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Benghazi Docs Only ‘Viewable’ During Recess

From Foreign Policy Magazine:

Benghazi documents available to senators only when they are out of town

By Josh Rogin | Thursday, November 8, 2012

Under pressure from senators, the State Department is allowing some lawmakers to look at cables and other documents related to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, but only today and tomorrow, when most senators are not in Washington.

Congress is gearing up for a full week of Benghazi-related hearings next week, including a Nov. 13 hearing behind closed doors of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Chairman John Kerry (D-MA).

Oh, John Kerry will get to the bottom of things for sure. The same John Kerry who is openly begging to be Obama’s next Secretary Of State.

Several sensitive documents have already been leaked to congressional offices and the media, so the State Department has decided to let some senators view Benghazi documents but not take them home…

Let’s hope they have photographic memories. But why all the secrecy? The Obama campaign administration was never this guarded about classified material when they thought leaking it might help Obama’s re-election.

In fact, they happily shared highly classified material with the New York Times and film makers. But Congressmen who are charged with oversight duties are limited in what they can see.

One senior GOP Senate staffer told The Cable that State is only making the documents available for senators and committee staff to view today and tomorrow, which won’t actually allow the members to prepare for the hearing. Staffers for committee members are also not allowed to see the material.

"Funny since no member is in town," the aide said. "The timing and limited access clearly demonstrates the administration cares more about playing politics with the tragedy than accepting responsibility." …

It also demonstrates just how damning the material must be.

Meanwhile, we have a related story, from an irony proof CBS News:

7 Navy SEALs disciplined for role with video game

By David Martin | November 8, 2012

(CBS News) The U.S. Navy SEALs are part of an elite force that operates in the shadows, best known for killing Osama bin Laden. However, CBS News has learned a group of SEALs has been disciplined for revealing secrets.

Meanwhile, we are still waiting for the Obama campaign administration to be punished for their revealing of countless secrets to help Obama get re-elected.

The seven members of SEAL Team Six are all still on active duty. One of them was on the raid which killed Osama bin Laden and made SEAL Team Six a household name. For two days this spring and summer, they worked as paid consultants on a recently released video game, "Medal of Honor: Warfighter." …

The game does not recreate the bin Laden raid, but it does portray realistic missions, such as an attack on a pirates’ den in Somalia…

That’s the problem. They didn’t glorify Obama’s killing of Bin Laden.

It is unclear what secrets members of SEAL Team Six gave away, but while serving as consultants for the game, they used classified material which had been given to them by the Navy. They also violated the unwritten code that SEALs are silent warriors who shun the spotlight…

Unless you are helping to make a Hollywood movie or a made for TV movie that glorifies our heroic President.

The seven who have been punished so far all received letters of reprimand which would kill their chances for promotion. They also had half their pay taken away for two months.

If the game had celebrated Obama’s killing of Bin Laden these men would be given promotions and medals.

Of course, if it weren’t for double standards, the Obama campaign administration would have no standards at all.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, November 9th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

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