Recent declassified testimony confirms our worst suspicions about the attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Lybia on September 11th, 2012. Clearly, there remain more questions than answers, and it is past time for accountability.
According to now-declassified testimony from former AFRICOM commander Gen. Carter Ham, the attack on Benghazi was immediately identified to be a terrorist attack. Inexplicably, the messaging that emerged deemed the attack a spontaneous demonstration arising from a YouTube video. There are many questions still unanswered, officials that have not been forthcoming, and witnesses not yet made available to the House Committees investigating the matter.
There are those who seek to downplay the ramifications of the events of September 11th, 2012, such as Congressman Alan Grayson, who disgracefully deemed Benghazi “the scandal that never was”. However, I refuse to ignore the sacrifices of Stevens, Smith, Woods, and Doherty. The blood of our brave dead continues to cry out for justice, and shame on those who willfully refuse to listen.
I therefore urge consideration of H.R. 36, which calls for the establishment of a Joint Select Committee dedicated to investigating the attack on Benghazi, and stand with the bill’s cosponsors in the House Florida Delegation. Justice demands answers on Benghazi, wherever they may lead.