By Stephen Crews
Seeking answers on the response of U.S. Armed Forces in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), is continuing its oversight of the matter.
The subcommittee will hold transcribed Member briefings to question Department of Defense officials about key events and decisions leading up to, during, and in the wake of the attacks.
Similar to a hearing, a transcribed Member briefing is an unclassified meeting meant to ensure Members can examine all the facts and ask questions to determine whether further action is necessary. Rep. Roby hopes to use the briefing to settle some factual issues regarding the Department's potential involvement and military capabilities in the region, while narrowing the focus on unanswered questions that require further investigation.
"It is clear that questions remain about what happened in Benghazi, including how and to what extent the American military was involved," Rep. Roby said. "The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will thoroughly examine the facts and ask the right questions that help get us to the bottom of this situation.
"This brutal terrorist attack killed four Americans, including our U.S. Ambassador. The Administration's public response both immediately after the attacks and even months later has been anything but clear. It is the duty of the Congress to seek answers on the activities of the government on behalf of the American people. Specifically, it our subcommittee's job to conduct inquiries into the policies and actions of the Department of Defense. I look forward to a productive series of briefings that provide subcommittee Members a clear understanding about the events surrounding the Benghazi attacks."