CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, Fox News, October 26, 2012, CIA operators told twice to “stand down” and not help ambassador’s team

CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, Fox News, October 26, 2012, CIA operators told twice to “stand down” and not help ambassador’s team

“But Crowley and Obama had it wrong. the Post’s Glenn Kessler explained:

What did Obama say in the Rose Garden a day after the attack in Libya? ”No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this nation,” he said.
But he did not say “terrorism”—and it took the administration days to concede that that it an “act of terrorism” that appears unrelated to initial reports of anger at a video that defamed the prophet Muhammad.”…Washington Post Oct. 17, 2012

“The question that I had in my mind, was why did we not do something to protect our forces?”…Charles Woods, father of slain Navy Seal

From Fox News October 26, 2012.

“EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say”

“Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.”

Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the Consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The quick reaction force from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the Consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

Watch “Special Report Investigates: Death and Deceit in Benghazi” on Fox News at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday and 10 p.m. on Sunday. 

A Special Operations team, or CIF which stands for Commanders in Extremis Force, operating in Central Europe had been moved to Sigonella, Italy, but they too were told to stand down. A second force that specializes in counterterrorism rescues was on hand at Sigonella, according to senior military and intelligence sources. According to those sources, they could have flown to Benghazi in less than two hours. They were the same distance to Benghazi as those that were sent from Tripoli. Specter gunships are commonly used by the Special Operations community to provide close air support.

According to sources on the ground during the attack, the special operator on the roof of the CIA annex had visual contact and a laser pointing at the Libyan mortar team that was targeting the CIA annex. The operators were calling in coordinates of where the Libyan forces were firing from.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday that there was not a clear enough picture of what was occurring on the ground in Benghazi to send help.

“There’s a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here,” Panetta said Thursday. “But the basic principle here … is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on.”

U.S. officials argue that there was a period of several hours when the fighting stopped before the mortars were fired at the annex, leading officials to believe the attack was over.

Fox News has learned that there were two military surveillance drones redirected to Benghazi shortly after the attack on the Consulate began. They were already in the vicinity. The second surveillance craft was sent to relieve the first drone, perhaps due to fuel issues. Both were capable of sending real time visuals back to U.S. officials in Washington, D.C. Any U.S. official or agency with the proper clearance, including the White House Situation Room, State Department, CIA, Pentagon and others, could call up that video in real time on their computers.

Tyrone Woods was later joined at the scene by fellow former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was sent in from Tripoli as part of a Global Response Staff or GRS that provides security to CIA case officers and provides countersurveillance and surveillance protection. They were killed by a mortar shell at 4 a.m. Libyan time, nearly seven hours after the attack on the Consulate began — a window that represented more than enough time for the U.S. military to send back-up from nearby bases in Europe, according to sources familiar with Special Operations. Four mortars were fired at the annex. The first one struck outside the annex. Three more hit the annex.

A motorcade of dozens of Libyan vehicles, some mounted with 50 caliber machine guns, belonging to the February 17th Brigades, a Libyan militia which is friendly to the U.S., finally showed up at the CIA annex at approximately 3 a.m. An American Quick Reaction Force sent from Tripoli had arrived at the Benghazi airport at 2 a.m. (four hours after the initial attack on the Consulate) and was delayed for 45 minutes at the airport because they could not at first get transportation, allegedly due to confusion among Libyan militias who were supposed to escort them to the annex, according to Benghazi sources.

The American special operators, Woods, Doherty and at least two others were part of the Global Response Staff, a CIA element, based at the CIA annex and were protecting CIA operators who were part of a mission to track and repurchase arms in Benghazi that had proliferated in the wake of Muammar Qaddafi’s fall. Part of their mission was to find the more than 20,000 missing MANPADS, or shoulder-held missiles capable of bringing down a commercial aircraft. According to a source on the ground at the time of the attack, the team inside the CIA annex had captured three Libyan attackers and was forced to hand them over to the Libyans. U.S. officials do not know what happened to those three attackers and whether they were released by the Libyan forces.

