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Contractors: Clinton State Department Silenced Us On Benghazi Security Lapses

Five years after the coordinated terrorist attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi took the lives of four Americans, contractors charged with shoring up lax security at the site are saying they were forced to keep quiet and toe the Obama Administration’s line on what happened in the following weeks.

According to a Fox News report from Catherine Herridge, Brad Owens and Jerry Torres, contractors with an American security company, were brought in to clean up the situation in Benghazi just two weeks prior to the attack.

The pair spoke out on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” claiming they were later pressured to stay silent on the matter and get on the same page with Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

Torres was asked if there was a concerted effort by a senior State Department contracting officer to silence them following the attack, to which he replied, “Absolutely, absolutely.”

He then blasted the Obama/Clinton regime for trying to cover up what had actually happened in Benghazi by blaming it on an obscure YouTube video and anti-Islamic sentiments.

“Coming from a military background, I would expect the administration to tell the truth,” Torres said. “So I bought into it for a minute. But I didn’t believe it in the back of my mind.”

That’s when they were told to keep quiet about the attack.

State Department contracting officer Jan Visintainer had Torres flown back to the United States for a meeting in which he instructed the contractor that he and his colleagues “should not speak to the media, should not speak to any officials with respect to the Benghazi program.”

Torres says he hadn’t come forward with these bombshell allegations before because of concerns that the company and its thousands of employees would be destroyed if they didn’t meet the State Department’s demands.

Owens, an Army intelligence officer, warns that people that made decisions regarding security in Benghazi are still in those positions.

Nobody was ever held accountable for what happened.

Those “who made the poor choices that actually, I would say, were more responsible for the Benghazi attacks than anyone else, they’re still in the same positions, making security choices for our embassies overseas now,” Owens claims.

“A U.S. ambassador is dead and nobody is held accountable for it. And three guys … all died trying to defend him,” Torres added.

Owens expressed hope that the Trump Administration would change that.

“I feel now that, given that the politics has been taken out of the Benghazi situation, now that there’s no longer a candidate or anything related to it, a change of administrations, that actually, we have an opportunity here to fix the problems that made it happen,” he said.

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • Why does no one here care about the failed Yemen raid the killed Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens?
    Was it because Trump killed him instead of Obama?

  • Moths have we been exposed to the never ending lies of Hillary Benghazi pathological liar Clinton. It's been proven and televised for all to see and hear and yet no consequences proving that there are two sets of standards, one for the people and the other for the politicians! We need to pressure politicians and leaders to uphold and follow the rule of law! We must hold them accountable for the willful disregard of our Constitution! No side stepping or twisting of it's meaning like they do with the words "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!" From Obama to Hillary and a host of others, prison should be their new and permanent residence! Actually a firing squad for Obama for treason for colluding with sworn enemies of this country and arming them while down sizing our military. Since those in government fail to act on our behalf, we must act to preserve what little freedom we have left. Drain the swamp! p.s. For those of you who now use the race card for not agreeing with your point of view, go suck on a live grenade! I don't hate Obama for the color of his skin , I hate him for his treasonous lying ways.

  • What happened when George W. Bush administration had 3,000 civilians killed in the US on his watch? Nothing. What happened when Ronald Reagan sent marines to Lebanon, and interfered in a civil war, against the advice of his military advisors, and 240 were killed in a bombing due to lax security? Nothing. In both cases, they were re-elected as president. So now we are to condemn a former Secretary of State because she was in office when an attack occurred in a remote and dangerous part of the world? One that the perpetrators and planner claimed was retaliation for a video? Absolutely bizarre.

  • Ambassador Chris Stevens was at the Annex, overseeing the illegal transfer of weapons to Islamic extremists, at the command of BHO, threw his secretary of state, HRC.
    As Muslims frequently do, its better to steal, then be limited at how many arms the americans will be willing to pass along. Our enemies of our enemies betrayed us, BHO was NOT getting his hands dirty before a re election. HRC was having one of her long parkinson's naps, and no bureaucrat will willing to risk loosing their heads by doing the right thing.
    Then the administration went into crisis mode, not over recovery of the men who had been deserted, but over BHO's re election . Excuses were invented, Susan rice wast sent out as the sacrificial lamb, We, the people, were assured it was all based on a video, released in Los Angeles, which angered a nation were no release of this video had occurred, and few actually even understood english, nor had access to a video rental store.
    BHO must take responsibility for this debacle. HRC, as his consigliere must also pay. They prime fool, Susan Rice was tossed out there as the token and disposable faithful house negro, and the game went on.
    This administration was profoundly un American, and as a proud American, I will never forget one man, along with his choice of assorted people destroyed the faith, we, the people, had in our federal government.
    For 8 years, every proclamation from BHO made me physically ill. Did the same group really think they were going to be able to take us further down that same destructive path? Really? More fools, they.

