Sunday December 30, 2012 | 10:55 PM

WASHINGTON – Maine Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday that a Senate committee’s investigation into the deadly September attacks on a U.S. facility in Libya concluded that terrorist groups “essentially walked right into the Benghazi compound unimpeded.”

Collins and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., plan to release the full details of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee report on Monday. “Flashing Red: A Special Report on the Terrorist Attack at Benghazi ” contains 11 recommendations that Lieberman said “can help us to better protect our diplomats and others who serve our country, often in very dangerous places.”

Four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, were killed in the attacks. The Homeland Security Committee is one of several congressional panels probing the Benghazi incident.

“Our investigation found that the terrorists essentially walked right into the Benghazi compound unimpeded and set it ablaze due to extremely poor security in a threat environment that was, indeed, ‘flashing red,’ in the words of a high-ranking State Department official,” Collins, the top Republican member of the committee, said on the Senate floor.

“All of the evidence was flashing red that we had put American personnel in Benghazi in an increasingly dangerous situation … and yet we did not give them the security that they needed to protect them,” said Lieberman, the departing committee chairman.

Lieberman and Collins plan to hold a press conference on the report Monday morning in the Capitol.


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