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Ex-Security Team Leader In Libya: "Multiple Pleas" For "More, Not Less" Security Staff
keyetv ^ | Monday, October 8 2012, 08:49 AM CDT | CBS NEWS

Posted on 10/08/2012 11:56:10 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

(CBS News) The former head of a Special Forces "Site Security Team" in Libya tells CBS News that in spite of multiple pleas from himself and other U.S. security officials on the ground for "more, not less" security personnel, the State Department removed as many as 34 people from the country in the six months before a terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

Lt. Col. Andy Wood will appear this week at a House Oversight Committee hearing that will examine security decisions leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.

Speaking to CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, Wood said when he found out that his own 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force were being pulled from Tripoli in August - about a month before the assault in Benghazi - he felt, "like we were being asked to play the piano with two fingers. There was concern amongst the entire embassy staff."

He said other staffers approached him with their concerns when the reduction in security personnel was announced.

"They asked if we were safe," he told Attkisson. "They asked... what was going to happen, and I could only answer that what we were being told is that they're working on it - they'll get us more (security personnel), but I never saw that."

Wood insists that senior staff in Libya, including Ambassador Stevens, State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom, and himself, all wanted and had requested enhanced security.

"We felt we needed more, not less," he tells Attkisson.

Asked what response their repeated pleas got from the State Department in Washington, Wood says they were simply told "to do with less. For what reasons, I don't know."

"We tried to illustrate... to show them how dangerous and how volatile and just unpredictable that whole environment was over there. So to decrease security in the face of that really is... it's just unbelievable," Wood tells CBS News.

One State Department source tells CBS News the security teams weren't "pulled," that their mission was simply over.

State Department officials have told CBS News that Wood was not part of the security assessment in Benghazi and that his assignment to Tripoli means he was unfamiliar with the local situation in the smaller port city in the country's east.

Lt. Col. Wood, Nordstrom and State Department official Charlene Lamb, based in Washington, will offer some of the key testimony at this week's House Oversight Committee hearing, led by committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan reports that the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Management, Patrick Kennedy, will be the highest ranking official from the State Department to testify before the committee.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the State Department is cooperating fully with the congressional investigation, according to Brennan.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: axelrod; benghazi; benghaziattack; benghazicoverup; benghazigate; benghazisecurity; coverup; libya; obama

1 posted on 10/08/2012 11:56:12 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Monitor

Will appear at House Hearing


2 posted on 10/08/2012 11:57:14 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well, this isn’t good.

First, there’s the news that Obama has been running his campaign on donations from China. Then, the Princeton economist Obama used to attack Romney says that Bozo is full of BS. Now, it looks like the State Dept. did leave the ambassador defenseless against all logic.

Bad day for the clown.


3 posted on 10/08/2012 11:58:38 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: TigersEye; Nachum; Marine_Uncle; null and void; NormsRevenge; SierraWasp; Grampa Dave; ...
The Colonel is making appearance on the news stations....He was also at Foxneews.

Obama is NOT going to stiffle this !

4 posted on 10/08/2012 12:00:36 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Viennacon

Did you see the thread on Spook Wars...Authored by Bill Gertz?


5 posted on 10/08/2012 12:02:35 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Disgruntled ex employee....had a political fixation with Republicans...dangerous loner and individualist. That’s what will be said if it gets far enough for a reporter with balls to aks the questions that need to be aksed....


6 posted on 10/08/2012 12:02:57 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Still contend that the attack on the consulate was arranged as a ruse...The attack changed course when the former Seals fought back...I think the intention was to take over the consulate similar to the Iranian Embassy in 1979....All to have Obama come to the rescue and resolve the situation...
Where was the Ambassadors personal security detail?


7 posted on 10/08/2012 12:03:56 PM PDT by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: Viennacon
The thread:

Revolt of the Spooks

8 posted on 10/08/2012 12:05:09 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
the State Department removed as many as 34 people from the country in the six months before a terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

Sound like exactly the right thing to do if your goal is to "keep a low profile" in Libya. Sure, a few people may die but at least we won't suffer all of those "Big, Bad, USA" stares from our Muslim "friends". Leading from Behind is not an easy policy to implement. It takes real leadership, the behind kind.

9 posted on 10/08/2012 12:05:52 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: Gaffer

See #8.


10 posted on 10/08/2012 12:07:23 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This guy, Kennedy was too busy heading up the “greening” project for the state department to worry about these trivial security matters.

I kid you not - Kennedy IS heading up a Greening project for the department.

How much of his time is spent on *that* little gem?


11 posted on 10/08/2012 12:08:10 PM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
One State Department source tells CBS News the security teams weren't "pulled," that their mission was simply over.

Exactly! Reducing security was not a "mistake." It was a deliberate act planned by the State Dept.

12 posted on 10/08/2012 12:09:40 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Triple; TigersEye
Now that is interesting...first I have heard that name with regard to this mess....

Can you drop us some detail ....link or whatever.

13 posted on 10/08/2012 12:12:54 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"We tried to illustrate... to show them how dangerous and how volatile and just unpredictable that whole environment was over there. So to decrease security in the face of that really is... it's just unbelievable," Wood tells CBS News.

It's not "unbelievable" .... it's murder.

