"The Administration’s public response both immediately after the attacks and even months later has been anything but clear."
-U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seeking answers on the response of U.S. Armed Forces in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), is continuing its oversight of the matter.
The subcommittee will hold transcribed Member briefings to question Department of Defense officials about key events and decisions leading up to, during, and in the wake of the attacks.
Similar to a hearing, a transcribed Member briefing is an unclassified meeting meant to ensure Members can examine all the facts and ask questions to determine whether further action is necessary. Rep. Roby hopes to use the briefing to settle some factual issues regarding the Department's potential involvement and military capabilities in the region, while narrowing the focus on unanswered questions that require further investigation.
“It is clear that questions remain about what happened in Benghazi, including how and to what extent the American military was involved,” Rep. Roby said. “The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will thoroughly examine the facts and ask the right questions that help get us to the bottom of this situation.
“This brutal terrorist attack killed four Americans, including our U.S. Ambassador. The Administration’s public response both immediately after the attacks and even months later has been anything but clear. It is the duty of the Congress to seek answers on the activities of the government on behalf of the American people. Specifically, it our subcommittee’s job to conduct inquiries into the policies and actions of the Department of Defense. I look forward to a productive series of briefings that provide subcommittee Members a clear understanding about the events surrounding the Benghazi attacks.”
Rep. Roby and her colleagues will seek information about:
· the Site Security Team’s actions, orders from higher authority, and reasons behind each;
· any recommendations made by the Site Security Team to higher authority;
· details of the capabilities of deployable aircraft in the region;
· the posture and capabilities of other nearby military resources;
· what, if any, special preparations were made in anticipation of the anniversary of September 11, and how that compares to like situations in previous years.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) spelled out the information being sought in a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sent today. To view that letter and Chairman McKeon’s statement on the briefings, click here.
Rep. Roby became chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee earlier this year.