Critical Senate investigative report says Benghazi attack was preventable

Intelligence report

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—A United States Senate investigative report released
on January 15, asserts that the Benghazi attack that occurred on September 11,
2012 in which a US diplomat was killed, could have been prevented. The report
blames the military and intelligence agencies, including the State Department for not
making contingency plans after they received warning signs that an attack was

The critical report also reveals that in the months prior to the attack, Ambassador
Chris Stevens and other State Department officials in Libya outlined concerns via
cables to State Department headquarters about the security of the Mission compound
in Benghazi and made several requests for additional security resources.

According to findings, On July 9, 2012, Stevens sent a cable to State Department
headquarters requesting a minimum of 13 “Temporary Duty” (TDY) U.S. security
personnel for Libya, which he said could be made up of DS agents, DoD Site Security
Team (SST) personnel, or some combination of the two. These TDY security
personnel were needed to meet the requested security posture in Tripoli and
Benghazi. The State Department never fulfilled this request and, according to Eric
Nordstrom, State Department headquarters never responded to the request with a

Susan Collins, the Republican senator from Maine concluded the report by saying:
“While I support the SSCI report and appreciate its thorough analysis of much of what
went wrong, I believe that more emphasis should have been placed on the three
issues I have discussed: (1) the Administration’s initial misleading of the American
people about the terrorist nature of the attack, (2) the failure of the Administration
to hold anyone at the State Department, particularly Under Secretary Kennedy, fully
accountable for the security lapses, and (3) the unfulfilled promises of President
Obama that he would bring the terrorists to justice.”

*Click here to read or download entire Senate investigative report.

For its failure to respond or intervene in a timely manner, the US military also received
its share of criticism in the report.