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For myself in the operations center in Washington DC somewhere.
And you have an attack an overrun of an embassy in Cairo Egypt.
Why wasn't an alert bell sounded at that point time that we give them five additional hours to start moving assets.
To anywhere -- across the North Africa where there were having trouble all over there.
I just find hard to believe that that nothing was able to be moved into place not in my time from the beginning they knew that ambassador Stephens was missing.
That in and of itself was enough of the fact that the entire.
Critical response system should have been stood up on its heels and it was not.
And it was turned off why.
I don't know firsthand.
The likely explanations -- it was a combination of politics.
And it was a combinations of not wanting to expose some intelligence assets are on the ground and -- -- -- -- -- As we try to -- cover.
Why our reaction to the buying -- attacks were so -- nearly every operator and analysts we spoke to do with seven a plan help them.
Believes that this secret nature of what the CIA was doing there in -- Gaza at the time complicated the administration's response.
What was that secret operation.
Craig asked an expert.
Colonel there -- free scandals currently in Washington DC you have the IRS -- the chasing after the reporters' notes and you have been -- what do you think is the most important.
Well as far as we know the IRS hasn't killed anybody yet and James Rosen -- and I just saw him over the office he's still alive bit.
Four Americans are still dead from bad guys.
Those who worked in this building are not doing enough to find out why they died how they died and what they've done about it.
Colonel Oliver North.
The host of war stories -- -- defiant White House and State Department stonewalling on -- Gotti to deflect attention from what sixty CIA operators were doing in Libya in the first place.
Ollie says it's worse than Iran Contra.
What I see happening -- -- cover up.
There was no cover up for -- culture.
Colonel make a comparison.
From -- -- he -- To what you went through -- Well first of -- Greg no Americans died as a consequence of what we did in fact we've saved the lives of Americans are being held as hostages.
What happened with Iran Contra was US weapons were being delivered to friends of ours -- -- -- the Nicaraguan resistance.
And then things were done that we did not want the rest of the world know we were doing.
Understandably because the Soviet empire was still out there and and that the Iranian revolution -- already transpired.
Iran Contra was the biggest scandal of the Reagan administration as secret scheme to sell weapons to Iran hoping the Ayatollah as would help bring some Americans held hostage.
With the proceeds from the weapons sales then being funneled to anti Communist rebels called Contras in Nicaragua.
At the heart have been -- gate many suspect was a similar secret scheme.
But those sixty CIA -- Operators were there to -- anti aircraft and other weapons from Libya's militias to then -- the weapons through Turkey to rebels fighting in Syria.
Then secretary of state Clinton dodged the question.
It's been in news reports that ships -- have been leaving from Libya and that they may have weapons and what I'd like to know is the -- that was close by.
Were they involved with procuring buying selling obtaining weapons.
And we're any of these weapons being transferred to other countries any countries Turkey including well.
So you'll have to a direct direct that question to the agency that Randy panics and I will I will see what information is available and.
You're saying you don't now I do not know.
Colonel is there the possibility.
But the reason that we didn't respond militarily the reason that we had such as low profile.
In -- -- it was because there was something going on that.
Washington DC didn't want the public to know well Craig we.
You know that there's a lot of things that we that the government is numbness and what the public -- know and and that's understandable because you tell the public the bad guys know.
But the problem here is that the bad guys already know the biggest part of what was going on out there were sixty personnel.
Some contractors some -- cut government personnel.
Who worked for another government agency not the State Department.
We know that there was contact being made with radical elements inside Libya some of -- We believed to collect up weapons that we did not want falling into the wrong hands.
There is supposition.
That there was training going out there for special teams -- -- going into Syria.
Also probing the -- -- operation Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen now the target of a widely criticized Justice Department criminal probe.
Perhaps you constantly assure us that.
Nobody -- US personnel on the work that -- on the night of September.
Was carrying out Covert operations.
Outside the scope of what was then existing Covert operations -- You registers and -- we don't discuss intelligence here from this group didn't know was acting unlawfully.
-- -- Covert capacity for the United States.
American personnel act lawfully.
And to facilitate the important business of protecting.
The national security interest of the United States.
I share your desire to put this issue to rest quickly and fully.
Colonel north testified in exhausting detail on the Iran Contra affair and following a conviction on obstruction was eventually cleared of all charges.
Now the tough ex marine is calling for an investigation of equal intensity to find out what really happened -- Ben Ghazi.
Look I'm no big fan of congressional committees but I do know from my experience there's only one way to get to the bottom of it that still -- select committee.
Responsible for what this administration needs to do was come clean about what they didn't do.
Leading up to the attack what they fail to do during the attack and what if they -- sense to make sure it doesn't happen again.
We know none of the answers to those things and we sure that's what the American people -- The secret CIA operation going on and then -- he almost certainly complicated the rescue efforts still.
Ollie north and the other former intelligence operators I've spoken with all believe the Obama administration badly botched.
Which should have been an all out effort to get our people out of harm's way problem.
Great thanks great report to -- -- --
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