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Congressman Ted Poe Libya Update
Recent news accounts have raised serious concerns about what happened before and immediately after the attack in Libya on September 11, 2012 where our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, Air Force veteran Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were murdered. Recent reports also indicate that within two hours of the attack, the Administration was notified that the Islamist group, Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility. I spoke about this public information on the House floor the day after the attack yet for reasons that we do not know, the Administration ignored it and instead immediately blamed the attack on a YouTube clip about the prophet Muhammad. Americans deserve the truth.
Late last week, we also learned two other pieces of information: (1) that although the U.S. security forces in Libya requested military back-up, the CIA denied their request and (2) that during the attack, CIA operatives were twice told to “stand down” instead of helping the Ambassador’s team. Thankfully, they ignored their higher-ups and went into harm’s way to help their fellow Americans. Why were military reinforcements and more help during an attack turned down?
If the Administration refuses to be forthright with the truth, it is Congress’ responsibility to investigate. Accordingly, this week, I am sending letters to the respective House Committee chairmen, formally requesting that they hold immediate hearings on the attack on Libya and on the Administration’s response. The truth is overdue.