Matthew Olsen is the National Counterrorism Center's director. He underwhelmed Congress today. Phil Mattingly and Christopher Stephen (Bloomberg News) report:
Today, Olsen said individuals that were “certainly well- armed seized on the opportunity” of the growing protests over the an anti-Islam film that also sparked protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan and Yemen.
Olsen and Kevin Perkins, the FBI’s associate deputy director, testified as Republican lawmakers called for their own investigation into the attack in Libya and a group of House Republicans consider legislation to cut foreign aid to the country.
Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the top Republican on the committee, told Olsen she had come to “the opposite conclusion” about the origin of the attack, noting the heavy weapons including rocket-propelled grenades used in Libya.
“This was a premeditated, planned attack that was associated with the date of 9/11,” Collins said. “I just don’t think people come to protest equipped with RPGs and other heavy weapons.”
Separately, Senator John McCain of Arizona told reporters in Washington that the Obama administration hasn’t done enough to answer lawmakers’ questions about the security measures in place at the U.S. consulate compound before the attack.
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