Utah Guardsman says Obama Administration denied requests for more security in Libya
Updated: 10/13/2012 4:07 pm | Published: 10/10/2012 6:40 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A Utah guardsman testified in front of Congress about the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya.
Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed during an attack on the consulate Sept., 11.
Lt. Col. Andrew Wood led a sixteen member special forces team that protected Americans in Libya. He says the Obama administration failed to heed his warning to increase security forces prior to the U.S ambassadors death.
He is coming forward despite the possible political backlash he could face for sharing information. "I made the determination that this out weighs all other interests and will risk what ever circumstances may result from my testimony," said Wood.
Wood says he has unique access to many government leaders and agencies and recommended the Obama administration send more security to Libya. His ground reports along with others painted a picture of escalating violence in the months prior to ambassador Steven's death.
"These incidents paint a clear picture that the environment in Libya was fragile at best and could degrade quickly," said Rep. Jason Chaffets (R) Utah.
Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffets says Wood's accounts were ignored and the Obama administration actually lighted security after terrorists ignited an IED inside a us government compound. "It was a test by terrorists and it was successful and we didn't respond fully and adequately. We didn't acknowledge it. We didn't talk about it. We pretended it didn't happen. It was a terrorist attack on a U.S. asset in Libya and it was never exposed," said Chaffets.
The state department along with the FBI is investigating Wood's testimony.
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