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prevented or repelled after it began. what did the white house know and when? fox news has been on this story from the very beginning. this hour details you haven't heard. as we enter the final stretch of the race for the white house, which side is closer to the truth? those who argue this terrible tragedy was largely unforeseeable and unpreventable and the president should not be blamed or those who say we are seeing president obama's foreign policy unravelling right on our tv screens. >> it was supposed to be one of the triumphs of president obama's foreign policy. a libya without moammar qaddafi. qaddafi had been one of the world's worst sponsors of terrorism. families of the 189 americans murdered on pan-am flight 103 in 1988 knew that well. >> that's true, though, that after the 2003 invasion of iraq
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he even ended his nuclear program. >> i for one stood by it and was deeply suspicious that moammar qaddafi may be playing us. >> frank gaffney is president of the center for security policy. >> moammar qaddafi as transformation from rouge eccentric in the bizarre terrorist sponsor into one of america's most reliable allies is i think going to be seen by historians as one of the more bizarre twists of american diplomatic history. >> whatever the case by last year kwad aqaddafi game yet ano oppressive leader caught by surprise in the spring of 2010. by the end of march 2011 world leaders are calling for him to go. >> moammar qaddafi must leaf. >> president obama adds more
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than his voice. he orders the pentagon to provide air support. one anonymous obama staffer describes the strategy as leaveing from behind a characterization the obama administration officially rejected. >> what the libya operation represented was burden ship. >> he was secretary of state for public affairs at the time. >> the united states participated significantly but granted greater responsibility to france, great britain, italy, countries that had a much greater stake in the outcome. >> april 5th, 2011, qaddafi still holds tripoli but the rebels control benghazi. they send diplomat christopher stevens there. the 12 man team sets up shop in the hotel. june 1st a car bomb explodes in a parking lot in front of that hotel. stevens and his team decide it's too dangerous to stay there. in august they settle on a compound on the west side of the
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city. >> it was rented from an owner who had a nice villa there and several other out buildings as well. >> lieutenant colonel andrew wood is a 24 year u.s. special forces veteran who worked on security for u.s. personnel in libya for 6 months before the september 11th, 2012, benghazi attack. >> not a lot of sefkt like in any resident they are not a fortress. >> inside the walls are four buildings one is a large residence with a number of bedrooms in it. another resident has a can tina where the staff meets just across the way is what they call their tact kel operations center filled with offices for security staff, phones and security monitors. finally the bare rocks, a small house by the main house of the compound. it will house a libyan security force. >> any viewers who traveled around europe and asia probably think one of those heavily guarded fortresses where you go to get your visa.
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that's not what we are talking about here. >> correct. i think the correct term for it is embassy property it wasn't fortified. >> libya october 20th, 2011, colonel qaddafi is captured and killed by rebels in his home town. with qaddafi gone even stevens officially named ambassador. he will come to benghazi often. the state department upgrades the physical security at that property. charlene lamb of the state department. >> we extended the height of the owed outer wall with mason ry concrete barbed wire. >> inside the large residents fortified safe haven is built. you enter through a heavy metal grill with several locks on it. >> tell me about the safe haven. >> bars on the windows. building a jail cell you are going to get inside. it's a delay until you can get
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some relief to get out of there. >> after the bombing in beirut decades ago we created a minimum standard for facilities across the world. >> utah republican congressman serves on the subcommittee of crime terrorism and homeland security. >> this facility didn't meet the minimum standards and didn't meet the number of standards for personnel. >> security on the compound consists of five diplomatic security special agents and four members of the liberty government security force called the 17th february brigade. there is another called the annex now known to be the cia facility to be a mile away. based in tripoli but moving around the country is a department of defense site security team. february 12th, 2012, lieutenant colonel wood arrives as the new commander of the sst. >> it had 16 members. >> yes. >> what exactly did they do?
