November 1, 2012

“I am Chris from the dead” [Darleen Click]

What can be said about the “quality” of an “investigation” of the Benghazi massacre when reporters from Foreign Policy discover documents amid the ash and rubble one month AFTER the FBI was there?

When we visited on Oct. 26 to prepare a story for Dubai based Al Aan TV, we found not only Stevens’s personal copy of the Aug. 6 New Yorker, lying on remnants of the bed in the safe room where Stevens spent his final hours, but several ash-strewn documents beneath rubble in the looted Tactical Operations Center, one of the four main buildings of the partially destroyed compound. Some of the documents — such as an email from Stevens to his political officer in Benghazi and a flight itinerary sent to Sean Smith, a U.S. diplomat slain in the attack — are clearly marked as State Department correspondence. Others are unsigned printouts of messages to local and national Libyan authorities. The two unsigned draft letters are both dated Sept. 11 and express strong fears about the security situation at the compound on what would turn out to be a tragic day. They also indicate that Stevens and his team had officially requested additional security at the Benghazi compound for his visit — and that they apparently did not feel it was being provided. [...]

“On Sunday, September 9, 2012, the U.S. mission requested additional police support at our compound for the duration of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens’ visit. We requested daily, twenty-four hour police protection at the front and rear of the U.S. mission as well as a roving patrol. In addition we requested the services of a police explosive detection dog,” the letter reads.

“We were given assurances from the highest authorities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that all due support would be provided for Ambassador Stevens’ visit to Benghazi. However, we are saddened to report that we have only received an occasional police presence at our main gate. Many hours pass when we have no police support at all.”

The letter concludes with a request to the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to look into the incident of the policeman conducting surveillance, and the absence of requested security measures. “We submit this report to you with the hopes that an official inquiry can be made into this incident and that the U.S. Mission may receive the requested police support,” the letter reads.

A number of other documents were found on the floor inside the TOC building. They are partly covered with ash, but legible. [...]

The concerns about police surveillance exhibited in the letters to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Benghazi police chief cast further doubt on early reports that a spontaneous protest was to blame for the attack on the U.S. consulate — reports that the State Department has disavowed. They also appear to contradict an Oct. 9 State Department briefing on the consulate attack, during which a senior State Department official claimed that there had been no security incidents at the consulate that day. “Everything is calm at 8:30 p.m,” the official said. “There’s nothing unusual. There has been nothing unusual during the day at all outside.”

Oh, nothing to see, nothing at all. Move on. Kind of the same tact exhibited by so-called mainstream media in their blackout of covering Benghazi.

Just an October Mirage

Villa C, which was used as Stevens’ residence during his stay in Benghazi, is located 50 meters from the TOC building. Here, an open window leads to the safe haven — a sealed-off part of Villa C where Stevens and Smith suffocated to death. On the destroyed bed lay the Aug. 6, 2012, copy of the New Yorker. The magazine’s cover carries a label with Stevens’s name and his diplomatic mailing address.

A few meters to the right is the safe haven’s bathroom. Everything here is blackened by smoke. One of the two white toilets is covered with bloodstains. On the mirror in the bathroom, an unknown person has written a macabre text in a thin layer of ash. “I am Chris from the dead,” it reads.

Posted by Darleen @ 7:56pm
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  1. “The State Department declined to comment directly on the documents, citing an ongoing investigation.”

    Citing an ongoing stuttering meltdown of a tissue of lies would be more like.

  2. Who is heading this investigation, Chief Inspector Clouseau?

  3. baracky is wearing a “bomb”er jacket these days

    val gal will make things wright

  4. Tony Badran — Obama runs from Iran

    The Syrian rebellion gave the Obama administration a golden opportunity to reshape the regional balance that it has refused to capitalize on. President Obama insists the tides of war are receding. But from Iran’s vantage point, the only thing receding is American power.

  5. watch your terrain landslide approaching

  6. To be fair, the FBI only spent like 15 minutes there, damn near a month after the attack happened. It’s a really dangerous place, unless you work for like Foreign Policy, or CNN or Fox News or something. You can’t expect the United Fucking States of America to be able to take care of business in places like that. It’s just too heavy a lift, unless you’ve got a press credential.

  7. OT – The Chargers are leading KC, 31 to 13. They recovered a fumbled kickoff on KC’s 13 yard line with less than 2 minutes in the 4th quarter. We MIGHT win this one.

