Must-read: Sharyl Attkisson previews Benghazi whistleblowers’ bombshells; ‘Felt helpless, abandoned’

Indeed. CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson is continuing her fierce and fearless coverage of Benghazi.

As Twitchy reported, whistleblowers have stepped forward. Ms. Attkisson took to Twitter to review first-hand reports given by the whistleblowers, including Gregory Hicks and Mark Thompson. They are expected to testify at a hearing on Wednesday, May 8.

More from Ms. Attkisson’s report:

It’s been a remarkably long period of silence from the dozens of American survivors and eyewitnesses who were in Libya the night of the attacks. It’s not publicly known what testimony the witnesses will give at this week’s hearing, but in a series of interviews and communications, CBS News has obtained information about some of areas of knowledge the witnesses can address.

Hicks was number two to Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the attacks. With Stevens in Benghazi on September 11, Hicks was the top Foreign Service official at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. When the first U.S. compound in Benghazi fell under attack, Hicks reportedly took the frantic call.

Last words from Ambassador Stevens.


Huh. Not a crappy YouTube video protest? Shockah!

Americans on the ground in Benghazi felt helpless and abandoned. They reportedly asked for help.

And it was denied.

Counterterrorism officials were not consulted, even though it was clear from the start that it was a terrorist attack.

Unreal. The whistleblowers say they feel marginalized and intimidated.

Read the whole report.

Americans praise Attkisson for her tireless efforts.


Keep up the fantastic work, Ms. Attkisson. Thank you for doing the job that many journalists won’t do.


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  • Republicanvet

    If Ms. Attkisson is not lauded by her peers with a Pulitzer and/or other awards, then those awards have no meaning and the media is dead.

    This is not to diminish her reasons for her reporting. It is clear the reasons are other than winning awards.

  • Republicanvet

    That j@ck@ass Dempsey defiling the uniform should be called before the committee to explain in detail what military assets were where within 500 miles of Benghazi…and detail why they were not used.

    • gjsmith_62

      So, either Obama’s orders were not followed or Obama lied. Lands on HRC or Dempsey. Sorry, I trust her less.

      “Dempsey then said that a contingent was not sent because the State Department didn’t request one.”

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    There are so few intrepid MSM reporters that when you see one, it’s almost a shock.

    Most of them think “How will this affect Obama?” and proceed to not only cover for him, but defend every stupid and corrupt thing he does.

  • $472942


    As Michele Malkin always says, sunlight is the best disinfectant!

  • pajamakat

    Be careful Sharyl. I’m sure you’re being watched – very closely. God bless you.

  • Steve_J

    The Obama Adminisration, also, still has not explained why the U S people were in Benghazi after the British and the Red Cross had pulled their people out earlier.

  • Red Fred

    We’re awake now. The home of the brave want answers, not that silly cooked-up plate of manure we were fed when Hillary testified, if you want to call that an investigation when all the Democrats did was praise this traitor for her wonderful service, and waste time, making statements in lieu of asking pertinent questions.Once again Rand Paul was one of the few who stood strong. “I would have removed you from your post.”

  • OldmanRick

    Ms. Attkisson is doing a fantastic job. However, as long as the emperor wannabe is squatting in the oval office, as long as got your back, Eric Holder, is head of the DOJ, and as long as congress is controlled by a bunch of wusses(Harry Reid and crybaby Boehner), voters will see things go the way of Fast and Furious – lots of posturing, lots of pontificating, lots of preening and strutting, but no action by the eunuch crowd in the house and senate.

  • nc

    It finally looks like the logjam is beginning to break.

    Like the Gosnell story, some things are just too horrifying for even Big Media to keep hidden for long. And they will pay for their crimes of willful silence.

    God Bless Sharyl Attkisson!

  • Fredddd

    Weird. If FOX hadn’t stayed on the story, no one would have covered it at all, now CBS is to be praised? For doing what they should have done 7 months ago..?
    I think not.

    • Jim Denney

      Sharryl has done great work from the start on this AND Fast & Furious. She has been stymied by the stonewalling O regime at every turn.
      I’m pretty sure she hasn’t received much support from CBS either, although at least they haven’t fired her yet.

  • teamfrazzled

    I am not one to indulge in conspiracies but after reading about the the known hugely increased presence of terrorists, repeated requests for more security denied, repeatedly denying any aid once the attack began although it WAS available, the absolutely inexplicable actions and decisions to cut out the very people most needed to respond to such a situation, the lies after, the ongoing cover-up and shocking disinterest in even PRETENDING an interest in preventing a similar incident – I’m not so quick to dismiss out of hand the one where this was to be a staged event during which the Ambassador was to be kidnaped, held alive and then traded off for the blind sheik. There is a truly skin crawling stench to this story that just keeps growing. I am horrified, ashamed and so angry. But as Hillary said while alternating between preening and yawning, “What difference does it make?”

