December 19th, 2012
01:01 PM ET

Three resign for Benghazi security failures

By Elise Labott

Three State Department officials, including two who oversaw security decisions at the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, resigned in the wake of a review of security failures there, senior State Department officials told CNN Wednesday.

The independent review of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi released Tuesday cites "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies" at the State Department.

The attacks killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

The failures resulted in a security plan "that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place," the 39-page unclassified version of the report concludes.

Despite all the criticism, the board found no U.S. government employee had engaged in misconduct or ignored responsibilities, and it did not recommend any individual be disciplined.

Eric Boswell, assistant secretary of diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary of state for international programs, submitted their resignations, a senior official said. A third official in the Near East Affairs bureau also resigned, the official said.

Boswell and Lamb oversaw security for the Benghazi mission. Lamb testified before Congress about the security precautions. Documents show Lamb denied repeated requests for additional security in Libya.

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  1. wjmccartan

    Hooray Lamb finally took herself out of the equation, good for her and it about damn time, this should have been done days after the tragedy took place. I agree with another commentator here who said what the hell was he doing there on 9/11 anyway. He kept asking and asking for more security, so its obvious he knew how dangerous it was... Why didn't he head to Tripoli a couple of days prior to the Anniversary of that tragic day, for a guy who was supposed to be so smart, that last decision he made wasn't. Still another person serving his country was lost and three more brave men that day, I'm sorry for their family's loss. God Bless America

    Merry Christmas, health and happiness to you and yours.

    December 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  2. massoud

    Hillary Clinton said in regards to the Benghazi debacle/coverup that "the buck stops here" in regards to the complete failure of the Sate Department to provide the proper security for Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans. Did Hillary say this before or after her "concussion" because she has a case of Amnesia now when it comes to culpability for Her failure at the State Department

    December 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  3. StanCalif

    Okay, Lamb denied additional security for Stevens "several times", yet Stevens chose to remain in Benghazi in spite of the dangers. Worse yet, he didn't look at the calendar! Spending 9/11 in Benghazi with inadequate security??!! I don't feel that the State Department is fully to blame here! After all, Benghazi is not a consulate but a "mission post".

    December 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  4. GregOPauls

    I like how you have to search for this story because it is very bad for the current administration. To little to late...

    December 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  5. LastLiberalRepublican

    This may be the first honorable thing that Charlene Lamb has done in a long time. Her congressional testimony re Benghazi was damning and disgraceful. She clearly portrayed herself as the perfect bureaucrat willing to make life and death decisions from the hallowed halls of the State Department, while being blissfully unaware of her own ineptness. Good riddance to a bad penny!

    December 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Jerry Casaday

      Just hope that she's not put in charge of beefing up the security for the
      elementary schools in your town.

      December 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  6. jsf12

    As a middle manager in the private sector, I know that when senior management blunders and then selects scape goats, there is nothing to do about it other than move on.
    But I am also a small investor, and I know that when senior management blunders and then selects scape goats, they haven't identified nor fixed the actual management problem. A wise investor understands that senior management team is flawed and so the investment is flawed.
    It is a shame that media bias keeps voters from reaching that same understanding.

    December 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  7. jsf12

    In business or in government middle management can always expect to get blamed for senior management blunders.
    In business or in government, the biggest obstacle to fixing a problem is senior management actively pretending the problem doesn't exist.
    As long as Obama insisted Libya was an already solved problem, no action could be taken at any level to try to solve it.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply

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