September 5, 2014 Bret Baier interviews three CIA contractors who were in Benghazi and said they were ordered to STAND DOWN three times equally a total of 30 minutes from the time of call for assistance, finally they decided to go against orders and go in but were to late to rescue Ambassador Stephens. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/09/05/benghazi-bombshell-security-team-told-stand-down-top-cia-officer
It’s a must-see Fox News Reporting special, as Bret Baier reveals the inside accounts of the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attack from the men who were there to protect the CIA annex. We’re already getting a preview of some of the new information coming to light, including that the men believe they could have gotten to the U.S. consulate in time to save Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith.
A U.S. security team in Benghazi was held back from immediately responding to the attack on the American diplomatic mission on orders of the top CIA officer there, three of those involved told Fox News’ Bret Baier.
Their account gives a dramatic new turn to what the Obama administration and its allies would like to dismiss as an “old story” – the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
Speaking out publicly for the first time, the three were security operators at the secret CIA annex in Benghazi – in effect, the first-responders to any attack on the diplomatic compound. Their first-hand account will be told in a Fox News special, airing Friday night at 10 p.m. (EDT).
Based on the new book “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi” by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team, the special sets aside the political spin that has freighted the Benghazi issue for the last two years, presenting a vivid, compelling narrative of events from the perspective of the men who wore the “boots on the ground.”
The security contractors — Kris (“Tanto”) Paronto, Mark (“Oz”) Geist, and John (“Tig”) Tiegen — spoke exclusively, and at length, to Fox News about what they saw and did that night. Baier, Fox News’ Chief Political Anchor, asked them about one of the most controversial questions arising from the events in Benghazi: Was help delayed?
Word of the attack on the diplomatic compound reached the CIA annex just after 9:30 p.m. Within five minutes, the security team at the annex was geared up for battle, and ready to move to the compound, a mile away.
“Five minutes, we’re ready,” said Paronto, a former Army Ranger. “It was thumbs up, thumbs up, we’re ready to go.”
But the team was held back. According to the security operators, they were delayed from responding to the attack by the top CIA officer in Benghazi, whom they refer to only as “Bob.”
“It had probably been 15 minutes I think, and … I just said, ‘Hey, you know, we gotta– we need to get over there, we’re losing the initiative,’” said Tiegen. “And Bob just looks straight at me and said, ‘Stand down, you need to wait.’”
“We’re starting to get calls from the State Department guys saying, ‘Hey, we’re taking fire, we need you guys here, we need help,’” said Paronto.
After a delay of nearly 30 minutes, the security team headed to the besieged consulate without orders. They asked their CIA superiors to call for armed air support, which never came.
Now, looking back, the security team said they believed that if they had not been delayed for nearly half an hour, or if the air support had come, things might have turned out differently.
“Ambassador Stevens and Sean [Smith], yeah, they would still be alive, my gut is yes,” Paronto said. Tiegen concurred.
“I strongly believe if we’d left immediately, they’d still be alive today,” he added.
In a statement to Fox News, a senior intelligence official insisted that, “There were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support.”
Baier put that assertion directly to the operators.
“You use the words ‘stand down,’” Baier noted. “A number of people now, including the House Intelligence Committee insist no one was hindered from responding to the situation at the compound…so what do you say to that?”
“No, it happened,” said Tiegen.
“It happened on the ground– all I can talk about is what happened on that ground that night,” added Paronto. “To us. To myself, twice, and to– to Tig, once. It happened that night. We were told to wait, stand– and stand down. We were delayed three times.”
In a statement to Fox News, a senior intelligence official did allow that the security team was delayed from responding while the CIA’s top officer in Benghazi tried to rally local support.
In the special, Baier also asks about the infamous YouTube video that was blamed for the violence in Benghazi.
Paronto laughed at the suggestion that the video played any role in the events of that night, saying he did not even know of the video until he was out of Libya and on his way home. “I didn’t know about the video ‘till I got to Germany,” he said. “(I had) no idea about any video, no. No, sir.”
Fox News airs “13 hours at Benghazi: The Inside Story”
July 17, 2014 Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala brought to federal court in D.C. –
…Brigitte Gabriel’s turn claimed that of the 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, 180-to-300 million are “dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization,” even though “of course” most Muslims are not radical. But then she added that the “peaceful majority were irrelevant” because, for instance, 19 Muslims were responsible for September 11th. Gabriel went on to compare “peaceful” Muslims to Germans during the Nazi regime, saying that “most Germans were peaceful, yet the Nazis drove the agenda and as a result, 60 million died.” To suggest otherwise, she later added, was “political correctness” that should be “thrown in the garbage.” http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/06/video-benghazi-panel-turns-ugly-after-muslim-woman-asks-about-peaceful-muslims/372920/
“I can confirm that on Sunday, June 15 the U.S. Military — in cooperation with law enforcement personnel — captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key figure in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012,” the Pentagon’s chief spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby, said in a statement. http://news.yahoo.com/u-s–captures-suspected-ringleader-of-benghazi-attack-160435076.html
This link is filled with a LOT of information about Benghazi – – Note in her email that she is basically warning against Libya’s investigation and specifically to NOT speak with U.S. citizens who were injured and recuperating in their hospital. “…Assistant Secretary of State Beth Jones acknowledged in an email just hours after the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic buildings in Benghazi that it was the work of Ansar al-Shariah, an al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group – Islamist extremists….” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2618863/Angry-Republicans-subpoena-John-Kerry-launch-new-investigative-committee-shocking-Benghazi-documents-emerge-showing-State-Dept-knew-immediately-terror-attack.html
This article discusses the $500M in weapons from U.S. to Libya and the Kidnapping plot.– “..US Ambassador Chris Stevens was to be captured and traded for ‘blind sheikh’ Omar Abdel-Rahman, who hatched the 1993 WTC bombing plot… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2610598/Group-US-switched-sides-War-Terror-facilitating-500-MILLION-weapons-deliveries-Libyan-al-Qaeda-militias-leading-Benghazi-attack.html
Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn’t ‘switched sides in the War on Terror’ and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report
- Citizens Committee on Benghazi claims the US government allowed arms to flow to al-Qaeda-linked militants who opposed Muammar Gaddafi
- Their rise to power, the group says, led to the Benghazi attack in 2012
- The group claims the strongman Gaddafi offered to abdicate his presidency, but the US refused to broker his peaceful exit
- The commission, part of the center-right Accuracy In Media group, concluded that the Benghazi attack was a failed kidnapping plot
- US Ambassador Chris Stevens was to be captured and traded for ‘blind sheikh’ Omar Abdel-Rahman, who hatched the 1993 WTC bombing plot
The following articles are on a search I did of the Terrorist group mentioned in the above articles Ansar al-Sharia
“The Haqqanis could give a rat’s ass about prisoners,” the official said, referring to the Haqqani Network, a designated terrorist group in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were freed in exchange for Bergdahl’s release… The ransom plan was reportedly abandoned, but the intelligence official insisted that there is reason to believe that cash changed hands as part of the deal. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/6/top-intelligence-official-claims-obama-admin-just-/#ixzz33xsr4rSZ