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As we near the one-year anniversary of the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith my appeal to the Judge Advocate General at the Department of the Navy requesting an expedited Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) processing has been denied. Why? Because as G.E. Lattin, the Director of the General Litigation Division, determined, I didn’t make a strong case when I stated, “standard processing of [my] FOIA request “denies justice and confidence of Americans and those serving in harm’s way in their Government.” I also wasn’t specific enough when I asserted that if “the truth of Benghazi comes to light immediately then perhaps lives may be saved.”

Because I cannot appeal this decision, may I state the obvious and direct your attention to the rotten fruits of the Benghazi cover-up that continue to consume casualties, which is why all Benghazi FOIA’s should be expedited.

For starters, look at the plight of the people in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East who are paying the price for the Obama administration’s CIA covert gunrunning operation in Benghazi to Syria to arm “rebels” which has brought us to the brink of war with Syria today.

This is not a not a secret. Several media outlets reported it, including the Wall Street Journal back in November 2012: “The U.S. effort in Benghazi was at its heart a CIA operation,”and the State Department presence in Benghazi “provided diplomatic cover” to conceal weapon transfers from Libya to Syria. Moreover, FOX News Jennifer Griffin reported EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say, at that time. May we stop pretending that lives are not at stake? What happened in Benghazi didn’t just take the lives of four Americans.

Soon, it won’t only be the lives of the Syrian people at stake, but the US military and any coalition partners who join President Obama to finish his long desired mission which he’s been talking about for over two years to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, like he did in Egypt with President Hosni Mubarak and Col. Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, empowering radical Sunni groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda. The next stop is Shiite Iran. As Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, points out, US government officials have always known that al Qaeda has been pursuing all kinds of weapons – including chemical weapons. Countless lives are at stake.

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