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The Blaze: Benghazi Exclusive: FOIA Reveals More Could Have Been Done During and After Attack

15 September 2013 No Comment

Appearing at The Blaze

Hours after the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks, members of the U.S. Armed Forces were asking the million-dollar question: Why wasn’t Ambassador Christopher Stevens properly protected? According to information obtained in a Freedom of Information Act Request, they were in the dark. Just like the American people.

The Obama administration could also have secured the crime scene immediately after the attack. But for reasons yet to be explained, they did not.

According to an email sent at 3:06 pm on Sept. 12, 2012 from the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs that I obtained under FOIA, the military was having problems answering troubling questions.

n a separate FOIA request, a document dated Oct. 3, 2012 and titled “Information Paper” providing answers to New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s request for more information, we learn that there no Marines in Benghazi at all.

But, there could have been. There were also two potential Marine response options available that could have been deployed including what’s called a “no-notice” response force.

From the Information Paper to Sen. Ayotte:

“The response time to any emergency is predicated by many factors such as time of day, advance notice or no-notice, current activities, and the locations of off-duty members of the detachments. The MSGs conduct a minimum of two no-notice drills per month, but most detachments conduct more drills than the minimum standard. The MSGs train to respond to protests, mass casualty/bombings, intruders, and fire and bomb threats/searches … In terms of FAST … their alert posture is predicated on combatant commander requirements according to threat reporting and assessment. By order of the Secretary of Defense [then Leon Panetta], the dedicated EUCOM [U.S. European Command] FAST Company supports commander US Africa Command for crisis response and contingency situations. An example of this is the FAST Platoon currently deployed as a crisis response force to the US Embassy, Tripoli – it was sourced from the EUCOM FAST Company.”

Read it all at The Blaze.