HBO is getting political.
The premium cable network has optioned New York Times best-seller Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, with Jerry Weintraub on board to executive produce. The telepic, much like the book by Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz, will offer an inside account of the attack against U.S. diplomatic and intelligence outposts in Benghazi, Libya.
“I’m thrilled and excited that my next movie for HBO after Behind the Candelabra will beUnder Fire. It is the only place I can imagine this tragic and emotionally gripping story being told,” said Weintraub, hot off of the 15 Emmy nominations for his Liberace film starringMichael Douglas and Matt Damon. Read More
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One Year Later
Aug 31, 2013 – Adapted from “Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi,” by Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz, to be published Tuesday.
After the fall of Colonel Qaddafi, in 2011, Libya had become an al-Qaeda-inspired, if not al-Qaeda-led, training base and battleground. In the northeastern city of Benghazi, it was a le Carré urban landscape where loyalties changed sides with every sunset; there were murders, betrayals, and triple-crossing profits to be made in the post-revolution. The police were only as honest as their next bribe.Read More
A shot-by-shot account of the attack in Benghazi still leaves questions over a botched response
By KYLE SMITH
Terrorists had entered the Benghazi diplomatic compound by simply ordering a $32-a-night unarmed Libyan “guard” to open the front gates. Only mildly less challenging was the next phase: setting fire to the ambassador’s villa to smoke out or kill their prey, Ambassador Christopher Stevens. After lighting the place up, using a depot of diesel fuel whose exact whereabouts they seem to have known in advance, the “tangos” (jargon for terrorists) jovially congregated outside the building, firing their AK-47s in the air and waiting. As they congratulated each other on the murders they were about to carry out, Diplomatic Security Service agents called Washington to tell them what was happening.Read More
UNDER FIRE – The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi
By Fred Burton (Author) , Samuel M. Katz (Author)
Pub Date: Sept. 3rd, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s
Clearly written—and clearly angry—chronicle of the 2012 terrorist assault on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Co-authors Burton (Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, 2008) and Katz (Relentless Pursuit: The DSS and the Manhunt for the Al-Qaeda Terrorists, 2002, etc.) bring their insiders’ perspectives to bear on this disturbing incident, clarifying the facts for lay readers. They focus on the State Department’s little-known Diplomatic Security Service (DS), whose agents wound up in the cross hairs of a jihadist attack in the post-revolutionary chaos of Libya’s second-largest city. The authors suggest that DS attracts both SEAL-style operators and idealistic would-beRead More
September 3, 2013 – The Sean Hannity Show
Authors Samuel M. Katz and Fred Burton joined Sean (Listen Here) to discuss their new book, “The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi – Under Fire.”Read More