Benghazi Attacks Were Preventable, Senate Committee Says

WASHINGTON (January 15, 2014) The deadly attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented if U.S. officials had heeded warnings of terrorist activity, including threats to Western targets, and had improved security in response to those warnings, a Senate Intelligence Committee report says.

The report also says analysts inaccurately referred to protests as the reason for the violence, without enough intelligence to rely on.

Committee chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says she hopes this will put to rest conspiracy theories about the militant attacks that night.

Republican vice chairman Saxby Chambliss says the report shows despite a deteriorating security situation in Benghazi, the U.S. government did not do enough to prevent the attacks.

The committee report makes 18 recommendations to improve security at diplomatic and intelligence posts overseas.

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