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Congressman investigating Benghazi attack claims he’s ‘being blocked’ from seeing hero still in hospital after nearly having leg blown off in terror outrage

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By  David Martosko In Washington

PUBLISHED: 15:54 EST, 26  July 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:26 EST, 26 July 2013

David Ubben, a State Department diplomatic  security agent who was gravely injured in the terror attack on the U.S.  Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is in the Walter Reed medical center near  Washington, D.C., recuperating from injuries that almost cost him his right leg,  but until Friday was kept out of reach of reporters.

Fox News established contact with Ubben at  Walter Reed, showing only his blurred-out face in a still photograph during a  television broadcast.

But members of Congress say they are still  meeting resistance from the State Department, which is reportedly stonewalling  them and denying them access to Ubben, who is still on the federal payroll and  can’t speak about his Benghazi experience without clearance from  State.

Four Americans died in Benghazi on Sept .11,  2012, including Ambassador Chris Stevens and former Navy SEALs Ty Woods and Glen  Doherty. Mortar rounds launched at the roof of the CIA Annex to the U.S.  Consulate, where Ubben, Woods and Doherty were stationed, killed the two SEALs  and tore Ubben’s leg to ribbons.

In October Reuters spoke with Ubben’s father,  a 24-year Air Force veteran who was a master sergeant when he retired  in 1995. Like his son, Rex Smith was posted at U.S. embassies across the  globe.

 

Fox showed a blurred-out photo of David Ubben, a Benghazi survivor who rushed into the scene of the firefight to retrieve the body of a fallen comrade 

Fox showed a blurred-out photo of David Ubben, a  Benghazi survivor who rushed into the scene of the firefight to retrieve the  body of a fallen comrade

 

U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) asks questions during White House Deputy Communications Director Jen Psaki is interviewed in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz (L) says he has been denied  access to Benghazi hero David Ubben, but State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki  (R) insists that her agency isn’t standing in anyone’s way

 

David Ubben didn’t speak to Fox on the  record, but Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz explained that his requests to  the State Department have fallen on deaf ears.

‘While initially they said they would be  helpful,’ Chaffetz told  Fox, ‘pretty quickly they turned that  off. And I had a meeting scheduled to go visit this young man and then I was  denied.’

 

In his interview with  Reuters nine months ago, Ubben’s  father complained that the Obama administration might be risking other American  lives.

‘I do find it troubling that they have not  owned up to their shortcomings,’ he said. ‘In government, in the military, and  in business, if something goes wrong, you admit it, correct it, and move  on.’

‘Mistakes and lack of foresight do happen,’  he added, but ‘to attempt to delay or cover information up, upcoming election or  no, might put other people’s lives at risk and fools no one.’

Between the September attack and the November  presidential election eight weeks later, the Obama administration referred to  the terror attack as a spontaneous protest that turned ugly. In the latter  stages of the campaign, President Obama conceded that it was a terror attack,  and then insisted that he had characterized it that way from the  beginning.

The burned-out remains of the Benghazi consulate was the site of an FBI investigation, but the agency didn't arrive on the scene for three weeks, citing security concerns 

The burned-out remains of the Benghazi consulate was the  site of an FBI investigation, but the agency didn’t arrive on the scene for  three weeks, citing security concerns

 

A Libyan man told the Associated Press explains that bloodstains on the exterior of the consulate building were from one the American staffers who grabbed the edge of the column while he was evacuated 

A Libyan man told the Associated Press explains that  bloodstains on the exterior of the consulate building were from one the American  staffers who grabbed the edge of the column while he was evacuated

According to the Fox News broadcast, Ubben (represented at C) shared rooftop duty with Glen Doherty (L) and Ty Woods (R), both of whom were killed in the mortar attack that shredded Ubben's right leg 

According to the Fox News broadcast, Ubben (represented  at C) shared rooftop duty with Glen Doherty (L) and Ty Woods (R), both of whom  were killed in the mortar attack that shredded Ubben’s right leg

According to Fox News  correspondent Catherine Herridge,  Ubben raced into the Benghazi diplomatic compound to retrieve the body of  Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, ‘going back into the smoke and flames at the  Benghazi consulate multiple times until he found Smith, whom he believed to be  already dead from smoke inhalation.’

