Tide turning in Benghazi investigation?
Dem. lawmaker says probe is going 'painfully slow'
- Duration 5:24
- Date Mar 5, 2013
Dem. lawmaker says probe is going 'painfully slow'
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Is -- democratic lawmaker is now criticizing the US government's investigation into the bank Ghazi terror attack back on September 11.
It has now -- that nearly six months.
Since four Americans including our ambassador there Chris Stevens.
Were killed at the US consulate California congressman Adam Schiff is now saying this is going painfully slow.
We get -- of access to all of the people that we would like to have access to in this investigation.
-- right after these killings President Obama promised.
To find those.
Who were guilty listen.
We will not waiver -- our commitment to see the justice is done for this terrible act and make no mistake.
Justice will be done -- -- Now we will not waiver it's been six months and I'm now joined by former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton the Fox News contributor ambassador good morning.
Good morning -- them.
You know I want to play a little bit of sound Condoleezza Rice was on earlier this morning and she also responded to the length of time that it is taking John Kerry said you know -- -- working on it is just taking time and here's what the former secretary of state set.
On this question of bringing people to justice said there I would agree with sector carry it takes time.
-- -- had it the Libyan government to such as it is is not really in a position.
Investigated bring people to justice so that might well take some time.
So easy to be patient.
-- I I think the problem here is that the Obama administration is pursuing Arab response to this.
In a fundamentally a -- is why they're treating it like.
It's a criminal law investigation and I think that's where these phrases like.
Bring the perpetrators to justice come from although a lot of people use it that to mean something else.
Look it may not quite be like eating soup with a fork.
But it's like.
Eating soup with a the -- spoon.
You're not gonna get there in time this is not a criminal law.
Matter this is not something that took place within a constitutional civil society United States it was an act of terrorism.
An act of war against the United States and we should have pursued it.
That way it big personally from the get go which we have not done.
They're they've been three people who've been on the suspect list in this case -- as a leader.
-- -- -- Syria the other was arrested in Turkey he was released after he did get questioned by the FBI for three hours he was released.
And the third is Islamist militant -- hopping mad.
And in -- he is believed to have known some people there have associates were present there.
The US has not been able to question him the injection officials have questioned -- You know what would actually point to this says that the CIA the FBI are not doing every single thing that they can here.
Well for one thing we know that the FBI was not permitted in the Ben Ghazi compound for weeks after the attack I don't think that's because of lack of bravery on the part of the FBI think the whole way this thing has been handled.
Was bungled from the outset and when we may be at the point now where this trail is so cold.
That not even the experts in the FBI or the intelligence gathering capabilities.
Of the CIA are going to be enough to remedy the situation I think.
You have to look at this in a fundamentally different way when terrorists kill Americans I think we have to go after -- very quickly we know.
From what the consulate in the embassy in Libya were reporting for some time -- lot of terrorist groups in training camps around Ben -- we should have been on them.
The day after the attack.
To find out information about who did I think we wasted an awful lot of time it's not that the investigation.
Takes time and what you think this is gonna end up in American courts with rules of evidence that's not the world we should be fighting and.
You you know they say there were so many indications ambassador -- -- himself -- talked about.
The growth of al-Qaeda linked groups in the area that he was very concerned that they were growing in that area.
There's no doubt that you know we -- trying to observe them in and be at tuned to their movements.
In that part of in that part of Libya.
You know it's very frustrating and then you look at this situation you say -- so what's the ramifications for not acting.
You know now -- they've gotten away with killing a US ambassador.
And three Americans it would appear and we all hope that justice is served in the coming months what what does that mean for us.
Well I'm very much afraid that six months and over tally Asian note no evidence that were making any progress sends a signal.
To other terrorist other would be attackers that you can.
Go after an American ambassador -- official Americans and and do it with impunity it has the look good feel of the 1990s.
You know the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania still not.
Resolved to did you have the coal you have co bar towers.
Incident after incident obviously culminating in the tragedy of the first 9/11 in new York and Pennsylvania and Washington.
And I'm afraid that by reverting to this the law enforcement paradigm.
That the Obama administration has done just like the Clinton administration in the -- we are.
Risking -- repeat it's just like a tragic version of Groundhog Day.
Another massive terrorist attack this time perhaps with weapons of mass destruction.
We know they have patience and we know they have time and we've learned that the hard way.
Ambassador Bolton thank you very much -- season -- give us.