Congress to probe security flaws for Libya diplomats - CBS News Lt. Col. Wood has told CBS News and congressional investigators that his 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force called a Mobile Security Deployment team left Libya in August, just one month before the Benghazi assault. Wood says that's despite the fact that US officials in Libya wanted security increased, not decreased. Wood says he met daily with Stevens and that security was a constant challenge. There were 13 threats or attacks on western diplomats and officials in Libya in the six months leading up to the September 11 attack. Embassy personnel asked for a plane to get them out. Request denied. State Dept. denied plane request for security team in Libya – CNN Security Clearance - CNN.com Blogs The State Department earlier this year denied a request by the security team at the U.S. Embassy in Libya for continued use of a plane for security personnel and diplomatic business, according to an internal State Department email provided to CNN. WHY did obama take such pains to set the ambassador up? He had to have a goal.