CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack
Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.”
Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.
At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.
Video and more details at the link above.
Words fail me.
It’s all falling apart now. When are they going to let the video guy go?
Woods dad said Hillary promised to jail him, so in jail he sits.
I am beyond disgust at everyone, including Hillary, associated with this right now.
You must read this.
link from Quipster
Hillary chuckling about “cherry picking” on Benghazi was the end for me.
(There have been a few times when she acted like she’d lost her mind.
Re Gaddafi: “We came, we saw, he died!”)
So far no media coverage of the “Stand Down” story other than Fox.
it has been on conservative talk radio all day, and it reaches a lot of people, so it is getting out there even if nbc et al. are burying the story. it is going to get so big, that the other stations won’t be able to ignore it anymore. Questions from the people of the united states will eventually get their media to speak about it, or they will seem as they are behind the times. in the end the media still wants to get the scoop above all, so they don’t want to be too far behind. they will start to talk about it, it is just a matter of time. if not then they are negligent and fox’s rating will jump even more.
the thing about the new news that is interesting is that these two guys at the annex disobeyed direct orders to go save the people at the consulate, those guys are heroes! and then once they saved the folks they could, they were under attack again and they were asking for backup, but they were ignored! these guys died by pure negligence in the chain of command. they were americans who died for political reasons and incompetence. i will say again, these cia guys were heroes! and they were the real deal with real american principles that they lived by and ended up dieing by 😦
i did think that the mantra was “leave no man behind” and these guys lived by that. i am so glad they cared enough about america (because it was american soil) that they disobeyed orders to save other americans. and in the end, they disobeyed orders because they believed their principles, their mantra of never leaving anyone behind was a stronger principle. whoever said “stand down” over and over again is an ahole who deserves to go to prison for the rest of their lives!
He’s due to be released after the election.
Isn’t that just a hearing? Or he will actually be freed?
Well, in light of the fact that he committed multiple probation violations entirely unrelated to the content of the video, I am guessing he’s going to have to serve his time on the original fraud conviction. But I’m not a criminal lawyer.
Honk honk honk honk!
The Donald weighs in:
Donald J. Trump:
“One of my many Twitter followers suggested Obama should take my offer & give $1,250,000 to each family of the four murdered in Libya due to his administration’s negligence. Great idea!”
He’s sure keeping this rolling despite all the hits he’s been taken for being as bad as Allred for headline grabbing 😉
The thing is Trump made his point about Obama to regular people with this offer. Regular people with nothing to hide would take Trumps offer in a second, the fact that Obama doesn’t, speaks to these folks clearly.
Indeed ! Though I think his critics were hoping for something “juicier” .
Maybe if Trump offers to donate to Barry’s failing campaign – only then will Barry release the school records
trumpy badger don’t give a shit
The Obama WH shouldn’t survive this. Is this the point where the media dam finally breaks wide open? I hope so.
One would think so! Every new bit of information that comes out about this assassination/massacre/terrorist attack makes me see redder than before. How do you just leave your people there to die? And watch it all happen like a GD sociopath? Obviously I’ve got nothing new to add here other than rage: there just are no words.
Tyrone Woods’ father just told @MegynKelly that we need a generation of heroes — like his son — not liars, like in the WH (paraphrase)
Oh my god, and that lousy s.o.b went to sleep. This makes me want to cry. Just saw Woods’ father interviewed on fox…heartbreaking.
“I don’t know much about weapons but it’s coming out right now that they actually had lazer focused on the mortors that were being sent to kill my son. And they refused to pull the trigger. They refused to send in those C30s(?). To me, I’m an attorney, this may not be the legal test of murder. But to me that is not only cowardice, but those people who made the decision and who knew about the decision and lied about it, are murderers of my son.
This grieving father’s words have the power to bring the wrath of the entire nation down on the Obama WH. I hope to god they do.
Kevin DuJan’s tinfoil theory is starting to sound more & more plausible
Posted on October 8, 2012 by Kevin DuJan
Well, when you have this much bungling and cover up, it’s irresponsible not to speculate.
perfect comment by Karma from the last thread
Ultimate tin foil hat theory from no quarter.
