The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi burns after an attack on Sept. 11, 2012. Republicans accuse the White House of misleading the public just after the attack by suggesting the assault was a spontaneous act instead of a planned terrorist operation. Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters
U.S. Benghazi Compound Lease Renewed Without Security -- CBS
The State Department renewed the lease for the U.S. compound in Benghazi two months before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks without requiring the facility to meet normal security standards. That news comes from an interview Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., conducted with a survivor of the attacks.
The survivor, a State Department diplomatic security agent whose name isn't being disclosed, spoke behind closed doors in late November to Senators Graham, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. The previously-undisclosed existence of the year-long lease calls into question the State Department's designation of the compound as "temporary" and therefore exempt from normal security requirements.
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My Comment: As time passes by more and more revelations are becoming public .... but my initial analysis on what was the security situation at the consulate still stands .... the person(s) responsible for diplomatic security were essentially "asleep and derelict on the job".