The State Department renewed the lease for the U.S. compound in Benghazi two months before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks without requiring the facility to meet normal security standards.
..According to the Accountability Review Board (ARB) that investigated security shortfalls…Benghazi’s security was “far short” of standards from the start in November 2011 and “remained so even in September 2012, despite multiple field-expedient upgrades funded by diplomatic security.”
The lease renewal came shortly after a June 2012 assault in which an improvised explosive device blew a giant hole in the exterior wall of the facility…State Department’s Regional Security Officer for Libya asked for stronger security for the compound in August 2012 but it was denied.
..Four Americans including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens were murdered in the terrorist attacks…The witness said the attackers carried a banner that was later identified to represent the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia.
Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a “terrorist attack,” declassified documents show.
..Numerous aides to the president and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly told the public in the weeks following the murder of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans that night — as Obama’s hotly contested bid for re-election was entering its final stretch — that there was no evidence the killings were the result of a premeditated terrorist attack, but rather were the result of a protest gone awry. Subsequent disclosures exposed the falsity of that narrative, and the Obama administration ultimately acknowledged that its early statements on Benghazi were untrue.
A long-delayed Senate intelligence committee report released Wednesday spreads blame among the State Department and intelligence agencies for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
The bipartisan report lays out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on Sept. 11 and 12, 2012, on a diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the Libyan city of Benghazi. It says the State Department failed to increase security at its diplomatic mission despite warnings…
..It fills in new details about the relationship between the State Department compound and the CIA annex about a mile away, and describes the rising concern among many intelligence specialists about the growing potency of Islamist militants in the city.
January 23, 2014
TODAY IS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Hillary’s “What difference at this point does it make?”