I think Mr. Rogers (R-MI) is being far too kind in his assessment.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday there was
"gross negligence" in the handling of security for the U.S. consulate in
..."What went wrong was that the policy and decision makers at the
Department of State did not make the right security call, and I argue
it's gross negligence."
First off, if the term "criminal negligence" means anything, it should be applied here.
Secondly, we notice that Mr. Rogers does not address the second "negligence": the C-in-C's decision NOT to issue cross-border authority to the SF team which was (reportedly) already over Libya--and which team had to return to Sicily as a result, while 4 Americans were slaughtered defending US territory.
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I keep reading about this "cross-border authority" thing here and on similar sites, but the only sources of this are former SF operatives calling into the Limbaugh show from somewhere in North Carolina.
Can anybody here link to SOMETHING that verifies the necessity of a "cross-border authority" in a non-hostile incursion? I mean a federal statute or rules of engagement?
If such a requirement exists and was relevant in this case, can anybody link to specific proof that such authority was not given?
I think 4 dead bodies is pretty good proof that the order wasn't issued.
And if you expect SF command to release a copy of their ROE for your examination, well...
Yah. Good luck with that.
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