It has been more than a year since a terrorist attack killed four Americans at the US consulate in Benghazi and very little has changed. No one has been brought to justice and Barack Obama is lying about Benghazi. But now we learn that the Obama Administration asked survivors to sign a Benghazi nondisclosure agreement.
Fourteen months after the terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, the House Intelligence Committee is finally talking with the survivors. Since the attack which took place September 11, 2012, the House Intelligence Committee has attempted to interview the Benghazi survivors. However, the Obama administration has kept those survivors out of reach of Congress. This is the first time the survivors have been made available by the administration.
The five survivors, a combination of CIA personnel and government contractors, testified before the House Intelligence Committee in closed door session last week. Fox News has reported that all five of the survivors were asked to sign a Benghazi nondisclosure agreement after the Benghazi terrorist attack. While the three-page Benghazi nondisclosure agreement does not contain specific references to the 2012 attack which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, it does contain language that unauthorized disclosures could lead to “temporary loss of pay or termination” and “in some circumstances, constitute a criminal offense.”
Sources not authorized to speak on the record, given the sensitivity of the closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, said the five CIA personnel did not feel pressure to sign the Benghazi nondisclosure agreement. But they felt the request for a second non-disclosure agreement after the terrorist attack was odd and not standard practice because their original non-disclosure agreement’s were still in effect, and only some in the group were undergoing contract modifications that might require a new non-disclosure agreement.
The House Intelligence Committee is trying to determine who at the CIA or in the Obama administration, thought the Benghazi nondisclosure agreement was necessary and, if so, why. Or was the second non-disclosure agreement intended just to send a message that the CIA operation and response to the attack should not be discussed and why CIA personnel in Benghazi were apparently the only agency personnel who were asked to sign a second non-disclosure agreement.
The timing is also suspect to the House Intelligence Committee, who learned that the survivors were asked to sign the second, Benghazi nondisclosure agreement when the CIA team from Benghazi was together as a group for the first time at a memorial service for the two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were killed in a mortar attack defending the CIA annex. Fox News reported that the Benghazi survivors were taken to a room where folders were laid out on a tabletop with paperwork including the Benghazi nondisclosure agreement.
CIA spokesman Todd D. Ebitz made the following statement which does not address specific allegations: “CIA contractors routinely sign secrecy agreements, which are standard forms. No CIA officer has ever signed a secrecy agreement that referenced Benghazi or that prohibited them from talking to Congress. In fact, CIA secrecy agreements specifically note an officer’s right to bring issues to the attention of Congress. Furthermore, Director Brennan extended to all Benghazi survivors an invitation to speak to Congress and indicated the Agency would support their interaction. Several have spoken to CIA’s oversight committees.”
The lawyer representing three of the survivors who testified on the Hill declined to discuss the case, referring to the survivors only as members of an “elite security team.”