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WaPo: CIA rushed to save diplomats as Libya attack was underway
Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2012 | Greg Miller

Posted on 11/01/2012 4:23:39 PM PDT by maggief

The CIA rushed security operatives to an American diplomatic compound in Libya within 25 minutes after it had come under attack and played a more central role in the effort to fend off a night-long siege than has been publicly acknowledged, U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday.

The agency mobilized the evacuation effort, took control of an unarmed U.S. military drone to map possible escape routes, dispatched an emergency security team from Tripoli, the capital, and chartered aircraft that ultimately carried surviving U.S. personnel to safety on Sept. 12, U.S. officials said.

The account, which was provided to news organizations Thursday by senior U.S. intelligence officials, is the most detailed chronology presented so far of an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, including two CIA security officers. The attack has become a flash point in the U.S. presidential campaign.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benghazi; christopherstevens; davidpetraeus; glendoherty; libya; obama; seansmith; shadowwars; threatmatrix; tyronewoods
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1 posted on 11/01/2012 4:23:41 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

They waited 25 minutes before they sent Tyrone Woods, that may have been the difference between life and death for Sean Smith and Chris Stevens

First, on the question of whether Woods and others were made to wait when they asked permission to move out immediately to try to rescue those at the consulate. The answer seems to be yes, but not for very long. There was a brief, initial delay — two people said it was about 20 minutes — before Woods was allowed to leave. One official said that Woods and at least one other CIA colleague were “in the car revving the engine,” waiting for permission to go.


2 posted on 11/01/2012 4:27:45 PM PDT by barryobi
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To: maggief

Why would they wait so long to report this?


3 posted on 11/01/2012 4:28:25 PM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: maggief

thanks for the CYA.. now, how did the “stand down” orders make it to the seals... the THREE times they requested permission to render assistance?

and WHO issued those orders?

at what time?


4 posted on 11/01/2012 4:29:29 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: maggief

WTF. Then what was all that crap about the video? Lots of A-covering going on now. But it remains clear that the administration tried to conceal the truth. Maybe because they had know for a month that such a thing might happen.


5 posted on 11/01/2012 4:30:18 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: maggief
Raises more questions than it answers. First and foremost, who the Hell was in charge of this operation? The WH failed to convene the interagency group that handles such incidents. The fact that this team was dispatched from Tripoli begs the question as to why weren't other assets used. They had to charter an aircraft and then they were held up at the airport by Libyan officials. Where was the WH and the State Department in all of this? Obama should have been on the phone with the President of Libya demanding assets be sent immediately to the scene to rescue our people and check with the hospital.

This all sounds like the Keystone cops.

6 posted on 11/01/2012 4:33:23 PM PDT by kabar
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To: ColdOne; penelopesire; hoosiermama; SE Mom; MestaMachine; LucyT; thouworm; kristinn; onyx; ...

More misdirection?


7 posted on 11/01/2012 4:34:46 PM PDT by maggief
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To: RobbyS

And how many did they fly out on the 13th? Where did they fly them to and where are they now?


8 posted on 11/01/2012 4:35:04 PM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: barryobi

they NEVER received permission / orders to go

they went AGAINST explicit orders


9 posted on 11/01/2012 4:35:38 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: maggief

Yes, they rushed. Woods and his cohorts rushed to the compound which was 1.5 miles away. It took them 25 minutes. And they had to disobey orders to go. When they returned to the unsafe house, they waited for hours for military assistance. Does the CIA have no equipment for taking out targets? Or does the military usually aid in such?

No matter how you slice it, this was a fubar months in the making, and someone should have already been fired. Unless the responsible party is the tea sipper in chief.


10 posted on 11/01/2012 4:36:46 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: maggief

*sniff* *sniff*... Nice try WaPo, but this thing still smells like a turd.


11 posted on 11/01/2012 4:38:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: sanjuanbob

Several were in critical condition in Germany.


