I recently learned that my brother, Glen Doherty, was not at the Benghazi CIA “Annex” but in Tripoli at the time of the attack on the US consulate (or the US “temporary mission,” technically). According to the facts as I now understand them, he had arrived in Libya one day earlier, working with a team of CIA security contractors (“GRS”: Global Response Staff). They heard the news that the mission was under attack and a team of four of them rushed in to help. They chartered a flight as quickly as possible by showing up at the airport and convincing a pilot to fly them to Benghazi for $30,000. In Benghazi they were frustratingly detained while negotiating with the right militias to reach where they wanted to go. They knew that the battle was raging and had now shifted from the temporary mission to the Annex. As soon as they could, they hired a car to rush them to the Annex, arriving at around 5 AM. At the Annex, they joined the fight. Glen, a paramedic, gave some first aid to the injured and fired on attackers from a defensive position inside. He heard that Ty was directing the defensive operation from the roof and went to join him. On the fortified roof, Glen hugged Ty, who gave him a hearty endorsement in introducing him to the 2 other men up there, one GRS and one DSS (State Department security). The attackers may have numbered over a hundred. Glen took up a position in a machine gun nest and took out a number of them. Enemy mortars “bracketed” the building, over- and under-shooting it before three struck the roof in quick succession. The first killed Ty and critically injured the other GRS agent. The second killed Glen instantly. Each of the three severely injured the DSS agent. It was shortly after 6 AM. At this point, readings from an unarmed drone suggested about a hundred more militants were on the move towards them. The decision was made to evacuate everyone to the airport. That operation was successful. The two others wounded on the roof remain very severely injured, but are recovering. My family is rooting very hard for them both.
This information regarding Glen’s role is different than what our State Department liaison told me on the morning of Glen’s funeral, and which I subsequently shared in my eulogy and which many others have shared since. Our family is no less proud of Glen’s heroism in rushing in and giving his life to help with the battle that saved the lives of 20-30 American diplomatic personnel, but the facts are important.
Thank you to those who have helped to learn and communicate the basic truths of the events of September 11-12, 2012 to our family.