By Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence moved today to declassify the report on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi.
By a voice vote, the committee sent the report to a collective of 17 government agencies which make up the U.S. Intelligence Community. It will now fall on the intelligence heads to finally declassify the report after a declassification procedure.
The committee found no egregious failures or errors in the American preparation for or, response to, extremist Islamist attackers in the far flung and dangerous post, leading to more assertions that the whole investigation was political theater.
Politico quotes Rep. Adam Schiff, West Hollywood’s congress member who holds a chair on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and also serves on the House’s select committee on Benghazi, as saying, “The Intelligence Committee….reaches the same noncontroversial conclusions – that the initial talking points provided by the intelligence community were flawed because of conflicting assessments, not an intention to deceive.”
Furthermore, he said, the report shows “that there was no stand down order, that the diplomatic facilities lacked adequate security, and that our personnel at the scene acted bravely and appropriately.”
The chair person on the committee, Republican Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers has said that he found “gross negligence” in securing the compound in Benghazi before the attacks, but uncovered no intelligence failure
Rep. Schiff, told WeHo News when he was appointed to the Benghazi Committee, the seventh investigation into the affair and a permanent, select committee, “There’s no ‘there, there.’ We’ve had at least eight investigations into this… There is no controversy over this, there is no cover-up. It’s a tragedy – that’s what it was, a tragedy.”
This week he declared, “This bipartisan report should be declassified quickly, so that the American people may know what we have learned behind closed doors, and how it concurs with other analysis already made public.”
Republicans would like to see the report’s release to the public quashed, as it would mean the end of investigations, accusations and speculations driving fundraising.
Benghazi investigations have helped them activate their base, raise money and keep the heat on the likely Democratic nominee for President in 2016, Hilary Clinton.
The Democrats openly discussed boycotting the investigation before realizing that to sit at the table and block attacks would look better than standing aside.
Calling it “Benghazi obsession,” Rep. Schiff made the circuit of the talk shows to make the point that another investigation was a colossal waste of time
Still, having a seat on the committee does allow the Party to take part, instead of ignore, the theater. It also gives him a chance to do what he thinks right, given the tragic circumstances and the GOP’s efforts to defile them, addressing the deaths of our fellow citizens overseas.
“We must keep our focus where it should have been all along – on the deaths of those four brave Americans, on finding those responsible and bringing them to justice, and on implementing changes to our overseas security to make sure this never happens again.
“It is my hope that this latest investigative effort does not degenerate into a select committee on talking points, and that we retain a focus on the things that really matter – improving security and finding the killers.”