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Missing: "Minimum Security Standards"

- October 18, 2015

Years After The Deadly Attack In Benghazi, The Obama Administration Has Failed To Meet Minimum Security Standards For Protecting U.S. Personnel

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Since the Benghazi attack, Clinton has touted her call for an independent review and claimed she "embraced all" of its recommendations.
  • Three years after the attack, the State Department Inspector General found that "minimum security standards" at high-threat and high-risk posts are still not in effect.
  • The State Department has continued to face security concerns at U.S. embassies around the globe in the years since the Benghazi attack.

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Clinton, September 2015: "I Know How Important It Is To Learn The Lessons And I Took Responsibility And The Independent Review That Was Done Set Forth Some Changes. I Embraced All Of Those." CLINTON: "I've been asking for a year to testify before this committee because I know how important it is to learn the lessons and I took responsibility and the independent review that was done set forth some changes. I embraced all of those." ( Interview With American Urban Radio Networks, 9/18/15)

Clinton Defended Her Actions On Benghazi And Pointed To Her Call For An Independent Review, Saying, "My View On This Is, We Have To Learn Things." DICKERSON: "Let me take you back to the 2008 campaign where Iraq was a conversation, U.S. security was a conversation. You ran an ad, the 3:00 a.m. ad, which became quite famous. Let's play that for our viewers." … CLINTON: "So, I think it was terribly tragic, what happened. I immediately asked for an independent review, just like former secretaries of state did. And I made that public. And the only other person who did that was Secretary Albright after our embassies were bombed in Africa. So, my view on this is, we have to learn things. And we are always learning. We learned after Beirut. We learned after Tanzania and Kenya. We have learned after Benghazi, but we're not going to be able to represent the United States working out of hermetically sealed tanks. We are going to have to be out in the world." (CBS' "Face The Nation," 9/20/15)

THREE YEARS AFTER THE BENGHAZI ATTACK, THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S INSPECTOR GENERAL HAS FOUND THAT "MINIMUM SECURITY STANDARDS" AT HIGH-THREAT POSTS WERE STILL NOT IN EFFECT

According To An August 2015 Report, The State Department Inspector General (IG) Conducted A Review Of The Accountability Review (ARB) Process, Which Included A Review Of The Benghazi ARB's Recommendations. "On April 15, 2013, OIG initiated a review of the Accountability Review Board process, which included a review of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board recommendations." (Office Of Inspector General, U.S. Department Of State, " Compliance Followup Review Of The Special Review Of The Accountability Review Board Process " August 2015)

The State Department Inspector General Found That The State Department Failed To Meet A Recommendation From The Benghazi ARB. "The Department of State has complied with all the formal and informal recommendations of the 2013 Special Review of the Accountability Review Board Process, except one, which has been reissued in this report. … At the start of this CFR, 10 of the 20 formal recommendations in the 2013 review of the ARB process were closed, 4 were resolved, and 6 were unresolved. Of the unresolved recommendations, only one-Recommendation 17-is related to a Benghazi ARB recommendation. As a result of the findings of the CFR, Recommendation 17 is reissued. This report closes all other recommendations." (Office Of Inspector General, U.S. Department Of State, " Compliance Followup Review Of The Special Review Of The Accountability Review Board Process ," August 2015, p. 1)

The OIG Reissued A Recommendation To "Develop Minimum Security Standards That Must Be Met Prior To Occupying Facilities Located In Designated High-Risk, High-Threat Locations." "OIG reissued one recommendation from the 2013 inspection report, that the Under Secretary of State for Management, in coordination with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, develop minimum security standards that must be met prior to occupying facilities located in designated high-risk, high-threat locations and include these minimum standards for occupancy in the Foreign Affairs Handbook as appropriate." (Office Of Inspector General, U.S. Department Of State, " Compliance Followup Review Of The Special Review Of The Accountability Review Board Process ," August 2015)

  • Report: "The Department's Response Does Not Meet The Recommendation's Requirement For Standards That Must Be Met Prior To Occupancy." "Although OIG acknowledges the Department's assertion of a 'high threshold for exceptions,' the Department's response does not meet the recommendation's requirement for standards that must be met prior to occupancy." (Office Of Inspector General, U.S. Department Of State, " Compliance Followup Review Of The Special Review Of The Accountability Review Board Process ," August 2015, p. 9)

THIS YEAR, THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS CONTINUED TO FACE SECURITY CONCERNS AT U.S. EMBASSIES AROUND THE GLOBE, INCLUDING IN LIBYA

In June 2015, The State Department Inspector General Released A Report On The Inspection Of Embassy Tallinn, Estonia. (Office Of Inspector General, U.S. Department Of State, " Inspection Of Embassy Tallinn, Estonia," June 2015)

  • Report: "The Aging Chancery Does Not Meet-And Cannot Be Retrofitted To Meet-Even The Most Basic Security Standards, And Numerous Infrastructure Deficiencies Need To Be Addressed If The Embassy Is To Remain At Its Present Location." (Office Of Inspector General, U.S. Department Of State, " Inspection Of Embassy Tallinn, Estonia," June 2015)

In July 2015, The State Department Inspector General Released A Summary Of A Classified Report Relating To A 2014 Evacuation Of Embassy Tripoli. "During the course of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit of Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for U.S. Missions in North Africa, OIG became aware of an issue related to the July 2014 evacuation of Embassy Tripoli requiring immediate action by the Department of State (Department). OIG found that Embassy Tripoli did not adequately prepare for or execute all aspects of its July 2014 evacuation. OIG offered three recommendations to the Under Secretary of State for Management intended to promote the development and execution of effective EAPs worldwide and to prompt practicable actions to address deficiencies associated with the evacuation of Embassy Tripoli." (Office Of Inspector General, U.S. Department Of State, " Management Alert: Evacuation Of Embassy Tripoli," May 2015)

  • Report: "OIG Found That Embassy Tripoli Did Not Adequately Prepare For Or Execute All Aspects Of Its July 2014 Evacuation." "During the course of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit of Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for U.S. Missions in North Africa, OIG became aware of an issue related to the July 2014 evacuation of Embassy Tripoli requiring immediate action by the Department of State (Department). OIG found that Embassy Tripoli did not adequately prepare for or execute all aspects of its July 2014 evacuation. OIG offered three recommendations to the Under Secretary of State for Management intended to promote the development and execution of effective EAPs worldwide and to prompt practicable actions to address deficiencies associated with the evacuation of Embassy Tripoli." (Office Of Inspector General, U.S. Department Of State, " Management Alert: Evacuation Of Embassy Tripoli," May 2015)

In August 2015, The State Department Inspector General Released A Report On The Inspection Of Embassy Tokyo, Japan. (Office Of Inspector General, U.S. Department Of State, " Inspection Of Embassy Tokyo, Japan," August 2015)

  • Report: "The Department Of State Has Not Addressed Security Problems, Including Vulnerabilities Which The Office Of Inspector General Identified In Previous Inspection Reports." (Office Of Inspector General, U.S. Department Of State, " Inspection Of Embassy Tokyo, Japan," August 2015)

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