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Stevens Letters Indicate Attack Had Insider Help

From Foreign Policy Magazine:

‘Troubling’ Surveillance Before Benghazi Attack

By Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa | Thu November 1, 2012

BENGHAZI, Libya — More than six weeks after the shocking assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi — and nearly a month after an FBI team arrived to collect evidence about the attack – the battle-scarred, fire-damaged compound where Ambassador Chris Stevens and another Foreign Service officer lost their lives on Sept. 11 still holds sensitive documents and other relics of that traumatic final day, including drafts of two letters worrying that the compound was under "troubling" surveillance and complaining that the Libyan government failed to fulfill requests for additional security…

The two unsigned draft letters are both dated Sept. 11 and express strong fears about the security situation at the compound on what would turn out to be a tragic day. They also indicate that Stevens and his team had officially requested additional security at the Benghazi compound for his visit — and that they apparently did not feel it was being provided.

Note that seven weeks after the attack the site of the consulate still has not been secured. And the Obama administration’s investigation of the attack has been so thorough, the news media are still finding documents lying around the ruins.

One 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."

In other words, Stevens noted that on the day of the attack one of the police force that was to protect them was taking photos of the insides of the compound, which could only indicate that he was working for the other side.

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…

This is unreal. But it does explain the terrorists knowing exactly where the ‘safe room’ was in the compound, and how best to defeat it — by setting it on fire.

It is not clear whether the U.S. letters were ever sent, and if so, what action was taken before the assault on the evening of Sept. 11. But they speak to a dangerous and uncertain security environment in Benghazi that clearly had many State Department officials worried for their safety…

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.

Gee, just like they way our own State Department and the rest of Washington failed them.

"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 letter concludes with a request to the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to look into the incident of the policeman conducting surveillance, and the absence of requested security measures. "We submit this report to you with the hopes that an official inquiry can be made into this incident and that the U.S. Mission may receive the requested police support," the letter reads…

Again, they got the same response from Libya as from Washington.

The concerns about police surveillance exhibited in the letters to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Benghazi police chief cast further doubt on early reports that a spontaneous protest was to blame for the attack on the U.S. consulate — reports that the State Department has disavowed. They also appear to contradict an Oct. 9 State Department briefing on the consulate attack, during which a senior State Department official claimed that there had been no security incidents at the consulate that day. "Everything is calm at 8:30 p.m," the official said. "There’s nothing unusual. There has been nothing unusual during the day at all outside."

Mind you, this is being published by Foreign Policy, which is a highly respected magazine. It is also now owned by the Washington Post, which is ignoring all of this news.

These letters were found a month and a half after the attack, despite a visit to the compound by FBI investigators…

The continued threat to U.S. personnel in Benghazi may be the reason these documents escaped the FBI’s attention. With suspected militants still roaming the streets, FBI investigators only had limited time to check the consulate compound. According to a Benghazi resident who resides near the consulate, the FBI team spent only three hours examining the compound…

A detail we have noted before, but which has been mostly ignored by our news media. But this is not the way to conduct an investigation.

Besides, how come the news media feels safe enough to snoop around, but the FBI doesn’t?

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.

And it is a very fitting message, too.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, November 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Stevens Letters Indicate Attack Had Insider Help”

  1. GetBackJack

    Shocking bovine scatology.

    “They” are going to find all sorts of incompetence and numbskullery to convince the media and the People of the USA that Obama and his team were stunningly amateurish.

    Because it’s a far far better thing tp be thought a fool than for the American people to trip to … “This SOB committed Treason!” Gor arranging for al-Queda to be in charge of security of an Ambassador Obama arranged to be kidnapped and then hostage-traded for his very own “Presidential October Surprise”

    No. Incompetence the American voter will believe

    Treason?

    They’ll flip clean out

    • Right of the People

      Jack,

      I agree. I think the a-hole in the White House wanted to have an issue where he could be the hero but his Mooselimb brothers got carried away and spoiled it by buggering Stevens to death like they did Qadaffi. I guess their manly hormones betrayed them, he must have looked like a goat.

      If Barry the Bungler loses the new Romney administration should make it a priority to find out what actually happened and if Obummer is culpable, he needs to stand trial for treason.

  2. wirenut

    How about just plain felonious absenteeism? Fits this administration. Treason? You can’t bark up this tree, they were never tought the Consititution in the first place. To borrow a line, garbage in, garbage out. We can do better.

    • AcornsRNutz

      Well, they may not have been taught the constitution, but the idea of being punished for opposing dear leader is one they fully understand. If we change “dear leader” to “the fundamental values of the country and implicit trust and authority granted by the will of the citizens of the United States” they might understand why once this boob and his cronies are no longer able to hide behind executive priveledge they are being put on trial. I can dream right?

      To add to the ever growing and generally redundant list of contrasts between lib politicians and Republicans vis a vis the media, there were calls to try Bush for his role in harming our enemies, but I am not hearing any real demands for anything like that for the bamster, who has helped our enemies kill our people, develop nuclear technology, attack our allies without recourse, extort our citizens money, overthrow friendly governments and take over the respective country, all while bowing to their tin pot little camel screwing royalty. Today we take one tiny little step toward fixing this mess.




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