Mark Geist & John Tiegen | Battle of Benghazi | 2016 Republican National Convention

John Tiegen, and coauthors
of the book “13 Hours.” [Applause.]>>Thank you so much.
>>Thank you.>>Thank you.
Thank you, America, for showing us the dedication that should
have been offered by Hillary and her State Department to those
who helped save their asses. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>September 11, 2012, 9:35, 9:
9:40, we got a call the U.S. consulate had been overrun.
We immediately got our gear ready to go.
Got the vehicles ready. And we had on three separate
occasions we got told to wait by the chief of base Bob and we got
told to stand down. Next thing we know, we hear over
the radio saying if if you guys don’t get here, we’re all going
to die. Stand down.
The embassy is under siege. We’re not waiting.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] As the three of us moved on the
consulate, the first thing you see is the main village is
engulfed in fire and smoke, you know, and just pouring out.
Moved up to the steps of the consulate.
Off to my right eye see them pulling a body out of a window,
limp body and ended up being Sean Smith.
He was already dead of smoke inhalation by the time we showed
up. Myself and — continued to move.
We went in. Just — the fire was blasting in
our face. The smoke just obliterated our
sight it was so thick. We tried to get on our bellies
to see under the smoke. No luck.
Little while later, talked to someone who came out the back,
searching. After a few minutes, went and
helped the state department guys get the classified information,
get them ready to go in their armored vehicle.
And all of a sudden we end up getting counter assaulted.
And at that time, instead of the State Department security agent
s agents’ job helping us to defend
the U.S. consulate, they took off, which left the six of us to
defend the consulate. You know, I got out, went up on
the roof of the villa. Made it to the gate.
The guy who initiated was with an RPG.
His third shot he was coming out out.
I got him over the top of the para put.
I left gone with a 10-round volley and he dropped.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] Was gone for about five minutes.
We got word there were going to be another 100 or so terrorists.
Good old Hillary was watching. It came to a point where we had
to make a decision. At that time we didn’t even know
that if they were even there or dead.
We had a responsibility to the other personnel at the Annex.
So we had a tough decision. And we head today the Annex
Annex without the ambassador.>>You know, as the team were
back at the Annex took up our fighting position because we
knew they would be following up and coming to our place.
But you know we were ready for them.
We started seeing movement outside of our compound.
Then all of a sudden something came flying to the wall, had
sparks, it landed between Tig Tig and I and exploded.
That’s when they opened on us. But we also unleashed some hell
on them. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>The first wave had about 20
terrorists. They went away with a whole lot
less. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>That first initial fight is
kind of always 40 years older than I am, he pulled out hid med
med kit, grabbed some gauze by his ear.
It looked like tampons. But sorry.
I look at him. Is that allowed much?
>>Tig came right here and stuck his gun right near my left ear.
I can’t hear out of it to this day.
>>You should have moved. [Laughter]
>>You know, soon after that we got word that the support team
for Tripoli by Glenn Doherty had landed at Benghazi airport.
Thank the airport security of the United States.
Ought to try to land in an airport in a country controlled
by a militia who you don’t go who their loyalty is to and you
got a bunch of guns and a bag of money.
Thank Godness it talks.>>Mine doesn’t.
You know, round 1:30 in the morning, you still have the U.S.
ambassador still missing. Still we got movement coming to
come up again on our east side. I get on the rail radio and said
hey, Bob, are they going to secure the perimeter?
Again 1:30, about 3 hours into the attack, and we get the
answer, no. Good Intel.
At that point, a vehicle actually came out of the dark
darkness, a guy jumped out of a vehicle and immediately drew his
arm back. All I saw in the old age with
the eyes, he ended up — we put three rounds into him and he
dropped like a sack of potatoes. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] You would take that guy out,
another guy would pop up, then another guy would pop up.
>>You know, it’s kind of like the arcade game down at the main
strip, you always go play whack an whack a mole?
A guy stick his head out, another came out.
Another stick his head out and you shoot at him.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>A little bit after that we
got a call call the ambassador was located at the hospital in
Benghazi. There was no way for us to
determine if this was valid, if he was alive, if he was dead.
You know, we don’t know if it could have been a trick for us
to spread our defense and pretty much just kind of screw
everybody else over at the consulate.
But we decided to stay put again again.
>>You know, at this time I had moved to where I was at, Tig and
got up on the roof. I was up there with Tyrone.
During the down time, me anti antirhône started talking — me
and Tyrone started talking about events that night.
Tyrone had told me about earlier that night when Tig had saved
his life because he got lost in the building over the e consul
consullality. And he started — consulate.
He started yelling out for Tig Tig with total disregard for his
own safety after having just come out of a smoke-filled room,
went back in and pulled Tyrone out.
[Applause.]>>It was during that, you know,
