Increased Security? How about ‘some security?’ White House press kid, Jay Carney said the White House has no comment about requests for additional security for our facilities in Libya. US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glenn Doherty have no comment either, because al-Qaeda silenced them forever. It was easy to do. Show up outside the Benghanzi consulate with RPG’s and other heavy weapons. Blast your way in. The terrorists were inside the consulate in 15 minutes, and left the interior in ashes along with the body of Information Management Officer Sean Smith. Remember Hillary Clinton saying a full 7 days after the attack that there was “robust” security inside the Benghazi compound? Why are we not talking about that word “robust?’ There was no security.
“In addition to the security outside the compound, we relied on a wall and a robust security presence inside the compound. Source: USA Today
We know now there was no security inside the compound, assuming former Navy SEAL Glenn Doherty was telling the truth to ABC news when he said he was in Libya to hunt down and destroy Gaddafi weapons. There is the possibility that his orders were changed, but according to a witness to the assault, there was zero returned fire from inside the Benghazi consulate. Source: USA Today
Clinton also said in the same article linked above that there were no “threat streams” or “actionable intelligence” of a coming attack. Let me ask you? In Benghazi, Libya, what American official would decide not to think an attack just might happen. I’m not a government official, and I would ASSUME an attack or attacks would happen. You would think the same. Only this administration, which thinks it is one with Islamic militants, would refuse to arm a place of government business in that dangerous country.
The Libyans guarding the outside of the Consulate, under contract by the British Blue Mountain Group, tell a story of coming attacks:
In the weeks leading up to the September 11 assault, the unarmed Libyan guards employed by Blue Mountain Group were “warned by their family members to quit their jobs… because there were rumors in the community of an impending attack,” Issa and Chaffetz write. There were no smoke-protection masks or fire extinguishers, so consulate staff couldn’t put out the flames once the place started to burn. A source tells Fox News that the only protective equipment stationed at the consulate were a few video cameras.
The matter of “unarmed Libyan guards” is confusing. We are told that Hillary Clinton wrote the Rules of Engagement for Libya and the Blue Mountain Group was hired for exterior protection because they agreed to the “no bullet” Rules of Engagement. The Blue Mountain Group is not considered one of the eight approved contractors for overseas government facilities. But were the guards really unarmed? It appears that may be true. Abhorrent, to say the least.
We knew that there was a July 2012 bomb attack on the Consulate, and month earlier, an attack on the American Red Cross building. Now we learn that there were 13 attacks:
…an April 11 battle — which included antiaircraft guns and RPGs — that erupted just two-and-a-half miles from the consulate. Fifteen days after that, an American Foreign Service Officer had to be pulled out of a firefight by members of a local militia, the February 17 Brigade. (U.S. intelligence is now analyzing communications between that group and al-Qaeda affiliates.) The following day, a pair of South African contractors were kidnapped in a residential neighborhood of Benghazi the following day.
Less than a month later, two RPG rounds were fired at the Benghazi office of the International Committee of the Red Cross, a little more than a half-mile from the U.S. consulate. “We didn’t want to hurt the Christians; it is just a warning,” read a Facebook message from a militant group, according to the Issa and Chaffetz letter. “Now we are preparing a message for the Americans.”
In August, the Red Cross building was attacked again, forcing the group to suspend its work in the city. “Once the ICRC pulled out,” Issa and Chaffetz write, “the U.S. consulate was the last Western flag flying in Benghazi, making it an ideal target for militants.” Source: Wired
So it is big news today that the House subcommittee on national security, homeland defense and foreign operations says “multiple US federal government officials have CONFIRMED” that “prior to September 11th” of this year the US Libyan mission made REPEATED requests for increased security in Benghazi. All requests were reportedly ignored or denied.
The two congressmen also listed thirteen incidents leading up to the attack – ranging from I.E.D. and RPG attacks to a “posting on a pro-Gaddafi Facebook page” publicizing early morning runs taken by the late Ambassador Chris Stevens and his security detail around Tripoli.
US embassies and consulates in areas of the world where they are deemed liable to attack are usually offered a formal security contract called a Worldwide Protective Services Agreement, known in the industry as a ‘Wips’.
The contract, or so-called tasking order, is between the US state department and any one of several major private military contractors such as DynCorp International and Aegis Defence Services
Under this agreement, extensive security precautions are put in place, including low-profile armoured vehicles, run-flat tyres, sufficient weapons, ammunition and trained personnel, as well as a tried and tested command and control system.
But sources have told the BBC that on the advice of a US diplomatic regional security officer, the mission in Benghazi was not given the full contract despite lobbying by private contractors.
The same BBC article does claim Woods and Doherty were hired to protect the Consulate and said they fired back but were overwhelmed.
But Hillary Clinton said the Benghazi Consulate had ROBUST security inside the facility! I haven’t heard one source quote the “robust” claim on television. Maybe someone has, but I haven’t heard it. Have you?