god #$@#$#@% peopel threatening people should have their nuts cut off and nailed down there throat.
    The sad part is these whistle blowers don’t know the politicians are going to use them like a piece of meat and don’t give a dam about them. It is just another chance for air time and self gloating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judy.guy.710 Judy Guy

    Americans are looking forward to learning the truth about The Benghazi scandal surrounding the Obama Administration! These threats will make obama and his corrupt cronies get impeached! It will bring them down because it is nothing but a “Coverup!” The people that lost loved ones should demand that Obama and clinton be held accountable!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rich-Birkett/100000480147182 Rich Birkett

    FOX News’ Juan Williams says Benghazi scandal is much about nothing. Tell that to the whistleblowers and the deceaseds’ families, and hear what they have to say, assuming Obama will let them without retribution.

  • giveandtake

    Why? Please give me a good reason they would. I hope they are smart and involved and listening.

  • giveandtake

    If this was your child or husband you would be speaking out. We have not heard one word from any of the families. I wonder why?

  • giveandtake

    Could it be that guns were funneled to the Muslim Brotherhood?

  • Travelassie

    I’d bet those threats, or implied threats, also extend to the families.

  • Travelassie

    And the Hillary worshippers…. They’ll vote for her regardless of how she’s implicated in this- or anything else for that matter.

  • BostonMary

    Obama’s SpokesIdiot Jay Carney obviously agrees with Juan Williams: “Benghazi happened a Long Time Ago.”

  • Concerned4America

    Yes and Hillary is concerned with the 2016 election and I expect Obama is concerned about being able to complete this term if the truth comes out.

  • Concerned4America

    I don’t know about that. There is so much corruption and evil in this administration that we know about (want to guess at what we don’t know?) that the public has gone into sensory overload. _______ happened a long time ago. New scandal at 11.

  • Ksmith_Tx

    Come on now! A Chicago thug style politician threatening people to maintain their silence? – the Obama gang wouldn’t do that. They’re just “community organizers”.

  • Nubian

    Updated …
    http : //www . realclearpolitic s. com/video/2013/05/03/state_dept_benghazi_whistleblowers_lying_about_requesting_security_clearances_to_testify . html

  • Nubian

    John Kerry: “We’re not aware of any employees who have requested … security
    clearances for private attorneys in connection with Benghazi,” said
    Ventrell. “In the event of such requests, the
    department has a security clearance process in place under which
    clearances can be provided to private attorneys who are representing
    individual employees of this building.”

  • Nubian

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday there’s “an enormous
    amount of misinformation out there” about the attack that killed
    Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans and the
    administration’s response.

    “We have to demythologize this issue,
    and certainly depoliticize it,” he said. “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.

  • JohnBreland

    It’s good that the whistleblowers are getting lawyers. Even better–get some ex-Navy Seal body guards while there’s still a few of them around (you know how those Seals have a funny way of dying under mysterious circumstances these days).

  • JohnBreland

    I fear that Congress and the courts are skittish about seriously examining aspects of the Obama Administration that would truly rend the fabric of the U.S. Government if they came to light. I say it’s time to do it. The longer you deny the symptoms of malignant cancer, the worse your chances of coming out alive in the end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749791046 American Avant Garde

    Hillary will have them killed…

  • terry1956

    The GOP has the house and they will in 2014 all year weither they retake it or not.
    To impeach they don’t need the senate.
    To try, convict and remove him from office they need the senate to agree.
    I think if there is enough daming evidence to the public there will be enough democrats agree to conviction and removing Obama.
    I doubt Obama could be talked into quitting to safe face for the democrats except for the pardon.
    So Obama would pull a Nixon by quiiting and Biden would pull a Ford by giving Obama a pardon unless Biden was in on it too then it would be President Bohner giving the pardons.

  • terry1956

    one of the dad’s I know spoke out.

  • Mark N Starla Traina

    WHISTLE
    BLOWERS are SYSTEMICLY being THREATENED by the ->

    OBAMA
    ADMINISTRATION

    http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2338674138001/benghazi-whistleblowers-threatened/

    http://godfatherpolitics.com/10636/benghazi-whistleblowers-threatened-by-obama-administration/

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/29/obama-administration-officials-have-threatened-whistle-blowers-on-benghazi/

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/29/obama-administration-officials-have-threatened-whistle-blowers-on-benghazi/

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-im-not-familiar-benghazi-whistleblowers-being-threatened_720256.html

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