Finally we had some honesty about what happened in Benghazi, but only due to three brave whistleblowers who are committed to the truth. I covered this extensively on today’s Tammy Radio as it unfolded, and now here are some links to many of the important moments of testimony, as well as additional coverage.

C-Span link for live, continuous coverage

Gregory Hicks’ 30 Minute Recount of Benghazi Attack

TESTIMONY: Diplomats knew it was terrorism on night of attack

Video: Benghazi Witness Says State Dept. Told Him Not To Meet With Congressional Investigators

Hicks: ‘Youtube Video Was a Nonevent in Libya’

Hicks: State Dept Instructed Me Not To Talk To Congressman

Dem Congressman At Benghazi Hearing: “Death Is A Part Of Life”

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, tells Benghazi witnesses that “death is a part of life.”

CUMMINGS: And, as I listen to your testimony I could not help but think of something that I said very recently — two years ago now — in a eulogy for a relative. I said that death is a part of life, so often we have to find a way to make life a part of death. And, I guess the reason why I’m saying that, going back to something Mr. Nordstrom said, he wanted, I guess all of you said this, he wanted to make sure we learn from this.

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  1. Patricia says:

    There are now five major takeaways from the Benghazi hearing thus far.

    1. Two “stand-down” orders were given while the Benghazi attacks were in progress.
    2. The “protest” about a YouTube video was a complete fabrication by the Obama administration.
    3. Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s lawyer at the State Department, told witnesses not to speak to House investigators.
    4. The diplomatic personnel on the ground acted with incredible, unheralded heroism.
    5. Democrats came to rebut the eyewitnesses with talking points.

    updated timeline here:

  2. dennisl59 says:

    In times like these, I always refer to this:

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”—Joseph Goebells, Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Nazi Germany, 1933-1945

    Furthermore: The primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

    We are witnessing the repeating of history, imho.

    posted 5/8 455pm Texas[God Help Us]Time

  3. Maynard says:

    Hearings like this can be confusing, in that we tend to lose the forest in the trees. Lots of details, with grandstanding and grasping at technical points and calling technical fouls; where is the big picture? Chairman Issa tries to keep focus, but it’s tough for mere mortals not to get confused.

    To some extent, mistakes are inevitable. We had every warning that the Pearl Harbor attack was coming, and yet it took us by surprise. Hanlon’s razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

    On the other hand, the Benghazi cover-up was blatant. The narrative of a spontaneous demonstration, provoked by a “hateful video”, that got out of hand. A reasonable gripe, expressed unreasonably. This was a lie from start to finish, promulgated from the very top by people who knew it was a lie. They heard the description of the military attack and the pleas for help; they saw the videos. Yet they told the lie again and again and again, and used it as an excuse to apologize to the world for the First Amendment. They put an American citizen in jail for the crime of making a YouTube video that the government didn’t like. They did this to deceive the nation and get past the election. Is any of the foregoing in doubt? Is any of the foregoing unimportant? Isn’t this a crime against the American people, and not a small one?

    Is this just a game? All that matters is to stay on top, beat the other team? Do truth and integrity mean nothing anymore?

  4. dennisl59 says:

    Remember this ‘gem’ from the Debates?

    Romney became a stuttering fool just at the moment where he could have crushed Hussein, The Coward of Benghazi, but didn’t have the nerve or composure…

    posted 5/8 709pm Texas[Thanks for nothing Mitt]Time

  5. Alain41 says:

    It is clear that an order to stand down was given. Who gave that order? Not everyone is responsible for the stand down order. One person gave it. Who?

    What activity was Amb. Stevens and staff doing in Benghazi?

    This administration routinely does not provide emails and other communications when requested. It holds meetings in Starbucks and uses personal email accounts to hide activities. And appoints Commissions and boards and czars to do reports to provide cover that are trashcanned immediately. Without all the records, with an apparent inadequate internal investigation, without knowing what Stevens purpose there was, without knowing who gave order to stand down, I don’t conclude that the blame the video coverup is the only issue.

  6. TX Soldier254 says:

    Republicans are at a hearing Investigating a Series of Al-Qaeda Attacks on OUR Benghazi Consulate, while the Democrats at Same Hearing Are Investigating Attacks On Obama.

    Wow and WTF!

  7. FrankRemley says:


  8. Shifra says:

    Note to Rep. Elijah Cummings: Yes, death is a part of life. And impeachment is a part of political life.

