Posted: 11:28 am Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Senate report: Benghazi preventable, al-Qaeda affiliates involved 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — A newly declassified Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack says the State Department missed key warning signs and that al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists participated in the attack.

Georgia U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the committee’s top Republican, had this to say:

“The committee’s bipartisan report provides many needed and deserved answers to the American people, and most importantly, to the families of those killed in the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi. In spite of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and ample strategic warnings, the United States Government simply did not do enough to prevent these attacks and ensure the safety of those serving in Benghazi.

“I hope that the Administration—and most specifically, the Intelligence Community, the State Department, and our military—will review this bipartisan report carefully and quickly adopt the committee’s recommendations.”

One of the key disputes about Benghazi concerns whether or not al-Qaeda was involved. The New York Times found no evidence of any international terrorist groups. The Intelligence Committee did (page 40):

Individuals affiliated with terrorist groups, including AQIM [al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb], Ansar alSharia, AQAP [al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula], and the Mohammad Jamal Network, participated in the September 11, 2012, attacks. Intelligence suggests that the attack was not a highly coordinated plot, but was opportunistic; however, well-armed attackers easily overwhelmed the Libyan security guards and the five U.S. Diplomatic Security agents present at the Temporary Mission Facility.

The committee disputed theories that President Barack Obama delayed a military rescue:

“There were no U.S. military resources in position to intervene in short order in Benghazi to help defend the Temporary Mission Facility and its Annex. Unarmed U.S. military surveillance assets were not delayed when responding to the attack, and they provided important situational awareness for those under siege during the attacks.”

Here are the committee’s recommendations for the Obama administration, as summarized in the news release:

  • The State Department must ensure that security threats are quickly assessed and security upgrades are put into place with minimal bureaucratic delay.
  • Only in rare instances—and only after a formal risk management plan has been put into place—should State Department facilities that fall short of current security standards be allowed to operate, and facilities that do not meet these standards should be prioritized for additional security measures.
  • The IC should expand its capabilities to conduct analysis of open source information including extremist-affiliated social media, particularly in areas where it is hard to develop human intelligence or there has been recent political upheaval. Analysis of extremist-affiliated social media should be more clearly integrated into analytical products, when appropriate.
  • It is imperative that the State Department, Department of Defense and the IC work together to identify and prioritize the largest gaps in coverage for the protection of U.S. diplomatic, military and intelligence personnel in the North Africa region and other high-threat posts around the world.
  • Intelligence analysts should more aggressively request and integrate eyewitness reporting—especially from U.S. government personnel—in the aftermath of a crisis.
  • In responding to future requests for unclassified talking points from Congress, the Intelligence Community should simply tell Congress which facts are unclassified and let Members of Congress provide additional context for the public.
  • The U.S. government cannot rely on local security in areas where the United States has facilities under high threat or where the host nation is not capable of providing adequate security.
  • The U.S. government must swiftly bring the attackers to justice, in spite of the unwillingness or lack of capacity of the Libyan government to assist in this effort.

You can read the entire report here.

41 comments
atlj
atlj

I love Bernie31!   He is awesome!   Go get 'em, Tiger!

DontTread
DontTread

Well all of this is false, because we all know (via the White House, the MSM, and any liberal on a blog) it was just Muslim outrage over a YouTube video.  Anything else is conspiracy theory.


(If you're gonna lie, pick one story and stick to it.)

Caius
Caius

Note that the bi-partisan budget agreement reached by members of Congress this week provides for an increase in spending on embassy security, after a decade of cutting such spending.  Spending increases that will be necessary to meet some of the recommendations the committee outlined.



The_SAWB
The_SAWB

In all fairness it’s difficult to see how anyone could have prevented this tragic event. What’s troubling is how Obama/Clinton tried to cover up exactly what happened because of the upcoming election.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Our Republican brethren have a serious case of Benghazi on the Brain. Its like VD, the gift that keeps on giving

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Obviously BERNIE31 is drinking...  Get a job idiot!!!

Kafantaris
Kafantaris

Most harm is preventable with the benefit of hindsight. 

Foresight is what we need -- but its value shines only after the horrible experience. 

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Bernie31 - (4) Four die in a War Zone...OUTRAGE! 

That's right: OUTRAGE!  Outrage at a President that don't understand what it takes to be a wartime President . OJT on a Presidential level spells disaster!  

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Summary:  Regime awash in incompetence.   

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

Glad to see what rises to importance for some people, 3k dead, important. 4 dead including an ambassador, "what difference does it make now."

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

bernie31 woke up and is spewing ignorance again!!!!!!!!!!

Bernie31
Bernie31

Reality Check ---- The New York Times found no evidence.

Not that Evidence means anything to this Crowd who always Lean to their OWN Understanding on Such Matters.

Can You say....IRAQ?  

3,000 Dead on clear Sunny DAY on American Soil, Complete Silence....(4) Four die in a War Zone...OUTRAGE!

Go Figure!


uh..huh

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

In the year leading up to the attack there were al-Qaeda flying it's flag over government building, violent attacks on other embassies, requests for additional security and specific intelligent reports on lack of security.  Hillary ignored all these warning signs and her actions were purely politically motivated.  No one that inept should be POTUS.

DS
DS

And in other news, federal funding of security for U.S. diplomatic posts is being cut by $224 M in the new spending bill, which will make it really difficult (impossible?) to fund additional security measures for diplomatic posts that fall short of current security standards.

