Was the Benghazi consulate a death trap?
Pundita, who has been following foreign policy, the State Department and relevant matters for years, seems to think so. Does the media have any interest in the topic at all? If so, it’s very hard to tell.
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.”