The notorious cover-up is getting worse as four officials allegedly responsible for security failures at the U.S. compound in Libya are still found on State Department payroll after "resignations."
As many Americans are still sighing in hopes that lies covering over the Benghazi scandal have concluded, more news of deceit continues to surface.
"The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll -- and will all be back to work soon," The New York Post reported after receiving information from an inside source.
The report asserts that the "resignation" officials announced of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, the highest-ranking official taking the blame for the Benghazi scandal, never took place -- only a switching of his desks.
And what of the other three? It is reported that they are expected to be back in the office soon and are merely on administrative leave.
Right after what many have called the Obama administration's attempt to dish away much of the blame regarding the Benghazi debacle, the scapegoats have been found to be not really scapegoats at all.
"The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of 'grossly inadequate' security," The Post stated.
Now, a new scandal within the scandal has become unearthed, with this one being uncovered just a week after the four "resignations."
"[State Department leaders] didn't come clean about Benghazi and now they're not coming clean about these staff changes," a source close to the situation told The Post. He rightly anticipated that the "public would be outraged over this."
9-11 only the beginning
On September 11, 2012, four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed at a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, which the Obama administration blew over as a spontaneous attack in retaliation to an anti-Islam YouTube video created and posted by individuals in the U.S. Using its "victory" on the "war on terror" as a key component in the November presidential election, the administration repeatedly denied that the attack was a planned terrorist attack.
After the administrations' public and international apology for the video's offensive message against Islam, which it claimed was the key motivation behind the massacre, an Accountability Review Board, led by retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering, rejected the White House's account of what led up to the attack.
When the State Department was asked about the alleged fake resignations, The Poststated it "would only reissue the carefully crafted statement put out last week." That public notice included spokeswoman Victoria Nulans' proclamation that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton "has accepted Eric Boswell's decision to resign as assistant secretary for diplomatic security, effective immediately."
What was omitted in this "official statement?" There was no indication that Boswell merely forfeited his presidential appointment as assistant secretary -- not his other portfolios.
Pickering notes that the three lesser officials taking the blame (Deputy Assistant Secretaries Raymond Maxwell and Charlene Lamb, as well as another unidentified official) will not face disciplinary action because they were declared to have displayed only "performance inadequacies," as opposed to "willful misconduct."
Fed up with the lies
The latest episode in the Benghazi scandal has many government officials up in arms.
"[This is] yet another ruse about the tragedy of Benghazi," remarked House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) to The Post. "State Department officials proclaimed ... that heads would roll .... Now we see that the discipline is a lie and all that has happened is the shuffling of the deck chairs."
Hoping that this latest report isn't true, American Center for Law & Justice senior counsel David French concurs that this latest cover-up adds insult to injury.
"If this is true, then we would have to add yet another failure to the Benghazi scandal," French asserts. "The administration failed to adequately protect its diplomatic compound in spite of repeated warnings (and even attacks), it failed to adequately respond the night the compound was overrun, and it failed to tell the truth for weeks following the attack. Is it now failing to hold anyone effectively accountable for the disaster of September 11, 2012?"
The Christian attorney says he has seen more than enough of misleading communications from an administration that pledged two elections ago to operate under a policy of "transparency."
"Resigning in the face of obvious failure is an honorable act by those who aspire to true 'public service,'" French points out. "That we've had to wait this long -- and for faux resignations, perhaps -- is a sad comment on the character of our bureaucracy."
But the senior counsel also notes that, unfortunately, this kind of smoke and mirrors isn't unique to the Obama administration.
"And, yes, I know this is a bipartisan pattern dating back to the previous administration (and before)," French concludes. "When honor demands a certain action, we are becoming increasingly accustomed to public servants who do the opposite."