Sept. 9: The State Department receives credible information that American missions might be targeted in Libya, according to senior U.S. diplomatic sources. However, no warnings are given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown," under which movement is severely restricted (London Independent, Sept. 14).
A senior Pentagon source confirms to EIR that the White House and the CIA received a detailed warning of a pending attack from both the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. The reports were detailed enough to identify the Ansar al-Sharia group as being directly involved in the planned attacks. The source notes that the DIA had recently boosted its human intelligence unit and had operatives on the ground around the world, and that the NSA was monitoring relevant global communications traffic.
Sept. 10: Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian emir of al-Qaeda, releases his annual message on the eve of 9/11/2001, calling for attacks on Americans, especially in Libya, in retribution for the drone murder of senior Libyan al-Qaeda operative Abu Yahya al-Libi on June 4, 2012.
August-early September: According to a hand-written journal belonging to Ambassador Stevens, found on the floor of the Benghazi compound by CNN, Stevens was worried about "the never-ending security threats" that he was facing in Benghazi, and specifically "the rise in Islamic extremism" and "growing al-Qaeda presence in Libya," and "being on an al-Qaeda hit list." CNN reporters were deployed to corroborate the reports in the diary, which was given to his family.
Sept. 11: Ambassador Stevens and three other U.S. personnel at the Benghazi compound are murdered in the course of an armed assault. Details of exactly what happened are still unclear.
What is known is that there were no Marines stationed outside or inside the consulate. The security, according to many sources, consisted of three guards from the Libyan 17th of February Brigade, and five unarmed Libyans employed by the British Blue Mountain Group. The Daily Beast's Eli Lake, Sept. 21, reported on a U.S. intelligence intercept of a communication between a pro-al-Qaeda politician and the 17th of February Brigade, in which "the Libyan politician apparently asks an officer in the brigade to have his men stand down for a pending attack—another piece of evidence implying the violence was planned in advance."
The attackers, according to some eyewitnesses, numbered as many as 125, and used rocket-propelled grenades and other heavy weapons. There are numerous reports of complicity between the attackers and the security detail, and the suspicious fact that the attackers knew the location of the safehouse to which those who survived the initial assault retreated, as well as the precise location of the Ambassador.
Sept. 12: EIR received a briefing from a high-level Washington source who reported, from a Libyan source, that the attack on the compound had nothing to do with a demonstration against the movie, and that Benghazi was known to be a hot-bed of jihadi activity, including the fact that there are two members of Ansar al-Sharia, the group suspected in the attack, on the Public Safety Committee which oversees the city.
Sept. 14: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, posts a blistering statement on her website:
"During the past two days, I have participated in classified briefings by the National Counterterrorism Center and the Department of Defense on the attacks on our consulate in Benghazi during which four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were killed.
"The lack of security provided to the Ambassador and other American personnel in Benghazi is deeply troubling and inexplicable given the dangerous threat environment in that city. Earlier attempts in June to reportedly attack the British ambassador and to plant a bomb outside of our consulate clearly demonstrated how dangerous and unsettled Benghazi is. Surely, the State Department should not have relied on Libyan nationals to guard the consulate. Rather, armed U.S. Marines should have been assigned to provide security.
"The kind of weapons used by the attackers also strongly suggests to me that this attack was planned and not the result of a spontaneous protest...."
Sept. 15-16: Libyan President Mohamed Magarief tells al-Jazeera and the CBS TV show "Face the Nation" that "the way these perpetrators acted and moved, and their choosing the specific date for this so-called demonstration, leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined.... It was planned, definitely. It was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago. And they were planning this criminal act since their arrival."
Sept. 15: On the same day the Libyan President is insisting that the attack on the consulate was preplanned, UN Ambassador Susan Rice is sent onto several Sunday TV talk shows to proclaim that the attack in Benghazi was the result of a demonstration against the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims." This line continues to be spouted by Administration spokesmen until testimony by Homeland Security's director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Matthew Olsen, on Sept. 19.
Sept. 17: A Libyan security guard, hired by Blue Mountain Group, is reported in the London Daily Telegraph to have said that there were no demonstrators at the time of the attack. Several other eyewitnesses subsequently declared that there never was a protest demonstration outside the Benghazi compound.
Sept. 19: CNN's Anderson Cooper reports that "a source familiar with Ambassador Christopher Stevens' thinking said that in the months before his death, he talked about being worried about the above threats to his life." He follows this up the next night with the fuller story of Ambassador Stevens' security concerns.
Sept. 26: Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) demand that the State Department release relevant correspondence from Ambassador Stevens on the security situation, in the run-up to the deadly events of Sept. 11.
Sept. 28: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issues a statement taking responsibility for the initial misassessment that the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens was the outcome of a demonstration gone amok, and claims that "subsequent evaluation" has confirmed it to be a terrorist attack.
Sept. 30: In a statement posted on his website, Senator Corker says that the State Department continues "deafening silence" in response to his requests, and those of other Senators, for information on what led to the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate.
The Obama administration stated over and over again (all while attacking Romney for being right) that all this was a spontaneous riot over a youtube video that just happened to fall on 9-11. They had no reason to believe that at all.
Knowing all this would you say The Obama administration is made up of fools or are they liars?