Bolton: Security at Federal Buildings Seriously Lacking

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 04:25 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton — stunned by the Washington Navy Yard massacre — says that security at federal facilities is too lax based on his own experience.

"I am familiar with it at the State Department and it's almost broken there," Bolton told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I used to go into the department all of the time and, while people recognized me, they didn't check the trunk of my car, they didn't check the trunks of anybody's car, and we've had instances like this before."

Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said the shooting suspect Aaron Alexis' troubled past is proof that more needs to be done to keep tabs on the mentally ill.

"This particular shooter was mentally deranged and it focuses, again, the question on why we're so reluctant to commit people in mental institutions when they pose a danger to themselves and others," Bolton said.

"I understand why you don't want to overdo that but here's a tragedy with 12 innocent people killed that might have been averted if people had been willing to act on the evidence that was right in front of them about this fellow's difficulties."

Bolton also spoke about the ongoing efforts in Congress to get to the truth behind the bloodbath in Benghazi in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed a year ago.

"There’s still so much here that we don't know about and Congressional hearings unfortunately are not always the best way to try and get these facts out but Congress has got to stay at this," Bolton said.

"We have got to keep at this and not allow this truth to be suppressed because it's not just the outrage that one year after the killings of our ambassador and three others in Benghazi, nothing has happened. Nothing has happened ...

"Getting to the answers in Benghazi so we can correct the mistakes that were made are important not simply in the case of Libya but really for US security around the world."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Tom Cole: Take Time on ISIS Strategy

Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 18:23 PM

There is "too much emphasis on acting now" when it comes to dealing with the threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS), O . . .

Rep. Kinzinger: 'Are We Going to Contain ISIS or Crush ISIS?'

Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 12:42 PM

Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger says there is one main question when it comes to how to handle the violent Islam . . .

Sen. Menendez: US, NATO Should Arm Ukraine

Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 11:06 AM

The United States "should provide the Ukrainians with the type of defensive weapons that will impose a cost" upon Russia . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved