In a September 24 CNN Security Clearance blog, Suzanne Kelly, Elise Labott, and Mike Mount reported that:
The mission was a rented villa and considered a temporary facility by the agency, which allowed a waiver that permitted fewer guards and security measures than a standard embassy or consulate, according to the officials.
There was talk about constructing a permanent facility, which would require a building that met U.S. security and legal standards, the officials said.
Allowing a waiver would have been a decision made with input from Washington, Libyan officials and the ambassador, according to diplomatic security experts. Someone made the decision that the mission in Benghazi was so critical that they waived the standard security requirements, which presents unique challenges to the diplomatic security service as you can imagine, said Fred Burton, vice president for Intelligence at STRATFOR, an intelligence analysis group.
Working for Lugar, Stevens was (first?) sent to the new embassy in Tripoli in June 2007.
(pg. 15) https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:IUWmyfihfnMJ:www.uchastings.edu/site_files/Alumni/ClassNotes8-06-2-07.pdf+&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShbb5aqrJjV1upnNSaUUyFJmM0nCGZc2by05un9f_fGaicn4dSOffVAf3w5D09saEh2i0D3jc8VMUop5ESUk2wfntx7szg7Cnc-iLQxg2ldzRFCfG10KPOYC2iTIjtI-QpcYDCt&sig=AHIEtbTpc4vDwlGeIwx1Yln1sAoPIagkhw
September 12, 2012
Christopher Stevens and the fall of Gaddafi
An AT article published almost a year ago revealed the key role played by the late (now) Ambassador Christopher Stevens in the fall of Gaddafi, and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, as revealed in the flying of a black MB flag. Written by Ernest Sipes, the entire piece deserves a second look. Here are a few key paragraphs.
In a chilling possible foretaste of what awaits Libya, the flag used by Al Qaeda has been flown by the leaders of the revolution there backed by Obama. On November 2, 2011, an article was published in the Daily Mail with the title “Flying Proudly Over the Birthplace of Libya’s Revolution, the Flag of Al Qaeda”. The pictures accompanying the article show on the roof of a building two flags, one a black flag emblazoned with the moon and Arabic script reading “There is no God but Allah”. This black flag, the acknowledged banner of members of Al Qaeda, is pictured flying next to the Libyan national flag on the top of the courthouse in Benghazi.
This may be the same, or at least similar to the flag flown over our embassy in Cairo!
With the careful and deliberate efforts of the administrations of both President Clinton and President George W. Bush, Libya under Gaddafi was moving towards legitimacy.
As evidence of this, the email I received from Chris Stevens three years ago came from a fully-functioning United States embassy in Tripoli which had been in service since May, 2006. Within six months of my correspondence with CDA Stevens, the Congress of the United States confirmed Bush nominee Gene Cretz as U.S. Ambassador to Libya. Over the next three years the new ambassador and CDA Chris Stevens negotiated and socialized with Colonel Gaddafi.
Steven’s relationship with Gaddafi and his feelings towards the Libyan leader are hinted at in diplomatic cables released during the WikiLeaks scandal. In one dispatch, Stevens calls Gaddafi “notoriously mercurial” but also a man who can be an “engaging and charming interlocutor” who sometimes refuses to make eye contact with him. Yet all evidence suggests Gaddafi and Stevens had a good working relationship until the outbreak of hostilities this past spring. [snip]
Under the Obama administration, the diplomatic focus of two previous presidents has been completely altered and the future of Libya is now at serious risk as is demonstrated by the flag of Al Qaeda flying over the courthouse in Benghazi. And curiously there is a U.S. diplomat in Benghazi with another new title.
Chris Stevens is now officially the U.S. Representative to the New Transitional Council of Libya.
ps. Stevens brother is with the USDOJ (CA) and father is a retired Superior Court Judge and Assistant Attorney General (CA). They likely had a heavy hand in muffling Stevens’ journal “found” by CNN.
No doubt Anderson Cooper has more ‘buzz.’