The Truth Behind The #Benghazigate Cover-up
- A large building which is a main residence (Building A)
- A smaller building which is also a residence and contains a cantina (Building B)
- A building that is used as a Tactical Operations Center (referred to as the “TOC” going forward), with offices for security staff, containing phones, monitors, etc.
- A barracks building housing a Libyan security force known as “The 17th February Brigade”
- The Annex or “Safe House” is located 1 mile away from the Benghazi Compound. It’s reported that the annex holds a covert CIA installation.
- At the Benghazi compound, there are 5 diplomatic security agents, and 4 members of the Libyan government security force, known as “The 17th February Brigade”
- About a mile away from the compound is the Annex, where there are more security personnel and is later uncovered to hold a covert CIA installation.
- Based in Tripoli, there is the “Site Security Team” (referred to as the “SST” going forward), placed by the US Department of Defense
- The “Mobile Security Detachment” (referred
to as the “MSD” going forward), a State Dept. team, consisting of
Green Berets and Navy Seal types
“Libya’s Fragile Security Deteriorates as Tribal Rivalries, Power Plays and Extremism Intensify”
"Islamist extremists are able to attack the Red Cross with relative impunity," Stevens cabled. "What we have seen are not random crimes of opportunity, but rather targeted and discriminate attacks."
"Attackers are unlikely to be deterred until authorities are at least as capable."
"the added guards will fill the vacuum of security personnel currently at post who will be leaving with the next month and will not be replaced." He called "the security condition in Libya ... unpredictable, volatile and violent."
August 15th2012 – an emergency meeting is held by the Emergency Action Committee & U.S. Mission in Benghazi.
August 16th2012 – a "SECRET" classified cable is sent to the Office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Emergency Action Committee. In the cable,
“RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,” the cable said.
According to a review of the cable addressed to the Office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Emergency Action Committee was also briefed “on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi … these groups ran the spectrum from Islamist militias, such as the QRF Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia, to ‘Takfirist thugs.’” Each U.S. mission has a so-called Emergency Action Committee that is responsible for security measures and emergency planning.
In addition to describing the security situation in Benghazi as “trending negatively,” the cable said explicitly that the mission would ask for more help. “In light of the uncertain security environment, US Mission Benghazi will submit specific requests to US Embassy Tripoli for additional physical security upgrades and staffing needs by separate cover.”
As for specific threats against the U.S., the cable warned the intelligence was not clear on the issue, cautioning that the militias in Benghazi were not concerned with any significant retaliation from the Libyan government, which had apparently lost control in Benghazi. A briefer explained that they “did not have information suggesting that these entities were targeting Americans but did caveat that (there was not) a complete picture of their intentions yet. RSO (Regional Security Officer) noted that the Benghazi militias have become more brazen in their actions and have little fear of reprisal from the (government of Libya.)”
While the administration’s public statements have suggested that the attack came without warning, the Aug. 16 cable seems to undercut those claims. It was a direct warning to the State Department that the Benghazi consulate was vulnerable to attack, that it could not be defended and that the presence of anti-U.S. militias and Al Qaeda was well-known to the U.S. intelligence community.
In a three-page cable on Sept 11, the day Stevens and the three other Americans were killed, Stevens wrote about “growing problems with security” in Benghazi and “growing frustration” with the security forces and Libyan police. The ambassador saw both as “too weak to keep the country secure.”
9/11/2012 The Terrorist Attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya
“We firmly reject the actions of those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
Around the same time, a pair of now-deleted tweet reportedly says:
“We condemn the ongoing attempts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/world/cairo-libya-attacks-timeline/
“We are obviously working with Egyptian security to try to restore order at the Embassy and to work with them to try to get the situation under control.”
Approx. 9:42 PM Benghazi Time & 3:42 PM Washington D.C. Time – the military's Africa Command, based in Europe, orders an unmanned, unarmed surveillance drone diverted to the city in eastern Libya. It took the drone more than an hour to arrive at the scene.
