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Thursday, September 27

Benghazi consulate death trap

Who killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and why are still mysteries. But if he died of asphyxiation from smoke inhalation, then technically his death was due to his employer's negligence. That's because the villa in Benghazi that the U.S. Department of State rented for its staff was a death trap.

After an attack on the villa in June, fortification was increased.  According to CNN, fortifications "included additional barriers and barbed wire, increased lighting, chain link fences, additional sand bags and closed circuit television.  Every U.S. building on the compound was also fitted with a safe room with a steel door, although the officials recognize that the room was not fireproof."

There is no such thing as a safe room that's not fireproofed

But not only was not one single room fireproofed, the place had no fire extinguishers and no smoke masks for the employees.

That last was reported by the Wall Street Journal.

As to whether the attackers knew the employees were completely unprepared to deal with an arson attack, they showed up with diesel fuel cannisters that they lobbed into the villa.  Burning diesel fuel makes very thick black smoke.     

Sources

CNN, September 24, 2012:  U.S. post in Benghazi had less than standard security before attack

The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2012: The Libya DebacleThe more we learn, the more Benghazi looks like a gross security failure

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