Eleven days before
the attack on the U.S. Benghazi compound in 2012, the State Department
asked Torres Advanced Solutions, an embassy security contractor, to replace
the guard force then protecting the facility because it was the
compound by its current contractor. The attack came just as Torres was
gearing up to move in and take over the task of guarding the facility.
After the September
11th attacks destroyed the compound and killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and
three other Americans, the State Department instructed Torres and
associates not to reveal that the request to move in and take over had been
In addition, the
State Department demanded that Torres’s force be unarmed, just like the
guard force then deployed. Torres objected and said that they planned
to arm the guards anyway. The State Department also instructed them
not to reveal the request that the guards be unarmed.
None of these facts
have been disclosed previously.
Brad Owens, of
Torres Systems, recounts these events, for the first time, on the Tucker
Carlson Show on Fox News Channel tonight - Friday, September 8th.
raises important new points about the Benghazi tragedy:
1. It shows that the
State Department was fully aware of the vulnerability of the compound prior
to the attack.
2. It reveals that
the State Department had insisted that the compound’s guards be unarmed.
3. The instruction
not to tell the truth about the request to deploy or the instruction not to
arm the new guards raises a question as to whether the political need to
protect the outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played any role in
Brad Owens of the Torres Firm, who was personally on
the ground in Benghazi six months before the raid and was in charge of
gearing up to take over the guard duty.