he was talking about his kids. All of us had a lot of young
kids there, every one of us that was there.
And, heck, jack had just found out his wife was pregnant.
So he had a newborn baby coming. None of us at that point knew if
we were going to make it home or not.
And this is getting on to about that time in the morning, about
5:30 when the sun starts coming up.
You see that change off on the horizon where it’s really dark,
that dark is starting to turn light.
And you’re hearing the morning prayers from the minute ar ets
in the — Minarets in the distance.
About the time they called for prayer, we thought, hey, the
next attack is going to begin. At that time when we heard over
the radio that Glenn and the TP TP from Tripoli had made their
way to the Annex and were just getting red to pull in.
When they did, instead of going inside, Glenn he came up on top
of the roof. He wanted to get in the fight.
So he joined us up there. Tyrone introduced Glenn because
I had never met him before. First thing that come out, it’s
good to have another gun fighter up on that roof.
He had kind of turned and started walking away from me.
It was about that time the final attack started.
A rocket grenade hit the back wall and small arms fire opened
up north right in front of him. A mortar hit on top of the outer
perimeter wall and the State Department guy said that he was
hit, took some sh sh rap shrapnel up in his forehead.
We opened up some fire. Ty opened up with a machine gun,
I opened up with my rifle. That’s when the second mortar
hit. Hit about 50 feet to my right.
The explosion kind of knocked me back a little bit and as I stood
back up, I kind of noticed that Rone was in a fetal position to
my left at my feet. I went to grab my rifle and
started shooting and that’s when I first noticed I was injured.
My left arm about 6 inches above the wrist was kind of hanging at
a 90-degree angle. It was then that the third
mortar hit. And as I glanced over to my
right, I noticed Glenn went face down on the floor out of the
fight. I tried again to bring my arm up
and grab my weapon, wanted to get back into the fight and it
just wouldn’t work. I couldn’t get it to hold on.
That’s when the fourth mortar hit.
Really the first time that I ever felt any pain that night.
It felt like I got stung by a thousand bees.
I figured at that time this hard headed marine ought to get to
some cover in case they drop another one on us.
Semperfy, thank you. So I dove for cover and then
everything went quiet. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]
God bless you. Thank you.
I pulled the tourniquet out. Started to get it on my arm but
I wanted to check on — so I crawled over to find a pulse.
Couldn’t find one. It was about that time I saw a
shadow come up on top of the roof was Tig.
Debris hadn’t even finished falling when he came up on that
roof.>>We were initially fighting on
the roof. You know, I’m standing there and
you know he’s saying Rone was laying pretty much.
When that first round hit the roof, it just went dead quiet.
The degree was so thick you could see the stars.
It just went pitch black, pitch quiet.
I started moving towards the building C and I get on the
radio and I said hey, you guys get up on building C.
Expect a response. But the team leader got on the
radio and said hey, we’re all right in here.
Of course you tell him to shut up.
Talking about the guys up on the roof.
Gets back on and said hey, got no movement.
Ran over there. First thing I do is I jump over
the parapet and first guy I see is a state guy.
He’s kind of leaning up against the ball.
‘s got his pistol out. His left leg just below the knee
was completely severed off. His left arm below the elbow is
completely severed off. I had to disarm him really quick
quick. Lucky he didn’t shoot me.
Maybe I got a medal if he would have.
But I got two tourniquets. Put a tourniquet on his leg.
Put a tourniquet on his arm. I’m asking for help from the
guys below in the building. The whole time I’m also hearing
kind of something behind me kind of a weird sound don’t usually
hear that in combat. But I unloaded.
As I started going across, you know again I can hear the
whimpering. The next thing I know it’s Oz.
He’s kind of sitting with his back against the wall playing
with his wrist kind of like this this, hey, dude, you need to
quit doing that, it will make it worse.
>>I was trying to put it back in place so it would stay there.
>>Yeah, I didn’t have any super glue.
He had his tourniquet out. I grabbed his tourniquet.
I got his tourniquet on his arm, stood him up and said hey, man,
can you go down the ladder by your?
>>I said hell yeah, because I new that Ty and Glenn still
needed help. Somewhere in the back of my mind
I was still hopeing they were alive.
So I walked over to the ladder that went down and kind of sat
up on the ledge and I’m sitting there looking down thinking,
okay, how am I going to get down off this thing?
I just survived two or three assaults on our compound and
three mortars landed on me and the next thing you know I’m
sitting there thinking my life I’m going to fall off the darn
roof and break my neck. Those aren’t the stories I want
my kids to hear how I died. If I go outy want to go out in a
blaze of glory. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] So I ended up hooking my gun on
the top rung of the ladder and thinking I will swing my feet
down. Murphy’s law what can go wrong
will go wrong. Right as I slid my feet.
I fell off the ladder. Luckily I caught myself with my
good arm, pulled myself back up. Got myself together and went on
down the ladder. Turned to walk around to the
front of the building meeting one of our other guys went out
and he walked me in and laid me down on the floor.
And I was sitting there and they were looking at me, told them,
hey, you need to get my clothes off because I know I got a bunch
