JERUSALEM – Did the State Department scrub information about a dramatic incident the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack in which U.S. Embassy staff 400 miles away in Tripoli evacuated their residential compound under possible terror threat?
The threat was taken so seriously that, according to a key embassy staffer, communications equipment was dismantled and hard drives were smashed with an ax.
The scene was first brought to light in congressional testimony last week by Gregory Hicks, the former U.S. deputy chief of mission in Libya, but it remains largely unreported by news media.
The incident also was not mentioned in the State Department probe nor was it previously reported in news accounts of the attack, which the Obama administration first claimed was a result of popular protests about an anti-Muhammad video.
AN said he was killed in Tijuana, Mexico. Unconfirmed reports said “he died early Thursday morning, May 9, 2013, from injuries sustained after he was thrown off a building or shot as he was being robbed.”
Family members acknowledged his death. They haven’t confirmed where or how.
the guardian ^ | Friday 10 May 2013 | Amanda Holpuch, Ewen MacAskill, Charles Arthur
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2013 6:13:00 PM by Brown Deer
The ban, by the State Department citing international arms control law, comes just days after the world’s first such gun was successfully fired.
Benghazi Whistleblower Attorney: Congress Must Subpoena Hillary Clinton to Testify Again… (not one of her best pics…)
Benghazi Whistleblower Attorney: Congress Must Subpoena Hillary Clinton to Testify Again
Fox ^ | 5/13/13 | staff
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013 10:03:56 PM by Nachum
Inhofe: Clinton showed “forceful attitude” you usually “don’t hear from women”
Salon.com ^ | May 10, 2013 | Jillian Rayfield
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2013 1:42:51 AM by Rennes Templar
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said that Hillary Clinton showed a “forceful attitude” not usually heard from women when she blew up in January’s Senate hearings on Benghazi, in response to repeated questions about the State Department’s initial claims that the attacks were the result of protests.
Oliver North: Cover Up
Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2013 | Oliver North
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013 11:49:57 AM by jazusamo
Washington, DC – We all know about the notorious Obama “Kill List.” CIA Director John Brennan proudly told us about that last year when he described how the O-Team decides which Americans should be executed by Hellfire Missile fired from remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs). Why hasn’t the White House used this capability to “take out” those who killed our diplomats in Benghazi, Libya last year?
Laurie Roth – Benghazi is not Watergate for Obama but the bombing of Hiroshima… “Obama also put out in is official statement that no one was told to stand down. Help was not denied, yet according to the SEALS Doherty and Woods who were working with the CIA in Benghazi, they…”
The attack on Benghazi was merely a response to a You Tube video on Islam by a guy no one had ever heard of before. The people were reacting and protesting…you know, they had some sort of reason for attacking. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on at least 6 different shows on Sept. 16th that the attack was in response to the You Tube video. Hillary and Obama boldly agreed.
Obama also put out in is official statement that no one was told to stand down. Help was not denied, yet according to the SEALS Doherty and Woods who were working with the CIA in Benghazi, they heard the shooting and promptly called for help. They were told to ‘stand down.’ When the shooting continued they called for help again and were told to stand down again. They kept shooting and killing as many terrorists as they could while trying to get help.
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All eyes will be on the hearings into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya House Oversight & Government Reform Committee today. Live feed, to be carried here will start at 11:30 a.m.
No better way to start the day of the Benghazi Hearings off right:
Benghazi Eight Months Later
Posted on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 7:53:18 AM by Servant of the Cross
What we know and what we still don’t know.
On September 11, 2012, terrorists attacked our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and murdered four Americans, including our ambassador. Eight months later, we have learned some of what happened, but many questions remain.
This week the House of Representatives will hold a hearing on Benghazi, because we still don’t know all the facts about how we responded during the seven and a half hours of attacks, why we could do nothing to save the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods, and what, if anything, we have done to deter future attacks against Americans by holding the responsible parties accountable.
By Marinka Peschmann Tuesday, May 7, 2013
“This singular event,” Benghazi, the terrorist attack in Libya that killed four Americans, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who worked under contract with the CIA, and Sean Smith, on September 11, 2012, “will be repeated unless the United States recognizes and responds to the threats we face around the world.”
So says the 46-page Republican interim Benghazi report that was made public on April 23. In it, as is arguably always the case with the Clintons, we learn that the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apparently has obstructed justice—again.
