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US Diplomat Reignites Benghazi Controversy
ABCNEWS ^ | May 6, 2013 4:27pm | By John Parkinson , Luis Martinez

Posted on 05/13/2013 8:52:42 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The top deputy to the U.S. ambassador killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, is prepared to deliver testimony this week that could contradict the administration’s explanation of the deadly attack, renewing the controversy over whether all available resources were utilized while the attack unfolded.

Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya, is set to testify Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform committee.

Hicks, a 22-year Foreign Service diplomat, became the highest-ranking civilian in Libya after U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in the attack, which the administration initially characterized as a spontaneous demonstration protesting a controversial Internet clip that devolved into civil unrest.

During a transcribed interview April 11 with investigators from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Hicks said he had repeatedly asked whether any “big military” support was on the way as the attack continued. While support was deemed to be too far away to respond, Hicks said that a Special Forces unit in Tripoli was prepared to board a flight to Benghazi but was told by military headquarters in Germany not to board because it did not have the authorization to do so.

An Accountability Review Board report issued in December noted that the embassy in Tripoli had contacted the Libyan military to have one of its C-130s fly to Benghazi to take out the remaining Americans after the wounded were taken out on an earlier U.S.-chartered flight.  That was the same aircraft that had transported seven more security personnel to Benghazi, mainly State Department security contractors, but also two Department of Defense military personnel.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghaziattack; benghazicoverup

1 posted on 05/13/2013 8:52:42 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It’s May 13 today. This is last week’s news... Any particular reason for posting?

2 posted on 05/13/2013 8:56:15 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Not like the media was covering up this story all along...

blame it on the diplomat...

3 posted on 05/13/2013 8:56:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: C210N

Huh? Something happened in Libya?

4 posted on 05/13/2013 8:59:09 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: rktman

LOL, nice.

5 posted on 05/13/2013 9:20:59 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: agere_contra

“What does it matter”

6 posted on 05/13/2013 9:24:30 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Did you just back from he beach Ernest? This is old news

7 posted on 05/13/2013 10:05:48 AM PDT by BO Stinkss ( I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees)
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