State Department to review Benghazi investigation
A picture shows a burnt building at the US consulate compound in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on September 13, 2012 following an attack late on September 11 in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other US nationals were killed. Libya said it has made arrests and opened a probe into the attack, amid speculation that Al-Qaeda rather than a frenzied mob was to blame. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/GettyImages)
May 2nd, 2013
07:40 PM ET
8 years ago

State Department to review Benghazi investigation

(CNN) - A review board responsible for investigating the September attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya is now getting its own review.

The office of the State Department's inspector general is doing a special review of the "effectiveness and accountability" of the Accountability Review Board (ARB) process, according to Doug Welty, a spokesman for the IG's office.

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Along with reviewing the board in general, the inspector general will do a subsequent audit of the board's investigation of the deadly Benghazi attack, which is done as a matter of course after every probe.

The attack last September 11 killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The Obama administration handling of security at the facility and its post-attack response have come under close Republican scrutiny.

Welty said neither the special review of the ARB process, nor the individual Benghazi audit, are tied to recent reports that certain key witnesses were not interviewed.

However, he couldn't rule out that this would be examined as part of a total examination of the Benghazi investigation.

"We are not making a value judgment whether the ARB recommendations were valid," Welty said. "The recommendations were made. What we are doing in subsequent audits is looking to see if recommendations were implemented, if not – why not, and what the status of their implementation are. We also review the process' effectiveness and accountability."

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered a review of the attack. Such reports are mandated by Congress when Americans working on behalf of the U.S. government are killed overseas.

Released in December, the report cited "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies" at the State Department.

As a result, four State Department officials were disciplined immediately after the report's release. One resigned, while three others were placed on administrative leave and relieved of their duties.

Veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen led the review board.

A separate report on Benghazi led by former Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine asked the State Department to look into the review process.

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  1. Data Driven

    Meanwhile, the Constitution Project two weeks ago released a 560-page report demonstrating that officials in the highest levels of the Bush Administration greenlighted torture methods, including water boarding, that are prohibited by the Geneva Conventions protocols. The Constitution Project is an equally bipartisan study group - Republicans and Democrats. They recommend prosecutions for these war crimes. The study barely made a blip in the news, including the liberal outlets.

    May 2, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. jay clagg

    can you say cover up

    May 2, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Larry L

    No amount of factual evidence will change the mind of the right-wing conspiracy nuts. It takes heaping helpings of bigotry, fear and hate to make a real "birther".

    May 2, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. hui wang

    I am a long time democratic voter but I do believe Hillary Clinton made mistake by ignoring the warning. She was trying "offering" Democracy to Libya and Egypt people but did not check who will be in power. Just like H.W. Bush did in Iraq. Over foreign policy Hillary and Bush or John Mccain are all same.

    May 2, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. Chipster

    And what will we know after wasting a ton of money on investigating the investigation? We will know that some people attacked the consulate because they either were angered by rumors of an insulting film or they were terrorists using the film as an excuse to attack the embassy. We will learn that there wasn't enough security to prevent the murders and that more security couldn't get to the site in time even if Congress hadn't cut spending for embassy/consulate security by hundreds of millions of dollars. So, yippee, we will waste a lot of money to know exactly what we already know. But there might be another opportunity for political posturing and finger-pointing from both sides of the debate. Ridiculous!

    May 2, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. jerrylax

    what? The State Department needs investigating...and not a stupid internal cover up, business s usual.

    May 2, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Wes

    You mean it wasn't the videos fault? But, the uhbama assured us it was not an act of terrorism. He even had the producer arrested. I just don't understand.

    May 2, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. BigTBone

    Cue the foxbot army in 3...2....1....

    Linda Graham will be having his own Benghazi Live Talk Show this fall! Special guests John McCain, Michelle Bachmann and every other kook who goes into mad fits when hearing that magic word!


    May 2, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. gary

    CNN coverage of the elephant in the room is appreciated.

    May 2, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  10. andi lee

    I URGE each and every one, please call your congressmen/women. Get involved with your STATE government. "NOW is the time for all good men (people) to come to the aid of their country." -Be the difference in "What difference does it make?" -Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2013

    May 2, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  11. Eric

    Simple. One of the largest cover ups in US History. The truth eventually comes out.

    May 2, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. Dick Smegma

    National disgrace
    Watergate with four dead American bodies

    May 3, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  13. enuff

    Why do they keep trying to beat this dead horse? Why didn' t anyone insist.on an investigation on WMD and the 4000. deaths and who profited.from it?

    May 3, 2013 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  14. Thomas

    Find out who was responsible and put them on the x file , after that put them in the Z file for good !

    May 3, 2013 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  15. james

    Hillary and Obama are both a big joke we need to get rid of both of them . and cnn is not any better

    May 3, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  16. Rob

    Typical. The criminals investigate themselves. Oh Boy, I bet that is a tough to see how it came out. Like asking a criminal to investigate themselves. But then most in Washington, ARE criminals

    May 3, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  17. dragonfire77

    Hey, still this a scandal yet?

    May 3, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  18. Suemac in WA

    Trying to deflect a wrong (Benghazi) by bringing up another wrong (Iraq) doesn't make Benghazi go away. What drives the attack on our consulate is the fact that it happened mere weeks before a presidential election. The reality did not fit Obama's litany that al Qaeda was on the run. A cover up was born and many saw it for what it was. This will not go away for some time.

    May 3, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  19. Data Driven

    I suppose it's progress when conservatives are now admitting Iraq was "wrong". Given that, can we bring to book the officials who bore false witness about WMD evidence before America and the world, which ultimately led to 4,000 US military deaths, to say nothing of the estimated 100,000 Iraqi deaths? And, while we're at it, can we prosecute the war crimes involving torture instigated by our leaders in the past dozen years? Can we end the illegal jailing of foreign nationals in Cuba? And to be entirely bipartisan, can we immediately halt the illegal remote-control drone-bombings of foreign nationals promulgated by officials in the Obama Administration, and prosecute them as well?

    Maybe by the time we get through all that, we'll have time to deal with the fracas at the Libyan embassy. Yeah, right. Benghazi is just a partisan weapon for all you people who keep bringing it up. You have no credibility on the issue until the larger high crimes and misdemeanors festering on this nation's consciousness are dealt with first.

    May 3, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. Marita Donalds

    It shouldn't go away! I have trouble understanding, why our President appears to be unaware, that attempts to question Benghazi survivors remain unsuccessful? Why did it take almost 8 month for pictures to surface of individuals the FBI wants to question? There are many questions in need of answers! I am interested to know!

    May 3, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Namedave

    Liberal blame Bush for Islamic morons. They are quick to pass over the facts of them attacking the US and taking hostage US citizens under carter. Plus they forget that it was a Islamic jehodist that shot RFK.

    May 3, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Joe Obizo

    So.....this would be like asking the mob to investigate organized crime? Who will guard the guards?

    May 3, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Al-NY,NY


    Simple. One of the largest cover ups in US History. The truth eventually comes out.

    riiiiiight. And this "cover up" will lead to what in GOP fantasy land? Obama being impeached? Him resigning? Keep dreaming

    May 3, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Lisa P.


    You mean it wasn't the videos fault? But, the uhbama assured us it was not an act of terrorism. He even had the producer arrested. I just don't understand.
    May 2, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm

    Of course you don't understand. If you knew the facts you would know how badly you've been played. But that wouldn't suit Fox News or the Republicans - they want to keep you ignorant and angry. And I guess you want to stay ignorant and angry, since the facts have been widely reported by countless legitimate news agencies. The truth is out there, and not hard to find in this case, just like the correct spelling of our President's name.

    Have a nice wallow. The rest of us have better things to do.

    May 3, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Mike

    Who cares what anyone knew after the fact. This is a zit compared to Bush ignoring intel that led up to 9/11, then there was the outing of a CIA operative to cover up the lie of WMD's in Iraq. A war that has killed thousands of innocent woman, children and US soldiers. And never one word about impeachment by the republicans.

    May 3, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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