Fox News has also learned that Stevens was in Benghazi that day to be present at the opening of an English-language school being started by the Libyan farmer who helped save an American pilot who had been shot down by pro-Qaddafi forces during the initial war to overthrow the regime. That farmer saved the life of the American pilot and the Ambassador wanted to be present to launch the Libyan rescuer’s new school.”

37 responses to “CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, Fox News, October 26, 2012, CIA operators told twice to “stand down” and not help ambassador’s team

  1. Father of Slain SEAL: Who Made the Decision Not to Save My Son

    Woods says he was told by military officials that the military could have “come above [the area] and completely carpeted area,” and therefore saved the officials in Benghazi, Libya. But that someone gave the command for the American military not to save the lives of the Americans under attack.

    “When I heard, you know, that there’s a very good chance that the White House as well as other members of the military knew what was going on and obviously someone had to say, don’t go rescue them. Because every person in the military–their first response [would be], we’re going to go rescue them. We need to find out who it was that gave that command–do not rescue them.”

  2. OT….Rush seems to think that they’re overrating this hurricane Sandy and hyping it to give Zero an opportunity to look like a hero (esp. this close to election….all he has). Just heard they downgraded it to a 1 but still hype the possibility for it to join other weather fronts to create something apparently no one (conveniently) can predict.

  3. Thanks for this story CW……

    I bring this forward from your last article:#

    Here’s what we know for sure about Bengazzi:

    1. We know repeated and early requests for increased security were ignored and denied for the consulate in Libya.

    2. We know the security personnel who were ordered out of the country have agonized over not being there to defend the men who were slaughtered.

    3. We know the UPRISING WAS NOT OVER A YOUTUBE VIDEO, but rather a PLANNED ATTACK for which al Qaeda immediately took credit on Facebook.

    4. We know two drones were overhead [and ten cameras filming in the compound] and the White House and Department of Defense were WATCHING THE FIREFIGHT IN REAL TIME.

    5. We know combat forces were within about 60-90 minutes of reaching the consulate and the annex which was the CIA campus.

    6. We know the FIREFIGHT LASTED SEVEN LONG HOURS, not a “few hours.”


    “(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told Pentagon reporters. “And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area,- Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”

    It’s a damn good thing Mr. CHURCHILL wasn’t surrounded with woosy-assed generals like Ham and Dempsey, otherwise they would be speaking German in London today.

    Never in my life, have I heard such a lame smelly excuse being given in public for an Army to not engage their known enemy. I assume the Secretary of Defense, General Ham and General Dempsey still consideri al Queda and the radical Islamic extremist our enemy. Of course, that’s just an assumption on my part.

    Panetta’s statement was about the closest I have ever heard for a public official, and uniformed officers of our army, confess to cowardice conduct while facing an enemy

    Shame on you Mr. Panetta, Shame on you General Ham, Shame on you General Dempsey, Shame on you Secretary Clinton, Shame on you pResident Obama., and Shame on you, the American public for putting these totally unqualified people in positions of power and letting them callously sit in their comfortable armchairs, thousands of miles from the action, and watch their people needlessly die.

    This is what we now know about Benghazzi, and this is what we now know about our top leadership…..connecting the dots tells us one thing…..

    We desperately need change in leadership…..otherwise more good people will die in the near future.


    I think part of the problem is our government has been involved in a gun running operation in the Middle East that has been the main source of weapons for the extremist Islamic radicals. Now, we are paying the price for this foolishness.

    This is just again………the opinion of an old old soldier.

  4. Thanks RMinNC

  5. Your welcome CW…

  6. I can’t help wonder what Panetta thinks the MILITARY is FOR, if not to be sent into harms way. Hey MORON PANETTA that is why our military are rigorously trained………to FIGHT ENEMIES OF OUR COUNTRY. But since it is becoming clear that you SUPPORT OUR ENEMIES, by allowing them to wantonly murder ANARMED people, on soveriegn US SOIL. Mr Pan head you are a PISS POOR EXCUSE for both a MAN and a member of an organisation that is supposed to be protecting our interests,by gathering intelligence. I doubt like hell if you could even catch a SLEEPING DOG. In addition Mr. Panetta,YOU ARE A COWARD OF THE 1ST MAGNITUDE, AND YOU support AND OTHERWISE ADVISE ANOTHER COWARD OF THE SAME MAGNITUDE.

