“The Independent” Reporting State Department had warnings 48 hours ahead 9/11 embassy attacks – took no action. Obama misses intelligence briefings

It has already been widely reported President Nobama hadn’t attended a daily intelligence briefing since Sept 5th.  I would love to know how many fund raisers he attended between September 5th and September 11th, but I digress.

CBS News reported the Libyan security forces assigned to protect our consulate may have actually aided the terrorists in locating our Ambassador.

Now, a British publication, the Independent, is reporting the State Department had credible warnings 48 hours ahead of the attacks but took no action.  Not just no increase in security for vulnerable positions on the anniversary of 9/11, they failed to even notify the embassies of the increased security threat.  Of course, the White House is in full denial mode but expect Congressional hearings to come from this one: (emphasis mine)

Link to The Independent Article and summary: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/revealed-inside-story-of-us-envoys-assassination-8135797.html

Chris Stevens had been back in the country only a short while and the details of his visit to Benghazi, where he and his staff died, were meant to be confidential.

The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the “safe house” in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed “safe”.

Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.

According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.

 

 

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