BLOCKBUSTER: US top security official in Libya says “unbelievable” that State Dept decreased security despite requests

CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has done a fantastic report on the security situation in Libya leading up to the Benghazi attack that killed our ambassador and three colleagues. And what she reports should be blockbuster in the media.

Here’s a quote from Lt. Col. Andy Wood, our top security official in Libya and a Utah National Guard Army Green Beret who headed up a Special Forces “Site Security Team” in Libya:

“We tried to illustrate…to show them how dangerous and how volatile and just unpredictable that whole environment was over there. So to decrease security in the face of that really is… it’s just unbelievable.”

When he says “decrease” he means their security teams left Libya in August:

Lt. Col. Wood has told CBS News and congressional investigators that his 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force called a Mobile Security Deployment team left Libya in August, just one month before the Benghazi assault. Wood says that’s despite the fact that US officials in Libya wanted security increased, not decreased.

Wood says he met daily with [Ambassador] Stevens and that security was a constant challenge. There were 13 threats or attacks on western diplomats and officials in Libya in the six months leading up to the September 11 attack.

The State Department has responded to this by minimizing it:

A senior State Department official told CBS News that half of the 13 incidents before September 11 were fairly minor or routine in nature, and that the Benghazi attack was so lethal and overwhelming, that a diplomatic post would not be able to repel it.

They also told CBS News “the security teams weren’t “pulled,” that their mission was simply over”.

Talk about playing the powerless victim card. What a joke of a response! There’s no reasonable person in this country who is going to believe that the State Department couldn’t have extended security in Libya at the request of their top security official on the ground. And to suggest that the attack was so overwhelming and lethal that our security forces couldn’t have repelled – well that’s up for serious debate since THEY WEREN’T EVEN THERE TO REPEL IT! Even if they couldn’t repel it, perhaps they could have bought enough time to get the ambassador to safety.

This scandal really is getting more scandalous by the day and should be getting a lot more play in the press. Kudos to CBS News and Sharyl Attkisson for reporting it.

Watch the report:

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  • Sure the mission was over. GM is alive and bin laden is dead, the earth is healed the seas stoped rising and we have jobs for the jobless and healthcare for the sick. Get the memo CBS.

    • Orangeone

      /sarc I hope.

    • bobemakk

      Maybe they are awakening a tiny bit at CBS. I’ve seen some anti Obama ads on the other lamestream media stations as well.

  • Orangeone

    Sounds like O’Bambi pulled away the deterrent to violence in order to detract Americans from his failed policies and our economic in the tank.

    • Jay

      Don’t forget QE3 was passed when attention was on Lybia. More 0 sleight of hand.

      • Orangeone

        And how many more EO’s will he pass before the election and how many more after.

  • Sober_Thinking

    This is a MASSIVE black eye for Obama.

    It’s despicable that they are covering up the details of this tragedy. I want justice.

    • NJK

      Just imagine how Mr. Stevens family feels. They feel the same way that Brian Terry’s family feels, Jamie Zapata’s family feels, Aaron Vaughn’s family feels, the other Navy Seals families, and the thousands of other soldiers and civilians who’ve died since this inside terror attack by Barack Hussein Obama began nearly four years ago. That’s what it is. And the United States Congress, the FBI, CIA, and Military let him do it.

      • Sober_Thinking

        He does indeed have blood on his hands. So unbelievable… this should NEVER happen in our America.

      • Speaking of that, where is Steven’s family? When was the last international terrorist crisis where we didn’t interview the family, particularly when people were killed and even more particularly a US Ambassador? This stinks…

    • warpmine

      Justice requires the rule of law and they have effectively killed that my friend. Perhaps the next Republic will solve this.

      • NoToTyrants

        Unfortunately ‘the rule of law’ is now arcane in Obama’s America. The law is now only applied to persecute enemies of the Obama state.

        If you exercise your Constitutionally protect right of free speech, like say making a documentary that ‘hurts the feelings’ of savage Mohammedans allowing them to scapegoat said film for their murderous rampage, then the Obama state will persecute you.

