Issa says three “whistleblowers” will testify next week regarding time leading up to embassy deaths at Benghazi

SAN DIEGO – Congressman Darryl Issa has identified three “whistleblowers” who will testify next week that military troops were ordered off an airplane heading to rescue officials at the besieged U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last year.

Issa told a Republican fundraising audience Friday, May 3 that the three officials will describe lapses in communications and response blunders made by the State Department during the siege that left four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, dead.

Issa identified one of next week’s witnesses as Mark Thompson, a former marine who was working as the State Department’s head of counterterrorism.

Another was identified by Issa as the former deputy chief of mission to Libya, apparently a reference to Gregory Hicks, Patch reported.

The San Diego Republican has lead an investigation into the Benghazi disaster, which has been dismissed by Democrats as a partisan witch hunt.

The attacks killed U.S. Ambasssador Chris Stevens and U.S. security officers Tyrone Woods of Imperial Beach, Glen Doherty of Encinitas, and Sean Smith, a San Diego native.

Issa predicted the White House would call the Wednesday hearing “old news” and dismiss it as “so what?”

But he said Thompson will describe sitting on a phone for 7-1/2 hours and listening to frantic pleas for help from Benghazi, only to learn that special CIA security officers were not being sent to the rescue.

“We left our people and did not make a proper attempt to rescue them for those 7-1/2 hours,” Issa told the partisan crowd. “And as a result, every State Department individual, every person serving overseas, asks the question

now: what happens if it is me, and I’m on my own?”

Issa spoke before the Republican Party of San Diego County’s Lincoln-Reagan Day fundraiser in suburban Rancho Bernardo. His remarks were recorded by a journalist for the local Patch news websites, and have been picked up by the affiliated Huffington Post site and conservative media.

39 Responses to "Issa says three “whistleblowers” will testify next week regarding time leading up to embassy deaths at Benghazi"

  1. nick c   May 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    once the compound was breached all the American CIA agents were dead within minutes.

  2. Robert   May 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    "Old News!" This sounds very similar to the Watergate coverup being a "second-rate burgulary." Keep up the pressure Congressman Issa, we need those responsible for these unnecessary sacrifices to be held accountable! Good luck to you Secratary Clinton in your future bid for President.

  3. ben   May 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    i pray for america that these three men will be safe and stand tall and proud for america as those navy seals who gave their life to try in vain to save ambassadore stevens. these men were not just bumps in the road to the true american’s who cried for them. and it isn’t something to just get over… no, it was not that long ago . these were were either a husband,a father, a brother, or a uncle, a couisin, a friend,or a son to someone who loved them and who now has a terrible loss and a empty spot in their heart. not something to be brushed off so uncaringly as this has been far too long.

  4. we need Issa more than ever   May 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Bravo to Darryl Issa! He needs to be our next President. Finally – someone who has character, dignity, and knows what’s right. Hope the Dems are embarrassed to hear the truth. Sad people had to lose their lives due to fearful leaders. It’s time to take America back to strong leadership.

  5. Carla   May 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    And speaking of "old news" and "so what", it’s Congresscretin Darryl Issa. If Issa were really concerned about unearthing scandal, he need look no further than himself.

  6. John   May 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    What happened in Benghazi is a disgrace. No matter what we should have been there as soon as possible. Major cover up in my opinion.

  7. TruthLight   May 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    It is time to stop covering up the facts about this crew of inept idiots running this country. Obama and all those he has surrounded himself with are liars of the worst kind. No more coverups or lies out of these jackals. Keep up the good work Mr. Issa. We Americans need to know the truth about Benghazi and so many other clandestine screw ups and examples of what this bunch of crazies have in mind for this great country.

  8. Disgusted   May 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

    @Carla: To the families of those brave Americans killed in Benghazi this will NEVER be "old news" or "so what". Shame on you. Who do you care about Carla? the terrorists who perpetrated this tragedy? were you upset when we finally got Bin Laden? Did you cry when they caught the cowardly bombers in Boston? I’m not overly fond of Issa myself and I don’t believe that Obama is evil, but I do believe that you are an extremely callous and insensitive young woman.

