Fox News: Counterterrorism task force not called into action by Obama admin during Benghazi attack


Fox News has just learned that the Obama administration decided not to call into action the Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG) which is a task force of specialists who specialize in hostage situations and terrorist attacks on any US interest. They also didn’t call into action the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST) which is an interagency group that goes in and help facilitates after a terrorist attack.

Jennifer Griffin continued, noting that there’s a lot of frustration in the counterterrorism community because the decisions during the attack were isolated at the highest levels of the Obama administration and that counter-terrorism assets weren’t used in the initial hours and days :

According to my sources such senior level decisions included ruling out the immediate deployment of certain anti-terrorism personnel from multiple agencies as the attack was ongoing. The officials who I spoke to said that they are very concerned because it indicated that the decision making process in those initial hours and in the days afterward was very compartmentalized, the response process was isolated I’m told at the most senior level of the administration and there’s a great deal of frustration in the counterterrorism community that some of those counter-terror assets weren’t used in the initial hours and days.


UPDATE: Here are two more articles for you to read on that have come out recently on Benghazi:

  1. Obama Met With Panetta and Biden at WH As Benghazi Terror Attack Unfolded
  2. Two U.S. officials tell Eli Lake that the State Department never requested military backup the night of the attack
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  • BlueGood


    Sorry for the caps….SO pissed off at this…

    “o’bama bin lyin should go to jail for the loss of these guys…

    • famouswolf

      Head over to Breitbart. The biggest paper in Nevada has raked obama over the coals bigtime with an official editorial. The dike may be breaking at last.

      • Orangeone

        Breitbart tweets all of its articles so I retweeted this one!

        • famouswolf

          Excellent. The faster the cracks spread the sooner we finish this sob off. I hope it goes viral, and poisons o fast and fatally.

          I’d tweet it too, but don’t know how or have the hardware.

          • Orangeone

            You have the hardware, just need a tweet lesson.  That’s how I started!  Email the link, that always helps.  Post the link on Scoop’s Open Threads too because some visitors might miss it on this one.

      • toongoon

        H/T Rush. The left does not want obama’s policies blamed for his failure, they will throw Obama under the bus first. If they the election they will try to institute all of his policies again.

        First and foremost, Liberalism (communism) must not take the blame.

        • famouswolf

          I know.

          First things first. Some over at Breitbart are praising the newspaper. Not me, any more than I am praising ANYONE changing their vote who voted o in. The damage is probably even worse than we can see, and I am not letting anyone off the hook, including my own brother.

          I’ll go after the left with a vengeance the rest of my life, in any way I can. My oath.

          • toongoon

            I’m with you brother.

          • ImacowgirlinTucson

            I think you should praise those who woke up (that voted for o) and will now vote for Romney..without them..well, I hate to think.

            • famouswolf

              I know, but I just can’t.

              It’s like they are on probation in my mind.

        • anotherworriedmom

          Did you see the exchange between Geraldo Rivera and Eric Bolling this morning on Fox&Friends? Geraldo Rivera was trying to say that we shouldn’t rush to judgement regarding Benghazi and that everything that could have been done was done. Eric Bolling wasn’t having any of it and they were literally shouting at each other. During the conversation Geraldo said something that was very telling: “the thought that Democrats sat and watched this happen”. He was referring to admininstration officials and the situation room. But, it’s interesting that he didn’t say “administration officials” but “democrats”. I think you are spot on that the real worry from the lefties is that this entire debacle is going to do serious damage to the D brand. And, yes, they are correct in their thinking.

          • toongoon

            Thank you. I’ll try to find that video.

      • BlueGood

        Lookin…what’s the Link pls?

        Thanx for the heads up… belay that last request….got it…

        • famouswolf

          It’s on the front page at Breitbart. Just google it, I’m sorry I don’t know that much about computers.

          • justplainbob
            • famouswolf

              Thank you!

