Friday, May 10, 2013

A Cloud Over This White House (H/T to Ter)


11:44 am Eastern
Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings – While reading a prepared document, he expresses strong support for whistleblowers and stresses that retaliation against whistleblowers does not happen. Tells Gregory Hicks, who was second in command for the State Dept. in Benghazi, that he supports him and his efforts. However, he has now shifted his speech to attack Rep. Darrell Issa as irresponsible and simply trying to score political points. His tone has changed from empathic to anger as he shifts his statement to an attack on Issa.
Report: Hicks told the House Oversight Committee that he never reported a demonstration prior to the attack. He continued that if there had been a demonstration, then Ambassador Stevens would have been taken out the back door immediately.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduces the witnesses. Mark I. Thompson the acting deputy assistant for operations in the State Department’s counterterrorism bureau. Gregory Hicks who is the Deputy Chief of Missions in Libya. He is a highly decorated servant to this country. Eric Nordstrom is the a diplomatic security officer and the regional security officer in Libya. In the months prior to the attack, he was the top security official in the country....

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