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    The DC-3 request is a red herring.

    First it needs to be understood that Ambassador Stevens was stationed in a small villa complex, not in a "consulate" as we would normally think of one, not even a walled compound. No bullet proof windows, no Marine guards.

    A description of the attack from a Libyan security guard:

    ... the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi which killed U.S. personnel, occurred before there was any demonstration over the anti-Islam film.

    The guard, who is recovering from wounds received by the attackers, and whose name has not been released, said that the assault began with a single warning shot, followed by hand grenades and heavy shooting from automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. "They were shouting 'Kill the bastards,'" he said, not religious slogans.

    He said there were no demonstrators at the time of the attack, and that the attack came in from three sides. He said the attackers' accents were Benghazi, they wore masks, and many had their trouser legs rolled up—a mark of the Salafist sect.


    In his journal which was found at the scene three days after the incident the ambassador had expressed his concern for security in Libya and especially in Benghazi.
    A source familiar with Stevens' thinking told CNN earlier this week that, in the months leading up to his death, the late ambassador worried about what he called the security threats in Benghazi and a rise in Islamic extremism.


    We should soon know the details of reported requests for improved security at the villa which had been serving as a consulate/embassy.

    Securing the site after the incident has also been extremely lax.

    It is not only the consulate the FBI has neglected.  Libyans guarding the compound the night of the attack note they have not been contacted by Americans since the incident.  “I thought they would want to speak to us,” says Muhammad, who saw some of the attackers.  “But no one has called us.”

    Time World 5 Oct 2012

    also this from a gardener named Idris at the villa:
    Large white boards listing names and numbers of U.S. military and diplomatic installations abroad have vanished.  Documents with detailed accounts of previous attacks against the consulate have disappeared as well.  “It’s not our job to stop people from taking things,” Idris says.  “We are just gardeners.”

    Though Idris and his companion are tending to the grounds, the Americans have not secured the compound.  Idris saysAmerican officials only visited the consulate once around Sept. 24.  “They came with some translators and took some pictures.  They left after 10 minutes.”

    The question that must be answered is "Why?"

    Orwell - "Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable"

    by truong son traveler on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 07:22:21 PM PDT

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