Buildup to the Oct. 10 Hearing on Benghazi: Army Officer Says Libya Mission Needed More Security But Got Less
October 7, 2012 • 11:02AM

Lt. Col. Andy Wood, an Utah Army National Guard Green Beret, has been subpoenaed to testify before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee on Oct. 10, on the security situation in Libya in the months prior to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others on Sept. 11. Wood headed a special 16-member Site Security Team for the US embassy, until his team was compelled to leave in August, about a month before the attack.

Wood told CBS News that his departure came despite the fact that embassy officials wanted security increased, not decreased. He said that he and fellow security officials were very worried about the chaos on the ground, and that they tried to communiciate the danger to State Department officials back in Washington, but those officials denied requests for additional security.

"We tried to illustrate... to show how dangerous and how volatile and just unpredictable that whole environment was over there," Wood said. "So to decrease security in the face of that really is... it's just unbelievable." Sources told CBS that a total of 34 highly-trained security personnel, including Wood's team, were pulled out of Libya over a six-month period.

Besides Wood, also scheduled to testify at the Oct, 10 hearing are two State Department officials, Charlene Lamb, of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and Region and Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom. News reports say that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also scheduled to testify, but her name doesn't appear on the witness list posted on the committee's website.