You have to read all the excerpts from this Hannity interview with Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, a State Department information officer killed during the attack in Benghazi last September 11.
She understands the need for secrecy and why some details of how her son died cannot be revealed to her. But her pain at being deliberately kept in the dark about what happened, as well as the failure of officials to keep their promise to give her all relevant information, will no doubt strike a chord with most.
On Friday, Sean Hannity brought Pat Smith, mother of the late Sean Smith, on his radio program. The 34-year-old information management officer was one of four Americans murdered in the Benghazi embassy attack on September 11, 2012.
In the chilling interview, a distraught Ms. Smith, in tears, pleaded for answers and spoke of the efforts to silence her.
Ms. Smith first relayed how her son, prior to the attack, requested additional security in advance and warned the State Department:
He did tell them, ahead of time, he typed it into his little typewriter over there, that they were going to be attacked, 'please they needed more security,' and they were ignored. And I don't appreciate everybody going to bed and going to sleep and not taking care of the guys that they put in harm's way, one of them being my son.
[Ms. Smith is likely referring to reports that President Obama went back to bed after learning of the attack on the compound.]
When Hannity asked how many times Sean warned the State Department or whom he warned, Smith replied:
My son himself told me that he warned them.... He said: 'I told them, I sent messages'.... He was on the tele-type of whatever it is... he was on there telling them, just before it happened, and that the guy out there was taking pictures of the place. He was telling them that. He was a communications guy and he was communicating that.
Smith then spoke of the intimidation she has experienced, in her quest for answers, noting she is being silenced, though Hannity clarified it is not by someone in the government:
They don't tell me much. They want me to shut up.... I was told, and I really would rather not say by who, [though] I can if you need it, but I was told that I'm causing a lot of problems and to shut up.... I told them 'I will not! I will not shut up until I find out what really happened!'
It may not be someone in government who is telling her to keep quiet, but one wonders if someone in government isn't behind the effort to silence her.
I sense the ruthlessness of the Clinton crowd in this. We've been treated this last week to a lot of buzz about Hillary running for president in 2016. Any more revelations about how she and the State Department were directly and repeatedly warned that an attack was imminent would certainly not do her any good, and call into question her competence.
Mrs. Smith is being treated exactly the way that Bill Clinton's female accusers were treated during his tenure in office. While speculative, it is not unreasonable to assume that Smith has been treated the same way by the same people to keep her quiet and prevent bad PR for Hillary as she manuevers for 2016.
One last insult to Mrs. Smith:
The silver lining? Sean Smith will be honored at an award ceremony on May 3rd but Ms. Smith was told she would have to pay her own way. As Ms. Smith's income is limited to Social Security benefits, she could not afford to attend. Hannity balked at the idea that we justify costs for the First Family's vacations and the White House concert series and parties, while "the mother of a slain hero from the Benghazi tragedy, which they screwed up because they didn't listen to your son," is not accommodated. Smith received a nice surprise - Hannity offered to pay for all her travel expenses (hotel, round-trip airfare, meals), as well as her guest's, so that she can attend the ceremony, encouraging Smith to order a "big expensive steak dinner on me... with lobster on the side and a big bottle of wine." A relieved and emotional Smith happily accepted.
Do you suppose either Hillary or Obama will attend that award ceremony? Stay tuned.