Senate Report Blasts State Dept. on Benghazi
Lieberman-Collins report echoes independent probe
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 31, 2012 11:55 AM CST
Glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans.   (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

(Newser) – The State Department didn't provide its Benghazi team with enough protection against possible threats, a bipartisan Senate report finds, marking the second slap at State this month over the Libya attack. What's more, intelligence pointed to the attack being the work of terrorists all along—but the Obama administration's comments in the aftermath were muddled and "contributed to the confusion in the public discourse" about just what went on, says the report, led by Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins and obtained by Politico.

"Our investigation found that the terrorists essentially walked right into the Benghazi compound unimpeded and set it ablaze, due to extremely poor security in a threat environment that was 'flashing red,' in the words of a high-ranking official, the report finds. Further, the administration apparently ignored some of the diplomatic mission's requests for heightened safety precautions, Collins notes. Even in the face of "a large amount of evidence" that Libya was a “rapidly deteriorating threat environment," there was no "commensurate increase in security" at the mission. And failing to at least temporarily close the consulate was a "grievous mistake," the report says.

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793tango
Jan 1, 2013 10:04 AM CST
Gee who was it that cut funding for security at the State department? Obama? No it was congress. Lieberman and Collins were members of congress and voted on the measure. When you don't have as much money you have to do without some things. Ask anyone working for minimum wage.
realworld
Dec 31, 2012 9:42 PM CST
To Happy Cows. You are right, Bush was as bad as Obama is now. This country needs Trumans, a great Democrat, who said famously "The buck stops here," and took responsiblity for what was done by his staff. Burt how does this whitewash Obama?
wonder-who
Dec 31, 2012 1:51 PM CST
Will ou president ever have to answer for this atrocity. It Treasonous and He stands up and says Newton is the worst event in his presisdency, only to keep the spotlight on the issue that is now his priority gun control