Approx. 9:45 PM Benghazi Time & 3:45 PM Washington D.C. Time – Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who is part of a small team who is at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate, hear shots fired. They inform their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they are hearing and request permission to go to the consulate and help out. They are ordered to "stand down" http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/
Approx. 9:50 PM Benghazi Time & 3:50 PM Washington D.C. Time – Woods and other operatives continue to monitor the battle at the "compound". They again request permission to go to the consulate and help out. They are again ordered to "stand down"
Approx. 10:00 PM Benghazi Time & 4:00 PM Washington D.C. Time – The safe haven at the compound is now thick with smoke. Stevens, Ubin, and Smith move to a back room, within the safe haven, that has a window they try to open but cannot. Overcome with smoke, they try to crawl on the floor for air, but still cannot breath. They decide to leave safe haven and take their chances with attackers. As they are moving, they find another window and jimmy it open. Ubin climbs out, but the two others do not follow him. He goes back in to look for them but cannot find them. There is smoke, so he climbs back out for air, and then back in; he does this several times but cannot find Stevens and Smith. Finally he is depleted from the smoke and climbs up a ladder to the roof of the building where he collapses and radios the other agents at TOC.
10:04 PM Benghazi Time & 4:04 PM Washington DC Time – A six-person rescue squad from the agency’s Global Response Staff (GRS) leaves in two vehicles. The team leader is a career CIA officer; the team includes a contractor named Tyrone Woods. During the previous 24-minute interval, the CIA base chief calls the February 17 Brigade, other militias and the Libyan intelligence service seeking vehicles with .50-caliber machine guns. Nobody responds. The team leader and the base chief agree at 10:04 that they can’t wait any longer, and the squad heads for the consulate. They decide to make their way to the consulate on foot! The consulate at this point is on fire. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/david-ignatius-cias-benghazi-timeline-reveals-errors-but-no-evidence-of-conspiracy/2012/11/01/a84c4024-2471-11e2-9313-3c7f59038d93_story_1.html
10:05 PM Benghazi Time & 4:05 PM Washington DC Time – The State Department's Operations Center in Libya sends an email to multiple government offices, including addresses at the White House Situation Room, The Pentagon, The CIA and FBI. The email’s subject line:
"U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack" and the notation "SBU", meaning "Sensitive But Unclassified."
"under attack. Embassy in Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well."The email further states:
"Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four ... personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support."Approx. 10:10 PM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 4:10 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 - The rescue team reached a chaotic intersection a few blocks from the consulate. Militias gathered there have several .50-caliber machine guns, which the CIA team tries unsuccessfully to commandeer; three militiamen offer to help. The rescue party now includes 10 people: six GRS officers, a CIA translator and the three Libyan volunteers.
Approx. 10:20 PM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 4:20 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 - A reconnaissance party of two GRS officers heads to the consulate; at 10:25, three more GRS officers enter the main gate and begin engaging the attackers. The firefight lasts about 15 minutes.
Approx. 10:32 PM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 4:32 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 - The Office of the Secretary Defense and the Joint Staff are notified of the attack by the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon. "The information is quickly passed to Secretary Panetta and General Dempsey."
Approx. 10:40 PM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 4:40 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 - Members of the CIA team enter the burning inferno of “Villa C,” where Ambassador Christopher Stevens is believed to be hiding. CIA officers try numerous times to reach the “safe room” but are driven back by the intense smoke and fire. Small-arms fire continues from the Libyan attackers.
Approx. 10:45 PM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 4:45 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 - The annex U reaction security team also arrives with approximately 20 members of the Libyan 17th February Brigade. They encounter heavy resistance as they approach the compound. Together with the Diplomatic Security agents, they help secure the area around the main building and continue the search for the Ambassador—again making several trips into the building at their own peril. Shots are exchanged. Woods and his team rescue those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who has been killed in the initial attack.
"Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi"
11:00 PM Benghazi Time & 5:00 PM Washington D.C. Time – President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta are meeting at the White House in the Situation Room. Obama, Panetta and Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed potential responses to the unfolding events in Benghazi during their meeting, which began 78 minutes after the start of the Libya attack, according to the timeline.
Approx. 11:11 PM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 5:11 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 - Military drones arrive to survey the attack on the U.S. consulate. By this time, people in The White House Situation Room, The Pentagon and the State Department are watching the events unfold in front of their eyes, real time. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/us_watched_as_terror_raged_AypAEEA9OK23rPf7Z5BHWO
11:28 PM Cairo Time & 5:28 PM Washington D.C. Time – The Cairo embassy’s Twitter account posts a series of messages, apparently responding to criticism that its earlier statement had been too sympathetic with the protesters. Their tweets read:
“Of course we condemn breaches of our compound, we’re the ones actually living through this.” “Sorry, but neither breaches of our compound or angry messages will dissuade us from defending freedom of speech AND criticizing bigotry.”
