Benghazi Report Lays Blame
By Tracie Potts
There's another report out this morning about the deadly attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya last year.
Bottom line: the Senate Intelligence Committee blames the deaths of four Americans on the State Department for not providing adequate security.
The Senate Intelligence Committee backs up what an independent review panel found last year - that the State Department ignored what should have been the red flags warning of trouble in Benghazi.
The Senate Intelligence Report says the state department failed to act on mounting evidence that militants were targeting our consulate in Benghazi. "The State Department KNEW that this was a very violent part of the world, and yet they failed to take the proper security measure to protect the people in Benghazi," said Senator Saxby Chambliss, (R) Georgia.
The report calls the September 11th, 2012 attack that killed four Americans "preventable" - noting there were several smaller attacks in the months before.
The CIA - one mile away - beefed up its security.
But the Senate Report says Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed, declined two offers from the military to bring in a special operations team. "Even the ambassador did not want more security. A real problem," said Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D) California.
The military responded too slowly, the report says - placing ultimate blame on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The State Department fired back. "There was no specific threat indicating an attack was coming," said State Dept. Spokeswoman Marie Harf.
Afterwards, the report argues intelligence officials were slow to correct a wrong assertion that blamed protesters. Critics insist that story was deliberate. "This is gonna go down as the greatest cover up in history[.] It's politically inspired - I have no doubt about that," declared Senator Jim Inhofe, (R) Oklahoma.
Even today, the report points out that no one's been arrested in part because the Libyan government hasn't been cooperative in tracking them down