‘Stand down’: CIA Benghazi team clash led to controversial order

WASHINGTON — CIA officers revealed a clash over how quickly they should go help the besieged U.S. ambassador during the 2012 attack on an outpost in Libya, and a standing order for them to avoid violent encounters, according to a congressman and others who heard their private congressional testimony or were briefed on it.

The Obama administration has been dogged by complaints that the White House, Pentagon and State Department may not have done enough before and during the attack to save U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, and by accusations that it later engaged in a cover-up.

One allegation was that U.S. officials told the CIA to “stand down” and not go to the aid of the Americans. Top CIA and Defense and State Department officials have denied that.

The testimony from the CIA officers and contractors who were in Libya on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, bolster those denials, but also shed light on what may have led to the delay of up to 30 minutes to respond, according to the varying accounts.

None of those who testified said a quicker response would have saved the lives of Stevens and communications specialist Sean Smith at the temporary diplomatic facility.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Thomas Viveiros says:

    Of course the blame lays on the FagBait in Chief Hussein OwebaMao’s and that lying commie skank Billary Clinton’s shoulders. There should be public lynchings for those to in the village green after Sunday Church services .

  • azbear166 says:

    And hilbitch and all those involved in it should pay I say send them all to Egypt and let them finish them for us!!!!

  • CountryBoy says:

    That is a crock of S**t and it stinks…. the battle lasted about 8 hours …

  • SniperToo says:

    The Muslim dog ordered them to stand down. The team out of Tripolie was 45 minutes away. They all could have been saved. This piece of sh@t sat there and watch these men slaughtered at 3:00 a.m in the morning and than went to bed. He said he was too tired. The video was berried at the Pentagon. The Pentagon refuses to give the video to the hearing board. Wake up America.

    1. Hoodoo H says:

      Copy that. Just remember… Vengeance will be given by Jesus. If only I could see when it happens. Thanks for pointing out to others that the Pentagon is involved in the coverup.
      Per orders of the admin? That would be my first guess.

      All the Way!

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