11:56 PM Benghazi Time & 5:56 PM Washington D.C. Time – CIA officers at the annex are attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms. Sporadic attacks continue for about another hour. The attacks stop at 1:01 a.m., and some assume the fight is over.
"Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack." The message reports: "Embassy Tripoli reports the group claims responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli."
Approx. 12:15 AM to 5:00AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012& amp; 6:15 PM to 11:00PM DC Time 9/11/2012 – A 4+ hour fierce fire fight breaks out at the Libyan Annex. During this time, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta began to issue verbal orders, telling two Marine anti-terrorism teams based in Rota, Spain, to prepare to deploy to Libya, and he ordered a team of special operations forces in Central Europe and another team of special operations forces in the U.S. to prepare to deploy to a staging base in Europe. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours -- enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Also, two separate Tier One Special operations forces are ordered to wait, among them Delta Force operators.
Approx. 12:15 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 6:15 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 – CIA Operatives call again for military support and help because they are taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request is for a third time is denied! There are no communications problems at the annex. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/
Approx. 1:00AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 7:00PM DC Time 9/11/2012 – Stevens is brought to the Benghazi Medical Center where doctors work to resuscitate him for 45 minutes.
“This morning's condemnation (issued before protest began) still stands. As does our condemnation of unjustified breach of the Embassy.”
Approx. 1:15 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 7:30PM DC Time 9/11/2012 –
A team of CIA reinforcements arrive on a 45-minute flight from Tripoli in a plane they’ve hastily chartered. The Tripoli team includes four GRS security officers, a CIA case officer and two U.S. military personnel on loan to the agency. They don’t leave the Benghazi airport until 4:30 a.m. The delay is caused by negotiations with Libyan authorities over permission to leave the airport; obtaining vehicles; and the need to frame a clear mission plan. The first idea is to go to a Benghazi hospital to recover Stevens, who they rightly suspect is already dead. (Also killed was a State Department communication specialist.) But the hospital is surrounded by the al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia militia that mounted the consulate attack.
Approx. 2:39 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 8:39 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 – The National Military Command Center gives formal authorization for the deployment of the two special operations force teams from Croatia and the United States.
“We firmly reject the actions of those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” and “We condemn the ongoing attempts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”Romney’s statement read:
“I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”4:08 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 10:08 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally releases a statement from our Embassy in Kabul. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confirms that a State Department officer was killed in Benghazi. She condemns the attack, stating:
“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.” http://kabul.usembassy.gov/st-benghzai.html
“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government.”
Approx. 5:00 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 11:00PM DC Time 9/11/2012 – PresidentObama goes to bed early knowing he has a scheduled trip and campaign event in Las Vegas. Not one statement is issued from the White house concerning the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on the 11-year anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist attacks of 2001. http://commoncts.blogspot.com/2012/09/video-mitt-romney-press-conference.html
Approx. 5:04 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 11:04 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 –The CIA reinforcement team make their way to the Annex, where, according to reports, they were going into an ambush. Shortly after they arrived, the annex started taking mortar fire, with as many as three direct hits on the compound.
Approx. 5:15 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 11:15 PM DC Time 9/11/2012 – A new Libyan assault begins, this time with mortars. The Annex is hit with another wave of attacks which is planned and precise. Fighters hit the Annex with AK47 fire and rocket propelled grenades. Those inside the Annex retreat to a back building in the Annex compound. The CIA team at the Annex is in constant radio contact with their headquarters. Members of the team (Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods) are on the roof of the annex manning heavy machine guns while mortars are being fired at the CIA compound. Doherty and Woods have visual contact and a laser pointing at the Libyan mortar team that is targeting the CIA annex. The operators are calling in coordinates of where the Libyan forces are firing from. They repeatedly request back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The defenders have focused their laser sights earlier on several Libyan attackers, as warnings not to fire. Two mortar rounds miss but the next three hit the roof and Woods and Doherty are killed.
”Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation”https://twitter.com/statedept/status/245717209433919488
6:00 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 12:00 AM DC Time 9/12/2012 – Eventually, the fighters are repelled and the Annex is secured. The fighters make the decision to abandon the operation.
