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State Department Official Refuses to Classify Libya Attackers as 'Terrorists


"I am not making any judgements on my own..."

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 10: Charlene R. Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs at the U.S. Department of State, testifies on Capitol Hill on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. The hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee focused on the security situation in Benghazi leading up to the September 11 attack that resulted in the assassination of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.Credit: Getty Images

During Wednesday's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) questioned Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Programs Charlene Lamb about her apparent refusal to call the people who attacked the U.S. Consulate in Libya and killed four Americans "terrorists."

"You Miss Lamb…have described these attackers in a number of ways but you don't mention terrorist at all. Why is that? I mean the compound had been attacked once before and breached," Burton said. "And these people had all these weapons; projectiles, grenades, all kinds of weapons. Why would you call this anything other than a terrorist attack? And why do you call them attackers?"

"I have just presented the facts as they have come across. I am not making any judgements on my own and  I am leaving that to others," Lamb replied, completely avoiding the question.

Watch the clip from today's hearing:

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