Complete History on the Benghazi US Embassy Attack
by ANC Staff
It has been 19 months since the attacks on September 11, 2012 so we wanted to provide you with a complete history on the Benghazi US Embassy attacks in an abbreviated form. There are tens of thousands of articles and blogs on this event so we will summarize the events of this on-going story.
The Congressional investigation is still on-going as to what really happened to determine if there is a cover-up by the White House. So far it has been 19 months after the attack and we still do not have all the answers especially to the Talking Points Memo. On an almost weekly basis, Congress hears testimonies from people involved but they still have not concluded the exact events even though there are many people with heavy involvement with the attacks and reporting of the event.
The purpose of the Congressional hearings are: 1) do determine exactly what happened during the attack, 2) determine if the US could have responded quicker and possibly saved more lives, and 3) is there a White House Scandal as to the reporting of events.
On September 11, 2012 the US Embassy, including the CIA Annex, was attacked by heavily armed and large group of men around 10pm Benghazi time. It is estimated that over 150 attackers hit the compound. The weapons used included the standard AK-47 rifle, machine guns, RPGs, grenades, and mortars. The RPGs, grenades, and mortars are not “spontaneous protest” weapons (see more on terrorist weapons). They are used for planned, coordinated attacks.
The attack begin at 10pm Benghazi time (4pm EST). (See the complete timeline of events here.) The compound consisted of several main buildings in a nice, picturesque setting surrounded by a large concrete wall for protection and security. The attack began by blowing out the main gate and a portion of the concrete wall. “Spontaneous protesters” would not have the this type of explosives.
There was an intense fight between the compound personnel and the attackers. The fight lasted for over 6 hours. We lost four Americans in the fight including the terrorist intended target, Christopher Stevens, the US Ambassador. It was estimated by the local officials that the attackers lost over 100 people.
Immediately after the attacks, the White House and State Department when on record saying this was a “spontaneous protest” started by a riot by protesters in response to an anti-Muslim video circulating on the internet.
We know now that both the White House and the State Department knew this was a terrorist immediately from the onset. First, as the 6 to 7 attack was still occurring a Muslin group, Ansar al-Sharia, claimed responsibility on the attack and the State Department notified the FBI, the White House, and the Pentagon. Next, the locals knew who this group were and also notified the local forces include those at the Embassy compound engaged in the fight. (Local Libyans were fighting along side our American forces.)
Our military quickly assessed this was a coordinated and organized attack to the sheer numbers of attackers, the types of weapons, and how the surgically attack the compound. A “spontaneous” attack would not have been organized and would not have had all the heavy weapons that were used (RPGs, heavy machine guns, explosives, mortars, and grenades).
Finally, at 8:30pm Stevens and a Turkish diplomat step outside as the diplomat is leaving to say goodbye. All is quite. No protesters and almost no activity. Later a State Department official would say “There has been nothing unusual during the day at all outside.” An hour later, the explosions begin. Cameras at the compound show the large mass of attackers approaching rapidly toward the compound.
On September 16, Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf said that the attack on the U.S. consulate was planned months in advance, and further stated that “the idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous. We firmly believe that this was a precalculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. consulate.”
Many hours later that same day, Susan Rice, State Department spokesperson, spoke on several TV shows stating this was a spontaneous riot over a film. President Magariaft was furious as it made him look like a fool in front of the whole world.
Related: Benghazi attack post-after math timeline which details more of the controversy on the CIA’s Talking Points Memo.
The controversy is over the cover-up from the White House and State Department who we now know, from various testimonies and declassified documents, that the White House, including Obama, as well as the State Department were aware this was not a “spontaneous protest” but a terrorist attack. The reason for the cover-up, most believe, is to protect the President’s re-election bid which is only two months away. Also to protect Hillary Clinton in the event she runs for President in 2016.
In 2011 a multi-national coalition of NATO military forces sought to intervene in the civil unrest that Libya. Rebel forces had begun fighting the long-time dictator, Gaddafi. But Gaddafi had airplanes, tanks and heavy artillery. Gaddafi was defeated and a new government put in place. However the country was not stable as various militia had formed to fight Gaddafi and now were wanting as much power under the “new” Libya.
Ambassador Chris Stevens was aware of the instability including intelligence reports that showed the US Embassy was a likely target for anti-US militias. Stevens repeatedly asked the State Department more security but was denied on every request. Various US intelligence agency were keenly aware of the hostile situation in Benghazi and had briefed the White House and State Department.