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Senate Report: Benghazi Attack ‘Preventable’; No Cover-Up

January 16, 2014 by Brett Wilkins in Africa, Congress, War on Terror with 2 Comments

The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a scathing report that concluded the 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya was “preventable” and that the State Department failed to provide adequate security there.

The New York Times reports the bipartisan committee found the state department at fault for failing to boost security in response to numerous intelligence warnings about the deteriorating security situation around Benghazi.

“The committee found the attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya– to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets– and given the known security shortfalls at the US Mission,” a statement accompanying the release of the 58-page declassified report said.

The report is the first public probe of the breakdown in communications between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and State Department in the weeks leading up to the September 11, 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound where Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service information management officer Sean Smith, and embassy security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed.

The Senate report, which does not list any specific intelligence warnings about the impending attack, criticizes the late ambassador, questioning his judgment and actions in the weeks leading up to his death. It also blames US intelligence agencies for failing to share information about the existence of the CIA outpost, or annex, with US military officials. The committee found that AFRICOM, the US military command in Africa, did not know about the annex and that the Pentagon lacked sufficient resources to adequately defend the State Department compound in the event of an attack.

“In spite of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and ample strategic warnings, the United States government simply did not do enough to prevent these attacks and ensure the safety of those serving in Benghazi,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the ranking Republican on the committee, said.

The report also detailed how the FBI investigation into the attack has been hindered in Libya, and how at least 15 people “supporting the investigation or otherwise helpful to the United States” have been killed there. It is not known whether those killings are related to the probe.

Significantly, the investigation found no evidence of a cover-up, as alleged by many Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits. The report also only mentions Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been blasted by Republicans as responsible for the attack, once, which is sure to disappoint conservatives hoping to damage Clinton ahead of what most presume will be a bid for the White House in 2016.

The State Department responded to the Senate report by issuing an update on measures it has taken to improve security at foreign posts.

“While risk can never be completely eliminated from our diplomatic and development duties, we must always work to minimize it,” the department said in a statement.

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  1. wildJanuary 17, 2014 at 6:20 amReply

    Yanno I’ll be glad when reporting like this one is skewed in a different format from what GW Bush & Co. have sensationally supplied the now redundant template.

    I won’t suppose to witness any of the actual details of this particular ‘terrorist attack’, or the subtle layers of ‘non-news’ describing it in the press. But I have become calloused to the depressing refrain ‘terrorist attack’, and now calloused, I suspect the time honored ‘terrorist attack template’ news accounting is of course NOT a ‘terrorist attack’ at all.

    On the face of this news article it seems at least the first 4 paragraphs do nothing but conform to the ‘terrorist attack template’, mentioning the same warm & fuzzy characters that seem always to surround ‘just another fear driven rant’.

    So I shall reply in boldness to ask for a different template, that does NOT use the ‘terrorist attack motto’ which is everyday connected with the likes of The NY Times, The Senate, The Hillary Clintons, The Republicans, The Presidential candidacy, and of course The ~X~ amount of people killed daily thru the proverbial ‘lack of communication’.

    It is skewed news accounts like this that offers a thousand distractions such as Senate reports, sad attempts to ‘update security’, and some lame FBI disclosure of whatever, this article is GW Bush formatted reporting 101…is it any wonder there is no news within this article? I’m surprized the cou-de-gras of the ‘terrorist attack format’ did not invoke references to Twitter & FB.

    I would also like to say, I generally respect Brett Wilkins reporting & the skill within it, but this criticism is not to punish Wilkins singly but to expect anything other than the same old rant of FEAR, FEAR, FEAR. I think this format of reporting is ‘preventable’ but not withstanding someone, somewhere point out the obvious: Libya is in turmoil due to chaotic leadership, and the recurring problem of the intentional worldwide economic crash, the people get pissed off and do things that rebels internationally acknowledge the root problem of the United States of Pet Owners meddling, it is no wonder that people & property get localized kickback…and wrongly, I think, labeled as ‘terrorist attacks’.


    • Brett WilkinsJanuary 18, 2014 at 2:48 pmReplyAuthor

      …not to mention the fact that operatives of US empire were operating in a place where they should have expected their lives to be in constant danger. Their lives were sacrificed in service of the Empire’s objectives, chief among these global domination.

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