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>> special operations soldiers that it capabilities they could bring to the embassy. >> could a team that small really make a difference? >> the caliber of the individuals on that team were the best in the united states inventory. >> it can make a difference in any. >> the sxt is slated to end the tour in libya by summer's end the security situation is taking an ominous turn. >> in the spring of 2012 there's an up tick in terror attacks in libya, is that right? >> i think the nature of things started to change. when i first got on the ground went back and forth as things progressed the commotion settled down a little bit the targeted attacks seemed to pick up and targeting more towards personers. >> targeting more towards westerners they got over a civil war but for the americans stationed there the danger was
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oh oo return to go the investigation. we told you how libya after the death of moammar kwad any was an unstable and dangerous place. the center lines was mostly libyan on libyan. in the spring of 2012 that would change. americans and their allies in libya found themselves increasingly in the cross hairs. >> april 6th, 2012. >> an id is placed on the compound's north gate. no one is injured in either incident. that's not the case five days
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later: grit britain sir dominique is ambushd in benghazi. he is in first but two of his security aids aren't. andrew woods was the site team commander in libya. >> i actually conducted an investigation a couple days afterwards walked the ground took photographs they knew what they were doing and it was an assassination attempt with skilled operators. as i could see it. >> all told there have been more than 230 security incidents in libya in the past year. ambassador stevens grows more and more worried and says so in a series of tables set to washington like this one on june 25th. en entitled libya's trag gill security deteriorates as tribal rivalries power plays and
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extremism intensifies. they are targeting international organizations and foreign interests. that's why wood and eric nordstrom regional security officer implored the state department to keep woods ssp force in the country beyond it's scheduled august departure. >> we weren't requesting additional security. we were requesting to keep the security that we had. that was being taken away. >> you want to keep your team on the ground? the team that was in place already? >> my team was only a small part. >> mobile security detachment team. >> a lot of those were ex green paw rays ex navy seals. there was three k teams on the ground there. >> august 5th, 2012, state decides not to keep the sst in libya the msd team is being
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reduced as well. >> why do you think they request this? >> i don't know. i really don't know. >> former u.s. ambassador to the united nations john bowman. >> i think what was motivating the state department if we had security that would have been truly appropriate it would have been an admission that conditions on the ground in libya were not safe. that would have violated the world view that this had been an administration success. >> august 8th just three-days after the state department pulls the heavy security teams from benghazi ambassador stevens sends another cable. what we have seen are not random crimes. chr discriminate defense. wood and military site security team would leave the country. >> how did you feel about the security situation when you left? >> i didn't like it.
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i said as much. my terns were specifically for benghazi. >> stevens was a great diplomat and being a great diplomat in a dynamic place like libya means taking care of lots of different things. >> council to the libyan government david fury is a former state department official who knew stevens. >> he was concerned about some of the development in libya i think he was being a very wise careful diplomat and taking note of all of the things that were happening. >> the u.s. embassy in cairo egypt. they scale the walls and burned the american flag angry over it produced in cairo. all is quiet at the compound in benghazi. still sometime before 6:00 p.m.
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ambassador stevens sends another cable to the state department reporting quote growing problems with security in benghazi. quote growing frustration on part of the local residents with libyan police and security forces. these forces the ambassador writes are too week to keep the country secure. a few hours later he would be murdered. >> we weren't there. we just weren't there. >> if you were could you have protected ambassador stevens? >> more guns you have in a firefight the better chaste you have of winning. >> what exactly happened on the night of september 11th, 2012, in benghazi. gregg palkot had been on the scene. up next hairism and disaster with new details you haven't heard before. >> years ago, my doctor told me to take a centrum silver multivitamin every day.
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>> bret: many of you may have >> he started with all of the available information from u.s. government briefings diplomatic parps, e net and other docume s documents. all together he reconstructed what happened that night. now he has new revelations with new information that fills in this troubling story even more. >> september 11th 20127:30 p.m. the u.s. ambassador to libya chris steve convenients takstev last meeting with the turkish council general. it ends after an hour. he escorts him to the main gate. he makes small talk in arabic
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with the guard. he retires to his bedroom for the night. still no kind of any kind of spontaneous dem stwrags over the web video. the obama administration later suggests it escalated into a deadly riot. stephens with information manager shawn smith and four diplomatic security special agents. another agent at the tackle operations center. 9:40 p.m. some guards could hear up the street explosives going on and people yelling and chanting. the mob of attackers break through the main dagate a week point in the defense of the mission. they move on here to the under staffed libya barracks they storm the place torch it and light up around it and they move on. they used radical flags some wearing afghan guards and have foreign accents. an agent cease and monitor
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scores of men into the compound at the annex a mile away which fox news confirmed was a cia installation tyrone woods a former navy seal can hear shots being fired. fox news again i ever griffin they asked from cia superiors. they say it is the first of two such requests they would make. the cia said no one at any level in the cia told anybody not to help those in need. they are inaccurate. security agents consulate are sounding the alarm, too. >> security agents working in the operations center immediately activated the eminent danger notification system. >> state department official sharyl lean lamb was working that night in washington so she could follow the events in real
