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During the civil war two years ago we saw how violent -- on reliable Libya's militias really -- As likely to kill -- -- their friends as their enemy it's.
Many RG hobbies.
-- common criminals released from prison after Qaddafi was overthrown.
How the United States came to rely on them to provide security for our State Department and CIA personnel.
Seems truly terrible judgment.
Alert the decision to rely -- -- to keep our people safe in Libya was obviously.
A terrible idea -- that gets worse.
As Craig now exclusive -- reports the State Department also cut back on security that was already in place our people.
Now meet up war -- -- he whistled.
I -- you heard about ambassador Stevens being killed.
What we -- it's my first feelings were anger.
I was upset and angry because I felt like.
-- have -- series we're facing get a jump on us.
55 year old former green beret lieutenant colonel Andrew wood is really the first -- the -- -- whistle blowers as commander of -- security and Libya.
Colonel would -- sixteen special operators charged with providing protection for ambassador Christopher Stephens.
The team was scheduled to accompany the ambassador on a trip to -- got the originally scheduled for June.
-- -- trip was postponed colonel woods and his team from the Utah National Guard.
Who rotated out of Libya despite repeated requests by both the kernel and the ambassador that the teams they aren't -- -- threat level kept escalating.
Buick there where there's signs with -- signals was there anything that we could have done to prevent.
-- watch the British come under several attacks in during the month of June.
We also had at threats made.
To us both in Tripoli and had been Ghazi in -- does -- there was this target -- that occurred posted on FaceBook for him to kill Americans there was a bomb on the fence at the American Embassy.
The Red Cross was attacked a number of times.
Those -- the warning.
There were a prelude toward a direct attack the Red Cross read those signs and and and departed because when -- in Libya.
Were you -- aware of ambassador Steve is asking for more secure.
Yes because after I made that pronouncement in June I was able to to tell him in the country team meeting that we were going to be attacked and we were gonna be attacked -- -- -- as it was stated on their target list -- the last thing remaining.
It was a matter of time until they pulled it off.
Both colonel wood and a little whistle blower security officer Eric Nordstrom saw the ominous signs of growing peril.
At the ambassador repeatedly asked for help.
-- pursued those.
Those requests for security again.
Me and Eric watch those things be be turned down again and again and then they begin to withdraw all what they had there in and in Libya -- up.
Despite the -- dire warnings the security team in Libya with -- Putt from 34 security personnel down to just eight handling diplomatic protection for the vast and troubled country.
Ambassador Stevens at some more security he was told.
He was told no you still normalized normalized normalized fought that battle -- State Department -- in DC -- just did not see the world as the way it was especially their -- In an email from -- Norstrom the former regional security officer refer to a list of 230.
Security incidents in Libya that happen.
Between June 2011.
And July 2012.
Writing that quote.
These incidents paint a clear picture that the environment in Libya -- -- -- best and could degrade quickly.
Do you know as a fact.
As a former security officer in Libya that there were islamists that there were.
Terrorists that there was al-Qaeda operating in Libya.
That were possibly target in there.
One reason I was there was to pursuit pursue those adversaries in country.
I was working counterterrorism.
To you visualize if you will my counterpart working for al-Qaeda and doing the same thing.
They were out there developing Libyans.
To do these kind of strikes on Libyan government to destabilize them.
Why in the world then would.
Ambassador rice go out there and say that this was because of some YouTube movie those statements to me indicated that there was confusion.
Bad decisions being made at the highest levels.
In emotional testimony deputy chief of mission Gregory hicks the diplomat left in charge in Libya when ambassador -- was killed and told a house oversight committee.
The YouTube video was a non event in Libya.
Putting yourself in -- -- what must have been like for him to call asking for help begging for help and it never comes exasperating.
It will pretty -- of the most dramatic thing however.
Ever go through.
People are saying there is no military assets we couldn't respond.
We would -- done there on time anyway what do you think.
I find it very very very hard to believe.
There was there was a number of assets available a number of things it could be done we coached the Libyans.
In order to you decrease -- Coached him to fly aircraft a little low altitude over some of the fighting -- to dissipate the fighting and they did it and it works.
Why we didn't call upon them for example.
Limiting call upon another country.
To fly an aircraft in there all those things come -- my mind is where -- all these forces.
On the eleventh anniversary of nine elevenths do you blame the president do you blame the secretary of state.
I don't know where the blame lies I know I know there's a problem as we've seen evidence we don't we don't lose ambassadors like this it's not.
A normal thing that happened that hasn't happened in thirty years.
Like most of our friends the military carollo colonel would understands how hard it would have been to carry out a real -- rescue.
Of our embattled personnel and Ben Ghazi but he wishes we'd at least try.
What he knows for sure is that if the requests he and the ambassador made.
To keep his security detachment in country were granted.
This tragedy would have had a much happier.
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