Uh Oh: Classified cable warned consulate couldn’t withstand ‘coordinated attack’ a month before Benghazi attack

The Obama administration apparently had all the information they needed to warrant serious upgrades to our security in Benghazi, especially one 9/11. An August 16 cable even notes that there were Al Qaeda training camps in Benghazi and that the RSO in the State Department didn’t believe the consulate could be protected with current security staffing. So why did they not act?

Read below because there’s a lot more in this article:

FOX NEWS – The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News.

Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.

“RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,” the cable said.

According to a review of the cable addressed to the Office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Emergency Action Committee was also briefed “on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi … these groups ran the spectrum from Islamist militias, such as the QRF Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia, to ‘Takfirist thugs.’” Each U.S. mission has a so-called Emergency Action Committee that is responsible for security measures and emergency planning.

The details in the cable seemed to foreshadow the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. compound, which was a coordinated, commando-style assault using direct and indirect fire. Al Qaeda in North Africa and Ansar al-Sharia, both mentioned in the cable, have since been implicated in the consulate attack.

In addition to describing the security situation in Benghazi as “trending negatively,” the cable said explicitly that the mission would ask for more help. “In light of the uncertain security environment, US Mission Benghazi will submit specific requests to US Embassy Tripoli for additional physical security upgrades and staffing needs by separate cover.”

As for specific threats against the U.S., the cable warned the intelligence was not clear on the issue, cautioning that the militias in Benghazi were not concerned with any significant retaliation from the Libyan government, which had apparently lost control in Benghazi. A briefer explained that they “did not have information suggesting that these entities were targeting Americans but did caveat that (there was not) a complete picture of their intentions yet. RSO (Regional Security Officer) noted that the Benghazi militias have become more brazen in their actions and have little fear of reprisal from the (government of Libya.)”

While the administration’s public statements have suggested that the attack came without warning, the Aug. 16 cable seems to undercut those claims. It was a direct warning to the State Department that the Benghazi consulate was vulnerable to attack, that it could not be defended and that the presence of anti-U.S. militias and Al Qaeda was well-known to the U.S. intelligence community.

Remember this recent report?

Last night, it was revealed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had ordered more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before it was attacked where four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens were murdered by Al-Qaeda but President Obama denied the request.

In light of this new bombshell report, it makes complete sense that she would have ordered higher security. The question is why didn’t it get there? Probably the same reason why our rescue teams never got to Benghazi during the 9/11 attack.

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  • Jim_McCarty

    Could anyone please tell me why anyone would vote for this loser that we have in the oval office?

    • jrt1031

      because they dont care about the big picture only the immediate gratification.

      • iaintlyin

        edit: i posted this post in wrong part of thread, so sorry

        • keyesforpres

          Tell illegals they have 30 days to get their affairs in order and if they aren’t out by then we will arrest them and put them into a database where they will never be allowed to try to come back even legally. Then deport them and their kids that were born here. They are NOT US citizens. Watch them scatter. That will saves us billions the first year!

          Overturn Frank Dodd, get rid of TSA, Dept. of Homeland Security (Obama just signed another executive order the other day giving this muslim infested dept. more power over us).It is also time to put a moratorium on all immigration. We need a breather.

        • Nukeman60

          I saw those speeches today as well. I don’t blame Christie for thanking the President for his help, as politics should be put aside during disasters (even though MSNBC and the President himself are using this to their utmost advantage).

          What I found deplorable on Christie’s part was, when Obama was bloviating in his speech, Christie was standing behind him, giving his best interpretation of a bobble-head dog, constantly nodding up and down at everything Obama said.

          I’m afraid that’s going to be a strong political ad by the left and it makes Christie look like he’s on Obama’s side. He should have just stood there motionless and not looked like one of those Obama supporters who stand behind Obama during his rallies.

        • ChesterWalton

          Once O gets 4 more years you can move to Mexico.

      • ChesterWalton

        CC is charged with serving the people of his state. To put politics before the health and safety of his people would be an impeachable offense.

    • PVG

      “Loser” is being kind.

    • FreeManWalking

      FREE STUFF!!!

      Stuff = “What ever they are willing sell your vote for”.

    • iaintlyin

      ahmmmmm (to steal a Jay Carney word)…… because I get a free 0bamaphone and ummmmmm (to steal a 0bama word) because I can have unemployment for 2 years, and errrrrrrrr (to steal from both of above) because he (0) hasn’t had enough time and ummmm because unemployment and graduation rates are eeeeeeeee, skyrocketing, and oh oho oh because I can get disability when my unemployment runs out, and ummmmm, hey I gotta go, the Kardashians are on and I think they find the magic roll of tarpaper tonight.

    • Orangeone

      Freebies like Obamaphones, gas for their cars, houses without mortgages, free college, foodstamps, welfare with no work requirement. Need I go on?


