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Makers now pressing the Obama administration over who knew what and when in the Ben Ghazi matter after failing to set this a straight answer.
From a State Department official one Republican congressman during this hearing asking the top security official in -- at the time this very pointed question.
Given the information that you saw on TV.
And your knowledge of the situation in Libya.
-- you come to a conclusion ask -- whether this was a terrorist act.
Or whether it was based on some film that was on the Internet lieutenant colonel would.
It was instantly recognizable to me as a terrorist attack instantly recognizable.
Yes ma'am why -- that.
Mainly because in my prior knowledge there I almost expected the attack to come.
-- based on that answer.
For other foreshadowing.
KT McFarland worked in both the regular Nixon administration's -- our national security analysts -- -- good morning -- and I go I think draw this testimony there's there's there's a lot of there's a lot to keep track of here with -- the politics -- this time line.
Zero in on this for us what is the critical question that needs to be answered.
Now who lied and why did -- -- There -- a number of lies first they said that it wasn't a terrorist attack it was a terrorist attack.
Then they said well it was a spontaneous.
Demonstration that got out of hand it wasn't spontaneous.
It wasn't a demonstration.
Then they say well Qaeda Spanish they've been saying al-Qaeda -- is is clear Al -- not finished.
And -- and then they also said security was adequate security was not adequate why did for Americans die of security was adequate.
There were a number of lies the question is whose idea was it.
Who've made up the lies.
And why did OK so I think those are all legitimate questions were any of those questions answered yesterday -- -- here.
No because you have the security people on the ground who knew the situation on the ground.
-- -- we asked for additional security and fact not only do we not get additional security the security there was there was reduced.
Whose fault was that his idea wasn't to deny those requests to overrule those -- 'cause we didn't get any of -- Who is going to answer those questions.
Well I think it depends on what happens with a -- it's -- they're going to be more hearings that one thing I say because I was ending government when -- -- cover ups and when their work.
Lies -- is what happens next didn't come up from -- from the woodwork the career bureaucrats are not going to be blamed for this.
And they will start talking and I think honestly probably -- first and then on the record.
What are worded they work to move -- those people -- they do State Department or where.
-- an ever president of the State Department is called the DSS diplomatic security service they're not gonna take the rap they want to add additional security.
-- people on the intelligence community who.
We're not saying al-Qaeda was Spanish they were saying al-Qaeda is alive and well there may even be people at the White House who say well you know.
We're not sure why these decisions were made by higher ups I tell you one thing out -- -- decision of an American ambassador that is the president's crucial represented at a Mets and that country.
He reports directly to the secretary of state.
The decision to -- is that.
Mean -- Hillary Clinton has to go under -- I think Hillary Clinton should go under -- before one of these committees I think there should be a committee that is neither this committee or new select committee.
Should go forward and right which she'd -- -- willing to do that which you find that -- I've no idea that's for her to answer.
But there are an awful lot of un answered questions at the highest -- -- -- wouldn't.
When you're just everybody knew was a terrorist attack right -- -- and everyone's gut reaction you have the president mentioning the video or the film eight days later eight days later you have eight at UN ambassador.
There -- no responsibility.
For embassies for intelligence first security at embassies she was saying spontaneous.
A demonstration that got out of hand.
Where they come up with these things when everybody in the country's gut reaction was she at September 11 hour the -- And and today it's what October 10 or eleven on the calendar a month -- 26 days away from.
Well -- how many of these questions will be answered in that time what I I think it out now.
But I do think that there have been there's -- will be a huge paper trail of these things you know the government doesn't do anything.
One out of one they'd do it everybody gets a blind carbon copy your everybody gets a carbon copy of these emails so I think you'll see more of -- people come forward.
Because Americans don't -- Why did they -- I was that a political decision was it just criminal negligence.
I don't think this is something that fell between the cracks -- they weren't focusing on security.
In the most dangerous part of the world on an -- date which is an anniversary that everyone in the world knows about.
Thanks kitty thank you -- McFarland with us this morning a lot -- -- -- --
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