The White House has refused a request by CBS to release images of officials taken during the September 11, 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. Additionally, despite President Obama’s vow to provide “every bit of information” available regarding the attack, the Obama Administration also has yet to share information regarding decision making made by the President and his staff.
According to CBS News, in addition to photos and information about decisions made throughout the attack which killed four Americans, the news organization also requested “drone and ground-level surveillance images and email communications and documents” related to the attacks, but again, nothing has been provided.
On November 14th, during a rare press conference, President Obama said, “We have provided every bit of information that we have, and we will continue to provide information…,” and “I will put forward every bit of information that we have.” Clearly, the president must have been referring to some other attack, because the information has been provided at a snail’s pace, and much of what is reported is contradictory.
For example, it has been reported in previous weeks that United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice was given talking points that were altered before she appeared on several news programs five days after the attack. References to “Terrorism” and “al Qaeda” were removed; but the reasons given have been inconsistent. General Petraeus stated that “classified intelligence showed the deadly raid on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a terrorist attack, but the administration withheld the suspected role of al Qaeda affiliates to avoid tipping them off,” while an unnamed source said that the talking points were altered “because the link to terrorism was deemed too “tenuous” to make public, “because there was not strong confidence in the person providing the intelligence.” These contradictions make it difficult to believe anything coming from this administration.
The unanswered questions remain about who started the YouTube trailer meme, which persisted for several weeks. The White House could avoid speculation and conspiracy theories if they would be transparent. Americans are much more tolerant of mistakes than a cover-up or even the perception of a cover-up.