By Jim Emerson, staff writer
Fox news and CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson have been busy keeping the Benghazi story alive. They must have earned a special place on the Obama’s administrations enemies list. This week the American People found out that John Kerry and the State Department are busy trying to silence Benghazi whistleblowers.
The State Department, CIA and the Defense Department have been asked to permit attorneys representing witnesses with knowledge of the Benghazi attacks access to classified information. (2) In the manner of all Democrat regimes they are dragging their feet in hopes the American people will forget about this “incident.” Barack Obama’s only priority is to win the house in 2014 and the liberal press is doing everything to help.
Benghazi report: Trinkets of treason….. “It involves the murderous attacks in Benghazi, and congressional investigators just released a 46-page interim progress report that at least exposes Hillary Rodham Clinton and the White House lying under oath. Where’s the accountability? Where’s the outrage? Where’s the media?”
By Doug Hagmann Thursday, April 25, 2013
We are witnessing one of the biggest government cover-ups since Watergate. A cover-up that involves murder, arms trafficking, and lies by high ranking officials under oath.
It involves the murderous attacks in Benghazi, and congressional investigators just released a 46-page interim progress report that at least exposes Hillary Rodham Clinton and the White House lying under oath.
Where’s the accountability? Where’s the outrage? Where’s the media?
Did senator drop Benghazi bombshell?
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:12:26 AM by Perseverando
Could explain why murdered ambassador was in attacked facility
TEL AVIV – Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., may have dropped a bombshell in an interview with Fox News in which he stated that murdered U.S Ambassador Christopher Stevens was in Benghazi to keep weapons caches from falling into the hands of terrorists.
Until now, no official explanation for Stevens deployment to Libya has acknowledged any such activity.
Bill Maher: “The Israelis Are Controlling Our Government”
Real Clear Politics ^ | February 16, 2013
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 1:50:14 PM by Olog-hai
MAHER: Based on every statement I’ve heard out of any Republican in the last two years, the Israelis are controlling our government.
VERY QUIETLY OBAMA’S CITIZENSHIP CASE REACHES THE SUPREME COURT
AP – WASHINGTON D.C. -
In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency, the group “Americans for Freedom of Information” has Released copies of President Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College …
Released today, the transcript school indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate. The transcript was released by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of California.
The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship.
WE LET THEM DIE
boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/26/12 | Bob Lonsberry
Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:47:10 AM by shortstop
American life must be cheap.
Must be the men and women sent overseas mean nothing. We’ll meet your coffin at Andrews, if there are TV cameras, but damned if we’ll come to your rescue.
That’s what we learned at Benghazi.
As details have come out in dribs and drabs, each new revelation has illustrated the uncomfortable fact that we left those men to fight and die alone.
We did not defend them, we did not relieve them, we just watched them. Our drone circled overhead, providing a real-time video feed, but it did not fire its missiles, it was not used to guide in a relief force, it just took pictures.
Grisly souvenirs of a gutless administration.
For most of a year, our Libyan ambassador and various members of his security detachment warned of danger and pleaded for assistance. Time and time again the people on the ground said it wasn’t safe and they needed protection. Time and time again people in Washington declined the requests. Instead of increasing our security forces there, the administration cut them.
And then the attack came.
Hillary’s contempt of Congress… “It’s time for Congress to get tough with this administration and to stop taking this excuse-making lying down.”
That’s what it is called when you lie, make excuses, obfuscate and basically tell members in sworn testimony that matters of national security and life and death are none of their business.
“What difference does it make?” has to go down as one of the classic lines of executive-branch contempt for the more powerful branch – what is supposed to be the people’s branch – of government.
Others have explained in plain language all the reasons the truth makes a difference:
Because lying to the people by government to cover up ineptitude and bad policy is serious stuff;
Because the needless and unavenged deaths of an ambassador and other Americans is intolerable;
Because if the executive branch is permitted to get away with such behavior it is likely to be repeated again and again;
Because the people have a right to know what actually happened and information is being purposely and arrogantly withheld;
And because her story makes no sense.
Let me address one of the craziest notions Clinton floated in her testimony Wednesday.
Business Insider ^ | 01/23/2013 | Grace Wyler
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:53:49 AM by SeekAndFind
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul turned the heat up on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday during her Senate hearing on the Benghazi terrorist attacks, telling her that he would have relieved her from her post if he had been president when the attacks occurred.
At least two American hostages are being held hostage at a gas plant in Algeria, but there’s been no word on unfolding the situation from either President Barack Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
But let’s stick with the topic of Who Are They Looking For?
