Report that CIA in Benghazi Told to Stand Down, Shot Down by Report that They Were Told to Stand Down


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Confused? You probably don’t have a future in the mainstream media.

The latest talking point from Media Matters/Ready for Hillary/the Mainstream Media is that the claim that Benghazi rescuers were told to stand down has been completely shot down.

100 percent shot down.

Or as Media Matters puts it, “CIA Testimony Destroys Benghazi “Stand Down” Hoax”.  A hoax is what Media Matters loony boss David Brock, who needed a security team to defend him against “right-wing sniper assassins” is trying to rebrand the murder of four Americans in Benghazi as.

“Conservative media have repeatedly pushed the myth that security forces in Libya the night of the attack were ordered to “stand down” rather than rush to the aid of their colleagues in the diplomatic compound,” Media Matters writes.

“On December 14, an AP report explained how the “stand down” hoax developed, destroying the false conservative narrative.” Okay, MM please tell us more about this crazy conservative hoax.

Those CIA leaders decided they and their security contractor team should wait before rushing from their annex into the violence roughly a mile away.

Westmoreland said the CIA security contractors loaded into two vehicles, with weapons ready, the moment they heard the radio call for help from the diplomatic building. Some wanted to rush to the U.S. compound roughly a mile away, and their agitation grew as they heard increasing panic when the diplomats reported the militants were setting the compound on fire.

At least one of those security contractors, a former U.S. Army Ranger, was told to “wait” at least twice, and he argued with his security team leader, according to his testimony, related by Westmoreland. Westmoreland declined to share the names of the officers who testified because they are still CIA employees.

So they weren’t told to stand down. They were told to wait. Finally the great hoax has been disproven.

One problem though. The key stand down allegation didn’t involve local CIA personnel in Benghazi, but Special Forces personnel in Tripoli. And that testimony comes from Gregory Hicks who was the ranking diplomat after Stevens’ death.

The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command Africa.

According to excerpts released Monday, Hicks told investigators that SOCAFRICA commander Lt. Col. Gibson and his team were on their way to board a C-130 from Tripoli for Benghazi prior to an attack on a second U.S. compound “when [Col. Gibson] got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said, ‘you can’t go now, you don’t have the authority to go now.’ And so they missed the flight … They were told not to board the flight, so they missed it.”

Hicks told congressional investigators that if the U.S. had quickly sent a military aircraft over Benghazi, it might have saved American lives. The U.S. Souda Bay Naval Base is an hour’s flight from Libya.

Hicks remembers Gibson saying: “I have never been so embarrassed in my life that a State Department officer has bigger balls than somebody in the military.”

So completely disproven. Not. But we’re dealing with Media Matters here.

Finally here is notorious Benghazi hoaxter Charles Woods, the father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was murdered in Benghazi.

This was my son, he wasn’t even there.  He was at a safe house about a mile away.  He got the distress call.  He heard them crying for help.  That’s why he and Glenn risked their lives to go that extra mile just to take care of the situation.  And I’m sure that she wasn’t the only one that received that distress call: “Come save our lives.”

When I heard that there’s a very good chance that the White House as well as other members of the military knew what was going on, and obviously someone had to say, “Don’t go rescue them.” Because every person in the military, their first response is, “We’re going to go rescue them.” We need to find out who it was that gave that command.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    It’s sad and shameful how little this government ( and liberals in general ) regard people’s welfare. If one of these men were my son, I’d be unable to function because of such an injustice.

  • glpage

    Apparently, MM has defined ‘stand down’ as an order that means no action will be taken ever, whereas ‘wait’ means that an order to take action might be issued but not right now when the help is really necessary. I’m glad they have made that clear because, although it makes absolutely no difference to Stevens and the others who were killed, MM figures it should get Obama and Hillary off the hook.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Precisely. Furthermore anyone with any brains knows that a literal stand down order would be very unlikely since it would be easier to attack politically. The effect is exactly the same when you refuse to give the order to go…you know, like forever. “We were almost ready to go but then we found out…blah blah blah…and what difference does it make now?”

      It’s just easier to explain to the public by referring to the effect rather than the literal description of events in every detail. They were made to stand down when given a perpetual wait order. How’s that?

