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Still 4 Dead In Benghazi by zappatrust Still 4 Dead In Benghazi by zappatrust
The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News.

Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.

“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.

The details in the cable seemed to foreshadow the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. compound, which was a coordinated, commando-style assault using direct and indirect fire. Al Qaeda in North Africa and Ansar al-Sharia, both mentioned in the cable, have since been implicated in the consulate attack.

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.”

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SweetGems Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I still don't know about her concussion and the blood clot in her head.....
I'm kinda thinking she's faking it just to get out of the testimony.
Spriglief Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Her recent concussion provides perfect cover for her not to testify in front of congress and even if congress has the guts to force her appearance she will just say, “I do not recall.”

zappatrust Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so true, how do you diagnose a concussion without...oh never mind. It's so bizarre because it's so right in front of us to see, so blatant and yet so easily dismissed and covered up. It's hard to imagine these folks watched in real time as our people in Libya were attacked and killed and they did nothing, absolutely nothing to help them.
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But of course it’s not the fault of Hilary or Obama’s interventionist foreign policies. No no no. It’s all the fault of an virtually-unknown ammeter film on YouTube. Pay no attention to the warmongers behind the curtain.
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