Email Shows State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team at US Embassy in Libya

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From ABC News


ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties.

Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya,  Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic personnel in that country were provided with adequate security support.

No one has yet to argue that the DC-3 would have  definitively  made a difference for the four Americans killed that night. The security team in question, after all, left Libya in August.

But the question – both for the State Department, which is conducting an internal investigation, and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding hearings next week – is whether officials in Washington, D.C., specifically at the State Department, were as aware as they should have been about the deteriorating security situation in Libya, and whether officials were doing everything they could to protect Americans in that country.

Earlier this week, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and another member of the committee wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listing 13 incidents leading up to the attack, ranging from IED and RPG attacks to a “posting on a pro-Gaddafi Facebook page” publicizing early morning runs taken by the late Ambassador Stevens and his security detail around Tripoli.

“Was State Department headquarters in Washington aware of all the above incidents?” they asked Secretary Clinton, requesting written responses by Oct. 8. “If not, why not? If so, what measures did the State Department take to match the level of security provided to the U.S. Mission in Libya to the level of threat?”

The subject line of the email, from Miki Rankin, the post management officer for Libya and Saudi Arabia, reads “Termination of Tripoli DC-3 Support.”

Rankin informs Stevens and the others on the email, whose names have been redacted, that Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy “has determined that support for Embassy Tripoli using the DC-3 will be terminated immediately. Post’s request to continue use of the plane in support of the SST was considered. However, it was decided that, if needed, NEA will charter a special flight for their departure.”

You can read the email HERE.

An “SST” is a Security Support Team, about 16 Special Forces troops assigned to protect officials from the U.S. State Department. This particular SST was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

Shown the email uncovered by ABC News, a spokesman for the committee said the “document is consistent with what the Oversight Committee has been told by individuals who worked in Libya. Ambassador Stevens and the diplomatic mission in Libya made multiple security related requests that were turned down by Washington based officials. Security related transportation has been identified as one of the particular items where embassy personnel did not receive the support they sought.”

The U.S. government official who provided the email to ABC News – and wanted to remain anonymous because of  the sensitivity of the matter – described the small DC-3 plane as an asset for a security team to more freely and safely move throughout the country, and to more easily transport arms and other security equipment. In short, having the plane allowed the security team to better perform its duties, the official said.

The State Department official acknowledged that the plane was used to get around Libya, not just to get in and out of the country. But once commercial air service was re-established, the State Department decided that the SST didn’t need the plane anymore. The security team, it would seem, disagreed.

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U.S. Soldiers Urged Not to Shoot Taliban at Night so Locals Can Sleep

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As Steve says often, you just couldn’t make this stuff up!

Reports indicate U.S. soldiers and British Royal Marines have been urged to show “courageous constraint” by not shooting Taliban members spotted planting IEDs.

The reason? Shooting them might disturb the locals.

This news comes out on the heels of an investigation into the death of Royal Marine Sergeant Peter Rayner, whom witnesses say watched the Taliban plant IEDs at night but was ordered not to engage them. Families of other soldiers and Royal Marines are telling stories of how their loved ones were not allowed to use mortars or night illumination when they came across Taliban members in an area full of IEDs.

The reason given was that “the sound of shooting ‘might wake up and upset the locals.'”

This is not “courageous restraint” — this is appeasement.

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Sept. jobless report labeled ‘a setup’

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As you read this be aware that the Household surveys are more like a poll of 60,000 people (been done for years) , but the business survey is more reliable. Also what isn’t being reported is 582,000 of these 873,000 household jobs are part time/temporary jobs. The U6, which is a better indicator of unemployment is still over 14%.

CNBC calls the numbers “tame,” but also notes the “contradictory” numbers. says:

Something’s odd with this report.  Either the household survey (one of the two surveys the BLS uses to compile this report) is way off, or the BLS is underreporting job growth in the overall numbers.

A Christian financial expert is reacting to Friday’s unemployment rate report out of Washington, calling the alleged drop “deceptive” and indicative of why Americans are losing faith in their government.

The federal government says the unemployment rate fell sharply from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent last month — the same unemployment rate as when Barack Obama took office. According to the report, 114,000 jobs were added in September – many of them part-time.

Last month, Dan Celia of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries predicted the jobless rate would fall to 7.9 percent in the October jobs report — which is due out just days before the November election. But the drop reported today, according to Celia, is not the result of a massive number of jobs being created.

“I said it was a setup. This was more smoke and mirrors and deception,” he said Friday on American Family Radio. “And I also said that I’ve lost all confidence and faith — what little I had, and I didn’t have a lot — in the Department of Labor Statistics.

“Well, this number that we got today, going down below eight percent leading up to the election, is confirmation of everything that I’ve been saying. And I’m sad to say that because this is our government that we’re losing faith in.”

Celia calls it “very interesting” that in this latest report, the labor participation rate did not change.  “[But] what did change dramatically were the household surveys,” he stated. “Now let me tell you a little bit about the household surveys.

“[That’s] something that has been going on for many, many years — since the 70s — where the Bureau of Labor Statistics picks up their dial-up phone, which I think they still have, because they don’t do real-time data and they haven’t come in to the technology of the 21st century yet, and they pick up and they make surveys. They call numerous people, people that are on their ‘list,’ and they ask them: Has anybody in your household found a job?