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time. >> he also alerted the quick ee action security teams stationed nearby. the libyan grig gayed the embassy. they would do. live pictures back to washington. back here in a main resident. he came from his bedroom and brings him along with shawn smith to this room in the safe haven. a dark windowless closet and then outside a locked gate. he radios others as to his whereabouts. the scene of the compound is erupting in gun fire and explosion. at this point there are 7 americans at three different locations ambassador stevens and two others in the main residence two special agents at the second resident cafeteria and here in a
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tack cal operation center two more agents. attackers all around. inside the main residence the attackers come in here and they ransack the place and go for the locked gates. they look inside it's dark they can't see anything. then they try the locks. they can't open it up. inside agent ubin has a gun on them ready to shoot if need be. as lieutenant colonel andrew woods says the safe haven is only safe for a short time. >> it's a delay for an aggressor but it has to rely on someone to come in and rescue him as well. >> that someone might have been his elite security team but they have been pulled out of the country. either way stevens smith and ubin was trapped by die bog cal killers who poured diesel fuel around the house light it and leave. >> when we come back the trapped americans try desperately to escape. ♪
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a oo before the break gregg palkot told you how terrorists over ran the compound in benghazi libya. a handful of americans caught by surprise pinned down in three different locations. three of these men including ambassador chris stephens have locked themselves into a so-called safe haven in one of the buildings. the attackers can't break in but they set the place ablaze. the safe haven had become a fiery jail in the middle of a shooting gallery. once again from benghazi here is gregg palkot. >> september 11th sometime after 10:00 p.m. the compound is under heavy attack. this militia member safdz there. >> you can't heal anything from the violence implosion you can't even take your breath away. i can't even move.
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so it is like organized attacks. >> meanwhile it is black with thick smoke and fumes. he moved to a bathroom within the safe area which had a window. they try to open it but it doesn't help. there is just too much smoke. they try to leave the safe haven and take their chances with the armed attackers who have take oefrn the compound. >> jimmy opens and crawls out of but stevens and smith do not crawl out after him. even though he can barely see barely breathe he goes back in. he goes back in and out several times and he is over come with smoke. sources tell fox news there is another request to go and assist the people in the compound. they say they are told to stay put. the cia says it never happened. we can say with confidence the
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agency reacted quickly to them during the terrible evening in benghazi. at the compound three of the diplomatic security agents make their way to the main residents. they fall into the residents on their hands and knees feeling their way through the building to try to find their two colleagues they find smith and pull him out of the building. skwus combr 1 -- just before 11:00 p.m. woods and five others are said to ignore their orders and break to the consulate they bring with them 16 libyans from the february 17th brigade. some surround the compound the others go in. they are unable to find stevens. they can no longer hold the perimeter. >> the attack was so strong so we were calling for backup and backup didn't come. >> the agents carrying smith's body pull inile into an armored
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vehicle and drive away. almost immediately the crowd fires on them throws two grenades under their vehicle. they take direct fire from ak-47 two feet away despite heavy damage they keep rolling. several blocks away they hit more traffic in a benghazi neighborhood. the car careens over the middle divider pushes forward against opposing traffic makes it to the annex and hope for safety. midnight 2 hours after the attack began a quick reaction from the u.s. embassy in tripoli leaves benghazi. glen daughterty will be fending off heavy fire. the battle is on again back at the annex. hitting the place with ak-47 fire and rocket pro felled grenades forcing them further back in the annex compound. according to fox's again i ever griffin another call is made for military backup.
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sources say the request is diffused. special forces are moved to southernity t part. they are concerned about putting them in harm's way without a clear picture of intelligence. there are jet fighters and attack helicopters. there was fear of civilian casualty and collateral damage. lieutenanters entered the building find the body of stevens slumped on the floor. they don't know who he is they drag him out through a window. his eyes are dazed his face smoke stained seemingly lifeless. someone says he is breathing the crowd is relieved cheering allah akbar god is great. around 1:00 a.m. ambassador stevens is brought by car here to the benghazi medical center where doctors try desperately to resuscitate him for 45 minutes. they say he died of severe
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asphyxiation. the fight has been going on for hours. a second is sent as a quick reaction force arrives at the benghazi airport. the libyan officials delay them for 45 minutes negotiating over who will escort them. they arrive at the annex around 3:00 a.m. around 4:00 a.m. this annex compound is hit by fore wave of attacks it is described as precise mortar fiyhrieing on th roofs it is dangerous and deadly. injured in the attack david ubin the man who tried to save stevens and smith. two other americans are killed. former navy seals glen daughterty and woods who weren't rooftop with the annex. they were hit by a mortar. they didn't go down without a fight. national security correspondent jennifer griffin. we know from witnesses and
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sources that spoke to the witnesses that glen daughterty and tyrone woods the machine gun they were on the roof was taped in blood. they continued firing and they continued fighting after they were hit. >> a decision is made to evacuate the whole enterprise. they support the americans through the airport. september 12th 8:30 a.m. the americans evacuate on two flights the second plane leaves with the remaining americans on board. the bodies of ambassador stevens sma shawn smith agent daughterty and woods. >> chris stevens was the first ambassador killed on duty in more than 3 decades. the story moves back to washington. new details on the obama administration's reaction. was it the fog of war an attempted cover up or something else? special report investigates after the break.
