U.S. Department of State
Press Statement by James P. Rubin, Spokesman
September 10, 1998
Secretary of State Albright on September 9 swore in Admiral William Crowe as Chairman of two Accountability Review Boards (ARBs) charged with investigations of the August 7 bombings of Embassy Nairobi and Embassy Dar Es Salaam. Under the provisions of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986, the Secretary appoints such Boards whenever there is loss of life, serious injury, or significant destruction of property at or related to U.S. Government missions abroad. The two Boards chaired by Admiral Crowe will examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam bombings, and will submit written findings determining:
- The extent to which the incident/s were security related;
- Whether the security systems and security procedures were adequate;
- Whether the security systems and security procedures were properly implemented;
- The impact of intelligence and information availability;
- Whether there is reasonable cause to believe that any individual has breached the duty of that individual; and
- Such other factors and circumstances which may be relevant to the appropriate security management of United States missions abroad.
The Boards' reports to the Secretary will include the Boards' findings, any program recommendations, and any personnel recommendations. Once formed, the Boards will present their findings to the Secretary in 60 days (unless the investigations require additional time).
The Boards will be fully formed in the near future, and each Board will consist, in addition to Admiral Crowe as Chairman, of four members and an Executive Secretary.
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