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Libya Progress Report Final 1

Libya Progress Report Final 1

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Published by Helen Tansey
Interim Progress Report for Members of the House of the Republican Conference on the Events Surrounding the September 11, 2012 Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi, Libya
Interim Progress Report for Members of the House of the Republican Conference on the Events Surrounding the September 11, 2012 Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi, Libya

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Published by: Helen Tansey on May 03, 2013
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An ongoing Congressional investigation across five House Committees concerningthe events surrounding the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities inBenghazi, Libya has made several determinations to date, including:
Reductions of security levels prior to the attacks in Benghazi were approved at thehighest levels of the State Department, up to and including Secretary Clinton. Thisfact contradicts her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee onJanuary 23, 2013.
In the days following the attacks, White House and senior State Departmentofficials altered accurate talking points drafted by the Intelligence Community inorder to protect the State Department.
Contrary to Administration rhetoric, the talking points were not edited to protectclassified information. Concern for classified information is never mentioned inemail traffic among senior Administration officials.These preliminary findings illustrate the need for continued examination andoversight by the five House Committees. The Committees will continue to review whoexactly was responsible for the failure to respond to the repeated requests for moresecurity and for the effort to cover up the nature of the attacks, so that appropriate officialswill be held accountable.
Introduction 1Findings 2Policy Considerations 4
Prior to the Benghazi attacks, State Department officials in Libyamade repeated requests for additional security that were denied inWashington despite ample documentation of the threat posed byviolent extremist militias. 5II.
The volatile security environment erupted on September 11, 2012,when militias composed of al-Qa’ida-affiliated extremists attackedU.S. interests in Benghazi. 11III.
After the attacks, the Administration perpetuated a deliberatelymisleading and incomplete narrative that the violence grew out of ademonstration caused by a YouTube video. The Administrationconsciously decided not to discuss extremist involvement or previousattacks against Western interests in Benghazi. 18IV.
The Administration’s investigations and reviews of the Benghaziattacks highlight its failed security policies leading to the attackswhile undermining the ability of the United States government to bring the perpetrators to justice. 23V.
The Benghazi attacks revealed fundamental flaws in theAdministration’s approach to securing U.S. interests and personnelaround the world. 27
Appendix I: Oversight Activities by Committee 31Appendix II: Consolidated Timeline of Events 36
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This staff report has not been officially adopted by the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, or the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and therefore may not necessarily reflect the views of their Members

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