The U.S. Department of State's former Secretary Hillary Clinton hired an inexperienced and virtually unknown foreign company to protect the U.S. mission in Benghazi with a force of nearly 50,000 guards, according to documents obtained by an "Inside the Beltway" public interest organization and released on Friday.
Several U.S. media outlets have reported an estimated amount of between $783,000 and $783,284 based on “miscellaneous” federal contract data, but the exact figure had not been disclosed until Judicial Watch revealed the true cost.
In fact, the Benghazi security deal was not listed as part of the large master State Department contract that covers protection for overseas embassies, according to Reuters.
"What surprises me is the fact that the contract was out-sourced to a foreign company without a peep from the media, but then again it's not that surprising since the news business is so corrupt when it comes to aiding and abetting Obama's cover-ups," said former police lieutenant Anthony Borellino, who is now an operations director for a security firm in the U.S.
Judicial Watch obtained these latest files as part of an ongoing investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack and subsequent cover-up by the Obama administration. On September 11, 2012 Islamic jihadists raided the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the first diplomat to be killed overseas in decades, and three other Americans were murdered in the violent incident.
According to an Examiner news story, during the long-anticipated testimony by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Banghazi, Libya, Senate Democrats repeatedly referred to a report that blames the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies -- but not the White House -- for the misinformation allegedly contained in talking points that explained the details of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate diplomatic in Benghazi, Libya.
"The Obama administration has worked hard to keep details of the attack—and the negligence that led to it—from the American public, but JW has gone to court and filed a number of public records requests to expose the truth. JW has also published two in-depth special reports on Benghazi, the last one on the first anniversary of the terrorist attack," said Judicial Watch analysts in their report.
These latest documents obtained by Judicial Watch includes the actual security services contract between the Obama State Department and the untested, but cut-rate, British firm, Blue Mountain Group. The deal was for only one year and the contract called for specific requirements such as security officers performing foot patrols, package inspections, contingency and mobilization planning.
The total consulate security contract consisted of 45,880 man-hours, with an additional 1,376 hours for “emergency services,” according to the contract. The contract also included payment for one security vehicle and 12 radio networks.
The security officers were responsible for protecting U.S. government personnel, facilities and equipment from damage or loss, the contract states.
“The local guard force shall prevent unauthorized access; protect life; maintain order; deter criminal attacks against employees; dependents and property terrorist acts against all U.S. assets and prevent damage to government property,” stated the U.S.-Blue Mountain agreement.
"Clearly the firm failed miserably to fulfill its contractual obligation," stated Judicial Watch staff.
Why would the Obama administration hire this obscure and unproven British firm to protect American interests in a dangerous North African country long known to be infested with terrorists? British government sources cited in a national news story revealed that even they were unfamiliar with Blue Mountain and in fact the British government uses a different—certainly more competent—security company to provide protection at their own diplomatic mission in Libya.
It’s not like the State Department wasn’t aware of the eminent dangers in Benghazi. In fact, a scathing report recently issued by an independent panel of security and intelligence experts discloses that the State Department has long known that weak security at American embassies and consulates worldwide could result in a tragedy like Benghazi yet senior officials did nothing to correct security deficiencies.
"Benghazi was simply the latest in a long string of security failures that date back more than a decade," according to Judicial Watch.
"What I find hard to believe is the news media's love affair with this female 'empty suit.' What has Hillary Clinton done in her career that warrants serious consideration for the presidency? Can someone please give the American people just one real achievement -- not long-winded speeches -- something substantial that Mrs. Clinton did during her years as a senator and secretary of state?" asks political consultant Michael Baker.