The U.S. embassy in Benghazi was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2012. Four Americans were killed in that attack, and for almost two years, the Obama administration avowed it wasn’t by terrorists but unhappy local citizens protesting a video.
Three security team members have spoken in depth and in detail to Fox News, who taped the interview and are producing a special TV show that will premiere on Friday at 10 pm EDT. 13 Hours at Benghazi: The Inside Story repeats showings twice on Saturday, at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (EDT), and again on Sunday at 9 p.m. (EDT).
The three security personnel, Kris Paronto, Mark Geist, and John Teigen, all state that within five minutes of learning of the attack, they were in full uniform and armed to defend the embassy. They state, though, they were ordered by the top CIA officer, referred to as Bob, to ‘stand down,’ to not proceed.
“It had probably been 15 minutes I think, and … I just said, ‘Hey, you know, we gotta — we need to get over there, we’re losing the initiative, and Bob just look[ed] straight at me and said, ‘Stand down, you need to wait.'”
“We’re starting to get calls from the State Department guys saying, ‘Hey, we’re taking fire, we need you guys here, we need help.'”
After about 30 minutes, the three take the initiative and travel the mile from the annex where they’re stationed to the embassy itself. They requested armed air support from their CIA boss, but it never came.
The CIA and other intelligence officials denied withholding the team from action. Finally, one official did admit that they were delayed while the CIA sought local support.
The security team members believe that if they’d not been restrained that at least Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith would still be alive.
Be sure to watch the Fox News special. I have it programmed to run twice.