      Because in this world there are individuals that Aristotle called ‘natural slave’, they give up some of their freedom for less responsibility…in their lives. This was pointed out to me by sDee.

  • ‘recent report’ = 404

  • Damn. Reading along as Mark Levin is reading this. Ah crap, this needs to be known,but I can’t take reading it anymore.

  • PVG

    Another nail in BO’s political coffin…..THANK GOD for Fox!

  • This confirms what we’ve all suspected. My concern is I never see any outrage from the American people against this president. This president had the audacity to face the families of these victims knowing he never lifted a finger to help them. Disgraceful. His punishment will be in God’s hands now. Since, the American people will never demand justice.

  • FreeManWalking

    It is looking more and more like the death or kidnapping of the ambassador was a planned event and 0b0 was in on the planning.

  • Wigglesworth111

    The Obama administration knew jihadis were running wild in Benghazi and they did nothing.

    • StrangernFiction

      Murder (not a big surprise given what they are purposely doing to this country)

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Can the Benghazi tragedy get any worse? Every day something new comes out that shows obama and his minions were aware of just how precarious the Benghazi consulate was, yet did absolutely nothing to improve security. Matter of fact he denied a request from Hillary Clinton for increased security. This is completely and totally outrageous, and obama was derelict in his responsibilities as Commander in Chief in that he failed to provide adequate security for the consulate in Benghazi even as the Regional Security Officer expressed doubts about fending off an attack. If any other man had been president, the media wolves would be calling for his scalp. But since it’s the media’s hero, they haven’t uttered much more than a peep. What’s wrong with this country??????? Where’s the justice for the four murdered Americans?????

    • Orangeone

      It will get worse, my friend, when the survivor is released from Walter Reed Hospital, is subpoenaed before Issa’s committee and Trey Gowdy lobs some easy questions over the wall.

  • wales777

    Someone in the admin has had enough and is LEAKING everything.

    “Leaks We Can Believe In”!!

    • sjmom

      Could be more than one because the “stand down” order doesn’t come from State.

  • info

    Call a Democrat Senators office, who is up for reelection, and you will get a snide remark from a staffer along the lines of…”there are so many rumors around… we are waiting for an investigation.” Like this will just go away after Nov. 6th? There is something very rotten in Benghazi, and the Dems don’t seem to care. Is this election rigged? The people must take back the Executive and the Senate. Democrats should help Republicans do this. Vote Romney/Ryan and for a Republican Senate.

  • Orangeone

    My question is why did Hitlary let Barky Boy hide behind her pants suit instead of tossing him out into the wide open. What does Barky have on the Clintons?

    • sjmom

      With this cable out she is going to have to come forward and I understand she has proof she went to the WH for security and was refused. Bill wanted her to come forward with this and she said “no”.

    • StrangernFiction

      Hitlary is a fellow Alinskyite. Damaging the commie cause is not something she wants to do.

  • wolfveryne

    Running weapons to AQ is a Treasonous Act by 44 ,, he needs to be impeached and put in jail.
    That is what all this Cover Up is about .

  • weapons to terrorists? possible collusion in an attempted kidnapping….. WHERE ARE OUR SERVANTS THAT TOOK AN OATH?

  • Patriot077

    The timing of this email is outrageous considering the information shared by Lt Colonel Andy Wood whose team was removed about a month before the 9/ll attack – just about the time this assessment was made.


    • colliemum

      I’m glad you pointed this out.

      It is not sufficient for Hillary to say or even show that she ‘wanted to beef up security’ and that POS in the WH ‘didn’t let her’.
      The Issa hearing on Oct 9th showed quite clearly that there were ongoing demands for more security throughout 2012, from all involved (Lt Col Wood, Eric Nordstrom, Ambassador Stevens), which were all denied.
      Security was not strengthened, personell was actually withdrawn.

      How stupid do these people think we are? Do they seriously think Congress will let them get away with this?

      Enough of the lies and obfuscation already!

  • StrangernFiction

    they “did not have information suggesting that these entities were targeting Americans but did caveat that (there was not) a complete picture of their intentions yet.

    They are Al Qaeda!

    You just can’t make this stuff up.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Obama has no right to call himself an American…

  • Sober_Thinking

    You know it’s bad when Hillary looks like the good guy…

    • sjmom

      According to Ed Klein Hillary has paperwork proving she went to the WH for more security in Benghazi and was refused. Bill wanted her to release it and she said “no”. Saw this on the Blaze a week or so ago.

      • colliemum

        It couldn’t be, could it, that Hillary lied to her husband about this, and that’s why she cannot provide those papers?
        Don’t forget that she told Charles Woods, the father of the hero Ty Woods, that they would arrest the maker of that infamous video – and he was arrested.
        Hillary was pushing the video lie from the get-go. Why would she do this if she really had been doing all she could to get more security for Ambassador Stevens?

