By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Brian doesn't understand the point of President Obama's press conference yesterday! "Why did he even bother? He had no answers to everything!" PLUS: What's going on with the Boston bombers? Brian looks into all the break news with his guests.
Seth Jones, former Senior Advisor at the U.S. Special Operations Command and author of Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa'ida Since 9/11, talked to Brian about the Boston bombing. He said that when he heard the bombs were full of shrapnel and ball bearings, he thought of how often he has seen this type of bomb in places such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. "They were not that different from what al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula put out in its Inspire Magazine issue," he explained.
Former Director of the CIA and NSA and now a principal with The Chertnoff Group, General Michael Hayden, talked to Brian about the whistleblowers that have come forward saying that they felt like their careers would have been threatened if they disclosed information about the Benghazi attacks. He said out of all the information that has come out of Benghazi since last September, he is more disappointed "that we haven't been able to pinpoint - or if we've been able to pinpoint, we haven't been able to capture - the people who've been responsible for this." He explained that we cannot let people out there think they can get away with this, which is what we are currently doing.
FOX News' Chief Congressional Correspondent Mike Emanuel weighed in on President Obama's lackluster press conference yesterday. "Takeaways from it were... a legal argument for what a red line is in Syria at this point. He also took a shot at Lindsay Graham saying he's a headline grabber," Emanuel explained, "He weighed in on a lot of different topics but didn't really move the ball. He still seemed agitated about sequestration."
Jon Gilliam, a former member of the FBI's New York Joint Terrorism Task Force and former Navy SEAL, talked to Brian and America's Newsroom co-hosts Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum. Gilliam weighed in on the Boston police department tweeting today that they have three suspects related to the Boston bombing. "I don't get it," Gilliam exclaimed, "What ever happened to investigations when they follow leads before they tweet it?" He went on to explain that there is a big downside to tweeting out something like that: "Let's say there's three more people. If I was a part of this cell and I heard that they detained three other guys, I'm heading for the hills."