By Rep Dana Rohrabacher
More than six months since Ambassador Christopher Stevens was assassinated by terrorists in Benghazi, the Obama administration is still trying to keep a lid on information about the attack.
Congress and the American people need to know what happened the night of Sept. 11, 2012. Who did the killing and what was their motive? Why wasn't help sent? And why did the administration lie about who was responsible?
Members of Congress have asked hundreds of questions at hearings conducted by several investigative committees, but many of the most significant have been left unanswered.
Information detailing what happened before, during and after the attack on the Benghazi consulate has been kept from the American people.
The identities of those Americans who were there, including those who were wounded, has been kept from congressional investigators who have a constitutional responsibility to oversee U.S. foreign policy in situations exactly like this. Besides the ambassador, three other Americans died in the terrorist assault.
President Barack Obama and his entourage appear to believe there is nothing wrong with presenting false information to the American people. At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared in an agitated tone that it didn't matter what had been said about the attack in the days after it took place.
For more than a week, high-level officials had deliberately misinformed the American people about the circumstance surrounding the deadly attack launched on the anniversary of 9/11.
Over and over, the American people and the world were told that the terrorist attack had only been a demonstration that had gotten out of control. Protesters had supposedly been enraged by an amateur video clip disparaging of Muhammad and then killed our ambassador. That story was a lie, and those who repeated it knew it was a lie.
In answer to Secretary Clinton's question of what difference did that false story make; importantly, the terrorists know the difference.
The steely-eyed, organized assassins know what they did and why. And they know they have gotten away with it.
They believe that we were (and still are) afraid to confront them. Our inaction emboldens them and others like them.
It is widely believed, for example, that some of those involved in the Benghazi attack were also involved in the attack on the gas plant in Algeria in January where 37 hostages were killed, including three Americans.
The false story of the Benghazi attack put out by the administration downplayed the magnitude of the radical Islamist threat that still faces our country. Americans will stand strong and do what they must with courage in the face of danger, if their leaders will be honest with them about the danger.