#Benghazi Investigation: Put Pressure On These @WhiteHouse, #Congress & #Media Folks! #JusticeForBenghazi4
Benghazi investigation … what Benghazi investigation, you ask? Therein lies the problem. It seems we had the hearings, and now that the horse and pony show is over Congress has moved on to the next ratings ploy. We have to work to keep Benghazi in the forefront, and you can do that with social media.
The non-profit citizen journalist organization WatchdogWire.com has compiled a list of all of the Twitter handles for the “players” in the Benghazi situation from politicians to journalists. As you remember Benghazi and the tragedies from September 11, 2012 and 2001, take a moment to ask the journalists what they’re doing to get answers, and the politicians what they’re doing to hold the government accountable. And, you just may want to tell President Obama exactly what difference it makes.
H/t to Watchdog Wire for compiling this detailed list, and we have added some commentary throughout. When you tweet, try to include hashtags such as #Benghazi, #JusticeForBenghazi4 and #BenghaziWatch. #JusticeForBenghazi4 is used in tweetfests routinely, and two of the members of that team will be joining me on my radio show Wednesday evening as we honor our fallen heroes from the Benghazi attacks. The #BenghaziWatch hashtag is tracked by Watchdog Wire.
Our Twitter-friendly story title gives you an example of how you can weave in the Twitter handles (such as @WhiteHouse) and hashtags (such as #JusticeForBenghazi4).
The White House
What difference does it make? Quite a big difference, actually. Had the White House done something on September 11, 2012 rather than President Obama’s going to bed, we may not have four dead Americans. Keep that in mind as you communicate with these folks. But, be respectful. When you swear or get overly heated, you undermine the cause.
Who are they: President Obama
Why you care: President of the United States during Benghazi attack.
How to contact:: @BarackObama @whitehouse, Email: //www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
Who are they: Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Why you care: Secretary of State at time of Benghazi attack. She assumed some responsibility for attack, and testified before Congress in January
How to contact: @HillaryClinton, Email: //hillaryclintonoffice.com/
Who are they: Secretary of State John Kerry
Why you care: Returned all “disciplined” employees back to work. Took fired officer off administrative leave.
How to contact: @StateDept, @JohnKerry
Who they are: Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel
How to contact: @DeptofDefense
Who are they: National Security Advisor Susan Rice
Why you care: Rice appeared on 5 Sunday talk shows in the aftermath of the attack, reading inaccurate talking points devoid of references to al-Qaeda or terrorism and blaming the “Innocence of Muslims” film. She testified before Congress in a closed session in November.
How to contact: @AmbassadorRice, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who they are: James Comey, Incoming FBI Director
Why you care: Comey is conducting an ongoing investigation of the Benghazi incident. He helped scrub terrorism references from Rice’s talking points.
How to contact: @FBIPressOffice
Who they are: Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary
How to contact: @PressSecretary
Who they are: Eric Holder, Attorney General
Why you care: Holder filed first charges related to attack this month.
How to contact: @TheJusticeDept, Email: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov
Who they are: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (James Clapper)
Why you care: “Mistakenly” cut out terrorism references from Rice talking points following the attack in Benghazi.
How to contact: @ODNIgov, Phone #: 703 733 8600
Who they are: Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Why you care: Dempsey testified before Congress in February. He only spoke to Obama once on 9/11/12, but has defended lack of military support for consulate.
How to contact: @Martin_Dempsey, Address: 9999 Joint Staff Pentagon, Washington, DC 20318
Who are they: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Why you care: These three Senators have taken the lead on the Benghazi investigation and have been the most vocal. Together, they formed a temporary committee to investigate the attack.
How to contact:
@SenJohnMcCain, (202) 228 2862
@GrahamBlog, @LindseyGrahamSC, (202) 224 5972
@KellyAyotte, @AyotteNH, (202) 224 4952
Keep in mind that Sen. Graham has a primary next year, and what may be a tough race ahead. And, regardless of what you think about Sen. McCain, he did just say that President Obama’s putting “boots on the ground” in Syria would be an “impeachable offense.”
