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  • ** FILE ** The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was gutted in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack by Islamic extremists. (Associated Press)

    State Department security still lacking a year after Benghazi: OIG report

    A year after the Benghazi attack, the State Department still doesn't have a good handle on managing security risks at foreign diplomatic missions, the department's internal auditor said in a report being released Wednesday.

  • State Dept.: FBI can't get into Benghazi to arrest suspects

    Libya will allow reporters in but won't let the FBI into Benghazi to try to arrest those responsible for last year's attacks because the security situation is too tenuous, a senior State Department official told Congress on Wednesday.

  • **FILE** House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

    House GOP issues subpoena in Benghazi investigation

    The chairman of the House oversight committee on Friday subpoenaed the senior diplomat who ran the State Department's investigation into the Benghazi attack, saying lawmakers deserve to be able to depose him before he testifies publicly.

  • Left to right: State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson, Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya Gregory Hicks, and Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya Eric Nordstrom are sworn in to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Benghazi whistleblower: State Dept. should have interviewed more senior officials

    The State Department-chartered investigation into the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, last year erred in not interviewing more senior officials at the department, a packed hearing of the House oversight committee heard Wednesday.

  • **FILE** Libyans gather Sept. 12, 2012, at the gutted U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (Associated Press)

    Benghazi investigations included CIA activities; personnel had secret base in Libyan city

    Raising the stakes in the high-profile clash with congressional Republicans over last year's terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, a person familiar with the State Department-chartered inquiry said investigators talked last year with CIA personnel who were on the ground during the attack and were briefed about the CIA's activities at their secret base in the Libyan city.

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    Embassy Row: The Seventh Floor

    The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is faulting a flawed bureaucratic system for the State Department's failure to blame top U.S. officials for ignoring pleas for more security before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.

  • ** FILE ** Carry teams move transfer cases of the remains of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, from a transport plane during a ceremony Sept. 14 at Andrews Air Force Base, marking the start of congressional and State Department inquiries into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. (Associated Press)

    Doubts raised on time to reach Benghazi

    Republican critics say the State Department's internal report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, does not address questions about the military's actions and how Cabinet officials responded to the assault that night and why they misrepresented it afterward.

  • Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns (left) and Thomas R. Nides, deputy secretary of state for management and resources, speak before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, on the Benghazi attack. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    In Benghazi hearings, GOP criticizes misplaced State priorities

    Congressional hearings on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, fell into partisan bickering Thursday, with Democrats blaming the incident on a lack of security funding and Republicans accusing the State Department of misspending the funds it has received.

  • A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, two days before. (Associated Press)

    Lawmakers insisting on justice for Benghazi attack on consulate

    Key Republican lawmakers on Wednesday embraced the findings of the State Department's internal inquiry into the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, even though its long-awaited report stopped short of probing questions of an Obama administration cover-up in the attack's aftermath.

  • Benghazi review blames systematic State Department security failures

    An independent investigation into the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans concluded that the State Department suffered from "systematic failures" in leadership and security that left the consulate vulnerable to a terrorist attack in the unstable city of Benghazi.

  • A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, two days before. (Associated Press)

    Review board raps State Department for poor security in Benghazi

    The mandatory State Department internal inquiry into the deadly Sept. 11 terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, slams bureaucrats for "grossly inadequate" security but says that poor leadership could not be punished under department regulations.

  • ** FILE ** In this April 11, 2011, photo, then-U.S. envoy Chris Stevens attends meetings at the Tibesty Hotel where an African Union delegation was meeting with opposition leaders in Benghazi, Libya. An independent review board is set to reveal its findings on the Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, a report the administration hopes will bolster its assertion that diplomats took all reasonable measures to anticipate and respond to the violence, and end months of finger-pointing and recriminations over whether the deaths could have been avoided. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    Benghazi review finds systematic security faults

    An independent panel charged with investigating the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has concluded that systematic management failures at the State Department led to inadequate security that left the diplomatic mission vulnerable.

  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, have been vocal opponents about the narrative of the Obama administration in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on the consulate in Libya. (Associated Press)

    Republicans see key gaps in report on Benghazi

    The panel investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, delivered its findings Monday to State Department officials, who said the report could be released publicly as early as Wednesday.

  • Thomas R. Pickering is among the most decorated U.S. diplomats. He served in Republican and Democratic administrations from 1974 through 1996. He leads the Benghazi probe. (Associated Press)

    State Department review board on Benghazi attack works in secrecy

    The Accountability Review Board probing the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is subpoenaing documents and conducting interviews behind a veil of secrecy inside the State Department.

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