From my post, “Obama White House in Meltdown over Benghazi (UPDATE)“: “TODAY’s hearing on murder of four American “diplomats” at the hands of Al Qaeda linked terrorists on the 11th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks will put the final nails in the coffin carrying the political corpse of Barack Obama. His Presidency is dead, done and finished. We have breaking news tonight (thanks, HelenK2) that two senior State Department officers informed the press (sans Fox News) that on the evening of 9-11 in Benghazi there was no protest or spontaneous riot. …”

UPDATE 2: View the two-part video
of the hearing below.

(To date, there appear to be no future reairings of the two-plus hour hearing. You can read opening statements by each of the four witnesses [see links at the end of this post], but a full transcript is not yet available at C-Span (and a transcript from a House committee hearing can take up to two weeks to publish).

UPDATE 1: LIVE ON C-SPAN ONE (on TV or C-Span’s site)

From the October 9, 2012 Washington Times article, State Department creates own board to look at Libya security query“:

“There’s documentary evidence that requests came back to diplomatic security and Undersecretary Kennedy rejected them,” Larry Johnson, a former CIA officer and State Department counterterrorism official, told The Washington Times.

“What is at issue here, this board is set up to review all of the decisions that were made prior to the attack on 9/11 that reduced security for the U.S. mission in Libya. Kennedy shouldn’t have had anything to do with this,” Mr. Johnson said. “He should have completely recused himself from the process.” [Continued below …]

More from “State Department creates own board to look at Libya security query“:

Mr. Kennedy is slated to testify Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding hearings to investigate the State Department’s response to threats before the attack, among other issues.

John R. Bolton, a former ambassador to the U.N. who is advising Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, told The Times that the undersecretary for management typically handles the creation of special boards.

In this case, Mr. Bolton said, with so many officials facing scrutiny, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, it would have been better to hand the job to the independent inspector general for the State Department.

“It isn’t different than what they’ve done before,” he said. “Maybe the lesson here in the future, it ought to be the [inspector general] that takes this board to guarantee the independence of the members.”

Army Lt. Col. Andy Wood, a Green Beret who led a site security team in Libya, told CBS News that he and others had requested more security, but State Department officials in Washington turned them down and pulled them out of the country, along with a six-member force of elite security guards.

“We tried to illustrate to show them how dangerous and how volatile and just unpredictable that whole environment was over there. So to decrease security in the face of that really is it’s just unbelievable,” Col. Wood said.

Col. Wood said team members could have accompanied Mr. Stevens to Benghazi, the site of the well-coordinated assault by al Qaeda-linked extremists.

Last week, ABC News unearthed a May 3 memo. …

For the rest of the story on ABC News’s exceptional digging by Jake Tapper, see Larry Johnson’s “Media Not Letting Go on Libya.”

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Ms. Charlene R. Lamb (testimony)

Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs, Bureau of Diplomatic Security
U.S. Department of State

Mr. Eric Nordstrom (testimony)

Regional Security Officer
U.S. Department of State

Lt. Col. Andrew Wood (testimony)

Utah National Guard
U.S. Army

Ambassador Patrick Kennedy (testimony)

Under Secretary for Management
U.S. Department of State

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.