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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Clinton highlights lessons learned from Benghazi attack

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is speaking before Congress on Capital Hill now. In her opening statement, she mentioned several items learned from the attack at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

More resources needed for security from attack.
Increased transparency of research on threats necessary.
Independent investigations after attacks should be viewed.
Support emerging democracies and improved communication and coordination in actions.
Maintain courageous leadership of State Dept. employees.
Multiple attacks and protests hamper security posture around the world.
High threat posts should get the security attention they need.
Accountability of response is paramount.
Action items and timelines for decision making, reviews, protocols, and actions in high threat areas are in place.
Instability in North Africa is a problem with regards to terrorist threats, especially in Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.
Reform security services.
Target al-Qaeda.
Authorizations are needed for expanded defense needs.

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