Foreign Policy is reporting this evening that on October 26th, more than six weeks after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, its reporters discovered additional documents in the burned out remains of the compound indicating that the Obama administration was aware of possible attack planning before the events that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.
One letter, written on Sept. 11 and addressed to Mohamed Obeidi, the head of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs' office in Benghazi, reads:
"Finally, early this morning at 0643, September 11, 2012, one of our diligent guards made a troubling report. Near our main gate, a member of the police force was seen in the upper level of a building across from our compound. It is reported that this person was photographing the inside of the U.S. special mission and furthermore that this person was part of the police unit sent to protect the mission. The police car stationed where this event occurred was number 322."
The account accords with a message written by Smith, the IT officer who was killed in the assault, on a gaming forum on Sept. 11. "Assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police' that guard the compound taking pictures," he wrote hours before the assault.
Libya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs may have played a role in the attack by, at a minimum, failing to provide promised security in the days leading up to the attack.
The document also suggests that the U.S. consulate had asked Libyan authorities on Sept. 9 for extra security measures in preparation for Stevens' visit, but that the Libyans had failed to provide promised support.
"On Sunday, September 9, 2012, the U.S. mission requested additional police support at our compound for the duration of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens' visit. We requested daily, twenty-four hour police protection at the front and rear of the U.S. mission as well as a roving patrol. In addition we requested the services of a police explosive detection dog," the letter reads.
"We were given assurances from the highest authorities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that all due support would be provided for Ambassador Stevens' visit to Benghazi. However, we are saddened to report that we have only received an occasional police presence at our main gate. Many hours pass when we have no police support at all."
The letter concludes with a request to the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to look into the incident of the policeman conducting surveillance, and the absence of requested security measures. "We submit this report to you with the hopes that an official inquiry can be made into this incident and that the U.S. Mission may receive the requested police support," the letter reads.
There can be no doubt that the Obama administration knew or ought to have known from the outset that the assault on the Benghazi mission was a premeditated attack, not a spontaneous protest over an obscure video. This can only mean that the subsequent PR campaign, including President Obama's speech to the United Nations, was a complete fabrication.
Fortunately, the electorate has a chance to render its judgment ahead of the investigation report President Obama is supposedly awaiting; the one that will tell him what he himself did on and about the evening of September 11, 2012.