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Book Review: ‘The Embassy House’ by Sgt Morgan Jones and Damien Lewis

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It was over a year ago, on 9/11/2012, that the US Special Mission in Bengahzi, Libya, was attacked, resulting in the death of four US citizens including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Initial official reports were that the act was committed by a bunch of locals who were protesting a YouTube video that disrespected the Muslim faith. This explanation made for good copy in the press. But frankly it had more flaws than a fake Rolex.

Little by little the truth, or at least the less embarrassing parts, were released by the administration. We learned that it was not a spontaneous protest over a video, rather it was a well coordinated attack that had an Al Qaeda element.

One thing is crystal clear, the Administration have little or no interest in talking about Benghazi, that was last year’s crisis! Rumor also has it that the CIA people that were on the ground at the time have been discouraged from speaking out.

So let us discuss The Embassy House by Sgt Morgan Jones and Damien Lewis.

Sgt Morgan Jones is what is what is known as a PMC (Private Military Contractor). His British-based company was awarded the State Department contract to train a small band of local Libyans how to provide a basic layer of security protection at the Benghazi Special Mission.

Morgan Jones is a seasoned combat veteran, a man well versed in methods of providing a secure environment in a hostile place. What he discovered in Benghazi appalled him. The local security force were a bunch of untrained, unarmed and mostly disinterested group of men who preferred to drink tea and play cards to providing security. The QRF (Quick Reaction Force) consisted of a mere four members of the  ragtag militia that had helped oust Gaddafi. While well-armed, they lacked leadership, training, and what was going to prove deadly for four Americans, loyalty.

We all know the outcome of the attack on the Benghazi Mission, or do we?

What Morgan Jones and Damien Lewis do in The Embassy House is take the reader behind the official curtain. They explore areas of the sad story that the US administration would rather not discuss. Minor things like, the compound being photographed earlier in the day by someone wearing a Libyan police uniform, why there was a CIA secret annex less than a mile away, or what they were doing there? Of course the biggest question of all is why was the Benghazi Mission so poorly protected.

The Embassy House gives the reader much to chew on. What I found interesting was that within days of the CBS 60 Minutes program that featured Morgan Jones suddenly we get an announcement of a ‘closed door’ congressional hearing on the subject. Rumor has it that only CIA guests are invited. Make what you will of that.

I have never had any contact with Morgan Jones, so I can offer no opinion on his truthfulness, Damien Lewis however is a gentleman who I have talked to in the past. This is an author who will not print a single word without fact-checking.

I leave it up to the reader to draw their own conclusions

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  • Jeff Baker

    Embassy House has been withdrawn by its publisher. 60 Minutes has apologized for running (and falling for) this fake story. Sites like World net Daily wouldn’t touch this new development in the story with a 911 foot pole…

    • This John Gault Speaking

      This is an author who will not print a single word without fact-checking.

      classic line in light of recent events…

      • lil

        Makes you wonder if he’s checking his facts with fox news.

        • Silures

          You and others who take the word of this administration as gospel would benefit from spending some TV time at Fox News. Open your mind to other than government sanctioned information.

          • EV Cannon

            BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You use Faux News as a source???? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

          • Silures

            Joe Klein, TIME Magazine reporter and journalist and well known doyen of the left (who constantly put down Fox News Channel) recently said, and I quote:

            ” – I come home, and I turn on CNN at 6 o’clock at night — because that’s something I kind of do in preparation for the 6:30 network news, to see what Wolf [Blitzer] is being really hyperbolic about — and he’s talking about the plane!” [Klein lamentedd]

            “It is such an embarrassment to our profession that CNN has gone in the toilet the way it has,” he continued. “You know, I miss being able to turn on a straight newscast. And it turns out, the only place you can go to get one, at 6 o’clock at night, is Fox News – ”

            Here’s a link to the video of him saying that to Jeff Greenfield, and more about the unreliability of the liberal media to any longer provide hard news:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teoxjspg0p8
            He says in the video that he can only now speak candidly in saying that because TIME magazine has been spun off of Time Warner.

