Senate Report on Sept. 11 Libya Attack Cites Security Lapses

A Senate report added to the criticism of State Department officials for failing to have taken adequate security measures in Libya before the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. misson in Benghazi.

The report, “Flashing Red: A Special Report on the Terrorist Attack at Benghazi,” was released today by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. It is consistent with the criticism presented earlier this month by an independent review panel for the State Department.

“The State Department failed to implement adequate security measures to account for the fact that there was no reasonable expectation that the host government -- Libya -- would protect our diplomats,” said Senator Susan Collins, the ranking Republican on the committee, in a statement. “There was an overreliance on the rule of international law when Benghazi was operating under the rule of militias outside the effective control of the central Libyan government.”

The report was released by Collins and the committee’s chairman, Senator Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent.

Previously, an independent review panel concluded that the State Department showed “a lack of proactive leadership and management ability” leading up to the Sept. 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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