Rep. Brooks Pushes Right-Wing Media Falsehood That Clinton Should Have Signed A Security Waiver For Benghazi Facility
Claim Originally Pushed By Conspiracy Theorist Aaron Klein, But Facility Was Not Subject To That Waiver Requirement
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From Clinton's October 22 testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi:
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REP. SUSAN BROOKS: I have to ask you if you're familiar with the fact that in the wake of the 1998 bombing attacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Congress passed something referred to as SECCA, the Secure Embassy Construction and Counter-terrorism Act which requires the secretary of state to issue a waiver if, under two conditions, if the U.S. Government personnel work in separate facilities or if U.S. overseas facilities do not meet the security setback distances specified by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The law specifies that only the secretary of state may sign these waivers, and that requirement is not to be delegated. Was a waiver issued for the temporary mission in Benghazi and the C.I.A. Annex, after the temporary mission compound was authorized through December of 2012? And did you sign that waiver, madam secretary?