12 posted on 11/01/2012 4:40:38 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: petitfour

The story says the boots on the ground made their own decisions throughout the night with no interference from Washington. Duh. The agents in Libya whether in Tripoli or Benghazi were totally on their own. Their cries for help were ignored by Washington.


13 posted on 11/01/2012 4:41:52 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: mylife

Yes


14 posted on 11/01/2012 4:49:39 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: maggief
The CIA rushed security operatives to an American diplomatic compound in Libya within 25 minutes after it had come under attack

Now it's the CIA who did this, rushing security operatives to the rescue?

I thought the two former Seals went on their own, possibly against orders.

This coverup gets uglier by the day.

15 posted on 11/01/2012 4:49:58 PM PDT by GBA (Vote as if your Freedom depended on it...)
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To: maggief
The CIA rushed security operatives to an American diplomatic compound

They want me to believe that two SEALS going out on their own and disobeying order equates with "the CIA rushed security operatives"?

16 posted on 11/01/2012 4:50:32 PM PDT by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the point of no return?)
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To: petitfour

Probably never more than a handful of Agency people within range. They tried anyway, probably hoping to buy time until the cavalry arrived.

The cavalry never came. Imagine how cynical you’d have to be as a member of the CIA and still could never imagine that the POTUS himself would leave you to die like that, never lifting a finger.

This treachery will echo long and have consequences that we can’t begin to imagine. This is as big a betrayal or bigger than the USS Pueblo.


17 posted on 11/01/2012 4:50:41 PM PDT by SargeK
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To: petitfour

Ok let me try to understand, they were sent to help the people at the annex? They get to the annex and find out that thirty people are at the safe house. They are told don’t go per Fox. So what was the plan? To clean up any looae ends at the annex. Think about it they were ordered not to help the safe house.

They charter a plane? We have assets 2 hours away that don’t need clearance. Why charter a plane? This appears to be an operation that happened and was controlled by someone who didn’t want any other branch involved.


18 posted on 11/01/2012 4:53:37 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: kabar

The WPost is trying to convey an impression that “help was sent *and got there*” when only the “help was sent” applies, because the Tripoli team was held up.

More parsing and measured statements to transfer Obama’s shame onto other shoulders pre-election.


19 posted on 11/01/2012 4:54:40 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: First_Salute

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57544026/sources-key-task-force-not-convened-during-benghazi-consulate-attack/


20 posted on 11/01/2012 4:56:00 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: sanjuanbob

There’s almost nothing new in this.

We already knew 8 were sent from Tripoli. Now it’s confirmed they were mostly CIA and we’re told a little bit more on what they were doing.

But nothing of note in the big questions that continue to be asked.


21 posted on 11/01/2012 4:58:10 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: maggief
So Bammy and the others in the WH Situation Room were saying, “Oh, it's just a CIA problem, let the CIA handle it”?
If the CIA could rush assets to the scene, who may or may not have been disobeying orders to stand down, why wasn't the military also rushing guys to the scene?

Sure, these ex-Seals are tough hombres, but they don't have the equipment of the active duty special forces guys. And if you've got a hundred jihadis with RPGs, don't you think you may need more than a couple ex-Seals?

22 posted on 11/01/2012 4:58:19 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: maggief

What are the odds The Washington Post is providing DISINFORMATION.. as blocking manuver for Dumbo..


23 posted on 11/01/2012 4:58:31 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: sanjuanbob
Why would they wait so long to report this?

Well, I don't know for sure. But, based on years and years of being BSed by the Washington Post, I'd expect that it took time for the editorial staff to examine the available facts and invent a plausible, difficult-to-contradict story that would help control the political damage to the Democrat administration.

24 posted on 11/01/2012 4:58:54 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: hosepipe

The important pertinent information is in the article. The US forces in Libya had no interference from Washington. Washington watched and did nothing.


