The Senate supported a resolution saying, "the violence in Benghazi coincided with an attack on the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which was also swarmed by an angry mob of protesters on September 11, 2012", and making no mention of Al Qaeda.  During a house hearing on May 8, 2013, an email, which was never classified, that was sent on September 12, 2012, to Susan Rice as well as many other members of the State Department, was read aloud by Representative Trey Gowdy (R). The email stated clearly that the attacks were committed by Islamists, with no mention of an "angry mob" or protestors.  Gowdy said the Obama administration was "changing names" and "creating aliases" of Benghazi survivors and "dispersing them around the country" to keep them out of sight.  According to The New York Times , both protesters angered by an anti-Muslim video and Islamic militants were involved, but no links to Al Qaeda or other officially known terrorist groups were found. It said, "Anger at the video motivated the initial attack."  Khattala, an alleged terrorist who was captured for his role in directing attackers, said “From a religious point of view, it is hard to say whether it is good or bad."  On December 13, 2012, in a letter to President Barack Obama, Rice asked him to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. 
The cemetery belongs to Christ Church , the Episcopal church founded in 1695 and place of worship for many of the famous Revolutionary War participants, including George Washington . The burial ground is located at 5th and Arch Streets, across from the Visitors Center and National Constitution Center . The Burial Ground was started in 1719, and it is still an active cemetery. The Burial Ground is open to the public for a small fee, weather permitting; about 100,000 tourists visit each year. When the Burial Ground is closed, one can still view Benjamin Franklin's gravesite from the sidewalk at the corner of 5th and Arch through a set of iron rails. The bronze rails in the brick wall were added for public viewing in 1858 by parties working at the behest of the Franklin Institute, which assumed the responsibility of defending Franklin's historic ties to Philadelphia after prominent Bostonians criticized the city's maintenance of the grave and erected a Franklin statue there.  Leaving pennies on Franklin's grave is an old Philadelphia tradition.