I'm starting a new thread for a few reasons.... 1) There are multiple threads containing false rumors and I don't want to miss answering any of them. 2) I think it's important that no one miss vital facts re: riots in the Mid East and I am afraid the official statement from the US Marine Corp will get lost in the threads which are rumor shuffling. If a moderator disagrees with me this thread can be moved, but I will ask that it be posted on all of the Mid East threads already posted. The Marine Corp has addressed the hysteria of the right wing blogspot concerning the arming of it's Embassy guards in Egypt. As to Libya: Now I don't know the details of if the Libyan ambassador had such a security detail from the state department...perhaps The State Dept. contracts out security and that's what the two ex-seals who were killed were part of. I'm sure we'll find out eventually. They were employeed by a private security firm and they were guarding the embassy/ambassador so it stands to reason they were contracted to do so by the government, I think...unless the ambassador hired them himself which seems unlikely. Should security work be farmed out? Probably not - but more and more military work IS being farmed out, isn't it? It's been so since BlackWater days, hasn't it? So...a few new questions but at least one right-wing rumor laid to rest.