Multiple sources have confirmed to Bret Baier and Fox News that U.S. spy agencies were able to hear terrorists making phone calls to their superior commanding officers during the attack on the consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. The communications were easily intercepted because the attackers were using State Department cell phones seized during the attacks. The new information adds to an already extensive body of evidence which points to the administration knowing that the attack was a coordinated effort by a terrorist organization, and not the result of an obscure YouTube video.
Eric Stahl, a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, told Baier (see video below) that members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff were confused by repeated references to a video as the driving force behind the attacks, because the administration “knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.”
“Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the [CIA] safehouse, they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers’ higher ups.”
A second source confirmed these reports and stated that security teams on the ground were receiving intelligence about the terrorist phone calls in real time.
Major Stahl also claims that his crew’s alert status and location – they were a little over three hours outside of Benghazi – would have allowed them to play a role in any rescue attempt.
Stahl said, “A hurried-up timeline probably would take us [an] hour-and-a-half to get off the ground and three hours and fifteen minutes to get down there. So we could’ve gone down there and gotten them easily.”
He added, “You would’ve thought that we would have had a little bit more of an alert posture on 9/11.”
Stahl was never interviewed by the State Department, despite the fact that they had convened a panel under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which all circumstances surrounding the Benghazi attack were to be examined.
While Clinton clearly has Presidential aspirations which cause her to believe none of this makes any difference, Benghazi stands as a clear failure on her resume at the State Department, and should go down as the biggest security failure in recent memory.
Here’s the video of Stahl’s interview: