Special Operations Speaks PAC Demands Special Prosecutor for Benghazi Attack

A political action committee of Navy SEALs provided a petition with more than 100,000 signatures.

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A political action committee made up of a former Navy SEAL and other service members delivered a petition to Congress Thursday demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the Benghazi, Libya, attack.

The petition from Special Operations Speaks was signed by more than 100,000 people who felt the Obama Administration has not adequately handled the attacked that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, his aide, and two Navy SEALs in September.

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A State Department Accountability Review Board is investigating the attack, and Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as CIA director Nov. 9 over an extramarital affair, will testify Friday before both the House and Senate Intelligence committees about what happened in Libya on the day of the attack.

But many Republican lawmakers say these efforts aren't enough. On Thursday, Republican Arizona Senator John McCain introduced a resolution to create a eight-member Senate committee that would further look into the attack.

SOS's Capt. Larry Bailey, a former Navy SEAL and professed "birther" who believes the president was born in Kenya, also believes the Accountability Review Board isn't enough.

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"A congressional committee does not have the authority to prosecute," Bailey tells Whispers. "So we're encouraging them to bite the bullet and engage a first rate prosecutor. It doesn't have to be a Republican, or even a conservative. It just has to be someone who accepts the facts when they're presented to him."

The SOS petition was delivered into the hands of Texas Republican congressman Louie Gohmert, who gave an impassioned speech to the group of former service members about needing answers.

"These people have given most of their lives. They deserve the right to question what this administration is doing," he said. "We have got to get to the bottom of this. The four deceased American patriots cry out for answers. Now, they want the truth. And it appears this administration can't handle the truth."

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Florida Republican congressman Allen West, who was recently unseated by Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, was also in attendance when the petition was handed over to Congress.

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  • Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook or reach her at eflock@usnews.com.