    And, for all you Morning Schmoe fans, here is a gem:

    Scarborough doesn’t understand why GOP thinks Benghazi is political ‘Holy Grail’

  9. rosebud2186 says:

    This hearing was just stunning. I wept several times. Imagine being ordered to stand down & NOT rescue your colleagues, your friends.

  10. Shifra says:

    From CNS News:

    ‘Next Ambassador to Libya Says She’ll Call Washington If She Has Security Concerns’

    I bet she got that idea from Amb. Stevens. Oh wait…

  11. strider says:

    Looks like someone turned his back on our soldiers and diplomats.

  12. Texas Snoopy says:

    It was heart wrenching to watch our brave witnesses this morning at the Benghazi hearing attempting tell us what really occurred at our consulate and I also have to say it was “disgusting to see the Democrats using their usual political vitriol” to defend Obama and Hillary.

  13. Dave says:

    I found it on C-Span 3….all of it.
    I agree with so many of the Tams who have written excellent posts today.

    However, I’m thinking, if Boehner does not call for a Full Independent Investigation,
    The Bastard and Witch Hillary are going to slip back into their swamp with media help.
    I never saw a more partisan hearing…

    TX SOLDIER hit it out of the park for me…. with this line:
    “Republicans are at a hearing Investigating a Series of Al-Qaeda Attacks on OUR Benghazi Consulate
    Democrats at Same Hearing Are Investigating Attacks On Obama”. ==> Excellent TX.

    yep, same as it ever was, water at the bottom of the ocean.
    C’mon Boehner..DO IT!

  14. ConservativeSue says:

    Hillary and Obama have an agenda for the Middle East, and to accomplish this agenda, a pre-meditated cover story was devised should problems occur. We have witnessed such an event. Although we are thousands of miles away from the location, we still seek out the truth. It’s the American way.

  15. AniMel says:

    This should be grounds for impeachment, but they won’t be able to drum up enough support for such a move. One can only hope that next year’s elections bring some major changes.

  16. Mary says:

    I also wept, I didn’t get to watch the entire hearing; but felt a deep sadness for these people and our country.

    A few points I haven’t seen much comment on today:
    • Who was the Commander in Chief?

    • What was he doing during the attack that was more important than taking the LEAD when one of his Ambassadors was being murder? When will he be asked to account for his lack of action and his absence through hours of attacks?

    • Obama and Clinton recorded a TV commercial, at a cost of $75,000 of taxpayer’s money, still blaming and apologizing for the video and then played the commercial in the Middle East. They knew this was a Lie.

    • Pres. Obama went to the UN on September 25 to give a speech and was STILL blaming the video for riots for the attack on the Ambassador knowing full well that was a Lie!

    • How in the world can our country and military, especially around the Middle East area, NOT be on ALERT on and near the Anniversary of September 11th?

    • They did not know if the attack would last minutes, hours, or days when they decided not to send help because it would take too long. The military practice drills and exercises ALL THE TIME exactly for this kind of emergency. What are the Special Forces and Quick Reaction Forces for if not situations like attacks?

  17. mr_richcarter says:

    Impeachment proceedings would help to wake more people up regardless of how much support we could drum up.
    To many people living their lives just do not know or do not care where the country is headed.
    Two neighbors come by today to ask for favors and I told them I was watching the hearings.
    Their response? what hearings? oh that politics stuff?.
    We just have to keep it alive through social media and never quit until those that should face the music do so.
    Under the bus, under the jail, it really don’t matter to me.
    It’s either keep pushing now for justice while we still have a chance or push later when our kids are turned into lab rats by common core, the radical Islamist are setup all over the country and Mexico becomes the 51st state.
    All that with no guns and no big gulps will be tough.
    Bring on more hearings, more Trey Gowdy and more TAM’s

  18. ShArKy666 says:

    great show tammy..really well done with the comments over the video. i HOPE that as this corrupt & criminal administration is crumbling we can hold together our civil society.

  19. lawmom90 says:

    I am finding new people to love and more weasels to despise. I don’t question God’s wisdom in allowing this to unfold in the exact manner and in a way of only His choosing. It’s incredibly revealing and may wind up making more possible for conservatives to reclaim our founding principles than we ever dreamed we could achieve. I grieve for the callously ignored heroes who were marched to their deaths as surely as if Obama and Hillary pulled the trigger. My final plea to our Lord–MAKE IT STOP!! Thanks.