            Further in he says: ” – The only place to get a straight news report and it turns out the only place to get one at six o’clock at night is Fox; it’s true. (Jeff Greenfield adds: it’s true folks he’s telling you the truth; Fox News Evening Report and Brett Baer….] – “

        • Silures

          Joe Klein, TIME Magazine reporter and journalist and well known doyen of the left (who constantly put down Fox News Channel) recently said, and I quote:

          ” – I come home, and I turn on CNN at 6 o’clock at night — because that’s something I kind of do in preparation for the 6:30 network news, to see what Wolf [Blitzer] is being really hyperbolic about — and he’s talking about the plane!” [Klein lamentedd]

          “It is such an embarrassment to our profession that CNN has gone in the toilet the way it has,” he continued. “You know, I miss being able to turn on a straight newscast. And it turns out, the only place you can go to get one, at 6 o’clock at night, is Fox News – ”

          Here’s a link to the video of him saying that to Jeff Greenfield, and more about the unreliability of the liberal media to any longer provide hard news:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teoxjspg0p8
          He says in the video that he can only now speak candidly in saying that because TIME magazine has been spun off of Time Warner.

  • Dee

    Oh there is WAY much more to this story. If incorrect information really bothered the gov’t so much why would they allow any conspiracy theory to go to print? 9/11 inside job, JKF assassination, Aliens, UFOs, etc.? I am suspecting that there was classified information, even if it was classified because it is embarrassing. Why were over 20+ CIA personnel present? Why was Stevens negotiating with liasons from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to raise more money to hire ‘freedom fighters’ for Syria the very day the embassy was attacked? These ‘freedom fighters’ who helped oust Qadafi and are part of mujaheddin for hire, much like Bin Laden was in Iran/Iraq. Why were ‘freedom fighters’ who were imprisoned in Libya and Iraq busted out, like 3000 of them? Where was the money going to if not for security? Right before 9/11 we lost 9 TRILLION dollars. Money is loaded on pallets and given to tribal chiefs. We lost another 3 TRILLION dollars after 9/11. *POOF*

    • Dee

      These ‘freedom fighters’ also refused to turn in their weapons after Qadafi was ousted.

      • Dee

        They were hired to fight Hezbollah.

  • Dave Williams

    I am sure it was heavy pressure by the White House and the State Department that caused NBC and CBS to apologize for their reporting on this book. A spectacular item is that our State Department revealed the author’s real name. He wrote the book under a pseudonym to protect he and his family. The state department protected the true identity of everyone except the author.

    The book was a excellent read. It revealed that the Embassy Mission was totally unprotected. The Libyan security guards working for the U.S. Embassy were totally unarmed. When Morgan Jones arrived to train the Libyan Security Guards there was only one armed man who comprised the entire internal security force, an ex-marine. Jones spent a year training the Libyan personnel. He was not allowed to live at the mission as was the normal procedure. He lived in a rented house in Benghazi, unarmed. Most Libyans were heavily armed with handguns and AK47s but foreign Westerners like Jones were forbidden to be armed. Muslim Militia from Afghanistan, Somalia, and other middle east Muslim countries were in abundance and armed with assault weapons and heavy machine guns like our 50 caliber machine guns and flying the flag of the Al Qaeda.

    The state department justified their actions by a discrepancy between Jones’
    book and a report he filed with his employer. Jones was ordered by his employer in Great Britain NOT to go to the Embassy compound during or after the attack. Jones says he disobeyed those orders but lied to his boss. The state department says this discrepancy disproves the entire book. And they used this report from his boss, who was contracted to the State Department,
    to force CBS and NBC to apologize for their reporting and for the publisher to pull the book from bookstore shelves.

    This is blatant censorship. The worse in U.S. history. All to protect Obama and Hillary Clinton.

    If you can get a copy of the book, get it and read it. Learn the truth.

  • EV Cannon

    Pity that “The Embassy House” has been debunked as a work of fiction and outright lie….