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Clinton State Dept. Denied Requests For More Security In Benghazi

- October 11, 2015

The State Department Denied Requests For More Security In Benghazi In The Months Leading Up To The September 2012 Attacks. “Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks after having made requests for more security to the State Department. State has acknowledged that security was not adequate but has defended itself by saying that it never received intelligence indicating an attack of the ferocity of the terrorist assault. Numerous attackers were involved in the assault, which lasted several hours.” (Oren Dorell, “Democrats Join GOP To Blame State In Benghazi,” USA Today, 1/15/14)

  • According To Deputy Chief Of Mission Greg Hicks, Ambassador Stevens’ Requests For Additional Security For Benghazi “Were Denied Or Ignored.”  “To sum up: Chris Stevens was not responsible for the reduction in security personnel. His requests for additional security were denied or ignored. Officials at the State and Defense Departments in Washington made the decisions that resulted in reduced security. (Gregory N. Hicks, Op-Ed, “Gregory Hicks: Benghazi And The Smearing Of Chris Stevens,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/22/14)

Clinton Said She Was Not Aware Of “Specific Requests And Decision Making” Regarding Security Because Decisions Rested With “Security Professionals.” ALAN GRAYSON: “All right. Now, it was identified earlier that a report dating from the 1990s had said that the secretary should take a personal and active role in security. Have you done that during your four years at the State Department?” HILLARY CLINTON: “I have been very attuned to the environment in which threats are occurring, the intelligence that is available. Certainly not the specific requests and decision making, which rests with the security professionals.” (Hillary Clinton, House Committee On Foreign Affairs, Hearing, 1/23/13)

Clinton On The Requests For More Security In Benghazi, “I Didn’t See Those Requests. They Didn’t Come To Me. I Didn’t Approve Them, I Didn’t Deny Them.” HILLARY CLINTON: “The specific security requests pertaining to Benghazi, you know, were handled by the security professionals in the department. I didn't see those requests. They didn't come to me. I didn't approve them, I didn't deny them.” (Hillary Clinton, Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 1/23/13)

In 2014, Clinton Ducked Her Responsibility On The Attack In Benghazi, Saying, “I’m Not Equipped To Sit And Look At Blueprints To Determine Where The Blast Walls Need To Be Or Where The Reinforcements Need To Be.” DIANE SAWYER: “Is there anything you personally should have been doing to make it safer in Benghazi?” HILLARY CLINTON: “What I did was give very direct instructions that the people who have the expertise and experience in security –” SAWYER: “But personally you --” CLINTON: “Well that is personal, though, Diane. I am not -- I’m not equipped to sit and look at blueprints to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be. That’s why we hire people who have that expertise.” SAWYER: “I wonder if people are looking for a sentence that begins from you, ‘I should have. I should have.’” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 6/9/14 )

  • Diane Sawyer: “I Wonder If People Are Looking For A Sentence That Begins From You, ‘I Should Have. I Should Have.’” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 6/9/14)

Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Martin Dempsey Said He Was “Surprised” Clinton Had Not Seen A Specific State Department Cable From Ambassador Stevens Regarding Security Concerns. LINDSEY GRAHAM: “When Secretary Clinton testified a few weeks ago that she had a clear-eyed assessment of the threat that we faced in Libya, is that really a credible statement if she didn’t know about the ambassador’s cable on Aug. 15, saying we can’t defend this place.” MARTIN DEMPSEY: “Well, I don’t know that she didn’t know about the cable.” GRAHAM: “She said she didn’t.” DEMPSEY: “Well, that’s a…” GRAHAM: “Are you stunned that she didn’t?” DEMPSEY: “I would call myself surprised that she didn’t.” (Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 2/7/13)


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