        If however, Harvey Weinstein makes a film about how Rambobama single-handedly assassinated Osama Bin Laden along with all his body guards using nothing but some twine and a rusty spoon, and release said film days before the election, then you are immune from state persecution for the retaliatory violence that will undoubtedly come from the savage Mohammedans.

        See how it works. Rule of law, free speech, no longer applies in Obama’s America. Use the law to reward your political friends and punish your political enemies. It is the Chicago way.

  • 911Infidel

    Bin Laden is dead but not AQ…or the Taliban or any of the other countless minions of the cult of death. And GM was dropping to #3 last I checked…while the taxpayers are out billions of dollars that they will never recoup. Get fooking real. Oh and how’d that Cairo speech work out Obama? Looks like your ME re-boot policy is one big fat BSOD.

  • Sometimes I wonder just whose side the administration is on. It doesn’t seem like it is America’s.

    • StrangernFiction

      Marxists are not traditionally on the side of America.

    • Siobhan7

      You’re so right! It feels like we’ve been living under foreign occupation.

      • warpmine

        In reality, we have.

    • badbadlibs

      Wonder no more. This administration is not on America’s side.

  • NJK

    Is there any point at which treason charges can be filed against this entire Obama regime? Just what is treason, if Fast and Furious(trying to frame Americans, and killed hundreds, including two Federal Agents,) isn’t, if leaking classified documents isn’t, if the murder of twenty Navy Seals by Obama,Clinton, and their Muslim Brotherhood ilk, isn’t, and now this?

    What qualifies as treason these days, or are govt. officials exempt?

    Did you notice they’re also saying the shooting of two border agents was friendly fire? Is anyone doubting that? I am.

    • Orangeone

      Is it just me or does the recent border patrol agent’s death feel intentional to confuse Americans over the Univision coverage?

      • deeme

        Isn’t it sad that we have been hearing inside job alot lately…???

      • deeme

        It’s not just you…

      • poljunkie

        I’m concerned about Obama appointing Cheryl Saban, wife of the owner of Univision, as U.S. representative to the United Nations.

        This just occurred last week.

        Coincidence? I mean, what better way to “stop” or control coverage?

      • sjmom

        Anything is possible by the evil which lurks in the WH.

    • I have no doubt that the Obamma’s administrtion and President Obamma himself are trying to hide the truth about the Fast and Furious and the Muslim brotherhood. I don’t believe Barach Obamma cares about what freedom and liberty means to us Americans. We are in perilist times of our nation to be fighting for protection. National Leaders need to be held accountable for not protecting and caring about the safety of our People in Libya or other countries were liberty is suffering. I wish our Congress and Senators would push for thorough investigations on this disgraceful actions to reduce security for the American Ambassador, Americans dipomats, and millitary in Libya.
      I don”t believe our Commander and Chief knows how to be one. Not having the U.S. back isn’t keeping an oath to Protect and To serve the American people.

      • warpmine

        “It’s an election year” so don’t expect it. Once upon a time America’s citizens would have demanded an impartial investigation and punishment for those that held blame but not n’more. The country is so divided thanks to progressive education serving as agitprop that half of those would and have voted for the enemies of this country because they’ve been trained to do so through no fault of their own.

        During any other time in history, this so called divide would have required a civil war to settle the dispute but we can’t bring ourselves to do it forcing an unending battle of words and solving nothing. Either we’re right or they are and only God knows and will eventually allow for a victory for one side and it just cannot be that both are right.

    • sjmom

      Thought the same thing you did when I heard about the border agents; friendly fire??? What a farce!!!!! When we have a new WH and Congress in Jan. all of these things should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  • puma_for_life

    It’s almost as if Obama administration wanted this to happen.

    • Orangeone

      They have to detract and Obamabots will fall on their sword and lay down their lives if it helps O’Bambi raise money and get re-elected.

      • IwjwI

        Will they resort to selling body parts?

        • Orangeone

          With his kool-aid followers, nothing would suprise me.  But I think they would steal someone else’s body parts and sell those before they’d sell their own because they feel entitled to what others have.