6:05 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 12:05 AM DC Time 9/12/2012 – A C-17 aircraft in Germany is told to prepare to deploy to Libya to evacuate the consulate personnel.
7:40 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 1:40 AM DC Time 9/12/2012 – A large number of Libyan government security officers finally arrive in more than 50 vehicles and escort the remaining Americans to the airport. The first wave of Americans are evacuated to Tripoli via airplane. While still at the airport, the State Department was able to confirm reports that the Ambassador’s body was at the Benghazi General Hospital. The Department coordinated the transfer of his remains to the airport. All US government personnel, including those injured and killed in action, were then flown from Benghazi to Tripoli.
7:40 AM Benghazi Time 9/12/2012 & 1:40 AM DC Time 9/12/2012 – A second group, including those killed in the attack, are flown to Tripoli.
“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack.”
“I also believe the Administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions. It's never too early for the United States Government to condemn attacks on Americans, and to defend our values. The White House distanced itself last night from the statement, saying it wasn't ‘cleared by Washington.’ That reflects the mixed signals they’re sending to the world.”http://www.mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2012/09/american-leadership-still-sorely-needed-0
“We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/12/remarks-president-deaths-us-embassy-staff-libya
“Thank you. So I wanted to begin tonight by just saying a few words about a tough day that we had today. We lost four Americans last night, who were killed when they were attacked at a diplomatic post in Libya.” http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/12/remarks-president-campaign-event-las-vegas-nv
“You’re right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt, and my suspicion is, is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start.”NOTE: This segment did not air when CBS 60 Minutes was broadcast on Sunday September 16, 2012 http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/cbs-covered-up-obamas-sept-12-benghazi-admission/
(9/12/2012) – Within 24 hours of September 11 attack at Benghazi, the CIA station chief on the ground in Benghazi, per the AP, reports to the CIA that it is terrorist group.
(9/13/2012) – Thursday, Capitol Hill is briefed by FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC.) They said in the briefing that it was terrorism.
(9/14/2012) –: Friday, General Petraeus briefs Capitol Hill and blames the anti-Muslim video for the attack. On Capitol Hill, Petraeus characterized the attack as more consistent with a flash mob, where the militants showed up spontaneously with RPGs. Petraeus downplayed to lawmakers the skill needed to fire mortars, which also were used in the attack and to some were seen as evidence of significant pre-planning. As Fox News previously reported, four mortars were fired -- two missed the annex, but the mortar team re-calibrated and the next two mortars were direct hits.
Fox News is told that Petraeus seemed wedded to the narrative that the attack was linked to a demonstration and was spontaneous as opposed to pre-meditated.
Fox News is told that Petraeus was "absolute" in his description with few, if any, caveats. As lawmakers learned more about the attack, including through raw intelligence reports, they were "angry, disappointed and frustrated" that the CIA director had not provided a more complete picture of the available intelligence. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/29/early-briefing-on-libya-strike-focused-on-al-qaeda-before-story-changed/#ixzz2Aht2CkDR
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/29/early-briefing-on-libya-strike-focused-on-al-qaeda-before-story-changed/#ixzz2BsB5UugL
“MR. CARNEY: Let me say a couple of things. First of all, we are obviously closely monitoring developments in the region today. You saw that following the incidents in response to this video, the President directed the administration to take a number of steps to prepare for continued unrest. We also need to understand that this is a fairly volatile situation and it is in response not to United States policy, not to obviously the administration, not to the American people. It is in response to a video, a film that we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting. That in no way justifies any violent reaction to it, but this is not a case of protests directed at the United States writ large or at U.S. policy. This is in response to a video that is offensive to Muslims.” We certainly don't know. We don't know otherwise. We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. The unrest we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that Muslims, many Muslims find offensive. And while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified, it is not a reaction to the 9/11 anniversary that we know of, or to U.S. policy.” http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/14/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-9142012
“This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable.”