  7. Ditto…oldsailor….good afternoon old friend


    CIA operatives DENIED their request 3 TIMES for help…

    I recall another time someone denied a call 3 times a for help………..remember Peter?

  9. Woods on now on FOX…Megyn Kelly

  10. The father of Ty Woods now talking on FOX….

    Boy, his testimony is powerful ! He indicts the whole rotten bunch of cowards in the WH and the Pentagon.

  11. RMINNC…………………
    We have felt the outcome of a DO NOTHING attitude on the part of the WH to have any security forces at BENGHAZI,then when the people being attacked pleaded for some help, the BASTARDS at the WH and at the CIA REFUSED them any help. That makes BOTH of the BASTARDS CRIMINALS of the FIRST MAGNITUDE,both of whom now deserve to be prosecuted for both treason and 1st degree murder. Yet our snotnosed overeducated child WORDSMITHS,along with all of Soetoro’s female political slaves think all of this is a LIE. We have an extremely mentally unbalanced,and otherwise IGNORANT person who has been put into the WH,and is still being supported by a similarly mentally unbalanced constituency. Yet NOBODY will get off their ASSES and do anything about it………even when people are murdered.

  12. ………and the reason why nobody will get off their asses is because THEY TOO ARE CRINGING LITTLE COWARDS.

  13. CORRECT Oldsalior…

    but don’t forget that butt-sucker Panetta and his Department of Defense in your words of criticism..
    .A Strike Force of armed soldiers was less than 90 minutes away and ready to go…but

    Panetta was told by the WH to STAND DOWN..and forget you heard three calls for help.


  15. RMINNC……………
    I did in fact include both Panetta and Soetoro,in the criticism.

  16. Did anyone hear the Soetoro gaffe….”Here in China” come from this bideneric lunatics mouth? With out a doubt PUMPED UP ON “uppers.” He must have had his tongue wrapped around his eyetooth and couldn’t see what he was saying.

  17. Let’s cut to the chase about Bengazzi:

    Let’s face reality on who is responsible for attack at Bengazzi and who should be held accountable for the deaths of those four Americans who ask for help 3 times and were denied that help.

    Any time a United States embassy is attack anywhere in the world, an URGENT message is sent DIRECTLY to the SITUATION ROOM (War Room) at the WHITE HOUSE.

    That MESSAGE is REQUIRED to be given in person to the PRESIDENT for his EVALUATION and ACTION.(where ever the hell he may be)

    The Americans at the compound in Bengazzi requested help 3 TIMES and the message that returned was… REQUEST DENIED.There was only one person who had the authority to deny such a request for help.

    It had to be the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA who denied those request. That’s the bottom line. Let’s stop kidding ourselves.

    The buck stops with OBAMA…..OBAMA is the person guilty of NOT SENDING HELP to those Americans who requested help….. period….end of conversation.

    Now we know who has the real blood on his hands.

    Case closed.

  18. And they were not prepared for the anniversary of 9/11 after being warned.

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  21. CW; not only were they warned, they were attacked months earlier as were other embassies who had fled abandoning their posts…and not only were request for more security denied they received less security…Then you have Hillary telling the parents of the deceased that they were going to prosecute the ‘video maker’ and Biden telling them that their son had ‘balls like cue balls’ …NO ONE in this administration is fit to serve.

  22. This is OFF TOPIC but IMPORTANT………….I have read that in Hawaii today the ratio of Japanese to the original polynesians,now stands at approximately three Japanese for every polynesian. A few of the Japanese that we have heard from are Fukino,Okubo,Onaka, and Nishimura. Remember these choice little examples of Soetoro’s slaves. I wonder if all of them have CERTIFICATION of LIVE BIRTH documents,which they think is a LONG FORM BC. They all commited criminal acts to hide the truth about Soetoro,and maybe they aren’t even US CITIZENS themselves. Nishimura is a Federal Judge in Hawaii.

