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June 17

OPSEC STATEMENT ON REPORTED CAPTURE OF BENGHAZI ATTACK LEADER

Scott Taylor, president of OPSEC and a former Navy SEAL issued the following statement about media reports that a U.S. military team had apprehended one of the leaders of the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi

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July 16

WOLF TAKES TO HOUSE FLOOR IN FIRST OF SERIES OF SPEECHES ON BENGHAZI

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today issued the first in a series of statements to be issued before Congress breaks for its August recess in hopes of finding out what happened in Benghazi last September when the U.S. consulate and a CIA annex were attacked, resulting in the death of four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador.

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May 23

AS MEMORIAL DAY APPROACHES EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE TRYING TO FORGET BENGHAZI -- BUT SERIOUS QUESTIONS STILL NEED ANSWERS

With the approach of Memorial Day, the time our nation sets aside each year to honor those who have served us in harm’s way, OPSEC president Scott Taylor issued the following statement about the status of the Benghazi investigation and the continued need for a select committee to get answers to the main remaining questions about the attack and U.S. response.

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May 7

SOMEONE'S NOT TELLING THE TRUTH ON BENGHAZI

News reports about testimony expected tomorrow from Greg Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya during the 2012 attack in Benghazi, totally contradicts testimony by senior U.S. military leaders as well as findings in the Interim Progress Report issued recently by 5 committees of the House of Representatives. Below are examples of just some of those contradictions:

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May 1

NEW WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIMS ON FAILURE TO USE AVAILABLE U.S. MILITARY ASSETS TO RESPOND TO BENGHAZI UNDERSCORES NEED FOR SELECT COMMITTEE

Scott Taylor, president of OPSEC, issued the following statement in response to new reporting about a whistleblower claiming that U.S. military assets were available but not ordered into use to protect Americans under attack in Benghazi:

"The claims by a whistleblower reported on Fox News are further evidence for what OPSEC has been saying for months: U.S. military assets were available on September 11, 2012, and could have been deployed to Benghazi to try to save the lives of Americans under attack. This most recent corroboration of those facts underscores the need for a select committee to further investigate the lack of a response during the Benghazi attacks.

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April 9

OPSEC Tells Congress: It's time to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi.

Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL and president of OPSEC, has sent a letter to Congress urging them to create a Select Committee to ensure a comprehensive investigation to get the answers we want and deserve on Benghazi.

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February 12

THE STATE OF THE UNION CAN NEVER BE CONSIDERED STRONGER WHEN WE FAIL TO HELP FELLOW AMERICANS UNDER ATTACK

Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL and president of OPSEC, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union statement that "we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad" and the contrast with his Administration’s failure to order a real-time military response to the 8-hour long assault on Americans in Benghazi:

"At the most basic level the strength of our union is best measured by our willingness to come to the aid of our fellow Americans in need. No need was more grave than that of the Americans under attack in Benghazi last September 11th, but the Obama Administration failed to order available military assets to their immediate aid during the 8 hours when they might have meant the difference between life and death. That alone calls the strength of our union under the Obama Administration’s leadership into question.

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February 7

'NOT A TARGET' IS NOT ENOUGH: BRENNAN'S FAILURE TO LEAD ON COMBATING LEAKS, POLITICIZATION OF INTEL NEEDS CLOSE SCRUTINY

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to questions from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for his nomination to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan reported that he was informed he was "not a target" of investigations about leaks of classified information during his tenure at the White House. Fred Rustmann, an OPSEC leader and 24-year veteran of the C.I.A., issued the following statement as Brennan prepares to testify about those leaks at his nomination hearing today:

"The issue is not whether John Brennan has ever been the target of a federal investigation about leaks of classified information. The issue is stopping those leaks and substantially changing the culture of politicization of intelligence and leaks of classified information that flourished during his tenure at the White House. We would take this opportunity to urge John Brennan to commit to sealing the intelligence leaks coming out of government, and the White House in particular."

