Whatever information I pulled from here.
Anything else I stated came from the U.S. Senate Select committee on Intelligence Report, it’s not in full agreement, but it does references both the unclassified and classified versions of the ARB several times, the Majority Interim report from the HASC, and transcripts of testimony of Admiral Losey, General Ham, and Lt Col Gibson.
I confused FAST and FEST as, besides the acronym similarity, I was lead to believe FEST were the ones stationed in Spain, as stated here.
The GOP also notes that there remain questions about “who took the deployment of the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST) ‘off the table’ and why this decision was made.” In this regard they note that the Senate Investigating Committee was told that “this decision was made during a meeting that included Mr. Kennedy, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of Defense.” I would like to add to this the question as to when was this decision made to not send the FEST made. Was it made days prior to 9/11/12? And, how does this comport to the Senate report claiming that Def. Sec. Panetta claims to have deployed FEST forces from Spain? Where those forces called back? If so why? Was Panetta defying orders?
Funny enough, he did talk about FAST elsewhere, to include their real name, yet he still confused them with FEST.