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U.S. Post in Benghazi had less than standard security

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posted on Sep, 26 2012 @ 06:33 AM

The U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was operating under a lower security standard than a typical consulate when it was attacked this month, according to State Department officials.

The mission was a rented villa and considered a temporary facility by the agency, which allowed a waiver that permitted fewer guards and security measures than a standard embassy or consulate, according to the officials.

"Someone made the decision that the mission in Benghazi was so critical that they waived the standard security requirements, which presents unique challenges to the diplomatic security service as you can imagine," said Fred Burton, vice president for Intelligence at STRATFOR, an intelligence analysis group.

While standards were lower at the compound, security had been enhanced at the post after a number of incidents this year that included a failed bombing attempt against the compound in June, according to sources.

Several security changes were made over the past few months, the officials said. These included additional barriers and barbed wire, increased lighting, chain link fences, additional sand bags and closed circuit television.t

The article goes on to say that there were steel safe rooms and the Ambassador and the other Americans probably died from smoke inhalation.They did say the security rooms were not fire proof but I am not sure that can even be done.Given the situation they faced I do not know if this could have been prevented with anything less than turning the embassy into a military base. Ther was talk about building a new embassy I think they did the best they could.


posted on Sep, 26 2012 @ 01:17 PM
They need to install one of these at every US embassy it probably would have saved their lives. It is non leathal as well.

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