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Toensing: Benghazi Whistleblowers Threatened

From Fox News:

Is Obama Admin Threatening Benghazi Whistleblowers?

By James Rosen | April 29, 2013

At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers, or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned.

Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate intelligence committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistleblowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.

“I’m not talking generally, I’m talking specifically about Benghazi – that people have been threatened,” Toensing said in an interview Monday. “And not just the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA.”

Which is really the only thing that would explain the continued silence of everyone involved. That, and the total lack of any media curiosity.

Toensing declined to name her client. She also refused to say whether the individual was on the ground in Benghazi on the night of September 11, 2012, when terrorist attacks on two U.S. installations in the Libyan city killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

However, Toensing disclosed that her client has pertinent information on all three time periods investigators consider relevant to the attacks: the months that led up to September 11, when pleas by the ambassador and his staff for enhanced security in Benghazi were mostly rejected by senior officers at the State Department; the eight-hour time frame in which the attacks unfolded; and the eight-day period that followed the attacks, when Obama administration officials falsely described them as the result of a spontaneous protest over a video.

“It’s frightening and they’re doing some very despicable threats to people,” she said. “Not ‘We’re going to kill you,’ or not ‘We’re going to prosecute you tomorrow,’ but they’re taking career people and making them well aware that their careers will be over [if they cooperate with congressional investigators].”

To a bureaucrat, that is the same thing as death.

Federal law provides explicit protections for federal government employees who are identified as “whistleblowers.” The laws aim to ensure these individuals will not face repercussions from their superiors, or from other quarters, in retaliation for their provision of information about corruption or other forms of wrongdoing to Congress, or to an agency’s inspector-general…

We’re pretty sure that the ‘Whistleblower Protection’ law only applies to people who blow the whistle on Republicans. Not to lying stooges who try to damage Democrats with their absurd allegations.

Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican from California who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry on April 26 to complain that the department has not provided a process by which attorneys like Toensing can receive the security clearances necessary for them to review classified documents and other key evidence.

“It is unavoidable that Department employees identifying themselves as witnesses in the Committee’s investigation will apply for a security clearance to allow their personal attorneys to handle sensitive or classified material,” Issa wrote. “The Department’s unwillingness to make the process for clearing an attorney more transparent appears to be an effort to interfere with the rights of employees to furnish information to Congress.” …

The real laugh is the John Kerry would have such security clearances and Victoria Toensing does not.

Asked about Issa’s complaints about attorneys not receiving security clearances, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell on Monday indicated that – far from threatening anyone – the administration hasn’t been presented with any such cases. “I’m not aware of private counsel seeking security clearances or — or anything to that regard,” Ventrell told reporters. “I’m not aware of whistleblowers one way or another.” …


Ventrell cited the work of the FBI – whose probe of the attacks continues, almost eight months later and without any known instances of perpetrators being brought to justice – and the Accountability Review Board…

“And that should be enough,” Ventrell said at Monday’s press briefing. “Congress has its own prerogatives, but we’ve had a very thorough, independent investigation, which we completed and [which was] transparent and shared.  And there are many folks who are, in a political manner, trying to sort of use this for their own political means, or ends.”

You see? The case is closed. People are just using Benghazi for the political ends.

Which is pretty rich, given how much Obama lied about the attack in order to get re-elected.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Toensing: Benghazi Whistleblowers Threatened”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Hillary threatening someone? You don’t day …

    I mean that literally … don’t say. Anything.

  2. Petronius says:

    “And not just the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA.”

    This should come as no surprise to anybody, least of all to Nerobama himself.

    For years now, threats have been the regime’s preferred method of management within DOJ and the immigration agencies. It has been going on there since these Bolshevik thugs came to power in 2009.

    It is Chicago politics at its worst, and it now permeates all government departments and agencies across the board.

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