  • knowshistory

    david repented for betraying Uriah, but he kept the stolen wife. bam will not even repent for betraying our people in Benghazi. the likely response to Benghazi by the American sheeple is to elect the primary co-conspirator, Hillary, whose only claim to the office of president is that she may not be as evil as Obama, or as stupid as George w (islam is a great religion of peace) bush. we could select a random mental case out of a psychiatric hospital and make a better choice than Hillary. those voices that a lunatic hears just might direct a true schizophrenic to do the right thing occasionally. Hillary’s voices always direct her to do the wrong thing.

  • pupsncats

    Remember the meaning of words is different for liberals than for us.

  • jakespoon

    Well,they’ve already said that mistakes were made,but…wait for it…NOBODY made them. Find this nobody and make him pay.

  • truebearing

    It looks like Hillary scored some pure blow for the Brock Crock, aka Media Matters. They haven’t been this manic or detached from reality for a long time. Brock has seemingly snorted himself into a fevered pitch of dishonesty and paranoia with this idiotic attempt to recast Benghazi as a hoax. Even the moronic video explanation took longer to debunk than Brock’s nonsense.

    It sure would be fun to, just once, walk into the Media Matters bunker and shout “Incoming!”

  • Drakken

    What is ironic is these same muslims that carried out these attacks are walking around Benghazi bragging about it and daring the US to come get them, and what do we do? Nothing, cowardice. If this was the Russians, they would have gotten every last one of them and their families and dumped them in pieces in front of their mosque with a little note telling them to go ahead and do it again and see what happens.

    • vlwe

      I basically agree. But: it is not ironic, it is tragic and ominous. Obama promised to bring the perps to justice. MSM have all but forgotten that. And, please, Sir, leave the Russians alone. If you knew what they have been doing since 1999, you would try to use other examples. Israel, for one… Please remember that the same MSM that try to exempt the WH, SD, CIA and military from responsibility in Benghazi 2012 – G-d forbid anything bad came to light right before the elections – also provide most Americans and Europeans with info and background on Russia. MSM are a plague. Fortunately, we all now can get alternative info. On Russia, too.

      • Drakken

        It is obvious that what I said went completely over your head.

  • camp7

    (We need to find out who it was that gave that command.)

    “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE!!”

    ~ True confessions by the witch of the west.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “So they weren’t told to stand down. They were told to wait. Finally the great hoax has been disproven.”

    “Fat Albert, you go long.”

    This is exactly what I predicted last year.

  • blert

    ONLY the National Command Authority could possibly override General Orders.
    It’s no more complicated than that.
    German military history is repleat with countless intstances when they were undone by Fuhrer commands. In such a dictatorship, even the generals were parallyzed into folly. Entire formations were sacrificed to save this or that generals blood kin — on the hook should he stray.
    (If it had only been their own lives — then that would’ve been no problem.)

    (Rommel took poison to spare his wife and son — that was the deal.)
    We’re getting off lightly — so far.
    Like the worst tyrants of the 20th Century, our boy figures he just can’t do no wrong; he really does blame the system, …all others, …the planet.
    Barry plainly abandoned our heros — and turned in for an early snooze — all part of his Vegas ‘prep work’.

    The record has been confirmed: he had been meeting with Panetta and Dempsy in the Situation Room — at 5PM Eastern Time — for a long pre-arranged meeting! It had been put on the White House schedule of events — and distributed to the Press Corps more that a week earlier! WHOOPS!!!

    Even Carney admitted the meeting came off on schedule. Who knew that Benghazi would go hot during the magic hour?

  • Mach1Duck

    Prehaps, just maybe, because, it was a set up deal between Morsi and Obama to kidnap Stevens who was to be exchanged for the Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman.

  • Lanna

    We all know how the rescue team in Benghazi was told to stand down and let our soldiers die. The time to hold them accountable is coming!

  • Maggie

    “We need to find out who it was that gave that command.” Charles Woods asks the most important question.. why is the state department withholding info from the congressional committee? 23 minutes missing from watergate tapes.. 3 days missing from Bengahzi e-mails

  • Jim Ward

    Nice try. Military leaders, House Republicans and Lt. Col. Gibson himself months ago shot down what this article calls “the key stand down allegation.”

    Even the conservative Washington Times reported on this:

    “Col. Gibson said Wednesday that no stand-down order was given, according to the House Armed Services subcommittee on oversight and investigations. The subcommittee held a classified briefing with Col. Gibson; retired Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, former commander of U.S. Africa Command; and Navy Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey, former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa.”

