Statement on Creation of a Select Committee to Investigate the Benghazi Attack

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--()--OPSEC responded to the announcement today that U.S. house Speaker John Boehner was ordering the creation of a Select Committee to investigate the Obama Administration’s actions before, during and after the attack on American facilities and personnel in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. OPSEC has been among the leaders in advocating for a Select Committee and has aggressively raised questions about the Administration’s actions in Benghazi since the immediate aftermath of the attack.

“OPSEC has been calling for a Select Committee and our team of former SEALs, Special Forces and Intelligence veterans have spent countless hours and resources to help build up the number of co-sponsors and raise awareness. We’re glad to see Speaker Boehner make the right call,” said Scott Taylor, president of OPSEC. “There is much more that the American people and the families of the victims deserve to know and this Select Committee is clearly going to be the only way to get it from the Obama Administration.”

OPSEC has been one of the leading organizations building awareness about unanswered questions on Benghazi and support for a Select Committee. In just one example, OPSEC released a video on Benghazi (Benghazi: Unaware, Unresponsive & Unaccountable) with a call to action for people to write to their Member of Congress and urge them to support the creation of a select committee in the House to investigate.

The video was viewed more than 60,000 times and generated more than 10,000 letters from Americans to their Member of Congress on this issue. When OPSEC began its efforts legislation (H. Res. 36) by Rep. Frank Wolf to establish a select committee had just over 70 cosponsors. In the period immediately after the video release and letter-writing began, co-sponsors jumped up to 110. OPSEC’s continued work contributed to a list of co-sponsors that ultimately reached more than 180 Members of Congress.

“This is only the beginning. We will double out efforts to help the Select Committee get to the bottom of what happened to our fellow Americans in Benghazi,” concluded Taylor.

Breach of Duty: Hillary Clinton and Catastrophic Failure in Benghazi is a report on Benghazi recently issued by OPSEC, a non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization of former members of Special Operations Forces and the Intelligence Community. OPSEC is focused on protecting U.S. Special Operations Forces and national intelligence assets from political exploitation, misguided policies, and intentional misuse of classified information, all of which expose them and their families to greater risk and reduce their ability to keep Americans safe. More information about OPSEC can be found at www.OpSecTeam.org.

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Chad Kolton, 571-414-0730

Release Summary

OPSEC has been among the leaders in advocating for a Select Committee and has aggressively raised questions about the Administration’s actions in Benghazi since the immediate aftermath of the attack.

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for OPSEC
Chad Kolton, 571-414-0730