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FBI Agent Was Prevented From Relaying Warning on 9/11 Hijackers To CIA [The Gorelick Wall]
ABC News ^ | 5/10/04

Posted on 05/10/2004 4:26:11 PM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar

FBI Agent Was Prevented From Relaying Warning on 9/11 Hijackers To CIA

By Pierre Thomas

W A S H I N G T O N, May 10, 2004 — More than a year before 9/11, CIA officials prevented an FBI agent working with the CIA from passing vital information to his agency on two suspected al Qaeda members — men who later would become Sept. 11 hijackers.

U.S. officials told ABCNEWS the agent wanted to warn his FBI bosses about a gathering in Malaysia where al Qaeda suspects Khalid Al-Midhar and Nawaq Alhamzi met with suspects in the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen.

After the meeting, CIA officials learned Al-Midhar and Alhamzi had visas to enter the United States, the U.S. officials said.

"The failure to communicate that info to the FBI, which would have been potentially able to act on it, is a very serious failure," said Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general who now works for a private consulting firm.

The CIA maintains the information had already been passed to the FBI, and that was why the agent did not need to warn his bosses. The CIA cites a statement provided to Congress on Oct. 17, 2002. In it, CIA Director George Tenet refers to e-mails that agency officials say prove the information was provided to the FBI.

FBI officials, however, told ABCNEWS they had no record of these e-mails.

Information from the Malaysia meeting could have been used to begin tracking Al-Midhar and Alhamzi, who they say came to the United States in January 2000 and began flight training in San Diego. Both men would later end up aboard American Airlines Flight 77, the Boeing 757 that smashed into the Pentagon.

"If that information [got] disseminated, would it have had an impact on the events of 9/11?" asked Jack Cloonan, an ABCNEWS consultant who previously worked as an FBI agent assigned to pursue members of al Qaeda. "I'm telling you that it would have."

Al-Midhar and Alhamzi could have been placed on a terrorism watch list, and U.S. customs and border officials might have spotted them. There were not put on the watch list until August 2001, just a month before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Al-Midhar left the United States and came back just two months before 9/11 attacks — no questions asked. He arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, using his own name. Then he disappeared until Sept. 11, 2001.

Bromwich described the missed opportunity as "frustrating, troubling, tragic."

"I think the failure of our government to work in the way we hoped it would is a deep set back in our confidence that our government can protect us," he said.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911commission; 911hijackers; alhamzi; almidhar; alqaeda; cia; counterterrorism; fbi; gorelick; gorelickmemo
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1 posted on 05/10/2004 4:26:13 PM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
More than a year before 9/11

I keep forgetting, who was president more than a year before 9/11? No articles ever mention that.

2 posted on 05/10/2004 4:28:00 PM PDT by John H K
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Does anyone know if this was ever brought up during the 9/11 hearings?
3 posted on 05/10/2004 4:29:00 PM PDT by M. Peach (eschew obfuscation)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
bump for publicity
4 posted on 05/10/2004 4:29:43 PM PDT by VOA
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Hmm no mention of Gorelick, Clinton, or Reno in the article.

Of course, if it was CBS, they'd label Bush, Ashcroft, and a Republican to be named later as the culprits.
5 posted on 05/10/2004 4:30:03 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
The media is making sure than nothing else matters but the PICTURES.

I imagine the Videos will be coming soon.

At this point Kerry could declare he will personally shot President Bush and those words will never get past the pictures.
6 posted on 05/10/2004 4:30:32 PM PDT by funkywbr
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To: 11th Earl of Mar; All
Crosslinked- click the nasty Pix:


7 posted on 05/10/2004 4:30:53 PM PDT by backhoe (--30--)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
CIA Director George Tenet refers to e-mails that agency officials say prove the information was provided to the FBI.

FBI officials, however, told ABCNEWS they had no record of these e-mails.


Either Tenet is lying or the FBI is. That should be easy enough to prove. If Tenet sent emails, he should be able to produce them.

Is ABC setting Tenet up to take the hit on this?
8 posted on 05/10/2004 4:32:21 PM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
bump
9 posted on 05/10/2004 4:37:06 PM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross (Every heart beats true for the red,white and blue)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
More than a year prior to 9/11??

