After forcefully denying it last week, State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland admitted yesterday that a British private security company, the Blue Mountain Group, was contracted by the State Department to provide security for the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where the U.S. Ambassador and other Americans were murdered on Sept. 11.
According to Wired.com’s “Danger Room,” the State Department signed a contract with Blue Mountain on May 3 to provide security for the consulate, even though Blue Mountain is not on the State Department’s list of approved contractors for diplomatic security.
However, Blue Mountain has other qualifications that would appeal to British ass-kisser Barack Obama. Blue Mountain’s website boasts: “Our core expertise derives from our heritage, gained from many years service in UK Special Forces, with operational skills and expertise acquired from both the SBS and SAS, together with specialist police and intelligence units.” (SBS refers to Special Boat Services, and SAS to Special Air Services, both long-standing components of the British special operations forces.)
“Our Blue Mountain name derives from a poem inscribed on the clock tower at the headquarters of 22 Special Air Service Regiment in Hereford:
‘We are the pilgrims, master; we shall go
‘Always a little further; it may be
‘Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
‘Across that angry or that glimmering sea.'”
Blue Mountain says that its logo is also derived from this same poem, and is shared with the SAS Regimental Association.
State Department spokesman Nuland also specified yesterday that Blue Mountain operated inside the gate of the consulate, not outside; she said they were hired to provide Libyan guards who operated inside, doing things like operating security access equipment, screening cars, etc. But this contradicts other accounts, which say that Blue Mountain hirees were also outside. Last week, for example, McClatchy Newspapers ran an interview with a purported Libyan security guard who was injured in the assault, who says he was hired by a British company seven months ago. This account, also reported in Examiner.com, says that the security force outside the perimeter consisted of four other contracted guards, and three members of Libya’s 17th of February Brigade (formed at the start of the uprising that ousted Gaddafi, and integrated into the Libyan security forces). This means that the total security team guarding the perimeter of the compound was made up of eight guards.
The Administration’s reasons for hiring Blue Mountain are still more suspect. Breitbart.com says that an intelligence source told it that the Administration’s policy following Gaddafi’s death has been to keep a low profile, and this is why U.S. Marines were not stationed at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli or the American mission in Benghazi, as would typically have been the case. Further, in the spirit of keeping a low profile, the Obama Administration didn’t even want an American company in charge of private security, so it hired a British firm, Blue Mountain, which was willing to abide by the ‘no bullets’ Rules of Engagement (ROE). “In essence,” Breitbart says, “the Obama Administration tasked an unarmed British firm with security responsibilities that should have been handled by armed American servicemen.”