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British Security Firm Facing Questions Over Role in Benghazi (U.S. Cons. guarded by unarmed Libyans)
The U.K. Telegraph ^ | Sunday, September 30, 2012 | Raf Sanchez

Posted on 09/30/2012 10:24:28 AM PDT by kristinn

A British private security firm is facing questions over its role in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi after it emerged that it was responsible for hiring local guards to protect the diplomatic site.

Blue Mountain, a Wales-based firm staffed by former special forces operatives, was hired by the US government to provide security at the consulate before it was overrun in an assault that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.

The company was paid only $387,413 (£239,683) by the US State Department for the year-long contract, less than the cost of deploying a single American soldier.

In return, Blue Mountain assembled a force of local guards who were unable to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens or repel the coordinated attack on September 11.

The five-man Libyan security team was unarmed and tasked with doing basic security checks rather than fighting off armed attackers...

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigate; bluemountain; chrisstevens; christopherstevens; impeachnow; libya; securityfirm; secutityfirm; waronterror
Actually, 'Las Vegas Barry' Obama and Hillary Clinton should be facing the questions and calls for their respective resignations.

A U.S. government compound in a known al Qaeda hot bed is protected by unarmed locals? Almost seems like a set-up.

1 posted on 09/30/2012 10:24:36 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

“less than the cost of deploying a single American soldier.”

You get what you pay for.


2 posted on 09/30/2012 10:33:57 AM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: kristinn

And tragic results of this administration outsourcing jobs.


3 posted on 09/30/2012 10:34:57 AM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: kristinn

“Almost seems like a set-up.”

Almost? Bath house Barry set up a fellow gay? Our government ignorant on foreign relations and security? Move on, sheeple.


4 posted on 09/30/2012 10:35:44 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: kristinn
The company was paid only $387,413 (£239,683) by the US State Department for the year-long contract, less than the cost of deploying a single American soldier.

In return, Blue Mountain assembled a force of local guards who were unable to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens or repel the coordinated attack on September 11.

They did get 30 other consulate personnel out safely to the safe house. For a bargain basement price. I doubt that it was their fault the safe house was attacked too. They probably couldn't do much to keep the ambassador from dying of smoke inhalation from a fire started by an RPG fired at an unhardened building either.

It will be interesting to see what Blue Mountain says about this. Will they say that the State Dept. set the ROEs?

5 posted on 09/30/2012 11:04:01 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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I remember reading on one threat here that the US Marines refused to follow idiotic rules of engagement and that is why they had to hire the British firm.

Is that true?

Do any of you have a link?

If so, the Obama is directly responsible for the deaths and should be tossed out of office (for this and a 1000 other reasons).


6 posted on 09/30/2012 12:11:46 PM PDT by garjog (We do not want another four more years of the last four years.)
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To: kristinn

I remember reading on one threat here that the US Marines refused to follow idiotic rules of engagement and that is why they had to hire the British firm.

Is that true?

Do any of you have a link?

If so, then Obama is directly responsible for the deaths and should be tossed out of office (for this and a 1000 other reasons).


7 posted on 09/30/2012 12:12:17 PM PDT by garjog (We do not want another four more years of the last four years.)
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To: kristinn

$387,413 per year is than employing a single American soldier?
Wow, where have I been? I shoulda stayed in the Navy and I’d be a millionaire in just a couple of years.


8 posted on 09/30/2012 1:21:53 PM PDT by navyblue (<u>)
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To: kristinn
The company was paid only $387,413 (£239,683) by the US State Department for the year-long contract, less than the cost of deploying a single American soldier

Huh?

I admit that my degree is in business and not English Lit, but just WTF is that gobbledygook supposed to mean?

How does one compare the cost of a "Single" American Soldier to $387,000?

Is this Raz trying to suggest that is costs MORE than $387,000 to station/assign "One" Soldier or Marine overseas to an Embassy?

