Nearly a month for the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Ambassador Chris Stevens, one of the four men murdered that night, warned Hillary Clinton’s State Department that al Qaeda had training camps in the area.
This information was released with the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the events, lies, and cover-ups surrounding the scandal.
This is one of many bombshells dropped by the Senate’s report. We recently reported that they concluded the attack was “preventable” and that the al Qaeda-affiliated security group Hillary hired to “protect” the embassy actually not only attacked it once before but refused to help on September 11, 2012.
From CNS News:
On August 16, 2012–a little less than a month before the terrorist attacks on the U.S. State Department and CIA facilities in Benghazi, Libya–Amb. Chris Stevens sent a cable to State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. stating that a CIA officer on the ground in Benghazi had briefed a State Department officer in that city the day before “on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi.” […]
The CIA officer’s discussion of the “AQ training camps” in Benghazi occurred at an “Emergency Action Committee” meeting convened August 15, 2012 by the State Department’s principal officer in Benghazi.
“In an August 16, 2012, cable to State headquarters, Stevens raised additional concerns about the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi following an Emergency Action Committee (EAC) meeting held on August 15, 2012, in Benghazi,” says a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on Benghazi that was released today.
Hillary knew al Qaeda was “training” in Libya. She knew that “there [were] no near-term prospects for a reversal in the trend towards a terrorist safe haven in Libya” and that “the conditions in Libya will allow terrorist to increase attacks against Western and Libyan interests in the country.” But she cut their security anyway and ignored their requests for help.
The Senate’s report also confirmed that, “Despite the clearly deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and requests for additional security resources, few significant improvements were made by the State Department to the security posture of the Temporary Mission Facility.”
The “significant improvements”? Replacing the security team she cut with members of a group closely associated with al Qaeda who attacked Benghazi before the September 11, 2012 attacks ever occurred.
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