Fox News is reporting that two security contractors at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi claim they were pressured to stay silent about security deficiencies at the site in the weeks before it was attacked in 2012.
They are saying they were pressured to keep quiet about safety in Benghazi by a senior official in the Clinton state department!
“Was a state department contract officer trying to silence you?” Catherine Herridge asked Jerry Torres, CEO of a security rirm for U.S. embassies and consulates around the world.
“Absolutely!” Torres responded.
In a story that aired on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday, five years after the attack, Brad Owens and Jerry Torres of Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions told Fox News that Hillary Clinton’s State Department had ordered them to be quiet about security lapses.
They said those lapses stemmed in part from the State Department awarding a security contract to a U.K. company called The Blue Mountain Group that didn’t have the resources to handle the task — and even hired unarmed guards to “protect” a location under constant threat.
“Blue Mountain U.K. is a teeny, tiny, little security company registered in Wales that had never had a diplomatic security contract, had never done any high-threat contracts anywhere else in the world that we’ve been able to find, much less in high-threat areas for the U.S. government,” Owens said. “They had a few guys on the ground.”
Benghazi: Five Years Later – Contractors silenced – Jerry Torres, CEO of security firm for U.S. embassies and consulates around the world… and Brad Owens, former army intelligence officer. They have firsthand knowledge of 2012 terrorist attack on Benghazi. Report by Catherine Herridge airing on FNC’s Tucker Carlson.
The men noted that the deck was stacked against them in Benghazi by what the State Department considered “technically acceptable.”
“In 1990, Congress passed a law that required contracts of this nature to go to the lowest bidder that’s technically acceptable,” Owens said. “Now, what that has created is a race to the bottom, is what we call it. So basically, every company tries to cut every corner they can for these contracts.”
The Conservative Tribune explains:
After several entirely predictable problems with Blue Mountain U.K. — Fox News confirmed the company hired unarmed guards and noted Ambassador Chris Stevens’ requests for additional security and the deteriorating conditions in Libya at the time — the State Department asked TAES to take over on Aug. 31, 2012.
That was less than two weeks before the terror attack that claimed the lives of Stevens and three other Americans. It also represented, according to Owens, “admission of the mistake of choosing the wrong company.”
Yet, their testimony about the security issues in Benghazi was “absolutely” silenced by the State Department’s contracting officer, Jan Visintainer, Torres said.
“(Visintainer) said that I and people from Torres should not speak to the media, should not speak to any officials with respect to the Benghazi program,” Torres, a former Green Beret, told Fox News’ intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge.
With this new revelation comes new questions, or are they old?
What did Hillary and Obama know, and when did they know it? There are so many unanswered questions, as they both refused to answer so many. But really folks according to Hillary Clinton, “What difference does it make?”
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