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Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

A new report by GOP members of five House committees brings the full truth about the Sept. 11 debacle at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, closer than ever. And the clearer picture it paints is anything but flattering to the Obama administration and its State Department.

The report places blame for failing to prevent the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans squarely on the White House and State, including Hillary Clinton, then the department's secretary — not on U.S. intelligence agencies or the Pentagon.

The GOP report also finds that Team Obama deceived the public after the attack by portraying it as a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim video, then falsely spinning that deception as protecting a classified FBI investigation. The real aim was evading criticism for lax consulate security.

Mrs. Clinton, State and the White House ignored ample intelligence warning of danger to the consulate, yet allowed security there to be reduced — and didn't even try to check the status of consulate personnel during and just after the attack, according to the report.

The full Benghazi truth requires even more evidence, including testimony from attack survivors seemingly sequestered by the administration. But this GOP report is a major step toward full disclosure — and full accountability — both of which the American people must continue to demand.

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