Washington, D.C. – The nationwide press watchdog group Accuracy in Media (AIM), along with some of the country’s top retired military officers, intelligence agents, and national security experts, have launched a new project aimed at resolving unanswered questions about last year’s attack on the American Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi.

Current members of the group, Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, include the following:

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  • Roger Aronoff, Editor, Accuracy in Media
  • Capt. Larry Bailey,(SEAL),USN (Ret)
  • Lt. Col. Ken Benway, USA (Ret)
  • Col. Dick Brauer Jr., USAF (Ret)
  • Col. Dennis Haney, USAF (Ret)
  • Brig. Gen. Charles Jones, USAF (Ret)
  • Clare Lopez, former CIA Operations Officer
  • Adm. James “Ace” Lyons, USN (Ret)
  • Gen. Thomas McInerney, USAF (Ret)
  • Col. Wayne Morris, USMC (Ret)
  • Wayne Simmons, former CIA Officer
  • Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, US Army (Ret)
  • Lt. Col. Allen West, US Army (Ret)

“I am humbled and honored that these distinguished military and national security heroes have decided to join with AIM to set the record straight,” said Roger Aronoff, the Editor of AIM.

The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi will officially launch its operations by holding a conference on Monday, September 16th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The public and the press are invited to attend the first session, which includes lunch, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, while the second session will be an off-the-record event, held behind closed doors from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

“I regard this conference as the launch pad for our fact-finding mission where truth will finally begin to replace the tired misinformation peddled by the administration and the media for nearly a year, which has seriously compromised the truth about Benghazi,” said Aronoff, adding that the typical Washington sideshow of rewarding failure has also been on display more than once during the year.

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“When Secretary of State John Kerry announced recently that four State Department officials who had been suspended over Benghazi, were now cleared to return to work, it made me realize once again that no one has been held accountable for the disaster in Benghazi,” Aronoff said. “The idea that the buck stopped with those four was absurd to begin with.”

There is no charge to attend this event; but since there is limited seating, attendees should register online here or contact Nathan Makla at

To interview Roger Aronoff, or to request an interview with one of the other Commissioners, contact Nathan Makla at


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