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Benghazi and the IRS

Today is Sunday and we have been deluged with the usual Sunday talk shows. The big items were the Benghazi investigation and the IRS scandal.
This week, Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya and Mark Thompson and Eric Nordstrom who work in the counterterrorism and security branch of the State Department testified about what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 and how the death of Chris Stevens, the American ambassador in Libya and three other Americans were killed by a terrorist attack orchestrated by an al-Qaeda affiliate. Their testimony made clear: THAT by September 12th, the State Department knew the attack had been a terrorist one; THAT Susan Rice, Jay Carney, Hillary Clinton, and numerous others lied that the attack was not terrorist and that it was precipitated by an anti-Muslim video (that no one had ever seen ––– and one cannot forget the infomercial that Hillary and the president made a few days later that was seen all over the Muslim world indicating that the maker of that “terrible” video would be prosecuted for the crime); THAT Cheryl Mills, Chief of Staff for Clinton threatened Hicks, Thompson, Nordstrom and others in an effort to silence them and keep them from testifying before Congress; THAT the State Department’s Accountability Review Board protected all of the higher up’s and blamed career officials in the State Department for the obvious lies concerning the Benghazi attack; THAT requests had been made to beef up protection weeks before the attack on September 11th and that Hillary Clinton knew about this and agreed that no new security personnel were necessary (in previous testimony, Clinton denied this by saying she was never informed about the request); THAT military forces in Tripoli were headed for planes to go to Benghazi to try to help defend the consulate, but were told to “stand down” much to the anger of the Lieutenant Colonel. who was to lead the group. And no one seems to know who gave that order.
There’s so much more. It appears that the American people were lied to because Barack Obama was afraid the scandal would harm his reelection. So, can one say that the Obama administration had conspired to alter the results of the presidential election? Was that a crime? Will a select committee be chosen to investigate this?

And now a new scandal has surfaced involving the IRS intimidation of political groups. This effort began in 2011 and continued through the 2012 election. The Internal Revenue Service flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to “detect  violations” of their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups, said on Friday, May 10th. She indicated that organizations were singled out because their title included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status. She said that some of these groups were asked for their list of donors. This violates IRS policy in most cases,.
Will Congress investigate this? Was this a means to effect the presidential election? Was that a crime? And is it another lie to indicate that this was the work of lower-level bureaucrats and that the upper echelon new nothing about this? And if anyone believes that, we have a bridge to sell them?

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