If anyone still has doubts that the federal government is highly skilled at hiding information from the general public, the most recent release of Benghazi-related emails should dissolve any doubts. The government knows that it legally must release ugly information and it tries to do so at the most awkward times.

Such was the case Christmas Eve, when the federal government released emails focused on the Benghazi attacks and the government's handling of terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.

The emails are mostly redacted and don't give any serious new information regarding the Benghazi attacks. They do, however, continue to show that the United States treated the Benghazi attacks as an opportunity to learn, and that staffers were given press releases and news clippings from the events to help give them "situational awareness."

Perhaps the most troubling revelation regards something that many Americans already knew: the federal government's signing off on the killing of a U.S. citizen.

Granted, that U.S. citizen was al-Awlaki, a highly dangerous member of Al Qaeda's leadership team. But the released emails detail how the government systematically revoke al-Alwaki's passport months before they conducted a strike mission to kill him.

Though al-Awlaki was a U.S. citizen, he was also a danger to his country. The issue, however, is the fact that the United States government conducted a systematic strike against a citizen of their own country. What would it take for the government to keep passing off on strikes of this nature and to attack citizens that it suddenly deems "dangerous"?

Besides being food for thought, this most recent batch of emails released also shows that the government is running a highly-skilled publicity campaign. The feds know that they've messed up in the past, but they're not about to hold a press conference or have Obama step in front of a TV camera to admit it.

So they slyly released emails on one of the most innocuous nights of the year, Christmas Eve, when they know nobody will be paying attention.

Luckily, they didn't get away with it.

h/t: The Hill

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