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This is what I have so far…
Mar. 28, 2012:
Embassy request additional security from State Department.
A bomb planted at the U.S. compound in Benghazi ripped a 12-foot-wide hole in the outer wall.
The British ambassador’s motorcade was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, wounding a medic and doctor. The next day, the ambassador was gone and the British Benghazi post was closed.
At the same time, the Red Cross, after a second attack, shut down and fled the city.
“When that occurred,” says Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, who headed the military security team in Tripoli, “we were the last flag flying in Benghazi; we were the last thing on their target list to remove.”
Embassy requested from State Department to extend deployment of existing security personnel.
Embassy requested to add Ambassador protective detail bodyguard positions in US Embassy from State Department.
At the U.S. compound in Benghazi, an emergency meeting was convened to discuss the 10 Islamist militias and their training camps in the area, among them al-Qaida and Ansar al-Sharia. It was decided that the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack”.
A cable marked “SECRET” was sent to State Department addressed to Hillary which said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected because approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps now located within Benghazi.
The cable was addressed to Hillary Clinton — and signed by Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Embassy reported to State Department about deteriorating security conditions.
“On Sunday, September 9, 2012, the U.S. mission requested additional police support at our compound for the duration of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens’ visit. We requested daily, twenty-four hour police protection at the front and rear of the U.S. mission as well as a roving patrol. In addition we requested the services of a police explosive detection dog,” the letter reads.
“We were given assurances from the highest authorities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that all due support would be provided for Ambassador Stevens’ visit to Benghazi. However, we are saddened to report that we have only received an occasional police presence at our main gate. Many hours pass when we have no police support at all.”
The document also suggests that the U.S. consulate had asked Libyan authorities on Sept. 9 for extra security measures in preparation for Stevens’ visit, but that the Libyans had failed to provide promised support.
U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens arrives in Benghazi and holds meetings on and off the consulate grounds. He spends the night.
For the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens holds meetings inside the compound only. It is an enclosed area about 300 yards long by 100 yards wide, with a 9-foot outer wall topped by barbed wire and augmented by barriers, steel drop bars and other security upgrades. There are four buildings in the compound. Five diplomatic security officers are present, along with four members of a local militia deployed by Libya’s government to provide added security.
Embassy reported to State Department about expanding Islamist influence and various killings and explosions over the past week. In a three-page cable 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.”
A letter, written on Sept. 11 and addressed to Mohamed Obeidi, the head of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ office in Benghazi, reads:
“Finally, early this morning at 0643, September 11, 2012, one of our diligent guards made a troubling report. Near our main gate, a member of the police force was seen in the upper level of a building across from our compound. It is reported that this person was photographing the inside of the U.S. special mission and furthermore that this person was part of the police unit sent to protect the mission. The police car stationed where this event occurred was number 322.”
The account accords with a message written by Smith, the IT officer who was killed in the assault, on a gaming forum on Sept. 11. “Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures,” he wrote hours before the assault. Source
Around 8:30 p.m.
Stevens finishes his final meeting of the day and escorts a Turkish diplomat outside the main entrance of the consulate. The situation is calm. There are no protests.
(*Based on information provided by the State Department on Sept. 12, 2012. Times are local. )
The main building of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi came under fire.
The temporary Benghazi consulate facilities were acquired before the ouster of former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi last year. The U.S. consulate consisted of a main building, several ancillary buildings, and an annex building further away. Between 25 to 30 American personnel were in the main compound and annex at the time of the attack.
While officials declined to comment on details of any U.S. government facilities overseas, they did confirm that, per standard procedure, both the main consulate building and the annex have physical perimeters set up with local (Libyan) guards staffed outside the compound and a “robust American security presence inside the compound, including a strong component of regional security officers.”
“Libyan extremists” breached the compound and “began firing into the main building, setting it on fire.” The Libyan guards and U.S. security forces returned fire.
At the time, three people were inside the main consulate building: U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and a regional security officer (RSO) – the State Department’s special agent who was in charge of providing security to the ambassador.
“They became separated from each other due to the heavy, dark smoke while they were trying to evacuate the burning building,” said a senior administration official.
The RSO made it out of the building, and he and other security personnel went back inside the burning building to rescue Stevens and Smith. They found Smith dead and pulled his body from the building.
“They were unable, however, to locate [Stevens] before they were driven from the building due to the heavy fire and smoke and the continuing small arms fire,” the official said.