  9. nick c   May 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

    the very nature of how the CIA works calls for a "cover up" of everything they do. ask yourself why we need a "diplomat" in the hole of Benghazi-its a front for the CIA. Clinton had no control over the CIA.

  10. Carla   May 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    @8- Issa isn’t interested in uncovering anything. In my opinion, he’s using this issue as a partisan wedge ploy – he chose to make his big announcement at a GOP fundraiser pretty much sums up his objectives here. I stick to my previous comments…He is “old news” and the walking, talking personification of “so what”.

  11. Curious   May 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    @Carla: Yet you continue to ignore the question of the victims of Benghazi and attack Issa, ignoring what happened there and the lives lost. It appears that you are using smoke and mirrors to pretend that this is somehow about Issa and the GOP, rather than those who lost their lives because our government chose to look the other way. People like you tend to make the Bush administration look good.

  12. Carla   May 7, 2013 at 7:29 am

    @Curious. If you or Issa wish to make a case of Administration incompetence then its your responsibility to make that argument. I don’t ignore the 4 American lives lost in Benghazi but if you want to talk about American lives lost why don’t we talk about the thousands of US lives lost in Iraq (since you brought up the Bush Administration). Why don’t you and Issa investigate why our former President intentionally lied to the American people in a deliberate attempt to involve our country in a war and occupation of another country. Maybe you and Issa should ask why Bush, Cheney and the lot of them aren’t on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in the Hague before you start pointing your accusatory figure. Please spare me your selective outrage.

  13. Mike   May 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Carla are you interested in uncovering the truth about Benghazi? No matter the outcome?

  14. Curious   May 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

    @Carla: You made my point Carla and you made it well. Liberals defend Obama and Conservatives defend Bush. There isn’t a dimes worth of difference between you, so lay off the sanctimonious BS. You said that the Benghazi attack was old news and you implied "who cares" about it anyway, it shows a total lack of compassion which is the trademark of your generations mindset.

  15. Carla   May 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

    @13 Sure, if someone has something relevant to say. Are you interested in why thousands of Americans died in Iraq along with perhaps 100,000 plus Iraqis?

    You tell me what’s the greater crime? Incompetence in an agency not under direct control of the Administration or the very deliberate lies of the previous Administration in order to launch a war and its resulting carnage?

  16. grunt   May 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    @carla – why just talk of Iraq? Why not Afghanistan? Oh. Bama liked that war. Go back to the question – do you want the truth? Or just a white wash of the administration?

  17. Carla   May 7, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Obama is getting us out of Afghanistan despite right wing GOP opposition, or don’t you read?

    And I love the truth. What about you?

  18. Carla   May 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    @14- Before you make blanket generalizations about my generation’s supposed mindset, I’d kindly suggest you invest in a mirror.

  19. Vet   May 8, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Let’s face it. This division is exactly what both parties want. The GOP get support because some people think that anything that isn’t Left must be good. The Democrats get their support from all the Right wing haters. Just look at how bizarre this discussion is. Sure the Bush administration got away with some horrendous acts and I’ll never be able to figure out why some people still defend him and his administration today. But on the other hand, how anybody can use the Bush atrocities as an excuse to sweep Benghazi under the rug is unfathomable. I think that even if you believe like me that a lot of the attacks on Bush were justifiable, remember the new guy, Obama, ran on a promise of change, to clean things up and be transparent. We should hold his administration to that promise. Everybody in America should be demanding answers to this and other coverups like "fast and furious". The only chance this country has is if we all come together and fight for truth and justice. If that were to happen, most of the politicians would be out of a job and in jail. We shouldn’t be defending political decisions just because we voted for a particular party or person or just because we hate what the other side represents. The ends does NOT justify the means.

  20. Carla   May 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

    From the LA Times:

    House Republicans have released a partial transcript of remarks by Gregory Hicks, who was No. 2 at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli during the attack in September. His account is expected to be the central element at a hearing Wednesday.

