A PPSIMMONS informant has forwarded an email response received from Member of Congress Steven M. Palazzo. It is in response to the informant's email to the congressman wherein the informant writes: "I hope you stand with the families of the Benghazi victims by demanding accountability and actions taken to bring justice. We were lied to for weeks by the Obama administration following the Benghazi attack and NOTHING has been done. What will YOU do?"
Congressman Steven M. Palazzo is:
4TH DISTRICT, MISSISSIPPI
ASSISTANT REPUBLICAN WHIP
Congress of the United States, House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515
HOUSE ARMED SERVICES
SUBCOMMITTEE ON SEAPOWER AND
SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS
HOUSE SCIENCE, SPACE, AND
CHAIRMAN, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SPACE
SUBCOMMITTEE ON RESEARCH AND
Following is his response to our informant dated Feb 12/2014.
(Note: We have not verified this with the congressman's office.)
Thank you for taking the time to contact my office and share your thoughts regarding Libya. As your Congressman, I am committed to putting the needs of Mississippi families first and knowing your views and ideas on international affairs is critical in order to best represent you.
I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that took the lives of four U.S. citizens including our Ambassador to Libya, and my thoughts and prayers go out to their families.
The Obama Administration and State Department continue to send mixed messages about the terrorist attacks that took American lives in Libya. Not only has the Administration not brought justice to those who committed these terrible acts, but they are actively obscuring the facts and timeline of events during the consulate attack. In the immediate wake of the attacks on our consulate in Libya, the Administration placed significant blame on an anti-Islamic internet video for causing the uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa. Meanwhile, the State Department released contradictory statements about the attacks, on one day claiming that the attacks were not pre-planned and on another stating that the attacks were undertaken by al-Qaeda terrorists. Members of the President's Administration maintained that the Libyan consulate never asked for additional security, while documents clearly indicate that the State Department received and subsequently denied such requests.
The inconsistent information out of the White House and State Department further degrades my confidence in the ability of this Administration to appropriately handle the turbulent affairs in the Middle East. That's why I've co-sponsored H. Res. 36, which would create a permanent Select Committee on the Benghazi terrorist attack to ensure that the facts about this situation are brought to light.
I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to investigate the terror attack and to bring justice to those responsible. Although some nations may not embrace the same freedoms that we hold dear in the United States, it is critical that our public servants overseas be able to operate safely and with the full support of our American government.
I appreciate you contacting my office to express your sentiments and I want you to know that I share your views on this issue. If there is any assistance I can provide, or if you have additional thoughts and opinions, don't hesitate to contact me. As a reminder, please visit my website www.palazzo.house.gov and sign up for our E-newsletter for updates on issues in legislation.
Steven M. Palazzo
Member of Congress
331 Cannon House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5772
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