other holes in me. I know there’s a bunch of wounds
to be treated. Finally they got the clothes off
me. We found out there were 20 or 30
other holes. Most weren’t bleeding too bad so
we got them plugged and ready to go.
>>After I got Oz up, you he kind of mumbled a little bit
because he didn’t have a cane to walk across the roof anymore.
But mainly I went over to where the next guy was, rone, flipped
him over, immediately checked for a pulse.
His throat moved just a little bit.
I didn’t get a pulse. So I immediately ripped off his
body armor. Lifted up his shirt and did what
we called a hook else feel, put outen outen your mouth you’re
trying to hear or see their breath in the stomach moves at
all. Didn’t get anything.
I got the flashlight. Checked for a pupil dilation.
And there was nothing. So at that moment, I knew he was
gone. Oz, he just went down.
So I knew the next call would be for him because — so I had to
announce are r an rone’s — announce ron’s gone gone.
Moved over to the next guy which ended up being Glenn Doherty bub
bub, again same like Oz, never worked with him, never met him.
Rolled him over. Same thing.
Checked for a pulse. Looked, listened.
Pupil dilation. Same.
Nothing. I immediately went over to Rone,
got all of his weapons and stuff like that.
Kneeled down and said a prayer over him.
Went over to bub and grabbed and kneeled down and said a prayer
over him. At that time we all got off the
roof. You know, we knew wed to get out
of there. We had to get everyone outside
of there because there was nothing we had that could defend
against mortar attack. And the fact that a building
just got hit by a 300-millimeter mortar and didn’t collapse while
everybody inside didn’t die. It definitely wasn’t the
construction of the building.>>It was the grace of God.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>Once we got all of us, the
wounded, stabilizeed, we secured the dead, made sure we didn’t
have any critical information left behind and that’s when we
made our way to the airport. To get there, we ended up having
to enlist the militia. Happened to be Gaddafi loyal I
didn’t say thes, those are the ones that Hillary wanted to get
out of Libya. Those are the ones that helped
Americans get to the hospital and get to the airport.
[Applause.] When we got there, we loaded up
the personnel. I made my trip in the back of a
pickup. It’s kind of like a Toyota.
Came over to me I was sitting on a gurney and grabbed the gurney.
That’s when I walked into been been gaz, I’m going to walk out.
[Applause.]>>That was the same that the
guys down, but this was one of the planes that Glenn didn’t
make it back on. The plane actually secured
actually someone I had just met that day.
Again I don’t think it’s really a coincidence.
We got an overwatcher with us that night.
We got everybody loaded up, headed to Tripoli.
And then we had to turn our task because we didn’t get left
behind, we stayed behind because they couldn’t hold everybody.
Again, the Gaddafi loyalist millishia accepted up and said
hey, we can go get the ambassador.
They came back returned with the ambassador’s body.
Myself, Tonto and one of the Delta Fi’s checked, made sure it
was him. Looked him over.
You know, he was wearing the exact same clothes he was
wearing that morning when we went to call him and we went
over because there was a threat on a local — well there was a
threat on a government compound. He was wearing the exact same
clothes. He had black soot on his
fingernails .
But there was no sign of mutilation.
It was obvious to us he died of smoke inhalation.
And all those rumors about that happening to him and our whole
government not doing squash right away is a bunch of bull
[Applause.]>>At that point, you know we
didn’t know how we would actually get out of there.
Several minutes go by. Starts rolling down the runway,
we think this might be for us. Kind of comes a little bit
closer but then does a U-turn, pulls off to an area, see all
the pilots get off. We kind of stand there for a
little bit. Well one of the team members
that came down from Tripoli and the linguists that came down
from Tripoli went over there and took about 15 minutes and they
kind of the pilots to take us back up to Tripoli.
Again, Americans to leave Benghazi, we didn’t leave an
airplane but we left flown by — the first U.S.S. we saw wasn’t a
jet. It was a medical transport bird
that took us all to Germany. About 5 p.m. on September 12th.
At least 20 minutes after siege, right?
>>20 minutes, right.>>Yeah.
That night there were more than 30 American lives saved that
night. It’s because Americans never
give up. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] We refuse to lose.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] Benghazi’s been a four letter
word, but it’s about politics. Benghazi was about opportunities
opportunities. Opportunities taken when we
defied standdown orders and opportunities squandered when
Hillary failed to protect her people on the ground.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] Had she done her job that night,
had she done her job that night, we wouldn’t have had to
compromise .
Sean, ambassador Stevens would be alive today.
Now, — [Applause.]
Now, we as Americans, we have an opportunity.
That opportunity is to elect someone who will make this
country safe again. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] We have to elect someone who
will have our backs. Someone who will bring our guy
home. Won’t leave anybody behind.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] We have to elect someone who
will lead with strength and integrity.
And I believe that person is Donald Trump.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] (chanting USA!) Let me know.
We’ve done our part. The vets did their part.
Now you do yours.>>God bless you.
Thank you all.

