Reuters: State Dep’t suspected in April that Libyan guards at Benghazi consulate had tried to attack it

posted at 8:01 pm on October 15, 2012 by Allahpundit

Time for your daily reminder that State didn’t merely stick Chris Stevens with “average” security despite him living and working in one of the jihadi-est places on earth. The security they provided him was actively, inexplicably, inexcusably bad. And before you read any further, let me remind you that the ominous chat-room message posted by Sean Smith the day he died about a Libyan guard taking photos of the compound still hasn’t been addressed by anyone in the government that I’ve seen. Did Stevens’s security break down to the point that his killers actually had someone on the inside?

More red flags from Reuters:

State Department officials suspected that two Libyan guards hired by its own security contractor were behind an April incident in which a homemade bomb was hurled over the wall of the special mission in Benghazi, according to official emails obtained by Reuters…

The April attack illustrated concerns among some U.S. officials in Libya that hiring local residents for embassy guard duties could in itself raise security issues.

The emails identified one of the suspects in that incident as a former employee of Blue Mountain Group who had been fired four days earlier for vandalism, and said the other was still working for the company. Both were unarmed guards who performed routine security tasks, such as screening visitors.

Both suspects were ultimately released after being interrogated by the local “police,” a.k.a. the February 17 Martyrs Brigade, which was partly responsible for providing security for the consulate and whose members were last seen hiding on the roof during the attack because they weren’t ready for it. No word on whether either of them was still working for Blue Mountain on 9/11, but that brings us to another unanswered question. Why did State hire Blue Mountain, an inexperienced firm, in the first place?

Other firms in the security industry expressed surprise that Blue Mountain had won a large, high profile contract from the US government. One industry executive said the level of service Blue Mountain provided did not appear adequate to the risks presented by a lawless city.

“We have visited the consulate in Benghazi a number of times and have an excellent relationship with the Americans. Our assessment was the unarmed Libyan guards were extremely poor calibre,” said one security source. “The Libyan Ministry of Interior are generally not happy with Blue Mountain and had them on their close observation/target list.”

The New York Times last week reported that major security firms with a track record of guarding US premises elsewhere had made approaches to undertake work in Libya but were rebuffed.

“We went in to make a pitch, and nothing happened,” a security firm official told the newspaper.

Blue Mountain had six employees on the scene, five Libyans and one British supervisor recruited from “the celebrity bodyguard circuit.” Security was sufficiently weak that BM’s local affiliate, Blue Mountain Libya, complained to its parent company this past summer that the resources they were being given weren’t enough. State was asked to intervene in the dispute between the two — but chose to do nothing. So it came to be that the U.S. ambassador ended up on 9/11 at a consulate that was vulnerable even according to its own security detail, and which State had had ample opportunity to fortify. Meanwhile, on the same day, the U.S. embassy in Barbados enjoyed protection from a detail of Marines. “Smart power,” 2012.

Just as O’s interest in an “easy” intervention in Libya made a difficult intervention in Syria more difficult, State’s decision to half-ass security for the Benghazi consulate has created a new, bigger security headache for the White House in Libya. Namely, how hard do they hit the local jihadis in reprisal? The Libyan government doesn’t want to approve an attack lest it be seen as a U.S. stooge at a moment when it’s trying to build legitimacy, and the U.S. doesn’t want to raise the profile of a group like Ansar al-Sharia by making it the Great Satan’s new enemy number one. There is a compromise solution, but of course it’s not ready yet. If only State had thought of this before letting a smile be Chris Steven’s umbrella against the mujahedeen.


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And Rush ought to be on fire tomorrow.

Philly on October 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM

n the wake of an attack, there is always “confusion,” Clinton said. But the information has since changed, Clinton said in the interview.

There was no confusion about whether there was a demonstration, or whether this was spurred by the you tube video. They knew immediately that was NOT the case. Hillary’s statement is the type of vague generality liars use to shift focus.

But the real question is what Obama was told in his intelligence briefings about the security lapses and what he ordered the STate Dept. to do.

My guess: he checked box number 3- let’s wait and see what happens.

LASue on October 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Drudge has it now…in red. This is going to make for a hot mess for Zero just hours before the debate. “Mr. President, are you satisfied that this was all Hillary Clinton’s fault? Mr. President, will you fire Mrs. Clinton? Mr. President, doesn’t the buck stop with you? Mr. President, how involved are you in the State Department? Mr. President, did Mrs. Clinton lie to you about the videotape?”

Well played, Hillary. Well played. Sometime waaaay back in 2008, Bill or Hillary whispered in Zero’s ear, “You’re gonna regret this….”

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

Rational Thought on October 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Why is the Obama administration outsourcing our security?

Does Obama know what a Marine is, or is he only familiar with corpsemen?

Hope Romney drops the hammer on Scooter tomorrow. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

fogw on October 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Of course he knows what a Marine is. He sees Marine Blue options in Michelle’s clothing catalogs all the time.

ptcamn on October 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Reuters: State Dep’t suspected in April that Libyan guards at Benghazi consulate had tried to attack it

AHHH! So these guards have received a “sneak preview” of the massively-indefensible YouTube video long before Chris Matthews felt the slightest tingle.

Interesting …

minnesoter on October 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Hillary Laughing.

Lourdes on October 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

After a month of them all standing around staring at their feet, waiting for Someone Else to take the hit, HRC offers a tepid, generic “I’m in charge, so I guess it’s on me” whimper while outside of the freakin’ country. Really, really stand-up people in this administration.

bofh on October 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Brought to you by the same State Department career diplomats who thought refueling the USS COLE in Yemen was a good idea…

Khun Joe on October 15, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I think Hill and Bill played out every scenario for how this would play out. And they chose the route where they would incur the least amount of damage to themselves and inflict the most on the White House and anyone else who could harm them.

