December 19, 2012

#Benghazi Report Released By The Accountability Review Board (bumped)
Update: Three State Department Officials Resign

Cites systamatic failures in security and no f'n protest No sh*t Sherlock. Unsurprisingly, the consulate had received extra security cameras but "tech support" hadn't been to the post. A security camera next to a local guard booth was inoperable the day of the attack and was "awaiting the same "tech support" to repair it.

A State Department-ordered investigation into September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, concluded that "systemic failures" left the facility inadequately protected, according to the review board's report, which confirmed that no protest preceded the deadly attack.

The report, posted Tuesday night on the State Department's website, also identified "leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus," and it suggested 29 ways the department can improve its operations but recommended no disciplinary action.[More..]

Hillary won't testify as she fell and has a concussion. Previously, she was unable to testify because of a scheduling conflict. Doesn't matter, really, after scanning through the report... This is what I expected considering the lead investigator called Americans Islamophobes.

The pdf of the report is here.

5. The Board found that certain senior State Department officials within two bureaus in critical positions of authority and responsibility in Washington demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability appropriate for the State Department’s senior ranks in their responses to security concerns posed by Special Mission Benghazi, given the deteriorating threat environment and the lack of reliable host government protection. However, the Board did not find that any individual U.S. Government employee engaged in misconduct or willfully ignored his or her responsibilities, and, therefore did not find reasonable cause to believe that an individual breached his or her duty so as to be the subject of a recommendation for disciplinary action. Those unavailable to comment on this report, Ambassador Stevens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith and former SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. will not be forgotten.

Update: Bill Roggio from the Long War Journal discussed the Benghazi report on Lou Dobb's. Note, this was before it was released:

He won't be surprised with today's outcome, he also called it.

Judith Miller really needs to read up on the lead investigator former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering (aka the man who calls Americans Islamophobes and ignorant racist rubes). Her description of him was rather strange.

Update II:

Three State Department officials, including a security chief, have resigned following the release of scathing report about safety lapses at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in the run-up to the terror attack that killed four Americans.

An administration official told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, stepped down under pressure after the release of the report Tuesday night.

The third official purportedly worked for the Bureau of Near East Affairs, but was not immediately identified, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss personnel matters publicly.[More..]

And the wheels of the bus go round and round..

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