Skip to comments.Classified cable shows Benghazi consulate considered suspending operations, moving in with CIA
Posted on 11/03/2012 11:36:40 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
The U.S. mission in Benghazi, at an "emergency meeting" less than a month before the Sept. 11 attack, drafted a contingency plan to suspend operations as security deteriorated -- and in the near-term, recommended that consulate operations be moved to the CIA annex about a mile away, according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News.
The State Department's senior representative at the consulate told those at the Aug. 15 meeting that the security situation was "trending negatively" and reported "this daily pattern of violence would be the 'new normal' for the foreseeable future, particularly given the minimal capabilities" of the Libyan security forces.
With no apparent reason to believe conditions would improve, the cable notified the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the "Emergency Action Committee" was updating "Post's tripwires in light of the deteriorating security situation ... to include a 'suspension of operations' section."
The term "tripwire" refers to lines in the sand which, if crossed, cover personnel levels, security measures, and in this case, the extreme step of suspending operations.
The cable marked "SECRET" also said, of the possibility of moving the consulate operations: "Mission personnel could co-locate to the Annex (CIA outpost) if the security environment degraded suddenly. ... (There was agreement) to formal weekly meetings to discuss the security environment. ... In the longer term, we believe formal collocation with the (Annex) will greatly improve our security situation."
The warnings reflected a grave concern among officials on the ground that the Libyan militia charged with protecting the consulate had been compromised, perhaps even infiltrated by extremists.
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There is a video with this article....but the website is not responding for me.
Kaddafhi warned us that the bad Muzzies were running the show....and so we assassinated him. Can't have him spoiling Obama's PLAN.
This is how Obama and his administration “level the playing field.”
Fox News is seizing the opportunity here to expose the other networks for the frauds that they are. 0coward has led the Dem Party and the MSM over a cliff and we need to do whatever we can to keep herding them over it.
At least there are people coming forward with information so this can get into the public record before the “investigation” comes up with their official story line.
DRUDGE has sure dropped the ball on siren news of FOX Benghazi reports. Jennifer Griffin contributes to a HOTAIR.com story wherein British sources on the ground corroborate Americans on the ground reports of earlier calls for help by both radio and cell, than what the CIA is reporting.and the Brits wonder why they were not called to respond as they have more personnel in the neighborhood than Americans.
This story isn’t yet up even on FR.
Also, Drudge has nothing up on Lindsay Graham’s successful efforts to get the FBI into Tunisia to question the muslem eye witness who was filmed on site at the mission attack! Stunning delays in reporting what should be siren news in the last hours before the election.
Looks like I had referenced something at Fox, that is not the video you are seeking, per this posted article. Sorry.
Look at the three-part story at illinoispaytoplay.com. Then, look at Aaron Klein’s story in today’s WND. The haze is clearing. Soros.
Drudge spends his time patting himself on the back for a stained blue dress.
Have we learned our lesson? Will we reelect Obama to do more damage?