As the world watches President Barack Obama’s “crawl to action” against Syria’s ruthless dictator, the Benghazi massacre in Libya almost one-year ago is all but forgotten. However, on Wednesday — just one week before the first anniversary of the terrorist attack — an “Inside the Beltway” group of investigators released a disturbing report that may eventually lead to a resurgence in interest in a scandal that dogs the Obama State Department.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her senior staff positively knew that U.S. embassies and consulates in dangerous regions throughout the globe were not properly protected from attack and they failed to increase security at U.S. diplomatic facilities in cities such as Benghazi, State Department documents revealed.
According to the public-interest group, Judicial Watch, “The State Department has long known that weak security at American embassies and consulates worldwide could result in a tragedy like Benghazi but warnings [were] ignored and a former [President Bill] Clinton administration official runs the [State Department's] division behind the scandal.”
“State Department officials, including Secretary of State Hillary ‘what difference does it make’ Clinton knew about inadequate security measures at diplomatic facilities in dangerous locations such as Benghazi, but they all intentionally or unintentionally failed to address security and intelligence deficiencies,” according to a panel’s findings.
Alarming allegations abound in a new report put together by an independent panel of security and intelligence experts investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound located in Benghazi, Libya. During an almost eight-hour ordeal perpetrated by Islamic jihadists, U.S. Ambassador of Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other American citizens were viciously brutalized and murdered by Islamist terrorists.
While Judicial Watch acknowledges the report wasn’t officially released to the public, they do acknowledge that it was the new television news network, Al Jazeera America, that successfully obtained a copy of it.
The experts claim that senior Obama and Clinton minions “stood by while some of the most dangerous diplomatic posts” were left vulnerable to terrorist attacks such as the Sept. 11, 2012, invasion of American soil in Benghazi.
Judicial Watch points out that the Benghazi debacle was merely one of the latest and most serious breaches of security in a decade filled with State Department security lapses. From 1998 to 2012, there were more than 270 “significant attacks” against US diplomatic facilities and personnel, according to State Department data cited in the report.
According to Al Jazeera: “U.S. embassies and other missions have been under siege for decades.”
The State Department division responsible for the security lapses is headed by Patrick F. Kennedy, a career diplomat who served as Bill Clinton’s Assistant Secretary of State from 1993 to 2001. In late 2007 Kennedy was named undersecretary for management at the State Department. In their report, the security mavens blast Kennedy and his office staff and suggest “as a matter of urgency” that officials create a separate undersecretary position to head the security and safety division.
Kennedy at the time of the Benghazi attack was responsible for the people, resources, budget, facilities, technology, financial operations, consular affairs, logistics, contracting, and security for Department of State operations, and was Secretary Clinton’s principal adviser on management issues.
“But, according to his own biography on the State Department web site, his most important work entailed chairing the department-wide ‘Greening Council,’ with the responsibility for overseeing implementation of President Barack Obama’s — and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s — Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI), a cockamamie program to improve the sustainability of the State Department’s facilities and operations. Yes, that was more important than protecting the lives of Americans,” said former intelligence officer now a security consultant, George Hanssen.
Just a few weeks ago Judicial Watch obtained the first photos from the State Department depicting the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Libya.
Under the direction of its president, Thomas Fitton, Judicial Watch also published a special report and analysis of the Benghazi massacre conducted by former State Department Security Special AgentRaymond Fournier.
The Fournier report examined the entire attack including the repeated requests for increased security that were shunned by top State Department officials.
His report for Judicial Watch also examined the Obama administration’s official claim that “an obscure Internet video” that allegedly upset Muslims throughout the world triggered the attacks, as well as apparently false claims that four top State Department officials had resigned in response to the Department’s December 18 Accountability Review Board report on the attack.
In fact, it has been reported that the four officials were reinstated after being suspended with pay during the Accountability Review Board probe.