Security personnel from the consulate’s annex building arrived at the scene and tried to “regain the main building.” However, the official said, heavy fire forced them to turn back.
On the second attempt, U.S. & Libyan security forces were able to regain possession and control of the main building. But continued gunfire forced them to evacuate all Embassy personnel to the annex building nearby.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
Gunmen attacked the consulate’s annex building. The gunfight lasted for 2 hours, killing 2 more Americans and wounding 2.
Libyan security forces helped U.S. forces fight back against the armed extremists. They were able to regain control of the situation 4.5 hours after the attack began.
“At some point in all of this – and frankly, we do not know when – we believe that Ambassador Stevens got out of the [main] building and was taken to a hospital in Benghazi. We do not have any information about what his condition was at the time. His body was later returned the U.S. personnel at the Benghazi airport,” said the official. Given the available information last night, it appeared that Stevens was transported to the hospital by Libyans.
Ex-SEAL Ty Woods, in the CIA safe house a mile away, was denied permission to go to the rescue of the compound, and that he disobeyed orders, went and brought back the body of diplomat Sean Smith.
After the attack on the compound, the battle shifted to the safe house — for four more hours. Another ex-SEAL, Glen Doherty, made it to Benghazi from Tripoli. Seven hours after the initial assault that killed Ambassador Stevens and Smith, Doherty and Woods were still returning fire, when, having been abandoned on the orders of someone higher up, they were killed by a direct mortar hit.
The State Department was following the Benghazi assault in real time.
By 11 p.m. Benghazi time, 90 minutes after the assault began on the U.S. mission, Obama met with the National Security Council to discuss the attack. NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor said the president “ordered Secretary Panetta and Chairman Dempsey to begin moving assets into the region to prepare for a range of contingencies” at that meeting.
According to the senior Defense Department official, those assets included a special operations team from central Europe to be staged at the Sigonella Naval Air Station in Italy and other small teams of Marines deployed at U.S. Naval bases known as FAST platoons. (These details were first reported by Fox News.) By the time the special operations team and the Marines were prepared to go forward with the rescue mission, however, the first wave of the attack was over.
During the above attack, the Obama Administration did not convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG).
“The CSG is the one group that’s supposed to know what resources every agency has. They know of multiple options and have the ability to coordinate counterterrorism assets across all the agencies,” a high-ranking government official told CBS News. “They were not allowed to do their job. They were not called upon.” Source
Information shared with CBS News from top counterterrorism sources in the government and military reveal keen frustration over the U.S. response on Sept. 11, the night ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans were killed in a coordinated attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya…
Counterterrorism sources and internal emails reviewed by CBS News express frustration that key responders were ready to deploy, but were not called upon to help in the attack.
Attkisson tracked down National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor and quizzed him on why the Counterterrorism Security Group was not called into session during the Benghazi mission attack. His response was a classic Obama administration dodge:
“From the moment the President was briefed on the Benghazi attack, the response effort was handled by the most senior national security officials in governments. Members of the CSG were of course involved in these meetings and discussions to support their bosses.”
But Attkisson reports that the situation soon devolved into chaos:
Absent coordination from Counterterrorism Security Group, a senior US counterterrorism official says the response to the crisis became more confused. The official says the FBI received a call during the attack representing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and requesting agents be deployed. But he and his colleagues agreed the agents “would not make any difference without security and other enablers to get them in the country and synch their efforts with military and diplomatic efforts to maximize their success.”
Another senior counter terrorism official says a hostage rescue team was alternately asked to get ready and then stand down throughout the night, as officials seemed unable to make up their minds.
A third potential responder from a counter-terror force stationed in Europe says components of [AFRICOM] — the military’s Africa Command based in Stuttgart, Germany — were working on course of action during the assault. But no plan was put to use.
“Forces were positioned after the fact but not much good to those that needed it,” the military source told CBS News.
“The response process was isolated at the most senior level,” says an official referring to top officials in the executive branch. “My fellow counterterrorism professionals and I (were) not consulted.”
The official says a protocol set forth in a classified presidential directive calls for the Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG) to be convened in the event of a possible terrorist attack. According to a public military document, the directive was designed to “synchronize the efforts of all the government agencies that have a role to play in the Global War on Terrorism.”
This latest revelation by CBS News is the most recent in a steady barrage of reports that knock down the Obama administration’s narrative that the President has been involved and engaged in proactively responding to the Benghazi attacks. It paints a picture of an unengaged President whose interests do not align with one of the core responsibilities of the Commander-in-Chief: to protect and defend our country’s diplomats around the world.
