Bombshell: State Department Reduced Security in Libya Despite Numerous Terror Attacks

The Obama State Department reduced the number of trained Americans guarding US officials in Libya accorfinhg to a top Republican in Congress. This was despite the fact that the US consulate was attacked twice in the last six months.

Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) broke this news yesterday on FOX and Friends:

Eli Lake at The Daily Beast reported:

In the six months leading up to the assault on the United States consulate in Benghazi, the State Department reduced the number of trained Americans guarding U.S. facilities in Libya, according to a leading House Republican investigating the Sept. 11 anniversary attacks. The reduction in U.S. security personnel increased America’s reliance on local Libyan guards for the protection of its diplomats.

This is the latest charge from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican leading a House investigation on the Benghazi attacks, regarding alleged security defects in Benghazi. Chaffetz said the information comes from whistleblowers who have approached the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The State Department on Wednesday didn’t respond to requests for comment. However, a senior State Department official said an independent review panel was examining the charge. This official said it was routine to reduce the number of U.S. personnel serving in new diplomatic posts such as Benghazi over time. When the U.S. established its official presence in Benghazi in 2011, it was the middle of a war, and even routine jobs such as drivers were handled by U.S. personnel, this official said.

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Chaffetz said the information comes from whistleblowers who have approached the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    Any hopes Hillary may have had for 2016 are fading…

  • Patty

    Then what is this about?

    October Surprise: Obama Plans Major Airstrike on Libyan Targets

  • Patty

    Black Jaque….. If Mitt is elected I doubt Billary will have a chance in hell because Romney will get his ass to do the actual work as president..The work Obama hates to do. Obama is an actor playing president. He doesnt want to do it.He wants to give speeches, go to fundraisers, fly on AF1, hobknob with Celebrities, have whitehouse concerts and enjoy the perks of the jobs. He doesnt want to work he is the laziest POS to ever sit in the whitehouse. He is voting present.

    I found this on NB site by another who posted Chrissy Matthews comments from a few weeks or months back. I also saw a youtube video about Obama’s gulf oil spill management of the disaster…or lack of where Liberals crushed Obama…It has not gotten any better.

    See: Chris Matthews Slams Obama: He’s Got ‘The Worst Kind of a Notion of the Presidency’ —


    Matthews: “The day he got inaugurated, he sent us all home and said, ‘Thank you, now watch how smart I am.’ That’s the worst kind of a notion of the presidency”

    If I could say one thing to Barack Obama, “Stop showing us how smart you are and lead us. Ask us to do something. Pull us behind you. Enlist us in the service of our country. Ask us to do something.”

    There’s nothing to root for.

    What are we trying to do in this administration?

    What’s he going to do in the second term? More of this? Is this it? Is this as good as it gets? Where are we going?

    He never tells us how he’s going to address Medicare, Medicaid, how is going to reform Social Security. Is he going to deal with long-term debt? How? Is he going to reform the tax system? How? Just tell us. Why are we in this fight with him? Just tell us, Commander, give us our orders and tell us where we’re going, give us the mission. And he hasn’t done it.

    Their idea of running a campaign is a virtual universe of sending e-mails around to people. No it’s not. It’s meetings with people, it’s forging alliances. It’s White House meetings and dinner parties that go on till midnight, and he should be sitting late at night now with senators and members of Congress and governors working together on how they’re going to win this political fight that’s coming.

    I don’t have a sense that he’s ever had a meeting. I hear stories that you will not believe. Not a single phone call since the last election.

    They don’t call. He never calls. That’s the, that’s the message. Members of Congress, I keep asking, “When did you hear from him last?”

    WITT: Silence.

    MATTHEWS: He doesn’t like their company.

    WITT: You’ve just…

    MATTHEWS: That’s a problem, by the way.

    End carefully selected excerpts (LOL – almost every word)

    Indeed that is a problem; this having a President who is “lazy and disengaged,” and who doesn’t have the slightest notion of what being the POTUS is all about.

    We all knew this was Obama and what we would get. Nothing but problems

  • security is fine as long as it doesn’t offend islam. “the world does not belong to those that insult islam.” and hillary and barack are part of a political ideology that definitely wants the world to belong to them.

