Multiple American and British sources are questioning the CIA timeline of events in the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying that armed assailants and roadblocks had been recognized hours before the timeline starts.
Questions also are being raised as to why a “ragtag team” in Tripoli was assembled to respond to the attack instead of a more capable response prepared using the overwhelming U.S., British and other resources available in the region, Fox News reported
The unnamed sources said that twice-weekly meetings revealed that officials who know the area and are aware of the situation there were astounded to find that staff appeared “complacent” and “didn’t seem to follow the normal American way of securing a facility.”
Included in the criticism were specifics that may have saved the life of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and possibly others, had anything been handled properly at the consulate.
“The safe room is one of the first measures you take,” said a former special operations soldier. “[I’m] not sure how you can set a safe room without fire suppression and ventilation in case of fire . . . Ambassador Stevens would likely be alive today if this simple and normal procedure was put into place."
Long before the beginning of the timeline, 9:40 p.m. the night of the attack, the chief of security at the consulate was “distraught” and reporting that “the situation here is very serious — we have a problem.”
According to the Fox News report, the U.S. has scores of drones patrolling the area, and British and Turkish resources on the ground in Libya, and closer than Tripoli, were never called in to help fend off the attack.
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