85 thoughts on “Mark Geist & John Tiegen | Battle of Benghazi | 2016 Republican National Convention

  1. This went down in post-Gaddafi Libya. They were operating in a region without a functioning and stable government. In no way does their experience in that situation reflect on the safety or security of America.

  2. PBS didn't show them or the movie. They said they're just talking about Benghazi now and talked over the whole thing. They even cut away from showing the stage. They spent the entire time talking about Hillary. How disgusting is that?

    I sent a message to the Ombudsman about media bias.

  3. Heroes

  4. The Benghazi Report did not place blame at Ms. Clintons feet. The Benghazi Villa was a temporary embassy which affected the defense. The standard however guard for an embassy is from 5 to 20 diplomatic security officers or Marines which is what there was at Benghazi along with 4 Contracted militia members of the "17th February group" if you watched the skewed Movie 13 hours they were the ones the Security officers were trying to find. At the first sign of danger a call was to be place to that Militia to respond with 20 members and support from CIA base. accounting for 30 total armed defenders. That was the SOP (Standard Operation Protocol) for Benghazi. I can't see how the failure of the Militia to respond is Ms. Clinton's Fault. If you can dispute these facts do so.

  5. Hillary belongs either in Prison,? Or the Ultimate penalty,? for Espionage & Treason.? Like they gave other people for the same crimes,? A Death Sentence in America.?

  6. I love these guys, they put the whole army of Libtards and Neocons activists and their "Arab Spring" 6ft under.

  7. yeah, um, these two came back. that cia guy who that book trashes the whole time?? yeah, still in tripoli, still cia. thats why he hasn't been able to come forward and give his side of the story. the head of the security detail they were working is still in libya working under that same guy. they both say there were never orders to "stand down." 13 hours was released without going through the normal cia approval to check content and assure it wouldn't risk any ongoing operations. that shit did threaten more lives – it truly did. there are almost 300 embassies worldwide. during the bush lresidency, there were 120 different attacks on embassies. people who work in these jobs know they're dangerous. the ambassador, chris stevens, was a uc berkeley graduate who had been in the peace corps. he was one of those "libtards" you're talking about. you know, the gop had cut $300 million from embassy security in the budget. Secretary Clinton had told them it would be perilous

  8. What flippin' idiots. Playing war with real weapons, and doing it for the likes of HIllary Clinton. These guys have NO CLUE that what they're fighting are CIVILIANS. They are helping overthrow the governments and people of THEIR LANDS.
    What idiots.
    Until our dumb military wakes up and figures it out, there will be NO CHANGE in a positive manner. Humpty-Dumpty, up there, ain't gonna be put back together, no matter who comes along with whatever they've got.

