Will hearings answer unanswered questions on Libya?
Congress opens Benghazi probes
- Duration 4:01
- Date Nov 15, 2012
Congress opens Benghazi probes
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For us to find out exactly what happened in the Gaza and I'm happy to cooperate in -- -- is -- congress wants.
We have provided every bit of information that we have and we will continue to provide information about -- Democrats don't want to investigation this nature look they've got so much to hide that it's happening.
That there -- so many things went wrong initially this -- Pete has a lot of issues that are still gonna drop.
But obviously they're not gonna want it.
-- just a few hours from now three different congressional committee is.
We'll start their hearings on the Libya terror attack that killed four Americans.
Including US ambassador -- events while hoping to get the answers to these questions to figure out what really.
Yeah Tony Shaffer joins us this morning he's -- CEO of the center for advanced defense studies and he's been consulting with members of congress this week.
To help them prepare for today's hearings good morning thanks for joining us on and let's talk about this the president in his press conference yesterday said that he gave an order.
To all of -- national security team to do what ever they could to try to protect those in Ben Ghazi.
Will that information come out because presumably there would be a paper trail if the president is -- when he sat.
Oh absolutely Heather there's no doubt you have to have written authorization especially as some like this where you're talking about essentially.
By that country entry into their airspace so I think it's critical that that that be released being -- tonight will all be relieved -- the -- -- do you think.
Why it is thing is though whether we all know what's happened now so -- can't be any classified reason to not release -- that's what.
The point is is that there has to be specific order authorized the president what -- of what the president saying is true.
It should be easily demonstrate -- -- turning over the alert order or the authorization order to do this and I think that's what congress is asking for.
Frankly that's what I've asked congress to that they they should ask for in the in the discussions I've had over there and it's something easily return over you know that it's it's a piece of paper.
-- authorization document which would but it would have been signed a -- what is is actually called an authorization document.
A look it it's it it's that basically an operations order which authorizes certain things to happen is important and saying gone from the president to.
To probably Leon Panetta to to secretary defense and then he would have been given the excuse ordered to do it out to all the the field commanders again we are run by civilians.
All orders have to come -- the civilian chain to the military chain and that's how would have gotten -- White House to the secretary defense out from there are gonna get that's why would be alert orders -- So in your opinion that is the key documents request today in some of these hearings I wanna ask about best yet because later today the acting director of the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence -- both.
Be testifying on capitol -- to what degree do you think.
That they will basically come clean and admit that this was a pre planned terror attack and that runs contrary to what they had previously sat.
Right what to part -- -- that first opened and closed hearings we will probably won't hear ought to be tell us which is a shame -- I've encouraged.
Folks I've talked to on the hill.
To call for open hearings most of the less operational veto such as sources and methods should not should be in in the public domain that sources -- -- I can fully understanding protected.
But we're talking here about a lot of folks frankly from like I was briefed on the the folks testifying today a lot of these folks -- to decision makers they were what I would call.
Not quite back ventures but folks who were given guidance to execute things so you got to get people who were actually making decisions.
In front of congress and I don't see it happening today.
-- Petraeus I think -- much more critical tomorrow than the folks to testifying today do you think he will continue telling the administration's line on us.
Oh my -- Petraeus tomorrow.
Look I've heard all sorts of things going on I don't know we -- it is his obligation as a general officer to tell the truth I hope he does.
Now but now you know with everything that's gone on a lot of people are suspicious of what he is going to say how much credibility -- you see happen now Tony we're gonna have to leave it there thank you so much.
And humor seven and thank you what it is now.