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- October 22, 2015

Clinton Blamed Benghazi Security Problems On Local Security Forces

During Her Testimony, Hillary Clinton Blamed The Security Problems On Local Security Contractors.   HILLARY CLINTON: “That's the way the world is. But to do the very best we can and there are many elements that go into -” CONGRESSMAN LYNN WESTMORELAND (GA-R): “So contractors would be number one. What would be number two?” CLINTON: “Well, I don't think that's an unimportant point. We had a militia. We had an unarmed static force that probably couldn't have done much more. It should, I think, inspire us to look for ways to get host countries to permit there to be more dedicated security forces well enough armed and trained to be really a force to protect our compounds and our other facilities. That would have perhaps made a difference.” (Hillary Clinton, Select Committee On Benghazi, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 10/22/15)

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But It Was The Clinton State Department That Wanted The U.S. Mission In Libya To Use Local Contractors

Senate Homeland Security Report: When The Regional Security Officer In Libya Requested Additional Diplomatic Security Agents, The State Department Requested They Hire Local Employees Instead. “For example, in March 2012 the Tripoli Embassy had requested five full-time security positions for Benghazi…In addressing the March request for five DS [Diplomatic Security] agents, Deputy Assistant Secretary Lamb questioned RSO [Regional Security Officer] Nordstrom about the fact that two of those five requested positions would be used for non-personnel security related duties—one for driving and one to secure a computer. Deputy Assistant Secretary Lamb asked that local employees be hired for these positions since they were arguably not related to security.” (“Flashing Red: A Special Report On The Terrorist Attack At Benghazi,” United States Senate Committee On Homeland Security And Government Affairs, 12/30/12, p. 18)

A Diplomatic Cable Revealed That The State Department Recommended The U.S. Diplomatic Mission In Libya Transition From American Security Forces To “Local And Non-Emergency Based Assets. “As recommended by the Department, post is developing plans to transition our security staffing from an MSD [Mobile Security Deployment] and SST-based [Security Support Team] model to one that incorporates more locally based and non-emergency assets.” (“The Security Failures Of Benghazi,” Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 10/10/12. P.113)

Senate Intel Report: The State Department Relied On Local Security Forces For Its Primary Source Of Security. “FINDING 313: The primary source of security for the Temporary Mission Facility, local Libyan militia members, failed to provide any significant defense of the compound from the attack.” (“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. 39)

Senate Homeland Security Report: In Its 2011 Plan To Shift To “Locally Staffed Operations,” The State Department Stated It Did Not Have Sufficient Resources To Sustain Security Assets In Libya. “In the Department’s late 2011 plan describing a transition to ‘locally staffed operations,’ one of the reasons given for that transition was that ‘DS [Diplomatic Security] does not have sufficient resources to sustain the current level of the security assets in Libya.’ Lamb commented on this issue in her interview with the Committee, stating that it was hard to sustain large numbers of DS agents on short-term tours because there is not a floating pool of agents so that to fill a gap in Libya she needed to create a gap elsewhere.” (“Flashing Red: A Special Report On The Terrorist Attack At Benghazi,” United States Senate Committee On Homeland Security And Government Affairs, 12/30/12, p. 18)

Col. Andrew Wood Said The State Department Transition From U.S. Security Personnel To Local Security Forces Came From “Adding Up Numbers On A Piece Of Paper” That Did Not Reflect “Caliber And Quality.” COL. ANDREW WOOD: “The individuals that were trained were local Libyans that we had hired. Indeed, you are correct that way. The SST participated with MSD in training some of those individuals. But the caliber and quality I think was subject. I can see where they are dealing with numbers on this end of the table, adding up numbers on a piece of paper. I think it reflects, from the description of the Benghazi compound, not being accurate in the fact that the RSO and security agents there had to sleep with their weapons. With the secure communications, they didn’t have a complete understanding of how difficult it was or failed to recognize that.” (“The Security Failures Of Benghazi,” Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 10/10/12. p.87)

 


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