An American Soldier is paid regardless of whether stationed in Slippery Rock Ak or Bum-Fooked Egypt and other than transportation costs, there is no other factors to consider.

Regardless, this admitting that Foggy Bottom spent almost $400K (and outsourced it no less, to a EU Country) for Security, lays bare the BIG LIE being advanced that the reason there was little security was the "Republicans fault" for cutting budgets.

How much would it have costs to have 15 or even 50 Marines stationed at that Embassy?

A lot less (and MUCH more effective) than the $400K.

9 posted on 09/30/2012 4:44:02 PM PDT by neveralib
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To: TigersEye

Ah, but you are assuming the ambassador died of smoke inhalation. Do we really know that?

Do we know 30 other people were safe but 4 people?

Do we know that the locals hired by Blue Mountain were not Al Qaeda?

We really know none of this. Probably never will.


10 posted on 09/30/2012 4:51:23 PM PDT by dforest
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It’s not much of an assumption. Most of the first reports stated it. The evidence at the scene supports it. The video of his body first being pulled from the burned out building shows smoke around his mouth and nostrils, blue lips and smoke smudged clothing. He appeared lifeless.


11 posted on 09/30/2012 4:59:58 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye

Those first reports also state that an “American security team” or “American commandos”were flown in thru the Libyan dessert to resue the 30 left in the consulate.


12 posted on 09/30/2012 5:03:58 PM PDT by gulf1609
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To: TigersEye

That may look that way, but really, we know nothing about what happened there.


13 posted on 09/30/2012 5:15:35 PM PDT by dforest
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Do we know 30 other people were safe but 4 people?

We have reports from the DoD of 37 people being evacuated to Tripoli and this report that they are in Germany at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Do we know that the locals hired by Blue Mountain were not Al Qaeda?

I have no idea about that. It was reported that "Mission security and Libyan guards" were the ones who repelled attacks at the consulate and got the personnel to the "safe house." I could be wrong but I have assumed that Mission security and the Blue Mountain team were one and the same.

14 posted on 09/30/2012 5:19:34 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: gulf1609

I believe that was the Marine unit going to the annex (safe house) not the main consulate.


15 posted on 09/30/2012 5:21:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: dforest

Right. We don’t know if it was even attacked.


16 posted on 09/30/2012 5:21:49 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye

Well, I guess we can assume it was attacked, but heck, the FBI, who was supposed to investigate hasn’t even went in there yet.

That place has probably been ransacked by the locals and nothing will be left to investigate. LOL

That is probably what Obama wants anyhow.


17 posted on 09/30/2012 5:27:00 PM PDT by dforest
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To: TigersEye

Agreed. Though I think some reports talk about an annex AND a safe house. I could be wrong. I have read way too much today. That said, the reports that came out on September 12 and September 13 seem to be much more detailed, and consistent than the garbage that started being reported when Obama and Clinton moved to cover up mode.


18 posted on 09/30/2012 5:33:10 PM PDT by gulf1609
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To: dforest

Why assume that if we can’t assume anything else?


19 posted on 09/30/2012 5:33:10 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye

The ambassador and the 3 others are dead. We do know that. What we don’t seem to have is an investigation with actual facts.

We know the place burned, but we don’t really know the cause of the deaths.

There was a thread today around here where one of the mothers of the seals wants to know what happened.

Since Obama and Hillary are in charge, I doubt the truth will ever be known while they are running things.


20 posted on 09/30/2012 5:40:50 PM PDT by dforest
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To: kristinn

21 posted on 09/30/2012 7:30:10 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: kristinn

It looks to me like the elite liberals really do believe thier own crap. I thought their BS about “the world will love us if only we apologize and appease it” was just a fairy tale they made up to fool muddle-headed people into getting into bed with them, but evidently the elites really were sure the world loved them, so much so that they assign less security to the diplomats than they would to the wet bar at a Democrat fundraiser.


22 posted on 09/30/2012 7:41:32 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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