Other Hill Contacts
Who are they : Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
Why you care: Issa is the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He recently subpoenaed State Department docs, held hearings in May.
How to contact: @darrellissa, @CongressmanIssa, @GOPOversight, (202) 225 3906
Why haven’t we heard from Rep. Issa in awhile? It certainly feels like he held his hearings, had his show and moved on. Keep up the pressure.
Who are they: Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
Why you care: Cummings is a ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee.
How to contact: @OversightDems, @ElijahCummings, (202) 225 4741
Who are they: Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA)
Why you care: McKeon is Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
How to contact: @BuckMcKeon, (202) 225 1956
Who are they: Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)
Why you care: Smith is a ranking Democrat on Armed Services. He called the Benghazi investigation a “witch hunt.”
How to contact: @Rep_Adam_Smith, @HASCDemocrats, (202) 225 8901
Who are they: Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
Why you care: Roby is Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. She heard classified testimony last month from Col. George Bristol on the attack.
How to contact: @RepMarthaRoby, @TeamRoby, (202) 225 2901
Who are they: Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
Why you care: Royce is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He held hearings in January and July to examine State Department accountability.
How to contact: @RepEdRoyce, (202) 225 4111
Who are they: Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Why you care: Engel is ranking Democrat on Foreign Affairs. He has vociferously defended Clinton’s actions.
How to contact: @RepEliotEngel, (202) 225 2464
Who are they: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)
Why you care: Rogers is Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He is conducting an ongoing investigation and has held 8 hearings on Benghazi.
How to contact: @RepMikeRogers, (202) 225 4872
Who are they: Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Why you care: Ruppersberger is ranking Democrat on Intelligence. He defended Petraeus’ role, and later become one of first Dems to admit that Rice’s talking points were wrong.
How to contact: @Call_Me_Dutch, (202) 225 3061
Who are they: Rep. Pete King (R-NY)
Why you care: King is Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He has been one of the most vocal critics of the administration on Benghazi.
How to contact: @RepPeteKing, (202) 225 7896
Rep. King has also stated his intentions to run for president in 2016.
Who they are: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Why you care: These four sent a letter, along with the 3 Senators and Issa, to FBI Director Comey last month.
When you communicate with these four Congressmen, be sure to thank them. They are doing the heavy lifting, sometimes against their own party’s leadership.
How to contact:
@TGowdySC, (202) 225 6030
@Jim_Jordan, (202) 225 2676
@jasoninthehouse, (202) 225 7751
@SenRonJohnson, @Ron4Senate, (202) 224 5323
Who they are: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
Why you care: Levin is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He held hearings on Benghazi in February.
How to contact: @SenCarlLevin, (202) 224 6221
Who they are: Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Why you care: Inhofe is ranking Republican on Armed Services. He has suggested Obama could be impeached over cover-up.
How to contact: @InhofePress, @jiminhofe, (202) 224 4721
Who they are: Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Why you care: As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Menendez held a hearing on Benghazi in January and heard Hillary Clinton’s testimony.
How to contact: @SenatorMenendez, @Menendez4NJ, (202) 224 4744
Who are they: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Why you care: Corker is ranking Republican on Foreign Relations. He has been one of the most aggressive Republicans in criticizing the administration’s response to Benghazi.
How to contact: @SenBobCorker, (202) 224 3344
Who are they: Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)
Why you care: Carper is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. His committee published a report in December faulting the State Department for failing to respond to security threats.
How to contact: @SenatorCarper, (202) 224 2441
Who are they: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Why you care: Ranking Republican on Homeland Security, Coburn accused the State Department of “glaring omissions” in the Benghazi documents it turned over.
How to contact: @TomCoburn, (202) 224 5754
Who are they: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Why you care: Feinstein is Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The White House has given her committee its emails relating to Benghazi.
How to contact: @SenFeinstein, (202) 224 3841
Who are they: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Why you care: Ranking Republican on Intelligence, Saxby wants the White House’s emails on Benghazi to be declassified and made public.