            • 3seven77

              Some of the comments on that editorial are just unbelieveable. Someone is claiming Geraldo Rivera as a “source” and says that the video of the attack wasn’t viewed until October 1st! Really? They actually believe that? How does that help? If anything, not viewing the video until 3 weeks have passed just underscores the incompetence of this administration. I guess since we have “911 Truthers”, now we’re going to get a bunch of looney “Benghazi Truthers”.

              • Nukeman60

                I’m a ‘Benghazi truther’ – and the truth will set us free.

    • sDee

      Pamela Geller posted how well the Arab and MUslim media is covering this.

      You know how desperate the state of the American media is when Arab/Muslim media is covering the jihad in Libya while the American enemedia is covering it up (save for FOX News). America is under siege by the fourth estate.

    • anotherworriedmom

      Hannity said 2 nights ago that there are rumors (yes, they are rumors) that there is an email from the Nation Security Advisor’s office (Donilon) to the effect of: it’s not a terrorist attack so stand down. I really wish the rumors could either be verified or go away. If that’s the case, then let us know. If not, then we need to still figure out what happened. But the lack of information coming from the WH is really damning. So, where are the pictures of BO in the situation room watching this?

      • MiketheMarine

        It will leak out, don’t worry. Don’t forget, there are 30 Americans who SURVIVED that attack and some of them will know womething and leak info.

        • anotherworriedmom

          I keep thinking that we should have heard from some of those other 30 Americans who were rescued by Ty Woods and Glenn Doherty. That’s a lot of people to keep quiet. I would put money on them being held “for security purposes” somewhere in Europe until after the election. The Obama admin certainly doesn’t want any of them coming out with first person stories about trying to get help and being denied.



    … HEADLINE :4 American Patriots are killed and abused in Benghazi , Libya , 09/11/12 this is the DEATH NAIL to the re election of Barack HUSSEIN Obama . “

  • I’d like to say “Unbelievable!” but the lying and covering-up from this administration is too commonplace for it to be surprising. In other news, MSNBC and CNN still want to know who ‘Ben Gazi’ is and why FOX News keeps talking about him.

  • denbren52

    Whether he was directly making decisions or left the decision-making to incompetent appointees, he proves he is not fit to be commander-in-chief.

  • seaseeo

    We are having family feuds over this-one side of my family does not want to hear one bad thing about O-hole and the other side is moving like crazy to get this information out. He is not only dividing countries Israel, and the US, he is dividing races black on brown and black on white, he is now reaching into our family unit. He has got to be impeached!

    • toongoon

      So it goes in my family too. The Uniter (barf).

      • Jerseygalnny

        The Uniter? (I’ll barf with ya, and gag too… ) Good to see ya, toongoon!

      • Marridge

        Can we PLEASE start calling him the KILLER president?

  • toongoon

    I have come to believe that congress watches MSNBC and CNN to find out what is going on in America and around he world, and considering their low ratings, probably the only ones who do. It also explains how they get funding to stay on the air.

  • yennikcm

    the SEALs called Obama, and he went to bed…………..

  • Army_Pilot1967

    What a tragedy and nary a peep out of the obama media!!!! I just don’t understand how the stranger in OUR White House is getting a pass on this. Had the president been a Republican, the media would be howling and howling about the murder of four American citizens, but since it’s obama the media is suddenly and predictably mute. What a disgrace! The media for the most part is totally useless and corrupt.

    • Orangeone

      Had the pResident been 100% white there would have been an immediate investigation.

      • Amjean

        Noone in the media or anywhere else references Obama as anything
        but all black. The white portion is swept under the rug like he
        is ashamed or something.

      • No there wouldn’t have, since if he was 100% white with the resume Obama had, he would have never won the Democrat primary in the first place.

  • 911Infidel

    Worried about not having enough money to reward his friends and punish his enemies….by (among other things) cutting the Intel budget from 21.5 B to 2.5 B? Is that the reason that Osama Bin Lying continues to lead from behind? Or is it because he doesn’t want to admit that his Libya adventure is a failure. Or could it be that Osama didn’t want to it known that the Benghazi consulate was helping to funnel arms to the FSA in Syria?