    WE have destroyed this world and these dopes, and plenty like them, have played their role(s). Good job, boys; oooh-rah, hey?
    Sheer stupidity.

  9. As long as fools like these two dupes and other like them continue killing for reasons they don't even begin to understand, this world will implode. Our, "OUR?", military needs to work this out and not after they retire (as they all seem to do.)

  10. these are probably the same type of a holes that didnt want to make abu ghraib political. but they have no problem making "benghazi" political? so 9 investigations that proved nothing, was enough? how about a 10th?

  11. how pathetic to use a terrorist attack to win elections. did somebody blame bush for setember 11? so lame of trump's campaign…they don't have a concrete solution for America's leadership in the world…just negative press.

  12. "The valor and courage of our young woman and men in the Armed Services are a shinning example to all of the world and we owe them and their families our Deepest Respect." Bill Frist God Bless America and God Bless our Soldiers, Police Officers and Fire Fighters who risk their lives everyday to PROTECT us.

  13. Did they testify their statement under oath in the congressional hearings? I'm skeptical because nowhere in the reports proves "stand down" orders.

  14. Yay, Cowboys…Bunch of douche nozzles. Poor guys used by RNC propaganda. It's so sad. Everything what's going on right now, fucking ISIS, terror in Europe, refugees crisis and shit like that, is because of stupid murican retaliations and unlawful invasions. Now, all Europe where used to be no gun violence, mass shooting and all that murican psycho stuff, is dragged into this horrible thing.

  15. I just have to say, Thank You to My Heros <3 These 2 Men, Give Me Hope that The American Man, is the BEST and the Bravest Men in This World!!!!!!!!! XOXO Love You Guys!!!!

  16. The whole time they were probably thinking, "We aren't rockstars." This whole thing is an exploitation of their heroism and bravery and it sucks that they were roped into it for the sake of taking a jab at the democratic party. Couldn't be prouder of these guys or what they've done, all the love and respect in the world to them; I just feel like…like they were used. Like they were used and they deserve better.

  17. It was these CIA/Blackwater Mercenaries that were trying to kidnap ambassador Stevens all to justify Obama losing his election chances and invade Libya for its oil.

  18. If they had stayed at the embassy any longer, they would've died and their base would've fallen into the hands of the enemy. Besides, there was a lot of smoke at embassy. There was no chance of finding the ambassador.

  19. you guys are simply THE BEST !!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS THIS!! We are so glad you had the guts to just GO!!!

  20. wait wait wait, this guy was not a Marine during Benghazi he was a frigging plug & play MERC used to do dangerous things for big bucks – he was not a Marine then and all this fanfare is bullshit

  21. And you dumb liberals are voting for this piece of low life shit, good luck, not happening here…what more proof do you want

  22. God bless men like these and God bless America!!!!!! Trump we are so glad to have you as our President. NO more treachery against the American people !!!!!!! NO MORE.

  23. these guys were heros, they were left to die in benghazi. Obama and clinton didn't want anybody alive. thank you men from the bottom of my heart, for outing these to criminals.

  24. these guy didnt even get medals. i know their lives are worst more than a piece of metal but its fucking disgusting how the very country they are fighting to protect turns their backs on these heroes and fucks them over in the worst imaginable way. i swear to god hilary clinton needs assassinating and i pray to god it fucking happens very soon. the evil lying sadistic two faced slut. DROP FUCKING DEAD HILARY YOU FUCKING SKANK

  25. 3 d animation film explore clinton Sanders Fogh throwing UK Norge usa
    Germany fire, Children and young people what a lie alll to ✌️

  26. These brave guys most inspiring to us .. I salute them .. Incredible job the did.. most respect and love from me , my family and my country India 🇮🇳🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💐💐💐🇮🇳

  27. This is an interesting comparison between disobeying orders to do whats right vs taking orders to do what you know in your gut is wrong. But many in the Republican party want us to respect the military and chain of command so much that both standards need to be met.

