Ambassador Stevens, Tyrone Woods, and Glenn Doherty asked and waited for military back up … IT NEVER CAME! So now we know know that the State Department screwed up by denying Ambassador Stevens extra security when he stated, “the consulate could not withstand a coordinated attack.” Now we learn Obama and the military failed to provide any help for those begging for assistance.
On the night of the 9/11 anniversary assault at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, the Americans defending the compound and a nearby CIA annex were severely outmanned. Nonetheless, the State Department never requested military backup that evening, two senior U.S. officials familiar with the details of military planning tell The Daily Beast.
“The State Department is responsible for assessing security at its diplomatic installations and for requesting support from other government agencies if they need it,” a senior U.S. Defense official said. “There was no request from the Department of State to intervene militarily on the night of the attack.”
The president, however, would have the final say as to whether or not to send in the military. By 11 p.m. Benghazi time, 90 minutes after the assault began on the U.S. mission, Obama met with the National Security Council to discuss the attack. NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor said the president “ordered Secretary Panetta and Chairman Dempsey to begin moving assets into the region to prepare for a range of contingencies” at that meeting.
With such a clusterf*ck in Benghazi before during and after it is simply amazing that no one has resigned their post. One would think that some one would do the honorable thing or one would go forcibly. As Powerline states, at the very least, Hillary Clinton, Sec. of State must go.
Surveillance video captured the entire crime and murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings.
Surveillance video captured the grisly moments before the Florida couple Byrd and Melanie Billings were murdered in their Beulah home on July 9, 2009 as their children slept. A judge has ruled that the video cannot be released as it is part of an ongoing investigation. According to Sheriff David Morgan, “it was apparent again from the tape, when you viewed the tape that they meant business from the moment they entered that home”.
Dark, grainy surveillance camera images from inside the home of a slain Florida couple show the moments before their deaths as gunmen dressed in black storm their house. The images, taken at the home of Byrd and Melanie Billings, were shown Thursday to representatives from several news organizations. The Beulah, Florida, couple, known for adopting special-needs children, were shot to death in their home July 9.
Eight people have been arrested with regards to the murder including 56 year old Leonard Gonzalez Sr, Leonard Gonzalez Jr, Wayne Thomas Coldron, Gary Lamont Sumner, Fredrick Lee Thornton, Donald Ray Stallworth, an unidentified 16 year old juvenile, and Pamela Long.
Authorities are investigating the surveillance video for further clues. Investigators are working with the FBI to enhance the images an identify the suspects more clearly.
Leonard Gonzalez, Jr Double Motive? Was the Murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings a Robbery … a Murder for Hire Contract Hit? Or Both?
Double motives in the murders of Florida couple, Byrd and Melanie Billing?
Was the murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings a home invasion robbery or murder for hire? Florida authorities have yet to rule out that the deaths of the Billing’s couple could have been a murder for hire hit. Sheriff David Morgan responded Friday night to contract hit reports.
Leonard Gonzalez, Jr … Robbery or Contract Murder?
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office previously had refused to address whether the home-invasion shootings of Byrd and Melanie Billings may have been murders-for-hire. The couple, known for adopting special needs children, were found dead July 9.
It has been nearly one month since the double murders of the Florida couple, Byrd and Melanie Billings. The two were found dead in their Beulah, FL home on July 9, 2009 believed to be the victims of a home invasion. It was not long before there were arrests made in the double homicide.
First, 56 year old Leonard Gonzalez, Sr. was taken into custody and arrested for tampering with evidence. Then, the Escambia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office announced two more arrests; that of Leonard Gonzalez, Jr. and Wayne Thomas Coldiron. The arrest head count in the double murder case then came to seven as Gary Lamont Sumner, Fredrick Lee Thornton, Donald Ray Stallworth, and an unidentified juvenile were taken into custody. Then finally, Pamela Long was arrested as an accessory after the fact.
According to unidentified sources, there were double motives for the crime: robbery and contract killings. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan would neither confirm nor deny at a Friday night news conference whether the report was accurate.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office had said it believed robbery was the prime motive, but that it would explore all avenues.
Byrd and Melanie Billings Funeral: Couple Laid to Rest as Double Murder Investigation Continues … Rest in Peace
Byrd and Melanie Billings, the Florida couple known for their compassion for adopting 13 special needs children will be laid to rest today. The couple was murdered last Thursday in a double homicide, home invasion robbery. Let us not forget in all of the news dominated by the horrific crime against Byrd and Melanie Billings, which these people were inspirations and heroes. The compassion and caring that these two showed in opening their home and hearts to special needs children is never to be forgotten.
Byrd and Melanie Billings, Rest in Peace
Family and friends gathered Thursday night for a visitation for the couple at Liberty Church west of Pensacola. A funeral was set for Friday at the church.
Pamela Long, Eighth Suspect Arrested in the Double Murders of Florida Couple Byrd and Melanie Billings
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested Pamela Long on Wednesday as a person of interest in the murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings. She is the 8th individual arrested in connection with the Billings murders and the first female. Long was located and arrested in Orange Beach, AL by the Orange Beach Police Department. She is being charged with accessory after the fact, which is a felony.
Pamela Long, charged with accessory after the fact
Long was originally a person of interest in the murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says Long was found inside a boat at an Orange Beach marina.