‘Thank you very much for what you’ve done,’  Smith’s mother said she would like to tell Ubben, after hearing details of how  her son perished. ‘Why couldn’t the government have done the same  thing?’

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed in the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by militants with Ansar al-Sharia, a group with ties to al-Qaeda 

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed in the  Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of  Benghazi by militants including some linked to Ansar al-Sharia, a group with  ties to al-Qaeda

Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told Fox  that he has established a friendship with David Ubben, a fact that tends to  support the State Department’s contention that it hasn’t stood in the way of  Benghazi survivors speaking up.

‘We don’t prevent anyone from telling their  story,’ spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during a July 24 briefing. ‘We’ve helped and  facilitated countless hearings, interviews and discussions with members of  Congress.’

Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia is  engaged in a three-week media  blitz to draw attention to what he  says are nondisclosure agreements Benghazi survivors were reportedly forced to  sign, precluding them from talking to anyone about what they saw.

‘If these reports are accurate, it would  raise serious questions about additional restrictions the State Department has  placed on those with knowledge of the Benghazi attacks,’ Wolf wrote in a July 18  letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.

‘I also worry about the impact of any  [nondisclosure agreements] on congressional efforts to understand fully what  happened that night and why the agency responded as it did.’

President Obama said in response to a  question during an April 30 press conference that he was ‘not familiar with this  notion that anybody’s been blocked from testifying,’ about Benghazi. ‘What I’ll  do is find out what exactly you’re referring to.’

The president hasn’t addressed the issue  directly since making those comments.

Marine Colonel George Bristol, who  was in  command of Special Forces in Northern Africa on the day  terrorists staged a  military-style attack on the Benghazi diplomatic  outpost, is another witness  who has so far eluded Congress.

After South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey  Graham applied pressure, and  MailOnline told the Department of Defense that it  had found Bristol’s  home in Northern Virginia, the Pentagon relented and said it would provide members of Congress  with access to the soon-to-be-retired officer.

Hillary Clinton asked a Senate Foreign Relations Committee panel, 'What difference, at this point, does it make?' whether the Benghazi catastrophe was a terror attack or the result of an impromptu protest 

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton famously asked a  Senate Foreign Relations Committee panel on January 23, ‘What difference, at  this point, does it make?’ whether the Benghazi catastrophe was a terror attack  or the result of an impromptu protest

Fox News correspondent Catherine HerridgeRepresentative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) questions U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on

 

Fox News correspondent Catherine Herridge (L) spoke to  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R),a hard-charging Republican  who said he has built a  friendship with David Ubben. That would seem to undercut claims that the Obama  administration is blocking Benghazi survivors from talking to  Congress

Ty Woods' mother suggested that Ubben's disclosures about how her son died represented more information than the U.S. government has provided to her 

Ty Woods’ mother suggested that Ubben’s disclosures  about how her son died represented more information than the U.S. government has  provided to her

 

 

Gohmert said that while Ubben is a  soldier  doing his job, he and other members of Congress will continue to seek  information about what happened in Benghazi.

‘David won’t demand answers. He’s  just a  patriot,’ Gohmert told Fox. ‘He will do whatever his country  charges him to do.  But America needs answers.’

MailOnline has confirmed that the House  Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs is planning more Benghazi hearings  after the congressional August recess.

Chaffetz told Fox that ‘we need to hear from’  servicemen and women like Ubben.

‘America needs to thank these people for the  horrific things they went through,’ he said. ‘I think if we heard from the  survivors including Ubben — as they walked into that room — there’s wouldn’t  be a dry eye in the place because this is what America is all about. These are  our heroes.’

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