Guards hired by Hillary Clinton’s State Department to protect the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi had ties to terrorist groups and joined in the attack that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in September 2012, an explosive new report charges.
Multiple sources told Fox News that “an obscure private firm hired by the State Department over internal objections” had hired locals in haste and without adequate vetting, with the result that multiple members of the supposed “security team” turned on the Americans and participated in the killings for which current Democrat presidential nominee Clinton has repeatedly denied responsibility.
Ambassador Stevens — may he rest in peace — had pleaded repeatedly for more security, and what he got was a ragtag team of 20 locals hastily assembled by the Wales-based Blue Mountain Group, which secured a $9.2 million annual contract with the U.S. and then met its staffing needs by running ads in the Libyan newspapers.
According to one anonymous source, a security specialist who has trained personnel at U.S. diplomatic sites around the world and who trained Blue Mountain’s militia predecessors, the guards hired by Blue Mountain were members of the Ansar al-Sharia and Al Qaeda groups that carried out the attack. One “guard” was in fact the brother of the local Al Qaeda leader.
“Whoever approved contracts at the State Department hired Blue Mountain Group and then allowed Blue Mountain Group to hire local Libyans who were not vetted,” said the security specialist, whose own assignment in Benghazi had ended nearly a year earlier.
CIA contractor John Tiegen, author of “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” confirmed that “many of the Libyans who attacked the consulate” were “the actual guards that the State Department under Hillary Clinton” had hired to protect the consulate, unvetted locals with no background in security work.
A former guard who witnessed the attack, Weead Mohamed, reported that at least four guards had joined in the attack after opening the doors to let the attackers in.
Fox reported that Blue Mountain had declined to comment and that the State Department, while admitting that the guards performed poorly, had not admitted the guards’ participation in the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens, Foreign Service Information Officer Sean Smith and CIA contractors and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
According to State Department internal documents obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch, Blue Mountain was a newcomer to the security field and was virtually unknown at the time the State Department engaged its services. There was “a tremendous rush to get the original contract awarded,” according to an email written by a State Department contracting officer.
Unfortunately there was no such hurry in responding to hundreds of requests by the ambassador that security be increased. The anonymous security specialist told Fox the compound had requested a .50-caliber mounted machine gun but that the request had been denied because the weapon might “upset the locals.”
“Instead, the State Department hired a company that doesn’t have employees, which then hired terrorists,” he said.
Security had previously been handled by a Libyan militia carefully vetted by the U.S., Fox reported. Most of its members were fired when Blue Mountain was hired, leading some to turn against the U.S.
Fox reported that it had obtained from a former guard the names of several ex-militiamen who participated in the attack. Reportedly, their identities had been divulged to federal authorities but none of them had been prosecuted.
So if you never believed Hillary Clinton’s contention that the whole ugly incident was caused by a an anti-Muslim video, here’s more confirmation. Apparently, the Benghazi debacle was the result of Clinton’s State Department paying an unknown firm a boatload of money to hire the very terrorists it was supposed to keep out.