A bipartisan report issued by the Senate Homeland Security Committee on December 31, 2012 concluded that the State Department “failed tragically” to protect American diplomats prior to and during the September 11, 2012 attacks on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya. In their report, “Flashing Red: A Special Report On The Terrorist Attack At Benghazi” Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-ME) found that:

The deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans at the hands of terrorists is a tragic reminder that the fight our country is engaged in with Islamist extremists and terrorists is not over. U.S. and Western diplomats, and other personnel operating in the Middle East and other countries where these terrorists use violence to further their extremist agenda and thwart democratic reforms are increasingly at risk. . .

We owe it to our public servants abroad to protect them as they work to protect us. The government of the U.S. failed tragically to fulfill that responsibility in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. We hope the findings and recommendations we have made in this Special Report will help ensure that such a failure never happens again

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