Senate Panel: Benghazi ‘Attack Could Have Been Prevented’
(WASHINGTON) -- The attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, in 2012 could have been prevented if the State Department had acted on intelligence reporting about terrorist activity in Libya, according to the findings from a Senate investigation released Wednesday.
Testifying to the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday, former Sen. Joe Lieberman, who authored the first Senate report on the attack in 2012, said the Obama administration was more focused on al Qaeda and not on local extremists groups.
The White House has not debated the Senate Intelligence Committee's bottom line: that there was not enough security in place in Benghazi to protect the American buildings. But the administration has not gone so far as to blame the State Department or to call the four American deaths preventable.
“We have been crystal clear that there was no specific information that a threat was coming,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Wednesday, “and also that we don't believe -- we have nothing to indicate there was significant pre-planning.”
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