In the hectic hours during last year’s attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty and six others used $30,000 in cash bribes to get a small commercial jet to fly them from Tripoli and Benghazi to help embattled Americans there.

That was the only plane to depart in time to make a difference during the Benghazi siege. This week, a State Department official is expected to testify to Congress that a Libyan C-130 with other U.S. Special Forces troops was later ordered to stand down for unknown reasons.

Doherty’s bold move got him to the battle, but it also led to the Encinitas man’s death along with three other Americans killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

As Congress again sifts through the details of Benghazi Wednesday and Thursday, a book by a San Diego former Navy SEAL offers a virtually minute-to-minute description of the attacks that killed Doherty.