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Benghazigate: Everyone but Obama Knew Attack was Coming
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 3, 2012 @ 9:45 am In The Point | 1 Comment
At this point it appears as if the full tale of malfeasance and incompetence that led to the murder of Americans in Benghazi will require multiple volumes to accommodate the telling.
Let’s begin with US diplomats in Libya who did ask for more security
American diplomats in Libya made repeated requests for increased security for the consulate in Benghazi and were turned down by officials in Washington
And the embassy contracted guards knew that an attack was also coming.
The U.S. military never protected the Benghazi outpost. That job was instead left to a small British private security firm, named Blue Mountain, that was paid $783,000 for it efforts. In the weeks leading up to the September 11 assault, the unarmed Libyan guards employed by Blue Mountain Group were “warned by their family members to quit their jobs… because there were rumors in the community of an impending attack,
Obama’s SD people, who appear to deny things by reflex now, denied that they ever hired a private security company and then admitted that they did.
Contrary to Friday’s claim by State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland that “at no time did we contract with a private security firm in Libya,” the department inked a contract for “security guards and patrol services” on May 3 for $387,413.68. An extension option brought the tab for protecting the consulate to $783,000. The contract lists only “foreign security awardees” as its recipient.
There’s one obvious reason for the denial, Blue Mountain Group appears quite underwhelming from a security standpoint and its CEO seems to spend most of his time promoting off-road adventures.
The local Libyans weren’t happy with Blue Mountain either.
A source with knowledge of two State Department meetings — one in June and a second in July — told Fox News that Blue Mountain Libya felt the security provided by the UK partner was “substandard and the situation was unworkable.”
But according to the source, when the Libyans tried to bring in a third party — an American contractor — to improve security, a State Department contract officer declined to get involved.
So far we have inept security, the State Department relying on Blue Mountain and a Muslim Brotherhood militia for security, despite repeated warnings of danger in Benghazi and alerts that their security was inadequate to the task.
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