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  • Source: Only President Could Have Made 'Stand Down' Call On Benghazi

    05/07/2013 1:36:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 150 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/7/13 | Kerry Picket
    A source with intimate information about the events that happened on the ground in Benghazi the night the U.S. Consulate and the CIA annex was attacked by terrorists told Breitbart News that, ultimately, only the President of the United States, or someone acting on his authority, could have prevented Special Forces either on the ground or nearby from helping those Americans who were under deadly assault. According to the source, when the attack on the Consulate occurred, a specific chain of command to gain verbal permission to move special-forces in must have occurred. SOCAFRICA commander Lieutenant Col. Gibson would have...
  • Diplomat: U.S. Special Forces told "you can't go" to Benghazi during attacks

    05/06/2013 9:43:29 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 112 replies
    CBS News ^ | Monday May 6, 2013
    The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa. The account from Gregory Hicks is in stark contrast to assertions from the Obama administration, which insisted that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized. Hicks gave private testimony to congressional investigators last month in advance of his upcoming appearance at a congressional hearing Wednesday. According to excerpts released Monday,...
  • U.S. Military in Tripoli Ordered Not to Go to Benghazi

    05/06/2013 11:48:29 AM PDT · by don-o · 56 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 6, 2013 | STEPHEN F. HAYESW
    In the hours that followed, Hicks says, the Libyan military agreed to fly a C-130 from Tripoli to Benghazi in the early morning hours of September 12 – a flight that was to include a second team of Special Operations soldiers – dispatched from the Libyan capital to join a team sent earlier to Benghazi. But as those reinforcements were leaving for the flight, they were told to stand down. Hicks received the news in an early morning phone call from a top military commander in the region. “So Lieutenant Colonel Gibson, who is the SOCAFRICA commander, his team, you...