Benghazi Whistleblower Part 3: Distress Call Not As Effective as Alert Bracelet in Assisted Living Facility

In the video below and snippets of the transcript, you see that the security of our Benghazi mission was dependent on our Ambassador’s security detail to push the “distress button.” The distress button worked, but no help was deployed by any government agency, including Military. It reminds me of the bracelet my 91-year-old Mother wears on her wrist. If she fall and presses the button, a help center responds, then calls the front desk of the Assisted Living Center where Mom abides, and then one of those two parties call 911 if appropriate, and they contact me. I’m fairly confident that if the first press of my Mom’s distress button works, everything else will fall into place and help will be on the way. Not so in the world of diplomacy and defense.

Benghazi Whistleblower - Member of Special Ops, on the ground, eyewitness report

Benghazi Whistleblower – Member of Special Ops, on the ground, eyewitness report

Pullout Quote:

WHISTLEBLOWER:…there is not good communication between the State Department and the Military and the Department of Defense on any level, absolutely no level.

Is it not chilling to hear some in Special Ops says that our Military and the Department of Defense has no good communication…on any level?

When the Benghazi “distress button” was “pushed,” the first source was out of the country. Did that person get the “distress” signal, or not? Whatever happened, the situation then fell into the hands of the U.S. State Department. Big mistake if an American wants protection overseas.

Remember Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta saying at the time:

“you do not deploy forces into harms way without knowing what’s going on without having real time information on what’s taking place. ..We could not put forces at risk…” 

State Department spokeswoman, Christine Lamb, in one of her early press briefings said, Benghazi was watched in real-time, the low level of security was not based on budget. She led us to believe that the State Department had “real time information.” Lamb was later fired.

The conversation below is between Fox News’ Adam Housely and the Special Forces Whistleblower. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Snippets, view video at Weasel Zippers:

WHISTLEBLOWER: No plan. No contingency plan…

HOUSELY: Once Stevens was cornered and members of his security detail pushed his distress button, that authority would be tranferred to his deputy.

However, the Deputy was out of the country. That meant the authority then reverted directly to the U.S. State Department and oversight of the response to the attack fell to Secretary Clinton and UnderSecretary for State Patrick Kennedy. They were calling the shots, multiple State Department sources tell Fox and Kennedy was in the Operations Center monitoring the radio traffic and distress calls.

We’re also told by multiple sources that shortly after the attack began, around 9:40 pm, Special Forces put out a call sign for all available assets, military and otherwise in the vicinity, to be moved into position to help.

WHISTLEBLOWER: …that enacts every asset, every element to respond and it becomes a Global priority…that was given, and the only reason it was given is because of the Special Operations PAC [not sure he used the word ‘pac’ but it sounds like pac or pack]. It has nothing to do with the agency. It has nothing to do with the Department of State.

HOUSELY: Special Operations gave the call sign?


HOUSELY: But assets didn’t move?

WHISTLEBLOWER: Assets did not move.

HOUSELY: The failure of the State Department or White House to give the Military permission to cross into Libya to help, according to our source, only accentuates the significant breakdown in communication. The State Department, the CIA and the White House that culminated in lack of action the night of the Benghazi attack.

WHISTLEBLOWER:…there is not good communication between the State Department and the Military and the Department of Defense on any level, absolutely no level.

HOUSELY: This claim contradicts the State Department Accountability Review Board, which says in part, “Washington-Tripoli-Benghazi communication, cooperation, and coordination the night of the attacks were effective…”

WHISTLEBLOWER: It’s horrible when you’re on the ground, you depend on each other, we’re going to get through this situation, but when you look up an there is nothing outside of the stratosphere coming to help you or to your rescue, that’s a bad feeling.

HOUSELY: Four American lives were lost that night, and six injured.

WHISTLEBLOWER: The only reason for sitting in this seat is, if this can get somebody off their butt to poke somebody in the chest to make the decision for my guys to do their job and finish their job, then I kinda feel like I’ve done my work here.

HOUSELY IN CLOSING, TALKING TO BRET BAIER: Bret, he’s the first to step in front of a camera and talk about Benghazi with direct connections. It took incredible courage to do so. He says he still feels threatened, even though he gave us no classified information whatsoever. We do continue to talk to other sources that had connections that night. They yet have not decided to step in front of a camera.

End transcript snippets

Hillary Clinton Testifying to House Republican Conference

Hillary Clinton Testifying to House Republican Conference

If you are not aware of who the Benghazi Accountability Board (ARB) is, and how they were appointed to the board, I encourage you to read this. Hillary Clinton appointed four of the five members. Thomas Pickering chaired the committee. He is an “old friend” of Hillary and of Bill as well. Bill appointed him as Ambassador to China. He had several appointments coming from the Clinton administration.

The ARB did not interview a single person among the 30 who survived Benghazi (read about David Uben – gravely injured, here) – not one. The board did not interview Hillary Clinton or her staff.

The Benghazi Four - Never Forget

The Benghazi Four – Never Forget