Security isn’t only about gates and guards. It’s about trends and climate, too, an overall setting. That becomes apparent from a Danger Room posting on the hearing yesterday by the U.S. House Oversight Committee on the Sept. 11 attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. “One thing that was known months and months ago: Benghazi was a seriously hostile place for American diplomats,” says Danger Room, basing that on a summary of security incidents in Libya compiled by the State Department. (A link to a pdf copy of the list is provided in the Danger Room post.)
We tend to focus, certainly in this blog, on security tools (like vehicle barriers) and techniques. But being alert to happenings and trends is part of any security picture, too, however uneventful or static a given scene may seem. If a setting is worth protecting at all, it’s worth protecting alertly and actively in its appropriate context, not passively.
We’re not equipped to draw firm conclusions from the Benghazi disaster. But these thoughts occur in reading the Danger Room piece. We recommend it.