On September 11, 2012, the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, and Ambassador J. Christopher “Chris" Stevens was killed. Also killed were Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty.
Since then, Mitchell Zuckoff and members of the Annex Security Team published a book, “13 Hours, The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.” Tonight the official movie, ’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is released.
Kris “Tanto” Paronto was in Benghazi the night of the attacks as a member of the Annex Security Team. Paronto is a former Army Ranger and private security contractor who deployed everywhere from South America to the Middle East. He had worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff. Paronto thought he had seen just about everything. But Benghazi, well, that felt different. “In Benghazi, you knew there were bad guys out there, but you just didn’t know the security situation. You knew it was bad, a third world country with people who want to kill you, but it was different. I think what was different was that we were being kept in the dark by our own government… In other countries, we would get fully briefed on the security situation for the city that we were in."
Paronto's first hand account, delivered to the Republican Women of Prescott last February (2015), was unvarnished, honest and riveting. He spoke at both their monthly luncheon and at a special dinner in the evening.
At the end, Paronto admitted, “I lost a lot of faith in our country when I came back from Benghazi, when we were crapped on by our own government… But, there are still people who are true patriots here, and I really appreciate you guys coming and doing this for me. I lost a ton of faith in what I was doing and wondered if I were fighting for the right people… I think that maybe this is the thing that is supposed to happen for me to help push people up to fight against what we’re seeing right now, what is very scary, with ISIS, and ISIS taking over and us leaving countries. But it also helps me to move on to the next objective... I just want to say, thanks for listening to me, and thanks for paying attention. Thanks for supporting me and my team, especially when the government didn’t."
We have the exclusive video of both events.
If You Go:
What: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
When: Starting today
Runtime: 144 minutes
Where: Picture Show
Weekend Show Times: 9:35 AM, 12:45 PM, 3:50 PM, 7 PM, 10:10 PM
Weekend Show Times: 9:45 AM, 11:45 AM, 1:05 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:20 PM 6:20 PM, 7:40 PM, 9:40 PM