Judicial Watch • JW Gets Docs: State Dept. Ordered Benghazi Security Co. to Dodge Media

JW Gets Docs: State Dept. Ordered Benghazi Security Co. to Dodge Media

JW Gets Docs: State Dept. Ordered Benghazi Security Co. to Dodge Media

DECEMBER 11, 2013

Days after terrorists attacked the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a State Department official ordered an executive at the security company charged with protecting the special compound not to respond to media inquiries, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch.

The order was delivered via electronic mail and it’s part of a new batch of State Department documents obtained by JW in an ongoing investigation of the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack and subsequent cover-up by the Obama administration. Islamic jihadists raided the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya and murdered Ambassador Christopher Stevens—the first diplomat to be killed overseas in decades—and three other Americans.

The Obama administration has worked hard to keep details of the attack—and the negligence that led to it—from the American public, but JW has gone to court and filed a number of public records requests to expose the truth. JW has also published two in-depth special reports on Benghazi, the last one on the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. Read the special reports here and here.

The latest batch of documents obtained by JW include a scandalous email from a State Department contracting officer named Jan Visintainer to an unidentified executive at Blue Mountain Group (BMG), the inexperienced foreign company hired to protect the U.S. mission in Benghazi. In the email, dated September 26, 2012, Visintainer writes: “Thank you so much for informing us about the media inquiries. We notified our public affairs personnel that they too may receive some questions. We concur with you that at the moment the best way to deal with the inquiries is to either be silent or provide no comments.”

Some of the records were redacted or simply not included. For instance Visintainer received a cryptic email from a redacted source with an attachment that was not provided to JW by the State Department. The exchange, just two days before the attack, received a lot of attention from both the State Department and BMG, which could indicate that perhaps it contained a more specific concern or warning about the U.S. mission’s vulnerability.

Last month JW released the Benghazi security contract that paid BMG, a virtually unknown and untested British company, $794,264 for nearly 50,000 guard hours. The Benghazi security deal had not been available to the public because it was not listed as part of the large master State Department contract that covers protection for overseas embassies. JW had to take legal action to get it.

The deal is for one year and includes very specific requirements for things like foot patrols, package inspection, contingency and mobilization planning. The total guard force was 45,880 with an additional 1,376 guards for “emergency services,” the contract shows. It also includes one vehicle and 12 radio networks. The guards were responsible for protecting the U.S. government personnel, facilities and equipment from damage or loss, the contract states. “The local guard force shall prevent unauthorized access; protect life; maintain order; deter criminal attacks against employees; dependents and property terrorist acts against all U.S. assets and prevent damage to government property.” Clearly the firm failed miserably to fulfill its contractual obligation.


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  • Oregon Curmudgeon

    This is what you get when the government is outsourced to private corporations, no story here as are the other
    trumped up ones like the phony IRS Scandal, AP Spying Scandal, and Fast & Furious Scandal. All just lot of smoke with no truth to reality.

  • MichaelMontana

    Obama opened the door to be challenged by Congress concerning the events leading up to the deaths of four Americans representing, and in the service of the United States of America while in Benghazi.

    Obama opened the door to be challenged by American people when he called Benghazi a phony story! Amazing how damn dumb (gullible) some Americans (I don’t care one damn bit about anything but me liberals) can be.

    I am going to challenge this man and put him to task proving his claim. President Obama have you heard the saying “The truth will set you free”? Let’s put it to the test! Release the documents, emails, and access to the people involved in all of your so called phony stories!

    Here’s the short list:
    Benghazi Scandal, IRS Scandal, AP Spying Scandal, and Fast & Furious Scandal.

  • Prospector69

    Now, the most interesting part of the article is the last paragraph. Is BMG still contracted with the State Department for the protection of any properties? I should hope that with such a miserable failure they were fired! A hand full of US Marines would have been more effective, two hand fulls would have kicked b_tt! I do like Marines although I’m former Army.

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