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    The State Dept. report on Benghazi generally denies that lack of funds for security was a significant issue.

    It is incumbent upon the Board, however, to acknowledge that several upgrades and repairs took place over 2012. DS provided additional funding for the Local Guard Force (LGF), February 17, and residential security upgrades, including heightening the outer perimeter wall, safety grills on safe area egress windows that helped save the life of ARSO 1 on the night of September 11, concrete jersey barriers, manual drop-arm vehicle barriers, a steel gate for the Villa C safe area, some locally manufactured steel doors, sandbag fortifications, security cameras, some additional security lighting, guard booths, and an Internal Defense Notification System. Because OBO does not fund security upgrades for “temporary” facilities, DS also identified non-traditional funding streams to fund physical security upgrades and worked with the IMOs, NEA and Embassy Tripoli to move funds and supplies to Benghazi. The Engineering Security Office (ESO) in Cairo provided strong technical support and regularly visited. Following the June 2012 IED incident, which blew a large hole in the compound wall, DS, OBO, Tripoli, NEA and ESO Cairo immediately responded to Benghazi’s request for assistance. Tripoli identified OBO funds that could be used to fix the wall, and ESO Cairo traveled to Benghazi on June 8 to provide technical support. The TDY IMOs worked tirelessly with the RSOs, Tripoli procurement and financial management staff, and Libyan professionals on statements of work, contracts and funding for the emergency repair of the SMC wall and for the other physical security upgrades, as well as ongoing electrical repairs.
    •  but does that include the back-up that was not (0+ / 0-)

      available when all the systems failed?
      That is, the measures that are supposed to be available when security directly tied to a diplomatic mission is threatened -- was that also adequate or had the State Dept made cuts to those back-up systems?

      While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

      by Tamar on Thu May 09, 2013 at 01:59:50 PM PDT

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      •  I couldn't say. (1+ / 0-)
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        And there are a couple of funding issues they do identify. But in general, their position is that poor communication and administrative problems were more significant.

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