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Critical Senate investigative report says Benghazi attack was preventable



by Joseph Earnest  January 16, 2014


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 impending.


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 cable.


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. (pop-up)

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