Sep 18, 2017
STATE DEPT. ASKED EMBASSY SECURITY FIRM TO REPLACE BENGHAZI GUARDS ONE WEEK BEFORE ATTACK... AND THEN INSTRUCTED THEM TO REMAIN SILENT
Brad Owens recounts that 11 days before the attack on the U.S. Benghazi compound in 2012, the State Department asked Torres Advanced Solutions, an embassy security contractor, to replace the guard force then protecting the facility because it was the compound by its current contractor. The attack came just as Torres was gearing up to move in and take over the task of guarding the facility.
After the September 11th attacks destroyed the compound and killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the State Department instructed Torres and associates not to reveal that the request to move in and take over had been made.
In addition, the State Department demanded that Torres’s force be unarmed, just like the guard force then deployed. Torres objected and said that they planned to arm the guards anyway. The State Department also instructed them not to reveal the request that the guards be unarmed.
None of these facts have been disclosed previously