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February 7

PANETTA'S EXCUSES FOR LACK OF BENGHAZI RESPONSE FAIL TO ALIGN WITH FACTS, PUT AMERICANS AT RISK IN THE FUTURE

Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL and president of OPSEC, issued the following statement on Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's comments about the lack of a U.S. military response to the Benghazi attack in advance of his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee today:

"Secretary Panetta's excuses for the failure to launch a military relief effort during the Benghazi attack fail to align with the facts and put Americans at grave risk in the future. The Obama Administration knew Benghazi was a flash point and that the most obvious day of the year for possible strikes was approaching, yet it still failed to prepare for a potential response and chose not to order one when it became necessary."

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January 23

OPSEC: IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE WHETHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN TRANSPARENT ON BENGHAZI ATTACK & RESPONSE

Scott Taylor, President of OPSEC, the non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization of former members of Special Operations Forces and the intelligence community, issued the following statement in response to Secretary Clinton's testimony on the Benghazi attack and the Obama Administration's response:

"Secretary Clinton's testimony failed to answer the most critical questions about why four Americans died with no additional support before or during the attack. This follows a similar failure by her State Department colleagues and the State Department's Accountability Review Board. What makes a difference at this point is whether the Obama Administration has been transparent on the Benghazi attack and U.S. response -- and all evidence suggests that it hasn't. Americans deserve answers to those questions and they are a critical part of ensuring such a catastrophe doesn't occur again."

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October 25

OPSEC ADS DURING SEAL TEAM SIX MOVIE TO FIGHT ATTEMPT BY NAT GEO, OBAMA PARTISANS FROM POLITICIZING SPECIAL OPERATIONS FOR PRESIDENT'S RE-ELECTION

OPSEC will air ads in key battleground markets during the broadcast of National Geographic's "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden" on November 4th after reporting by the New York Times and other media outlets disclosed that the timing and editing of the film by Obama mega-donor Harvey Weinstein were orchestrated to use the heroic work of U.S. Special Operations Forces to promote President Obama's re-election. The ad, "Bump In The Road" will hit the Obama Administration for not telling the truth about the attacks in Libya that cost the U.S. Ambassador, two former SEALs and another U.S. diplomat their lives while also having politicized the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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October 17

FOLLOWING DEBATE EXCHANGE ON BENGHAZI, NEW OPSEC AD AIRING IN CINCINNATI HITS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR NOT TELLING THE TRUTH ON LIBYA ATTACKS

OPSEC has begun airing an ad titled "Bump In The Road" in the Cincinnati market, hitting the Obama Administration for not telling the truth about the attacks in Libya that cost the U.S. Ambassador, two former SEALs and another U.S. diplomat their lives while also having politicized the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

"President Obama wanted credit after our military killed bin Laden. Highly classified secrets were leaked, endangering real heroes and their families. But when terrorists killed SEALs and diplomats in Libya, this administration does not tell the truth about what happened," says Scott Taylor, former Navy SEAL and president of OPSEC, in narrating the ad. "The president says, it's just a bump in the road. There is nothing acceptable about playing politics with national security and American lives. Aren't some things more important than politics?"

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October 16

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LEAK ABOUT LIBYA MILITARY PLANNING UNDERMINES DEFENSE CAPABILITIES, PUTS KILLERS OF US DIPLOMATS & SEALS OUT OF REACH

Scott Taylor, president of the OPSEC, issued the following statement in response to leaks by the Obama Administration yesterday that it was preparing for military operations in North Africa in response to the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi that killed the U.S. Ambassador, another diplomat and two former SEALs:

"There is clearly nothing this Administration won't do or say to support President Obama's re-election, including using premature statements about clandestine military operations planning to deflect attention from the Administration's failure to protect our diplomats and security teams and the now-obvious campaign of misinformation in the aftermath of the attack. The question of who ordered Ambassador Rice to speak out on numerous mainstream media networks in a clearly untruthful way remains to be answered.