  • p m

    Maybe Charles Krauthammer will change his mind on the timing of Romney’s foreign policy speech on Monday – in light of these new revelations, it looks even better to me – and will give MR a foundation for making further criticisms of WH and DoState policies as the election date nears.

    All of these horrific attacks, whether F&F or Libya, have been concocted by this administration. Kudos to Ms. Attkisson for more real reporting here. She’s been on these failures from the beginning.

    • warpmine

      “All of these horrific attacks, whether F&F or Libya, have been concocted by this administration. Kudos to Ms. Attkisson for more real reporting here. She’s been on these failures from the beginning.”

      Almost makes one believe in impartiality and just in time for the election.

      • p m

        A tiny snowball among the avalanche of state media BS – I don’t believe that and neither do you, I hope, warpmine:)

  • iaintlyin

    The Administration wanted Stevens dead because he knew something. After seeing what this administration is capable of isn’t it possible Stevens found out about a gun running operation in Libya where 0 and his cadre of creeps were supplying guns to the guys that killed ……Stevens. Yeah, I know, far fetched huh?

    • p m

      That’s been my theory too since the day after his murder. And it was Stevens who was the bagman delivering those weapons, IMO from the start of the rebellion in February 2001 until it supposedly ended. His mission on this last secret visit was to retrieve them. AQ didn’t get that memo…

    • puma_for_life

      That’s how it is starting to look; they wanted him dead for some reason. I did read somewhere that Benghazi was where all of the CIA people were located, so maybe he was CIA.

    • opinionatedhermit

      Maybe we can hope that all the hidden FBI records and all the other answers we need, will once again show up in Hillary’s personal residence……

      • iaintlyin

        Hillary looked like she saw a ghost that day. the whole administration are in bed with these snake charmers (muslim brotherhood) and are being completely outplayed at great expense to America,. They (0 and his henchmen, appointees and advisors) should all be held and tried at Gitmo today.

  • MaxineCA

    Thank goodness we still have a few GOOD investigative reporters doing their job. I’m so sick and tired of being lied to and expected to believe whatever they say is the truth.

    Here’s another one that I’ll file under “WTH is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”. I was on a website that I visit to attempt to keep up with things going on in MX. Re BP Agent Ivie’s death – You know how they came out recently and said “although the investigation isn’t complete, they think it points toward “friendly fire”. (just like the hit on Bengazi was spontaneous reaction……..). Check this out as well as the timeline:

    “Mexican troops have arrested two suspects in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the wounding of a second officer in Arizona, Mexican security officials said on Wednesday. The two suspects were detained in a Mexican military operation in the city of Agua Prieta, in Mexico’s northern Sonora state, a few miles from the spot where Nicholas Ivie was shot dead early on Tuesday while responding to a tripped ground sensor, a Mexican Army officer, who declined to be named.”

    “A Mexican police official in Naco, across the border from the Arizona town of the same name, confirmed the arrests, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday.”

    “U.S. officials refused to comment on the report of the arrests”..

    I’ll report…… you decide what you think.

    • p m

      Thank you Maxine for keeping us aware of your findings on the Mx border and all things to do with it. Far as I’m concerned the lawlessness of zero’s administration matches that of the cartels.

    • iaintlyin

      thanks max, what do you think the chances are of univision digging into this the way the exposed Fast and Furious to the Lateeno community last week? No chance, the president of univisions wife was assigned a post at the UN between the time of his sitdown interview (another disaster, without a teleprompter) and the univision expose’. I can’t believe they took a day off today, no bad news, no blossoming scandals, no ….. wait, theres a few hours left, i’ll finish this rant tomorrow


    • badbadlibs

      I think every time this administration opens it’s collective mouth it lies.

    • sjmom

      Thanks for the truth because I wasn’t buying what Obama was selling.

    • marketcomp

      If Mitt Romney becomes President we will see all kinds of investigative reporters.


    …what do you Americans expect when your Commander in Chief’s middle name is HUSSEIN . Once a MUSLIM always a MUSLIM .”