These people are all scum.

Philly on October 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

What kind of naked pictures does Zero have of Shrilley? Hill and Huma…maybe?

Rational Thought on October 15, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Ahem…

Hillary is a True Believer(TM) and both Clintons are party partisans.

That, plus the fact that they want Chelsea to go generational like the Kennedy clan, explains a lot.

ebrown2 on October 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the bucks stops with her when it comes to who is blame for a deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

“I take responsibility” for what happened on September 11, Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Elise Labott soon after arriving in Lima, Peru for a visit. The interview, one of a series given to U.S. television networks Monday night, were the first she has given about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Clinton insisted President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not involved in security decisions, Clinton said.

Look who’s, ahem, wearing the blue dress now?

TXUS on October 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

who told susan rice to LIE…that is the question NO ONE has the cajones to ask her or anyone in this administration

cmsinaz on October 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

…exactly!

KOOLAID2 on October 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I’m not much for conspiracy theories but….

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2012/10/benghazi-gate-did-two-heroic-seals-ruin.html

A failed “October Surprise”?

Stu Gotts on October 15, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Even with the head of a department, decisions are not made in a vacuum, the admin at least sets the tone for everyone to follow. The admin didn’t want extra security because of the “arab spring” meme they have been pushing and to add extra security would destroy the optics. So when the requests came about for more security, they fell upon deaf ears. Those Americans died because the admin was afraid that protecting them wouldn’t look good.

TQM38a on October 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Meh. Judged by itself, this is of course evidence of a frightening and possibly criminal level of incompetence. However, we’ve gotten to the point where stories that say the state department suspected something was wrong and failed to act are comparatively mild. This is actually an improvement over many prior revelations in the past week about what he CIA, state department, and white house actually knew for a fact, before and after the attack.

RINO in Name Only on October 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

What a pit of snakes…

Lourdes on October 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

who told susan rice to LIE…that is the question NO ONE has the cajones to ask her or anyone in this administration

cmsinaz on October 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

What a pit of snakes…

Lourdes on October 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

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canopfor on October 15, 2012 at 9:02 PM

n the wake of an attack, there is always “confusion,” Clinton said. But the information has since changed, Clinton said in the interview.

How STUPID does she and the rest of the Obama Admin think the American public IS? Apparently, very.

Hillary sounds like she’s expecting us to excuse the whole thing because, oh, well, the cake fell because you opened the oven door. No biggy, just confusion in the kitchen.

Her cavalier attitude and ongoing remarks, as those also from her associates, is just disgusting.

Lourdes on October 15, 2012 at 9:03 PM

n the wake of an attack, there is always “confusion,” Clinton said. But the information has since changed, Clinton said in the interview.

So Hillary was, after all, just baking cookies. Oh, well, ho-hum, embassy attack, terrorists-not-terrorists, lives lost, ho-hum, how much longer does the oven have to preheat?

Lourdes on October 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Why is the Obama administration outsourcing our security?

For the same reason they couldn’t admit it was terrorism, Libya is a success story, a wonderful new democracy, like Egypt. What was the security detail in Egypt on that day I wonder?

Rancher on October 15, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Oh, he’s creating a force on the fly? Jimmy Carter, again!

As for Blue Mountain, either they are the equivalent of picking up some guys at the Home Depot parking lot, or they are connected to an Obama donor.

Of course the media has no interest in that.

PattyJ on October 15, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Bill and Hill never, ever do or say anything in public unless it benefits them, both short- and long-term. The Clintons are masters of deceit and political chicanery, and Hillary would never have made her statement today without talking it over with Bill and their attorneys.

Since the Clinton Machine is the equivalent of a meeting up with two-step Krait, there’s definitely more to this than meets the eye.

GrannyDee on October 15, 2012 at 9:46 PM

BTW is anyone else having the problem of Hot Air causing your computer to just hang or freeze up?

PattyJ on October 15, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Slightly O/T but let’s not forgot what the “boy wonder” was doing as the bodies of our dead were being de-planed. He was sending out tweets hawking his “bammie” sweaters, the crass POS.

Sasha List on October 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Slightly O/T but let’s not forgot what the “boy wonder” was doing as the bodies of our dead were being de-planed. He was sending out tweets hawking his “bammie” sweaters, the crass POS.

Sasha List on October 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM

That is called “Alinsky” tactics.

Obama is a horrible human being. Lower than rat s&@t. worthless in every way.

tom daschle concerned on October 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM

No problem, Obama is going to have a few bombs dropped in the Afghanistan country side and again declare himself a hero. What a despicable dolt.

rplat on October 16, 2012 at 5:32 AM

Knowing that the shiite was hitting the fan in Benghazi, President Dumbledork goes to bed so he will be all fresh for jetting off to the next day’s fundraiser in Vegas.

And this is Hillary’s fault?

BigAlSouth on October 16, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Steven Smith was playing a game called “Eve” the night of the attack. He advised his corp mates “Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures,”

Steven Smith knew the police guarding the compound could not be trusted.

Story: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/12/us-usa-libya-smith-idUSBRE88B1F720120912

Inzax on October 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

According to The Hill, a hole big enough to fit “40 men” was blown through the gate on June 6.
http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/terrorism/261839-timeline-of-libya-attack-reveals-administration-contradictions-

On Sept. 8 the consulate is warned by the Libyan militia tasked with protecting it that their security situation is frightening. But yet, embassy officials aren’t removed and security isn’t fortified.

Seems worse than incompetent to me….

quiz1 on October 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

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