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October 3

NEW OPSEC AD HITS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR NOT TELLING THE TRUTH ON LIBYA ATTACKS WHILE POLITICIZING THE OSAMA BIN LADEN RAID

On Thursday, October 3, OPSEC will begin airing an ad titled "Bump In The Road" across the pivotal battleground state of Virginia hitting the Obama Administration for not telling the truth about the attacks in Libya that cost the U.S. Ambassador, two former SEALs and another U.S. diplomat their lives while also having politicized the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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September 6

WILL PRESIDENT OBAMA'S AND SENATOR KERRY'S SPEECHES TONIGHT CONTINUE POLITICIZATION OF THE RAID THAT DELIVERED JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF 9/11?

Despite condemnations by senior U.S. military leaders about the use of military images and operations for political purposes, media reports about the contents of speeches at tonight's Democratic National Convention have raised questions about whether President Obama and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) intend to continue the re-election campaign's politicization of the raid that killed the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden. The campaign continues to promote an ad released on the one year anniversary of the raid that is titled "One Chance" and uses military images and photos from the White House Situation Room about the raid to support a partisan political attack on the president's election opponent.

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August 31

OPSEC TO AIR FIRST TV AD BASED ON DISHONORABLE DISCLOSURES IN CHARLOTTE, NC BEGINNING SUNDAY

On Sunday, September 2, OPSEC will begin airing its first regional TV ad in the Charlotte, North Carolina, market using footage from Dishonorable Disclosures, the documentary short film that has been viewed nearly 3.3 million times since its release earlier this month.

"The threat to prosecute a five-time winner of the Bronze Star for unauthorized disclosures while senior officials have leaked information about the same raid shows why the Obama Administration must be held accountable for its dishonorable double standard on leaks," said Scott Taylor, former Navy SEAL and president of OPSEC. "Charlotte is just the start of advertising and screening events in highly visible markets across the country to urge Americans to tell the Obama Administration to stop leaking and politicizing intelligence and Special Operations missions."

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August 27

OPSEC CALLS ON HOLDER TO SEEK 'EXTRAORDINARY REMEDY' TO PREVENT DISTRIBUTION OF BOOK ON OBL RAID

Earlier today OPSEC sent a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder calling on him to "commit any and all resources of the Department of Justice necessary, including your authority as the U.S. Attorney General, to immediately seek the extraordinary remedy of an injunction in federal court to prevent this book [on the OBL raid by a SEAL Team 6 member] from being published and distributed until it can be subjected to proper review procedures by the appropriate government agency."

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August 22

DEMPSEY "BONDS OF TRUST" STANDARD VIOLATED BY HIGHLY PARTISAN OBAMA CAMPAIGN AD USING BIN LADEN RAID TO ATTACK POLITICAL OPPONENT

Remarks by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, that the use of the military for partisan politics "eroded that bond of trust we have with the American people" underscored the shame of the Obama campaign's "One Chance" ad, which featured military footage and photographs from the White House Situation Room to support a highly partisan message that criticized the president's political opponent. The Obama campaign continues to promote the ad on its YouTube channel.

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August 18

KERRY STATEMENT FAILS TO MENTION HIS PREVIOUS CONCERNS ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LEAKS OR ASK WHY OBL RAID WAS USED FOR PARTISAN ATTACK AD

Sen. John Kerry issued a statement last night on behalf of the Obama campaign in response to the release of "Dishonorable Disclosures" in which he failed to restate his own concerns about the negative impact of national security leaks under the Obama administration or ask why the Osama Bin Laden raid was turned into a partisan campaign commercial.

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August 15

NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY FORMER CIA, SPECIAL OPERATIONS MEMBERS TO COMBAT LEAKS AND POLITICIZATION OF NATIONAL SECURITY INFO

Former CIA and Special Operations members are announcing the creation of OPSEC, a new nationwide public campaign to combat the spike in leaks and politicization of Intelligence and Special Operations missions that threaten their effectiveness and the safety of Americans who conduct them.OPSEC -- short for Operational Security, meaning to eliminate or reduce the exploitation of critical information -- will begin with the release of "Dishonorable Disclosures," a new documentary short film highlighting the problem from the perspective of those who have served in these critical positions. The film will also serve as the basis for a TV and online advertising effort.

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