Saturday, May 11, 2013

Benghazi Hearing - Rep Lankford - ADDL surveillance cameras remained BOXED/UNINSTALLED; Tripoli vulnerabilities more extensive.

If additional surveillance equipment were set up and functioning on the night of September 11, 2012 prior to the attacks on the U. S. Consulate and safe house  in Benghazi, Libya, U. S. Ambassador Benghazi, Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods might very well  be alive today. 
As mentioned by Rep. James Lankford in the video below and pursuant to the Account Review Board's report (pgs. 34-35), although the consulate had received additional surveillance cameras, because the State Department had not yet dispatched a technician to the consulate to install the equipment, those on the consulate grounds received no advance warning of the approaching danger.

“…In 1998, we discussed frequently, there was a bombing in Kenya. Tanzania.  There was an ARB at the end of that as well and let me just read you the three findings at the end of that ARB that was done in 1999.
It said this.  Number 1, State Department in Washington did not access the threats or take note of the clear warning signs and escalating threats.
Number 2, it is noted that the facility was inadequate for even the most modest of attack; and
Number 3, there was a lack of preparation or warning systems at the facility.
That could have been written a month ago.  We have discussed often on this the one thing we have to do is learn the lesson.  In 1998, the same thing occurred and we have not learned the lesson. …”

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