What is the real cause of current Mideast turmoil?
Investigating motivation for attacks
- Duration 3:31
- Date Sep 19, 2012
Investigating motivation for attacks
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Five minutes chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge is here tonight Catherine this dovetails.
If all true -- What was happening on Capitol Hill today it's very confirmatory tourism is an act of violence to promote a political and and now the assault on the console and then godsey is being seen through that lens by a senior Obama administration official who testified.
I Capitol Hill today.
Let me begin by asking you whether you would say that investors Stephens in the three other Americans died as a result of a terrorist attack.
It's certainly on that particular question I would say yes they were killed in the course of the terrorist attack on our embassy.
Eight days after the -- have been guns in the administration's -- -- -- attack was spontaneous is fraying at the edges and the -- two hours after Olson's comments.
The White House spokesman had a hard time reconciling the administration's description the so called demonstrators who carried RPG's and used mortars.
All I can tell you is based on the information we -- at the time.
We have now we do not yet have.
Indication that it was pre planned -- premeditated there's an active investigation.
Namibian president and senior lawmakers briefed on the assault that consistently called it premeditated terrorist act.
Earlier this week the State Department pushed back on the characterization.
I'm not gonna put labels on this until we have a complete investigation -- -- yeah terrorists.
I don't think we know enough.
Now a three page homeland security intelligence report obtained by Fox News is raising new questions about the administration's claim.
These demonstrations in Cairo on nine elevenths were solely fueled by the amateurs video clip about the Prophet Mohammed.
Two days before the demonstrations Homeland Security had information that there wasn't called -- kitchens to attack the US embassy to force the release of the blind Sheikh.
Who is held in a federal prison in North Carolina.
After his conviction in the first World Trade Center attack.
The call to action posted on the web read in part quote.
The time has come for a strong movement from new -- sons of Egypt to release -- detained shake.
Let your slogan be known to the American Embassy in Egypt until I detained -- is released.
Even if it requires burning the embassy down with everyone -- it.
The film was a part of it.
What there's more including I believe definitely the -- for the blind -- -- being a factor in these demonstrations.
It senior Republican sent a letter to the State Department and the Justice Department today after unconfirmed reports.
The Obama administration was considering the transfer of the blind -- to Egyptian authorities.
A Justice Department spokesman said the reports were absurd.
And the State Department spokeswoman said quote there is no plan to release the shake at this time there was info.
According to sources that this guy groom who was training Libyan -- us ahead of the Qaddafi ouster.
If in fact he led this was part of it was let go of gitmo had ties to 9/11 in some way it's just a whole different ball game.
That's a real game changer this information you've reported tonight.
This individual was part of the group called the LI -- this is the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.
This is a group that has had traditional ties to al-Qaeda they provided fighters to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
And they're really considered the cornerstone of what we see about al-Qaeda in North Africa so this information tonight is really -- game changer and may explain.
Why we heard from the head of the National Counterterrorism Center today.
That it was an act of terrorism that it wasn't anything else hi -- will continue to follow it thank you.