    “Contrary to news reports, Gibson was not ordered to ‘stand down’ by higher command authorities in response to his understandable desire to lead a group of three other Special Forces soldiers to Benghazi,” the subcommittee said in a rare statement about a closed-door briefing.”

    “Instead, the site security team was ordered to remain in Tripoli to defend the embassy and its staff in case terrorists also struck in the capital while the Benghazi post was under attack, and to assist the wounded who were being evacuated to Tripoli after the first phase of the fighting had ended, the statement said.”

    “Col. Gibson “acknowledged that, had he deployed to Benghazi, he would have left Americans in Tripoli undefended. He also stated that, in hindsight, he would not have been able to get to Benghazi in time to make a difference, and as it turned out, his medic was needed to provide urgent assistance to survivors once they arrived in Tripoli,” the statement said. The medic “saved the leg and probably the life” of one of the evacuated personnel, according to Mr. Hicks‘ congressional testimony.”

    Read more: http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/27/lawmakers-no-stand-down-order-given-benghazi/#ixzz2nrP3jOKE

    • Drakken

      It is rally amusing and humorous that you liberal/progressive/communist stick to the Obummer narrative. You kinda sorta failed to mention some very relevant facts of Gen Ham was temporarily relived of command during the crisis and a navy Admiral was relieved at the same time for trying to send air and SOC personnel. In case it has escaped your notice, nobody is buying your narrative anymore.

      • Jim Ward

        For years you guys have been telling us that the military hates Obama and Clinton. Now you would have us believe that the military is lying to protect them. General Ham has put in more than 40 years, is retiring and has to answer to no one. He has been clear there was no stand down in Benghazi.

        As General Ham explained in his testimony before Congress:

        1. He was in Washington, D.C. during the Benghazi incident and met with the Secretary of Defense and the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff shortly after the first attack.

        2. General Ham described “the fundamental nature of the Department of Defense’s security role with regard to diplomatic presence” and explained that “the primary responsibility has been with the host nation.”

        2. When word of the attack reached Washington, the DSS force, February 17th Brigade, and U.S. response teams comprised of CIA Global Response Staff (GRS) paramilitary soldiers and Pentagon Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) commandos were responding and the Ambassador was in the safe haven within the compound. U.S. Predator drones were rerouted and provided the JSOC operators below with aerial images utilized in the evacuation to the CIA annex. General Ham explained that he had full authority to order an additional response but, “when the first attack commenced and then essentially ended shortly — about an hour or so after it began, I didn’t know at that point that there was going to be a second attack.”

        3. General Ham testified that he recommended to the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that military assets be mobilized. He testified that his recommendations were accepted and that the mobilization was fully authorized. He continued:

        SEN. GRAHAM: So what was the closest team?
        GEN. HAM: The team that was best postured to move was the Fleet Antiterrorism Support Team in Rota.
        SEN. GRAHAM: So when did they begin to move?
        GEN. HAM: I don’t know precisely when they began to move. They arrived in Tripoli about 24 hours after the attack.
        SEN. GRAHAM: Well, I guess my point is, was there — were fighter aircraft available in Aviano that could have gotten into Libya within 24 hours?
        GEN. HAM: They could have been, sir. I did not so request.
        SEN. GRAHAM: Did you ever suggest that we deploy any military asset quicker than 24 hours?
        GEN. HAM: I did not. I considered but did not request the deployment of fighter aircraft.
        SEN. GRAHAM: Did anybody ever ask you, General Ham, what do we have to get to the aid of these folks quickly? Did anyone ever suggest that we use an F-15 or F-16 to buzz the compound once the ambassador was found missing?
        GEN. HAM: Not to my knowledge, sir.
        SEN. GRAHAM: Were you ever told to stand down in any of your efforts to move people into Libya because we were concerned about violating Libyan airspace?
        GEN. HAM: No, sir.
        SEN. GRAHAM: Were you ever tapped on the soldier — shoulder by anyone who said you’re going ahead of yourself here? No one ever suggested to you that — to stop what you were doing?
        GEN. HAM: No, sir.

        Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates declared that he would not have responded any differently. He was adamant that sending aircraft into an area where hundreds of MANPADS had been looted from Qaddafi’s arsenals would have been a deadly mistake. He further declared that the critics who claim we should have buzzed the residential neighborhood where the compound was located have a “cartoonish” view of our military capabilities.

        • Zeke

          Solid analysis. Benghazi was tragic but not a sham. There was NO “stand down” order.

  • Hank

    Where was OBAMA???????????????????????????????????????????