Benghazi and Beyond, Part I: What Went Wrong on September 11, 2012 and How to Prevent it from Happening at Other Frontline Posts: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, November 15, 2012 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Michael Courts: "My testimony today is primarily based on a GAO [Government Accountability Office] report that was issued in November 2009, examining the Department of State's (State) Bureau of Diplomatic Security (Diplomatic Security). Since the 1998 embassy attacks in East Africa, U.S. civilian officials posted overseas have faced increasing threats to their safety and security, and facilities in high threat locations have faced numerous attacks. In September, the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya, was breached and sustained mortar fire. Tragically, the U.S. Ambassador and three other U.S. officials were killed. […] We conducted the underlying performance audits in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits The Bureau's mission, to ensure a safe environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, involves activities such as the protection of people, information, and property overseas, and dignitary protection and passport and visa fraud investigations domestically. My testimony also includes work we have subsequently performed to follow up on the implementation of the report's recommendations. I will discuss (1) the growth of Diplomatic Security's missions and resources, (2) the challenges Diplomatic Security faces in conducting its work, and (3) the status of GAO's recommendation concerning Diplomatic Security." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Courts; William Young; James Jay Carafano; and Ronald E. Neumann.
Serial No. 112-189
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