Report: State Department Had Intelligence About the Benghazi Attacks 48 Hours in Advance and Did Nothing

by Crocker on September 13, 2012, 9:04 pm

in Foreign Policy,Politics

And we have to find out about this from the foreign press. From the UK Independent:

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.

The same report states that none of this was about a movie (no surprise there) and that these various attacks were part of a coordinated offensive against US interests, coinciding with the eleventh anniversary of 911.

We also have reports that the US ambassador in Cairo refused to allow the Marine force to carry live ammunition. Today, we were treated to the unedifying spectacle of Hillary Clinton apologizing for a stupid movie that might not even exist. It’s funny how the administration is so concerned with not offending Muslims but doesn’t care about Christians in Egypt or this country.

Isn’t it nice that we have an administration that conveniently excludes Islam from scrutiny and criticism and seemingly blames the First Amendment.

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