  8. Pedaling their rickety bike furiously while they peddle a story to the WSJ:

    [...] In Libya, the relationship between the State Department and CIA was secret and symbiotic: The consulate provided diplomatic cover for the classified CIA operations. The State Department believed it had a formal agreement with the CIA to provide backup security, although a congressional investigator said it now appears the CIA didn’t have the same understanding about its security responsibilities. [...]

    Protecting the CIA annex was a roughly 10-man security force. The State Department thought it had a formal agreement with the CIA that called for that force to be used in emergencies to bolster security for the consulate.

    The State Department has been criticized by lawmakers and others for failing to provide adequate security for its ambassador, especially in light of an attack there in June and after other violence prompted the U.K. to pull out of the city. In October, Mrs. Clinton took responsibility for any security lapses.

    Among U.S. diplomatic officials in Libya, the nearby CIA force and the secret agreement allayed concerns about security levels.

    “They were the cavalry,” a senior U.S. official said of the CIA team, adding that CIA’s backup security was an important factor in State’s decision to maintain a consulate there.

    You fucked up HRC: you trusted them.

  9. - Well by some miracle, and a lot of defensive scoring. we won. But we’ll have to wait a few days to see if the League makes us forfeit the game because Norv was caught wearing Chinese knockoff Gucci shorts. (In camo and pink).

    - Rivers sucked again, throwing yet another interception. He thinks hes still playing college ball. And why not. Hes playing for a college coach.

  10. You fucked up HRC: you trusted them.
    i can see bj coming out tomorrow for mitt

  11. - Somebody needs to do a cartoon showing a bony finger jutting up out of a gravesite, pointing at the White House with the balloon “You LEFT us behind”.

  12. i can see bj coming out tomorrow for mitt

    That would be epic. It will never happen, of course.

  13. - What the Left is praying for.

  14. Unskewed Polling shows Romney +4.7 in an average of all polling.

    They can’t cheat enough to get past that.

  15. - Carter was being given a +7 lead over Reagan going into the final weekend. I’m hoping that the true Romney lead is in the double digits so no amount of gaming will matter, even in Ohio.

    - Then if we can take the Senate in 2014 we can start a real recovery. The vote that got the house in 2010 should be 2 years angrier. The Left knows that, and thats why they’re peeing themselves right now.

  16. - As far as Ohio, it all depends on how pissred off the fly-overs are. If they turn out the way they can they’ll swamp Cleveland/Cinnci/Columbus minority voting.

  17. Sean Smith, who was killed at the Consulate was an online gamer whose handle was vile_rat. He was chatting that evening. The times listed in the chat logs are Central Daylight Time which is 7 hours earlier that Benghazi’s time. Three messages have been posted that he sent with the times on them. They are.

    (12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures
    (2:40:22 PM) vile_rat: FUCK
    (2:40:24 PM) vile_rat: gunfire

    That last one would have been at 9:40:24 pm Benghazi time. That was the time the State dept. briefing said the attack started. That was the last message sent by Sean Smith.

  18. So if State depended on CIA for back-up security how come no one told Stevens? Why would he and others keep asking for additional security, and Stevens call someone in DC for help on the night of the attack, if there was an informal arrangement with the CIA guys at the annex? Wouldn’t Stevens called the annex for help first? Sorry, not buying it.

  19. The State Department has been criticized by lawmakers and others for failing to provide adequate security for its ambassador, especially in light of an attack there in June and after other violence prompted the U.K. to pull out of the city. In October, Mrs. Clinton took responsibility for any security lapses.

    I guess there must not have been any, seeing how she still has her job.

  20. If we have to wait until 2014 to take back the Senate, the Senate won’t be worth having.

  21. Real Clear Politics tally shows the Senate nearly within toss-up, folks. Vote for change.

    Tangentially, I’m genuinely astounded at my liberal friends. There is not one shred of reason there. What motivates them is completely alien to me. Abject denial?

  22. JHoward

    It’s pure emotion.

  23. They know how things should be. They don’t care about how we get there, or the consequences, or the piss-poor performance of their leaders, or the inevitable pogroms and starvation. They just know that they’ve been promised Utopia, and they want it.

  24. The State Department believed it had a formal agreement with the CIA to provide backup security, although a congressional investigator said it now appears the CIA didn’t have the same understanding about its security responsibilities. [...]

    Protecting the CIA annex was a roughly 10-man security force. The State Department thought it had a formal agreement with the CIA that called for that force to be used in emergencies to bolster security for the consulate.

    Petraeus and Hillary throwing each other under the bus.

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