  • democraps suck

    again it just shows how much the illegal mooslime hates america and wants americans killed…any TRUE LEGAL american would have sent thousands of troops to secure the embassy or gotten the americans out before…obummer…what a POS

  • Finncrisp

    Nancy explained all this . Republicans cut funding – it’s all their fault. In spite of the fact they never raised a flag at State that there was an issue. What worthless toads.

    Pass the buck, Ambassadors better duck.

  • squeaky

    [Against the backdrop of the attack on our embassy in Benghazi, and looming embassy security cuts due to sequestration, it appears politics and ideology are trumping common sense.]

  • Grandma Perkins

    Another day, another game-changing bombshell.

  • Patty



    Obama Won The Debate Americans Needed To Hear


    Many people say Obama was ill prepared. How does the President of the US come ill prepared to answer the questions about a job he has campaiggned for the last 6 years for and actually been president for the past 3.75 ?????

    He is supposed to be dealing with and engaging in these discussions and debates and problems day in and day out. He Basically showed us all( many of us new this would happen 4 years ago) that he has been sleep walking or golfing his way through the past 4 years. He cant answer basic questions and he cant give basic defenses of his policies.

    Romney treated Obama like he was a petulant kid who just got out of college and he let run the family business only to return 4 years later to find the kid totally failed to do his job and blames all the workers for his failures.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    October Surprise: Obama Plans Major Airstrike on Libyan Targets


    I wonder what the bombs are intended to hit. A local aspirin production facility, perhaps…?

  • valerie

    #12 October 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm
    BIGKAHUNA commented:

    Bingo. An incumbent US President is supposed to be briefed these issues, in detail, on an almost-daily basis. It goes with the territory, unless the President refuses to be educated.

  • #12 big K…i think obama’s opinion of the presidency is he likes the salary and the perks , the rest of it you can shove…

  • USMC Thomas

    Incompetent Miss Piggy should resign, but won’t as the clinton’s place their own self-importance above honor and dignity.

  • squeaky

    “October Surprise: Obama Plans Major Airstrike on Libyan Targets..” a silver lining in black cloud.
    maybe bringing justice to 4 slain Americans who maybe didn’t have to be slain. making deals with the devil.

  • bg


    Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith

    more at link, in connecting linsk, and scroll for more..

    [The White House claims two ex-SEALs killed in Libya were inept security
    guards. The truth? They volunteered for duty and died heroes. But that
    doesn’t serve an Obama political purpose, now does it?


    “Woods and Doherty weren’t part of the detail, nor were they
    personally responsible for the ambassador’s security, but they
    stepped into the breach when the attacks occurred and their
    actions saved the lives of others,” an unnamed U.S. official told
    the Washington Guardian.

    So as the consulate was pummeled with mortar fire from an
    organized al-Qaida terrorist attack, the two men, with no
    preparation and no ground intelligence, just plain stepped
    forward without any obligation to do so, and died defending
    the U.S. after the non-U.S. contractors who were paid to do
    that ran away.

    Such information ought to get out, because these men died
    heroes. They didn’t have to be there, but they went anyway
    defending against a terrorist attack that can only be compared
    to the Alamo.]


  • Paddy

    Hilary is done as a politician. The investigation will prove that all of the security lapses were her doing. She is also resonsible for disarming (no bullets) Marine guards at embassies and consulates. The swamp called State department must be drained, purged is a better term.

  • bg


    re: Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith

    they still have not been “MENTIONED”, however, you can bet your
    first child had they been Muslim, they would have received medals
    posthumously September 12, 2012..

    no, i am not the bigot, President Obama is.. 🙁


  • lizzy84

    Benghazi Barack and Hillary both have blood on their hands. There is no one else to blame. They turned a deaf ear to the warnings, four Americans were left twisting in the wind and lost their lives. You can’t appease radical Islamists. They only understand one thing: brute force. That’s it! They want their 7th Century ‘paradise’ restored worldwide.

  • bg


    re: #18/20 – page 1 October 4, 2012 bg

    Innocence of Muslims Film was Made by Terrorists

    [Court documents reveal that Nakoula Bacile Nakoula, producer of the
    movie Innocence of Muslims, partnered in a scheme with Eiad Salameh,
    my first cousin.

    Eiad is a Muslim terror supporter and is not an Egyptian Copt.]


