How badly did the administration screw up the security at the Benghazi consulate? Pretty much as badly as possible:
An intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News on Friday that no threat assessment was conducted before U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team began “taking up residence” at the Benghazi compound — describing the security lapses as a “total failure.”
The source told Fox News that there was no real security equipment installed in the villas on the compound except for a few video cameras.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, the intelligence source said the security lapses were a 10 — a “total failure” because Benghazi was known to be a major area for extremist activity.
The revelation that no threat assessment was conducted directly contradicts the State Department’s claim (cue to 5:04 here):
We did evaluate the threat stream. And we determined that the security at Benghazi was appropriate for what we knew.
The article goes on to explain the security measures that should have been in place. A waiver from Washington was required to proceed without the minimum security, so who issued that waiver, and why?