KUSA - There is a controversial new look at the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Beghazi, Libya, and it is coming just days before the CIA's former acting director is set to testify before Congress about what happened.
Author Richard Miniter and his co-author Scott Mcwen look at the attacks from the perspective of NAVY Seals who were there in their book "Eyes On Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs." Both men say the State Department had three separate warnings that were ignored in the days leading up to the Benghazi attacks.
"There were intelligence reports that were circulating inside the State Department, inside the Pentagon, in the months prior to the Benghazi attack predicting a massive al-Qaida buildup in Benghazi," according to Miniter, "showing that al-Qaida had headquartered its social media unit in Benghazi less than a mile from the U.S. diplomatic compound there, where the ambassador ultimately died."
He said the book also documents a two-day rally that al-Qaida conducted in downtown Benghazi involving "hundreds of fighters, armored trucks with machine guns and anti-aircraft weapons in which at the end of it, they gave a press conference and called for the death of the U.S. ambassador and all Americans in Libya."
"So, the State Department certainly knew of the risk to the ambassador in the months prior to the attack in Benghazi," he said. "We also document two prior attacks against the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.
Miniter said that some of the accounts in the book are "new revelations, particularly the timeline that we've created here that documents exactly how much information was in their possession prior to the attacks."
He said the book also outlines "five different scenarios which we believe were available to the military had merely the order been given from above to go do it . Unfortunately, this administration was not willing to give that order."
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