'Benghazi: The Definitive Report'
Book pieces together night of terror strike
- Duration 6:44
- Date Feb 18, 2013
Book pieces together night of terror strike
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Are now a new e-book claims that the attacks may have been retaliation for some off the books counter terror operations or run by John Brennan.
And that's the president's nominee for CIA director and joining me now are the authors of that new book -- Ghazi the definitive report.
Former US army ranger Jack Murphy and former navy seal Brandon Webb.
And by the way on the floor of our studio we projected a map of Benghazi.
Now before we get to the book we're gonna go through the timeline of events from that -- guys welcome onto the program but to see both Democrat and what this is important because you're saying that events that we don't know about.
Could -- precipitated these attacks.
Good summary guy gets absolutely accurate a cut and parts let's start with the timeline of events.
It's begin at approximately 940 at night when the attacks were initiated with or PG stating the consulate actually temporary mission facility that we know now we -- the consulate.
At that -- the local militia guards were on norms safe -- there were only armed with bats essentially.
So when he sees mob come -- they take off they cut and run.
The attackers breached the main gate in the overrun the compound.
At this point ambassador Stevens.
They -- is going into the safe from inside the consulate in the DSS agents retrieving their tactical gear and making a call up to -- to say they're getting hit.
So by 1005 what you -- designed to stop -- they're young and that for those that said this was numerous react retaliation for YouTube video.
And this was a spontaneous demonstration they had mortars rocket propelled grenades this was not -- This was not spontaneous -- it's not spontaneous and in the state department's own report they talk about.
Arresting or detaining a Libyan policemen -- is taking pictures of the console with a cell phone that morning trying to lure people planning this attack ahead -- time right back to a time line.
So by 10551005.
PM excuse me.
Tiger Woods and other global response staff members from -- nearby annex that half a mile away.
We're preparing to go to the consulate and rescue the State Department personnel who are tied up there and tie woods was really instrumental.
And no the setting putting together that rescue effort and insisting got to go forward.
And go in there and he was told to stand down and I interviewed his father and assembly.
By he's still don't have answers that question it is -- actually the person who's in charge of the annex that initially said no it's not our job to go in there.
Arm but -- actually convince them otherwise and to his credit that person actually reversed course and agree with -- either convince them awarded the disobey orders.
I think you convince them.
Yeah I think you know that it -- showed a lot of good initiative is a senior guy had years and a special operations and he just said look to -- knowing being overseas and being in these conflicts before he said we need to act now to say these Americans if we don't.
Move now and go more people are gonna die because -- some timely.
By 11 PM the attackers have complete -- for on the compound.
And the team from the NX is making their way to the consulate -- to conduct this rescue operation.
Once they're at the annex the basically be -- the attacks slowly followed them back and so.
The one the one difference between the State Department.
Compound in the CIA and -- that the CIA.
They had a very heavily fortified position I mean they had their act together when it comes to security if -- did you know throughout the night.
They were fending off small attacks and then.
You know 5 AM the team from Tripoli comes up and is important that the that the team from Tripoli is important because here you have a group.
-- you look at what's important is because ultimately the TJ sock joint special operations.
They had a the device column rover which essentially.
You -- beams down that the predator drone footage -- this divisive and now they have increased situational awareness on the ground.
That the CIA -- and they ultimately made the call when they saw that.
More and more attackers were amassing out side of the gate -- went up through the roof.
-- -- they embraced.
And they were still engaged in the fight.
Then they got bracketed by three mortar rounds the first one hit -- they're killing him second one hit -- third one.
Injured one the other security guys on the rooftop but just before 730 they made the decision hey we gotta get out here so without that without those guys coming up from Tripoli.
And having that -- device to -- Get the predator footage.
Did the decision to you evacuate everyone who may not have been made and they may have.
And over on themselves and then we learned it through Leon Panetta's testimony that he briefed the president only when it began in the president never.
Were asked for an update throughout the rest tonight.
Yeah guys -- -- on the fire and we didn't send anybody to help.
Now let me just get this last question -- -- premise of your book the definitive report beyond the -- -- that we're going through here you claim that.
There war incidents that the American public had never heard about.
Where we attacked them.
Yes there and that we might have precipitated this and that then puts I think a lot more clarity on May be why it happened and also.
That it did it -- there's no explanation at that point why we didn't.
At least at that I'll go abide by the request by ambassador Stephens to give more security.
I I think one of the big takeaways from all this is that the State Department didn't have any visibility on these operations they didn't have the -- with Paul.
T even know that this counterattack that this blow back from other operations was coming they they couldn't have known.
However there was an escalation.
Of terrorist attacks against American assets inside bank -- over the summer.
And that alone should have been enough to elevate their security I think we -- -- State Department.
Really not prepared to.
In Benghazi the requests -- were going up the chain of command there and they weren't.
Responded to do so the state -- and a very.
-- situation when a couple of security in just a little more than the security was denied to adoring no help came.
Except for -- and then the other guys and after they -- true.
Yeah I I think there's no accountability people -- you know they're they're in this current political game -- musical chairs but you know it.
It's important to us Simpson really.
To get the truth I mean -- bias in this whole thing is -- to make sure that these heroes are represented their story is told.
And if there's any bias -- -- the -- of our guys thank you very much appreciate your good work here thank --