TSA is omnipresent. Trains, planes and automobiles. Now railroads and buses. Next it will be dog walkers and model airplanes.
Homeland Security peers through every remote camera and surveillance platform. The federal decision to see and record everything is approaching total coverage. You’re even recorded and surveilled in many national parks.
Who, or what, are they looking for? If Al-Qaeda is now our surrogate shadow-military so the US Department of State can pretend to clean hands, who is all this surveillance for? It looks like Washington has targeted you and me as the mission of surveillance. I mean, if the Al-Qaeda boogey-man is now inside the tent, who is Washington looking for?
Hillary Clinton WILL testify about Benghazi consulate attack despite concussion and blood clot
The Daily Mail ^ | 09:31 EST, 3 January 2013 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2013 10:32:45 AM by null and void
Republicans have been battering the Obama Administration and any officials associated with the September 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
The Washington Post reports that Clinton ‘remains committed’ to appearing in front of the Congressional committees, though no date has been set.
Some Senate Republicans have threatened to block the confirmation of Sen John Kerry, Clinton’s successor as Secretary of State, until Clinton testifies.
Clinton has long said she planned to leave the job as the nation’s top diplomat after Obama’s first term.
. Her physicians say she suffered no stroke or neurological damage as a result of the clot. She is expected to make a full recovery.
When her absence was reported, several pundits and newspapers accused Clinton of making her illness seem worse than it was to dodge questions from lawmakers over the attack, which has been blamed on lax security installed by the State Department.
By Doug Hagmann Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Under the cover of the Newtown school shooting, an “independent” five member investigative panel quietly released an unclassified, 39-page report Tuesday night, detailing their findings of the attack that led to the murder of four Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
The report cites five main reasons for the loss of life, all primarily related to inadequate security for U.S. personnel. However, the independent panel found that no “U.S. Government employee engaged in misconduct or willfully ignored his or her responsibilities, and, therefore did not find reasonable cause to believe that an individual breached his or her duty so as to be the subject of a recommendation for disciplinary action.” Stated another way, no one is to blame nor will be held accountable for the murders of Americans Sean Smith, Glen Dougherty, Tyrone Woods, and Ambassador Chris Stevens., so just continue with your business.
Obama’s response to Jon’s mother? Well, Obama’s too busy right now. He’s doing a Kabuki dance with John Boehner at the edge of the fiscal cliff and can’t take any phone calls right now.
(Gunny G: What “The Folks” Are Saying About Hillary, Etc.–See reader Responses!) ~ State Department preparing for Libya bombshell?
Susan Rice‘s abrupt withdrawal from consideration for secretary of state, coupled with suggestions from the State Department that Secretary Hillary Clinton may not testify as scheduled next week, has stirred speculation that something big is brewing in the Libya terror attack investigation.
For the better part of the last three months, an independent board has been conducting a review for the State Department of the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi. In anticipation of the report’s conclusion, two congressional committees scheduled hearings for next week in which Clinton was set to testify.
In Spite Of The Media’s Apathy, There Are Vital National Security Issues At Stake, as detailed below, By Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.),
Right Side News,
A List Of The National Security Issues Involved In Obama’s Benghazigate Cover-up
5. The State Department’s security planning failures preceding the Benghazi attack.
6. The failure of the Obama regime to react to the seven-hour attack to protect U.S. Government personnel.
7. The Obama regime’s continuing dishonesty in deceiving the American people about what actually occurred at Benghazi and why.
November 11, 2012
After numerous flips and flops by the Obama administration, which originally attempted to paint the incident as a Muslim outcry over an anti-Islamic video, whistle blowers throughout the U.S. government, including within the White House, the State Department, national intelligence agencies and the U.S.military have made available stunning details that suggest not only did operational commanders have live visual and audio communications from drones overhead and intelligence assets on the ground, but that some commanders within the military were prepared to go-it-alone after being told to “stand down.”
This weekend, while pondering the recent revelations that explicit calls for military help may have been rejected, I realized the media has been misunderstanding the basic lines of authority that were likely in place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
If those lines of authority were conventional, then on that night it is highly likely that Hillary Clinton did all she could while Barack Obama — who controlled vastly more resources — did nothing effective.
Now, I’m not at all excusing State Department decision-making that left the Benghazi compound ridiculously vulnerable or the State Department’s spin after the attack. Instead, I’m focusing on the events of that night — the subject of the most recent revelations that someone rejected urgent calls for military help.
