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Lies exposed: The false Benghazi narrative

May 08. 2013 11:38PM

On Wednesday Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Libya during the terrorist attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi last Sept. 11, testified before a congressional committee that his "jaw dropped" when he saw Susan Rice, then the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, go on Sunday talk shows days after the attacks and call them a spontaneous protest about an obscure Internet film. The CIA, the Libyan government and the State Department had all identified the attackers as terrorists.

Read into the record at Wednesday's hearing was a State Department email in which Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Beth Jones told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's office on Sept. 12 that "the group that conducted the attacks, Ansar al Sharia, is affiliated with Islamic terrorists." Yet four days later, Rice told the American people the complete opposite. Clinton herself told the father of one of the slain Americans that the film was to blame.

Hicks said that when he questioned why the story about the movie was being peddled, Clinton's Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills made it clear to him that he should drop that line of questioning.

This is strong evidence that the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people about a terrorist attack on American soil weeks before a presidential election. Maybe now the questionable Benghazi narrative peddled by the Obama administration will get the scrutiny it has deserved from the start.

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