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Report: US special forces blocked during Benghazi attack, told ‘you don’t have authority to go’
dailycaller.com ^ | 5-6-2013 | Vince Coglianese

Posted on 05/06/2013 11:02:20 AM PDT by servo1969

Full title - "Report: Nearby US special forces blocked during Benghazi attack, told ‘you don’t have authority to go’"

As the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya raged on for more than seven hours, a team of U.S. special forces in Tripoli was blocked from flying in to attempt a rescue, according to a top American diplomat who was in the region.

In previously secret testimony given by Gregory Hicks — the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya — to congressional investigators last month, Hicks revealed two possible courses of action that could have saved American lives that night: allowing U.S. special forces to enter Benghazi and flying a fast-moving U.S. military aircraft over the scene of the attacks.

“So Lieutenant Colonel Gibson, who is the [Special Operations Command South Africa] commander, his team, you know, they were on their way to the vehicles to go to the airport to get on the C-130 when he got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said, you can’t go now, you don’t have authority to go now,” Hicks told congressional investigators, “and so they missed the flight,” which would have gotten the team inserted prior to the second attack on the CIA annex.

CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson reported on the exchange Monday afternoon, noting that “[n]o assistance arrived from the U.S. military outside of Libya during the hours that Americans were under attack.” The claim that U.S. forces were called off from their attempts to reach the besieged compounds is a direct contradiction of the Obama administration’s claim “that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized,” Attkisson noted.

Hicks — who briefly became America’s top diplomat in Libya once Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed that night — also told investigators that an intimidating presence by an American military aircraft could have been enough to scare off the attackers and save lives.

“I believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them,” Hicks said.

In excerpts of an interview that aired on CBS Sunday, Hicks revealed that he knew the attack was “a terrorist attack from the get-go.”

Hicks said he immediately sought answers to why U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice characterized the attack as the spontaneous result of an unruly protest while making the rounds on the next week’s Sunday shows.

Hicks will appear before a public congressional hearing on Benghazi this Wednesday.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghaziresponse; benghaziwb; cba; clinton; dnc4alqaeda; dncrico; dnctreason; hicks; hillary; libya; obama; obama4alqaeda; obamavsamerica; rice; stevens; treason; typicaldnctreason
Fiat justitia ruat caelum

"Let justice be done though the heavens fall"

1 posted on 05/06/2013 11:02:20 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

don’t worry it’s only a kidnapping


2 posted on 05/06/2013 11:05:16 AM PDT by molson209
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To: molson209

3 posted on 05/06/2013 11:06:50 AM PDT by bryan999
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To: servo1969
Hicks will appear before a public congressional hearing on Benghazi this Wednesday.

... barring an unfortunate "accident" of course.

4 posted on 05/06/2013 11:07:45 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: servo1969

“he got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said, you can’t go now, you don’t have authority to go now,”

Why would such an order be given? I mean really, if it was suspected American live could be in ANY danger why not err on the side of safety?


5 posted on 05/06/2013 11:08:30 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: MestaMachine

ping


6 posted on 05/06/2013 11:09:31 AM PDT by thouworm (DEMOGOGUE: leader who makes use of prejudices, false claims and promises to gain power.)
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To: servo1969

They watched them DIE,
and then they did LIE.


7 posted on 05/06/2013 11:09:32 AM PDT by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: molson209

Bingo.


8 posted on 05/06/2013 11:09:32 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: V_TWIN

Because Obama had the whole thing STAGED.

Stevens was supposed to be taken hostage and swapped with the Blind Sheik.


9 posted on 05/06/2013 11:10:13 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: bryan999

10 posted on 05/06/2013 11:13:03 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

BTTT


11 posted on 05/06/2013 11:13:39 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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They Knew.



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12 posted on 05/06/2013 11:19:27 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: servo1969; All

If the House does not impeach Obama for Benghazi.....then they are just as much culpable.

Let the Senate record their votes of support on Obama if they will not convict

Of course...like on the Eligibility issue....I am sure we will have a lot of RINO PhonyCon Obama Supporters that will attack anyone impeaching Obama


13 posted on 05/06/2013 11:19:58 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: V_TWIN

These stories all follow a similar pattern:

People were in the process of doing exactly as they were trained and were stopped cold by someone from above.

Everyone was responding to a legitimate incident just as they were supposed to only to be hamstrung by some unknown superior.

Someone wanted to make certain that no US forces would arrive in Benghazi in time to ‘see anything.’
People like Clinton and Panetta say that weren’t sure what was happening.
But there was one thing that was made absolutely clear: Do nothing.


14 posted on 05/06/2013 11:20:02 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: ConservativeMan55

...and hillary said that the ambassador in the photos was being taken to a hospital, didn’t she?


15 posted on 05/06/2013 11:20:47 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: servo1969

Old story. They relieved the General in Command.

We all read about that-—then Obama lied about it.


16 posted on 05/06/2013 11:20:51 AM PDT by Venturer
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The only one with the authority to send military forced into a sovereign country under those circumstances is the Commander in Chief, who was too busy getting ready for a morning flight to an important fund raiser in Las Vegas.

I guess he must have put up a "Do Not Disturb" sign on his door and phone, since Panetta and Clinton, who were watching this in real time, (they claim) didn't bother informing Obama of the details of the terrorist attack and murder of our people in Libya.

Mark

17 posted on 05/06/2013 11:20:52 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: V_TWIN

Why do you even ask such a question.

The order was given because Obama’s balls shrank into his belly as soon as he heard what was happening.


18 posted on 05/06/2013 11:22:45 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: servo1969
I believe it is even worse. There are persistent rumors that a composite team of operators was ON THE PLANE with engines spun up waiting for clearance and told to stand down.
19 posted on 05/06/2013 11:23:37 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: servo1969

What was the Democrat’s motivation? Why do nothing? They were:

Confused
Angry
Scared
Greedy
Worried
Righteous
Hesitant
Confident?

There’s always a reason why somebody takes a particular course of action, and doing nothing is a course of action. There was a motive for doing nothing. What’s the motive?


20 posted on 05/06/2013 11:23:48 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: servo1969
"So Lieutenant Colonel Gibson, who is the [Special Operations Command South Africa] commander, "

"Special Operations Command, Africa" not "South Africa", and not "South/Africa." The only Command with "SOUTH" in it is is the Latin American Command.

21 posted on 05/06/2013 11:27:09 AM PDT by cookcounty
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To: servo1969

Makes it sound like the team was already in Libya, in Tripoli. Is that accurate, or did they fly to Tripoli, then get stopped? The article is not totally clear.


22 posted on 05/06/2013 11:29:57 AM PDT by cookcounty
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To: molson209

That is what I believe was supposed to happen!


23 posted on 05/06/2013 11:38:52 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: V_TWIN
Like it or not, Special Operations has always had a large dose of political considerations.

But one example - Desert One (1980) wasn't green lighted until after Carter's reelection started publically failing. A followup attempt was held because it would have no positive impact for the Carter reelection.

There are many others several of which are very contemporary.

I have the T-shirt with “Been There; Done That” dates going back to the late 1960s.

24 posted on 05/06/2013 11:44:10 AM PDT by Nip (BOHEICA and TANSTAAFL - both seem very appropriate today.)
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To: servo1969

We all knew that had to be the case. There’s no way our SEALS would be the effing cowards the State Department and Obama Administration are... In six hours they could have flown from Tampa to get there... Too bad the suckups at the New York Times aren’t capable of figuring that out . Not counting that we have military troops stationed all over that area.

Maybe the MSM should look into the possibility that Obama WANTED them dead. As an example - a message - or maybe something more personal...


25 posted on 05/06/2013 11:47:12 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the 33 million illegals home.)
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To: blueunicorn6
I also suspect that there was another factor at work here. In an administration filled with lawyers, they couldn't figure out exactly which military unit(s) should respond.

I may be wrong about this, but I believe that the proper avenue of responding to an attack on a U.S. embassy in a foreign country is through a U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Remember that the U.S. Marines are tasked with providing security at embassies around the world.

A Special Forces unit from the U.S. Army may have been better suited for this mission, but since the U.S. was not at a state of war with Libya there may have been some questions about the role of the Army in this kind of operation.

From what I've heard about this incident, the biggest scandal here is that the Obama administration has scaled back on the use and placement of MEUs all over the world, which meant the U.S. military simply wasn't prepared to deal with this sort of an incident.

26 posted on 05/06/2013 11:52:19 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: servo1969

27 posted on 05/06/2013 12:24:23 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

I’ll check my local newspaper for further details.

< / s>


28 posted on 05/06/2013 12:31:33 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: servo1969

In a sane world the current occupant of the oval office would be on TV apologizing and resigning.


29 posted on 05/06/2013 12:33:22 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: servo1969
At the ceremony when the four bodies were returned to the USA, didn't the hilldabeast look them in the eye and tell one of the families of those she had left to be slaughtered that she wouldn't rest until those responsible were brought to justice and then go on to speak of the anti-islam video? .

.

30 posted on 05/06/2013 12:33:46 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Alberta's Child

Follow the money! Secret money!?Too many people knew the secret so some had to die? Who ended up with it —
Al quieda? That would be aiding the enemy ... Treason
Why have the Turk meet him there? Why not the embassy?


31 posted on 05/06/2013 12:39:59 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: Venturer

.....yes sir!...........bingo!...........this “General” that got fired over this incident is who needs to testify!

I believe there was a conscious decision by unpatriotic Clinton and Traitor O that these 4 people were expendable in their never ending self imposed duty to HELP the radical Islamic fundamentalist terrorists all over the world ANY WAY WE CAN!

Why! We are not gonna unleash a our modern military with it’s murderous firepower against our buddy terrorists! We are just not going to do it! Better to sacrifice 4 of our foolish people. That’s what happened!

All the ones from O on down that hindered or stopped the rescue of these 4 patriots are guilty of “aiding and abetting the enemy in wartime” and should be tried and if found guilty shot! I believe millions of Americans would support this statement. Impeachment is not enough. Now, I know execution would NEVER happen but I would love the possibility of it hanging over Clinton’s and Obama’s head for a few years during the pendency of criminal proceeedings.


32 posted on 05/06/2013 12:40:47 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: blueunicorn6
There was a motive for doing nothing. What’s the motive?

They considered the endangered Americans expendables.

33 posted on 05/06/2013 1:04:40 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: V_TWIN

What is the name of the person who gave the order not to go. We need names!


34 posted on 05/06/2013 5:48:31 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman

“What is the name of the person who gave the order not to go. We need names!”

That’s what I was thinking. Now that we have whisleblowers it “should” come out and it ain’t susan rice either.


35 posted on 05/07/2013 5:11:00 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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