    • I agree. If it isn’t obvious enough to us Americans to wake up and see what’s reality about this Obamma Administration. They cannot be trusted. There should be a more thurough investigation on the Fast and Furious and Libya attacks. I agree time is running out to get all the evidence against these ellected administration including the President to have them charged whith treason.

  • This is Liberal Ideology on display. “If we don’t have a massive security presence on site, they won’t have any reason to hate us”. Do not doubt that the reason for this debacle could sound so simplistic. There is no other plausible reason for the stonewalling, knowing what we know.

    In my mind, they figured Americans would be greeted as “freedom fighters” THIS time. They didn’t even know (I hope) who they were helping. I’m reminded of the fable of the scorpion and the frog. Our best case scenario is that Obama is the Frog, not the Scorpion.

  • deeme

    I got an email today I will break it down because I don’t know if I can post it…He is a retired marine..He said 1000 soldiers have lost their lives in the last 27 months..More then the nine years before ..30 in August alone..50 Nato and U.S. servicemen murdered in inside jobs..The President is AWOL and the military is frustrated..he said they are planning on voting against this President and asking all retired military to do the same..the One million in Florida alone could make the difference in that state…I hope they don’t do what I have read and suppress their vote…but since when does something so unconstitutional surprise anyone?? NoNe of this makes any sense and when things don’t make sense there is a puzzle piece missing..I sure don’t want to find out what it is when it is too late.

  • Spartan4Palin

    I really think that the ‘whole’ Libya debacle was a test run for R2P? It was UN driven which is what this administration has always wanted. They armed the ‘rebels’ to unseat any dictator that wouldn’t tow the Soros New World Order idea. And the only way to do it was under the guise of R2P. Soros saw a money opportunity to rule the world. Oil and money deals! The only thing was, the bad guys knew what it really meant for them! The final stage for the caliphate! This administration made a pact with devil himself! And the devil in this situation (unbelievably) isn’t Soros. We are facing the real deal evil.

    And one more thing I have to ask? Where in the world are all these ‘Special Forces’ groups that Obama sent over to Africa? We’ve got several teams there. Why weren’t those guys sent in?

  • If you notice, there was no attack on the consulate in Benghazi while the security teams were there. So the al Qaeda militiamen probably were intimidated by the firepower possessed by the security teams. Also, nobody says WHO at the State Department wanted to reduce security in Benghazi. Who actually signed off on it and who thought there was no need for ANY security, even though there were all these previous attacks? THAT is what we need to know. Where did the buck stop at the State Department? Hillary Clinton? Don’t be surprised if she somehow knew “nothing” about it.

  • JohnBarry2012

    Our black muslim president (according to Madonna) obviously put more faith in the muslim extremist not to attack US embassy (with his Cairo naive appeasement peace to the muslim world) than have faith US elite force to protect ambassador Stevens. In his book, “The audacity of hope” he said: “I will always stand with the muslim, should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    Yes, indeed, even after the Benghazi attack, he declared to the world in his speech at UN General Assembly: “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.” Obama is just being true to his own world view and his heart conviction. Why are we surprise or doubt him?

  • badbadlibs

    I keep asking: “Who is going to hold this administration accountable?”
    These leftists live in an alternate universe and until their “universe” is soundly beaten back to the dark underground (via votes) where it belongs, and from where it came, they will continue to play with the lives of human beings. Lives are meaningless to them in their quest to create the world they envision.
    It’s a crying shame too many Americans don’t have a clue to what is happening and worse, why it’s happening.

  • anyonebutbarry2012

    the state dept needs to be held accountable, you know this admin is corrupt when they have instructed the state dept to do what they have. we have F&F, we have huma abedin working in the state dept, we have clinton bypassing congress and giving pakistan money whether we want that or not. where is congress? why are they allowing all this to go on?

  • Boris_Badenoff

    Let’s hope ALL the truth comes out and thank Col. Wood for coming forward.

    There are Honorable men in the Military. Men that the truth is more important to than towing the administration line. They swore an oath to protect and defend America not a lying President.

