Tifton Gazette

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August 15, 2013

Scott speaks out on Benghazi and the Farm Bill

TIFTON —

Rep. Austin Scott was the guest speaker at the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon Thursday afternoon, and his speaking points included subjects that were apparently on the minds of many of his constituents: Benghazi, bills that have been passed or not passed recently and the federal budget.

"There's no other way to look at Benghazi than it was an assassination of a United States ambassador. This is one of the biggest points of contention I have with our president," Scott said. 

An American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya was attacked Sept. 11, 2012 by a heavily-armed group. The attack began at night in a compound where there was supposed to be protection for the diplomatic building. A second assault in the morning the next day targeted a nearby CIA annex in a different compound. 

Four people were killed in the attacks, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Ten others were injured. 

The debate over the events before, during and after the attacks were heavily discussed during the presidential election in 2012. Several Republican members of Congress have launched independent investigations, which are ongoing. On Aug. 6, it was reported the U.S. has filed criminal charges against several individuals, including militia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala for alleged involvement in the attacks.

"The ambassador was killed; he and others were killed with precision weapons. This was not something that came about because of a YouTube video. This was planned and those men who carried this out had the intelligence to know where our ambassador was, when he was there, and they knew exactly what they were doing," Scott said. 

Scott also referenced the fact that CNN News was able to find the men responsible and talk with them at a coffee shop in Libya.

"Our own law enforcement are not able to carry out their mission in trying to bring justice in this situation. I think it is an indication of weakness for this country, and I think it hurts our credibility," he added.

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