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Senate Intelligence Committee Releases Benghazi Report, Calls Attack "Preventable"

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The Senate Intelligence committee released their report on Benghazi Wednesday, finding that while the overall attack was deemed preventable, there was no specific warning that attack would occur on September 11, 2012. The 85-page report details the timeline of the attacks and also issues a series of recommendations in order to prevent it from happening again.

According to The New York Times, the committee’s “report, at first blush, does not break significant new ground on this issue.” Yet the criticism in the report of all officials and agencies involved is fairly scathing. The report lists numerous “general warnings” sent to the U.S. Embassy, including the day of the attack, and lists instances wherein the Embassy was attacked by terrorists in the months leading up to September.

Fox News has taken a look at the declassified transcripts of the committee’s hearings, highlighting that President Obama was briefed about “an attack” and not about global protests involving a controversial video that coincided with the attack. Although the report notes that some “intelligence suggests the attacks were put together in short order” and using the protests as a kind of cover.

The report also lists a number of security improvements made to the CIA annex—though the specific improvements are redacted—and questions why similar security updates were not employed by the U.S. Embassy, the public face of America in Benghazi. The information given by the CIA after the attack, according to NBC News, has caused some division among the bipartisan committee members. Still, all agree that in the future the CIA should be more forthcoming with the facts.

Given how politicized the Benghazi attacks have become, it is unlikely that this report will be the final word on the matter. Even the Report from 9/11 Commission, published ten years ago, still draws controversy even amongst those in the government.