FREE Live Broadcast Replay

"The 14th Hour" - Part 1 & 2

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the riveting events that followed the international incident that sent shockwaves across the globe?  

Prepare to join Kris "TANTO" Paronto once again as we present an exclusive replay of our live broadcast, where he unveils the untold stories behind "The 13 Hours In Benghazi."

Prepare to be captivated, enlightened, and moved as you delve into the depths of this compelling saga. The truth awaits you.


This breathtaking, insightful, funny, and shocking free replay grants you unparalleled access to the moments that unfolded in the aftermath of the incident. Step into the shoes of Kris and his team as you embark on a rollercoaster ride through their experiences.

From the journey home to the events of the following week, you'll bear witness to candid conversations, emotionally charged phone calls, an unexpected meal at Fridays Restaurant, and the commencement of the investigation. Brace yourself for an unforgettable journey filled with extraordinary revelations.

Join us now and indulge in the captivating accounts of "The 13 Hours In Benghazi." Both Part 1 and Part 2 are available for free, enabling you to witness the complete narrative. Immerse yourself in a story that will leave an indelible mark on your consciousness.


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BONUS VIDEO - Kris Answers An Important Question

Hey, let me tell you about this awesome film that just came out. It's called "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," directed by none other than Michael Bay. This movie is making waves in the political scene, especially among right-wingers who see it as a direct hit on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential hopeful and former secretary of state. They're going all out, with even Donald Trump organizing free screenings for his supporters. Talk about using films as political weapons!

Now, let's get to the heart of the matter. The film dramatizes the infamous attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which happened back in 2012. It was a tragic incident where US Ambassador Chris Stevens, computer expert Sean Smith, and two former Navy Seals, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, lost their lives. This attack shook everyone because it was the first time an American ambassador had been killed since 1979.

The controversy surrounding the attack is intense. Critics of the Obama administration were furious, blaming the US State Department for failing to protect its own diplomats and responding poorly to the attack. They argued that it took way too long for the FBI to investigate the Benghazi consulate site, and it seemed like forever before any suspects were arrested. The first militant, Ahmed Abu Khattala, wasn't apprehended until June 2014. The Obama administration's supporters, on the other hand, were annoyed by the Republican-led investigation that followed. That investigation cost taxpayers a whopping $4.7 million and produced a critical report.

So, what really happened that night? Was the compound even secure? Well, it turns out the compound didn't meet security specifications because it was just a temporary base. Ambassador Stevens usually operated out of the US embassy in Tripoli, but he was visiting the US Special Mission in Benghazi for a week. Since the conflict was ongoing, they had set up a makeshift consulate there. Unfortunately, this made the facility vulnerable. The US Department of State also didn't provide sufficient support for security requests from its own personnel in Benghazi. On top of that, there was no specific intelligence about an imminent attack. So, when the attackers showed up, the unarmed Libyan guards couldn't stop them from entering the compound.

Now, let's talk about how the ambassador lost his life. It's a controversial topic. Multiple sources claim that during the assault, Ambassador Stevens, security agent Scott Strickland, and computer expert Sean Smith were forced to find a safe haven. The attack started around 9:40 PM. When the terrorists started a fire, the group got separated. Strickland managed to exit through a window but couldn't locate the other two due to the smoke. He went up to the roof to communicate with the other agents. Later, when they returned to the main building, they found Smith's body but not Stevens'. It was eventually discovered that Stevens had died at a hospital in Benghazi. Apparently, Libyan bystanders found him and rushed him to the hospital, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. The cause of death was likely smoke inhalation.

The second attack happened around 4 AM when mortars were fired at the CIA complex. It was during this attack that Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods lost their lives.

Now, onto the question of responsibility. We know that the militants arrived in trucks with the logo of Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamist group that was working with the local government to provide security. These attackers were armed to the teeth with grenades, AK-47s, and other assault weapons. The US eventually accused two Libyan branches of Ansar al-Sharia, Derna and Benghazi, as well as another branch in Tunisia, of being involved in the attacks. Although al-Qaeda's leader praised the attackers in a video, the group never officially claimed responsibility. However, another figure named Mokhtar Belmokhtar, associated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was later linked to the attack. Some of the assailants were also connected to Muhammad Jamal, the leader of an Egyptian terrorist group. It's a complicated web of affiliations that makes it difficult to assign definitive responsibility.

