Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/19/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Independent panel cites multitude of factors, but no individuals for security failure.

An independent panel appointed by Hillary Clinton, has investigated the Sept. 11 Benghazi attacks and released its report, citing "systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies" at the State Department. The report did not suggest any members of the government were guilty of wrongdoing.

Shown: the result of the Obama administration's systematic failures.

Shown: the result of the Obama administration's systematic failures.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/19/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Benghazi, Clinton, investigation, panel, independent, review, assessment


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The board cited a lack of resources, more than anything else, as the reason for the terrorist's success on Sept. 11, 2012. The board also made a set of 24 recommendations to Clinton, which she said she will accept.

The review board consisted of Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering (Chairman), with Admiral Michael Mullen as Vice Chairman. Additional members were Catherine Bertini, Richard Shinnick, and Hugh Turner, who represented the intelligence community, according to the report.

The report quickly added that the criminal investigation which is still being conducted by the FBI, remains underway.

The purpose of the investigation was to determine where the fault for the tragedy actually lay. As with many tragedies, a multitude of things went wrong.

Among its findings, the report explained that the attacks were of a scale and intensity that was previously unconsidered. The report also stated that the attacks were just that, and no protest ever occurred.

The closest the report came to laying blame was to say that there was a "lack of transparency, responsiveness, and leadership at the senior levels," referring to leadership in Washington, Tripoli and Benghazi.

Specifically, no government entity advocated adequate security in Benghazi, despite previous warnings that the mission there could be under imminent threat.

"Embassy Tripoli did not demonstrate strong and sustained advocacy with Washington for increased security for Special Mission Benghazi," the report said.

The report also cited the lack of security and security problems including reliance on Libyan militias who were on recent strike over working hours and pay.

Ultimately, this reliance on local forces to provide security was the weakest link in the armor protecting the Benghazi Mission. On the night of the attacks, local security forces were not present because of disagreements and unarmed security fled in the face of the attacks.

There is also suspicion that the attackers had inside help, as they were able to breech the front gate of the compound with speed and relative ease.

The report finally says that little could be done, because there was little time for the military to react.

Despite the conclusion of the report that the attacks could not have been prevented or stopped, and that no government officials was responsible, the Obama administration still has much to answer for. Specifically, why did Obama and his staff insist for days afterwards that the attacks were the result of a protest that got out-of-hand versus simply stating the events were the result of terrorist action.

And why wasn't security stronger, given the inherent dangers of the region?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to accept the recommendations of the independent panel.

Read the unclassified portion of the report here.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Politics & Policy

Six years of snooping: U.S. unveils six-year-old report on NSA activity Watch

Image of The phone records program, which let the NSA to hunt for communications between terrorists abroad and U.S. residents, had been argued as being ineffective.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If no legislation rules otherwise, the Patriot Act surveillance law will expire this coming June 1. This would not only affect National Security Agency, or NSA surveillance, but other programs used by the FBI to investigate domestic crimes. To this end, the ... continue reading


House of Representatives may subpoena Hillary Clinton's personal e-mail server Watch

Image of Asked to evaluate Clinton's chances of being elected the next president of the United States, Boehner said Hillary Clinton could be a

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The House of Representatives may subpoena Hillary Clinton's personal e-mail server if she does not voluntarily surrender it for examination by an independent party, John Boehner revealed this week. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I've not made any decisions ... continue reading


Eating at the government's table: 353,000 refugees on food stamps, 55,000 receiving SSI Watch

Image of They come from faraway lands to the United States in search of a better life - all on the taxpayer's dime.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

They come from faraway lands to the United States in search of a better life - all on the taxpayer's dime. It has been learned that at least 350,000 refugees in the U.S. are on food stamps, according the Congressional Research Service, or CRS. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Bill and Hillary Clinton have been 'disorganized and greedy,' analyst says Watch

Image of Regardless of Bill Clinton's personal feelings about Obama, it did not take him long to see the advantages of an Obama Presidency. More than anyone, he pushed Hillary to take the job of Secretary of State.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, along with his wife Hillary - who has her eyes on the presidential seat come 2016, reportedly have a "web of connections between Bill's private work, Hillary Clinton's public role as secretary of State, the Clintons' ... continue reading


Loretta Lynch makes history as the first African-American female U.S. attorney general Watch

Image of Loretta Lynch is the first African American female attorney general in the history of the United States.

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the new U.S. attorney general last Thursday. History is made as she became the first African-American woman to occupy such a crucial and distinct government position. Lynch was not present during the Senate confirmation, however, her ... continue reading


Have they found their man? Koch brothers offer audition to Jeb Bush Watch

Image of Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, may be the candidate likely to receive support from the Koch brothers and their network of extensive political contacts.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Koch brothers, Charles and David, the wealthy political donors who have dipped their hands and massive fortunes into U.S. politics for years, may have upped their involvement, considering for the first time whether to lend their wealth and organizational ... continue reading


Will one book ruin Hillary Clinton's entire presidential campaign? Watch

Image of Hillary Clinton's campaign takes a big hit with new book.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A controversial "tell all" book about the Clinton Foundation's funding habits, titled "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich," is set to enter stores and rock Hillary's campaign next month. ... continue reading


Social Security numbers issued to more than half a million illegal immigrants in U.S. Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The cornerstone to lawful employment to labor in the United States, it has been recently revealed that more than half a million illegal immigrants - or 541,000 illegal aliens. This disheartening statistic has been revealed by Carolyn Colvin, acting commissioner ... continue reading


Hillary Clinton caught in shameful lie on family's history Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As Hillary Clinton continues to shape her platform for presidency, she is reported as boasting her family's immigration history. During one of her first speeches as an official candidate, Clinton said that "all her grandparents had immigrated to the United States," ... continue reading


Federal government sets all-time record for tax revenue Watch

Image of We will not know how much additional tax revenue the Treasury pulled in until it releases its next daily statement tomorrow afternoon. Every dollar of it will add to the new record.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Tax day has arrived - and with the close of business on April 14, the Treasury brought in a record $1,477,901,000,000 since fiscal 2015. Began on October 1, 2014, these figures are courtesy of the Daily Treasury Statement. Despite this record tax revenue, the ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 11:1-18
1 The apostles and the brothers in Judaea heard that ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3, 4
2 I thirst for God, the living God; when shall I go ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:1-10
1 'In all truth I tell you, anyone who does not enter ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 27th, 2015 Image

St. Zita
April 27: St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter