An Open Letter To John Boehner





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 To the living we owe respect. To the dead we owe the truth. –Voltaire

Dear Speaker Boehner,

We write to express our grave concern over the failure of your House of Representatives to extract the truth from the Obama administration concerning the attack on our diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and the brutal deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stephens, U.S. Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and security officers Ty Woods and Glen Doherty.

To date, five different committees of the House have conducted separate hearings, uncovering information in a piecemeal fashion lacking professional investigators.  The five committees’ efforts are disjointed and uncoordinated.  The Obama administration has benefited from that dysfunctional process to hide the truth.  Hardly any Obama administration witnesses have testified – publicly or privately.  You have resisted repeated calls for the creation of a select investigative committee with subpoena authority. It appears that you are satisfied to allow that state of investigative incoherence and ambiguity to continue.  The last public hearing by any of the five committees was held in September – four months ago.  The families of the dead who fought valiantly to protect the mission and their families, the survivors, and the American people deserve better from you and your Members of Congress. They deserve the absolute truth from their government. Your failure to get the truth and hold public officials accountable increases the possibility of other repeat attacks and additional failures to defend Americans abroad.

On Sunday, December 29, 2013, the New York Times published a story concerning the Benghazi attacks that directly contradicts the sworn testimony of witnesses who appeared before various committees.  Besides the obvious New York Times editorial and political objectives of inoculating Hillary Clinton and her 2016 presidential campaign from further criticism of her failures as Secretary of State, the story contradicts objective truth and established facts in a way that confuses the public.  Your inaction and failure to lead on the Benghazi investigation directly contributes to the repetition of lies; a lack of accountability from responsible government officials; and the political advancement of persons who seek to continue to “fundamentally transform” the Constitution and our country.  The New York Times’ recent publication proves the Benghazi story is not “going away.”

Your oversight of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation has been without any meaningful effect or result.  Not a single terrorist in this well-planned and executed military attack by radical Islamists has been apprehended.  Ahmed Abu Khattala, a ringleader of the attack, granted long interviews to reporters in Benghazi cafes, while the Obama administration – and you – have done nothing.  Nearly 16 months after the terrorist attack, the American public has no accountability and no plan of action from House leadership. The public is subjected to undisputed disinformation from a White House who calls the terror attack a “phony scandal.”  While the White House repeats false and misleading information, you continue to ignore claims, documented by Rep. Frank Wolf, of intelligence officers being intimidated with multiple, punitive polygraph examinations and harassing non-disclosure agreement demands.  If Benghazi is “phony,” why are intelligence officers being threatened not to speak and subjected to polygraph exams? Why do you stand by passively?

Some analysts believe your inaction and passivity towards getting to the truth concerning Benghazi is because you were briefed on the intelligence and special operations activities in Libya as a member of the “Super 8.”   You may possess “guilty knowledge.”  We recall how then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi developed a form of “amnesia” concerning a documented briefing she received on so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” – later termed “torture” for political purposes.  Are you in the same position as your predecessor?  Are you dodging a legitimate, thorough, coordinated investigation of Benghazi because it will damage your political position as Speaker?

You should be embarrassed that members of Congress, and your own party, are forced to file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with Obama administration agencies to get basic information about the Benghazi issue.  What a sad and pathetic statement about the operations of House standing committees looking into this tragedy that FOIA has become the last resort of even Republican Members seeking the truth!  Are you concerned that the scattershot and untimely efforts of the various committees may actually be doing more harm than good at documenting facts?  These are all examples of Republican leadership failures.  How are you accountable?

Rep. Mike Rogers and the Intelligence Committee seem to act as defense counsel for the Obama administration.  A recent Intelligence Committee weekly update note stated as fact that no arms shipments were being run from Libya, and that no intelligence officers were being coerced not to speak.  There is substantial evidence to the contrary on both counts.  Why does Rep. Rogers parrot the discredited falsehoods of the so-called “Accountability Review Board” (ARB)?  Conflicting accounts, testimony, and evidence need to be investigated – not dismissed or ignored.  Don’t those contradictions and questions compel you, on behalf of the American people, to take any action to resolve the matter and get to the truth?

Aren’t you concerned that General Carter Ham was suddenly and prematurely recalled from AFRICOM, and then made statements at the Aspen Institute that directly contradicted the Obama administration’s position on the nature of the attack in Benghazi?  Why has General Ham not testified publicly before one of the House committees?