    Yeah that was real smart leaving the security of the embassy to an offshoot of AQ. So who came up with that idea? Huma Abedin or Dalia Mogahed?

    Osama said “When Americans are in trouble we help. We leave no one behind.” Unless those Americans are in Benghazi (city of martyrs) or he needs their vote that is.

    Osama lied and people died. And he’s still lying through his Kenyan teeth. And where is the alphabet networks on this story? Other than Jake Tapper, I mean? I guess they’re just too busy keeping that Obama propaganda machine well-oiled.

  • DCD+in+Indiana

    This gets worse every day. It’s increasingly clear that Obama’s response to this crisis was dictated by politics from the very beginning. Four Americans died because recognizing the Benghazi attack for what it was, and responding accordingly and appropriately, would have been bad for Obama’s re-election prospects. Never in my entire life have I been more disgusted by a president or the press.

    • “Never in my entire life have I been more disgusted by a president or the press.”

      There’s a lot of that going around. Let’s hope we don’t have to be disgusted too much longer.

  • gilamonster8

    It’s looking more and more like state sponsored kidnapping gone wrong.

    • Conniption Fitz

      Just another Islamic act. Nearly 20,000 Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11/01. Benghazi is just typical Islam.

    • Nukeman60

      You know, it’s interesting how this administration wants to spin this situation. Either they were totally incompetent on foreign affairs due to seeking their own political survival or they were involved in a state-sponsored kidnapping, for political gain, gone wrong.

      Either way you look at it and any possible way in between, it shows a man who is in no way acceptable as the President of the United States. The only way around it for Obama is to completely cover it up until after the election, whereby he will have ‘more flexibility’.

  • LiveFreeOrDie2012

    Now we know why they pushed the “video” story. To cover up their complete incompetence. Obama was that afraid of being seen as putting American troops into another Muslim country that he was willing to simply sacrifice a few Americans to save his political career. Shameful.

    • Amjean

      This was not incompetence.

      • Right, Amjean. Hillary calling the FBI to treat this as a crime and not an act of war was incompetence. Barack’s desertion of our people under fire was treason.

    • anotherworriedmom

      Bumps in the road ….

  • funkybarfly

    Obama went to bed because a few lives just aren’t that important in his grand socialist scheme of things.Socialists don’t mind when their own people are murdered for political expediency because it is usually them doing the murdering – It’s what they have always done and will always do.

  • Jerseygalnny

    I added this to FR so we can have all the info in one post. 5 more days, 5 more days!!!!

  • p m

    Compartmentalizing decision-making process at the highest administration level = Valerie Jarrett, el Supremo.

  • proudhispanicconservative

    This is the most devastating editorial against Obama so far please read it


      Thank you, Phpc. May he rot in hell.

      • proudhispanicconservative

        It was a thing of beauty to see a major newspaper really give it to Obama.

        • actionsspeaklouder

          It sure was.

    • Martin2717

      Just don’t read the comments below the editorial. Filled with a bunch of stupid, ignorant libturds commenting just like they like to comment at every other news websites.

      • proudhispanicconservative

        Actually when I visited the site, I saw more comments praising the paper for it, maybe the drones got there now, but earlier there was a lot of people really happy with them.

        • actionsspeaklouder

          Same here. There were more people thanking the Editorial Opinion for finally telling the truth than the liberal Obama defenders.

      • anotherworriedmom

        I read some of those comments. Notice that most of them follow the same pattern: destroy the credibility of the editorial writers.

  • FreeManWalking

    obo’s MSM PAC sees Sandy as a DISASTER, while they see Benghazi as a inconvenience / nucisance.

    I was sure Benghazi was going to have legs from the get go, and I thought as bad as they hate it the MSM PACs would have to cover it. but I was wrong on the latter.

    When it does becomes a Major story in the American Mindset, I wonder and hope that those who depend on 0b0’s PAC for their news turns on them for covering this up and they finely go under from lack of viewers.

  • Malkiel_kol_hakavod_la_el

    Barack Hussein Obama administration is the most inept of all the administrations of the past combined… The one thing that is abundantly clear from 4 years of proof this so called man should never been elected to the position he was and this is one of the worst blunders – mistakes – frauds – perpetrated on the American people by American people…..

    • Amjean

      Obama is a con artist. Nothing he has done is by mistake; it has
      all been by design.

  • Sober_Thinking

    This just keep getting deeper and deeper…

    The Traitor-and-Chief…

    • actionsspeaklouder

      And he trots out today in his fancy bomber jacket all smiles and jovial like he hasn’t a care in the world. Deception is so easy for him . . . it’s his specialty. Lies and deception comin’ up. No problem. He’s been deceiving and lying his whole life. It’s 2nd nature to him. It’s who he is. It’s his physiology.

      • Sober_Thinking

        I couldn’t agree with you more.

        That visual that you just described, infuriates me to no end… especially when the Beghazi cover-up is busting wide open. He trots out like he’s a hero or something and now suddenly, because he’s losing in the polls, wants to apear Presidential or something… this bum has remained hidden for years and NOW makes an appearance when it suits HIM. Obama is a crook and pathological liar and the media and his cronies are working beyond overtime to keep the truth from the American people. I’m especially sickened by the media. They are criminal in their negligence.

        Yep, Barry doesn’t have a care in the world does he?

        • actionsspeaklouder

          We all are going to be beside ourselves if Obama wins. It’s going to be brutal for us. This weekend – celebrities are going to give a “Sandy relief concert” – yeah, right – you and I know it will be one big campaign extravaganza for the Liar. The mentality of far too many Americans is so corroded by wanting bright and shiny things to entertain them. Since these people have no substance – they will vote for someone who panders to them and gets them their “fix”. It sickens me that it seems 47% of the American people can’t see what a failure Obama is. They can’t, and won’t.

          • Sober_Thinking

            Agreed… the lemmings that support Obama, deserve their fate imo. But ALL of us will suffer from their stupidity.

            This event on Monday will almost surely be an Obamafest. They can say anything they want and it will be nearly impossible for Romney to refute what they say. My hope is that if they do try and build up Obama during this hoaky event… I hope it backfires and Americans see this as a rally for Obama and NOT something designed to help people in need. As a result, I hope they’re turned off by the most corrupt pResident to ever occupy the WH.

            I pray that God wakes Americans up in time. This ridiculous election shouldn’t even be close.

  • Spartan4Palin

    I have completely run out of words to vent my fury at this evil administration. This is the most grossly negligent group of people I have ever seen. I want so much to be able to write out what I feel and I can’t.

    What I am witnessing right now is a network and a brave set of reporters doing yeomen’s work for those lost souls in Benghazi! This is more than tragic in scope. This is TREASON by this administration and complicity by the lapdog media!

    We are beyond incompetence by these people. We are in dereliction of duty and murder.

  • sjmom

    With each piece of news Benghazi gate shows the administration to be more incompetent. Either that or they just don’t care. Take your pick but both are bad.

  • Nukeman60

    After every new piece of information that comes out seemingly on a daily basis, I keep thinking that one of two things is going to happen.

    Either, one, Obama is going to be forced to face the situation that is in front of him and finally answer to the people, or

    Two, FOX news will inexplicably be shut down due to totally unrelated circumstances. I’m going to Vegas to see what the odds are on each.

    Any takers?

    • actionsspeaklouder

      Hmm, interesting scenarios. I want to hear more of them – more of a multiple choice. My instinct doesn’t favor either one, or two. What else ya got?

      • Nukeman60

        Uhhh, the people are kept in the dark, Obama gets reelected and we suffer for 4 more years, at which time he says he needs more time to straighten out the mess Bush gave him (all the while appointing 3 more lefty activist Supreme Court Justices).