Now, let's address the claim that the attacks were premeditated. Initially, the US claimed that the attacks were in response to the controversial video called "Innocence of Muslims," which sparked protests. The administration wanted to avoid labeling the attack as an act of terrorism and mistakenly believed that the protests had escalated into the compound attack. However, Libyans interviewed on the ground denied the existence of any such protests.

While the attack in Benghazi was definitely a serious security and intelligence failure, it's important to note that it wasn't an isolated incident. Between 1998 and 2011, there were 13 deadly attacks on US diplomatic facilities, and since 1950, seven US ambassadors have lost their lives while on duty. The region is highly volatile and dangerous, especially in Libya, where there have been around 1,100 terrorist attacks since the fall of the Qaddafi regime. It's a chaotic environment, and it's honestly surprising that there haven't been more US fatalities.

So, there you have it. The Benghazi attack was a tragic event with many unanswered questions. While some use it to criticize Hillary Clinton's competence, we should remember the larger context of the region's instability. It's a complex situation with no easy answers.

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12 years something else
2 tours Afghanistan
Combat training


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12 years something else
2 tours Afghanistan
Combat training


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Speaking of which… just today, we added 34 additional website portal features. So what does that mean to you?

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  • Imagine being in the company of other like-minded firearm enthusiasts where you discuss gun ownership challenges and how to overcome them!

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  • Imagine being a fly on the wall listening to Tanto and Adam tell real-life stories (NOT Hollywood CGI smoke and mirror BS) about how their weapons training saved their lives and others…

I went from being scared of guns to confident to protect my family.  E3 helped me discover the mindset I needed.

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A PERSONAL NOTE FROM E3 firearms association co-founder kris "TANTO" paronto

Welcome Present and Future E3 Firearms Association Member!

Kris Paronto here, some know me as “Tanto.”  I'm not only proud to be a founder of the E3 Firearms Association Team, but also to be co-partnering with Adam Painchaud (formerly of Sig Sauer Academy) to bring the ultimate in online and live experiences to the firearms community.

I’m also very excited and humbled to get to know you — PLUS to have the opportunity to train with you while enjoying the great outdoors together! Before we get started, let me provide a little background about myself.

  • I proudly served in the U.S. Army for approximately 8 years on active duty and with the Colorado Army National Guard.
  • I was blessed to have spent the majority of my military service within the Special Operations Community, first with the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and then with the 5th Battalion 19th Special Forces Group reaching the rank of Sgt. then becoming a Commissioned Officer.
  • I also attended and completed the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Indoctrination Program, U.S. Army Ranger School, and U.S. Army Airborne School.

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2003, I spent the next 10 years working as a private military contractor and firearms & tactics instructor for various agencies within the U.S Government.

Now, please understand, I just gave you a glimpse of my background not to impress you -- but to impress UPON you that my real-world experiences can help you reach your firearms training goals.

What 20 Years of Tactical Combat Training Has Taught Me …

… is that it is not only VITAL TO YOUR LIFE to make your firearms tactics second nature… but even more important to have the ability to read people and to have optimal situational awareness.

There’s no getting around it: Most fights can be avoided and even won before a shot is even fired.

How? By simply reading people’s mannerisms while remaining in control of your emotions. And yes, situational awareness can be learned through experience and through building confidence with thorough instruction.

Remember: Practice doesn’t make perfect – Perfect Practice does!

And that’s what your E3 Firearms Membership guarantees to provide you — with our 24/7 training — that works on your schedule!  E3 Association members are a huge family.  And you will absolutely love every minute of our elite training, talking, and being around Adam and myself as we share our over 40 years of experience with you.

OUR main goal is to NOT only teach and mentor you – but to keep you safe! As you are well aware of — firearms are inherently dangerous (regardless of your skill level). BUT Adam and myself — along with our outstanding, vetted E3 instructors will ensure we’re training you in a safe, fun environment. (And isn’t that what it’s all about?)

I want to bring the same “no ego” mindset to the E3 Firearms Members and the humor that comes along with confident, non-confrontational instruction. At the end of the day, we will all walk off the range with a grand sense of accomplishment, smiling from ear to ear, more confident in yourself and your capable abilities.

God Bless you all. On behalf of Adam and our team, it’s truly my honor to be a part of all your lives and to welcome you to our E3 Firearms Association Family!


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