Fast and Furious destroys Second Amendment
Libya/blaming Christian video maker destroys First Amendment
I’m not a fan of tinfoil hat scenarios but something stinks about this whole Libya affair and this theory would explain a lot. I don’t think Obama so much wanted to make himself look good though as he really wanted an excuse to send the “Blind Sheikh” terrorist home to Egypt for some reason.
Conspiracies are caused by not having all the facts, Kevin’s tin foil sounds about as good as anything that’s come out of the WH (aka the video SQUIRREL !). Obama should not have gone to Las Vegas and held a press conference a couple of days later with all the information to his knowledge at that point. He’s President, he doesn’t have to campaign 24/7, but we now know he’d rather do that than the job we hired him for.
Kevin will eventually make it back to Rushbo as he has a lot of dittoheads at Hillbuzz 🙂
Believe it or not, the media still believes this is all Romney’s fault for making it political …. sigh …..
Haven’t done a search yet, but commentors on Gretawire stating no other national news outlets covering FOX story online and that Yahoo deletes Benghazi comments. Can we say the Fascists have taken over America?
The Fascists have taken over America.
I don’t know how much longer they can ignore it, not when you’ve got the father of a dead navy seal calling the WH murderers.
Charlie Woods to @megynkelly: THOSE PEOPLE MADE THE DECISION AND WHO KNEW ABOUT THIS AND LIED ABOUT IT — THEY ARE MURDERERS OF MY SON.
Well link this story and send it out on Facebook and E-mail accounts. Seriously the Corporate Media (except FOX) is throwing away what little remaining credibility they have by turning a blind eye to this situation. OK now E-mailing my Ohio relatives by marriage, wait maybe I better E-mail my husband first….
I don’t have a FB account, but I’m retweeting the story as often as I can. I’d be surprised if Anderson Cooper doesn’t cover it though, he seems to be less of a WH toadie than the rest of the crew on CNN.
Agreed regarding AC and also I think Erin Burnett has a mind of her own.
Can you imagine if Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper made a baby, how BLUE her/his eyes would be?
There was an actress in the 70’s that had pale blue eyes. I forget her name but she was a brunette. It was kinda eerie.
(God bless teh google)
It’s CRAZY that we have to nag the media into covering the news.
They are worthless wastes of space & time.
More Vile Prog Bu**shit http://www.bookwormroom.com/2012/10/25/found-it-facebook-obama-romney-and-the-hired-help/
oops – that probably should have been Bulls**t! LOL! Oh well – just channeling the Preezy, I guess.
Interview with Charlie Woods on FOX here:
Wow, That is, I am lost for words, I guess compelling is all I can think of….how can CNN not cover this. MSNBC is blinded by the Obama light and I expect them to be out of touch with reality but CNN seems to be trying to find a way to better ratings and providing imaginary irrelevant “news” is not the way to their stated goals.
Jake Tapper breaks omerta
Good. It’s quite a story to sit on, especially when it’s starting to leak out at other networks besides FOX.
I linked on FB to Tapper’s article. It needs to be reported outside of Fox because a lot of people dismiss Fox as partisan. I don’t care what side of the aisle you’re on … this needs to be heard.
On top of the clusterfuck response to the attack, Joe Biden’s glib remarks to the parents AT THE MEMORIAL SERVICE are just outrageous. I want to slap him.
I started to think something was fishy, thanks to an Obot who claimed that the attack on our ambassador was a secret plot by the CIA to make President Obama look bad. I mean seriously, as if the CIA attacked their own selves, their own annex, in a secret diabolical plot!? Give me a break! But then I started wondering WHY was the ambassador left unprotected? WHY did the military not come to their aid? Why were their two attacks? Why was the intelligence community blamed? WTH is with this you tube video crap that has nothing to do with anything? Why is this administration trying to cover their tracks and lie to the American people?
So, no, extremely doubtful the CIA was involved, and they certainly wouldn’t have themselves killed just to tarnish the President’s “brilliant” foreign policy reputation, but something is just off about the whole thing.