"Based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous -- not a premeditated -- response to what had transpired in Cairo. We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to -- or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. first of all, we had a substantial security presence with our personnel...”http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-us-ambassador-united-nations-susan-rice/story?id=17240933
“What began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy --sparked by this hateful video. But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that.”http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57513819/face-the-nation-transcripts-september-16-2012-libyan-pres-magariaf-amb-rice-and-sen-mccain/
“what sparked the recent violence was the airing on the Internet of a very hateful very offensive video that has offended many people around the world.”http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/2012/09/16/amb-susan-rice-rep-mike-rogers-discuss-violence-against-americans-middle-east#p//v/1843960658001
“Well, David, we can’t predict with any certainty. But let’s remember what has transpired over the last several days. This is a response to a hateful and offensive video that was widely disseminated throughout the Arab and Muslim world. The best information that we have available to us today our current assessment is that what happened in Benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo, almost a copycat of-- of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. What we think then transpired in Benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding.” http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49051097/ns/meet_the_press-transcripts/t/september-benjamin-netanyahu-susan-rice-keith-ellison-peter-king-bob-woodward-jeffrey-goldberg-andrea-mitchell/
“We had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character. This caused great offense in much of the Muslim world, but what also happened was extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies including the consulate in Libya”http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7422156n
“What I can tell you is that, as I said last week, as our Ambassador to the United Nations said on Sunday and as I said the other day, based on what we know now and knew at the time, we have no evidence of a preplanned or premeditated attack. This, however, remains under investigation, and I made that clear last week, and Ambassador Rice made that clear on Sunday."
"The U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed last week in Libya died “in the course of a terrorist attack,”
“Well, we’re still doing an investigation, and there are going to be different circumstances in different countries. And so I don’t want to speak to something until we have all the information. What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests –” QUESTION: “Al Qaeda?” OBAMA: “Well, we don’t know yet.” http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/20/remarks-president-univision-town-hall-jorge-ramos-and-maria-elena-salina
9/25/2012 – President Obama Appeared On The View And Again Refused To Call The Attack Terrorism, Only Saying That The Attack “Wasn’t Just A Mob Action.” “President Barack Obama said Monday that the Sept. 11 attack that claimed the life of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans ‘wasn’t just a mob action,’ but he stopped short of explicitly labeling the assault as an act of terrorism. Obama’s comments came as he taped an interview with ‘The View’ during a brief trip to New York to address the annual United National General Assembly. He had been asked whether the attack on the U.S. Consulate compound in the city of Benghazi was a terrorist act.” www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPGmN7Zw9Fk
“And that is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, where a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/25/transcript-obama-address-to-un-general-assembly/
"You know what makes it most frustrating about this assignment? It's not the hardships. It's not the gunfire. It's not the threats. It's dealing and fighting against the people, programs, and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me. For me, the Taliban is on the inside of the building."
"For me and my staff, it was abundantly clear that we were not going to get resources until the aftermath of an incident. And the question that we were to ask again is, 'How thin does the ice have to get before someone falls through?'" http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/the-security-failures-of-benghazi/
"The security in Benghazi was a struggle and remained a struggle throughout my time there," Wood said. "Diplomatic security remained weak. In April, there was only one U.S. diplomatic security agent there." http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/the-security-failures-of-benghazi/
“We weren’t told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there,”
“The intelligence community told us that,” Biden said. “As they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment.”http://www.debates.org/index.php?page=october-11-2012-the-biden-romney-vice-presidential-debate
11/3/2012– Congress decides not to investigate Benghazi again before the election but schedules House and Senate Intelligence closed door hearings for November 15th. The mainstream media refuses to thoroughly cover the Benghazi attacks.
11/6/2012– Barack Obama is re-elected President of the United States.
11/9/2012– General David Patraeus, the Director of the CIA, resigns his position citing an extra-marital affair. News agencies report that Paula Broadwell, his biographer, is the woman involved, and that she has been under investigation by the FBI for suspicion of having access to Petraeus' email. An FBI official said that the investigation began with a complaint from another woman that Mrs. Broadwell was harassing her.
- Did President Obama’s secret “findings” order on March 30, 2011 provide Libyan rebels with weapons or arms such as RPGs or AK 47s that could have ended up in terrorists hands and used to kill 4 Americans on the 9/11 consulate attack?
- If the weapons used in consulate attack were not provided by the 2011 US covert operation, were the weapons left over from the Gaddafi regime that were not secured by United States or United Nation forces and ended up in terrorist’s hands?
- Was Ambassador Steven’s main role in 2012 to make sure weapons caches were sent to Syrian rebels to expel Assad?
