Knoxville News Sentinel Blog: Corker, DeMint call for embassy attack probe

Sep 15, 2012

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bill today that would require investigations into attacks earlier this week on U.S. embassies in Libya, Yemen and Egypt. Four U.S. Foreign Service workers were killed in the Libya attack. The BBC reports "several arrests" have been made for the murders at the Benghazi compound, citing Libyan Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shaqur.


"Like other Americans, I was shocked and appalled by the senseless acts of violence that took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at our consulate in Libya this week," Corker said in a statement. "I hope this tragedy results in an opportunity for us to learn from these events and ensure we're doing all we can to protect the brave Americans serving in diplomatic posts in dangerous parts of the world."


The bill condemns the attacks, extends condolences to the families of the fallen and requires a report from President Barack Obama on the attacks within 30 days. The Secretary of State would be required to submit recommendations to Congress for security enhancements at U.S. embassies and consulates within 90 days.


"The attacks on American embassies and diplomats are outrageous. The administration owes the American people detailed answers on how this happened and how it can be prevented in the future," said DeMint. "It now appears these violent acts may have been coordinated terrorist attacks against America around the anniversary of 9/11. There may have even been warnings beforehand. Americans need to know if we were properly prepared and what steps must be taken to protect our diplomats in these dangerous environments."


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