GOP Demands Answers From Clinton on Libya Security
Darrell Issa says requests for better protection were denied
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2012 7:27 PM CDT
This Sept. 12 file photo shows a man walking through a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.   (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File)

(Newser) – The White House response to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi keeps generating headlines. Today, Republicans Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz laid out about a dozen incidents they say occurred prior to the Sept. 11 attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens. In their letter to Hillary Clinton, they assert "the US mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi," but all were denied by officials in Washington. Asked about it today, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "I'm not going to get into a situation under review by the State Department and the FBI," reports ABC News.

Eli Lake of the Daily Beast first reported the letter, which includes allegations that:

  • Two former consulate security guards threw explosive devices over the facility's fence in April, an event previously unreported, says Politico. The letter also notes that an explosive device detonated in June.
  • Militants posted Stevens' morning jogging route in Tripoli on Facebook, along with a photo of him. The ambassador reportedly stopped his runs for a week, then resumed them. (This might explain why Stevens suspected he was on an al-Qaeda hit list, though he was also an "old-school diplomat" who bristled at the notion of too much security, a State Department official tells the Daily Beast.)
“Was State Department headquarters in Washington aware of all the above incidents?” ask Issa and Chaffetz of the House Oversight Committee. “If not, why not?” (The nation's intelligence chief has defended the shifting US explanations of the Benghazi assault, from spontaneous violence to planned attack, and Republicans are pouncing on reports of weak security.)

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FLGator
Oct 3, 2012 6:09 PM CDT
Hillary has asked the lawmakers to wait until after the election to address this. Gee, wonder why?
HANKHILL
Oct 3, 2012 10:12 AM CDT
but we gave the savages a lot of money and guns to protect us! doh give a savage a gun what do you expect? doh?
reallybig
Oct 3, 2012 10:01 AM CDT
The Obama White House put out a "HELP WANTED" sign, saying intelligent people need not apply... After screening all the applicants, Obama chose the most ignorant, for Homeland Security, the State Department, the CIA, FBI, etc... Obama assembled his team, a group of ignorants, incompetents, morons, and imbeciles, and calls them Team Obama.... and if anybody shows any intelligence they get fired... the motto is, nobody knows anything... and when the security detail requested "help needed for Embassy in Libya"... the White House put up another sign, "HELP needed for Imbecile in Libya" ... Libya sent a message to Homeland Security saying, "Libyan Consulate attacked by terrorists".. Homeland Security relayed the message to the White House, "Libyan Consulate attacked by extremists" .. and they relayed it to Obama, "Libyan Consulate attacked by Protesters" .. If your a moron or imbecile, Obama wants to hire you.......... Sam Jack said it, "I didn't vote for Obama because he was intelligent, I voted for him because he was black."