0256_Revealing interview Sept 13, 2017: Two Security Contractors say they were pressured early 2013, to keep quiet on Benghazi — video and transcript of interview_ Links to book and movie 13 Hours, about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack

Donna Jack
October 14, 2017/Oct. 16, 2017 update

Book and movie giving accounts of the Benghazi terrorist attack:

Book 13 Hours about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack (2014 publication).
Movie 13 Hours about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack (released January 15, 2016).


Watch a breaking-news interview with two security contractors who were threatened by a high official in Hillary Clinton’s State Department — to remain silent after the terrorist attack on our U.S. Embassy in Benghazi.

These men have come forward, in the hope that something may be done under this presidency, to correct the errors that led to the deaths and destruction In Benghazi, just before the 2012 presidential election.

Watch the Tucker Carlson interview here:

Contractors: We were pressured to keep quiet on Benghazi

Sep. 13, 2017 – 4:30 – Five years after the deadly Benghazi attacks, two contractors tell Fox News’ Catherine Herridge that a senior official in the Clinton State Department wanted them to keep quiet because they knew too much #Tucker



Tucker Carlson (Tucker Carlson tonight)         Catherine Herridge (CH)

TUCKER:  And five years after Benghazi, two security contractors are speaking out to Fox News.  They allege they were pressured to keep quiet by a senior official in the Clinton State Department.  “They knew too much,”“ they said.  Catherine Herridge has this exclusive report for us.


CH:  Was the State Department Contract officer trying to silence you?

#Geri Torres   Oh, absolutely.

#Geri Torres   A U.S. Ambassador is dead, and nobody is held accountable for it.  And three guys who tried to defend him, all died.

#Brad Owens  The people who made the poor choices, are actually I would say, are essentially more responsible for the Benghazi attacks than anyone else – they’re still in the same positions, making security choices for our embassies overseas now.  00:37/04:30

CH:  Geri Torres, a former Green Beret, is the president the CEO of Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, which supplies security for U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world.  And along with Brad Owens,  a former Army Intelligence Officer, they have more than 45 years of service.

Speaking exclusively to FOX, they have first-hand knowledge of the security nightmare, on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, before the 2012 Terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service Office Sean Smith, and former Navy Seals Ty Woods and Glenn Dougherty.

CH  Five years after the attack, could it happen again?

# Geri Torres   Oh, Absolutely.  Nothing’s changed.

CH: – In the spring of 2012, Torres had been on the security contract for the State Department compound in Benghazi.  But the nearly $70,000 deal, handled by State Department contracting office Jan Bizzantainer, went to a mysterious foreign company, Blue Mountain Group.  The guards were local hires, through another company, and not armed.

[1.  The Contract has been awarded to:  The Blue Mountain Group; 39 Oulton Avenue, Hereford, HR27YX; United Kingdom]     1:29/04:30

# Geri Torres   Blue Mountain UK is a teeny, tiny little security company registered in Wales.  It had never had a diplomatic security contract.  It had never done any high-threat contracts anywhere else in the world, that we’ve been able to find.

CH: –  This classified cable, first reported by FOX news, shows that by mid-August 2012, Ambassador Stevens and his team knew that they were in trouble – warning the State Department that radical Islamic groups were everywhere.

#Brad Owens  It was a disaster.

# Geri Torres   They were sending these cables back to the contracting guys, and the decision-makers back here – and they weren’t responding.  It’s gross incompetence, or negligence – one of the two.

CH  Two weeks before the attack, with the situation critical, suddenly the State Department wants their help.

# Geri Torres   They came back to us and said, “Can you guys come in and take over security?”  02:16/04:30
So we were ready.  Unfortunately 12 days later the ambassador was killed.

CH – After the attack emails show Blue Mountain was advised not to talk.  Torres and Owens claim they got the same order.  02:29  And the State Department contracting officer Visintainer went further:  summoning Torres in early 2013, from another job overseas, to come to the State Department building in Rosslyn, Virginia.

# Geri Torres   She stopped me in the lobby, short of the guard post, and had a conversation with me, with respect to Benghazi.

CH – What did the State Department contract officer say?

#Geri Torres  – She said that I and people from Torres should not speak to the media, should not speak to any officials, with respect to the Benghazi program.

CH –  When you chose to be silent, did you feel any guilt about it?

# Geri Torres   Oh, absolutely.  We had about 8,000 employees at the time.  You know we just didn’t need that level of damage, because these guys – their livelihood relies on the company.

CH —  The State Department declined our request to make Visintainer available.  And the men allege repercussions have continued against their company (Torres).

[“Hello Catherine and colleagues,  Thank  you for reaching out, but Jan Visintainer is unable to schedule an interview.  Please accept our regrets.”] 03:17

# Geri Torres   – Since that conversation, we bid on 20 security force contracts for U.S. embassies, and lost 18.

CH – So you feel more comfortable coming forward now because there’s been a change in administration?

# Geri Torres   – That was probably the key reason that I stepped forward.

#Brad Owens  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 – we have an opportunity here to fix the problems that made it happen.

CH – The contractors describe their State Department experience as the Swamp “squared”.

Separately FOX News also sent a series of questions to Blue Mountain, the security team on the ground in Benghazi during the 2012 terrorist attack, and there was no immediate response, Tucker.

Tucker – I wonder why there was no response.

CH (quiet gasp) You know, when you look at the security mistakes that were made, just leading up to the attack, Blue Mountain has never really been forthcoming about how they got that contract in the first place.  And now we have these contractors stepping forward saying they were asked to come in at the eleventh hour – and then they were threatened to stay silent after the fact – and that’s really astonishing.

Tucker –  It’s kind of shocking.  There are parts of the story that I really don’t understand.  Thank you, Catherine.  You’ve done great on this.

CH –  You’re welcome.


Contractors:  We were pressured to keep quiet on Benghazi – Sept. 13, 2017



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