The news that Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin laid before the public more than a year ago was explosive. It came on Oct. 26, 2012, not long before a presidential election. It brought seismic allegations to the set of facts that voters possessed in regard to the Sept. 12, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya.
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 on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — 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.”
The CIA at the time issued a rare and emphatic denial of that allegation, saying that “no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.”
The Associated Press is now reporting that congressional testimony from CIA personnel and contractors “bolster” the agency’s denial. The situation on the ground that night was chaotic and unclear: A call to the CIA annex near the under-attack diplomatic compound came in at 9:40 p.m., and it took the security personnel about 25 minutes to move in.
Fox had reported that the team was told to "stand down" allowing Ambassador Stevens and his support team die, without the CIA responding to protect him. That was not the case.
This is what Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, chairman of a House subcommittee reported after hearing testimony:
Westmoreland said the CIA security contractors loaded into two vehicles, with weapons ready, the moment they heard the radio call for help from the diplomatic building. Some wanted to rush to the U.S. compound roughly a mile away, and their agitation grew as they heard increasing panic when the diplomats reported the militants were setting the compound on fire.
The CIA team leader and the CIA chief at the Benghazi annex told committee members that they were trying to gather Libyan allies and intelligence before racing into the fray, worried that they might be sending their security team into an ambush with little or no backup.
A critical discrepancy between Fox News’s Oct. 26 report and the AP’s scoop: In addition to presenting the imperative to wait for backup as “stand down” orders, Fox News reported that the security contractors “ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire.” The AP reports no such defiance: “When it became ‘clear that this additional support could not be rapidly obtained,’ the team moved toward the diplomatic compound,” reports the AP’s Kimberly Dozier.
So Fox News changed the circumstances from "wait for backup" to "don't go in there." Then claimed that the security contractors were forced to defy orders in an attempt to protect American lives, when no such thing happened.
And they did it right before a presidential election. Gee, what a coincidence.
Anybody, and I mean ANYBODY, who gets their news from Fox is a moron. They are a propaganda arm of, not only the Republican party, but of the most fringe Right Wing nutjobs in the country.