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Thursday, November 01, 2012

More Libya Details Emerge: Classified cable warned consulate couldn't withstand 'coordinated attack'

By Susan Duclos

As more and more details emerge, so does the evidence that the Obama administration has much to answer for in regards to the terrorist attack against the U.S. mission personnel in Liyba.

The latest details include a warning given to the Obama administration, via a classified cable, that the consulate couldn't withstand "coordinated attack."

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.

If that isn't bad enough, the reason the warning was sent should have raised all sorts of red flags within the Obama administration.

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.

Remember, in August, Lt. Col. Wood told CBS News and congressional investigators 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.

A senior State Department official told CBS News that half of the 13 incidents before September 11 were fairly minor or routine in nature, and that the Benghazi attack was so lethal and overwhelming, that a diplomatic post would not be able to repel it.

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. (Source- KTVQand CBS New)

This was confirmed in the testimony in front of Congress.

The 13 prior attack are listed and details here.

Gross incompetence on the part of the Obama administration.