Ambassador Chris Stevens had sent the State Department several requests for increased security for diplomats in Libya before the attack took place.
In the weeks before the attack took place, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens sent the State Department several requests through cable for increased security or halt security drawdown, but the requests were ignored. He had warned on August 15, 2012, saying that the situation was unpredictable, volatile, and violent; the security in Benghazi was left dangerously exposed as the militiamen who guarded the compound was not reliable.
He had requested protective detail bodyguard potions, saying the added guards will fill the vacuum of security personnel currently at the post, set to leave and not replaced. In July, he had sent a request to extend a tour of duty (TDY) personnel set to leave in August. Another cable from Stevens mentioned that a series of violent incidents has dominated the political landscape in Libya and called them "targeted and discriminate attacks." The weekly report on September 11 -- the day the Ambassador lost his life -- expressed Libyans' "growing frustration with police and security forces who were too weak to keep the country secure.