      • Sober_Thinking

        Wow… simply unbelievable.

  • sjmom

    I saw Catherine Herridge on Greta tonight talking about this cable and this IS the smoking gun. This proves the Obama administration knew they needed more security in Benghazi and yet it was not provided.

    • Nukeman60

      There are so many smoking guns in this fiasco, you would think it was the OK Corral. There is the smoking gun before the attack with security, during the attack on letting them die, and after the attack in the coverup.

      If Obama doesn’t get nailed to the wall, there is no justice in this country at all.

      • colliemum

        Obama and Hillary – and the FBI, because it becomes ever clearer to me that there are two ‘advisors’ who are deeply implicated: Valerie Jarrett and Huma Abedin.
        How were they allowed to get that close to the highest levels of power?

        • Nukeman60

          That’s a really good point. Isn’t it interesting that one, who was born in Iran, controls the President, while the other, who has immediate family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, has Hillary’s ear. Hmmm…

      • This will never cost BO the election. There is never any outrage over this.

  • Wow. You know the thing about empires…when they start to crumble, all those ‘loyal’ supporters start to turn on their leader. Bring on the release of the memos.

  • Nukeman60

    Okay, eventually Obama is going to come out and give a statement that will run something like this:

    “Many of you have heard a lot of rumors coming from minor news media and extreme shock-jocks like FOX. Please remember that the Main Stream Media has not verified any of this and you, as a people, should not jump to conclusions. Just because what I say on a daily basis doesn’t match what the reports from all areas stipulate, doesn’t mean that my stance has changed. Things will be clearer after my reelection.

    I have, as you all know, had the most transparent administration in known history and it’s just those bitter far right wing radical Tea-Party racists that want our country to fail. I will always be for the American people first and foremost and just because you haven’t felt the results of my wonderful work, doesn’t mean that I haven’t been successful in fundamentally transforming the United States into what are considered dreams of my father….

    Wait, what’s that you say, Michelle? Let them eat cake? No, no, I’m on teleprompter right now. Let’s talk about it later. Valerie has already told me what to say….

    Wait, what’s that you say, Carney? We’re still on the air? Uhhh, ummm, (/smiles broadly). I’m here for you, America!!!”

    I think I’m going to be sick, now. This man has to go.

    • ChesterWalton

      How do you feel about all of the lost life and spent US dollars in the 2nd Iraq war?

      • Nukeman60

        You know, I’m not even going to seriously respond to that idiotic comment. It’s a waste of time.

        • ChesterWalton

          Sorry, I didn’t think your post was serious and thoughy you were being sarcastic.

          • Nukeman60

            I was and your comment had nothing to do with it whatsoever.

            • ChesterWalton

              I guess I was confused about the being sick part at the end and that is why I mentioned the Iraq war.

              • Nukeman60

                Well let me ask you this, “How do you feel about all of the lost jobs and spent US dollars in the last 4 years?”

              • Nukeman60

                Let me say this – loss of life during war is sad indeed and the cost of war is unfortunate, but we were talking about an American President who sat and watched in real time while 4 Americans were murdered and did absolutely nothing about it in order to further his own political agenda. I’d say that was pretty sick, indeed.

                • ChesterWalton

                  And you are sure, based on a few leaked classified cables/email/whatever, that you have it exactly right.

                • Nukeman60

                  You keep believing Obama. It’s a good horse to bet on these days, if you like a glue factory.

  • Charles Stiff

    Well the RSO had it right! The consulate could (would) not be protected. They warned of the danger, but to deaf ears. Hilary did NOTHING. However, the British got the hell out of there. THeir commander in chief protected their interests and people. I wonder how much sensitive information was captured by the enemy?

  • Charles Stiff

    Well the RSO got it absolutely RIGHT. Over a month went by and Hilary did NOTHING. It’s obvious the President either ignored the report, as he ignored previous requests for added Consulate security. He is just disengaged. However, the British got the message and got the Hell out of there. Their commander in chief was on the ball. Why it was decided to not send assistance, perhaps a C130 gun ship to decimate the rebels, needs to be explained. American lives were lost because someone failed to act on their behalf. “Obama called the Seals, the got Osama. The Seals called Obama, they got denied”.

  • MiketheMarine

    Well, they WERE going to increase security right after they finished the “green” technology museum the State Dept. was building at the Embassy in Austria, or wherever the heck they built it.

  • MiketheMarine

    I still think that Maobama was negotioting with the terrorists to capture the Ambassador, alive to be release around 11/02/2012 and it all went wrong.

  • Constance

    I have a question – where are all the people who were rescued from the embassy that night? Aren’t there gaps that could be filled in by those people? Where are they, and why are they all silent?