- What specific reason were additional security requests denied in Benghazi and who ultimately made those decisions?
- Who received or was copied on the cables from Ambassador Stevens warning of increased terrorist activity and his requests for additional security? President Obama? Hillary?
- Who authorized the tweets coming from the US Embassy in Cairo Twitter Account? At what time was Hillary made aware of them?
- Why was there not one statement, comment or condemnation of the Cairo tweets until 14 hours later and after Mitt Romney made his statement condemning?
- Did President Obama or Hillary see real time, the drone images being transmitted as the attack was happening on 911?
- Did President Obama order Agent Woods and the U reaction security team to stand down twice while the consulate was under attack?
- Did President Obama or Sect. of State Clinton see or read real time, the three emails sent as the attack was happening on 911?
- If the President was aware of the attacks and the assault lasted 7 hours, why did he not immediately authorize and send additional military forces over to Benghazi?
- Did agents Woods and Doherty have mortar positions painted with lasers?
- Were AC-130H Spectre gunships available to locate Woods and Doherty’s lasers?
- Did President Obama order AC-130H Spectre gunships to stand down?
- Who made the decision to have Hillary make a statement at 10:08 PM and blame the Internet Video for the Benghazi attack even while it was still happening? What specific intelligence did she have to make that statement?
- Why didn’t the President make a statement the evening of September 11, if he knew Americans were attacked and killed on the anniversary of 911?
- Who authorized spokesman Ben LaBolt to condemn Mitt Romney at midnight following the attacks?
- Why were the entire 9/12 morning press conferences and mainstream media focused on Mitt Romney’s statement the night before and not the possibility of another terrorist attack on 911 that killed 4 Americans?
- What specific intelligence did Obama & Hillary have that led them to blame the internet video was the blame for the Benghazi attack?
- If President Obama now says he was claiming an “Act of Terror” all along, then why did he not call the Benghazi assault a terrorist attack for 14 days?
- Can an “Act of Terror” with RPGs and AK 47s be a part of a spontaneous video protest?
- Since they had drone images & emails’ stating it was an Al Qaeda related terrorist attack, what specific intelligence made the Obama Admin & State Dept. claim it was a spontaneous protest and not pre-planned?
- If on September 16th, President of Libya's General National Congress MOHAMED YOUSEF EL-MAGARIAF stated the attacks were a pre-planned Al Qaeda coordinated terrorist attack, Why did Obama, Hillary, Rice and Carney still claim it was a spontaneous protest and not pre-planned?
- Why did the State Department delete/scrub a Sept. 6 memo from the State Department OSAC website claiming there are no credible terror threats for 911?
- Who scheduled Susan Rice to do 5 Sunday talk shows on 9/16 and was she provided talking points on what to say?
- Who authorized Jay Carney & Susan Rice to vehemently claim the attacks were a spontaneous protest over an internet video?
- Why would Obama send in the FBI to investigate if a majority of the attack happened at The Annex which also happened to be a CIA installation?
- If President Obama claims this was an “Act of Terror” all along, then why was the FBI called to investigate and it’s not a criminal matter?
- Then why was the FBI denied access to investigate for over 2 weeks allowing for looters to compromise the crime scene?
- Why did President Obama deny for 15 days it was a terrorist attack? He denied it on Letterman, The View, Univision and to the entire world during his United Nations speech. Why?
- Why did President Obama reference an offensive video to the United Nations 6 times and not reference Al Qaeda or terrorism once during his speech?
- Why did President Obama, for the first time in 33 days, mention an “Act of Terror” from his September 12th Rose Garden speech when asked about the attack in Benghazi during the 2nd televised debate by moderator Candy Crowley?
- Why when challenged by Mitt Romney during the same debate did President Obama respond: “read the transcript”?
- How did he know Candy Crowley had a copy of his Rose Garden speech transcript?
- Out of 100+ speeches President Obama gave following the attack in Benghazi, why would Candy Crowley have a transcript of that particular speech?
- Did the Obama Administration provide Candy Crowley a copy of that speech transcript prior to the debate?
- Did Candy Crowley plan to defend President Obama’s use of “Act of Terror” prior to the debate?
- Why did Petraeus brief congress on 9/14 and say the attacks arose from a mob that protested an internet video when the CIA station chief in Benghazi, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center all claimed the attack was terrorism?