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May 3rd, 2013
05:57 PM ET

Benghazi review, gets a review

It's been seven months since the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. We still do not have the killers, and the bureaucracy surrounding it is getting dizzying.

Now, the panel that was put together to investigate the Benghazi attack is itself under review, by the State Department's own Inspector General.

The Benghazi attack killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans, with the aftermath posing serious questions about why the State Department ignored months of requests for added security, whether anything more could have been done to help those being attacked, and why the Obama administration seemed so eager to blame it all on an anti-Muslim video, as opposed to its own mistakes.

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered a review of the attack last year. That review blamed "systemic" failures and leadership issues, but largely cleared her, and other senior officials.

Four State Department officials were disciplined immediately after the report came out. But now there are questions about the independent review board process, as well as questions about whether any individual who wants to testify are being given the legal ability to do so.

A House committee will hold a hearing on Benghazi next week.

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