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>>. >> bret: returning to our story, it's september 1h >> it's september 11th, 2012. the attack on benghazi is underway. back in washington what does the president know and what does he know it? what does he say and when does he say it? questions that turn this terror attack into a political
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firestorm. here is chief white house correspondent ed henry. september 11th as the attack was playing out e-mails in high ranking officials in the pentagon and even the white house. 5:00 p.m. eastern time the diplomatic mission is under attack. 49 minutes later 4:54 p.m. firing at the u.s. diplomatic mission in benghazi has been stopped and the compound has been cleared. at 5:00 p.m. the president, vice president and defense secretary leon pineda meet in the oval office. >> that's about an hour after the attack began. at that time they would have had a drone and a video feed from a drone being sent back to washington. >> fox news national security correspondent jennifer griffin. >> the problem is don't forget that video from a drone is taken from an incredible distance, you don't have clarity as to who on
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the ground you see figures moving. it is hard to tell friendly from foe. >> 6:47 p.m. a terror group tied to al qaeda claimed responsibility fon facebook and twitter. administration officials later say a posting on social media is not in and of itself evidence. 11:57 p.m. another chilling e-mail subject line benghazi shelter location also under attack. the next morning september 12th president obama addresses the nation from the rose garden. what he says or doesn't say will become a hotly debated issue over the next days and weeks. >> since our founding the united states has been a nation that respects all faiths. we reject efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. there is no justification this type of step spirals. >> with those words he seems to be saying ambassador chris stevens and other americans were
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killed in a spontaneous riot because of the anti islam video not terrorist attacks. he uses the term terror in a more general sense after he recalls the september 11th, 2001, terror attack. >> no acts of terror will shake. >> it is a huge distinction by obama critics like mike stein. >> there are always reasons to riot in the muslim world. >> he believes the president was trying to dodge responsibility by the attacks by chalking it up to sudden irrational out of proportion outrage we often here about in the husband limb world. >> i happen to be in the oval office once and president bush gave a line if it's always something if it's not the crew said it's the cartoons. might riot over the danish cartoons or sudanese
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schoolteacher's teddy bear or the ice cream tub that looks like allah. >> you are aware we have an election going on. >> that afternoon the president leaves for a campaign trip to las vegas. >> the president of the united states did not postpone the campaign event even though we had been hit. >> i said at the time i thought it was the biggest strategic political mistake. >> dana perino was secretaurity press secretary for bush. >> image if he had said it is important as president of the united states i remain back here at the white house. >> i am not sure what he should have done. >> democrat eleanor holmes norton represents the district of columbia. >> sit in mourning the next couple days not go about our daily business. >> secretary of state hillary clinton suggests the attack was
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just a spontaneous demonstration about the anti islam video. >> there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence. >> white house press secretary jay carney explicitly blames the video the next day. >> these protests were in reaction to a video. we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> later in the day the transfer of the remain ceremony clinton talks again about the video. >> we have seen rage and violence directed at american embassies ore an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. >> the father of one of those killed later tells fox news clinton told him personally they were going to arrest and prosecute the producer of the video. the next day california
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authorities called the man who produced that video in for questioning and march him in front of tv cameras. >> u.s. ambassador of the united nations susan rice goes on 5 sunday talk shows repeating the same story each time. >> it was not a preplanned pre-meditated attack. it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo as a consequence of the video. >> they panicked. they panicked. >> former white house chief of staff john sununu is helping with romney's campaign. >> it is a political reaction from the white house that prepared itself to establish a narrative of a president getting ready of the threat of terrorism using the death of bin laden to focus on that. waking up one morning finding out the terrorism on 9-11 of this year was back full-fledged and even killing a u.s.
