Skip to comments.For Benghazi diplomatic security, U.S. relied on small British firm
Posted on 10/17/2012 8:13:13 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
WASHINGTON/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - The State Department's decision to hire Blue Mountain Group to guard the ill-fated U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, entrusted security tasks to a little-known British company instead of the large firms it usually uses in overseas danger zones.
The contract was largely based on expediency, U.S. officials have said, since no one knew how long the temporary mission would remain in the Libyan city. The cradle of last year's uprising that ended Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule, Benghazi has been plagued by rising violence in recent months.
Security practices at the diplomatic compound, where Blue Mountain guards patrolled with flashlights and batons instead of guns, have come under U.S. government scrutiny in the wake of the September 11 attack in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
Federal contract data shows that the Benghazi security contract, worth up to $783,284, was listed as a "miscellaneous" award, not as part of the large master State Department contract that covers protection for overseas embassies.
"Blue Mountain was virtually unknown to the circles that studied private security contractors working for the United States, before the events in Benghazi," said Charles Tiefer, a commissioner at the Commission on Wartime Contracting, which studied U.S. contracting in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Several British government sources said that they were unfamiliar with Blue Mountain, which is based in Wales. They said British authorities used a different contractor for security protection in Libya.
Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence at the Stratfor consulting firm and a former U.S. diplomatic security agent, said he did not know Blue Mountain, but it likely got State Department work because it was already working in Libya.
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Typical of the 0bama administration, huh?
The US spends hundreds of billions on defense, intelligence, and on a diplomatic corps, yet we outsource diplomatic security to a British company?
This kind of thing pisses me off to no end.
What the hell do I pay taxes for if the federal government is not even doing its most basic duties that it is constitutionally required to do?
Who did the firm hire in Libya!
I heard a story yesterday while in Washington, DC. The the guards hired by the British firm were known Jihadist’s. It true this would be the nail in Obama’s reelection chances. If the story is tru then it makes sense for Romney to wait until Monday’s debate. Allowing obummer to really keep his lies going until the can bring his regime down.
Has anybody else heard this about the guards being Jihadists?
Something here is rotten and it is time to dig down to the source. The greatest military in the history of earth and Obama outsources the job to guys carrying clubs? The Black Panthers could have been hired for less than we paid for that.
” - - - we outsource diplomatic security to a British company? - - - “
Duh, is Obama sending “good jobs” overseas?
Seems like only yesterday that Obama had a political points ad against such a terrible thing! Go figure!
Now we’re going to blame it on the Brits. Getting a little crowded under the bus.
There was one report which referred to them as being nothing more than minimally trained shopkeepers and such that essentially responded to a help wanted ad.
“The founder of Libyas Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia was at the U.S. consulate compound during the deadly attack here, Libyan officials say, but he remains free...”
FWIW Mark Steyn mentioned the Jihadist guards on October 12.