Charles Woods: 'Cowards' in the White House 'murdered' my son
This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," October 26, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And tonight, breaking developments related to the Benghazi terror attack. Now, Fox News has exclusively learned that multiple requests for backup were made by the former Navy SEAL who died at the CIA Annex and those requests were in fact denied.
Now, all of this information was obtained by Fox News from sources who are on the ground that tragic day in Benghazi. Now, here is how this all played out. Now, former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was at the CIA Annex when he heard that shots had in fact been fired at the consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens was along with his team.
Not once but twice Woods and others at the annex requested from their higher ups permission to go and help those under attack. They were told both times to quote, "stand down." And according to our sources, Woods and five other American heroes ignored those orders, they went to the consulate anyway, they evacuated those who were still in harm's way and they searched for the ambassador but could not find him.
Now, the group later returned to the CIA Annex and requested for a third time military assistance. And again, they were denied by this administration. Now, earlier today, Fox News owned Jennifer Griffin explained in detail how these heroes could have in fact been saved.
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JENNIFER GRIFFIN, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Four separate mortars were fired at the compound. One of those mortars killed Glen Doherty directly.
Another one hit there was a machine gun position on the roof, Tyrone Woods was hit at that time. But what I'm told by sources who were in Benghazi the night of the attack that they did have laser pointers on the mortar fire team and if special operations Specter gunships had been sent in, and some were on standby and teams were on standby in Seganelli (ph) just a few hour's flight away, that they could have possibly prevented those mortars that struck the compound. They felt that help was not sent when they requested it.
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HANNITY: Tyrone Woods risked his military career, he risked his life and ultimately gave his life, ignoring orders from his superiors to help save the lives of others and what did he get in return when he asked our government for help that was watching in real time? Nothing.
And the CIA is rejecting the notion that requests for help were denied by them. Now, according to a spokesman, quote, "We can say with confidence that the agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi." Now, moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need. Now, claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. And today, earlier during a local interview, President Obama did what he always does, he dodged the question. Listen to this.
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KYLE CLARK, WBNG-TV ANCHOR: Were the Americans under attack at the consulate in Benghazi Libya denied requests for help during that attack?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened. These are folks who served under me that I had sent to some very dangerous places. Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do. But we want to make sure that we get it right particularly because I have made a commitment to the families impacted as well as the American people, we're going to bring those folks to justice.
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HANNITY: All right. Now, moments ago, I spoke with the father of this American hero Tyrone Woods to get reaction to these developments. An incredible interview. Here is what he had to say.
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We have learned so much in the aftermath of this attack. And you know we've learned that the ambassador first requested security. It was denied.
We learned that while they were under attack that they requested security and none was forthcoming and we learned that they were watching this in the state department, Charlene Lamb said, they were watching this in Real Time, so everybody knew what was going on.
CHARLES WOODS, FATHER OF FALLEN NAVY SEAL TYRONE WOODS: Right, exactly. When I went back to Washington, D.C., when the bodies were flown in, I knew that something was fishy. It just -- it was just obvious that something was wrong with this picture and in my mind, I questioned, you know, this was obviously a long drawn out battle. Why was there no immediate air support sent in that would have saved the lives of not just the other 30 people but also the life of my son who truly was an American hero?
Now, it has come out that pleas for help were made not just by the other individuals but also by my son and these pleas were turned down by the White House. Now, as you know I'm a retired attorney and I know that these actions legally do not constitute murder but in my mind the people in the White House, all of them who have authority to send in reinforcements to prevent what they knew was going to be the death of my son, are guilty of murdering my son.
There is new information that came out this morning that my son on a couple of different occasions requested permission to go to the aide of those 30 people who were being attacked and on at least two of those first occasions, he was told stay where you are at, let them die, don't go, and it does not surprise me that my son disobeyed orders in order to save American lives. That is the type of American hero he was.
HANNITY: Let me -- so after he was told to stand down, as I understand that there were numerous other pleas for help and your son actually as I understand it rescued many people and got them out of the consulate. Is that true?
WOODS: You know, one of the real touching e-mails I got was -- I won't mention a name but I received an e-mail from someone who said, your son's sacrifice saved my life and he saved more than one life and that is the type of man he was. That is the type of leadership the military needs.
HANNITY: So, if he would have obeyed that order to stand down rather than help the ambassador's team, that person is telling you they wouldn't be alive today.
WOODS: That is correct.
HANNITY: And then --
WOODS: And many other people as well.
HANNITY: And your son first got involved, was told to stand down after they heard shots at approximately 9:40 p.m. Now, as I understand it, it wasn't until about 4:00 a.m. the next day that your son, after he had rescued other people, was still fighting in this attack and it was then that he took on mortar fire?
WOODS: That is my understanding. For seven hours the cowards in the White House were watching something they knew that was going to potentially kill those 30 people and potentially kill my son and they refused to do that even though they had a moral duty to send support they chose not to. This is not the way the SEALs operate. The SEALs are an honorable unit and Ty was honorable by disobeying the powers in the White House that told him not to rescue those lives.
HANNITY: Your son was told to stand down. Here's a Navy SEAL, with all the time and training and effort, he risks his military career, risks his life for seven full hours, rescues all these people. Multiple requests throughout the entire period go, it is being watched in real time and nobody sends any help. I can't fathom this. And then we are told the president goes out there for two weeks and couldn't admit that this is a terrorist attack. Why do you think that he tried to blame it on this video or denied that it was a terror attack?
WOODS: You know, unfortunately, Sean, we have a generation of liars who have no moral background. Hopefully my son's sacrifice and his moral courage and his moral strength will encourage our next generation to be completely different, that we will change our direction, that we will raise up a new generation of true American heroes such as my son who have moral courage and who are not liars like too many people in authority are nowadays.
HANNITY: I know you met the president and you met Hillary Clinton, when they had this service.
WOODS: That is, correct. At Andrew's Air Force Base.
HANNITY: At Andrew's Air Force Base.
WOODS: When the bodies were flown in.
HANNITY: You said, the president couldn't look you in the eye and it was like shaking hands with a dead fish.
WOODS: That's exactly right. Yes.
HANNITY: And so, you felt he couldn't look you in the eye and that basically he felt no empathy and you said the same thing pretty much about Hillary Clinton?
WOODS: Right. What happened was he came through there kind of after everyone else had been, you know, in the room circulating and he came over and shook my hand, you know, I wanted to do more than just shake his hand, so I kind of put my arm around his shoulder to have just a little bit of physical warmth, not a major hug but just a small one. And, you know, he kind of -- it wasn't in a powerful voice it was more of just a whiney little voice I'm sorry. You know, and I could tell by his voice he wasn't even sorry.
It would be like a little kid that is told by the teacher to go apologize to Johnny out on the playground, and when looked at me his face was pointed towards me but he couldn't look me in the eye. He was looking over my shoulder and like I say, I thought, you know, political -- literally like shaking hands with a dead fish. I did not believe him at all as far as his being sorry and now we understand why.
Was he one of those cowards that was in the White House watching my son being murdered on TV and refusing to do anything? That is a question that he will probably not have the courage to answer publicly but I would like to personally know that answer and one of these days, the whole I'm sure that we will have that answer.
HANNITY: It is the hardest thing to lose a child and learning about the heroics of your son are beyond inspiring. He put everything on the line, you know, if we want to use a biblical quote no greater love hath a man to lay down his life for somebody else. Your son lay down his life for others.
WOODS: That's right.
WOODS: So, thank you very much, Sean. And I really appreciate the work that you are doing.
HANNITY: I appreciate your time. Thank you for being with us.
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Probably, the most unbelievable interview I've ever had.
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