(House of Representatives - November 13, 2012)

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  (Mr. BURGESS asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. BURGESS. Mr. Speaker, on September 11 of this year, four 
Americans, including our United States ambassador, were killed in an 
attack at the Benghazi consulate.
  On September 25, I sent a letter to President Obama regarding the 
numerous inconsistencies voiced by people within his administration and 
what they were saying following the attack. I have not heard back.

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  On November 1, I emailed the State Department, requesting they speak 
with me, for more information. Our office emailed every business day 
and received no response until November 7. Then, in a scripted 
response, they refused my request to speak with me. No one, not one 
person, is willing to talk about the details.
  Since they wouldn't talk to me in the privacy of my office, let me 
just ask them here in a public forum: Why did our ambassador die, and 
how did our ambassador die? It's been 2 months. You should know. Was it 
smoke inhalation, or was it some other cause? Was there physical 
evidence of torture on the ambassador's body as it was returned? And 
why were the bodies returned to Andrews Air Force Base when protocol 
dictates they go to Dover for the immediate investigation?
  These questions need to be answered. The State Department needs to be 
forthcoming. The administration needs to be forthcoming.
  I pray this Congress will exercise that authority.