New Senate Report Calls Benghazi Attack Preventable

A report analyzing the September 2012 Benghazi attack was released yesterday by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The document ultimately concludes that the attack was preventable, and argues that the State Department failed to boost security in response to intelligence warnings leading up to the attack.

The report, while not entirely new information, is the first of its kind to detail the lack of communication between the State Department and the CIA prior to the deadly attack. The document states that:

“The committee found the attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya — to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets — and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission.”

Additionally, the review of the attack found that the mission was not thoroughly planned out, and that the State Department should have increased security at the U.S. mission in response to intelligence warnings prior to the attack.

The report can be read in its entirety here.

The report has been covered extensively by major news outlets, analysis/coverage of the report can be found here:

NY Times

Wall Street Journal 

LA Times

Washington Post

The Guardian

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