  • Nukeman60

    It seems to me all the pieces are falling into place here to solve this ‘who dun it’. Let’s look at the known facts.

    1) – Obama, despite what the polls are saying, is hurting in this election campaign.
    2) – He knows there have been several minor altercations recently in Libya.
    3) – He pulls the security details out of Libya one month before 9/11.
    4) – The Mohammed video was put on line in July, so it becomes a perfect dupe for the next phase.
    5) – Stevens is sent to Benghazi on 9/11, of all days, for incidental reasons.
    6) – The attacks happen, the terrorists know where Stevens’ safehouse is, but he is killed and so the coverup begins.

    Now, what did Obama expect to happen after #5? Did he expect Stevens to be kidnapped, so that he could send in his diplomatic crew, save the day and gain political points for his re-election (much like he did with bin Laden)? I think so.

    It went horribly wrong when the Libyans didn’t play by his rules and took it upon themselves to go one step further in their jihadist zeal. The left will call my assumptions a wild-a$$ right-wing conspiracy theory and therefore they can dismiss it with impunity.

    However, somebody has to answer for the 6 points above (all true facts). Where does the buck stop in this country anymore? Where indeed.

    • Boris_Badenoff

      Very good questions Nuke..

      I don’t put anything past our liar in chief.

      I DO know this though. Rice is nothing but a distraction, a misdirection.

      The investigation must start with Hillary and obama. They are responsible.

      And anything Obama is involved in that requires more than 60 seconds of thought you can bet that Axlerod and Jarret and right there with him..

      • Nukeman60


  • Evil bas#tards. I hope the propaganda press some day soon realizes they have the same blood on their hands that dear leader has, but then again, they wouldn’t care because they would hear, “A job well done comrades”. Evil ba$tards.

    God help and protect our troops. Please Jesus watch over them.

    • marketcomp

      Well said, AbC! I too fear for our brave soldiers and now for our country since hearing that 4 terrorist are being transferred to the US from Great Britain. There is definitely something brewing.

      • We need to pray for them morning, noon and night my marketfriend. I’ve had a huge burden on my heart lately for our troops over there.

  • sjmom

    This is a national disgrace and I cannot imagine the pain and agony of the families of the four who lost their lives when they hear the news of how their loved ones did not have to die and who may be alive today if not for this administration. These jokes for public servants need to be run out of town and one month from today they will be.

    • They need to be tarred and feathered first. I’ve got the chickens. I can start plucking now.

  • wolfveryne

    No, news folks are asking ,, why was Stevens in Benghazi ,, at that date ( 9/11 ) and hour ,, was he looking for the guns , that our side gave the Terrorist in Libya ? ? ?

  • hbnolikeee

    “They also told CBS News “the security teams weren’t “pulled,” that their mission was simply over”.”

    This is just the way a slimy mortgage broker explained to me how my mortgage payment doubling was in fact only a 2% increase. I told him at the end of the day “it’s what I have in my wallet, not what you call it”.

    This is the same bull s*(&. This is a difference without a distinction. They were told it’s dangerous and getting more dangerous where they were and the security left where they were. Who gives a flying rats ass if you call it they left because it was over or they were pulled.

    I’m thinking the Ambassador’s family and the three other butchered Americans families would agree.

  • Landscaper

    Obummer and H Clinton are just plain cowards. They threw Ms. Rice to the wolves. She had her talking points and repeated what she was told to say. That’s the fact Jack !

  • Tall, Dark and Handsome

    And then a representative of our government, not just any Representative but one with a PhD. and a Cabinet Level position that also includes being the UN Representative of this formerly great country went on national TV, 5 times in one day, and lied to us.
    And I’m tired of this and will get even with them on November 6th, election day.
    Who do they think they are !!!!!

  • marketcomp

    Heads should roll starting from the top!

  • TJinNJ

    Calling all conservative voices on TV, Radio, and internet…Paul Revere or bust…do not let the light fade on this until all Americans know the truth…I thought Fast and Furious was their Watergate but…

  • toongoon

    There’s no reasonable person in this country who is going to believe that the State Department couldn’t have extended security in Libya at the request of their top security official on the ground.

