September 17, 2014
What We Learned From The First Hearing Of The Benghazi Select Committee
- The Clinton State Department did not follow security standards and engaged in a “purposeful effort to skirt [physical security] standards.”
- The Accountability Review Board (ARB) does not fit “anyone’s definition of being fiercely independent.”
- The State Department “made up” the term for the Benghazi diplomatic facility to intentionally avoid security standards.
- The Accountability Review Board (ARB) Clinton often cites was limited in its ability to investigate the Benghazi attacks and those limitations clearly impacted its effectiveness.
- The State Department rejected “the most important” recommendation made by the independent best practices panel.
- Four Americans “paid the price” for the Clinton State Department’s communications and logistical failures.
- Two security tripwires were tripped prior to the Benghazi attack.
- Former high-ranking DHS official and member of the independent review panel, Todd Keil, said he would have been “extremely frustrated” if he was on the ground in Benghazi.