Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The CIA Proves Clinton's Dereliction Of Duty

The CIA Proves Clinton's Dereliction of Duty
By Tom Fitton

The CIA Inspector General released a report last week detailing the intelligence failures leading up to the September 11 terrorist attacks, reserving its harshest criticisms for former CIA Director George Tenet, who, according to the report lacked a “documented, comprehensive” approach to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.

Tenet should certainly be held accountable for whatever role he played in the lack of U.S. preparedness with respect to terrorism. However, as New York Times editorial page correctly noted, warnings were issued, and ignored, by Tenet’s first boss, President Bill Clinton:

“The C.I.A. inspector general’s report on the agency’s failures before Sept. 11 was devastating — but not because it showed that America’s spies missed the rise of Al Qaeda. George Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, rang the Qaeda alarm. He sent a memo to the entire intelligence community saying that he wanted no effort spared in the ‘war’ with Osama bin Laden. He took on the president’s closest advisers to agitate for a strike on a Qaeda base in Afghanistan. The disturbing thing was that this all happened under President Bill Clinton.”

This certainly squares with a Judicial Watch investigation into the September 11 attacks. Update readers may recall that in 2005, Judicial Watch obtained a declassified document, dated August 19, 1996, that very clearly articulated the threat bin Laden posed to the United States.

According to the report, provocatively entitled, “Usama bin Laden: Who’s Chasing Whom?” at the time, bin Laden’s many passports and his private plane allowed him considerable freedom to travel “with little fear of being intercepted or tracked.” The report also warns that bin Laden’s prolonged stay in Afghanistan “could prove more dangerous to U.S. interests in the long run than his three-year liaison with Khartoum.”

It goes on... “[Bin Laden’s] informal and transnational network of businesses and associates remains resilient…[He] can retain the capability to support individuals and groups who have the motive and wherewithal to attack U.S. interests almost worldwide.”

There is plenty of bipartisan blame to go around for the federal government’s pre-9/11 failure to protect the American people from the threat of terrorism, in general, and Osama bin Laden, in particular. However, the first and most obvious mistakes were made by Bill Clinton and his national security team. Had they acted aggressively, September 11 may never have happened. And no amount of revisionist history can change that fact.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sudan was going to hand Osama over but Monica's boyfriend turned them down. Not once, but TWICE! Special ops had Osama in the crosshairs but Sandy Bergler ixnayed the op! Clinton IS the problem. We survived the POS's Presidency.


4:03 AM  
Anonymous catfleas said...

Good article! I agree with Morgan. I recall that Clinton was contacted about Osama once, but he was too busy golfing to respond.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Les Ismore said...

Sorry Morgan but docudrama "facts" arent real. Even the producers who made that stuff up about Sandy Berger admitted as much.

I didnt catch the title of the memo, was it something like "Osama Bin Laden Determined to Attack US"???

6:55 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES--And, yes, if YOU got such an unspecific memo, just what million avenues of transportation, people, business, commerce, military etc. would YOU have thought Osama meant to attack?

9:01 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

SISSY, It wasn't 'golfing' that so occupied his time... (unless you're speaking obliquely of a 'hole in one'...) HA!

9:02 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

P.S. LES--I have asked you, time and time again, after I put up the graphic link to flight patterns all over the USA, to pick 5 planes out to specifically guard or shoot down, screen, or stop altogether and you couldn't do it. I even gave you a split second in time--knowing EXACTLY how many planes were in the air--to pick 5 I had chosen at random, AND YOU COULDN'T DO IT.

Well, our gov didn't have anywhere NEAR that specific info--so what makes you think it could have done it? The time to stop the plan was back in the 1990's (under Clinton) at it's genesis.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous teller said...

EXACTLY! But you won't get them to admit it!

The "Truthers" need a dose of the TRUTH.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donal, your strawman is even weaker than Medveds. Bush had a warning on 8/6/01. Now, he had over 30 days to think of all of the things that he could have done such as tightened the Do Not Fly List, hardened cabin doors and more. Please dont insult your readers with such nonsensical strawmen.
If Bush had done something other than continue his vacation and berate the person who brought him the news, the world WOULD be an entirely different place right now. But sadly, he didnt and it is left to you, Morgan and others to cover for him.

2:33 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES--Nonsense--Tighten the Do Not Fly list--you Lefties bitch about it NOW. The ACLU would sue at the drop of a hat! Harden cabin doors--of all our planes--or all of Frances, Germanys, Russia, Africa, South America, Middle Eastern etc.? (And all within that 30 magical days? And how do you get other planes from other countries to comply?)

And so what if they did? All you need to do to bring down a plane--create enough chaos the door is able to be breached--you wish to die yourself in is to fire a gun, set off a bomb, riot, kill passengers etc.--all without even entering the cabin.

The time to stop the plan was not at the end--when minute details could be changed and the same thing happened--but at the START.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who didn't know this prevaricating, malignat narcissist and serial sexula predator wasn't responsible for this? While he was getting hummers under the desk, bin Laden was planning 9/11. All this degenerate could think of was his own selfish pleasure. What an utterly morally bankrupt pathetic excuse for a man he is. J'Mac.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen JM and DONAL! 9-11 hangs on the "head" of Monica's boyfriend. We were lucky to have been hit only four times when he was the President.


3:24 AM  

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