Times Up! Fifty Benghazi Questions Demanding Answers

Written by Allan Erickson on May 6, 2014

Now that we are finally going to see a formal and aggressive investigation into the Benghazi atrocity with the establishment of a congressional Select Committee, here are 50 questions the committee must answer for the American people.  We demand truthful answers from every official involved, including the President:
1. Was the invasion of Libya legal in the first place?
2. What was the administration’s plan for stabilizing the country in the aftermath?
3. What part did Benghazi play in that stabilization plan?  Did Hillary Clinton order the consulate be opened? Why?
4. Why did the stabilization plan fail?
5. How many times was the consulate in Benghazi attacked leading up to that fateful Sept. 11, 2012?
6. How many suspects were identified in the wake of those attacks and what are the profiles of those individuals?
7. What were the exact details of enhanced security requests originating from diplomatic and CIA staff?
8. What did the State Dept. do in response to those requests, and how was Hillary Clinton negligent, if at all?
9. Why wasn’t security enhanced?  Is it true we were notified many times an attack was coming?
10. Leading up to the attack that killed four Americans, why wasn’t the military notified of CIA presence in Benghazi?
11. Why did Ambassador Chris Stevens secretly go to Benghazi the day before he was killed, despite reports it would be very dangerous for him?
12. Why did Stevens meet with Turkish diplomat Consul General Ali Sait Akin a short time before Islamic militants attacked the consulate?
13. Why were Libyans observed taking photos prior to the attack but nothing was done to prepare for attacks that were surely anticipated?
14. Why was there no alert in anticipation of the anniversary of 9/11 when chatter concerning attacks had been detected?
15. Is it true a week before Ambassador Stevens died, the American Embassy reported Libyan officials declared a “state of maximum alert” in Benghazi after a car bombing and thwarted bank robbery?  Why was this not actionable?
16. What are the details surrounding reports Obama coordinated with CIA, MI6, the Turks and the Saudis to obtain Libyan heavy weapons and arrange for their shipment to the opposition in Syria? Was this coordinated in Benghazi?
17. What connection is there between American efforts to obtain Libyan weapons, the transfer of those weapons to Syria, and the 9/11 attack on the consulate?
18. What evidence confirms Obama sent arms and weapons to Syria knowing they would wind up in the hands of Al Qaeda fighters?
19. Despite the fact the CIA on the ground, State Dept. officials, and Pentagon officials all knew it was a jihadist attack even as it was unfolding, why did the White House insist on blaming the attack on an obscure YouTube video few had even seen?
20. Why did the WH insist on the video explanation for weeks, despite various official assessments the video had nothing to do with it?
21. Why has the WH systematically withheld evidence from congressional investigators, and why has this cover up been allowed to continue for 20 months?
22. Why was there no serious investigation of the scene for two weeks, during which time critical evidence was compromised?
23. Were military and CIA personnel ordered to stand down?
24. If so, who ordered the stand down?
25. Why was the military reportedly under the control and command of the State Department instead of the Defense Department and the President?
26. To what extend is Hillary Clinton subject to prosecution for failing to secure the consulate, for putting Chris Stevens in harm’s way, for refusing to send rescue and timely aid, for compromising the investigation in the aftermath, for participating in the cover up, and for lying to Congress during testimony in 2013?
27. To what extent did the President and his staff lie about Benghazi in any regard? 
28. Is there criminal activity involving weapons transfers leading directly to the President?
29. Will there be a thorough inquiry into the charge of treason concerning gunrunning to Syria by order of the President?
30. Why have no suspects been arrested for the attack?
31. Why were all the American witnesses in Benghazi that night eventually sequestered and ordered not to talk?
32. Will these people give testimony now?
33. What was the actual reason for the attack, who was actually involved, is there a connection to Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?
34. During the attack, where was Barack Obama and why did he refuse to send forces to rescue our people in Benghazi?
35. Why didn’t anyone at least try to save those people?
36. What about the allegation Chris Stevens was purposefully put out on a limb because he had become a liability?
37. What about the conspiracy theory involving a kidnapping of Stevens as part of the effort to free Omar Abdel-Rahman?
38. When Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty called for help, why was it denied, time and again?
39. Where are the video recordings made of the 7-hour battle?
40. Were several SEALS deployed from Tripoli to help fight about four hours into the battle?
41. What roles did Woods and Doherty play in the search to secure 20,000 shoulder-fired missiles stolen from Libyan forces after the fall of Qaddafi?  Where those the weapons siphoned off for shipment to Syria?
42. Was Leon Panetta part of the cover up after the attack?  Was he part of the arms shipment operation?
43. Was David Petraeus part of the cover up and the weapons transfer operation?
44. Why is the FBI and the DOJ still conducting an open investigation of Petraeus so long after the attack and original investigation of his role?  Is it true the WH is trying to silence Petraeus?
45. Why did we believe the February 17th Brigade would come to the aid of our people, and why didn’t they?
46. Has the February 17th Brigade been investigated to determine if it helped Ansar al-Shariah attack and kill our people?
47. Who made the decision to rely on Libyan security for protection at the embassy, the annex and the consulate instead of relying on our own people?  What was the rationale for that decision?
48. Is it true Libyan security forces evacuated the area just before the attack commenced?
49. Is it true Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility for the attack a short time after it started, and that State, Defense and White House officials were all aware that Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility?
50. Although we had live video in real time from drones overhead, requests for help from our people on the ground, reports from Libyan officials, and eye witness accounts from CIA agents present, with assets available, why didn’t the Commander in Chief lift a finger to help our people in Benghazi that night?

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Allan Erickson
Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012, serves on the board of www.RestoreAmerica.org. He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom. Register & Vote! Contact: allanlerickson@gmail.com