Thursday, November 01, 2012
Benghazi Smoking Gun: Consulate Begged For More Security A Month Before The Attack
FOX news reporter Catherine Herridge has the story:
"I really believe, having read it, that it is the smoking gun warning here. You've got this emergency meeting in Benghazi, less than a month before the attack. At that briefing, the people are told that there are ten, ten, Islamic militias and al-Qaeda groups in Benghazi. The consulate can not sustain a coordinated attack and they need extra help. This information goes directly to the office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. So, again, you have the culpability of the State Department. This is a very specific warning that they're in trouble, they need help and they see an attack on the horizon," FOX News' Catherine Herridge reported on FOX News' "On the Record" Wednesday night.
Read Herridge's report here.
"I believe based on this cable the point that was being made, that they wanted made publicly, not just in a classified study, is that the warning that came from Benghazi was very specific. It said 'we can not withstand an attack,' the militias are everything, al-Qaeda is here. This was known to the U.S. intelligence community as well. And that they really could not see a situation where security was going to turn around. They send that it was trending negatively," Herridge further reported.
"I can't think of anything that would be more specific than if these groups had emailed the State Department and said, 'Here's the time, here's the place, and here's the method of the attack,'" she said.
"There can be no doubt that this is really a cry for help from the people on the ground," Herridge told Greta van Susteren.
"If you couple this with the fact that we were coming up with the 9/11 anniversary and if you couple this with the statements that a videotape was somehow responsible, what you see is that is completely undercut. This cable says that, 'The militias and al-Qaeda are here, we essentially think that we are next.' So to take this attack and to suggest for such a long period of time that it was a video when you have classified cable and the intelligence, it just doesn't match up," she said.
"What I see is a growing body of evidence that the State Department has culpability for the death of the Ambassador and those three Americans," Herridge declared. "The warnings were specific, they were direct, they name the enemy and they said that this consulate needed more support. And it also indicated in the cable that the consulate should probably move long-term into the annex. We now know that is the CIA facility in Benghazi."
After the Obama Administration 'investigates' itself, look for Congress to dig deep into this no matter what happens in November. This isn't going to go away.