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Father of Benghazi Victim Learned of Son’s Death on CNN… Before Being Contacted by State Dept.


Last month, Ray Smith was hoping to get together with his son, Sean, whom he had not seen for 15 years. But, it became devastatingly apparent, after seeing a story on CNN about the four Americans killed in Libya, that he would never see his son alive again.  “I seen all these coffins come off the plane,” Smith recalled. “Four of them. Then I saw his picture in the corner. They mentioned Sean Smith was one of those killed.”

Smith received this gut-wrenching news via television, prior to receiving a call, a form letter and a flag from Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy. But, the call did little to assuage Smith.  Sean Smith, 34, was killed during the Sept. 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and ex-Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Outraged by hearing about Sean’s death on TV, he contacted his congressman, Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young (R-FL).  “He blew up when he saw that,” the congressman said. “I went to [Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton to see if she could talk to him about his son. She and his son were friends.”

According to Young, Clinton had Patrick Kennedy call Smith. “I got a call from Patrick Kennedy about three weeks ago,” Smith said. “We didn’t talk too long, about two or three minutes.”

A little about Sean Smith:

Sean Smith (c. 1978[1] – September 11, 2012) was an Information Management Officer with the United States Foreign Service.

Sean Smith was an only child, and he grew up in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego, California. He graduated from Mission Bay High School in 1995. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in July 1995, and he served as a Ground Radio Maintenance (2E) specialist. Smith served in the Air Force for six years, and he was promoted to Staff Sergeant in August 2000. He completed his military service in 2002. As a Foreign Service employee, Smith lived in The Hague, Netherlands with his wife Heather, and children Samantha and Nathan.[3][4] – Wikipedia

Commenting on his son’s tragic death, Ray Smith said: “I want answers. I want to know how he died. I want people brought to justice who did this to him.”

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Journalist, blogger, contributor to various publications including Human Events, RedState, Red Pill Report, World Threats and WIIS Israel. Business Science & Technology Editor for the Minority Report. Founder of Front Lines Blog and Candice Lanier's Tech News.

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12 thoughts on “Father of Benghazi Victim Learned of Son’s Death on CNN… Before Being Contacted by State Dept.

  1. Just when you think this administration of clowns couldn’t be more inept…another story comes out that boggles sane minds. Obama will go down as the “leader” (a term used very loosely) of the most amateur group of failures the nation has ever seen. This is what America gets when we put a man of mediocre intellect and non-existent experience in the White House.

    My heart goes out to the family of Sean Smith, as well as the families of each of the four men that were left to die in Benghazi by the Coward-In-Chief. America stands with you…and on Nov. 6…we’ll make that very clear.

    Posted by Red Pill Report | October 29, 2012, 12:19 pm
  2. Disgusting! It wasn’t enough to watch these men die via security cameras and not do anything to help. Then they drop the ball on notifying family? Speaking of ball; then you have the Vice President of the United States of America (not some drunk frat guy, but the VPOTUS) asking the father of ex-Navy Seal Ty Woods, “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?” Seriously? They are inept and stupid. How do these people offend so many and yet make it this far without getting the crap kicked out of them?

    Posted by Cucciolo | October 29, 2012, 1:07 pm
  3. Hillary Clinton was a friend of Sean Smith?? Some friend!!

    Posted by cassandra | October 29, 2012, 3:34 pm
  4. Wow. Who do you suppose Obama is going to blame for this one? I see this as our elected officials once more spitting in the face of our precious fallen and their families. Ray Smith had every right to be upset and to contact Congressman Young. The call from Kennedy was too little too late. Damage done. The names of the fallen should not have been released to the press until the State Department was absolutely positive all the families were notified.

    Posted by Geane Poland | October 30, 2012, 5:49 pm
  5. “hoping to get together with his son, Sean, whom he had not seen in fifteen years” sounds like family members talking about the death of a gangsta as “he was beginning to get his life together”. I’ll bet they were estranged and Sean didn’t even list his father as someone to contact. How doesn’t see his son for fifteen years and then “hopes to get together” with him?

    Posted by Tammy Gene | October 31, 2012, 12:13 pm
    • Sometimes there are problems in any given relationship but it sounds like they were working things out. And, if he was not listed on the State Dept’s next of kin list, then he wouldn’t have been notified at all.

      Posted by Candice Lanier | October 31, 2012, 4:24 pm
  6. Unbelievable, someone from the State Department should have been on the phone the day it happened. Sadly he will get a form letter of sympathy, probably in a few weeks. The actions of this admin. proves how little they care about people they are sworn to protect. Tuesday cannot come fast enough

    JA

    Posted by J. Alfred | November 4, 2012, 11:28 am
  7. I am thinking this is all bogus. Don’t you think SOMEONE, ANYONE from Sean Smith’s FAMILY would have contacted this man????? And when he says he had “hoped to see him soon” with a person he hadn’t seen for 15 years??? I am curious as to when he last spoke to Sean, and why he was out of his life for the last 15 years. But those HATERS will just run with the story. Shame on them.

    Posted by Sharon T | November 4, 2012, 6:46 pm

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