How to contact: @SaxbyChambliss, (202) 224 3521
Who are they: Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
Why you care: Burr is the second-ranking Republican on Intelligence. He accused the CIA of refusing to give his committee intel on Benghazi.
How to contact: @SenatorBurr, (202) 224 3154
Who are they: The Quilliam Foundation
Why you care: The Quilliam Foundation is a counter-extremism group based in UK. They were the first to debunk the story that the Benghazi attack was related to “Innocence of Muslims” film and prove link to al-Qaeda.
How to contact: @QuilliamF, email@example.com
Who they are: SITE Intelligence Group
Why you care: SITE (Search for International Terrorist Entities) is the terrorism research group that reported 4 days after the attack that it was in retaliation for the killing of al-Qaeda #2 al-Libi.
How to contact: @siteintelgroup, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 841 7740
Who they are: Foreign Policy Magazine
Why you care: In November, Foreign Policy Magazine published documents from just before the attack in which consulate personnel expressed security concerns.
How to contact: @ForeignPolicy, FB@ForeignPolicy.com. (202) 728 7300
Who they are: Paula Broadwell
Why you care: Petraeus’ biographer and mistress, Broadwell revealed that the consulate’sCIA annex was used to imprison Libyan militia members.
How to contact: @paulabroadwell
Who they are: Margaret Brennan
Why you care: A CBS State Department correspondent, Brennan broke the news that DNI, CIA, and FBI had scrubbed “al-Qaeda” and “terrorism” references from Susan Rice’s talking points
How to contact: @margbrennan
Who they are: Sharyl Attkisson
Why you care: A CBS investigative reporter, Attkisson has been one of the leading journalists covering the Benghazi investigations. Her computer was mysteriously hacked.
How to contact: @SharylAttkisson
Who they are: Stephen Hayes
Why you care: The Weekly Standard reporter, has broken several Benghazi stories including details on how much scrubbing of talking points the CIA did.
How to contact: @stephenfhayes
Who they are: Ed Henry
Why you care: As Fox News Senior White House correspondent, Henry has pressed Obama and Carney on Benghazi
How to contact: @edhenryTV
Who they are: Julie Pace
Why you care: AP White House Correspondent
How to contact: @jpaceDC
Who they are: Jon Karl
Why you care: Karl is ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent. He reported this spring on White House’s changing and scrubbing of Benghazi talking points
How to contact: @jonkarl
Who they are: Jake Tapper
Why you care: CNN anchor and Washington Correspondent, Tapper broke the story earlier this month that dozens of CIA agents were on the ground during the attack.
How to contact: @jaketapper
Who they are: Arwa Damon
Why you care: As CNN Senior International Correspondent, Damon interviewed a Benghazi suspect whom federal investigators have not spoken to about his role in the attack.
How to contact: @arwaCNN
Who they are: Drew Griffin
Why you care: A CNN Investigative Reporter, Griffin was the lead reporter for CNN on Benghazi. His access to the White House has been restricted since he started working on the story.
How to contact: @DrewGriffinCNN
Who they are: Michael Birnbaum
Why you care: Washington Post Berlin correspondent. Birnbaum reported on scattered FBI documents found at attack site.
How to contact: @michaelbirnbaum
Who they are: Andrea Mitchell
Why you care: Mitchell is NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent and lead reporter for NBC on Benghazi. She has accused Republicans of politicizing the investigation.
How to contact: @mitchellreports
Who they are: David D. Kirkpatrick
Why you care: Kirkpatrick is New York Times Cairo’s bureau chief. He has investigated on the ground in Libya and was the first to identify Ansar al-Shariah as the local al-Qaeda group that organized attack.
How to contact: @ddknyt
While he wasn’t on Watchdog Wire‘s list, I’m also going to add one…
Who they are: Michael Kelley
Why you care: Kelley is a reporter for Business Insider and has had some terrific reporting on Benghazi.
How to contact: @MichaelKelleyBI
Kelley will also appear on my show Wednesday evening.
Thanks again to Watchdog Wire, a non-profit citizen journalist organization, for putting this list together.