Last night, it was revealed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had ordered more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before it was attacked where four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens were murdered by Al-Qaeda but President Obamadenied the request.
Klein also said that those same sources said that former President Bill Clinton has been “urging” his wife [Hillary] to release official State Department documents that prove she called for additional security at the compound in Libya, which would almost certainly result in President Obama losing the election.
That’s wrong. He won’t send a helicopter rescue nor the US Marines, not even if our countrymen are in a foreign jail.
Say again, Obama knew.
So. The question.
If what happened in Benghazi wasn’t incompetence — was it ideology?
Did Sharia kill Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, and two Navy SEALs?
And is Hillary Clinton‘s insistence yesterday that the leaked State Department e-mails were “not evidence” yet more evidence that indicates the Obama White Housenot only knew what was going on but deliberately turned a blind eye to Benghazi because of that ideology?
Specifically, did an ideological soft spot for Sharia — Obama’s name is being used by his step-grandmother to raise funds to educate kids in Sharia — blind the U.S. government to the threat posed by Ansar Al-Sharia? A group whose objective, says its Libyan leader, is to “impose Sharia” on Libya.
A group whose namesake in Yemen is a subsidiary of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (“AQAP” in State Department language). It was, recall, Obama himself who first dismissed the so-called “Underwear Bomber” as an “isolated extremist.”
Finally the administration was forced to admit that AQAP was responsible for “the December 25, 2009 attempted attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan.”
First, the e-mails.
Is Hillary Clinton‘s insistence yesterday that the leaked State Department e-mails were “not evidence” yet more evidence that indicates the Obama White House not only knew what was going on but deliberately turned a blind eye to Benghazi because of that ideology?
Specifically, did an ideological soft spot for Sharia — Obama’s name is being used by his step-grandmother to raise funds to educate kids in Sharia — blind the U.S. government to the threat posed by Ansar Al-Sharia? A group whose objective, says its Libyan leader, is to “impose Sharia” on Libya.
State Dept. warned U.S. in Aug. of ‘political violence in the form of assassinations’ in Benghazi (“It is not shocking that the Obama administration is defaulting to its usual Bart Simpson “I didn’t do it. Nobody saw me do it. There’s no way you can prove anything” response, even when they are caught red-handed.”)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday downplayed State Department internal e-mails regarding the deadly attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi on September 11th, reported by Reuters, and Fox News by telling the AP, “Posting something on Facebook is not in and of itself evidence.” Clinton added, “I think it just underscores how fluid the reporting was at the time and continued for some time to be.”
Fox had it last night. This whole Benghazi thing is blown wide open, and nobody’s talking about it.
Our Ambassador Is Dead, but Obama’s Political Guru Is Safe (Must protect Obama’s cronies)… “…Obama’s answer did not include even so much as a hint about who denied the requested security or why. Instead, he:…”
You could see the pained expression on President Obama’s face worsen as a 61-year-old undecided voter told the president during the second presidential debate that he and some co-workers “were sitting around talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans.”
Incommunicado: House Armed Services chairman blocked from getting answers from senior military… (See Also: Related articles, etc…JCS Should be Worried, Etc.)
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is demanding answers from four senior United States military officers about whether there was advance warning of terrorist threats and the need for greater security prior to last month’s terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
However, an aide to the chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, (R., Calif.), said the office of secretary of defense Leon Panetta blocked the senior officers from providing the answers last night.
“The chairman is disappointed that the administration won’t respond to this basic request for information,” the aide said.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Fox News military analyst Colonel David Hunt laid the blame for the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the Benghazi, Libya American mission on Hillary Clinton and the State Department:
The State Department just allowed our guys to get killed. If you approve no bullets in guns for the mission security guards and an outhouse for a mission, you’re inviting it.
In addition, Hunt said the security guards inside the mission didn’t have bullets:……
It Took A Month, But Hillary Figured Out The Definition Of “Is” There Are No Lies, There Is No over Up…
It Took A Month, But Hillary Figured Out The Definition Of “Is” There Are No Lies, There Is No over Up.
The president, he don’t know much. Joe Biden he don’t know much. Heck, I don’t know much either, it’s (what happened to that damn “is”, those apostrophes are very tricky, that last “is” plumb disappeared) those Security Experts, they ultimately make the decisions on security, and after the election, they will take the blame.
A confusing array of contradictions concerning the murders of four Americans, one of which was a U.S. ambassador, was made worse by Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks during the debate with Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan Thursday evening.
