In Benghazi Select Committee hearings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Todd Keil, a member of the Independent Panel on Best Practices that was conducted following the attacks on the embassy, testified that Hillary Clinton's State Department "made up" a new term for the facility in Libya in order to avoid meeting security requirements.
Congressman Peter Roskam of Illinois asked Keil to explain what a "Special Mission Compound" is, and got the frank answer that Keil just plain doesn't know.
Rep. Roskam: What's a special mission compound?
Keil: Um ... I don't know. To be honest, from our review, Under Secretary Kennedy, in authorizing that, made up that term in order to avoid the OSPB security standards.
The OSPB is the Overseas Security Policy Board, and here is what it does:
The Overseas Security Policy Board (OSPB) is an interagency body created to assist the Secretary in carrying out the statutory security responsibilities prescribed by the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986. The OSPB provides a mechanism for collective consultation with other Federal agencies, and has been assigned responsibility to develop security polices and standards. OSPB security standards are threat-indexed countermeasures (i.e., actions, devices, procedures, or techniques that reduce vulnerability). Missions must conform to OSPB approved security standards found in the Foreign Affairs Handbook (FAH) 12 FAH-6 in order to maintain appropriate security of the mission.
Keil is testifying that the State Department made up the term "special mission compound" to describe the embassy compound in Libya specifically in order to avoid being forced to implement security standards designed to protect overseas, diplomatic missions from exactly the type of threat faced in Benghazi during the attack.
The exchange continues.
Rep. Roskam: So what does it mean if something is simply then, redefined? What does it mean if something is said, "Well, we're just going to declare this as something other than that which is to be regulated"? That means you have no regulation, isn't that right?
Keil: That's correct, sir.
Todd Keil, a member of the panel charged with investigating the attack in Benghazi, is testifying under oath that, by designating the diplomatic mission in Benghazi a "Special Mission Compound," the Clinton State Department removed it from the protection and oversight of the board designed specifically to protect our diplomats abroad.
And Hillary's "good friend" Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens died.