  23. CW………….
    I would take this a step further because the evidence is clear. Not being prepared is one thing but to INTENTIONALLY DENY someone help when they have such resources available is CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER. It was clearly DONE WITH INTENT. Soetoro,and Panetta have shown themselves to be exactly what most of us had long suspected them of being…….COWARDLY BASTARDS.

  24. It almost sounds as if the “command” chain didn’t even want these men to defend themselves and just be slaughtered. Looks like perhaps, even for Americans in danger of death, Obama (Jarrett) didn’t want to take a chance to possibly look like a Carter in any failed rescue attempt.

  25. …….and why would a person who is allegedly the POTUS do such a HEINOUS act………it appears that he is ONE of our enemies,and the subordinates all support him, even to the extent to include the DOJ.

  26. …….FOOL ME ONCE,shame on you, foolme twice SHAME ON ME. Honest Abe did in fact have it right…….even in 1865. “You can fool some of the people………………..

  27. BYE BYE ALL,time to go home! God bless!

  28. Observer…………
    This would NOT have been a RESCUE,it would have been the DEFENSE OF OUR SOVEREIGN TERRITORY. These people were murdered ON US soil. The attack was the same as an attack upon the US ITSELF, and the FAILURE of the POTUS to act is an act of TREASON.

  29. BYE BYE AGAIN. Just had to reply to Observer.

  30. …..NOT angered against you Observer,you are one of the people who make this blog great! You stand up,and speak your mind. Many of our neighbors are AFRAID TO DO THAT. In so doing they actually support the enemies of our country.


  31. I can see but two reasons for what happened at Benghazi…
    reason 1…this administration has become so politicized that they are incapable of movement in ANY direction or…
    reason 2…assuming the chain of command was indeed through Langley, there was a concerted effort in play to eliminate ALL the witnesses…
    This is what happens when an administration is so completely politicized, i.e. (controlled by outside political, criminal, and financial forces), that the decision-making process is being micro-managed to avoid outside sanctions by those forces.
    It is also what happens when an executive operates solely through an intelligence network….plausible deniability….at all levels.

  32. thanks old sailor for explanation…..I was attempting to put forth the political visual that the regime more than likely had in their self centered perception. Treason is nothing new for this group. Their whole “arab spring” was for the purpose of opening the area to the militant Islamic extremists (our enemies).

  33. …on the other hand…if the chain of command were NOT through Langley, as this was an American consulate mission, the chain of command was through the State Department….
    again…it appears, that regardless of the chain of command, they were eliminating ALL the witnesses…

  34. barbarawhitcomb

    Mr. Woods,

    My heart breaks for you and your family. Ty was an exceptional hero. The bas—-s in Washington cannot be allowed to get aay with refusing to help. what horrible feelings Ty must have had kowing that no one would help.

  35. Coldwarvet………….
    If you want a contract murder done it is only necessary to call in a CLINTON. “DO MURDER…WILL TRAVEL” Probably special bargain rates prevail when there is more than one person to be silenced. Ron Brown was silenced,along with 12 other INNOCENT people. Vince Foster shot himself dead then got up and threw the weapon 20 feet into the bushes. Oh….now I remember UP IS DOWN….that explains it all. Nothing quite like a little TINKERITIS with an airplane. Largely unproveable,after the fact!

  36. If you want a contract hit done and you are a politician,you only need to pick up the phone and telephone a Clinton. Their business card reads “DO MURDER…WILL TRAVEL”. Nobody escapes. Ron Brown was silenced, along with 12 INNOCENT people. Vince Foster shot himself DEAD then got up and threw the weapon into the bushes. Jim Mc Dougal died after a massive heart attack.Yet he never had any heart related illnesses. There was never an autopsy done either. He died after being administered an injection, at midnight in his cell. Probably a massive drug overdose, forcefully administered. Whenever a questionable death occurs just look around ………a Clinton will often be standing nearby.

  37. Trump lost respect of the left, he is now losing respect of the right with his posting of $5 million for charity and $5 million for families of the four murdered at Benghazi, if Soetoro’s records are released. This is disappointing. For failing to defend the Constitution, America deserves the Usurper and his destruction.

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