Email Shows State Department Rejected Security Request at US Embassy in Libya

Posted by on Oct 05, 2012 at 8:45 am

Obama lied, Chris Stevens died.

ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties.

Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya,  Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic personnel in that country were provided with adequate security support.

No one has yet to argue that the DC-3 would have  definitively  made a difference for the four Americans killed that night. The security team in question, after all, left Libya in August.

But the question – both for the State Department, which is conducting an internal investigation, and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding hearings next week – is whether officials in Washington, D.C., specifically at the State Department, were as aware as they should have been about the deteriorating security situation in Libya, and whether officials were doing everything they could to protect Americans in that country.

I’m sure an internal investigation will get to the bottom of this.

2 Responses to “Email Shows State Department Rejected Security Request at US Embassy in Libya”

  1. Blue Hen on 5/05/12 at 9:42 am

    A DC-3? Really? The State department in 2012 is trying to obtain a DC-3? The last one was made during World War II! And they couldn’t even get one of those?

  2. MT Geoff on 5/05/12 at 9:42 am

    The specific request related to the Gooney Bird — which must be sixty or seventy years old — had little to do with the events of 9/11/12. It may be indicative of a completely head-in-sand attitude toward the risks of terror action in Libya, though.
    That kind of foolishness runs right through the Secretary of State to the PResident. If Libya had had its revolt in 2007, I see Condi Rice and GW Bush beefing up security throughout the region, not rolling it back.