President put on notice by House GOP over Benghazi attack
Why are there still no answers on security lapse?
- Duration 9:46
- Date Oct 19, 2012
Why are there still no answers on security lapse?
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72 hours from this very moment president Barack Obama and governor Mitt Romney will meet for the final debate of the 2012 election season and with the end drawing -- -- More good news for Republicans in the polls as Romney continues to boast an impressive lead over his opponent.
Gallup now has the gap at six points among likely voters 51% to Obama's 45%.
Held -- -- more on those numbers as well as some fresh polling data from the battleground states -- -- -- that's coming up later this hour.
But first breaking developments regarding the administration wide effort to cover up the truth about the Ben Ghazi terror attack today.
A letter from the house oversight committee chairman Darrell ice and congressman Jason -- -- was delivered to the White House.
Now the ten page document includes a comprehensive list of the warning signs.
That this president either missed or flat out ignored in the months leading up to the assassination.
Of ambassador Chris Stevens and his three colleagues.
Now more importantly accompanying that latter are more than 100 memos reports cables an email sent by the ambassador.
And his security team alerting Washington about the rise of radical extremism in Libya.
Now today we dug very deeply into each and every one of the haunting documents we have reach this conclusion.
The four Americans that were killed in that orchestrated terror attack on 9/11.
They knew they were in grave danger they reported their concerns to government officials and not think.
Nothing was done to save them.
Now in addition to the release of this information it now proves that we have been lied to and lied to repeatedly.
By numerous members of this administration.
Including while the vice president himself do you remember this.
And they want to our security there.
Well we weren't Alderman who will want more security and we did not know they -- more security -- Well that's not so countless requests -- more security were sent and received by the State Department.
And thanks to today's document dump what we now have the proof now let's review some of the key findings way back in December up 2011.
Undersecretary of state Patrick Kennedy signed off on a memo that extended America's presence in -- -- threw 2012.
And he did so even though the memo stated quote because of budget constraints and they reduce -- up footprint.
Diplomatic security's current presence consists of two special agents.
-- additional three slots currently unfilled.
-- the same document also reports that the compound itself is unsafe quote.
The electrical plumbing and physical security work needed to bring this facility up to an acceptable standard.
Would negate any cost savings of the move.
A June 2012 memo from the ambassador himself.
Is ominously titled -- is fragile security deteriorates.
As tribal rivalries power plays and extremism intensifies.
Then in August approximately one more month before he was killed Stevens personally.
Emailed the State Department writing quote.
What we have not seen our random crimes of opportunity but rather targeted -- indiscriminate attacks and it what was likely the last email he would -- -- On September the eleventh Stephens the -- warned at great length about the quote growing problems with the security situation in eastern Libya.
Yet even noting that quote the British withdrew their presence from Ben Ghazi.
After the widely reported June 11 RPG attack on the British ambassador's motorcade.
That was the final sentence on the final memo that the ambassador would ever sent an even worse.
Everything you just heard was readily available to the president and his national security team.
Which makes their claims that this tragedy was in any way.
Related to a YouTube video or was spontaneous.
Even that more disgusting.
And joining me now to talk about the letter that he sent to the president and what he's now demanding from the White House is congressman Jason -- it's.
Along with senator Lindsey Graham gentlemen welcome back to Hannity.
Thank -- thank you we play what the vice president's so my question is coupled with what the president said last night on Jon Stewart.
-- before on a play for you the question will be did they lied to the American people watch but he said last night.
Every piece information that we get as we got it.
We laid it up for the American people.
Congressman to the vice president and president of the United States like.
I I come to back inclusion John I.
I look at what the vice president said what the president has said what ambassador rice is set with Secretary Clinton said.
They have not been honest with the American people the intelligence community was foreshadowing for months.
That terrorism was about terrorism was happening it was that they attacked our compound twice the brits had to get up and leave.
There were hundreds of have terrorist incidents al-Qaeda was flying flags about buildings government buildings there and eastern Libya.
And then they come out after this attack and say we think it was a video -- -- look at all this it this is all unclassified intelligence right now senator Graham.
There are a bit.
CEOs of all of this -- prove.
That it would they knew from day one our intelligence knew it was not spontaneous -- our intelligence knew there's an arm related to this video.
Will Wright did they lie in your opinion and should those tapes be released.
The tapes should be released they're even incredibly incompetent but.
They're stonewalling -- solved thank god for Republican controlled house do you think -- know much of anything.
Then then for Jason and -- So they're not being forthcoming have to drag it out of them I've written a letter along with Senator McCain.
Ten days ago.
Asking the intelligence community to provide us the information you gave the Secretary Rice to make her believe this was a result of Mariah five days later.
Haven't gotten one word back.
-- but did they like senator I mean because here's -- We know the president fourteen days later on the -- -- before the United Nations he was asked directly on the view.
Was this terrorism from what we don't know yet.
Well the State Department militant Arab list -- in real time today.
Brian what a day than -- the most incompetent people the world -- -- misleading us here's the question for me what did the president know about the deteriorating situation.
And ending -- months before this happened lieutenant colonel woods testimony comes back and it kind of haunts my -- he said Ben Ghazi.
It was inevitable would get attacked almost inevitable we -- the last flag flying everybody's left there and we're trying to normalize relationships.
With a government has no capacity.
And I can't believe the White House would allow the president the United States to go out and be among the public after our consulate was attacked in June the sixth.
Blowing a hole in the wall that forty people could get through I don't think anybody is an incompetent so I'm assuming that president knew about the deteriorating situation.
The comeback of al-Qaeda.
And did nothing about it.
Well -- we got proof of that let's go let's put it up on the screen here in an August -- -- more than a month before.
Memo from Stephens -- security forces.
Under -- he says it directly there if you look at you know we also warms in the same memo.
Of Islamic extremism rising.
And -- and that we have an image of the consulate before was -- showing this security act cameras are being no more present won't -- You know where's the footage in other -- -- -- shot was shot what I don't understand is our consulate was bombed twice that was terrorism we never -- all the terrorism bad they didn't falter.
Where else in the world did that happen and -- on September 1 the interior minister of the Libyan Interior Minister puts eastern Libya on high alert the ambassador said the cable back to Washington DC on September 4 and says.
We're losing control out there and this guy walks -- -- -- with two.
-- free people and three other people on the compound and then we wonder that it was some video it just.
Doesn't have a there's only so now we know that they were warned and they did nothing.
Now we also know right -- the this was not spontaneous.
As they said from the very beginning and they knew within hours in real time the state department -- video we got video wouldn't they were watching it and realize mind.
This woman testify so the question is why would the president.
Two weeks later tell the American people.
We're still investigating.
And -- and keep apologizing.
For the video.
And keep telling everybody it's spontaneous.
I think I think governor Romney should asking that question.
And if he doesn't as a missed opportunity Paul Ryan did a great job but he -- turned Vice President Biden.
When he said I didn't know anything about these security request he should ask and did you know that the consulate was bombed in April and June.
Did you know that the British had -- leaving guys did you know that the Red Cross office was closed is there is so that al-Qaeda was coming back in droves is there.
Any reason why I mean.
That we can't show this video to the American people is there any reason David snapped up the president -- -- that hard hitting interview like with Jon Stewart that.
-- seek information becomes available we share with the American people that Mr.
President show us that video.
You know and what he said about us they don't -- four Americans died it's not optimal we're gonna deal with that but guys thank you very much or governor Romney -- ask questions about what the president -- when he knew it in what he -- about it.
-- I don't count on the media to do that job thank you both for being with us.