Not that security was a problem in a city run by Islamic militias where the British and even fellow Muslim diplomats had come under attack. And then the State Department chose to renew a lease while…
2. Stopped properly paying the Islamic militia that was supposed to provide security
3. Did not deploy a meaningful security presence on the ground
… but it wouldn’t have been a problem if not for that “offensive” YouTube video.
Sharyl Attkisson (CBS)
The State Department renewed the lease for the U.S. compound in Benghazi two months before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks without requiring the facility to meet normal security standards.
The survivor, a State Department diplomatic security agent whose name isn’t being disclosed, spoke behind closed doors in late November to Senators Graham, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. The previously-undisclosed existence of the year-long lease calls into question the State Department’s designation of the compound as “temporary” and therefore exempt from normal security requirements.
The lease renewal came shortly after a June 2012 assault in which an improvised explosive device blew a giant hole in the exterior wall of the facility. Graham also says he learned that in addition to other denied requests, the State Department’s Regional Security Officer for Libya asked for stronger security for the compound in August 2012 but it was denied.
Four Americans including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens were murdered in the terrorist attacks.
But what difference does it make anyway?