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CIA Bolstered Security In Benghazi, Undermining Clinton’s Argument

- October 22, 2015

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During Her Testimony, Hillary Clinton Justified The State Department’s Continued Presence In Benghazi By Saying The CIA Also Kept Its Facility Open. HILLARY CLINTON: “With Benghazi the CIA did not have any plans to close their facility. On the opinion of those with the greatest understanding of our mission, our diplomatic mission in Benghazi was exactly the same, that we should not close down and should not leave Benghazi.” (Hillary Clinton, Select Committee On Benghazi, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 10/22/15)

In Contrast To The State Department, The CIA Responded To The Same Threat Reports By Quickly Upgrading Its Security. “In contrast, the CIA, in response to the same deteriorating security situation and IC threat reporting, consistently upgraded its security posture over the same time period...As a result, CIA quickly implemented additional security measures due to the threat of continued attacks against Western personnel in Benghazi.” (“Review Of The Terrorist Attacks On U.S. Facilities In Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012 Together With Additional Views,” Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, 1/15/14, p. 17)

CIA Personnel Working In Benghazi Knew The 9/11 Anniversary Could Be A Flashpoint And Posted A Warning At The Annex Alerting Staff To Increased Hostilities. “Personnel working at the CIA annex in Benghazi were well aware that the 9/11 anniversary last year could be a flashpoint, according to recent testimony, and a notice was even posted on a bulletin board at the annex warning of potentially increased hostilities against western targets during that period.” (Catherine Herridge, “CIA Personnel Testify Agency Was On Alert Over 9/11 Anniversary In Benghazi, Before Attack, Fox News, 11/25/13)

The CIA Personnel Were Puzzled By Ambassador Stevens’ Presence In Benghazi On September 10th Without Additional Security. “Given an understanding between the local CIA personnel and the nearby State Department operation that they would come to each other’s aid, the CIA on the ground in Benghazi was aware of Stevens’ arrival in Benghazi on Sept. 10, according to the witnesses. But they told lawmakers they were puzzled as to why Stevens was there during a period of heightened threat without significant additional security.” (Catherine Herridge, “CIA Personnel Testify Agency Was On Alert Over 9/11 Anniversary In Benghazi, Before Attack, Fox News, 11/25/13)

CIA Contractor On Benghazi Security: I Bluntly Warned That If The State Department Facility Was Attacked, They Were Going To Die. CIA CONTRACTOR 1: “They were their own security, yeah. Diplomatic security. They didn’t have like an American force, like a marine detachment, they did it themselves.” BRET BAIER: “So what did you tell them?” CIA CONTRACTOR 1: “Me in my bluntness, I said, ‘you know if you guys get attacked, you guys are going to die. You know that right?’ And I remember I said, ‘if you ever need us, you just call us, we’ll come get you.’” (Fox News’ ”13 Hours At Benghazi,” 9/5/14)


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