Did Americans killed in Libya have enough security?
Report: Consulate breached with 15 minutes
- Duration 4:18
- Date Sep 15, 2012
Report: Consulate breached with 15 minutes
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He's now calling for an investigation into the security failures at the US embassy in Libya that came under attack earlier this week.
There were only four Libya's security guards on the grounds and it's been reported the consulate was breached within fifteen minutes.
So was the ambassador Stevens and the seals who were killed.
Left is sitting ducks.
Without the proper protection.
Is their way former State Department counterterrorism expert John Wolf good morning John.
The morning are you Americans are shocked and they're angry.
That for Americans have died in such a way now we read that the bing -- consulate.
Was not subject to the same type of security as other high risk embassies and consulates around the world.
Who's could be blamed and what's to be done to prevent this in the future.
I think it's the fault of the administration.
There -- We have processes in place to protect our Americans and diplomats.
Working overseas and that didn't happen here.
Lack of a hardened building lack of police force outside.
It's a new mission in a country that doesn't like -- it's just gotten over civil war why weren't they why don't we use the processes we have in place.
As absolutely now I understand that certain embassies and consulates around the world have vehicles will run flat tires they have cars that are armored.
They have a bigger compliment.
Of the security that the government is actually contracted for in a -- away.
Who -- these so called Libyan security guards.
Where they infiltrated by al-Qaeda there are other forces that were responsible for these deaths.
Quite possibly I have no knowledge of that but did.
Every consulate and embassy in the world is protected on the outside by the host country guard force locals.
Private security contractors that are local to the country and they are you getting closer to the -- -- be protected by Americans.
Now we former Navy SEALs that were killed were contractors.
That were there to help protect the embassy.
Not on the outside now we hear this morning that there are US marine team so called fast teams being dispatched to certain embassies.
In the mideast what will be their function and do they have the right.
To fire on.
People that are trying to breach their security.
Tell us about that.
I can't speak to the rules of engagement in each country but I do know.
The marine security guards the normal Marines that are in the embassies.
Their main focus is to protect classified information.
The physical security falls in the hands of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
And -- guard forces on the outside.
At a fast teams will be there to help protect and secure the embassies but I can't speak to their rules of engagement each country -- our ambassadors armed.
That was the question that some people asked me the other day -- they -- I'm so when they get into a situation.
As unfortunately our ambassador did who may have been missing.
For some hours are they alive -- are they able to defend themselves if it comes down to an -- situation.
Normally on an everyday basis know ambassadors are not armed ambassadors are protected by diplomatic security agents.
If it gets really bad and you're in a situation where you'd pick up again there's one way around.
I -- couple ambassadors that can hold their own -- on a daily basis in and out know ambassadors are not armed let's hope they can hold their own what goes forward.
What's being done right now to Harden security.
For our front line.
I embassies and councils across the world.
I'm sure -- gonna come out of the accountability review in the have been Ghazi.
But after the bombings in East Africa every embassy got hardened they got specialized counterterrorism teams which -- went out and trained.
We're gonna see a lot of changes the government is very reactionary all administrations have been very reactionary.
To try to fix a problem.
After -- happens well unfortunate it was too late here John Wolf thanks for your expertise.
On this issue I'm sure is this an issue continues we'll be talking to more good morning thank you.