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Benghazi charges filed

It's hard to tell what is a top priority with this administration when they constantly say one thing and then do another.

The day after the attack in Benghazi, Barack Obama made a statement to the public where said, “We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”

On September 21, 2012, Hillary Clinton said, “What happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and we will not rest until we have tracked down and brought to justice the terrorists who murdered four Americans.”

Yet here we are, almost one year removed from the attack that killed four Americans and the administration has finally filed charges, though an arrest has yet to be made.

One of the suspects charged is a man by the name of Ahmed Khattala. If you will recall, six weeks after the attack in Benghazi (October 2012) Fox News was able to sit down for an extended interview with Khattala. He had not been contacted by American authorities and he was not concerned in the slightest that he would be caught. Then last week, CNN caught up with Khattala who had been identified by this point as a “person of interest” in the Benghazi attack. That interview last week set off a firestorm because many people – including members of Congress – began to ask: If the media can get ahold of these suspected terrorists, why can't the FBI? This is where the administration's “priorities” line becomes completely bogus. Yesterday a Justice Department official stated, "It has been, and remains, a top priority. We have no further comment at this time.” The fact is that our government could have made finding and prosecuting these terrorists a priority, but it hasn't. Only now, after the media has forced its hand, have charges at least been filed and the ball seems to be somewhat moving.

But there is more to this story than just these charges. There are also the theories swirling around that attempts to distract people from Benghazi are because there was more to hide than sheer incompetency. There's evidence that the administration was running a secret gun-running program to the Syrians via the CIA annex in Benghazi. This program was not approved by Congress, so it's no wonder why Congressional investigations (led by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, for example) into Benghazi would be stonewalled by those up the State Department food chain. Have we heard from any of the 30+ CIA agents who were on the ground in Benghazi at the time of the attack? No, and the government is going to great lengths to keep it that way.

Hillary Clinton, just months ago, shouted the question: What difference does it make? Remember that? And this administration, while simultaneously filing charges against these terrorists, continues to pedal this idea that Benghazi is a “phony scandal.” There's nothing phony about charges against suspected terrorists who killed four Americans and wounded many more. The difference it makes is that justice must be served, America must not look weak so as to embolden our enemies, and this administration must maintain transparency if it wants to stay credible in the eyes of the public.

To this day, as we learn more about Benghazi, as dozens of embassies remain closed around the world, and as Yemen claims it has foiled an al Qaeda terror plot, Obama and his administration continue to insist that al Qaeda is on the run. Yesterday Jay Carney insisted that there was “no question” about that. Yesterday there was also a fascinating press conference with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki where the press hounded her on this idea that al Qaeda is “on the run.” What are we supposed to make of all this? Either the administration knows this is false but is lying to the American people, or the administration truly believes that to be the case.

Oh and by the way, as if there wasn't enough scandal surrounding the Benghazi terror attack, take a look at how this issue is having a profound impact on the media, with journalists who are afraid to cover the news for fear of losing access.