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Bombshell Claim: Security Operators on the Ground in Benghazi Say They Were Told to ‘Stand Down’ — and That’s Not All

Posted by on Sep. 4, 2014 at 11:51 PM
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Bombshell Claim: Security Operators on the Ground in Benghazi Say They Were Told to ‘Stand Down’ — and That’s Not All

Five security operators responsible for guarding the CIA station in Benghazi, Libya insist they were told to “stand down” the night of the deadly 2012 attacks, arguing the order prevented them from likely saving the life of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and others.

The claim is made in a new book titled “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.” Scheduled for release next week, it is the first public account of the deadly attacks from security personnel who were on the ground that night.

An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

“If you guys do not get here, we are going to die!” a diplomatic security agent shouted over the radio, the commandos say in their new book, according to the New York Times.

Within moments the team, comprised of former members of American Special Forces teams and hired as private contractors, was ready to deploy and move to the compound, a mere mile away.

“Five minutes, we’re ready,” Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger, told Fox News. “It was thumbs up, thumbs up, we’re ready to go.”

However, according to the team, a top CIA officer in Benghazi, who they refer to as “Bob,” told them to “stand down.”

“‘Stand down, you need to wait.’”
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“It had probably been 15 minutes I think, and … I just said, ‘Hey, you know, we gotta– we need to get over there, we’re losing the initiative,’” John Tiegen told Fox News. “And Bob just looks straight at me and said, ‘Stand down, you need to wait.’”

“We’re starting to get calls from the State Department guys saying, ‘Hey, we’re taking fire, we need you guys here, we need help,’” Paronto added.

Finally, after 30 minutes of waiting, the team said they deployed, in defiance of the order, the Times reported.

Revisiting the events of the fateful night, the five commandos say they believe Ambassador Stevens and others would have been alive if not for the “stand down” order.

“Ambassador Stevens and Sean [Smith], yeah, they would still be alive, my gut is yes,” Paronto said.

“I strongly believe if we’d left immediately, they’d still be alive today,” Tiegen added.

“I strongly believe if we’d left immediately, they’d still be alive today.”
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A senior intelligence official told Fox News that “there were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support.”

The commandos adamantly denied that claim, insisting to Fox News the order was given.

“You use the words ‘stand down,’” host Bret Baier said. “A number of people now, including the House Intelligence Committee insist no one was hindered from responding to the situation at the compound…so what do you say to that?”

“No, it happened,” Tiegen answered.

“It happened on the ground– all I can talk about is what happened on that ground that night,” Paronto added to Fox News. “To us. To myself, twice, and to– to Tig, once. It happened that night. We were told to wait, stand– and stand down. We were delayed three times.”

Fox News plans to air a special Friday night, showing the complete interview they conducted with the commandos.

Earlier this year, testimony from nine military officers appeared to undermine the claim that a “stand down” order was given.

This story has been updated.

by on Sep. 4, 2014 at 11:51 PM
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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Sep. 4, 2014 at 11:54 PM
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 "Clinton denied, Obama lied and good men died."

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2014 at 12:34 AM
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 Now let's connect the dots here. The CIA was shuttling arms through Turkey, right down the street. Anyone involved in that got all those lie detector tests......remember that? They got monthly lie detector tests, that they hadn't talked about it. Oh yes, stand down, and if Stevens had a clue, he wouldn't live to tell the tale. A retired general recently talked about how some of those smuggled weapons fell into ISIS hands. The plot thickens. Clinton denied, Obama lied, and good men died. Pretty much sums it up for me.

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2014 at 12:35 AM
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 OH the article says Fox news plans to air a speical on this Friday night. Interesting viewing I am sure.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 5, 2014 at 12:59 AM
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The whole story was consistent after all. And two of their co-workers, who went to help after being told to stand down, died in the process. And the three believe that they would have saved Stevens and the fourth guy, if they had gone immediately to help.

Tragic.

Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Sep. 5, 2014 at 5:49 AM
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Makes you wonder why this didn't come out in the Benghazi hearings, sounds like a cover-up to me. Meanwhile, where's the justice for these families who lost their loved ones? smh

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Sep. 5, 2014 at 7:21 AM
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My only disagreement is that it is not a bombshell.

The whole story is an open book - I have posted the story since about  a week after it happened.

Look for jumping jacks the grandma to be dispatched to do her Susan Rice Impression directly.

 

lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Sep. 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Bump.

jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Sep. 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM
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Really interesting, I hadn't seen this.  According to the NYT piece, the book suggests that the CIA station chief made the order to stand down on his own authority, and they eventually defied him.  He wanted the local police/militia to handle it.

Veeery interesting.  Like I keep saying, turn it upside down and shake it, and the CIA is gonna fall out.

What was Stephens doing in Benghazi?

lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Sep. 8, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Anyone watch this Friday night?  I saw some of it and have it recorded to watch the whole thing.

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