25 posted on 11/01/2012 5:01:15 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: D-fendr

http://www.whatthefolly.com/2012/10/11/transcript-testimony-of-deputy-assistant-secretary-of-state-charlene-lamb-on-the-security-failures-in-benghazi/


26 posted on 11/01/2012 5:02:19 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: First_Salute

The problem is that the help that was sent was inadequate and ill timed. The CIA appeared to be running the show. Doherty was sent to his death from Tripoli. We failed to get the host government involved. They should have sent relief to the annex immediately and not arrive six hours later. I am so angry I can spit nails. I hope this information takes this bastard down. Pure incompetence by Obama and Hillary.


27 posted on 11/01/2012 5:03:57 PM PDT by kabar
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To: maggief

Stuck on lies...


28 posted on 11/01/2012 5:04:00 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: maggief

Stuck on lies...


29 posted on 11/01/2012 5:05:07 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: maggief

Yes.....more misdeirection. We already knew this stuff. It has already been reported that a small team was sent and then could not get a ride or round up Libyan help. This WP story is BS filler and of no use what so ever.

We need to demand to see Obama’s official orders from that night. For those of you on twitter, please use the hash tag #showustheorders on your tweets about all stories on Benghazi.


30 posted on 11/01/2012 5:05:08 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: D-fendr

Are you fing nuts? The revelations here are going to blow up the WH. Anyone with knowledge of how the USG is supposed to respond to such incidents will be horrified. This is a huge bombshell. Watch what happens tomorrow.


31 posted on 11/01/2012 5:07:00 PM PDT by kabar
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To: maggief

Did Obama always have balls the size of pistachios?


32 posted on 11/01/2012 5:07:37 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: SargeK

Funny you should speak of the Pueblo Sarge. I was researching that today because of something I found out I thought was very strange.

I will let you all know more as I go along on this. But apparently we don’t want the ship back all that bad. I was just wondering why not?


33 posted on 11/01/2012 5:10:04 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: maggief

So they could send a barely adequate rescue force 410 miles from Tripoli but the major response forces in Sigonella 470 miles away couldn’t be mustered.


34 posted on 11/01/2012 5:12:04 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: maggief

All that rushing to and from ... taking charge of this and that ... personnel here and personnel there . . . drones and airplanes ... trucks and busses ... commands for this demands for that ...

... and then, the music stopped, and everyone sat down.


35 posted on 11/01/2012 5:13:23 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: woofie

Snicker


36 posted on 11/01/2012 5:15:05 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: maggief

Usually you don’t want to make enemies unnecessarily, but THEN we have THIS Prez. This Prez decided to make the following enemies RIGHT before his one and only time to be re-elected:

1. The Navy SEALs

2. The CIA

How STUPID do you have to be in order to do THAT...? This guy is a freaking RETARD. They say he did barely ANYTHING while he chared Law Review at Harvard and they also said that when he was, “Constitutional Law Professor”.


37 posted on 11/01/2012 5:15:40 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: kabar

The CIA sent eight brave men in to the breach from Tripoli on a chartered plane because no one in Washington would do a damned thing to save our people in Benghazi. Amazing...


38 posted on 11/01/2012 5:19:15 PM PDT by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: kabar
The revelations here are going to blow up the WH.

I'm sorry, what revelations here? What does this reveal of significance that we didn't already know?

39 posted on 11/01/2012 5:19:35 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: maggief

They should have sent in the NCIS guys. Everyone knows the USA can’t exist in freedom and security without them.

They can take out entire squadrons of terrorists and look great the whole time!


40 posted on 11/01/2012 5:28:46 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: Steve Newton; SargeK

Funny you should speak of the Pueblo Sarge. I was researching that today because of something I found out I thought was very strange
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
The Pueblo (and Liberty) were both tragic examples of ‘leaving our own behind, on their own to face whatever’.

At least the Pueblo had a reasonable, although ‘conspiracy theory’ excuse, that NSA (no such agency) was trying to get a TTY into the hands of the Russians - with a ‘glitch’ in it.
The ‘story’ kind of ties together when you realize Johnny Walker was selling codes etc to the Russians and once the ‘new’ machine got into their hands we ‘knew’ they were ‘reading our mail’.

