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The senate homeland security committee released a report today blasting the state department for failures leading to the deadly September 11 attack on the US mission in Libya.
This comes on the heels of another scathing report by an independent State Department accountability review board.
Chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge has the story.
The senate report faults the White House specifically President Obama for inconsistent statements about whether the ban guns assault was a terrorist attack.
Given the intelligence showed within hours that -- Qaeda affiliate was responsible on September 11.
As evidence the report says mr.
Obama's interview with sixty minutes on September 12.
Where he tells -- CBS correspondent quote.
It's too early to know exactly how this came about -- group was involved but obviously it was an attack on Americans.
The committee's ranking member says the statements are part of a broader troubling pattern at the it.
To name the threats that we face -- senators Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins writes the senate investigators are being denied a DTL timeline on the CIA talking points.
Specifically how the talking points were massaged with terms like al-Qaeda dropped.
The report says the administration has spent weeks debating internally whether or not it should turn over information considered -- to the congress.
Frustrated by the delays the committee -- her intelligence community never to fall into the same trap.
It is not the responsibility of the intelligence community.
To draft -- classified.
Talking points for public consumption especially.
In the heat of a national political campaign.
Seeming to undercut administration claims there was no actionable intelligence that could have prevented the attack the report says Patrick Kennedy one of secretary of state Hillary Clinton's top aides.
Told investigators -- severe threat environment was well known this system.
Was in fact flashing red.
In Libya and been -- particularly the report also concludes that the military commander for Africa had no idea of the depth and breadth of the CIA operation.
And that the Defense Department will be called on to evacuate two dozen Americans on short notice I am concerned.
That the department of -- fans.
Did not have their assets available.
That could come to the rescue.
In a timely fashion and the report found no direct evidence Secretary Clinton turned down security or funding requests.
So that it's -- as far as we conceal them midlevel managers.
Over the weekend in an interview with me depressed the president seem to play down the security and intelligence failures saying there were quote huge problems and sloppiness.
Adding that his administration is accepting the 29 recommendations of the State Department review released in mid December.
-- Catherine thank you.
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