14 posted on 10/08/2012 12:13:28 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "Obama is NOT going to stiffle this !"
It's to big at this point. Issa and his staff have their work cut out for them.
15 posted on 10/08/2012 12:15:40 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: TigersEye; Ernest_at_the_Beach
One State Department source tells CBS News the security teams weren't "pulled," that their mission was simply over.

I did NOT drive to McDonalds. I merely arrived at my destination.

16 posted on 10/08/2012 12:16:48 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yes, we can only hope more ‘spooks’ come out against the admin for putting people’s lives at risk. They should be held accountable.


17 posted on 10/08/2012 12:22:01 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/embassies_and_consulates_are_going_green

“The Greening Council helped facilitate the first-ever charter among foreign embassies, which states that its signatories will strive to make their buildings and operations more sustainable, will support the city’s efforts, and will share best practices on greening and sustainability.”

The last time I saw pictures of the consulate at Benghazi, the building didn’t look so “green”.


18 posted on 10/08/2012 12:22:24 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If you’re a black POTUS u can kill 300 poor brown Mexicans, 2 US officers, and apparently a US Ambassador...!

Wow...!


19 posted on 10/08/2012 12:27:39 PM PDT by gaijin (Er)
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To: sam_paine
Can we be sure that McDonald's was really your destination or was it simply a statistical certainty that someone would be at that drive-up window at that moment due to market forces put in play years ago?

"These security cutbacks were authorized under the previous administration." - Hillbilly /s

20 posted on 10/08/2012 12:28:30 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: sam_paine; Marine_Uncle; TigersEye; Triple; MissMagnolia
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State Department officials have told CBS News that Wood was not part of the security assessment in Benghazi and that his assignment to Tripoli means he was unfamiliar with the local situation in the smaller port city in the country's east.

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Headquarters has spoken.....doubt they had ever visited that small city.

21 posted on 10/08/2012 12:30:12 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: MissMagnolia

A lot of nasty hydrocarbons were spewing into the air.


22 posted on 10/08/2012 12:31:58 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: gaijin

Careful.....that could be a racists statement.....and that is perhaps even really BAD!


23 posted on 10/08/2012 12:32:09 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
State Department officials have told CBS News that Wood was not part of the security assessment in Benghazi and that his assignment to Tripoli means he was unfamiliar with the local situation in the smaller port city in the country's east.

Are they saying that Benghazi was deliberately being isolated?

24 posted on 10/08/2012 12:36:51 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye
"These security cutbacks were authorized under the previous administration."

Good point. I hadn't thought that Bush had done it, but of course....

I see now why Bush has not spoken out since he left office. He was so goddam busy directing hurricanes and setting up personnel domino control scenarios to foil every single moment of his successor's administration that he's just plum tuckered out.

25 posted on 10/08/2012 12:42:44 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Viennacon; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle
Was just sitting here reflecting on all of this.,,,and I seem to recal DOD Sce les Aspin going down due to lack of respons to sending more ARMOUR to our peace keeping force in Somali when they had requesed it.

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Then we had Black Hawk Down!!

Getting some facts:

Black Hawk Down (film)

I assume the film has some relation to the facts...

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Les Aspin resigns as Defense Secretary, Dec. 15, 1993

26 posted on 10/08/2012 12:49:13 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: sam_paine
Someday Dr. Who will catch up with him and stop his nefarious meddling in history. LOL
27 posted on 10/08/2012 12:54:27 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: All; sam_paine
Maybe Obama and Hillary can figure out a way to get Panetta involved in this action....I mean the marines report to him.

And he is closer to the action than Bush.

And he has been making some NON-TEAM player comments lately!

28 posted on 10/08/2012 12:56:55 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/95199.htm

Kennedy BIO

Based on his solid background, he should have known better...unless he was focused on “Greening.”


29 posted on 10/08/2012 1:55:28 PM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What would have been Hillary’s rationale for reducing security in Libya? Was Hillary so ignorant and (somehow) uninformed as to buy into the Arab Spring narrative?


30 posted on 10/08/2012 2:52:42 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I forgot all about the Oxford hill billy hiring Aspin for SoD. History seems to repeat itself quite often. Good historical catch on your part.


31 posted on 10/08/2012 4:00:47 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Exclusive: Libya Cable Detailed Threats
The Daily Beast | Oct 8, 2012 12:00 AM EDT

Exerpt:

The threat from the militias underscores the dangers of relying on local Libyan forces for security in the run-up to the 9/11 military-style assault. The U.S. consulate in Benghazi employed a militia called the “February 17 Martyrs Brigade” for security of the four-building compound. In addition, there were five Americans serving as diplomatic security and a group of former special operations forces that acted as a quick reaction force on the day of the 9/11 attack. Members of the militias led by bin-Ahmed and al-Gharabi overlapped with the February 17 militia, the cable says.

Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/08/exclusive-libya-cable-detailed-threats.html


32 posted on 10/09/2012 5:53:53 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Gaffer
He came off very STRONG in the house hearings today.....4 hours plus on CSPAN.

Rebrocasting this evening at 9 EST.

Encourage everyone to watch....

State Dept looks very BAD in this hearing....seemed unaware that the strength of the militiants were rapidly increasing.

The State Dept was reducing the Security forces in Libya and NOT drawing on resources that were available from the US Military.

33 posted on 10/10/2012 6:18:31 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Triple

That was brought up at the hearing.....Kennedy had no answer.


34 posted on 10/10/2012 6:20:14 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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