Gee, I guess some other administrations made some mistakes as well. Naa, can't be.
10 posted on 05/10/2004 4:42:41 PM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (A vote for JF'nK is a vote for Peace in our Time!)
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To: John H K
This is one of those very rare times when I wish our publisher didn't prohibit our using abc as a source. He has flat out stated that abc, nbc, cbs. cnn, the new yourk times and about a dozen others are not acceptable nor legitimate sources. He considers them to be liars and Republic destroyers.

But, he signs the checks, so, unless we can find another source, this little tidbit is never going to be read on Christian-news-in-maine.com

11 posted on 05/10/2004 4:46:37 PM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
"I think the failure of our government to work in the way we hoped it would is a deep set back in our confidence that our government can protect us," he said.

This was not a failure of government. It worked exactly as the Red Diaper Babies and their parents had planned. It kept international subversives from being noticed and arrested domestically. The Stalinist's came and went as they pleased, from Western Europe and their USSR contacts, and back to the USA without being bothered. They never expected that the Arabs would one day use the system they had set up to get into the US.

12 posted on 05/10/2004 4:49:14 PM PDT by elbucko
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To: John H K
It was George Bush masquerading as bill clinton.

It was George Bush masquerading as lyndon johnson that got us involved in Viet Nam.
13 posted on 05/10/2004 4:59:47 PM PDT by sport
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To: TomGuy
My money says that the fbi is lying.
14 posted on 05/10/2004 5:00:54 PM PDT by sport
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To: M. Peach
The purpose of the "9-11 hearings" is not to find out how and why the 9-11 attacks occurred.

Even a democrat voter knows why the occurred.

The purpose of the "9-11 hearings" is to find a way to blame President Bush for the attacks.
15 posted on 05/10/2004 5:05:24 PM PDT by sport
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Of course if the FBI was refused to disclose this to the CIA because of a memo written by Newt Gingrich, his name would have been mentioned about 3 dozen times in the story.

Spineless Republicans.
17 posted on 05/10/2004 5:07:57 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (John F-ing Kerry??? NO... F-ING... WAY!!!)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
ABC reported this??? Last days, indeed.

Gorelick MUST be made to Testify!!! btw, is that 9/11 commission still going on??? Funny how NO ONE cares about it now.

As Rich Galen would say...it was The Roar du Jour!!

18 posted on 05/10/2004 5:10:52 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience. DC)
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To: John H K
Emphasis can be an incredibly effective form of censorship. By failing to mention The Toon and just slipping in the "year before' reference, probably 70% of viewers associated it with Mr. Bush.
19 posted on 05/10/2004 5:27:01 PM PDT by MindBender26 (For more news as it happens, news first, fast, 5 minutes sooner, stay tuned to FReeper Radio!)
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To: John H K

We didn't have a president more than a year before 9/11. We had a jackass that inhabited our White House and exploited it to feed his adolescent desires as far as he could push it.


20 posted on 05/10/2004 5:36:52 PM PDT by Two Thirds Vote Aye (al-Qaeda and the democrat party are equally DESPERATE to get Kerry elected.)
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To: Two Thirds Vote Aye
At OUR peril, we continue to ignore that their Islamic calendars PREDICTED the exact month,
exact location, and exact method, of the 911 Atrocities A YEAR in advance.

The Islamic 911 Attack Calendar which was distriibuted worldwide the year before
the terrorists murdered 3000 Americans per hour in the 911 Atrocities.

September 2001 is shown. How many were in the offices of Gorelick's clients?


21 posted on 05/10/2004 6:12:50 PM PDT by Diogenesis (We do what we are meant to do)
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To: newsgatherer
"unless we can find another source, this little tidbit is never going to be read on Christian-news-in-maine.com"

Does CNIM.com accept emailed columns?
22 posted on 05/10/2004 6:20:21 PM PDT by lancer (If you are not with us, you are against us!)
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To: Diogenesis
Do we have any current Al Qaida calenders which would similarly predict terrorist events in the near future?
23 posted on 05/10/2004 6:29:21 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (We are at war with an enemy which is trying to kill us. The RATs have sided with the enemy.)
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To: M. Peach
Does anyone know if this was ever brought up during the 9/11 hearings?

