A classified cable obtained and reviewed by Fox News shows that the U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” regarding Al Qaeda training camps in Benghazi with the concern that the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack”, less than a month before the terrorist assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.
“RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,” the cable said.
According to a review of the cable addressed to the Office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Emergency Action Committee was also briefed “on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi … these groups ran the spectrum from Islamist militias, such as the QRF Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia, to ‘Takfirist thugs.’” Each U.S. mission has a so-called Emergency Action Committee that is responsible for security measures and emergency planning.
The details in the cable seemed to foreshadow the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. compound, which was a coordinated, commando-style assault using direct and indirect fire. Al Qaeda in North Africa and Ansar al-Sharia, both mentioned in the cable, have since been implicated in the consulate attack.
In addition to describing the security situation in Benghazi as “trending negatively,” the cable said explicitly that the mission would ask for more help. “In light of the uncertain security environment, US Mission Benghazi will submit specific requests to US Embassy Tripoli for additional physical security upgrades and staffing needs by separate cover.”
The question Kelly asked her guests, former Bush speechwriter, Marc Thiessen of AEI, and Simon Rosenberg (Discover the Networks profile, here); “did the Benghazi warnings come up in that briefing and if not, why not?”
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Via Ace of Spades HQ: White House: Obama “Has Not Participated” In Benghazi Investigation
He has not participated in the investigation. He is anticipating results that show us exactly what happened and who is responsible and what lessons we can learn from it and ensure it never happens again. He expects the investigation to be rigorous.
He needs an investigation to discover what orders he gave on the night of the attack?
He needs an investigation to know if he was briefed about Libya the day before the attack?
What he needs is time to run out the clock until the election.