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ambassador. >> the former obama state department spokesman pj crowley. >> i don't see a political awe beg agenda here. i see the fog report. the fact that we do not know is not about politics it's about the difficult tasks of reconstructing what happened and having full access to the site and to all of the people that played a role in this. >> september 18th. >> did the administration have any sort of heads up that violence was increasing specifically in lib yaup before the attack? >> i am not aware of any. this is a matter that is under investigation in terms of what precipitated the attacks. >> that night on "the late show" with david letterman president obama gives his most elaborate explanation of what he says happened in benghazi. was it a spontaneous rye iot or attack. >> a combination of the two he suggests. >> you have a video released by
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somebody who lives here a shadowy character. this caused great offense in much of the muslim world, but what also happened is extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies including the conflict in libya. >> on september 25th at the united nations the president mentions the video. >> there is no video to justify an attack on an embassy. >> the producer of the video is ordered detained without fail by a federal judge for violating the terms of his probation. he is in custody today. >> it cannot be blamed on a video assaulting islam. >> the presidential ticket is hitting obama hard saying eels ducking responsibility for the attacks.
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>> what we have seen on the screens is unravelling of the obama foreign tol spolicy. >> at the second presidential debate romney and obama face off high heig highlight the charges and counter charges. implication of the terror threat in general seriously enough. >> as soon as we found out the benghazi consulate was being over run i was on my phone with the national security team. >> mr. president, the day after it happened flies to las vegas for a parole c political >> i told the people this was an act of terror and the suggestion that anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we lost four of our own is offensive. >> took the president 14 days before he called the attack in benghazi an act of terror. >> get the transcript. >> six days later.
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>> the first question it concerns libya. >> october 22nd the final presidential debate. >> governor romney you said this is an example of the american policy in the middle east that is unravelling. if they were hoping to see another over benghazi they would not disappoint. >> we see a libyan attack we know now by terrorists. >> what ever the reason both candidates seem ready to move on. >> my first job is to keep the american people safe that's what we have done for the last four years. >> could the terrorist attack in benghazi have been prevented? could it have been stopped? special report investigates after the break. the only trail capable side-by sides, featuring the ultimate value rzr 570. the only 4-passenger sport machines,
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>> on september 12th, 2012 four americans died in benghazi. this week brought a new set of questions. among them should the military have responded more quickly and forcefully? or was that impossible under the circumstances? >> october 24th the state department. >> we are intent on figuring out who did this and bringing the perpetrators to justice but i am not going to get into the details. >> details are strike elling out a suspect jailed in tunisia. another identified but free in benghazi. former national security officials have republican administrations to be sure start asking questions about the response to the attack. >> you don't passively allow americans to remain under attack
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for 8 hours at a time when you have forces within range and do nothing. >> one is bud mcfarland national secretary advisor to ronald reagan. >> the secretary of defense was in the white house at 5:00 within an hour of when the attack started. he could have told him yes we have special operations people and f 18's that could be deployed right away. to have known what he had available to have known that americans were under fire to have done nothing is daryl liks of duty i have never seen from a president. outrageous. >> that is pretty strong stuff. >> it is strong. i wouldn't say that if there was any ambiguity about the conditions on the ground. but there really wasn't. americans are being killed. you must respond. that is your duty. you are the commander-in-chief.
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>> there is a lot of monday morning quarterbacking going on here. >> leon pin panetta responds. >> 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. >> tan net t panetta declined or request for an interview. >> would you answer questions about benghazi, please? >> in facts a special reports investigate interview request for any white house official went unanswered. >> we are not harry potter where all of a sudden we can appear in libya suddenly. >> we turned to joe sestak who is a three star admiral. >> the special forces and navy destroyers were in the neighborhood. >> logistics to have people from the airfield to come in and
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transport move them over here. i have read these accounts and i think people who are there would have done anything to get there but it takes some time. >> the father of former navy seal tyrone woods who was killed in action at the annex in benghazi went on fox news america live to respond to reports that the cia operators requested help during the firefight and were denied. >> those people who made the decision and who knew about it and lied about it are mothers f murderers of my son. >> president obama does an interview with the local report. >> were they denied help during the attack? >> we are finding out exactly what happened. i guarantee you neb the sta-- ey in the state department cia you name it they were making sure
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these folks were safe. >> i find it a lack of leadership. john mccain says the military should have been prepared to respond. why in the world after twooef why yous attacks on the embassy even the alarms being sounded on september 11th why wouldn't we have them on alert status why would they respond? >> you think they are covering something up? >> i think they are grossly inxi dent or covering it. >> hillary clinton ran her 3 ax m. ad. the message is simple late at night it's the president who gets a wall when the white house is there. it is impossible to know what would have happened in libya if we had done things differently.
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