  • Jon

    Those online who continue to say “Only Fox is covering Benghazi” are doing a disservice to Sharyl, who also was the lead reporter on the Fast & Furious debacle (It’s understandable that some of the other stuff CBS News does — like Steve Kroft’s perpetual “60 Minutes” love letters to the Obamas and the Clintons — would make conservatives shy away from CBS, but you’ve got to give the network credit for going where ABC and NBC have refused to go, and where CNN stopped going after they decided their early scoop of getting access to Ambassador Steven’s diaries from the compound had no more juice).

    • nlebou

      Hello, TheBlaze has been reporting on this for months

  • I M Free

    about time to know where “what difference at this point does it make” and “happened long time ago” really means….

  • I M Free

    about time to know where “what difference at this point does it make” and “happened long time ago” means….

  • Slapweasel

    -NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor, another lousy weasel co-conspirator: “Members of the CSG were of course involved in these meetings and discussions to support their bosses.”

    Mark Thompson, (CSG): “The response process was isolated at the most senior level. My fellow counterterrorism professionals and I (were) not consulted.”

    …and so it goes.

  • tops116

    Most transparent administration evah.

    Y’know, for something that makes no difference and happened a long time ago, Team Obama sure seems determined to keeping it all quiet.

  • FaithColeridge33

    Too bad they didn’t speak up when it mattered.

  • © Sponge

    It’s really terribly sad when we have epic failures in our government leading to the deaths of 4 Americans in hostile territory and all our citizens are concerned about is some gay basketball player because he’s so “brave.”

    We are doomed as a society. Good one, God. You gave it a great effort, but as with all experiments, some end in failure. Sorry we screwed this one up for you.

  • TexasMeow

    Obama and his entire sorry ass administration, turned their backs not only on those Americans in Benghazi but also all Americans. Supporting him after all that has been uncovered (and there is more to come), is like those brainwashed people that followed Hitler, Manson, Jones, etc. You continue to be blind to what is glaring you right in the face.

  • gracepmc

    The stomach turner is that there are 4 Americans who died undefended for Barack Obama’s Chicago style grab at a second term.

    • LightSabre

      Never forget how O and Hillary used their bodies in that disgusting video op body-homecoming event. Never forget their shamelessness to use them as a re-election campaign tool.

  • gracepmc

    Candy Crowley has a thing or two to learn from Ms. Attkisson.

  • MisterIncredible

    Thanks for being a Journalist, Ms Attkisson.

  • gjsmith_62

    Hicks: “I never reported a demonstration. I reported an attack on the consulate…I thought it was a terrorist attack from the get-go..”

    So, HRC, Obama and Rice lied and ignored their pleas for help.

    “What about Aviano?”

    • Jack Deth

      “What about Aviano?”

      What about Zaragoza, Italy?

      What about Maron, Spain?

      What about Furstenfeldbruck, Germany?

      What about Rhein Main, FerChrist’s sake?

      LOTS of airports, fields and strips to send special operators out of from Europe.

      • gjsmith_62

        Just so it’s clear, those were Hick’s words … hence the quotes.

        “prior to an attack on a second U.S. compound “when [Col. Gibson] got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said, ‘you can’t go now”

        Now, who told US forces to stand down?

        • Jack Deth

          Sorry, gjsmith:

          I got a bit wound up.

          My guess is Valerie Jarret. Side stepping around Hillary. Probably directly to Col. Gibson without going through the Pentagon.

          • gjsmith_62

            After posting I did look at your other posts … Friendly fire, but no harm done.

            Would LOVE to know if HRC was “out of the loop”, that would leave Obama holding the bag.

            Only one word comes to mind regarding that event … schadenfreude

  • Frank Drebin

    Speaking to the “Lars Larson Show,”
    father of Seal Tyrone Woods — who died defending the consulate and
    Benghazi — told about his experience of meeting the President and
    Secretary Clinton at the memorial service for the fallen a few days
    after the attack. Charles Woods said that the President “couldn’t look
    me in the eye” and “mumbled” an “I’m sorry” but that it didn’t seem
    “genuine”. He said the same of Secretary Clinton and that Clinton
    assured him that they were going to “arrest and prosecute” the man that
    made the scapegoated youtube video critical of Islam.

  • BAW

    I appreciate Ms. Attkisson’s persistence on Benghazi. And I’m not sure if there is a single reporter at Fox who has done the heavy lifting on Benghazi. I suspect since initial reports many have contributed to the story. They all deserve credit. I don’t believe “it takes a village” but I know there is safety and power in numbers.

  • Hiraghm

    Consulates and Embassies are U.S. soil.
    Imagine if U.S. citizens had been allowed to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights at our embassies and consulates. Benghazi might have turned out somewhat differently.


    Attkisson has been both courageous and tireless in this quest. A true journalist. Thank you.

    The death of four Americans is something for which people must be held accountable. And if it comes to pass that lies and deceit and coverup were part of the plan, then people need to be held accountable for that too. But if it is discovered that people died because of inaction, and that inaction was politically motivated, then there must be hell to pay.

  • Renny

    Kudos. But it’s a shame that the conservative reporters won’t get all this fuss over telling the truth ages ago.