The New York Times story reports that the CIA was, in fact, collecting weapons in Benghazi.  If true, why was the CIA running a separate, parallel weapons program from the State Department’s $40 million collection effort?  Where did the CIA-purchased weapons go?  Is the Obama administration arming al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists in Syria?

If you wished, you could have publicly engaged Rep. Devin Nunes concerning his November 6, 2013 letter to you, addressing the nine unanswered questions about Benghazi. Instead, there was thundering silence from your office. You have an opportunity to show strong leadership and resolve a national disgrace perpetrated by specific public officials. You are failing.

Your reluctance to lead and resistance to create a Select Committee on Benghazi must end.  More than 75% of all House Republicans – with the conspicuous absence of those in leadership or committee chairmen – have cosponsored Rep. Wolf’s Select Committee bill.  Few bills in this Congress demonstrate such overwhelming support from Republicans.  Additionally, the bill enjoys the support of national security advocacy groups and the Wall Street Journal editorial board, among many others.

We urge you to bring the bill to the floor for a vote immediately to start effective oversight on this critical national security matter immediately. We have waited long enough. Your approach is not working.

Mr. Speaker, we call upon you to act now and create a Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate all aspects of the United States’ involvement in Libya, to include, but not be limited to the attacks of September 11, 2012.  It must now also include the protracted cover-up the American people, the families of the fallen, and those with loved ones serving overseas have endured. The new committee must have subpoena power, capable staff, and Members from both parties who are committed to finding the truth, not playing politics.  The Committee must be staffed with new, professional, qualified, and experienced investigators. It must have resources to conduct a thorough, comprehensive investigation and issue an exhaustive report before this Congress adjourns.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Undersigned:

(Titles for identification purposes only)

 

Charles Woods, Father of Ty Woods

Pat Smith, Mother of Sean Smith

Michael Ingmire, Musician/Writer, Uncle to Sean Smith

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Adm. Jerome L. Johnson, USN Ret., former Vice Chief of Naval Operations

Lt. Gen. E.G. “Buck” Shuler, Jr., USAF, (Ret)

Lt. Gen. Richard D. Lawrence, USA (Ret)

LTG William G. Boykin, USA (Ret)

Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, USA Ret, Chairman, Stand Up America

Maj. Gen. Carroll D. Childers, USA (Ret), Ranger

Maj. Gen. Thomas F. Cole, USA (Ret)

Maj. Gen. Richard M. Cooke, USMC (Ret)

Amb. Henry F. Cooper, Former Director, Strategic Defense Initiative

LTC Allen B. West (US Army, Ret) former Congressman, FL

Capt Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62, USN (Ret), Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

Debra Burlingame, Co-founder, 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America

Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness

Dick Brauer, Col, USAF (Ret), Special Operation Speaks

Tom Fitton, President, Judicial Watch

Allen Roth, Secure America Now

Joel A. Arends, Veterans for a Strong America

Ginni Thomas, President, Liberty Consulting

Catherine Engelbrecht, President, True the Vote

Anita MonCrief, Black Voters Alliance

David Wallace, Restore America’s Mission

Dr. James Pollock, Maj., USAF (Ret), OIF VETx2, SOCOM, Wounded Warrior Congressional Advocate

John J. Molloy, Chairman, National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition

James C. Harding, Col USAF (Ret) National Spokesman for Veteran Defenders of America

Diane M. Sendlenski, Veteran US Air Force, Special Operations Speaks Coordinator 

John G. B. Howland, Publisher, USNA-At-Large

Katherine Cornell Gorka, Executive Director, The Westminster Institute

Paul Caprio, Executive Director, Family Pac Federal

William L. Walton, Chairman, Rappahannock Ventures LLC

Sandy Rios, Director of Governmental Affairs, American Family Association

David Horowitz, President, Freedom Center

Peter Thomas, Chairman, The Conservative Caucus

Rear Adm. Hugh P. Scott, MC, USN (Ret)

Rear Adm. Bill McDaniel, USN (Ret)

Rear Adm. John A. Moriarty, USN, (Ret)

Rear Adm. Robert B. McClinton, USN (Ret)

Rear Adm. Don G. Primeau, USN (Ret)

Brig. Gen. Michael Neil, USMCR (Ret)

Brig. Gen. Francis Hughes, USA (Ret)

Brig. Gen. John Zierdt, Jr., USA (Ret)

Brig. Gen. Michael T. Byrnes, USA (Ret)

Brig. Gen. William A. Bloomer, USMC (Ret)

Captain Kenneth Rauch, USN (Ret)

