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Hillary Clinton reveals what REALLY led to Benghazi massacre - and demolishes White House claim

Posted by on Oct. 14, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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Hillary Clinton reveals what REALLY led to Benghazi massacre - and demolishes White House claim it was triggered by anti-Islam film

  • Announcement of State Department dissent from rest of Obama administration could help protect Clinton during 2016 presidential run
  • Obama administration originally said assault stemmed from protests against anti-Islam video but then backtracked saying terrorists responsible
  • Officials tell how ambassador Chris Stevens was trapped in safe-room as assailants burnt the compound down
  • AK-47s, grenade attacks, and a smoke-filled safe-room - chilling account of the death of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens revealed 
  • Ambassador's whereabouts after attack not known until officials rang his cell phone - and found doctors trying unsuccessfully to save his life in hospital
  • Most serious attack on U.S. diplomatic compound since al-Qaeda bombed the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania 14 years ago


PUBLISHED: 22:24 EST, 9 October 2012 | UPDATED: 13:34 EST, 10 October 2012

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Ambassador Chris Stevens

Killed: Ambassador Chris Stevens died following smoke inhalation

The State Department has said that it never believed the September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was the result of a protest over an anti-Islam movie - directly contracting the rest of the Obama administration.

By trying to distance her department from the inept and deceptive handling of the Benghazi attack, which left U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American officials dead, Hillary Clinton could help herself politically for a 2016 presidential run.

A dramatic new account by the State Department reveals that Stevens was locked inside a 'safe room' choking to death from diesel-heavy smoke as the building around him burned to the ground.

Alongside him was a security guard, tasked with the impossible choice between staying in the deadly room - or facing the rocket-propelled grenades and machine-guns outside.

Eventually the guard slipped through the window - and was cut down by the grenades.

No-one saw the ambassador alive again - another agent tried desperately to enter the safe-room, but could not find him anywhere.


The State Department's insistence it never bought the story - expressed by the White House and Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations - that a crude anti-Islam film made in California triggered the attack gives ammunition against Obama both to the Romney campaign and congressional Republicans.

State Department sources have said that Clinton has never forgotten that Rice, who served in her husband Bill's administration, was an early supporter of Obama. Rice has ambitions to take over from Clinton if Obama is re-elected but the Benghazi debacle could scupper her chances.

In a briefing on Tuesday, State Department officials said 'others' in the executive branch concluded initially that the attack was part of a protest against the film, which ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad. That was never the State Department's conclusion, reporters were told.



Rivals: Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who said the attacks were linked to the anti-Islam film has ambitions to take over from Hillary Clinton if Obama is re-elected

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by Gold Member on Oct. 14, 2012 at 8:13 AM


The Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a Wednesday hearing Wednesday on diplomatic security in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans. 

The attack as become a political football in the final weeks before the election.

The surviving members of the compound have now described the overnight attack, which saw agents trapped in the burning compound before finally speeding away.

As they drove through the crowd, attackers threw grenades and sprayed their armoured vehicle with gunfire from AK-47 assault rifles from a distance of two feet.

Meanwhile, the ambassador was locked in a safe-room as the compound filled with flames.

When the decision was made to escape the diesel-heavy smoke, it was too late, and Stevens never made it out.September 11, 2012, started out as a regular day in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

The site is the size of a football field surrounded by a nine-foot wall topped by barbed wire and other security upgrades. 

Ambassador Stevens arrived in the city the day before, accompanied by a five-person security detail. 

As it was the anniversary of 9/11, the American envoy decided to hold meetings inside the secured compound, fearing possible acts of violence.

Then, at around 8:30pm that evening, Stevens concluded his final meeting of the day and retired for the night, unaware of what was to come an hour later.

At 9.40pm, security agents started hearing loud noises, gunfire and explosions near the front gate.

A barracks at the entrance housing the local militiamen was burnt down, and a large group of armed men was captured on a security camera flowing into the consulate.

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by Gold Member on Oct. 14, 2012 at 8:22 AM



 The alarm was sounded and one agent, armed with a sidearm and an M4 submachine gun, led Stevens and computer specialist Sean Smith to a safe room inside one of the compound's two main residences.

 The room is equipped with a heavy metal grill and several locks, as well as windows that can be opened only from the inside. 

 The other security officials armed themselves with long guns, body armor, helmets and ammunition at other buildings.  

 Two of them made an attempt to enter the building with Stevens, but were forced to retreat after meeting resistance.

 Attackers eventually managed to enter the building where the ambassador was hiding and attempted to open the door to the safe room, but to no avail.  