    Unfortunately it’s not only reasonable people who vote (and more than once).

  • Drip….drip…..drip….drip…..drip….keeps getting worse!! Each day more and more is coming out and the MSM is covering slowly but more and more…..The fact is this is going to become just an ALBATROSS that no one will be able to lift. To see the blantant LYING AND MANIPULATION is striking…..but the hits keep coming….and coming….does anyone believe that Obama will do well when Mitt slams him in a Foreign Policy debate? Look at all the material lining up against the Marxist and thrown in Fast & Furious….oh I cannot wait to see the look on his face!! Las Vegas, Beyonce, David Letterman all while the Embassies burned!!

    Drip….drip…..drip…..drip…..the dam is overflowing Marxist!

  • storykeeper

    Bin Laden is Dead, AlQaeda is Alive and GM is in Debt. Should the truth ever be known, the attack was a repraisal for the drone attacks and Obama spiking the ball, bragging about having killed Bin Laden,,,,had absolutely NOTHING to do with that lame video,,,,but then that would not play well in the media

      • kong1967

        That’s awesome, but it goes way beyond that. There are hundreds of dead Mexicans, and an untold number of dead from the leaks the administration left for Islam (Al Qeda) to track down people that helped us.

    • kong1967

      It will be interesting to see what the reaction will be from muslims after the movie is shown about Obama killing Bin Laden. Is Obama going to have himself wisked away in the middle of the night by his own brownshirts for stoking the flames like he did that other guy? Obama invited Hollywood in for the story, so he is going to be responsible for what happens.

      How does this jive with his speech telling everyone not to incite the muslim world? He is going to be doing it just before the election with that movie. I’ll bet the movie gives the credit to Obama….not our military, our intelligence, or Bush (for getting the info from waterboarding that led to tracking Bin Laden down). I want to see it just so I can be aware of what is being claimed, but I don’t want to help the appearance that I am praising Obama and I don’t want to help the producer profit off a lying, propaganda piece of sh** movie.

  • RestlessLegs

    It seems like Sharyl A. is one of the few true journalists left in the MSM. She also did some good reports on Fast and Furious until the network apparently got uncomfortable. I doubt if any other networks will pick up on this… but you never know… but I won’t hold my breath.

  • Mary_Linda

    I’d say obama and his regime work for Al-Queida.

    • kong1967

      …or the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • NYGino

    Hopefully this sordid mess will prove to be the elimination of the Clintons from any further involvement in our government.

    • kong1967

      I doubt it.

  • kong1967

    The security team wasn’t pulled, but their mission was simply over. That makes all the difference doesn’t it? Repeated requests for an extension are immaterial, right?

    Whether the mission was over or whether they were removed early doesn’t matter. The fact is the State Dpt. knew the security was needed and they denied it.

    I love seeing reports like this coming from the left-wing MSM, although they don’t happen often.

  • colliemum

    I sincerely hope Ms Attkisson has proper security.
    This is the second scandal which she is investigating, where the Obama administration has blood on their hands.

    • wodiej

      The only security I would trust is someone I hired myself.

  • RKM1954

    The (D)s lie constantly about everything. They can’t help it. It’s what they do. It’s in their DNA.

  • WTF… could the race be so close? I don’t understand anything about this administration. I feel like this is a dream and I moved to another country. Need a GPS to find America!

    • roafer

      Yes, there is more to this story you fucking regressive dipshit.
      Congress voted down extra funding for US embassy security worldwide. Who led that effort? Paul Lyin’Ryan.
      GFY Jackass.

      • KenInMontana

        Typical of what passes for “intelligent” discourse among the left. Well you’re done spewing here.

  • wodiej

    There are always security issues there-how could their mission be over? This was a brainless and senseless tragedy and a dereliction of duty.

    obama has not been held accountable for anything in his entire life. Well, in the words of your mentor obama…..your chickens are finally coming home to roost.