According to those surveys, 873,000 people reported finding a job — the largest number since 1983.

“Let me just tell you about 1983,” Celia offered. “In 1983, we were creating well over a million private sector jobs on average — a million. We created 114,000 this month, with an average this year of somewhere around 140,000.”

That number – even if it were half-a-million jobs a month – is not enough, says Celia, to maintain what he terms a “stagnant inflation.”

“But somehow, in the midst of creating 114,000 jobs this month, we see an unemployment rate go down because of the households surveys, which is an archaic way of doing anything when we have real-time data available – do you understand that?….”

“… What I’m saying is, you call household surveys and you have more positive household surveys than you have had since 1983 when we were creating over a million jobs per month? You figure it out.”

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Magically the Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.8% Just Before Elections


Well just as I suspected, right on cue, after the poor debate performance and before the elections in November, we get the largest leap in home survey jobs in nearly 30 years. The last time we had that many added in the household survey, the GDP growth rate was around 9%, and it’s currently 1.5%.

That’s why people who understand data and surveys look skeptically at the result of the household survey.  It doesn’t mean a conspiracy is in place; it does strongly suggest that this month’s sample of 60,000 households threw an outlier  (an observation that is numerically distant from the rest of the data)  especially when compared with the establishment survey and other economic data.  If so, it will likely correct itself in the next report.  That’s not “trutherism” or denial, but straightforward data analysis. Just to remind everyone, the next report comes out before the election — the Friday before, actually. The employment rate drops to 7.8% …wow ! While the U6 which is a better indicator magically stayed the same at 14%. I’m sorry but I just don’t believe those figures. Even the Wall Street Journal warns that these numbers should be taken “with a grain of salt.”

So somehow in September, in addition to all the other discrepancies in the labor report, we have one more to add: that of the Schrodinger Student: one who is both in college and piling up student loans on one hand, yet on the other hand entering the work force in the month of September, a time when historically every single month in recorded history has seen an exit from the labor force for the 20-24 year old cohort.

See if you can spot the outlier (an observation that is numerically distant from the rest of the data)  in this chart on employment of the 20-24 yr. old category below:

The official rate dropped from 8.1% unemployment in August. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics added 86,000 more jobs in July and August as more hard data became available.

Fox News:

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate fell because more people found work, a trend that could impact the presidential election.

The Labor Department says employers added 114,000 jobs in September. The economy also created 86,000 more jobs in July and August than first estimated. Wages rose in September and more people started looking for work.

The revisions show employers added 146,000 jobs per month from July through September, up from 67,000 in the previous three months.

The unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent in August, matching its level in January 2009 when President Obama took office.

The decline could help Obama, who is coming off a disappointing debate against Mitt Romney.

As usual with this number, the real unemployment data is hidden away inside the BLS report. We’ll update this blog as deeper analysis becomes available.

Update from Thomas Lifson:

Jack Welch is tweeting what many are thinking: that “these Chicago guys” are fudging the numbers. In the short run, there is probably no way to determine if there has been corruption of the BLS data.If this is a top-down effort to manage the data, then if next month’s data goes below the level when Obama took office, that would fuel a powerful media narrative that we’re back ont he way up. The old “stay the course” argument.

Bruce Johnson adds:

Ta da!  Magically, after the poor debate performance, we get the largest leap in home survey jobs in nearly 30 years.  The employment rate drops to 7.8%.

Now the “no President has ever won reelection with unemployment over 8%” rule is out the window.  Additionally, this short circuits all the small business and jobs points made by Romney on Wednesday night.

What wonderful timing.

873,000 people found work, at home. Shazzam.  Voila!

(Of the 873K surge in employment in the Household Survey 582K was in temp jobs and 187K was in government jobs..that’s all you need to know.)

Why does something of this magnitude not appear in the GDP calculations?  GDP calculations are hard fact compilations.  Home job surveys over the phone are what, exactly?

File this with the Nobel Peace Prize.  Remarkable events surround Mr. Obama.

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Colorado Tim: Yep… You know this is a lie. I own a business myself. I see the vacant businesses on the street of my shop. FedEx and UPS are driving around with emptier trucks. The economy is going off a cliff, and Obama’s people are playing with the numbers.


I sold my business off years ago (when he was elected) and got a govt. job. ; )


I’ve said it here before, but I’ll repeat it now in light of this latest release of questionable data: We have reached a sad point in our history when NOTHING released by our federal government can be taken at face value.

Question: How can unemployment go from 8.1 to 7.8 % magically by only adding 114K jobs.?

My guess: They changed the last three jobs reports to increase the job numbers forecasts and even more Americans have fallen off the unemployment line and stopped looking for work.

To get this kind of drop you would have to employ about 875,000 people in the past month. (Which by coincidence is the number the gov’t says found work in their home last month) I guess Obama team can’t stand losing graciously.

Here is the critical sentence in the report: “still many of the jobs added last month were PART TIME. The number of people with part time jobs who wanted full-time work rose 7.5% to 8.6 MILLION”

And it goes on and on and on…………..