Conservatives to mark one-year anniversary of Benghazi attacks

Alex Pappas | Political Reporter

WASHINGTON — Conservatives are expected mark the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya with a rally and a memorial service on Capitol Hill.

The group Patriots4America has obtained a permit for a rally on the west lawn of the Capitol, according to its website, for a “Justice for Benghazi Rally” to start at 12:30 p.m.

The group summed up the purpose of the rally as a way to remember the four “brave Americans — Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty & Tyrone Woods — lost on 9/11 in Benghazi” and to protest the “blatant lack of transparency by the Obama Administration in regards to this or ANY other matter!”

Scheduled speakers include conservative Republicans Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, Georgia Rep. Paul Broun and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert.

Others expected to address attendees include Maryland congressional candidate Dan Bongino, former Nevada senate candidate Sharron Angle and theTeaParty.net CEO Todd Cefaratti.

Four Americans died in the Benghazi attacks of 2012, including Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

Over the last year, Republicans have held hearings to look into whether the Obama administration could have done more to prevent the attacks, and whether officials attempted to cover up their failures before the 2012 presidential election.

Also on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Gohmert, former Florida Rep. Allen West and Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council will hold a memorial service for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2012 attacks in Benghazi.

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