Instead, they dumped jerry cans of diesel fuel in the building, lit furniture on fire and set the exterior of the building on fire.


Two of the remaining four agents barricaded the insides of the compound's other residence, preventing the armed men from entering.

The protesters then attempted to gain access to the tactical operations center, but were unable to enter the building despite smashing the door.  

Meanwhile, the building that was housing the ambassador rapidly began filling up with thick diesel smoke and fumes from the burning furniture.

Inside, visibility was less than three feet.  

Unable to breathe, the Americans opened a window in the bathroom, but it proved insufficient to fill the room with fresh air.  At that point, a decision was made to leave the building.

The agent went out first, as is standard procedure, flopping out onto a patio enclosed by sandbags and immediately taking fire, believed to include rocket-propelled grenades.  

Stevens and Smith did not come out, so the third agent, suffering severely from smoke inhalation, went in and out of the building several times to look for them.

He then climbed to the roof  and collapsed, but not before radioing the other agents to alert them.  The other four agents were able to reunite and take an armored vehicle to Stevens' building. They reached the agent on the roof and tried to set up a perimeter. Taking turns enter the building, the agents scoured the premises on their hands and knees for the missing Americans. Smith was eventually pulled out dead. Stevens was not found.  

A six-person quick reaction security team arrived from their compound across town accompanied by about 60 Libyan militiamen accompany. They also attempted to secure a perimeter around the building, but determined that they could not hold it.

Outnumbered by ‘an unbelievable amount of bad guys’ in the compound, the militia fighters told the security team they had to evacuate, according to a State Department official.  

‘We've got to leave, we can't hold the perimeter,’ the official said the militia told the team.

 After taking fire, a decision was made to evacuate the compound and return with everyone to the reaction force's compound. Agents piled into an armored vehicle, with Smith's body in tow, and left through the main gate under fire. Crowds and groups of men blocked two different routes to the security compound, creating heavy traffic that slowed down the escaping Americans to about 15mph.  

Traveling a narrow street, they reached a group of men who signaled for them to enter a compound.  

However, the security officials ‘smelled a rat’ and sped away, taking heavy fire from AK-47 machine guns at a distance of only two feet, and hand grenades thrown against and under the car which blew two of the tires.

They sped past another crowd of men and onto a main street and across a grassy median into opposing traffic. The agents drove against traffic, eventually reaching their compound, where they took more heavy fire for several hours.



by Gold Member on Oct. 14, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Video: Clinton Reveals what Really Happened

by Ruby Member on Oct. 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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I believe Hillary. I'm not a Democrat, but am pissed that the Obama administration has thrown her, the State Department, and intelligence personnel under the bus. I never believed Obama, I don't believe Biden. Hillary never said it was a spontaneous protest about the anti-Islam video.  One of the sucky things about working for someone is that you can never dispute them in public. It all falls apart when the Prez and VP blame you, your staff, and - good Lord! - your intelligence community, many of which spoke anonymously to get the truth out.

Hillary, as Sec. of State, is tasked with carrying out THE PRESIDENT'S foreign policy. I don't absolve her of any blame, but the buck stops at Obama. I seriously doubt that it was HIllary's idea to buy Chevy Volts for the embassies in Sweden instead of security for Benghazi.  I don't know who wrote the policy that only Middle East embassies needed to hire private security with guns but no bullets, vs. a contingent of Marines.

I condemn Obama for washing his hands of the matter and blaming Hillary. Typical.

by Bronze Member on Oct. 14, 2012 at 3:48 PM
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I've always said that its a sad situation when Hilary Clinton is the voice of reason within an administration. She has been exactly that the last few years.

She should've been the Democrats candidate in 08, we'd be in a better place right now.
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by Platinum Member on Oct. 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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This is such a complex and rather disturbing story... it is going to be the final straw that takes Obama down... this I don't doubt

by Platinum Member on Oct. 14, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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One thing bothers me, Hillary DID blame the movie on at least one occasion, maybe more.

I found this dated sept. 13th

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday sharply condemned the anti-Islam video blamed at least in part for sparking deadly protests against American missions in the Arab world as “disgusting and reprehensible,” but said there was no justification for the violence.

“To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage,” Clinton said. “But as I said yesterday there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence.”

Clinton said the U.S. government “had absolutely nothing to do with this video” and absolutely rejects it content and message. Still, she said the U.S. has a “long tradition of free expression” and “we do not stop individual citizens from expressing their views, no matter how distasteful they may be.”

“There should be no debate about the simple proposition that violence in response to speech is not acceptable,” Clinton said. “Violence we believe has no place in religion and is no way to honor religion.”
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