Benghazi FBI FOIA Request Denied: Stonewall Continues
Another day, another one of my Benghazi Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests has been denied — this time from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). As previously reported, the CIA also denied my Benghazi FOIA request.
Recall it was on September 11, 2012 when Ambassador Christopher Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith, former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were murdered by terrorists. President Barack Obama with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, former CIA chief, the ‘celebrated,’ philandering General David Petraeus, the brains behind the failed counter-insurgency policy called COIN in Afghanistan that is maiming and killing U.S. and NATO troops to win “hearts and minds” that cannot be won, lied to the public when they blamed the murder of four Americans on an anti-Muslim Youtube video.
As the New York Times reported, Woods and Doherty worked under contract with the CIA.
Thus far justice for these American remains elusive. No one has been held accountable. We still don’t know who ordered the “stand down” order to not help these Americans in peril. We still do not know what the Ambassador was doing in Benghazi and who changed the administration’s talking points to deceive Americans.
And the reason for my FBI FOIA request denial? To not hinder a “pending or prospective” investigation.
As Section Chief, Record/Information Dissemination Section Records Management Division David M. Hardy wrote: “The material you requested is located in an investigative file which is exempt from disclosure … records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of such law enforcement records or information … could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceeds …
In applying this exemption, I have determined that the records responsible to your request are law enforcement records; that there is a pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding relevant to these responsive records; and that the release of the information contained in these responsive records could reasonably be expected to interfere with the enforcement proceedings…”
Read it in its entirety below.
Remember how under the Obama-Clinton regime the FBI was denied access to gather evidence in Benghazi for nearly a month. Meanwhile, three days after the attack, a CNN journalist roamed freely about the CIA outpost crime scene in Benghazi and picked up Ambassador Stevens’ journal. When the FBI was finally permitted access they were in and out, spending about 12 hours on the ground. As the Associated Press, reported FBI “agents arrived in Benghazi before dawn … and departed after sunset, after weeks of waiting for access to the crime scene to investigate the Sept. 11 attack (emphasis mine).”
This is exactly what an administration does to thwart an investigation. As any seasoned investigator or investigative journalist will confirm evidence gathering at the time of the incident is critical to finding out the truth. Anything less means the evidence has been contaminated and compromised leading investigators to draw an inaccurate, rationalized, and skewed conclusion.
We have seen this happen before with Hillary Clinton, who is being hailed as America’s future president with Michelle Obama serving as her vice president—dubbed the dream team.
As documented in Following Orders; Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer during the investigation into Bill Clinton’s childhood friend and Hillary’s closest confidante’s sudden, shocking death, under Hillary’s orders, law enforcement were also denied the ability to do their job and investigate what had really happened to Foster. No one was held accountable for obstruction of justice into Foster’s death then. The question is will someone be held accountable for obstructing justice now in Benghazi.
Since my FOIA request CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson reported (via twitter) that government documents show the Obama-Clinton regime was specifically warned of an “imminent attack on a US compound in Benghazi” prior to September 11, 2012 attack, and that “someone in a federal agency “press shop” was involved in changing the talking points to remove al Quaeda.”
Despite loud rhetoric from Republican Senators like Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) demanding access to the Benghazi survivors, six months after the terrorist attack, the survivors continue to be concealed from public view to tell their story for reasons unknown.
It is worth noting that if the FBI determines there is a violation of law in Benghazi in their “pending or prospective” investigation., the FBI is obligated to present their evidence to a Department of Justice Official or a U.S. Attorney, “who then determines whether or not prosecution or further action is warranted. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, evidence is either returned or retained for court.” Ultimately President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder will be involved in that decision. Remember the gunrunning Fast and Furious operation into Mexico anyone?
The search for the truth continues.
Update: August 16, 2013: CBS News Reporter, Sharyl Attkisson was also Denied by the FBI in her Benghazi FOIA request: ‘Not Even One Page’