From The Wall Street Journal:

Last week’s encounter between former acting CIA Director Michael Morell and the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence may have brought us a bit closer to the truth of how four Americans came to be killed at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, and how their countrymen came to be lied to about it. But the progress toward truth was probably not made in a way that Mr. Morell intended. The encounter on Capitol Hill also made clear that the forum that will take us all the way to the truth must be something other than a congressional hearing.

Mr. Morell announced at the start of the hearing that he was there to refute claims that he had “inappropriately altered CIA’s classified analysis and its unclassified talking points . . . for the political benefit of President Obama and then-Secretary of State Clinton.” Critics of the government’s performance on Benghazi have charged that Mr. Morell’s revisions principally although not exclusively involved changing the description of the violence and its perpetrators, and removing the suggestion that they might have had ties to a terrorist organization. These changes, it is argued, enabled Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time, to promote the discredited and since abandoned narrative that the violence was a reaction to an anti-Muslim YouTube video produced by a probationer in Los Angeles.

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From The Washington Post:

The New York Times isn’t budging in the face of fresh challenges to its landmark December 2013 investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks. “We continue to stand by our story,” writes New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy. “Neither yesterday’s testimony nor any other information that we’re aware of contradicts the story’s detailed description of the terror suspects involved in the attack.”

That testimony came from Mike Morell, a former top CIA official who himself has come under scrutiny of late over his role in editing the famous “talking points” produced by the U.S. government in advance of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice’s disastrous account of the attacks on the Sunday talk shows just days after Benghazi. Four U.S. personnel died in the assault.

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From Fox News:

Sources on the ground in Benghazi during the 2012 terror attack are pushing back hard on former CIA acting director Mike Morell’s testimony on Capitol Hill, where he defended his role in shaping the administration’s narrative and claimed politics were not involved.

As part of Morell’s testimony on Wednesday, the former acting and deputy CIA director acknowledged that he overruled the guidance of the top CIA officer in Libya at the time. That official told Morell the attack was not an “escalation of protests,” but Morell said he had to weigh that against analysts who concluded the opposite. He ultimately went with the analysts — whose assessment later turned out to be flawed — saying the chief of station’s report was not “compelling” and was based on loose evidence.

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In response to the lack of investigation the media has done on the Benghazi terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2012 at the American diplomatic post and CIA annex in Libya, a Citizen’s Commision was born.

The Citizen’s Commission on Benghazi is made up of retired military officers, intelligence officers, and national security experts who are hungry to find answers.

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