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Friday, September 28, 2012

Letter Embedded: Bipartisan Senate Demand For Information From Obama Admin On 9/11 Attacks

Byy Susan Duclos

Democrat and Republicans from the United States Senate, Committee On Foreign Relations, are jointly sending a letter to the Obama administration for more information than they have gotten to date.

Letter will be embedded below the post.

Additional Questions (Page #4)

1. Please expand the accounting of the attacks against U.S. missions in Egypt, Libya and Yemen beginning on September 11, 2012, to include attacks that took place at any U.S. missions from September 11-13, 2012.

2. In addition to a discussion of whether host government security forces were of adequate size and were adequately trained and equipped to protect our mission, please expand your response to include a discussion of the steps, if any, those forces took to protect U.S. missions or assist U.S. personnel on the days in question.

3. In addition to whether the United States or the host governments had intelligence prior to the attacks in Egypt, Libya or Yemen, please expand your response to include an assessment of attacks that took place at any U.S. missions from September 11-13, 2012. Please also discuss whether there were adequate mechanisms in place to share that information on a timely basis with U.S. security personnel posted at the mission.

4. Please provide an assessment of the state of security of other U.S. embassies and consulates in high threat environments that were not attacked from September 11-13, 2012.

Via Washington Examiner:

The letter marks the first time congressional Democrats have so directly expressed their dissatisfaction with the administration's response to inquiries about the attacks, which resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others and raised questions about U.S. security throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa.

A Kerry aide confirmed that the committee intended to enlist the support of Republicans and Democrats and said the letter would likely be sent Friday. Another aide told The Examiner that the panel's 10 Democrats and nine Republicans plan to sign it.

This bipartisan letter comes six days after Senate Republicans blasted the Obama administration for giving more details of the Libya attack to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal than to the United States Senate.

Bipartisan Letter From Senate for Information on Libya Attack