Saturday, November 3, 2012
I am a security consultant and one of the most important aspects of a client's security program I stress is counter-surveillance. It is very difficult to pull off a professional surveillance operation and not very difficult to detect such an operation against you. I advise that if you become aware that you are being watched - GO TO A SAFE HAVEN IMMEDIATELY - not necessarily your lodging - and then contact your security people.
The following article is disturbing on so many levels. The crew in Benghazi knew they were being watched - the threat didn't even attempt to remain surreptitious - they knew the significance of the date September 11th, and intuitively they knew they were going to get hit.
Our so-called leadership did nothing for them; hung them out to dry, denied rescue forces and then lied about it for ten days.
And now the victims of Benghazi speak to us from beyond the grave. . .
. . . . S.L.
'TROUBLING' SURVEILLANCE BEFORE BENGHAZI ATTACK
Sensitive documents found amid the wreckage of the U.S. consulate shine new light on the Sept. 11 assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
By Harald Doornbos, Jenan Moussa | Nov 1, 2012
BENGHAZI, Libya — More than six weeks after the shocking assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi -- and nearly a month after an FBI team arrived to collect evidence about the attack - the battle-scarred, fire-damaged compound where Ambassador Chris Stevens and another Foreign Service officer lost their lives on Sept. 11 still holds sensitive documents and other relics of that traumatic final day, including drafts of two letters worrying that the compound was under "troubling" surveillance and complaining that the Libyan government failed to fulfill requests for additional security.
When we visited on Oct. 26 to prepare a story for Dubai based Al Aan TV, we found not only Stevens's personal copy of the Aug. 6 New Yorker, lying on remnants of the bed in the safe room where Stevens spent his final hours, but several ash-strewn documents beneath rubble in the looted Tactical Operations Center, one of the four main buildings of the partially destroyed compound. Some of the documents -- such as an email from Stevens to his political officer in Benghazi and a flight itinerary sent to Sean Smith, a U.S. diplomat slain in the attack -- are clearly marked as State Department correspondence. Others are unsigned printouts of messages to local and national Libyan authorities. The two unsigned draft letters are both dated Sept. 11 and express strong fears about the security situation at the compound on what would turn out to be a tragic day. They also indicate that Stevens and his team had officially requested additional security at the Benghazi compound for his visit - and that they apparently did not feel it was being provided.
One letter, written on Sept. 11 and addressed to Mohamed Obeidi, the head of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs' office in Benghazi, reads:
"Finally, early this morning at 0643, September 11, 2012, one of our diligent guards made a troubling report. Near our main gate, a member of the police force was seen in the upper level of a building across from our compound. It is reported that this person was photographing the inside of the U.S. special mission and furthermore that this person was part of the police unit sent to protect the mission. The police car stationed where this event occurred was number 322."
The account accords with a message written by Smith, the IT officer who was killed in the assault, on a gaming forum on Sept. 11. "Assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police' that guard the compound taking pictures," he wrote hours before the assault.
Read the rest of it HERE
More imagery from Benghazi HERE
- STORMBRINGER SENDS
Posted by STORMBRINGER at 14:05