I read a comment today that made me stop and think
was this supposed to be a kidnapping of the ambassador so he could be used later as a trade for the blind sheik that the MB want??
with this bunch anything is possible
Quite possible, Helen.
has there been any time in his useless life that this person has ever helped anyone but himself??
the maytag workers he sold out
the people in Rezko’s apartment buildings with no heat
the people affected by toxic waste that he sold out
the black unemployed along with all the others that are unemployed
the small business person
all the American people
and the 4 people killed in Benghazi because he will not admit his ME policy is a failure
He should be thrown out of office NOW before more people get killed because of him
Isn’t that the truth!!? There’s this huge elephant in the room that nobody is talking about.
Just watched this video. Gave me chills how the father is willing to forgive while demanding someone come forth with the truth:
That interview brought tears to my eyes. I don’t have the words to provide him comfort.
SHAME ON YOU OBAMA!!!
I don’t know if this is accurate or not, but it reflects what I’ve been thinking about the whole thing, that Hillary was over ruled by Susan Rice and President Obama, that her jurisdiction over the State Dept was violated, and that she didn’t find out about it until after the attack.
She’s almost been acting like a split personality, one one hand covering up for the President, on the other hand releasing emails and witnesses that shed more light on the situation. There was something in her tone when she said, nobody wants to get to the bottom of this more than me. She didn’t say the President wants the truth or the families or the American people, she said herself, which makes me think she believes somebody went behind her back and over ruled her.
I think it really sucks if she’s such a party loyalist that she feels she has to not expose Obama, but that makes a certain amount of sense too.
I was just coming to share this. Keep in mind this is Ed Klein, who may or may not be a credible source. He’s been “leaking” info from inside the Clinton camp for months, but so far none of it is backed up for sure. But if this is true, and if a smoking gun can be found, it’s deadly to Obama. He’s going to lose anyway, so there’s no telling the real effect it will have until November 6th, but it will be a load of additional weight on his sinking ship. I hope some documents are released, and I hope Hillary stops with her schizophrenic mindtrip. It’s pissing me off, quite frankly.
Klein has said Hillary has the memos, but doesn’t want to release them until after the election (probably Senate Intel hearing).
😦 That is just awful.
Then she is willing to take the chance of subjecting us to 4 more years of Obama or having to go through another President resigning. That is unforgivable, she should at least leak the info.
I don’t know if it’s accurate or not but it makes a lot of sense. Hillary has always been about serving the common good which she has always seemed to believe is the Dem party. She might think she’s doing what’s best for the country, but what’s best for the country always translates into what’s best for the Dem party. That’s what I used to believe as a Dem anyway, and that seems to be how Hillary thinks, too. Her split personality behavior makes a lot more sense after I read that article. She wants the truth to be known but she also wants the President to be re-elected.
I am so glad I left the D party! Let freedom ring!! In my state I had to wrestle with the issue of sex abusing politicians who we were supposed to support anyway because of course R’s are worse and at least he belongs to a party that “cares” about women. So for the common good you’re supposed to ignore your lying eyes and be a good Dem soldier and campaign for the flippin pervert.
OMG, I can’t believe I was ever that stupid.
I just can’t see how, in any universe, that Barack Obama is a better alternative than Mitt Romney. How can Hillary really believe that? If he went around her on this, if he watched this and did not order our planes and operatives to respond, he should not spend 5 more minutes as president.
The Benghazi story has reeked to high heavens since it first broke. IMO, the reason the MSM doesn’t want to report the real story is because they were party to the cover-up: they neglected their duty and simply regurgitated the disinformation the WH gave them. Come on, folks, what person with 1) a brain and 2) a smidgen of skepticism would believe that “protesters” came to a protest with RPGs? That should have set any thinking reporter’s hinky meter into overdrive. Instead we get weeks of BS topped with Crowley’s completely unprofessional and bogus fact-checking during the second debate.
I have no idea what the WH is hiding but clearly it’s something big. The Fourth Estate needs to get its head out of its ass and start unearthing the truth.