Captain Peter A. Hewett, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Ret)

Captain James Knight, USN (Ret)

Captain Roger W. Barnett, USN (Ret)

Captain Gregory Streeter, USN (Ret) USNA ’58

Col. G. Huntington Banister, USA (Ret), and former Acting Director, Selective Service System, 1994 

Col. S. Badiner, USMC (Ret)

Col. Gregory G. Raths, USMC (Ret)

Col. Joseph V. Potter, USAF (Ret) 

Col. Rob Maness, USAF (Ret), U.S. Senate Candidate 2014, R-Louisiana

Dan Bongino, 2012 Republican Nominee for US Senate, MD

Lt. Col. Ken Benway, USA (Ret)

Lt. Col. Dennis B. Haney, USAF (Ret)

CDR Randolph J. Horhutz, USNA ’61, SC, USN (Ret)

Everett Woolum, CMSGT, USAF (Ret)

Gregory J. Rose, USNA ’73

Thomas Corboy, USNA, ‘61

Anthony R. Papandrea, USNA ‘61

Raymond H. Clary, Jr., USNA ‘65

John W. Slagle, U.S. Navy Aviation veteran (Ret) Special Agent U.S.B.P. Anti-Smuggling Unit

Sarah Folger White, Former Presidential Commissioner

Dick and Patricia Schermerhorn, Appleton, WI

Lee Boyland, Author, former military officer, entrepreneur, nuclear engineer

Susan Creed Percy, Advocate for Military Families

Dave Hollenbeck, retired CA Highway Patrol 

Paul F. Wirtz, Military family, OH resident

John Lillywhite, U.S. Citizen

Gene Andrews, U. S. Citizen

Mrs. Nancy Olbert, Supervisor Criminal Advocates, Daytona, FL State Attorney Office

Dr. Frank Ingels, Military Defense Consultant, MSIC/TETRA Office

Robert M. Trent, Senior Special Agent, USINS and former Marine and Vietnam combat veteran

Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Christians for a Sustainable Economy; OH resident





A Warning To Boehner Regarding Amnesty





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Listening to John Boehner and Paul Ryan, the leaders of the Republican’s headlong dash to grant millions of illegal aliens amnesty, leads to the inescapable conclusion that either they are stupid, or they believe we are stupid.

They talk to us as if we are children. They  insist that the provisions of their “tough new laws” on immigration will insure that illegal aliens who want to become legal American citizens  must learn English, pay a fine, go to the end of the line (whatever “end of the line” means), and be barred from voting for ten years. They also promise that our borders will be shut down, and no new illegal aliens will be able to sneak under our fences. They know this will happen because they will extract a promise from Barack Obama, a proved serial liar, that this will happen.

In 2012, when the retention of illegal aliens in our country was only a “good thing” for Democrats and not the desperately important foundation for their plans to hold on to power, Barack Obama oversaw the deportation of just .2% of the estimated 11.7 million illegal aliens using up our vital resources.

Now that it has become clear that the Democrats are facing an Election Day bloodbath because of Obamacare, keeping these people here so they can become reliable Democrat voters is the only chance they have to continue ruling us. Curiously, neither Boehner nor Ryan seems to understand this reality.

Just 133,551 illegal aliens were arrested and deported once they had escaped the border areas where they snuck in to our country. Nevertheless, the closer one looks at this number, the faster it falls. More than 8 in 10 of Obama’s guests who were deported were kicked out because they were apprehended committing a crime. They were drunk drivers, robbers, rapists, drug users, and drug dealers.  In reality, only about 20,000 illegal aliens of the 11.7 million, parked here for future use by the Democrats, were deported for being here illegally.

The next time the House Republicans talk about exacting a promise from Obama to close the borders, keep these numbers in mind.





How Boehner Plans To Shove Amnesty Down America’s Throat





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We’ve heard a lot about Harry Reid’s “Nuclear Option” to kill any power Senate Republicans might have thought they had. Now we face the threat of John Boehner using the House version of the “Nuclear Option,” which he will likely sneak into law during a marathon Friday night/Saturday morning session as a last ditch weapon to keep the TEA party from gaining power and saving America from people like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCoC).

The USCoC is determined to help Barack Obama and his Democrats destroy America.  It has pledged to spend and spend some more to defeat TEA party candidates, and its mantra is: “No fools on our ticket.”  The “fools” here are TEA party movement patriots. The USCoC wants amnesty for illegals to fill their factories with low wage, illiterate, new Democrat voters, consequences be damned.

