ap_chris_stephens_2_dm_120912_ssv[1]The names of the whistleblowers has been released.  Now the fun begins.  As of this date, the attorneys working for the witnesses still have not received the clearances to be able to talk to their clients.  We only have three more days to get this straightened out.

Let’s look at the players on this hearing.  Gregory N. Hicks was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attack.  He is a 22 year veteran of the State Department.  In the course of his career, he has received 6 Meritorious Service increases, 4 individual Superior Honor Awards, and 3 individual Meritorious Honor Awards.  He served 3 tours in Washington, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Investment Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agriculture Affairs, and as a trade policy negotiator.  Hicks has chaired awards committees and Review committees.

Mark Thompson is the Deputy Coordinator for the operations in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the state Department.  Thompson joined the State Department while serving as a U.S. Marine in 1996.  Two years later he became a Civil Service employee and got his current position in 2006.  Thompson advises senor leadership on counterterrorism situations.  He makes sure the U.S. can rapidly respond to global terrorism situations.  He is responsible for coordinating policy and operational proposals, plans for operational responses during international crisis, coordinates with foreign partners to develop plans for countering terrorism.  Thompson has led deployments in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.  He was involved in the East Africa U.S. Embassy bombing and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole.

Eric Nordstrom has testified before the committee last year.  He testified that he requested the security detail extend their tour in Libya.  This was rejected by the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Bureau.  He also made two separate requests for more security.  These were both rejected.  I was not able to find more information on Nordstrom.

These three people will testify at the hearing next Wednesday.  Supposedly there are others lining up to testify.  As of now, their legal councils have not been given the security clearance needed to advise their clients.  All three have indicated they have new information to share with the committee.  This is a very high powered group of people.

Again I ask, If the media doesn’t cover the hearing, did it really take place?


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