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September 11, 2001
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Culpability or Incompetence?
9/11 INTELLIGENCE-Cartoon by Ann Telnaes
Apparently the only way we could have avoided 9-11
Pre-9-11 Warning-Cartoon by Benson
In One Ear & Out The Other
September 11: Who Knew What When
Time line slide show
Sept. 11 widow says "I'm 100% sure that they knew"
She believes President George W. Bush "intentionally allowed 9/11 to happen to gather public support for a war on terrorism,"
"They wanted it to happen."-By John Buchanan
They being the neocon members and associates of PNAC, the Project for a New American Century, an ultra-rightwing think tank and mouthpiece for Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and most Bush's handlers these days. Cheney, Wolfowitz and their PNAC fellows had been campaigning publicly for Mideast oil wars since 2000, but also said publicly that the American people were not likely to buy these plans without a "catastrophic and catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor."
"Oh Lucy! - You Gotta Lotta 'Splainin To Do"
Bipartisan Committee's recommendations on terror were disregarded by Bush Administration
White House officials failed to embrace any of the recommendations to prevent acts of domestic terrorism delivered earlier this year. Bush administration officials told former Sens. Gary Hart, D-Colo., and Warren Rudman, R-N.H., that they preferred instead to put aside the recommendations issued in the January report by the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century.
Time Magazine-Before Sept..11--The Secret History-By Michael Elliott
Long before 9/11, the White House debated taking the fight to al-Qaeda. By the time they decided, it was too late. The saga of a lost chance.
After 2 ½ years asleep, Wall Street Journal notices a few oddities about Sept. 11
Many discrepencies concerning the actions of Bush
Was 9/11 Allowed to Happen?
America’s top military leaders drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in US cities to trick the public into supporting a war against Cuba in the early 1960s. Approved in writing by the Pentagon Joint Chiefs, Operation Northwoods even proposed blowing up a US ship and hijacking planes as a false pretext for war. [ABC, 5/1/01]
Having It Their Way-How the Bush Gang Exploited 9/11
In the days that followed September 11, 2001, the US rulers immediately recognised that those awful acts of mass murder had provided them with a golden opportunity to achieve the US capitalist ruling class' long-held objective of unchallenged world domination -- the ``American century'' it predicted was at hand at the end of World War II.
9-11 Profiteering: A Framework for Building the "Cui Bono?" UnAnswered Questions
Much has transpired since September 11, 2001. We have learned that numerous heads of state and foreign intelligence agencies tried to warn us before 9-11 (2); We have watched many deeply disturbing unanswered questions of 9-11 emerge through global Internet media (3);
The Out-of-Towner-While Bush vacationed, 9/11 warnings went unheard.
Roemer then asked Tenet if he mentioned Moussaoui to President Bush at one of their frequent morning briefings. Tenet replied, "I was not in briefings at this time." Bush, he noted, "was on vacation." He added that he didn't see the president at all in August 2001. During the entire month, Bush was at his ranch in Texas. "You never talked with him?" Roemer asked. "No," Tenet replied. By the way, for much of August, Tenet too was, as he put it, "on leave."
A passive president
THE PRESIDENT'S Daily Brief for Aug. 6, 2001 declassified only under pressure shows that President Bush had an accurate warning from intelligence analysts of Osama bin Laden's intention to kill Americans in New York and Washington. Had Bush responded by calling a meeting of department heads concerned with the national security, crucial items in FBI and CIA files could have been perceived as what they were: part of a pattern foreshadowing an attack by terrorists using hijacked airplanes.
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 01-261-An odd Sept. 7, 2001, order giving Jeb Bush Broad powers over the Florida National Guard against a terror attack.
They knew that one plane had been flown deliberately into the World Trade Center's North Tower; a second plane was wildly off course and also heading toward Manhattan; and a third plane had abruptly turned around over Ohio and was flying back toward Washington, DC. So why, at 9:03 a.m. - fifteen minutes after it was clear the United States was under terrorist attack - did President Bush sit down with a classroom of second-graders and begin a 20-minute pre-planned photo op?
Text of Bush's Aug. 6, 2001, Intel Brief
The text of a declassified presidential daily intelligence briefing from Aug. 6, 2001 made public on Saturday by the White House.
Panel Says Bush Saw Repeated Warnings
By the time a CIA briefer gave President Bush the Aug. 6, 2001, President's Daily Brief headlined "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US," the president had seen a stream of alarming reports on al Qaeda's intentions. So had Vice President Cheney and Bush's top national security team.
Public Record: Bush Ignored Terrorism Before 9/11
According to the Washington Post, President Bush and Vice President Cheney never once convened the counterterrorism task force that was established in May 20013 -- despite repeated warnings that Al Qaida could be planning to hijack airplanes and use them as missiles. This negligence came at roughly the same time that the Vice President held at least 10 meetings of his Energy Task Force4 and attended at least six meetings with Enron executives.