Like I say, on the conspiracy level, but a plausible ‘excuse’ but no reason to completely abandon all the souls aboard the Pueblo.


41 posted on 11/01/2012 5:35:20 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 BO/ 'Hope', "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: Steve Newton; SargeK

Funny you should speak of the Pueblo Sarge. I was researching that today because of something I found out I thought was very strange
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
The Pueblo (and Liberty) were both tragic examples of ‘leaving our own behind, on their own to face whatever’.

At least the Pueblo had a reasonable, although ‘conspiracy theory’ excuse, that NSA (no such agency) was trying to get a TTY into the hands of the Russians - with a ‘glitch’ in it.
The ‘story’ kind of ties together when you realize Johnny Walker was selling codes etc to the Russians and once the ‘new’ machine got into their hands we ‘knew’ they were ‘reading our mail’.

Like I say, on the conspiracy level, but a plausible ‘excuse’ but no reason to completely abandon all the souls aboard the Pueblo.


42 posted on 11/01/2012 5:35:39 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 BO/ 'Hope', "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: Steve Newton; SargeK

Funny you should speak of the Pueblo Sarge. I was researching that today because of something I found out I thought was very strange
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
The Pueblo (and Liberty) were both tragic examples of ‘leaving our own behind, on their own to face whatever’.

At least the Pueblo had a reasonable, although ‘conspiracy theory’ excuse, that NSA (no such agency) was trying to get a TTY into the hands of the Russians - with a ‘glitch’ in it.
The ‘story’ kind of ties together when you realize Johnny Walker was selling codes etc to the Russians and once the ‘new’ machine got into their hands we ‘knew’ they were ‘reading our mail’.

Like I say, on the conspiracy level, but a plausible ‘excuse’ but no reason to completely abandon all the souls aboard the Pueblo.


43 posted on 11/01/2012 5:36:45 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 BO/ 'Hope', "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: xrmusn

VERY INTERESTING

I had not heard that before. Humm. The ship is still commissioned last I heard.


44 posted on 11/01/2012 5:39:26 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: xrmusn; All

Sorry about the 3fer...

I only submitted once BUT I kept getting the ‘no data received’ msg.....

Sorry again


45 posted on 11/01/2012 5:39:29 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 BO/ 'Hope', "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: Steve Newton

There is a book by one Robert Liston (I think) called “Surrender of the Pueblo” or “The Pueblo Surrender”.

I normally ‘s-can’ the conspiracy theories, but the title intrigued me and I was in that Community (on the lower, lower, level) so the plausibility of it happening made sense, although played down as outlandish.

Like everything else, standing on its own makes it look iffy, but start connecting the dots, have an inkling of how these peoples minds operate and something outlandish can make sense, on occasion.


46 posted on 11/01/2012 5:45:41 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 BO/ 'Hope', "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: maggief

Amazing this story and the CNN article come out AFTER it is revealed no one convened the Counter Terrorism Security Group.

None of this is new. For instance:

“...Among the new disclosures is that the CIA station chief in Tripoli sent an emergency security force, with about a half-dozen agency operatives as well as two U.S. military personnel, to Benghazi aboard a hastily chartered aircraft while the attack was underway...”

That is NOT a new disclosure. What a bunch of liars.


47 posted on 11/01/2012 6:00:18 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: maggief
It has taken the CIA how long to come up with this? I smell CYA big time.

Time for Obama to throw someone under the bus - let's watch.

48 posted on 11/01/2012 6:07:52 PM PDT by hummingbird (Obama campaigns right in our faces. Doesn't bother him at all, does it?)
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To: maggief

This is shameful reporting. Flies in the face of the statement issued by Patreaus.


49 posted on 11/01/2012 6:20:33 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: sanjuanbob

Yes.Now it is, well, really, that’s not the way it was! Response, Well, how was it anyway? Well, that’s classified. You just have to take our word!


50 posted on 11/01/2012 6:28:29 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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