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US senators request security review after attacks

Published on Sep 15, 2012 9:44 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) senators called for a comprehensive probe into security protocols at US facilities worldwide on Friday after protests that left four Americans dead and several missions torched or breached.

Two different sets of lawmakers wrote letters to US officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seeking investigations into security operations, and any necessary recommendations on how to boost security and prevent similar attacks from occurring in the future.

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats but is hawkish on national security, joined the panel's top Republican Susan Collins in urging State Department officials to focus on the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

"We request that you examine and make recommendations regarding the nature and sufficiency of security at the Benghazi facility, including whether a process for establishing security requirements existed and whether security at the Benghazi facility was established and maintained," they wrote.

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