The lies and deceit of the Obama Administration are Nixonesque. And the facts are trickling out to expose how President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are trying to cover up the debacle in Libya that left the U.S. consulate sacked, the CIA base detstroyed and our Ambassador and three CIA employees dead.
Thank to ABC we have an email that documents the decision by the Under Secretary of Management, Patrick Kennedy, to withdraw key military support to the Embassy.
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I have uploaded the actual email for you to see yourself:
Now, what does this mean? According to Jake Tapper:
An “SST” is a Security Support Team, about 16 Special Forces troops assigned to protect officials from the U.S. State Department. This particular SST was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.
Shown the email uncovered by ABC News, a spokesman for the committee said the “document is consistent with what the Oversight Committee has been told by individuals who worked in Libya. Ambassador Stevens and the diplomatic mission in Libya made multiple security related requests that were turned down by Washington based officials. Security related transportation has been identified as one of the particular items where embassy personnel did not receive the support they sought.” . . . .
The U.S. government official who provided the email to ABC News – and wanted to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the matter – described the small DC-3 plane as an asset for a security team to more freely and safely move throughout the country, and to more easily transport arms and other security equipment. In short, having the plane allowed the security team to better perform its duties, the official said.
The State Department official acknowledged that the plane was used to get around Libya, not just to get in and out of the country. But once commercial air service was re-established, the State Department decided that the SST didn’t need the plane anymore. The security team, it would seem, disagreed.
The average American may not appreciate how totally ridiculous and idiotic is the assertion by the State Department official that the military tean (the SST) could rely on “commercial air service.” I don’t care where you are in the world, commercial air service creates major obstacles in transporting weapons, which a military security team like the SST routinely carries.
The commander of the SST, ie Site Security Team, is Army Lt. Colonel Andy Wood, and he is sharing infor with CBS News and congressional investigators that is more damning for Obama. Wood reports:
that his 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force called a Mobile Security Deployment team left Libya in August, just one month before the Benghazi assault. Wood says that’s despite the fact that US officials in Libya wanted security increased, not decreased.
Wood says he met daily with Stevens and that security was a constant challenge. There were 13 threats or attacks on western diplomats and officials in Libya in the six months leading up to the September 11 attack. . . .
Wood, whose team arrived in February, says he and fellow security officials were very worried about the chaos on the ground. He says they tried to communicate the danger to State Department officials in Washington, D.C., but that the officials denied requests to enhance security.
So, in the months immediately prior to the attack the ability of the SST to move quickly around the country is ended and the Mobile Security Deployment Team, which should have been protecting the Ambassador in Benghazi, was withdrawn from the country. So you need to ask, “who was in charge of Diplomatic Security?”
Let’s return for a moment to the memo leaked to ABC. Note who made the decision to pull the plug on the SST plane? The Under Secretary for Management, Patrick Kennedy. Guess who was in charge of Diplomatic Security? Patrick Kennedy.
But now there is an Accountability Review Board (aka ARB) named to investigate the attack and murdes in Libya. First the good news–the head of this ARB is retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering. A man of great character and experience.
Now for the bad news–who appointed the ARB and who does the ARB report thru? PATRICK KENNEDY. While Secretary of State Clinton is listed as naming the team and as the final person to receive the report, Patrick Kennedy actually is the intermediary in this process. Here is the announcement and please examine who signed the announcement:
Pursuant to Section 301 of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986, as amended (22 U.S.C. 4831 et seq.), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has determined that the recent deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods in Benghazi, Libya involved loss of life at or related to a U.S. mission abroad. Therefore, Secretary Clinton has convened an Accountability Review Board, as required by that statute, to examine the facts and circumstances of the attacks and to report findings and recommendations as it deems appropriate, in keeping with its mandate. The Secretary has appointed Thomas Pickering, a retired U.S. ambassador, as Chair of the Board. He will be assisted by Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Ms. Catherine Bertini, Mr. Richard J. Shinnick, and Mr. Hugh J. Turner III. They bring to their deliberations distinguished backgrounds in government service. If you are contacted for an interview by the Board, please give them your full and prompt cooperation.
The Board will submit its conclusions and recommendations to Secretary Clinton within 60 days of its first meeting, unless the Chair determines a need for additional time. Within the timeframe required by statute following receipt of the report, the Department will report to Congress on all recommendations made by the Board and any actions undertaken in response to those recommendations.
Anyone with information relevant to the Board’s examination of these incidents should contact the Board promptly at (202) 647-6246 or send a fax to the Board at (202) 647-6640.
Dated: October 1, 2012.
Patrick F. Kennedy,
Under Secretary of State for Management, Department of State.
Patrick Kennedy should be a target of this investigation. He must recuse himself. We already have evidence that Kennedy’s decisions stripped the Embassy of critical security assets. This is a cover up in the making. What is quite clear even without an investigation is that Obama and his team out of the blocks lied about the attack and its causes in Libya.