CBSNEWS by SHARYL ATTKISSON (MY TWO SENSE: It’s too bad that journalists/reporters did not speak out when others’ rights were being violated. That unwillingness to defend a document everyone turns to, when personally affected, is a huge part of why this nation is in the shape it is. Defense of another, who is persecuted to any degree by an out-of-control government, whether or not self is also persecuted, is the only weapon we have, and that, when wielded, binds us all together and secures us a free nation. Defense of another, in the name of Founding Principles, is a necessary mandate, and anything less is a compromise we can no longer afford. Once the infrastructure of this once free Republic were negotiated and compromised to any degree, liberty, in its entirety became the very chains and shackles in which we find ourselves today. What happened in Benghazi, September 11, 2012, is a clear reflection of how seditious our government has become; how selfishness and gain are now the measures of success. Liberalism is no longer an ideology that all mankind should be free but now is a collective of incendiary agitators ever ready to subvert by rabble-rousing with those who hate for a living and tear down institutions for the pleasure of seeing them fall. JM)
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CBS News/ June 20, 2013, 4:51 PM
First State Department Benghazi photos released
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After being sued under Freedom of Information (FOIA) law, the State Department released its first photos Thursday showing the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Benghazi.
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According to the watchdog group Judicial Watch, which filed the lawsuit against the government, the seven photos “seem to depict portions of the so-called ‘Special Mission Compound’ in Benghazi, including: what appears to be a burned and ransacked building; at least two burned vehicles; and Arabic graffiti with militant Islamist slogans.”
On their face, the photos seem to provide no great revelations. Nonetheless, the images are the first ones provided by the State Department under FOIA and only after Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit. It’s unclear why the State Department previously withheld the images from public disclosure.
Last year, CBS News filed a FOIA request for the images and other images, video and documents related to the Benghazi terrorist attacks, but the State Department still has not responded to that request.
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