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Government Investigation Reveals Inadequate Security at U.S. Embassies
Posted By Franklin Holcomb On July 25, 2013 @ 5:30 pm In Security | Comments Disabled
Recent testimony  has revealed the fragile nature of the security of many American embassies.
State Department officials Gregory B. Starr and Bill A. Miller testified that 10 months after the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi , 15 diplomatic posts in high-threat areas fail to meet safety and security standards.
It is in the interest of the U.S. to maintain adequate security at our embassies and diplomatic posts. Embassies have historically been a primary target for terrorist activities. The storming of the U.S. embassy in Iran in 1980, the attack on the Beirut embassy that killed 63 Americans in 1983, and the attacks in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998 that killed hundreds are only a handful of the hundreds of attacks on U.S. embassies that have occurred over the past three decades.
Senator Bob Corker (R–TN) expressed concern during the hearing about how the State Department intends to spend the $2.2 billion it has requested for embassy security. Indeed, funds have been spent in areas in which “the security issues are not necessarily urgent,” such as Oslo  and The Hague , instead of more vulnerable regions across the Middle East.
In order to secure its facilities abroad, the U.S. ought to take the lessons  learned from the attack in Benghazi and apply them to other diplomatic facilities:
If the U.S. does not start to take embassy security seriously, then deadly attacks like the one that claimed the lives of four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, may become far more common.
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 testimony: http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/a-hearing-on-s980-the-embassy-security-and-personnel-protection-act-of-2013
 Benghazi: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/03/lessons-from-benghazi-investigation-leaves-important-questions-unanswered
 Oslo: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=f0a183a85ff90d7b5c1f4a08d438fb82&tab=core&_cview=1
 The Hague: https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=85f34187e1d51c0407f5476f24778169&tab=core&_cview=0
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