U.S. report on Benghazi finds "grossly inadequate" security, systemic failure

WASHINGTON Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:50pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An independent U.S. panel on Tuesday faulted the State Department for systemic failures, management deficiencies and a "grossly inadequate" security stance in the deadly September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

The report by the Accountability Review Board also said the host Libyan government's response to the attacks was "profoundly lacking" and criticized senior U.S. State Department management for failing to react to security concerns raised by U.S. diplomats in Libya.

(Reporting by Paul Eckert; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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DeanMJackson wrote:
Where in the report does it tell us why there was a stand down order not to assist the ambassador and his residence? Why were CIA personnel located some miles from the ambassador refused rescue? Why was Gen. Carter Ham fired for disobeying orders by intending to assist the besieged ambassador’s compound?

Gen. Ham wanted to send special forces units to help Americans under siege in Libya despite orders from Sec. Panetta to stand down. Ham was relieved of his command by a junior officer just before Ham was to order the rescue mission.

Dec 18, 2012 10:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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