They want what is good for them and not what is good for America.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that our USCoC enemies are planning to spend $50 million to make sure no one who opposes amnesty for illegal aliens can possibly win an election next November.

Spooked by Barack Obama’s plunging approval numbers and the damage they are doing to their Party’s chances of retaking the House and holding the Senate, the quislings at the Chamber have already announced their spending commitment.

They know these numbers can cause a number of their allies in the Democrat Caucus to decide not to run for re-election. With this announcement, the Chamber is saying “Please hold on; we’ll give you all the support you need to hold off TEA party challengers because they are our common enemy.”

They know the TEA party movement is a very formidable opponent; and even with all their spending, all the RINOs media, and Soros money thrown in, they could still lose.

This is where John Boehner rides to the rescue to use his BIG weapon – amnesty to get the job done. If he does this early enough, the Democrats can illegally register tens of millions of new Democrat voters; and the curtain comes down on America.

Harry Reid’s “Nuclear Option” will look like a simple insult compared to Boehner’s Amnesty Nuclear Option.





DNC Sends Desperate Yearend Fundraising Plea





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Comparing the state of today’s Democrat party to that of just a few short years ago reveals a marked decline in both influence and credibility. After two years of controlling the Executive and Legislative branches of government after Barack Obama’s election, conservatives united in 2010 to rail against the left’s usurpation of American liberty.

As Obama’s disastrous second term limps along, voters have even less faith in Democrats – as evidenced in recent poll.

Signaling the party’s desperation, the Democrat National Convention recently distributed a letter begging contributors for more money as 2013 draws to a close.

The official notice begins with a portent of life under the influence of “Boehner’s Tea Party House.”

Apparently, the DNC missed the widening rift between genuine conservative activists and the establishment ideology of House Speaker John Boehner. Nevertheless, the fundraising ploy plays to the left’s irrational fear of traditional values.

Claiming the Tea Party “will do everything in their power to ensure that President Obama’s second term agenda is dead in the water,” the correspondence pivots to asking the recipient for a $3 donation.

Of course, the utter incompetence and corruption found within the Obama administration has all but guaranteed his agenda will ultimately fail; however, it is much easier to rally the faithful by fraudulently pinning the blame on conservatives.

The last-minute push for “grassroots support” claims that without added financial support, “our campaign to win a Democratic House next year is doomed from the start.”

Considering analysts are giving Democrats a one-percent chance of retaking the House, one wonders how any number of $3 donations will effect real change. The American people are reeling from leftist policies inflicted over the past several years; and it seems unlikely voters will forget the object of their ire before the upcoming midterm elections.

B. Christopher Agee

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Forget About A GOP Victory Next Year





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It is undeniably fun to watch the polls turn against Barack Obama and the Democrat Party. After so much frustration, we conservatives can take comfort in the suffering of those who voted the Democrats into power; but that really doesn’t help us in the long run. You can’t eat schadenfreude. We have our real life to deal with; and right now, our real life isn’t looking very good.

Those who followed last year’s election know the polls showed that good things were coming until the pollsters finally figured out they were talking to the wrong people. When Rasmussen effectively searched out those who had not been previously surveyed, Mitt Romney’s side collapsed.

It is becoming increasingly likely that the polls and surveys we are seeing today have a similar fundamental flaw; they are all vulnerable to collapse because of the agenda of John Boehner and the rest of the GOPe (including the Chamber of Commerce.)

The advantages held by Republicans today will be distant memories next November. Nevertheless, the vicious uncalled-for attacks on conservatives by John Boehner, Peter King, John McCain, and their like will not be forgotten. They will become rallying cries to fight against the Republican Party next year.

Those who are tempted to think that since conservatives have nowhere else to go, Republicans will win by default, ought to reconsider. Boehner’s insistence upon waving amnesty as a red flag in the face of conservatives will lead to the evaporation of the GOP’s base support overnight.

The Republicans are fooling themselves into believing that the mere word “Democrat” attached to an opponent will bring them easy victories, because it won’t do anything of the sort after amnesty. To the contrary, Republicans who vote for amnesty will carry a scarlet “A” on their foreheads; and being backed by “The Chamber of Commerce” will be a one way ticket to unemployment.

Republicans connected to amnesty will get no base support and no votes of “gracias” from newly-minted Democrats.

If the tone of this essay conveys the message that amnesty will bring about a big election night for Democrats and the beginning of the end for the Republican Party, I’ve made my case.