Yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of the Benghazi embassy attack that resulted in the needless deaths of four American citizens.
A groundbreaking report by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson exposes the tale of a private security company who was hired to provide protection for the American embassy in Libya before the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack. The security company alleges that a top State Department official ordered them to stay silent after the attack.
Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions is a private security company that provides protection for American embassies across the world. They have been hired to provide security in some of the most dangerous regions of the world including South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
On September 11th, 2012, the American Embassy in Benghazi and a nearby CIA compound were surrounded in a 13-hour-long assault that resulted in the deaths of American Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and two former Navy SEALs, Glenn Doherty and Ty Woods.
Owners of Torres Solutions, Brad Owens and Jerry Torres, say they were hired by the State Department 12 days before the September 11th attack and were tasked with cleaning up the security mess left by Wales-based security company Blue Mountain Group.
According to Brad Owens, “Blue Mountain UK 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 US government. They had a few guys on the ground.” However, Owens says, they pitched a bid 4 percent lower than Torres, and the State Department chose the foreign company to provide security.
Unlike Torres Solutions, Blue Mountain UK relied on local guards and they did not provide armed security. A month before the embassy attack, Ambassador Stevens sent a diplomatic cable to the State Department requesting additional security, warning that the compound could not withstand a “coordinated attack.”
Shortly after, the State Department returned to Torres and asked his company to take over security in Libya. Brad Owens explains that this was an “admission of the mistake of choosing the wrong company.” The attack was launched twelve days later. “There was nothing we could’ve done about it. If we’d had one-month warning … who knows what might’ve happened,” Owens says.
The Obama administration scrambled to deal with the attack in the weeks leading up to the 2012 presidential election. Former President Obama lied to the American people, claiming that the attack was launched in response to a crudely made American documentary video criticizing the Muslim prophet Muhammad. It was later revealed that the attack was planned well in advance, and involved mortar attacks against the CIA compound.
A private security company in Libya says they were ordered to stay silent after Benghazi attack. Do we know the truth about what happened?
After the attack, the Obama administration was focused on containing media outrage. Jerry Torres explains that a top State Department officials told him “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 regrets not coming forward with the news earlier. He says he was worried about blowback and was hoping to protect Torres’s 8,000 employees. However, he feels confident coming forward now in the face of a new administration.
“Let’s just say there’s been a change at management at Department of State,” explains Owens. “I feel now that, given that the politics has been taken out of the Benghazi situation, now that there’s no longer a candidate or anything related to it, a change of administrations, that actually, we have an opportunity here to fix the problems that made it happen.”