House Committee Will Hold Hearing on US Consulate Attacks

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Since the attacks on the United States Consulate in Libya, which occurred in September of this year, a lot has happened regarding new developments of the attack and its subsequent impact on foreign policy going forward. (See PILR Blog: US Ambassador Christopher Stevens Killed at US Consulate in Libya). Fox News is now reporting that a House committee has scheduled a hearing on November 15th regarding the attack on the consulate. The purpose of this hearing is “to follow up on an issue that Republicans had emphasized before the presidential election in questioning President Obama’s foreign policy record.” (Fox News). The Obama administration “has been criticized for its confusing explanation for the strike and for security warnings that apparently weren’t heeded.” (Fox News). Among those expected to testify are the Director of National Intelligence, the CIA Director, and the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

Republicans have accused President Obama officials of “downplaying the attack’s terrorist nature to maintain an administrative narrative that Al Qaeda is on the run.” (Fox News). Although it was initially reported that the “Innocence of Muslims” video motivated the attack, further investigations have since shown there was no protest outside of the United States consulate during the evening of the attack. (Fox News). It is now believed that a group not directly affiliated with Al Qaeda planned the attack. (Fox News) The Obama administration has faced criticism for not doing more to protect the consulate despite receiving requests for security improvements earlier in the year that were either denied or never followed up on. (Fox News). Further evidence has illustrated that United States officials were aware of a growing threat of attack. (Fox News).

The hearing will attempt to get to the bottom of some of these unresolved issues and provide some explanation and insight into the attack. I believe that this hearing could be very important for not only resolution of the attack, but also to cure any missteps that occurred leading up to the attack, which could have possibly been prevented with heightened security measures. Perhaps, this information can be used to help protect against further attacks in the future. With that being said, I would like to pose a few questions for you to consider: What are your overall thoughts regarding this hearing? Do you think that this hearing is good idea? Do you believe that the information obtained during this hearing will be useful in the future and will be applied properly to ensure the safety of US Officials overseas?

News Source: Fox News

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  1. Mr. Naber brings up a lot of good points and reaffirms the importance of investigative hearings. Investigative hearings are usually implemented when there is a suspicion of wrong doing but their main point is to gather information in order to correctly analyze if there is a problem and, if necessary, take legislative steps to correct it. Famous investigative hearings include Watergate and the Iran-Contra affair. Without accurate information, Congress would not be able to do their job in enacting effective policies to govern our country but to also hold our government officials accountable for their actions by investigating suspicious matters fully. Mr. Naber correctly points out that there are still important questions to be answered: Was there a protest? Was it Al-Queda? Were security measures inadequate due to negligence? In response, top officials from the intelligence community are going to testify to properly inform the committees. While the information gathered at these hearings may not be shared with the public, at the very least those in power to enact change will be given some of the answers necessary to not only figure out what really happened, but what to do in order for it not to happen again.

    My question is:
    What happened in Libya was an atrocity. There will be 3 hearings, one by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, one by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and one by the House Intelligence Committee. Only the Foreign Affairs one is an open hearing. Should the people demand an answer based on the information from all three hearings or is the Foreign Affairs one enough given the amount of classified information and the belief that those in power will now have the full story to take appropriate measures?

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