Benghazi Questions for Shelby and Sessions

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February 11, 2017

Benghazi Questions for Shelby and Sessions

Sept. 11: The U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was aflame after coming under attack. AFP/Getty Images

My e-mail to Senators Sessions and Shelby:

Dear Senator ______:

I am a constituent, a Republican, a conservative. I am also a lawyer of 15 years. I am not a prestigious, wealthy, influential lawyer; I have a small solo practice in business law. I am also a certified police officer, and more specifically a tactical (SWAT) officer. Since 2004 I have also run a political/social blog called Pros and Cons ( At one time (though not anymore) I had a pretty substantial readership, including, for instance, the Alabama Attorney General’s office and at least one Alabama Supreme Court justice. Though I may have quibbled with the odd issue or two, in my posts I have generally given you my wholehearted and enthusiastic support. Certainly I have done so at the polls on election day.

I am writing with reference to the Congressional investigation of the events in Benghazi, Libya. With respect, sir, I find it appalling and enraging that we are eight months after four American citizens, including two Navy SEALs, lost their lives, and Congress has not yet asked the appropriate questions of the appropriate people. Therefore, I humbly submit to you the following questions that my fellow conservatives and tactical operators would like answered:

1. What was the security situation in Benghazi (and, for that matter, in Tripoli)? If it was inadequate, why, and who is responsible for it being so?

2. Who knew the nature of the attack on the Benghazi compound, and when did they know it?

3. Exactly what communications were received from Benghazi, Tripoli, and any other locations in the region, regarding the situation in Benghazi, who initiated those communications, who received them, and when? What actions were taken in response to any and all such communications, and who was responsible, both immediately and ultimately, for those responses?

4. Exactly what communications were transmitted to Benghazi and all other U.S. personnel in the region regarding the situation in Benghazi, who initiated those communications, who received them, and when? Who was responsible, both immediately and ultimately, for those communications?

5. What military and other tactical assets (i.e. CIA, State Department, etc.) were in the area? What were the potential response times and capabilities of those assets? What did the commanders of those assets know about the situation, and when (time and date) did they know it? What were the desires and intents of those commanders regarding responding to Benghazi? What were their orders, and when and from whom did they receive those orders?

6. Exactly who, comprehensive by name and position, prepared, vetted, edited, altered or otherwise had input into the talking points which Ambassador Rice offered concerning the Benghazi attack? What changes were made? Were any non-classified facts altered, omitted, or—particularly—misrepresented, from those talking points, and if so, by whom, and when?

7. Why hasn’t Ambassador Rice been called to testify in front of Congress concerning this affair? Why was Secretary Clinton not questioned more thoroughly, and why has her testimony not been thoroughly investigated?

Senator, I am sure I could come up with a great many more questions, but I am running out of my text limit in your e-mail form, so I will simply ask you to be tough, be thorough, and give your utmost to this investigation, as Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty gave their lives for the sake of their country and comrades. Leave no stone unturned, and do not allow politics to obscure the truth. Please, please insist that those responsible for the murder of four American citizens be held accountable—not just the al Qaeda thugs who actually pulled the triggers, but the Americans who could have saved four American lives, but declined to do so.

You have my trust and my support.

Scott W. Gosnell, Esq.

Let me know if I left out any important questions. I’m still pretty pissed.

Scott Gosnell founded Pros and Cons in 2003. He also has a day job as a practicing attorney in Birmingham, Alabama, which explains his complete irresponsibility with regards to his blogging schedule. In a former life he worked in several churches as a youth minister, where he was forced to do unspeakable things like chew ABC gum (Already Been Chewed), bob for liver (uncooked), and participate in condiment wrestling. Hey, would you look at that – I guess they are speakable. In addition to the practice of law, Scott is a certified law enforcement officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Alabama Historical Ironworks Commission, and a tactical firearms instructor. Scott and his wife, Donna, have three children, Caleb, Hannah Beth, and Austin. He also has a dog named Sierra and a cell phone named Curtis.

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