    In the excerpts released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Hicks does not appear to offer any evidence of a military option that could have made a difference. However, he expressed his opinion that a low-flying fighter aircraft over Benghazi might have prevented the second part of the assault, the firing of mortars at a CIA annex that killed CIA security contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

    "If we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split," Hicks told House Republican investigators.

    But Hicks acknowledged that he was informed as the attack was unfolding that the military did not have refueling aircraft in the area that could have supported a roughly 1,800-mile round-trip flight by the closest fighter aircraft, based in Aviano, Italy.",0,136759.story

    There will be another hearing today. So we can all wait for the GOP lynch mob to continue to try to distort and fabricate this somehow into another Watergate. Keep throwing mud, maybe something will eventually stick?!

  21. Carla   May 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Embassy Attacks Under President George W Bush:

    June 14, 2002: US Consulate attacked, Karachi, Pakistan; 10 killed, 51 injured

    February 28, 2003: US Consulate attacked in Karachi, Pakistan, by gunmen on motorcycles; 2 killed

    June 30, 2004: US Embassy bombed in Uzbekistan; 2 killed, 9 injured

    December 6, 2004: US Consulate in Saudi Arabia stormed by gunmen; 9 killed

    March 2, 2006: Suicide bomber targets US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan; 4 killed including a US Diplomat, 50 injured

    September 12, 2006: Armed men attack US Embassy in Syria; 1 killed, 13 injured

    January 12, 2007: US Embassy in Athens attacked by grenades; no deaths or injuries

    February 21, 2008: US Embassy in Serbia attacked by rioters and set on fire; 1 killed

    March 18, 2008: US Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen attacked by mortar; 2 killed in school next door

    July 9, 2008: US Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey attacked; 3 killed

    September 17, 2008: US Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen attacked; 13 killed, 16 injured


  22. A Big Difference   May 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

    In these other attacks:
    There were no other Ambassadors or Seals killed
    Did Seals or Cia ask for help and get turned down
    Military told to " Stand Down"
    No prolonged attack
    Prior incidents warranted US security
    US protection withdraw prior to attack
    US running guns to Turkey for Syrian Rebels
    Took a month for FBI to show up to investigate
    ARB did not interview all those involved
    State department withheld names of survivors for months
    State Department Lied about cause of attack, when participants immediadtely knew otherwise
    Can you say COVER-UP AND LIES?
    Just Sayin’

  23. grunt   May 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Carla, from your list – the big difference as "A big difference" says is the action after. The attackers were jailed or killed. Also, US citizens were not killed.

    June 14, 2002: US Consulate attacked, Karachi, Pakistan; 10 killed, 51 injured

  24. Don't you know   May 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Don’t you conservative posters here know you can’t argue facts with a Obama Kool Aid drinking liberal. It’s an incurable mental disorder to see reality the way a liberal sees it. No sense in wasting energy or time arguing with a liberal. They will demoniznze GW Bush and defend the tryrant in the Whie House and the gang of thugs in his cabinet till their last breath. No salvation for them, not now not ever. End of story. Remember the brave men who died needlessly at Benghazi and place the blame squarely on the likes of Hillary Clinton and Barrack Hussein Obama and their co-horts. Just the beginning my friends just the beginning.

  25. Yes I know   May 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    If you’re in a life boat and there’s others still in the water its instinct to want to save others, but you’re right, some people will never bother to look between the smoke and mirrors or beyond the MSM thats fed to them just like American Idol or DWS is so important. America is probably already toast and when it rally happens most people won’t know what or why. I’m just glad I’m closer to the end than the beginning.

  26. Carla   May 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    @grunt – So you’re saying that the US Diplomat killed on March 2, 2006 was a foreign national? Think again! And all the perpetrators of these crimes were killed or subsequently brought to justice? Not true.

  27. Carla   May 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    @22- I dispute several of your points.

    For instance, your statement regarding "no prolonged attack". The riot (leading to the subsequent torching of our Embassy) in Serbia went on from dusk until well into the next morning.