ByteMe
ByteMe

In responding to future requests for unclassified talking points from Congress, the Intelligence Community should simply tell Congress which facts are unclassified and let Members of Congress provide additional context for the public.


Really?  Let partisan fools like Darrell Issa provide "context"?  He's tried that, turns out he's fine with lying about stuff.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Hillary's "What does it matter" shout at a Congressional Hearing is going to be in many Republican campaign commercials in 2016.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DontTread  

...because we all know...

"[A]ll"?


Who was it, exactly, that granted you the authority to speak on behalf of "all", sport?


Just askin'.


And please, show your work.


Thanks in advance.

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@collegeballfaninteresting.  The State Department budget doubled under Hillary's tenure  to $10 billion. Let me repeat that: Hillary's operating budget doubled!!!  The same Hillary that liberals want to put in control of America's $1 trillion budget.  HELP!!!!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Bulls_3y3 If you would dare to listen to the posted Video, George Provides another GEM of Complete and Utter Incompetence.

" Bin Laden Found a WEAKNESS and EXPLOITED it."

A Truly amazing statement of Ignorance and Proof of Alcohol Dependency. A Total detachment from reality. for it was George's JOB to prevent such WEAKNESS and exploitation and George did not.

Now you want to go NUTS over (4) Four dead in a WAR ZONE!

One expects Death in a WAR ZONE, Not in the numbers of 3,000 on a single day on American SOIL!

But then again You are Republican supporters and Party always come first over Country.

ALL of Your priorities are Misguided and ill informed....


uh.huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Bulls_3y3 To add insult to injury W. did not have the GUMPTION or The WILL to capture or Kill the Murderer of those 3,000 Americans on a Single DAY, ALL occurring on W.'s Watch.



My favorite W. Quote...



Asked whether Bush thought capturing Bin Laden was important, Bush scolded those who cared about Bin Laden for not “understand[ing] the scope of the mission” because Bin Laden was just “one person,” whom Bush said, “I really just don’t spend that much time on“:

Who knows if he’s hiding in some cave or not. We haven’t heard from him in a long time. The idea of focusing on one person really indicates to me people don’t understand the scope of the mission. Terror is bigger than one person. He’s just a person who’s been marginalized. … I don’t know where he is. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.

Quote summary -  "3,000 DEAD Americans mean Nothing to Me"

Then smiles...

 Uh..huh

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@KafantarisIt does? The economy is not recovering according to some cons, but where is the vision for tomorrow? Putting in place (funding) infrastructure improvements we NEED! Addressing immigration holistically!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Bulls_3y3- Where was your OUTRAGE at W. when He and his gang of Republican Misfits allowed (19) Thugs with BOXCUTTERS  KILL (3,000) AMERICANS while W. was on VACATION getting Drunk everyday!


Then tell the American people there is No need for an Investigation For W. knows who is responsible?


More Outrage ....Please, for (1) One misguided Diplomat and security detail of (3)  that erred in Judgement.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@RafeHollister Rafe Surely you are referring to the Bush Administration.

For True INCOMPETENCE is Spending (2) Two Million plus a Week in Afghanistan for (7) Seven Years. After such massive spending the Bush  Administration still could not beat a Country that does Not have a standing ARMY,AIR FORCE, NAVY or contingent of Marines to defend itself.


Uh...huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Bulls_3y3


Here is Your Fairy name for a Fairy...

"Brave Pepperbug"

"He plays tricks on small children and old folk. He lives in clear-headed pine forests. He can only be seen when the dry seed cases pop. He wears purple juniper colors and has autumnal brown wings, like a butterfly."

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Bulls_3y3Maybe You should Put on that Lovely MINI SKIRT on you always enjoy to wear

around the house and go to Afghanistan for a Visit.

They would really LOVE you!

AtlSteve
AtlSteve

I certainly hope those words come back to haunt her.

Maybe she could get caught in bed with someone shady.  Bill comes to mind, but I don't think she'll let that happen.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@The_Centrist And only the dog whistle listeners will care.  The rest will find out what the context was and decide that she was right.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Bernie31 @RafeHollister 


Bernice, Bush is old news!  More than 75% of the casualties in Afghanistan have been since Obama was sworn in.  Most of the money squandered in that country has been spent since 2009.  You can't changed what happened under Bush, but you could do something to stop Obama's Afghan folly, but that would require intelligence instead of animosity.



Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@ByteMe @Retired-Soldier Nice, but no. Blame Bush for 9/11, ok. But he did take decisive action afterwards, though some I agree was misguided. What decisive action has Obama taken after Benghazi?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@RafeHollister@Bernie31 

Tell that to the Families of the 3,000 DEAD AMERICANS who left home for work and Never returned Home.

Old News!

uh...huh

 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Retired-Soldier@Kamchak@ByteMe  

 ...mission creep to nation building wasn't.

"[N]ation building"?


The smoking gun is the mushroom cloud.

Yellow cake uranium from Niger.

Thousand and thousands and thousands of high strength aluminum tubes.

Weapons of mass destruction.

Preemptive strike.


These were the talking point prior to the invasion of Iraq. Now, which of these talking points pertain to "nation building"?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Retired-Soldier@ByteMe

... though some I agree was misguided.

"[M]isguided"?


Invading a sovereign nation that did not attack us is "misguided"?


Very generous rewriting of the events.


Just sayin'.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Bulls_3y3@Bernie31 - You  are Aware of the Side EFFECTS of the USE of Steroids?


How is Every LITTLE thing?


Need some Tweezers?
  LOL! rofl!