Mark Baisley

We can now confidently deduce that Barack Obama’s White House, in coordination with Hillary Clinton’s State Department, created and continues to engage in a cover-up surrounding the 2012 attack in Benghazi. The mere fact that the Speaker of the House has appointed a select committee to investigate the Administration’s handling of the incident conveys that truth is being deliberately withheld.

Writing for American University Washington College of Law, Joshua Kuyers explains that “Section 413(b) of Title 50 of the U.S. Code requires the President to keep the congressional intelligence committees ‘fully and currently informed’ of all ongoing covert actions. It also requires the President to report his presidential finding to the intelligence committees ‘as soon as possible after such approval and before the initiation of the covert action.’ However, in ‘extraordinary circumstances affecting vital interests of the United States,’ this prior notification requirement can be limited to the so-called ‘Gang of Eight.’ Although in these extreme cases the prior notification requirement is limited, it is important to note that, at least under the statutory authority, the President simply cannot refuse to notify Congress.”

That Gang of Eight set forth by Title 50 is made up of the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties from both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as the chairs and ranking minority members of both the Senate Committee and the House Committee for Intelligence. Of course, included in this membership since January of 2011 is Speaker of the House John Boehner.

When I wrote Benghazi For Dummies exactly one year ago, one matter remained unsettled for me – the possibility that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton may have been masking the details of a terrible tragedy toward the greater good of preserving an honorable, secret mission. Cover stories are fine in many instances of covert operations, like when the guy in the aisle seat next to you claims that he is traveling on business to hide the reality that he is an undercover air marshal.

Mark Baisley

Mark Baisley is a security and intelligence professional