    "It took a month for the FBI to showup" was in large part due to the lack of co-operation by Libyan officials and to a lesser degree logistics of traveling in post civil war Libya.

    "Prior incidents warranted security" The same could certainly be said for our Embassy in Yemen that was attacked at least twice.

    "US running guns to Turkey for Syrian Rebels" If you or Senator Paul have evidence for this it would behoove you to make it known. And since Senator Paul has never bothered to back up his allegations with any facts…………..

  28. Carla   May 9, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    "What difference does it make?" Just listen to Assad or the people of Syria, the rebels aren’t Syrians, there’ transplanted fighters from lybia and Tunisia with AL Queda, read other news besides MSM. Syrian army isn’t fighting their own countrymen, they are fighting the invaders who claim to be Syrian rebels who want to take over their country. Next stop Iran.

  29. Frosty   May 10, 2013 at 12:33 am

    This heinous cover-up makes WaterGate look like the bust of an illegal lemonade stand. Obama Regimers lied and Americans died. The best word describing current politics: insidious.

  30. grunt   May 10, 2013 at 7:56 am

    @ Carla – ok, you win, facts do not matter, Obama and Liberals are the new gods and infallible, I will save my energy to debate with those with out blinders.

  31. I want to know!   May 10, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Why were we lied to? Why two weeks after the attack did Obama go in front of the UN and say it was because of a video when they knew it wasn’t? Who gave the "stand down" order and why? I think we have the right to know and not be lied to! You can never trust people that lie to you.

  32. Carla   May 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Please note that post #28 was not made by me but another person. The only posts I’ve made on this thread (so far) have been #5,10,12,15,17,18,20,21,26 and 27.

    It might be helpful if subsequent posters on a particular thread use different names to avoid confusion, assuming that is that their intent is legitimate communication.

  33. Pink   May 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Maybe you should start calling yourself Carla-the Real One….
    BTW anybody have any idea whatever happened to Ray?

  34. Oh really   May 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Carla, I must say I thought you were lying to us or trying to mislead us into believing something else, could it have been the video? It must have been spontaneous. Are you going to be protesting when Obama wants to go to war with Iran?(that’s right after he finishes things up in Syria)

  35. Ray   May 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I heard Ray, the real one, had a sex change operation and now goes by the name of Carla

  36. Carla   May 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    @Pink- I do have a fairly conservative Republican uncle who jokingly calls me "Carla the Red". At his core he’s a good guy despite his throw back sense of politics and undying devotion to unfettered capitalism. Given your rather conservative opinions expressed here from time to time, I’m guessing the two of you would probably get along well. 😉

    @34- Barring a direct attack on the US, we have no business going to war with Iran (or anybody else for that matter). If President Obama goes to war without justification or provocation then yes, I would take to the streets in protest. We do not need, yet again, another US led war of neo-colonialist aggression. The very fact that the mad mullahs who control Iran would probably not be there today if it weren’t for American, British and other Western support for the despotic former Shah speaks volumes about the failed results of historical American foreign policy of brute subjugation of third world peoples across the globe via US imposed client regimes.

    BTW- My major problem with Hillary Clinton was and still is her vote for the invasion of Iraq in 2002 and several subsequent votes around this issue in the Senate. (It certainly isn’t this nonsense being trumped up about Benghazi, that’s for sure). Does this mean I wouldn’t vote or volunteer for Clinton against any one of the troglodytes the Republicans are sure to nominate, of course not. However it is my hope that with the nomination and re-election of an Obama that the Democratic Party can now become the catalyst to move this country along a much more decidedly leftward and progressive trajectory in the future. President Obama isn’t the solution or end all; he’s just merely the first step. And I’m simply not comfortable that a Hillary Clinton is what is needed to move beyond these initial tentative steps. I mean let’s be real, Clinton, Biden and even Obama are centrist Democrats at best. We’ll see what the next few years bring. A President Warren or perhaps a President Boxer with an overwhelmingly left-centered Senate and House would be the ultimate manifestation of my dreams but I realize the country is not quite there yet (with great emphasis on the word ‘yet’).

