We now know, courtesy of JD, that the State Department paid an inexperienced and virtually unknown foreign company $794,264 to protect the U.S. mission in Benghazi with a force of nearly 50,000 guards.
Media outlets have reported an estimated amount of around $783,000 to $783,284 based on “miscellaneous” federal contract data, but the exact figure has not been disclosed until now. In fact, the Benghazi security deal was not listed as part of the large master State Department contract that covers protection for overseas embassies.
The documents were obtained by JD as part of an ongoing investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack and subsequent cover-up by the Obama administration. On September 11, 2012 Islamic jihadists raided the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the first diplomat to be killed overseas in decades, and three other Americans were murdered in the violent incident.
As we know, Obummer has worked hard to keep the coverup as to what happened that night in Benghazi quiet. 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.
This group of documents obtained by JD includes the actual contract between the Obama State Department and the untested British firm, Blue Mountain Group, hired to secure the U.S. compound. 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.
It was those guards who were supposed to be guarding 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.
No one knows why the Obama Administration hired this group in the first place. Even British intelligence said that even they were unfamiliar with Blue Mountain and in fact the Brits use a different—certainly more competent—security company to protect their mission in Libya.
The State Department knew of the dangers in Benghazi, yet did nothing to protect the 4 Americans who were killed last September in the terrorist raid. Benghazi was simply the latest in a long string of security failures that date back more than a decade, according to the probe.