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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement Following State Department Testimony Into Benghazi Attacks

December 20, 2012
Press Release

Washington, D.C.  –  Congresswoman Karen Bass released the following statement after testimony from Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Thomas Nides into the findings from the accountability review board investigation into the September 11th attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Libya, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.    

"I commend Ambassador Thomas Pickering for leading this effort to help the American people find answers for what went wrong on September 11th when our consulate was brutally attacked, killing four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens.  Today’s testimony gives us the opportunity to hit reset with regards to Benghazi and put politics aside.  Now that we know how our security systems failed, we can put our focus where it should’ve always been which is finding answers for the American people, especially the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy.  I applaud Secretary Clinton for accepting all of the board’s recommendations and look forward to doing what I can to improve the security situation for all of our diplomatic posts around the world, beginning with a call for adequate funding for securing and protecting embassies and their personnel.”  

Click here to read this morning’s Politico op-ed “When Politics Become a National Security Threat” from Representative Bass regarding the Benghazi attacks.