  37. Pink   May 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Yes Carla, I am a fairly conservative "old" gal. I have to laugh at your use of terms like "troglodyte" to describe those of us who still believe in freedom and free enterprise. I’m guessing you are young and feel that by making fun of those of us who have been around a lot longer and apparently know more about how the real world actually works than you do, it will cause us distress and make us feel badly about our ancient selves. I have news for you. I was in high school and college in the 60s honey, trust me I have been there and done that. We believed that we could change the world and our motto was "never trust anyone over 30". Your generation didn’t invent rebellion and socialism, those well worn ideas have been around since the beginning of time. Back in the 60s we burnt our bras, and our slogan was "Make love, not war", now we are in our 60s and we are older, and for the most part, wiser. We are the ones who fought for equality of the races and the sexes. We marched in places like Alabama, and I believe that we made our country a better place, in spite of her our flaws, we have the best system of government in the world. The form of idealized government that you seek after Carla, doesn’t exist. Socialism hasn’t worked anywhere, where government is concerned, less is more. We do not need "big brother" watching over us because we are too "stupid" to take care of ourselves. That has been tried, and it always fails because no matter how progressive you and people like you, believe that you are, the people you eventually put in power will always have the big houses and drive the news cars, and be surrounded by corruption. I imagine I will be in heaven by the time your left wing regime succeeds in getting into power, and by then you will be old, and some younger version of yourself will tell you to "get out of the way old lady, you are a dinosaur".

  38. Carla   May 13, 2013 at 2:01 am

    @Pink. Between work and school it’s often difficult to participate in a consistent or timely manner on blogs. I would like you and anyone else who may read this to totally understand that my use of "troglodyte" and other such terms are absolutely NOT to be misconstrued as an ageist put down. I use such terms as criticisms of people with antiquated political views, nothing more. I recently used the term to describe a member of the Bruin College Republicans. Since he said he was a Junior, I’m assuming he’s around 21 or so. I have nothing but respect for women of your age and the oppression that you’ve endured (whether you wish to acknowledge that or not). I respect women of any age who are expressive and do not allow themselves to be pushed around. I still see far too often amongst women of my age even here at college this feigned attempt to play dumb and passive, especially in some sort of misplaced attempt to be more "dateable". I think that the guys who go for this are the worst and not worthy. I won’t date misogynists…… or anyone for that matter as I’ve got a boyfriend 😉

    I wish I had the opportunity to explain to you and others a little more about what socialism is really about and my view points. I am a Democratic Socialist as well as being a proud member of the Democratic Party. I abhor totalitarianism as much as you do. I look forward to further interchanges with you and others on this site.

    PS-Pink, could you post back if you’ve seen this. I especially am concerned that you not think I am engaging in some sort of bashing of older people regardless of whatever you might think of my politics. Again it was truly not my intent.

  39. Pink   May 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    No worries Carla, I was not offended. I do understand that to the "younger generation" the world often turns too slowly. I do understand what you mean by progressive socialism and I completely understand what a social democrat is. I am a "social" republican. I have fought my whole life for racial equality and a better life for those less fortunate than I am, though in no way am i one of the "well to do". I was born into the middle class and there I have remained. I have never felt oppressed because I never allowed myself to be oppressed. I certainly do agree that we women have had a tough time of it over the years but, by heaven, we have persevered, and if you compare us to women in third world countries, we have had no problems at all. No man ever tried to have me jailed or shot for calling him a MCP! I understand your philosophy on socialism, but I must repeat, it doesn’t exist. It sounds great on paper but you have to put the basic character of "man" into play, these aren’t new ideas that you have Carla, they are the same old BS with a new coat of paint. I totally appreciate your point of view however, you sound like a strong young woman and I wish you well. I raised my daughters to be strong women and they haven’t let me down.


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