CSG is an interagency group that specializes in both hostage situations and any terror attack on U.S. interests. That decision, according to senior military and intelligence officials, may have stymied some of the response to the attack.
According to senior military officials, the administration also did not deploy the interagency team made up of Department of Defense, FBI, CIA and State Department: the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST). It was decided that FEST was not to be sent to coordinate an on-the-ground response and help facilitate the FBI’s interests into Benghazi. It took 24 days for the FBI team in Libya to gain access to the compound.
Three emails came from the compound that night. The first described the attack; the second came as the firing stopped; the third reported that Ansar al-Sharia was claiming credit.
There were two drones over Benghazi capable of sending pictures to U.S. commanders within reach of Benghazi, and to the CIA, Pentagon and White House.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a statement on the attack on Benghazi, notes that “some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”
From the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama calls Benghazi an “outrageous and shocking attack.” He says the U.S. rejects efforts to denigrate religious beliefs of others, but that there is no justification “to this type of senseless violence.” He adds that “no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation…” He also adds that ““We will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.””
Later, at a campaign event in Las Vegas, Obama sends a message to “anybody who would do us harm: No act of terror will dim the light of the values that we proudly shine on the rest of the world, and no act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America.”
Clinton, in a statement, condemns what she calls a “vicious and violent attack.” She says later, “This was an attack by a small and savage group — not the people or Government of Libya.” She says that “as long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of God, the world will never know a true and lasting peace.”
Jay Carney, “It’s too early for us to make that judgment. I think — I know that this is being investigated, and we’re working with the Libyan government to investigate the incident. So I would not want to speculate on that at this time.”
CNN reporter Arwa Damon went to the compound and found the journal of Ambassador J. Christopher Steven. CNN then reported on Stevens’ concern about security in Benghazi.
Jay Carney, “The protests we’re seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie. They are not directly in reaction to any policy of the United States or the government of the United States or the people of the United States.”
At a campaign event in Colorado, Obama again says, “To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished.”
In Washington, Clinton addresses the “video circulating on the Internet that has led to these protests in a number of countries.” She later returns to the “small and savage group in Benghazi” and says again “some seek to justify this behaviour as a response to inflammatory, despicable material posted on the Internet.”
In Libya, Wanis el-Sharef, then eastern Libya’s deputy interior minister, said the attacks were suspected to have been timed to mark the 9-11 anniversary and that the militants used civilians protesting an anti-Islam film as cover for their action. Infiltrators within the security forces may have tipped off militants to the safe house location, he said.
A senior U.S. official tells CNN that the Benghazi violence was a “clearly planned attack”: “It was not an innocent mob,” the official said. “The video or 9/11 made a handy excuse and could be fortuitous from their perspective, but this was a clearly planned military-type attack.”
Representatives of the FBI and National Counterterrorism Center gave Capitol Hill briefings in which they said the evidence supported an Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda-affiliated attack. The description of the attack by those in the briefings stands in stark contrast to the now controversial briefing on Capitol Hill by CIA Director David Petraeus the following day — and raises even more questions about why Petraeus described the attack as tied to a demonstration.
This assessment was based on intercepts that included individuals, believed to have participated in the attack, who were celebratory — as well as a claim of responsibility.
FBI and NCTC also briefed that there were a series of Al Qaeda training camps just outside of Benghazi, where the attack occurred and resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The area was described as a hotbed for the militant Ansar al-Sharia as well as Al Qaeda in North Africa.
There was no mention of a demonstration or any significant emphasis on the anti-Islam video that for days was cited by administration officials as a motivating factor.
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 previously reported, four mortars were fired — two missed the annex, but the mortar team re-calibrated and the next two mortars were direct hits.
It was told that Petraeus seemed wedded to the narrative that the attack was linked to a demonstration and was spontaneous as opposed to pre-meditated.
This Petraeus briefing conflicted with that of the FBI and NCTC from the previous day.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/29/early-briefing-on-libya-strike-focused-on-al-qaeda-before-story-changed/#ixzz2B1zolotp
At the repatriation ceremony for the victims of the attacks, Clinton calls Benghazi a “heavy assault” and adds: “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.”
Jay Carney, “We were not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”
That was a lie.
In his weekly address, Obama stresses that the U.S. “has a profound respect for people of all faiths” and rejects the denigration of Islam. “Yet there is never any justification for violence,” he says. “There is no excuse for attacks on our embassies and consulates.”