  28. What makes my blood boil about Benghazi is the "stand down order" lie, Tiegen and the other two made up to exploit the tragedy to sell a book full of hogwash.

  29. John Tiegen is lying if he says the CIA Chief of Base in Benghazi told him the rescue mission was cancelled. I can prove it with Teigen's own sworn testimony before the House Select Committee Investigation. Just ask and you shall receive.

  30. Tig's Benghazi Stand Down Order Story Is A Lie.

    Tanto and Oz admit they didn't hear the CIA Chief of Base in Benghazi call off the rescue mission. They both rely on hearsay from Tig that the Chief told Tig the mission was cancelled.

    There are two problems with Tig's claim.

    First, the other three men who Tig says were present when the Chief cancelled the mission, say Tig is wrong.

    Second, the "exact words" Tig says the Chief used to cancel the mission show it wasn't a order calling off the mission. It was an order telling Tig to back off and wait until they made a plan for the rescue mission.

  31. The Clinton’s and their ugly daughter should be hung ! Put it on paper view at $10 a pop and take all their money or their foundations their real estate their cars your trust fund their offshore account and pay it toward the national debt and take the paper view money and all of the assets they had that have been sold or third and then the cash pay it towards the national debt they created

  32. Tig an Oz claim they disobeyed orders and departed the CIA Annex. However, the House Intelligence Committed found that the, "The CIA Security Chief led and participated in the rescue mission with the other officers. The Team Leader’s presence in the car supports the conclusion that the security team did not depart without authorization or contrary to orders."

  33. 19:17 Tiegen claims he was one of the three men who examined the Ambassador's body and found no signs of torture or abuse. Then, blames Obama for not squashing the false story about Ambassador's body being abused.

  34. 24:22 Geist claims "we defied stand down orders." Keep in mind, Geist was not even at the CIA Annex when the GRS team departed the CIA Annex. Also, he was not a member of the six man GRS team that went to assist the diplomatic mission. He has no first hand information about what happened at the CIA Annex from the time the GRS team leader took the call from the diplomatic mission requesting assistance until the GRS team departed the Annex twenty three minutes later.

  35. I have a challenge for anybody who believes John "Tig" Tiegen's story that the CIA Chief of Base in Benghazi told him to stand down. I challenge you read the part of the Final Report of the Gowdy House Intelligence Committee titled, "The Mission Calls The Annex For Support." It covers the 23 minutes from the time the GRS team leader got the call from the diplomatic mission asking for assistance until he gave the order for the Annex team to depart the CIA Annex.

    If you read it, I bet you will have doubts that Tiegen is telling the truth about the Chief telling him to stand down.

    The part of the Report of the Gowdy House Committee titled, "The Mission Calls The Annex For Support", starts on page 36 of the report. Thanks.…/crpt/hrpt848/CRPT-114hrpt848.pdf

  36. Benedict Arnold was a hero before he was a traitor. John "Tig" Tiegen was a hero before he became the "Liar of Benghazi."

  37. At 0:30 on this video, Mark Geist complains about Hillary not supporting him in Benghazi. Geist sounds like a moron.

    The situation in Benghazi required a military response. Not, a diplomatic outreach.

    The Chief of Base wanted an ISR drone, a C-130 and a Med Bird for his wounded. Geist seems to think they needed some diplomats to reach out to Abu Khattala and Ansar al Sharia. Is Geist really that dumb?

    Why doesn't Geist whine about the Director of the CIA or the U. S. military not supporting him?

  38. I have a challenge for anybody who believes John "Tig" Tiegen's story that the CIA Chief of Base in Benghazi told him to stand down. I challenge you read the part of the Final Report of the Gowdy House Intelligence Committee titled, "The Mission Calls The Annex For Support." It covers the 23 minutes from the time the GRS team leader got the call from the diplomatic mission asking for assistance until he gave the order for the Annex team to depart the CIA Annex.

    If you read it, I bet you will have doubts that Tiegen is telling the truth about the Chief telling him to stand down.

    The part of the Report of the Gowdy House Committee titled, "The Mission Calls The Annex For Support", starts on page 36 of the report. Use the PDF version. It is easier to read. Thanks. @t

  39. For those posting here please take note of "Freds Slice" that is also known as "Fred Slice" and on other videos as "Fred Freddy". This entity posts on most if not all of the videos about Benghazi and always with the same bullshit content bashing these heroes.

