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Published May 06, 2013
On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide effectively tried to cut the department's own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making, according to a "whistle-blower" witness from that bureau who will soon testify to the charge before Congress, Fox News has learned.
That witness is Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for operations in the agency’s counterterrorism bureau. Sources tell Fox News Thompson will level the allegation against Clinton during testimony on Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Fox News has also learned that another official from the counterterrorism bureau -- independently of Thompson -- voiced the same complaint about Clinton and Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy to trusted national security colleagues back in October.
By: John Rosenthal
The Libyan militia group that the State Department hired to defend its embattled diplomatic mission in Benghazi had clear al-Qaida sympathies, and had prominently displayed the al-Qaida flag on a Facebook page for months before the deadly attack.
That organization, the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, was paid by the U.S. government to provide security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. But there is no indication the Martyrs Brigade fulfilled its commitment to defend the mission on Sept. 11, when it came under attack.
The assault claimed the lives of four Americans: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979.
Budget Holds the Line on Spending for Most Agencies, Provides Targeted Increases to Education, Health and Other Areas
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin, House Speaker T.W. Shannon, Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman and appropriations chairmen in the state Legislature today reached an agreement on a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014. The agreement outlines a fiscally conservative blueprint for state government, holding the line on spending for most agencies while providing targeted increases in resources for education, health, child welfare and infrastructure.
A spreadsheet outlining details of the $7.2 billion budget is attached. Examples of targeted increases include:
Governor Mary Fallin said, “Today’s budget deal holds the line on spending for most agencies, and continues to reinforce the idea that state government must operate more efficiently and effectively, not simply ask taxpayers to write a larger check. At the same time, it recognizes that there are a limited number of priority areas that require more resources to succeed. Chief among them are education and health services. These are quality of life issues as well as economic issues. For Oklahoma to continue its remarkable economic growth and create more jobs, we need a healthy, highly educated and highly skilled workforce. Our focus on improving education and health will continue to make the state a better place to live, locate a business and raise a family. My thanks go out to our legislators for working so hard with me to create this fiscally conservative roadmap for the state.“
House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, said, “This budget reflects conservative leadership’s commitment to core government services. We have produced a sensible budget without taking on debt, and we are investing in education to better prepare our children for tomorrow. This deal also takes the first steps toward the state becoming better stewards of the people’s infrastructure by dedicating funds to maintenance and repair of state buildings. This Legislature will continue to work to create conservative policies that are mindful of the taxpayers’ money and create opportunity and a more prosperous future for Oklahomans.”
Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said “This is a balanced budget with a focus toward fundamental priorities like teaching in the classroom, improving child welfare, and responsibly maintaining our infrastructure investments. I’m proud of our conservative approach to limit government growth while still meeting important obligations in education, health, and human services. We know funding historic education reforms is essential to our continued economic growth, and I’m proud of the progress we’re making to better care for our state’s most vulnerable children. Job creators are watching Oklahoma, and what they’re seeing is a state committed to an educated workforce, to healthier citizens, and to pro-growth policies backed by low taxes and spending restraint.”
View Official State Budget FY 2014 documents: