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Consulate lacked requested 'man traps'

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 12/01/2012 @ 12:16 am In U.S.,World | No Comments

(Washington Times) The U.S. mission in Libya where a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack lacked special security barriers that the State Department’s inspector general recommended three years ago for diplomatic facilities in danger zones, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Thursday.

The State Department inspector general recommended in 2009 that U.S. diplomatic facilities in danger zones have special holding areas for visitors called “man traps,” but the U.S. consular facility in Benghazi did not have them, Sen. Susan M. Collins of Maine told reporters after a four-hour, closed-door briefing from senior intelligence and defense officials on Capitol Hill.

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“While there were improvements made for security, those specific recommendations for man traps were not built in Benghazi,” she said.


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