  20. LJZumpano says:

    Toward the end of the testimony yesterday, Hicks was asked why when the Brits abandoned Benghazi (and just about everyone else for that matter), we stayed. Of course we stayed was his reply. Without missing a beat he explained we never had any intention of leaving. Our purpose was to prove to the Libyans that we were going to be there permanently. Ding, ding! A bell rang, and I thought of Agatha Christie. The lady had a flair for writing murder mysteries in such a way that the murder in chapter one would always be caused by circumstances that began decades ago. It occurred to me that we were focused on the deaths of 9/11. What happened that day, how the administration reacted and the reasons for a cover-up. These are all important questions, but we need to dig deeper, because more than the re-election of a POTUS was at stake.
    Remember when we were told the US had to send immediate aid to Libya or tens if not hundreds of thousands would be slaughtered by an evil regime? The regime fell, we celebrated the birth of democracy, and the end of the era of terrorism. We established an outpost in Benghazi, stronghold of the rebel forces. Our mission became to establish a permanent presence in Benghazi. The temporary setup did not meet the standard required for our embassies, but requirements could and were waived. It was not a secure place, but to send in enough military support would reveal that terrorism was still a problem. This would not fit the narrative.
    Why was Smith in Benghazi? He was tasked with preparation of a report, due by September 30, which would provide the foundation for changing the status of Benghazi from temporary to permanent. Why was an effort not made to send in the troops after the slaughter of 9/11? As Clinton said, what difference would it make. The dead were dead, no helping them, but sending in troops would show the world that the administration was wrong. Terrorism was still a real threat. The bright and shiny city of Benghazi was really no more than a Potemkin village. It would destroy the narrative and the administration’s plans for Libya. Better to take advantage of a perceived notion that muslims were such barbarians, a mere hint of a negative video or cartoon would set them off in murderous rage. Protecting the narrative was the goal. Using Rice protected the real players in the administration and no one correctly considered the impact insulting the President of Libya would have.
    We do have to find out what happened on 9/11/12, but we also need to discover exactly what was the purpose of our behavior in Libya from the beginning. It would seem to involve more than just the legacy of Obama. It seems to reflect a world view Hilary Clinton and others have for the future role of the US in the world, and I for one would be very interested in knowing exactly what that vision is.

  21. Shifra says:

    The NYT is actually covering the story:

    I wonder what all the Manhattan Libs are thinking about this “new” story as they probably read about it for the first time…

  22. Patricia says:

    Blowing the Lid Off Benghazi – Whistleblowers contradict State Department officials about events surrounding terrorist attack

  23. Kitten says:

    I’m prayerful more will come out and the MSM won’t be able to ignore or dismiss the truth. This Hillary & OBummer play by a different set of rules. To say they are dangerous people is an understatement. Amazing that they concocted this lie and boldly spread it across the globe. The media is to blame as well, for facilitating the lie. Incredible job of the brave men who came forward to tell the American people what actually happened in Benghazi. Very proud day for us all.

  24. dennisl59 says:

    News Update:Surprise!~Hillary NOT wasn’t under Oath during her testimony:

    posted 5/9 620pm Texas[Vince Foster]Time

    • Kitten says:

      That’s ’cause the House GOP is useless. Which is also (by the way) why they won’t began impeachment proceedings on OBummer.

  25. Shortall says:

    Also via Front Page Magazine ( & I believe this may be the meeting Allen West was at )

  26. Dave says:


    Niether by a Democrat, NOR THE FIRST *REPUBLICAN* THAT QUESTIONED HER!!!! Now, why would THAT BE?


    Coincidence?………this Administration is truly from Hell.

  27. IslandLibertarian says:

    On the Senate floor on in May, 2002, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton had
    cited a New York Post headline that declared “Bush Knew,” and added,
    “The President knew what? My constituents would like to know the

    well well well……………

  28. Mr.Gates says:

    There may not be perjury charges against killery. But she lied to congress and that carries with it, obstruction of justice, and possibly interfering with an investigation charges.

    She’s chargeable right now. And if she’s required to testify again, I would think the dumb asses would swear her in next time.

    If you haven’t seen Jeanine Pirro’s commentary on this, rightscoop has it and is fantastic. She’s an awesome lady, I must say.

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