The deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were not only “preventable,” but they were also deliberate acts of terrorism and not a spontaneous reaction to a YouTube video, the Senate Intelligence Committee said in bipartisan report released Wednesday.
The committee found that the State Department under Hillary Rodham Clinton failed entirely to respond to numerous warnings regarding the deteriorating security conditions in eastern Libya.
“Despite the clearly deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and requests for additional security resources, few significant improvements were made by the State Department to the security posture of the Temporary Mission Facility,” the report reads.
The intelligence community provided Clinton’s State Department with “ample strategic warning” that U.S. personnel “were at risk” in that area of eastern Libya, the report adds.
The report said several “tripwires” were triggered prior to the deadly attacks, which claimed the lives of four men, including Ambassador Chris, Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone S. Woods and Sean Smith, but none of them were addressed by State or Defense officials.
During the attack on the consulate, the report continues, military officials attempted to move assets into the area to assist in repelling the assault, but only unmanned drones were able to make it to the scene of the attack in time.