Bush's 9-11 Secrets
Even though Bush has refused to make parts of the 9-11 report public, one thing is startlingly clear: The U.S. government had received repeated warnings of impending attacks—and attacks using planes directed at New York and Washington—for several years. The government never told us about what it knew was coming.
CIA director briefed Bush in August '01
CIA Director George Tenet met with President George W. Bush at least eight times in the 42 days before the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a CIA spokesman said Thursday.
Was there enough intel to act?
Complicating the context of the Aug. 6 PDB, President Bush was on vacation in Crawford, Texas, during that month in 2001. The next day, he teed off at a private club on Lake Waco, jogged at the ranch, read a little, and went bass fishing.
9/11: Bush Knew
A collection of compelling articles, which refute, or, at the very least, call into question, the assertions that Bush and his administration had no prior knowledge of events that would lead to the 9-11 tragedy.
Bush at Booker Elementary
What damns the Bush administration is not what is in this video, but what SHOULD be in the video and is not. Ostensibly, Bush and Card are reacting to a surprise attack, but Bush does not act surprised, and Andy Card does not act like a man delivering an unexpected piece of news but instead is merely delivering a progress report to which he already knows Bush will not have an immediate response.
Blood on Bush's Hands
We hear so much about foreign dictators. We know leaders cause problems to keep themselves employed. Why is it some questions about 9/11 are out-of-bounds? Americans ought to be asking all questions, even the seemingly silly ones. Assessing our own errors won't bring back the victims, but it won't trash their memory, either. Mistakes were made. We know this. But was it incompetence or corruption? Dean's comments were criticized, but his logic was spot-on: The fact is we don't know what happened. If the White House is on the up-and-up here -- if their want for regime change was as well-intentioned as it now seems ill-advised -- they should open up and show us, for their sake and ours.
Condoleezza Rice
The suspect lied. And if the suspect lied then the suspect's story is not true. And if the suspect's story is not true then the suspect is, in all probability, guilty as hell or withholding material evidence of someone else's guilt.
Questions for Dr. Rice
The director of the National Security Agency reportedly told a closed session of that committee that on Sept. 10, 2001, his agency intercepted messages by the 9/11 hijackers. The messages, which went untranslated until Sept. 12, were reportedly not to Osama bin Laden but to Saudi clerics.
AN OPEN LETTER TO CONDOLEEZZA RICE "You Are a Liar" byCatherine Austin Fitts Former Assistant Secretary of Housing
Rice Never Spoke About Al-Qaeda, bin Laden Before 9/11
Richard Clarke was right. So was Paul O'Neill. During the six months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration paid little attention to the threat from al-Qaeda and instead set the stage for a war with Iraq.
Rice saw Russia, China as the major threats
In the months and days leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, senior White House officials were obsessed not with Islamic terrorism, but with Russia and China, which they believed posed the most serious threats in the world.
Fact Check: Condi Rice's '60 Minutes' Interview
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice appeared on CBS's "60 Minutes" in an effort to quell growing questions surrounding the administration's inconsistent claims about its pre-9/11 actions. Not only did Rice refuse to take Richard Clarke's lead and admit responsibility for her role in the worst national security failure in American history, but she continued to make unsubstantiated and contradictory assertions:
September 11 Should Have Been Stopped
Surely we were victims of terrorism on September 11, but was this unavoidable? Are the Washington Post, Condoleezza Rice and others correct in stating that no one anticipated these kinds of attacks? The facts say no.
FBI whistleblower says Rice is lying; Bush knew al-Qaida was planning attack
A former translator for the FBI with top-secret security clearance says she has provided information to the panel investigating the 11 September attacks which proves senior officials knew of al-Qaida's plans to attack the US with aircraft months before the strikes happened. She said the claim by the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, that there was no such information was "an outrageous lie".
Sibel Edmonds-Translator's Story
Lost In Translation-60 Minutes
Sibel Edmonds, a translator who worked at the FBI's language division, says the documents weren't translated because the divison was riddled with incompetence and corruption.
SHOW: 60 Minutes DATE: October 27. 2002 LOST IN TRANSLATION-Transcript
Public Pressure Forces Judge to Open 9/11 Whistleblower Hearing
Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds could soon become the thorniest of thorns in the side of the most secretive administration in American history. Whether she does or not depends on whether or not the American public will stand up and challenge the Department of Justice’s attempt to quash the truth, avoid accountability and bury the facts behind lies, double speak and the National Security trump card.
State Dept. Quashed 9/11 Links To Global Drug Trade -FBI Whistleblower
Even as a judge prepares to permanently silence her, a former FBI translator of intelligence has implicated the US State Department in quashing investigations which had linked the 9/11 terrorist network to a global drug trafficking ring.
