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-- Capitol Hill now where the senate homeland security committee is holding a private hearing.
I'm -- Ghazi back in the news today in this after the private meetings between UN ambassador Susan Rice and top Republicans.
They really know all that well we'll see how things go today and if -- find out anything new brand new hour of America's Newsroom good morning everybody I'm Martha MacCallum.
Bill Hemmer good morning at home good to -- to spend your time with us today morning Martha of one of those asking questions today Republican senator Susan Collins she's concerned.
That they use and it -- Ghazi is similar to the 1998.
-- US embassies in East Africa ambassador rice she was the region State Department liaison.
At the time of those attacks.
In both cases the ambassadors.
Date for additional security.
IDS and bands that are rice what her role was.
She said that she would have to refresh your memory.
But that she was not involved directly.
In turn me down the request.
Fast one of the big questions here.
-- chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge is live in Washington this morning -- -- so what are we expecting in terms of possible answers this morning from Wallace Catherine.
Well thank you -- good morning senator Collins is raising a key issue whether ambassador rice has baggage beyond being -- specifically her knowledge of the conditions.
And request for more security leading up to the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by al-Qaeda.
Colin says these bombings which killed and injured about a thousand people are carbon copy.
Of what we saw on Ben Ghazi -- 9/11 in at the US ambassadors in East Africa requested more security more help prior to the attacks.
And these requests were not fulfilled at that time rice was in charge of the Africa section.
At the State Department and right now there is a closed door hearing before the senate homeland security committee were hoping to hear from the senators.
At that state can't you see there after the session closest we've got about a half dozen investigations like this one going on in congress right now.
This is looking specifically at physical security.
And request for additional security leading up to -- been -- attack and at other diplomatic facilities worldwide.
Short time ago we heard from the head of that committee saying -- Joseph Lieberman.
What is more focused on.
Sure these questions about.
But I hope we can focus.
What I think the more important parts of our investigation.
And you know what could have been done -- -- the -- to to protect the lives.
Americans would there.
So we've got this half dozen committees that are running your own investigations and at the same time on this -- -- track.
There's a push for a select committee to look at the -- -- -- and a lot of people really want to see that happen we'll see if it does and but that would take.
Really bipartisan support for that it's not just Republicans -- crying foul over and he is talking points and the surrounding issues strike happen.
Well as they're leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee also questions why interviews with diplomatic security agents who were at the consulate.
And the surveillance camera video from the consulate that -- there was no demonstration at the consulate on 9/11 when the attack happened.
Took so long to work their way through the intelligence system.
There are two critical piece of mission I think shed the most light on the fact there was no protest.
The interview with the people on the ground as well as the video evidence.
That took time in some cases days in some cases more than a week.
And that accounted for a lawn of the inaccurate information initially.
And one of the questions that -- asked is why did it take as long as it did.
This particular point raises the question over we had.
This pre 9/11.
A stove piping that prevented the information from getting up the change quickly.
A chain quickly and why so much weight was given to these electronic intercepts -- the phone conversations.
Rather than interviews with our own people more and welcome questions Caplan thank you very much --
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