Top Official Testifies on Benghazi

    WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 10: (L-R) Lt. Col. Andrew Wood of the Utah National Guard, Eric Nordstrom, Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Department of State, Charlene R. Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs at the U.S. Department of State, and Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of State, testify on Capitol Hill on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. The hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee focused on the security situation in Benghazi leading up to the September 11 attack that resulted in the assassination of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

    Brendan Hoffman

    The former top U.S. diplomatic security official in Libya testified in front of a Congressional committee Wednesday, telling a House panel that security resource requests in Benghazi before last month’s attack were “considered seriously and fastidiously.”.  Eric Nordstrom said he had never before witnessed an attack of such “ferocity and intensity” in Libya nor during his tenure with the State Department, but warned officials not to overreact to the attack. The hearing was highly politically charged, as Congressional Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for various missteps related to the attack and the damage control that ensued.

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