FBI translator Sibel Edmonds has spoken to the press (including Amy Goodman's Democracy Now!) on several occasions, artfully navigating around a topic-specific gag order from the Justice Department.
FBI whistleblower and former translator Sibel Edmonds, who has appeared on 60 MINUTES and recently been interviewed in many of the largest newspapers in the world has something to say. We know already that Senator Charles Grassley has found her credible and that she has charged the government with lying for stating that it had no knowledge of the possibility that Al Qaeda might use hijacked airliners as weapons against buildings.
This Made Ashcroft Gag
Details of a Florida drug case may well shed light on the claims of an FBI translator who says the agency covered up evidence warning of the 9-11 attack.
FBI Whistle-Blowers Go Unheard
They are also eager to find out more about the unconfirmed story of a second FBI linguist, Behrooz Sarshar, who claims he translated for an FBI informant with information on a supposed Al Qaeda plot to attack the U.S. with planes back in April 2001. "Some of the group have also met with Sarshar," said van Auken. "His claims seem to back up what Edmonds is saying."
Man who translated lead on al-Qaida plot confirms meeting with 3 investigators.
Sources familiar with the briefing say the FBI informant told two FBI agents from the Washington field office in April 2001 that his sources in Afghanistan had heard of an al-Qaida plot to attack America in a suicide mission involving planes. Sarshar, fluent in Farsi, acted as an interpreter at the meeting, held at a Washington-area residence.
Bush Administration
Why Nobody Saw 9/11 Coming
Did the Bush administration, before the 9/11 attacks, fail to take terrorism seriously enough? At first the contention seems unlikely. Isn't this the most hawkish administration in living memory? Wasn't it President Bush who coined the phrase "war on terror"?
Yet in the current hearings on the attacks — and in the controversy surrounding the new book by Richard A. Clarke, the administration's first counterterrorism chief — the words "neglect" and "failure" keep cropping up.
Congressman: FBI Ignored Repeated Warnings
The FBI ignored several specific and sometimes frantic warnings of a Minnesota flight instructor who told the bureau that an Arab man could be planning to use a 747 jumbo jet as a flying "bomb."
What We Learned and When We Learned It
In the summer of 2001 the director of central intelligence, George Tenet, was running around with his hair on fire. When told that Mr. Tenet's hair was on fire, President Bush replied, "I'm tired of swatting flies." The president added that the only thing worse than swatting flies was shaking trees. "You can swat all the flies and shake all the trees you want, but it still won't be a silver bullet," the president said.
Criminal Mastermind: Donald Rumsfeld
These are the standing orders to the military as to how to respond to hijackings over United States territory. The June 1 '01 document deliberately changed the existing policies.
The 9/11 Commission: Justice's Blind Spot
Asleep at the wheel? Attorney General John Ashcroft is fighting charges he was uninterested in terrorism before 9/11
Bremer criticized Bush on terrorism before attacks
L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, said in a speech six months before the September 11, 2001 attacks that the Bush administration was "paying no attention" to terrorism.
International Citizens' Inquiry Into 9-11
With confidence sinking every day that the official U.S. government’s Kean Commission will ask any genuine truth-revealing questions about 9/11, the work of these independent citizen Inquiries has become even more important.
The 9/11 Investigation
In the report's first finding, the committees note that the intelligence community did not have information on the "time, place and specific nature" of the 9/11 attacks, but that it had "amassed a great deal of valuable intelligence regarding Osama bin Laden and his terrorist activities," and that this information could have been used to thwart the assault. "Within the huge volume of intelligence reporting that was available prior to September 11," the report says, "there were various threads and pieces of information that, at least in retrospect, are both relevant and significant.
The offense in Bush's 9/11 defense
When terrorists plan to strike America, should they call in advance and make reservations? If not - if they aren't specific about time and place - should President Bush and the rest of the federal government be held blameless for failing to stop them?
Ashcroft's Record of Lying to Congress About 9/11
With Attorney General John Ashcroft testifying before the 9/11 Commission today, a quick analysis of his previous statements shows he has repeatedly lied to Congress about the Bush Administration's counterterrorism record.
"Threat assessment" keeps Ashcroft off commercial air flights
In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a "threat assessment" by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term.
Bush Administration Resorts to Lies About 9/11
With President Bush's former top counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke issuing well-documented criticisms of the White House's failure to defend America, the Administration has resorted to outright lies and distortions about its record.
Unanswered Questions: Thinking For Ourselves
Unanswered Questions About 9-11
The pre-9/11 blunder you’ve probably never heard of
The real question for the 9/11 commission — and the American public — is not whether George W. Bush considered al Qaeda an urgent threat before 9/11, but this: How did the U.S. government let Khalid al-Mihdar and Nawaf al-Hazmi get away with it?
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