Today the confusion only worsened yet again when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that her agency was not the source of misinformation concerning the attacks, charging instead that the White House was the source of the false mantra that the murders were spurred by an anti-Muslim film made in the United States. Clinton told reporters that when Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made her rounds on every Sunday morning news show to claim the film motivated the attacks, the information had been fed to her by the White House and not the intelligence community in the State Department or the CIA.
The State Department has said that it never believed the September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was the result of a protest over an anti-Islam movie – directly contracting the rest of the Obama administration.
By trying to distance her department from the inept and deceptive handling of the Benghazi attack, which left U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American officials dead, Hillary Clinton could help herself politically for a 2016 presidential run.
FBI and CIA Embrace Homosexual Movement… (The US military and State Department aren’t the only branches of the US government to “go gay.”)
The US military and State Department aren’t the only branches of the US government to “go gay.” Since the Obama Administration took control, the FBI and CIA, the two main federal law enforcement and surveillance organizations, have fully embraced the homosexual and
transgender movements, and appear to be poised to crack down on pro-family groups and citizens who are critical…..the FBI is actively recruiting homosexual and “transgender” employees and agents. The FBI’s “careers” website now boasts a page advising potential and current job applicants.pictures and more at link
So what was their first action? Did they secure the compound? – No, that took over a week to get FBI agents to the consulate Did they acknowledge it was an Al-Qaeda attack? No, Obama this week blamed the terror attack on a YouTube protest.
at Powerline (reported) that the Marine Corps issued a statement on Thursday confirming that prior to the September 11 murder of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, no Marines were stationed in Libya, either at the United States mission in Benghazi or the United States embassy in Tripoli.
Complete title, too long to fit in space:
On Friday, TheBlazeTV’s Andrew Wilkow hosted former Secret Service agent and GOP Senate candidate Dan Bongino to discuss the facts surrounding the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya earlier this week. U.S. AmbassadorChris Stevens and three of his staff were killed when an angry mob of Islamists stormed the compound.
Bongino said there are only two possible reasons the U.S. was as unprepared for the fiery assault as it was.
Today I went out into the field here in Chicago looking to talk to some of the striking teachers but no one in a red-shirt was anywhere to be found (or, if they were wearing one, they had nothing to do with the teachers’ union strike).
A journalist friend of mine asked me to nose around and see if I could uncover anything about slain Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was rumored to be gay.
A former “roommate” of Stevens by the name of Austin Tichenor lives and works in Chicago and while making calls to friends of mine in the theater world who know him I also thought to check some sources with the city who deal with the State Department and foreign dignitaries when they are in town.
Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2012 9:07:39 AM by NYer
(CNSNews.com) – At an event officials say was planned before the attacks in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Libyan Ambassador to the U.S., Ali Aujali, celebrated the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the State Department on Thursday.
COLONEL: HILLARY MADE DECISION NOT TO POST MARINES AT BENGHAZIBreitbart – Big Government^ | 9-14-2012 | Michael Patrick
LeahyPosted on Friday, September 14, 2012 11:54:19 PM by smoothsailingSeptember 14, 2012
COLONEL: HILLARY MADE DECISION NOT TO POST MARINES AT BENGHAZIMichael Patrick LeahyIn an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Fox News military analyst Colonel David Hunt laid the blame for the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the Benghazi, Libya American mission on Hillary Clinton and the State Department: The State Department just allowed our guys to get killed.
If you approve no bullets in guns for the mission security guards and an outhouse for a mission, you’re inviting it.Earlier, on Howie Carr‘s radio show Thursday, Colonel Hunt said that the American mission at Benghazi “was like a cardboard building, there wasn’t even bullet proof glass.” In addition, Hunt said the security guards inside the mission didn’t have bullets: Howie Carr: They weren’t allowed to have bullets, is that correct? Colonel Hunt: That’s true. They were private security. The rules of engagement were ridiculous.
Hunt told Breitbart News that the new State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya, approved and signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton since the 2011 fall of Khadafi’s regime, severely compromised the safety and security of murdered Ambassador Stevens and all American diplomatic staff in Libya.He also stated that the decision not to staff Benghazi with Marines was made by
Secretary of State Clinton when she attached her signature to the State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya document.
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REPORTS: No Live Ammo for MarinesWashington Free Beacon ^ | September 13, 2012 | Adam KredoPosted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:43:32 PM by DrewsMumU.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition, limiting their ability to respond to attacks like those this week on the U.S. consulate in Cairo.