The New York Times is reporting tonight that an independent inquiry into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 places the brunt of the blame on the State Department for ignoring requests for guards and relying on local militias for protection.
The panel that conducted the inquiry suggested 29 improvements to prevent future incidents, all of which were accepted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a letter to Congress. Clinton, who was scheduled to testify on Benghazi Thursday, is asking for $1.3 billion to make improvements in overseas security.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Benghazi report says `systematic' State Dept management failures left consulate vulnerable.
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) December 19, 2012
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepts 29 Benghazi review board suggestions to improve embassy security. Now… owning responsibility??
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The unclassified version of the report is available as a PDF from the State Department website.
If you’re pressed for time, others are offering their condensed versions of the report.
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