Friday, December 7, 2012

Mark Warner on Libya Murder Investigation

Gentle Readers, I confess: Although this web site has an official policy of not covering the Libya murder investigation, I did sign a petition calling for a detailed one. Here's the reply Senator Mark ("Not John") Warner sent:

"Dear Ms. King,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your concern related to the recent attacks on overseas US diplomatic facilities.

I have always been impressed and grateful for the efforts of our military, diplomatic and other government personnel stationed overseas. I feel fortunate to have traveled to many of America's embassies abroad, and witnessed firsthand their sacrifices in dangerous parts of the world and their commitment and professionalism in representing the interests of America overseas.

On September 12, 2012, I co-sponsored a resolution (S. RES. 551) commending the four American public servants who perished in Benghazi, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Foreign Service Officer and Air Force Veteran Sean Smith. The resolution commends their tireless efforts on behalf of the American people and condemns the violent attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The resolution was unanimously passed by the Senate that same day. My thoughts and prayers remain with the families that lost loved ones in the outrageous attack in Benghazi.

The State Department has instituted a non-partisan Accountability Review Board, as mandated by law, to conduct a complete and thorough inquiry into the attack. This Board is led by respected foreign policy and military figures including former Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen. I know both of these esteemed public servants well, and have full confidence in their professionalism and impartiality.

I will also continue to closely monitor the situation in the Middle East, and the circumstances surrounding the attack in Benghazi as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The Committee has commenced a series of hearings into the circumstances—including the intelligence and security situation—surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, and in other Arab Spring countries.

Again, thank you for contacting me. For further information or to sign up for my newsletter please visit my website at http://warner.senate.gov .

Sincerely,
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator"

On behalf of the hundreds of other people who composed, circulated, and signed the petition, whose thoughts are also clearly reflected in the Senator's reply, this web site thanks Senator Warner for his prompt and courteous response. Our prayers and good wishes will be with him and all those investigating this terrible story. We empathize with the pain they will feel, and wish them the fortitude it will take to persist in uncovering the truth.