I don't know, but I do see that the title of the article on this thread is not the title on the original article, nor does it reflect the info of the body of the article.

24 posted on 05/10/2004 7:13:34 PM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
bump
25 posted on 05/10/2004 7:34:52 PM PDT by God luvs America (Support Our Troops....Don't vote for Kerry!)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
to "11th Earl of Mar"...are you a Genisis fan??
26 posted on 05/10/2004 7:35:29 PM PDT by God luvs America (Support Our Troops....Don't vote for Kerry!)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar; PhilDragoo; Ragtime Cowgirl; nuconvert; Cindy; SusanTK; McGavin999; AdmSmith; ...

27 posted on 05/10/2004 7:37:52 PM PDT by Smartass ( BUSH & CHENEY IN 2004 - THE BEST GET BETTER)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Keep in mind the REASON for the Gorelick memo- to keep Clintoon from getting caught
28 posted on 05/10/2004 8:34:07 PM PDT by Mr. K (`,,`,,this is like liberal logic,,`,,`))
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To: newsgatherer
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004212339,00.html

A CURRY waiter from Oldham was recruited by al-Qaeda and trained as a September 11 hijacker, he claimed yesterday.

The British Muslim turned himself in to the FBI after having second thoughts — and warned that fanatics planned to fly planes into buildings.

But they did not believe him — 18 months before the Twin Towers attack — and let him go.

His case has been reopened by a US investigation into the tragedy in which 3,000 died.

The dad of two, 29, said: “I told them I had come to hijack a plane and they didn’t believe me.”

29 posted on 05/10/2004 8:47:22 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Freedom is not free)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Gorelick PING!
30 posted on 05/10/2004 9:06:47 PM PDT by jmstein7 (Real Men Don't Need Chunks of Government Metal on Their Chests to be Heroes)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
What is amazing is that this came from ABC. (network most loved by Islamonazis)
31 posted on 05/10/2004 9:22:22 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs)
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To: newsgatherer
This is one of those very rare times when I wish our publisher didn't prohibit our using abc as a source. He has flat out stated that abc, nbc, cbs. cnn, the new yourk times and about a dozen others are not acceptable nor legitimate sources. He considers them to be liars and Republic destroyers.

LOL! The publisher is right!

This article, comming from ABC is indeed suprising. They normally suppress these things. They protect democracy. (democrats)

32 posted on 05/10/2004 9:27:19 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs)
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To: sport
It was George Bush masquerading as lyndon johnson that got us involved in Viet Nam.

Kerry was in Vietnam!

Sorry, I could not resist:-)

33 posted on 05/10/2004 9:29:58 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs)
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To: backhoe
Well... I disagree with the toesucker!!!

The minute it happened I told Mrs. Wasp that ol "Third Way" (probably should be 3-way) William Jefferson Clinton brought this worse than Pearl Harbor attack on US!!!

She was just a tool of the Clinton devils!!!

34 posted on 05/10/2004 10:49:23 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Bulletin To All Terrorists: If at first you don't succeed... GIVE UP!!!)
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To: Smartass

35 posted on 05/10/2004 11:20:03 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: M. Peach
Does anyone know if this was ever brought up during the 9/11 hearings?

If it doesn't smear Bush, the 9-11 Commission isn't interested. Or, more accurately, if it reflects badly on their chum and colleague Jamie Gorelick, then it's off limits.

By the way, is that stupid commission still getting into mischief? I saw in the NY Post today where Lehman is blaming Reagan for 9-11 now. The blame is with anybody but Clinton and Gorelick. I wish they'd just wrap it up and go home already. The sooner that sick waste of time and tax-dollars is forgotten, the better it will be for everybody.

36 posted on 05/10/2004 11:37:24 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
urrr
37 posted on 05/11/2004 12:03:00 AM PDT by CaptIsaacDavis (.)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
We can expect a CIA snipe at the FBI in response to this report.

Don't forget that one of the elusive hijackers in question here was, while undergoing flight training, listed in a "secret government document" called...THE SAN DIEGO PHONEBOOK!!!! It wasn't like he entered the country after the terrorist conference and then disappeared.