The press is supposed to be our unofficial 4th branch of government that keeps everybody else in check. Since Obama came into office it’s like there’s nothing but this giant incompetent all powerful executive branch. The legislature is dead locked and darn near useless, the press is a bunch of suck ups, the SC is basically washing their hands of the whole mess.
I gotta panic buy now. See ya all in a bit …
Guns or gold?
Bread, bottled water, and batteries?
Guns, lawyers, and money.
Coffee and junk food. I have my priorities, people!
Knowing what I know now, I’m satisfied that Hillary had no way of supporting and acting to protect the CIA. I’m also satisfied that for very good reasons, it’s not her place to release information that’s top secret. That would be treasonous under the law. Heck, she couldn’t call what happened in Benghazi a terror attack until the Bozo-Obama did so. It’s not her place to do it, as I said in another comment. She had to wait until Obama called it a terror attack to call it a terror attack. It didn’t matter what she knew. She knows probably as much as the president, but that doesn’t give her the responsibility or the right to speak of such issues openly. And unfortunately, I think she had to go with the video story because we’re talking about undercover operations here. I’m holding her harmless in this whole affair. It’s part of her job to also protect undercover people and their operations, and be very careful of what she does and says.
It’s clear to me that the Benghazi building housed no diplomatic mission, not even a consul. My guess that the use of “consulate” was a cover name to house the CIA. This was an undercover operation center, not a true diplomatic mission. Without a consul, it’s hardly a “consulate”. Though I understand that diplomatic and undercover operations often mix, I don’t see that a mix of these two operations existed in Benghazi.
The other question in my mind is, why is the name Petraeus missing from all those leaks. He, as the head of the CIA should have been prominent in the decision making of helping his people, yet, his name is nowhere mentioned, not in cables or congressional hearings, press releases, etc. Where was he and what did he do during this mess? Was he in Benghazi? Did he get hurt? No one seems to have heard from him.
Whatever failures in this whole affair are owned by The One.
I am about fed up with Hillary. If she knows info that will clear this up she owes it to us. She works for The People not for the Democrat party and in this case the interests of The People and Democrat party are in conflict with each other.
I don’t see it that way. She has a job to protect undercover operations and your being informed about such things will not help those operations. On top of that, she has a diplomatic job, and it’s not her job to inform the public about any of these matters. She would be stepping on the president’s role. Not only would that be inappropriate, It could be harmful to the country. I don’t even understand why you think she owes you to give that information.
I don’t understand why you consider Hillary to have the responsibilities of the president. Madeleine Albright or Colin Powell or Condoleezza Rice would never do what you are asking Hillary to do.
Didn’t Powell resign on the basis that he believed he had been used to sell the WMD story to the UN?
And the fact that other people also put keeping their guy in office (and hence themselves in power) too isn’t a virtue.
Shouldn’t you be asking Petraeus for that information? Isn’t he the head of the CIA and therefore responsible to inform you what went wrong at a CIA unit in Benghazi? Just because it was called a “consulate”, it doesn’t mean it was. What was the name of the consul? Can you tell me? There was no consul and it was not a consulate.
even more bullshit
Hillary’s duty is to The People not to the Democrat party, there are a lot of Dems in office who should be telling us all the truth, but for any of them to stand by allowing this lie to go down for the sake of Obama’s reelection is an act of treason against the country in my opinion. Unfortunately Obama seems to have put Hillary and many other Dems in the position of having to choose between their loyalty to country which they are supposed to be serving or loyalty to the Democrat party. For me the choice would be clear.
Putting Obama’s re-election ahead of the American people’s right to know isn’t something to brag about.
If she’s knows what is going on *now* & isn’t speaking up, she is one of those whom Mr. Woods is talking about who need to change the direction of their life.
“Hillary’s duty is to The People not to the Democrat party”
How is Hillary serving “The People” by informing you what went wrong at a CIA unit? Her job is to inform congress, and they are satisfied. Beyond that, any information that you are due, must come from Obama. I don’t understand why your knickers are all twisted because Hillary didn’t give you a phone call to tell you about what went wring at a CIA unit and its operation. I don’t know in what world you live, but in the one I’ve lived, undercover operations that go awry are not openly disclosed to the public. They are kept secret for decades.
