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“Stand Down” … “Stand Down” … “Stand Down” – UPDATED

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They said "Hell no!" to the White House's hell no denial of support...

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials -- who also told the CIA operators twice to "stand down" rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to "stand down."

Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours -- enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

A Special Operations team, or CIF which stands for Commanders in Extremis Force, operating in Central Europe had been moved to Sigonella, Italy, but they were never told to deploy. In fact, a Pentagon official says there were never any requests to deploy assets from outside the country. A second force that specializes in counterterrorism rescues was on hand at Sigonella, according to senior military and intelligence sources. According to those sources, they could have flown to Benghazi in less than two hours. They were the same distance to Benghazi as those that were sent from Tripoli. Spectre gunships are commonly used by the Special Operations community to provide close air support.

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Tyrone Woods was later joined at the scene by fellow former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was sent in from Tripoli as part of a Global Response Staff or GRS that provides security to CIA case officers and provides countersurveillance and surveillance protection. They were killed by a mortar shell at 4 a.m. Libyan time, nearly seven hours after the attack on the consulate began -- a window that represented more than enough time for the U.S. military to send back-up from nearby bases in Europe, according to sources familiar with Special Operations. Four mortars were fired at the annex. The first one struck outside the annex. Three more hit the annex.

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But this is in there as well...

The American special operators, Woods, Doherty and at least two others were part of the Global Response Staff, a CIA element, based at the CIA annex and were protecting CIA operators who were part of a mission to track and repurchase arms in Benghazi that had proliferated in the wake of Muammar Qaddafi's fall. Part of their mission was to find the more than 20,000 missing MANPADS, or shoulder-held missiles capable of bringing down a commercial aircraft. According to a source on the ground at the time of the attack, the team inside the CIA annex had captured three Libyan attackers and was forced to hand them over to the Libyans. U.S. officials do not know what happened to those three attackers and whether they were released by the Libyan forces.

See? But curiously a couple weeks after US Amb. Stevens and three other Americans were murdered in the planned terror attack on 9/11/12 a report under the MSM radar floats about that hundreds hand over their weapons in Tripoli. Perhaps some of these people were holding weapons as a precaution and defense against the possibility of some terrorist group(s) deciding to cause trouble in the fledgling government, or perhaps in hopes of getting some money in the U.S. repurchases of those weapons. Regardless, Woods and the others were in Libya to repurchase the bulk of the high powered weapons ... Let me say that again ... "repurchase". This after Hillary Clinton and others insisted, when they were given to the rebels, that they would be returned. Which begs the question, Will we have to repurchase the weapons that are currently being provided to the "rebels" in Syria? By the way, Syrian rebels are right now being joined by some of those "rebels" from Libya.


Anyway you slice it Benghazigate smells rotten. And the more the administration tries to contort and hide the facts, the more seep out. While a few people, mostly at FOX News, dare to investigate the Benghazi attack, the formal hearings and investigation will not be done until after the election.

UPDATE: Something tells me, when it finally comes down to it, Hillary Clinton will not be falling on her sword for Obama over this...

Report: Hillary Asked For More Security in Benghazi, Obama Said No

UPDATE 2: Worse and worse...

WZ: AC-130 Gunship Was On-Scene In Benghazi With CIA Officer On Ground Pointing Laser Designator At Target, Obama Admin Refused To Let It Fire

BLACKFIVE: Bigger than Watergate: Proof that the President is Lying about Benghazi?

6 comments to “Stand Down” … “Stand Down” … “Stand Down” – UPDATED

  • asombra

    The MSM would be virtually frothing at the mouth if something anywhere near this rotten involved a Republican president, especially with an election on the line. Given what the MSM is supposed to do and what it pretends to be, it is at least as disgusting as the Obama administration, if not more so.

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  • Gigi

    Dr -- it looks like you are answering your own question; no, there aren't any real men inside the beltway; tragically for us, many of them are in those flag-draped containers and the people who carry them.

  • asombra

    This stand-down scenario sounds VERY familiar, huh, Humberto? As in JFK and the Bay of Pigs. Lord, the stench of this putrid mess. And the media breathing through its mouth so it can act like it doesn’t smell anything. Well, at this point, the duplicity and incompetence of the Obama people should surprise no one (and it wouldn’t surprise me if the genius behind the White House handling of Benghazi was not even Obama, but one Valerie Jarrett, who was not elected to do anything by anybody). As for the non-Fox media, maybe they really are as stupid as they are corrupt, because they have precious little reputation left, and they really shouldn’t be risking it for the sake of an increasingly wobbly empty chair.

  • asombra

    No wonder Obama couldn’t look Tyrone Woods's father in the eye. Yeah, this shit stinks worse by the hour, and so does our bogus Commander-in-Chief, but there’s plenty of stench to go around. The usual media suspects are still trying to downplay and soft-pedal this thing, though there is absolutely NO doubt they would be screaming bloody murder nonstop and digging for dirt like maniacs if anything anywhere near this bad involved a Republican president. Remember Watergate, where nobody died? Enough said.

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