Was Al Qaeda responsible for Libyan attack?
Rep. Mike Rogers weighs in
- Duration 5:32
- Date Sep 14, 2012
Rep. Mike Rogers weighs in
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-- -- me now live pictures -- this Cairo Egypt where violent anti American protests have now entered their fourth day.
And expected to get even worse for people vote apparently now in custody for the horrific attack and murders in India.
Four Americans died there including US ambassador Chris Stevens and two Navy SEALs.
All right so could the assault on our American Consulate Libya have been avoided a new report this morning -- this morning claims.
The -- the White House had credible information.
On the attack 48 hours in advance that according to an end and newspaper in London called the independent.
Michigan congressman Mike Rogers is here.
Intelligence committee will be briefed by CIA director David Petraeus later on today.
And a former FBI special agent himself your reaction -- to that report.
Well we have seen nothing yet in his service -- -- I have seen nothing yet that indicates that they had information that could have prevented.
The event that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
I just haven't seen it yet -- we should be cautious about that there's a difference between having lots of information flowing in which we've had.
Over months about that trouble that was brewing and especially al-Qaeda in the Maghreb looking for western targets.
And -- the Maghreb in northern part of Africa so we knew that this is the there was at least an interest in violence.
That this is the same site and Ben Ghazi that had been attacked by an IEB.
A couple of months prior to that event.
And so we knew that there was should have been a heightened level of security just for those reasons well here's what.
That independent quotes says.
According to senior diplomatic sources the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before -- -- the consulate and -- -- and the embassy in Cairo.
An American missions may be targeted but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and lock down.
Under which movement.
Is severely restricted now aside from that congressman what do you make of the fact that now the safe house in been Ghazi is known obviously.
And then there's reports that sensitive documents may be missing and also that minions who were working with Americans to help them are now -- it.
There is that's what -- a whole new set of problems that's why a breach of our embassy or consulates is a very serious matter indeed.
Not only for the loss of life that you saw but there's information obviously that.
We should be classified should be state secrets because of the work that we do as a diplomatic mission.
Overseas any of that information that gets out.
Can be spent to shoot a sensitive and is a loss now there are procedures.
At embassies and consulates when something like this happens when the wall is breached certain things are supposed to be done.
They're still being a thorough review completed that said -- -- and what did we lose did we lose any information I don't know if it's very clear yet today.
That we've lost something that might jeopardize the life of of some Libyans by did you say the Libyan government expressed regret with the Egyptian government is just getting around to it -- languages being a horrendous they can call it a bad case of rookie -- sport attention.
To support those who are broad -- who are.
Protesting but back to Libya for second four have been arrested the FBI just got on the ground there should we feel better as Americans have four arrested.
I'm not comfortable yet I Y -- we haven't seen exactly who they are and what they have -- that led to their rest we need to make sure that there's nothing.
There's no PR campaign here every single one of those individuals should be brought to justice.
As swiftly as possible.
You know long term.
The political trials probably aren't in the best interest of sending a very.
Clear message that the United States will not -- tolerate attacks on our sovereign territory and by the way those consulates are sovereign US territory.
And so we've got a lot more to do here what congressman and where's this going though I mean we're now the fourth day.
All of this violence in Cairo and -- -- expanding potentially to other countries not even nearby where where's it going.
Well this is what's so troubling about what's happening in Egypt you saw -- didn't come out very strongly he did not condemn the attacks right away.
You know about didn't get a lot of attention but about a month or so ago he moved tanks into the side -- -- that area between Israel and Egypt.
Which was in violation of the treaty that caused a quiet.
Diplomatic row if you will and there are some negotiations to get him to pull back from that really didn't do -- So I think what you're seeing is this new Muslim Brotherhood government.
Starting its feed their population.
And get them listen not and I we're gonna have a horrible economic problems maybe we should blame Israel maybe we should blame the United States we certainly don't wanna blame ourselves -- -- Really troubling times and we better be strong today or this is only -- -- spread and we've been neglected a solid policy in the Middle East.
For four years now we need to move -- a different -- -- Egyptian people should find out that the US gives Egypt one point five billion dollars a year and a bit.
That might be the starting point and working on forgiving their debt at the same time I think -- he senses that and is will -- be pulling back perhaps.
We'll -- pulling back pulling back Brian is not enough.
This we need to be very tough right now -- these folks that it is their responsibility to protect that outer ring of our embassy.
And stop the messaging and that would allow people to think it's okay to conduct acts of violence against the US or western I look -- -- relaying how your meeting goes to David Petraeus later today whatever you can relate and we'll have you back on congressman thanks so much.
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