You are talking in circles — she could put the bullshit fog of war/spontaneous protest over a video lies to rest WITHOUT GIVING AWAY CLASSIFIED CIA INFO.
She did her job on September 21, after the WH called it a terrorist attack on September 19. That’s all it should be expected of her. Her job is diplomatic and she’s responsible to inform congress. Beyond that, it’s not Hillary’s job to disclose to John Q Public anything.
I think what Hillary is doing right now sucks, but I can’t fault her for following protocol. She can’t over ride the President’s statements, she couldn’t authorize military intervention, and she can’t do anything about Susan Rice distorting intelligence. All she can do is release emails, provide congress with witnesses, and conduct her own investigation.
Hillary is unable to speak for congress, the CIA, or the President. She could tell the American people that the President is a complete moron who shouldn’t be re-elected, but even that would be unethical. There’s protocol, process, a chain of command that has to be followed.
Congress is in charge of the investigation, Petraeus in is charge of the CIA, the President is in charge of what came out of his mouth, the American people are in charge of the election, and the press is in charge of telling us the story. These things don’t fall under Hillary’s jurisdiction.
I do not expect a personal call from Hillary. She can leak papers to The Powers That Be. She can answer “I don’t know, no one asked for my opinion or decisions” rather than push the administration lies forward. She could quit.
As far as secret operations staying secret, sure if they pull off their escapades then things probably stay secret. But this was obviously a FUBAR and expecting us citizens to stand by and play dumb or treating us like we are dumb is just not going to work.
ytik, I agree with you 100%. I hate that Hillary has to follow protocol. But on the other hand, she knew that Obama was a loser and she knew the job was dangerous when she took it.
“. She can leak papers to The Powers That Be.”
Are you not aware that she could end up in the slammer for leaking information? You think that in order to satisfy Constance’s need to know, Hillary should put her whole life in jeopardy by leaking material.
There are probably 10 different ways Hillary can end up in the slammer. And The Dems are more likely to dump this on any woman than a man. But at some point you just give up and do what is right. She was in the Senate for 8 years, she must know how to get information to the right people. I think she has had competent legal advice and it is significant that Rice not Hillary went out and gave the administration’s line of bull to The People. And stop implying I am the only person who is sick of the obvious cover up and wanting answers when that is probably the majority opinion.
“This is not about politics … if it were about politics, it would dishonor my son’s death. It’s about honor, integrity and justice,” he said.
“This news that he disobeyed his orders does not surprise me. My son was an American hero, and he had the moral strength to do what was right … even if it would have professionally cost him his job, even if it would have cost him his life.”
The thing is Romney is now getting security briefings so how much of this has he been told or figured out. There may be another reason for his warm and fuzzy third debate performance, like he knew the estent of the Libya clusterF and knew it was coming out so there was no reason for him to be the bearer of horrible news.
Or to allow the MSM distract attention away from it by being able to “blame” him.
interesting phone conversation on Rush
CIA was not the one who denied help in Benghazi
Because the media also are covering this up, Benghazi will be a firestorm when it finally is exposed. I hope and pray this will happen before the election.
Excellent – thanks for posting. Can’t wait until Nov. 7
I arrived in Ohio on Thursday after being out in the boondocks on a farm in Culpepper, VA surrounded by horses and cows for the past week and a half. There was no internet or mobile phone service. Great to be back at the crawdad hole and catch up on what’s been happening
My dear friends watched MSNBC a couple of hours a day while I was there so I need to go through detox. Apparently lady parts are the most important issues to them. They are both very concerned that the evil Repubs are going to get Roe overturned and then try to get birth control banned. They said nothing about Benghazi or issues other than education. The husband is retired from the Department of Education in DC and the wife is a retired Fairfax Co. VA teacher.
Coming back through central and western VA, WV and Ky I saw lots of Romney Ryan signs and very few Obama signs. Looks different from 2008. Smaller cities and rural areas look much more enthused for the 2012 Republican Presidential candidate than they did in 2008 if the yard signs are an accurate indication.
Glad to have you back, gram!