  • Mad Hatter

    More Criminal Neglect from the band of thieves of the White House.

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  • Granny

    I have just had a conversation on Facebook with a young woman from Texas – a college student no less – that tried to tell me that the Republicans were in sole control of Congress and seemed to think that Congress was all one entity. She did not even know that there are separate houses of Congress! How the heck did she even get a high school diploma without knowing that?!

    No wonder we got stuck with Obama and all his fans think he is just marvelous – they have NO CLUE about even the basic structure of our government!

  • Mike

    It would appear, dare I say, that the Ambassador was set-up to die conveniently. Perhaps, he knew something……I’m just sayin’. The Clintons and the Obama administration are capable…..


  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Yet just today I heard someone pining for a Hillary presidency.


  • Mad Hatter


    Sadly that doesn’t surprise me one bit. The public education system is a failure, we have the Alinsky Media that is allergic to accurately informing the public, and too many of the 16 to 28 crowd think John Stewart is a reliable news source.

    We have a lost, uninformed generation that’s been conditioned, Obama makes no mistakes, and Republicans do nothing right.

  • JR

    Stupid is as Stupid does.

  • lizzy84

    And strangely, the ‘video’ cannot be accessed without signing into first. This wasn’t the case 2 and a half weeks ago. Why the change? {I think I know the answer, don’t you?}
    Yeah, take another victory lap, hIllary.

  • arnonerik

    I have a novel Idea. How about a President, a Foriegn Policy and a State Department that puts the security and interests of the United States and its people first.

  • paul52

    Shrillary, you need to get out the Ajax. Those bloodstains on YOUR hands ain’t coming off easy… probably never will, you witch.

  • at the DNC they are working overtime trying to find a way to pin this on bush.

  • mg4us

    People have got it all wrong. . Obama and Hillary were just OUT-SOURCING the job of Security to the locals. . .

    After all what is an American’s life worth. . especially an Ambassador’s?

  • bigL

    Be sure to enter the REgistrar of Voters office and the Sheriff’s office in your cell. I bet they run out of ballots or the machines malfunction. We have to be able to reach the officials in your county seat.I think the Poll peopleare “poorly trained” or dumb and may not give out the phones. I have lived in my area for over 40 years,vote since I was 21 there and yet every other time there is some problem.
    In my area there are no addresses in the sign in ledger. Just a bar code. There is another book “the roll”that has addresses. However they are organized Odd and Even address numbers and the poll officer just look for 2 secs and tell you that you are not there.
    Advice: take your sample ballot with you as it has a number on it -your number. Then they can’t say you are not registered-they follow the numbers!
    If you are denied, ask for a “provisional ballot”. The poll folks do no like these as they are more trouble.
    DO NOT leave w/o voting. Call the Registrar, the Sheriff, the radio station, the local tv station and rat them out. Get names.

  • Look-Out

    Looks like he’s at it again —

    According to the sources, a taxpayer watchdog group conducted a nine-month investigation into presidential and congressional fundraising and has uncovered thousands of cases of credit card solicitations and donations to Obama and Capitol Hill, allegedly from unsecure accounts, and many from overseas. That might be a violation of federal election laws.

    Can only access this thread, sorry OT and if it’s been posted already. Link at Drudge.

  • Look-Out

    RE #14 — Heard reporter (the Watergate dude) say he thought BHO’s poor performance might have been cuz he was distracted by some other big thing that’s about to pop…this may be what he was referring to.

  • Look-Out
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  • southernsue

    obama and hillary what a team!

    just ask ambassador stevens and the other three Americans, oh wait they are dead, thanks obama and hillary!

    i feel so safe knowing these two lunies are in controll!sarc

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  • BarbaraS

    I have never seen anything about why Amabassador Stevens was in Benghazi in the first place. I would like an answer to that question. You would think on that crucial date he would be in Tripoli where he was based and had more protection. Could it be that this was all planned? Were these four and whoever else could have been killed set up as an excuse to start a war with Libya before the election to show how regal obama was? Was it the fact that Al Quada was found to be the culprit made this plan backfire? Obama and his cabal tried their best to blame it on the movie and therefore the Libyians themselvesto the bitter end but it failed to hold water. Was this to be the October surprise? Would obama have said in times of such stress and danger it is best not to hold elections?

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