Benghazi Security Team FORCEFULLY Disagrees With House ‘Intel’ Report: We WERE Told To “Stand Down”

Benghazi Security Team FORCEFULLY Disagrees With House ‘Intel’ Report: We WERE Told To “Stand Down”

Just because an investigation is complete… does that mean America should stop looking for answers on Benghazi? My gut says NO! The two former CIA contractors pushed back forcefully against parts of the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee conclusions about the night that Ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered in Benghazi.

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Saturday on C-SPAN’s Book TV, CIA Benghazi annex security team members Kris Paronto and Mark Geist answered questions about a report released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee on the 9/11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in Benghazi.

The report by the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, concluded that “the CIA ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi” and that “appropriate U.S. personnel made reasonable tactical decisions that night.” The committee “found no evidence that there was either a stand down order or a denial of available air support.”

Kris “Tanto” Paronto, co-author of the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, reacted to the report on Twitter Friday night and Saturday morning, prior to the C-SPAN interview: “We were told to stand down. We were delayed for approximately 27 minutes on our compound,” he said. “We do not know, as far as outside of our chain of command outside Libya, where that came from. We know that the stand down orders and the waits and the delays came from Libya. Came from chief of station, chief of base. Whether it came from anybody higher, we don’t answer that. We don’t know. And we’d like to know, but we have no idea.”

Paronto specifically reported they were told to stand down to Mike Rogers, one of the people behind this new House Report.

“Ma’am,” Paronto said, “during the House intel subcommittee I looked at Mike Rogers in the eyes and I said, ‘If we would have not been delayed — which, we were delayed three times — that we would have saved the ambassador’s life and Sean Smith’s life.’” He added, “Why he came out with the report, I don’t know what to tell you on that. You’re going to have to ask him. What we said in the book is what happened on the ground and that is the truth.”blockquote>

The sad part is after the past few years watching government officials repeatedly LIE to the American people and cover up scandal after scandal, I find it harder to believe the House Representatives than these CIA contractors. There is no to know for certainty what the whole truth is.

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