  40. Why would the Chief of Base tell GRS John Tiegen to stand down after the Chief had already approved the GRS team leaders request to go assist the the diplomatic facility, and was working with the GRS team leader to get assistance for the GRS team?

  41. Benghazi Investigation: Alleged CIA Chief of Base Stand Down Order

    Let’s look at the evidence that the CIA Chief of Base at the CIA Annex in Benghazi issued a stand down order to the Annex GRS team.

    First Item of Evidence

    GRS contractor, John Tiegen, one of the members of the seven-man CIA team that was ordered to go assist the diplomatic mission, testified to the Gowdy Benghazi Committee that the Chief of Base told him, “stand down, you need to wait. You need to come up with a plan.”

    Tiegen testified to the Gowdy Committee as follows:

    “We’re probably sitting there a good 15 minutes, and I get out of the car. I have the Chief of Base, the Deputy Chief of Base, and the team leader on the front porch. They’re all three on the phone doing something. And I just say: Hey, you know, we’ve got to get over there. We’re losing the initiative. The Chief of Base looks at me, he says: Stand down, you need to wait. You need to come up with a plan. And I say: No, it’s too late to come up with a plan. We need to get over in the area, get eyes on, and then we can come up with a plan. And that’s kind of where I left it because they left it at that, and I got back in the car.”

    Second Item of Evidence

    GRS contractor, Kris Paronto, another member of the seven-man team that was ordered to go assist the diplomatic mission, testified to the Gowdy Benghazi Committee that John Tiegen told him the Chief is “telling us to stand down.”

    Paronto testified as follows to the Gowdy Committee:

    “I see Tiegen get out of his car. He goes to the driver’s side. And I have my door closed, and I see him yelling at the Chief of Base. He’s going like this. Now, I didn’t hear it, but I asked him after what he said to him. He was just there. Him and the Chief of Base are jaw jacking. He gets in the car. I said what’s going on, dude? He said he’s telling us to stand down. Now Tiegen told me that on the radio, but I said my vehicle was doors were closed, armored vehicle, but I remember seeing him go to the driver’s side.”


    Now, let’s look at the evidence that the CIA Chief of Base at the CIA Annex in Benghazi did not issue a stand down order to the Annex GRS team.

    First Item of Evidence

    When the Chief of Base testified to the Gowdy Committee, he was adamant that he never told the Annex team members to ‘‘stand down.’’

    Q: You said that you let them go. Did you give them an affirmative order for them to go?

    A: I was working with [the Team Lead] the whole time in an effort to get them to get them gone, to have them go. I wanted them to go. They were cleared to go. And they went.

    Q: When you say they were cleared to go, is that you giving the clearance?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Did you have any discussions—do you recall having any discussions with the deputy chief of base about allowing the guys to go?

    A: I don’t recall any. It was never—I never had any doubt about the GRS people going to the State Department compound. I had great concerns and great worry about it but I did not, I did not tell anybody to stand down.

    Second Item of Evidence

    The Deputy Chief of Base described to the Gowdy Committee how the Chief of Base cleared the GRS Team Leader to take a team to assist the diplomatic mission:

    "I got the Chief of Base, brought the Chief of Base out into the GRS team room where we were. The GRS team leader advised the chief of base what the situation was and said: We got to go get those guys. And the chief of base responded, ‘Absolutely.'’’

    Third Item of Evidence

    The GRS team leader described what happened with he told the Chief the team was leaving the Annex:

    "So, at some point, you know, whatever, couple of minutes, it becomes kind of clear that there’s nothing readily coming, or there’s—like Chief isn’t making positive coms with anybody who’s saying, hey, I’ve got, you know, two, three, four, five technicals, they’re going to meet you at whatever location. That’s not happening. So, I tell the chief, I say: Hey, Chief, look, we’re going. And to be honest with you, I don’t recall Chief saying anything. Deputy chief, you know, kind of looks at me, and he’s like, well, he’s like, you know, [GRS-Team Lead], God speed, hopefully we’ll see you guys back here shortly."

    Fourth Item of Evidence

    One GRS agent [GRS 3] said “I didn’t hear” the Chief tell GRS 1 to stand down. But, claims GRS 1 “gets in the car. I said what’s going on, dude? He said he’s telling us to stand down. Now [GRS 1] told me that on the radio.”

    Fifth Item of Evidence

    One GRS agent (GRS 4 or GRS 5) did not recall the Chief of Base telling the team to ‘‘stand down.’’

    Sixth Item of Evidence

    One GRS (GRS 4 or GRS 5), in his testimony, said nothing about a stand down order.

    Seventh Item of Evidence

    When John Tiegen testified to the Rogers Committee in 2013, he didn't report that the Chief told him to stand down.

    Eight Item of Evidence

    When Kris Paronto testified testified to the Rogers Committee in 2013, he didn't report that Tiegen told him over the radio that the Chief told him to stand down.


    Analysis of Evidence

    Tiegen's claim that the Chief of Base told him to stand down is disputed by the Chief of Base.

    Tiegen's claim that the Chief's exact words were, "stand down, you need to wait. You need to come up with a plan", indicates the Chief was not cancelling the mission to assist the diplomatic facility. He was merely delaying the departure of team until they came up for a plan for team.

    Tiegen's failure to disclose the stand down order to the Rogers Committee, suggests that Tiegen's claim that the Chief of Base told him to stand down, was fabricated after he testified to the Rogers Committee in 2013.

    That nobody but Tiegen heard the stand down order suggests there was no stand down order. (Tiegen claims the Chief of Base, the Deputy Chief of Base, and the team leader were on the front porch when the Chief told Tiegen "stand down." Yet, the Deputy Chief of Base and the team leader, in their testimony, said nothing about the Chief telling Tiegen to stand down)

    The only corroboration of John Tiegen's claim that the Chief told him to stand down is Kris Paronto's claim that when Tiegen returned to his vehicle, he told Paronto over the raido that, "he's telling us to stand down."

    That Paronto did not say anything about a stand down order in 2013, when he testified to the Gowdy Committee suggests that it never happened.

    That none of the other GRS team members testified that they heard Tiegen tell Paronto about the stand down order over the radio, suggests that it didn't happen. (Everyone on the GRS team had the same radio. Why didn't they heard it?)

  42. John Tiegen was a hero in Benghazi. But, now he's become an "Enemy of Free Speech." Tiegen sued Fred Slice for disputing his claim that the Chief of Base ordered him to stand down. Tiegen lost the case and was ordered to pay Mr. Slice's attorney fees and expenses.

  43. You know this is really what I don't get about what Maxine waters said when she said that the only true patriots was black and it really pisses me off when I hear these race baiting politicians say things like that and they say it just to keep us divided and it should never be about what color or what gender a person has to be to be great because we can fight wars together and play sports together so why is it to much to ask to take care of each other. These guys is what makes America great they go and put their self's in harms way so we can live the American dream and if it wasn't for these people that fight for us regardless what they look like are the ones that give America the greatest gift which is hope so god bless the men and women that serve and keep us safe thank you all so much for the courage and righteousness that you give us every time you take the battlefield and put that American uniform on red white and blue are the only colors that matters and makes the real difference thank you and god bless

  44. We're raising money to challenge John "Tig" Tiegen, the self described "Hero of Benghazi", to prove his claim he received the CIA Medal of Valor and the State Department Award for Heroism. When John proves up his claim, the money raised will go to his Beyond the Battlefield Foundation to help wounded veterans and first responders.

  45. I don't think John Tiegen cares about helping wounded veterans and first responders. I have offered to donate $4,000 to the Beyond the Battlefield if John Tiegen can prove his claim that he received the CIA Medal of Valor and State Department Award for Heroism. John has not responded to my offer.

  46. The bravery of these men is indisputable, the fact that their Government put them into this position reprehensible.

  47. As far as the stand down order goes i cant beleave they waited 25 min with out one but with that said you never split your forces so its had to believe they did not get one because i would have a had time not giving it because you dont send your best men down the road if you know you are about to be had 20 people to defend at the cia compound.. Semper fi

  48. To everyone talking about the CIA never said this or that , do you trust the United States government? Our politicians are the most crooked , self – centered , low life pieces of garbage in the world. If you trust them you yourself are a fool.

  49. Wow wow wow the autism is strong in this crowd. Never seen an audience with such complete lack of humor.
    What a nightmare for those guys. Like speaking to a crowd filled with Asperger patients

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