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In a Friday republican news dump (apparently, it’s the “full truth”):

U.S. House of Representatives

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Investigative Report on the Terrorist

Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi,

Libya, September 11-12, 2012


November 21, 2014

Executive Summary

….In summary, the Committee first concludes that the CIA ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and, without a requirement to do so, ably and bravely assisted the State Department on the night of the attacks. Their actions saved lives. Appropriate U.S. personnel made reasonable tactical decisions that night, and the Committee found no evidence that there was either a stand down order or a denial of available air support. The Committee, however, received evidence that the State Department security personnel, resources, and equipment were unable to counter the terrorist threat that day and required CIA assistance.

second, the Committee finds that there was no intelligence failure prior to the attacks. In the months prior, the IC provided intelligence about previous attacks and the increased threat environment in Benghazi, but the IC did not have specific, tactical warning of the September 11 attacks.

Third, the Committee finds that a mixed group of individuals, including those affiliated with Al-Qa’ida, participated in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, although the Committee finds that the intelligence was and remains conflicting about the identities, affiliations, and motivations of the attackers.

Fourth, the Committee concludes that after the attacks, the early intelligence assessments and the Administration’s initial public narrative on the causes and motivations for the attacks were not fully accurate. There was a stream of contradictory and conflicting intelligence that came in after the attacks. The Committee found intelligence to support CIA’s initial assessment that the attacks had evolved out of a protest in Benghazi; but it also found contrary intelligence, which ultimately proved to be the correct intelligence. there was no protest. The CIA only changed its initial assessment about a protest on September 24, 2012, when closed caption television footage became available on September 18, 2012 (two days after Ambassador Rice spoke), and after the FBI began publishing its interviews with U.S. officials on the ground on September 22, 2014.

Fifth, the Committee finds that the process used to generate the talking points HPSCI asked for – and which were used for Ambassador Rice’s public appearances – was flawed. HPSCI asked for the talking points solely to aid Members’ ability to communicate publicly using the best available intelligence at the time, and mistakes were made in the process of how those talking points were developed.

Finally, the Committee found no evidence that any officer was intimidated, wrongly forced to sign nondisclosure agreement or otherwise kept from speaking to Congress, or polygraphed because of their presence in Benghazi. The Committee also found no evidence that the CIA conducted unauthorized activities in Benghazi and no evidence that the IC shipped arms to Syria.


There go the right wingnut conspiracy theories.

May 2014, from the House republicans:

A Benghazi investigation to uncover the truth

Communications • May 2, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced today plans to establish a select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans.


House Republicans expressed resounding support for the Speaker’s decision, and took to Twitter to spread the word.

Ann Wagner ‏@RepAnnWagner

The American people deserve the truth, the families of the fallen deserve accountability & those responsible must go to jail #Benghazi 12:35 PM – 2 May 2014


Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

I applaud @SpeakerBoehner’s decision to create Select Committee on #Benghazi. Americans deserve the full truth. #PJNET #tcot


That was then, this is now.

Representative Ann Wagner’s (r) Twitter comment on the release of the House committee report on Friday:

Representative Vicky Hartzler’s (r) Twitter comment on the release of the House Committee report on Friday:

Interesting silence. You were expecting something else?