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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