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11/5/2012 (2 years ago)

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Despite advanced defense capability no order came to protect Libya staff.

New details about the September 11 attacks on a CIA outpost in Benghazi are coming to light. According the US military, the outpost was armed and enjoyed the protection of surveillance drones and laser-equipped machine guns. However, not a single shot was fired in self-defense.

AC-130 gunship can deliver accurate fire against terrorists with laser guidance from the ground. But they need orders first...

AC-130 gunship can deliver accurate fire against terrorists with laser guidance from the ground. But they need orders first...

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/5/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Libya, ambassador, marines, Benghazi, terrorist, Al Qaeda, lasers


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The lasers on the machine guns have two settings. One is visible, and works well to scare away civilians as people realize they are being targeted. The other is invisible, allowing a soldier to target and fire on enemies without being detected before the shot. 
The compound was also equipped with target designating lasers which can spot targets on the ground for air support overhead. 

Not only was the compound protected with these weapons, which could be used to warn away attackers, and to stop them as a last resort, but the CIA compound had not one, but two predator drones circling overhead, watching the scene below unfold. 

Despite this presence, no help was sent, and no action was taken. The CIA operatives and their security detail inside simply waited for death to come, which eventually arrived when multiple mortar shells landed on the roof of the compound. 

US military officials explained in a press conference that the predator drones were only sent for surveillance and were unarmed. They added that US drones are not permitted to fly armed missions over Libyan cities, a prohibition imposed by the Libyan government. 

Despite the lack of armed drones and air support, the CIA installation was armed. Yet, without permission to return fire, the men inside were simply targets for the al Qaeda terrorists that spent several hours trying to kill them. 

While the al Qaeda attack was largely ineffective, as it took hours for them to succeed in killing Americans there, the US response was worse as no return fire was ever offered, not even as a warning. 

Which raises the question, why didn't someone do something?

The answer of course, is in the White House. President Obama, too timid to offend his fragile alliances with Libya and other Middle-Eastern states, simply refused to give permission to protect the Americans who were doing his work in Libya. 

Politics trumped American lives. 

The absolute disregard for American safety overseas is alarming. The failure hints at a president who is incapable of being decisive and strong during moments of crisis. Let's hope there are no more moments of crisis during his administration.


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