    • Thank you Marc for explaining that. I had suspected all along that it was a weapons deal with both Obozo & Hillary involved & that's why they didn't send in back up military because they didn't want their dirty little secret getting out. I sincerely hope one day both of them are prosecuted & go to prison & the four men's families finally get justice!

  • Telling your own lie is bad enough but when you tell someone else's lie for them that is the sign you are an unrepentant liar.The Obama administration was full of these types of liars,you had to be a liar or you wouldn't be chosen to serve alongside them..

  • The Benghazi terrrorists attack mess was a big cover-up so Muslim illegal alien usurper-not-POTUS Barack Obama aka Barry Soetoro, could re-elected. He couldn’t afford to have Muslim terrorist attacks since he claimed he had the terrorists on the run. Hillary was part of the cover-up and hopefully the real blame will prevail. Obama and Clinon willfully let 4 Americans die for their political expediency.

    ARREST illegal alien usurper Barack H. Obama aka Barry Soetoro to NDAA Prison for TREASON, I.D. Fraud Voter Fraud, Immigration Violation, SS# Fraud, Murder, ETC! PS: Criminal I.D. Fraud alien Barack Obama aka Barry Soetoro aka USURPER Obama is THE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT to USA!
    ARREST illegal alien usurper muslim-jihadist infiltrator Barack H. Obama aka Barry Soetoro to NDAA Prison for TREASON, I.D. Fraud Voter Fraud, Immigration Violation, SS# Fraud, Murder, ETC! Install CC camera connected to internet one way view looking in on Obama by Americans and the World to keep Obama from escaping. Pay 4 View at 10¢ of Obama in prison writing his $60-M memoirs with a pencil on toilet paper will raise so much money Americans will never again have to pay taxes. Add in Clintons and Soros in prison, and the Pay4View will be so popular that the $20-Trillion Debt will be paid off in 5-years. Arrest them NOW! Pay4View online! DO IT NOW ! Seriously!
    And, impeach these judges and Hawaii governor David Ige for putting America at risk, as in TREASON, for their own political agendas.

  • When do we get an investigation of the failed Yemen raid that killed an American SEAL?

    We already know that the Conservatives in Congress refused to provide money to upgrade Embassy security that was requested BEFORE the Benghazi attack. Why is that left out?

    • It was shown long ago that Republicans' authorization of money had absolutely nothing to do with the security of Benghazi and this attack.

      • Oh? It was shown long ago that there was nothing that could have been done different to have changed the outcome of the Benghazi attack. That doesn't stop you from dredging it up every week or two.
        So, I will repeat. If Clinton is responsible for the Benghazi deaths, then the Republicans are responsible for the lack of security in Benghazi that allowed the deaths. You don't get to budget cut security at embassies and consulates, and then complain that security failed to protect the staff.

    • Why don't you write the Whitehouse PoppDavid & ask that question instead of continually bringing it up every time Benghazi is mentioned. I have written to Trump several times when I don't like or agree with something. Maybe it doesn't do any good but at least I get it off my chest. Below is the site...

      https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

  • We need this investigation to include the testimonies of these contractors that Hillary does not want to hear the testimony from. We are tired of this stonewalling and interference from the democrats and Hillary. We want JUSTICE to be served and served immediately!!!!!!!!!!!

  • We see the Clinton Cartel crime family continuing to commit heinous crimes and they continue to skate. We can clearly see that the Clinton Criminals and their cronies like PEDO PODESTA and Barack are held to a different standard. Let's face it, Killary could strangle a baby on live T.V. and Fake News would ignore it. The she-devil will never be held accountable for her crimes against humanity. Sad day for America!

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