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, goes on morning shows at NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and CNN. Based on the administration’s best information, she says, the Benghazi attack was a “spontaneous — not a premeditated — response” to the anti-video protests in Cairo. A small number of protesters came to the consulate “and then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons,” she said. Rice called the attack a “direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated, that the U.S. government had nothing to do with.” She said the U.S. had no information at the time “that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.”
In Libya, interim President Mohammed el-Megarif said: “It was planned, definitely. It was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago. And they were planning this criminal act since their arrival.”
Clinton says U.S. and Libya are working closely together to bring to justice those who “murdered” the four Americas in Benghazi. She notes that in a number of places where protests have turned violent, “we are seeing the hand of extremists who are trying to exploit people’s inflamed passions for their own agendas.” She cites Clapper’s assessment that the U.S. had no actionable intelligence that an attack in Benghazi was planned or imminent.
Jay Carney, “Our belief, based on the information we have, is it was the video that caused the unrest in Cairo, and the video and the unrest in Cairo that helped — that precipitated some of the unrest in Benghazi and elsewhere. What other factors were involved is a matter of investigation.”
Jay Carney, “It is a simple fact that there are, in post-revolution, postwar Libya, armed groups, there are bad actors hostile to the government, hostile to the West, hostile to the United States. And as has been the case in other countries in the region, it is certainly conceivable that these groups take advantage of and exploit situations that develop, when they develop, to protest against or attack either Westerners, Americans, Western sites or American sites. … Right now I’m saying we don’t have evidence at this point that this was premeditated or preplanned to coincide on a — to happen on a specific date or coincide with that anniversary.”
Matthew Olson, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, responding to a question by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman on whether the attack was a terrorist attack, “They were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. … At this point, what I would say is that a number of different elements appear to have been involved in the attack, including individuals connected to militant groups that are prevalent in eastern Libya, particularly the Benghazi area, as well we are looking at indications that individuals involved in the attack may have had connections to al Qaeda or al Qaeda affiliates, in particular al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.” Olson also said U.S. officials had no “specific evidence of significant advanced planning.”
At a town hall event in Miami, Obama says what we’ve seen over the last week-and-a-half “is an offensive video or cartoon directed at the prophet Muhammad. And this is obviously something that then is used as an excuse by some to carry out inexcusable violent acts directed at Westerners or Americans.” He says the U.S. is investigating, and that the circumstances differ in each country. But, he adds, “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.”
Jay Carney, “It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Our embassy was attacked violently, and the result was four deaths of American officials.”
Hillary Clinton, “What happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and we will not rest until we have tracked down and brought to justice the terrorists who murdered four Americans.”
President Obama on ABC’s “The View,” in response to interviewer Joy Behar’s question, “I heard Hillary Clinton say it was an act of terrorism. Is it? What do you say?”:
“We’re still doing an investigation. There’s no doubt that (with) the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn’t just a mob action. We don’t have all the information yet, so we’re still gathering it. But what’s clear is that around the world, there’s still a lot of threats out there.” Obama also said “extremist militias” were suspected to have been involved.
President Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly:
“That is what we saw play out the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. 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 – for as the city outside these walls makes clear, we are a country that has welcomed people of every race and religion. We are home to Muslims who worship across our country. We not only respect the freedom of religion – we have laws that protect individuals from being harmed because of how they look or what they believe. We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them. “
“There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There is no video that justifies an attack on an Embassy.”
“What is happening inside Mali is augmented by the rising threat from violent extremism across the region. For some time, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other groups have launched attacks and kidnappings from northern Mali into neighboring countries. Now, with a larger safe haven and increased freedom to maneuver, terrorists are seeking to extend their reach and their networks in multiple directions. And they are working with other violent extremists to undermine the democratic transitions under way in North Africa, as we tragically saw in Benghazi.”
Transcript of NBC reporter Ann Curry’s interview with Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf
Ann Curry: “Would you call the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi an act of terrorism?”
Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf: “I have no doubt about that, and it’s a pre-planned act of terrorism directed against American citizens.”
Ann Curry: “What is your evidence that it was a pre-planned act of terrorism?”
Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf: “Number one is choosing the death, 11th of September. It has all the significance. We take the fact about the way it was executed. Can you see there’s enough proof that it is a pre-planned act of terrorism.”
Ann Curry: “And this is what is helping convince you that this was a pre-planned attack, not a reaction to a controversial movie?”
Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf: “Yes, I have no doubt about this.”
Ann Curry: “Do you think the movie had anything to do with the attack on the consulate?”
Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf: “Not on this attack. It has nothing to do with this attack.”
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta:
“It was a terrorist attack. … As we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack.”
A senior U.S. official tells CNN that it became clear within about a day of the Benghazi attack that it been the work of terrorists.
Separately, CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend reports that a law enforcement source told her that “from day one, we had known clearly that this was a terrorist attack.”
Statement by Shawn Turner, spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper:
“In the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo. We provided that initial assessment to executive branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available. Throughout our investigation, we continued to emphasize that information gathered was preliminary and evolving. As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists.”
Chairman Issa and Rep. Chaffetz send letter to Secretary Clinton outlining 13 security threats over the six months prior to the attack and asking why requests for more protection were denied to the U.S. mission in Libya by Washington officials.
Documents discovered by a Washington Post reporter in the remains of the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The documents detail weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip to the city and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission.
FBI investigators were escorted to Benghazi by the U.S. military, which provided protection as the security situation in Libya remains precarious. The Pentagon confirmed today that the on-site visit lasted only “a number of hours.”
Committee on Oversight and Reform Hearing
Carney, responding to questions about whether administration officials had misled the public because they did not want to acknowledge a terrorist attack:
“The president of the United States referred to it as an act of terror immediately after it occurred.”
“I never said we don’t know if it’s terrorism. There was an issue about the definition of terrorism. This is by definition an act of terror, as the president made clear.”
Vice President Joe Biden, during his debate with GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, responding to a question about what the administration knew about security requests from Libya:
“We weren’t told they wanted more security there.”
Carney, asked to respond to Biden’s comments:
“The vice president was speaking about himself, and the president and the White House. He was not referring to the administration, clearly, since there was a public hearing for four and a half hours where it was discussed openly by individuals working at the State Department requests that were made.”
Clinton, in an interview with CNN:, “I take responsibility. I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts. The president and the vice president wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They’re the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision.”
Obama, speaking to GOP challenger Mitt Romney at their second debate:
“The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people in the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened; that this was an act of terror. And I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime.”
Although President Obama said, “We will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.”, The New York Times reported that Ansar al-Shariah leader and suspected Benghazi ringleader Ahmed Abu Khattala was seen in a crowded Benghazi luxury hotel sipping mango juice as he claimed that no Libyan authorities had questioned him and that, by the way, he had no plans to go into hiding.
Fox provides Timeline of Benghazi terror attack, Part 2
Obama administration officials defend their response to the attack amid new claims that the White House failed to send help quickly enough as militants overran the mission. In response to a report alleging that security officers working for the CIA in Benghazi heard the attack but were twice told to wait before rushing to the compound, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood says the CIA “reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi.” Benghazi’s fatal timeline: How 4 Americans were failed.
Next to the room where the letters and most documents were found, a yellow paper marks it room “D.” Above the paper, somebody has carved a swastika in the blackened wall.
Villa C, which was used as Stevens’ residence during his stay in Benghazi, is located 50 meters from the TOC building. Here, an open window leads to the safe haven — a sealed-off part of Villa C where Stevens and Smith suffocated to death. On the destroyed bed lay the Aug. 6, 2012, copy of the New Yorker. The magazine’s cover carries a label with Stevens’s name and his diplomatic mailing address.
A few meters to the right is the safe haven’s bathroom. Everything here is blackened by smoke. One of the two white toilets is covered with bloodstains. On the mirror in the bathroom, an unknown person has written a macabre text in a thin layer of ash. “I am Chris from the dead,” it reads.
In an unprecedented move, President Obama ordered the immediate removal of Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette from his command of the powerful Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG-3) currently located in the Middle East. No explanation was available from the Department of Defense.
Rear Admiral Gaouette was involved in moving ships into position for an assault or rescue. Since the orders never came for either, I assume he expressed his opinion and Obama didn’t like it.
General Carter F. Ham, the Combatant Commander of Africa Command (AFRICOM) and a key figure in the Benghazi-gate controversy, is leaving the Army.
Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of a House oversight subcommittee investigating the Benghazi attacks, told The Daily Beast that General Carter Ham, the outgoing U.S. commander of Africa Command, “told me directly that he had no directive to engage in the fight in Benghazi.”
More to come…
The White House press secretary – who has not held a full-fledged briefing with the White House press corps since October 12 – said that the president “expects the investigations to be rigorous.