I can't get this one out of my head: I would like a more definitive explanation of the FBI/FAA handling of actor James Woods' persistent warning to the captain and crew on the odd behavior of a group of fellow passengers on an AA flight from Boston to LA a few weeks before 9/11. I've seen Woods describe this on TV, and if anything was definitive and "actionable" (I'm beginning to hate that word), his warning is it. It should have sent red alarms off in every appropriate government agency. If these people on Woods' flight were questioned, checked-out, or arrested at the gate in LA, none of this would have happened, IMHO.

38 posted on 05/11/2004 12:27:43 AM PDT by My Dog Likes Me
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Ping
39 posted on 05/11/2004 12:32:11 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: Smartass

Dynamite graphic


40 posted on 05/11/2004 1:54:38 AM PDT by devolve (................... [..........................Hello from Sunny South Florida.............)
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To: lancer
YES, freepers whuld use honest_news@hotmail.com with "From a Freeper" in the subject line.

Please check out the paper www.Christian-news-in-maine.com before submitting anything, we are a news service for Christians and or Patriots, so all submissions must not be offensive to Christian home schooled children. Thanks

41 posted on 05/11/2004 4:27:18 AM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: Smartass
LOL
42 posted on 05/11/2004 5:20:33 AM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ...( Azadi baraye Iran)
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To: God luvs America
to "11th Earl of Mar"...are you a Genisis fan??

I know what I like. And I like what I know... You can tell me by the way I walk.

43 posted on 05/11/2004 5:40:12 AM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Gorelick strikes again.
44 posted on 05/11/2004 5:58:48 AM PDT by b4its2late (9/11 - NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Smartass; Happy2BMe; devolve
haha! Good one !


Thomas Kean says I am the most non-partisan, bi-partisan member of the 911 Commission. Well, ain't I SPECIAL !?

45 posted on 05/11/2004 6:10:32 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is ONLY ONE good Democrat: one that has just been voted OUT of POWER ! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: wirestripper
Kerry was in Vietnam!
Sorry, I could not resist:-)

On which side ?

(me neither)

46 posted on 05/11/2004 6:14:15 AM PDT by dread78645 (Sorry Mr. Franklin, We couldn't keep it.)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar; VOA; sport; MindBender26; wirestripper
VISA AND HONDA are big advertisers on ABC news.

Maybe they don't realize what kind of disinformation ABC news is putting out with their advertising dollars.

Visa International
P.O. Box 8999
San Francisco, CA 94128 - 8999
askvisacorporate@visa.com

Honda: Voice of the people Fax 310-783-375

In the above article by Pierre Thomas on how 9/11 could have been prevented if there was sharing of intel, why is there no mention that this happened during Pres. Clinton's term of office?

Surely if this had happened after Pres. Bush was sworn in, ABC News would have mentioned his name/administration repeatedly.

Is ABC on the payroll of the DNC, or are they just under a mandate to not embarrass them?

Why in the above article is there no mention of 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick's' infamous "wall" that she so proudly reinforced as a member of the Clinton administration. This is the "wall" that prevented the CIA and FBI from sharing data thatycould have prevented the attacks and subsequent deaths of 3000 Americans on 9/11.

Again, is ABC being paid by the DNC for leaving this out, or are they just so NOT interested in the truth that they leave out the facts?

How about this final fact.

ABC had VISA and HONDA ads all over their website today. I will be contacting them to tell them I was planning on using my Visa card to put a down payment on a Honda, but have now changed my mind, because I and the thousands on my email list are sick of Visa and Honda subsidizing ABC NEWS' PROPAGANDA BY OMISSION.
47 posted on 05/11/2004 6:42:44 AM PDT by Yehuda (http://PostNineEleven.blogspot.com/)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
it's getting better in your wardrobe!
48 posted on 05/11/2004 7:44:00 AM PDT by God luvs America (Support Our Troops....Don't vote for Kerry!)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar; campfollower
.

NOTHING in happened in the CLINTON White House without HILLARY knowing about it:


"When BILL CLINTON was away, or out of town, HILLARY sat in the Oval Office"..

...stated Author CHRIS ANDERSEN in his book 'BILL & HILLARY: The Marriage'

.

49 posted on 05/11/2004 11:10:53 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: wirestripper
"Kerry was in Vietnam" ?????

I did not know that!
50 posted on 05/11/2004 5:52:30 PM PDT by Ditter
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