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REPORT: STATE DEPT. HAD ‘CREDIBLE INFORMATION’ 48 HOURS PRIOR TO LIBYA CONSULATE ATTACK BUT FAILED TO ACT

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Senior diplomatic sources say the U.S. State Department had credible information, 48 hours prior to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the embassy in Cairo, that American locations may be targeted, however, no warnings were issued, no “lock down” orders given, The Independent reports.

On Tuesday, a mob of radical Islamists stormed the consulate in Benghazi, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in a fiery assault. Officials say the murders of the four men were likely the result of “a serious and continuing security breach,” the report states.

U.S. officials now believe the Libya attack was premeditated, despite initial reports that an anti-Muslim YouTube clip sparked spontaneous riots throughout the Middle East. However, Stevens’ return to Libya was intended to be confidential as well as his location in Benghazi, where he and his staff were murdered, raising additional security concerns for American assets in the country.

The attack was an organized two-part operation by heavily armed militants that included a precisely timed raid on the supposedly secret safe house just as Libyan and U.S. security forces were arriving to rescue evacuated consulate staff, a senior Libyan security official said on Thursday.

Wanis el-Sharef, eastern Libya’s deputy interior minister, said the attacks Tuesday night were suspected to have been timed to mark the 9/11 anniversary, with the militants using the film protest by Libyan civilians to mask their action.

To make the crisis in Libya worse, “sensitive documents” have reportedly gone missing from the U.S. consulate in Benghazi as well as a secret location of a “safe house” in the city, where the consulate staff had retreated to but were bombarded with a mortar attack. Other “safe houses” in the region are no longer considered safe.

The Independent has the exclusive on this story:

Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.
According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.
Mr Stevens had been on a visit to Germany, Austria and Sweden and had just returned to Libya when the Benghazi trip took place with the US embassy’s security staff deciding that the trip could be undertaken safely.
Eight Americans, some from the military, were wounded in the attack which claimed the lives of Mr Stevens, Sean Smith, an information officer, and two US Marines. All staff from Benghazi have now been moved to the capital, Tripoli, and those whose work is deemed to be non-essential may be flown out of Libya.
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There is growing belief that the attack was in revenge for the killing in a drone strike in Pakistan of Mohammed Hassan Qaed, an al-Qa’ida operative who was, as his nom-de-guerre Abu Yahya al-Libi suggests, from Libya, and timed for the anniversary of the 11 September attacks.
Eastern Libya’s deputy interior minister, Wanis el-Sharef, said a mob first stormed the consulate Tuesday night and then, hours later, raided a safe house in the compound just as U.S. and Libyan security arrived to evacuate the staff. That suggested, el-Sharef said, that infiltrators within the security forces may have tipped off the militants to the safe house’s location.

Killed in the attack were U.S. Ambassador Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith, private security guard Glen Doherty and one other American who has yet to be identified.

El-Sharef said four people were arrested at their homes Thursday in relation to the attack, but he refused to give any further details. He said it was too early to say if the suspects belonged to a particular group or what their motive was. Libya’s new prime minister, Mustafa Abu-Shakour, said authorities were looking for more suspects.

Additionally, U.S. embassies across the world ramped up security Thursday as Muslims reportedly angry over an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. mission in Yemen and clashed with police near the American mission in Cairo.

In Yemen, hundreds of protesters chanting “Death to America!” stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in the capital, Sanaa, and burned the American flag. Yemen’s president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, quickly apologized to the U.S. for the attack and vowed track down the culprits.



To read the rest of the report from The Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/revealed-inside-story-of-us-envoys-assassination-8135797.html

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if this indeed turns out to be the case... i don't think there will be any defense for obama or the state dept. it would be even worse than the common blame heaped on bush for 9/11.

there's something else i've been wondering... why wouldn't we defend the wall or shoot people trying to climb over it? isn't that the purpose for having a wall? i'm not saying it would have necessarily made a difference and i guess it could make most situations worse... but is it an option?

PkrBum wrote:if this indeed turns out to be the case... i don't think there will be any defense for obama or the state dept. it would be even worse than the common blame heaped on bush for 9/11.

there's something else i've been wondering... why wouldn't we defend the wall or shoot people trying to climb over it? isn't that the purpose for having a wall? i'm not saying it would have necessarily made a difference and i guess it could make most situations worse... but is it an option?

Regarding ROE [Rules of Engagement]:
The Marine Corps does not establish ROE for MCESG detachments or other embassy security forces; that is the responsibility of the State Department and/or operational commanders depending on the command relationship. Regardless, ROE are classified and release of that information would jeopardize the Marines and U.S. interests. Any further inquiry should be directed to the State Department, since Marine security guards report to the ambassador not to a military commander.

Captain Kendra N. Motz
Media Officer
Division of Public Affairs

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http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/14/State-Department-Rules-of-Engagement-Kept-Marines-Out-of-Tripoli-as-Well-as-Benghazi-in-Libya

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These deaths occurred on 9/11, how in the world can our country NOT expect such attacks on the 9/11 anniversary? Reportedly, some of our embassy Marines didn't even have live ammunition in their weapons.


Reportedly too, the Border Patrol agent (Terry) killed was only armed with those bean bag "bullets".

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Markle wrote:These deaths occurred on 9/11, how in the world can our country NOT expect such attacks on the 9/11 anniversary? Reportedly, some of our embassy Marines didn't even have live ammunition in their weapons.


Reportedly too, the Border Patrol agent (Terry) killed was only armed with those bean bag "bullets".


This administration is determined to be politically correct even when there is a crisis growing by the hour...To not be prepared has once again come around and bit us in the ass...there is NO excuse for this lack of security at all Embassy's around the world...If there is a reluctance to defend our own people then close up shop and bring'em home...

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