Lets break down how everything happened on the day of the attack.
First of all, there was no demonstration in front of the diplomatic facility. Ad 9:40 PM the Libyan policeman starts his car and drives off. This left complete darkness in front of the mission. Two minutes later the State Department security officer sitting in the command center saw the security TV monitors explode with shouts and bodies and automatic weapons fire from about 20 to 30 terrorists, not demonstrators, who emerged out of the darkness and attacked the front gate of the compound. They were not outside chanting and demonstrating against the YouTube video. They came out of the darkness and attacked immediately.
There were four Libyan guards, two of whom ran away. They shot one of them in the kneecaps and made him open the gate. They then stormed into the compound. It was a terrorist attack from the very beginning. It was coordinated by the Iranians. They were outside doing the surveillance and giving the orders.
I don’t believe that the Iranians actually entered the compound. The left that to the Libyans they had hired, except or one very critical exception which I will explain later.
They used military hand signals as the silently made there way to the residential villa at the center of the compound where they knew that the Ambassador and Sean Smith had holed up because they had access to the secret evacuation plans. The safe have was section off from the main reception area of the residential villa by an iron gate.
Although they did rattle the gate, they never tried to break it open, the never tried to capture the Ambassador. This was an attempt to assassinate him. There was actually a fatwa h issued authorizing the killing of the Ambassador.
Once they made sure he was there they went upstairs, and on orders from the Iranians, they poured diesel fuel all over the residential villa and set it on fire. It was the diesel fumes that actually killed the Ambassador. They were so thick no one could see through them and people were asphyxiated very quickly.
When Sean Smith was pulled out through the window he was already dead. Our security people when back into the building more than a dozen times and could not find the Ambassador.
This was not a protest, it was a running gun battle that lasted over an hour and forty-five minutes. It was violent and viscous for all of that time. They had to shoot their way out of the compound to go back to the CIA annex.
Ty Woods was based at the CIA annex. Glen Doherty was actually in Tripoli working on CIA business. He, and a couple of other men, chartered a private jet and flew in and arrived at about 1:30 in the morning well after the first wave of the attack. He was held at the airport by the February 17 Martyrs brigade, who was supposed to be our ally and were under contract to us.
Instead of being our ally, they were manning roadblocks to keep people like Glen Doherty from coming to the aid of the Ambassador and the rest of people at the compound. When he finally was released and allowed to go to the CIA annex it was about 4:30 in the morning.
It was about 30 minutes later that Glen Doherty, Ty Woods, and some others rushed to the roof of the annex and were trying to target the attackers. That is when the mortars hit.
I said early that there was not direct Iranian military involvement except for on important thing. Here is that involvement. It was the Iranians that directed the mortar fire. It was very professional in the way it was done. Libya didn’t have any personnel capable of doing this.
We must ask, how soon did those in the State Department receiving the calls know that this was a terrorist attack? Was it hours into the battle, or did they know right away? And what did they do in response to the calls for help?
The answer to the first question is, they knew within a minute. We know that Alex Henderson with diplomatic security immediately sounded the alarm within the compound over the loud speakers. The one word used in the alert was not demonstration, it was attack. Then he got on the radio and called the annex. The CIA annex was less than five minutes away and they had an existing procedures and no one had to think about it, no one had to ask for authorization. They knew what to do.
Ty Woods heard the call and turned to the rest of his team and said “lets go.” They started getting into two SUV s and then the CIA chief of base that said no, guys, stand down, we don’t have authorization to go. The chief of base delayed them for 22 minutes. It was because of this delay that the CIA security team could not rescue the Ambassador. It was because of this delay that Ambassador Stevens died. All who have looked at this honestly believe that Ambassador Stevens would still be alive today had Ty Woods and his team not been delayed.
We don’t yet know if the order to stand down given by the station chief was his own decision or if it came from higher up in the administration. This is something the select committee investigating this will have to determine.
The information we have says the the station chief is telling people that he told them to “hold in place,” not to stand down while he was trying to get a couple of gun trucks from the February 17 Brigade. We have already seen whose side this group was on. After 22 minutes Ty Woods and his team just left and went to help out.
The British had left Benghazi in June because of an attack on their facilities. The head of security in Tripoli told the officials that they should leave at the same time, but they chose not to do so.
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