        • actionsspeaklouder

          Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! I want to read:

          1. Romney wins by a landslide
          2. Obama is put under House arrest
          3. Hillary resigns
          4. We all live happily ever after

          How’s that?

          • Nukeman60

            I’ll take just the first four. 🙂

            • actionsspeaklouder

              I wish I could give them to you Nukeman – I really do.

              • Nukeman60

                Your vote is a good start. 🙂

                • actionsspeaklouder

                  Already a done deal, sir. We vote by mail here in Oregon. Dropped my ballot in the Ballot Box at our local library for daily pickup. Oregon may not go red, but, where I live, we have a large conservative population and I hope that we give the blue liberals a run for their money. Obama will not get the votes he did in ’08.

                  Night now.

  • SaraPFan

    When the 3am call came in, Obama didn’t know how to act. I fully doubt he and his senior advisors knows what is the protocol in the midst of a terrorist attack.

  • hongryhawg

    Murderer. Still, the liberal minions support. Accessories to murder. Crime everywhere.

  • They were going to hold our ambassador hostage and trade for the Blind Sheikh . I believe that the Obama administration was behind it . My Opinion of course

    • actionsspeaklouder

      And a valid opinion it is.

  • The military was not called in because Obama did not WANT the military to get involved. This was all supposed to disappear and be swept under the rug with the more than willing assistance of a corrupt mainstream media. And now that only FOX News is doing the heavy lifting (along with a handful of reports from CBS news), the administration looking worse and worse as the days go by. One this is for sure, this administration did NOT have the backs of the people in Benghazi that night. Makes you kind of wonder who else they would sacrifice if they thought it would help them politically.

  • Marridge

    Where is our KILLER pResident?

    • actionsspeaklouder

      Campaigning, where else?

  • actionsspeaklouder

    Cavuto tonight repeatedly stated that the other media outlets were finally covering this tragedy. I don’t watch them (I refuse to), so I don’t know if it’s true. But, I wonder if our calls voicing our outrage had maybe a little something to do with them finally reporting the tragedy/coverup. If anyone watches (has the fortitude to watch, that is) MSM channels, are they reporting the truth, or just covering Obama’s derriere and trying to confuse everyone? They HAVE to know this is bigger than Watergate. Their ratings will continue to tank if they ignore the story. I also wonder if they held off reporting it awaiting word from Obama/Soros on getting their story straight. All in tandem reporting the same lies – – I don’t know, just my gut guessing. I would be suspicious of anything they “report” – and we all know why. I’d like to be wrong, but . . .

    • It would have to be the networks, since Chris Matthews on MSNBC recently said that “everyone knows it was the video”. How can you honestly breathe with your head so far up Obama’s arse?

  • mediaaccess1

    You guys have to watch the Glenn Beck show regarding the connections of gun running.

  • colliemum

    Two more pieces to place in this ‘puzzle’: that FEST and CSG were not told to get involved as they were tasked to do – by ‘higher authority’.
    Could this mean Holder was involved in the aftermath, setting up an ‘inquiry’ so that it wold fail to find out anything?

    Then the report by Eli Lake, where blame is laid at the State Dept, i.e. Hillary, for ‘not having asked’ for military support.
    Ahahaha – Bathhouse Barry and his acolytes are now playing the point-the-finger game, and are trying to twist away from the fact that Bathhouse Barry was the one who said he gave orders …

    Finally – have the networks sitting on the e-mails, according to Newt, published them? No?

    Four more days …!

    • Bill Clinton wants Hillary to come clean to save her reputation (whatever she has left). I would not be surprised if Bill Clinton finds a way to leak sensitive information to try to clear Hillary, since she won’t do that.

  • TJinNJ

    General Ham and General Dempsey Better Speak Up NOW!!! Petraeus put it on Barry…

    It’s down to 4 possible TRAITORS, 2 we know are for sure…Ham, Dempsey you have a chance to be taken off the list.

    Panetta’s Own Words:
    But — but the basic principle here — basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place. And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, General Ham, General Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.