The Associated Press is reporting that the leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress today, Wednesday December 19.
The two most senior members of the Accountability Review Board are set to testify behind closed doors before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees on the classified findings of their harshly critical report.
An unclassified version released late Tuesday said serious bureaucratic mismanagement was responsible for the inadequate security at the mission in Benghazi where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed.
“Systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place,” the panel said.
Suggest a question: The Congressional Hearings on Benghazi.
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will read all questions suggested through their website, and attempt to seek answers as many as possible during the proceedings.
Time and again, this Administration has shown it is willing to put its own
political needs before the safety and security of the Americans who serve our
country in dangerous places. There is nothing acceptable about playing
politics with national security and American lives.