U.S. May Have Put Mistaken Faith in Libya Site’s Security

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    U.S. May Have Put Mistaken Faith in Libya Site’s Security
    By ERIC SCHMITT, DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and SULIMAN ALI ZWAY
    Published: September 30, 2012
    WASHINGTON — An effective response by newly trained Libyan security guards to a small bombing outside the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi in June may have led United States officials to underestimate the security threat to personnel there, according to counterterrorism and State Department officials, even as threat warnings grew in the weeks before the recent attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

    The guards’ aggressive action in June came after the mission’s defenses and training were strengthened at the recommendation of a small team of Special Forces soldiers who augmented the mission’s security force for several weeks in April while assessing the compound’s vulnerabilities, American officials said.

    “That the local security did so well back in June probably gave us a false sense of security,” said one American official who has served in Libya, and who spoke on condition of anonymity because the F.B.I. is investigating the attack. “We may have fooled ourselves.”

    The presence of the Special Forces team and the conclusions reached about the role of the Libyan guards offer new insight into the kind of security concerns that American officials had before the attack on Sept. 11.

    Security at the mission has become a major issue as the Obama administration struggles to explain what happened during the attack, who was responsible and how the ambassador ended up alone.

    Republicans and Democrats in recent days have demanded more detailed explanations from the White House and State Department on possible security lapses. “There were warnings,” Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday.

    Just how much American and Libyan officials misread the threat has become even more evident as they analyze the skill with which the mortar attack at an annex a half mile away was carried out by the attackers. That assault, nearly three hours after the initial attack on the main diplomatic mission, killed two former Navy SEALs who were defending the compound.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/w...-envoy-to-libya-died.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
     
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    No... the obama administration miserably failed. No one is buying the 'buck passing' you obama ass kissers are trying to pass off.
     
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    One American official, who said he traded e-mails with Mr. Stevens three days before his death, said the ambassador did not mention any heightened security concerns. CNN, however, has reported that Mr. Stevens did express such worries in a diary that one of the network’s correspondents found at the ransacked mission.

    But security had been a concern for months. After an attack in early April on the convoy of the United Nations special envoy for Libya, Ian Martin, the United States Embassy in Tripoli sent about four Special Forces soldiers to Benghazi to augment security and conduct the security assessment, the American official said. The soldiers were part of a larger group of nearly two dozen Special Operations personnel, including Navy SEALs and bomb-squad specialists, that the military’s Africa Command sent to Tripoli last fall to establish security at the embassy there.

    As a result of the military assessment, the mission increased the number of sandbagged defensive positions and gave the Libyan security guards more training. “We weren’t blind to fact the security situation in Benghazi was more tenuous than in Tripoli,” said the American official who served in Libya. “We were constantly considering Benghazi and constantly looking for ways to improve security there.”

    (same article) also has play by play of attacks...
     
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    Wow Having Al Qaeda guard our Consulate in Libya wasn't such a great idea.

    Who knew?
     
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    It's not a fucking movie plot, you ignoramous.
     
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    “We were constantly considering Benghazi and constantly looking for ways to improve security there.”

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    TY, brainwashed Pub dupe/hater. Facts are still coming in- this says there was no protest (like in 20+ other countries), as opposed to early CIA reports.
     
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    A mistake is a mistake and Obama and Hillary own that mistake and 4 dead people paid for their mistakes.
     
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    Stupifying...LOL
     
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    A mistake is a mistake and Bush and Cheney own that mistake and 3000 dead people paid for their mistakes. -also Iraq and Afghan (hundreds of thousands), LOL
     
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